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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
|This column is normally devoted to
giving you information about products we offer. But recent events have
caused me to realize there's a valuable aspect of Mindconnection that I
should talk about, instead.|
I've got a trip
planned to visit my buddy Tim, later this year. Tim runs
www.email-lotto.com, and I've
been an advertiser since his very early days. In one of our recent
conversations, I mentioned how I regret the passing of Jim Daniels--though
that was now many years ago. Jim's eNLs carried great lessons for all
Webmasters. Tim said he had also learned from Jim, and he then went on to
talk about "the survivors." Remember, Tim's been in this
business since its early days. He's dealt directly with thousands of
Webmasters and e-businesses. Most of the firms on his client list have
disappeared over the years.
Over the past couple of weeks, I've been using a
tool that detects dead outgoing links and I've been cleaning those up.
Many of the links on Mindconnection were put there back when Joe Garcia
was our linkmeister--that was in 1998 and 1999. About 80% of the Websites
listed have bit the dust. And now I can look at many of the names of the
sites as I go and predict with fair accuracy that they bit the dust.
Others aren't so easy, but quite a few seem obvious in hindsight.
There's an air of quality about the sites that have
survived. Characteristics of the survivors include such key things as simplicity and offering something of value to
the visitor, rather than trying to hype or glitz your way to sales.
Tim and I are both in this for the long haul. We
know there's no free lunch. We know to offer something that solves
people's problems, makes them feel good, informs them, or entertains them.
The various Websites under the Mindconnection umbrella
attempt to do that at every turn. And this eNL is always chockful of
useful information. Not all of the information is useful to everyone in
every eNL. But it's my hope that something in each one proves helpful
to every reader. If you can forgive (or even enjoy) my sometimes biting
style, then we can continue our relationship--I just hope it's rewarding
This eNL requires research
and effort to put together. You can help me make that research and effort
worthwhile, simply by forwarding this eNL to people you know. Suggest they
sign up for it. The more subscribers I have, the more research and effort
I'll do--meaning you get rewarded for helping me.
But, don't stop there. Think of your own personal
quality endeavors. What are you offering of value to others when you
talk to them? Sometimes, the most valuable gift you can give someone is
the gift of listening to them. It makes people feel appreciated, and it
lights up their day. I know when I get encouraging e-mail from readers,
it always lights up my day.
2. Brainpower tip
There's more than one way to solve almost any problem. How open are you to
other methods? Last night, I attended a workshop on creative thinking, and we
did many exercises that drove home the fact that multiple solutions can--and
usually do--have equal validity.|
Some people solve problems mathematically,
others via pattern recognition, some intuitively, and so on. Factors that
affect how any individual solves problems include culture, knowledge, and
experience. None of these is inherently better or worse--that is, my cultural
norms are not inherently better or worse than the cultural norms of someone in
India. They are just different.
Just about any mountain has several routes to the top.
Suppose a given mountain has 27 routes to the top. Which route is the best
route? That depends on many factors.
- Where are you starting from?
Someone on the east face might not want to hike 3 miles to get to the west
face, so east face routes work best for that person.
- What do you want to achieve? Someone after a tough climbing experience would
prefer route 17, while someone after an easy ascent would prefer route 25.
- What are your constraints? John doesn't have a tent,
but he does have a climbing partner and climbing gear. He takes the tough,
short route. Ingrid has a tent, and only one arm. She prefers to take the
As you climb your metaphorical mountains, remember this
3. Time Tip
Fix problems in their early stages. Recently, I was
talking with a person who is the secretary for a professional
organization. He takes the meeting minutes and then sends them to the
Webmaster. But, the minutes come with such intense and crazy formatting
that they are unusable. This formatting was never an issue until this
person began taking the minutes.
problem isn't that he's an idiot--he's actually quite bright. The problem
is in his method. In talking with him, I suggested he use the "Paste
Special / Unformatted" feature. He had never heard of it. His solution had
been to have his secretary at work re-key the entire document! This is a
huge waste of time. It's "fixing the problem after the product is built,"
rather than eliminating the problem at its source.
Just so you get the context here, this is one
difference between Porsche and Toyota. The Porsche people fix the problems
after the cars are built, but the Toyota people eliminate the source of
the problem. That's one reason why Porsches are very labor-intensive and
productivity at Porsche is lousy, while Toyota is the highest productivity
automobile maker on the planet. You can find details about this in the book
Thinking. Get it
4. Finance tip
advisors are saying you can--and should--protect your assets with a Family
Limited Partnership (FLP) or a Family Limited Liability Company (FLLC).|
They often exaggerate the benefits, so that they can
sell you their services in setting one of these up. Yes, it's true that a
typical creditor of a limited partner can't touch the assets of the FLP.
