As of Monday, October 25, 2021, the state of Washington in the U.S. will require people to show proof that they have been vaccinated or have a negative coronavirus test within 72 hours to enter a public building. How do you feel about the US government enforcing vaccines in this way?
I have taken the vaccine myself. Of course, I want my employees to be vaccinated. However, I will not force them to take vaccines. This is because I believe that taking a vaccine is a personal choice. Therefore, I think it is not a good idea for the government or even the President to force people to get vaccinated.
I believe that it is common sense to take vaccines. However, that is my opinion and I do not have the right to force others to do so. Instead, I tell my employees who are not vaccinated to wear masks at all times. The reason for this is not to protect me or the employees who have taken the vaccine but to protect the employees who have not taken the vaccine.
It may sound strange to say, but I don't think there is any law that says you can't commit suicide. Even if there was such a law, there is no way to punish the perpetrator of the crime. Especially in the U.S., we are a nation of people who do not like to be coerced, as in "give me liberty, or give me death!" I understand the sentiment, but I have a big problem with this kind of politics of forcing vaccines. There will be many more demonstrations and strikes in the US because of this.
Things you can't understand unless you look at them from the outside
There are many things in this world that you cannot understand unless you look at them from the outside (as a third party). Today, I would like to talk about something that I have experienced. Many of you know that I like to play golf, but from March 2020 to May 2021 (when the vaccine was not available), I didn't play much golf because of the coronavirus. When I resumed playing in May, the first thing I felt was that I couldn't fly. I lost almost 50 yards of distance just looking at my driver. I didn't like that, so I exerted myself and it became even harder to fly.
I thought that was just the way it was, but I wasn't enjoying golf anymore. So I started practicing at a practice facility where I used to take lessons and where they have a Trackman (golf measuring device). There, I only hit with a 6-iron, but I found that the carry of the 6-iron was now 160 yards. Whereas a few years ago, when I was in good shape, the carry (air-to-air distance) was over 190 yards. The distance was shockingly low.
What I learned from the Trackman data was that my swing speed was slow and that I was not hitting the ball in the center of the club. There were many other problems, but after watching a video of my swing, I realized that I was hitting with my hands and my hips were not rotating. Anyway, I found out that I was hitting with my arms and hands only.
So I changed it so that I rotated my shoulders in the backswing and rotated my hips in the downswing. I found that I was hitting the ball even worse, but as I continued to do this, my distance started to come back, albeit a little more than before. I need to keep practicing, but it was still a good experience to look at this situation from the outside and see problems that I didn't notice. I'd like to get back to my old flying distance.
It is very unfortunate, but inflation is accelerating in the United States and everything is getting more expensive. Even in this period of high prices, hiring has not progressed. Many workers are still out of work because of the unemployment insurance from the government. I think it is safe to say that this is the result of the current Democratic administration in the U.S., considering that this situation has been happening since the beginning of this year. There are many aspects that make me wonder how the U.S., which has accelerated to become much more socialist, will respond in the future.
I went to in-door practice range with Trackman. Today I focus on mu driver. I used to have a head speed of 100mph (44 m/s) but now the best I can do 90mph (40 m/s) . My head speed is down at least 10%. The very best I can do is 210 yard carry and 240 yard total. This is sad, but I know now what my capabilities are.
I should practice more to get may speed back up closer to 100mph. That seem to be tall order.
It's better to have a special skill at something than be someone who can do everything.
In English, a person who can do anything is called a "Jack of All Trades," which can be interpreted as a person who can do anything. However, nowadays some people think of this as a person who has no characteristics or specialties. In English, we say "Master of None."
A "Master" is a person who is well versed in something. The advantage of being an expert in something is that it attracts more attention than someone who can do anything and has no special characteristics. When looking for a job, people with special skills, especially those related to their work, are sought after by many companies.
However, hiring one person who excels in one thing will not balance out a company. Therefore, companies want to hire many people who are excellent in various fields. Needless to say, large companies have the advantage of being able to do this. For small and medium-sized companies, hiring people who excel in only one thing will leave them with nothing.
The smaller the company, the more you need people who can do everything. Managers must understand this and know what kind of human resources they need based on the size of their company. It is important to know that the smaller the size of the company, the less room there is for people who can only do one thing.
Looking at last 14 days, Japan recorded little over 20,000 cases with 475 deaths while the US recorded over 1.476 million cases with 20,844 deaths. The US has 3 time the population, but the US has 74 times the Coronavirus cases with 43 times the deaths. Japan was slow in administering vaccines but now over 63% of population are fully vaccinated while the figure for the US is less than 57%.
The biggest difference is the general populations' willingness to get vaccinated. People are still lining in line to get vaccinated in Japan while people in the US are not. People in Japan are more willing to wear masks even though the number of cases are very low.
I would like to travel to Japan as soon but my feeling that I do not want to contaminate Japan as they are doing very well. I really hope the vaccination number will go up in the US but I am against forcing people. Until more people are vaccinated in the US, I dip not see how I can travel to Japan. Sad.
Have you ever heard a story about a top salesperson in one industry who left that company to become the top salesperson in a new company, even though it was in a different industry? Is that person a genius? If not, have you ever wondered how such a thing is possible?
What is it that salespeople do? Simply put, it is the job of selling things. What do you need to do that? When you think about it, most people would say knowledge of things and market trends. That's not true. Selling is a job that involves building relationships with people, starting with listening to what the customer needs.
A salesperson that looks at the market and the product is talking to the customer about the function and value that the product offers. A product is simply a tool for the customer. The purpose of a tool is to increase the efficiency of the company, to reduce costs, to shorten the time it takes to complete tasks, or to increase sales. It is pointless for salespeople to explain these things here. Rather, it is important to understand what the customer wants. What they want and what they are dissatisfied with is not a function of the product.
Therefore, a top salesperson can sell anything if they can listen to the customer's complaints and wishes. Knowledge of things is the result of being able to communicate with customers. Listening to the customer is not dependent on the industry. That's why a top salesperson in one industry can move from that company and become a top salesperson in a new company even though it is in a different industry.
I started Pacific Software Publishing, Inc. in 1987. Since then, I have been working to create a system that allow us to sustaining the growth of the company without outside investment.
I am a business planner, implementor and manager. I would like to know other business owners and how they manage their business. Let us learn something from each other.