Saturday, 31 July 2010



“Too often we enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought” ~ John F. Kennedy




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Friday, 30 July 2010

More Evidence that Coffee is Good for You

coffee[1] Continuing on from earlier posts about coffee, here is another taken from from an author known as WWW, originally posted on June 28th, 2010, providing more evidence that coffee is good for You.

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See you in Starbucks!

More Evidence that Coffee is Good for You

In the article we Why Should I Give Up Coffee? we pointed out that, besides its irresistible taste and aroma, coffee is a wonderful mental stimulant.  In addition, coffee has many medicinal properties which have been shown through many different studies in the last few years.  These studies had concluded that coffee can reduce the risk of Parkinson’s Disease, Alzheimer’s Disease, Gallstones, and Type 2 Diabetes, just to mention a few.  But if that was not enough to get you excited about getting your next cup of java, recent studies have revealed additional benefits.

For example, a new study called Biomarkers & Prevention, published in the journal Cancer Epidemiology, shows that regular coffee drinkers have 39% less risk of head and neck cancer.  According to the study, people that drink four of more cups of coffee a day have significantly fewer cancers of the throat and mouth.

Other recent studies have shown other health benefits of drinking coffee, including:

  • Prevention of Memory Deterioration
  • Reduced Risk of Cardiovascular Disease
  • Reduced Risk of Prostate Cancer
  • Reduced Risk of Liver Cancer
  • Protection Against Brain Tumours

Additionally, coffee is an excellent source of antioxidants which help reduce cell damage and aging.  According to Joe Vinson, lead author of a study on antioxidants conducted by the University of Scranton, in Pennsylvania, “Americans get more of their antioxidants from coffee than any other dietary source.  Nothing else comes close”.

Yes, coffee does have its downside, primarily due to caffeine, which can increase heart rate, blood pressure and affect sleep.  But each person metabolizes caffeine differently.  Some people may be unable to handle the side effects associated with the consumption of caffeine, but others seem to experience no side effects.  Yet others deal with any potential side effects by managing their coffee consumption, whether limiting the number of cups consumed per day, or avoiding drinking it later in the day to avoid any potential impact to their ability to sleep.

Overall, coffee does seem to have a positive net effect on your health as shown by so many different studies.  So if you enjoy this amazing beverage simply for its tantalizing aroma and taste, now you have even more reasons to “wake up and smell the coffee”.

About the Author
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WWS is a millionaire, consultant, investor and entrepreneur. He has advised Fortune 500 companies throughout the world on business processes, systems and human capabilities. WWS has researched the art of success extensively and wants to share with you the knowledge and wisdom gained throughout his success journey.

Wednesday, 28 July 2010

Wisdom all around

I was watching a re-run of ‘Smallville’ recently. An episode from 2009, called ‘Hex’.

In a closing scene Chloe Sullivan and Clark Kent are conversing:


Chloe ~ “You can never be who you want to be if you are always looking over your shoulder at what could have been”
Clark ~ “Cheers to that”

What a fabulous observation and yet I have seen that programme before and never picked that up.
I guess that I was looking back over my shoulder and wasn’t present.

It occurs to me that Wisdom is all around us and the more present we are the more wise we can become.


Tuesday, 27 July 2010

KDS Group are proud to partner the inaugural 'The Recruit', organised by Renfrewshire Council to offer someone an £18,000 job!

“… when times get hard, pull the good memories to front of your mind… ”

with Dr. Richard Bandler Stevie Kidd is well known in NLP circles  (amongst other places) in the UK.

In his Facebook bio he says:
“Stevie you are front of a tanker in the ocean and you never look back to see impact you are making, I believe in always looking forward. It is, however always important to remember all the things in life that make you feel good, so when times get hard, pull the good memories to front of your mind to override the negative thoughts. I have learned to live a one attitude life full of positives, its more exciting ….”

Since June 2004, he has grown The KDS Group  from himself with one van and a big vision for the future to three parts in the group, distribution, training and his own personal transformation and enhancement programme.

