Mindconnection eNL, 2003-11-26
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In this issue:
- Product Highlights
- Brainpower tip
- Time tip
- Finance tip
- Security tips
- Health tip/Fitness tip
- Thought for the day
1. Product Highlights
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2. Brainpower tip
|Establish a set of
mentors for yourself. What exactly is a mentor? This is a person who
will give you advice and perspective.
The mentor/mentee relationship is not a
master/apprentice relationship. The mentor isn't necessarily more
knowledgeable than the mentee. Some people refuse to have a mentor,
because they are too proud (or arrogant) to admit they need help. They
believe if they have a mentor, they are acknowledging some personal
deficiency. The exact opposite is true.
A mentor may...
- Be a cheerleader for you in some cases. "I
know you can do this, because...."
- Provide practical advice. "You will
succeed, if you will first do X and Y...."
- Stop you from taking the path of failure.
"This really isn't your area of expertise...."
A tip about having mentors: You must also mentor.
When your world focuses on you, others tend to draw back. Mentors like
to give to people who are going to "pass it on," not to people
who are self-absorbed. Another benefit of mentoring is you learn
vicariously by helping another person.
I suggest visiting your local library (often!) and
checking out a book on mentoring. You will very much benefit from this.
and buy a book on the subject. Or, if you want to
help support bookstores in your local community buy a book there. The
important thing is that you make a point of reading a book on this topic
and do that soon. Then, identify three possible mentors and start those
3. Time tip
|Does it sometimes
seem like it takes you forever to get a big project done? There's a
reason why that happens. You see, we can be "in the zone" for
only short periods. Depending on what you are doing, this zone might
last 10 minutes or it might last 3 hours. For typical tasks, we can
realistically expect a good 20 minutes of solid focus.
So, to maximize your personal productivity and
therefore save time, break big projects into smaller chunks that you
interlace with chunks from other projects. Schedule these, or just do
them "by feel." Here's an example:
- 0700. Joe arrives at the office, starts working
on proposal to sell 15,000 widgets to Ajax Mfg.
- 0730. Joe takes a break. Watches coworker pick
nose, then goes through his e-mail for a bit.
- 0750: Joe hits the proposal again.
- 0820: Joe takes a break, takes a leak, fills up
water container, gets yesterday's phone messages, returns a few
- 0840: Joe hits the proposal again.
- 0900: Joe takes a break, eating a
to Drink Meal Replacement to nourish his mind and his body. He
takes a short stroll, catches his boss in the middle of a major
- 0915. Joe is jazzed. He hits the proposal for
the next 45 minutes.
The pattern here is that Joe keeps his energy
level high, every time he is doing anything. He knows he can't expect to
sit there all day until he gets one item done. You'll also notice that
Joe did not begin his day by returning calls or going through e-mails.
Starting the day with those activities sets a low-energy, non
value-added pace for the whole day. Instead, Joe starts off with his
most important project--that big proposal. And he hits the proposal with
peak energy all day long.
Joe might spend 6 hours per day on that proposal,
but a casual observer would at first accuse him of not "getting
Gary might have worked on the proposal nonstop the
first day, until his eyes got blurry. Then he'd have worked through the
fog until he finally had to stop. By Day Two, Gary would already dread
working on that proposal. He'd get in the habit of pacing himself and of
doing other "essential things" (e-mail, phone calls, watching
the boss dig boogers) that allow him to put off actually working on the
At the end of the first week, we could expect Joe
to have done perhaps four times as much real work as Gary, and at a much
higher level of quality.
Yet, most of us work the way Gary does. If that's
you, try the other method. You will be amazed at the difference.
See our Time
Management course to really put your schedule on steroids.
4. Finance tip
|This tip will
require some mathematical skills. If you haven't recently brushed up on
your calculus, though, don't worry. As long as your math skills exceed
those of people at the IRS (who have a penchant for mathematical
stupidity), you will be OK.
- Step 1: Open any closet in your home. Count the
stuff that you don't use or haven't used in a very long time.
Sobering, isn't it?
- Step 2: To really jazz things up, estimate the
cost of each item in Step 1, and keep a running tally.
- Step 3: Go to the next closet. Repeat.
- Step 4: Do the same thing for all closets,
drawers, CD collections, etc.
- Step 5: Add up the dollars and/or the raw item
count. This is how much money you are wasting on junk you don't
- Step 6: Calculate how many hours you had to
work to pay for all that junk, how much time you spent standing in
line to pay for it, and how much extra you pay each month to store
it all. Note that many people have twice the square footage their
parents had, because they "need the storage space."
Once you've completed these 6 steps, you will have
taught yourself a valuable lesson about working for nothing. If you can
then correct the behavior that got you to where you are, you can use the
savings to pay off debt or to create a financial cushion for yourself.
You can donate all that junk to charity and take
the tax deduction. Moving into a smaller home next year and reducing
your mortgage by $200 a month is really going to help you, also. After
all, you won't "need the storage space."
