Big History and Donald Trump Changes

Before the last-minute intervention of the FBI director in October, 2016, Donald Trump’s presidential campaign appeared to be unraveling. Most Republicans were frustrated because they felt he went into the election with a winning hand based on a call for change. “This election is all about change,” is what we heard from “Establishment Republicans” and Trump surrogates. With Trump’s surprising victory came enthusiasm by all varieties of Republicans for impending change.

When not sabotaging his campaign by displaying personal flaws, Trump rattled off numerous changes needed to undo the Obama administration in domestic and foreign policy. Establishment Republicans embraced the anti-Obama changes as great strides forward that would soon boost the American economy.

When this election is viewed in historical perspective, we see that Trump’s message was essentially anti-change. His changes attempt to reverse irresistible demographic, economic, and international forces. His candidacy represents decades of Republican efforts to avoid embracing significant changes resulting from historical forces unleashed by the combination of industrialization, unrestrained capitalism, and science. But Republicans are not the only ones chafing from the impact of these changes which feel overwhelming to much of the world, not just our country.

To gain perspective on this recent electoral victory, we need to look at Republican electoral strategy in the twentieth century and at a much larger picture gained by using something called Big History. Promising to turn back the clock after an era of reform is a “tried and true” Republican formula that worked again.

The theme of “Make America Great Again” is a rehash of the successful Republican strategy in the 1920 election. Beginning with the presidency of Theodore Roosevelt, America experienced two decades of reforms pushed by the Progressive movement. Roosevelt failed to turn the Republican Party into the party of Progressivism, losing out to business and financial forces that continue to dominate the party today. Democrats under Woodrow Wilson became the leaders of Progressive reform, resulting in constitutional amendments prohibiting sale of alcohol and the national vote for women. During World War I the economy was managed for the first time, resulting in prosperity during the war despite Republican resistance. With the end of the war, Republicans and the public demanded a hasty return to business as usual, forcing too fast a transition from regulation and bringing about a recession that was exploited in the election of 1920.

The Republican call for a return to “Normalcy” meant turning away from reforms putting more authority in the hands of the federal government and toward traditional laissez faire policies supporting unrestrained capitalism. The boom of much of the 20s obscured the economic calamity endured by farmers who were neglected until the crash of 1929 brought in Democrats concerned about farmers and labor as well as business. Returning to “Normalcy” meant tax cuts to business that spurred dramatic growth along with financial speculation as little effort was made to regulate increasing excesses on Wall Street. IRS figures indicate that the 20s were a period of increasing concentration of wealth in the hands of a minuscule percentage of the population.

My first point, then, is that “Make America Great Again” is a rehash of returning to “Normalcy” – which means tax cuts to business and pulling back on regulatory efforts that might prevent another 1929 or 2007. It means continued concentration of wealth in a small percentage of the population. It also means pulling back on important social, economic, and political reforms as rejection of “political correctness.”

My second point is that seeing Trump from the vantage point of Big History reveals even deeper cause for concern.

What is “Big History?” It is a new approach to world history that embraces multiple science and liberal arts disciplines to gain perspective on history since the Big Bang. Study of the evolution of the universe as part of the human story includes the origin of life on our planet, evolution of our species, and the dramatic evolution of human culture from societies based on agriculture to contemporary industrial-capitalist societies.

Big History covers billions of years and loads of information not usually included in histories. But it also brings a perspective that is especially needed in our time. The first textbook on Big History tells the story in terms of reaching and surpassing eight thresholds. Each threshold brings progress as a new level of complexity and opportunity is reached. With the accomplishment of each also comes increased vulnerability and fragility as a higher level of danger comes with each increase in complexity.

The most recent threshold has been the transition of human cultures from societies based on agriculture to industrial-capitalist societies. Important changes have included accelerated population growth, depletion of non-renewable resources essential to industrial-capitalism, development of nuclear capacity for weapons and generating electricity, and communication and transportation technologies that increasingly integrate the world economically. Side-effects include more global epidemics and use of the internet as an instrument for war and destabilizing misinformation as well as a social and economic integrator.

