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1. Today, I interviewed my grandmother for part of a research paper I'm working on for my Psychology class.
When I asked her to define "success" in her own words, she said:
"Success is when you look back at your life and the memories make you smile."

2. Today, I asked my mentor - a very successful business man in his 70's - what his top 3 tips are for success.
He smiled and said:
"Read something no one else is reading, think something no one else is thinking, and do something no one else is doing."

3. Today, after a 72 hours shift at the fire station, a woman ran up to me at the grocery store and gave me a hug.
When I tensed up, she realized I didn't recognize her.
She let go with tears of joy in her eyes and the most sincere smile and said:
"On 9-11-2001, you carried me out of the World Trade Center."

4. Today, after I watched my dog get run over by a car, I sat on the side of the road holding him and crying.
And just before he died, he licked the tears off my face.

5. Today at 7AM, I woke up feeling ill, but decided I needed the money, so I went into work.
At 3PM I got laid off.
On my drive home I got a flat tire.
When I went into the trunk for the spare, it was flat too.
A man in a BMW pulled over, gave me a ride, we chatted, and then he offered me a job.
I start tomorrow.

6. Today, as my father, three brothers, and two sisters stood around my mother's hospital bed, my mother uttered her last coherent words before she died.
She simply said:
"I feel so loved right now. We should have gotten together like this more often."

7. Today, I kissed my dad on the forehead as he passed away in a small hospital bed.
About 5 seconds after he passed, I realized it was the first time I had given him a kiss since I was a little boy.

8. Today, in the cutest voice, my 8-year-old daughter asked me to start recycling.
I chuckled and asked:
She replied:
"So you can help me save the planet."
I chuckled again and asked:
"And why do you want to save the planet?"
"Because that's where I keep all my stuff," she said.

9. Today, when I witnessed a 27-year-old breast cancer patient laughing hysterically at her 2-year-old daughter's antics, I suddenly realized that I need to stop complaining about my life and start celebrating it again.

10. Today, a boy in a wheelchair saw me desperately struggling on crutches with my broken leg and offered to carry my backpack and books for me.
He helped me all the way across campus to my class and as he was leaving he said:
"I hope you feel better soon."

11. Today, I was feeling down because the results of a biopsy came back malignant.
When I got home, I opened an e-mail that said:
"Thinking of you today. If you need me, I'm a phone call away."
It was from a high school friend I hadn't seen in 10 years.

12. Today, I was traveling in Kenya and I met a refugee from Zimbabwe.
He said he hadn't eaten anything in over 3 days and looked extremely skinny and unhealthy.
Then my friend offered him the rest of the sandwich he was eating.
The first thing the man said was:
"We can share it."

The best sermons are lived, not preached.
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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention surveyed the hospital behavior of men and women and found that only 61.5 percent of men reported seeing a doctor in the last six months compared to 74 percent of women. Men were also twice as likely to have never seen a doctor and 24 percent less likely to visit the doctor for regular checkups. In fact, 60 percent of men won’t go to the doctor even if they’re sick. Therefore, there is no coincidence as to why women live longer than men. So, why are men neglecting the hospital when they clearly have a reason to go? Science says it’s because of men’s lifestyle and culture.
Men Don’t Want to Seem Weak or Unmanly
Cleveland Clinic surveyed 2,200 Americans living in the United States to determine why men don’t visit the doctor and what they found was that men are simply tight-lipped about their health. Men reported that they do not go to the doctor because they do not want to seem weak. Society tells men that they have to be the strong caregiver, the kingdom of their domain, and the problem solver of all their issues. Therefore, they don’t want to be a bother to people, don’t want to seem unmanly, and don’t want to cause worry for their loved ones. Men are especially hesitant to talk about sexual health issues such as low testosterone or erectile dysfunction disorder. This is because these issues are particularly related to manliness and they simply don’t want to talk about anything that would diminish their masculinity. Men also say that a top reason why they don’t visit the doctor is that they’re simply uncomfortable with these types of checkups because it reduces their manhood.
Men Hit the Gym Instead of Visiting the Doctor
One reason that scientists suggest men are less likely to visit the doctor than women is because of societal issues related to beauty and health. Women are more proactive about their health because it is directly related to the societal values associated with the obtainment of beauty. However, for men, beauty and self-care is associated with the gym. Therefore, men will say they’re too busy to go to the hospital but will spend more hours at the gym, doing more intense workouts than women. This is because men perceive the gym as the answer to their health and beauty concerns, rather than the doctor.
Men are More Likely to Use the Internet
One of the major reasons why men say they don’t go to the doctor is because they’re simply too busy. Therefore, they tend to turn to the Internet to find answers to their medical problems. 75 percent of men use the internet to seek health information compared to the 40 percent of men that will go to a hospital to seek answers. This is a great start to identify potential medical concerns but ultimately does not beat the advice of a medical professional. When you look on the internet, you are unable to get personal information such as body temperature, blood pressure, and other vitals. Therefore, men are putting themselves at risk for many illnesses such as heart disease, cancer, and diabetes.

