My Ramblings Articles
To be successful at many things in life requires a good start. Whether its school, health, money, career, relationships, raising children, starting a business, etc. Just like a sprinter running a race, he or she must have a good start to win, even if he or she is the fastest sprinter.
I often tell teenagers heading off to college to not “screw-up” their first two years of college. Many teens party their first two years of college and end up with low GPAs. By the time they realize their mistake it’s very difficult to raise their GPAs. The first 2 years of college is easier than the last 2 years. They screwed up the easy courses and now they have to work harder to get good grades in tougher courses. If they did well the first 2 years and didn’t do as well the last 2 years, their GPAs would not suffer as much. I explain to them that it’s imperative to have a good start!
The same goes with health. Maintaining your weight, exercising, eating right and not smoking early in life will benefit you in the long term. If you eat poorly, don’t exercise, smoke, gain excess weight early in life it will be more difficult later in life to reverse it than maintaining it earlier in life.
Money is also an area where it’s imperative to get a good start early in life. Once you are on your own, manage your money correctly from the start. Save to buy things and do not finance purchases using a credit card. Live below your means. Pay 0ff your bills on time to maintain a good credit score. Develop and follow a budget. Have an emergency fund. Put money in your company’s 401K plan. If you have a good financial start, you will reap the rewards later in life. Managing your money poorly early in your adult life will cost your dearly in the long-term. If your credit is low, you will end up paying much higher interest rates when purchasing a home or a car. Or you may be simply denied loans. Financing things with a credit card will cost you hundreds or thousands of dollars in unnecessary interest fees. If you have no money saved, when hard times hit (loss of job, illness, divorce, etc,) you may end up filing bankruptcy or losing your home.
There are many more situations in life that it’s imperative to have a good start. Starting off poorly quickly leads down the road of failure where it becomes hard to reverse.
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Very interesting video below of how quickly the world is changing especially because of technology. Enjoy!
Below is a very interesting interview by 60 Minutes with Marc Dreier who ran a $400 million Ponzi scheme. Mr. Dreier was a respected, Yale and Harvard educated lawyer who ran a big Park Avenue law firm. He was initially arrested in Toronto for impersonating an officer in a pension fund to get a loan from a hedge fund when his scheme began to unravel.
Mr. Dreier is currently doing 20 years in prison. It’s amazing that he could get away with his scheme for so long and that people were willing to lend him hundreds of millions of dollars without ensuring he was legit and capable of paying the money back.
Video: Marc Dreier’s $400M Ponzi Scheme
Google has a neat service called Google Alerts which alerts you by e-mail when information is posted on the Internet with search terms you want to track, like your name. You can also monitor news stories, companies, competitors, celebrities, events, sport teams, etc.
To create a Google Alert you enter your search terms, the type of web sites you want to track (news, blog, web, comprehensive, and video, group), how often you want an alert e-mailed to you (as it happens, once per day, once per week) and your e-mail address to deliver the alert.
Below are screen shots of Google Alerts setup screen and a sample email.
Google Alerts Setup Screen Shot
Google Alerts Email Screen Shot
For more information and to setup Google Alerts visit google.com/alerts.
When I first saw the video below I was blown away. Technology is advancing so rapidly it’s absolutely amazing. The video below highlights Microsoft’s Project Natal, a revolutionary new way to play video games for the Xbox 360 with no controller.
Project Natal is the future of playing video games, which is similar to the existing Nintendo Wii but way more advanced and requires no controller. You will be able to play games where you can kick, hit, catch or trap things with voice recognition and even scan objects into the game. This may definitely be a Nintendo Wii killer app.
Before Natal is launched, Microsoft announced it would add ways for players to connect with Facebook, Twitter and other social networks via the Xbox this fall. Way to go Microsoft!
Video: Project Natal Xbox 360
Microsoft has not announced any release date or price, however, development kits have been sent to partnering studios. So it seems Project Natal is still a work in process. For more information about Project Natal visit xbox.com/projectnatal.
Most people don’t realize the power behind Google Search. You can search for weather, stock quotes, sports scores, unit conversion, shipping tracking numbers, movie times, patents and much more. Below are various search features for you to check out. You can click on the search button to see the examples in action.
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Like many people, at times I find exercising boring. Over the years there were times I’ll exercise frequently, allowing me to get in shape only to then fall off because of the monotony and boredom. In doing cardio, I often try to read a magazine and listen to music while on the treadmill, stationary bicycle or elliptical.
My wife over a year ago purchased an elliptical trainer and recently I started using it to get back in shape. However, the first few times I used it, after a few minutes I was bored. I tried listening to music and reading magazines to no avail. I hate watching the clock while I exercise because a half hour will seem like an hour.
I then read an article about an Internet Marketer who attached her laptop to her treadmill and worked / surfaced the Web while exercising. I thought that was a great idea. She claimed she lost considerable weight doing this. She slowly walks while working and the weight slowly dropped off over several months.
I attached my laptop to the elliptical with a belt and decided to give it a try. Now a half hour seems like 10 minutes when I’m on the elliptical while using my laptop and the Internet. Sometimes I watch videos/movies, listen to music, check e-mail, send e-mails and work on projects. Doing this totally distracts me from the time on the elliptical and the time really flies by. I try to do at least 30 minutes, but I usually do 45 minutes to 1 hour because the time goes by so quickly.
Ingenious Attachment Of Laptop To Elliptical
Me On the Elliptical While Working/Surfacing the Web
If you are interested in a much better way to secure your laptop to your elliptical, stationary bike or treadmill then checkout SurfShelf.com. See video below.
For more information visit SurfShelf.com.