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  • Amazing science facts that are hard to believe

    Science doesn’t have to be boring. In fact, check out these amazing science facts that are hard to believe.

     

    #1 The Sahara is only 20% covered with sand

     

    When you picture the Sahara chances are you visualize endless sand dunes is actually a myth. The reality is that only 20% of the Sahara is covered with sand dunes, yet the desert covers 8.5 million square kilometers made up of bare stony plains, gravel plains, salt covered plains, and mountains.

     

    #2 When you fake confidence it changes the brain chemistry positively

     

    Your body language affects how other people see you, but it will also change how you see yourself. When we do what’s called ‘power pose,’ it actually affects your cortisol and testosterone levels and as a result it could actually improve your chances of success by improving your true self confidence. Harvard University has done a great deal of research on this topic.

     

    #3 Set goals, write them down, and don’t tell anyone

     

    It seems that when you set specific goals and write them down you are more likely to reach those goals, but if you share them with others you decrease your likelihood of your goals coming true. Odd but true. Studies have shown that if you tell your life plan to another person, it stimulates the same area of the brain that is also activated when a goal is achieved. Therefore your mind actually thinks you have already achieved your life plan and you are less motivated and are likely to fail to achieve your life plan.

     

    #4 Lifelong smokers and severely obese people have the same life expectancy

     

    According to a recent study at Oxford University moderate obesity reduces one’s life expectancy by around 3 years while severe obesity reduces it by around 10 years. A lifelong smoker can expect their life expectancy to be reduced by around 10 years.

     

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  • Using Hidden Cameras To Protect The Family And Home

    It is not uncommon to feel vulnerable these days, even when sitting inside your own personal residence. Therefore, you really ought to obtain high quality home safety products able to provide a sense of comfort and confidence, no matter if you are present in the dwelling or away. Doing so will let you stay aware of anything that goes on at the home, particularly when you are not there. Hidden camera systems can help you watch what the housekeeper, nanny and kids are doing in your absence and facilitate awareness of who comes and goes at any given time.

     Installing surveillance equipment at your home's entry and exit points is a great way to know what is happening at all times. Thus, if you happen to observe that something is amiss on the premises, you will be able to review the footage to determine who was there. Many times you can view activity live. And call police when needed while intruders are onsite.

     Many people place a great deal of value on nanny cam set-ups as a way to keep tabs on in-home employees and others. These systems can provide information about whether the nanny is functioning in the way he or she was hired to do, even if your are toiling away at the office. These cameras will ideally be placed in the zones of the house where the bulk of activity occurs. Nanny cams can alert you to abuse or neglect that could be going on and harming your children. If your nanny's performance has ever been of concern to you, hidden camera systems of this sort can prove invaluable.

     There are a number of different types of nanny cams available for purchase, whether online or in traditional outlets. Many such cameras are built to resemble pieces of furniture, home decor or even toys in order to keep them disguised from view. Pen cameras are particularly ingenius, in that they can be placed virtually anywhere in the home and not be noticed. Clock-styled versions are also ideal, because they provide wider range and scope of the image they generate. Teddy bears, books and other common shapes are also very popular.

     

    While hidden camera equipment does have an expense attached it, knowing that your home, property and children's well-being are protected at all times is truly priceless and something that is readily obtainable. By exploring the numerous available options in the realm of nanny cams and other hidden security camera systems, virtually everyone can access the peace of mind they and their entire families deserve. It really does seem as though most everyone would agree that an up-front expenditure now is certain to pay major dividends for years to come. That sort of outcome is worth its weight in gold.

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  • 10 Tips for Avoiding Crime

    1. Be Alert!

    Keep your head up.

    Be aware of your surroundings.

     

    1. Vary Your Routines

    Predictability makes you a more likely target.

     

    1. Lock It!

    Home, car, office - locks are your first line of defense.

     

    1. Make Your Home A Tough Target

    Use floodlights, motion sensors, a security system, deadbolts, etc.

     

    1. Foil Car-jackers

    Keep windows/doors locked, check mirrors and blind spot when stopped.

    Stay one to one and a half lengths away from the car ahead of you.

    Sound your horn and flash your lights if you think you're being approached by a car-jacker.

     

    1. Avoid Car Theft

    Lock it!

