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Who's Your City

According to the fascinating and information packed Who's Your City by Richard Florida deciding where to live is as important as choosing a mate or a career. He argues convincingly that most economically successful people are part of a creativity-based economy. He then shows that these people are clustered in less than fifty cities or, as he calls them, mega regions around the world. In the United States this includes Northern California, Austin, Seattle, and Boston. He demonstrates with charts and statistics that these areas are ripe with opportunity for the well educated and creative.

The following is a brief excerpt from the book:

“Today’s key economic factors—talent, innovation, and creativity—are not distributed evenly across the global economy. They concentrate in specific locations. It’s obvious how major new innovations in communications and transportation allow economic activity to spread out all over the world. What’s less obvious is the incredible power of what I call the clustering force. In today’s creative economy, the real source of economic growth comes from the clustering and concentration of talented and productive people. New ideas are generated and our productivity increases when we locate close to one another in cities and regions. The clustering force makes each of us more productive, which in turns makes the places we inhabit much more productive, generating great increases in output and wealth.

“Because of the clustering force, cities and regions have become the true engines of economic growth. No wonder these locations continue to expand. Today, more than half the world’s population lives in urban areas. In the United States, more than 90 percent of all economic output is produced in metropolitan regions, while just the largest five metro regions account for 23 percent of it. And cities and their surrounding metropolitan corridors are morphing into massive mega-regions; home to tens of millions of people producing hundreds of billions and in some cases trillions of dollars in economic output. Place remains the central axis of our time—more important to the world economy and our individual lives than ever before.”

from Who's Your City by Richard Florida


What Does It Mean to be Happy?

Is happiness a feeling, like sadness, that can only be had for a period of time? Many think happiness comes from pleasure, others from wealth, and others by virtue.

Pascal said "All men seek happiness. There are no exceptions. However different the means they may employ, they all strive towards this goal. The reason why some go to war and some do not is the same desire in both, but interpreted in different ways. The will never takes the least step except to that end. This is the motive of every act of every man, including those who go and hang themselves."

Many think we attain happiness by pleasure, but Aristotle said this is just a temporary animal emotion desired by only the most simple-minded people. He believed a life focused on being virtuous and expanding one’s intelligence would make a person truly happy. He said as the only rational creature we should always strive to be really good at whatever we do. He said a happy person would always behave in a virtuous manner.

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Two More Diet Tricks that Really Work

First keep in mind whenever you feel hungry nothing tastes as good as being thin.

Second when you’re craving something unhealthy, imagine watching yourself eating it nude in front a mirror.


The Best Way to Save Money

by Charly Mann

Before you buy anything, stop and consider whether it will really improve your life. 

Remember, everything you purchase will mean you have less money. Many things just add clutter to your house. By deciding not to get something, you are probably reducing your stress and definitely saving money.


Anger Is a Wasted Emotion

"Anger is the most impotent of passions. It effects nothing, and hurts the one who is possessed by it more than the one against whom it is directed.”

Carl Sandburg


Get Anything You Want in Life... With Willpower

by Charly Mann

We are usually our own worst enemy in life. The enemy is, more precisely, our lack of willpower to do what is right. That is why most people are overweight, in debt, and unhappy with many aspects of their lives.

You can correct most of your problems by firmly asserting your determination to reach your goals. For example, you can really lose a lot of weight if you refuse to let yourself eat anything more than a light salad in the late afternoon and nothing after that for the rest of the day, for eight straight months.

Willpower is a focused and committed mind that knows what it wants and controls itself to ensure that no action is taken which could sabotage that goal. Think again about dieting; it is often hunger that makes us break our commitment to eat less. With willpower, we can trump hunger, because we have the intelligence to know our hunger will eventually subside and the joy of not succumbing to temptation will give us personal satisfaction, as well as instill a habit of hunger management.

There is no more fulfilling activity in life than making yourself do something that is driven by your inner strength rather than laziness or thoughtlessness. For most people, however, the concept of willpower is just a myth, because they lack the emotional ability to stick to their commitments.

Willpower is a demonstration of your character in action. Confirm your strength, self-discipline, and ambition to improve your life by asserting your willpower. There is no greater attribute for success in life. With it, you can overcome temptations and negative habits by rejecting what makes you feel comfortable in the moment for a much greater reward that will come when your goal is achieved.

Willpower gives you not only control over your life, but tremendous satisfaction and peace of mind.


How to Have Balance In Your Life

By Kathryn Mann

Life is full of beauty. Notice it. Notice the butterfly, the small child and the kitten. To keep balance in your life, acknowledge the great powers around you and within you. If you can do that you are truly wise.


Why You Should Stop Drinking Bottled Water

Americans now spend more than fifteen billion a year on bottled water.

It takes about 50 million barrels of oil a year to make the 28 billion plastic bottles that contain this water. This is enough oil to fuel about 20% of the cars in the United States annually. Bizarrely it takes three times more water to produce the bottle, than the amount of water the bottle actually holds.

Eighty percent of plastic water bottles end up in landfills and are not recycled. Most plastic bottles will never biodegrade.

Bottled water costs more per gallon than gasoline.

Bottled water is typically 1000 times more expensive than tap water.

In almost every scientific comparison test the quality of bottled water is no better than tap water.

Forty percent of the bottled water sold in the United States is actually tap water.

