Where Are the Decent Men in the World?

I hear women lament all the time: "Where are all the decent men in the world?" The problem is not that there are no decent men. The problem is that many nice guys finish last and end up in the friend zone with women.

There are lots of decent men in the world. What bugs me is that women claim to want a decent man and then meet one and ditch him for a jerk. How can a good guy win that way? I bet there are just as many disillusioned nice guys out there as there are women who claim to be looking for them. How sad … Sadder still is the fact that many "exciting" men are not healthy enough for long term relationships and tend to be the guys that women complain about the most and yet gravitate more to, due to chemical responses in the brain and body.

You can not always find everything in one package. That is the truth and irony about male / female pairing. I find the healthier a person becomes mentally and emotionally, the more likely they will attract a more healthy person to them. But if people equate "nice" with "boring" then they are going to attract the "exciting" = "unhealthy" people to them. It all begins with working on oneself as opposed to pointing fingers and blaming the opposite sex. In other words, the most exciting people are not necessarily the healthiest for us.

So, if you ladies meet a man who is perfect for you, "but …" there is "something missing," or the "chemistry is not there," or you toss him into the friend box and bring him out when your car runs out of gas, your jerk boyfriend dumps you and you need a shoulder to cry on, or your cat dies and he's the only one who will come remove the carcass from your living room, think again. You have the prince you have always loved for. Maybe he did not come in the package you had on your vision board, but only a small percentage of people in the world are all that and a bag of chips in the looks department. Go ahead and hold out for Mr. Perfect Man of My Dreams or Nothing At All. And see which end of that description you end up with.

Designing a Fantasy World

Whatever you write involves dealing with a world, whether the story is about speaking on a stage, workouts in a gym or a realm you designed. Many authors base their writings in the known universe with known parameters, and some add magic or fantastical creatures. Some might prefer to create their own universe. The late Jim Rohn said there are some things you just accept. Like, why does spring follow winter, or the sun rises in the east? When you are God, you make the sunrise where you want. We are going to play God and create a world.

There are several ways of drawing your world and I have used the three most popular ones. The first and the oldest is pencil and paper, whether it is freehand or tracing. Sometimes I used an opaque projector to shine a section of land on a wall and my paper. When computers came out I used a drawing program to redraw the map, but it used pixels, which distorts when zoomed in for a better look. Recently I started using vector mapping, which allows zooming without distortions, but takes longer to learn. Choose the method that is best for you.

Using Earth as the setting is easier than creating a new world. Designing a believable world with all its complexities can be a daunting task, however, when completed it can take on a life of its own. There are many possible starting points. Some will start large with the world, a solar system or larger. Others might start at the other end of the spectrum with an individual character and work to the large. I prefer to start in the middle and work both ways. The first thing I designed in my world is the city of Shen Sherin. After that, I worked on the surrounding area, before going back into the city and work on specific shops and buildings. For the course of this exercise, we will start large with a terrestrial sphere and its systems, including any moon(s).

Size of the world

Depending on the size of the will affect how much detail will make it believable. Smaller spaces will need more detail than large ones. A stage or tavern will need more detail than a world or universe. However, the small one can exist in the larger given both more believable.

Early in the design process, make the decision on how the physical laws work. Assuming that they hold true, then the planet size and composition will play a major role in gravity. Imagine going to a planet that a gravity one tenth of Earth, you could jump a long way. If you went to a planet with five times the gravity of Earth, you would find it difficult to move. The natives will be accustomed to the gravity, but travelers may not. There could be adjustments to the planetary spin, orbital spin, and axis tilt that would alter the weather patterns.

The distance from the sun and the type of sun should play a major role in weather, the color of the sky, and even the atmosphere. There is no reason to start from scratch unless you want to, when it is easier to use a similar orbit as the Earth and just make changes to fit your needs.

There are several world generators on the Internet, many for free. They allow adjustments to the size of the planet, poles location, mountain heights and ocean depths. They will plot the weather, rainfall, temperature, rivers, and mountains. Some will allow the user to cut a section out and zoom in for more detail work. The programs are great if you don’t already have something too specific in mind.

