this week


did you know…

… that today is First Chiropractic Adjustment Day? If you’ve ever had a chiropractic adjustment, you owe it to not only your chiropractor, but to Daniel David Palmer. He gave the first chiropractic adjustment to Harvey Lillard in Davenport, Iowa (now the home of Palmer Chiropractic College) on this day 1895.

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Today’s Inspirational Quote:

“I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by.”

— Douglas Adams

This week


Did you know…

… that today is Constitution Day? On this day in 1787, the Constitution of the United States of America was signed by delegates from twelve states at the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Trivia fans: The Constitution was “penned” by Jacob Shallus, a Pennsylvania General Assembly clerk, for $30 ($789 today). It has 4,400 words and is the oldest and shortest written Constitution of any major government in the world.

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Today’s Inspirational Quote:

“Always borrow money from a pessimist. He won’t expect it back.”

— Oscar Wilde

This week


Did you know…

… that today is American Legion Day? The American Legion was granted its federal charter by Congress on this day in 1919. It was established to support and assist veterans returning from World War I. Since then it has grown and supported all veterans and currently has nearly 2 million members and more than 12,000 posts in communities throughout America. Happy American Legion Day… and thank you!

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Today’s Inspirational Quote:

“Challenge yourself every day to do better and be better. Remember, growth starts with a decision to move beyond your present circumstances.”

— Robert Tew

This week


Did you know…

… that today is Green Acres Day? On this day in 1965, Oliver Douglas and his socialite wife, Lisa, showed up at “Green Acres” on CBS-TV. Eddie Albert and Eva Gabor headed a memorable cast in this, the first of six seasons on the network. Celebrate by watching an old-time classic with your loved ones!

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Today’s Inspirational Quote:

“Live life as though nobody is watching and express yourself as though everyone is listening.”

— Nelson Mandela

No One Can Trigger You


No One Can Trigger You There are things that just set you off. There are things that happened to you that you prefer not to think about. There are the things you asked repeatedly for someone to stop. There are the things that decent people are not supposed to do and say. And yet they happen anyway. So you get upset. You get triggered.  Although not ideal, it is at least understandable. We should be patient with other people when they are triggered, we should be patient with ourselves when we are (as Marcus said, what matters when you fall or fail is to revert back to the training that you know and understand that you’re a human being).  The problem is this extra thing we’ve started doing these days: Blaming other people for triggering us. Expecting the world to label every potential frustrating thought or idea with a trigger warning. That’s not reasonable, right, or fair.  The Stoics knew that other people can’t trigger us. We can only allow ourselves to be triggered. As Epictetus said, we are complicit in the offenses we take. Our temper is ours to lose—no one can take it from us and certainly no one can make us lose it.  We have the power. We’ll have far more luck and happiness in this life if we spend our time strengthening it than we ever will trying to soften the world. One is a form of protection that’s up to us, the other is a fantasy and a projection.  Which will you choose?

No One Can Trigger You

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1-Sentence-Summary: Everybody Matters identifies the best way to become successful in business, help your team members trust you, and enable people to reach their full potential by showing the power of taking better care of your employees as if they were family.

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Everybody Matters Summary

A few years ago I worked for a company that I thought cared about its employees. But over time, I kept hearing stories from coworkers and having my own experiences that taught me otherwise. 

They pretended to care about us, but they only cared about money. One of the executives even said that he was a greedy man in response to one of my coworker’s concerns in a meeting. It was a terrible culture, nobody knew where it was going, and the turnover rate was astronomical. 

I don’t have to deal with all of that anymore, thankfully. But I did learn a lot about how not to run a business from them. That’s why I was so excited when I read Bob Chapman’s Everybody Matters: The Extraordinary Power of Caring for Your People Like Family because it only reinforced these important lessons for me.

In it, you too will learn that the true secret to business success is putting your employees, and their trust and happiness, above your profits.

Here are 3 of the greatest tips for success I got out of this one:

  1. You have to truly care about your employee’s needs if you want your business to thrive.
  2. If you want your team members to be happy, loyal, and productive, trust them with the freedom to make their own decisions.
  3. Create a cultural vision to inspire your people with hope for where you’re heading in the future.

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Lesson 1: To thrive in business, focus on caring about your employees.

That old company I used to work for was profitable, at least most of the time. It did care about the vital factors of profits and expenditures. But it missed out on an opportunity to become so much more, if only it’s leaders would have actually cared about any of us.

The next question to ask yourself then is what does it take to create a caring environment at the office? 

