- Product Highlights
- Brainpower tip
- Time tip
- Finance tip
- Security tip
- Health tip/Fitness tip
- Thought for the day
1. Product Highlights
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2. Brainpower tip
Use the right tool for the job. You've probably heard the expression, "To an
idiot with a hammer, all the world looks like a nail." When you try to
misapply what you're used to using, the results are normally poor.|
you adopt this approach as your normal practice, guess what? Your brain
begins the shed the neural connections you have stopped using. Keep your
"brain muscles" strong by flexing them. When confronted with a problem,
don't automatically react with the same old same old.
You develop brainpower and arrive at better solutions by adopting an
approach like this one:
- Define the problem. What is it, really? It's seldom what it seems to
- Determine the cause. It is almost never what it seems to be.
- Look around for possible solutions. Make a list.
- Think about which solutions are the most effective. Start shortening
- Think about the cost of implementing a given solution. Shorten your
- Pick a solution. Implement it and monitor the results.
The most common approach is to start with a solution. This usually just
makes matters worse. The federal government, for example, throws money at a
problem and skips any kind of analysis. That's because the process is
politicized and results don't matter. It's the spending that counts.
3. Time Tip
4. Finance tip
Consider your discretionary spending. A good exercise
is to keep a list of every item you buy for one week. Then, sit down
with that list and analyze it for the following:|
- Was the item essential? If not, why did you
buy it? What was the real value?
- Was the item really worth buying?
- Does use of the item actually hurt you?
Examples include fast "food," highly processed foods, cigarettes,
and probably many common household cleaners.
- What is the annual cost of that item, and can
you express this in terms of something you really value? For
example, how many months of prepaying your mortgage is this
- What's the lifetime of the purchase? Things
like music, ringtones, and movies don't last long in terms of usage.
Dinners out last for, well, one dinner out.
- How many hours did you have to work to be
able to buy this item? To determine that, subtract your federal,
state, and local income taxes from your hourly wage. For most
people, this amounts to just over half of their hourly wage (another
35% of your income goes toward other taxes, including the dozens of
taxes embedded in the product or service you bought).
Now, this analysis doesn't mean you should be a
cheapo. For example, many people try to economize their travel by
staying at fleabag motels, using cheap luggage, and so forth. Investing
in the right stuff so that trip is a success is a good use of your
The key here is to identify things
that you can really do without, so that you can have more of the things
5. Security tip
With the so-called national "elections" about to break wind on us once
again, you can expect phone calls from all sorts of people wanting to
part you from your money.|
Some will tell you that they are
trying to stop Hillary (from being back in the White House for a third
term), as though this is possible. Hmm. When you consider the long
history of machinations by the Republicans and Democrats to put her
there, this defies logic.
We could have a Dewey Defeats Truman situation again, but that isn't
My point isn't to analyze this so-called contest,
but to bring up the fact it's a vehicle for fraud disguised as
fund-raising. The fundraising scaremongers on both sides are calling
this charade a "pitched battle" and an "important election."
You can expect calls from people pretending to be
fundraisers or pretending to be political pollsters. They'll ask you a
handful of seeming innocuous questions, and slip in one that gives them
some previously unknown fact about you. For example, they'll ask if you
are a two-earner household. What they're really asking is if your house
is empty during normal business hours.
You see, they call under the guise of being just
another polltaker at a time when polls are hot. They use the "poll" as a
front for getting the information they really want. They need just one
My recommended self-defense is to just hang up on
6. Health tip/Fitness tips
- John Travolta turned down the starring roles in "An Officer and a
Gentleman" and "Tootsie."
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8. Thought for the Day
We should start fining people who commit acts of gross stupidity. That
would pay off the $9 trillion national debt in about a week. Maybe
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