What Has Happened To Modern Day Spiritual Culture?

As a species we have evolved Spiritually throughout the eras of the 60’s, 70’s, 80’s and now the millennium. What worked in the 60’s no longer carries the same effect or bearing as it used to. What once Spiritually served us in the 80’s is now outdated.

The Spiritual paths of the past are of the past – so what Spiritual reality have we created now?

What I observe is that modern day Spirituality has put its faith in obtaining results as fast as possible and this is of a result of many people not having enough faith in the more ‘subtle’ realms of sensing and feeling.

When someone lacks faith in the ‘subtle’, their awareness becomes less refined and articulate, thus weakening the practitioners ability to:

  • connect deeply
  • observe the primordial origins of all things and
  • soften and enter into the flow of reality as it is.

We have instead collectively and progressively put our faith in the illusion of ‘density’ and this ‘density’ has caused our own awareness to become more and more ‘dense’ itself – just like the material things that we have become so pre-occupied with!

Since so many people cannot feel at the ‘subtle’ level of energy, this has lead to a huge proportion of practitioners using brute force spiritual methods in order to feel and experience.

I calculate that almost 90% of spiritual methods out there use brute force tactics, and as the saying goes ‘what you use is what you get’… so watch out!

It was once people started using their intellect to try and experience Spirituality that the physical body – our literal temple for Spiritual transformation – became undermined, misunderstood and eventually underused.

The entire purpose of the ‘vessel’ as a Spiritual vehicle has undeniably become less popular than many other in-roads to Spiritual development.

Instead many of us are familiar with working with energy by primarily using our minds. We do this by imagining or visualizing energy entering the body, leaving the body or moving it around the body etc.

What is happening here is not ‘subtle’ at all, but rather a crude method that relies on fabrication to produce effect. This results in the process of adding and more adding rather than letting go and releasing!

When one, who has been using brute force methods, explores the realms of ‘subtle’ once again – they may experience a narrative that sounds like this:

  • Nothing is happening!
  • I am not experiencing any results.
  • I need to do something here.
  • I am not feeling anything!
  • This is just a waste of time!
  • Am I going to achieve the results I want by doing this?
  • I don’t like this.
  • All good signs that you are on a track!

Instead of: pushing, forcing, imagining and adding- the body and mind can experience the more sustainable forces of softening, dissolving, moving through and releasing.

It is through this softening, dissolving, moving through and releasing that the True Self – free from additives – is revealed!

Where are all these additive, brute force methods leading modern day Spiritual culture?

I would love to hear your perspective on this!

What Is Best Treatment For Acid Reflux?

Acid reflux disease (GERD) is a medical condition wherein the esophagus becomes inflamed or irritated because of the backing up of pains from the stomach. Acid reflux disease treatment can be done in several methods.

Most often, doctors are suggesting rubric modalities of lifestyles when they recommend non-pharmaceutical GERD treatments for their patients. However, most dietary involvements are anecdotal. Only the head bed's elevation and weight loss were supported by some evidences.

Diet

Acid reflux disease treatment can be done through avoiding lifestyles and foods which are promoting such condition. Too much amount of Vitamin C supplement, alcohol, and coffee can stimulate secretion of gastric acid. Never take these substances before bedtime because it can trigger evening reflux. Quit smoking and eating high fatty foods to maintain the capacity of the lower esophageal sphincter and prevent delayed stomach emptying. It is also beneficial to eat smaller meals instead of large meals. Other types of food to be avoided include peppermint, chocolate, spicy foods, cruciferous vegetables (cabbage, onions, Brussels sprouts, spinach, broccoli, and cauliflower), acidic foods (tomatoes and oranges, good if fresh fresh), and milk, as Well as milk related products containing fat and calcium.

Positional Therapy

This acid reflux disease treatment focuses on the implementation of head bed positioning. Implementing a pharmacologic therapy combined with avoiding restricted foods before bedtime plus proper head bed elevation can give a patient a feeling of complete relief. In incomplete relief cases, further conservative measures are adopted to optimize response to the treatment.

Head bed elevation is accomplished through using blocks or other items such as wooden or plastic bed risers that support bed legs or posts, a bed wedged-pillow, or an inflatable lifter mattress which can fit in between the spring and the mattress. Keep in mind that the elevation of height is critical. The required minimum height is 15-20 centimeters (6-8 inches) to hinder gastric fluids backflow effectively. Some patients are even claiming that utilizing more than 6-8 inches blocks is more effective.

Drug Treatment

Acid reflux disease treatment through the use of various drugs is effective. Some medication forms are most often recommended in many Western countries. These drugs can be utilized in combination with other medications.

– Proton pump inhibitors. Reduction secretion of gastric acids most effectively by stopping the acid production source.

– Antacids. Increase the level of pH and lessen gastric acidity. Effective if before before meals and after the symptoms start.

– Alginic acid or Gaviscon. Coats the mucosa, decrease reflux, and increase the levels of pH. The meta-analysis of controlled randomized trials shows that Alginic acid is one of the most efficient non-prescription treatments.

H2 receptor gastric blockers (famotidine or ranitidine). Reduction secretion of gastric acid. These medications are antihistamines which also relieves complaints to almost 50 percent of patients having GERD.

– Prokinetics. Speed ​​up emptying the stomach and supporting the LES.

– Sucralfate. Helps in healing and preventing esophageal damages. Taking this drug for several times a day with two hours interval from medication and meals is also effective.

Surgical Treatment

Acid reflux disease treatment can also be done through a surgery. This treatment is applicable if all the above mentioned forms of medicines failed. The Nissen fundoplication is performed laparoscopically by wrapping the stomach's upper part on the LES for strengthening the sphincter, preventing acid reflux, and repairing hiatal hernia.

Always remember, before deciding on an acid reflux disease treatment, always consult a doctor.

