Also, Tesla very probably used a mental technique described by Henri Poincare in his “Science and Method.” It’s a method for harnessing your own Unconscious, your Inner Savant. This is done by, first, taking very seriously all your spontaneous unconscious messages/ideas/dreams. Write them down. Carry around a notepad, always. When weird thoughts come to you out of nowhere, always try to record and preserve them, or at least get them into conscious memory, discarding nothing. Before getting out of bed each morning, try to recall details of one or more dreams, and perhaps write them down (perhaps keep a dream journal for a few years.) Learn meditation, existing with all your inner verbal thoughts shut down; thinking in pictures and pure concepts only. I’m convinced that normal adults treat the Unconscious channel as disgusting trash or worthless fantasy/ daydreaming, and all of us successfully suppress it. We reject our original thinking methods, leaving them behind as we grow up and learn thinking-in-words and logical reasoning. But to become a “grownup” is to become a non-genius. If instead we treat those thoughts/fantasies/daydreams like gold, then we reinforce the flow, and with luck open the floodgates. So, in other words, we’re striving to return to our long-lost childhood mental state, living half in a daydream, with no internal verbal chatter or “grownup” logical thinking barriers blocking off the creative flow.
Then second, after having worked on some major challenging engineering/math/scientific problem and getting nowhere …give up. Drop the problem, unfinished. Work on something else. Go on vacation. Cease all conscious problem-solving for days or weeks. Then, as you’re stepping onto a streetcar, or humming to yourself in the shower, or driving long distances in darkness …suddenly the complete answer appears in your head, all in a flash. I’ve managed to do this myself several times, and the results are near-unbelievable in that it happens in an instant, yet it may involve pages and pages of new material coming “from nowhere,” as if I’m taking dictation. When driving at night (slipping into ‘drivers trance,’) I’d get a huge flash of insight and have to pull over to the side, then spend an hour getting it all down on paper. Yet it appeared as a single event, in a one-second burst, “the light bulb” turning on. These spontaneous ‘flash of genius’ solutions didn’t start happening until I’d spent years learning to think in concepts rather than words, years of writing down nearly every crazy idea to pop into my head, recording dreams every morning, etc., etc.
And finally, you’re probably going to have to become a weirdo loner outcast. (Of course, if you started out as a loner, chances are good that you’d discover all of the above techniques without help!) If you weren’t an outcast-type beforehand, then a few years of the above mental practices will do it. Loved ones and co-workers, the rest of “your tribe,” will take your newly eccentric behavior as a descent into mental illness, rather than the intentional cultivation of genius. Everyone in your life will edge away from you since you’re no longer a normal grownup non-genius like everyone else. Obviously, you’ve made yourself crazy, right? Turned hypomanic, possibly schizophrenic. And everyone knows that crazy people are dangerous, THEY MIGHT DO ANYTHING …like writing symphonies, inventing induction motors and radio, founding Cubism, dressing shabby in coffee shops and always scribbling scribbling scribbling dangerous ideas in their little notebooks, etc., all the sorts of stuff that deeply threatens those in power, and may at any time overturn our entire way of life.
Obviously, your body type is closely related to how you look. But did you know that which types of foods you eat and your ability to excel at athletic activities are related to your body type? Don’t worry, there is no “right” body type and each one has its positive aspects. Also, we want to note that whichever body type you have does not mean how you look now will forever be the way you look. Sure, drastically changing your body type is a challenge, but provided you’re willing to work hard enough, you are actually in control of your own destiny.
Before we get to that, let’s first go over the three primary terms used to describe body types and what characterizes each of them.
Ectomorphs are generally identified as having thinner limbs and thin bone structures. They tend to have fast metabolisms and the immensely frustrating ability to eat plenty of carbohydrates without showing it. If you’re trying to visualize what an example ectomorph looks like, think of most long distance runners – long, thin, and lithe. Ectomorphs tend to constantly burn calories. For them, putting on muscle mass is a constant struggle. They have to force feed themselves and oftentimes eat far more than they have any interest in doing (while this may sound like a blessing to some, for many ectomorphs, it is a point of constant frustration).