He is a practicing Master in NLP, Hypnosis practitioner and Executive Life Coach and work with a variety of people with a range in challenges.

For more information on support to change your life, get life coaching or attend one of our events look at the KDS Group website or get in touch with Christine Ovens on +44 141 848 9888

Image from Stevie with Dr. Richard Bandler taken from Stevie’s Facebook

This article is from his web site


KDS Group partner 'The Recruit'

KDS Group are proud to partner the inaugural 'The Recruit', organised by Renfrewshire Council to offer someone an £18,000 job!

'The Recruit' is a two day event that closely follows the format of the internationally successful The Apprentice.

Managing Director Stevie Kidd is now involved in finding the next Donald Trump or Alan Sugar from amongst a group of 28 teenagers from across Renfrewshire.

The fifth and sixth year pupils will take part in a series of team business challenges throughout the summer.

The prize is an extraordinary opportunity to work for a yet to be named company at a starting salary of £18,000.

Renfrewshire Council Leader Derek Mackay said: "'The Recruit' is like our very own Junior Apprentice. It is an innovative project which giving young people a unique opportunity to gain experience in what it’s really like in the world of business.

"They will get valuable practical experience and skills through taking part in the challenges as well as getting advice from some top businessmen and women. There is also the real opportunity to get a great job at the end – it's like one big, summer-long job interview.

"'The Recruit' is part of the council's ongoing commitment to supporting young people get into employment."

KDS Group are one of the key sponsors of The Recruit. Stevie Kidd said: "KDS are delighted to sponsor and be involved this exciting new initiative. 'The Recruit' is a great approach to engaging young entrepreneurs of the future and making a positive difference in these young individuals' lives."

Stevie is working with Lanark company Border Biscuits to create one of the unique challenge for the candidates.

They will be given the task of designing and marketing a new biscuit. This will include identifying markets, creating sales leads, launching marketing campaign and designing packaging.

Border Biscuits make premium biscuits, employ 120 people and supply nearly 2 millions biscuits a week to national supermarkets and independent shops. They also export to 10 countries across the globe.

The winners of 'The Recruit' will be those who show the most potential and display the key skills business bosses look for – leadership, communication, innovation, problem solving and determination to succeed. The winners will be revealed at a black tie finale on Thursday the 19th of August.

Monday, 26 July 2010

Get Your Vision and Make ProVision for Your Success - Automize it Now too!

This item is from one of my trainers in Neuro Linguistic Programming, Elvis Lester. It is taken from his ‘NLP in Hypnosis' group in ‘Linked In’.

Elvis’ company website can be found at:

image When you get an impetus to do a specific activity/action and you don’t what did you do to not do?

You likely said no, or focused on something else that was more prominent in your awareness.

So – use this and make what you know is important and needs to get done PROMINENT – so that IT IS what you focus on and SAY YES to doing and do it. Swiftly proceed to action, and get it DONE!

What are the things you already do this with? Those behaviours that you don’t even have to think about, you just do. You have automized these behaviours, haven’t you?

This is a strategy of sorts. The way you sort for these activities is refined and it works and it's probably just “outside conscious awareness” (unconscious). You have already made a way of actuating and then activating – a way of reminding yourself and doing the behaviour literally without thinking. You’ve likely got an anchor and then a response already set up to link and launch. That’s what I call it.

You link to the idea or the VISION of it and you have already made a PROVISION for that behaviour. You have a structured response preset – patterned and YOU GO FOR IT --> DO IT.

There must be other behaviours and actions, activities that you desire or require to get done, even today, especially today. Isn't there?! You can use this very understanding, a real skill you already possess, to program your desired responses, to condition yourself and them in the same way so that they kick in when you need them to to get done what you must do TODAY. That's right!

Just identify the behaviour, make it look and sound and feel like those you do automatically. Actually code it in the same terms and conditions. Put it in these very same “terms” and conditions in your mind so that you do it with ease and expedience. Why? Because you can.

