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Happy Birthday Jono You’re the best

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Well another year has gone round
Oh my the Years are going too fast I have found

That baby is now a very tall 42 years old
He has a few stories that I have never been told

2016 Has been a big year for him
Got married and no longer living in sin

She is a good one you better believe
He knows she the best, he ain’t never going to leave

Anyway you will never guess, his luck did grow
He won a raffle and they are off to Canada to Heliski in mountains of snow

Yep it’s been a good year for him
He deserves it, his life is now full to the brim

Your life together with Kerry will be truly blessed
Happy Birthday Jono cause you are the best

Love Mom xxxxx

 

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Lady Luck And A Little Competition

I was reading the local paper yesterday and came across this article about how this young Mother had won thousands of dollars worth of Competition prizes. She had won a 10,000 dollar airline ticket, movie tickets, tickets to concerts, a year supply of fuel (Now that one, we all would like to win), tickets to football games and much more. I am not sure there is just luck involved but shear perseverance has probably got a lot to do with it.

Here are her tips to becoming a competition Whiz

  • Enter as many competitions as possible. The more competitions you enter, the more chances you have of winning obviously. It is best to enter 100 competitions once than one competition 100 times.
  • Go for competitions where there are more prizes on offer. 50 prizes are up for grabs, you have 50 chances to win.
  • The harder it is to enter, the more chance you have of winning. People are loath to enter competions that require 25 words or fewer.
  • Read the terms and conditions carefully. You don’t want to disqualify yourself because you entered multiple times when the rules say you can only enter once.
  • Don’t waste time decorating your entry or envelope. Research has shown that you are most likely to win if you use plain envelopes
So there you have it, advice from and expert. So go and have a try you have to be in it to win it.

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Luck? Not really-There is the 10,000 Hour Rule

Best-selling author Malcolm Gladwell, one of the most provocative cultural thinkers today, who has a recent book called Outliers: The Story of Success. Gladwell found that the usual explanations – that extraordinary achievers are much smarter and talented than the rest of us – are insufficient. There are plenty of smart, gifted people who aren’t particularly successful. What Gladwell found by talking to Microsoft founder Bill Gates and others is that successful geniuses aren’t born… they’re created. In other words, their innate qualities aren’t the only reason they reached the top. The reason is a mix of fortunate factors…

Aren’t talent and high IQ vital for great success?

Extensive research shows that they matter only to a point. For instance, once you have an IQ of 130, more points don’t seem to translate into any measurable real-world advantage. A scientist with an IQ of 130 is as likely to win a Nobel Prize as one who has an IQ of 180.

So what’s the crucial factor?

One of the most significant factors is what scientists call the “10,000-hour rule.” When we look at any kind of cognitively complex field – for example, playing chess, writing fiction or being a neurosurgeon – we find that you are unlikely to master it unless you have practiced for 10,000 hours. That’s 20 hours a week for 10 years. The brain takes that long to assimilate all it needs to know to achieve true mastery.

Take the case of Bill Gates. When he was 13, his father, a wealthy lawyer in Seattle, sent him to a private school that happened to have one of the only computers in the country where students could do real-time programming. At age 15, Gates heard that there was a giant mainframe computer at the nearby University of Washington that was not being used between 2:00 am and 6:00 am. So Gates would get up at 1:30 in the morning, walk a mile, then program for four hours. All told, during the course of seven months in 1971, Gates ran up 1,575 hours of computer time, which averages out to about eight hours a day, seven days a week. By the time Gates dropped out of Harvard after his sophomore year to try his hand at his own computer software company, he had been programming nonstop for seven consecutive years. He was way past 10,000 hours. In fact, there were only a handful of people in the entire world who had as much practice as he had.

How young do you have to be when you put in those 10,000 hours? Is there any hope for adults in their 50s or beyond?

The interesting thing is that the age at which you devote 10,000 hours doesn’t seem to matter. Sure, the freshness and exuberance and freedom from responsibility that you have as a youth are helpful. But what’s necessary is the application of time and effort.

Putting in many years late in life and being successful are real and achievable phenomena. For instance, the artist Cézanne didn’t have his first one-man show until age 56. Laura Ingalls Wilder, who wrote the Little House series of children’s books, published her first novel at age 65. Colonel Sanders began his Kentucky Fried Chicken franchise in his late 60s.

