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Rated with 5 stars

Jennifer of Rochester, NY
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Original review: Nov. 24, 2019

I’m in a financial struggle at the moment and my spouse is not currently working so I called to make arrangements to keep my account open. The person I spoke to first was not very helpful and I’m sure the company has the conversation recorded. She proceeded to tell me that my account will be closed if I wanted to make arrangements which I did not understand due to a letter that I received today stating that they can help make payment arrangements. I told her never mind. I will wait till my next payment is due. Make the minimum. I just want to keep my account open. I’m in a dilemma.

It so happens that I received a phone call 5-10 min later regarding an attempt to collect a debt from the Same company that I just got off the phone with and I explained to the gentleman name Justin that was very helpful and understanding to the situation and is willing to work with me and he also did not understand why he called after I just spoke to someone about 5-10 min again but I am thankful that he did call. Justin I couldn’t get your last name but I do hope you are recognized for the great work that you do. You truly made my day much better knowing that I still have a chance. Thank you.


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Rated with 5 stars

Aleksandr of Los Angeles, CA
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Original review: Nov. 23, 2019

About 2 weeks ago I was at the Westwood branch and during my visit I have met one of the bankers by name Pavel ** – Nmls id#**, branch #624, Market Place CA13. He offer me his help and spent with me time helping to resolve some issues. He demonstrate high level of professionalism parallel with excellent customer service. I came to branches very rarely and I was very impressed by his work; nobody before was trying to help me as this person. At the end I can tell that I will try to bring at this branch in close future not less than $30000, just because of this person.

I did spoke to branch manager about his work and I asked him how can I leave feedback to their superior. He gave me advice and I left a feedback verbally to Citibank rep over the phone, the same time to make sure I do this review now through email. To get a customer sometimes take years, to lose customer you do not need even to say something, a look that you give can break relations. I really want this worker to be rewarded or promoted, people like him make a difference in our business life. Alex **. Ps. I am not perfect in English, since I never attended school in USA, but I hope you will understand my feelings.


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Rated with 4 stars

Sue of Seaford, NY
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Original review: Aug. 9, 2019

I have been banking at Citibank for over 20 years. They changed names a few times but I always stay with them. Their customer service is also good. They always help me if I have a problem, most times they can handle it through the phone. I have been very happy with Citibank.

Rated with 5 stars

Tatyana of Staten Island, NY
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Original review: July 16, 2019

My husband and I wanted to buy a house and take out a loan along with it. Now usually that takes a long time however Doreen sped the whole process up. She walked us through every step, was patient with all of our questions, and got everything done in a timely manner. When she found out we were having some problems on other ends of this whole process, she helped with the other departments to get everything done on time. Thanks to her and her dedication, we are now moved into the new house with everything in place on the financial side.

Rated with 4 stars

Ruth of South Floral Park, NY
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Original review: March 28, 2019

I selected Citibank for my mortgage as I have a long standing relationship, several open accounts and the Services and Customer Service was always outstanding. The Mortgage Loan Officer was outstanding and very helpful from the beginning of the process even while I was looking for the right home. She was very patient and responded quickly to my question whether by phone or text and explained the different options so that I could make the right decision. Though I was disappointed in the timeframe between the documentation submissions, pre-approval and final approval which was very lengthy. Applying for a mortgage during the major holidays season further delayed the approval. They also do not provide home renovation loans which would have been useful as I now have to find another way to get this done. Overall I was satisfied.

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Rated with 1 star

greg of Cincinnati, OH
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Original review: Jan. 17, 2020

I just dodged a bullet. I opened a Citi Accelerate Savings account because they offered a higher interest rate than Ally Bank and American Express. I had so much difficulty with their customer service department, I decided to just close out the account. When I went to transfer the funds I was SHOCKED to see a daily limit of $10,000 and a 30 day limit of $15,000. I was lucky I had only put $10,000 in and not $100,000. Before you put money in Citibank BEWARE BEWARE BEWARE of these unreasonable restrictions.

