Soul Food Friday for Oct 26th 2012

Happy Soul Food Friday!

This week…

Humor:

Recently we heard about love from the 4 year olds, now let’s explore real SAT answers from some 16-year olds…

The  following questions were part of last year’s SAT  examination

These  are real answers (from 16 year olds).

Q. Name the four seasons

A.  Salt, pepper, mustard, and  vinegar

Q.  Explain one of the processes by which water can be made safe to drink

A.  Flirtation makes water safe to drink because it removes  large pollutants like grit, sand, dead sheep and canoeists

Q. How  is dew formed

A. The  sun shines down on the leaves and makes them perspire

Q. What  causes the tides in the oceans

A. The  tides are a fight between the earth and the moon. All water tends to flow towards the moon, because there is no water on the  moon, and nature abhors a vacuum. I forget where the sun joins  the fight…

Q. What  guarantees may a mortgage company insist  on

A. If  you are buying a house they will insist that you are well endowed

Q. In a democratic society, how important are  elections

A.  Very important. Sex can only happen when a male gets an election

Q. What  are steroids

A.  Things for keeping carpets still on the  stairs

Q.  What happens to your body as you  age

A.  When you get old, so do your bowels and you get  intercontinental

Q. What  happens to a boy when he reaches  puberty

A. He  says goodbye to his boyhood and looks forward to his adultery

Q. Name  a major disease associated with  cigarettes

A.  Premature death

Q. What  is artificial  insemination

A.  When the farmer does it to the bull instead of the  cow

Q. How  can you delay milk turning  sour

A.  Keep it in the  cow

Q. How  are the main 20 parts of the body categorized (e.g. The  abdomen)

A. The  body is consisted into 3 parts – the brainium, the borax and the  abdominal cavity. The brainium contains the brain, the borax  contains the heart and lungs and the abdominal cavity contains  the five bowels: A, E,  I,O,U…

Q. What  is the fibula?

A. A  small lie

Q. What  does ‘varicose’  mean?

A.  Nearby

Q. What  is the most common form of birth control

A.  Most people prevent contraception by wearing a condominium

Q. Give the meaning of the term ‘Caesarean  section’

A. The  caesarean section is a district in  Rome

Q. What is a seizure?

A. A  Roman  Emperor.

Q. What  is a terminal  illness

A.  When you are sick at the airport.

Q. Give  an example of a fungus. What is a characteristic  feature?

A.  Mushrooms. They always grow in damp places and they look like umbrellas

Q. Use  the word ‘judicious’ in a sentence to show you understand its  meaning

A.  Hands that judicious can be soft as your face.

Q. What  does the word ‘benign’  mean?

A.  Benign is what you will be after you be eight

Q. What  is a turbine?

A.  Something an Arab or Shreik wears on his  head

On Affirming Differences:

“The underlying philosophy is to ask not, ‘How smart is this child?’ but instead to ask ‘How is this child smart?’ –-Howard Gardner

I couldn’t agree more! This video will stir your soul…

http://mashable.com/2012/10/19/katy-perry-firework-autism-jodi-dipiazza/

Keep Your Kids Safe Online

Take some time to check out this valuable information from the San Diego Police Foundation on how to keep your kids safe.

http://www.smartcyberchoices.org/

We enjoyed the music and safety tips, now SHOW US YOUR PRODUCTIVITY CHOPS:

6 Tips on Productivity from Robin Sharma
What makes an elite performer isn’t how you show up when Plan A’s working. What reveals a true superstar is the way you deliver when your best laid plans are falling apart.

These are messy times. Days of intense volatility. A period of immense uncertainty. And one of the dominant themes in work + life these days is distraction (a constant stream of activities begging for our attention that in the end amount to nothing).