Two large issues stand out that are resisted by Trump and his supporters. First is the need to begin ameliorating and, if possible, reversing human damage to our planet. Business forces have too often supported Republican efforts to deny global warming and other climate issues that are already threatening national security of all nations.

The second issue highlighted by Big History is the impact of accelerating change. Since the beginning of the Industrial Revolution in the 1700s, innovations have occurred at an increasing rate. Innovation may be good for business, but it necessitates unrelenting social, economic, and political adjustments. Birth control pills, television, portable computers, the internet, smart phones, and tablets have all revolutionized our economy in the recent past. These fantastically appealing innovations have challenged traditional social values and radically modified daily environments we experience at work and in our homes. Furthermore, this radical experience of change is accelerating. There has been no letting up to allow us to absorb one wave of innovative revolution before another hits us. The demand from Wall Street that companies like Apple continue to invent revolutionary products is growing stronger as the rate of change continues to accelerate.

Donald Trump appears to represent the business forces calling for more change, but that is not the heart of his message. Trump’s call to reverse the Obama administration and his personal example of disregarding political correctness have brought to the forefront discontented fringe elements in our society who reject fundamental changes in social norms. These forces represent opposition to the loss of white male dominance. Increased rights and prominence of women, African-Americans, disabled people, LGBT groups, Latinos, and Muslims are civil rights gains that are not accepted by groups who want to return to the “Normalcy” of the 1950s and earlier. The violence of their rhetoric and behavior mirror the anxiety of most Americans over the pace and extent of change that keeps shaking up social norms. Attacking political correctness shows anxiety over the vocabulary changes that keep coming as we are told to use certain words rather than our usual terminology to keep from offending groups. Our usual behavior is constantly challenged by new and unexpected social groups demanding recognition and respect.

The more Republicans act to make industrial-capitalism more effective by removing “unnecessary regulations,” the more change will continue to accelerate. That means degradation of our planet that may soon be irreversible. That means faster implementation of innovations with gigantic effects on social norms that hold a society together. It means that sooner or later we are likely to reach a point at which human capacity for change is saturated with disastrous consequences that are hard to predict. Many scholars think that societal collapse is the most likely outcome – and an M.I.T. computer model has predicted it will probably happen by around 2050 if not before.

Political campaigns that unleash hostilities toward these rapid social changes are becoming a threat to our democracy and our constitution. As Donald Trump continues to “be Donald Trump,” he is galvanizing resistance to social change while he is taking actions to further accelerate change. As the pace of change continues to accelerate, we can expect other Trump-like figures to emerge as the voice of fear and anxiety.

Let’s hope someone emerges who can address irresistible changes in ways that assuage public fear and anxiety – and that we have members of Congress who will get behind this approach rather than continue to give priority to the interest of their political party.



How to Repair Error Code 619 – "The Port Was Disconnected" Error

Error Code 619 is a common error that’s shown when your computer attempts to connect to a network system via the “Routing” or “Remote Access Server” protocols. The error is shown when the connection to the other system is blocked, causing your PC to be unable to read the various files it needs to, when corrupts & damaged it. To fix this problem, you need to ensure the connection your computer wants to make is not being blocked, and that your various firewall / connections are all secure. Here’s what you need to do…

The reason why Error Code 619 shows is all because of how your computer cannot connect to various other computers through a network. One of the biggest causes of this problem is likely going to be an Internet-related program that’s blocking the connection. If you have the likes of Instant Messengers, email applications or other programs running, you might want to close them down before retrying whatever it was you were trying to do. This way, you can be sure that none of the Internet-enabled applications on your PC will be blocking any of the ports of your computer.

After you’ve done that, you should then look to disable any firewalls you have. Another reason why your computer will show the 619 error is down to the way that the Firewall application you have could be damaging your computer’s access to the Internet, leading your PC to be unable to access the files it needs, causing the error. To fix this problem, you should either allow an exception inside your Firewall, or just disable the firewall temporarily to ensure your computer is able to connect to the sites / network locations it wants.

