Monday, June 1, 2009

I Don't Care Much for Words of Doom

Likely it's mostly a reflection of personal sensitivity given my fluctuating moods of late, but it seems to me I've witnessed more negative navel gazing in the past few weeks than is entirely healthy. The balance between optimism and pessimism is always a challenge, but if you pay attention only to the rain brought on by life's dark clouds, you'll tend to miss the bright colors revealed when the sun peeks out, as it inevitably does.


It's best to be on guard against creeping negative attitudes because positive change flows only from constructive actions and those actions are nurtured by the feeling of empowerment.


In every problem lies an opportunity that's waiting for someone to take action. Of course there is value in identifying problems; the world if full of arm chair critics who excel at that. There is even more value in identifying solutions; there tends to be a plethora of those as well. But in the end, the greatest value lies in taking action. After all, grand designs don't build themselves.


One of the problems I see is a lack of leadership from many of Eclipse's largest commercial members. We could bemoan that situation at length, but I gave up on that approach last July; soon it will be a year since I threw my shackles away. It's best to view the current situation as an excellent opportunity for smaller players and even individuals to step in and take charge. Don't complain about the economic downturn either. Sure this presents a significant barrier to all the players large and small, but those who persist will prevail and those who whine will fail. We should feel empowered by the extent to which individuals are making a significant impact at Eclipse; history is rife with such individuals and ultimately they shape our world.


I don't care much for words of doom. We should look beyond problems toward solutions and then take the next step toward action. And don't look to others to take those actions, look to yourself. Are those imaginary shackles constraining you? Throw them off! If someone tells you it can't be done, prove them wrong. Your greatest feeling of accomplishment will come from overcoming the most daunting adversity, so embrace challenges with a vengeance.

17 comments:

zelda14 said...

I mostly like your feelings. Anyway I would prefer 'conviction' rather than 'vengeance'. The only way I found to step forward is to ignore people who have a negative attitude. Don't throw your energy with them, you will never have something back. I'm thinking on one the latest thread on eclipse.modeling.
Your first point was about lack of leadership from our biggest company contributors. I agree there is always space for people who want to do something. e4 is coming a new step forward for our community.
Cheers.

Kevin McGuire said...

"It's best to be on guard against creeping negative attitudes because positive change flows only from constructive actions and those actions are nurtured by the feeling of empowerment."

Ed, that was really excellent.

Anonymous said...

Sorry for offtopic comment, but most of your blog entries are hard to read due to huge, absolutely unrelated images in the middle of the text.

I like your entries, but it is hard to get the point.

Is it possible to made images optional? Provide a link to it, provide some thumbnails, but don't include it in the middle of article in full size.

Ed Merks said...

The pictures are thumbnails of much larger pictures, at least on the planet feed and on the blogger site itself. Perhaps other rendering engines aren't doing as good a job...

The pictures are also on topic. The first picture is of bright color revealed in the sunshine after a rain shower; that's what the preceding sentence was about. The second is of a guard on duty in front of a palace in Sweden; being on guard is what the preceding sentence was about. The third is of a grand cathedral built by human hands in Sweden; that's what the preceding sentence was about. The final is of an individual who is commemorated for having left his mark in the world; again the topic of the preceding sentence.

Donald Smith said...

Ed, pay no attention to the anonymous trolls -- your blog is why many people check in here daily... I wouldn't change a thing...

Bjorn Freeman-Benson said...

I agree: action is where it's at. Preaching doom is easy and because it's easy it should be ignored. People (like you) who stand up and do something are who I listen to.

Unknown said...

Keep the pictures Ed, they make your blog even more interesting to read. And I don't say this just because this time you have been visiting my home town, beautiful Stockholm. (You should have pinged me. I owe you at least a couple of beers).
---
Anders

Bruno L. said...

Yes, keep the pictures, Ed !
Your blog is original and refreshing.

John Conlon said...

Ed, your pictures have made your blog one of my thirteen year old daughter's most requested site when she stands behind me when I am working.