Here's something to consider. Television is a
"buy more" brainwashing tool. If you want to improve your
financial situation, unsubscribe from cable TV or whatever service you
have. Move your television out of your living room or get rid of it
completely. I personally have not watched television in almost 15 years
and don't miss it at all. If you look at Mount Rushmore someday, just
think of the fact that none of those men watched television. Sure didn't
5. Security tip
|Readers of this eNL
know I don't speak highly of the IRS. That isn't out of some
tax-protester leanings. Not at all. In fact, I despise tax cheats. My
beef is with the fact that the IRS (a redundant taxing body) is basically a self-serving criminal
- This is an agency that has tons of personal information on
each of us, which their employees sell for personal gain at no personal
- This is an agency whose employees nitpick our
returns, but whose employees stole 4300 federal computers in 2001
- This is an agency that questions whether our
business is really a hobby, but whose employees, according to an investigation conducted by
the federal government, spend over half their office Internet time
surfing p*rn and gambling sites.
If you think
for one minute these people are trustworthy, please contact me
immediately for a great deal on beachfront property in Arizona.
So, here's a security tip for dealing with these
morally bankrupt misfits until such time as we can get our so-called representatives to
disband the IRS and turn the USA into a civilized country by so doing.
Don't let them into your home, and failing
that, document everything.
as likely as not that all they want to do is case the joint. If they see
something they like, you are going to be in deep, deep trouble as they
begin hatching plans to get it. Senator Roth documented cases where IRS
employees did exactly this. None of them have been brought to justice.
If IRS people come to your home, do not let them in.
If they insist on entering the premises,
tell them you want to see a warrant. If they won't leave, call your
County Sheriff and ask for assistance. Tell the dispatcher you are being
threatened by federal employees who are attempting to over-ride your due
process rights. Ask for a deputy to "control the situation," as you feel you are
being intentionally intimidated. Please note that I said Sheriff, not
city police. But if the Sheriff won't support you then call the city and
report the Sheriff's dereliction of duty to your local paper.
The only IRS people who can force their way into
your home are agents--they have badges and guns. Politely ask to see
their warrant that authorizes them to enter the premises. Tell all
others they have no reason and no authority to enter your home and you
will gladly meet with them at their offices.
You may be thinking that it's better to cooperate.
Nonsense. These folks won't give you any credit for that. In fact, they
see cooperation as a weakness. Firmly and politely insist on your
people have very limited authority, though they will never tell you that. Any time they demand anything from
you, ask to see their authorization for that demand. This will put them
on notice that they can't do "business as normal" and simply
make up their own rules based on the idea that you fear them and don't
know their limitations or your rights. It will also make them hesitant to engage in criminal behavior. If the Sheriff's deputy is
there, you will have a witness they aren't going to be able to fool so
Now, if they have a warrant and are doing things by the book,
you can't legally bar entry. At that point, you will need to determine
what it is they want. Ask them, and write it down. Make them repeat it a
few times, as you do.
Grab your camera, and start taking pictures of
them (if you don't have a camera, go out and buy a cheap disposable for
just such an emergency). They will ask you not to do this, and they will ask you to
surrender your camera. Tell them if they are doing nothing wrong they
have nothing to fear from the photos. And be pleasant about it! Keep
your camera. You can always say it belongs to your neighbor, and give it
to your neighbor if you would otherwise lose it anyhow.
Document everything. Take pictures, and take
notes. Ask, "What did you say? Please repeat that." And write
down whatever they say. Now, you have turned the tables. You might even
say, "I need this to be accurate for when the story goes online.
What is the name of your manager?"
Keep in mind that you aren't helping yourself if
you argue (state your position and ask theirs, but don't argue about it), threaten, or act rudely toward these people. They may
believe they have a
legitimate reason to visit you and may simply be carrying out their
jobs. But, you have no way of knowing. So, tell them upfront you are
simply distrustful of the IRS because the agency's record is not very
good. Tell the agents this is nothing personal and you know they are
only trying to do a difficult job. But remind them you are documenting
everything and you expect them not to exhibit normal IRS behavior.
Remember, this is the same organization that held
a group of toddlers at gunpoint at a Michigan day care center in 1985
and got away with it. The advice above isn't from personal experience,
but is from a mix of sources. The only way to protect yourself from
these kinds of criminals is with information. That is a very powerful
7. Health tip/Fitness tips
|Don Brennecke, a
long-time reader and cheerleader, sent me an article that is excellent.
I won't steal the material. Instead, I will give you this link: http://www.acmandal.com/.
The information there may save you untold amounts
of back pain.
8. Thought for the Day
the USA, we are celebrating Thanksgiving Day tomorrow. To my way of
thinking, we should be thankful every day.
And, we should plan for things to
be thankful for. Are you setting goals that will put you in a position
to be very thankful this time next year? If you are thankful for your
loved ones, what are you doing to improve those relationships? If you
are thankful for your health, what are you doing to take care of it?
It's not a bad idea to make a list
of ten things you are thankful for, and then use that list as a guide to
setting your goals for the next year. You might also want to list some
things you wish you were thankful for, and think of how you might
"make it so" by this time next year.
Wishing you the best,
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