You should also look to clean out the “registry”of your computer, as this often causes the 619 error. The registry is a large database inside Windows, which stores all the settings and information your computer requires to run. It’s where everything from your desktop icons to your most recent emails are stored on your system, and is a vital part of the Windows system. The problem is that the registry is continually being saved in the wrong way, leading your computer to load up slower, and show all sorts of errors. To prevent this from being a problem, you should look to use a registry cleaner to fix the various registry errors that could be causing the 619 error to show, which can be done with a ‘registry cleaner’.



How to Save Money – The 60-40 Rule

I have been living on the 60/40 budgeting rule for more than three years now. I had read on this subject in a magazine article and in a conversation with a colleague, I found out a simple system in which my colleague has been using for years.

The Rule (60%)

The 60/40 rule simply says that 60% of your gross income should go to Committed or Fixed expenses. These expenses are your Overhead expenses, meaning the basic things you need to pay to survive. They include:

• Basic food and clothing needs.

• Rent or Mortgage

• Utilities (electricity, water, internet, cable subscription etc.)

• Insurance premiums.

• Charitable contributions.

• Taxes.

It looks simple enough but in my experience putting all committed expenses into 60% of my income was a tough thing to do. But don’t give up as it is very possible to achieve this.

The Rule (40%)

The other half of the equation is the 40% which is divided into four 10% categories.

• Retirement: Money set aside into your IRA or 401(k) plans.

• Long-term savings: Money set aside for car purchases, major home repairs, or to pay down debts such as credit cards, mortgages, etc.

• Irregular expenses: Vacations, car repairs, new appliances, etc.

• Fun money: The great part! Do anything you want with this money! Just be sure that this category applies to your whole family such as dining out, a day in the mall shopping, your hobbies etc. But also remember that having fun with your friends, children and family does not have to be costly!

What to Ask Yourself

• Are you renting a place or have a mortgage that you cannot afford? Is it worth it move to a smaller place or farther place to save up? How much money will you save if you do so?

• Are your car payments too high? How is the fuel consumption of your car?

• Do you have too many paid subscriptions that you don’t really use? (Satellite TV, club memberships etc.)

• What is your lifestyle like? How much do you spend in a week, eating out, going on trips etc?

• Do you wear designer clothes? Where do you shop?

• Can you afford to get your coffee or lunch at a cheaper place?



Why Weight Loss Diets Fail

There doesn’t seem to be a law that a new year must be accompanied by feelings of weight-guilt, but January/February dismay seems to be pretty universal.

Every year, year in and year out, a new year reminds us it’s time to suffer, feel guilty or both. And so we join in this annual ritual of self-abuse.

But let me ask you this: The struggle and strain to lose weight has been going on every year for centuries. After all those years of effort, shouldn’t we be winning?

I mean, an avalanche of all the diet books in print would flatten a smallish city. But all that information, even if strictly applied, will provide–at best–no more than temporary success.

For instance, The Biggest Loser television show flogged competitors through almost superhuman efforts to lose weight. The motivated contestants did whatever they were told to do to reach the magical goal of slim and trim.

After they reach the promised land, after all that training, effort and suffering, you’d think contestants would be good to go for the rest of their lives. But you would be wrong. By about a mile.

You never see reunions of Biggest Loser alums. Most, if not all, the alums regained the weight they lost, and sometimes even more.

Why does the weight always come back? Because all the weight-loss hoopla, so heavily promoted by dietitians and doctors as a sure path to skinny-jeans heaven, throws our bodies into a very deep ditch of wounded body parts unable to figure out which way is up.

Our bodies know if they don’t step in to save the day, as in getting everything back into balance, we’re going down. Disease, even death, await.

So, an all-body call-to-arms goes out, and body parts join the battle, coordinating their efforts in a big-time push to get everything back on track. And the lost pounds come piling back. Why?

Here’s how it goes: By taking the usual, count-calories, etc., approach to weight loss, you dumped muscle, not fat. Since life depends on healthy muscles, such as the heart, your body works overtime to recover lost muscle. And you’re back where you started.