It is simple if you don’t make it hard. That’s how you did the others anyway isn’t it. You just did them with no real challenge. Somehow with your ability, conscious and/or unconscious, you simply, easily, and without much of a challenge or even really having to think about it you just did it. Give it a whirl, spin up that determination and get on fire for it. Let your unconscious be the guide and Go For It! Have some fun and enjoy the ride to success today.

Sunday, 25 July 2010


imageKnock, knock
Who's there?

You ever hear the joke about the broken pencil?
You ever hear the joke about the broken pencil who?

Never mind, it's pointless.
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Saturday, 24 July 2010

Friday, 23 July 2010

Are Schools Killing Creativity?

In a very funny speech, Sir Ken Robinson makes a case for creating an education system that nurtures creativity.

I came across this video in Julie McCracken’s blog: Coaching Magic. Julie describes her role as:

Enhancing communication and learning between children and adults at home and in schools. Specialising in Clean Coaching, Emergent Knowledge, Listening&Questioning”


Sir Ken Robinson

“If you’re not prepared to be wrong, you won’t come up with anything original”


This is from his facebook group page

Creativity expert Sir Ken Robinson challenges the way we're educating our children. He champions a radical rethink of our school systems, to cultivate creativity and acknowledge multiple types of intelligence.

Why don't we get the best out of people? Sir Ken Robinson argues that it's because we've been educated to become good workers, rather than creative thinkers. Students with restless minds and bodies - far from being cultivated for their energy and curiosity - are ignored or even stigmatized, with terrible consequences. "We are educating people out of their creativity," Robinson says. It's a message with deep resonance. Robinson's TEDTalk has been distributed widely around the Web since its release in June 2006. The most popular words framing blog posts on his talk? "Everyone should watch this."

A visionary cultural leader, Sir Ken led the British government's 1998 advisory committee on creative and cultural education, a massive inquiry into the significance of creativity in the educational system and the economy, and was knighted in 2003 for his achievements

Sivan Garr Presents: You Are Beautiful

Thursday, 22 July 2010

Fur Enough



People are more violently opposed to fur than leather because it's safer to harass rich women than motorcycle gangs ~

Wednesday, 21 July 2010


jobsquotes1_f[1] "Innovation has nothing to do with how many R&D dollars you have. When Apple came up with the Mac, IBM was spending at least 100 times more on R&D. It's not about money. It's about the people you have, how you're led, and how much you get it."
-- Fortune, Nov. 9, 1998

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Tuesday, 20 July 2010

Speed Reading Tricks

I attended a Photo Reading course earlier this year.

Speed Reading and Photo Reading had fascinated me for quite some time and I had visions of consuming books in mass quantities and reciting chapters at the drop of a hat. But the intention around Photo Reading is not that.
Photo Reading is about gaining and recalling information.

During the course, quite a few of the delegates found that books fell open at the pages where the information that we wanted to find was printed (Spooky) A few years back, I had read Tony Buzan’s book “The Speed Reading Book”, published by BBC publications. In a week my speed had gone from 250 words per minutes to close to 800, through a series of very simple exercises.

Speed Reading: Accelerate Your Speed and Understanding for Success (Buzan Bites)

At Geoff Roll’s recent “Touch for Health” Kinesiology course (, we were shown how to balance ourselves or others to be able to read without stress and to improve our reading ability. Not only did that happen but the added benefit was an increase in focal length both closer and further away from our eyes. Our normal range of reading position had increased!

Interestingly, during the Photo reading Course some of the set up exercises were the same as the set up techniques taught at the “Touch for Health” Kinesiology course. There appears to be a variety of ways in which one can read very quickly. Here is one technique that I came across. It is from

One Speed Reading Trick That Does Work

by Daniel Scocco Reading is one of the main ways we use to absorb information, and being able to read fast is something that most of us would like. If you could read 100% faster, for instance, you would read twice as many books every year, or the newspaper twice as fast every morning. The problem is that most speed reading tricks and techniques never work as promised. This week I came across a video explaining a trick that surprised me though. It takes some time to get used, but once you do I am sure you will feel a tangible increase in the speed that you read. Here is the video:

More DIY videos at
The basic idea is that you need to stop reading with your larynx (i.e., trying to pronounce each word as you go, even if just mentally) and start reading with your eyes (i.e., the information is processed by the brain immediately as you see it). The trick to shift from one to the other is try pronounce something as you read, like “aeiou” or “123.” Sounds weird, but for me it worked.