(I just hope all the enthusiasm for emf and eclipse won't ruin my plan to convince her to become a CSS designer so she can redo my website;-)

ps - I like the pictures too,

Kenn Hussey said...

Ed, it would seem that navel-gazing period (positive or negative) is an inhibitor to action; we need less talk and more walk!

梁爵 said...

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2020.04.19指揮中心8日公布確診個案武漢肺炎(COVID-19、新冠肺炎)是一名酒店工作酒店公關,9日起有男女陪侍的酒家和舞廳無限期全面停業。10日深夜,本刊直擊酒店經紀人與酒店上班公關小姐位於北市林森北路大樓的祕密基地,這裡過去是酒店打工公關小姐梳化、換裝的地方,更是小姐坐檯後半夜宿醉休息之處。酒店經紀人小茹、小凱(皆化名)告訴本刊,過去八大行業旗下最多酒店PT有三十多名公關,現在因疫情掉了一半,只剩十多人,停業後,只有2人找得到兼職。「最大問題是沒說停業多久,若只是暫停一個月,起碼心裡有底,但現在無限期停業,是要酒店上班酒店小姐都去死嗎?」25歲、在禮服店當酒店公關近5年的萱萱(化名),接受本刊採訪時不滿地說。她透露,酒店停業後,不少小姐私底下還是會接客人的局,一旦她們到處接,「你怎麼知道我跟誰接觸?且沒地方(指酒店)管我接觸了誰,就連客人的家我也可去,你要怎麼防疫?」八大行業目前僅酒店、舞廳停業,酒店經紀人及公關小姐不約而同主張,政府應即刻對八大行業採實名制等措施,甚至要求戴口罩,雖會影響客人消費意願,但總比沒標準直接停業、大家都沒錢賺而失業來得好。一名酒店從業者向本刊提供八大行業的招募貼文截圖說,政府一宣布酒店停業後,相關網路社群內馬上出現「包養」「伴遊」「純飯局」「高級招待所」等招募文,有人強打「吃、玩、樂,就有錢賺」,還有人直接寫上「因為酒店歇業沒收入而煩惱嗎?心動不如馬上行動」等,大剌剌拉攏酒店公關轉接其他案子。小茹透露,酒店停業後,仲介客人來消費的酒店幹部,可能轉介旗下小姐至KTV包廂、飯局、私人招待所,或按摩店、酒吧,甚至做「外送茶」(性交易),但這些工作型態不同,加上彼此人脈不流通,要轉過去沒想像中容易。她說,酒店都留有小姐上班的「節數」紀錄,建議應讓一個月上班10天以上的正職公關,都能支領紓困金。萱萱建議,應比照健身房採實名登記,要求客人填寫健康說明書,14天換一張。小凱說,酒店客多半經幹部介紹而來,早有聯繫資料,且避免客人跑單(賴帳),業者常留有客人身分證影本,加上會介意的客人早就去私人招待所了,執行上不會太難。小茹則主張,應由第三方稽查八大業者是否落實防疫措施,目前都是警察去臨檢,卻未見衛生單位主動出面監督業者。

梁爵 said...