But, but, but, you cry in dismay, does that mean I’ll never be able to lose weight and keep it off?

Not at all. That’s actually pretty easy-peasy stuff. I cover the whole business in my Moving to Health program.

Well, you may counter, if it’s so easy, why don’t you just tell us? And you ask because everybody’s been brainwashed into believing health and weight loss are about magic bullets, not about understanding what’s going on. All I have to offer is understanding, so work with me here.

Losing weight is not rocket science, but getting people to change their understanding of how it works is a killer. That’s nobody’s fault; it’s just the way things are.

The weight loss industry rakes in billions and billions of dollars a year, and they don’t look kindly on anybody who talks the way I do. They keep machetes always at the ready, the better to protect their mountain of money.

I don’t want to start a fight with a whole gang of bullies, which is scary. But I do want to help people; I just have to wait for them to realize they need my help.

Here’s how it goes: We are all unique, one-of-a-kind beings. One-size-fits-all diets don’t work for unique people. So talk about losing weight must take the unique wonder of us into account; a quick ten-point list doesn’t come close.

But I can give you two basic truths that will probably contradict everything you’ve been taught: Counting calories doesn’t get you anywhere, and you have to eat fat to lose fat.

I kid you not.



Reasons Government is Necessary

A government is an organization in a community or political entity that has the power to enact and enforce laws and maintain the peace and order. A government is necessary since is it considered the leadership of an organization, community or political entity.

Laws are important since it defines the behavior of citizens. It defines which are legal or illegal. Without laws, an activity can not be known if it a crime or not. The law-making role of the government creates a code of conduct for individuals to follow.

Another role of the government is the maintenance of peace and order. The police and fire department ensures that crimes like murder, theft, arson, etc. are prevented or minimized. If a crime does happen, it is their role to look into how the crime happened and apprehend the perpetrators.

Government also promotes harmony though justice and equality. Once a crime is solved by the police, it is the duty of the judicial branch of the government to bring the perpetrator to court for fair trial and punishment. It makes sure that the right person gets into jail for the right reason.

It is also the role of the government to build roads, bridges, rail systems and other infrastructure. These are important since it makes moving about easier and more convenient. It also makes doing business a lot easier since goods and services can be moved faster from the source of production to the marketplace.

Another role of the government is to provide children with public access to basic education. It is essential that children learn how to read, write and count.

Another role of the government is to collect taxes and ensure that these taxes fund the right projects that are beneficial to society. Money is needed to build public schools, roads and bridges and provide services like welfare assistance, health care, unemployment benefits, etc. This is where taxes come in. The government collects taxes from individuals and business so that schools, roads and other infrastructure are built.

It is also important that the government protect its security from threats. It is the role of the government to have a military force to defend its territory from external threats like terrorism, war and invasion. The government’s police force protects the citizens against internal threats like civil disobedience, organized crime, lawlessness, insurrection.

Another role of the government is to have foster relations with other governments. In an era of globalization, it is important that governments work with each other to maintain world peace and prosperity.



How Much Does It Cost To Start a Snow Cone Business?

The snow cart business might sound great, but any smart person’s going to ask the same question whether it’s snow cones or any other business: how much does it cost to start? This is a big question since not many of us have a ton of cash on the side…if we did we wouldn’t be looking for an awesome cash business like snow cone stands!

Licenses

In most states, and even in some counties and cities, you will need to make sure you have all the business licenses available to operate. In some states these cost as little as $50 total, while in many others it may run up to a couple hundred, but it shouldn’t run any more than that. The cost also varies if you have a lawyer draw up business papers for you, or if you choose to do it yourself and hand the application into the courthouse personally. These fees can usually be made up with one or two good days.

The Snow Cone Cart

Prices can vary greatly depending on what type of a cart you buy to get started with. In fact, this expense is the single biggest factor in determining start up costs. Snow carts range anywhere from $400 to $4,000 for brand new shaved ice carts. There is also a ton of variety between these two extremes, but many people decide to start out with snow cone carts that are well under $1,000 starting out, and many make their money back in short time with just a few really good cash days.

