The Past, the Present and the Future, It’s All in You

All of us have a past to look back at. We have fun moments we want to cherish and there are several unfortunate times we want to forget. As much as the wonderful things that we have done, there are also some that we regret doing. There are words that we wish, we never sad. And words we hoped, we had the courage to say.

Life is what we make it. And no matter how we try, the things we have done in the past cannot be undone. That is why we have been told to make the most of the time we have, because we can never regain the time lost. We can only look back, be proud or be ashamed. Some have managed to move on from the things gone wrong but others are still haunted by their decisions.

But life was not all that difficult to live with. There were times when the only decision we had to make was whether to use the professional hair straighteners or just leave the waves alone. There was a time when the choices present were just the blue and grey ties. And although these decisions did not have life changing effect on us, it had an impact on how we felt that day; a day that will probably appear in our biography.

All the decisions we made whether big or small, have contributed a lot to where we are right now. And the past is a constant reminder of the importance of the present. It tells us to stop worrying about the history that we cannot do anything about. The only things that we can affect as of the moment is the time at hand. Most of us have a lot of hang ups in what went before. And the more we linger on that thought, the more we got stuck to a motionless present which will soon become an unproductive past if we let it get the best of us.

Another wall that hinders us from dealing with the present is that we worry too much about the future. Let’s take this man as an example. Instead of attending his child’s ball games, he volunteers to stay at work to impress his employer and hopes that he will be promoted in three years. Sadly, he dies on his second year with the company; he never got promoted and missed all the games of his child. Deal with what you have at the moment to avoid would have-could have in the future.

Life may not always be as simple as professional hair straighteners or ties, but it will surely become better if we learn to let go of a past. And although thinking and preparing for a good future is not bad, we should never worry about it too much, because once we do, we end up ignoring the good things we currently have. And when we finally realized that we have so many things to be thankful for, the chance to appreciate it has already slipped away.

Retirement Presents For Men

When considering retirement presents for men, it may being a good idea to think outside the box in consider purchasing the man something that he would not expect. Many retirement gifts, quite frankly, are rather boring and unimaginative. Engraved plaques make for a lovely memento, but they are seldom actually displayed. More than likely, such a present will end up shoved in a drawer and forgotten in a short period of time.

When a man is about to retire, he is happy to look back all the accomplishments he achieved during his lifetime. He does not however, want to be pushed into a rocking chair and sentenced to a life of sedentary boredom. For this reason, it may be a good gift idea to choose something that will actually add some type of excitement to the retiree’s life. Of course, the gift must fit the individual. Choosing some activity that is dangerous to the man’s health is certainly not appropriate. You can however give a gift that will help a man to realize that he still has a life ahead of him that is worth living and enjoying with family and friends.

A fine gift idea for a recent retiree, may be some type of modern gadget that he does not even realize exists. Many times, older individuals caught up in the rat race of going to a job and living their everyday life, have not had the opportunity to keep up with all of the modern technological advances going on in the world around them. A fun idea might be some type of modern convenience related to some activity he enjoys. A golf course GPS or a digital camera might be an entertaining and welcomed gift.

Whatever you may choose to give the man who is retiring, be kind. There is certainly a place for a novelty gift or two, but receiving nothing but gag gifts can be boring and border on being disrespectful to someone who has put in their full portion of work days. Help them to start the next chapter of their life on a positive note and give them something that will help them to make use of and enjoy the increased amount of free time they will soon have on their hands.

Cross-Culture Business Negotiations in West and East

The development of the society and the improvement of the civilization of human beings have enclosed the relationship of the whole world. Cross-culture business negotiation which targets people from different countries or areas with different social cultural background and different political economic policies has become an important part of international business communicating activity. People from different countries or areas have widely different values, thoughts, behaviors, languages and customs, thus, their negotiation styles are very different from each other. Especially during the last three decades, China has changed its political policies to open itself to foreign investment. Cross-cultural negotiation has never been an easy task. A cross-cultural negotiation requires mutual understanding of culture differences and the practice of applied negotiation styles. “Cultural differences, in contrast, increase the complexity of the relationship and the negotiation encounter, potentially jeopardizing the business relationship’s future.” Thus, it is important to explore the cultural differences between west and east, and to study different communication styles.

In view of the emergence of global economy, the increase of foreign investment in China and the promise of China’s admission into the WTO, at no time in history has there been so great a need for international negotiating skills. In business negotiations, there might be many misunderstandings which may lead to the failure of the negotiation if people don’t understand these differences between them and those whom they are come into contact with. Knowing how to deal with the differences in business negotiations has very profound impact on the success or failure of the negotiations, even on the association pattern and association relationship, so it is very important to improve negotiating efficiency in international business negotiations in accordance with business partners with different cultural background and to enhance negotiating management based on cultural differences.

Negotiation rules and practices may differ greatly across cultures. People tend to interpret and judge their negotiating opponents on the basis of their own cultural assumption, and very often the opponent “who thinks differently” will be considered as someone “who thinks wrongly”. The potential for misperception and misunderstanding is immense. The greater the cultural differences, the greater the barriers to communication, and the more likely failure of the negotiation.