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Brainpower | Finances | Security | Health/Fitness | Factoid | Product Highlight | Thought for the Day
1. Brainpower tip
Brainpower is useless unless you engage it. But what does
One reason people are often helpless
is they are in the habit of diverting brainpower into making excuses rather
than focusing their minds on achieving results. And they typically do it
without realizing it.
The boss says you made a mistake, so what's your
reply? Most people will make an excuse, something they learned to do back
when "the dog ate my homework" seemed like a great thing to say when you
didn't do what you were supposed to.
But making an excuse to your boss shows fear instead
of respect. And, of course, you aren't giving your boss reason to respect
you or to really keep you on the payroll. Bosses don't get paid for excuses.
They get paid for meeting production targets or other metrics. A company
can't sell excuses to a customer. Have you seen excuses on sale at Wal-Mart,
You can make excuses or you can get results. When you
make excuses, you give someone or something else power to hold you down or
hold you back. That something else is usually a negative internal message
along the lines of "I don't deserve to succeed." That's preposterous. You
absolutely do deserve to succeed. So don't make excuses. Figure out what
stands in the way and overcome it.
Suppose your boss points out a mistake you made. Want
to impress your boss? Say something like, "Thanks for pointing that out. Let
me think about how to prevent a similar mistake in the future and get your
opinion on the plan I come up with. Can I get back to you on that tomorrow?"
Bosses are just blown away by this kind of confidence and integrity.
Bosses (and other people) are not impressed by
excuses. Quick--can you name one great historical figure who made excuses?
OK, maybe not so quick. Think harder. Hmm. Still stuck for an answer? Take
all day tomorrow. Ask your friends. Come up with the name of someone you
admire, even if that's not a famous person, who makes excuses.
Nobody's heard of Alexander the Almost Great. But we
know what Edison said about the light bulb--there was a guy who just refused
to make excuses!
Here are some word clues that excuse-making has taken
- Not my fault
- The economy....
If you're going to do something, approach the task with confidence that
you deserve to succeed. I'm not advocating false confidence. For example,
people who are confident yet poorly prepared have false confidence. What I'm
advocating is that you not let the need to be prepared with an excuse for
failure decide the outcome before you even get started.
2. Finance tip
Tax his land,
Tax his bed,
Tax the table
At which he's fed.
Tax his tractor,
tax his mule,
Teach him taxes
are the rule
Tax his cow,
Tax his goat,
Tax his pants,
Tax his coat.
Tax his ties,
Tax his shirt,
Tax his work,
Tax his dirt.
Tax his tobacco,
Tax his drink,
Tax him if he
Tries to think.
Tax his cigars,
Tax his beers,
If he cries, then
Tax his tears.
Tax his car,
Tax his gas,
Find other ways
To tax his ass
Tax all he has
then let him know
that you won't be done
till he has no dough.
When he screams and hollers,
Then tax him some more,
Tax him till
he's good and sore.
Then tax his coffin,
Tax his grave,
Tax the sod in
Which he's laid.
Put these words
upon his tomb,
"Taxes drove me to my doom..."
When he's gone,
Do not relax,
Its time to apply
The inheritance tax.
Accounts Receivable Tax
Building Permit Tax
CDL License Tax
Corporate Income Tax
Dog License Tax
Federal Income Tax
Federal Unemployment Tax (FUTA)
Fishing License Tax
Food License Tax
Fuel permit tax
Hunting License Tax
Interest Expense Inventory tax
IRS Interest Charges IRS Penalties
tax on top of tax--unless your
name is Geithner or Rangel)
Marriage License Tax
Real Estate Tax
Service charge taxes
Social Security Tax
Road usage taxes
Recreational Vehicle Tax
State Income Tax
State Unemployment Tax (SUTA)
Telephone federal excise tax
Telephone federal universal service fee tax
Telephone federal, state and local surcharge taxes
Telephone minimum usage surcharge tax
Telephone recurring and non-recurring charges tax
Telephone state and local tax
Telephone usage charge tax
Vehicle License Registration Tax
Vehicle Sales Tax
Watercraft Registration Tax
Well Permit Tax
Workers Compensation Tax
Not one of these taxes existed 100 years ago. Our nation was the most prosperous in the world, had absolutely no national debt, had the largest middle class in the world, and Mom stayed home to raise the kids......
Federal spending on special interest groups, that's what.
Demopublican members of CONgress are merely the (very well paid)
employees of these groups. How else do you explain the burning of $21
million an hour on military acquisitions that don't actually acquire
If you vote Demopublican, all you are doing is giving yourself a wage
cut. You work more for less. Does that seem even remotely rational?
Read through that list of taxes, again. How can this possibly be good
for your personal finances? It isn't. There is only one way to put an
end to this madness. Vote against the bums who are doing this to us.
3. Security tip
When I met my (now ex) wife back in the early 1980s, I was surprised
that she took no mail delivery at home. She was a single mother and she
took extra measures for privacy and security. She used a Post Office Box
to receive all of her mail. This was also the address on her checks.|
Privacy experts make this a cornerstone practice. It's pretty much a
foundational step. When you read books by privacy experts and personal
security experts, one of the themes repeated again and again is to not
let your name and your address appear together anywhere. For many
people, this isn't practical and for others it's just inconvenient. But
if you are really wanting to protect yourself, consider doing it.
Another good security practice is don't put your phone number on
personal checks. Have a Hotmail or Google e-mail account and use that
And, of course, never fill out those credit card applications where
you get a freebie just for filling it out and don't enter contests that
require you to provide personal information. The reason for the
application and the contest is quite often to build a list rental
4. Health tip/Fitness tips
I'll provide free services to people
trying to lose body fat. Invariably,
they say they just can't understand
why that fat won't go away. They've
tried this and that, and are highly
And, they are
sure they aren't eating too
much. What could be the problem?
Many years ago, a clear pattern
emerged in the food diaries I had
people keep. A food diary is just a
simple tracking of everything that
passes your lips. These folks were
all sucking down loads of calories
in liquid form. One woman was
drinking an additional 3,500
calories a day in beer and
soda--that's enough for a pound of
fat a day. No wonder she was
starving but getting fatter.
Watch not only what you eat, but also what you drink. Personally, I drink mostly water. Never any booze or sodas.
As regular readers know, I'm 48
years old in the picture (above,
right), taken in December. I don't
diet down for summer. I don't have
good genes for maintaining a lean
body, I really have to be
conscientious and disciplined about it. That doesn't mean I suffer, eat
bland foods, or starve myself.
www.supplecity.com, you'll find
plenty of informative, authoritative
articles on maintaining a lean, strong physique. It has nothing to
do with long workouts or impossible
to maintain diets. In fact:
- The best workouts are short and intense.
- A good diet contains far more flavors and satisfaction than the typical American diet.
Nor does it mean being hungry all the time (you are less hungry on six
small meals a day than three large
ones), being weak from hunger (on a proper dietary regimen, you will
have much more energy than
otherwise), or "giving up pleasures"
(I have no idea where this concept comes from, unless a person
considers being sick a "pleasure.").
Teens with cellphones average 2,272 text messages a month, compared with
203 phone calls, according to the Nielson Co. Nationally, more than 75
billion text messages are sent a month. --Washington Post|
I would make a remark about these shocking
statistics, but I think you've already drawn the obvious conclusions.
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7. Thought for the Day
If you picked up your favorite suit at the dry cleaner's, would you
rather hear an excuse as to why they ruined it, or would you rather get
it back in the same condition it was when you dropped it off except
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