Website Rebuild In Progress

Currently (as at September/October 2017) I am changing my website design, creating new content, as well as importing older material from my other websites, along with configuring the ‘back end’ of this website (I am a big fan of WordPress & have web design expertise).

While the rebuild is underway:

  • Parts of my website may not work correctly, or as expected.
  • Menus will change.
  • Structural and layout aspects will be affected.

Apologies for any inconvenience.

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Should We Say “Hey Sleepy” Instead Of “Hey Stupid”?

A long time ago I realised that ‘economising’ on sleep was not a good idea; partly because it violates ‘natural law‘.

Here is an interesting article which, among other things, says:

“People who lack the right amount of sleep suffer a reduction in their cognitive abilities without really being conscious of it”.

Scientists using smartphone app to study slumber patterns warn of ‘global sleep crisis’

Notice the lack of awareness…delusion even.

Can you imagine trying to explain the issue to those affected? The resistance would be high.

And what about all those driving with impaired ability?

Should we say “Hey sleepy” instead of “Hey stupid”?

Some will read this and make no changes to their lifestyle. Now that really is stupid.

Which are you?

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Read (Focus On) The Right Stuff And You Will Understand The World More Clearly

Everyone on earth has the same amount of time in a day – 24 hours.

We differ in what we focus on.

Garbage in, garbage out, GIGOYears ago – 1981 – to be precise, while studying computer programming, I learnt about a computer science principle called GIGO – this stood for Garbage In, Garbage Out. If we wrote crappy computer code the result would be poor output if any.

I realised then that GIGO applies to any field of life. It’s just that today I have a greater understanding of this. Knowing something important is one thing, however having an in-depth grasp and lived assimilation of the issue is far better.

One way that we can significantly improve the ‘quality of our output’ (thinking and understanding) is to improve the quality of our reading.

Improving the quality of our reading includes:

  • Identifying resources which produce consistently high quality information in an easy to understand writing style. It’s no good if we get bogged down in the verbal equivalents of constipation or diarrhea – our understanding will be limited or lost and we will soon get bored.
  • Identifying ways to ‘get the information coming to us’ – one aspect of this is not having to hunt and peck for the information we need.
  • Dropping time-wasting activities and people. You know you need to.
  • Realising that listening to information – while useful at times (including when unable to read); such as listening to podcasts or the right sort of radio broadcasts/visual media – is a slower way of absorbing information. This is primarily because the human voice (and the associated audio processing by the brain) is a slow information delivery system. The voice does of course convey tone, energy and atmosphere.
  • ‘Delegating’ research and thinking. When you read a good piece of material you can benefit from the smarts of the writer/s and in some cases, team, behind it. You are increasing your smarts faster with leverage.
  • Using technology to increase reading pleasure and functionality. Examples include apps for smart phones, tablets and computers. I like to read in bed at times and never liked the physical struggle with books – today I use the Amazon Kindle app on my smart phone which is so easy to manipulate and to get the lighting just right. If we remove physical barriers/difficulties to beneficial things in life then we will be more likely to take part in them – flowing with ‘natural law‘.

There are other ways we can improve the quality of our reading – perhaps you can let us know how you have done it in the comments below.

Here are some of my favorite reading resources:

  • The Economist – authoritative insight and opinion on international news, politics, business, finance, science, technology and the connections between them.
  • Daily Mail Online – a mixed bag, including the frivolous, however I ‘mine’ it for the key valuable nuggets, of which there are many. I have to be careful about not being seduced by some of the eye candy though! Over the years I have uncovered lots of fantastic information about health, business, psychology, nutrition, relationships and much more.
  • New Scientist – high quality information on a surprising range of subjects, including technology, space, physics, health, earth, humans, life.
  • Scientific American – award-winning authoritative source for the science discoveries and technology innovations that matter.
  • Mind – Scientific American – behavior & society, cognition, mental health, neurological health, neuroscience

Here is an example of what I mean by: “Read (Focus On) The Right Stuff And You Will Understand The World More Clearly”

Evolution of the internet | Growing up | How the internet lost its free spirit – an article in The Economist.

The Internet is not what many people think. A somewhat disturbing read which includes: “When people know they are being watched, they are likely to self-censor and to change their behaviour in response.”

Spend a few minutes reading and absorbing the above article and you will have a better idea of what is really going on.

Much better than reading about the latest Kardashian Krap – don’t you think?

Well…I hope so anyway.

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Are You Genuinely Winning At Life?

“We cannot tell what may happen to us in the strange medley of life. But we can decide what happens in us — how we can take it, what we do with it — and that is what really counts in the end.”

– Joseph Fort Newton

We need to decide whether to have a winning mentality.

Not choosing is a decision.

winners, losersIn my early life I was a big-time loser, due in significant part to my severe mental health problems which were primarily parent inflicted.

I overcame the issues, without drugs I might add, to such an extent that I now count mental health professionals, doctors and surgeons among my clients.

I am also extremely grateful to have had such an awful start to life, complete with terrible parents, a bitch of a step-parent, and three rotten ‘excuses’ for brothers/half-brothers.

I am ‘luckier’ than people who had good parents and siblings etc BECAUSE of what I MADE of the situation and what I KNOW.

Losers are people who, among other things, make excuses, take no significant action and make no real/genuine progress.

Which/what are you?

Be careful. Because it is so easy to overlook your losing traits. Many will read this post and nod; all the while suffering from a delusion that they are winners.

True winning at life includes balance – you might be extremely successful in one, or even a few, area/s in life but a big-time loser in others. My father, for instance, was a genuinely world-class business person (example: second in charge of accounts for a multinational car manufacturer – Leyland – at age 24 – in 1962 – he reported only to the Finance Director) yet he was a failure at more important aspects of life. He was so nasty and abusive* that in his final weeks in a private hospital on the Gold Coast (Queensland, Australia), before he died in June 2015, he nearly got thrown out by the nursing staff – a doctor had to intervene. (*My father had been nasty and abusive since my first memories of him – for decades – his attitude was nothing to do with his failing health at life’s end).

So, don’t deceive yourself.

True winning also includes the ‘right things’. That’s beyond the scope of this article, however it includes stuff like kindness, empathy and more. True success is not what many people think it is. It certainly is not just about money.

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