Different World Views of Art

Art through the centuries acquired different forms and conceptions. First of all there was naturalism, then developed romanticism, and then there was impressionism, followed by cubism, which was followed by surrealism and finally trends moved on to postmodern art. Here I would like to provide my understanding on various schools of art.

Naturalism proceeded out of mimesis. The aim of art was to mimic nature. A classic example of mimetic art would Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa. Mona Lisa lives through the ages for its enigmatic style. Another example would be the Last Supper by Da Vinci. Art became permeated heavily with religious motifs. What has naturalism contributed to the world? An answer would be representation of a mimetic ethos. There is very little to interpret in naturalistic art but we can admire its imitation of nature. I would also like to take Michelangelo’s sculpture of David. What would a postmodern interpretation take? It would perhaps couch it as being gay.

Another style of art that developed during the 18th century was romanticism. What is romanticism? The poet Wordsworth defined romanticism as the spontaneous overflow of feelings. Romanticism captured feelings on to the canvas. The canvas became permeated in rich colors of the baroque. Romantic painting is fanciful and ornamental. When we think of romanticism in the postmodern age we encounter a catharsis with the past. Goya’s exhibit: Saturn devouring his son can be taken as a classic example. The grotesque Saturn is portrayed as an admirable beauty. Romantic painters are endowed with passionate neurosis. Feelings and emotions lie with us to contemplate in ravishment.

Another school of art which developed during the beginning of the 19th century was impressionism. The great masters of impressionism are Van Gogh, Monet, and Gauguin. Impressionism is a unique style of art. Impression is marked by a wide usage of brilliant colors. Strokes were left like scars on the canvas. Impressionism was marked by a tendency of art to become modern. Van Gogh was a brilliant artist who etched out paintings in a style that marked a departure from his predecessors. When we look at Van Gogh’s starry night, we get a passion that is akin to listening of music. Similarly Gauguin’s painting: ‘where do we come from and where do we go’, highlights mythical allegories in brilliant dashes of color.

Another school of art which developed during the beginning of the 20th century was Cubism. Its master exponent was Picasso. With the advent cubism art left its mimetic modes and became the sole creation of the artist. Cubism had a tendency to portray art in abstract terms. Picasso’s La Demoiselles D’ Avignon presented harlots. Their features especially their breasts, hips and asses were made incongruous with oedipal fantasies. Another notable creation of Picasso was the Guernica. Guernica is fantastic rendition of the horrors of bombing Basque, presented in abstract terms. When we look at Guernica we become fascinated to the point of disgust. Cubism highlighted that art can be repulsive.

The next school of art which developed by the middle of the 20th century was Surrealism. My most loved surrealistic artists are Dali and Paul Delvaux. Dali’s most famous painting is the ‘persistence of memory’. Surrealism following Freudian psychoanalysis attempted to portray art with a conglomeration of reality and fantasy. In the painting, persistence of memory, we find melting clocks hanging on trees and covered by an embryo. The tree can be symbolized as a phallic construct. The melting clocks portray time as flowing with the literature of streams of consciousness. The embryo can represent the artist’s oedipal trauma. Delvaux most famous painting is the call of the night. In the ‘call of the night’ a barren land is seen with skulls. There is a nude standing on the open with luscious vegetation growing on her head. There is also a nude whose head is covered standing outside a building with a candle on her head. Delvaux is trying to portray ancient fertility rites in modernistic terms. The painting can also be interpreted as a sexual awakening. Thus surrealism attempted to portray dream with reality.

Next I would like to focus on postmodern art. Postmodern art is contemporary and tends to be a rebellion against existing artistic norms. In postmodern art normal objects are presented in unusual terms. For an example: we can take Marcel Duchamp’s inverted urinal. Postmodern art is also famous for inventing pop-art, where cartoons, comic strips and consumer products were drawn as artistic representations. Another interesting example of postmodern art is Rodin’s thinker. The thinker can be interpreted in two ways. One in a way that a person has constipation, another as an intellectual poised in thought. Postmodern art freed art from all inhibitions and pre-existing conceptions.