When it comes to visiting the doctor, men are from Mars and women are from Venus. However, it is important that men work against these stereotypes and protect their health for the future.
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If you were to cook 3 cups of rice, would you add 3 cups of salt to it? Certainly not!

So, in every preparation of rice, the rice always outnumbers the salt, yet a little salt makes a huge difference/impact in the overall outcome.

In the room in which you currently are, look up at the ceiling. What is the size of the bulb compared to the size of the room? It is probably a ratio of 1:5000. Yet, darkness flees the entire space once the small bulb is flipped on.

If I am the salt of the earth, and the light of the world, then "little me" has the ability to make big things happen..

Sometimes, because we feel outnumbered or overwhelmed at the sheer magnitude of evil or wrong-doers, we then choose powerlessness, and decide to go with the flow, not standing up for what we believe is right.

Little doesn't mean insignificant.
You are significant. Your presence should make a BIG difference. Stop waiting to be on the side of the majority. They may be the majority, but they are the trivial majority and you are the impactful minority.

They are the rice of the world, and you are the salt of the world. They are the room and you are the light.
Make your influence felt!

Remember: You are the world's seasoning, to make it beautiful!
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After his  fathers death Son decides to leave mom to old age home..
Would visit her on and off..

Once son receives call from old age home....   Mom very serious ...please come to visit ..
Son comes and see mom very critical. .  Dying..

Asks mom what can I do for  you...Mom replies....
Please install fans in the old age home ....there are  none...

Son , surprised ..questions : .All this while you were here you never complained Now you have few hours left you are  saying .....why?

Mom says .....   it's ok , I've managed with the heat.....

But when  your children will send you here,
I am afraid you will not be able to manage ....
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Every Sunday morning I take a light jog around a park near my home. There's a lake located in one corner of the park. Each time I jog by this lake, I see the same elderly woman sitting at the water's edge with a small metal cage sitting beside her.

This past Sunday my curiosity got the best of me, so I stopped jogging and walked over to her. As I got closer, I realized that the metal cage was in fact a small trap. There were three turtles, unharmed, slowly walking around the base of the trap. She had a fourth turtle in her lap that she was carefully scrubbing with a spongy brush.

"Hello," I said. "I see you here every Sunday morning. If you don't mind my nosiness, I'd love to know what you're doing with these turtles."

She smiled. "I'm cleaning off their shells," she replied. "Anything on a turtle's shell, like algae or scum, reduces the turtle's ability to absorb heat and impedes its ability to swim. It can also corrode and weaken the shell over time."
"Wow! That's really nice of you!" I exclaimed.

She went on: "I spend a couple of hours each Sunday morning, relaxing by this lake and helping these little guys out. It's my own strange way of making a difference."

"But don't most freshwater turtles live their whole lives with algae and scum hanging from their shells?" I asked.
"Yep, sadly, they do," she replied.

I scratched my head. "Well then, don't you think your time could be better spent? I mean, I think your efforts are kind and all, but there are fresh water turtles living in lakes all around the world. And 99% of these turtles don't have kind people like you to help them clean off their shells. So, no offense… but how exactly are your localized efforts here truly making a difference?"