Book Summary: The Millionaire Messenger: Make a Difference and a Fortune Sharing by Brendon Burchard

I read this book sitting in a Thai food restaurant on the Oregon coast. The food was outstanding and what was very interesting was the fact that at the cash register there was a book and DVD set talking about going to college for free. The author was a young guy who graduated from Harvard. The whole book series was designed to show college students and parents how to find money to pay for college. Come to find out the author was the restaurant owner’s son. This is a classic example of the Millionaire Messenger in action.

Why is this important to me?

I am not doing this summary to waste your time. It is my vision to provide concise action steps that you can adopt right now to enhance your life. The best way to financial freedom is through a business. Now most people cannot simply quit their jobs and to start a new business. Typically you need to work your job and your new business until you have enough sustainable revenue to take your business full time. The Expert Industry is a caring community of people who share their advice and knowledge with the world and get paid for it.

You may be thinking I am not an expert in anything. This mindset has everything to do with Self-Esteem & Self-Confidence. Brendon addresses these concerns in the book. Think about this – every person has a unique finger print and unique life experiences. Those experiences with additional research can yield you an expert.

I want to start with a potential example of being an expert in something. I have a good friend of mine that has been doing cement work for over 20 years. He does this with his four brothers. He does not think of himself as an expert. Have you ever considered how successful Home Depot is as business? They cater to the do it yourself community. My friend could simply film different cement jobs and sell them as a do it yourself venture. It would look like this:

1. Create simple how to videos on the basics and give them away for free.

2. Create a deeper video series on how to do a full patio, sidewalk or stairs and sell it with a checklist manual.

3. Offer paid for consulting for job layouts with customers.

4. Take high priced large concrete jobs that are above the do it yourself community and name your price.

This is a simple example of releasing 100 years of combined cement expertise that could easily be parlayed into a seven figure business model.

The Millionaire Messenger is packed with great how to advice. For the sake of time, I am going to chat about the 9 reasons you should consider unlocking your knowledge and passion in the expert business.

1. Your work is based entirely on your passion and knowledge. This is really important because it no longer seems like work when you wake up each morning doing what you love.

2. Relating and Creating – Your work activities center around gaining trust and relating to your audience as well as creating useful content that add real value to their lives.

3. Anytime / Anywhere – Creating information how to products allows you the comfort of working on your schedule from anywhere. I can tell you from personal experience that setting up your business to do this one great step toward personal freedom.

4. Work with who you want – This is a big deal because stress statistics show that stress related illness is interconnected with who you work with or bad working relationships in general.

5. Promotions based on promos – The amount of money you make is directly related to the promotional efforts you put into marketing your content. This is all up to you and your work ethic.

6. Pay equals value – This is the strongest and most relevant point in the book. If you deliver great value, people will pay you for it and you can decide what to charge. You are not trading hours of your life for dollars.

7. Small Teams – You do not need a big team to do this. You can outsource several of these steps so that your payroll does not spiral out of control. There are information marketers that make millions of dollars a year with very little staff.

8. Tools are cheap – Technology today really is cheap. There are so many excellent software packages that are free that you can craft your whole infrastructure for next to nothing.

9. Financial Income can beat that of other industries. There are six ways to market your stuff and each has a different price point. The best business models are summed up in one phrase – “one to many”. Creating something once and selling it over and over is the true key to unlocking the wealth puzzle.

The Millionaire Messenger is a good book that will give you the direction you need and the questions required to get you on the path to personal wealth and freedom.

I hope you have found this short summary useful. The key to any new idea is to work it into your daily routine until it becomes habit. Habits form in as little as 21 days. One thing you can take away from this book is one to many. When crafting your business model or tweaking an existing model, remember to leverage the power of “one to many.” In our software business, we create a software module once and sell it many times. This is how Microsoft and Oracle generate billions of dollars each year.

Themes to Consider for a Fabulous Hen Party

Themes can add excitement and color to any party. That is why some hens choose to have a set theme for their hen party too. After all, a theme gives the whole group an excuse to dress up especially for that occasion.

Now, for hen party organizers that need ideas, here are some of the more popular hen party themes that a lot of hens have chosen for their own celebration. There are themes that are rather wild and those that will not even require fancy dresses.

Disco

The Disco theme will definitely get everyone in the mood to groove that night and dance the night away. Dressing up in 70s fashion can be a lot of fun. All the girls can just wear platform shoes, floral attire, bell bottom pants, and they’re set for a night of disco fiasco.

The whole venue will be very colorful too as one can just add psychedelic colored decorations and a disco ball, of course. A good light and sound system will complete the party’s setup.

L-plate

Until now, the L-plate theme continues to be one of the most popular hen party themes. That is probably because it is so easy to dress up and set up for this particular theme. The only thing hens actually need are L-plate badges on their outfits. They can practically wear whatever they want.

What’s more, there are a lot of other hen party accessories for this theme. There are head boppers, bride-to-be veil sets, and other accessories that are made for this theme.

Sex and the City

Based on the television show with the same name, this theme is popular among hens that wish to look absolutely gorgeous during their hen night. All of the girls on Sex and the City look stylish and elegant which is why hens can just dress to kill for the party.

Fans of the show will definitely enjoy dressing up as Carrie, Samantha, Miranda, or Charlotte for the night. They just have to take their pick.

Sash

Feel like beauty queens for the evening with a sash theme. The theme will just require everyone in the group to wear satin sashes. Usually, the person’s role is printed on the sash. So, the bride-to-be, maid of honor, bridesmaids, mother-of-the-bride, etc. can have those titles printed on their sashes.

This theme is perfect for those that do not really wish to wear actual costumes for the party. It is a safe choice. Still, the sash theme can be a lot of fun if everyone’s willing to wear them for the evening.

Themed parties are a lot more fun than non-themed parties because it allows everyone to get creative. So, choose a theme and plan for that party!

