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Archive for April, 2011

Commence the High Creative Season

Friday, April 29th, 2011

Tis the season!

Law school spring finals are over (booyah!) and I find that my summers have become my high creative season.  In the past couple of years, I’ve started my new book projects during the summer, and also had the time to chase super cool new stretchy ways for me to learn how to do something new.

This summer is certainly no exception, and I think officially kicks off this weekend.  #Awesomeness!

Have and have had a couple of different book ideas stewing in my brain, but had a moment of clarity last week on what project I officially want to pursue next.  Also, going to try and focus some of my energy on my not for profit/volunteer work.  Of course, I have to take law school classes this summer too in order to stay on track, but I’m taking SHORT courses rather than dragging it out all summer.  Also will be doing some speaking gigs around entrepreneurship too–in and out of town.

So – book 8, super cool not for profit stuff, and a couple of writing contests thrown in the mix, along with…oh…I don’t know…maybe actually ENJOYING some of my down time?  God forbid.

I hope your high creative season is just around the corner like mine – I can’t WAIT to see what this summer brings!!!!!

Tornadic Activity

Thursday, April 28th, 2011

I was very lucky.  Today, I had a great day.  Had an article published in about the new book, had the chance to try and make a difference at one of the not for profits I serve, and watched a group of 5th year pharmacy students present in their last “classroom” class EVER before heading out to rotations–on business plans–in the entrepreneurship elective I teach at Butler.  A day full of entrepreneurial energy is always at the top of my list as a banner day.

However, there are a LOT of people out there who had a lousy day.  In fact, the people of the south of this country (Alabama, TN, and other places were tornadoes were in full effect yesterday and last evening) lost their homes, businesses, and in some case, their lives to the violence of mother nature.

I’m a little extra sensitive to their pain, because my own home growing up as a child was also destroyed by a Tornado about 10 years ago.  While my brother and I were already out into the working world by then, we were able to help my parents get moved into new living quarters and save most of their contents of the house before the real damage set in.  However, it was a process I wish upon NO FAMILY out there.  It, simply put, was horrible.

So, while I was very lucky to have a good day–others did not fare so well.  So, I’ll be saying a prayer for the families that lost in the awful weather of the last 48 hours…and I’m also going to make a donation to a charity that I think will help them.  I hope you might consider doing your part as well.  I’m sure they’d appreciate it.

Thanks to…

Thursday, April 28th, 2011

For giving me the awesome opportunity to share the brilliance of the 30 women featured in Single Women Entrepreneurs today on their website!

Two Scenarios: What To Do?

Wednesday, April 27th, 2011

So, it seems of late I’ve been having this conversation a lot with friends, so I thought I’d post it to get the blogosphere thinking about it more.

Here’s the scenario: let’s say you are offered 2 jobs.  Job #1 is your “dream” job – 90% of it is stuff you LOVE to do, you are in your GROOVE doing it, and you can’t even believe you’re getting paid to do the stuff, because you LOVE IT SO MUCH!  You get tons of freedom and autonomy, and your ‘boss’ (we use that term loosely) actually totally digs your super creativity and lets you rock the house on your own!

But, the actual pay isn’t great for Job #1.  In fact, the pay is OK, but not rockstarian.

Now to Job #2: Job #2 is your “dream income” job – let’s say about 40-50% of the stuff you’d be doing is stuff you like and you can hack the rest, but you don’t get in your groove doing it.  BUT–the pay is AWESOME.  In fact, it pays TWICE what Job #1 pays.

Which one would you take?

It is an interesting question.

Kick it Old School

Tuesday, April 26th, 2011

Sometimes it is good to go old school.

Case in point: I’m insane about hand written thank you notes.  I’ve ranted about that here before.  I remember the last thank you note I received, and dude – it was awhile ago….but I remember (and thanks, Stephanie, you were the one who wrote it!)

If you have someone to thank (and we all do at several times throughout our day) – seriously – kick it old school and send a hand written note of thanks.  It takes a stamp, a card, and a little thoughtfulness, but every time in the mail I receive a handwritten thank you note, it carries MILES beyond an email thank you.  It is tangible.  It is also priority mail in my eyes (no, I don’t really enjoy opening bills or ripping up junk mail.)

I double dog dare you to write an old school thanks.  You never know how far it could take you!

Top 10 Things I’ve Learned From Trusts & Estates

Monday, April 25th, 2011

After a rainy weekend spent cramming for my T&E final, here are the top 10 things that I’ve learned from this course in law school.

1. get a will
2. better yet, get an inter vivos trust with a pour over will – then you can avoid probate
3. NO ONE understands the rule against perpetuities – including most law profs
4. the right to give away your stuff is via civil law – it is NOT a Constitutional right (and I’m with Locke on this one, NOT Jefferson)
5.  Your pet can’t take in wills – but they can have trust $$$
6.  get a will – did I mention that one already?
7.  make sure you can revoke your trusts if you are creating them
8.  the ability to marry is lowest, followed by the ability to write a will, and the ability to contract takes the most legal capacity – (They say it is because the ability to marry is a Constitutionally protected right, I say it’s probably that way for other reasons…I digress)
9.  There are WAY too many ways and rules that cover T&E – UPC, and each state is different – and there’s minorities and majorities, and on top of that, different courts using different standards (undue influence is a great example–there are 3 tests) and different schemes (like English per stirpies, modern per stirpies, etc) to give stuff away.  DISLIKE.  I struggle to memorize ONE way anymore with my remaining 5 brain cells.
10.  You won’t find me screaming a noncupative will before imminent death – because I ALREADY. HAVE. A. WILL!  But maybe I should have set up an inter vivos trust….

….ugh – lawyers!

