Reading with more speed

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The PX Project

The PX Project, a single 3-hour cognitive experiment, produced an average increase in reading speed of 386%.
It was tested with speakers of five languages, and even dyslexics were conditioned to read technical material at more than 3,000 words-per-minute (wpm), or 10 pages per minute. One page every 6 seconds. By comparison, the average reading speed in the US is 200-300 wpm (1/2 to 1 page per minute), with the top 1% of the population reading over 400 wpm…
If you understand several basic principles of the human visual system, you can eliminate inefficiencies and increase speed while improving retention.
To perform the exercises in this post and see the results, you will need: a book of 200+ pages that can lay flat when open, a pen, and a timer (a stop watch with alarm or kitchen timer is ideal). You should complete the 20 minutes of exercises in one session.
First, several definitions and distinctions specific to the reading process:
A) Synopsis: You must minimize the number and duration of fixations per line to increase speed.
You do not read in a straight line, but rather in a sequence of saccadic movements (jumps). Each of these saccades ends with a fixation, or a temporary snapshot of the text within you focus area (approx. the size of a quarter at 8 inches from reading surface). Each fixation will last ¼ to ½ seconds in the untrained subject. To demonstrate this, close one eye, place a fingertip on top of that eyelid, and then slowly scan a straight horizontal line with your other eye-you will feel distinct and separate movements and periods of fixation.
B) Synopsis: You must eliminate regression and back-skipping to increase speed.
The untrained subject engages in regression (conscious rereading) and back-skipping (subconscious rereading via misplacement of fixation) for up to 30% of total reading time.
C) Synopsis: You must use conditioning drills to increase horizontal peripheral vision span and the number of words registered per fixation.
Untrained subjects use central focus but not horizontal peripheral vision span during reading, foregoing up to 50% of their words per fixation (the number of words that can be perceived and “read” in each fixation).

The Protocol

You will 1) learn technique, 2) learn to apply techniques with speed through conditioning, then 3) learn to test yourself with reading for comprehension.
These are separate, and your adaptation to the sequencing depends on keeping them separate. Do not worry about comprehension if you are learning to apply a motor skill with speed, for example. The adaptive sequence is: technique ‘ technique with speed ‘ comprehensive reading testing.
As a general rule, you will need to practice technique at 3x the speed of your ultimate target reading speed. Thus, if you currently read at 300 wpm and your target reading speed is 900 wpm, you will need to practice technique at 1,800 words-per-minute, or 6 pages per minute (10 seconds per page).
We will cover two main techniques in this introduction:
1) Trackers and Pacers (to address A and B above)
2) Perceptual Expansion (to address C)

First – Determining Baseline

To determine your current reading speed, take your practice book (which should lay flat when open on a table) and count the number of words in 5 lines. Divide this number of words by 5, and you have your average number of words-per-line.
Example: 62 words/5 lines = 12.4, which you round to 12 words-per-line
Next, count the number of text lines on 5 pages and divide by 5 to arrive at the average number of lines per page. Multiply this by average number of words-per-line, and you have your average number of words per page.
Example: 154 lines/5 pages = 30.8, rounded to 31 lines per page x 12 words-per-line = 372 words per page
Mark your first line and read with a timer for 1 minute exactly-do not read faster than normal, and read for comprehension. After exactly one minute, multiply the number of lines by your average words-per-line to determine your current words-per-minute (wpm) rate.

Second – Trackers and Pacers

Regression, back-skipping, and the duration of fixations can be minimized by using a tracker and pacer. To illustrate the importance of a tracker-did you use a pen or finger when counting the number of words or lines in above baseline calculations? If you did, it was for the purpose of tracking-using a visual aid to guide fixation efficiency and accuracy. Nowhere is this more relevant than in conditioning reading speed by eliminating such inefficiencies.
For the purposes of this article, we will use a pen. Holding the pen in your dominant hand, you will underline each line (with the cap on), keeping your eye fixation above the tip of the pen. This will not only serve as a tracker, but it will also serve as a pacer for maintaining consistent speed and decreasing fixation duration. You may hold it as you would when writing, but it is recommended that you hold it under your hand, flat against the page.
1) Technique (2 minutes):
Practice using the pen as a tracker and pacer. Underline each line, focusing above the tip of the pen. DO NOT CONCERN YOURSELF WITH COMPREHENSION. Keep each line to a maximum of 1 second, and increase the speed with each subsequent page. Read, but under no circumstances should you take longer than 1 second per line.
2) Speed (3 minutes):
Repeat the technique, keeping each line to no more than ½ second (2 lines for a single “one-one-thousand”). Some will comprehend nothing, which is to be expected. Maintain speed and technique-you are conditioning your perceptual reflexes, and this is a speed exercise designed to facilitate adaptations in your system. Do not decrease speed. ½ second per line for 3 minutes; focus above the pen and concentrate on technique with speed. Focus on the exercise, and do not daydream.