Luxury Car Conversions: What The Whole Fuss Is

Having a personal car has been the matter of the status from the years and is expected to continue for many more years to come. The status of a person increases more in the society as soon as he drives a new car at his doorstep, and if the car is luxurious then undoubtedly the eyes of his neighbors stare at his place. This is mainly because the price tag of which the luxury cars are priced in international market. But having a luxury car is not the bag of everyone’s shoulder and therefore lots of the car lovers across the world have to sacrifice their desire of driving a luxurious car throughout their life and have to compromise the affordable car according to their budget for drive.

But, now all this is going to be the tale of yester years as now there are various options by which these cars owners can convert their existing car into a brand new luxurious car of their choice. Recognized as luxury car conversions this trend in recent years has flourished at jet dynamic speed across the world facilitating the regular car customize their car with the features that are offered in any of the luxurious cars being sold across the world. As the general practice is refers to the third-party customization which are not offered by the original manufacturer of that vehicle but customized on the demand of the car owners according to his requirement. In simple words, it may defined as the process where in the noticeable features of some standard car are converted in resemblance to some luxurious car.

An interesting feature of getting the car conversions is that along with integration of luxurious specifications it also helps in enhancing the comfort seating experience of the persons travelling in it. The conversion also impacts the functionality of machinery installed inside the bonnet and helps in offering superior performance of the car similar as offered by its original version. It would be interested to know that till few years this type of conversion was considered as an expensive investment pulling the car owners towards additional financial burden. But interestingly with entrance of different suppliers of the part of car conversions now days different types of kits are available in market which facilitate the car owners to convert their in accordance to their preference at their own end.

The commonly preferred cars that are converted into luxurious cars are Jaguar, Land Rover, Aston Martin, Ferrari, Lamborghini, Bentley, and The Vault.

An interesting feature of getting the car conversion is that the countries where the car enthusiasts get their converted into new avatar is that this conversion is strictly done according to the norms applicable in that country. For instance in the country where cars with left hand drive are preferred then in such country the conversion will be applied only with left hand drive to comply strictly according to its transportation law. Similarly in the countries where there is condition of political and social unrest the cars will be equipped with all saving standards that will protect the passengers from any type of bullet attack.

One more thing which needs to be specified about car conversions is that along with integration of luxurious features appropriate attention is paid towards the overall outlook of the car whether it is on its exterior or interior. This includes placement of lighting, plastic cladding, roof rails etc on the exterior front.

Linear Vs. Passive Income: Why You Will Never Get Rich Unless You Do This to Make Money Online

You may be wondering what are ways to make money online and how to get rich with forms of passive income? Or even if there is an “easy passive income” to be made online?

Is it possible to get rich with forms of passive income? Is that a real way to make money online? Many people may doubt that there is such a way to accomplish this when there are so many ways that can separate you from your money given all the scams out there. This article will hopefully share with you a way or two of how to make passive income online.

You can make money online and even get rich with it because this is the only way of earning money that is not tied to you changing your time for a fixed money amount, or what is called a pay check. You see, any form of passive income is, by definition, not tied to exchanging your time for money. Unlike a pay check which is really nothing more than trading your time for money, this form of income of making money online can allow you to get rich precisely because this form of income is not tied to trading your time but is based on earning money repeatedly and in a passive manner which is received on a regular basis.

Truth be told, the majority of people online do not make any money with their efforts. They will never get rich with any form of making money other than specific forms of non-linear income that can be generated in many cases with little or no out of pocket expenses to the individual. Affiliate blueprints to make money online that can – over time – develop into passive income and allow someone to get rich are available from most affiliate programs online. Building an online business and creating a solid, regular income is in many cases is the result of careful research, market identification, and proper and effective marketing techniques that generate sales and grow profits. Most good affiliate programs have the online tools, ad copy and marketing venues to allow affiliates to succeed and if they apply themselves to the task of making money online, they will succeed. Many, however see the success of some affiliate marketers and think that this is an easy passive income to be made, when the truth is far from it.

Affiliates who want to make money through their affiliate programs working from home can develop multiple streams of income by following the blueprint laid out for them by the operator of the program. Individuals who previously worked for a pay check or a liner income and then realizing that it would not allow them to get rich decided to start an online business that could be built to develop a passive income stream and perhaps more than one. Those who understand the concept of passive income as opposed to linear income are drawn to the internet to try to make their dreams come true through this medium.

Prior to going full bore into an online business and quitting their job, many individuals consciously decide to first start out by working part time to create a second income that is a passive income as opposed to a second linear income. Get rich quick schemes must be avoided at all costs as these are not real businesses, but rather past times to waste one’s time online.

Before considering popular ways of generating a passive income online let us define what we mean by linear and passive income. Linear income as we indicated above is an income that is earned by trading your time for making money, or working for someone else. Simply put, the more you work, the more you make money. But if you do not work, you do not make money. That is the essence of a linear income.

A passive income, however, is a form of making money that is passive in nature and does not require the trading of your time to make money. A passive income will generate money for you whether you work or not, assuming that you have taken steps to generate that income in the first place. Once you have done that, your income will be paid to you regularly and not because you have to trade your time for it, but because you are being paid for something that you have already done, hence the passive income concept. Passive income can take many forms from real estate earnings, to investment earnings to writing earnings, to singing earnings [residuals] to making money from your online efforts. It can also derive from network marketing, affiliate marketing, and advertising revenues from your online efforts. For many people this is what they refer to as making money while they sleep and view as easy passive income.

Only passive income will allow you to get rich. The more the passive income you make, the sooner you can get rich. Residuals, as some people call this income is the source of all online fortunes for those who get rich online. Once you are successful in setting up one online passive income stream it is easier to do it a second time, and then a third, and so on. Some say that the secret to online success is to set up as many independent streams of passive income as possible in order to diversify and protect one’s interest.

So, do you want to make a passive income or a linear income?

Trading your time for a pay check is little more than being an indentured servant. You work, you get paid. You don’t work, you don’t get paid. Linear income is the term referred to as the income that keeps you poor. It makes no difference whether you are a surgeon, bank manager, a taxi driver or a Walmart employee. The one common element that all of these people share is that they are trading their time for a pay check. If they stop working, their pay stops being paid.