While many people will do very well starting out with a small cart, don’t rely on price alone. There’s nothing wrong with starting cheap and working your way up (especially with how often the shaved ice business doesn’t even feel like work), but what if the early demand for your snow cones is three or four times what you can provide? Not only do all those profits walk away, but you will end up having to buy a larger and more expensive snow cone stand anyway. Take the time to make sure you’re making the right decision on this one.

The Shaved Ice Machine

The next most expensive piece of equipment is the shaved ice machine itself. The machine, along with your stand, is one of the cornerstones of your business starting out, and entry level machines are most commonly found in the $400-$600 range. The best place to find a good shaved ice machine is from an actual vendor or online website that specializes in them. Many of these sites will actually have several machines for easy comparison, making it easier for you to look at the deals available and decide on the best one for you.

Buy Supplies Wholesale

While prices can vary for the supplies you need to run the snow cone business, most of these will at least be in the same price range. For materials like paper cups, plastic spoons, or Styrofoam cups, never be afraid to look around locally for a Sam’s Club, Costco, or other wholesale store that might give you the best deal. These types of overhead materials are cheap, and when bought wholesale they often cost only pennies per snow cone sold.

Snow Cone Syrup

Out of the actual overhead supplies, the concentrate syrup for mixing ingredients will cost the most, and a gallon of this can run anywhere from $30-50 depending on flavor and vendor. The good news is that one gallon of concentrate can make 8 gallons of syrup, or anywhere from 640-800 snow cones, leaving tons of room to make a boatload of profit. Look around for sales, especially when buying in bulk as some places offer steep discounts for bulk orders.

What’s This All Mean?

The up-front costs do add up, but a snow cone business has some really amazing profit margins, and it doesn’t take that many little league games, flea markets, or big days to make up a good chunk of that initial investment. It only takes a few good days to bring in enough cash to make up for all your investment, and after that it’s pure profit.



Neighborhood Watch Mission Statement

A mobile neighborhood watch patrol can be a positive contribution to the community. They are easy to start and we have a free E-Book to assist you. The most important first step in setting up the mobile neighborhood watch program is to design a proper mission statement that all volunteer members can live with. Here is a sample of a good mission statement to help launch the Neighborhood Mobile Watch Program that you will soon be setting up in your community.

Mission Statement:

To help our local police department by becoming the eyes and ears of the community. To establish a power of presence and thus increasing the visibility of our enforcement services. To establish a zone for criminals where the risk of being caught is too high for them to practice their profession. To unite the business community and Chamber of Commerce with the citizens and the local government. To be proactive in law enforcement. To empower people to remain in control of their communities. To lower crime rates and to keep property value high.

People who have jobs which require extensive travel through local communities (like delivery services, real estate agents, and utility companies) are often in positions which they may see crimes in action or suspicious behavior. Sometimes, just by being in a particular area at just the right time, they may even unknowingly act as a deterrent for criminal activity. The Neighborhood Mobile Watch program seeks to enhance a community’s crime prevention strategy by providing concerned citizens, whose professions require extensive driving, with proper training and signage materials to even further deter criminal activity.

Learning how to recognize suspicious behavior and knowing which local authorities to contact is one of the key components of the training. Just knowing the correct phone number, rather than dialing 911, can greatly reduce the amount of time it takes for the proper authorities to respond, and keeps 911 lines open for other emergencies. Another key component of the program is providing magnetic signs on business and service vehicles, and using static cling stickers on other vehicles which read: “We report suspicious behavior to our local police department.” This lets potential criminals know right away that they should not risk any illegal activity; a trained and aware crime watcher is in the area.

Each participant in the program attends a 30-minute seminar at the local Chamber of Commerce with a Community Relations Officer from the Police Department. They will receive a certificate and then be issued two magnetic signs or a set of static cling stickers for their car(s). We will ask participation from Chamber Members to start and as things prove to be effective we will increase participation and education of the process. We will alert the media to this program and give credit to the participants for helping our city or town. The participants will need some sort of two-way communication, such as a cellular phone, two-way radio with a dispatcher or wireless Internet access.