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Cheated of San Jose, CA
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Original review: Jan. 17, 2020

I got a promotion from Citi, said if I open a new account and deposit $50k into the new account, keeps it there for 60 days, then I can get a $600 bonus. In August, I opened the account, deposited the money, and now it has been over 5 months, still got no bonus. I called them many times and asked why, the customer service said they don’t know the reason, although they agree with me that I have met the requirements of the promotion. It is really a scam! They just play tricks and only want your money in their account, without giving the bonus.

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Mimi of Kenosha, WI
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Original review: Jan. 16, 2020

I was denied a credit card by Citi supposedly based on my credit report stating that I had filed a bankruptcy. This was 18 years ago!!!! That is ridiculous!!! This has been off my credit report for years!! ZERO STARS!!

Rated with 1 star

J. of Fort Mill, SC
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Original review: Jan. 15, 2020

I’ve been dealing with the headache that is Citibank for MONTHS now and to no avail… My account hasn’t ever been able to be linked to my external bank accounts since I opened the account. I ended up opening another account so that I’d have another account number and hopefully be able to transfer my money out of the account to my external account and I’m able to link the account but it’s been over a week and the trial deposits still aren’t in the account so I called and they are saying there is nothing wrong and my external bank says that they keep getting an error message saying that the account either isn’t associated with me (I’m the only person on the account) or the account isn’t a valid account.

I have verified the routing and account numbers through both banks several times and everything is correct. I just called to close the account that was useless and had no funds in it since I transferred the money to the new account I just opened and it took over a half hour and 4 transfers to get someone on the phone that could help me and close the account. I can’t walk into a branch to close the account because there aren’t any branches within hours drive of my house. I don’t understand how Citibank is still in business and still has any customers because from what I’ve gone through I will NEVER do business with them again and I will be warning all of my friends, family, and blog followers not to do business with them as well. I just wish I knew that this was going to be such a hassle before I bothered to give them a chance for their new account opening bonus which was $600 and was definitely NOT worth the headaches I have had from this bank…


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Angela of Philadelphia, PA
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Original review: Jan. 14, 2020

When dealing with a fraudulent charge and the other company admits wrong doing to myself and the bank, they are liars, they will tell you anything over and over. The company that took it said I would have to file a dispute because they don’t have the authority to give it back because it was took from my debit. They will tell you steps to take to make the process faster but in reality you will wait, wait and wait. They get smart over the phone, they hang up on you. They don’t understand the need for money or your pain and suffering due to an unfortunate event. I don’t like the way they handle things in no form or fashion. They don’t care about anything, I wouldn’t recommend this bank to be trusted with your money!

Citibank expert review by Barbara Friedberg

Founded in 1812, Citi is a leading global bank with approximately 20 million customer accounts in more than 160 countries and jurisdictions. Citibank works to provide consumers, corporations, governments and institutions with a broad range of financial services and products.

  • Services and products:
    Citi has a vast array of services for individuals, businesses and governmental institutions. Their products include banking, credit cards, lending and investing offerings. The Citi services include online banking, account alerts, bill pay, eBills, money transfer, Popmoney® and more.

  • Locations:
    Citi is organized around four geographic regions; Asia, Europe/Middle East/Africa, Latin America and North America. The company has offices in most every major city in the world.

  • Credit cards:
    The Citi credit cards include Visa and MasterCards across most segments including low interest, balance transfer, rewards, no annual fee, cash back, business, student, travel, secure and more.

  • Mobile banking:
    The Citi mobile app allows consumers to keep track of their banking transactions, move money, pay bills, email funds and more. The interactive, graphic displays help customers manage their spending and saving.

  • Security:
    Citi offers online and mobile fraud protection, identity theft solutions, overdraft protection and the highest level of asset defense.

  • Special offers:
    Citibank offers customers an array of lending, banking and credit offers that are regularly updated.