Passive income, however, is strategically different in that it is an income that you receive repeatedly for an action that you took previously but are no longer doing. It is an income that you will continue to receive even if you do not work any longer. The more passive income streams you can set up the more income you will make and the sooner you will get rich.

The only way to get rich online is to promote affiliate programs that pay you handsomely and to set up several of these that can make money online for you. And remember, once you have set up your massive money making system, you do not have to micro-manage it to keep it running properly to produce more affiliate income for you. Truly, a set it and forget it system is the ultimate for successful online marketers who direct their actions towards getting this type of system set up properly.

Linear vs. passive income. The choice is clear, and the choice is yours. Work once and get paid once, or work once and get paid forever. That is the mantra of affiliate marketers everywhere who understand the difference between linear and passive income forms of how to make money and they continually seek ways to generate income streams that can build their passive income over time.

The linear income stream is a form of drudgery that many feel they have to go through to earn a pay check. They go through the motions every day, every week, every month, every year, until, before they know it, their life has passed them by and they are complaining about lost opportunities and how they missed out on life.

Passive income streams, however, once they are set up and producing an:”easy income” of a passive nature are not drudgery. They are viewed as heaven-sent and are waited upon anxiously by the recipient. Passive income allows you to multi-task in that you can be doing something else [like setting up another passive income stream] while you are receiving this already established one.

Or, you can spend time with your spouse, family, children or friends doing what interest you, knowing full-well that your passive income stream is still generating an income for you. A linear income stream cannot do that for you. If you choose to spend time with family instead of working, you do not get paid. Simple as that.

A non-linear income stream [or two] can give you your life back. Knowing that you will receive it even if you choose to stop doing what created it is comfort and security. Why anyone would choose to stop, however, is unclear when you know that by repeating what you did in the first place to generate that income you could do again to repeat the process to generate another separate income stream of a passive nature.

If you are able, you should start to generate your own stream of passive income. Do it part time at first and then expand at your own pace. This is not an overnight get rich scheme so it will take time to develop. If it takes you two or three or even five years to get it done right, what does it matter to you? But if you don’t start to generate this type of income you will forever be indentured to a linear type of income that can only be available as long as you continue to work. Once you stop, that income stops. A passive income, however, will continue to be dropped into your bank account even when you finally “retire”.

Don’t wait. The sooner you start the sooner you will benefit and take control of your life.

Get a Perspective on How Much Energy You Use

It would be a fair assessment to say that only a small percentage of people are really aware of how much energy they are really using. If you look at it closely, there are obvious energy costs, and then there are hidden energy costs.

An example of obvious energy cost is the amount of gasoline it takes to drive your Ford Explorer four miles to the supermarket to buy a gallon of milk. There's a definite amount of calories in the gasoline burned for such an adventure (if you want to call it an adventure). That amount is about 12,400 calories, provided your Explorer get 20 miles per gallon (a generous amount). That's an equivalent amount of energy of a person walking 124 miles (the average person burns about 100 calories by walking a mile). This is an astounding realization, and I was amazed when I started making comparisons.

A good example of hidden energy costs would have been the purchase of an avocado at the supermarket in the winter months in Seattle, Washington. The numbers are a little more fuzzy here, since we did not specify where the product was grown. But chances are it's close to a thousand calories.

(All together the food-processing industry in the United States uses about ten calories of fossil-fuel energy for every calorie of food energy it produces. (Pacific Views, March 29, 2006))

Another good example of hidden energy costs might be the actual vehicle you used to transport the food item to your house. It takes about 27 barrels of oil energy equivalent to build a car, or 1,142 gallons. At 31,000 calories per gallon, that's a lot of energy. The math is pretty scary here. That amount of energy is equal to the energy you would burn by walking 354,000 miles.

One good way to start to get a better perspective on how much energy is used by driving is to start bicycling. Once you've been riding your bike to work for awhile, or to the grocery store, you start to become aware of the incredible amount of energy that is just wasted by cars. You see people do all manner of wasteful things with energy. The most common is floating it as soon as the traffic signal turns green only to slam on the brakes shortly before reaching the next red light. There is probably some way to calculate how many miles of walking that little move would cost you, but maybe we have better things to do, get the heck out of their way. This is just another sign that energy is still so cheap in this country that people feel they can afford to waste it, even if we are in a recession.

Another area to observe energy use is in the household. Imagine for a moment, being on one of those elliptical training machines at the gym. Some of these machines actually have a wattage meter on them, so you can see how many watts of energy you are generating. It is most interesting to watch. Most people, unless they are exceptionally strong, can put out about 250 watts on a continuous basis. That's equal to about four 60 watt light bulbs. How many times have you left this many lights on? I'm not trying to make anyone feel guilty here, it's just good to get a perspective.

I've come across a number of interesting information sources on energy conservation and saving money tips, so feel free to visit the sites and references listed below. Until next time,

Are Your Strategic Initiatives High-Leverage or Ordinary?

A high-leverage strategic change initiative promises so much more than an ordinary one. But what exactly defines high-leverage?

The cranks on a bicycle. A golf club in our hands. A beer bottle opener. The see-saw in a children’s playground. A spanner or wrench. All these examples of leverage, most of which we take for granted.

Ancient Greek mathematician Archimedes had a principle for it: with a lever long enough, and fulcrum on which to place it, one could move the world. So, as accustomed as we are with the ease that it gives to our everyday lives, leverage is a big idea.

We talk about leverage in business. We want high-leverage investments and high-leverage strategic initiatives. In fact, in the Evidence-Based Leadership framework, one of the mindsets is ‘leverage, not force.’

To improve performance, to increase the capability of our business processes to sustain a higher level of excellence, requires leverage. If an improvement can only be sustained by continually putting in more effort (force), it’s not high-leverage.