The Bag O’ Tricks: Don’t Leave Home Without It

Thursday, April 21st, 2011

I tried to go to sleep early tonight due to finals beginning tomorrow, but you can see how well that’s working out….so I thought I’d share with you something I was reminded of today in class.

Today was a bit of a mixed bag for me – last day of classes for me as a teacher (sans one class with a final set of presentations next week.)  But in my entrepreneurship elective, I decided to finish the semester with Butler’s own grad, Dr. Katasha Butler, discussing her mixed career of FT pharmacist, PT entrepreneur.

One of the things she left the students with (and I completely agree, but forgot myself) was – ALWAYS have a bag of tricks with you.  She actually did a demo of it – she literally brought her bag up front and went through everything she has in it – reading material (books and magazines), thank you cards, her lap top, and the basic notion that you should ALWAYS have backup work with you as an entrepreneur, because time is the one thing you must learn how to maximize as an entrepreneur.

I thought this was brilliant, and I do it myself.  In fact, with law school, I’ve now been rolling my life around in a bag on wheels rather than breaking my back with my bag of tricks.

While I’m a little sad that the semester is almost over, I was happy that Dr. Butler reminded all of this, and I thought I’d do the same for you.  Prepare ye bag of tricks, and carry (or wheel) them with you wherever you go!

5 Things Really Bugging Me

Thursday, April 21st, 2011

These are the things rolling around in my brain right now, haunting me, beyond law school finals (don’t worry, I’ll get back to cranking on that very shortly.)  If you have thoughts on how I can make it better – by all means, email me!

1.  Pharmacy: Medication Therapy Management (MTM) - need more more more of this in the pharmacy world.  It’s the future of the practice.

2. In the book world, I’m very intrigued by this, and hope to have some if not all my books available electronically this summer.  Hold me to that!  If you convert books from hardcopy to electronic formats, I’d like to hear from you – I’m shopping in this department right now.

3. In business and law, I’m thinking about taking a course in Business Chinese over this summer.  (I know what you’re thinking: Albert, you are addicted to school! Wrong!  I’m addicted to learning!)

4.  As a single woman business owner, I’ve been extremely bothered by this and this locally over the course of the past few days.  Can’t we get beyond family status for the career woman?  We certainly have for men!  One thing I definitely learned from writing the last book is that women are GROSSLY underfunded in their businesses.  #Dislike.

5.  Health Care: Last but not least, I’ve certainly been thinking about this since I wrote the last book.  What would this country be right now if we didn’t have to worry about health care benefits?  Would we have more entrepreneurial thinking?  Would more people be free from cubicle nation?

Ok, I’ll put them back into the deep brain and get back to studying….

I Don’t Know What I’m Doing

Tuesday, April 19th, 2011

First of all, I’m trying to study.  Really I am.  But I’m getting old and bored with it, so I thought I’d talk about something I know a lot about: Not knowing what I’m doing.

I love Degas.  I had a chance to see some of his original works at d’Orsay when I went to Paris. He said the following: “Only when he no longer knows what he is doing does the painter do good things.” 

The other day as I think I shared on one of my blogs, I met with 9 students to discuss a new book project at Butler.  But, it’s a book type I’ve never written before.  So, having one book a success with students, and another a not so successful venture, I was good for giving a lot of disclaimers in the meeting – one of which was “I don’t know what I’m doing – I’ve never written this type of book before.”

To which, one of the students replied, “It will be OK, Dr. Albert.”

After reading Degas’ quote, I’m feeling a little better.  Maybe even more hopeful that this particular project will turn out even better than I could have ever predicted.  I hope it applies to books.

Now, if I could just get that mojo on my upcoming finals….!

To the Vapid Man

Monday, April 18th, 2011

I was going to keep my trap shut about this, but now that it’s in the blogosphere, I can’t do it.  Stand back. Here goes.

As a law student, most of us at the law school today received an anonymous email from one “Invisible Man.”  I’ll let you read this blog post, which includes parts of the letter.  Apparently he (or she) is uncomfortable with the portrayal of law students at IU Indy law (and a few other things, which I’ll leave alone for the moment).

The thing that frustrates me the most about this random anonymous note (aside from it being poorly written, I didn’t agree with most of it personally, and the fact that it is, totally anonymous) is that it focuses 100% on complaining, and 0% on how to actually suggest fixing the problem(s). I replied to said invisible person and told her/him that if all they learned in law school was to complain about problems rather than figure out how to solve them and provide some solutions, they didn’t get their money’s worth out of their education.  (Furthermore, this is the last person I’d want as my own lawyer…imagine hiring a lawyer to fix a problem, while instead he or she sits around and keeps complaining about it. #Fail.)

No school is 100% perfect, granted.  Higher ed has its issues just like every other major organization of any large size.  However, it honestly irks me to no end when people decide to complain (in this case, randomly and anonymously) rather than attempt to actually bring up the issue internally first, privately or publicly, in a venue where someone can actually do something to fix the problem and evolve toward some positive change.

Trust me, I’ve had my own issues that I’ve had to bring up, but I at least confronted them head on rather than hiding behind a random gmail account and hope that some national blogger would pick up on the story and run with it.  (Awesome to passively aggressively get someone else to pick up and run with the ball for you, Mr. Vapid.)

As for my current law school, I have zero problems with how it is being portrayed in their marketing materials.  In fact, I will be one of the students featured on the upcoming infamous law school video.  And, I can personally attest that they had a variety of students there – whatever demographic you wish to choose – younger, older, male, female, and yes, different races – including white males.

In conclusion to the Vapid Invisible Man – here’s some advice (since I’m about to practice what I preach and focus on fixing the problem): Instead of whining – why not instead focus on being the most awesome law student of all time and oh…yeah…worry about passing the bar? If you’re graduating in a couple of weeks, you’ve got bigger worries than who is on the banner at law school…