  • Best for:
    U.S. citizens, global citizens and travelers looking for banking services for any situation.

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Woman calls off wedding after finding her fiancé complaining about the cost of her wedding dress online

A man’s post on Reddit complaining about his fianceé’s dream wedding dress has got him into a lot of trouble.

The saga begins with a man lamenting the fact that his partner has spent so much on her dress.

He wrote:

Am I the a-hole for telling my fiancee [a 27-year-old female] her wedding dress choice is way too extravagant and suggesting alternatives?

Then he started complaining about how he’s much better with money than his one-time bride-to-be, writing:

“We are getting married in July of this year, the venue is booked and the wedding is pretty much sorted.

Emma has been researching dresses and has a little scrap book of lots of dresses she likes for ideas but is now looking to buy.

All that’s left to get is the bridesmaid dresses and her wedding dress.

We jointly put aside 10k each for the wedding, everything is paid and we have 6k left over which i think could go towards the honeymoon on top of the honeymoon fund we already had.

We aren’t the extravagant type at all, then comes the time for Emma to pick her dress. I know everything is more expensive when it has the term wedding attached to it what i wasn’t expecting was an $950 dress plus $120 veil!”

He then says that his outfit is free, unlike his “diva” fiancée.

“I’m using my dad’s old tux he used for his wedding to my mom, just had it taken in a little, Emma can’t use her mum’s dress as her and her mum both say the style hasn’t aged well which is fair.

I had a quick Google around at dresses online and there were so many! And so many just like the one Emma wants for like $50 to $100.

I’m not trying to get her to cheap out on her dress but she will literally wear it once, one dress for over $1000 is just insane that would fund our honeymoon .

I tried to show her some dresses i found on a recommended app called Wish and others on websites but she was having none of it.

She is very slender but apparently wants it specially fitted?”

Josh argues that it’s not exactly her money because it’ll become his money as soon as they are married.

“It turned nasty unfortunately because i said i refuse to drop such a large amount of money on a dress and she argued that she is using her own money for the dress.

Which isn’t strictly true as we ate about to marry and our finances will be joined.

Then her mom had to get involved, they offered to pay for the dress but it’s not a case of not being able to afford it.

It’s a dress! there are identical one’s online at a fraction of the cost.

I thought she would be ecstatic to learn there are identical dresses for a fraction of the cost but she was really angry and upset.”

Finally, he asked the internet if he’s the a-hole.

“Is there something I am seriously missing because after we argued about the dress Emma has been extremely cold towards me.

Then yesterday she said if i want her to cheap out on her wedding dress on her wedding day that she needs to really consider if we are a good match for marriage.

I’m blown away that she would say that over a dress, I told her she’s like a toddler throwing a tantrum over a sparkly toy she can’t have, that was a mistake as she left to stay with her parent’s, who called to tell me I am much more than an a**hole.”

The internet responded with a resounding: “YES! You are the a-hole!”

But the story doesn’t end here.

Josh later posted to say that Emma had called off the wedding after she discovered the Reddit thread about her.

Apparently, he used his real name and his phone PIN number: *face palms*.

It just goes to show, that if you don’t want to get dumped, don’t be an a-hole on the internet.

And if you absolutely must, then at least have the sense to change your name.

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More: Bride says friend stole her ‘dream wedding dress’ idea after seeing photos of it

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How to File a Complaint Against Your Bank or Credit Union

How to File a Complaint Against Your Bank or Credit Union

Have you experienced a problem with your bank or credit union that you have not been able to resolve? It may be time for you to contact the regulator of your financial institution. Unfortunately, our banking system doesn’t make this easy since there are many regulators which have responsibilities for different financial institutions. I’ve included links to two government resources that will help you find the correct regulator:

  • File a Bank Complaint – This is a good place to start to file a complaint against a bank. The site is intended for National Banks regulated by the OCC, but if your bank isn’t a National Bank, it will help you find the correct regulator
  • File a Credit Union Complaint – This NCUA page is the place to start for filing a complaint against a credit union. If your problem is with a federal credit union, the NCUA may be able to help. However, if it’s not a federal credit union, your first line of help should be from the state regulator.