Third – Perceptual Expansion

If you focus on the center of your computer screen (focus relating to the focal area of the fovea in within the eye), you can still perceive and register the sides of the screen. Training peripheral vision to register more effectively can increase reading speed over 300%. Untrained readers use up to ½ of their peripheral field on margins by moving from 1st word to last, spending 25-50% of their time “reading” margins with no content.
To illustrate, let us take the hypothetical one line: “Once upon a time, students enjoyed reading four hours a day.” If you were able to begin your reading at “time” and finish the line at “four”, you would eliminate 6 of 11 words, more than doubling your reading speed. This concept is easy to implement and combine with the tracking and pacing you’ve already practiced.
1) Technique (1 minute):
Use the pen to track and pace at a consistent speed of one line per second. Begin 1 word in from the first word of each line, and end 1 word in from the last word.
DO NOT CONCERN YOURSELF WITH COMPREHENSION. Keep each line to a maximum of 1 second, and increase the speed with each subsequent page. Read, but under no circumstances should you take longer than 1 second per line.

2) Technique (1 minute):
Use the pen to track and pace at a consistent speed of one line per second. Begin 2 words in from the first word of each line, and end 2 words in from the last word.
3) Speed (3 minutes):
Begin at least 3 words in from the first word of each line, and end 3 words in from the last word. Repeat the technique, keeping each line to no more than ½ second (2 lines for a single “one-one-thousand”).
Some will comprehend nothing, which is to be expected. Maintain speed and technique-you are conditioning your perceptual reflexes, and this is a speed exercise designed to facilitate adaptations in your system. Do not decrease speed. ½ second per line for 3 minutes; focus above the pen and concentrate on technique with speed. Focus on the exercise, and do not daydream.

Fourth – Calculate New WPM Reading Speed

Mark your first line and read with a timer for 1 minute exactly- Read at your fastest comprehension rate. Multiply the number of lines by your previously determined average words-per-line to get determine your new words-per-minute (wpm) rate.
Congratulations on completing your cursory overview of some of the techniques that can be used to accelerate human cognition (defined as the processing and use of information).
Final recommendations: If used for study, it is recommended that you not read 3 assignments in the time it would take you to read one, but rather, read the same assignment 3 times for exposure and recall improvement, depending on relevancy to testing.
Happy trails, page blazers.
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How do you feel about yourself as a person?

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  1. That Getting Laid isn’t a Big Deal – No one cares if you’re having sex, so don’t attach how much value you have in this world to how much you’re getting laid.
  2. Getting rejected for a kiss doesn’t make her hate you – If you go for a kiss and get rejected, she won’t hate you, just don’t be weird afterward.
  3. Your Parents Weren’t Right About Everything – Your parents are humans and are wrong about a lot of things. Don’t hold it against them.
  4. You Can’t Earn Love – No matter how muscular, funny or smart I got, Tianna was never going to love me. Don’t buy into the Disney paradigm that we just have to work enough to make the one we “love” notice us.
  5. Without Skills You Will Never Live the Life You Dream of Living – If you can’t offer the people around you a skill that is of value, why should you be living lavishly? Concentrate on developing a skill and the rest will fall into place.
  6. Travel is Necessary but Overrated – You need to travel, it will open up your eyes to a lot of things and make you a more interesting person. That being said, travel is overrated, it won’t solve all your problems, you more than likely won’t find your true love, and when you get back you’ll seem like the same person to your friends.
  7. Passions Are Created Not Found – Look I’m a standup comic, it means everything to me. I have performed the last 328 days, sometime perform 5 times a night. That being said, I didn’t always feel this way about standup. It use to be a fun way to kill time. I made standup my passion by sacrificing time, and relationships for it. So don’t find your passion, work hard and create one.
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Peace in relationships startups are different, one opinion

   ” Do you want to get hurt real bad?