Monday, 19 July 2010

Ring of Saturn


The scientific theory I like best is that the rings of Saturn are composed entirely of lost airline luggage.

Mark Russell ~
US comedian, political commentator, & satirist

Sunday, 18 July 2010

Golf Trousers



Why did the golfer bring two pairs of trousers to the golf tournament?  Because he got a hole in one ~ Nicholas Bishop

Saturday, 17 July 2010

7 Pieces of Wisdom from Socrates

This article was written on 17th June 2010 by Mr. Self Development who is a motivational author that offers a practical guide to success and wealth.


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Socrates is considered one of the chief founders of Western philosophy. We know Socrates Socratesprimarily from the accounts of other writers: from his student, Plato, from Xenophon, the historian, as well as from the plays of Aristophanes.
Through Plato’s writing (primarily) we’ve come to comprehend the depth of Socrates’ wisdom. Today I want to discuss seven life lessons based on the teachings of Socrates. Socrates said, “I cannot teach anybody anything; I can only make them think.” This article was written to make you think. He said, “Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel.” Let his words, kindle your flame.
7 Must Read Life Lessons From Socrates:

  1. Be Content

    “He who is not contented with what he has, would not be contented with what he would like to have.”

    Having a beautiful home and a gorgeous car will not make you content. Contentedness is birth from the inside, it’s a decision, it’s your choice. Things will never make you happy, happiness is a choice.
  2. Faithful are the wounds of a friend
    “Think not those faithful who praise all thy words and actions; but those who kindly reprove thy faults.”

    The Scripture says, “Faithful are the wounds of a friend, but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful.” A true friend will reprove your faults; they will tell you when you are “out of line.” Be wary of friends, who only say kind words. A true friend will tell you the truth, and often the truth hurts. Socrates said, “Do not be angry with me if I tell you the truth.”
  3. Study
    “Employ your time in improving yourself by other men's writings so that you shall gain easily what others have laboured hard for.”

    Do you realize that you can read a book in a few hours and learn what it took someone twenty years to learn. You can literally pick someone’s brain for $19.95. Learn to cultivate the joy of reading, and you will gain with ease what others have sweated for.
  4. Be by Doing
    “To do is to be.”

    As the quote goes, “Be the change, you want to see.” Don’t just talk about it, be the example, be the leader. Socrates said, “Let him that would move the world, first move himself.” If you can move yourself, than you will easily move others.
  5. Gaining a Good Reputation
    “The way to gain a good reputation is to endeavour to be what you desire to appear.”

    Solomon said, “A good name is better than rubies.” And the way to gain a good name is to be how you want to be perceived. Be, in the dark, the way you want to be perceived in the light. If you can master that, you will never need to worry about your reputation. Socrates said, “It is not living that matters, but living rightly.”
  6. Avoid False Words
    “False words are not only evil in themselves, but they infect the soul with evil.”

    Labour for accuracy in your speech! Don’t stretch the truth, don’t bend the truth, only speak the truth. Exaggerations infect the soul! You can be just as truthful and accurate in your speech as the most honest men who have ever walked the earth.
  7. Beware of a Busy Life
    “Beware the barrenness of a busy life.”

    If you don’t take anything else away from this article, please remember this question, you should ask yourself this question everyday. The question is, “What am I accomplishing?”
Never get lost in the “busy-ness” of life, avoid all of the distractions and attractions.
Examine your life. Socrates said, “The unexamined life is not worth living.” So ask yourself daily, ... not: "What am I doing," but, "What am I accomplishing?" If you do this, you will begin to awaken to your true potential, you will begin to become who you are.
Thank you for reading, and be sure to pass this article along.

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NLP House Party was designed to make people aware of Neuro Linguistic Programming.

