In this issue:
Good News |
Product Highlight | Brainpower | Finances | Security | Health/Fitness | Factoid | Thought 4 the Day
1. Good News
We're inundated with "news" about natural disasters, such as floods,
tornadoes, earthquakes, and Obama. Pretty nerve-wracking stuff.|
We're also inundated with "news" about
financial disasters, home foreclosures, wars, and whatever new insanity is emanating from
To help battle that flood of funk, this eNL now starts off
with our Good News item. Here are a couple of good news items for this issue:
- "The Manufacturers Alliance/MAPI U.S. Industrial Outlook states that
demand from emerging economies is a leading factor in a production
increase of 7% in the first quarter this year, and will support a
further increase of 6% by year-end." Source: Industrial Supply Magazine,
- "A new hydraulic excavator plant in Victoria, TX, currently still
under construction, will be expanded to include an additional 200,000
sq.ft. Once operational in mid-2012, the plant is expected to employ 600
people." Source: American Machinist.
And here's another one, small but important:
Siemens hires 400.
Despite the rampant plundering of the economy (and the diversion of
limited resources from productive use to dubious use), bright spots
still emerge. Look around for good news in your local area, and talk it up.
Or, to help make more good news happen, each month write to your
misrepresentative in CONgress with demands to slash federal spending
(pull out of the three wars or however many we're up to now, eliminate
useless federal agencies, eliminate pork spending, etc.--the existing
budget can be cut 50% with no loss in actual services).
2. Product Highlight
3. Brainpower tip
Don't assume false choices are your only choices.|
Consider this classic, but
petty, dispute. The husband rolls his toothpaste tube and the wife squeezes
hers from the middle. Each annoys the other, and they want to agree on which
way is better and both do it that way. Despite years of hashing this out,
they still cannot agree. But there is a correct answer (assuming that, for
some reason, they can't afford to each buy their own tube).
What they don't seem to realize is that both methods are wrong. Neither
method maximizes using the paste that's in the tube, and both present some
hassle as the tube gets smaller.
Rather than think of justifications for their wrong method, each spouse
needs to think of the problem in a different way. Maybe it's not a matter of
squeeze vs. roll.
Suppose you squeeze the tube from the end. When you're done using it,
place the cap on it and stand it upside down. This provides several
- Moves that gel or paste toward the opening throughout 98% of the day
- Easier on the user than fighting a roll or squeezing in two
directions at once just to get a dab of paste.
- Takes up far less space on the countertop.
The husband wanted to roll the toothpaste so that there wouldn't be
wasted toothpaste. She wants to just squeeze the tube, because her goal is
to brush her teeth rather than waste time engaging in toothpaste tube
management. The false choice here was between wasting money and wasting
time. Why are those the only two choices that a couple will normally
consider in this classic dispute?
So now we have come up with a potential solution that is obviously better
than the two "choices" to which the matter was formerly constrained. It
wastes neither money nor time.
Of course, this scenario plays out over something as inconsequential as
toothpaste while each spouse wastes money in other areas with nary a
thought. But the conflict is a common one, and it's based on false choices.
Often, what we presume to be "choices" are not choices. For real choice,
you must think through the problem to come up with something acceptable. Or,
as in the case of toothpaste, maybe just get a life?
Another false choice situation involves those farces we call "elections."
Why we even bother to have these, I can't really say. In federal
"elections," a majority of American "voters" simply hands over its votes to
The Party. It's like buying a Chevy instead of a Pontiac because you don't
like GM. As if anything changes for GM by virtue of that "change."
This false voting accomplishes nothing more than sending the message that the
stealing, plundering, and general lawlessness meet with your approval. The
two non-choices to which most people limit themselves are merely employees
of the same company. The result of this is horrendous. Exhibit A might be
the millions of people who lost their jobs due to the Porkulus.
it's the crushing federal debt with all of its arduous carrying costs.
Divide 200 followed by 12 zeroes dollars of debt over 80 followed by 6
zeroes of workers and you come up with 2.5 million dollars of federal debt
per worker. Sure, we all have that much cash just lying around, so why
Or maybe it's the evisceration of the Bill of Rights ala the anti-Patriot
Act or the various other Constitution-gutting illegal measures passed by
CONgress and illegal Executive Orders in the past 10 years. A nation of
laws? Hardly. But we "elect" these lawbreakers right back into their grossly
overpaid jobs every two years. It's that GM analogy all over again.
You've heard the expression "think outside the box." That comes from a
puzzle diagram in the form of a box. Most people cannot solve this puzzle,
because they limit their choices to drawing lines that are inside the box.
To solve it, you must draw lines outside the box. In other words, don't
limit yourself to only false choices.
4. Finance tip
|Most of us go through the workday
responding and reacting. We have a routine, and go about it almost
automatically. Think about your day. You put out fires (reacting). You
do projects your boss has given you (responding). You answer the phone,
answer e-mail, and attend meetings (all forms of responding or, in many
If you were to make a list of each thing you did
throughout the day, odds are everything on it is reacting, responding,
or a combination thereof.
There's nothing wrong with that, in ordinary times. But with the
economy staggering from record debt that is increasing daily, this is a
dangerous game to play.
Odds are your company (if you work for someone else) has a grossly
underutilized asset: you. Think about it. You probably know your job
better than anyone else does. If you're in sales, you know more about
your customers than anyone else does--the smell of opportunity is all
over you. If you're in project management, you know a lot about
inefficiencies that, if improved upon, could considerably boost profits.
