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Jackie Chan Charity Work, Events and Causes

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Action star Jackie Chan’s high-speed activity doesn’t stop when the cameras do. An enthusiastic supporter of hundreds of charities including UNICEFOperation Smile and his own Jackie Chan Charitable Foundation, Chan offers the Look To The Stars writers an incredible challenge just trying to keep on top of his good works!

Chan spends countless hours helping others, and has been known to drop everything to find out how he can be of service after disasters strike. He raises millions of dollars to help those in need. In the first 8 months of 2010, he raised $36 million to help people across the globe, from Haiti to Singapore:

  • Donated 5 million RMB (US $732,000) to help Haiti earthquake victims.
  • Worked with WildAid to support preservation of endangered tigers.
  • Donation of school supplies to “Charming Schools” in China
  • Raised US $5.2 million in donations for the Singapore Thong Chai Medical Institution
  • Helped raise US 29 million for drought relief in China.
  • Visited Qinghai, China to bring food, water, and supplies to victims of the April 14, 6.9 magnitude earthquake
  • Participated in the “Artistes 414 Fundraising Campaign” concert to raise money for victims of the April 14th earthquake in China
  • Charity mission to Tongren in the Guizhou province of China to bring much-needed water and supplies to the drought stricken area.

2009 saw Chan using much of his spare time to visit the remotest parts of China on his Dragon’s Heart Charity Missions.

The Dragon’s Heart Foundation strives to meet the needs of poverty-stricken children and the elderly in the hardest-to-reach areas of the immense country. Chan has made several trips to villages in these remote locations, bringing warm clothing, wheelchairs and school supplies, and helping to build schools.

In February of 2008, the Rush Hour star was on hand to donate 450 down coats to The Salvation Army for victims of the China snowstorms, and since 2004, Jackie’s charity has built 20 Dragon’s Heart Schools, providing education to some of China’s poorest citizens.

“Before, I didn’t like charity. I just wanted to be famous and to earn more money,” says Chan. “My friends taught me and now I like to do charity. Even when I am sleeping, I think how I can help other people. Every human being has to learn how to do charity.”

Jackie founded the Jackie Chan Charitable Foundation in 1988 to help young people in a variety of worthy causes, including medical services, aid to victims of natural disaster or illness, scholarships and youth activities.

Jackie is currently a UNICEF and UNAIDS Goodwill Ambassador.

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How to Decide If a Job Is a Good Fit

Tips for Making Sure a Job Is a Match

Two people with over-sized puzzle pieces putting them together to determine if they are a good fit.
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When you are searching for a job, it’s important to consider more than just the job itself. The job, of course, is important, but it’s a good idea to review more than just the paycheck and job responsibilities. It doesn’t matter how good a job it is if you’re not going to be happy doing it.

Your goal should be to secure a position which fits nicely with who you are as a person and with your lifestyle. When the job is as close to a perfect match as it can be, it will mesh with both your personal and professional aspirations.

How can you tell whether the job is a good enough match to apply for and, even more importantly, how do you know if you should accept an offer for a job? Although there are never any ironclad guarantees, following a thoughtful process can increase your chances of making a sound decision.

Different Factors to Consider

An important first step is to develop a list of what you are looking for in a job. Everyone’s profile for the desired job will differ, but here are some factors to consider as you compile your list:

Job Content

Your satisfaction with a job will be determined in large part by how stimulating the daily tasks are for you. Even the highest paying or most prestigious job can get old quickly if you don’t enjoy the work. Ask yourself if the tasks involved with the job will engage the skills you enjoy utilizing so you will be energized by the work and more likely to succeed in the position. Make a list of your most important skills and circle the ones which you have most enjoyed applying to past jobs, volunteer work, activities, and academic projects. As you read the job description and discuss the position through the interview process, gauge how well the job matches up with the list of skills you prefer using.

Salary

Even what sounds like the best job can fall short if you are unhappy with your level of compensation. Be aware of the level of income and benefits which you need, want and deserve. Research salary averages for your field and location so you know the going rate. Finding out that you are underpaid compared to your peers after you start work can be demoralizing.

The Boss

Think about the ideal manager for you and carefully evaluate the person with whom you would be working in a target position. Consider factors such as whether you prefer a hands-on boss or one who will leave you to work very independently. Ask prospective colleagues to describe the management style of your possible supervisor and look for both verbal and non-verbal cues about how the individual’s personality would blend with yours. Think carefully about accepting if you don’t like the person who would be your manager.