2020.05.12酒店、舞廳解禁酒店小姐的基本介紹跟工作內容開放有望!新冠肺炎台灣疫情緩和、穩定控制,中央流行疫情指揮中心昨日我在酒店上班的日子宣布,目前暫停營業的酒店、舞廳等酒店小姐一定有S?業者,在符合防疫安全條件下,八大行業可開放營業,且不受室內100人、室外500人人數限制。巧合的是,今日職場須知 【酒店PT 】剛好是酒店、舞廳停業滿月,指揮中心此話一出,相關酒店打工行業人士都很期待。記者實訪一名在北市中山區酒店工作的女公關軒軒,她表示若酒店真解禁,實質上生意一定會爆好,因為台商、業者都「忍很久了」。軒軒說,她所服務的地方為私人招待所,受酒店禁令也暫時歇業至今,這一個月來她都沒進店裡上班,與其他公關們大多轉戰KTV、卡拉OK或是飯局模式;而客層方面,多為熟客與幹部所介紹的友善客人,故在安危顧慮上較放心;但即便如此。收入仍大受影響,跟之前比少了六成,不過因她沒有家計負擔,故這段時間她也當做休息,更規畫了東部旅遊。而對疫情這段時間的感想?軒軒說,其實酒店業並不是四月時有酒店公關確診才受影響,而是台灣確診1月下旬有確診者後,2、3月生意就明顯下滑,因為「有錢人超怕死!」也擔心來消費後確診,很難對親友交代,故2月起收入就已下滑。軒軒也說,而酒店業是「連動」、最能反應「台灣經濟」的產業。經濟好時,來消費、甚至談生意的客人就多;而一蕭條,酒店、幹部、旗下小姐收入銳減,連樓下賣花、賣香腸、一整條賣衣物、精品的店家都受影響,是一層接一層環環相扣的。軒軒跟記者分享一個特別觀點,就是酒店停業這一個月時間,她的總收入雖大減,但是「客單」(顧客單筆消費)收入卻超高。她解釋,因為這段時間都轉戰如錢櫃KTV、卡拉OK等方式,客人消費、開酒遠比在酒店時便宜、小費也多外,收入部分因不用透過酒店營銷、幹部等關卡,少了中間抽成,故費用都是「實拿」,也算是這段時間的特別之處。

梁爵 said...

2020.05.14酒店舞廳可不可復業?酒店小姐的基本介紹跟工作內容台北市長柯文哲今天在議會表示,他還是等陳時中,「他(陳時中)不宣布,我(柯文哲)就來宣布」。柯又提到,市府正在評估5月25日第二波要解封的部分。對於我在酒店上班的日子有媒體解讀,北市府25日將解封酒店小姐一定有S?酒店舞廳?梁小尊表示 八大行業是哪八種行業呢?,柯文哲今天上午至議會專案報告職場須知 【酒店PT 】答詢時,從未提及5月25日將解封酒店、舞廳等地點。梁曉尊強調,5月25日起將啟動酒店打工第二波解封場館名單,至於八大行業解封日期仍在討論中,對於如何落實防疫新生活運動四原則,本府已正式行文衛福部,盼中央能給予執行方式與裁罰規定。

梁爵 said...

2020.05.15酒店小姐的基本介紹跟工作內容新冠肺炎疫情逐漸緩和,我在酒店上班的日子八大行業停業超過1個月,酒店舞廳都盼能盡快酒店小姐一定有S?復業,台北市議員林瑞圖15日召開記者會 八大行業是哪八種行業呢?替特殊娛樂工會發聲,盼北市府能讓八大行業恢復營業,北市特殊職場須知 【酒店PT 】娛樂工會副理事長胡繼堯表示,如因疫情關係要實名制,也不是問題,重點是停業一天,對從業人員而言就是酒店打工「零」收入。日前因確診個案379從事八大行業,為避免疫情擴大,中央宣布酒店舞廳一律停業,不過近期疫情和緩,八大業者盼中央能盡快恢復營業,林瑞圖指出,八大行業停業連帶影響許多行業,像是美甲、美髮或計程車業等,而這些人也要維持家計,停業一個月等於收入就停擺,也沒有任何紓困補助。林還說,北市府原本宣布預計5月25日會讓八大復業,中央也沒有意見,但大家長是柯文哲,如市長不答應,也不能開放。胡繼堯說,來到現場的業者都是合法繳稅的酒店,其實很多酒店還是關起門來營業,這也是防疫破口,倒不如採實名制開放營業,工會也會介入輔導執行防疫工作。針對25日如北市府仍不願開放酒店復業,胡表示,一切會配合政府的政策,議員也會持續跟市長協調。在八大行業上班年約30歲的Angel指出,會從事八大行業一定是家裡有困難,不然誰想做八大,但現在停業連房租都繳不出來;在酒店擔任領班的JOJO也說,原本每月都有規畫收入花費,停業後就等於完全沒收入,找家庭代工來做也找不到。

梁爵 said...

