Mindconnection eNL, 2004-03-08
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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
shopping spree. (Some folks might really like it).
1. Product Highlights
|The iceberg at right symbolizes what
happens with our careers. So much is below the surface. Many of us hit
that iceberg and sink. Click on the iceberg image at right, and you open a link to our
Career Secrets course.
This course is primarily for citizens of the USA
(Americans), though some of our readers in other countries would find it
beneficial. Americans work more hours per week than
people in any other country and we take the least amount of vacation.
This is not healthy, but we feel we must do that or we lose our jobs.
Job loss is, for Americans, a very real concern. We are
| seeing a net job
loss in every sector except healthcare and government. While healthcare
is important and 1 out of ten government jobs is necessary, neither of
these sectors adds to wealth. They are what economists call
Those healthcare jobs will see a drop in wages as
the base to support them continues to shrink. We can't do anything about
our bloated (oversized by a factor of 10) government--like any parasite,
it continues to feed on its host and displace healthy tissue.
Jobs are leaving America for many reasons, and
these have little or nothing to do with who is in the White House. The
USA has set a record for layoffs every year since the trend started in
Here are some reasons for the job loss trend:
Excessive government regulation. This is the
number one reason. This issue is not even debatable, but if you have
any doubts just look across our borders to Canada or Mexico and
you'll see the same factories that used to be in the USA before
rabid EPA regulations made them relocate. This really accelerated in
the 1970s, and resulted in a net increase in pollution accompanied
by an increase in the rate of job loss.
Excessive CEO and senior executive pay. When a
CEO in the USA makes 400 times the compensation his/her
counterpart makes in Germany, you know something is wrong and the
company being bled by that person has lost a great deal of its
Excessive taxation. American individuals and
companies pay into four federal tax systems (1040, SS, AMT, and
targeted collections) plus a myriad of taxes on bread (128 at last
count), cell phones, fuel, property, etc., ad nauseum. Add these up,
and you start comparing apples to apples with taxes of other
nations. But, the normal comparison is only with the 1040. Thus,
instead of looking like the worst-taxed nation on earth, we give the
misrepresentation that we are only 17th worst.
Productivity. To get the same output, fewer
workers are needed today than in the past. That's why manufacturing
jobs are disappearing all over the world, even in Mexico and China.
Those jobs won't come back, no matter how much protectionist
legislation our government passes. And remember: for every job saved
by protectionist laws, 50 other jobs are lost (source: CATO
You probably can't do anything about these reasons
jobs leave the USA. But, you can do something about whether you are one
of the people let go this month at your company. Many things you thought
weren't within your control are within your control. This course
shows you what those things are and how to control them.
Remember, jobs are also being created in the USA.
The net quantity (jobs lost vs. jobs gained) of good jobs is shrinking.
That means greater competitiveness for the jobs that remain. This course
will show you how to compete--to win. And perhaps your success will put
you in a position to help create quality jobs right here in the USA.
Here's a tip that's not in the course: If you are working with people who speak a language
you don't know, you will definitely want one of our electronic
language translators! http://www.mindconnection.com/category/0002LANGUAGE.html
2. Brainpower tip
|Long-time reader and
reviewer Don Brennecke suggested we address another aspect of:
Have you noticed
that, often when you say "X" the other person hears
In the previous eNL, we hit on the idea that saying too
much can cloud the point you actually wanted to make. Clarity was the key concept, there.
Don's concern was that people (and Don is including everyone, not
"they") tend to selectively listen per the label they put on
Tami: I need a gun to protect myself.
John: You're a gun nut! You'll hurt someone!
We all know where that conversation is going. It's polarized.
It will be nothing more than a collective monologue, because John has
labeled himself as supporter of risk reduction for violent criminals
while slapping an "I won't listen to you" label on Tami by
labeling her as some kind of nut.
Now that we know the positions of the players, let's open John's mind
a bit and give him some manners.
Tami: I need a gun to protect myself.
John: I'm really opposed to guns. Why do you think
you need one?
Tami: My best friend was raped a week ago. I was
with her, but was powerless. I dialed 911 on my cell phone, but we
didn't get any help for 15 minutes. She's dead now.
John: So, you think having a gun will make you
Now they are able to have a real conversation.
While John doesn't agree with Tami--even after her account of what made
her decide to arm herself--he is asking her for her opinion. John may
never change his mind, but at least he is attempting to understand why a
115 pound woman might want something other than her purse to use to fend
off a 200 pound rapist. And maybe he will understand her
This method of giving up labels and asking
questions is very effective. And, it can allow people who have very
different views to understand the other person. Think of all the
collective monologues about:
- Food preferences
- Politics (Demopublican vs. Libertarian, etc.)
- Religion (Catholic vs. Methodist, etc.)
and many other subjects where people almost automatically slap a
label on the other person and stop listening. Most people who hold
opinions on these topics cannot present a balanced argument. Only when
you can present an argument both for and against a given thesis can you
claim you understand the subject.
