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Personality Plus: Book Review

Category : Life Tips

Book Review:  Personality Plus by Florence Littauer

Synopsis

Personality Plus is a book that presents four different personalities: The Melancholic, the Sanguine, the Choleric and the Phlegmatic. It begins with a fun personality quiz to discover your personality profile (and maybe.. hehe.. that of your significant other as well!)

Following the personality test, the book highlights the strengths of each type of personality in a section entitled Personality Potential. Then, in the next section, the weaknesses of each personality are discussed. In the final section, the book ties this all together with a discussion of how knowledge of the different personalities can impact our relationships and how we can integrate this knowledge to improve them.

Review

I loved doing the personality quiz at the beginning. I have a choleric personality, so, of course, I like to get right to the point.  I dislike beating around the bush and wasting time with details. For all the melancholics out there, I am sure you will love the list: it gives you things to check off. Sanguines, you will have fun too – it can be a game.  And to the dear phlegmatics, I am sure you will find a friendly tidbit for everyone.  Here is a breakdown of the book and what I thought as I read through the sections.

Personality Strengths

Naturally, when I began reading it, I went straight to the section on choleric (why waste time learning about the other personalities, right?) .  I went to see what my strengths were, bypassing the sections on sanguines and melancholics. Then I read on the melancholics – there are a number of these types in my family, and I realized why I may have been stepping on some toes and causing hurt feelings. When you read about these two personalities (Choleric and melancholic), you will understand what I mean.

Personality Weaknesses

Against my natural inclination, I had to read the section dealing with weaknesses. Do clerics have weaknesses? Yes, in fact, they do – sorry choleric!  This was a humbling experience. The phlegmatics were looking very good at this point and I, as a choleric, was enjoying some humble pie (maybe from misunderstanding the melancholics).  You sunny sanguines are not off the hook – why can you never find your keys? Phlegmatics – gotta love the phlegmatics, but .. please.. make a decision!

The Tie In

Finally, I liked that the book ties everything into why it is important to be aware of the different personalities.  Relationships, both personal and professional, can benefit enormously. I believe this is the most important point of the book – learning how this knowledge can build (and repair) relationships. If we only focus on what our personality type is and use it for better or for worse, we are missing half of the picture.

It Was Hard At First

My biggest problem with the book (and it is a really good book) has to mostly with the fact that I couldn’t bring myself to read it all the way through for a while. That has a lot to do with my personality. I figured that once I had done the test and learned about my personality, I was pretty much done. After several attempts and many excuses, I decided to get down to the business of finishing this book and I am glad I did.  I learned a lot!

 

Conclusion

Personality Plus is a book that is well worth reading. It gives a detailed look into each of the four personalities: their strengths and their weaknesses. The final section zeroes in on the importance of being aware of the personalities and how this knowledge is applicable in pour personal and professional lives.

 

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5 Essential Factors For Success

Category : Success

 

We are all looking to be a success on some level. We all want to say that our time and effort were worthwhile. Sometimes, however,  success seems unclear, elusive or unattainable. The truth is that success can be for everyone.

“You will only achieve that which you believe you can achieve.”

These words are so true. Belief is everything when it comes to success. All things begin with a thought which turns in to belief and action.

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Success is not for the faint of heart and it is not about money.  Neither is it for the lucky few. Success is a mindset; it comes with its own rules of conduct – what is fair and what is not. It is the result of how we think and the decisions we make.

What Does It Take?

Hard Work (No surprise there!)

Well, that certainly is no surprise. Quire simply, without hard work, what we set out to do won’t get done. But, interestingly enough, hard work is rare.  Many people think they work hard, they say they work hard, but actually, hard work is really not all that common. What does hard work look like? We can compare it to speeding up a down escalator trying to get to the top. That is what hard work is like – going against the obstacles.

Belief (Without it, forget about success!)

Belief comes from working hard and steadily at something and then finally beginning to see some results (even small results).  Each time we take a step in the right direction or try our hardest, we send a message to our brain that we are serious about our goals. Suddenly (or gradually), we start to believe in ourselves, that we can do it. The more we do this, the harder it will be to give up since we have invested so much time and work.

Results (Our Motivation)

The hard work will eventually produce results and our conviction will push for results. That is the way it is. It is a learning process. We begin to see our strengths and weakness and learn to minimize our weakness while leveraging our strengths.

Smart work (Hard work is not enough)

Smart work is the multiplication factor to turn hard work into a powerhouse of results. We need to be ready and willing to learn and change. We need to get ourselves out of the familiar zone (comfort zone) and step into the uncomfortable zone, the one that will require us to change and grow as we learn. Of course, we shouldn’t go outside this zone into the panic zone where we may freak out and not know what we are doing.

Time (The key factor)

There is one more variable for success: time. We need to “stick with it” long enough to see the results we set out to achieve. Time is the compounding factor (like the penny doubled each day over 3o days).  We need to be in for the long haul, working, improving, growing changing on a daily basis. Working hard and smart consistently over time will bring the result we want.