Think.org says this about leverage points in organisational systems (and I like it):

“It’s a low leverage point if a small amount of change force causes a small change in system behavior. It’s a high leverage point if a small amount of change force causes a large change in system behavior.”

This speaks to the idea of return on investment. A high-leverage solution will have a high ROI. But I don’t think it’s a complete definition for high-leverage. Each time I find myself trying to discern high-leverage from ordinary, I keep coming back to four defining characteristics of high-leverage, when it comes to strategic change initiatives:

1) An initiative is high-leverage if it has a hefty ROI.

This means that it improves the targeted area of performance with an impressive return on investment. For a change initiative, I think ‘high’ is something like 10 times or more.

I’ve seen some change initiatives return as high as 40 and 80 times the value invested in them. The big returns often happen with the low-hanging fruit, like removing bureaucracy and wasted time from core business processes.

2) An initiative is high-leverage if it’s a one-time investment, not an ongoing cost.

It means that improvement – or the ‘change force’ – consists of an investment in change made once, which has lasting effects that don’t need further investment to sustain them.

If you need to hire more people (and continue to pay them, and develop them, and replace them when they move on) in order to solve a workload problem, it’s not a leveraged solution. The ‘change force’ has to be continually paid for. But if you removed unnecessary steps in the process and automated the mundane ones, making this change once will reap rewards from that point forward.

3) An initiative is high-leverage if it also produces spin-off benefits.

When a change initiative really homes in on a root problem in an organisation, very often it’s a problem that affects several other areas of performance. Consequently, when that change initiative is implemented, its returns go beyond the improvement in its targeted measure.

A rail system needed more capacity to meet the growing demand of its clients. They traditionally would have invested in more rollingstock. But instead they redesigned the way they used existing rollingstock, removing the waste that tradition had embedded over time.

4) An initiative is high-leverage if it is low-risk.

Systems-thinker (as well as astronomer, cosmologist, astrophysicist, astrobiologist, and author) Carl Sagan once said:

“If you wish to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first invent the universe.”

To me, this means that everything is connected to everything. That can be a paralysing thought, if we ponder it for too long. But a practical takeaway is that any change we make is going to have a ripple effect.

The thing about greater-leverage changes is that the ripples rarely produce unintended consequences or negative outcomes we didn’t plan and don’t want. (And thusly, if a change initiative does have a negative consequence, then the cost of that must be deducted from the ROI equation.)

Just a little bit more thinking, and a little less reacting…

With a little bit more thinking at the start, we can find strategic change initiatives that don’t cost much more (often costing less), but produce fantastic returns. Greater-leverage improvement is hallmark of the high-performance organisation.

If an improvement can only be sustained by continually putting in more effort (force), it’s not greater-leverage.

DISCUSSION:

What defining characteristics, in your opinion, discern high-leverage strategic change initiatives from the ordinary?

Welding Jobs: Ideas You Can Use At Home To Make Money Welding (No Boss While You Make $100,000)

What if you could make $100,000 a year welding from home?

What if you could make even an extra $500 a month from home, using your current skills? If you are a welder with basic welding skills and you are between jobs or you are being under paid in your current job, it might be worth your time to read this article – let’s think outside the box for just a minute on how you can make money welding from home.

From Home Welding # 1:

Teaching or tutoring any skill is a very profitable business. In any town of any size you’ll see at least one tutoring business in a strip mall brick and mortar location. In that same town will be at least a dozen other tutors working from home, making good money.

Yes, most of the time they are tutoring math and reading to students. Lean back and think about what skills you have that can also be used in a tutoring business you can set up and milk cash from, like milk from a cow.

Let’s say you are good enough with TIG to weld razor blades or pop can butts.

If you can teach a non welder to operate a TIG torch good enough to go on and practice on their own at their home in about 3 hours of your hands on theirs – they will pay up to $100 an hour for 3 hours of TIG instruction. Just 2 students a day would bring you $100,000 a year. If you think I’m kidding I’m NOT! There are many reasons why education is so valuable – and that includes intense, focused tutoring in welding.

6G pipe welding is the highest paid of all welding certifications – most 6G welders make $100k to $300k a year – and demand is crazy. However, if you are a 6G welder and you want to stay home, you can set up and teach 6G in your garage. Let’s say you do this with 7 students, each paying you $10,000 for a 3 month course. Yes, they will pay it – especially if you show them how they will have more time with your hand on theirs (the #1 secret to learning 6G fast).

From Home Welding # 2:

I was in Palm Springs the other day. I have been in and around the trades for 30 years… and when you see a tradesman’s truck and it is late model without dents or many scratches, clean, organized and well equipped, it means (99% of the time) that guy is making money.

I pulled up to a light behind just such a truck – “Joe’s BBQ Service and Repair.” That’s it – that is all Joe does. He will weld cast aluminum or steel. He’ll clean and polish. He’ll replace a burner or a control. OR he’ll buy your old unit and sell / or sell you a new one.

Yes, you need a town with a lot of high end BBQs. Other than that, go get it.

From Home Welding # 3:

Large steel cut outs. In art of all kinds, size matters. For example, 20 years ago we purchased two 4′ long coat racks – each is a piece of 1.5″ x 1.5″ x 1/8″ angle 4′ long with 6 horse shoes welded to the angle to hang the coats.

On the horizontal surface of the angle is welded a scene made of 7 horse and 7 tree cut-outs. We paid $185 for each of these 20 years ago… that would be about $300 a piece in today’s dollars.

The problem with you making these is that the 14 cut outs on each unit are too small too many to cut by hand – you need a computerized plasma table to make these.

Here is where the magic of size makes all the difference.

The artist who drew the cut outs on our coat rack was good. Each of the 7 horses is different and beautiful, as well as the trees. Any – or all of these – cut outs can be scaled up with chalk onto a sheet of say 4′ x 8′ x 3/16″ steel. Now, all you need is a plasma or an oxy torch to create the large version.

