Triggers are obstacles in our environment that can cause our subconscious to override our rational thought. When you make the decision not to gamble your subconscious mind wins out if you let the triggers get to you.Once a compulsive gambler makes the conscious decision to stop gambling they should be proud of themselves. They should sit back, take a deep breathe and make plans for their future.As the compulsive gambler goes about their daily routines they may get a call from a friend asking them to go to the gambling establishment. This is the one question that can throw a compulsive gambler back in time. The compulsive gambler should try and focus on the reasons they stopped gambling. At this point you need to pick up the telephone tell your friend that you don’t gamble anymore, need to take a break or not in the mood. It’s your choice how you deal with it. It’s always best to be upfront and honest if you want your recovery to accelerate.One particular time I was relaxing watching the news and a gambling establishment commercial came on. The first thing I thought of was going back to the gambling establishment. I sat back and thought of all the reasons not to go and the positive changes in my life. As the news ended, it was announced that the gambling establishment was their new sponsor. The gambling establishments sponsor so many events. For example, the Fourth of July fireworks, various not for profit organizations and even local environmental improvements. I realized that the gambling establishments know how to bring back their gamblers. The states do the same type of advertising for their lotto drawings. These are triggers. Situations that will try to have your subconscious mind over rule all your rational thought. Confronting these triggers will prepare you for future events.Then to top it off, you get mail from the gambling establishments offering you a luxury hotel room, tickets to the hottest shows and special incentive coupons. The gambling establishments do not care if you lose your home, family and friends. They are just there to take their money.There are all different types of triggers which will affect each person differently based on the gambling they do.Once a compulsive gambler stops gambling their mind seems clearer so they notice more. You may pass a billboard every day on your way to work. Not once did you ever notice what was written on it. Now you stop gambling you notice more. It’s a casino advertisement. This is another trigger. You can focus and continue on your way. I know of people who have actually turned their car around and went gambling. These are the obstacles you face on a daily basis.Every ones triggers will be different.If you would like to learn more about gambling addiction, the website I Stopped Gambling So Can You http://www.istoppedgambling.com/ has informational resources related to stop gambling addiction.Knowing you have a problem gambling and doing something about it can have an everlasting effect on your life. It’s time to take one day at a time.
So I know we all want entertainment. It seems as though it is that endless black hole that we are spending money on. Of course it is the reason why we want money in the first place, right? We work 40+ hours a week so that in our limited spare time we can use that money to play. Well, whether it be boating, hiking, movies, games, or sports that you choose to spend your money on, the fact of the matter is, that some forms of entertainment are more or less expensive than others. Let me take you on a little tour.There are a few classifications of entertainment. One is the completely free group. This includes going on hikes, going on a walk, or playing some game that requires no additional items than one already possesses. The second is mid-range entertainment. This probably includes going out to eat or seeing a newly released movie. Just about anyone can afford this entertainment every once in a while. Then there is the third. This is your expensive forms of entertainment. These are the golfers, the boaters, and the shoppers. Too bad we can’t all be in the third category. Some would list board gamers as somewhere in between the second and third category, but I am here to tell you that this is a complete misconception. Board games are one of the cheapest forms of entertainment and let me tell you why.Board games can cost up to what, $50.00? This may seem like a lot to you at the time, but let me tell you why is far more of an investment than it is an expense. When I go to the movies I generally spend a minimum of $10.00. For me and my wife to go to the movies together it is $20.00. That is sounding a little more familiar now, isn’t it? Well, when we take another couple with us, it ends up being over $40.00 before the night it over between all of us. The movie lasted for about two hours, so we were paying around $5.00 per hour of entertainment. Some may consider that a pretty good turn-around rate, but not me.Say we had bought a board game instead of going to the movies. My average board game will take about an hour to an hour and a half for one game. Assuming that we play more than one round, we have officially achieved the equivalent of a movie for a similar price. But don’t stop yet. After the night is over and your friends are gone home, you know that next week you are going to do something else. You are back to square one if you saw the movie and it is likely that you will spend over $40.00 again between you and the people you go with. The board game has gone nowhere. In fact, board games are tailored to be played multiple times without getting boring. So, Why in the world would you spend so much money on seeing a movie every week (which is made to be watched only once)? Buy a board game and save yourself some money. it is the gift that keeps on giving.