Think of M to stand for in this case Medium as Mesomorphs have a medium bone structure and fall in between Ectomorphs and Endomorphs. Generally, this body type is characterized as an athletic build with a naturally higher percentage of muscle mass than ectomorphs. This body type is ideal for explosive sports. In sticking with the Olympian analogies, you can think of Mesomorphs as your thickly muscled sprinters – not built to go long distances but rather built to generate a lot of power in a short amount of time. Also, people with this body type tend to have higher testosterone and growth hormone levels, which as a result allows them to maintain low levels of fat.
At the other end of the spectrum, endomorphs have larger bone structures as well as naturally higher levels of body mass and fat mass. Exemplary endomorphs are the shot-putters on the Olympic field. In stark contrast to ectomorphs, endomorphs tend to have a harder time burning excess calories and therefore, are likely to carry both more fat and muscle.
Once you’ve identified which body type category you belong to, how should you eat? The following chart shows in simple guidelines to follow:
|% of Calories from Dietary Sources|
|Carbohydrates||High (~55%)||Medium (~40%)||Low (~25%)|
|Proteins||Medium (~25%)||Medium (~30%)||Medium (~35%)|
|Fats||Low (~20%)||Medium (~30%)||High (~40%)|
Important to note is that when you eat is almost as important as what you eat. If you’re exercising frequently, then your overall ability to eat high carbohydrate foods regardless of your body type will go up – especially if you eat carbohydrates within a short time period before or after exercise.
To be clear, this is not how to eat for one specific goal but rather a general methodology to work toward moderate muscle gain or weight loss – what will change is simply the amount of calories consumed. For someone who is trying to put on muscle (be it an ectomorph or endomorph) these general dietary splits remain true, however, the amount of calories consumed needs to be increased.
Lastly, it can’t be stressed enough that these are guidelines, not hard and fast rules. Put these guidelines into practice as a starting point and start watching how your body responds. Use your results to iterate to achieve the desired goals. No two people are alike so no two responses to a diet will be exactly the same. Test, learn and adjust your way in order to achieve your goals.
While eating for your body type will help with staying healthy, you will probably still have gaps in your nutrient intake. Find out how WellPath can help fill your nutritional gaps and help you reach your health goals.
What do intelligent people do with their phones?
- They switch their phone setting to Airplane mode when they want uninterrupted time to (a) sleep, (b) do deep work, (c) spend time with their family and partner.
- They use it to set not only a morning but also a bedtime alarm, to get themselves used to a daily ritual that easily becomes a positive habit, which can significantly impact their day (to be more productive) and night (to sleep more effectively).
- They keep track of their daily physical activities with either a built in app (such as the iPhone Health app) or a downloadable free app (such as Runtastic) that monitors their steps, total time spent being physically active, calories burned, distance covered.
- They use an app to train themselves to meditate on their own for 10 minutes, to calm their mind, clean their brain from cluttered thoughts, improve focus and concentration (for example, the Headspace app).
- They don’t take selfies (because let’s face it, no one really cares except you).
This past Friday morning, May 6th, Xenios Thrasyvoulou sat down with a newly caffeinated crowd of startup founders in a co-working space in New York City’s SoHo and talked about his experiences beginning the platform we all know today as PeoplePerHour.
1) The Biggest Obstacle Xenios Faced Starting PeoplePerHour:
I asked Xenios what the biggest obstacle he overcame? He talked rattled off a couple issues like being days away from not be able to pay the rent and a lack of technical abilities on the team. He finally led us to his conclusion that the biggest challenge he faced in the early stages was finding top talent to leave a stable job and join an early stage startup, before it was cool to join a startup.
2) Common Misconceptions in the Startup Community:
It’s sexy to start a startup today, there are incubators, accelerators, an abundance of VC money, and mentors everywhere. Startups can get lost in following convention and getting too much “advice”. The phrase heard most often is “never give up”, but knowing when to throw in the towel is a painstaking experience and is often done too late. His answer is pretty simple. If your business has the Micro fundamentals (happy, paying customers who come back for more) and the Macro fundamentals (understanding the current and future industry trends) right you should keep going. If it doesn’t it’s time to move on.
Xenios recently wrote a post on his own blog “To Quit or Not to Quit” where he talks about his theory more in depth.