It’s important to note that the regulator may not provide the help you had wanted. The FDIC describes the limit of its authority in complaint resolution at this page:

Our scope of authority does not ordinarily extend to the resolution of complaints involving factual disputes or contractual matters, or matters that have been or are in the process of being litigated.

Some readers have reported receiving no help from a regulator after they submitted a complaint. However, some readers have reported success. One recent example was when a bank changed their add-on policy on existing CDs. The reader wrote a letter to the FDIC, the bank’s federal regulator. The FDIC contacted the bank about the issue, and the bank decided to rescind its policy change. I described this incident and posted excerpts of the letters in this post. As you can see in this example, it can pay to send a complaint to your financial institution’s regulator.

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A medical record is composed of a number of sections. The first section contains a description of the patient’s complaints and symptoms, the medical history of the patient, the findings of a physical examination of the patient, and the impressions of the examining physician regarding the diagnosis of the patient’s illness.

You should be cautioned that each medical record will be slightly different. The order in which information is recorded will be slightly different and sometimes certain items of information will not be found in the medical record as more patients are diagnosed and/or treated in the physician’s office or in a clinic. It must also be noted that medical practitioners are not noted for their penmanship. Indeed, perhaps one of the most difficult aspects of medical record abstracting is deciphering the physician’s handwriting. This will be less of a problem as more hospitals computerize the medical record. The United States military is considering a computerized system called Composite Health Care System (CHCS). Army hospitals in Kentucky and Hawaii began developing the system in 1988 as well as Navy and Air Force facilities. Now the system is being tested in Walter Reed Medical Center, the Army’s largest teaching hospital. It will eventually be installed throughout military medical centers — a total of 125 hospitals in the United States.

The first entry in the record is usually a description of the chief complaints (CC) of the patient, i.e., the reason the patient sought medical attention. The description of the present illness (PI) which follows includes a description of the onset of the illness and the symptoms associated with it.






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How Complaining Can Create “Bad Karma” in Your Brain

It is intuitive that a negative attitude and constant complaining are bad for us, but can it really affect our brain? It turns out that there is a growing body of evidence suggesting that negativity can alter our perception of life by changing the connection of the neurons in our brain. This would then result in increased stress levels, which is linked to chronic diseases and mental health problems.

A common perception of complaining or “venting” is that people feel better after getting their emotions out. Contrary to popular belief, however, studies have shown that expressing negativity can be bad for the mood of both the complainer and the listener, and here we briefly discuss a few findings on how negativity can impact our well-being.

Do Negative Thoughts Affect the Wiring of Synapses in Our Brains?

The synapses in our brain are separated by spaces known as synaptic clefts. When we think, synapses “fire” and send signals across these clefts to other synapses. This forms a bridge by which signals and information and transferred. The exciting thing here is that upon each trigger of an electrical charge, the synapses involved are actually brought closer in proximity to each other. This increases the likelihood that the correct synapses will share the appropriate link and fire together. Consequently, it becomes easier for that particular thought to be triggered.

What all this means is that thinking about something initially makes it easier to think about it again in the future. As such, if a person is constantly unhappy, it makes it more likely that he or she will continue to have negative thoughts if nothing is done about it. On the bright side, though, this also suggests that if we make a conscious effort to think positive thoughts, the positive feedback cycle helps us to become a more optimistic personality as well.

By repeating pessimistic thought processes, synapses that represent these negative inclinations gradually grow closer. Given that the thought that is most likely to surface is the one which can form a bridge between synapses in the shortest period of time, it is unsurprising then that in this case a pessimist would be more likely to remain the way he or she was.