Opportunity for Advancement

If you are interested in moving up within your field, then you will want to determine how and when you could be promoted at your target employer and what those positions might be like. Investigate the average salary increases for promotions.

Location

For many individuals, where the job is located can be of great importance. Proximity to the arts, culture, recreational activities, mountains, the ocean, family, friends, and good schools can all be factors. The length and nature of one’s commute can influence how palatable a job will be as well.

The Mission of the Organization

Make sure that you can embrace the goals of the prospective employer or at the very least are not alienated by the products and services supplied or the way business is conducted. For example, a person whose primary values center on advancing the public goodwill probably not be happy working for a company that produces tobacco products regardless of how well the job and salary fit them otherwise.

Culture of the Organization

For many workers, an important component of how they feel about their job is how well the culture of the employer blends with their values and lifestyle. How formal or informal is the dress code? Does the organization value innovation? Do decisions flow from top management down, or is the process more democratic? Is work/life balance encouraged or are employees expected to work 60 hours per week? Is the organization concerned about environmental issues? Do they encourage employees to perform community service?

Job Security

Factors such as whether an employer is in a growing or declining industry, whether their market share is increasing or decreasing, and the quality of their executive leadership can impact the chances that you might be laid off in the near future.

Prestige

If you are concerned about how others view you, the status of an employer and a particular job might influence your decision. For example, how would feel about working as a manager for Walmart versus for Macy’s?

Analyze the Job and the Employer

Once you have selected your criteria you will have two options for determining how well a job fits your specifications based on your decision-making style. If you are an intuitive type, you might simply review what you know about the position and reflect on how well you feel it meets your needs. Your gut is almost always right, so listen to it if it’s saying take the job – or don’t take the job.

If you are more analytically or quantitatively oriented, you can assign a weight to each factor in your criteria on a scale of 10 based on how important that element is to you. Then rate on a scale of 10 how much of each factor the job you are considering offers you.

For example, if job content has importance of 10 to you and a particular job offers a level of 8 in job content, then you would assign a total of 80 points for that factor. If the salary wasn’t as important – 8 out of 10 for example, but the compensation for the job is at a level of 6, then you would have 48 points for salary.

You can then add up the score for each of your factors and derive a total score. If you think that score is close enough to the maximum possible score, and the job feels right to you, then it is probably a good fit.

In either case, you will want to identify deal breakers or factors which would make any position inappropriate. For example, the commute might be too far, the salary is too low, the boss isn’t someone you would want to work for, or the hours wouldn’t fit in with your family responsibilities.

Here are 10 reasons why it may make good sense to turn down a job offer.

Don’t Be Afraid to Say No (Thank You)

I once turned down a job after repeated offers of more money, because the money wasn’t enough to overcome what I saw as negatives when evaluating the job. I didn’t want to work in the location where the job was or in the work environment that was established by the company. My gut told me “no,” and it was worth listening to. I got an offer for a better job shortly after I declined the one which wasn’t a good fit.

If you have any hesitation about saying yes, or if the positives don’t outweigh the negatives, think twice before applying. Definitely think twice before accepting a job offer. It’s much harder to leave a job that isn’t working out than it is to turn it down.

When to Say No

You don’t have to wait until you’re offered a job to turn it down. If you have reconsidered after you have applied, it’s acceptable to withdraw from consideration for the job. You can do that at any point in the hiring process. In fact, even though you may have been a top candidate, the employer will be glad you withdrew before they invested more time and energy in your candidacy. Hiring managers are also looking for the best candidate fit.

If you already have an offer that you’ve decided not to accept, learn how to politely decline it.

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Biggest Concerts of All Time

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1. Copacabana New Year’s Eve Concert 1994/1995

biggest concert of all time

Attended by ~ 3.54 million people

Location: Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Date: December 31, 1994 – January 1, 1995
Artist: Rod Stewart

 

The beach in Rio de Janeiro’s Copacabana district is likely the most famous beach in the world. Various songs and stories were written about the 4 kilometers (2.5 miles) long beach and its promenade. Copacabana beach also proved itself to be an excellent concert location. British rock singer Rod Stewart proved that better than anyone else on New Year’s Eve 1994/1995. His free New Year’s Eve concert attracted a bit more than 3.5 million people that year, making it the biggest concert of all time.