So What Is the Takeaway?

We can if we will.  If we don’t buy our own excuses, if we don’t stay in our comfort zone, if we stay “in our lane”  the learning and growing zone, if we stay out of the panic zone and if we work hard, work smart and consistently over time, we will achieve what we set out to achieve.

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Mango – Pineapple – Banana – Tumeric / Ginger Smoothie

The Awesome Mango-Pineapple & Banana Smoothie  with a hint of ginger and turmeric

 
Ingredients
2 fairly ripe bananas 
1 cup of frozen or fresh pineapple chunks
1 /2 cup of frozen or fresh mangoes
1/2 cup of coconut milk*
1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
1 1/2 inch piece of fresh ginger
 

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Directions
  • Put cut up bananas, defrosted or fresh mango chunks, pineapple chunks, fresh ginger, the turmeric powder into a blender.
  • Add the coconut milk* and enough water to make a smooth mixture. pomegranate seeds into a blender. Then add water and blend until really smooth.
  • Blend until smooth and serve

Serving size: makes two full glass servings

Mangoes
Mangoes are a very good source of vitamin A which is helpful in promoting eye health and preventing macular degeneration, night blindness, and eye dryness. Vitamin A, together with vitamin C. are excellent vitamins for promoting skin health as well.
Pineapples
Pineapples contain the enzyme Bromelain, which is a powerful agent against inflammation.  Bromelain is instrumental in fighting against arthritis, allergies and other inflammation-related issues.  Bromelain also helps in promoting good digestion.
Bananas
Bananas are an excellent source of fiber, which is necessary to promote healthy digestion. The high potassium content of bananas helps to keep blood pressure levels low.  Bananas are also a good source of magnesium, which helps to maintain a healthy nervous system. Both magnesium and potassium are also important in healthy kidney function.
Tumeric
Tumeric is widely known for its many health-boosting properties. Some of these are:
  • It promotes healthy brain function  and prevents against such diseases as dementia and Alzheimers disease
  • It has powerful anti-cancer properties
  • It strengthens the immune system
  • It controls blood sugar levels

anti-inflammatory https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19594223

Alzheimers https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16988474

anti-cancer https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18462866

Ginger

Like turmeric, ginger is a powerhouse for promoting health. It shares similar properties:

  • It fights against cancer  (6-gingerol)
  • It aids in reducing nausea
  • It fights against fungal infections
  • It fights against infections
  • It reduces inflammation

pregnancy-related nausea https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3995184/

 

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Watermelon Is the Sweet Jewel of Summer

Category : Uncategorized

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Sweet Watermelon Facts

  1. There are about 1,200 watermelon varieties worldwide
  2. The biggest watermelon (2013) weighed in at 350.5 pounds!
  3. Farmers in Japan grow them in cube shapes.
  4. Watermelons are the official state vegetable (not fruit!) of Oklahoma.
  5. People have been harvesting watermelons for around 5, 000 years.
  6. In China and Japan, watermelon is a popular hostess gift.

Health Benefits of Watermelon

1. Hydrating

The high water content of watermelon (over 90% water), together with its electrolyte content help to hydrate the body and prevent against the dangers of high heat and humidity of summer.  It contains both potassium and magnesium which work together in reducing blood pressure in the veins and arteries. The high water content of watermelon allows the body to cool down in the heat through the sweating process.

 

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2. Great food for diabetics

People with diabetes have to follow a low energy and low sugar diet which can leave them feeling hungry and unsatisfied.  Although watermelons are not high in calories,, they do contain a lot of (sweet) water and  a good amount of fibre. Eating them can help to satisfy  hunger for a while.  The potassium in watermelons improves insulin function and together with magnesium, lovers blood pressure as well.

3. Fights against cancer

Watermelons, together with tomatoes are high in lypocene content. Lypocene is a carotenoid that is increasingly being referenced in cancer prevention. Watermelons also contain vitamin C, which is widely known for its anti-cancer benefits as an antioxidant. The phytonutrient citruline, found in watermelons, helps fight against cancer by strengthening the immune system and helping the body rid itself of toxic elements such as ammonia.

4.  Muscle soreness, recovery and inflammation

Watermelon contains citruline, which converts to the amino acid arginine. Among its other benefits, arginine aids in relieving muscle soreness after extended effort and in muscle recovery and rebuilding. The choline in watermelons helps with sleep, muscle movement and reduces inflammation. The lypocene contained in watermelon also reduces inflammation.

5. Eye health

Macular degeneration leading to age-related blindness and the possibility of glaucoma and cataracts can be discouraging. Watermelon contains several phytonutrients to help with these conditions: beta-carotene, vitamin C,  lutein and zeanthin. Of course, all the water contained in this fruit helps to keep the tissues soft and malleable.

6. Heart health

Watermelon is helpful for maintaining healthy heart functions. It lowers  and regulates blood pressure ( potassium and magnesium) , protects arteries and veins (carotenoids) , relaxes blood vessels  and arteries (potassium).