This is not done in a traditional educational way but in a way that the party goers can see the magic of NLP for themselves. Not designed to educate but designed to capture imagination. The way that children learn.

Stories and participation are abundant at NLP House Parties!

At the Party (and that is a hypnotic suggestion) Party Goers play along with the hosts. They see immediate changes in other Party Goers and themselves.

This is the Wow factor!

Create your own adventure because experience is all that there is.

Friday, 16 July 2010

Thursday, 15 July 2010

Men’s sex drive

Video 3 from the excellent Mark Gungor


Mark is a pastor, motivational speaker, author, musician, and the CEO of Laugh Your Way America. He and his wife, Debbie, have two grown children and three grandchildren. He lives in Green Bay, Wisconsin, where he is the Senior Pastor of Celebration Church. Visit his website at

Wednesday, 14 July 2010

13 Sure Fire Ways to Raise Your Consciousness

This article was written on by Henri Junttila on 14th June 2010. Henri is addicted to living a free and passionate life. He runs the Wake Up Cloud, where he shows you how you can learn how to find your passion and live consciously.
Photo Credit: lanx1983


13 Sure Fire Ways to Raise Your Consciousness

Raising your consciousness means raising your vibration or your energy. The higher it is, the lighter and more at peace you feel.

Think back to one of those days where everything went effortlessly. Work was seemingly a piece of cake, conversations went great, and your relationships just shined. Everything was going so well that you broke into song and smiled to everyone you met. Can you remember a day like this?

Obviously, we aren't always this way. There are days when everything looks a shade darker. Where simple conversations are a struggle. It’s easy to get caught in those moods but if you find a way to calm yourself long enough to refocus your brain and emotions, it's possible to reverse the day.
Life is about doing what you love and following your heart. There’s a reason why you’re here. You may or may not know what it is, and that’s okay. One day you will.

We’ve been taught to strive, pursue and consume. It's a never-ending cycle. That’s ending now, because you are enough and everything is okay, even if it may not seem like that in the short-term.
Here are thirteen sure-fire ways of raising your consciousness:

  1. Simplifying
    Eliminate stuff, clear away clutter and clean your home. The more stuff you have, the more burdened your mind will be. Getting rid unnecessary stuff may at first go against everything you know, but when you’ve done it, you’ll see the benefit.

  2. Deliberate Action
    Taking specific action and moving forward even when you’re afraid, frustrated and confused will give you clarity. It’s counter-intuitive to keep going if you feel fear, but realize that your lizard brain is always trying to protect you from the unknown. Embrace the unknown, fear and confusion. Take deliberate action.

  3. Uplifting Music
    Finding music that empowers, enlightens and uplifts is different from person to person, which is why you have to experiment. Some days I listen to the groovy beats of reggae, other times I get a boost out of listening to the carefully orchestrated symphonies of classical music. Music has a profound effect on our consciousness, so use it wisely.

  4. Exercise
    Moving your body is an ingredient that is missing from many people’s lives today. It doesn’t have to be hard. It doesn’t even have to be boring. Find what you think is fun. The important thing is that you do it regularly. I like martial arts. What do you like?

  5. Being Kind
    When you are generous, you can feel your heart expanding. You don’t have to volunteer or travel to Africa to be kind. You can be kind by helping someone over the street, or just giving people a simple smile as you’re strolling down the sidewalk on an especially gloomy day.

  6. Meditation
    You can meditate by sitting, walking or doing. There are no rules that limit you. Your body is different from mine, which is why you have to find what brings you joy. When you raise your consciousness, you feel lighter, happier and more at peace. Meditation can be done while doing the dishes, reading, walking or looking at a candle. There are no limitations.

  7. Singing
    While I am not a huge fan of singing, it does raise your consciousness dramatically. The next time you’re feeling down, try putting on an uplifting tune and singing along. Act like there’s nobody left on earth and just let it rip.

