Barriers to ProsperityWritten by Janet K. Ilacqua
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You are here to express your individuality. If you read history of truly wealthy, you will see that they had this in common; they believed in their vision whether others did or not. Rarely do you hear of success story where prosperous individual worked 9 to 5, obeyed all rules, dressed in "conformity uniform" and always followed party line. If you don't want to be rich, but simply be "comfortable", that can set you apart as well. Some of non-conformists of my aquaintance are exceptionally talented in areas they have no real interest in. I've been told I'd be a wonderful and wealthy salesperson (yuck!). It's vitally important that you understand yourself and your own needs, and then refuse to budge. Whatever you know that you truly want, that's what you are supposed to have.
Bio: Janet K. Ilacqua is a freelance writer based in Tracy, California. She specializes in academic writing and ghostwriting of books for individuals and small businesses. For more information about her services, check her website at http://www.writeupondemand.com
Group KarmaWritten by Janet Ilacqua
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In 1848, land, originally part of Mexico, became part of United States. Americans, many of whom were failed gold-seekers from mother lode, started to pour in and acquired Mexican cattle ranches, often through force and trickery. The rich alluvial soil—some of best in world-- proved ideal for orchards. The Valley during spring was a canopy of white blossoms—“The Valley of Heart’s Delight.” However, an orchard of another type grew around seeds planted by William Hewlett, David Packard, Fred Terman, and other researchers at Stanford University. Today, Hewlett-Packard is one of world's largest producers of computers and electronic measuring devices and equipment. The names of branches of tree are familiar: Stanford Industrial Park, Varian, Apple Computers, Intel, Yahoo, CISCO, Netscape, etc. Creativity leads to innovation, and innovation leads to prosperity. Prosperity attracts restless, bright, often unscrupulous people, with often troubled and unhappy pasts, from all parts of world. The old-time farmers sold their farms off for a king’s ransom and move. The orchards were bulldozed to make room for subdivisions and industrial parks. At one time, largest mercury mine in U.S. was located in New Alma den hills in back of San Jose. Mercury, which is used to separate silver from base ore, seeps from this 100-year year old open sore and poisons Guadalupe River and San Francisco Bay. Silicon Valley has 29 "Superfund sites"--toxic sites slated for cleanup by federal government. This is more than any other area in country. High-tech manufacturing created 24 of 29 sites; 18 are tied to computer chip industry.The Hispanic hamlet of Alviso lies partly on a landfill created by dumping of asbestos-lined pipes in 1950’s by Certainteed Corporation. Not long ago, Silicon Valley found itself at centre of world, a job- and money-making machine fueled by popularity of Internet and technological innovation. Those days are a distant memory now. Now, Center of World has become a technological Rust Belt. The streets, once throbbing with energy, are empty and quiet. Empty new buildings stand like bleached mausoleums in sun with big, indiscreet signs slapped on them: "AVAILABLE. A full 20% of valley’s jobs have been lost since March 2001, and hi-tech jobs continued to be lost as companies downsize or outsource jobs to Asia. The business and political leaders of Silicon Valley are at a loss as to what to do to restore formor prosperity.
Bio: Janet K. Ilacqua is a freelance writer based in Tracy, California. She specializes in academic writing and ghostwriting of books and manuals for individuals and small businesses. For more information about her services, check her website at http://www.writeupondemand.com