The release of Amazing Spider-Man #545 marks the last issue for many longtime Spider-Man fans. In this issue Peter and MJ take Mephisto's deal to "undo" years of continuity and their marriage to save Aunt May. It also marks the end of the controversial run of author JMS on the series.
Many angered fans took to Marvel's boards the last several days to protest: http://www.marvel.com/boards/viewforum.php?f=4.
Longtime fans are outraged and the disregard for Spidey's continuity. Their belief is that if Joe Q wanted to do crazy things with Spider-Man, he should have done that in the Ultimate Universe. With the "undoing" of many event's in Spidey's history, the continuity now is going to be a mess since MJ was such a huge part of Spidey's past. I haven't kept up with Spiderman after he revealed his secret and Aunt may was shot. Not be cruel but she was old anyway and should have died years ago. She was old when Spiderman was was a teenager. If they are doing this... it must mean Spiderman sales are way down and they need to do something drastic. Hey marvel! How about another Spiderman movie? Who knows this could make things real interesting in Peters life. Will he try to track down and win back Mary Jane to marry hime again? Now that could make for a huge twist if they do it right.I never knew Mephisto was that powerful to effect time lines though. He never did this before... oh well tell me what you think.
a came across this post: "Now, Discover Your Strengths" by Buckingham and Clifton, for career coaching for clients with marvelous results. It was published this year and based on a survey done by The Gallup Organization of over 2,000,000 people who were excellent at what they do.
The usual premises in business are (1) you can learn to be competent in almost anything; and (2) your greatest room for growth is in your area of greatest weakness. Buckingham and Clifton agree that a good person can learn almost anything, but their premises are (1) each person's talents are enduring, unique and INNATE; and (2) each person's greatest room for growth is in the area of his or her greatest strengths.
A strength is defined as "consistent, near perfect performance in an activity." When you're working in your strength area, you'll be energized, not drained, and will feel a deep pleasure that's soul-satisfying.
Here’s how to discover your strengths:
1. Innate talents show up early. What were you always doing as a kid? What did you dream of doing when you grew up? Ask your parents.
2. It comes naturally so it feels good. Ask yourself what you could envision doing for 12-14 hours in a row? What puts you in the zone?
3. A major clue is when you’re asked to do something new and you take to it like a duck to water. This is a signal that it’s tapped an innate talent.
4. Take the StrengthsFinder ™ Profile. I’ve worked with a lot of clients on this and have been impressed with it. One premise is that we don’t know what our innate talents are, and most people who take it are surprised.
5. Work with a coach. The profile is just the beginning to discovering your strengths. I think this is optional, you just need support from your circle of friends and family.
Strengths aren’t what you think they are. It isn’t things like “integrity” or “writing,” nor is it “I have a degree in marketing.” One of the best things about the survey is that they came up with 34 names for strengths that filled a gap in our collective vocabulary. Some of them are: Activator, WOO (Winning Others Over), Relator, Empathy, Strategic, Deliberativeness and Harmony.
We can become very good at something that isn't an innate talent, but can never reach excellence at it, and it will never give us the excellent life we want and deserve. Now, discover your strengths! I finish this by saying that one of the most important things but never mentioned is to surround yourself with supportive people. It's easier said then done but girlfriends and boyfriends and hopefully anyone you are married to will support what you really want to do. Yes, you still must earn a living but you should be able pursue that dream that drives you with their blessing. I say this for any people who you decide to be around you allot. I believe it's hard to succeed in attaining your dreams if these people in particular are counter productive. To often we find ourselves with people we love but don't support what we want to do. I would add relatives and friends to this as well. For me they are more easily dispatched or shut out my life if I think they are holding me back. Just something to think about, to those on the other side of this who can't understand why someone wants to sing(example) and you have the statics of those who don't make it. Don't hold that person back or try to belittle them. They might not make it, but you never know...they just might if they have just enough positive reinforcement from you, belief in them self and perseverance. Enough said! rainofgodscomics.com and rainofgodscomics.info KudoSurf Me!
Fear of Losing: Using Competitive Instincts to Your Advantage
The Winner’s Curse is a term used to describe auctions whereby the winner will overpay because he/she overestimates the item’s actual market value. This tendency to overbid is due to factors like incomplete information or other market participants. Recent research show that people also overbid because of the fear of losing in a social competition.