Look For People on Facebook, MySpace & Yahoo

It has been observed that when searching for people the best places to find them are the social networks and other online chat and instant messaging services. Read about some of the ways that you can look for people through some of these places from the following article.

If you want to look for people on Facebook, MySpace & Yahoo then get some ideas on how you can locate them from the paragraphs below. The various social networks, chat and instant messaging services have proved to be quite popular with some people spending a larger percentage of their time using them. For each network and application there will always be ways of how you can search for people that you know and invite others as well.

Facebook and MySpace are basically social networking sites and Yahoo is an email service that offers chat and instant messaging. When searching for people through the first two places you can have two options. You can search from within the networks if you have your own account. With your own account you can search for people using their names or email addresses. One thing that you should know when you look for people on Facebook, MySpace & Yahoo is that people adapt user names that are not always their real names.

In some cases you might find that even when you search for someone using their name, you can locate them; it is usually because they are signed up under a different name. With Yahoo it is a little bit different. For the chat and instant messaging services you can invite people that are already in your address book or those that you know to be using Yahoo chat anyway.

This is just a brief summary of how to look for people on Facebook, MySpace & Yahoo, there are also some applications and people finders that you can use when looking for people through these places.

What About Yahoo! And Bing?

I do not know about you, but I'm tired of hearing only about Google. Yes, it's the largest search engine on the Internet and probably will be for a good long time, but it's not the only one. Combined, Yahoo! and Bing get over 30% of the world's search traffic – that's a lot of searches. So, when you build a new site, how do you tweak it for the under-appreciated little brothers of the big G?

Yahoo! 'S Rankings

Yahoo! has been around for quite some time and they've stuck to the core of their old-school ranking criteria, even while upgrading to include focus on things like backlinks. So, to get ranked in Yahoo !, you'll focus on the basics of incoming links with heavy anchor text, but also on the content on your pages – including the keyword optimization of your articles. Additionally, Yahoo! puts a hefty focus on directory listings. If you can get your content listed in the DMOZ directory, it will have a huge impact, while the Yahoo! Directory provides an equally large boost (although at a cost of $ 299 a year).

Bing's Rankings

Bing is a newer search engine, so that means it is less sophisticated and still missing quite a few sites from its index. It does have a few key differences to watch for as well. First, Bing really likes to see the keywords for a page in the title tag. That means the text at the top of the browser needs to match your keywords. Additionally, Bing likes content with links to and sites that have solid title text.

Bing also likes older sites that have a strong presence in multiple directories and on multiple authority sites like blogs and forums. All you can do here is wait and continue marketing your site. Sometimes the hard work will pay off. Keep the word count of your pages up too – Bing wants to see at least 300 words of content per page to provide "value" to your readers. Sprinkle in a few good links to other sites pointing out of your site and you'll bump your ranking as well.

In short, very little changes when you switch from Google optimization to Yahoo! or Bing. Almost all search engines use a similar algorithm, which is great for us because it streamlines the entire process. So, do you need to do any special work for the other search engines? Not really. But, if you want to reach out to a new traffic source with less competition it's definitely a good option.

Sub-Editing – Where to Check Your Facts

One of a sub-editor’s primary roles is to eradicate inaccuracies from written work. This means an awful lot of checking and double-checking what someone has written to make sure it makes complete sense and that it is as factually accurate as is humanly possible. While search engines make great places to find quick results in terms of checking most of these facts, there are some times when the internet can act as a hindrance to getting the right information.

Sub-editors sleep a lot more easily at night if they have double-checked all of their facts; that is they have gotten confirmation from two reliable sources. The problem here comes when a powerful and usually reliable source is used as the foundation of everyone else’s fact. When this happens, looking on a search engine will only confirm an inaccuracy.