To download or view online our Free E-Book “How to Set Up a Successful Neighborhood Mobile Watch Program go to this web address below:

http://www.lancewinslow.org/nmwp.shtml



Drinking Water, Hemorrhoids and Alcohol Consumption

There is a lot to be shared about the connection between drinking water, hemorrhoids (piles) and excessive alcohol consumption. The news media, health blogs and healthy living magazines constantly remind people to drink more water for better health.

We all know water is better for us than soda, sugary drinks and all the other liquids most people prefer to drink than simple water. But we all have cravings. I used to drink lots of soda thinking I was getting enough water from it.

These same health sources also warn that excessive alcohol consumption and hemorrhoids are a painful reality for many heavy drinkers. Piles are inflamed anal veins that grow into small or large masses inside or outside of the anus.

They are commonly known as internal or external hemorrhoids or external piles and internal piles. Hemorrhoid symptoms are chronic itching in and around the rectal cavity. They also cause a stinging burning pain that makes walking or even sitting extremely painful. Severe inflammation of anus veins can cause bleeding from the anal region that can be scary.

Let’s look at drinking water, excessive alcohol consumption and hemorrhoids a little more closely.

Drinking Water and Hemorrhoids

Water is absolutely essential in digestion, absorption of nutrients and bodily waste elimination through urination and bowel movements. Health experts recommend as a general rule of thumb to drink at least eight 8-ounce glasses of fluid a day. If you’re exercising or losing bodily fluids more rapidly you’ll need to drink more, but the “8 x 8” rule is a good to gauge follow.

Drinking water helps prevent chronic constipation, which can play a big role in developing piles. Straining when passing bowel movements can lead to blood swollen veins around the anal region. When a person’s body is not properly hydrated from drinking enough water constipation can happen that causes painful piles to develop internally or externally.

Dehydration is significant contributor to hemorrhoids. Drinking plenty of water can greatly reduce the risk of getting this condition that effects millions of people yearly. It can be caused by digestive problems due to poor body hydration. You would be amazed at how many cases could be prevented using the “8×8” rule.

Chronic diarrhea is another major cause of piles forming. Diarrhea’s spastic motion adds a tremendous amount of unhealthy pressure to the anus that can cause straining like with constipation. Strong spastic pressure on the anus that can also cause anal fissures besides inflamed anal veins.

When people do develop hemorrhoids their doctors always tell them to drink plenty of water to help flush out toxins while keeping their digestive system healthy to prevent a future outbreak.

If you don’t like the taste of tap water or want to live eco-friendly avoiding bottled water invest in an affordable water purifier for the kitchen faucet.

As a former hemorrhoid sufferer who went through laser surgery in Los Angeles I make sure I drink plenty of water daily. Hydrate to beat them!

Excessive Alcohol Consumption and Hemorrhoids

By no means am I telling people not to drink. I enjoy one glass of red wine with dinner most nights. My doctor told me it was good for my heart in moderation. If I’m at a dinner party it’s not uncommon for me to have two or three glasses of red wine while enjoying good company.

When I go fishing or camping with family and friends I enjoy more than a few bottles of Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. As I’ve got older in life I’ve learned my drinking limits and no when to not push it to excessive alcohol consumption.

Where excessive alcohol consumption and hemorrhoids becomes a dangerous mix is when it comes to heavy or binge drinking. College was my first experience with excessive alcohol consumption and piles. I wasn’t drinking enough water or eating right. My sophomore year I developed a very small external hemorrhoid.

It still hurt like an itchy fiery bee sting and I was embarrassed to tell my friends. My parents took me to a doctor who prescribed me a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) to treat it and eliminate it. The growth was very small and was caught early, so it could be treated without surgery or banding. There are other many excellent hemorrhoidal products you can buy online for hemorrhoid relief and treatment.

