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Group A Parents and Group B Children






Years back, poor and ​illiterate  parents produced Doctors, Engineers, Scientists, ​Accountants, Lawyers, Architects, Professors -  whom I will refer to as Group A.

These Group A Children struggled on their own after Primary 6 or Grade 12, to become notable personalities. Most of them:

  •     trekked to school barefooted
  •     went to farms
  •     ​f​etched water and firewood
  •     cared for domesticated animals
  •     did some work including trading after school to survive.

Now Group 'A' ,who have now become Parents themselves are producing  Group 'B'  Children

These group B children are:

  •     pampered
  •     helped in their homeworks or home assignments from nursery school through secondary schools to higher institutions.
  •     chauffeur driven to very expensive schools or are sent abroad to study.
  •     they can watch movies from morning till dawn after school.
  •     they are treated like baby kings and queens.
  •     they don't do any household chores.
  •     Food is put on the table for them,
  •     their plates are removed and washed by parents or house maids.
  •     They are given expensive cars and clothes,
  •     not forgetting *big pocket monies to be wasted* !!!.
  •     Their parents help them in doing their assignments.

In spite of all these, only few can *speak* or *write* correctly.

Group 'A' Parents  cared for their own *parents* and *children*, Group 'B',their Children are still *struggling to find their feet at age 30+*.‼
They find it difficult to do things on their own because they are used to being helped to think and doing things by Group 'A'. So they can't help themselves, their parents or the society. THEY ABANDON THEIR PARENTS IN THEIR BID TO ACQUIRE THE WORLD

Where do you belong:

  •     Reduce the pampering and the unnecessary help you offer your children.
  •     Let your children grow in wisdom, intelligence and strength.
  •     Let them face the truth and the realities of life. Teach them to grow  to become independent adults.
  •     Teach them to fear God,
  •     ​Teach them​ respect others
  •     develop confidence in themselves.
Discipline your children to become disciplined adults, *useful* and not *useless.​
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New Artificial Pancreas for Diabetics Nears FDA Approval

Diabetes plagues millions of people around the world, but treatment techniques have improved in the last decades so its prognosis is not quite as grim as it once was. In all of its forms, diabetes has become a treatable disease. This is much to the thanks of the discovery of insulin and its effects on regulating blood glucose levels. Medtronic, a medical technology company, has created an artificial pancreas to automize insulin injections and it is nearing FDA approval.

The MiniMed 670g monitors the user's blood glucose levels on a small device that fits around the waistband. This device then can sense a rise in sugar levels triggering automatic delivery of insulin to regulate the patient's system, according to Newsweek. Users can choose to be alerted to the injection, or they can simply trust the device to do its job.


Aside from the glucose sensor attached to the patient, there is also an insulin pump patch that is able to inject highly specific amounts of insulin doses to each patient per the machine's input. As trials have begun for the use of the device, patients are loving the autonomy it presents back into their lives along with the lack of worry about subsequent hypoglycemic attacks.


Less than 30% of adults with Type 1 diabetes are able to maintain their blood sugar levels on their own, according to Bloomberg, which is what makes this device so necessary. Medtronic has tested the device with 124 patients over the course of 6 months seeing no adverse side effects and the technology working according to specifications. Completion of this testing has now led the company to submit applications for approval from the FDA, and it hopefully will be coming soon.

Health Benefits of Black Cumin

 
 
 
Black cumin, botanically called Nigella Sativa, is a plant that belongs to parsley family. It was discovered in the tomb of King Tut and was believed to be used in the afterlife. People have used the black cumin seeds to make medicine for over 2000 years. It is an annual herbaceous plant with foliage. It has delicate purplish and white flowers.
 
Black cumin is used vastly in almost all part of the world. It is used in cooking, backing and teas. Black Cumin Oil, due to its variety of benefits, is used in cosmetics as well as in medicines.
 
 
The seeds of the black cumin plant contain over 100 chemical compounds, including some yet to be identified
 
 
In ancient civilizations like Roman Empire, black cumin was called “Panacea”, that literally means “cure all”. That explains its wide use as a medicine in Rome. Black Cumin is rich in nutrients like protein, vitamin B1, vitamin B2, vitamin B3, calcium and iron.
 
 
Egyptians used black cumin after their meals to help digestion or clam upset stomachs. Besides stomachaches, it was also used to treat infections, cold, toothaches and migraine.
 
 
Studies have shown that most of the times illness is caused by imbalanced immune system and components like Nigellone and Thymoquinone in black cumin helps fight diseases by increasing the production of immune cells in the body. Great research is done on black cumin regarding it properties against cancer and it has been discovered that unlike chemo-therapy, black cumin can be used to cure tumor and breast cancer without any negative side effects.
 
 
Doctors in Munich tried to treat patients of asthma and dust allergies and they succeeded in curing 70% of the patients. The oil of the seeds can also help cure earaches. Black cumin oil also helps increasing the respiration and decreasing the blood pressure.
 
 
Externally the seeds can be powdered and mixed with flour and can be directly applied to the forehead for headaches. It is also very effective if a mad dog bites. It is also used in treating skin disorders.
 
