Category Archives: Career

Are stock options a gamble?

photo by Michal Parzuchowski on Unsplash

A few years ago I was working a trade show in New Orleans and decided to visit the casino since I’d never been in one before. 

I know how to play Blackjack so I stepped up to play at a $5 per hand table.

Within 30 seconds I had lost $20.

(Apparently I am not like everybody else who tells me when they go to the casino they, “break even or come out a little ahead”. Here’s a Beck classic that sums up my casino experience.)

I despise wasting money. So I left. That was my one and only casino visit. Continue reading


What’s the Worst Thing that Could Happen?

The Toaster – still going strong since 2004

The remote lock for the driver’s side door on my trusty 2004 Scion (aka “the Toaster”) stopped working last week. This was the 3rd lock to fail on me. Both locks for the rear doors had already stopped working last year.

Until my driver’s door lock failed, I applied the following Ainslie auto repair logic:

“Nobody rides in the back except for Snickers, so I can lock & unlock the doors manually.” 

“The Toaster is worth just a few thousand bucks. I’m not paying $300 per door to fix the locks”.

But when my driver’s side door wouldn’t lock & unlock, I knew I had to do something.  Continue reading


How to Get Hired in Sales

Surprisingly, I was never offered a job because of my stunning good looks.

I’ve been hired as a rep 8 times, a manager 5 times and received at least twice that many offers that I’ve turned down.

Contrary to conventional wisdom, only once did I have an inside “connection” who helped me get an interview.

I never brought a “rolodex of C-level contacts”.  Sometimes, I was even entering an entirely new industry, region, or market selling something I had never sold before. Usually I did not meet all of the job prerequisites.

Today I am going to tell you how I did it, and more importantly, how you can too.

(Hint…it wasn’t my stunning good looks.) Continue reading


You Already Know What to Do

Me about 30 lbs and 30 years ago ~1986 (with Mom and Aunt Essie)

Over the last few years, I’ve put on a few extra pounds that I’d like to lose. Despite my best efforts at exercising like a lunatic, I’ve learned that I cannot “outrun a Twinkie”.

So I spent the last several months reading about different diet & exercise plans. I’ve read about Paleo, Primal, Keto and Vegan. I’ve wasted far too much time reading blogs about diet and exercise.

About 3 weeks ago, I finally did what needed to be done – I stopped snacking on half a jar of peanut butter and chocolate several times a week.

It probably surprises nobody that I started losing weight.

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