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7. Skin and hair benefits

Our skin and hair are the first indicators of  health. When we are not doing so well on the inside, this will be reflected in the condition of our hair and skin first. Watermelon has a number of phytonutrients to help our skin and hair stay hydrated and strong. Vitamin A aids in the production of sebum and in tissue growth. Vitamin C helps to build and maintain college in the body. Both (sebum and collegen) give us healthy looking skin and hair.

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The 10 Big Money Mistakes People Make

Category : Life Tips

 

 

 

 

We have all made them.  We have all spent unwisely and then regretted it later. Many of us have fumbled our way through trying to understand money: how to get it and how to keep it.

Often our understanding of investing was foggy, to say the least. Not too many of us learned about proper use and investment of money in school.

This article is not imposing guilt for making these mistakes  (I have made just about all of them), but about raising some awareness about where to start and the minefields to avoid. So, without further ado, here are the 10 big money mistakes

1. Getting Into (and Staying in) Consumer Debt

Consumer debt is the mal of our times. It is everywhere. It is rare to find anyone who does not have some form of debt (car payments, mortgages, student loans or credit card debt)  Most will say that debt is a necessary evil… but is it really?   We live in a society of instant gratification: “I need it here and now.” We live in a society where status dictates what we should buy and how we should live. Our children learn that they should pursue an education at any cost. In the end, we become (through consumer debt). someone else’s asset and a liability to ourselves.

2. Not Knowing What Money Is For

Not knowing what money is for is at the root of the consumer debt problem. Money is not for spending indiscriminately on whatever we feel like having or think we need.  It is not for accumulating in order to spend. Money is security, protection, stewardship.  When we put money in its proper perspective and understand its purpose, then it is easier to manage it well.

3.Getting Advice From the Wrong People

Wow! That’s a touchy one!  Everyone has their own brand of financial advice to give.  But why would we take money advice (for example) from our brother-in-law or our college dorm mate if they are steeped in consumer debt? Are they really the best people to turn to to help us achieve our financial goals?

And what about the experts?  It is good to hear to get their perspective, but let’s face it –  there is always a monetary incentive to help us out in our planning and our investing, isn’t there? And the real matter is that no one ..no one… will actually care more about your money than you.

4. Not Investing in Ourselves ( Building Our Skill Sets)

Warren Buffet, when speaking to a group of college students, advised the following (my paraphrase):

  • Don’t borrow money to leverage debt
  • Invest in yourself (your mind, your education)

Investing in ourselves (ongoing education) is the sure-fire way to increase our market potential; it is the best way to multiply (exponentially) our earning potential. This is not an area to ignore or skimp on.

5. Not Saving Enough and Not Having an Emergency Fund

Wisdom tells us that we should save at least 10% of our income (if not more) and we should pay (ourselves) off the top:  Many do not know this principle or, if they do, do not apply it because they are afraid they will not have enough to pay their bills. In fact, they will never be able to apply this principle if they remain in the mindset of “I can’t.”

Furthermore, we should put money aside to build upon an emergency fund.  The general rule is to have at least 6 months of savings put aside for emergency (not a buy- a- tv fund) reasons.

6. Not Investing  Long Term

The keywords here are long term.  The power of compounding is that it works amazingly well over time.  Remember that compound interest is either working for us or it is working against us. Are we getting richer as we sleep or poorer?

7. Not Starting Early Enough.

The saying goes “it’s never  too late.”  However, regarding savings, early is definitely better than late. The “magic”  of compound interest works exponentially over time, time being the key factor. So the earlier you start to apply savings principles and the longer you do this, the better chances you have of reaping amazing benefits later on.

For those who begin later, it’s not too late, just not as optimal as if you had started earlier. Finally, always trust in time rather than in timing.

8. Not Having a Plan

Not having a plan is planning to fail. The plan is the very first step in financial investment. Plan,  save and invest. And, do this long term!  The plan should not just be in your head; it should be written down. We need to regularly inspect our plan and adjust as necessary.  As the saying goes, we can’t expect what we don’t inspect.

9. Over Spending on Big Ticket Items and Also Over Spending on All the Little Things.

Overspending on the big-ticket items: boats, cars, cottages, Skidoos is not uncommon.  Do we actually need these?  What is the return?  Such a lot of money goes into the purchase of these (sometimes) unnecessary items that will only lose their resale value over time. More often than not, these big items are financed over the years, which means, of course, that we couldn’t afford to buy them in the first place.

Overspending on small items from day to day goes virtually unnoticed so that we end up wondering where all our money has gone and why we never have enough of it. The same rule applies here as to the big-ticket items: Do we really need these?

We can keep track (yes, record keeping) of our spending.  Try tracking all spending for 30 days. You will be amazed, not only at where your money is going but also at how much you could have saved.

10. Not Developing a Cash Flow

Cash flow refers to the money coming in and the money going out, where it is coming from and where it is being spent. Author Robert Kiyosaki writes and speaks extensively on the subject of developing a passive cashflow

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