Do you want lots of painful sleepless nights?
Do you want to fall for someone and find they are not interested, and feel your heart has been ripped from inside you, stamped on a thousand times?
Then here’s what you do…
Avoid looking for signals.
Show intent from day one.
I didn’t say it won’t sting when you get rejected and not because women opinion of you reveals who you are.
It hurts because we are conditioned early on to seek validation, acceptance, approval like a drug. It stings but you will live to approach other women.
Signals can mean many things..
  1. She might be nervous
  2. She might feel threatened
  3. She might feel uncomfortable
  4. She might be an attention seeker
  5. She might flirt to test if she still got it to attract a man without intention of dating him
  6. She might flirt for fun
  7. She might flirt out of boredom
  8. She might be flirting to reveal status to get the attention of a different guy
  9. She might be showing off to her friend
People give off signals all day long and much of it is never about being interested in someone.
An experienced man will know this..
  • A number is not a date. A woman can give a number to avoid the awkwardiness or conflict of saying no.
  • A conversation, a smile, is not a sign she likes you in a romantic way.
  • The eye contact, and extra glances is not a sign of interest but can be a sign of feeling threatened, nervousness, cautiousness and being alert of danger
  • Personal question and even sharing person experiences of ex does not mean she’s interested in you in a romantic way. It means she just her sharing her experiences and loading you with her history, for emotional support or to just feel better about herself.
  • Laughing at your jokes and with you doesn’t mean she’s interested in you in a romantic. It can mean this is her personality or she enjoys company.
  • When she touches you, hugs or or flirts, it doesn’t mean she’s interested in you. She can be a touchy type of person and very sociable warm person who likes to make other people at ease with her.
  • When she copies what you do, in sitting or moves, it doesn’t mean she is into you romantically. Rather she does it as a way to connect for conversation wise and to lower maybe her own nerves down a little.
  • When she changes her tonality of her voice. It doesn’t mean she is romantically attracted to you because it could be she wants to flirt, have fun, make herself feel she can get a man’s attention but that is it.
So signals you think is attraction can also be erroneous type of signals that happen unconsciously.
They can mean something totally different.
So what do you do when you know this now?
Go for the ballsy direct approach
  1. You see a woman you are attracted to
  2. You immediately approach and show intent
  3. You let her know you desire her by behaving in a sexual aggresive manner i.e. indirect sexualisation/flirting, playful, fun.
  4. Behave in a manner in which she now must show her true face
  5. If she doesn’t say OH YES move on. Let her go. In fact, don’t even worry about it. The moment you are direct she probably dissappear. Maybe faint from shock because there’s a man who just showed he knows what he wants and says it without apologising for it.
  6. When I get a no or silence, or playing hard to get, I am gone. I don’t look for her. I don’t check her social media. I don’t bother with her again. I am done. Moving on. Good bye. Have a nice sweet life.
  7. If she says OH YEAH, then we have finally left the bullshit and games, and show mutual respect and attraction for each other. When two people who intent fast, it shows integrity, it shows maturity and it shows to each oher they really want to move forward and connect at a deeper romantic level.
Looking for signals is a passive -aggressive way for men who fear rejection, who fear showing vulnerability because they are worried and fear the sting of rejection.
Men who approach and show intent immediately understand the meaning of growth, what it does for them and know that when a woman is not interested, it doesn’t define him. It just shows the attraction isn’t mutual and he moves on.
He found out what he needs to know and he’s not interested in platonic or giving emotional support. He’s moving on.
The process is simple.
Don’t make it difficult as it already is due to social norm rules, myths, fallacies and signals that do nothing but frustrate you to no end.
It also makes room to abuse your time and mess you around.”
#faithfulness
#socialize
#relationships
#attitudes
#romance

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Nourish the best throughts

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5 Traits of Emotionally Wealthy People

Are you chasing after the right kind of wealth?

July 16, 2015
Which would you rather be—financially wealthy or emotionally wealthy?
You might not realize it, but having mental strength—or an acute awareness of the power behind your emotions and how best to use them and act on them—is much more worthwhile than having a cushy bank account.
Don’t believe it? Here are five characteristics of emotionally wealthy people that might just make you re-evaluate your idea of the good life:

1. They are positive.

To be wealthy in something, whatever surrounds it has to be healthy first. Just as someone might have healthy investments that are growing as a healthy living thing should, so should you be nourishing your emotional self.
What does this really mean? Are you feeding yourself with positive things, focusing on the good thoughts that lead to growth? Or are you focusing on the negatives and anxieties of life that give no emotional nutrition and can hinder growth?
It’s been said a joyful heart is good medicine. In what areas do you need to medicate your emotional self? 

2. They are investors

Looking for that ever-elusive dollar tree you can plant? Bad news, it doesn’t exist. But emotionally prosperous people can help grow their own wealth. How? By being willing to invest in other people’s emotional growth funds.
By intentionally planting and investing your own emotional wealth in others and trying to grow it, you’ll also grow, seeing the fruit of your investment. More people than you know would benefit by a little purposeful investment by you.

3. They are risk takers.

The people who have successful careers or thriving relationships didn’t get there by playing it safe—they knew they had to take risks. Emotional wealth is no different. Emotionally wealthy people invest and give their wealth to others, and realizing the liability involved, they never give so much away that if they were to lose it, they’d become unhealthy themselves.
The key is not giving away more than you can handle losing and, before giving it, accepting the fact that it might never come back to you. But it’s not all scary, because the upside to a little risk is a great reward—like a booming business or a happily-ever-after marriage. How can you take a calculated emotional risk today? 

4. They are secure.

Robbing a bank isn’t easy in real life like it is in the movies, and there’s good reason for that. If it was easy to steal money from people’s accounts, why would anyone keep it there in the first place?
The same is true for your emotional wealth—only people you want taking your emotional goods should be able to withdraw them. And people you don’t? They should quickly see you’re secure enough that they can’t get anywhere near the valuables.
While you might be investing and taking risks in some people, only a few trusted individuals need to have your pin number. This isn’t to say you should lock people out or never give out small loans, but that you limit who gets full access to your emotional account. Who should you relegate to restricted access?

