Miguel Panao | Professor and Author

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Simple lesson from Black Friday

“Black Friday” is a term already associated with consumerism. Some people lose their minds and buy what they don’t need since everything is affordable. Is it possible to learn anything from this experience?

The name “black” came from the fact many shops change the red line in their sales to a black line. However, I wonder if this day won’t lead to change the black line in people’s accounts to red. Thus, what’s the point?

There’s a lot we can learn from living on the essential. Black Friday can be an opportunity for both consumers and shops if people prepare themselves as much as shops already do.

If you’d like to take an online course, perhaps waiting for a Black Friday (or Cyber Monday) promotion is wise. And, since this is a fixed day in our calendars, we can save money to invest.

However, every preparation like this requires patience, organize finances and have a clear goal in mind. I think this is the lesson we can learn from a good Black Friday experience.

Every time we have a clear goal, organize ourselves and be patient, we are more likely to seize opportunities and move forward in life.

About Miguel Panao

I am a Professor at the University of Coimbra in Mechanical Engineering. I am also author of books in the fields of environmental ethics and Science and Religion. From the several research projects, this site is personal and dedicated to the search for the best approaches, tools, techniques to improve scientific productivity.

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