3) Startups Obsession with Venture Capital:
Startups talk about Venture Capital funding all of the time, often it seems that it’s the only conversation that founders are having. VC is good, and necessary but founders often fall into the trap of believing that getting funded is the goal. Xenios pointed out to our audience that startups should never forget that getting funding is just the beginning, you always need to be innovating and working on making their businesses PROFITABLE, after all, they’re starting a business.
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7 Things Buyers Should Never Overlook At Open Houses
By Kelly O’Reilly |
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Headed to an open house? Make sure you hone in on these key details.
You don’t have to be a pro to know what to look for at an open house.
When you’re on the hunt for a new house, weekends spent touring open houses can quickly veer from fun to daunting by house number three. Keeping track of which home had that great kitchen (but terrible master bath) versus the home with a terrible backyard but a great floor plan can be tough. And while no house is likely to be perfect, when it comes to your budget, some updates are harder to swallow than others. Unfortunate paint colors, though hard to see past, shouldn’t sway your decision because they’re easily changed. But other issues should give you pause because they’ll require costly repairs, or they indicate larger, underlying problems that simply can’t be fixed.
Read on for a list of things you should pay close attention to during an open house. Here’s what to consider and what questions to ask when viewing a house.
1. How old is the roof?
“You really need to look beyond the new kitchen and bathroom and consider the bones of the home,” says Adam Waggoner of Generator Real Estate in Denver, CO. One of the biggest “bones” of a house? The roof. The typical life span of a roof is up to about 20 years, but the average cost to replace one runs into the five-figure range, averaging about $12,000 but going up as high as $25,000 or more. That’s why Omaha, NE, real estate agent Robert Jensen suggests paying close attention to the age and condition of the roof before making an offer.
2. Are there issues with the home’s foundation?
This is what everything is resting on — literally. While superficial blemishes might not matter enough to affect a sale, if there are wide cracks in the foundation, says Waggoner, it’s most likely not worth the time and anguish that can come with fixing it.
3. What is the state of the sewer system?
When it comes to sewer and septic systems, many people are in the dark on a few elements: first off, their level of responsibility. If something goes wrong, it’s the homeowner, not the city, who must cover damages (frequently through homeowners’ insurance). The condition of the sewer lines is also something that is not part of a regular home inspection, so a few hundred dollars for a dedicated sewer inspection could prove to be a worthy investment.
4. Have insurance claims been made on the house?
Jensen also recommends asking if insurance claims have been filed on the house, and for what — the answers may offer insight into any past issues that might not be immediately obvious at an open house. If the house is located near a pond, lake, or stream, he says, it’s important to ask whether flood insurance is required, because that can affect buyer financing or create difficulties than can delay closing.
5. Is there noticeable water damage?
“While it may not be easy for a buyer to spot a wet basement, there are some signs you can look for at an open house,” says Caroline Staudt, a real estate agent with Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate in Boston, MA. “If all of the utility systems and basement storage is propped up a few inches or more off the ground, that may be an indication that the basement has had water issues.” This is one instance, Staudt says, where you should pay close attention to furnishings. If a basement has a nice, fresh carpet and furniture, and there’s no musty smell, that’s a likely sign the space has stayed dry.
6. How old is the wiring?
If you’re considering an older home, don’t ignore the possibility of outdated electrical systems and wiring. Older systems may still be functional but can pose a safety risk, can be difficult to insulate, and are sometimes hard to insure. One example Staudt gives is the knob-and-tube system dating back to the 1930s and ’40s, which can be spotted by its white/off-white knobs connecting to wires, often in an unfinished basement — and can be a big expense to replace. Another telltale sign of a potentially pricey upgrade? Old fuses with circular knobs in the fuse box (newer boxes have many small toggle switches). Staudt points out that an electrician should verify any seller-provided details about wiring or electrical systems.
7. How old are the windows?
Older, original windows often look great but can be painted shut or not airtight, which can make utility costs skyrocket in certain climates. Staudt advises buyers to consider the cost of replacement windows when they’re making an offer on a new home. Replacing old ones can be expensive, but having functional, efficient windows can increase savings in the long run — and be attractive to buyers the next time the home hits the real estate market.
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