  8. Nature
    Being out in nature is relaxing for a reason. We have a symbiotic relationship with mother earth. If you want tangible proof; be aware of your inner body while touching a tree. You will feel a calming, loving energy come through. All things on this blue planet of ours are imbued with energy. Go for a stroll in the park, sit below a tree, or have a picnic.

  9. Having Fun
    Watch a comedy, go out with your closest friends or sit down with a good book. Depending on the day, having fun means different things for me. As I am writing this, I am doing what I am passionate about, which is writing and losing myself in words. It fills me with joy and I love it.

  10. Animals
    Did you know that just being around a dog or a cat has health benefits? Being around animals is calming, because they live in the now. They have no concept of time, because time in and of itself does not really exist. It’s an out-there concept, but even scientists know this.

  11. Being Present
    Nothing beats being fully in the now. This can mean focusing on your breath, observing your thoughts or being present in your body, feeling all of your muscles, tendons and ligaments moving and working together. The more present you are, the more joy you will feel. Stop thinking about the past and future for a second and just be. There is nothing more uplifting than that.

  12. Eating Healthy
    Food is one of our greatest enemies when it comes to our health. We’ve been eating processed, unhealthy foods for several decades now, and it shows. More people are sick now than ever before. Eating healthy, vegan foods has been proven to reverse heart disease, increase mental faculties, improve energy levels and on the list goes. Be mindful of what you eat.
  13. Following Your Passion
    Last, but definitely not least, if you want to raise your consciousness and your vibration, you have to do what you love. Finding your passion isn’t easy, but what other options are there? I will either follow my passion, or die trying. When you have that attitude, you will succeed sooner or later. Your life is in your hands. You are responsible, so start taking control and begin living the life you want to live.

Tuesday, 13 July 2010

Never compromise. Go Create!



Compromise will leave people unfulfilled, whereas creating something (or someone, come to that) allows people to build not only the something, but also a relationship and those hold priceless

~ AyPee

Monday, 12 July 2010

Do You Remember Rubik’s Cube?

This article is from a great place to reminisce!

The Rubiks Cube invented in 1974 by Hungarian sculptor and professor of architecture Ernő Rubik

Rubik's Birthday!


The Rubics Cube was invented 30 years ago! The Rubics cube, or "The colourful cube of frustration" as it was dubbed in our playgrounds, had vast swathes of the child population in it's thrall when it was first released.

In the early 1980's it seemed that every man and boy had one, and was trying to solve it, like some national enigma machine - it was whispered that if you solved it you were taken away to work for the space program.

For those of us that were there, back in the 1980's, they'll know that the achievement of completing the rubiks cube (hey, even one side of it!) held more cache than GCSE's or Yo-yo-ing ever did. I sat for hours trying to work that thing out, finally being reduced to painstakingly peeling off the stickers and putting them back on in order.

There was always one child you knew who had worked out (or who's father had worked out) some kind of special move that resulted in all colours going in the right places - and would amaze specially invited groups of children to swamp round him and watch the magic moves in action.

Apparently there's been more than 350 million Rubiks cubes sold worldwide since it was invented in 1980 by Hungarian university lecturer Erno Rubik. I thought most of these would have been sold in the 1980's but not so, there are now a whole new generation of 'Cubers', there are national and international competitions, 'Speedcubers' compete to solve the puzzle in the quickest possible time. At the first World Championship in 1982, the fastest average solve was 22.9 seconds. In 2008, the 'single solve' record was set at an incredible 7.08 seconds.

So there's progress for you.

Although who's to say continuing Rubic's cubes championships are progress?

According to people in white coats (people who did their maths at school) there are 43,252,003,274,489,856,000 possible combinations on a Rubiks cube. These are millions of man hours we must be talking about! We could have gotten to Mars by now if it wasn't for that darned Rubik's cube!

But it's all in the name of fun. Frustration and fun.

BTW - what ever happens to all the solved rubics cubes? 350 million sold, and until yesterday I'd not seen one in years! Do they self-destruct when you complete them? They could and I really wouldn't know...