 
Some of the key health benefits of Black Cumin are mentioned below:
 
  • · Black cumin extract is anti-hypertensive, carminative and anti-parasitic.
  • · It is used to treat diseases related to the respiratory system, circulatory and immune system, stomach and intestines, kidneys and even the liver.
  • · The seeds have been known to prove effective in fighting parasitic infections, asthma, bronchitis, rheumatism and cold symptoms.
  • · They also provide health benefits like increasing body tone, stimulating menstrual period, increasing milk production in nursing mothers and increasing the flow of breast milk.
  • · Black cumin seed oil calms the nervous system, quells colic pain, stimulates excretion of urine, helps pertussis and improves digestion.
  • · Black caraway stimulates body’s energy and helps in recovering from fatigue and dispiritedness.
  • · It provides an effective cure for skin conditions such as allergies, eczema, acne, psoriasis and boils.
  • · Black cumin oil encourages the production of bone marrow and cells of the immune system, increases the production of interferon, protects normal cells from the damaging effects of viral diseases, destroys tumor cells and increases the number of antibody producing B cells.
  • · It contains potent sexual hormones, stimulants, digestive enzymes, antacids, and sedatives; all of which help boost the immune system and preempt diseases.
  • · The seeds contain beta-sitosterol – an anti-tumor sterol. They are very effective in curing abscesses and tumors of the eye, abdomen and liver.
  • · Black caraway seeds are also used to treat flatulence, diarrhea, hemorrhoids, constipation and dysentery.
  • · A teaspoon of black cumin seed oil, when mixed with honey and consumed regularly during breakfast, lunch and dinner, results in good health and strong immunity to diseases.
  • · The seeds, when taken in capsulated form, help in strengthening hair as well as nails.
 
 In medical field Black Seed is used as an antiseptic medicine also. The seeds of Black Seed containphosphorus,iron, andcarbohydrate compound in abundance. After the chemical analysis of Black Seed seeds this fact has come to the light that it hascarotene (yellowish substance). It converts into vitamin ‘A’ after inserting into the liver. Above all it contains so many compounds, which are useful in digestive system. It cures urinal diseases. It increases the resisting power of the body and has special strength in curing all types of diseases. Black Seed oil contains special type of fat ingredients Linolatic acid 60% and nearly 21% Lipase. It has capacity to keep the body cool in hot temperature. Mostly its seeds are used as medicine. Its seeds contain special substance Saponin Volatile oil and Nigelline a bitter tasting substance. These substances of Black Seed cure urinal Passage.

Banking Fraud Alert - Becareful !!!



Today I received an email from someone which was nicely written and the email address was appearing as government department email address. The logo of income tax department is also there. The mail states that I am qualified for a refund of Rs. 25882.19. It further states that in order to receive the refund submit the refund request in the below link. 


Once you press the link, it asks for which bank you have account. One you select the bank, it takes you to the bank site and you are to submit your user id and password. I got a doubt first the refund is never in paise.
 

Moreover, income tax department has all the account details including my mobile, passport, home address etc.

I went to the official site to check if there is any refund and the site says nil.
Sixth sense prevented me from submitting the user I'd and password. Else I would have been cheated through online fraud. 


Never click on a link sent to you in your email which is related to bank. Always visit your bank's website and perform your transaction there. Similarly never click on a link to visit your email account service provider to log-in. Always go to website by typing the address and then log-in. Stay Safe

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​ Become a Miracle for Someone - Its Easy



Many people are praying for a miracle in their lives. They're saying, 'God please send me a friend.

​ ​
God help me with these children. God help me with my finances. God I need a good break.'
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We need to realize that we can become the answer to their prayer.
God uses people. We are His resources.

He brings people across someones' path so that those people can be the answer to someones' prayer.

You may not realize it, but you are a miracle waiting to happen.

  • Somebody is lonely. They're praying for a friend.You're the miracle they're waiting.
  • Somebody got a bad medical report. They're worried and praying.'God please send me a sign, let me know You're still in control.' You are that sign.
  • ​Someone on the road is hungry, become a miracle for him.
  • A simple phone call to say, 'I am thinking about you.' and you just became their miracle.
  • Someone needs clothes. Become a miracle for him.
  • And there are hundreds of ways becoming Miracle for someone. (look around in your society) 
Someone needs fees for his kids. Become a miracle for him

Remember: You are the ANSWER to somebody's prayers.
If you start becoming miracle for someone, Miracles will start happening in your life !
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Facebook Internet Drone to Provide Internet Services

SAN FRANCISCO, 6 days ago

Facebook said on Thursday it had completed a successful test flight of a solar-powered drone that it hopes will help it extend internet connectivity to every corner of the planet.

Aquila, Facebook's lightweight, high-altitude aircraft, flew at a few thousand feet for 96 minutes in Yuma, Arizona, chief executive Mark Zuckerberg wrote in a post on his Facebook page.

The company ultimately hopes to have a fleet of Aquilas that can fly for at least three months at a time at 60,000 feet (18,290 metres) and communicate with each other to deliver internet access.

Google parent Alphabet has also poured money into delivering internet access to underserved areas through Project Loon, which aims to use a network of high-altitude balloons to made the internet available to remote parts of the world.

Yael Maguire, Facebook's engineering director and head of its Connectivity Lab, said in an interview that the company initially hoped Aquila would fly for 30 minutes.

