Everybody wants to show you there resume, but all a resume tells you is "what". Maybe it's time we looked beyond and throught about what the person you're looking for brings to your company.
So in browsing the interwebs this week I ran into two awesome pieces of news. And I truly mean awesome as in, "awe inspiring," not "awesome" in the casual way we say it these days.
The first bit of news was that scientists in Australia have discovered a possible cure for alzheimers. You can learn about the basics in this 3 minute video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Wv9jrk-gXc Basically plaque (like on your teeth, but in the brain) builds up in the brain and stops blood flow, turning off areas associated with memory. It's like the lights in the city going off a few at a time until one night you realize that most of the city is dark and its getting darker. Alzheimers doesn't occur in younger people because our bodies haven't spent a lifetime building up the plaque yet. When we're young, our brain's cleaning out system works well, but as we age, it starts to have a harder time working until at last it loses the battle and alzheimer's takes over.
These heroic Australians have figured out an ultrasonic method for getting your brain to open up again and let your body's natural garbage-removal-system get to work once more. In the mice they tested, the patients showed up to 75% of memories returned. You can imagine that for anyone with a possible future of having Alzheimers a 75% or better recovery rate is basically a new lease on life. Can you imagine basically eliminating it as a threat to humanity by the time the current babies are old? It's a real possibility now. Read more over here: http://imgur.com/gallery/Oq6Phhm
I saw some clips from a video on http://enchroma.com/. This is also "awesome" in the true sense of the word. These guys have figured out how to help color-blind people see more colors. As the video explains, color-blind people are missing the receptors in the eye that detect red and green wavelengths of light. (they show really good
examples of this) The glasses help break apart the spectrum better so they can begin to see the differences in the colors. It's really cool to see people seeing new colors for the first time. Watch the video, it's totally worth it.
So apparently money is a thing and it's been around for quite a while.
If you look around today and ask yourself how you're doing financially, you might see some things you've been burying your head in the sand about. We don't recieve even a basic financial education these days. Most of our parent's weren't taught how to handle money and because they didn't know how to handle it, we were never taught either. It's time that we change that. YOU need a financial education right now.
I'm not talking about going out and getting a degree in accounting. I'm just saying, do you look at your finances every year and wonder how you seem to have slipped farther into debt than last year? Take account of yourself and get some basic understandings of how money works and get yourself out of debt.
I LOVE this book. These days I read a lot of practical books which break down a concept or theory into actionable steps and tell you how to do something or explain why it's important. This book takes an approach few others do and tells you a story while conveying an impressive amount of information.
Wouldn't you love to come out of your favorite movie not only having enjoyed it and raving about it with your friends, but also having learned something that you feel could change the course of your life? That's basically what this book is like. It's a great story that studies a select group of individuals in the ancient city of Babylon and how they one day decided that they were tired of working hard and getting nowhere in life. It's time that they make a change.
So they think of their friend Arkad who is the richest man in the city. One comments on how he would steal Arkad's wallet, but his friend says that won't help. Once the money is gone, you're back where you started. Why don't we go learn how Arkad made his money. Then we'll have the skills to do what he's done. And thus the story unfolds from there.
George S Clason really wrote a great fable here and it's worth every penny it costs you to add it to your library.
This, ladies and gentlemen, is one of the classics. Because it's been around for such a long time, there are a ton of people who've read this book and have condensed its pages. I personally like to listen to my abridged audiobook version every month or so, because, as it says,
"This is a working handbook in human relations. It isn't merely to be read. It is to be used. If the knowledge it contains isn't applied, it will soon be forgotten." Dale Carnegie
Like many others, I think this book is a work of genius. Even though you can start to feel its age through the author's turn-of-the-last-century anecdotes and stories, it makes you realize how the problems of our past are still presented to us today. Each person can use this book to become more influential and more successful in life. In fact, I believe that if a book like this was required reading material in school, we'd have a much more positive and hope-filled society today.
Hands down, How to Win friends and Influence People is a five out of five for me. Read it, Study it, Use it.
The Slight Edge focuses on introducing a logical, but not often heard-of practice into your life - developing habits which lead to success. The book states that we are constantly on a proverbial roller coaster, either going up or going down. There is no coasting on a middle ground. There are only decisions which contribute to an overall positive or negative direction in your life.
Do or do not, there is no try.Yoda
Basically it boils down to one question: Will what I am doing at this moment contribute to the betterment of my life or not?
This is something we all struggle with and usually shove onto the back burner. For instance, Television. I love watching it and even have a hard time paying attention to anything else when one is in the same room and is on. I have favorite series and characters and one of my favorite things to do is just plop down in front of it for an hour or four when I get home from work. But the truth is, when I boil it down, television does not improve my life. In fact, I consider it one of my biggest road blocks to success because I'm not learning or growing while I'm watching it. I'm simply filling my head with comparatively useless information.
In practicing the Slight Edge philosophy, I have started watching far less television (Netflix/hulu/etc) and have started studying and reading books in the evenings. The amount of confidence and knowledge I've gained have been incredible over the last few months. I look forward to many more years of growth.
I definitely encourage anyone to read this book so that you can understand that every single decision you make is either positive or negative and it's up to you to choose how you want your life and the lives of those around you to turn out.