2. 850th Anniversary of Moscow Concert

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Attended by ~ 3.5 million people

Location: Moscow State University in Moscow, Russia
Date: September 6, 1997
Artist: Jean-Michel Jarre

 

Not only is Moscow one of the largest cities in the world, it’s also quite old. In 1997, the city celebrated its 850th anniversary. For this occasion, the city organized week long festivities. The absolute highlight then came on September 6, 1997 when French composer and performance artist gave his concert on the huge campus of Moscow State University. Around 3.5 million Moscovites came to see the French artist on stage. He was the only non-Russian artist invited for the city birthday festivities, but ended up being the by far most watched artist during the entire celebration week.


3. Copacabana New Year’s Eve Concert 1993/1994

copacabana new year's eve concert

Attended by ~ 3.0 million people

Location: Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Date: December 31, 1993 – January 1, 1994
Artist: Jorge Ben Jor

 

Before Rod Stewart broke it one year later in the exact same place for the exact same occasion, it was Brazilian singer Jorge Ben Jor who first broke the 3 million mark for attendance, setting the record for the highest-attended concert at the time. Ben Jor performed his free concert on New Year’s Eve 1993/1994 and 3 million Brazilians (and others) came to see him at Copacabana Beach.

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Marketing Strategy

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Supporting you to develop a strong marketing strategy

Annual planning and developing a marketing strategy may or may not be your normal procedure. However, day-to-day issues such as dealing with your customers or clients, running a business etc, can distract from assessing business opportunities and keeping your marketing activity and marketing strategy focused. Working with clients, Win Marketing will conduct a full marketing review to understand where your business is now and your corporate objectives. From this we will develop a strategic marketing plan to help provide the direction your business may need.

What are the benefits of having a marketing strategy?

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An effective, implemented marketing strategy helps:

  • Raise market awareness and keep interest
  • Create desire
  • Stimulate enquiries and repeat orders
  • Grow market share
  • Increase turnover and profit
  • Maintain good relationship and establish reputations
  • Retention and recruitment of staff

What is a marketing strategy?

A marketing strategy is about formulating your company’s marketing direction. A marketing strategy will ask a number of business questions seeking to provide answers covering:

  • Where is the business now? – Who are your customers and your competitors?
  • Where does the business need to be? – What are your corporate objectives?
  • How can the business get there? – What implementation strategies and tactics should be implemented across all aspects of marketing to help you meet your objectives?
  • What monitoring procedures need to be in place to keep the plan on track? – How will you ensure that the strategy is being implemented correctly?

How can Win Marketing help you to develop your marketing strategy?

By working in partnership with clients we can conduct a comprehensive marketing audit to assess the current situation, an impartial view can often highlight issues that management are unaware of. Having completed a marketing audit, we can then develop our recommendations to help you meet your business objectives. We can develop a marketing plan, outlining the activities, timescales and recommended budgets to help you meet your objectives. You can then implement the marketing plan yourself or work with Win Marketing who can use the team’s specialist skills to help with the implementation.

Win Marketing offers a unique service to help in the strategic marketing direction of our clients. This includes:

  • Monthly support in a marketing director role capacity – supporting you to keep your business on track
  • Impartial marketing audit – helping you to see where your company is now from a market perspective
  • Developing a marketing plan – providing you with a route to follow and meet your business objectives.
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7 Tips For Spending Money Wisely

7 Tips For Spending Money Wisely

For some people, financial struggles are due to not bringing in enough money. For many others, though, the problem comes from not spending money wisely or from spending more money than they make.

According to Time, nearly 73% of Americans die in debt.

In this article, we’ll take a look at 7 ways that you can start better spending the money you earn in order to help you reach your financial goals.

 

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1.  Track Your Finances

Before you can start figuring out how to spend money more wisely, you first need to understand where your money is going. Make a budget and track both your income and your expenses. Once you know where your money is going, you can start looking for opportunities where it could be better spent.

2. Think About the Long-Term Benefits and Drawbacks of Purchases

Far too many purchases are impulse decisions. While this is fine when it’s a $1 chocolate bar at the supermarket, it becomes a problem for larger purchases. Before you buy something, think about how it will affect you in the future.

How long is it going to last? Is it going to put you in debt? Is the value you will get out of it over its lifetime worth the cost?

These are questions you can use to determine if something is really worth buying.