Alcohol dehydrates the body badly and robs it of precious vitamins. Most people when they drink alcohol skip drinking water in between alcoholic beverages and don’t take a vitamin for a day or night of drinking.

Heavy drinkers have a higher risk of getting this rectal condition because of alcohol dehydration and lack of vitamins in their bodies. It’s recommended to take a multivitamin 4 hours before drinking alcohol. When you drink alcohol make sure to take your vitamins.

Drinking too much alcohol can cause severe constipation and small, dry stools that are tough to pass during bowel movements. The strain and pressure to pass a bowel movement makes the veins in and around the anus inflamed. This is a major factor to internal and external piles developing.

People that consume alcohol excessively will commonly experience digestive and bowel movement problems. This is because alcohol in any common form (beer, wine, whiskey etc.) acts as a diuretic that will dehydrate the alcohol drinker.

A person who is dehydrated normally experiences constipation and is forced to severely strain when passing bowel movements. Binge drinking can also lead to highly elevated blood pressure, which in turn increases the pressure to delicate veins in and around the anus.

The important thing is to drink water even when you’re drinking alcohol to stay well hydrated. Dehydration, constipation and diarrhea contribute heavily to hemorrhoid risk or can make a current hemorrhoid condition worse. Water is your friend when it comes to hemorrhoids. Excessive alcohol consumption and hemorrhoids are two things to avoid if you can.



No Time To Breathe

Everyone I talk to is overwhelmed and darn near totally exhausted. No one has TIME.

Time is so very precious.

It seems we can never have enough. We are always looking for more!

My coaching clients consistently want help in this area.

They really want miracles.

They want to change absolutely nothing they are doing but find twice as much time as they now have.

Wish I had the power to grant that wish to everyone, especially ME!

Instead of being able to wave my Harry Potter wand, I offer them 10 tips to find more time when life offers you “too much”.

Here they are:

1) Let some stuff go – Life has so much to offer, we are always reaching for more. Today, before you go to bed tonight, take 10% of what you are now doing and let go. Make it disappear. If you “must” watch TV for 4 hours a night, drop one show and make it 3 hours. If you play golf 3 times a week and then driving range 2 more night, cut back today. If you always work right after the kids go to bed until your bedtime, chop of a half hour a day and relax, meditate, or read a good book.

2) Change your expectations. I don’t care what you have planned for today, you probably won’t get it all done. Everyone underestimates the time they will need. We all assume optimum performance and 100 % cooperation from everyone. The real world just doesn’t work that way. Sorry!

3) Plan your day. Don’t react to what is thrown at you. Plan what you need to and want to get done each day. Plan if you can the night before. At a minimum start planning as your feet hit the floor in the morning as you enjoy that first cup of coffee!

4) Never have more than six tasks, 6 to do’s in front of you at any one time. The brain can’t handle any more than that. If you have more on your list — I guarantee stress is around the corner. Take your 6 from your brain dump and go from there. (Don’t know what a brain dump is or how to do it? Drop me a note & I’ll tell you more).

5) Analyze your daily focus. If you have a hot project, goal, desire, look at the top 6 tasks we just talked about and see how they do or do not fit in the focus area you are chasing. If too many don’t fit in this area, re-evaluate and maybe shift your focus. Sometimes you can’t but it is always worth another look.

6) Plan some “chill” time. We all need to take a deep breath and unwind–each and everyday. Schedule 15-30 minutes minimum just to clear the fog everyday. It will let you be much more productive when you go back to work. Promise!

7) Get some fresh air. I don’t care how hot or cold it is–get outside for a few minutes everyday. I try to work outside when ever I can. Fresh air seems to make me much more productive. Some sunshine with that vitamin C beating upon you will work wonders.

8) Play some of your favorite music. Unless music just isn’t important to you, it has been proven music will reduce your stress and make you more productive.

