We are seeing a glimpse into the future of technology. Pokémon Go topping over 20 million downloads is viral. The game has years of fan base development but hasn’t seen positive reception like this for over a decade. I don’t believe it is the game that is so revolutionary but the technology.
Augmented reality is the backbone of the Pokémon’s success. The technology superimposes the games world into real life. So to achieve success in the game you must walk around in the physical world. The reception is astronomical and it’s not just kids playing it. The vast majority of the video game population is young boys under the age of 20. However, the average Pokémon go player is 31 years of age and 48% of the players are women, according to Forbes.
The thrill of exploration
The technology brings back the thrill of exploration, encouraging players to explore their neighborhood and city. The game brings “rewards” for exploration by finding items and different Pokémon’s. The game allows you to buy something called “lures”. Placing lures in specific locations attract Pokémon, making these sites more attractive to players. Business’ have already started to take advantage of this by purchasing lures for their locations. In hopes that some of the players will bring in sales for the Business. Dairy queen is one of the early adopters of this advertising method.
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Today I am going to talk about the power of auto-suggestion and the subconscious mind. To be honest, this is something that I recently began to believe in and have quickly come to realize the power of it.
Napoleon Hill defines auto-suggestion as the “agency of communication between the conscious mind and the seat of action for the subconscious mind”. Let’s break this down a little bit. Basically, your subconscious mind is your most powerful and valuable asset. Your subconscious mind drives all your actions and results in life without you even realizing it.
The Subconscious mind
The subconscious mind, however, can only be accessed through the conscious mind. If we do not control our thoughts and emotions we can poison our subconscious mind and harm ourselves without realizing it. The subconscious mind is much like your body. This is because if you feed it with junk foods and don’t exercise you will end up lethargic, overweight and with little energy. If you feed it properly with a nutritious diet, exercise regularly and get a good sleep every night you will have much higher energy levels, feel better and accomplish more.
The subconscious mind is similar in many ways. If you constantly have negative thoughts or emotions circulating through your head like “Oh I can’t do that”, “there’s no way I could lose ten pounds that quickly” or “I could never be as great a player as her”, no matter the negativity, you are hurting yourself more than you realize.
Your mind begins to tell yourself that you will never achieve these things and you are not worthy of them.
A quote from Brian Tracy explains the significance of what begins to happen to your mind very well.”Your subconscious mind is an unquestioning servant that works day and night to make your behavior fit a pattern consistent with your emotionalized thoughts, hopes, and desires. Your subconscious mind grows either flowers or weeds in the garden of your life, whichever you plant by the mental equivalents you create”.
So if you are feeding your subconscious mind with crap your results will be crap. You NEED to be positive, optimistic and have an abundance attitude. How do you plant a beautiful garden in your mind as opposed to a desert with weeds?
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Imagine walking into a new job with a feeling of intelligence and self-worth, within days this feeling is jarred from your ego and replaced by nothingness, confusion. You just completed your business degree and your perceived experience in the work force was much different. A feeling of being lost like you’re a young child learning to crawl again. Imagine every day is a new task that you haven’t faced that you’re expected to complete and have no idea how to complete it. Everyone around you seems calm and focused you are frantic and disheveled.
One of the common themes of Business undergraduates is they are underprepared for the work world. Undergraduates with higher GPAs also have higher employment rates, although this does necessarily mean they are the top performers in the work world. Students with higher GPAs may have an easier time applying concepts from the classroom, but still there is a very steep learning curve. When learning a new concept, the first thought is how is this going to be tested, instead of how it can improve an organization or business. In a way, students are sheltered from actual application or knowledge testing. For example, if you take a multiple choice test you are usually given four options, from which you are to select the correct answer. The idea behind this is to show your application of knowledge and select the best choice. Although, if you take a similar scenario outside of the university testing environment: there are no alternatives, you have to create and understand the possible solutions to problems. Select the correct solution, and you do not receive feedback on the quality of your decision for an extended period of time.
Students work very hard to get the best grades they can, in consequence of the time dedicated to learning technical skills, students can forget about the soft skills that need to be developed to succeed in the business world. Working in the accounting field as a student, you quickly realize that what you have learned in school doesn’t help you as much as you thought. Many of the business terms used while working in the accounting field were understood, but the work itself seemed foreign. Many of the concepts learned in school seem to be much easier than what was experienced in the work world. The concepts are easy to apply in the classroom because there are in an ideal scenario never the case in the work world.
Being in the school of business does not necessarily equip you with the skills to do business, it is the study of business and how it works, which means you won’t necessarily know how to be a good businessman. This is the misconception about university that many people believe. Working hard does not always lead to success. Networking and great negotiation skills also play a big role in a successful businessman. The perception of students in university is that what they are learning will help them succeed outside of school, although the reality is, university serves as more of a foundation then the actual structure to a business professionals success. The foundation is very important, although university should not be relied on solely to propel a student into the workforce. In many cases university students do rely solely on the classroom component of their development, which creates a one-dimensional individual. The university student lacks essential skills of person-to-person communication, salesmanship, as well as critical thinking skills…
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