If you suspend judgment, you can accomplish the following:
- Understand the other viewpoint
- Respect and enjoy people who don't share your views--and make that
- Perhaps modify your own views toward a more mature and informed
- Perhaps realize why your views are right for you
In summary, anyone may something to offer. Don't tune people out
because you rushed to slap a label on them. Tune them out after they've individually
proven they are stupid. Listen first, then judge. If you judge first,
you will be unable to listen--and that will be your loss.
3. Time tip
time management seminars,
people are always looking for some kind of quick fix. They want some
system or some trick they can use to create time.
bucko, that aint gonna happen. The only trick is the one played on you.
You cannot create time. You can only better use what time you have.
of us let time control us. We answer the phone, just because it rings.
We watch television, just because a show is on. We answer e-mail, just
because it's in our inbox.
Time in a Day
The earth's spin had been slowing down for many
decades, causing our clock-keepers to add corrective "make up"
seconds. Recently, the earth's spin started increasing, meaning the time
error now goes the other way.
Folks in love with the "global
warming due to man's emissions" theory need to wake up. This spin
has a very pronounced effect on weather patterns, ice melts, etc., and
we can't do diddly about it. Stop wasting time trying to correct for the
non-causes of weather change!
But, suppose you are at your peak creativity and energy level. You need
to tackle a tough project. The phone rings. You answer. Then, you get
your e-mail. Where is all the peak creativity and energy going?
So, you get all of this non-urgent stuff done and
you are ready to tackle that tough project. But now, you are 20% less
efficient. How much more time will it take you, now?
This is one of the core principles I teach in my
seminars. People really have a problem with this concept. They will say
things like, "But, what if there's important e-mail? What if it's
an important call?'
Let me ask you something. Do you think Abraham
Lincoln answered the phone or e-mail when he was composing the
Gettysburg Address? Why on earth, then, must you set aside what you are
doing to answer the phone or e-mail? Your peaks of
creativity and energy last only a short while each day. Make the most of
4. Finance tip
|HVAC contractors are
offering work at reduced prices, and HVAC manufacturers are having end
of winter sales. Upgrade to a new, more fuel-efficient system, and your
utility may even offer you reduced rates.
The same holds true for windows, siding,
roofing--you name it.
If sales are not now being offered your area, make
plans for late this fall and save big $$. Use your savings to buy from
5. Security tip
transactions are safer on the Internet than in any other venue, provided
the merchant has a secure server. That is, if the merchant uses a Secure
Socket Layer. If the merchant does, you'll see https in the URL plus you'll see a little
padlock in your browser.
Mindconnection has had SSL for many years.
We also link to certain vendors (like Amazon) who have the same
technology in place.
Buy online! Consider all the deals at www.mindconnection.com
6. Health tip/Fitness tips
Some people have
the mistaken notion that working out three days a week is ideal, while
working out five days a week is overtraining. In actual practice, the
opposite is usually true.
three-day regimens typically do not focus on individual muscle groups,
but try instead to cram way too much workout into one session. It's
better to spread it out than to do that. Training your body is much like
studying for an exam. Doing it all at once leads to inferior results.
you're on a three-day regimen, that doesn't mean you are a bad person or
even (gasp) a prime candidate for a job with the IRS. It does mean you
have made a commitment to fitness and need to consider a more productive
If you always work out at the gym,
consider modifying your routine so you can still go there three times a
week but add in an extra day where you train without the equipment you
have at the gym. There are many exercises you can do with just a doorway
or just a bag of dirt.
Divide your training
program up into five muscle groups, such as these for example:
Back and biceps
Chest and triceps
Abs and calves
Quads and other muscles hit by squats and
Then, simply train one muscle group at each
workout session. You do not need to hit each group each week. For
example, I train upper body four days per week. But I have only three
upper body groups. Thus, the day of the week I work a given group
(e.g., shoulders) will move
each week. This adds variety, as well as proper resting periods.
I typically train upper body on Tuesday,
Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday. I do abs and calves on Thursdays
or Fridays and squats on every other Monday. Am I working out each day
or am I resting each day? The answer is yes!
Plan your workouts logically, and you will see
better results with less time involved. And if you are spending an hour
to 90 minutes at the gym, start thinking about how you could better
spend your time.
Now, let me tell you something. I train for about
20 minutes per workout. Most "experts" will tell you that's
not sufficient and I'm some kind of pansy who obviously is never going to
have any muscle. Well, I can curl half my body weight with one
hand--without throwing the weight. How many people do you know who can
do that? So, those "experts" don't
know what they are talking about.
Use your training to support your
life, not the other way around.
7. Thought for the Day
A smile can work wonders. When you
have that lousy day, don't get mad. Get smiley. When you are upset,
others around you kind of dim their lights. And, your negative mood
But if you spread a
little cheer, you will find that you get even more back. Sure, this is
hard to do--our natural inclination is to express how we feel rather
than to do something positive about it.
you smile and pass on some cheer, you add positive energy and that
reflects back on you. If enough people did this, it might even be
possible to cheer our Congressmen out of feeling a need to engage in
pork barrel spending to get re-elected. Well, forget I said that. A
smile can work wonders, not miracles. :)
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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