5. They are givers.

Giving might seem similar to investing, but they are actually quite different. When you invest, you expect something in return, like to form a friendship. But when you give, you should expect nothing in return—to give for the sole reason that it feels good to do good.
Like the old proverb says, “It is better to give than receive,” the same is true with emotional wealth. When you can give love, grace, mercy or patience to someone with no thought of return, it’s 1) very safe for you and 2) can return your personal investment in your own emotional wealth better than any interest rate. You might feel like you’ve really given nothing, but you’ll gain much more than you gave if you do it for the right reasons.
Now, are you ready to fill up your emotional bank?
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#emotionally healthy
#feeling good
#healthy ego
#healthy id

Emotional intellectuals

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18 Signs You Have High Emotional Intelligence

Are you emotionally intelligent? Here’s how to know for sure.

March 3, 2016
Measuring emotional intelligence can be difficult because of its intangible nature. But Dr. Travis Bradberry has analyzed the data from the million-plus people that TalentSmart has tested for EQ to help identify the behaviors that are sure signs you have a high EQ. He shares them with us in this article, originally published on LinkedIn Pulse.
When emotional intelligence (EQ) first appeared to the masses, it served as the missing link in a peculiar finding: People with average IQs outperform those with the highest IQs 70 percent of the time. This anomaly threw a massive wrench into the broadly-held assumption that IQ was the sole source of success.
Decades of research now point to emotional intelligence as being the critical factor that sets star performers apart from the rest of the pack. The connection is so strong that we know 90 percent of top performers have high emotional intelligence.
               Related: Why You Need Emotional Intelligence to Succeed
Emotional intelligence is the “something” in each of us that is a bit intangible. It affects how we manage behavior, navigate social complexities and make personal decisions to achieve positive results.
Despite the significance of EQ, its intangible nature makes it very difficult to know how much you have and what you can do to improve if you’re lacking. You can always take a scientifically validated test, such as the one that comes with the Emotional Intelligence 2.0 book.
Unfortunately, quality (scientifically valid) EQ tests aren’t free. So, I’ve analyzed the data from the million-plus people that TalentSmart has tested in order to identify the behaviors that are the hallmarks of a high EQ. What follows are sure signs that you have a high EQ.

1. You have a robust emotional vocabulary.

All people experience emotions, but it is a select few who can accurately identify them as they occur. Our research shows that only 36 percent of people can do this, which is problematic because unlabeled emotions often go misunderstood, which leads to irrational choices and counterproductive actions.
People with high EQs master their emotions because they understand them, and they use an extensive vocabulary of feelings to do so. While many people might describe themselves as simply feeling “bad,” emotionally intelligent people can pinpoint whether they feel “irritable,” “frustrated,” “downtrodden,” or “anxious.” The more specific your word choice, the better insight you have into exactly how you are feeling, what caused it and what you should do about it.

2. You’re curious about people.

It doesn’t matter if they’re introverted or extroverted, emotionally intelligent people are curious about everyone around them. This curiosity is the product of empathy, one of the most significant gateways to a high EQ. The more you care about other people and what they’re going through, the more curiosity you’re going to have about them.

3. You embrace change.

Emotionally intelligent people are flexible and are constantly adapting. They know that fear of change is paralyzing and a major threat to their success and happiness. They look for change that is lurking just around the corner, and they form a plan of action should these changes occur.
               Related: 3 Tips to Open Your Heart, Mind and Life to Change

4. You know your strengths and weaknesses.

Emotionally intelligent people don’t just understand emotions; they know what they’re good at and what they’re terrible at. They also know who pushes their buttons and the environments (both situations and people) that enable them to succeed. Having a high EQ means you know your strengths and you know how to lean into them and use them to your full advantage while keeping your weaknesses from holding you back.

5. You’re a good judge of character

Much of emotional intelligence comes down to social awareness; the ability to read other people, know what they’re about, and understand what they’re going through. Over time, this skill makes you an exceptional judge of character. People are no mystery to you. You know what they’re all about and understand their motivations, even those that lie hidden beneath the surface.

6. You are difficult to offend.

If you have a firm grasp of whom you are, it’s difficult for someone to say or do something that gets your goat. Emotionally intelligent people are self-confident and open-minded, which creates a pretty thick skin. You may even poke fun at yourself or let other people make jokes about you because you are able to mentally draw the line between humor and degradation.
               Related: 8 Ways to Be a More Confident Person

7. You know how to say no (to yourself and others).

Emotional intelligence means knowing how to exert self-control. You delay gratification, and you avoid impulsive action. Research conducted at the University of California, San Francisco, shows that the more difficulty that you have saying no, the more likely you are to experience stress, burnout and even depression. Saying no is indeed a major self-control challenge for many people. “No” is a powerful word that you should not be afraid to wield. When it’s time to say no, emotionally intelligent people avoid phrases such as “I don’t think I can” or “I’m not certain.” Saying no to a new commitment honors your existing commitments and gives you the opportunity to successfully fulfill them.

