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Mindconnection eNL, 2007-01-07

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In this issue:

  1. Product Highlights
  2. Brainpower tip
  3. Time tip
  4. Finance tip
  1. Security tip
  2. Health tip/Fitness tip
  3. Miscellany
  4. Thought for the day

1. Product Highlights

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2. Brainpower tip

Have you ever noticed that a smart person can do some very dumb things? If you stop and think about some examples of this, you'll start to see a pattern among most of those examples.

Conversely, you probably know a person who isn't all that bright but who manages to do most things well and some things very well. If you were to delve into what's behind this, you'd see a pattern to this person's approach.

What's going on, here?

In the first case, the person isn't using his "upper intelligence." He's letting some emotion drive his actions. People do stupid things out of greed, lust, envy, anger, frustration, and other strong emotions. Hubris is another reason "upper intelligence" is often dormant--many people refuse to think, under the assumption they are so smart that they don't have to.

In the second case, the person realizes his limitations. He knows he has to tread carefully and apply himself. He is in tune with his emotional state. This is the kind of person who will say, "I don't know. Let me sleep on it." If he's upset, he doesn't make decisions, because he realizes he can only make bad ones in that state. But he also wants to "think things through," and he has a process of doing this that works for him. Until that process has run its course, he doesn't reach a decision.

Most of us fall in between the extremes. We're good at a lot of things, but we're not running around racking up Nobel Prizes in Physics. We aren't Forrest Gump, either. But we can see that high intelligence doesn't mean you naturally get things right and a lack of it doesn't preclude competence.

A good strategy is to remember that you do have limitations. One of those is in being able to think clearly when your emotions are in high gear. Those emotions can be positive or negative--their state doesn't matter. What matters is that you allow for this. Each of us has specific limitations and advantages, as well. You might want to spend some time reflecting on what yours are, and how best you can accommodate them to facilitate higher levels of thinking.

3. Time Tip

4. Finance tip

Has a boss or some other authority figure ever been rude and uncivil to you, in the course of asking you to do something? How did this make you feel? Did you fume and do the minimum to comply? Suppose this person had, instead, shown you respect and asked you to do it? If you're like most people, you put extra effort into making this person happy.

Over the past 20 years, incivility has become normal. Yet, it does nothing other than make the uncivil person look petty. And it costs that person.

Have you ever wondered how some people are able to get exceptional service at restaurants, hotels, retail shops, and even government offices? And <shudder> tech support lines?

If you are spending time or money on a product or service and need assistance, ask nicely. You can catch far more bees with honey than with vinegar. The next time you feel stressed out because things aren't working as you expected, stop. Don't take it out on the people who can help you. Let them know you're exasperated, if you want. But follow that up right away with a smile (even over the phone or when typing--it will show) and thank the person for helping you.

Wrong way: "I've been on hold for 30 minutes. What have you been doing, taking a long break? I paid for this and it's not working..."

Right way: "I have to warn you that, even though it's not your fault, I'm exasperated. I'm glad I reached someone who can help me get unexasperated. What do you need to know first so you can help me with this?"

In addition to getting the most bang for your buck, this is just a good way to spend your day. You've probably created a ripple effect of good feeling. A great investment, by any measure.

5. Security tip

If you live in a winter zone, keep a spare hat and gloves in your car. Many of us hop in the car, turn on the heater, and don't worry. But what if something happens and you have to walk for help? If you've ever tried calling for a wrecker during a snow storm or bad ice conditions, you know just how useless that cellphone can be.

6. Health tip/Fitness tips

7. Miscellany

  1. The word alligator comes from the Spanish word El Lagarto, which means "The Lizard." I think we all know where the word CONgress came from and are painfully aware of what it means.
  2. For some amazing photos of our little patch of the universe, see
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8. Thought for the Day

You can catch more bees with honey than with vinegar. Honey is also easier on your skin.


Wishing you the best,

Mark Lamendola


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