With a Little Help From Your Friends

You can't know everything.

More companies are using consultants today because of the demands of rapidly changing technologies and scarcity of technical skills. So it's more important than ever to use consultants properly and effectively.

The Internet and e-business, among other developments, have brought the need for new technologies into old-line manufacturing companies at a dizzying rate. Plus most mid-sized companies have little or no in-house expertise or resources to understand the opportunities or pursue them for competitive advantage. Even if a company wanted to hire an in-house technical staff, finding and retaining the best and the brightest is mission impossible given today's high technology job market. Given the cost of most benefit packages and the tenuous nature of the economy, management might not want to make a long term commitment with an unproven individual.

It's no wonder, then, that smaller companies, many that have never used consultants before, are beginning to look to this option as the only way to get into the game. But it's difficult for these companies to determine just what kind of help they need and where to find it.


The employment of e-business technologies has rapidly become a necessity in all kinds of business, whether to support marketing and sales efforts direct to consumers; for effective communications with dealers, resellers or industrial customers; for communicating with suppliers and service providers or in order to participate in online marketplaces: trade exchanges and collaborative networks.

Most custom-designed and pre-packaged software applications – anything designed or built more than a year or two ago – do not fully support the communications, data transfer and interoperability requirements that are necessary to fully participate in the world of commerce.

Given the desperate on-going need for technological know-how, a larger mid-sized company might consider hiring a full-time employee to fill the need, but that's a lot easier said than done. The demand is very high and the supply of qualified individuals is rather sparse. If you could find the right candidate, the asking salary would probably knock your socks off. It's a sellers' market and the job seekers are well aware of that fact.

Assuming you succeeded in hiring the right person with the right skills and training, then retention becomes a huge concern. Prior to the recession, turnover in this market used to be tremendous, but if your techie is highly qualified, expect him to get frequent recruitment calls and higher salary offers.

Another concern is the short shelf life of today's technology expertise. Your new employee will need to spend a fair amount of his or her time staying up to date with developments and new products and tool sets.


When you need expertise for a defined project or for a limited period of time, it makes sense to rent it – contract for the needed help only to the extent that it is needed. That's obvious. But you should also consider a more long-term relationship with outside resources, especially in support of new and evolving technologies. Since things are changing so rapidly, and considering how difficult it is to hire and retain technical employees as well as keep their skills up-to-date, using outside resources on an ongoing basis becomes very attractive, indeed.

Most companies that immediately reject this idea are scared away by the high daily or hourly rates charged by consultants. But they should force themselves to look past the immediate out-of-pocket cost and think in terms of both the benefits expected and the cost of the alternatives.

Once you've decided that consultants have the answers you seek, finding the right one (s) becomes the next big challenge. There are international, national, regional and local firms of all sizes with a number of specialties and capabilities. Your choice will be dictated by a number of factors, including the scope and nature of the project, the location (s) covered and whether you have an existing relationship with a software vendor, accounting firm or technology vendor that also offers the consulting expertise you need.

For more limited tasks that are relatively well defined, building a Web site or integrating e-business software to your enterprise requirement planning (ERP) system, for example, your best choice might be a local or regional firm that knows your software and your business . If you are looking for help in developing a strategy, one of the larger firms with more varied experience and a deeper pool of expertise might be more appropriate.

Of course, you may need both kinds of help. You might look for a firm that can do it all, but that leaves some people uncomfortable. Many believe that the firm that analyzes the problem and maps out the solution should not be the one to deliver it. It is reasonable to suspect that a firm that has a cadre of programmers, analysts and systems integrators on the payroll might be motivated to generate work for these people to the possible detriment of the customer's budget. On the other hand, another service provider brought in to do the work won't have the intimate knowledge of your situation and your needs that you just paid the first consultant to absorb.

If your company has only one plant and warehouse, a smaller and more local firm might be a good choice, but if your operations are scattered throughout the country or around the world, you'd better be looking for a firm that can support you in all those geographic areas.

Most software vendors have consulting resources available either on staff or through an affiliate network or both. If the project is supplemental to the core software, these people will have a leg up on other firms who might have to learn the intricacies of the software before they can help you. However, don't expect an objective assessment of the software's suitability if the consultant has a relationship with the software vendor. Many accounting firms have consulting services arms, but some customers shy away from using the same company for consulting and auditing based on those same concerns about objectivity. In any case, several of the big accounting firms have now spun off or sold their consulting organizations. Or you might already be working with a consulting organization and you will have to determine if they have the skills and knowledge necessary to help you take the next step.


Building your Web presence, integrating systems together, devising an Internet strategy or any of the other specific tasks involved in moving forward with new technologies – these are not one-time events.

The technology is changing daily as is the form and shape of the marketplace these technologies are creating. If you rely on outside resources for help in getting it done in the first place, budget for continuing support not only to keep it all running smoothly but also for upgrades and expansion that will be necessary to keep up with the technology, the competition and customer demands.