What would a horse cut from a 4′ x 8′ sheet sell for?

$300 to $700. It would depend on where you are and how you market it. Marketing is a large part of any business. Good marketing is not hard – you can do it.

You can see, if you could get a “business pipe” full of inventory and sales and you were delivering 2 horses a day, you could easily make $100k. The other major opportunity with big cut outs is gates. The key to all of this stuff in the art category is beautiful line drawings. If you are not an artist, hire one on the condition that they sign the copyright to you.

There are endless ideas to utilize even your most basic welding skills from home to make an excellent living or just extra money. The trick is:

Step A:

Find what will work best for you.

Step B:

Write out a simple plan of attack. Don’t put the cart before the horse. Many small businesses fail because the owner gets all wrapped up in the details and loses site of what is important. Here is what is important: Don’t spend money – MAKE MONEY!

Step C:

The first rule of business is to GET NOTICED. That is also the end goal of all marketing – once you have enough eyeballs on you, you will succeed. The common mistake is to leave marketing for last while concentrating on every little rule and piece of paper. A business license will do you no good if you don’t make money! Save your money and get it (if you really need one) when you make some money. Towns and cities will simply say, “do you have a business license?” When they ask, say: “I’m getting one now.”

Conclusion:

You are blessed to live in a country where you can go from nothing to something in a hurry. However, to get anywhere in a hurry requires running hard. You’ll never regret it.

What should you do next?

How to Lose Weight Just By Walking

Who said you can’t lose weight through walking alone, and without going to the gym? Don’t listen to them! You can become 20 pounds lighter in the next few months without lifting a weight or going on a hunger strike. Walking is a form of exercise that is safe and easy for everyone to execute, and you can use it to achieve your weight loss goals. This article explains how you can use walking to lose weight and maintain it without going to the gym or going on a serious diet.

Why Should You Walk?

Walking is a simple form of workout exercise that is often underrated in terms of health benefits, although it does have numerous health benefits. Walking will give you a stronger heart and bones, it helps lower your blood pressure and ease your stress, and help you drop more pounds than you’d imagine. The good thing about walking is that you can do it anywhere, with little effort, and it doesn’t require any equipment.

How Much Weight Can You Lose By Walking?

The number of pounds you can drop by walking is determined by your body weight, walking intensity, and your pace. If you walk at a common pace of 4 miles per hour you are most likely to burn about 400 calories in one hour. But bear in mind that this is just on average, so you don’t have to walk 4 miles a day. You can go 3 miles to burn 300 calories or 2 miles to burn 200 calories. And if you don’t have much stamina, you can cover a shorter distance and add other exercises for a better result.

How Often Should You Walk?

The frequency of your workout should depend on your state of health and targeted goals. If you are healthy enough to engage in walking and you want to achieve optimal results, then you should be walking 3 days a week for about 20-30 minutes to start. As you are progressing, you should increase the number of days as well as the duration; like every day for 45-60 minutes.

How Can You Walk For A Longer Period Without Boredom?

To have an interesting walking routine you need to try different ways of carrying out the exercise, such as taking a different route from time to time, walking outdoors and indoors, listening to music, or even singing your favorite song out loud while you walk. You might be surprised at the distance and duration you can cover by adding some of these things to your walking.

How You Should Walk For Optimal Results

If you are planning on losing significant weight by using walking as the only exercise then you have got to do it properly. I know what you are thinking right now – you are probably asking yourself if there are ways to walk properly, considering that you have been walking since you were 3 years old. Well, when it comes to walking for weight loss, yes! There are ways to walk for optimal results. You’ll burn much fat if you do the following while walking:

* Chin up: Avoid looking at your feet while walking, look forward as this will help keep your neck in a comfortable position.

* Activate your abs: Try to brace your core and maintain good posture by pulling your belly button in the direction of your spine.

* Squeeze your glutes: For you to be able to go a longer distance you should try tightening your glutes. This will help push you forward.

Is It Important To Monitor The Number Of Steps You Walk?

An important way to boost your chances of success is to know the number of steps you take every day. This will help maintain a particular number of steps you would need to go to get a particular result (amount of weight loss). The device that can help you with the number count is a pedometer (like this one) or a wristband (like this one). With these devices, you can know how many miles you would need to go to get to the number of pounds you intended on dropping. Once you get a pedometer, you will attach it to your clothes at your hip, or elsewhere while you walk.

What Should You Do To Lose Weight And Maintain It Through Walking?

You are definitely going to lose weight through walking alone if you continue with it. however, you can increase the time it would take to lose weight by adding resistance training to your walking routine. You can walk with dumbbell (arm) weights, or try power walking by increasing your pace some days, alternated with your normal walking days. You can even set aside a particular day in the week for just resistance exercise, such as weightlifting or jogging, in order to keep the pounds off that you will drop through walking. Also, you should eat healthily in order to maintain your weight.

If you are planning on starting out with walking as an exercise routine to lose weight then I encourage you to do so, because your effort is not going to be wasted. Walking is a simple form of exercise that can result in weight loss if performed properly and consistently. You can be sure that you will lose pounds within few weeks after starting your walking routine, provided you apply everything we have discussed in this article. Therefore, follow it properly and we will meet at the beach this summer!

How Long Can Ordered Pizza Sit Out?

As every college student knows, pizza never goes bad. After all, you can leave it sitting out all night, eat a slice for breakfast, and head to class, right? Well, the good news is that most of today’s college students either have incredibly strong immune systems or are incredibly lucky, because this is not true. Pizza take out has limits as to how long it can set out and still be decent to eat. The meat, cheese, and sauce on a pizza can all grow dangerous bacteria if left at room temperature too long. Here are some guidelines to use with ordered pizza when storing it for a later meal.

Remember, Pizza Is Perishable!

Some foods are considered non-perishable, but pizza is not one of them. If you leave it out too long and then eat it, you can get sick. Pizza has meat and cheese on it, and these can harbor dangerous bacteria, including Staphylococcus, Salmonella, and E. Coli.