So what to do? There are usually a few little nooks in which to search to ensure you have the facts. Firstly, if the piece you are checking is an interview and there’s something on there that doesn’t tally up, check with the person who conducted the interview. Ask them for the tapes if necessary. You can’t change what someone has said, but if you make doubly sure that what you have written down is what came out of their mouth, then even if it is wrong you have done your best.

In fact, the writer is often your first port of call, if not to confirm a fact then to confirm where they found it. If the source is a reliable news agency then that outweighs a piece of gossip that one of their friends heard in a bar. Furthermore, if more than one news outlet is saying the same thing (so long as those news outlets aren’t controlled by the same company) then you are well on your way to confirming something as fact.

If an internet search is proving fruitless then it’s time to take it old school and pick up the telephone. Speak to people’s agents if you can, ring press agencies, PR agencies, libraries, distribution centres… anyone you can think of that could confirm what is written or what you suspect may be untrue.

Remember, just because a lot of people say something does not mean that it is true. It is up to you as a sub-editor to evaluate a source and then make a judgement call on whether or not what you are being told is the truth.

There will always be some statements that remain un-checkable. But taking a logical approach to eliminating the untruths and keeping records of where you found your conflicting information will go some way to keeping your publication’s content honest.

Conversations With God Movie – It Was Okay, But Could Have Been Better

There seems to be many varied opinions when reading reviews of Neale Donald Walsch's movie Conversations With God. When I first heard about this film, I thought it was going to be a movie more based on the spiritual message itself and what the overall meaning of the message was.

I would have also been fascinated to learn more about how exactly the message comes across, and if the message is coming through as inspired thought, or if non physical matter energy actually takes control of Neale's hand when he's writing. Although the movie touched on this a bit, it left me wanting more, much more.

The movie was mostly centered on Neale's rise from homelessness to becoming a highly acclaimed best selling author. It focused on Neale's initial struggle to how he began receiving messages and instruction from God to publish his work in a set of books, which later would be known as the CWG (Conversation With God) series.

With help, Neale was ever able to find a publisher to work with him to help get his spiritual message out to the world. The popularity and demand led to him beginning publishing a series of book after book one was complete.

In spite of how I think the Conversations With God movie could have been better, I still recommend the movie to anyone who's interested in how Neale came to be who he his. Of course one can always debate the validity of the messages that Neale brings through, and choose to either accept it or not. Personally I can not say I really believe if the message is actually coming from a non-physical being in the form of spiritual dictation or if it's just spiritual inspiration as Neale writes the thoughts that come to him.

What I do know is that most of what is contained in the Conversations with God material resonates well with metaphysical teachings and receives the message across rather brilliantly. So if you have any interest at all in metaphysics and spiritual philosophy, it might be worth your time to rent the movie.

33 Ways to Get and Keep Yourself Motivated

1. Ignore The Unimportant

Learning to ignore is a fantastic lesson. Much more rewarding that you think. There must be an art of ignoring and they should teach it in universities. Spanning your focus in so many areas will only weaken you. Ignoring what’s unimportant will free up energy and help you stay focused and productive.

2. Understand What Makes You Bored

And avoid it. Boredom is a nasty place to be. But as any other state of your being can be understood and you can identify the triggers. Once you understand that, you can safely go away from the gray zone. Takes some time but it really worth the effort.

3. Laugh More Often

Watch comedies, read comics. Throw away that ugly seriousness form your face. Laughing is a safety valve for your stress relief mechanism. It actually let it out from your body in bursts. And while you’re laughing you can still learn new stuff, like personal development lessons from Dumbo.

4. Keep A Log Of Your Breakthroughs

Do you remember when you had the first major success of your life? I thought so. We tend to overlook this simple habit of writing down our feelings every time we have a major breakthrough in our lives. Keep a log of your successes. And get inspired by it.

5. Exercise

This is one the easiest and simplest way to get motivated. Just walk out from the office, start doing some pushups or just go for a short run around the house. It will instantly declutter your physical body. Every time you exercise, you produce endorphins. Endorphins are good.