If your tap water doesn’t taste right it is probably your plumbing, and a water filter, which takes out containments, but leaves the healthy minerals in water should solve the problem. (By the way distilled water is free of containments, but lacks the minerals your body needs from water.)


Sherlock Holmes Shares His Genius

"You see," Sherlock Holmes explained, "I consider that a man's brain originally is like a little empty attic, and you have to stock it with such information as you choose. A fool takes in all the facts of every sort that he comes across, so that the knowledge, which might be useful to him, gets crowded out. Now the wise person will have nothing but information which may help him in doing his work, but of these he has a large assortment, and all in the most perfect order. Depend upon it there comes a time when for every addition of knowledge you forget something that you knew before. It is of the highest importance, therefore, not to have useless facts elbowing out the useful ones."


The Harmony Constant

by Charly Mann

The Harmony Constant is a magical attitude that lies within your soul. When it is engaged it ensures that your external world is safe and secure. It will provide you magnificent and unexpected opportunities. It will also give you insights, delightful experiences, and your required direction at every moment in your life.

To engage the Harmony Constant you must embrace the wisdom that you have attained through experience. You must also be confident that you are in full control of your life, and can navigate through even the most challenging situations.

Life is constantly changing and often paradoxical. Your best friend often turns out to be your worst enemy. Your Harmony Constant is the calm that keeps you safe through the storms of life and can eventually guide you through eternity.

It is all you really need to be aware of. Let it have control of the uncontrollable. Your time on earth is short. Your Harmony Constant will provide you guidance and peace of mind if you cultivate it each and every day.


Falling Down And Dying Is More Common Than Murder

Your chance of dying in the United States by falling down is 1 in 246, while your chance of being murdered is 1 in 325. Falling deaths usually result from slipping on ice or tripping over household clutter or uneven surfaces. We will all meet our fate someday and fortunately less than 0.3% of us will meet our doom by being shot by another person.

You are much more likely to die by the one of the following means:

Heart Disease 1-in-5
Cancer 1-in-7
Stroke 1-in-23
Car Crash 1-in-100
Suicide 1-in-121

Life is Great at 35 and then Gets Better

Most people do not feel economically or emotionally comfortable until they reach 35, and then for the next half of their lives things continue to improve. Studies have shown by the time we reach our mid 30s most of us are finally confident about who we are and our abilities. This is the stage in life when almost everything has become routine enough for us to truly relax and enjoy what matters. From this point on life is much more calm, and we are less prone to anger and upset because we have reached emotional and mental maturity. This is also when we are able to put a lot of things into perspective and determine what is relevant in our lives. This is when we become certain about our place in the world, and have a clear idea about what we want to accomplish in life. This is also the start of the time that we continue getting happier until we reach our happiness peak at about 69.


We May Be Living In A Simulated World

What is reality? Oxford University philosopher Nick Bostrum is fairly certain that nothing in our world is real. In fact he claims we are all part of a computer simulation.

How is this possible? Well based on trends in computer processing power, many experts contend that within fifty years we will have computers where people will be able for entertainment or research purposes, create worlds and universes where “people” like us would even have simulated consciousness. If this is the case, then there are probably millions of perceived universes. In them real people are creating worlds with their simulated ancestors to see how they would progress under an array of various circumstances. This is much like how scientists now built computer models for predicting weather, or a bit like a super advanced version of the popular computer game called The Sims.

So what may be happening, as you worry about the economy or love life, is that there is an advanced civilization in a real galaxy that is controlling our world. If this is true the omniscient, omnipotent creator of the heavens and earth could be somebody’s evening hobby. 


The Top Ten Most Important Skills of Self-Reliance

Self-reliance is the most fundamental skill people need to have a happy and successful life. Our top ten basic skills of self-reliance are:

1. The ability to interview well for jobs

2. Knowing how to perform CPR and the Heimlich maneuver

3. Learning how to live below your means

4. Knowing how to change a tire

5. The skills to be a great parent

6. The ability to manage your time well

7. Knowing how to parallel park

8. Knowing how to listen

9.  The ability to jump-start a car

10. Being able to see things from other people's perspective 


There is a Lot More Good News Than Bad News

by Charly Mann

By almost every metric the world is a much better and safer place to live in now than in the past. In the last 20 years the number of people living in extreme poverty has been cut in half. Smallpox, a disease that killed 500,000,000 people in the 20th century, has been eradicated. (That is more than all the people killed directly or indirectly in all the wars and insurrections from 1900-2013.) And incredibly in the just the last 150 years the human lifespan has more than doubled from 35 years to almost 80. 

The business of news is to attract viewers and readers, and the news media knows negative stories get far more attention than positive ones. They select stories to cover which will attract the most attention and have the best storyline for keeping people hooked. Important news such as violence is declining throughout the world and we are currently experiencing the most peaceful time in human history, gets no coverage at all.

Less than 1% of the news reported by mainstream media is useful in helping us make better decisions or relevant to our lives. It is filled with sensationalized events that are usually taken out of context to make us believe that most of what is going around us is bad. As a result most of us feel helpless and depression is on the rise. While it is sad that a few hundred people died in a plane crash, or hundreds of homes were destroyed by a hurricane, how does this affect us as individuals? Because we live in a world of 7.5 billion people, the law of large numbers means that bad things are always going to be happening. It is important to remember that bad things are actually happening far less frequently than at any time in history, and our economic well-being, health, and safety have never been better.


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