Why video game tester job programs which make some people thousands of dollars leave others with a bad experience. And what determines when these programs are, and are not, right for you.First, let’s look at hunting for a traditional job.Take a step back and look at ways to seek traditional employment. There are different ways to look for work when searching for any job whether it be a secretary, sales representative, or plumber.One way is do it yourself. Search on your own for job openings, write your own resumes, and visit each location (at the expense of gasoline or public transportation) to apply and attend interviews. At the end of the process you keep your full paycheck, pay no one else anything to get a job, and owe nothing to anyone once you have a job. This is the traditional way to obtain employment, and in many situations it’s still the best method today. One consideration if you collect unemployment benefits from a previous job, doing at least some of your job searching this way may be a requirement of the law where you live in order to not lose your unemployment benefits before finding a new job.Another is work with a staffing agency or temporary employment agency. In this approach, they attempt to find employment for you from among hundreds of potential jobs. They may conduct your only interview or a small number of interviews, from which they gather the information needed to find the best matches for you among all the jobs in their database. They may also offer assistance in writing a master resume for their use, or a set of resumes from which they can select the best for each kind of job to submit to multiple companies.Some agencies pay you, while charging the company needing workers both what you are owed and additional money to cover their fees. In this scenario, the agency is charging the business needing staff for providing workers as well as human resource management and other administrative services.Alternatively, placement agencies and organizations which service freelancers may charge the job seeker: either a one-time fee per successful placement, or regular membership fees. One-time fees are more common among agencies providing permanent job placement, while membership fees are more common among providers of freelance work.For example, freelance truckers can subscribe to services which give them access to hundreds of available shipping contracts they can select from. In this example, the agency aggregates and presents as many available contracts as possible to truckers for a fee; and leaves it up to the truckers to accept offers which best meet their personal, scheduling, and financial goals. Taxi drivers may have a similar arrangement with a dispatch agency which charges a regular fee for use of a branded name, the service of forwarding call-in customers to drivers, and possibly use of a vehicle specially equipped to serve as a taxi. Drivers in turn keep the money they collect from their passengers.How are jobs as a video game tester different?
The answer is, they are not any different.With game tester jobs your options are the same.You can do it yourself. Using your own experience, education, and training you can seek employment entirely on your own for free. You can search for opportunities using your own effort just as with any other kind of job. Directly contacting companies like Blizzard, EA Software, Konami, Riot Games, and others on your own will only cost you in your own time and resources. All you need to do is compete directly with other possibly more experienced game testers; some of whom may already understand what hiring managers will be looking for, be familiar with these companies, and have a broader set of experiences to build their resumes and portfolios from. You won’t have to pay anyone to compete directly against other applicants who may be able to respond faster, with more powerful qualifications, and a better idea of what matters and what doesn’t to perspective employers.Or, you could work with a video game tester job program. This arrangement works similar to the arrangement with staffing companies and freelance agencies for more traditional jobs.In some arrangements, membership for the person seeking work is free. When this is the case, the game development company needing games tested is paying the company running the program to provide testers from a pool of applicants. You may, or may not, receive the same payment as when you work directly for the game development company. In either case, if your membership is free it’s because the game development company pays money to the program in addition to the money you receive. In exchange, the company operating the program handles human resources or other tasks – such as screening potential applicants and only selecting those they feel are best suited to the interests of the game development company. These companies do not charge you, because they charge the game development company and that’s who they work for – not you.Other arrangements more closely resemble freelance agencies for taxi drivers, truckers, message specialists, beauticians, and so on. You pay a membership fee and in exchange you receive services, the most basic of which include making available to you as many jobs as you can qualify for. Others may include: helping you develop and present your resume, matching you with the best contracts, and managing your portfolio for you. You pay them, either a monthly fee or a percentage of what you make, and they are working for you – not the gaming company.So, why are video game tester job programs great programs for some but not for others?