What other factors open the door to great achievements?

The culture we belong to and the legacies passed down by our ancestors often shape the patterns of our achievements in astonishing ways. For instance, I’ve always been fascinated that so many math geniuses are Asian – disproportionately so. Students from Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Japan score much higher than students in America or Europe on country-by-country – ranked math tests.

Asians aren’t born with some calculus or algebra gene that makes them excel, but they do have a different kind of built-in advantage. Children in Asian countries have more persistence than their Western counterparts.

Why?
Research has attributed this greater willingness to stick with tough problems to a cultural legacy of hard work that stems from the cultivation of rice. Growing rice demands constant attention. Asian survival depended on working relentlessly and exalting the virtues of patience and dedication. Cultures that believe in working relentlessly don’t give their children long summer vacations.

The Japanese school year is 243 days long, and the South Korean school year, 220 days. The US school year is, on average, 180 days long.

Doesn’t luck play a big role?

Luck is too simple a term. Great success usually comes from a steady accumulation of advantages and a confluence of circumstances. For example, timing is important. Extraordinary achievement is possible if you have just the right skills when massive changes in our culture present opportunities. The election of President Obama is a perfect example of this. Another is the inordinate number of multibillionaires in the US today that were all born between 1953 and 1955 — people such as Bill Gates, Steve Jobs (CEO of Apple Inc.) and Eric Schmidt (CEO of Google).

Why?
Because they were all in their early 20s when the computer revolution hit in 1975. The early 20s is the optimal age to be during the early part of a revolution. If you were still in high school in 1975, you were too young to start a computer company. If you were in the workforce and had a mortgage and a family, you weren’t going to quit a good job to take a risk.

How can you predict if someone will be a great success?

Studies have shown that intelligence is a poor predictor of how well people will do in a highly complex job. The best approach is to let them do the job for a while. In other words, you are better off using your time, money and energy establishing an apprenticeship system and observing which one of multiple candidates does the best than trying to predict who will do well.

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How Lucky Can You Be.

I found this article written by Wendy Champagne for the magazine Nature & Health. I thought it was an excellent article especially for this time of the year.
Christmas can be a lonely time for some and especially if there is financial difficulty, it can be rather depressing. It can only be this way if you let it be.
Here are 10 ways to change your attitude and “Luck”. If you are, in what you think is an unfortuneate situation, read them, study them and make the changes and see the difference it will make.

1. Open Windows.” Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity” Ancient roman Seneca. Lucky people are more aware and notice windows of opportunity and seek them out.

2. Relax. Personality tests show that unlucky people are more tense and anxious than their lucky counterparts. Wiseman explains that stress makes it harder for us to notice the unexpected, and we miss opportunities

3. Go with your instincts. Hunches and gut feelings and first impressions – Get to know them and trust them.

4. Be a glass half – full person. Lucky people believe their future is bright. In time that expectation becomes a self – fulfilling prophecy. This also helps to persist in the face of failure. Look for the good and you will find it. Look for the bad and you will find that too. Its up to you.

5 Keep busy. Luck seems to diminish in procrastination and inefficiency. Luck is an active principle attracting it requires the same in us.

6. Turn obstacles into opportunities. Lucky people spontaneously imagine how things could have been much worse, they don’t dwell on negatiaves and they take control of bad situations. They believe there is something much better around the corner for them.

7. Give and you will recieve. Emerson wrote “It is one of the most beautiful compensations of life that no man can sincerely try to help another without helping himself”. It is a positive deal between you and the Universe.

8. Grace and gratitude. Gratitude in life brings blessings. Yogis say that gratitude is divine acceptance of all that is. Practice gratitude and find grace in our lives. Write down at least 1 -5 things to be grateful about each day.

9. Shake things up. Lucky people continually make changes. Break routines, bust out of ruts. Take a different way home from work you may experience something new and exciting.

10 Stay positively Sceptical. Having a rational view of luck in your life may be the key to making it happen adds Wiseman. Shakespeare said “There is nothing good or bad on earth but thinking makes it so”

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