"We're thrilled about what happened with our first flight," Maguire said. "There are still a lot of technical challenges that need to be addressed for us to achieve the whole mission." He said he hoped the system might be brought into service "in the near future."

Zuckerberg laid out the company's biggest challenges in flying a fleet of Aquilas, including making the plane lighter so it can fly for longer periods, getting it to fly at 60,000 feet and creating communications networks that allow it to rapidly transfer data and accurately beam down lasers to provide internet connections.

Maguire said Aquila will go through several more test flights and hopes it will soon break the world record for the longest solar-powered unmanned aircraft flight, which currently stands at two weeks.

Facebook, which has more than 1.6 billion users, has invested billions of dollars in getting more people online, both through an initiative called internet.org - which offers a pared-down version of the internet to poor areas - and by building drones.  -Reuters


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How To Upgrade Your Professional Image


Jeff Giesea Contributor
Today's leaders should take note: Your professional image still matters. No matter how formal or informal the work environment, the way you present yourself has an impact. This is especially true in first impressions. According to research from Princeton University, people assess your competence, trustworthiness, and likeability in just a tenth of a second, solely based on the way you look.
The difference between today's workplace and the "dress for success" era is that the range of options is so much broader. Norms have evolved and fragmented. In some settings, red sneakers or dress t-shirts can convey status; in others not so much. The desired professional image for a 50-something executive at a manufacturing company in China may be completely different for a young ad agency CEO in New York City. Plus, whatever image we present is magnified by social-media services like LinkedIn. Chances are, your headshots are seen much more often now than a decade or two ago. Millennials, it seems, face the paradox of being the least formal generation yet the most conscious of style and personal branding. It can be confusing.
Related: What Your Profile Photo Is Telling Employers 
So how do we navigate this? How do we know when to invest in an upgrade? And what's the best way to pull off one that enhances our goals? Here are some tips:

Decide if the time is right.

As an executive coach, I've seen image upgrades be particularly helpful during transitions -- when looking for a new job, stepping into a new or more public role, or changing work environments. If you're in a period of change or just feeling stuck and in a rut, now may be a good time. If you're not sure, ask for honest feedback from trusted friends, colleagues and professionals. Look for cues about how others perceive you. Maybe there's no need for an upgrade and that's OK.

Know your goals.

Get clear on what impact you're hoping to have. Are you looking to refresh your image or pivot it? For one person, the goal may be to be taken more seriously and enhance their professional image. For another, it may be to be perceived as more approachable, or more modern and stylish. For someone moving from finance to advertising, maybe they want to look more "SoHo." (It's OK to use characterizations like that.)

Understand the context.

Look at your work environment like an anthropologist. What are the norms of your environment? What conveys status? Who are your most important audiences? How do the people you respect and look up to present themselves? The better you understand the cultural context, the more control you can have over your impact.

Work with professionals.

Enlist the support of professionals and share with them your goals and context. Hire a personal stylist, or use the free styling service of a store like J.Crew. Try a hair stylist instead of a barber. Work with a professional photographer instead of your spouse or friend. It's not as expensive as you might think.
Related: 5 Affordable Ways to Make Your Online Profile Stand Out

Make it efficient.

The point of a style upgrade isn't to become more vain or to spend more time fussing over what to wear. Instead, use it as an opportunity to reduce decision fatigue. Pick a standard work uniform or a few go-to options. Buy all your clothes at once with a stylist instead of shopping alone, one article of clothing at a time.
If you doubt the impact, consider Tim Williams, the Berlin-based pitchman for the travel website Trivago. In a matter of months, the consensus on "The Trivago Guy" has gone from creepy to crush-worthy. The Twittersphere remains abuzz. Who would've thought a man's style would become central to the marketing of a travel website?


Or consider my experience. I hate pictures of myself but decided to up my image about a year and a half ago. I hired a professional photographer, who then referred me to a stylist at a J.Crew Men's Store.
Working with a stylist was a game changer and didn't cost as much as you might think. Seeing my "new self" reflected back to me boosted my confidence and self-image. The photographer made the most of a snowy, grey day. For men, another place to look is the Alpha M makeover videos on YouTube.

As superficial as it may seem, the impact of an image upgrade isn't just how others perceive us but how we see ourselves. It's worth bringing some consciousness and intentionality to style to grow your impact as an executive and leader.
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8 Types of Photos You Should Never Use on Your LinkedIn Profile

LinkedIn doesn't play when it comes to professional profile pics and neither should you. If you upload a pic to your profile that isn't actually of you or isn't even a headshot, LinkedIn reserves the right to yank it. (Newsflash: There's no way Hello Kitty's your doppelganger, m'kay.) Seriously screw up your photo three times and -- stee-rike! -- you're out. You'll be banned from uploading your mug ever again. No joke.
In my opinion, LinkedIn doesn't ax awful profile pics enough. Sloppy, cheesy, awkward snaps. Egregiously immature, unprofessional lemme-take-a-selfie-style pics that cut it no problem on Instagram, Tinder or Facebook. Here's a friendly reminder, particularly for the 39 million students and recent college grads lurking on LinkedIn: It's not for Man Crush Monday, not for swiping right and not for stalking your 8th grade crush.
Related: 10 Questions to Ask When Creating Your LinkedIn Company Page
The 313 million-plus member site is for professional networking, specifically with past and present colleagues, hiring managers, potential clients and investors, and other hopefully business-related contacts. That said, your headshot should be professional. In other words, safe. Appealing to a wide audience. Even a little vanilla.  
So, if you want to put your best professional game face forward on LinkedIn -- and you do, don't you? -- don't be guilty of committing these common (and often comical) profile pic sins:

