- Product highlight
- Brainpower tip
- Time tip
- Finance tip
- Security tip
- Health tip/Fitness tip
- Thought for the day
1. Product Highlight
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
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
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
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
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
- Tell yourself "This is was designed to be simple.
Unfamiliarity does not equal complexity."
- 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.
- Remind yourself that thousands of other people
are already using this. If they can do it, you can do it.
3. Time Tip
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
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
- 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,
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