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01/16/2020

More on writing and getting published

More on writing and getting published
“Business papers are great, but the best way to see a company or product in action is to actually do business with it — to see how its customers feel about its products.”

Andrew D. Basiago
CEO/ Founder &
Co-Founder of BizCrowd
The next steps
Once you are fully committed, make sure you get your work seen by more than just your mentor, manager or even your supervisor. Start a blog so that your ideas can be read by more people. Start a business to help you reach more potential clients, make more business connections and expand beyond your community.
Start a business to hire new talent or work on other projects outside of academia.The following story is a true account of a true event. It is published in the book, “The Black Box”. If you would like to read more about this incident, you can click here.
One afternoon two weeks after the attack, I was driving along a dirt road near an outpost of the People’s Republic of China in north-central China’s Hubei Province (northeast of Chongquing). The road was relatively quiet. From time to time there were construction teams digging a foundation for a new development, but the road was not being paved with the same fanfare as the new highway or some other major construction project in that locale. There was a lot of silence on the otherwise empty road, save for the occasional chirping insect and the sound of a large truck driving around.
Finally, I came to a small village about three miles from the highway. On the outskirts of the village, the road grew sloping down through what were initially farmland and then into a valley, as the valley grew closer to the highway. On the outskirts of the small village, I saw a truck with an unusually large trailer attached to it, with a large “Mountain Trail” sign hanging behind the truck.
I pulled in just before sundown to check for any signs of construction: no signs, no lights. Just dark roads and the sound of distant construction. I pulled into a small shop, where a friendly construction crew was laying a trench on the side of the road. It was the usual thing, I guess, to build out here in the hinterland — the villagers work for little or no money, and there aren’t many jobs, so there’s little need for the services of a large firm like this one. They were, however, getting ready to add some more light to the nighttime landscape, so the town would appear to be quite lively by day and still be almost completely deserted by dusk.
As I pulled out across the road and drove further into the village, I came to a two-story house set into the mountain side, surrounded by what I guessed were two large fields of wheat. There was also a small wooden house by the side of the field, also built in the same style. The men on the construction crew told me later that they were building a house into the mountain side and were using the wood from the wheat fields to make it.
It was, of course, very simple construction. The man responsible for the operation assured me he was able to get the work done very quickly because he was in charge of all the supplies for the construction crew as well as the labor. After they finished