Mindconnection eNL, 2003-10-01
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In this issue:
- Brainpower tip
- Time tip
- Finance tip
- Security tips
- Health tip/Fitness tip
- Thought for the day
1. Brainpower tip
Have you ever wondered why another person
just doesn't get what you are saying? You've made your point, but the other
person doesn't get it? One of the most common reasons folks don't understand an
idea another person presents is emotional over-ride.
For example, suppose you are an expert
painter. You come to my home while I am painting and offer your expert advice.
But, I ignore it. Why would I do this? My ego is on the line, and I am being
defensive. My emotions are over-riding my brain's ability to process and accept
We all do this, to some extent. The cure for
this is simple to understand, but hard to implement. You will need to make a
conscious effort. When you find yourself not accepting another person's input,
stop and ask yourself if you are engaging emotional over-ride. You'll have to
set aside feelings of pride and defensiveness. Set aside ego-driven or
agenda-driven responses. Try to listen to what is right in what the other person
is saying, and you will find better success.
The effect of this is that you multiply your
own brain power. Two minds working together can be far more than twice as smart
as the brighter of them working alone.
2. Time tip
One of the services I offer is personal
executive time coaching. This personal coaching involves my following an
executive around for most of a day, observing and taking notes. Then, I provide
exact (and sometimes brutal) feedback on where that executive is losing time and
what to do about that. This means no canned "one size fits all," but a
I also follow up with an interview that goes beyond the
workday we experienced. Time management starts from the moment you get up--many
people just start their day behind and get more so as it goes on.
This service isn't cheap. But, an executive who blows a
performance appraisal due to a preventable time management issue finds my fee a
bargain in hindsight. One who gets a handle on his or her time can easily make
that money back in a salary increase, due to the improvement in attitude and
performance that others see on the job.
The reason I am telling you all of this is to make the
point that there is no single system of time management that works for everyone.
You have to follow some key concepts (e.g., setting goals, eliminating waste,
focusing, etc.), but you must consciously develop your own time management
strategies and religiously maintain your system. Make a constant effort at
managing your time, and you'll be surprised at how much more you get done than
someone who makes occasional effort.
3. Finance tip
Most readers of this eNL know what the The Russell Factor is.
Well, I'm going to apply it to the latest atrocity to hit the financial
"services" market: The Interest-Only Loan.
This type of loan has a lot of marketing hype
behind it. As the loan merely propagates and hands off debt without creating
value, it's immoral and economically backwards. If someone suggests you take out
such a loan, my recommendation is to suggest that person get his/her head
What happens when you plug in the Russell
Forget about the "low
payments." You will still have to pay all the loan costs when you
eventually sell your house. And you will pay them with no equity!
Forget about ever paying off the loan.
It's just a pit that digs itself deeper over time.
The loan is very expensive. There is no
upside to it.
This loan might make sense if you intend,
from the outset, to default on it. Somebody is going to "take a
bath" on this type of loan. If you die or declare bankruptcy, it will
be the creditor. Otherwise, it'll be you.
Apply the Russel Factor when you are unsure
of how to proceed.
4. Security tip
|If you have a credit card with
auto charges on it, get a second card for that account. Then, leave one
card in a safe place and use the other one when you leave the house.
This way, if you have to cancel a lost or stolen credit card, you won't
have to worry about one that merchants are auto-charging.
5. Health tip/Fitness tips
was recently at a catered event, where someone mentioned the Atkins
Diet. There are few ways to spin me up faster than to mention this
anti-health spew that the "Atkins A--holes" sucker people
into. What they are doing to their victims should be illegal.
Don't do the Atkins diet, unless you
are trying to lower your testosterone, get osteoporosis, have horrible
halitosis, develop gum disease, lose your teeth, damage your liver,
damage your kidneys, load your blood with ketones, and be fatter in the
diet rebound phase than when you started. Yes, people do get smaller on
this diet. But, they do so at great--and unnecessary--cost.
Trust me--I'm at 5.5% bodyfat, and
know what I'm talking about. You cannot maintain lean healthy body
tissue on the Atkins diet. With an intelligent diet, however, you
can be healthy and lean--without the bad breath and other problems the
Atkins diet creates.
To see more details on this
fraudulent diet, see the free article at www.supplecity.com.
6. Thought for the Day
Intellectual honesty has more value than all the excuses
in the world. Rather than cover problems up, it allows you to confront them and
Wishing you the best,
The views expressed in this e-newsletter are generally not shared by criminals, zombies, or brainwashed individuals.
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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