The woman giggled aloud. She then looked down at the turtle in her lap, scrubbed off the last piece of algae from its shell, and said, "Sweetie, if this little guy could talk, he'd tell you I just made all the difference in the world."

The moral: You can change the world – maybe not all at once, but one person, one animal, and one good deed at a time. Wake up every morning and pretend like what you do makes a difference. It does.

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While you don’t have to be filthy rich to choose to better yourself by going to a rehabilitation center (there are plenty low-budget and even funded alternatives, but that’s not what this article is about), you can definitely live it up in style and enjoy your stay at numerous facilities in the U.S., predominantly in Malibu, but also available in other big states too. Most of these drug rehabs cost more than the average year of college tuition (and that’s just for a monthly program!) Many of theAse facilities also take insurance, though not everyone has it. Here are a few amazing luxury drug treatment facilities.

1- The Dunes in East Hampton  

Price: $65,000 for first 30 days, then 90-day Outpatient treatment = $2,000/mo.
Payment for the Dunes is due at entry.
With many fine amenities, the Dunes is a wonderful resort like treatment facility, and everyone on their team are in veteran stages of recovery as well, so they know what they are doing, and are there to help.

2-The Aid To Navigation Center in San Diego  

Price: $45,000/30 days + $15,000 private room fee and $200/day of detoxification.
Avg total/30 days: $60,600
This is a private facility which only occupies two houses on an amazing landscape.

3-Promises, a Malibu Facility  

Price: OVER $55,000
With a very small facility, this private 12-step associated rehab center has plenty of amenities to help you learn through a group leader/group setting.

4-The Betty Ford Center  

Price: $33,000-67,750 per month
One of the oldest clinics that has been known about and even televised since the 80’s, this clinic has helped numerous musicians and actors.

5-Caron in Wernersville, PA  

Price: $32,875/28 days, or 84-day care for $52,560
The Caron facility is actually a non-profit facility. They have a sliding scale program that patients can do, and they have individual programs for all age groups.

6-The Meadows  

Price: 1-week = $2,925. 45-days inpatient = $54,300
The Meadows is a secret location that treats numerous addictions and mental health illnesses.


Price: $55,000/30 days
This is your home away from home with a treatment twist. They also have holistic methods when it comes to their treatment.

8-Prive Swiss  

Price: $20,000/week
Focuses as much on every patients needs in mental health, along with their addiction treatment.

9-Cottonwood in Tucson, AZ  

Price: $39,000/30 days, 90-days teen women program = $65,000
This is a very strong spiritual approach along with a 12-step program common at other facilities.

10-Lucida in FL 

Price: 30-90 day program = $33,000, women’s mood disorder $38,000
This is a very low budget program, but still offer a comfortable feel so you feel like you’re at home getting help (though you’re not).

11-Passages in Malibu, FL 

Price: $64,500/30 days
Passages is an alternative to typical rehabilitation facilities as they don’t believe your addiction as a disease like other places do. They do NOT accept state or federally funded insurance, but do accept some forms of insurance.

12-Serenity in Malibu, FL  

Price: $47,000/30 days shared room, $56,000/30 days private room
This is a very acting-oriented recovery facility with a beach view and numerous activities.
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Did you know that around 80% of New Year’s resolutions fail by February? Why? People tend to set unrealistic health and fitness goals during the holiday season. What they should do is make career resolutions.

Here are some of the career resolutions you should be making in 2019. This is the ideal time to make them. You’ve returned to work and are ready to think about what you wish to accomplish this year.

1. Learn to work smart, not hard
Look at which of your habits or actions inhibit productivity. It’s a known fact that people who put in extra hours aren’t necessarily more productive than those who clock out on time.

Possible reasons for a lack of productivity:

  • Conflicting priorities and constant ‘firefighting’ instead of getting down to the business of the day.
  • Habits such as lingering at the water cooler or getting caught up in conversations not related to work.
  • Taking on work that isn’t in your job description due to pressure from your supervisor.
Resolve to make the most effective use of your time to complete the items on your to-do list each day. Remain focused and keep your head down to develop yourself into a better being.