1. The selfie in the mirror pic.

Just please, save your smug, snapped-in-the-bathroom mirror head-to-toe selfies for Facebook. They make you look like an amateur on LinkedIn, even if you look like a boss in your hipster Hugo Boss slim fit suit, or so you think. Come on, by now you should know that selfies of any kind are way too casual for LinkedIn. #wrongplatform  
Related: 3 Ways You Might Be Screwing Up Your LinkedIn Profile and How to Avoid Them

2. The freaky filter overkill pic.

Chill with the funky filters already. Actually, don't use them at all, not on LinkedIn. Potential employers and clients want to size you up straight up, just as you are, not all uber-emo. In Instagram speak: The "Earlybird" that skips the "Sutro" is more likely to get the worm, dig?

3. The 'I'm so serious I hate life' pic.

Never post a profile pic that makes you look incredibly intense, Dwight Schrute-serious or, worst of all, pissed off. There are enough mug shot-worthy frowner-downers littering LinkedIn already. Instead, post a happy (but not too I-just-won-the-lottery happy) headshot that shows off what Richard Branson calls your "competitive advantage," your smile. Go on, let your pearly whites shine.
Related: What You Need to Do on LinkedIn, Even if You're Not Looking for a Job (Infographic)
With a nice, relaxed smile on your face, you generally come off as more approachable and trustworthy, someone a potential employer (or investor or business partner) might be more willing to give a chance. As Psychology Today puts it, "there's magic in your smile." It's scientifically proven. Use it to your advantage.

4. The beyond blurry pic.

No one should have to squint to make you out. Familiarize yourself with how to use Photoshop's "Sharpening" tool. Or, if your headshot is too fuzzy or pixelated to fix, use a different, clearer pic. Focus, people. This is pretty basic stuff.

5. The full-body action pic.

I'm not going to name names (I'm not that mean), but a LinkedIn user I maybe, kind of, sort of might be connected with is half-squatting, half-lunging in her profile pic. In a baggy T-shirt and Spandex leggings. On a cracked cement driveway. Yep, like a cat-like Crossfit ninja warrior about to pounce...  just after this quick yoga pose, k? Granted she's a black belt and a personal trainer (who, er, could easily choke me out tonight in karate class and just might if she reads this), but squatting? On LinkedIn? Really? Just no.
Related: Personal Branding Doesn't Mean Just Fixing Your LinkedIn Presence
Let's just stick with vanilla headshots, shall we? They're more appropriate for the venue. Full body shots, awkwardly posed or not, pack too much weird factor, a vibe you probably don't want to give off, at least not professionally. Not unless you're an actual ninja.    

6. The 'Say hello to my kitty' pic.

Here's an easy rule to remember: Unless you're a vet, please don't pose with your pet. As much as you adore Count Fluffy McFlufferton, I'm sorry, he's not LinkedIn profile material. You are. Just you. Save your furball's whisker-licious glamour shots for Tag a Cat, the new Tinder for cats.   
Related: Projecting a Professional Image on LinkedIn

7. The 'Oops, I cropped my shot' pic.

Technically, you're more than just a face. You're a person. A whole person with brains in your head, feet in your shoes and you can post any LinkedIn profile pic you choose. That is, we hope, except for one that oddly crops off the top of your head or the bottom of your chin. Or your ears. You get the full picture. Show your face, your whole face and nothing but your face. Or so help you job, the one you could have gotten (or kept) because you looked the part on LinkedIn.

8. The default LinkedIn silhouette pic.

On top of looking a bit clueless -- and like someone who lacks the confidence to back their good name with their face -- you'll miss out on a bunch of profile views if you choose not to upload a photo at all. If you do post a pic of yourself, LinkedIn says people are seven times more likely to click on your profile. So do yourself a solid and just say no to LinkedIn's creepy two-tone, "male silhouette" default pic. Blech.
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20 Tips to improve Your Team's Performance


Here are 20 tips:

#1 – Communicate clear goals and expectations to your employees

The majority of employees want to be a part of a compelling future, want to know what is most important at work and what excellence looks like. For targets to be meaningful and effective in motivating employees, they must be tied to larger organizational ambitions.

#2 – Share information and numbers

Let them in on what is going on within the company as well as how their jobs contribute to the big picture. When you keep you employees informed they tend to feel a greater sense of worth. Keep communication hopeful and truthful – do not be afraid to share bad news, instead be more strategic about how you deliver it. Improve performance through transparency – By sharing numbers with employees, you can increase employees’ sense of ownership.

#3 – Encourage open communication

You can get insight into what things are important to the employee by using surveys, suggestion boxes and team meetings. Be open-minded and encourage them to express their ideas and perspectives without criticism. This means putting into practice everything you have learned about effective listening. Address their concerns in the best way you can.

#4 – Not communicating or communicating late can damage engagement

Hearing about an important update from media, colleagues or family and friends can have a negative impact on employee engagement. Ensure employees hear these messages from the business as soon as possible.