8. You let go of mistakes.

Emotionally intelligent people distance themselves from their mistakes, but do so without forgetting them. By keeping their mistakes at a safe distance, yet still handy enough to refer to, they are able to adapt and adjust for future success. It takes refined self-awareness to walk this tightrope between dwelling and remembering. Dwelling too long on your mistakes makes you anxious and gun shy, while forgetting about them completely makes you bound to repeat them. The key to balance lies in your ability to transform failures into nuggets of improvement. This creates the tendency to get right back up every time you fall down.
               Related: Why Failure Is Good for Success

9. You give and expect nothing in return.

When someone gives you something spontaneously, without expecting anything in return, this leaves a powerful impression. For example, you might have an interesting conversation with someone about a book, and when you see them again a month later, you show up with the book in hand. Emotionally intelligent people build strong relationships because they are constantly thinking about others.

10. You don’t hold grudges.

The negative emotions that come with holding onto a grudge are actually a stress response. Just thinking about the event sends your body into fight-or-flight mode, a survival mechanism that forces you to stand up and fight or run for the hills when faced with a threat. When the threat is imminent, this reaction is essential to your survival, but when the threat is ancient history, holding onto that stress wreaks havoc on your body and can have devastating health consequences over time. In fact, researchers at Emory University have shown that holding onto stress contributes to high blood pressure and heart disease. Holding onto a grudge means you’re holding onto stress, and emotionally intelligent people know to avoid this at all costs. Letting go of a grudge not only makes you feel better now but can also improve your health.

11. You neutralize toxic people.

Dealing with difficult people is frustrating and exhausting for most. High EQ individuals control their interactions with toxic people by keeping their feelings in check. When they need to confront a toxic person, they approach the situation rationally. They identify their own emotions and don’t allow anger or frustration to fuel the chaos. They also consider the difficult person’s standpoint and are able to find solutions and common ground. Even when things completely derail, emotionally intelligent people are able to take the toxic person with a grain of salt to avoid letting him or her bring them down.

12. You don’t seek perfection.

Emotionally intelligent people won’t set perfection as their target because they know that it doesn’t exist. Human beings, by our very nature, are fallible. When perfection is your goal, you’re always left with a nagging sense of failure that makes you want to give up or reduce your effort. You end up spending your time lamenting what you failed to accomplish and what you should have done differently instead of moving forward, excited about what you’ve achieved and what you will accomplish in the future.
               Related: 5 Ways Perfectionism Is Getting in Your Way

13. You appreciate what you have.

Taking time to contemplate what you’re grateful for isn’t merely the right thing to do; it also improves your mood because it reduces the stress hormone cortisol by 23 percent. Research conducted at the University of California, Davis, found that people who worked daily to cultivate an attitude of gratitude experienced improved mood, energy and physical well-being. It’s likely that lower levels of cortisol played a major role in this.

14. You disconnect.

Taking regular time off the grid is a sign of a high EQ because it helps you to keep your stress under control and to live in the moment. When you make yourself available to your work 24/7, you expose yourself to a constant barrage of stressors. Forcing yourself offline and even—gulp!—turning off your phone gives your body and mind a break. Studies have shown that something as simple as an email break can lower stress levels. Technology enables constant communication and the expectation that you should be available 24/7. It is extremely difficult to enjoy a stress-free moment outside of work when an email that will change your train of thought and get you thinking (read: stressing) about work can drop onto your phone at any moment.

15. You limit your caffeine intake.

Drinking excessive amounts of caffeine triggers the release of adrenaline, and adrenaline is the source of the fight-or-flight response. The fight-or-flight mechanism sidesteps rational thinking in favor of a faster response to ensure survival. This is great when a bear is chasing you, but not so great when you’re responding to a curt email. When caffeine puts your brain and body into this hyper-aroused state of stress, your emotions overrun your behavior. Caffeine’s long half-life ensures you stay this way as it takes its sweet time working its way out of your body. High-EQ individuals know that caffeine is trouble, and they don’t let it get the better of them.

16. You get enough sleep.

It’s difficult to overstate the importance of sleep to increasing your emotional intelligence and managing your stress levels. When you sleep, your brain literally recharges, shuffling through the day’s memories and storing or discarding them (which causes dreams) so that you wake up alert and clearheaded. High-EQ individuals know that their self-control, attention, and memory are all reduced when they don’t get enough—or the right kind—of sleep. So, they make sleep a top priority.
               Related: Sleep Deprivation Is Killing You and Your Career

17. You stop negative self-talk in its tracks.

The more you ruminate on negative thoughts, the more power you give them. Most of our negative thoughts are just that—thoughts, not facts. When it feels like something always or never happens, this is just your brain’s natural tendency to perceive threats (inflating the frequency or severity of an event). Emotionally intelligent people separate their thoughts from the facts in order to escape the cycle of negativity and move toward a positive, new outlook.

18. You won’t let anyone limit your joy.

When your sense of pleasure and satisfaction are derived from the opinions of other people, you are no longer the master of your own happiness. When emotionally intelligent people feel good about something that they’ve done, they won’t let anyone’s opinions or snide remarks take that away from them. While it’s impossible to turn off your reactions to what others think of you, you don’t have to compare yourself to others, and you can always take people’s opinions with a grain of salt. That way, no matter what other people are thinking or doing, your self-worth comes from within.
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#emotional
#intellectuals
#genius

Women working as mechanics

 

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“In this list, you’re going to see your fair share of female mechanics working on everything from old Dodge pickups to Volkswagen beetles. However, we decided to kick off the list with a gorgeous mechanic working on a motorcycle. Check out this picture. This is one stunning mechanic to be sure. Even better, she knows how to work on motorcycles! Not just any motorcycles either, she is tuning up a super bike. Those little crotch rockets can go upwards of 200 mph (and you can spend the night in jail if the police can catch you). That is pretty fast, even for Jeff Gordon.