However, that creditor can get an order that gives the creditor the right
to any distributions made to the limited partner. This is of limited
value. If the assets truly belong to the family, then this is as it should
However, there is zero protection from the
long, strangling arm of the American Taliban (AT). If you don't know who
those criminals are by that name, simply sit down on April 15 each year
and think for a few minutes. It might not be so bad if they didn't create
alleged debts out of broadcloth and then engage in vicious and
psychopathic behavior to collect on those alleged debts. When they see one
of these trusts, they see it as a challenge.
The largest dog on record was an English Mastiff. He
weighed 323 lbs and was over 8 feet long. If you can imagine yourself
peeing on his turf and then dealing with his reaction, you get a semblance
of what you are in for when the AT believes you have set up an FLP or FLLC
to thwart them--they won't like it when you pee on their turf.
If your motives are pure and you can document that
you created the FLP or FLLC for sound reasons that had nothing to do with
stiffing creditors, then go ahead. If you use an FLP or FLLC to
intentionally hinder or delay creditor claims, it's going to cost you. If
the creditor is the AT, it will cost you dearly.
5. Security tip
|Many people believe
that lighting up their yards at night improves their home security. In
some neighborhoods, the light pollution (a phrase astronomers are using
all the time, these days) has gone beyond good taste and well into
The truth is that most break-ins
occur during the day, not at night--at least in the USA. Burglars don't
want to encounter a home owner at home in the USA, because the government
here hasn't put the brakes on our natural rights of self-defense. Not so
in the U.K. or Australia, which is why their burglary rates have been
soaring ever since their criminal protection acts went into effect.
A criminal is much safer breaking into a home when
the homeowner is miles a way at work, than trying to sneak in at night
with the possibility of being confronted by an armed homeowner in fear of
By putting these lights all around your yard, you
probably aren't increasing security. But you are letting the electric
utility and the manufacturers of these lights rob you--your behavior says
you literally have money to burn and don't mind burning it in their
direction. What sense does that make?
Use your home security money where it counts.
Putting good deadbolts on your doors is one smart thing to do. Another is
to keep your weapons and your marksmanship well-maintained. Don't think
that a call to 911 is going to stop a violent criminal--by the time the
cops finally arrive, it will be too late. Similarly, don't think that some
lighting around your yard will ward off criminals--if anything, some will
appreciate the light. You may deter the more sensible night-time
criminals, but the truly whacko ones won't care how much light you have.
6. Health tip/Fitness tips
This is the time of year when many people are
desperate to lose the extra body fat they gained over the holidays. If
you didn't gain extra fat over the holidays, congratulations!|
Most people think that if they do aerobic exercise in
combination with a fad diet and some herbal concoctions, they will get
to their ideal weight.
There are some problems with this line of
- You have to burn 3500 calories to lose one
pound of fat. Aerobics is not the fastest way to this. Trust me--I am
genetically predisposed to being fat. But, I'm at 6.5% body fat as I
write this. I do not do aerobics. Worried about my lungs? Don't
be. I just took a spirometer test about a week ago and, as usual, was
off the charts. There is more than one solution to a problem,
remember? Aerobics isn't the solution. Proper weight training
is far more effective on all counts.
- Fad diets don't work. They typically cause a
loss of lean tissue, and they typically leave you fatter once you are
off them than before you started.
- Most herbal concoctions simply do not work.
- Most people's idea of "ideal weight" is
delusional. And, it's irrelevant. What counts is your body fat
percentage. Buy a
body fat caliper to see where you are.
So, what should you do? Portion control should be
your first line of defense. If you are a typical American, you eat about
30% more than you should. To lose the extra fat, cut your portions by
one-third. It is that simple.
If you go to a restaurant, ask for a second plate
and then put half of your meal on that plate and ask the waiter/waitress
to dispose of it. Eat the other half. No desert, either. By half, I mean
half of each food item--no picking and choosing. Steak portions are
nearly always double the appropriate size. I like to get the smallest
steak on the menu and split it with someone. Failing that, I cut it in
half and eat only half.
Some would say this is wasteful. But which is more
wasteful? Preventing the problem upfront, or trying to fix it after the
fact with pills, surgery, and so on? Remember Porsche vs. Toyota. It is
very wasteful to over eat.
Many people say, "Yes, but I compensate for that
big meal by eating less later." Oh, sure, you do. That's why you have
the extra fat to lose, right? :)
And, no, your overeating will not help a starving
child in India. Eat the right amounts, and you will prevent many
problems--medical, financial, emotional, and so on.
7. Thought for the Day
Life's all about choices. Choices
have consequences. Think through the consequences before choosing.
Wishing you the best,
The views expressed in this e-newsletter are generally not shared by criminals, zombies, or brainwashed individuals.
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