When choosing your advisory resource, think in terms of a long-term relationship rather than a one-time project. It is absolutely fair to insist on interviewing the principal consultant (s) who will be working on your project and checking references just as you would a potential employee. And if, at a later time, you find that a person working on your project is not providing the service you expected, or simply does not fit in with your organization and your project team, it's okay to ask for that person to be replaced.

When interviewing consultants and assembling your team, be sure that the desired individuals have the time available in their schedules to support your project. Get a commitment in writing as to the availability of key individuals. Of course, the best-laid plans can be derailed by sickness, injury or other unforeseen circumstances. Even consultants change jobs from time to time. Insist on a commitment from the firm that you have the right to specify who will be working on your project.

The foregoing is not intended to sound negative or imply an adversarial relationship between consulting firm and customer. On the contrary – the consultants should be full-fledged members of your team and should be made to feel the same kind of loyalty toward your organization that your employees feel. Make them welcome and treat them like members of the family for they surely are, or should be.

Companies have a wide range of attitudes about consultants. Some are used to tapping these resources on a regular basis while others have never taken advantage of the expertise and objectivity that consultants have to offer.

In today's environment, with complicated (and rapidly changing) new technologies becoming more and more important to becoming and remaining competitive, it's nice to know that you can rent the expertise you need, when you need it. The sticker price may be a bit of a shock at first, but the return is almost always well worth the investment – not only in keeping up with the competition but also in saving time and money in getting where you need to be.

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Employee Motivation And Productivity – How You Motivate Others To Do As Little As Possible

Employee motivation and employee productivity can be tricky. Have you ever managed people you’d describe as capable and talented, but they just “go through the motions” of showing up and doing the bare minimum? You might ask yourself, “Where is their motivation?”

What may be happening in the above scenario is that these talented, capable people are motivated to show up at work and do as little as possible without getting fired!

The definition of motivation is – An inner drive that compels behavior. Therefore, to say someone “just isn’t motivated”, just isn’t possible. Employee motivation begins with understanding that within every human being, there’s an inner drive that compels behavior. In other words, everyone has motivation. Criminals are motivated as much as you and I…only in a different direction to achieve different outcomes. Each of us behaves as we do, because of an inner drive called “motivation.”

One question that might arise from the above definition is, “If motivation comes from within, does that mean employee motivation and productivity isn’t possible with some people?” That’s a great question. Let’s take a closer look at employee motivation and productivity and how we can get more out of people.

The first step is in understanding that each of us has “wants” in key life areas such as financial, health, relationships, business/career, spiritual and recreational. Our vision in those areas, and our journey toward fulfilling them, is what determines our motivation and productivity. When there’s a “gap” between where we are and where we want to be, inner drive “kicks in” to somehow close the gap.

Given the above, every interaction you have with people, motivates or de-motivates them. Every interaction “raises a mirror”, where they see themselves in relation to where they want to be. Your words and actions have immediate meaning for people: their relationship with you either moves them toward or away from their desired destination. If people experience you as a barrier to having more of what they want, they may “hold back” their productivity. For them, more effort isn’t worthwhile enough; therefore, it may appear they have no motivation.

Now we know better. They’re motivated…just in a different direction than you. Sometimes it doesn’t take much to affect someone’s motivation and productivity.

A friend of mine is the number one salesperson for a company. He once told me he had zero motivation to win a sales contest which included a fully paid trip to Cancun for 10 days with his wife. Why?

His children weren’t included on the trip. If he and his wife were leaving on vacation, he wanted his kids with them. Since that wasn’t the case, he got very creative with order schedules, so he could place second in the contest without losing commissions in the long term. Granted, the company’s quarterly bottom line would be lower, but this way my friend could get what he wanted – a family vacation on his terms.

Like my friend, all of us have motivation toward what we want and away from what we don’t want.

If my friend’s manager had asked, “What would provide you the most motivation to win this contest?”…he would have heard my friend say, “Just give me four days in Disney World with my wife and kids, then get out of my way and watch me win this thing.” One simple question would have made all the difference in my friend’s motivation to win, but his manager didn’t ask it.

When you show interest in what people want and help them get more of that, you ignite employee motivation and productivity in the direction you desire.

Do you struggle with business productivity and employee motivation? Are you desperately trying to find a way to increase productivity and motivate some employees? Are you about to throw in the towel because you think motivation isn’t possible with some people? If so, consider that they may not be getting enough of what they want, and that’s why they appear to have little motivation.

How do you find out what employees want? You must ask them. If their productivity and motivation is low because important things aren’t being fulfilled, you may be able to increase productivity and turn things around by finding a way to make their job a vehicle for getting more of what they want.