Saturday, 10 July 2010


I read this in Twitter from oxylic


"Friendship is always a sweet responsibility, never an opportunity." -Kahlil Gibran

Friday, 9 July 2010

Remember – Create your own adventure because experience is all that there is! (First blogged 28th March 2010)

Yesterday, I got re-Mind-ed.
We are clearly designed to forget; because we always do!
And what a pleasure it is to remember and to be able to confabulate.
So I remembered……
..there is Only Here
..there is Only Now be in the Best possible Emotional State for no reason
..and not to Do Stuff.
..Always Create stuff and do it for absolutely no reason.
In that space my state will magnetically attract what I need.
I was very moved this morning, about how powerful I can be when I am in an optimum emotional state of my own choosing and how fortunate I am to be able to do that…….
….all that remains is to tell the rest of the world. The impact would transform it since all problems and conflicts arise from the past.
All upset, be it personal, in a team, in community, regional, national or international comes from the past.
Right here, right now is the opportunity to create anything.
Create your own adventure because experience is all that there is!

Thursday, 8 July 2010

Using Mobile Phones While Driving

In the UK the law stipulates that it is illegal to use a mobile phone whilst driving and yet I see many drivers each day doing just that. In my experience, most calls can wait or need to be planned for the simple reason that the person on the other ends deserves your full attention.

Making calls, in a car, without a “hands free” kit is clearly dangerous!

This article looks at the impact in car calls have on relationships

Put Down Your iPhone While Driving

By John M Grohol PsyD

Put Down Your iPhone While DrivingNot only is it dangerous to drive while talking on your mobile phone or iPhone or Blackberry, it’s also not good for your relationship either.

So says a professor who thinks that if driving while distracted by your technological gadget is bad enough, imagine what trying to hold up your end of the conversation in your relationship might be. Relationships rely on good, clear communication. Driving relies on good, clear undivided attention and no distraction. The two don’t seem entirely compatible, so it seems to reason the good professor has a point.

“In general, cell phone usage while driving might lead to missed relationship stop lights, slow reactions to dangerous relationship circumstances, loss of control of one’s part of the interaction, and interaction mistakes that could lead to conflict, hurt feelings, misunderstandings, and possibly even serious damage to the relationship,” Rosenblatt says in the article.

Various friends have told me over the years — and it’s something I’ve experienced myself — that it often seems like a person isn’t really “listening” when they talk to them when they’re driving. Divided attention usually means one or both tasks end up getting the short end of the straw. That could have dangerous consequences — not just for ourselves, but for the health of our relationship.

The easiest solution is also the simplest — put down the cell phone while you’re in the car. If you must take a call while driving, let the caller know you’re driving and keep the conversations on-task and brief. Or better yet, let the call go to voicemail and return it when you’re out of the car. Unless you work from your vehicle (e.g., a contractor or tradesman), driving while talking on your cell phone is just a risk that you should try to minimize and, whenever possible, avoid altogether.

Read the full article: Relationship Damage From Talking on Cell Phone while Driving?

Wednesday, 7 July 2010

On being afraid of the dark


We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light ~ Plato



Plato: copy of portrait bust by Silanion
Full name
Plato (Πλάτων)

Tuesday, 6 July 2010

Ask More than once

The second video by Mark Gungor.

Mark has the ability to tell the truth in such a hilarious way!

Mark is a pastor, motivational speaker, author, musician, and the CEO of Laugh Your Way America. He and his wife, Debbie, have two grown children and three grandchildren.

He lives in Green Bay, Wisconsin, where he is the Senior Pastor of Celebration Church.

Visit his website at

Happy Birthday Ringo! 70 today!


Monday, 5 July 2010

Conditioned Taste Aversion

Mine is Liver. What is yours?

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Kendra Cherry, Guide to Psychology

What Is a Conditioned Taste Aversion?

