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BREAKING: TikTok BANS PragerU

TikTok has permanently banned PragerU from its platform for “multiple violations” of its community guidelines.

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PragerU has just released the following to their email subscribers:

“Dear PragerU Supporter,

TikTok has permanently banned PragerU from its platform for “multiple violations” of its community guidelines.

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The tech giant removed PragerU’s account altogether—giving us no way to appeal the decision! We can’t even view the content that was supposedly in violation of TikTok’s policies!

This is blatant censorship.

TikTok is a platform most frequently used by young people, primarily those under the age of 18, to share video content. This is a vital age group being brainwashed by the left that we must reach.

PragerU’s TikTok page simply shared videos about American values using young influencers to convey those ideas. Our page was reaching millions of young people.

TikTok does not want young people, especially Gen Z, exposed to conservative ideas.

Because PragerU’s page was effectively influencing millions of young people, they banned us. To make matters worse, TikTok gave PragerU zero recourse—no reasons were given and there is no one to contact.”

As you can see, BIG TECH continues its war against conservatives. Let’s help PragerU fight back by contributing to them. Did you know that they are a non-profit. They have helped us, so now let’s help them! You can contribute right here.

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Using Technology Wisely: Updates and Backups

Regular updates and backups are vital: the people who spread viruses, spyware, worms, and malware are at work around the clock

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You receive alerts all the time urging you to install software updates for the equipment and software that you use. Sometimes you do so, frequently you do not.

The manufacturers and disseminators of such alerts maintain, often rightly so, that regular updates are vital since the people who spread viruses, spyware, worms, trojans, and malware in general are at work around the clock.

Updates Matter

Ron Wagner, a former pilot with Eastern Airlines who later became successful as in designing software manuals and training books, says that the crucial patches dispensed by vendors help to protect your desktop PC, laptop, phone, and other gadgets. They are not offered arbitrarily. They come as a result of known security breaches, bugs detected, and issues that make updates essential.

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So, the time to update your personal technology is when you receive vendor alerts along with accompanying links and instructions. Periodically, such updates also include new features and enhanced compatibility for whatever else the vendor offers.

As you likely have witnessed, smart devices such as smartphones generally take care of themselves. Their updates are automatic. You are not required to do anything. Still, it’s wise to keep abreast with the developments related to each of your apps.

Back up Your Computer Files

You only need to experience one major setback to acknowledge the value of constantly backing up your critical data.

If your hard drive has ever been fried, if your unit simply went kaput and is no longer operable, or if you spilled coffee on it, that destroyed some or all of your data. You know what I’m talking about!

AllBusiness.com contends that backing up what you’re working on during the day, certainly at the end of the day, makes perfect sense. Twice a day and three times a day is not overdoing it.

Another Week, Another Backup

It’s not out of the question to run a complete system backup once a week. Most businesses have established procedures for doing so.

If you work at home on your own computer, even on personal items, the once a week routine is still recommended. Think about it, anything you work on for more than 5 to 20 minutes, that you could lose, is worth bucking up.

Backup software allows you to earmark which files you want to backup. You can choose to back up all files that have changed since the last backup. That procedure saves time, and means that you only need an entire system backup on a lenient basis.

Online services that perform backups offer great flexibility as well as to what gets backed up and when they occur.

Security Counts

Backing up files to elsewhere on your own computer might be quick and easy, and even satisfying in the short run, but it is not secure. If anything happens to the unit itself, your data could be jeopardized.

You want to have either a portable hard drive, a high density DVD, or a 32 GB or 64 GB flash drive, onto which you can copy your data. Then, keep it in a secure location.

When to install is before you have some data mishap. Too many computer users wait until something goes terribly wrong and then they realize the value of using an external hard drive.

Why wait? The prices are quite reasonable, the process works quickly, you gain a huge amount of storage space, and there is no continuing cost after your initial purchase. What’s not to like?

An External Hard Drive

Employing an external hard drive to backup your computer is among the best protective measures you can choose to secure your data.

If you’ve never employed an external hard drive, you’re in for a pleasant experience. They are not difficult to install, and you can virtually plug it in right out of the box.

The new hard drive then will appear on your Explorer tree, and you can literally drag-and-drop your files from your C: drive to your external drive. You have the option of manually backing up your files or using transfer type software which runs in the background and backs up files automatically.

Nothing Lasts Forever

What about potential down sides? If you use the drive long enough, in time, it will fail, as will every piece of hardware you’ve ever used. Also, you must have your drive connected if you want to do daily backups. If every few days or every week is fine with you, it’s easy enough to unplug and securely store the device.

In any case, it’s worthwhile to install an external hard drive – before you have some type of major data mishap.

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I’ve thought it over Boss, and I Quit!

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That was the headline of my resignation letter in 1977. “I’ve thought it over and I quit!”

I was the Senior Program Manager of Individual Development programs for the 356,000 members of the U.S. Junior Chamber of Commerce, the Jaycees. My role was to develop, promote, train and manage these programs through a volunteer field force of 250 young men in all 50 states. It was a thrilling job that included much travel and many speeches to hundreds or thousands of Jaycees at conventions nationwide.