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Other Forex Currency Sayings

Here are some Forex currency sayings:

  • Currency Trading is about self-government. If you can manage your own actions, you can trade currency successfully.
  • The truth is that most people do not have the self-control to be currency traders. It is a learned skill that comes after much trial and error.
  • There is nothing destructive about being wrong – the mistake lies in "staying" wrong.
  • Difference between Winners and Losers is Persistence
  • 95% of traders lose, because they go onto Forums and are taught how to lose.
  • Never hope on a trade, just manage doubt.
  • One does not have confidence in their trades because they do not have valid reasons for the success of their trades over the long term.
  • Have courage and intelligence to admit when you lose.
  • The traders who are most likely to fail are the ones who enter the market unprepared – emotionally, psychologically and technically.
  • Two entities rule the market, fear and greed. They pass the scepter of control back and forth everyday and that is how we make money.
  • You cannot win without an edge, if you do not know what your edge is you do not have one. To have an edge you must have a method.
  • Winners plan, losers merely hope.
  • Reading all the financial news and evaluating it will avail you nothing. The market may rise on bad news and go down on good news. Then where are you?
  • A good trader has to have three things: a chronic inability to accept things at face value, to feel continuously unsettled, and to have humility.
  • If you traded according to your plan then there are no "extra points" to be had.
  • I convinced myself that whatever was wrong was wrong with me and not with the market.
  • Do not ask the market what he cannot give you, and be prepared to take what he is willing to share with you.
  • Trading is a loser's game. He who loses best wins.
  • Good traders know how to make money, but great traders know how to take a loss.
  • Trade what you see not what you think.
  • Trade Well and Be Well. Take responsibility for your trades. It is your money.
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Essential Factors When Buying Sports Cars For Sale Overseas

When it comes to vehicles, there are numerous types and models individuals can choose from. But, for individuals who have lucrative finances, the best option is to purchase a sports car. However, buying a sports car can be difficult since some models are limited. Fortunately, car buyers can also look for sports car for sale overseas. When doing so, below are some essential factors you need to consider.

Car condition

One of the most essential factors that car buyers need to consider when buying a sports car for sale overseas is its condition. This is very important especially if you are looking for a used one. When checking the condition of the vehicle, it is important that you look for signs of rust as well as repaired parts of the car. In addition, it is also a good idea to call in a mechanic to help you evaluate the engine. However, these tasks are impossible if you are buying overseas. So, the best option is to check the car's auction inspection sheet. This inspection sheet will provide you with accurate information about the vehicle. Not to mention, inspection sheets also include the auction grade, which can help you determine its value.

Market price

After checking the vehicle, it is also best for car buyers to know its market price. There are some car models that more expensive due to its demand or perhaps, due to its additional accessories such as bigger engine or better handling. Therefore, it is important to do your research to ensure that your investment will be worth it.

Import regulations

It is also important for car buyers to have sufficient knowledge about import regulations. These regulations differ in each country. Thus, it is best that you contact authorities before buying a sports car for sale overseas. Other than that, it is also important that you complete all needed requirements to ensure that import tasks can be completed easily and promptly.


Lastly, car buyers must also ask for insurance. Insurance is very important when transporting vehicles since damages such as dents and scratches can easily affect the value of the vehicle. In addition, these damages can be very expensive. By getting an insurance, you are rest assured that any damages in the car during the transport will be shouldered by the importer.

These are some of the most essential factors that car buyers need to consider when planning to buy a sports car for sale overseas.

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Are The Latest Faux Beef Burgers Healthier?

Veggie burgers have been around for many decades and they generally cater to vegetarians and vegans who do not want to have any kind of meat. Such burgers may be made from ingredients like grains, beans (especially soybeans and tofu), nuts, seeds, or mushrooms. When it comes to taste and texture, veggie burgers seldom get the attention nor the rave reviews.

Then in 2019, plant-based meats suddenly sprang into the limelight. Two companies, Beyond Meat and Impossible Foods, introduced faux beef burgers that look and taste like beef. Also, young people prefer to eat less meat because they are concerned about the environmental impact of industrial animal agriculture.

More and more companies are making meatless meat tastes like meat. New brands of faux meats are cropping up across the market. Consumers are faced with more choices and decisions than ever before. Are the faux meats really healthier and better for the environment?

The following will look into the two most popular faux meat options on the market, Beyond Burger from Beyond Meat and Impossible Burger from Impossible Foods, and how they stack up with a grass-fed beef burger. Conventional beef burgers using meats from concentrated animal feeding operations is not recommended because of their inhumane growing methods, destruction to the environment, and use of antibiotics, hormones, and GMO feed.

Company Background

Beyond Meat

  • The company was started in 2009 by Ethan Brown to lessen humans' reliance on livestock as a source of protein. Its stated core mission is to improve human health, have a positive impact on climate change, address global resource constraints, and improve animal welfare.
  • Beyond Meat has several plant-based products, including burger, ground meat, sausage, and crumbles.
  • The company had its IPO on May 2, 2019 at $ 25 and its share price shot up to almost $ 240 within 2-3 months. The share price has since come off from its peak but the company still commands a market capitalization of around $ 10 billion.
  • Beyond Meat is sold in grocery stores (such as Kroger, Safeway, Sprouts, and Whole Foods) and available in many fast-food chains (like Del Taco, A&W, Carl's Jr., and Tim Hortons), restaurants, hotels, and universities .