A team of NYU neuroscientists and economists conducted brain imaging studies and discovered that the striatum, a part of the brain’s reward circuitry showed an exaggerated response to losses during an auction game. When a group was told that they would lose $15 if they failed to win an auction, they consistently bid higher than others who were told they would win $15.
The difference lies in way the auction was framed. When simply reminded of what they had to lose instead of what they stand to gain, participants responded with higher bids.
While there have been investigations of overbidding which have attributed the phenomenon to either risk aversion or the ‘joy of winning,’ it was the use of imaging data which allowed us to distinguish between these conflicting explanations and actually arrive at a new and different one, the ‘fear of losing.’…We were able to use neuroimaging results to highlight the importance of framing, and specifically the contemplated loss, as an explanation for overbidding during experimental auctions.”
This ‘fear of losing’ seems to be triggered by competition with others and perhaps, attachment to the value of the item. A interesting takeaway point: instead of only highlighting the benefits or promise for a product/service, it would be beneficial to indicate what the buyer might potentially lose by not making a purchase or taking action.
People implicitly understand that they’re dealing with other consumers because of factors like exclusivity and scarcity. The one who acts swiftly will get to purchase and enjoy the benefits of the product, while others may not. The call-to-action is much intense in an auction, because the actions of others occur in noticeable real-time. Competition is in the forefront of the mind.
This study reminds me of how much competition is almost intrinsic to human society. You see competition between individuals, groups and countries in business or sports. It is perhaps, both an evolutionary necessity and a learned behavior that one develops in order to survive or thrive within a social environment.
We are all familiar with the pleasure of competition. Many of you have bought items from Ebay, an online auction marketplace. Often, your decision to make or abandon a purchase is rushed along on a subtle but tangible undercurrent of excitement during the process and a feeling of minor elation for having won an item at a favorable price.
Could there be a way to transplant the fear of losing and the pleasure of winning into a non-auction scenario? Perhaps the use of a competition as a backdrop where each consumer’s individual drive can play out against others. Make them interact and challenge one another within a superstructure that helps YOU fulfill specific end goals. Let the Competitive Instinct Flourish Within a Social Environment
CompetitionImage Credit: Swamibu
Businesses or marketers should think about how to create a social environment which encourages the natural competitive instincts of their audience. Interaction within this sphere motivates each individual consumer/participant. This helps to increase the level of audience engagement and automatically enhances the value of the product/service/site.
Social news sites like Mixx.com proudly highlight their top users by displaying them on a leaderboard or giving them specific awards/badges. This symbolic segregation of a group of users from others and the conferring of exclusive emblems of acknowledgment enhances the visibility/reputation of these individuals. This becomes something others can strive towards.
Not everyone will lust after awards or a higher user ranking. In fact, most casual users won’t care or bother to go after greater recognition. But owners of these communities know that there will always be a segment of hardcore users (the more competitive or goal-oriented ones) that will work extra hard so they can improve their score or rank higher on the leaderboard.
This addicted 1% of users enjoy a sense of achievement and are often enough to generate enough activity to make your site grow. This effect is even more prominent when the community itself is the main attraction. Take the example of video games with online features: players will gladly pay for a monthly Xbox Live subscription or WOW account so they virtually cooperate or compete with other individuals. Inter-user competition becomes an value add-on.
Such a social environment is not very difficult to create: there are a few fundamental elements involved. For starters, users should be able to interact freely with one another, through the site’s main features or separately in an standalone environment. Also, bind user profiles and on-site activity to awards, rankings, points, recognition, rewards and achievements.
Allow people to form sub-groups to pursue a diverse level of interests. Facilitate inter-user contact and interaction by organizing open competitions or one-off events that everyone can join. These special events can be plotted on an established calendar of regular activities which involve the community or its sub-groups.
The general theory is simple enough: Think about creating social environments that are conducive for your overall business objectives. Apart from simply marketing your site, we should look at giving our audience the ability to connect (and compete) with each other. rainofgodscomics.com and rainofgodscomics.info KudoSurf Me!