9) Find multiple mentors. Constantly seek mentors in all areas of your life. I have or am seeking mentors for my business, my relationships, spiritual goals, woodcarving skills etc. You can spend money and hire a mentor, but the ones that have always worked best for me are folks that really, really care about you and mentor for free or at a very low cost. Now don’t get me wrong. Professional coaches and mentors can work wonders and are usually the place you have to start to see results, but when someone adopts you and truly wants to see you succeed, magic begins!

10) Find a “punching bag” buddy. Find someone you can complain to with no judgement. Someone you can be 105 % honest with. This buddy will hear how you feel, how bad your problems are effecting you, how you deep down inside feel and know your hopes, your dreams and your prayers. This is someone you need to meet with at least once a month-more often if possible.

Well folks, there are 10 ideas. I know you currently are not using them all. Start using those that you are not and tweak your current practices if you are “kinda” following one of the tips.

If you have any questions, let me know!



5 Factors of Production

Economic systems rely on certain inputs to operate effectively. Collectively, these inputs are called the factors of production. They are the resources businesses use to create wealth. There are five factors of production: land, labour, capital, entrepreneurship, and knowledge. While knowledge is as old as humankind, it is only recently that it has been recognized as a factor of production. Here are some tips to help you understand the five factors of production:

Land

Labour refers to all natural resources. It comprises things found in man’s natural environment which can be used in producing goods and services. Examples include the earth itself (which forms the site where the enterprise is situated), climate, vegetation, water, and mineral deposits. The reward for land is rent.

Labour

Labour is another input of production. It refers to human efforts both mental and physical directed towards the production of goods and service. Among contemporary writers and scholars, labour is distinguished from entrepreneurship and knowledge. The reward for labour is wages or salaries.

Capital

Capital refers to all man-made productive assets used to further production. These productive assets are not wanted for their own sake (the satisfaction they yield), but because they help to produce other commodities. To better appreciate this input of production, we classify it into two forms: capital good and capital fund. The former consists of such things as tools, equipment, buildings, fixtures, means of transport, as well as raw materials in the process of manufacture, and inventory for sale. Capital fund, on the other hand, refers to money or cash that is available for investment in business enterprises. It could be in the forms of stocks, shares, loans and debentures. The reward for capital is interest.

Entrepreneurship

Entrepreneurship has been distinguished from labour, because, labourers cannot make a contribution without the entrepreneur. The labourers need to find work in order to make a contribution, and the entrepreneur makes this job available. Without the entrepreneur, all other factors of production are of little economic value. The entrepreneur identifies a business opportunity, organizes the other factors, and assumes the risks of success or failure of the business venture.

Entrepreneurship, simply put, is the exploitation of opportunities that exist within a market through the combination of other factors of production. The reward for entrepreneurship is profit.

Knowledge

We have distinguished this factor, knowledge, because it is increasingly being recognized as a vital factor of contemporary business. It is distinct from labour. It is a critical and meaningful resource in any economy. Knowledge is fluid. It can be captured, codified and transmitted. While others, cannot be completely articulated, for example, skills and competencies (tacit knowledge) can only be shard through interaction with people and the environment. Knowledge resides in the mind of the holder or knower, and when it is transmitted it becomes information.

Knowledge is a fluid mix of framed experience, values, contextual information, and expert insight that provides a framework for evaluating and incorporating new experiences and information. It originates and is applied in the minds of knower. In organizations, it often becomes embedded not only in documents or repositories but also in organizational routines, processes, practices, and norms. (Davenport & Prusak, 1998: 5)

Knowledge as the fifth factor of production is increasingly being recognized as the driver of productivity and economic growth. And it has certain unique characteristics that distinguish it from physical labour. These are:

  • Knowledge is expandable and self-generating: As an engineer or doctor gets more experience, his knowledge base will increase, and
  • Knowledge is transportable and shareable: This means that it is easily moved and shared. This transfer, however, does not prevent its use by the original holder.

It has been emphasized that knowledge resides in people’s minds, expectedly, the reward for knowledge is wages or salaries.

Knowledge, entrepreneurship, labour, capital and land has described as factors of production needed in any economic system, so as to operate effectively. The rewards for these factors were highlighted.