6. Create A Custom Environment

You can’t be motivated if you work in an environment which does not represent you. Make changes, adjust, improve. Doesn’t matter if it’s about your job office or your home. Whatever the space you work in, make it yours somehow, that will lower your unconscious adaptation efforts and you’ll have more time dedicated to the actual tasks.

7. Read Success Stories

Like in other people success stories. Get inspired. Admire them (with caution, but do admire them). Reading about success will make it more available to you and will fuel your efforts towards its achievement. And of course, you can learn how to be successful too.

8. Switch Tasks

You will get bored if you work on the same projects for too long. Boredom kills motivation. Try having several small projects that you can land on whenever you feel you’re on the verge of a burn out. Not to mention that switching tasks will instantly create fresh perspectives, helping you solve problems faster.

9. Assess Your Progress

If you work constantly you will make some progress, that’s a rule. You may have the impression that you’re not going anywhere but that’s because you’re skipping all those little milestones you go through every day. Watching back with satisfaction at what you created will surely boost your energy.

10. Talk About Your Projects

With your friends or family. Let the people know you’re doing stuff. That will often make yourself aware of the fact that you’re actually doing stuff and enjoy doing it. It will also create a certain level of accountability that will most likely push you forward.

11. Avoid Energy Vampires

Naysayers, pessimists, braggers they all are sucking up your energy. Don’t get caught in such power games, avoid at all costs those energy leaks. Even if that means you’ll isolate more often. It’s better to do work in your own secluded realm than to try to resist to a diminisihing environment.

12. Write Clear Goals

Most of the time that translates to actually write down your goals, you already have them clear in your mind. But take them out of your mind, put them in a trusted system and move on. Your mind works better when it knows what it has to do not when it spends time figuring what it has to do.

13. Exercise Satisfaction

Once you finished some task, reward yourself. Give yourself a prize. No need to be a huge one, but just enough to create the habit. Look forward to it while you’re working, wait for it, praise for it. In time you’ll become addicted to this fulfillment satisfaction and you won’t stop until you reach it.

14. Accept Failure

As part of the game. Failure, like success, is just a result of your actions, nothing more. One of the biggest motivation enemies is fear of failure. Fear that your outcome will turn bad. Accept it. It may turn bad, but that doesn’t mean you have to stop doing what you’re doing. Give your best and hope for the best.

15. Use Affirmations

Like writing down your intentions, your goals, your current status. Affirmations are a very powerful tool, hugely underrated. People find it awkward to write self-directed messages and read them out loud. News flash: you’re doing this all the time, unconsciously. So why not doing it consciously? Start with a morning phrase.

16. Play Games

Impersonate people. Imitate animals. Pretend you’re Sindbad the Sailor. Playing challenging games will relax your mind and at the same time will gather more resources from secret sources. A good motivation is always blended with joy. You can start with a simple game like how to get from a to b in 5 random steps.

17. Say “No”

Say “no” to distractions, to trolls, to depression. Exercising “no”‘s is liberating. Too often too many commitments are making your life a continuous chore. Limit your promises and only get into things you really want to finish. Once you do that, go to a mirror, smile and start to politely exercise your “no”‘s.

18. Look For Positive People

Sadness, whining and complaining doesn’t play well with motivation. On the contrary. But positive, optimistic, energetic people will always shift your vibration in the right direction. Search them, find them and become their friend. Sometimes all you need to get motivated is to be surrounded by shiny happy people.

19. Difficulty Is Part Of The Game

Learn to work under pressure. Some things are more difficult than other. Accept that fact and focus on doing what you have to do not on your feelings of dissatisfaction. Difficulty is often what makes things worth doing. No sweat, no glory. Whenever I feel something is going to be tough, I’m usually more motivated to do it. The reward will be higher.

20. Create Personal Challenges

Personal challenges are short term goals, usually from 15 to 90 days. Like starting to exercise, or creating a habit from scratch in 15 days. Using personal challenges strengthen your inner power the same way exercising is strengthening your muscles. The more you do, the more motivated you feel to do even more.