Who We Spend Time With Can Change Our Thinking Subconsciously

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In view of how negativity can change our behaviour, it is perhaps not all that surprising that who we spend our time with influences our brain as well. The basis of this is primarily linked to how we empathize with others. For instance, when we see another person experiencing some emotion such as joy, sorrow or anger, our brain attempts to fire the same synapses to relate to the observed emotion.

By trying to imagine what the other person is going through, this rewiring of our brain (or the phenomena of “mirror neurons”) can in fact contribute to our patterns of thought without us realizing it – in fact, the activation of this mirror neuron system has been shown in a study to be altered in adolescents with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). These findings were reported based on functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) data on how brain activation differs between the ASD group and the control group when inferring the intention of an action. Therefore, it would then be logical that if we surround ourselves with people who are generally optimistic, our inclinations towards happy interactions would be greatly enhanced.

Stress Can Affect Our Health More Directly Than We Think

In addition to hurting our mental well-being, the act of venting can be detrimental to our physical health as well. For example, anger-related synaptic firing can be bad for our immune system when coupled with an increase in blood pressure, as well as a higher risk of conditions such as obesity, diabetes and heart problems.

The main contributing factor to all the negative effects of stress is a hormone in our body known as cortisol. This has been dubbed a “stress hormone”, as the levels of this hormone in our body are drastically elevated when we feel stressed out. In this regard, the release of cortisol by our adrenal glands in response to stressors such as fear is an integral component of our fight-or-flight mechanism. However, prolonged release leads to impaired learning and memory, higher cholesterol levels and blood pressure, and a weakened immune system.

To date, there are numerous studies which demonstrate the profound negative effects of stress on our physical and mental health. For example, it has been shown that cortisol production induced by social aggression and isolation can be a powerful trigger for mental disorders and reduced resilience, particularly for adolescents. To this end, scientists subjected mice that were genetically predisposed to mental illness to social isolation during adolescence. This triggered marked behavioural abnormalities that persisted even when the mice were returned to the group. More importantly, the effects of isolation stretched all the way into adulthood, implying that adolescent stress can cause long-term damage to mental health.

In another study, scientists specifically bred mice to be “bullies”, and then subjected other mice to aggression from these bullies. They found that the “bullied” mice would release cortisol that subsequently led to increased social aversion to other mice. Moreover, this “scared” behaviour in bullied mice disappeared when the cortisol receptors were blocked, indicating that excessive cortisol could lead to decreased resilience.

Taken together, the aforementioned findings highlight the negative effects of stress and could be implicated in the development of treatments for depression and other devastating psychiatric disorders. Additionally, they also suggest that in adolescents predisposed to mental illnesses, efforts to protect them from social stressors such as bullying and neglect could go a long way in reducing the risk of getting these diseases.

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Complaining is bad for your health, according to science

No one likes to hang around someone who constantly whines and moans. It may seem harmless to vent your frustrations, but if vocalizing your negative sentiments becomes a habit, it can have some pretty harmful consequences.

It turns out that constant complaining will not only turn off others, but it can actually wreak havoc in other ways, too. Although it’s quite obvious that complaining can bring down your mood and the happiness of others around you, it can also have a large impact on your brain functioning, and it can even take a toll on your body as well.

As if you needed any other reason to stop complaining, consider these five ways that constant negativity can harm your health.

1. It Makes You More Likely To Think Negatively

The more you complain, the more likely you are to think negative thoughts later on. Neuroscientists commonly use the phrase “Synapses that fire wire together,” to explain this concept.

Every time you complain,

your brain physically rewires itself

to make it easier and more likely for that reaction — aka the type of thought — to occur again. Negative thinking ends up breeding more negative thinking.

2. It Can Damage Your Memory

MRI scans show that

constant complaining can lead to shrinking of the hippocampus

, the region in your brain responsible for cognitive functioning.

A smaller hippocampus leads to a decline in memory and the ability to adapt to new situations, among other functions. This can occur from

even just a few days of stressing out

and lead to long-term damage.