To that end, you better know what you are doing when working with that many CCs. One wrong adjustment and the entire bike could come apart while you are in mid transit. Were that to happen, it would be a small disaster. Plastic bike bits and pieces of your skin would be scattered across the asphalt. Nope, if you are going to work on a bike like a Hurricane or Ninja, you better know what the heck you are doing. If not, get a hot girlfriend mechanic who does! She can be your secret on the track. She won’t mind either, so long as you keep winning!

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What do you get when you take an old Chevy 52 Bel Air and mix it with a beautiful buffer? Well, the answer is what you see here. Look at this beautiful mechanic. This is not her first time in the shop for sure. Seems like she could help you do all sorts of things to the car, and there are several things left to be done as it seems. For starters, the wheels have yet to be mounted, as well as the back glass and finished paint job.

In fact, it appears as if this is just the metal frame sitting on a mount for buffing and painting. That means the interior is probably waiting to be finished as well. I’m sure custom seats are hard-to-find, but once she finds them, this car will be a thing of pure beauty. Those who watch the gorgeous Bel Air drive around town will no doubt be clueless to the fact that the beauty behind the wheel is the one responsible for part of the build. That just goes to show you that we all have our secrets. Be honest though, if you knew her you would keep her a secret too. You can’t have all of your shop buddies knowing who really does the work on your cars after all, can you?

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Rat Rods great. We love to take them apart and put them back together in our own order. That’s what custom cars and custom engine fabrication are all about after all. The fact that some gorgeous female mechanics can do this as well is a pure bonus. Take a look at our beauty here. She is complete with a welder’s helmet, torch and of course a thick leather glove. This is one mechanic you want to get to know. Anyone who can twist, weld and mold metal into the shape of their liking is a person you want to keep on your shortlist. As you know, engine builds and custom frame mounts are a bit challenging. There seems to be a lot of trial and error involved. Somebody like this can help you get the job done quickly, and it looks like she is doing just fine.

The massive 350 hp V8 engine has already been installed with the awesome blower mounted to the top. All she has left to do is perform a few spot welds, then grind the joints smooth and paint the vehicle. Presto, instant rat rod. Yeah, she is one I would want to keep around for a while. People that talented don’t come along every day, and you need that kind of talent to build that sort of Rat Rod. So what are you waiting for? Go find her and get started on your own!

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Changing your own oil can be satisfying, particularly on a foreign import. Well, check out this stunning beauty changing the oil on her Mitsubishi Montero Sport. Some of these models are equipped with four wheel drive capability. I doubt that makes a difference here since she is simply changing the oil. In fact, I doubt you’re even reading the words on the screen since you have a beautiful subject working on a vehicle to look at, who just happens to be female. I’m not judging my friend, just trying to bring you back to earth, that’s all.

At any rate, knowing how to change the fluids in your vehicle is pretty handy. This girl seems to have it well under control. If I had to venture a guess, I would say this is not the first time she’s changed the oil on an SUV. Note, there are plenty of spots on the street, and enough shop towels laying around to let you know she knows what she’s doing. Plus, take a look to at the bottom left. That’s the oil filter box there. Yep, this beauty knows how to perform basic vehicle maintenance. Where in the world do these women live?

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Looking at this picture, one thing is for certain… this is not the first time this girl has held a wrench in her hand. She looks like a fine mechanic to me. I would let her tackle my 360 horsepower v8 with modified Holley carburetors any day. She could twist and turn to her heart’s delight, and mine, once the engine fired to life. I guess at the end of it all that’s what really excites us guys. Sure, hot chicks working on cars is cool and all, but actually bringing a car back form the dead is another thing entirely.

It’s why we spend our Saturdays busting knuckles and bruising our vocabulary. We simply want to turn the key and hear the beautiful sound of a throaty v8 roaring to life. That, mixed with the smell of gasoline and exhaust is a dream come true. Throw in some custom fabricated seats and chrome part accessories, and you have a great time on your hands. It makes all the time spent, worth the effort. It makes every penny spent, worth it. The dreamy girl mechanic is a bonus. She is useless to us if she can’t bring the engine to life and make it sing.”