My job allowed me to collaborate with my heroes like: W. Clement Stone, who had been partners with Napoleon Hill, author of Think and Grow Rich, the most popular success book of all time; and Og Mandino, author of The Greatest Salesman in the World, and president of Success Unlimited Magazine. I visited The White House and met President Gerald Ford in the Oval Office for a one-on-one photo. It was the most exciting time of my 30 year life up to that point.

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I will forever be grateful for the privilege of serving in this position, and for the profound lessons I learned while there.

And then I mastered my new job.

My boss was Don Varnadore and his boss, our Executive VP, was Al Simensen. Don was my mentor and my champion. He believed in what I could do. Al was skeptical. He thought I was “a bit much”, sort of a “Mister Motivation” and he questioned whether I was real or all show.

That was all the challenge I needed. For over a year, I worked long hours and gave way more to the job than was reasonable to expect. Many times I worked late into the night and occasionally fell asleep at my desk. My productivity was immense! I was producing high quality work (their opinion, not mine) and winning awards for my department. I wrote a new Leadership Dynamics program and Communication Dynamics that sold over 76,000 copies in the first couple of years. I worked with the Million Dollar Round Table to publish “Family Time, a Revolutionary Old Idea” for the Jaycees. I curated an audio album by W. Clement Stone called the “Personal Success Series.” These were just a few highlights of the many great projects I championed while there.

Try Try Again

But, despite my massive efforts and measurable results, I was never selected as “Staff Officer of the Month.” The reason that mattered to me was the awardees would have their name added to a permanent plaque that was displayed in the lunchroom at Jaycees Headquarters where we all worked. There were about 100 of us at the time. I had never been considered a true contributor in my life before.

I went to Don Varnadore and asked what I needed to do to be selected. He coached me, but still no acknowledgement came. So, I took on even more. I enrolled in night courses at the local community college. I joined a Toastmasters club. I volunteered to conduct before work and after work training programs for the HQ Staff for no pay. These were highly popular and focused on job related skills; public speaking, travel tips and strategies, speed reading, effective listening, and other topics. I also crafted a plan for merging the personnel management and training of our staff into the duties of the Individual Development programs office. I was not asking for a raise, just more opportunity to show my abilities. Still, no permanent acknowledgment. It mattered to me that I could achieve a lasting recognition for my contributions. Nada.

Miracles still exist

One day, as I was returning from a trip to Utah to study the Family Home Evening program developed by the Mormon Church, I said a prayer. “Lord, I’ve done all I know to do. Please take the wheel and guide me as to what to do next. And, please be bold, don’t hint. I want to know it was you.”

The following day I had an appointment to meet with Joe Willard, the general agent for Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company’s Tulsa, Oklahoma office. He offered me a full time job as his confidant and advisor, plus trainer for his 19 insurance agents. He also offered me a penthouse suite corner office and use of the secretarial staff for my professional speaking career. Gasp! This happened on the very next day!

I thanked God and wrote a letter to Al Simensen. The headline said, “I’ve thought it over Boss, and I quit!”

My departure was amicable and I still have friends from those days long ago. My new life with Mass Mutual led to six years of training, consulting and speaking for them nationwide and in their home office in Massachusetts. I went on to speak to most of the world’s leading insurance companies and was once the opening keynote speaker for the Million Dollar Round Table! My life was, is and has been blessed on so many levels. As of today I have delivered more than 3,300 paid speaking engagements in all 50 states, most of Canada and literally around the world. Joe Willard became one of my lifelong closest friends and my career has blossomed beyond my greatest dreams. I’m grateful, deeply grateful.

What this means to you is:

Sometimes your best efforts, even with great measurable results, are not going to generate the kind of acknowledgment you may desire. My goal was to leave my mark, to be counted among the people who mattered. I wanted to be able to see my name on the wall along with my predecessors. But it was not meant to be…at least not there.

Upon leaving the Jaycees, I commenced a career that has taken me around the world three times, having 20 books I’ve written published by the nation’s leading publishing houses, inducted into the Sales and Marketing Hall of Fame and I’ve served as President of the National Speakers Association. All of the great awards, certificates and acknowledgments that are bestowed upon professional speakers have been provided to me and my feelings of incompleteness from the Jaycees experience have long since been wiped away by rewards of  “good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, poured into my lap.” Luke 6:38 

The same principle applies to you.

What have you been pining for, dreaming about, and hoping to earn? Have you been giving more than enough but not receiving the outcomes you targeted? Maybe it’s time to give up…control. Just as the song says, “Put your hand in the hand of The Man who stilled the water…calmed the sea…”  Pray for guidance and then look and listen. God doesn’t need to hint. You will know if it is right and from Him.

When people say to me, “I think God is trying to tell me something”, I say, “Really, you think the Creator just drops subtle clues and expects you to pick up on them?” Maybe your prayers have been more like pleading rather than placing yourself in His hands. Just pause, take a different look, get a broader perspective. It may well be that a slight change in direction could put you a path that will make all your dreams come true.

Do your best where you are, grow where you are planted. When you outgrow your current place, branch out and look for a new direction, but don’t stop doing more than you are required to do. Overfill your place. Give full measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over. Those who do this will be noticed and rewarded even if not from the direction they’ve been seeking. Be the best bargain of a worker that anyone could ask for, give your employer and your customers a raise through your performance and your compensation will surely come.

 

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