Impossible Foods

  • The company was founded in 2011 by Stanford biochemistry professor, Patrick O. Brown, MD, Ph.D., who is driven by the desire to end the use of animals to make food and to make the global food system truly sustainable.
  • He spent years trying to understand everything people love about meat – from its sizzle and smell to its taste and nutrition. After several years of development, the first Impossible Burger was released in July 2016. In 2019, the company changed its formula and debuted a new Impossible Burger with new ingredients, which it claims to be tastier, juicer, and more nutritious.
  • The company intends to introduce other meats, dairy, and fish in the future – all from plants.
  • Impossible Foods is still a private company but with the latest round of funding in early 2019, the company is now valued at $ 2 billion.
  • Impossible Burgers are available in fast-food chains (such as Burger King) and many restaurants. It will soon be on sale in grocery stores as well.


Beyond Burger ingredients:

Water, Pea Protein Isolate, Expeller-Pressed Canola Oil, Refined Coconut Oil, Rice Protein, Natural Flavors, Cocoa Butter, Mung Bean Protein, Methylcellulose, Potato Starch, Apple Extract, Salt, Potassium Chloride, Vinegar, Lemon Juice Concentrate, Sunflower Lecithin , Pomegranate Fruit Powder, Beet Juice Extract (for color).

Impossible Burger ingredients:

Water, Soy Protein Concentrate, Coconut Oil, Sunflower Oil, Natural Flavors, 2% or less of: Potato Protein, Methylcellulose, Yeast Extract, Cultured Dextrose, Food Starch Modified, Soy Leghemoglobin, Salt, Soy Protein Isolate, Mixed Tocopherols (Vitamin E ), Zinc Gluconate, Thiamine Hydrochloride (Vitamin B1), Sodium Ascorbate (Vitamin C), Niacin, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Vitamin B6), Riboflavin (Vitamin B2), Vitamin B12.

  • The major difference between the two faux meat brands is the source of protein. Beyond Meat uses pea, rice, and mung bean proteins, whereas Impossible Burgers are made from a blend of soy and potato proteins. All these are processed proteins vs natural, unprocessed protein from real beef.
  • Beyond Burger contains beet juice which gives the burger a red color, imitating rare beef. Impossible Burger consists of heme, an iron-containing molecule found in all plants and animals. Heme is what makes our blood red and allows our blood the ability to carry oxygen. This ingredient gives the Impossible Burger a meaty flavor and makes it "bleed".
  • Beyond Burger uses canola and coconut oils while Impossible Burger uses coconut and sunflower oils. Coconut oil is a healthy oil but canola and sunflower oils are not. They are higher in omega-6 fats, which are inflammatory for our bodies.
  • Both faux beef burgers contain quite a bit of sodium. Beyond Meat has 390 mg and Impossible Burger has 370 mg. A grass-fed beef burger has only 76 mg.
  • Both burgers include a number of additives. Apart from water, Beyond Burger has 17 ingredients and Impossible Burger has 12. A grass-fed beef burger has only one ingredient- beef. Impossible Burger is fortified with some vitamins (B, C, and E) and the mineral zinc, whereas grass-fed beef naturally contains omega-3 fats, conjugated linoleic acid, vitamins, and minerals.
  • Both faux beef burgers are vegan. Beyond Burger is non-GMO. Impossible Burger is Halal and Kosher but it contains GMO ingredients and used animal testing to evaluate the safety of its product.

Major Concerns

Genetic Engineering

Impossible Foods considers itself as a food technology company. Its approach is to look at proteins, textures, and flavors at a molecular level and find plant ingredients that behave the same way. They found that heme is the magic ingredient that makes meat taste like meat.

By using the heme-containing protein from the roots of soy plants called soy leghemoglobin, scientists at the company took the DNA from soy plants and inserted it into a genetically engineered yeast. The yeast went through fermentation, multiplied, and produced a lot of heme, the key ingredient that makes the burger "bleed".

Impossible Foods claims that its genetically-modified burger is not toxic and safe to eat, based on the company's rat feeding study. However, there are major concerns: –

  • Glyphosate load. 93% of the soy grown in the US is genetically modified. GM soy is loaded with glyphosate, the main ingredient in the herbicide Roundup. Recent court cases have demonstrated that glyphosate is a cancer-causing carcinogen. The consumer advocacy group Moms Across America revealed that recent testing by Health Research Institute Laboratories showed concerning levels of glyphosate in the Impossible Burger – it contained 11.3 ppb of glyphosate (Beyond Burger was 1 ppb). In rats, just 0.1 ppb of glyphosate has been shown to alter the gene function of over 4,000 genes in the livers and kidneys and cause severe organ damage.
  • Environmentally unsustainable. Glyphosate herbicide is extensively sprayed on GMO soy and corn crops that are commonly used for animal feed, which harms the health of animals, not to mention the humans who consume them. It has also decimated many bee colonies and almost 90% of the monarch butterflies and created super weeds that require even more toxic chemicals to control. The founder of Impossible Foods wanted to create a truly sustainable global food system. By opting to use GMO soy as a major ingredient and indirectly supporting the use of glyphosate, the company's business model does not contribute to a sustainable environment at all.
  • Allergy from GM ingredients. The GM ingredients of the Impossible Burger, which includes a GM yeast and GM soy leghemoglobin proteins, may cause allergic reactions in susceptible individuals. These ingredients have never appeared in the human food supply before and have not been properly safety tested for long-term consumption.

