“What Can We Learn From People Who Succeed Later in Life?

Shared TED.ideas video …

https://ideas.ted.com/what-can-we-learn-from-people-who-succeed-later-in-life/?utm_medium=referral&utm_content=2020-7-23&utm_campaign=social&utm_source=linkedin.com

Shared Forbes magazine article …

https://www.forbes.com/sites/nextavenue/2019/03/12/what-we-can-learn-from-people-who-succeed-late-in-life/#697e61411014

Personally, I have learned never to give up on a dream, vision, goal because, like the folks we are introduced to in the video and article, I am just getting started at my age. And frankly I am fortunate because my very diverse experiences have prepared me for what I am working on now. Added to that is the fact I have never been so motivated and excited about work as I am now with the goal to transform respect from a discretionary value to a global principle that will raise the standard and quality of living of all people, while also fostering the development of potential and the peace born of valuing all life.

Whatever is in you to do, step up, take the chance, and do your part to make the world a better place in whatever way works for you.

Wholeheartedly,
Kaitlin

KAITLIN ANN TREPANIER

Specialist, Writer, Speaker, Social Entrepreneur, Founder and President

Connecting The Dots With The Respect Principle

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August 3, 2020

Defining Words

Respect is mostly defined, in many dictionaries, dominantly as valuing … being kind to, esteeming, honoring, regarding, being polite to, showing courtesy to, considering, noting, recognizing, taking into account

Admire is often used equally with respect, yet in most dictionaries and thesauruses, admire is best defined as the quality of looking up to someone for his/her/their accomplishments/achievements, rather than for just being a person

Value is defined by the company as a discretionary value because people choose who or what to value, making the choice at their discretion

Principle, in contrast to a value, is a universal idea adopted by the majority and applicable to everyone, therefore making the decision to decide who or what is valuable or is not as obsolete in order to foster true acts of equality in human and natural interactions

Social Business Venture defines a sustainable for-profit business established to address one or more social needs

KAITLIN ANN TREPANIER

Specialist, Writer, Speaker, Social Entrepreneur, Founder and President

Connecting The Dots With The Respect Principle

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July 31, 2020

To Mask or Not to Mask

When “freedom” is used a means to do what we want … regardless of the impact on others, it may be freedom, but it is a selfish, narcissistic, and sociopathic freedom that disregards and devalues the lives of others so we can feel more important than others … which we are not.

Still not sure? Consider these scenarios  …

Sexual predators want to be free to do what they want. Should they?

Criminals want to be free to do what they want. Should they?

Terrorists want to be free to do what they want? Should they?

Businesses want to be free to do what they want? Should they?

Politicians want to be tree to do what they want? Should they?

Etc. Etc. Etc.

Without respect that values all life, humans need guidelines, checks and balances to counter beliefs, thoughts, and action individuals, groups, and humanity that are only self-serving and harmful to others. It is easy to slide into the pit of selfishness with the “freedom” justification, yet in no time at all, our world could end, not because of the apocalypse, but because of our own carelessness and disregard for life … anyone’s life, including our own.

This pandemic is revealing, like others, not just how fragile humanity can be to a medical disease, but more importantly how fragile we are in our thinking … believing that our freedom to do what we want when we want to is not something to be proud of or partake in without consideration and reflections because our actions and in-actions may just be responsible, not only for taking a stranger’s life by passing on the COVID-19, but also for potentially taking the life of a loved one or even several.

However, a higher “Respect Level” and more love for others would not allow us to be so callous and careless with life, but instead can empower us to deal positively with the inconveniences, the discomfort, and whatever else the acts of respecting and loving ourselves and others requires during this challenging time for humanity.

The answer is simple. Be a role model … not a rebel without a cause. Wear a mask. Social distance. Be mature. Act responsibly. And when this pandemic is done, you will feel better about yourself for doing you part … and the world will thank you too as we all breathe a sigh of relief for meeting a global human crisis … together.

 

KAITLIN ANN TREPANIER

Specialist, Writer, Speaker, Social Entrepreneur, Founder and President

Connecting The Dots With The Respect Principle

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July 24, 2020

 

 

 

 

Worried About the Economic Impact of the Coronavirus Pandemic?

What every person chooses to do is, as has been said, “A part of the problem or the solution.”

