Mindconnection eNL, 2004-02-01
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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
anecdotal evidence with larger trends or large data sets. People often
reach false conclusions by basing their perceptions or opinions on
We see this in politics, all the time. We see it
just about everywhere, all the time. When you extrapolate from a small
data set, the room for error is enormous. In statistical analysis, this
error is actually quantified. And there are all kinds of formulae for
dealing with it. But, the effects are there no matter how you describe
The main point here is you should resist the urge
to characterize an entire data set based on your personal experience or
some other small frame of reference.
Of course, this brings up another question--how do
you obtain that larger data set and know you can rely on it to be
accurate? For example, Bob works at a company that lays off 1,000
people. Bob projects from that layoff that nobody is hiring and everyone
is laying off. In reality, the USA is producing more jobs than we are
losing. That doesn't speak to the quality of those jobs, but it's a
fact. Where does this fact come from? Well, you are not going to get
facts from your newspaper--you will get all kinds of garbage and leftist
propaganda--but you will not get facts unless they fit the agenda of
that publication. Every company reports its hiring, layoffs, and
projections for same to the government and to certain business
researchers (e.g., business information compendiums). This information is available, and
it's been historically accurate. I'm sure there's some room for error or
even "fudging," but it's at the opposite end of the spectrum
from the newspaper norm of blatant "misrepresentation."
Now, in Bob's case, he's right about the
layoffs--the USA started on a layoff trend in the late 1950s and it has
not abated. We have set a new record for layoffs every year since the
government started tracking layoffs. This isn't because we are doomed.
It's because of several factors, such as the transition from an
industrial economy to an information economy. That should also tell you
not to believe the Dow Jones Industrial Average says anything useful.
I hope this brief discussion moves you to think
about how you gather, validate, interpret, and use information. Most of
us don't do it very well at all.
3. Time tip
One reason people
"don't have enough time" is they will squander a huge chunk of
it on a minor task because there's nothing urgent going on. For example,
they'll stretch a 10 minute call to an hour or try to do a nonessential
task perfectly. This precludes them from accomplishing other tasks.
cure for this is to set up blocks of time. If you do an online search
for "time management" and then search inside the results for
"Mark Lamendola," you'll find a few articles written by
researchers quoting me on this. The concept is explained in those
articles. To master this concept, buy our Time
Management Course at http://www.mindconnection.com/
Here's a bit more explanation about why you
shouldn't keep working on a task until you've done it perfectly. It
doesn't matter. That's why. Many people will say, "But I have such
high standards." What they are really saying is they have low standards.
When you are so afraid of your own incompetence that you keep going over
something looking for errors, what happens? You get far less done. An
example will illustrate.
Let's say your job is to install electrical
receptacles in homes being built. If you install them per convention,
you can easily keep up with the builders and everyone is happy. The
receptacles are a tad crooked (up to 5 degrees off plumb), vary in
height from the floor by 1/16th of an inch, and have other variations.
For example, the amount of wire coming out of the cable to feed
each receptacle varies between 6 inches and 9 inches. In short, they are
not perfect. But, you put these in very fast--about 4 per hour. They are
Suppose Gary comes along and says you do shoddy
work. Gary gets out a laser device and precisely installs each
receptacle within 0.005 degrees of plumb, mounts them within 0.001
inches of each other, and provides 6.125 inches of wire inside each one.
Gary can install one of these suckers about every 3 hours.
Will a homeowner even notice the difference? Is
there any functional difference? No to both questions. Is Gary doing a
better job? No. Gary is doing a far worse job, because one quality
factor is time itself. That really matters to the contractor building
the homes. With Gary's "perfect" installation ("good
enough" isn't good enough for him), the contractor can't complete
the houses efficiently.
To do a job right, first define the purpose of the
job. Then, define the quality criteria that serve that purpose. Going
beyond that isn't delivering more--it's delivering less.
4. Finance tip
discussed the layoff situation and the uptick in new jobs being created.
Lest that lead us into thinking the economy is in a recovery, let's
consider some other facts.
- There is a worldwide glut of manufacturing
- Strategic manufacturing in the USA is in very
- The information economy makes it easy to export
- The factors that control "the
economy" have not changed.