A popular billionaire

   ” This guy:

99.9% of Quorans don’t know him, and I probably wouldn’t either if I hadn’t spent time in Morocco.
His name is/was Miloud Chaâbi (1930 – 2016).
At the time of his death, he was the fourth richest man in Morocco and twenty fourth in Africa, with an estimated net worth of somewhere between $900 million and $1.3 billion.
He came from absolutely nothing. Zero. Zilch.
As a child, Miloud Chaâbi literally witnessed one of his younger brothers die of starvation. Right infront of him. He later received 16 heads of sheep (all ewes) as dowry from the marriage of his sister, fled the village but not before one of the sheep had fallen prey to a wolf. He wandered around for several years, during which he started some small scale businesses, then later settled for masonry. Following this switch, he went on to found his first construction company, the Ynna Group, and the rest, as they say, is history.
Below is an excerpt from Wikipedia on his career path.
At a time when trading business was restricted to the French, some Jewish businessmen, and some of the well known Moroccan families, Chaâbi ventured into the field. His interest went toward the ceramic industry which made him start his own ceramic company in 1964. Soon, Chaâbi gained enough experience in the business and began to seek for opportunities to purchase large companies. He offered to become an investor in a French company but the company refused his offer, which drove him to keep pressuring it by selling products with competitive prices until it had finally collapsed and was on the verge of bankruptcy. In 1985, the company sold all of its properties to Chaâbi himself. This success was a turning point for Chaâbi’s professional career, and as a result he founded Ynna Group which became one of the most powerful holding companies in Morocco.
Following his success, he ventured into other businesses including supermarket and hotel chains where alcohol sales/consumption were strictly forbidden.
He sadly succumbed to a heart attack, last April, at the age of 85.”
#billionaire dreams
#billions
#money makers

Billionaire connections

   ” BILLIONAIRES ‘RE the elite few that are in control of the world’s wealth, butevery billionaire has their secrets

1. “We just get richer and richer.”
In 2013, the wealth of the world’s billionaires reached a record high – helped by 200 newcomers like Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg. The 2013 Forbes Billionaires List names 1,426 billionaires with an aggregate net worth of $5.4 trillion, up a whopping 17% from $4.6 trillion last year. And that doesn’t include royalty or, um, dictators
Of those, some 442 make their home in the U.S. The average net worth of each U.S. billionaire: $10.8 billion, up from $9.1 billion last year, according to a separate survey released this month by private wealth consultancy Wealth-X and UBS.
Meanwhile, the rest of the country’s net worth has actually fallen since the Great Recession – and has yet to recover. Adjusting for inflation, real net worth per U.S. household hovered at $652,449 by the end of June 2013, according to the Federal Reserve, or about 95% of its 2007 level of $684,662.
If that seems inordinately high, that’s because the majority of U.S. households carry their net worth in their home. That average also is inflated by, well, millionaires and billionaires: In fact, around half of U.S. households have a net worth of no more than $83,000, a Pew Research Center’s analysis of 2010 Federal Reserve survey found.
Why are billionaires on the rise? “Daily record highs in the financial markets have caused surging net worth for the richest 1%,” says Mark Martiak, a wealth strategist at Premier Financial Advisors in New York. Commercial and residential real estate values have also been rebounding, he says. “Combined with low inflation and low interest rates for borrowing, this big picture presents a favourable backdrop for the wealthy, despite higher taxes, stubbornly high unemployment, the potential Fed tapering and wrangling in Washington,” Martiak says.
Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg and LinkedIn’s Jeff Weiner shoot the breeze at a conference in Idaho. Source: megamenu
2. “One million – or 10 – ain’t what it used to be.”
In a time when the median price of a home in Manhattan is just over $1 million, according to real-estate website Trulia, experts say that being a millionaire no longer means that you’re rich.
“The word now doesn’t have as much power,” says Charles Merlot, author of “The Billionaire’s Apprentice: How 21 Billionaires Used Drive, Luck and Risk to Achieve Colossal Success.” “In the eyes of the public, even $10 million is considered at the low end of high-net-worth.”
For the global elite, keeping up with the Joneses, Gateses and Buffetts can require, at bare minimum, an eight-figure annual income. The online listing site , a Craigslist for the super-rich, lists helicopters for a snip at $7 million-plus.
For those who believe a Bentley is too – well, obvious – the fastest and most expensive production car in the world is the $2.4 million Bugatti Veyron Super Sport car. Billionaires who don’t want (or like) their neighbours can check out many things, which has a collection of hideaways around the world to choose from. The 225-acre Katafanga Island in Fiji in the South Pacific is currently on the market with a price tag of $20 million.
In the movie “The Social Network,” a semi-fictionalised account of the founding of Facebook FB +0.04%, Justin Timberlake, in the role of Napster founder and early Facebook backer Sean Parker, tells the Mark Zuckerberg character, “A million dollars isn’t cool. You know what’s cool? A billion dollars.” (Parker has, in interviews, denied he ever said that in real life.)
Indeed, those who have worked with billionaires say that, to be considered rich among their elite, a million doesn’t cut it. Billionaires and millionaires may sit side-by-side on boards, Martiak says, but handshakes and smiles aside, billionaires don’t see millionaires as their equals.”
#billionaires retreats
#billionaire news
#wealth

How hygienic are we anyway?