#5 – Actively promote organizational effectiveness, reputation, values and ethics

Actively promote organizational effectiveness, reputation, values and ethics – Employees want to feel good about their leaders, where they work, the products they sell and the reputation of their company.

#6 – Culture

Encourage employees to find a personal fit with the company culture.

#7 – Let staff tell their own stories

Encourage them to tell their own stories about what they are doing to support company strategies or embody organizational values.

#8 – Trust

Employees need to trust each other as well as their leadership. Employees are constantly watching leadership to see how their decisions affect the strategic direction of the organization and if their behaviors reflect what they say.

#9 – Build engagement

Show that you’re genuinely concerned about employees’ opinions and use social media as a communications tool to build engagement.

#10 – Encourage innovation

Engaged employees are innovative. They’re always looking for a better way.

#11 – Create a strong team environment

Strong employee engagement is dependent on how well employees get along, interact with each other and participate in a team environment.

#12 – Sense of belonging

Non-work activities that foster relationships increase employee engagement.

#13 – Provide constant feedback on the positives

When people know what they’re doing well, they’ll keep doing it – or, even better, do more of it. Providing someone with a little recognition on what they’re doing well can go a long way toward boosting morale. This is not to say “ignore the weaknesses” – just don’t make the weaknesses the only focus area of feedback. This doesn’t mean you should not create accountability, it actually means the opposite – but, if all you do is criticize, people will learn how to hide their mistakes or shift blame.

#14 – Give immediate feedback

Feedback is two way communication. It is the opportunity to share opinions and find solutions. Too many managers think should be the province of the annual personnel revue. It’s not. It should be a daily occurrence.

#15 – Show how feedback is being used

Demonstrate to staff how their feedback is being used.

#16 – Support employees in their work and growth

How many of you have responded to a subordinate’s idea as brilliant or even good. Success begets success. You can support employee growth by providing education and learning opportunities, cross training, coaching, and any other interactions that support employees’ personal development.

#17 – Collaborate and share on problem-solving

When employees get the idea that their manager or leader is the one who has to solve all the problems, it takes away from their sense of empowerment, and ultimately is likely to decrease engagement over time. Encourage team members to take responsibility, and work through problems or issues on their own, or collaboratively. It’s not the manager’s job to fix everyone else’s problems.

#18 – Delegation

Delegation is good for you because it expands your managerial span of control. It’s good for your employees because it is a growth opportunity for them. It demonstrates your trust in them to do the job correctly and increases their ownership of the task.

#19 – Incentives

Incentives that are matched to accountability and results. Managers who want their employees to be engaged recognize that incentives must be allocated based on objective criteria and that different employees are motivated by different things.

#20 – Celebrate both financial and non financial achievements

Employees need to feel validated and that they are a valued part of the organization. Leadership needs to show how much they care for their employees and show recognition for efforts: “If you want something to grow, pour champagne on it“.

Think Differently to Make a Difference

 

There are many things we can do to make a positive difference in the world. So, think about what more you can do to make a difference.

Did you know that your thoughts also have a considerable impact on the world? They really do. For example, if you have angry thoughts, it feeds the anger in the world. So, think about the impact your thoughts have on the world. Also consider how to think differently to make an even greater difference.

​10 Ways to Blow the Interview




 Information abounds regarding what you should say in an interview. But it can be just as important to realize what not to say. It is also imperative to note that what you say can be communicated through both your words and actions.
1. You arrive late to the interview.What it means: "I really don't care about getting this position."

Arrive a healthy 15 minutes before your scheduled appointment to give you time to collect your thoughts, review your notes and make a good first impression.
2. You're rude to the receptionist.What it means: "I'm difficult to get along with."

Receptionists are the gate keepers and it's their job to be the eyes and ears of the company," cautions Lauren Milligan, founder and CEO of ResuMAYDAY, Inc. Besides, if hired, you may need their cooperation one day.
3. You answer questions with trite or cliché responses.What it means: "I'm just one of the crowd."

Telling the interviewer you are a perfectionist and expect too much of yourself is sure to elicit a yawn, if not a discreet roll of the eyes, Milligan warns. Prepare potential responses ahead of time to avoid relying on the usuals.
4. You don't ask questions.What it means: "I'm not that interested in your company."

The interview should be a two-way conversation "to determine if you are the right fit for the company, and if the company is the right fit for you," Milligan says. Use the interview to gather as much information about your potential new position as possible.
5. You answer the standard "Tell us about yourself," with "What would you like to know?"What it means: "I have nothing special to offer this company."

This is your opportunity to steer the conversation into areas where you truly shine. Don't waste this chance by appearing to lack any outstanding qualities you want to share. And please don't start with where you were born. Focus on your career unless your birthplace is relevant to the job.
6. You use inappropriate language.What it means: "I'm unprofessional and if it shows in the short span of an interview, imagine what I'll be like in the office."

Even if they're only mild and somewhat acceptable words, there still is no place for them in the interview.
7. You trash-talk your former boss.What it means: "I have no discretion; I'll blab any inside information."

"If you left your prior job on poor terms, you need to put this relationship in a positive light for the interview," Milligan advises. "Even if your boss was to blame!" You never want to bring negativity or antagonistic emotions into the interview. Keep it positive and upbeat.
8. You ask the interviewer to not contact your former employer.What it means: "I have something to hide."