3. It Increases Your Levels Of Cortisol (The Stress Hormone)

When you complain, you increase your levels of cortisol, also known as the stress hormone. Chronically high levels of cortisol

can lead to a variety of health problems

, including increased risk of depression, digestive problems, sleep issues, higher blood pressure and even increased risk of heart disease.

4. It Can Shorten Your Lifespan

Constant complaining is not only bad in the moment, but it can be detrimental in the long run. One study published in the

Archives of General Psychiatry

found that optimists live longer than pessimists, with a 55 percent lower risk of death from all causes and a 23 percent lower risk of dying from heart failure.

5. It Makes The People Around You Negative Too

No one wants to be around unpleasant people, but if you keep complaining, you might find your peers adapting these negative habits as well. Listening to someone complain

makes you more likely to be negative as well

, which can just perpetuate the desire to release all those unhappy thoughts.

As they say, birds of a feather tend to flock together, so if you want more positivity, look for people who keep their sour thoughts to themselves.

At the end of the day, sometimes it feels good to get your grievances off your chest, but if you’re going to express your negative sentiments,

make sure you’re doing it in a productive way

.

If something is bothering you, take the proper action to help eliminate or resolve the issue. And if you really have to express how you feel, just make sure you limit yourself to an allotted period of time for venting, and then move on.

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Hate Your Job? Stop Complaining And Take Action

<div><img src="https://specials-images.forbesimg.com/imageserve/5e1e5a75a854780006e88caf/960×0.jpg?fit=scale" alt="Frustrated" data-height="3585" data-width="5377"></div><figcaption><p class="color-body light-text"><small>Getty</small></p></figcaption></figure><p>As a career coach, I hear every complaint under the sun as to why someone doesn’t like their job. I also see people get into the rut of constantly complaining about the situation without feeling empowered or responsible to do anything about it. </p><p>But it’s a new decade,&nbsp;and a perfect time to seek new opportunities. According to <a href="https://www.glassdoor.com/index.htm" target="_blank" class="color-link" title="https://www.glassdoor.com/index.htm" rel="nofollow noopener">Glassdoor</a>, in January, there are <a href="https://www.glassdoor.com/research/january-job-search-spike/" target="_blank" class="color-link" title="https://www.glassdoor.com/research/january-job-search-spike/" rel="nofollow noopener">22% more job applications</a> started on their site than in a typical month. Take advantage of a fresh new year to create your own fresh start.</p><p>Below are some tips to help you transform your current career roadblocks into guides for taking action. </p><p><strong>1.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Assume abundance vs. limited options</strong>. This is the first thing that needs to be tackled. The mindset that there are no options is the number one reason that people throw their hands up and take on the role of a victim. Though there are definite roadblocks that people face such as geography and experience limitations, we are experiencing a great job market at the moment. Even in tougher times, opportunities exist that go beyond your geography due to the accessibility that online businesses and work from home options that are available.</p><p><strong>2.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Look at where job growth and demand are already abundant.</strong> Glassdoor is a great resource to get you thinking about what’s possible. They’ve just released their annual report that reveals the <a href="https://www.glassdoor.com/List/Best-Jobs-in-America-LST_KQ0,20.htm" target="_blank" class="color-link" title="https://www.glassdoor.com/List/Best-Jobs-in-America-LST_KQ0,20.htm" rel="nofollow noopener">50 Best Jobs in America</a>. They’ve researched which jobs based on earning potential, job satisfaction and job openings. It’s a great place to get ideas of where you might want to invest some time and energy. </p><p><strong>3.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Align your career choices to your personal purpose.</strong> Though job growth and market trends are insightful of where the job market is going, it shouldn’t solely dictate your career decisions. The clearer you are on what your individual purpose is, the more proactive you can be in building a career that supports that. People who are clear as to how their job supports their individual goals tend to have higher levels of job satisfaction. If I know this job is really about creating time for me to be with my family over rapid growth, then I’ll enjoy a more low-key environment. On the other hand, if I’m all about taking on complex challenges then long hours will feel worthwhile.</p><div class="vestpocket" vest-pocket></div><p><strong>4.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Shift to listening for the opportunities and guidance vs. obsessing over your grievances. </strong>If you find yourself hating your job, don’t waste your time complaining. Instead, tune in to what the situation is challenging you to do. Should you be going back to school to set you up to qualify for the job you want? Do you need to speak up and make sure your viewpoint is heard? Do you need to finally take that step you’ve been afraid to take towards your dream but risky career path? This isn’t about falsely sugar coating your situation. It’s about using your experiences as a compass vs. getting sucked into a victim mindset.</p><p><strong>5.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Take one step at a time</strong>. Too often, people are waiting for all the pieces of the puzzle to be perfectly clear and understandable. That’s no way to make things happen. Instead, know what steps you can take while you figure things out. You can usually start reaching out to people that may have more information on what you’re looking to do. At the very least, you can start to look up websites, send away for information and read up on companies or jobs that you’re interested in.</p><div id="lightbox-inline-form-43d23829-320f-4ec8-9373-aa3b252dc212"></div>”>Frustrated