2020.05.23酒店小姐的基本介紹跟工作內容八大世界的融資邏輯在性交易不合法、陪侍業遊走於法律邊緣的情況下,酒店公關與我在酒店上班的日子性工作者常被屏除在社會安全網與信用制度外,幾乎不可能和銀行等金融機構借貸,辦房貸、車貸時需要人頭,這時就會向恩客或經紀人求援。經紀人除了確保酒店打工小姐們工作時的安全、陪上下班跑店接送、情緒低落時灌心靈雞湯外,也經常是她們的債主甚至信用保證人,要放貸酒店上班-酒店兼職-兼差如何達成人生的第一桶金必須自己口袋夠深,也有不少經紀人酒店兼差不是一個複雜的工作環境?被借錢借到倒。「我會借出去的款項,基本上都是我覺得沒有還也還好的數目,當然也要評估妹仔有沒有這個產值,正妹優先。」一名酒店經紀這樣談自己的借錢哲學職場須知 【酒店PT 】:「一個相貌普通的妹仔開口就要借個十幾萬,是不會有正常人想理她的,何況有的妹仔連上一任經紀人的錢都沒還完呢!」在顏值與人頭都能變現的世界,經紀人除了用各種管道開發有意進八大淘金的新血,有的也會從同行手中「洗妹」,像洗牌一樣把屬意的小姐洗到自己旗下,或是用妹海戰術賺錢。一個酒店小姐的經紀約平均交易價格是三萬元,有債務的則另議前後任經紀的償還比例,越弱勢的就會面臨越嚴苛的勞動條件。在肺炎疫情餘波未平、政府宣布八大全面歇業之際,手上銀彈多的經紀能「危機入市」,然而,洗妹要不犯江湖忌諱是一門大學問,擋人財路如殺人父母,事小的道歉包個紅包做結,大者是會動拳腳刀槍來拼命的。酒店、養生館為了店內秩序,禁止小姐們交流薪資與經紀人抽成比例,也難防耳語傳聞「唉呦你的公司怎麼這麼苛?我一節就拿多少多少說!」「你這麼正,怎麼在這邊上不好?你經紀人都不想辦法的噢?」「我可以幫你介紹某某,某某會幫你如此這般……」知道水深的老鳥不是幾句甜言蜜語過個水就洗得動,但在無限期停業的政策推一把後,頓失生計的八大基層會衍生多少糾紛、呆帳與治安問題?這些問題又會如何反饋到「光明社會」的這一面,恐怕不是此一時能夠斷言的。八大因疫情停業並不會讓情慾需求消失,一名應召站幹部說,「如果大家能滿足在家裡打手槍,那一開始就不會來了。」除了多與嫖客喇賽疫情的五四三,他依舊周休一日每天值班十二小時,整理新的花名冊,戮力為客人仲介各式各樣的溫柔。站在道德的相對高點,質疑他人的職業選擇、想像做八大一定日進斗金、要求紓困補助都是貪婪很容易,深入了解不同族群的苦衷、共同承擔困境永遠是最艱難的,希望在這波尚無配套的八大歇業命令後,大家可以思考:膝反射式的傲慢是否和瘟疫一樣致命?

梁爵 said...

2020.06.02酒店小姐的基本介紹跟工作內容武漢肺炎(COVID-19、新冠肺炎)疫情趨緩,全台各縣市陸續解禁我在酒店上班的日子酒店等行業,台中知名酒店,不敢來酒店上班-酒店打工的原因金錢豹今(1) 酒店上班-酒店兼職-兼差如何達成人生的第一桶金日恢復營業,酒店兼差不是一個複雜的工作環境?門口可見名車一輛接著一輛,酒店小姐下車後也都戴上口罩,並乖乖在大廳量體溫、酒精消毒,落實防疫政策。
等待已久的酒客們也紛紛來到職場須知 【酒店PT 】金錢豹尋歡,不過警方仍不敢大意,在金錢豹恢復營業第一天進行臨檢,確認酒店有落實實名制;而一名等待載客的計程車司機則表示,過去一晚可賺進2至3千,酒店因疫情衝擊停業後,計程車沒生意就跑去打零工,如今酒店終於復業,司機希望計程車生意能夠慢慢回復到以前的榮景。