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  1. After you take a dump, wash your bottom with water and soap. I can’t believe people with access to tap water don’t all do this. I’m not fond of bidets, because they spray the water from the behind forward, so they’re sending fecal matter towards the other part of your privates and that is plenty disgusting, too. Personally, I hop in the shower, take the showerhead, take some liquid soap, crouch and make sure to direct the water from the front to the back. Wash your hand right after and don’t touch anything with it until it’s clean.
  2. After showering, don’t dry off your private areas with a towel. Use tissues. Unless you wash your towel after each use, imagine what you’re smearing over your back and your stomach and your chest every day. Thinking you’re clean.
  3. Wash your hands after you’ve unwrapped your food, not before. Unwrap first, leave it open, then wash your hands, then eat. Germs transfer easily just with one single touch, and the packaging isdirty.
  4. Take off your shoes when you come inside the house.
  5. When brushing your teeth, don’t forget to brush from the sides and the back, too. You can give your tongue a little scrub as well.”
#cleanliness
#germs
#diseases
#transfer diseases

A time of disruption!

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Six Disruptors That Are Changing Businesses

BY DENIS BERRY, U.S. CIO ADVISORY PRACTICE LEADER, AND MARC E. SNYDER, MANAGING DIRECTOR, KPMG CIO ADVISORY GLOBAL CENTER OF EXCELLENCE, KPMG LLP
It used to be that a single technological breakthrough could change everything.
In the 1970s, it was the minicomputer. In the ’80s, the personal computer. And in the ‘90s, the internet.
Today, it’s not just one breakthrough. It’s a constant wave of innovation that relentlessly disrupts how people, businesses and governments interact and create value.
Right now, the four big disruptive technologies are social media, mobile, analytics and data, and the cloud. But they’re already maturing and being joined by newer ones such as the “internet of things,” where devices communicate with one another without human intervention.
The availability of powerful on demand and cheap computing, access to vast amounts of data and advances in algorithms, natural language processing and artificial intelligence are also enabling breakthroughs in robotic process automation and cognitive automation.
Taken together, these advances are disrupting business models, organizations and even entire industries.
How can companies keep up? Here are the six disruptors that every IT department and chief information officer needs to focus on:
  1. The Cloud
Of all the disruptors, this is clearly the biggest. It’s what gives most other technologies the platform required to become disruptors themselves.
The cloud has now evolved well beyond being a utility for storage and servers. Many companies are applying a cloud-first strategy to keep up with the latest innovations and to reduce the need for a large IT staff.
Big cloud service providers are also addressing concerns about data breaches by making significant investments in securing their networks and data centers.
Moving to the cloud lifts a big burden from IT executives.
  1. Digital Labor
“Smart” robots and software systems will soon replace people in performing increasingly sophisticated tasks.
According to Forrester, digital automation will displace 22.7 million jobs in less than a decade. Needless to say, the disruptive impact could be enormous.
But it won’t happen all at once. Initially, the focus will be on replacing low-level jobs that perform repetitive tasks, like call centers and claims processing.
Eventually, cognitive automation will be able to learn and adapt, much like humans. But it will likely augment existing roles at first rather than replacing people.
CIOs should be leading the effort to enable business automation and automate IT delivery.
  1. Omnichannel Consumer Experience
The digital age has put the consumer in charge.
Customers now have instant access to product information, professional reviews, and other customer experiences. When someone has a bad experience it immediately gets posted on social media for all to read.
That means businesses must create compelling customer experiences across all of their channels and touch points. Consumers now might start by researching on a computer, then order from a smartphone and pick up at an actual store.
  1. Internet of Services
Within four years, there will be more than 50 billion devices connected through the internet, Cisco predicts.
The huge volume of data that these devices produce can be used to tailor products and services to individual customer needs.
In fact, products can be turned intoservices. Instead of a one-time transaction, companies can sell the use of the product based on time, usage or other metrics.
Software vendors have already been moving in that direction. But any product, even jet engines, can be turned into a service.
Providing bundled, value-added services to existing products creates more “sticky” relationships. CIOs will need to ensure that they have access to data and analytics skills, as well as networking and security.
  1. Continuous Delivery
Rather than releasing fully functioning new applications or major upgrades after long development cycles, companies can quickly release minimum viable products (MVP) and continuously deliver significant changes and improvements.
Some companies are using continuous delivery to release new functions several times a day.
For CIOs, continuous delivery requires a complete cultural change across all of IT
and the business participating in the development process.
The good news is that it doesn’t have to happen all at once. Continuous delivery can be introduced on a project basis and expanded over time, building on success.
  1. New Operating Model
The next-generation IT operating model is no longer based on building, operating and owning assets (datacenters and applications) and completing milestones and tasks. Rather, IT value comes directly from providing services and capabilities in order to enable business outcomes. Indeed, this new IT operating model will enable the business to continuously adapt to consumer demand, transforming legacy operating models into platform-based models that can disrupt their own industry and cause ripple effects into other sectors as well.
This requires IT to meet demands for innovation, flexibility, and faster delivery cycles, and puts the emphasis on leveraging emerging technologies and sourcing alternatives as well as integrating them with existing legacy applications and data.”
#disruptors
#computer age
#smart computer