Even if you do not get along with your boss, you can always name someone else in the organization as a reference.
9. You exaggerate your accomplishments or credentials.What it means: "I'm not good enough on my own merits, so I need to lie to make myself look good."

A skilled interviewer can easily identify fabrications in your background or experience. State your qualifications with confidence. You don't have to be Superman to get hired; you just have to be right for the job.
10. You don't thank the interviewer.What it means: "I have no manners."

Forgetting to thank your interviewers in writing for their time can take the luster from even the most stellar interviewee.

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Stress Management - The First Step


The first step to combating stress is to identify what is causing it. This sounds a lot easier than it is, causes of stress in your life can be easily overlooked or denied. Something that could be stressing you out could all in all be some one or something you hold dear and you deny the fact because you do not wish to risk the relationship or said object because you hold it so dear. Other reasons could be stress inducing thoughts, or habits and you can not pull yourself together to confront yourself and break these habits.Ways to find stress inducing objects is when ever asked about them you merely shrug them off and say it is temporary. The excuse "I have hundreds of things going on right now." Is a prime example especially when you ALWAYS have a 100 things going on. Moving on from that is when you relate stress to everyday life you say that "things are always like this..." this is a stress inducing habit and you are just treating it as it is normal. And the last one is when you blame stress upon other people and events, in the end it is your responsibility to combat stress not some one else's.

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A Bag of Kindness



"Class, tomorrow I want you all to bring a cup of macaroni for our crafts class, okay? Now go on out there and enjoy the day."

These words from my second grade teacher at the end of the day echoed in my mind all evening. I was dreading the next day because I knew we wouldn't have any macaroni at home. Living in an alcoholic environment we never had to much of anything laying around our house except beer bottles.

I trudged home after school with my mind working overtime. Where would I find macaroni? I knew that the local bottle depot at the edge of town gave twenty cents for a case of beer bottles so I decided that I would collect some bottles and maybe I could buy a small box that evening at our local corner store.

When I got home I started collecting the bottles and before long I had a nice pile in the back of my wagon. I started off to the bottling depot with my little brother Able in tow. We had a mission and no one would stop us.

When we arrived at the depot they counted our bottles and gave me the eighty cents. I felt very wealthy and as we walked back into town Able was bouncing up and down asking to see the money. I showed him several times then asked him to get in the wagon so I could pull him. Truth be known I just wanted to enjoy feeling those coins in my pocket and I didn't mind pulling him as the price for this little freedom.

We got to the corner store and entered to the smell of fresh bread baking in the back. I think we must have looked like we had rabies the way our mouths were watering. Able looked at me and at once I knew I would be going to school the next day with no macaroni.

We bought two loaves of bread and two jelly doughnuts (which we ate on the way home). When we arrived there was the usual party going on upstairs so we gathered my other siblings and went to the basement where we shared the bread with some strawberry jam.

We all fell asleep with Johnny Paycheck booming from the ceiling above that night.

The next day as craft class neared I began to think about the macaroni again. I was in anguish as the teacher asked why I didn't have any macaroni.

"Weren't you listening when I asked you all to bring it John?" She asked sternly.

I was mortified, I didn't know what to say and as the other children started laughing. Then out of nowhere this little girl Rosalyn who sat beside me turned to me and said "Here you can have some of mine." The way she said it, so nice, and the kindness in her eyes made me start to cry and I ran from the room in shame.

I never did take her macaroni or thank her for the offer. I couldn't speak to her again because I was sure I would see my own shame mirrored in her eyes.

I often think about Rosalyn and the way she turned to save me that day. I spent a great deal of my life letting the bricks of anger, hurt and rejection wall me in. I kept good people like Rosalyne out and surrounded myself with the kinds of people who I thought I was.

I eventually did see that and I have changed my life. My own daughter is eight now and I have had the opportunity to send her to school with her own little bag of macaroni. I wrapped it up with a heavy heart that morning thinking of those turbulent days past. I thought of Rosalyn and the little gift she tried to share with me and I give a silent prayer of thanks for all the people like her that make this world a better place to live in.


~ John Gaudet © 2003

Yes, You Can Handle It !



We all go through challenges, disappointments, and unfair situations. It is easy to allow them to overwhelm us to the point where we think:
   This is too much!
   I can’t deal with this illness!.
   I can’t handle this difficult child!
   I can’t take this traffic!

   This situation is driving me crazy!
   This relationship issue, it’s going to be the end of me!.
But as long as you are telling yourself it’s too much, you’ll talk yourself out of it.

How about we try a new perspective?
   You are not weak.

   You are full of ‘can do power’. You are strong.
Your attitude will now be:
   I can handle this situation! 

   I can handle this difficult child!
   I can handle these people talking about me!
 

Now your mental state should be:
  YOU NO LONGER HAVE A WEAK DEFEATED MENTALITY.

  YOU NOW HAVE A WARRIOR MENTALITY.
  YOU ARE READY FOR AND EQUAL TO ANYTHING THAT COMES YOUR WAY.

The people who made changes in their lives, came against the odds and told those odds,
‘It is impossible to defeat me, I have God on my side.”
They took ‘impossible’ out of their dictionary, and went forward victorious.

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Interesting Facts -- Airports, Airlines and Air Travelling




. All International Airline Pilots speak English.