Processed Foods With Additives

Both faux beef burgers contain processed protein with many additives. These burgers are created in a lab made from plant products and additives designed to emulate the taste and texture of real beef. Therefore, they cannot be considered as wholesome, real food.

Which Tastes Better?

The general opinion is that the Impossible Burger definitely tastes and looks more like beef, probably to the point that it can gross out the vegans. It charrs on the outside, has a pink center and is juicy.

The Beyond Burger has more of a coconut aftertaste and is not as beefy. The patty is a little bit spongier and the flavor of different veggie proteins is more apparent. The meat does not bleed or has the same kind of juiciness. It has the same consistency and flavor throughout despite being cooked on a grill.

Which Is Better For You And The Environment?

Impossible Burger

  • Contains GMO ingredients and has a high glyphosate load.
  • GMOs and the toxic chemicals used along with them pose a serious threat to the environment as well as our health.
  • GMO soy is a monoculture crop. Its agricultural model works against nature and depletes nutrients in the soil.
  • The company's soy-based burger is still a carbon emitter. According to the World Food LCA (Life Cycle Assessment) Database, soybean has a footprint of 2 kg of carbon for every kg of food produced.

Beyond Burger

  • Has better ingredients than the Impossible Burger but it is still processed food with many additives.
  • The company's pea protein burger is even a bigger carbon emitter. It produces 4 kg of carbon for every kg of food it produces.

Grass-Fed Beef Burger

  • Unless one is absolutely against eating meat, the grass-fed beef burger is still the healthiest option.
  • In terms of calories, the grass-fed beef burger is similar to the two faux beef burgers.
  • It has about the same amount of fat but the fat also contains omega-3 and conjugated linoleum acid, which have many health benefits.
  • It has substantially less sodium than the faux beef burgers.
  • According to a study done by Quantis, a global environmental consulting firm, the carbon emission of a small, truly regenerative and humane farm (White Oaks Pastures was used in this study) is negative 3.5 kg for each kg of fresh meat. Regenerative grazing allows for optimal resting time of the land to prevent overgrazing and enables regeneration of degraded land. This regenerative system effectively captures soil carbon, offsetting a majority of the emissions related to beef production. (For reference, the carbon footprint of conventional beef is 33 kg for each kg of fresh meat.)

In conclusion, the notion to have less meat and eat a more plant-based diet is a great one. However, this does not equate to eating more processed plant-based foods. One should instead focus on adding more fresh vegetables of different colors to the daily diet. If you are not a vegan, your source of protein should come from grass-fed animals and wild-caught seafood.

Food is life. Food holds the potential for both health and disease, depending on how it is grown and processed. As Hippocrates, the "Father of Medicine", said "Let food be thy medicine '.

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Recreational Activities For Rvers Will Make Your Rv Boondocking The Best Years Of Your Life

So, you've hitched up your rig and pulled out into some absolutely beautiful country to go RV Boondocking. What are you going to do now? You have given it some thought haven't you? You're not really going to just sit in the shade under the awning of your RV, drink beer and burp are you?

Come on. You finally have the time to do all those things you've been talking yourself out of for all these years! You finally have the time to live! So get on with it! Don't talk yourself out of it again. And don't let anyone else talk you out of it. Abandon the excuses and find the shining life that's waiting for you!

There's no shortage of recreational activities for RVers to occupy your time. All you need do is pick one, or better yet, several!

From plain old hiking and fishing, to kayaking, geo caching, and ATV's, there's plenty to do. Get out and have some fun. Take a few chances and get the adrenaline pumping again. Make your RV Boondocking everything you hoped it would be. It won't happen on its own. You have to chase the dream!

Now I'm not saying if you're 68, with a couple of shiny new hips, you should suddenly start rock climbing ….. though I wouldn't talk you out of it either! What I'm saying is, don't just sit in camp. At least not all the time! I've been walking around with a "dislocated" spine for most of 25 years. Along with a few other less than prime parts! So I know what you mean when you talk about aches and pains. I'm just too stubborn to let it control my life. One thing I do know, the more you vegetate the worse the aches and pains get, so get moving!

If your joints are sore, a bicycle may be a perfect option. The elimination of the impact on your joints from walking and hiking will be a benefit while you still get the benefit of some pretty good exercise and see some of the local countryside in the process.

If you're lazy, like me, don't pedal a bike. Get a motorcycle. Go daytrip cruising for miles around your camp in every direction! A word of advice. If you figure the wind in your hair will tend to make you grin a lot, you'll want a full face helmet. Most of those bugs you'll meet don't taste very good!