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As a career coach, I hear every complaint under the sun as to why someone doesn’t like their job. I also see people get into the rut of constantly complaining about the situation without feeling empowered or responsible to do anything about it.

But it’s a new decade, and a perfect time to seek new opportunities. According to Glassdoor, in January, there are 22% more job applications started on their site than in a typical month. Take advantage of a fresh new year to create your own fresh start.

Below are some tips to help you transform your current career roadblocks into guides for taking action.

1. Assume abundance vs. limited options. This is the first thing that needs to be tackled. The mindset that there are no options is the number one reason that people throw their hands up and take on the role of a victim. Though there are definite roadblocks that people face such as geography and experience limitations, we are experiencing a great job market at the moment. Even in tougher times, opportunities exist that go beyond your geography due to the accessibility that online businesses and work from home options that are available.

2. Look at where job growth and demand are already abundant. Glassdoor is a great resource to get you thinking about what’s possible. They’ve just released their annual report that reveals the 50 Best Jobs in America. They’ve researched which jobs based on earning potential, job satisfaction and job openings. It’s a great place to get ideas of where you might want to invest some time and energy.

3. Align your career choices to your personal purpose. Though job growth and market trends are insightful of where the job market is going, it shouldn’t solely dictate your career decisions. The clearer you are on what your individual purpose is, the more proactive you can be in building a career that supports that. People who are clear as to how their job supports their individual goals tend to have higher levels of job satisfaction. If I know this job is really about creating time for me to be with my family over rapid growth, then I’ll enjoy a more low-key environment. On the other hand, if I’m all about taking on complex challenges then long hours will feel worthwhile.

4. Shift to listening for the opportunities and guidance vs. obsessing over your grievances. If you find yourself hating your job, don’t waste your time complaining. Instead, tune in to what the situation is challenging you to do. Should you be going back to school to set you up to qualify for the job you want? Do you need to speak up and make sure your viewpoint is heard? Do you need to finally take that step you’ve been afraid to take towards your dream but risky career path? This isn’t about falsely sugar coating your situation. It’s about using your experiences as a compass vs. getting sucked into a victim mindset.

5. Take one step at a time. Too often, people are waiting for all the pieces of the puzzle to be perfectly clear and understandable. That’s no way to make things happen. Instead, know what steps you can take while you figure things out. You can usually start reaching out to people that may have more information on what you’re looking to do. At the very least, you can start to look up websites, send away for information and read up on companies or jobs that you’re interested in.

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Another topic complaining about Byleth. – Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Message Board for Nintendo Switch

Hey.