Most of us will never know all the truth about the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Scientists are working to discover how to combat the virus, the spread of the virus, and ultimately the prevention of the virus, yet science takes time, takes trial and error, takes money, takes energy, and a whole lot of patience.

Most of us are not scientists, but patients waiting to be immunized, so our key role is not only being a patient, but a “patient” patient, following the guidance of the health professionals to protect not just ourselves, but also everyone else.

Will some people exploit the pandemic and us? No doubt. But that fact does not mean we should be concerned so much about being exploited as much as we should be concerned about our and everyone’s health … because if we get sick and or die, being exploited will be the least of our concerns … including the financial impact.

And if we want to minimize the pandemic’s financial impact on us, then it comes back to our doing our part to be a part of the solution rather than add to the problem.

It’s our choice. We can be selfish, thinking only of our wants, or we can be selfless, thinking not just of ourselves, but about everyone else … the world we share.

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KAITLIN ANN TREPANIER

Specialist, Writer, Speaker, Social Entrepreneur, Founder and President

Connecting The Dots With The Respect Principle

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July 13, 2020

 

“If You’re So Smart, Why Aren’t You Rich?”

Linked article by Flay Flam for Bloomberg

https://getpocket.com/explore/item/if-you-re-so-smart-why-aren-t-you-rich?utm_source=pocket-newtab

Insightful, but there is one dot not connected … the “Respect Level” they are raised in and with.

KAITLIN ANN TREPANIER

Specialist, Writer, Speaker, Social Entrepreneur, Founder and President

Connecting The Dots With The Respect Principle

© All Rights Reserved 2014-2019

June 22, 2020

 

Money Is Only A Tool

MONEY IS ONLY A TOOL
Those who idolize money and/or people with money are buyable.
Those who do not idolize money and/or people with money are not buyable.
And the world needs more of the latter if we want a better world for all of us.

Once upon a time I naively used to be impressed with money and people with money until I experienced what many money idolizers are like and how they treat other people, especially those without money. Don’t get me wrong, I know money is a needed tool in our time. I also know money is not evil. On the contrary, I know money is also supposed to be used to share in order to help others. The choice to be the former or the latter reflects what people really value … respect … the most. A cool side effect of being one of the latter means I am no longer intimated by people with money or in positions of power and instead admire and trust those in the latter group.

 

KAITLIN ANN TREPANIER

Specialist, Writer, Speaker, Social Entrepreneur, Founder and President

Connecting The Dots With The Respect Principle

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June 6, 2020

 

 

Financial Gurus Guiding Restoration and Acceleration

There are a lot of people who want to offer financial guidance. Some people want you to do what they do. And a lot of professional people are in it for the money, so I turned to those who with the success and wisdom I was seeking.

Coming from a blue collar Catholic background with a number of challenges, when I started to earn an income beyond my expectations, I did not manage it well. In fact, I bought into the “buy-now-pay-later” and the “keep-up-with-your-friends-even-if-they-are-ten-years-older” mentalities. Combined with a low “Respect Level,” I did not have the self respect to manage my money. Instead I allowed the destructive mentalities to influence my choices to my and other people’s detriment.

Previous financial successes kept me believing one day financial abundance would return, so I began the research and study to understand how things what went wrong and what I needed to do before my finances were restored.

Reading Suze Orman’s books and listening to her logical, practical, and compassionate advice impressed me as did her mantra, “People first, money second,” both of which inspired me to heed her advice for individuals.

Tony Robbins and his books, “Money: Master The Game” and “Unshakeable: Your Financial Freedom Playbook Creating Peace Of Mind In A World Of Volatility” also focuses first on people by emphasizing wealth is not the goal, but a tool to help make a positive change in the world.

Though Suze and Tony provided the practical steps along with inspiration, as someone returning to a belief in God, The Bible has taught me how to prioritize wealth distribution one step further for the most effective and compassionate wealth management for myself and for the benefit of others too.

And though financial wealth has not yet returned, the wisdom gained from my financial gurus has set in place new money management habits that will forever serve healthy, compassionate wealth management no matter my income level.

Hope you reap the same wisdom from my financial gurus and share it with others too.

KAITLIN ANN TREPANIER

Specialist, Writer, Speaker, Social Entrepreneur, Founder and President

Connecting The Dots With The Respect Principle

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May 30, 2020

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The COVID-19 Pandemic Reveals What We Value Most … and Least

The pandemic is raising so many questions that our words and actions are revealing … what we value/respect … the most … and the least.