Find things to do that stretch your body as well as your mind. Go paddle your kayak around the lake in the morning. Take a hike after lunch and then work on that book, you've always wanted to write, in the rainy afternoon. Finish up the day by beating the cranky old grump you live with in a spirited game of chess before bed! Or maybe dominoes!

Take up painting (pictures not houses!) Or photography. The list is nearly endless.

I tool leather, go fishing, hiking, shooting and writing …. while Heidi (my wife) knits, beads or does dog agility. Occasionally I still chase her around the fifth wheel! Only problem there is, after a minute or two I forget why! Sometimes I even read a book!

The truth is, if you have much extra time left over, you're doing it wrong! There are too many Recreational Activities for RVers to allow you any time to waste! Fill every step you take, every breath you breathe, with life!

But what, you ask, if I don't like what I choose? Well, that's one thing you can scratch off your list! Experiment, explore, expand. Go after every day like it's your last. Someday, it will be! Don't get there thinking "I wish I woulda …."

Fail to heed this advice and you'll end up a cranky old grump …. like me!

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Ideas for Quick and Healthy Breakfast Recipes

Looking for healthy breakfast recipes that you can make quickly and easily? While most people have heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, many still don't take the time to eat breakfast in the morning. If you skip breakfast on a regular basis, you probably are familiar with the slight headache and the attack of weakness that occurs halfway through the morning. The reason this happens is because you didn't eat breakfast.

Why is Breakfast So Important?

So why is breakfast so important anyway? When you sleep at night, you are going for about eight hours without having water or eating. This means you are slightly dehydrated when you wake up, and your blood sugar is probably on the low side as well. For this reason, you don't have a lot of energy. However, it's time to rush around and get ready for your day, so you skip eating. When you skip breakfast, you continue to let your body stay dehydrated and your blood sugar can dip even more throughout the day. Then you end up feeling horrible and extremely hungry later in the day. In many cases, it's easy to overeat later because you do feel so hungry.

Beyond the Cereal

Some cereals can be a great choice for a quick and healthy start to your day. Of course, you need to avoid cereals that are high in sugars. Whole grain varieties that pack in fiber and protein make great choices. Be sure to read the label, though – many so-called "healthy" cereals are packed with sugar.

Many people, though, don't like having cereal in the mornings. The good news is that there are plenty of other quick and healthy recipes that you can use for a great breakfast. If cold cereal isn't your thing, consider warm oatmeal or even cream of wheat for breakfast. Making your own oatmeal from scratch doesn't take much more time than using "instant", flavored oatmeal packets – and it is much cheaper and healthier. Add some berries and milk and you have a wonderfully tasty breakfast that doesn't take too much time to make.

Fast Breakfast Options

If you have really busy mornings, you may need some breakfast recipes that are fast and easy to make. One great idea is to make preparations for your breakfast the night before. Make a breakfast casserole. On a day when you have some extra time, make a big batch of pancakes or waffles. Freeze them. Later in the week, all you'll have to do is pop them in the toaster for a quick and tasty breakfast. Or whip up a batch of healthy bran muffins at the beginning of the week and enjoy them all week long without a hassle.

More Breakfast Ideas

There are many other great quick and healthy breakfast recipes that you can try in the morning as well. Consider poached eggs, boiled eggs or perhaps a toad in the hole. A quick omelet with veggies is a great option. Smoothies can be wonderful breakfast options. Mix yogurt and fruit together, blend in the blender, and you can drink it on the go for a healthy breakfast. Fruit and cheese makes a well-rounded morning meal that you can toss in a bag and take with you on the go.

Consider non-traditional foods for breakfast, too. How about a slice of leftover pizza? A bowl of lentil soup? Some rice pudding? There are no rules here. Any healthy food that seems appealing to you in the morning is a perfectly good breakfast food!

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All India Engineering Entrance Examination (AIEEE)

Do you know how many students appeared in 2006 All India Engineering Entrance Examination (AIEEE) in 2006? Well, about 525,000 to be precise, out of which about 45,000 were called for counseling.

What is AIEEE?

AIEEE is a engineering entrance examination and the students willing to make it to the top notch engineering colleges in indianite is an All India Common Entrance Examination for Admission to undergraduate degree Programs in the field of Engineering, Technology, Pharmacy and Architecture in various colleges in India . The Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India had taken a policy decision to conduct an All India Engineering Entrance Examination in 2002 (AIEEE-2002) with a view to minimize the difficulties being experienced by the candidates and their guardians arising due to a large number of entrance examinations being conducted for admission to undergraduate degree program in the areas referred above. It is normally conducted in the month of May every year.

AIEEE Top Rankers are called for counseling for admission to 19 National Institute of Technology (NIT's). All candidates are eligible either for central counseling or state-specific or category-specific counseling on basis of their All India Ranking (AIR) . Counseling for SC / ST candidates and SC / ST physically handicapped candidates is done on the first two days of counseling. Then the physically handicapped in the Open (OP) category are counseled. Candidates are ranked on an All India basis and also according to their state. Thus, they have an All India Rank (AIR) and a state rank. A central analysis structure is offered for filling up the accessible seats all over India. For the convenience of candidates, provision for on-line submission of Application Form has also been made.

