What does it mean to “persuade”? Is it an outcome-based event? Can one be “persuasive”, yet never persuade anyone to act upon a commitment made, perhaps verbally or with a nod of the head? What of a person who everyone agrees makes the most persuasive arguments, turns everyone’s heads with accolades of “wow” and “boy!”, yet no one can find a single person who has been persuaded to change one’s mind or follow?
How about in battle – of that skinny little runt of a captain who nervously spoke, but who charged the troops up with great words and ideas and said, “Let’s go!” But no one really was convinced to follow him because of his diminutive appearance and lack-of-self-confidence demeanor. Contrast that to the big, hulking leader who never spoke much but, when he said something, people believed and followed him to the death – it wasn’t words that persuaded, but his very air of reliance, dependability and self-assurance of being right.
Thus, does “being persuasive” always have to do with logical thought processes, relationships between words, ideas and the reality of being – or, can it also include one’s tonality of voice, air of confidence and seeming self-righteousness? Can one be persuaded by fear alone, or must there be a conceptual connection – a “belief” in something – that must accompany in order to be validly persuaded?
Can an army that is comprised of a loose connection of mercenaries persuaded only by money, looting potential and promises of riches be as fearsome (or more so) than one that believes in a “cause”, is rooted in discipline and love of country? At what point does persuasion even come into play? In other words, can a person be completely unpersuaded throughout the course of an argument, say, and then at the very end declare, “Okay, I’m convinced”, when no part of the final five minutes of the argument contained any basis for such a change of mind? Is “being persuaded” merely a logical connection of rational argumentation, or is there some emotional element mixed therein?
For Federal employees and U.S. Postal workers who are considering filing for Federal Disability Retirement benefits through the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, whether the Federal or Postal employee is under FERS, CSRS or CSRS Offset, the question of persuasion is an important one.
First, the Federal and Postal employee must be persuaded that filing for Federal Disability Retirement is a necessary next step. Then, doctors must be persuaded to be supportive. Further, legal and medical documentation must be provided which must contain persuasive evidence. And finally, the evidence submitted must be compelling enough to persuade the U.S. Office of Personnel Management. Thus, whether fully logical, or containing some elements of the emotional, persuasion is an essential component of an effective Federal Disability Retirement application.
Robert R. McGill, Esquire
I have worked for the FBOP x 10y3 mos and retired on disability at age 45. I am now 59 and for those 19 yrs on disability retirement, I worked just under 7 yrs as parttime employss. I am not fully recovered and chances are that will never be.
The computation for my annuity is accurate and I get $2025/mo OPM. Not qualified for Medicare yet. I imagine I will be by age 62
I am just a few yrs away from reality. I love and need my medical insurance. I dont know how I will survive beyond age 62.
Will my disability retirement continue less the medicare amount that I might get?
Will I get a pension as well?
OPM Boyers has no answer for me. If I start my Medicare at 62, I will get very little. I want to delay it (if I can) for another 5-7 yrs to take home a little more. I have substantial IRA savings but I dont know how the market would go. ($230K)
I am an insulin dependent diabetic with other co-morbidities.
These problems keep me awake at night (I will undergo a 4th spine surgery soon). I want to work but just cant.
Can you help by explaining things that I might expect?
Thank you very much.