. Flights longer than 8 hours require 3 pilots (1 captain and 2 first officers) to rotate flying duties. Flights longer than 12 hours require 4 pilots (1 captain and 3 first officers). They usually fly 3-4 hour shifts.

.Each airline pilot flying the aircraft, eats a different meal to minimize the risk of all pilots on board being ill.

.The normal ratio of Flight Attendants to passenger seats is one Flight Attendant for every 50 passenger seats.

.The height requirement for Flight Attendant is for safety reasons, making sure that all flight attendants can reach overhead safety equipment.

.The normal ratio of Lavatories to passengers is approximately one lavatory for every 50 passengers.

.An air traveler can lose approximately 1.5 liters of water in the body during a three-hour flight.

.The reason why the lights are turned out during takeoff and landing  Is for your eyes to adjust to lower levels of light. If there's an accident and they have to activate the emergency slides, studies have shown that you will be able to see better and therefore be able to evacuate more quickly and safely.

.The World's largest Airline in terms of Fleet Size is Delta Airlines (United States) with 744 aircraft and 121 aircraft on order as of March 2011.

.The largest passenger plane is the Airbus 380 - nearly 240 feet long, almost 80 feet high, and has a wingspan of more than 260 feet. The double-decker plane has a standard seating capacity of 555 passengers.

.The world's busiest airport in terms of passenger volume or the number of takeoffs and landings, is HartsfieldJackson Atlanta International Airport, Atlanta, Georgia, United States  with more than 88 million passengers shuffled through the Atlanta airport in 2009, with another 20 million in the first three months of 2010, and with aircraft take-off and landings approximately every 37 seconds.

.The Internet/On-Line check-in was first used by Alaskan Airlines in 1999.

.The world's Largest Airport is Kansai International Airport, Osaka, Japan (as of 2011). By 2013 Al Maktoum International Airport in Jebel Ali, Dubai, United Arab Emirates is planned to be the largest airport in the world.

.The airport with the longest runway in the world is Qamdo Bangda Airport in the Peoples Republic of China with 5.50 kilometers in length (as of 2011).

.American Airlines saved $40,000 in 1987 by removing 1 olive from each salad served in first class.

.In 2009, Southwest served 63.2 million cans of soda, juices, and water; 14.3 million alcoholic beverages; 14 million bags of pretzels; 90 million bags of peanuts; 17.7 million Select-A-Snacks; and 33.5 million other snacks.

.Singapore Airlines spends about $700 million on food every year and $16 million on wine alone. First class passengers consume 20,000 bottles of alcohol every month and Singapore Airlines is the second largest buyer of Dom Perignon champagne in the world.

.Cathay Pacific carries rice cookers, toasters, cappuccino makers and skillets on board their airplanes.

.KLM of Netherlands stands for Koninklijke Luchtvaart Maatschappij (meaning Royal Dutch Airlines).

.KLM is the worlds' oldest airline established in 1919.

.QANTAS - Australia's national airline, originally stood for Queensland And
Northern Territories Air Service.

.QANTAS is the second world's oldest airline established in 1920.

.QANTAS still has the world's best safety record with no crashes as of 2011.

.Virgin Atlantic lists catering as their third biggest expense, after fuel and maintenance.

.American Airlines spent about $425 million on food for domestic passengers in 2001.

.In one year, British Airways passengers consume:
    40.5 tons of chicken
    6 tons of caviar
    22 tons of smoked salmon
    557,507 boxes of chocolate
    90 thousand cases (9 liter cases) of sparkling wine.


.Abu Dhabi Airport Services once did a complete turn-around for a Boeing 777 in under 40 minutes, as opposed to a normal minimum of one hour. They unloaded passengers, cargo, mail, cleaned the aircraft, and loaded outbound passengers, cargo and mail in that short time.

.In 2001, Dubai Duty Free sold 1,570,214 cartons of cigarettes,  2,909 kilograms of gold, 101,824 watches, 690,502 bottles of perfume, 52,119 mobile phones.

.In-flight catering is an $18 billion worldwide industry employing up to 200,000 people.

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How Free Games Developers Make Money

You must have heard of the freemium payment model but what does it mean? Isn’t free completely free? Well the answer is simple: nothing is completely free. Developers need to get paid for their hard work but the users should know how they are paying for the apps they use.

What is the Freemium Payment Model?

In the freemium payment mode, the app is stated as free to download. Nowadays Apple and Google mark such apps with Free with ‘In-App purchases’. These purchases can be made after the app is downloaded and fundamentally change the user experience and gameplay in order to accommodate for the ads and micro transactions. You can say that while you are gaming, you are unknowingly getting gamed.
For example, Pokemon Go was released recently and within 24 hours, the app was making more money than all of the apps on Apple and Google app stores. It made $14 million in less than a week.
Let’s take another example. Remember Flappy Bird? It was a simple game but the game was so addictive that the developer removed the game from the app stores. Even after removing the app from the app stores, he was getting $1.5 million per month from the users who had already downloaded the game. Astounding right?
How can a free app make that much money? These free games actually have ads or ask for certain purchases to make your progress in the game much faster. But why would anyone pay for in-game currency? Well you yourself can answer that if you have played a any addictive game in the recent past. You would definitely wanted to pay for the game.

How Do Developer Encourage you to Spend Money?