Who is Eligible to appear for AIEEE?

In 2006, the minimum academic qualification for admission through AIEEE was a pass in the final examination of 10 + 2 (Class XII), or its equivalent, referred to as the qualifying examination. Those appearing in 10 + 2 (Class XII) final, or equivalent, examination with results not declared could also appear in counseling. Such candidates were admitted provisionally, subject to the submission of proof of passing in qualifying examination latest by September 15, 2006 at the allotted institution. In case they could not comply with this deadline for providing the proof of passing in the qualifying examination, their admission will stand cancelled.

AIEEE Test Pattern

Students opting for B.Tech are tested in physics, mathematics and chemistry. The test duration is 3 hours with maximum marks 540, with equal weight age of 180 for each of the three subjects. Students opting for B.Arch are tested in mathematics and an aptitude test. Most of the questions are based on fundamentals & their applications. So, the first step is to establish a solid base by mastering the fundamentals. For mastering the fundamentals you have to be focused.

AIEEE Test Preparation

There are many Coaching Institutes in India providing coaching for AIEEE. Brilliant Tutorials, PACE Academy, Career Point, Kota are some of them. There are a few institutes which provide Correspondence Courses also. Online sites offering AIEEE mock test have also been launched recently. AIEEE Test Preparation Question Bank CDs for Practice are also in huge demand.

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Diabetes – Types and Symptoms – Part 1 of 4

If you've been diagnosed with diabetes, you're probably wondering what that means. You may be curious as to how diabetes can affect your body. And you may be surprised to learn that uncontrolled diabetes can cause irreparable damage to your other body systems, even if you don't "feel" sick. Keep reading to learn what diabetes is, what it means to you, and how exercise can help you.

Types of Diabetes

There are two main types of diabetes. Type 1 and Type 2. Type 1, or Juvenile Onset Diabetes, is normally diagnosed during childhood and is caused by the pancreas failing to produce insulin. Type 2 is usually diagnosed during adulthood, however, more and more kids are being diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, related to the alarming increase in childhood obesity. We will be focusing this article on Type 2 diabetes, the most common form of diabetes, which is caused by the body not producing enough insulin, or the insulin no longer being as effective. (If your physician has told you that you have Pre-Diabetes, please see our Pre-Diabetes article here.) There is also Gestational Diabetes, but we will not discuss this here, as it affects pregnant women.

Diabetes is a metabolic disease, affecting the way your body's cells use, or fails to use, glucose (sugar) in the blood. In order for the cells to use glucose, it needs a hormone called insulin that is made by the pancreas. Diabetes can affect the insulin-glucose relationship in different ways. If the pancreas doesn't make enough insulin, there is not enough insulin to support the body's need. On the other hand, the cells can become what is called "insulin resistant" which also prevents the cells from using glucose effectively. We'll discuss this in more detail later.

Diabetes Symptoms

So, let's start by learning the symptoms of diabetes. Increased thirst, increased hunger, fatigue, increased urination (even more so at night), unexplained weight loss, blurred vision, frequent infections, and you may notice sores that will not heal.

The buildup of excess glucose in your blood will cause fluids to be pulled from your body's tissues into your blood stream in an attempt to dilute the blood. This fluid shift can cause you to have dry mouth and make you very thirsty, usually causing you to drink more. Your body will also try to flush this extra glucose from your blood by increasing urination. Combine this with your extra fluid intake and you'll be urinating "every time you turn around." Fluid can also be pulled from the lenses in your eyes, affecting your ability to focus and causing blurred vision. All of this fluid shifting in the body and urination can ultimately lead to dehydration.

If you cells aren't getting the glucose they need because of insufficient or ineffective insulin, your body will think the problem is that you're not eating enough food. In turn, you will feel hungry, even if you're eating an enormous amount of food. You may also find yourself losing weight, despite eating more. However, this isn't always the case. In some instances, you can actually gain weight. The inability of the body's cells to use the blood glucose they require for energy can leaving you feeling fatigued, physically drained, and constantly exhausted. This can lead to increased irritability and weakness.

High glucose levels can fuel infections and can reduce your body's ability to fight infections and to heal wounds. You may have repeated urinary tract (or other) infections, itchy skin (particularly around the groin or vaginal area). Women (and men) may have recurring yeast infections. You may notice cuts or wounds take a longer to heal, if they heal at all. Additionally, you may experience tingling of your hands and / or feet. You may feel nauseated, and you might even vomit.

Increased thirst and frequent urination are usually the symptoms that get people to the doctor. However, if you experience any of the above symptoms, you should schedule an appointment with your doctor as soon as possible.

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5 Simple Steps to Endless Motivation and Power

When you think of motivation, what thoughts cross your mind? Maybe a marathon athlete determined to make it to the finish line. What about a college kid barreling through their final exams before graduation? The exact definition of motivation may vary from person to person. No matter what your personal interpretation of motivation is, its piece in the puzzle of success is vital.

