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Mindconnection eNL, 2007-09-09


In this issue:

  1. Product highlight
  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 Highlight

Overcoming the 11 Habits of Highly Defective People

Have you ever wondered how your CONgressman got that way? What about the coworker everyone seems to avoid, or the cousin who goes from one crisis to another? We can learn from these people. And we can do that because they have the habits of highly defective people.

We all have one or some of these habits, to some degree. This course helps you zero in on those habits and correct the behavior that's been holding you back.
This course will help you overcome bad habits that impede progress and opportunities in your life--habits you are probably not even aware of. You will learn how to replace them with habits of success. This self-paced course requires no textbook or instructor.

While the title of this course smacks of humor, it reminds us that we are the sum of our habits. Good habits don’t always make for a good life—not all things are within your control. But replacing bad habits with good ones definitely tilts the pinball machine of life in your favor. Be a winner!


2. Brainpower tip

If you haven't used a virtual keyboard, you'll find it very helpful. But that kind of help isn't the reason I am mentioning that tutorial here. The reason I mention it is to show an example for this issue's brainpower tip.

I've taught computer classes and provided one on one tutoring many times over the past 20+ years. It has become clear to me that the major wall people hit isn't the knowledge--it's the confidence. So rather provide than a detailed technical explanation that further erodes their confidence, my approach is to give them a few basics and keep drilling home how simple it is.

When people think it's complicated, they go into "deer in the headlights" mode and their brains shut off. What happens is input shifts from the cortex (seat of intelligence) to the amygdala (reptilian brain), effectively rendering them no more intelligent than your average toad (or CONgressman).

This is a self-imposed virtual lobotomy, and it's been documented on brain scans.

This effect is one reason that an "expert" can read directly from the manual in a cheery "isn't this simple" voice to a person who can't understand the identical information when reading it himself/herself, and that person says, "Thank you! Now, why couldn't the manual be that clear?"

When confronted with some consumer-level gadget or software you haven't seen before, apply this simple procedure for mastering it:

  1. Tell yourself "This is was designed to be simple. Unfamiliarity does not equal complexity."
  2. Make an observation list. Write down 5 things that you notice about what you are looking at. This exercise forces you out of tunnel vision and into seeing what's in front of you. Try to keep this along the lines of controls or choices. For example, list 3 buttons that change the screen as part of your list.
  3. Remind yourself that thousands of other people are already using this. If they can do it, you can do it.

3. Time Tip

In our ADD-addled world, tips like this are very helpful:

4. Finance tip

Do you have an infra-red gun? These used to be expensive instruments, but now are easily affordable. You can pick up an industrial grade one for about $70. It's a good investment, especially this time of year.

Use this gun to check your doors and windows for heat leaks. Do it now, while it's still summer weather (in this hemisphere--our "south of the equator" readers are just easing out of winter). Then, you'll know where to caulk and seal. This heat gun could easily pay for itself before the end of the year.

Here's a link to save you time in finding one: Click here for a selection of infra-red guns.

5. Security tip

The day after tomorrow is September 11. Rather than provide a specific security tip in this issue, I'm just going to ask everyone to be mindful of security during that day of remembrance.

It's also a time that for remembering those closest to us, so don't forget to tell people how much you love them. If the "L" word is awkward because you don't normally use it, September 11 provides the perfect cover. If your parents are alive, they will be delighted to hear this from you. If you have kids you don't say this to, ditto. Best friends, favorite aunt, brother, sister....

6. Health tip/Fitness tips

Having recently visited my friendly, efficient, and quite capable dentist for an exam and cleaning, I thought I'd pass along this article for this issue:

7. Miscellany

  1. The USS Abraham Lincoln has five gymnasiums and a basketball league with 22 teams. One team might beat another in basketball, but everyone sailor in our Navy is a winner. If you see one home on leave, be sure to mention that.
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8. Thought for the Day

Even while weighed down with the idiocy of CONgress, we can make progress. It just takes more effort than if we didn't have the additional burden. How much effort do you consciously put forth to make things better than they are?


Wishing you the best,

Mark Lamendola


The views expressed in this e-newsletter are generally not shared by criminals, zombies, or brainwashed individuals.

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