21. Chose Positive Motivation

Whenever you lock in your motivation, do your best to keep it on the positive side, which is rooted in service. As opposed to the negative motivation, which is basically rooted in fear. Negative motivation works just the same, only it lasts significantly less than positive motivation.

22. Release Your Guardians

You do have guardians and some of them are pretty nasty. They won’t let you do your stuff. The bad thing about your guardians is that most of the time they’re working at the unconscious level, really difficult to interact with. Just accept, acknowledge and let them go. You will be much better off.

23. Enforce Your Personal Mission

You gotta have a personal mission. If you don’t, go find one fast. Reinforcing your personal mission at certain intervals is surely one of the greatest motivators of all. It’s like looking on a map and seeing at any moment where you are, how much do you have to go and which path you have to chose.

24. Spend Time Outside

If you can do something creative, like gardening or landscaping, even better. But it’s OK even if you don’t. Spending time outside of your box will clear the air inside. When you get back, everything will be fresher and shinier. And something fresher is always a nice motivator.

25. Keep A Clean Inbox

That’s one of the few GTD concepts I still use and it proves to be a great motivator. A clean inbox helps a smooth thoughts flow. A smooth thoughts flow let me be in the moment without any hidden burdens. Being in the moment is usually all I need to actually start doing things.

26. Don’t Aim For Perfection

It will soon drain you out. Aiming to be better is the real game. Perfection is a dead end, nothing really happens after you reached to it. Accepting that you can be better instead of perfect leaves some room for growth. And that means you have a reason to do more. And that’s what we usually call motivation, right?

27. Do One Thing At A Time

Multitasking is a myth. Even computers processors aren’t really doing multi-tasking, that’s what we perceive. Instead they have a single frequency and several parallel buses managing information, faking a multi-tasking activity. Multitasking is creating internal conflicts, both in humans and in computers. You end up spending more time solving those conflicts than actually working.

28. Keep A Source Of Inspiring Readings

You’re not always completely down, most of the time you’re just averagish, just one sentence away from your best shape. Be sure to keep around a list of inspiring readings. Quotes, blog posts, ebooks, whatever works for you. You can start with 100 ways to live a better life, for instance.

29. Put On Some Good Music

Just let it there, floating around, don’t turn the volume knob. Just enough to recreate a pleasant atmosphere. Music speaks to areas you can’t control with logical tools, yet is so powerful that can completely shift your mood in a second. The only thing better than silence is good music.

30. Don’t Fall Into The Productivity Trap

It’s not how much you do, but how much of it really matters. Doing stuff just for filling up notebooks with tasks won’t make you feel motivated. On the other side, whenever you’re doing something that matters, your planing and organizing activities will just flow.

31. Keep Your Life Lenses Clean

Your camera objective may be blurred but you don’t know. This is why you get the same picture again and again, this is why feel stuck and can’t seem to see any progress. Sometimes all you have to do is to clean up your lenses. It takes a little bit of courage but it’s worth the trouble.

32. Clean Up Your House

I know you need motivation for that too, but believe me, it’s a fantastic way to clean up your internal garbage. Cleaning up your house is not a chore, it’s a necessity. Your action paths may be clogged the same way your floor is sticky. And most of the time unsticking the floor will open your mind again.

33. Stop Reading This And Get To Work

It was fun reading it, I’m sure. But it won’t get things done in your place. Inspiration is a good motivator, but don’t abuse it. Now, that you are all energized, it’s time for you to get back to work. Of course, you can bookmark this post for future motivation sessions, but for now, just go back to work.

Robots Will Continue to Be the Focus of British Space Effort For Foreseeable Future

There have been many new developments in the world of space exploration recently. The discovery of the massive star R136a1 is further proof of how small and young Earth and humanity are compared to the vast unknown. Advances in technology open the window of opportunity to travel farther and explore longer without having to venture off of the planet. The UK Space Agency has been developing the country's space program in the last few years to investigate the universe. But, unlike other nations who have ventured into the immense cosmos, Britain will do so without astronauts.

