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How to get employees to love their job

An employee’s salary and what they do at a job is important, but if you want them to love their work a job must provide them satisfaction, community, and self-esteem.

To make an employee like his job a manager should first and foremost get to know his employee. The manager should also emphasize how important the employee is to the company and its customers.

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American Culture is not Good for Your Mind

Culture is supposed to be the widening of the mind and of the spirit, yet most Americans spend the majority of their free time sitting watching passive entertainment on television or playing video games. As Lee Lovevinger said; “Television is the literature of the illiterate, the culture of the low-brow, the wealth of the poor, the privilege of the underprivileged, the exclusive club of the excluded masses”. It is predictable titillation, but does nothing to challenge us intellectually. Our role models are no longer scientists, religious leaders, great writers, or political crusaders, but sport and entertainment celebrities. We have a society that believes a successful life is measured by how famous and rich one is.

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The Ultimate Health Food

Nothing is more important to your body than water. Not only are we 60% water in body weight – each of our body’s organs and cells are primarily water.

Each day we lose more than one half gallon (2.5 liters) of water which we must replace. Depending on your weight and size you will need nine to thirteen cups of water to have a healthy body.

Drinks that contain caffeine, such as tea, coffee, and most colas are diuretics, meaning they cause you to lose more water than usual. If for example your body needed 12 cups of water a day to be properly hydrated – you would need 18 cups of a caffeinated drink. (In other words two cups of water are equivalent to three cups of a caffeine drink.) Caffeine also blocks the absorption of vitamins and minerals, as well as causing loss of calcium.

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Corporate Tax Rates Around the World

Corporate Tax Rates Around the World:

Vietnam 25%  
Singapore 18%  
Northern Ireland 12.5%  
France 25%  
Germany 29.8%  
United States 39.3% (35% federal plus a state average of 4.3%)

The U.S. now has highest corporate tax rate among industrialized countries

There is a theory that tax receipts fall when corporate tax rates are too high. Ireland, for example with a 12.5% rate, receives 3.6% of GDP in corporate taxes. The U.S. on the other hand, with its 39.3% rate, gets less than 2.5% of GDP in corporate taxes.

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Take Positive Control Of Your Life

It is how you think that determines how you feel. Negative thoughts will indeed make you depressed, anxious, and angry. Learn to think in a positive manner. Mistakes can be looked at as lessons. Setbacks can give you strength and make you determined. Most of all most negative thought is illogical and distorted, and does not put facts in a rational perspective. Things are not black and white, and we too often take the bad part of a situation and make it more significant than it really is.

Charly Mann

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Self-Discipline is the Key to Success

by Charly Mann

You can be almost anything you want, if you are self-disciplined. With discipline, you can solve almost any problem, including losing weight, overcoming addiction, and saving money. Despite the benefits, few people ever incorporate this into their lives. We all know the problems we want to overcome, but because of procrastination and disorder, we are unable to fix them.

Discipline is your ultimate tool for personal empowerment.  It means taking control and getting your life in order. You need to commit to doing this, now, and honor that commitment to yourself. Life is too short to put it off any longer. 

Once you become self-disciplined, your life will improve dramatically. You will be able to plan your days and have time set aside for being creative. You will be much more focused, which means your brain will work better and faster. You will also have a lot more time for relaxation, because you will use your time efficiently.

Your life will never blossom until it is focused, dedicated and disciplined. Success, you will discover, is nothing more than a few simple disciplines, practiced every day. Combine self-discipline with passion for what you are doing, personal goals, and good organization, and you will reach your human potential.

The following are my favorite quotations for inspiring self-discipline:

"One-half of life is luck; the other half is discipline - and that’s the important half, for without discipline you wouldn’t know what to do with luck."

Carl Zuckmeyer

"The ability to concentrate and to use time well is everything."

Lee Iacocca

"Discipline is remembering what you want."

David Campbell

"Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishments."

Jim Rohn

"No life ever grows great until it is focused, dedicated, disciplined."

Harry Emerson Fosdick

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Real Courage

Courage, it would seem, is nothing less than the power to overcome danger, misfortune, fear, injustice, while continuing to affirm inwardly that life with all its sorrows is good; that everything is meaningful even if in a sense beyond our understanding; and that there is always tomorrow.

Dorothy Thompson

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Artificial Light and Staying Up Late are Dangerous

By Charly Mann

We need exposure to a dark night sky to stimulate the production of melatonin by the pineal gland in our brain. This melatonin maintains what is known as the circadian rhythm of our body. If we are exposed to natural darkness on a regular basis our bodies function naturally on an internal 24-hour clock. We sleep well, are more productive, healthier, and happier. Unfortunately, we live in a world of artificial light in which many try to cheat their circadian clock.

The amount of artificial light in the world has tripled since 1970, coinciding with similar increases in depression, divorce, crime, and the use of prescription sleeping pills, anti-depressants, and caffeine. As a result of all this artificial light, two-thirds of the world's population live in cities and towns where it never gets dark enough for their brains to recognize nighttime. The starry night that Vincent Van Gogh immortalized in his famous painting is something few of us will ever see again. Most of us see less than half a dozen stars, even on a clear night, when we look up into the night sky. Less than a hundred years ago 4,000 would be visible. Even if we go to some remote or rural area, we are unlikely to be able to see half the stars our ancestors did because artificial light pollution makes even those areas less dark than they once were.

Artificial light is dangerous to us in other ways, particularly for women. Scientists think that women working night shifts, or staying up late at night, are at a 73% greater risk of developing breast cancer than women in areas that receive normal nighttime darkness, and go to bed by eleven. Also disruption of normal night exposure disrupts the timing and release of female reproductive hormones that determine the timing, frequency, and duration of menstruation.  Women who regularly work through the night also have a higher occurrence of colorectal cancer than women who do not. The International Agency for Research on Cancer at the World Health Organization recently added working at night to its list of probable human carcinogens.

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The Baby Boomers Caused Our Economic Meltdown

by Charly Mann

The fundamental cause of the current economic meltdown is the United States Baby Boom generation. These 79 million individuals born between 1946 and 1964 were the economic engine of the world economy. They make up just 28% of the population in America, yet accounted for more than 50% of its consumer spending. As the boomers are nearing retirement their spending is sharply slowing down, and they are trying to sell their large houses. The problem is there are not enough financially capable Americans to make up for their consumption power or buy their houses. While Baby Boomers' net worth on average increased 97% over the last fifteen years to over a quarter of a million dollars, the generation coming behind them actually saw their net worth fall 28% to just under $50,000. The mortgage crisis, which precipitated the current economic crisis we are in through a rapid fall in housing prices, was caused primarily by the glut of boomer homes on the market.

The boomers lived better than any generation in history, but the fall in stock prices has wiped out more than 2.5 trillion dollars, close to half, of their retirement savings. The irony is they will now have to live far more frugally than their parents did in their retirement years.

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The Destiny Of Childhood

If you carry your childhood with you, you will never grow old. I grew up in the 1950s in the idyllic community of Chapel Hill, North Carolina. When we leave our hometowns, it is not the town we miss, but our childhood.

Our lives are fated by dreams we have as children, and it is the riddle of adulthood to fulfill this destiny.

In my mind I have also been in Chapel Hill.

Visit me at Chapel Hill Memories.


The Old Well and South Building at The University Of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC

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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
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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.

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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. 

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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 

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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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