2. Work on your soft skills
While you might have all the academic qualifications to do your job, do you have the necessary soft skills?

Soft skills include:

  • Creative problem-solving
  • Time management
  • Communication
Written communications skills are essential so that might be a good place to start. Once you start working on these skills, you might find that you enjoy writing and editing. This could lead you down a whole new career path.

The online writing world is a growing industry and sites like Brill Assignment and Scholar Advisor are always on the lookout for talented writers.

3. Find a balance between being present in the real world and using social media
We need our smartphones for everyday life, but apps like social media can also take over our lives. Find a healthy balance. Try to minimize the time you spend on your devices. It will improve your productivity at work and interactions with your loved ones at home.

Where to start:

  • Make LinkedIn a priority as it relates to your career. Keep your profile updated as it can lead to new job opportunities. Join groups that are industry-related and keep up to date with new developments.
  • Make a set time for other social media platforms and games each day and stick to it.

4. Learn stress management techniques
One of the leading causes of heart and other health conditions is stress. You cannot eliminate stress from your life, but you can learn to manage it.

Some options:

  • Get a life coach to help you identify stressors and coping techniques
  • Go online and learn simple stress management techniques such as breathing and meditating.
Too much stress reduces productivity, so learning how to manage it will improve your work output.

5. Build your network
You might be okay with where you are in your career, but don’t be blind to the fact that there are other options out there. To build a healthy network, stay in touch with former colleagues and utilize online group forums. Then you can see if there are opportunities out there for you to explore.

Keep your resume up to date in case you are invited to submit it to a new organization. An updated resume shows your preparedness which is a good indication of the type of worker you are.

6. Declutter your workspace
Start the year off by reorganizing your office or desk. Don’t be one of those workers whose desk is so untidy that they can never find anything.

Some tips:

  • Set up filing systems and stick to them.
  • Have an inbox and an outbox so that you can see what needs to be done and what needs to be passed on or filed.
  • Reorganize your drawers so that you can find things easily.
  • Remove unnecessary clutter. Too many photos and ornaments encroach on your workspace.

7. Take strategic risks
Work presents opportunities for you to take on something new that might seem like a bit of a risk. Think about the risk and what it will mean for your overall productivity before you jump in with both feet. Remember to think of the reward as well.

You might be presented with the opportunity to take on a leadership role. The risk is that it could affect your ability to get all your work done each day. However, the potential reward is recognition and promotion. Look at the pros and cons before making a final decision.

How to make New Year’s resolutions for your career:

  • Make a few resolutions related to your career. Too many will overwhelm you, and you’ll soon abandon all of them.
  • Be realistic and have milestones and timelines to achieve what your resolutions

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Companies get charged enormous amounts of money on their utility bills for maintaining their lighting every month. An excellent long-term solution for bringing down your monthly costs are considering a commercial lighting retrofit for your building. Companies with office buildings or warehouses can significantly benefit from having these structures retrofitted instead of manually maintaining a conventional lighting system.

Benefits Of A Commercial Lighting Retrofit That May Assist You With Making The Change

1. Environmentally Friendly

When it comes to the environment less of everything is always better. By having a LED retrofit installed, you can generate less energy consumption, having less mercury pollution flowing into our precious oceans, rivers and lakes, fewer maintenance requirements and less waste being dumped at landfills.

LED energy-saving lights last a lot longer than conventional light bulbs, and they use 25-80% less energy. This way you can keep your building well-lit without accruing more damage to the environment.

2. Improved Safety

Not only are you harvesting the benefits of less energy usage and lower utility bills every month, but also improving the overall safety around the premises. A well-lit building can prevent accidents or unfavourable incidents due to poor lighting conditions or fall risk with having to change light bulbs.

3. Extended Savings

By contacting an electrician Tampa to assist you with upgrading the facility with a more eco-friendly and energy-efficient lighting solution, the financial advantage of such an investment can reward you with a high return on investment which will continue over the years with the amount of money you’ll save on utility bills.