Most pizzas contain trace amounts of these bacteria, but these low amounts are not dangerous. As long as the pizza is kept either hot or cold, it is fine to eat. However, when it is left a room temperature for too long, the bacteria begin to grow, soon reaching dangerous levels that can cause severe illness. The dangerous temperatures are 40 to 140 degrees Fahrenheit, which is the range that normal room temperature falls in, so leaving the pizza out makes it dangerous, if not deadly.

Understanding the Two-Hour Rule

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), any food, whether hot or cold, that has been left at room temperature for two hours or longer needs to be thrown out. If the temperature is above 90, such as at an outdoor picnic on a hot day, the food needs to be thrown out after just one hour. The best temperature for hot foods is any temperature that is over 140 degrees. Cold foods need to be kept at a temperature of 40 degrees or less. Although this recommendation is fro the USDA, it just as well applies to Toronto pizza as it does to New York.

Keep in mind that your pizza may not arrive at the right temperature. If you transported the pizza yourself or the delivery driver had a long route to take, the temperature could have dropped below 140 degrees before you even started eating it. Use a food thermometer to determine the temperature of the pizza. If it is below 140 degrees, do not leave it out for the two-hour maximum. It has already cooled below the ideal temperature, allowing the harmful bacteria to grow.

Storage Tips for Pizza

If you know that you will need to have the pizza available for longer than two hours, use your oven to keep it above 140 degrees. Put the oven’s temperature setting on “keep warm” or a similar choice, and leave the pizza in its cardboard box in the oven. The pizza box will not burn at this temperature, but you will be able to keep the pizza safe.

When you are done with the pizza, store it in a sealed container in the refrigerator. Many people like to store the pizza in its cardboard box. While this is fine health-wise, it can cause the pizza to dry out faster. You can also freeze the pizza. Pizza stored in the refrigerator is typically good for three or four days. You can keep it in the freezer for up to two months.

So the next time you are at a party and are reaching for that now-cold piece of pizza, remember that it is a prime place for dangerous bacteria to grow. If you are the host of the party, keep your guests safe by putting the pizza away after two hours. Remember, you may have eaten left-out pizza in the past, but every time you do, you are playing with fire. Protect yourself by handling your take out safely every time!

Ipod Battery – Replacing It

iPod battery replacements with these easy instructions. Please be warned that although replacing the battery is easy, it will nullify your warranty with Apple. I don’t want to be deemed liable for the harm done to your iPod because of this article, so do this at your own stake.

Things you should realize before replacing your iPod battery:

1. Apple has an official out-of-warranty battery replacement program for $59 + $6.95 shipping in the United States(see Europe and Canada pricing). The policy requires that you send in your iPod (any model), and Apple will change the battery and ship it to you for $59 plus handling and shipping. Technically, Apple in reality exchanges your whole unit with an equivalent original model or factory-refurbished model in a brand new cover, with its own 90-day service warranty; if it was previously engraved by Apple, it will be engraved again.

2. The iPod warranty is one year but you can expand it for two years with AppleCare Protection Plan for iPod. Various merchants have inexpensive extended warranty coverage available and often these programs purely change the product with a corresponding new unit.

3. Over the course of time, the battery will not hold the same degree of charge as when it was newly bought. This is natural, and occurs to all lithium ion batteries. This gradual degradation will not affect, or be noticed by, most users during the life of their iPod. %Yet%, based on usage, environmental factors, and several other variables, some heavy users may observe a great degradation than others. It is important to understand that this is the exact same degradation that would occur with any lithium ion battery employed in any laptop, cell phone, portable music player, etc.

4. The iPod’s cover is not designed to be opened, so, in that respect, it’s not what would in general be referred to as “user-replaceable”. Yet, with the proper set of tools you can change the iPod battery yourself and avert all the trouble by going through Apple.

Procedures:

Step 1 – Procure an iPod battery online or in a retail shop nearest you. iPod batteries can be bought for as low as $11. You have to be sure that the replacement battery you buy is for your iPod.

Step 2 – Turn off your iPod and set the hold button to the on position. Take a flathead screwdriver, as thin as possible but oftentimes the retail store that sends you the battery will give you a tool. In any case, you must open up the unit by putting the tool or screwdriver between the plastic and the metal. Once you sense a clip, pry it ever so gently. Continue around the iPod, opening each latch.

Step 3 – You are going to have to employ that tool or screwdriver again to extract the battery from the hard drive. Once taken out, unplug it from the board.

Step 4 – Connect in the newly bought battery to the board of the iPod (where you unconnected the old battery) and set it on the glue that remained on the hard drive. Make sure that the battery and the wires are set properly so you can actually close the iPod. Snap the cover back together, you’ll hear it when it’s finished!

Step 5 – Switch on and charge the device. That’s it and your iPod battery is successfully replaced.

Counter Surveillance Techniques – Simple Methods That Can Be Used Effectively

Many people don’t understand the reasons why they may need to practice counter surveillance techniques, and the people who need it most are often unfamiliar with the equipment required. One misconception that many people hold is that if you’re not doing anything “wrong”, you have no reason to worry about being secretly recorded. In today’s cutthroat economy, this is simply not the case. Unfortunately, in the world of business more and more of your competitors are attempting to gain an edge on you by spying and using surveillance techniques.

You can avoid many common methods of surveillance by using some basic counter surveillance techniques. Far too many people underestimate simple precautions such as shredding mail, locking mailboxes, and using a screen saver on the computer. You can take simple steps on a daily basis to help prevent against both surveillance and identity theft, at little to no initial cost. If you continue to be sure that someone is spying on you, you can consider more advanced counter surveillance techniques and equipment.

Common sense can be one of your best weapons against malicious listening or video capture. Take the time to check your home or business on a daily basis for anything unusual. Even seemingly insignificant differences can be a sign that someone is watching you. Modern spy cameras and listening devices can be installed in a ceiling or wall with only minimal damage that is visible to the naked eye. By being proactive, you can catch a spy in the act before they gather too much essential information about your family or business.

