This came through on my Twitter feed, and I had to repost it here on my blog as a reminder to follow these 10 commandments regularly. Far too often, I let my ego get in the way, and I think it negatively affects my work and work relationships. As a remote contractor, it is hard to gauge public opinion of you, and it is far too easy for others to jump to incorrect conclusions based on email, etc. In a world where your employer really has no loyalty to you, your value is really based on your relationships and knowledge. So live life humbly, treat people with respect, and never give up in the endless pursuit of knowledge.
Every great strategic plan starts with a declaration of an entity’s purpose that expresses why they exist, what they value and what they intend to accomplish,
Why Sitting is the New Smoking
I converted my desk to a stand-up desk about 1 month ago, with favorable results. Being a computer professional, I was sitting for extremely long periods. Not only at work, but in almost everything else I did during the day. Driving, eating, watching TV. The result would be an aching back, hips, legs and waning energy as the day went on. After reading Mark Sisson’s book, “The Primal Blueprint” I became concerned about the effects sitting was having on my body. So I converted my desk to a stand up and I can honestly say that a lot of the discomfort I was feeling went away. My back didn’t ache and my energy was usually pretty level throughout the day. I was moving around more (which is a good thing!). I also found that my creative brain work was better. I concentrate better when I can stand and move around.
Interested in finding out more? This infographic from Visual.ly. Pretty much sums it up.
we saw this on a recent trip to Palm Springs. Cucumbers were $3.50 each and peppers were the same! Talk about sticker shock! Here are three things you can do to mitigate food price increases:
1. Grow your own. Pretty simple.
2. Look for local alternatives in the grocery store. A hothouse tomato grown in BC tastes just as good as the one grown in California.
3. Hit up your local Farmers market. This is my favorite, and can’t wait for the ones around here to kick into high gear.
The truth is…success is the result of trying many different things, failing at most of them, and finding the one or two paths that end up being successful. It’s not luck! It’s just a lot of work and failure along the way.
A Call To Men
As the father of two girls, I hope and pray for a better world for them to live in. The statistics are against me. And, it sickens and saddens me that the overall majority of this violence is as a result of men:
Overall, men were responsible for the majority of violence committed against women (83%). Male accused accounted for 60% of police-reported violence committed by friends or acquaintances, 68% of non-spousal family violence, 74% of stranger violence and 98% of intimate partner violence.
In this video, Educator Tony Porter uses examples from his own life to show the mentality that gets expected from young boys and men. This mentality can lead to the disrespect, mistreatment and abuse of women of all ages. As men and parents, I urge you to watch the video (it’s short but powerful) and think and take steps to teach out young men, and ourselves to not get trapped in the “Man Box”. The statistics show that it is really up to us to make the changes it takes so that the future world is better for our sons and daughters.
Was too busy Friday and Saturday to enjoy Beer Friday, so finally getting to enjoy this weeks beer on Sunday. This week, I am drinking Steamworks Imperial Red Ale.
First thing to notice is that it is red! Well more coppery than red. It’s hoppy but with very slight caramel undertones. This is an unfiltered dry hopped beer and the aroma backs this up. As well, there is not as much bitterness to the beer that you might get with a traditionally hopped ale or IPA.
Definitely one to check out at your local LCBO.
Mid Week Pick Me Up!
Turn it up to 11!
A Conference Call in Real Life
This is a parody, but it’s amazing how close to real life it is!