So the fight we face as Leaders Without Titles and as human beings on a mission to express our absolute best talents is to block out the noise so we get real work done. Here are some of my best strategies to help you do this:

 

#1. Get Great at Reverse Engineering: Engineers working with technology startups are masterful at taking a competitor’s product and breaking it apart – piece by piece – from the finished version to its initial components. After study, they then make their own product even better. Truly productive people do the same thing with their most valuable opportunity. They know the final result they are after and maintain acute clarity on it. Armed with this awareness, they reverse engineer this big goal into a series of small and actionable steps that they then put into a 1-2 page plan of execution. This strategy works for them. And it’ll work for you.

 

#2. Abhor Distraction: I fiercely fight distraction in my own life and teach the teams I work with at companies like Starbucks, Coca-Cola and Oracle along with the billionaires I privately coach how to do the same. Everyone’s fighting for your focus. And too many people are stealing your attention. Don’t be so generous in giving it to them – unless it’s for something that truly matters. So, clean out the distractions in your workspace and personal life. I just read that special forces on a military mission are kept in isolation from other teams and denied access to TV/Newspapers/Internet. Why? To PROTECT their focus so they deliver perfection on their mission. Pretty great metaphor for you and I, no? So please remember: Distraction is the greatest thief of time. And time is a non-renewable resource.

 

#3. Stop Multi-tasking: A recent case report shared a story of a medical resident who was using her cellphone to input data about the dosage of a patient she was attending. She was interrupted with a text message from a friend inviting her to a party. The resident replied and started a conversation. The only problem was she forgot to get back to her patient who then began receiving a near-fatal dose of the medicine. Open-heart surgery saved his live. But the larger point is that so few of us are fully present to the work/activity in front of us anymore. I see people on airport runways checking their Twitter feed. I see taxi drivers reviewing their emails. A huge competitive advantage falls to the 1 in 100 performer with the brilliance to develop the skill of becoming massively focused on the one thing in front of them. Truly a game-changing move.

 

#4. Build Rituals: Ok, this is another valuable tactic to unleash your productivity. When I studied the lives of People of Great Output like Stephen King, Winston Churchill and John Irving, I saw that they didn’t leave their productivity to the fleeting winds of inspiration. Instead, they instituted precise rituals into their daily lives that allowed their creativity to flourish. Stephen King, for example, sits down to work at 8 am every morning, in the same chair, with his papers set in the same way. His belief is that this obsessive consistency sends a signal to his mind to focus and deliver serious results.

 

#5: Launch at Beta: So many of us procrastinate by waiting for ideal conditions to get big things done. Here’s what I’ve learned from some of the software enterprises we’ve consulted with: launch at beta and then iterate to perfection. What I mean by that is stop waiting for perfect conditions or the perfect product before you get to market. Yes, I stand for ensuring anything you offer is best of breed. But sometimes putting off a project until it’s flawless demonstrates nothing more than your fear of success. And we both know you’re so much larger than that.

 

#6. Practice Productivity: When I was learning to ski, my instructor taught me about muscle memory. He made me practice many tiny moves over and over again sharing “this is going to build your muscle memory”, meaning that if I practiced the technique relentlessly, a time would eventually come where I could perform it swiftly, elegantly and unconsciously. Same applies to your productivity. Practice doing work that matters. Practice sitting in one place for many hours focused on a single result. Practice running rituals and elite performance routines that will lift you into the realm of world-class. Because as I know you know: Genius isn’t so much about genetics as it is about work ethic and sheer practice.

I hope these strategies have been of service to you. The world needs you at your productive best.

Stay Great,

Robin


Ready for Some Natural Wonder?

Enjoy the Canadian Rockies in HD. Go to full picture for the best viewing!

http://www.youtube-nocookie.com/embed/4CMb7yj8Cyk?rel=0&%3bhd=1

Our Amazing Brain:

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Stay Soul-filled…

Thanks this week to Mohit, Ron, Robin and Larry H.

Pay it forward!
Love,
Neville

“Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.”– Albert Einstein

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