First, you need to change your understanding of leadership. Go beyond the traditional and think of it more as a stewardship. You must do all you can to make sure that your employees know that you have a genuine concern for their well-being.

That doesn’t just mean asking about their productivity. When you do that, you’re just showing that your only concern is for the company and not for their lives. Instead, you need to talk with them, get to know them, and express how much they mean to you and to the company.

Your efforts to express gratitude for them will help them feel secure and fulfilled, but also make them healthier. In one poll, information from workers in America identified that people that said they loved their job spent 62% less on healthcare!

So make sure to ask at least whether or not they feel secure at work. And also check on how fulfilled they feel in their job. As you think about it yourself, it might open your eyes to just how much they rely on you for their own happiness.

Lesson 2: Let your people make their own decisions if you want them to be happy at work, loyal, and productive.

Another common occurrence at my old job was to hear about executive decisions that were made without any employee input. The mid-level managers weren’t even paid more for their leadership tasks! And the executives wouldn’t budge on this and many other choices they made.

I didn’t feel very free at work, and I knew that my employer didn’t trust me, which hurt. 

I understand now how hard it can be to let your employees make decisions on their own. But it doesn’t have to be so intimidating if you create an atmosphere of responsible freedom. This method involves deliberately crafting the workplace to help your people reach their full potential

One company, for example, uses what they refer to as the “just enough” strategy. In it, they clearly define what it means to win, and then let team members take the reigns to make decisions to get there.

If you run a business that focuses on customer’s experience, you might define winning as getting a high score on a customer satisfaction survey. Then, you’d give your employees free rein to do what they feel is best to make it happen. 

When they can use their strengths and ideas, people feel empowered and are more productive. And most of all, it helps them feel that you trust them.

Lesson 3: You need to get a clear vision of your culture and future if you want to inspire your team members.

If you’ve ever worked for a company that didn’t know where it wanted to go, you know how hard it can be to stay motivated. And if that company happens to be yours, then fix this by visioning. 

This involves thinking about where you want to go and the path that will take you there. To discover these things, ask yourself and your team the right questions. Start with thinking about where you’d like to be in a few years, then consider why you want to go there.

The question of why is a really important one to get just right. It will help you identify a purpose for your company, which will help you see how to better the lives of your employees. Another phrase for this is cultural visioning.

Design Group is one company that tried this out with great success. They first decided to put their existing employees first rather than trying to expand. Their focus turned toward improving the work environment.

After figuring this out, however, it was time to look to the future. Seeing that they were losing momentum, they adopted the vision of doubling in size within five years. Their efforts and focus on people paid off, and they accomplished this goal in just three years!

Everybody Matters Review

As one who has worked for a company with a highly dysfunctional management system, this book was a huge relief. Everybody Matters teaches the future of business and I think every leader in every company needs to read it. The advice it contains is as inspiring as it is practical and will transform the work life of everyone who reads it!

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Who would I recommend the Everybody Matters summary to?

The 48-year-old who owns a business and wants to know the best way to take care of their employees, the 32-year-old manager whose team members keep quitting and he isn’t sure why, and anyone that wants to improve their workplace culture.

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word of the day


WORD OF THE DAY
ChambraySHAM-breyPart of speech: nounOrigin: American English, early 19th century
1A linen-finished gingham cloth with a white weft and a colored warp, producing a mottled appearance.
 
Examples of Chambray in a sentence “He wore a blue chambray shirt with pearl snap buttons.” “Chambray will be making a comeback in stores this fall.”

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Getting the joke

“But why is this important?”

When we encounter a fashion, a film or some other cultural artifact that the critical establishment has celebrated, it’s easy to not understand it.

Taste, after all, is unevenly distributed.

But you don’t have to like something to understand why someone else thought it was important.

To move the culture forward, we need to have the empathy to imagine what others are seeing, liking and talking about.

Once you get the joke, you don’t have to laugh at it, but it definitely makes it easier for you to tell the next one.