And so on.
What am I suggesting, here? Take some time to just analyze what it is
you actually do. What role do you serve in your company? What
information does this role bring you, and what opportunities might you
be able to identify?
Sure, you're probably not going to be able to waltz into the CEO's
office (unless you are the CEO) and provide astounding insight that
doubles the company's revenue in 90 days. But it's also true that you
are in a position to spot opportunities in your own role.
Maybe you spot them and can't figure out how to turn those into
strengths for your company or even your department. No problem. Get your
boss' undivided attention, perhaps by going to lunch alone together, and
lay out your ideas. Tell your boss you need some direction in doing the
research necessary for turning those ideas into a preliminary plan that
could benefit both of your careers.
If your boss chooses to be an automaton and wants nothing to do with
your ideas, you have a dippy boss. If that's the case, you might talk to
a coworker about tossing in with you to develop something, and after you
put your heads together and work on it you'll have something much more
able to be an offer your boss can't refuse.
The main point here is if
you can't count on your company to stay in business or your career to
stay on track just by hoping autopilot works. You can greatly improve
your financial safety and your future by always examining your
particular role and what opportunities it can present. That could take
some creative thinking, but often the fruit is hanging so low you can't
walk under it.
5. Security tip
|Here's a great product for home security. The
Home Spy LED motion sensitive flood light features a bank of ultra
When the light comes on, so does the video and audio. It
not only lights up the trespassers, it records what they look like,
sound like, and are doing.
Select the setting you want, sensitivity, audio alerts, night mode,
record mode. It records onto a SD card that is secured in the unit, and
once it runs out of memory it records over the oldest file, so you can
just set it and forget it.
6. Health tip/Fitness tips
The subject of fitness sometimes comes up when I've been in a group. And fairly
often, someone will give me a deprecating look and say, in a superior tone,
"I've got better things to do than spend a lot of time in a gym."
implication is that yours truly spends a lot of time in a gym. Actually, I work
out on my own equipment at home. But when I travel, I usually will go to a gym.
And anyone who's watched me knows I don't spend a lot of time there. I do three
four upper body workouts, in rotation across four upper body days. A given
workout, if on Wednesday of one week will fall on Tuesday the following week. My
shoulder workout takes about 20 minutes.
My shortest workout is probably my front squats routine (which, thanks to
glutamine, I can do every week and not overtrain). It consists of five sets
of five squats. While the briefest of my workouts, it's the most brutal.
It's not about seeing how long you can play around in the gym. It's about
making your workouts count. In fact, the most common mistake gym rats make is
doing too many repetitions. Apparently, the "logic" there is if you keep making
the same mistake over and over you eventually will get it right.
Shortly after turning 50.
What about workout volume? How can anyone get results without tearing
muscles down? The more you tear them down, the more they can build up, right?
Wrong. It simply is not true that if a little is good, then more is better. You
need to work out with the goal of forcing adaptation. The adaptive response is
what produces the size, strength, and vascularity. It also alters your hormonal
environment for fat burning and that lean, cut look. See my photo.
But some big guys at the gym hang out there! They must be doing something
right! No, they only think they are. You have, perhaps, heard of Arnold
Schwarzenegger? He became a body-building legend by taking the Mr. Olympia title
seven times. Lee Haney later broke that record, becoming the only 8-time Mr.
Haney says, "You want to stimulate the muscle, not annihilate it." Gee,
there's that adaptive response again. If 8-time Mr. Olympia says something about
how to train for a leaner, more muscular body, it's correct.
One of the secrets to getting that intense workout is the use of a preworkout
supplement. Even guys on steroids can't get intensity without one (and thus the
steroids don't do a whole lot of good; it takes that stimulation to bring about
A product that works extremely well is
Anadraulic State (revision, 2013; this product has, unfortunately, been
discontinued as many great supplements are because consumers go for hype rather
than facts and results). This product, which I use personally, increases the key
factors in the endocrine system to cause muscle growth. What I like most about
it is the way I feel during a workout.
For example, I do extremely slow dumbbell flyes to finish my pec work. I use
half my body weight in this exercise. I am certain I would be unable to do it
without the Anadraulic State. Because I'm able to do this exercise at all, my
pecs are just screaming the whole time. Maximum stimulation. A set is 2 or 3
reps, and I do maybe 4 or 5 sets.
If you want that lean, strong look you don't have to hang around the gym to
get it. In fact, hanging around the gym means you probably won't get it. If you
do your workouts so that you stimulate instead of annihilate, they will be short
and they will be effective. Use
Anadraulic State to take your workouts to the next level. Use
glutamine to improve recovery, so you are strong all the time instead of
sore all the time.
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.
In 1659, it was illegal to celebrate Christmas in Massachusetts. Members of CONgress celebrate Christmas all year long, by giving away trillions (not just billions) of dollars of your money to the corporations that
employ members of CONgress for just that purpose.|
8. Thought for the Day
Each day holds for you an opportunity (or three) to do
something positive, thus moving karma in the other direction from where the
crooks in Washington move it. This may be anything from bartering (thus
avoiding the inflation tax) to simply being courteous to strangers. Take a
moment each day to think about what you can do that day.
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Except where noted, this e-newsletter is entirely the work of Mark Lamendola. Anything presented as fact can be independently verified. Often, sources are given; but where not given, they are readily available to anyone who makes the effort.
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