For example …

https://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/497617-viral-photo-shows-preschoolers-confined-to-chalk-squares-for?fbclid=IwAR1QR8DtvV7DtPxfW0nRIXvGiwzzRSUUKOTMHgGNqfYOwMYcXpypH-b8kiU

While there are many health, social, and economic challenges pressing in on leaders from all sectors, parents, and all of us, the best solutions will arise from higher “Respect Levels” for all of us. And anything decision based solely on the financial impact reveals what we value … idolize more than life itself.

KAITLIN ANN TREPANIER

Specialist, Writer, Speaker, Social Entrepreneur, Founder and President

Connecting The Dots With The Respect Principle

© All Rights Reserved 2014-2019

May 14, 2020

 

 

 

Is Freedom and Civil Disobedience, For Any Reason, Justifiable?

If every human was conscientious and never acted disrespectfully towards another human, freedom would be very different in our world. We would be able to trust that no person or organization would, consciously or not, seek to take advantage of or harm another person or group of people.

But, since that freedom definition is the ideal versus the reality, laws, courts, and prisons were created to help prevent, but also deal with those who harmed others, intentionally or not.

As someone who desperately sought the freedom to live the life right for me, not defined by other people’s expectations and wants, I felt caged by invisible bars. As a result, for years the desire to be accepted for my differences caused me to do the crazy dance of acing like most people I knew and then in defiance, when the restraint became overwhelming, I acted out, hurting both other people and myself.

Freedom finally came to me along with the wisdom no one gets to define my life, my beliefs, and my actions, so now  I live my life as I need to do for my own well-being. People like Nelson Mandela also helped me to understand what real freedom feels and looks like. Fortunately also, wisdom provided the respect and compassion to not force my beliefs and actions on another person or group, but also to be aware of how my beliefs and actions affect others.

Right now, after many weeks of lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic, people are crying “Freedom” and this morning I even heard an American restaurant owner, who had opened his restaurant and served a large number of people not practising social distancing, also cry out his and their civil liberties are being violated, so his civil disobedience is his and his customers’ right.

But civil disobedience, exemplified in Henry David Thoreau’s essay, “Civil Disobedience” that is part of many high school curriculum, is not about doing what one wants for any reason … it is about doing what one can to object to political leadership … that is harmful.

Sadly, though, many people who are citing freedom and resorting to civil disobedience are not acting to protect others as is its intention, in this case other people’s health, but to satisfy their personal wants, risking the lives of others for their own satisfaction and gain, for which there are many words, which I will leave to your imagination.

Yes, most of us are being hit economically for many reasons. Food prices keep climbing, but that does not mean we have the freedom to steal. People who sell us food often work for low wages and need their jobs, so they are forced to work. What about their freedom? Are medical staff free to choose who they help? What about their freedom?  What about other essential workers and their freedom? And all the people being forced back to work by employers to meet company income needs, personal income needs, and citizens needs, what about their freedom?

People are dying. Health care costs are skyrocketing. Life as we have known has been shutdown. This pandemic is not just about one person wants. It is about all of us … men, women, teens, and children around the world. Leaders are struggling, trying to do their best to help the people they govern. In-fighting is happening in governments. Protesting is an option … but putting the lives of others at risk to do so … the innocent … is not. Right now it may be not be a criminal law, however, it is a crime against humanity to act with such disregard for other life because someone thinks he or she is more important …  more valuable than anyone else.

It is time to get a grip on ourselves. It is time to support our nations and fellow citizens. It is time to step up and recognize our global citizenship. We may not like it, but let’s put the present scenario in perspective. We are at war. You have been called to be a soldier and do your part for the greater good of your nation and our global nation.

When enough of us finally grasp this reality, we will all win because we will not have so many people needing to feel more special that they seek to put themselves above all others and in the end, hurt not only themselves, but the people they impact. We will see ourselves truly equally, not slaves to ego and pride, but servants for the greater good, which also enriches our individual worlds too, empowering us with the freedom to be our unique selves that contributes in our unique way … adding versus subtracting to the quality of life of humanity … one person at a time.

KAITLIN ANN TREPANIER

Specialist, Writer, Speaker, Social Entrepreneur, Founder and President

Connecting The Dots With The Respect Principle

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May 12, 2020