Why the Nazi party loved decaf coffee



The Caffeine-Free ReichIn its early years, decaf found a particularly appreciative and supportive audience: the Third Reich. As the Nazi Party assumed power, its leaders recommended decaf as a way to avoid caffeine, a poison in their eyes. More than a health campaign, decaf was part of a state policy intended to preserve a healthy Aryan population.READ MORE
Africa’s Only CaviarOne of the rarest, most luxurious crops in Madagascar is isolated in one artificial lake deep in the country’s highlands. Located about 40 miles from the capital, Antananarivo, and home to a burgeoning community of farmed sturgeon, the picturesque Lake Mantasoa has become Africa’s first and only source of caviar.READ MORE
How Salt Helped Win the Civil WarLouisiana’s Avery Island isn’t an island at all. Surrounded by marsh, it’s a massive salt dome. That salt sat relatively undisturbed until the Civil War, when it suddenly became a precious commodity. Salt is easy to overlook today, but before refrigeration, it was essential for preserving food and curing leather. As soon as southerners built facilities to make salt, they became military targets.READ MORE
Luxury Nut ButterArgan trees grow exclusively in Southwestern Morocco, and argan oil is famed for its age-defying cosmetic properties. At $130 per liter, it’s one of the most expensive plant-based oils in the world. Less known, however, is amlou, Morocco’s delectably sweet and nutty concoction made using three local ingredients: argan oil, almonds, and honey.READ MORE
Chicago’s Atomic CakeIf you’re ever in a bakeshop on Chicago’s South Side, you’ll probably see a towering confection that stacks three cakes into one glorious treat. Its bakers whip up banana, yellow, and chocolate cakes—then layer fillings and fruit throughout. Since the 1950s, generations of South-siders have enjoyed Atomic Cake during milestones, particularly birthdays, but the iconic treat is rarely seen outside its place of origin.READ MORE
Mixing Soda & SpiritsThailand’s spirits have a taste for Red Fanta, but how did Fanta nam dang, “red water,” become the drink offering of choice? How did Thailand—a country physically smaller than the state of Texas—become Fanta’s fourth-biggest market, ahead of both the entire United States and China? And how did a strawberry version of the soda concocted by a Coke-deprived, World War II-era Germany find its way into the culture of a country halfway around the world?READ MORE
A Super-Fishy ATMIn January of 2019, a new ATM was unveiled in Singapore’s Wisteria shopping mall. Instead of cash, however, this machine dispenses 200-gram fillets of frozen salmon from the fjords of Norway. Today, dozens of salmon ATMs dot the island city-state, which boasts a vibrant vending-machine culture and an undeniable affection for Norwegian salmon.READ MORE
ATLAS OBSCURA COURSESFood, Foraging & MythologyOur first Gastro Obscura online course starts this October! Over four weeks, forager Lori McCarthy and herbalist Felicity Roberts will dig into the meaning of autumn festivals through the sacred foods that accompany them. We’ll cover ciders, cheese-making, pasta-making, canning, cooking over fire, foraging, charcuterie, and so much more, as well as each item’s history and surrounding folklore. Throughout, students will have ample opportunity to experiment, explore, and reflect during mini-assignments between sessions.LEARN MORE »

seven realities


THE SEVEN REALITIES

The only real Existence is that of the one and the only God, who is the Self in every one.The only real Love is the love for God.The only real Sacrifice is that which knows no reservations.The only real Renunciation is the giving up of all selfish thoughts and desires even in the midst of wordly duties.The only real Knowledge is the understanding that God is the inner dweller in all, irrespective of whether they are good or bad.The only real Control is the turning away of the senses from the objects of low desires.The only real Surrender is that in which the individual accepts the will of God with complete resignation.

——-AVATAR MEHER BABA

[GEMS FROM THE DISCOURSES OF MEHER BABA By Meher Baba. An Avatar Meher Baba Trust eBook June 2011. Copyright © 1945 by Circle Productions, Inc.

(a New York Corporation), Copyright © Adi K. Irani, 1967 Copyright © 2007, Avatar Meher Baba Perpetual Public Charitable Trust, Ahmednagar, India.]