The reason why people end up getting addicted to these games is because developers have done a lot of research. They were provided with information regarding the time a user was spending playing the game and what stage forced the user to leave the app. They know how the users play their games.
You can say developers have mastered the art of applied addiction. They know how to force you into coming back to the same game again and again. The developers monetise their gameplay by employing some basic behavioural psychology.
While you are playing a free game, the developers are playing a psychological game, tricking you or rather forcing you unknowingly into buying in game cash. This way they make far more money than they would, had they made users pay to install the game. This method of monetisation, in-app purchases, is becoming a common practise these days.
game monetisation graph
Another aspect of psychology tells you that when you experience an unexpected loss, you feel it more intensely than the same amount of profits. Games time purchase prompts at such times so that there is more chance you pay to make a comeback.
The whole process of a getting a user and making money can be described as:
game development

Techniques Used to Make More Money

One thing which is common amongst all these games is that they have two virtual currencies like diamonds and coins or lollipops and gold bars. Some of them even have a third object which is the number of times you can play the game before it needs to time to recharge. You can make one of those from the game while one comes very rarely and the third object recharges using time. Forcing you to wait while you are yearning to play the addictive game.
When you use this virtual currency, you don’t feel like you are using real money. It is sort of like using a credit card to buy more stuff instead of paying by cash. That way you bypass the feeling of ‘wasting money’. In addition, many games now use multiple tiers. Here’s how it works.
Rare currency like, diamonds in Temple Run 2, can be bought using real world cash. And then you can use that to buy other cash or coins to buy in-game stuff. So it’s kind of like you pay PKR 400 (~$3.99) for 50 of the rare currency (diamonds, gold bars etc.) and then you use those to buy the second currency for like, 10 of the rare currency for 1000 in-game easy currency. So in reality they are distancing you from feeling like you are paying real money but still make you pay some for some better game experience.
You can also buy more time directly by buying hearts, lives or stars. They let you play more times. Or you can buy instant upgrades in some games which saves you a lot of time, like in Clash of Clans.

40% developers charge users based on their country and phone’s model

So you feel like you are spending just PKR 400 and getting 1000. That’s cheap right? You spend that much on a zinger burger. So that’s not much, you are saving yourself months of trouble by sacrificing a burger.
Other than that the payment methods have been made so easy that payment takes less time than choosing the payment package from the game screen. The painless process makes it forgettable so you don’t remember how much you have already spent on the game. I have seen people spend thousands of rupees on games like Clash of Clans and Candy Crush.
Some developers even charge differently depending on the user’s phone and region. For example, you will be charged less if you are in Pakistan with a cheap phone but you will charged more if you are in the US with an LG G5. They might even offer discounts depending on your personal payment profiles.

What’s The Result of This Monetisation Method?

At the end of it all, the ones who pay are still a small minority, only 1.9 percent. And those who pay a lot are even lesser. But that small amount of users results whole lots of payments. Half of all the money made from game revenue comes from only 0.2 percent of the gamers. These very few people spend thousands of dollars on such addictive games.

Half of game revenue comes from only 0.2 percent of users

In short, the rest of the gamers are just bait for the ones who pay. They are only used to make the game viral. The more viral a game gets, the more the users and more chances of finding those who pay. They also update the games in order to accommodate for the information they get from you gameplay and use it to make it more cashable.

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Story: The Orange Seller



A man often bought oranges from an old lady.
After they were weighed, paid for and put in his bag, he would always pick one from his bag, peel it, put a segment in his mouth, complain it's sour and pass on the orange to the seller.
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The old lady would put one segment in her mouth and retort, "why, it's sweet," but by then he was gone with his bag.
 
His wife, always with him, asked, "the oranges are always sweet, then why this drama every time?"
He smiled, "the old mother sells sweet oranges but never eats them herself. This way I get her to eat one, without losing her money. That's all."
The vegetable seller next to the old lady, saw this everyday.

She chided, "every time this man fusses over your oranges, and I see that you always weigh a few extra for him. Why?"
The old lady smiled, "I know he does this to feed me an orange, only, he thinks I don't understand. I never weigh extra. His love tilts the scale slightly every time."
 
FLASH:
Life's joys are in these sweet little gestures of love and respect for our fellow beings. God, Grant us always the ability to show such amazing kindness and Gestures.

Story: The Orange Seller



A man often bought oranges from an old lady.
After they were weighed, paid for and put in his bag, he would always pick one from his bag, peel it, put a segment in his mouth, complain it's sour and pass on the orange to the seller.
​​

The old lady would put one segment in her mouth and retort, "why, it's sweet," but by then he was gone with his bag.
 
His wife, always with him, asked, "the oranges are always sweet, then why this drama every time?"
He smiled, "the old mother sells sweet oranges but never eats them herself. This way I get her to eat one, without losing her money. That's all."
The vegetable seller next to the old lady, saw this everyday.

She chided, "every time this man fusses over your oranges, and I see that you always weigh a few extra for him. Why?"
The old lady smiled, "I know he does this to feed me an orange, only, he thinks I don't understand. I never weigh extra. His love tilts the scale slightly every time."
FLASH:
Life's joys are in these sweet little gestures of love and respect for our fellow beings. God, Grant us always the ability to show such amazing kindness and Gestures.