In the workplace, common sense can also help keep sensitive company information private. By taking the time to use simple techniques such as password protection on your files and a screensaver on your desktop, you are protecting your confidential information. Other steps you can take are turning of your computer when you leave the office, being sure your remove papers from the copy machine, fax machine, or printer, and always knowing where your keys or ID badge are at all times. These simple measures may not seem like counter surveillance techniques, but they are! Imagine what a spy could do with the information on your computer, or by using your keys to gain access to your office file room!

If you find anything unusual during your routine checks, you should consider advanced counter surveillance techniques to secure your business. Discretion and common sense can provide some protection, but counter surveillance equipment will be necessary if you need protection from the prying eyes of a determined person or organization. Counter surveillance equipment can be an excellent investment, as it ensures that your private information continues to be private.

Take the time to institute simple counter surveillance techniques today. Using common sense, take a good hard look around your home or office, and see what steps you can take to avoid being observed. Protect your informational assets, and you’ll be taking an important step towards protecting your business.

Watch Out for the Heart Attack Signs

More often than not, you tend to take the occasional chest clutches seriously because as per the societal notion, you think it may further lead to a cardiac arrest. And this is where you get yourself wrong. Not all the heart problems happen in your chest, there can be other alarming symptoms in other parts of your body too, that are directly related to your heart, especially if you are overweight, a diabetic, have high cholesterol, or high blood pressure. This article enlists four problems you should watch out for to keep heart-related issues at bay. Read on!

Upset Stomach, Nausea and Indigestion

If you have been feeling sick in your stomach for a longer period of time, and having heartburns periodically, the symptoms call for a doctor’s attention immediately! Belching, vomiting, and persistent discomfort in your belly can ultimately lead to a heart attack as well. These are the less typical heart attack symptoms, and women are more likely to report such cases. A stabbing pain in the upper or middle of the abdomen for more than a few minutes can lead to a heart attack without even giving you chance to guess what it’s like to be struck by a chronic ailment.

Dizziness

Feeling dizzy and lightheaded is another disturbing symptom related to heart problems. What about feeling faint? Usually, such instances occur when the blood supply to your brain has dropped to the lowest possible level. But little do you care to know that it has happened because your heart rate is abnormal, that your heart can’t pump the blood adequately maybe due to the narrowing of a valve, or a rapid yet temporary drop in the blood pressure. A feeling of uneasiness, or dizziness while standing up too fast, all indicates that your heart is on the verge of a failure and you need to consult a cardiologist soon.

Unexplained Weakness

Do you get tired easily in doing simple chores of the day? Does your body give up even while engaging in activities that you loved to attend to before? All of this calls for the attention of a cardiologist immediately! Having difficulty in performing everyday chores such as climbing stairs, walking, carrying groceries indicates a heart failure. An increasing fatigue is a result of weak muscles and tissues that are unable to function well because the blood pumping ability of the heart has reduced.

Cough Producing White or Pink Mucus

A long-lasting cough producing pink or white colored mucus is downright related to the heart problems. Coughing up foamy mucus indicates you are falling short of life as your heart is worsening quickly. However, this happens in the case of sudden heart failures causing the fluid to build up in lungs eventually leading to shortness of breath, fast heartbeat, and coughing every now and then. Most of the patients die because of congestive heart attacks due to ignorance. It is therefore, very important to contact a cardiologist immediately after coughing up pink mucus.

Wrapping Up

If you have noticed some unusual changes in your body, feel choked, or find yourself in an uncomfortable state, it’s time to contact a specialist. If diagnosed with a heart failure which isn’t very easy to fix, you can only make some simple lifestyle changes to reduce the risks in future.

Kayaking – An Intimate Boating Experience

Though having a pleasure boat means being able to take fun little cruises, partake in some exciting ocean fishing, or spend the day water skiing, there are limits to where you can take a regular boat. For those who love the pleasure of being on the water and who also want to get as close to nature as possible, kayaking can be just the thing that they are looking for. The slim designs and relative small size of kayaks means that you can get into places where larger boats may not be able to fit – or are not even allowed to go.

Kayaks are small, streamlined boats that have tapered ends and slightly thicker centers. There are openings in the middle that are just large enough to fit one person. Kayaks are never motorized…they are propelled manually, using one oar that has a paddle on either side. The kayaker uses the oar alternately from one side to the other to move the kayak forward or backward. Although all kayaks have the same basic design, they are not all the same size. When you purchase a kayak, you need to choose one that is the right size for you. The salesperson where you purchase your kayak can help you find one that is the right fit.

People purchase kayaks for several reasons, such as racing, white water rafting, or leisurely trips along rivers, streams, lakes, or in the ocean. Being able to venture into small tributaries, narrow canyons, or rocky places where larger boats can’t go is one of the greatest benefits of kayaking. With no motor and just a quiet paddle, kayakers can enter into places without disturbing the local wildlife. The serenity of paddling your kayak along a glassy lake in the early morning, or along a river through a small canyon at sunset can be an incomparable experience. The way kayaks are designed, they seem to blend in with the natural surroundings instead of disturbing them. Paddle down a creek in a kayak through an area where most people can’t go, and you will be able to see nature at its best. When most people experience something like this, they talk later about how time seemed to stop for them; they were on the water for hours when it seemed like much less time.

Though communing alone with nature is a wonderful experience, it should be noted that it is much safer for kayakers to travel with someone else – at least one other kayaker. Very experienced kayakers can usually get away with kayaking alone, because they know where they can go and all the safety measures to take, but even they won’t usually tackle any white water alone. Kayakers who are just learning or don’t have a lot of experience are better off traveling with buddies. This doesn’t have to take away from the pleasure and intimacy of communing with nature, and it can be comforting to know that if you find yourself in a dangerous situation, someone else is there to help.