Motivation is the strengthening force behind life change. It is the magic that happens when you know exactly what you want and possess the burning desire to do what is necessary to get it- the substance that keeps your dreams on track. With motivation, you possess the potential to continuously touch you dreams. Without motivation, where would our power be to outlast the tough times?

There is nothing like the intrinsic energy that constantly propels you forward in pursuit of your dreams. The ability to set goals, work hard and go after your passions is an enjoyment that can never be taken from you. If achieved, once achieved, your desire to consistently complete goals can become addicting. You may ask yourself “How can I continually reproduce my motivation to pursue my passion and achieve my dreams?” Here are 5 simple steps to endless motivation and power:

1. Be Visual with Your Vision

Create a vision board and fill it with images of your desired goals and dreams. The luxury car you want to drive (or have driven for you), the mansion you want to live and the amount of money you want to have in the bank will understandably be on your lists. However, don’t just stop at surface level; dig deeper. Really spend some time to meditate and think deeply. Think not only on the things that you want to have but the person that you want to become. Include the character traits that you want to model and the reputation that you want to have. Don’t forget the goals that you want to accomplish. Be sure to write them down. Include pictures of family and friends, potential travel destinations, and anything that creates an emotional response and makes your heart beat. When reviewing potential pieces of your vision board, think “What inspires me passionately?”

Time is one of the most valuable, non-refundable resources we have. You can either fully use, or forever lose it.

2. Have Time Value

If you are not already, start appreciating the value of time. Time is one of the most valuable, non-refundable resources we have. You can either fully use, or forever lose it. If your ultimate aim is to create change, you are going to have to invest a great deal of time to make it happen. You can start by reducing the time you spend on things that are superfluous to your goals. Be mindful of your time spent on activities such as watching television, spending weekends at the mall, excessive partying, traveling and even spending copious amounts of time visiting family and friends – For these things may bring you short-term joy in the present, but won’t help you get what you want or where you want to be. Remember that time is a non-refundable resource, and you should not so easily allow excessive activities to swindle you of something so precious. You may be wondering, “How can I use all of this time more effectively?” The answer is, by reinvesting it in yourself and your goals. Don’t forget to remember this: No one knows the exact amount of time they have here on earth. However much it is, the number is fixed. What counts, is not how much time that you have, but how you choose to use it. The contrast is will you will you let time pass you by, or will you make the most of the valuable resources that you have?

3. Get Emotional

Not happy with the position you are currently in? Wanting to change your situation or surroundings? Get emotional about where you are. How anxious are you about your position in life right now? Do your actions and emotions model challenge and change, or conformity and comfortability? Check your attitude towards change. Is it biased and intolerant to change, or does it model motivational mannerisms? So ask yourself “Why do I want to change?” Is it because you’re TIRED of feeling UNFULFILLED? Do you feel BORED and UNACCOMPLISHED with your life? Are you SICK and TIRED of repeating the same cycle day in and day out? Do you feel INSPIRED to get more out of life? Are you UNCOMFORTABLE enough to change? If not, got uncomfortable, get emotional and get moving!

4. Have Self-Compassion

Sometimes, we can be our own biggest critic. Give yourself a break for goodness sake. You’re wondering why you are not normal or if you are normal. The answer is, “yes!” Normal people make mistakes. Normal people fall short… Normal people get back up, dust themselves off and keep going after a mistake or misstep. A wise man once told me “It’s not how many times you fall that counts, but how many times you get back up afterward and keep going.” So let me ask you, what makes you think that your road to success is paved with perfection? The road that you drive in real life isn’t perfectly paved, and sometimes, you may hit a bump in it. Will you let that bump define your character, or keep your eyes on the prize as you strive for your future? Having compassion for yourself will let go of the past experiences, learn lessons from them and make room for you to grab a hold of your future.

5. Face Your Fear(s)

Face your fears, plain and simple you. Fear is the subjection that is determined to stop you where you stand and deprive you of your dreams. It’s the ever-being obstacle with the potential to veer its head at any time, no matter how many times we have dealt with it in the past. Are you going to allow this pernicious imposter to crush your dreams, steal your joy and defer you from your destiny? Imagine this lingering thought haunting your final days: “I didn’t accomplish my goals and dreams because I was too frightened to live”. Will the thought even matter, or by then will it be far too late to conquer fear. Affirm that you will not permit fear to spoil your spirit and initiate taking action to confront your fears- now!

5 Common Fears:

· Fear of Failure

· Fear of the First Step

· Fear of Actual Success

· Fear of Incompetence

· Fear of the Unknown

With the feelings you get when you accomplish your goals, there is no wonder why you would want to repeat the process again. Just like the marathon runner who wins the race, you want to touch success time after time. As your burning desire increases, implementing these simple steps will increase the size of your puzzle piece of motivation. You will retain the strength to face your fears, forgive yourself for your failures and live a life where you consistently achieve your goals. With new endless motivation and power, what fresh goals and dreams will you set and accomplish?

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