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How a Genius Is Different from a Really Smart Person

The most intelligent two percent of people in the world. These are the people who qualify for membership in Mensa, an exclusive international society open only to people who score at or above the 98th percentile on an IQ or other standardized intelligence test. Mensa’s mission remains the same as when it was founded in Oxford, England, in 1946: To identify and nurture human intelligence for humanity’s benefit, to foster research in the nature of intelligence, and to provide social and other opportunities for its members.

Nautilus spoke with five present and former members of the society: Richard Hunter, a retired finance director at a drinks distributor; journalist Jack Williams; Bikram Rana, a director at a business consulting firm; LaRae Bakerink, a business consultant; and clinical hypnotist John Sheehan.

Together, they reflect on the meaning of genius, whether it can be measured, and what IQ has to do with it.

(RH = Richard Hunter, JW= Jack Williams, LB = LaRae Bakerink, BR = Bikram Rana, JS = John Sheehan)

Let’s start with the basics: Are you a genius?

RH: Ha! If you pass that test, all it proves is that you have a certain IQ. That is not the same as making you an intelligent person, never mind a genius. You can have a very high IQ and be a complete idiot.

BR: No! How different could I be from the 97th percentile? I think hard work is what really separates you from others. I don’t think you can be a genius without achievement. You know people at the very top work doubly as hard as 90 percent of people in the same profession. Take somebody like Cristiano Ronaldo. He probably works 20 hours more than someone who is outside the top-20 soccer players.

JW: I think being a Mensan means I’m good at logic, but that’s it. I don’t think I am worthy of the same term used to describe Einstein. Genius is moving something forward. Evolving.

JS: I don’t know. I’m not comfortable with saying I am a genius. I knew that the scores on my tests, very early in life, identified me as gifted. I finished high school at 14, and finished my undergraduate and graduate degree in college at 19.

LB: No. I think that’s kind of arrogant. I consider myself smarter than the average bear. I don’t look at myself as a genius. I think that’s because I see things other people have done, things they have created, discovered, or invented, and I look at those people in awe, because that’s not a capability I have. I have a really good memory and really excellent organizational ability, but I don’t consider those things genius. I see genius as creativity.

Is Mensa an organization for geniuses?

RH: I think it’s a very narrow definition of genius.

BR: I think it’s for people with high IQs. I think genius is more complex: You need to have intelligence, but you need to put that to the test. I think it is for people who are aware of how well they are doing at that point. And who also want to see whether they can join any other organizations where they will find more like them.

JS: I think people view it as a place where intelligence is valued, and understood, where they are valued and understood. Our society is an extroverted society. In Mensa the reverse is true. The more gifted you are the more likely to be an introvert. People who all of their lives have felt socially marginalized and uncomfortable because of their gifts are suddenly in a place where that won’t happen.

LB: I think what sets Mensans apart is that they are willing to join, rather than anything else. Some people take the test and never join. One in 50 people qualifies to be a member, so we could have millions of members. But we only have 56,000, I think. It is a social club.

Can you describe a typical member of Mensa to me?

JW: You see the same people in any place of social gathering, like a bar. It just so happens that all those people have high IQs. You’re more likely to find someone who is interested in black holes than you are reality TV. There are definitely people who have that social awkwardness you expect to come with this sort of thing, but once you get past that, it’s just like chatting to different people in a bar—or at least, in 9 out of 10 cases.

JS: Can you describe a member of the general population to me? When I joined Mensa I really wondered if I would meet anyone like me, and the fact is that I came to realize, bar that one exception of giftedness, which we all have, that’s pretty much the only common denominator. We have judges, lawyers, artists, musicians, first-responders… That’s what is so great about Mensa.

LB: It is such a diverse organization though. You would have no idea what anyone’s occupation is unless you asked. A Mensa member wants to belong to a community like them.

Can you define “genius” for me, or describe what a genius is?

RH: An exceptional ability perhaps? That would satisfy if you were a member of Mensa—you know you have an exceptional ability in IQ if you get in to it. It is one type of genius, but genius takes many forms. An example would be Dave Johnson. He was a famous decathlete in the 80s and 90s. He was clearly a genius athlete: He ran, he could throw javelin, he could do all these things, and he won the Olympic gold decathlon. That must be genius in the sporting field. I am nothing like Dave Johnson—it is far more complicated than one thing or another.

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