• 31

    Jul

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By Ron Carter Updates

Curbing Bad Behavior/Prevailing Over Disappointments and Setbacks

Two of the most important lessons I learned as a business owner are setbacks and disappointments are unavoidable. The truest test of whether an individual is courageous enough to be a business owner is how many times he or she is willing to get up off of the canvas/floor after being knocked down. Over the years as an entrepreneur, I have had my share of disappointments and setbacks, but God willing I have persevered. My passion for living with integrity both personally and professionally have manifested in the many blessings I have received, presently. I noted when most successful individuals are asked, “what’s the secret to success?” They pointedly answer “never give up.”
No matter how difficult life was my late mother and father always found ways to protect and nurture me and my siblings. They demanded the uttermost respect from us and their  generosity, resilience and perseverance were important examples for us to emulate. So, even in the most arduous times,  I have found the strength to get up off the canvas and be successful when faced with disappointments and setbacks.

 

 

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  • 24

    Jul

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By Ron Carter Updates

Curbing Bad Behavior/Let’s Honor The Victims

In the upcoming weeks and months, I hope the United States of America‘s national media does not focus its reporting on the crazed killer who murdered 12 and injured 58 innocent moviegoers in Aurora, Colorado this past weekend. This moment in our history should be dedicated to the victims of the horrific crime which took place during a screening of the Christian Bale starring and Christopher Nolan directed last installment of the Batman sequel,”The Dark Knight Rises.” I would like to learn more about the individuals who were tragically killed. Their stories are much more important than giving the killer the publicity he seeks. Let’s not burnish his image. I am not interested in learning of the killer’s high school, college or graduate school test scores and grades. I am certainly not interested in hearing from his friends he was shy, smart and good-natured. We have heard this story before and it’s the same; this selfish and cowardly young man is a cold-hearted killer.
Hopefully, the media reporting will be balanced and we will learn more about the six years old Veronica Moser whose young life was snatched from her during this senseless massacre. Hopefully, we’ll honor the 51 years old father, Gordon Cowden, who took his two teenage children to the movies and lost his life. Maybe, the media will praise Matt McQuinn, the young man who died shielding his girlfriend and her brother with his body. These are the individuals who should be remembered. The only bit of information about the killer I’m interested in is how was he able to amass such a large cache of guns, ammunition and explosives – in such a short time – without being observed by the authorities.

 

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  • 18

    Jul

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By Ron Carter Updates

Curbing Bad Behavior/A Return To Made In America

English: Ralph Lauren
English: Ralph Lauren (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In the late 1970s’ and 1980s’ the label, “Made in China,” on garments was connoted to denote that they (the garments) were not well made. Observing the recent outrage over the United States of America (USA) Summer 2012 Olympic Athletes Opening Ceremony uniforms, which were “Made in China” by  Ralph Lauren, my favorite designer, I wonder why no one at Ralph Lauren’s company saw this outrage looming. Especially, since the word “outsourcing” has become a controversial topic of discussion in the USA.

Ralph Lauren is an iconic American company. Named after the founder, Ralph Lauren, this sophisticated and classic billion-dollar company has emerged over time as one of America’s most recognized brands. I love Ralph Lauren clothing. A as a matter of fact I feel proud whenever I wear his clothing, which I do quite often. I am steadfast in my support for American companies such as Ralph Lauren. Did I mention Ralph Lauren is my “favorite” designer? Given what has occurred with the “Made in China” outrage, Mr. Lauren will face more intense scrutiny over where his products are being made. I am also certain in the future many of Ralph Lauren’s customers will begin to inspect his products more closely to discern where they are being made.

Since the outrage, Ralph Lauren has issued a statement apologizing for his company’s error and he has pledged to make the 2014 Olympic Uniforms in the USA. Hopefully, this public outcry – to some extent – serves notice to American companies that their customers and government officials are paying attention to current  business behavior in the United States of America. Moreover, if the outcome is a return to the days when more products are “Made in America,” we will calm the rancorous and partisan discussions currently taking place regarding outsourcing. And, once again the American worker will win!

 

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  • 10

    Jul

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By Ron Carter Updates

Curbing Bad Behavior/Foul-Mouthed Artists Not Wanted

The management or confidants of today’s foul-mouthed Hip Hop artists must inform them Broadcast Television has rules and regulations. Just in case some of these artists don’t know, someone must enlighten them not to curse while they are on national television, especially in prime time; children and families (older adults included) maybe watching their obnoxious behavior on television.
The 2012  BET Awards, though entertaining at times, had moments when you couldn’t understand what the artists were communicating, because much of their language was foul and had to be beeped. Did anyone from BET‘s production staff informed the vulgar perpetrators that cursing was not allowed on the show? And, what about some of the artists prancing around on stage with their pants below their buttocks showing their underwears? When will this dunce fashion statement become passe? I am bothered artists, Nicki Minaj and Rick Ross included, disrespect BET Awards by cursing during their presentations, but whenever these same artists participate on other major awards shows they comport themselves like citizens (not cursing). Thank goodness Cissy Houston‘s emotional and awesome performance of “Bridge Over Trouble Waters,” during the tribute to her late daughter, Whitney Houston, was the highlight of the show.

It is not surprising the music industry revenue for this second quarter has dropped 3%. When will the new crop of Hip Hop artists learn “you can attract more with honey than with vinegar?” I guess the music industry has changed in more ways than I can imagine. Is the change for the better? I say no. Too much lawlessness and vulgar behavior are accepted in today’s music industry. Hopefully, like everything on this earth change is imminent.

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  • 04

    Jul

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By Ron Carter Updates

Curbing Bad Behavior/Makes Me Wanna Holler

The rise of violence in urban cities makes me wanna holler. I am concerned that the recent criminal behavior in many of the urban cities in the United States of America (USA) is taking a backseat to celebrity culture. It seems citizens are more comfortable speaking about what’s happening with Kim Kardashian, Beyoncé, Jay Z and Kanye West than speaking about the lawlessness occurring in their own communities. Criticizing criminal activity has become passé and while escaping into the land of celebrity news flash is becoming the norm. Young men in well-known urban American cities are killing each other and no one seems to care. Instead, jails not schools are being built to house the young men who are prosecuted while those who escape indictment – for the moment – are left to inflict havoc on the communities they live in.
I would like to witness the same level of advocacy – which comes into fruition every time an innocent young man is killed – demonstrated in our communities while the young men are alive. I don’t have the answer for the problem, but this I know, too many of our sons and daughters are dying on the streets of urban cities and most individuals don’t seem to care unless the victim is someone they know.

As you can discern from reading my blogs, singer/songwriter/poet Marvin Gaye is one of my favorite artists. The lyrics, “Crime is increasing, Trigger happy policing, Panic is spreading, God knows where, where we’re heading, Makes me wanna holler,” from Marvin’s song, “Inner City Blues,” is analogous to my present thoughts about the unnecessary violence taking place in urban communities in the USA. The rise in urban violence “makes me wanna holler.” What about you?

 

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