The Material Girl Madonna Still Rocks It- Worlds Highest Paid Musician

Category : LIFESTYLE

Forbes.com 01/27/2014

Madonna is living up to her nickname: the Material Girl tops our annual list of the top-earning musicians by a wide margin. How much did she make, and who was her closest competition?

Lady Gaga and Madonna have a superstar rivalry made in gossip-blog heaven. The former burst onto the scene five years ago with a provocative pop sensibility reminiscent of the latter’s. Last year, Madonna accused Gaga of ripping off one of her songs; this year, the “Born This Way” singer insisted she doesn’t want the Material Girl’s throne.

From an earnings perspective, however, there’s no question over the winner of this battle’s latest round. The honor goes to Madonna, who pulled in $125 million over the past year, making her the highest-paid musician in the world. The bulk of Madge’s millions came from the tail end of her MDNA Tour, which grossed $305 million. She augments her income with heady merchandise sales at concerts, as well as her Material Girl clothing line and Truth or Dare fragrance.

Gaga ranks second with $80 million; she grossed over $160 million on her latest tour before succumbing to a hip injury. Had she been able to finish, she would have likely topped $200 million. Her ARTPOP album was released after the end of our scoring period, but should give her a boost on next year’s list. She could easily reach the No. 1 spot with a successful set of concerts, the main driver for most major artists’ earnings. For full article: http://www.forbes.com/sites/zackomalleygreenburg/2013/11/19/the-worlds-highest-paid-musicians-2013/

Starting The New Year On A Postive Note With Michael Buble or Nina Simone

Category : CULTURE, LIFESTYLE, WorkScopes

 

What will this year bring?  Go listen to the song Feeling Good on your player…..welcome 2014 with a smile.

Whenever you read a newspaper or magazine are you drawn to the horoscope page?  Millions of people are born on the same day- is it really possible to read something unique about yourself?  The Barnum Effect is what psychologists describe as the temptation to read personal meanings into a general description.  Sixty years later writers still rely on this observable human trait.  Horoscopes say the same thing year after year, and people don’t even notice it.  They give meaning to otherwise random events in our lives.  If you can blame it on Mars or Saturn, one will feel less responsible for them.  An example would be able to keep a job or a partner.  Some people don’t like that events are random, so horoscopes offer people the comfort of predictability.  With that in mind, I have attached work horoscopes for the New Year.  Enjoy them and don’t look too much into them.  Most importantly….do not rely on them..http://astrology.horoscope.com/horoscope/dailyhoroscope/index-career-horoscope.aspx

Mindy

‘Tis The Season For Giving….

Category : CULTURE, LIFESTYLE

The holidays are approaching and what a great time to talk about gift giving.  What is considered appropriate gift etiquette in our country may not be entirely appropriate in another culture.  I found a great article which I will include later on about that very subject.  Anyway, getting back to gifts,   there are three important factors to consider when purchasing a gift for someone you work with or a boss.  I am one to just buy something not really thinking about any factors, although I will let you in on them.  First factor is motive.  Do you feel obligated to give a gift? If you are reluctant to give a gift just make it easy on yourself and give a gift card and be done with it.  Second is relationship.  If it is strictly professional or a combination of friendship/business, the more formal your friendship, the more formal the gift should be.  Gifts should only be given in existing relationships, not as a way to create one.  Lastly, money.  Sometimes giving one gift opens up a can of worms and you may create a situation when you may need to give to others as well.  If you don’t have it within your budget to give to all these other potential people, just be nice and respectful to them and maybe u can come up with an inexpensive token gift or bake cookies for them.  (I am not one to give baked items- but then again, some people think differently).  Anything you do should be considered a nice gesture.  Not giving your boss a gift is irrelevant to your job so don’t think otherwise.  There is different gift etiquette depending on which culture you observe.  Below I have included a very interesting article on different cultures and what gift etiquette is observed.   http://netique.com/giftsearch/international.html.  Who knew?  It is true, you learn something new every day!!!

Mindy

BLUNDERS At The Workplace?

Category : CAREER, LIFESTYLE

 It’s really NOT that bad!!!

We have all made blunders at work.  Today I want to write about Smartphone blunders.  We all have one in this day and age.  Smartphone blunders can be easily avoided by remembering even though they can perform all functions of a laptop, it is not a laptop.  Although very convenient and portable, makes one tempted to use for work anytime, anywhere.  They provide the link to the office while you are out and gives access to information as and when needed. Smartphones are perceived as the ideal business device that eases communication. They should not substitute as a laptop when typing official letters, presentations, or documents, and really should just be left for short and quick communicative messages.  Trying to use a smartphone for this very purpose can lead to more than one “blunder”—even a major one or mistake.  It shows lack of professionalism required on all documents.  If you do make “blunders” in the workplace, of any kind, you should immediately tell your boss.  Don’t try and hide it.  They eventually find out.  Besides, if someone else were to discover your secret, you will look terrible.  Take the initiative and present your boss your thoughts for correcting this error, and insuring it never happens again.  Don’t point fingers or blame anyone else (this will not win you any friends).  Instead, speak to possibly anyone else involved and let them follow your lead and confess.  Once you have apologized move on.  There is no upside to harping on the past and nobody wants to hear your story time and again. I read an article in Forbes Magazine that I really liked     http://money.usnews.com/money/careers/slideshows/25-career-mistakes-to-banish-for-2013.  Enjoy the article and tell us your blunders!!!! I want to hear- just don’t go on and on…..now spill it!!!

Mindy