So, like, Byleth’s inclusion really upset me. Might have been the worst inclusion for me that I can think of for both Smash 4 and Ultimate in terms of general feelings, honestly. The guttural disbelief I felt when I realized what I was looking at, the thinking this was a joke, the thinking I was being duped out, the realization I wasn’t, all of it felt like Corrin or Piranha Plant (both reveals which I did not care for, to say the least) but to a more extreme. It felt like experiencing deja vu and that was the worst part.

I know a s*** ton of people are upset and disappointed and I’m not writing much original here. However, I’m gonna try to address the main thing that has bugged me about the inclusion: The divide. It feels not just divisive, but purposefully so. Sakurai and his team aren’t stupid. They had to have known the reaction to Byleth, or at least, a large part of one. He made note of it in his Corrin interview and that was one a half FE character ago. The trailer itself is tongue and cheek in regards to swordfighters and the like. And him being the final character in the Fighter’s Pass, when most everyone who would’ve gotten it already had made their purchase wouldn’t make their decision based on Byleth seems really suspicious to me. Which makes me feel, just, all sorts of off. Even with Hero, they tried to amend it to the Western audience with Banjo, as if being careful with it all. But with Byleth, it just seems like they don’t care.

And that’s a common statement I see. Sakurai doesn’t care what we think and he shouldn’t. That general line of thought. And if that’s the case, then alright. He’s a director that doesn’t care, I guess. It’s an odd thing to want to applaud, I think, but have at it.

And just the general thing I keep hearing from him on this being a celebration of gaming and all. I don’t understand how Byleth fits alongside everyone else on the Pass. It just feels… off. And I hear people say “Well, Three Houses is the best-selling FE game so it deserves it.” But how many times can we use that excuse? Awakening was the best-selling, so it got three characters. Then Fates was the best-selling, so it got Corrin. Now Three Houses was the best-selling, so we got Byleth. But what about other franchises? Xenoblade Chronicles 2 was the best-selling Xenoblade game, so it got a Mii costume and that sold better, iirc, than both Awakening and Fates (not combined, just generally speaking) but that doesn’t matter. Three Houses was the best-selling FE game, but there are a lot of games and franchises that sold better and are selling better, but they’re not being gifted a character with each release past a threshold. Hell, we don’t even get a Pokemon character per Generation like how we got FE characters at this point with one for each new game.

But sales don’t matter, right? Sakurai just loves Fire Emblem and Three Houses is great and all of that good stuff, so sales don’t matter. Then why does everyone go to it whenever explaining why Three Houses deserved a character. Why is that the jump made, almost immediately? Do they matter? Do they not? And if they don’t, are you saying that Sakurai bias does exist? And if not, what is the reason chosen over other first-party Nintendo games. Why was Corrin the only first-party DLC newcomer last game. Why is Byleth the only one you actually had to fully pay for this game? What about other franchises? I remember when people would say Spring Man and Rex and Elma and Inkling and all those characters were locks in Smash 4 and Ultimate because of “shilling” or whatever. But it seems like this tie-in mindset only ever really happens with Fire Emblem. Why? Is it Nintendo bias? Do they not care to try to sell or push other games such as Astral Chain? Daemon x Machina? None of them?

I guess, in the end, I just really don’t understand. I am not even really making a point with all this. I’m just venting my thoughts. This is probably the last time I’ll outwardly make thoughts like this on Byleth so I wanted to get it all out. It upsets me, largely cause it confuses me. What is the motive? Is there one? Is it really just “whatever the f*** Sakurai wants”? Is that a good thing? Is it only a good thing when one is personally appeased by said decision? Can it be a bad thing? I don’t know. I’ll tryto stop caring now. I just don’t understand the decision. It feels tonedeaf. It still hasn’t even fully registered for me. We actually got Three Houses DLC in a Fighter’s Pass where everyone assumed it would just be third-party, just like Smash 4 DLC all over again, every newcomer is third-party (+ Fire Emblem, for some reason). I joked about the possibility, and here I am, looking right at it. Whatever, I guess.

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