4. Economic Advantages

To mention a few, tax incentives, federal tax deductions and utility rebates are great economic benefits at the disposal of owners that chose to install sustainable lighting in their newly constructed buildings or otherwise under renovation. Another advantage that business owners can qualify for is bonus depreciation in the event of their lighting assets having a life expectancy of twenty years or less. Also, rebates are granted for businesses that have energy-efficient lighting installed.

When a property undertakes renovation projects such as adding a new HVAC system or new lighting, the old systems are deserted for accounting purposes. This means that your net book value of the asset will be written off as a loss (taken as a tax deduction) and this deduction can allot notable benefit to the property owner.

When you’re considering all the economic benefits of having a commercial lighting retrofit installed, it is certainly an investment worth considering.

5. Increasing your asset value

There is an immense amount of savings to be enjoyed including the potential of increasing your asset value, as structures or properties with eco-friendly or energy-saving fixtures are looked upon more favourably by investors or buyers.

When a property undertakes renovation projects such as adding a new HVAC system or new lighting, the old systems are deserted for accounting purposes. This means that your net book value of the asset will be written off as a loss (taken as a tax deduction) and this deduction can allot notable benefit to the property owner.
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Singapore is ranked as the easiest place in the world to set up a business, and as the best in intellectual property protection legislation. The country is also highly rated for an overall high quality of life, a first-class education system, and a superbly efficient health system, making it among the healthiest nations across the globe. For these and other reasons, the Lion City is an impeccable place to launch your career or establish your business.

The following is some crucial information that may be useful to you when it comes to working or doing business in Singapore:

How do you go about getting a job?

If you joined your spouse in Singapore after they got a job there, you may consider getting a job in the city-state as well. You can attempt to take your career a notch higher or start a new line altogether. For example, you can become an English teacher, as they are usually in high demand. However, due to recent changes in employment laws pushing for the hiring of locals, your skills in other areas may not be as highly sought after as they are in your home country. You will most likely land a job through networking, but there are also recruitment agencies, online sources, classifieds, and expatriate associations that can be of great assistance in connecting you to jobs.

How easy is it to start your business in Singapore?

A good number of expatriates go to Singapore with many business ideas, or they identify possible opportunities while on the island state. Either way, the big question is: How can you transform your ideas into profitable businesses? The first step when starting a business is to work on how to get an entrepreneur visa in Singapore, which you can do through the Ministry of Manpower (MOM). This involves coming up with a detailed business plan and financial projections, and at the same time your business must meet certain basic requirements. If you are successful, you are issued an Approval-in-Principle letter within at least six weeks upon application and payment of the necessary application fees. You must also register your business as a private limited company with the Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority (ACRA). Also, you need to have a certain amount of money as minimum paid-up capital. Registration can be conveniently done online using a SingPass (an online account management that enables access to Singapore government e-services). Approval for the online registration is normally completed in 15 minutes at the most.

What are some key tips for landing a job in Singapore?

The following are some important tips that can help you get a job in Singapore:

  • Update your resume and ensure your references are relevant for the job to which you are applying. This will convince the hiring managers that you have the needed skills.
  • Ensure you have all your documents ready, including your birth certificate, university transcripts, and personal identification documents. Singapore-based employers will often require you to avail the documents, and they may need to see the original copies.
  • Prepare a portfolio—hard copy, digital, or on a website—showcasing your skills and experience that are relevant to the position.
  • Search for recruiters that specialize in your area of interest and reach out to them directly to maximize your chances of getting a job, since they will identify you as a suitable applicant.
  • Make a point of networking, as most expats land jobs through networking, rather than looking blindly for jobs.
  • When you bargain for a salary, be realistic and remember that Singapore’s low tax rate is often balanced with a lower base pay.
  • Be determined while searching for a job, and do it on a full-time basis until you secure one.
  • You may be asked personal questions at the interview—about your religion, if you have children, etc.—so do not be surprised.
  • Go through the interview process, even when you are not absolutely certain that you want the position; most companies can create positions for suitable employees, but they have to meet them first.
  • Being asked to submit your photograph with your resume is common.