Although the overall expense of space exploration has deteriorated after years of development, refinement and research, the cost of such expeditions continues to cost hundreds of millions. To finance the training, outfitting and supplying of a human team for a journey into outer space is not as cost effective as sending equipment alone. Computers and other technology are capable of traveling without environmental and time constrictions. Astronauts remain in space for a couple of weeks, whereas remote controlled technology can orbit for months, travel farther and gather more useful data.

The US Air Force recently launched the X-37B, an unmanned craft equipped with various instruments and satellites which are scheduled to be tested in the atmosphere. Future hopes include establishing remote laboratories that will be controlled and operated around the clock from the safety of Earth. Previously, the British Space Organization has received assistance from the European Space Agency or NASA for exploration endeavors, but now are proudly capable to go it alone.

Although national space programs may be sending fewer astronauts into space, entrepreneurs have developed the means to escape the planet's gravity. Sir Richard Branson and partner Burt Rutan recently unveiled the VSS Enterprise, a miniaturized version of the space shuttle. The project will appease private individuals who long to experience orbiting the atmosphere. The VSS will carry 6 passengers and 2 pilots on a journey of a lifetime.

The Virgin Galactic is designed to be accompanied into space with the assistance of a mother craft, which when joined, resembls three airplanes side by side. Once the transport reaches a predetermined altitude, the VSS detaches and climbs to over 15,000m from the planet. Passengers onboard will end the treacherous G-forces and weightlessness that up until now only highly trained astronauts have experienced. The craft will travel in an arc path and descend back into Earth's atmosphere. The elaborate venture will be limited to those who can afford the £ 155,000 price tag.

What Should Not Be Outsourced

With all the talk about outsourcing today, many companies are using it to accomplish more and more tasks. But there IS a limit. In fact, there are three of them:

Cost – When it is more expensive to outsource than to do it in-house, outsourcing is a bad idea. This is not often easy to determine. Sometimes the outsourcing expert may quote more than in-house costs because the expertise is rare and the market rate for the service is high. You might be better off hiring and training in this case. Take into account the employee training, salary and benefits vs. the outsourcing firm's quote. There are some intangibles that need to be considered as well. Outsourcing may come with some expertise that you might not have in-house. How much will that save you in working out issues?

Loss of Control – No matter what the project, you always want the reins to be in the hands of company employees and executives to thoroughly understand not only the project, but also the overall company goals and direction. Without that essential link, the project could inadvertently veer off in an unwanted direction. In addition, the company will be responsible for the results of the project; so it needs to be a vital part of every decision made. The best case scenario is an every-day contact and update. When this can not be worked out with the proposed outsourcing firm, strong consideration should be given to looking elsewhere, including in-house.

Contractual Restrictions – Of course you should never outsource tasks when you are contractually obliged to perform them yourself. Check your client contracts carefully for such language and be sure you get permissions needed before embarking on any possibly conflicting outsourcing arrangement. You need to review each contract individually, not just your "standard" contract, as it is well within the rights of any customer to insert such a clause. Breaching this agreement could result in non-payment with little chance of legal recovery.

You'll notice that the three reasons given do not include what is usually considered a rule of thumb – outsource support functions, but never core functions of your company. In general, this IS true. But there are examples where outsourcing a core task turned out to be a wise idea. For example, a paper called "Pasadena Now" in Pasadena, CA hired two journalists in India to cover local news and events in Pasadena.

Wait, what ??

It turns out this is a highly competitive market. And since California has very open public access laws, virtually all government documents, meeting minutes, press releases, etc. can be regularly found on the Internet. Publisher James Macpherson said, "We do not believe that geographical distance between India and California will present insurmountable problems and that working together with you will result in your development of a keen working knowledge of this city's affairs. This will result in accurate and authoritative news reports ".

And the cost savings gleaned from this surprising action? Well, we're not sure how much they usually pay reporters, but they hired these two for $ 20,800 annually. Combined.

When it makes this much financial sense, can you blame the company for doing it? Perhaps not. But if you're an unemployed reporter from Pasadena, CA, you might have a different view.