So, even with the common sense action of lowering
taxes here in the USA (taxes take capital out of the economy), jobs are
still at risk and there is no certainty that we are headed to rosey
times where all is well. The uptick in job creation is not necessarily a
trend. Except for the drop in federal taxes, the forces that drive job
creation and job destruction are still on a path counter to our
well-being. The uptick is good. But, it's not reason to assume the big
bad wolf has left the forest.
On the other hand, you don't have to believe doom
is just around the corner. There are good times ahead. But, they
will be upticks rather than trends. And they will not apply to
What the economic situation of today calls for is
prudence. Look at your expenses and see where your money is actually
going. Try to modify your spending to improve the picture you see. Pay
off debts, starting with the smallest ones (to improve cash flow). Buy
things that have value, vs. buying things that are transitory. Don't buy
junk food. Don't buy junk furniture. Don't buy junk music. You get the
What you want to do is position yourself so you
have a cash cushion, lower overhead, and lower debt. This way, you'll be
able to better weather whatever comes our way economically. And what is
coming isn't necessarily nice. So, prepare.
5. Security tip
|Get enough rest.
According to the Sleep Institute, it is rare for a person in an
industrialized nation not to be sleep-deprived. When you are 20%
sleep-deprived, you have the mental acuity of a person who is legally
Staying mentally sharp is the best way to improve
your personal security. So, don't stay up late. How do you know if you
are staying up late? If you need an alarm clock to wake you up, you are
staying up too late. Consequently, you are operating with your brain a
well below optimum. This puts you and others at personal risk.
You cannot make up for lack of sleep on the
weekends, either. So, go back to what you learned in kindergarten and go
to bed when it's bedtime.
6. Health tip/Fitness tips
Have you ever
noticed that when you get your teeth cleaned there's "a whole lot
of scraping going on?" What that scraping is about is getting
mineral deposits off your teeth. This isn't essential for dental health,
but it leads into the discussion, here.
saliva contains minerals, among other things. Those minerals help
control the pH (acidity or alkalinity) inside your mouth, and they serve
other functions. One of those is putting a protective mineral coating on
your teeth. You really don't need this coating if you are getting
regular dental care. The dentist removes it to permit inspection of your
teeth, not because it's doing any real harm. And it's quickly replaced
after the cleaning. But, the other functions (not all of which we know
about) are important--or your saliva would not contain these minerals.
protect this mineral balance, you need to obtain enough minerals in your
diet and avoid depleting the minerals in your saliva. You also need to
ensure a ready supply of saliva in your mouth--"dry mouth" is
A good multivitamin, combined
with a varied diet of nutrient-rich foods (this means lots of greens)
will solve the mineral source problem.
you are dehydrated, your saliva output drops. To prevent this, drink
plenty of water. Note that if you drink distilled water, you will flush the minerals out--not good. Regular water contains minerals, so the
effect is lessened. Tap water typically contains calcium, which is a big
plus--it's a key mineral in your saliva. Just be sure to filter most of
water, so you aren't also taking in much chlorine or fluorine. These two
substances are highly reactive. The first is in our water supply to kill
things living in the water. The other is in our water for reasons that
can only be described as "controversial at best." If you are
familiar with the Periodic Table of Elements, you will avoid ingestion
of either substance.
If you do have
"dry mouth," a quick way to fix it is to massage your salivary
glands. You can easily do this by folding your tongue over and running
the tip across them. They are at the base of the tongue.
7. Thought for the Day
Recently, a girl called me
long-distance for help with a school project after finding www.codebookcity
(one of the Mindconnection family of sites) online. She had asked a
local government official for help with a school project and he wouldn't
give her five minutes of his time. This is very sad. Children are our
future. Investing in them, regardless of whose children they are, is
part of being a responsible citizen. Stop and think about children you
encounter. Do you see them as being important in their own right, or do
you see them as props in your personal world? How do you show what you
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.
Mark provides information from either research or his own areas of established expertise. Sometimes, what appears to be a personal opinion is the only possibility when applying sound logic--reason it out before judging! (That said, some personal opinions do appear on occasion).
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