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A Few Eating Tips To Better Health

A quick way to judge if you're eating healthy is your bowel movement. You should have at least one bowel movement per day without laxatives, caffeine, or straining. If this is not currently your reality, then perhaps these pointers will be of value in your quest. We often seek short answers to complex issues, which is usually the cause of our problems in the first place. Unfortunately, this is a bit long, but hopefully you'll get something out of it that will lead to better health. Read More

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Congratulations To Graduating Class of 2015

Congratulations to all the young people (and young at heart) celebrating their graduations in 2015. As you celebrate your graduation, hopefully you see this as a new beginning to move to larger challenges. Don't be blinded by seemingly instant gratification. A thorough education will almost always prove to be the most stable and rewarding path. Education is the gateway to success. Education is the key to economic prosperity. Education is the lifeblood of equality. 

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Have You Ever Taken A Trip With No Destination In Mind?

Have you ever taken a trip with no destination in mind? Wherever the road leads you is where you end up. This can be a fun and exciting way to discover new experiences and find new places, however it’s not how you want to live your life. While I agree with the old adage, “Life is about the journey and not the destination,” I equally agree with the adage that says, “Failing to plan is planning to fail.” Read More

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Fail Is Not A Four-Letter Word

People seem to be terrified to use the word "fail"; especially when it relates to themselves. They prefer not have to say it, write it, stamp it, stain it, print it, or have it associated with them in any way, shape, or form. Even the mere mention of this word is completely taboo to many. But the funny thing is that success cannot exist without failure. Therefore, instead of attempting to avoid failure, you should be trying to get more failures under your belt. Read More

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I believe this diagram speaks for itself and requires no further explanation. When all these areas intersect, therein lies your purpose.

 

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Don't Go To College To Get A Degree

Did you know that if you only have a high school diploma your chances of finding full time employment in America is only 30%? That means your chances of living the "good life" is greatly diminished and your chances of living a "great life" is on the chopping block. So, you should at least shoot for a college degree. But if shooting for a college degree is the way to go, then why on earth would I tell you not to go to college to get a degree. I realize this may seem somewhat confusing and contradictory advice, but let me explain.  

I often hear people say things like, "I graduated from college and I still can't find a job", "College is overrated", or something along those lines. They haven't been able to discover the value in completing college, because they went to college to get a degree. Therefore, they succeeded in "getting a degree", but they still missed the boat. Read More

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At the rate that technology is moving, we can't underestimate how our world will look in ten years from today. Perhaps we won't having flying cars, but we will have driverless cars actually being used commercially. Google says it plans to market it's self-driving vehicle by 2018 and many car manufacturers predict they will have similar offers by 2020 to 2025. So those of you who drive taxi-cabs for a living may want to rethink your long term plans. 

However, even if you don't think driverless vehicles will disrupt your world because you have a nice cushiony indoor job working in a manufacturing plant and the company has vowed not to outsource to another country, don't think you've totally dodged a bullet. Baxter the robot is interviewing for your job. And Baxter is inexpensive; no let me rephrase; At a retail price of around $22K, Baxter is down right cheap! That's about a year's salary for a minimum wage job in America. Read More

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What Can An Ant Teach You About Overcoming Failures & Obstacles In Life?

I recall when I was young growing up and my brothers and I had to take care of the yard. Okay, actually my brothers typically got stuck with most of the work. That was the benefit of being the youngest. Of course being the youngest was a detriment whenever I got into a fight with my brothers, but I digress. 

During the weekends we had to cut the grass, trim the hedges, pull the weeds and even rid the yard of ant mounds. I would take the liberty of destroying the ant mound. This could be very dangerous work if you are dealing with fire ants, so I wouldn't recommend my preadolescence anecdotes for destroying ant mounds. But back then, I was a pro. In fact I was good at destroying things. I use to break all my toys and my grandmother even nicknamed me Destructive McNeal. So destroying the ant mound was a small thing to a giant. Read More

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Produce Milk Or Become Hamburger Meat

In Saudi Arabia where summer temperatures can exceed 120 degrees Fahrenheit, it's difficult to imagine a successful dairy farm being operational there. This is because milk can quickly spoil and breed dangerous bacteria at high temperatures. However just north of the Saudi capital in the heart of the desert lies one of the world's largest dairy farms called Almarai. Read More

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Grade Schools Should Teach Every Child To Program Computers

Computers are ubiquitous and just as instrumental today as books have been for centuries. No one would disagree that you must be able to use a computer regardless of what industry you decide to pursue. And fortunately, young people today are extremely comfortable working on computers.

However, many experts argue that although young people know how to use computers, they lack the ability to create on the computer. They say it’s similar to being able to read a language, but not being fluent enough in a language to write. But, pundits counter that the tools are so easy to use today, children don’t need to waste time learning HTLML, Java, JavaScript, C++, C#, etc. at the expense of core subject matter. Read More 

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Why Perfection Is Ruining Your Life!

Let's face it. We all get caught in the perfection trap from time to time. We are working on something, but it never gets completed because we want it to be "PERFECT." And even worse, we may finish it, but it never sees the light of day simply because we don't think it's perfect. Well, there is no such thing as perfection. It's simply a goal to strive for.  

I recall working at Microsoft as an intern one summer many years ago. I was on the Microsoft Word testing team and my job was to find bugs in the software using a combination of scripting and ad-hoc testing. In fact, you can thank me for the little red sqiggly line that most browsers and software place under misspelled words. Well, I didn't come up with the idea of the sqiggly line, but it was me who found the bug that lead to that red squiggly line. Read More 

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