People Can’t Change, but You Can


Be the “red” that Agrippinus talked about

People Can’t Change, but You Can

लोग बदल नहीं सकते, लेकिन आप इतिहास का एक निर्विवाद तथ्य हो सकते हैं: लोग हमेशा से लोग रहे हैं। वे परिवर्तन नहीं करते। वे स्वार्थी, अज्ञानी, बेईमान और कमजोर बने रहते हैं। यह रोम में सही था और यह इन सभी हजारों वर्षों के बाद सच है। आप उनसे तब तक बात कर सकते हैं जब तक कि आप चेहरे के नीले नहीं होते, मार्कस ऑरेलियस ने देखा, आप उन्हें अपने तरीके की त्रुटियों को दिखाने की कोशिश कर सकते हैं, लेकिन यह कोई बात नहीं है। वे बस इसे करते रहेंगे तो उसका क्या मतलब हुआ? क्या हम हार मान लेते हैं? नहीं, हम सिर्फ अपना ध्यान बदलते हैं। लोग शायद बदल न सकें, लेकिन हम कर सकते हैं। आप सोशल मीडिया पर अपने माता-पिता या अपने बॉस या उन बुरे टिप्पणीकारों के माध्यम से प्राप्त करने में सक्षम नहीं हो सकते हैं, लेकिन आप निश्चित रूप से खुद के माध्यम से प्राप्त कर सकते हैं। हो सकता है कि आप अपने पड़ोसियों को कूड़ा उठाने, या लेटने या आसपास लेटने से रोकने में सक्षम न हों, लेकिन आप उन आदतों को खुद ही तोड़ सकते हैं। मानव जाति कालातीत, स्पष्ट रूप से अटूट, व्यर्थता से ग्रसित है। लेकिन आप इंसानियत नहीं हैं। आप भीड़ नहीं हैं, आप “लोग” नहीं हैं। आप आप हैं। आप एक व्यक्ति हैं जिस पर आपका पूरा नियंत्रण है। आप पैटर्न को तोड़ सकते हैं। आप कदम बढ़ा सकते हैं, काम पर लग सकते हैं, नई आदतें बना सकते हैं। तो इसे करो। आज। अभी। “लाल” हो कि एग्रीपिनस के बारे में बात की। वह जो बाहर खड़ा है। वह जो अलग हो। जो बदल सकता है।

Random Paragraph


Waiting and watching. It was all she had done for the past weeks. When you’re locked in a room with nothing but food and drink, that’s about all you can do anyway. She watched as birds flew past the window bolted shut. She couldn’t reach it if she wanted too, with that hole in the floor. She thought she could escape through it but three stories is a bit far down.

WORD OF THE DAY


WORD OF THE DAY
ApiaryAY-ee-er-eePart of speech: nounOrigin: Latin, 17th century
1A place where bees are kept.2A collection of beehives.
 
Examples of Apiary in a sentence “The apiary was less than a mile away from a rose garden, which gave the honey a floral aroma.” “It takes a full day to inspect and maintain my apiary.”

Random acts of kindness


1. Create a fun holiday to celebrate a special person or date, such as John Appreciation Day.2. Cut out extra coupons and share with people who have those items.3. Donate your old clothes to the Salvation Army4. Leave a few scratch off lottery tickets tucked in the aisles of the grocery store.5. On Memorial Day or Veteran’s Day, go to your local memorial or event and pass out mini flags or flowers to veteran’s

A Stoic Response to Beauty


A Stoic Response to Beauty “To see the world in a grain of sand, and heaven in a wild flower; hold infinity in the palm of your hand, and eternity in an hour.” — William Blake, ‘Auguries of Innocence’ The Stoics aren’t exactly famous for their ideas about beauty, and it is easy to understand why. Being champions of reason (all hail), the Stoics would seem to have little interest in a discipline as subjective and emotionally charged as aesthetics. Contrary to popular belief, however, the Stoics did hold well-formed ideas about beauty, even going so far as to regard everything that is good as beautiful. While the bulk of Stoic material about beauty has been lost to the dustbin of history, much of it can be inferred through their writings about ethics. In several Stoic-inspired texts, aesthetic language is often deployed to make a point, particularly in the heat of a moral argument. To kalon, for example, frequently crops up in the writings of Aristotle and Cicero, a Greek term which roughly translates to beautiful, honorable and noble. Nevertheless, the most explicit Stoic definition of beauty comes from the fragmentary works of Chrysippus, the third school of the Stoa, who defined it as “a summetria of parts with each other and with a whole.” As Galen, a physician to Marcus Aurelius, records: “Chrysippus… holds beauty does not consist in the elements of the body (in themselves) but in the harmonious proportion of the parts. The proportion of one finger to another, of all fingers to the rest of the hand, of the rest of the hand to the wrist, and of these to the forearm, and of the forearm to the whole arm, and in short, everything to everything else.” (De Placitis Hippocratis et Platonis, V.448)

A Stoic Response to Beauty

10. International Equal Pay Day – 18 September


10. International Equal Pay Day – 18 September

Equal Pay Content Marketing Ideas

This day is observed to ensure that men and women receive equal pay for equal work. The theme for this year is ‘Building back a better future of work by ensuring pay equity’.

Content marketing opportunities:

  • Listicle idea: Careers where women earn more than men
  • Infographic idea: X countries that have passed legislation regarding equal pay
  • Video idea: How did the equal pay movement start?
  • Podcast idea: How can we reduce gender bias in workplaces?

Brand campaign that worked:

This video from Vox does a deep-dive into the real meaning behind the gender wage gap.