Wednesday June 16, 2010
I once had an acquaintance who told a very vivid story about eating a chicken enchilada while on vacation. Hours after eating the enchilada, she became violently ill. For years after that, she was unable to bring herself to eat a chicken enchilada and even felt queasy when she smelled foods that reminded her of that particular dish. This was despite the fact that she knew that her illness was not connected to eating that particular item. In reality, she had picked up a nasty virus from one of her travelling companions who had been ill just days before the trip.
Conditioned Taste Aversion

Taste aversions are quite common, and can sometimes last for several years.
Photo courtesy Matka Wariatka / iStockPhoto

These conditioned taste aversions are quite common and can last from a period of days to several years. Consider your own aversions to certain foods. Can you link your distaste for particular items to a period of illness, queasiness or nausea?
Learn more about the characteristics of taste aversions and why they occur.

Friday, 2 July 2010

How Much Are You Worth?

By: Kyle Lacy on June 17th, 2010 at 5:30 am

How do you rate the your value on the marketplace? How do you figure out how much you are actually worth? How much should you charge a potential client?

Let’s say you determine this through how much and how you are paid. Is that hourly? Salary? Project to project? I read a blog by Seth Godin where he shared a story about a college professor who saved a potentially multi-million dollar project with one simple solution.They paid him $45,000 because if he succeeded they would save millions. The solution was a trip to a hardware store to buy a chemical that would fix the problem. Small solution but big problem without the professor’s knowledge.

Your price tag

Because of this brilliant post, I started thinking about where my value is centered as an individual, as a professional – where does my value lie? Can you actually put a price on someone? Do you have enough “sass” to value yourself above everyone else?

This subject matter leans heavily on whether or not you produce results for the people who pay you. Are you creating quality work for the money? Do you value yourself on the quality or work and what the marketplace is willing to pay? Do you take in the intangibles of branding and personal marketing?

Consider how much we pay doctors. Now, I’m not saying they aren’t valuable. In fact, they are essential. But consider it. If you have a common cold and decide to see the doctor – the doctor then says go home, sleep, drink lots of fluids you’ll be fine in a couple of days – what did you (or your insurance) pay them for? You paid him/her for something only they could tell you with full confidence. So now you know all you had was the common cold, and nothing else.

What  I’m ultimately saying is that we are valued on the work we produce, as well as the assumption of the marketplace. If you are assumed valuable, it does help your bottom line as a professional.


Kyle Lacy writes a regular blog at and is founder and CEO of Brandswag, a social media strategy and training company. His blog has been featured on Wall Street Journal’s website and Read Write Web’s daily blog journal. Recently, Kyle was voted as one of the top 150 social media blogs in the world (on two websites), and produces regular keynote speeches across the Midwest. He also just finished writing Twitter Marketing for Dummies by Wiley Publishing.

Life Just Is

Life just is, there is no meaning to it other than the meaning we bring. It just is.

Acceptance just is and when you love something or somebody you accept them as they are. Better to accept than resist, then.

imageMoving forward can only take place from the Present and not the Past and the place that one moves to is another present moment. There IS only Here and Now.

In the nanosecond of 'Here and Now' nothing exists other than what we consciously create and that includes the Past. It is all an act of creation and it is all out there and not back there.

So what is there to resolve?
A past creation constructed from Nothing?

All breakthroughs happen as the result of breakdown, right?

Never lose that extraordinary power that you have right now! It changes lives!

Thursday, 1 July 2010

Success and Failure

One of the presuppositions of NLP is that:  ‘There is no such thing as failure – only feedback’

MP900442363I like Mike Ditka’s quote “ Success isn’t permanent and failure isn’t fatal” just because it puts things into a good perspective!

Are we not slightly obsessed with the need to succeed?

Which raises the question. What is Success and come to that, what is failure?

When I reflect on what success is, I get that I have been a success at everything that I have ever done, including my failures.

Be kind to yourselves

Success isn’t permanent and failure isn’t fatal ~ Mike Ditka

Of course there is no formula for success except perhaps an unconditional acceptance of life and what it brings ~ Arthur Rubinstein

I don’t know the key to success, but the the key to failure is trying to please everybody ~ Bill Cosby

A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and goes to bed at night and in between does what he wants to do ~ Bob Dylan

Nothing fails like success ~ Gerald Nachman

Addicted to Twitter

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