Payroll It Forward

This post is the eighth of ten in a series called “500 Words To Save The World.” Each post will use just 500 words to address a problem that has been bugging you or me. If you want to get in on the conversation, tell me the problem you’d like discussed in the comments section of this post, or email me directly at steve@stevenazarian.com.

Please keep in mind these are ideas, not plans; strategies not tactics.  I encourage your feedback and suggestions on how these ideas might become reality. You may start counting words… now!

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Small business is the backbone of the US economy. More than 50% of the working population works in a small business.

The worst part of running a small business is the paperwork that comes with employees. Tax withholding and regular reporting is cumbersome, difficult and expensive. […]

Make Less Mistakes

 

This post is the seventh in a series called “500 Words To Save The World.” Each day I will use just 500 words to address a problem that has been bugging you or me. If you want to get in on the conversation, tell me the problem you’d like discussed in the comments section of this post, or email me directly at steve@stevenazarian.com. You may start counting words… now!

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There is nothing that makes you look less intelligent than a regular misuse of language. I am a musician of language; English is my instrument. Like music, language is alive, fluid, and evolves over time. However, just like music, language has rules, and if you don’t follow them, you will hurt people’s ears. […]

K.I.S.S. Me You Fool

This post is the sixth in a series called “500 Words To Save The World.” Each day I will use just 500 words to address a problem that has been bugging you or me. If you want to get in on the conversation, tell me the problem you’d like discussed in the comments section of this post, or email me directly at steve@stevenazarian.com. You may start counting words… now!

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Years ago I received a Lego set for Christmas. I wrote about it in a piece called Why Legos Matter. This set included gears and axles. One day my Dad and I were playing with the Legos, and he taught me how to make a speed multiplier gearbox. When you mesh small and large gears in an alternating pattern, turning the input end produces a substantially greater rotation at the output end. It seemed like magic… I set out to build a bigger one using all the gears in the set. […]

Whirled Peas

 

This post is the fifth in a series called “500 Words To Save The World.” Each day I will use just 500 words to address a problem that has been bugging you or me. If you want to get in on the conversation, tell me the problem you’d like discussed in the comments section of this post, or email me directly at steve@stevenazarian.com. You may start counting words… now!

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When I requested “problems to be solved” last week, I expected some Jackwagon to ask for “world peace.” One of my readers came through within the first hour. Then, the day after the Grammy’s someone asked when I was going to address the antics of Kanye West, I replied, “too easy, not doing it.” […]

Four In The Can

 

My day job is in the video/film industry.  Even though there is little actual film left in our business, there is an expression that has endured from the all-film days.  To say something is “in the can” is not to say that grandpa needs some alone time with the newspaper in the powder room.  In fact “in the can,” in the film industry, means that everything being shot on that particular reel of film is done being shot, and the reel has been placed in a light-safe protective metal canister for processing and editing. […]

Five Things You Can Fix Yourself!

This post is the fourth in a series called “500 Words To Save The World.” Each day I will use exactly 500 words to address a problem that has been bugging you or me. If you want to get in on the conversation, tell me the problem you’d like discussed in the comments section of this post, or email me directly at steve@stevenazarian.com. You may start counting words… now!

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Okay, it is time to roll up your sleeves, get a bit dirty, and bask in the glow of true mechanical accomplishment. In every case here, turn to YouTube and Google whenever you have a question. The Internet will provide you with all the information you need to safely and effectively get the job done. […]

Knock Knock!

 

This post is the third in a series called “500 Words To Save The World.” Each day I will use just 500 words to address a problem that has been bugging you or me. If you want to get in on the conversation, tell me the problem you’d like discussed in the comments section of this post, or email me directly at steve@stevenazarian.com. You may start counting words… now!

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I have been fortunate.

Growing up, my father worked and my mother stayed at home. She cooked our meals, volunteered at school, and helped with homework. My dad brought home a paycheck and helped run the Boy Scout troop.

My siblings and I participated in sports; and my parents were always there, cheering us on.

As I said, I have been fortunate.

Now that I am a parent, I can tell you it is the best and hardest job I’ve ever had. My wife and I have four children, and we both work. […]

Unemployment Moneyball

 

This post is the second in a series called “500 Words To Save The World.” Each day I will use just 500 words to address a problem that has been bugging you or me. If you want to get in on the conversation, tell me the problem you’d like discussed in the comments section of this post, or email me directly at steve@stevenazarian.com. You may start counting words… now!

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The 2003 book (and 2011 film) Moneyball, tells the story of Billy Beane and how he and the Oakland A’s turned Major League Baseball upside down with a completely different approach to statistics called sabermetrics. […]

Toddler Empathy

This post is the first in a series called “500 Words To Save The World.” Each day I will use just 500 words to address a problem that has been bugging you or me. If you want to get in on the conversation, tell me the problem you’d like discussed in the comments section of this post, or email me directly at steve@stevenazarian.com. You may start counting words… now!

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Yesterday, after asking folks to “send me your problems,” I received a message from a long-time reader in Texas who wrote: […]

500 Words To Save The World

 

When I started this blog eleven months ago, I had a short list of loose goals:

  1. Talk about creative problem solving
  2. Share stories that were both entertaining and insightful
  3. Create a community where like-minded people could discuss challenges and solve problems together

Certainly I have succeeded on numbers one and two, but number three has remained somewhat elusive. So, I am doing something to change that. […]