    Use an anti-theft device.

    Turn the wheels when you park.

    Never leave a spare key inside the car.

    Park in a well-lighted place.

    Put packages in the trunk.

     

    1. Be Creative

    Think of unusual ways to protect yourself and your valuables.

     

    1. Be Informed

    Learn the crime trends in your area and work to protect yourself against them.

     

    1. Get Involved

    Have you joined or organized a Neighborhood Watch?

     

    1. Don't Give Up!

    Crime can be reduced - with action, not apathy!

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  • A Career Built on Character

    "Personality can open doors, but only character can keep them open." ~Elmer G. Letterman

     

    "The best job goes to the person who can get the job done without coming up with excuses or passing the buck" ~Napolean Hill

     

    What About Politics?

     

    Political Astuteness is something that you may not learn in school; however, it plays a significant role in success in business.

     

    "Man is by nature a political animal." ~Aristotle

     

    Take Control

    It's important to keep in mind that you are responsible for your own career. Don't Expect the Human Resources Department to plan your career. In fact, don't expect anyone else to be concerned about it either.

     

    There have been times in my career when someone has taken an interest in my promotion; however, it has always been in their own best interests to do so. Remember, companies are in business primarily to make money.

     

    Dress for success

    There is a clear distinction between how a President, a Senior Vice-President, a Vice-President, and District Manager dress. You should dress just a cut above your current level.

     

    Above Everything, Have Integrity

     

    "If you have integrity, nothing else matters. If you don't have integrity, nothing else matters." ~Alan Simpson

     

    You will find that the concentration of integrity increases the higher you go in an organization.

     

    Remember Who You Work For

     

    Always Support the Company

    It's true that where your treasure is, your heart will be also. There will be ample opportunities on a daily basis to bash your employer. Resist those opportunities. Keep in mind that (1) you chose this company, (2) they pay you, and (3) you can leave if you want. The leaders of the company will not be impressed by your ability to complain.

     

    Make Your Boss and Your Boss's Boss Look Good

    As a practical matter, you are most likely working to take your boss's job. Hopefully, your boss will be promoted, which will leave a vacancy. If your boss is not going anywhere, then the next level will have a major impact on your next position.

     

    Who are the Leaders of the Company?

    Find out the background of the company executives. What career path did they take? Chances are, they will value those credentials above others. Take note of great people in the company and get connected to them. If possible, find a way to work for them. If not, establish a network with as many of them as possible. The best possibility is to ask one of them be your mentor. You will be surprised how many people will be interested in helping in this regard.

     

    Learn the Rules

     

    "Whoever gossips to you will gossip about you." ~Spanish Proverb

     

    Watch What You Write or Say. Assume that anything you write or say will be read or heard by everyone in the company. E-mail makes it easy to respond emotionally. Before you respond to an irritating e-mail, take a minute to calm down, then, write the e-mail. If you have a tendency to send harsh messages, save a draft and review it sometime later to ensure the tone is business appropriate.

     

    A corollary to this principle is Happy Hour - don't go! There is a huge risk of saying something you shouldn't say, getting out of control, or just being in the wrong place at the wrong time. You should stay out of office politics. Don't say anything bad about anyone, ever.

     

    Arrive Early and Leave Late, but Not Too Late. You want the reputation of a hard worker, but not one that can't get their work done. This principle also applies to taking work home. Over the long-term, you want to have a life outside of work. Maintaining a work/life balance will keep you engaged in your job; therefore, more productive.

     

    Find Out What Your Boss Wants and Deliver. Regardless of your personality, relationships, or good looks, you must be productive. For your boss, it means doing what they want, no matter how silly it may seem to you. For example, I had a boss that wanted to know how many Dairy Queens between Dallas and Houston served a particular yogurt.

     

    Always say, "Yes!" to a request from leadership. For your boss, there are ways to provide better solutions without damaging the relationship.

     

    "Always do more than is required of you." ~General Patton

     

    Give People Credit. Don't take credit for yourself. This is important for a variety of reasons. First, you need people to help you get things done. Second, when people recognize people who work for you, you get the credit as well. Third, it's the right thing to do.

     

    Conclusion

     

    When It Comes to Your Career

     

    1. You're Responsible

     

    1. Remember Who You Work For

     

    1. Learn the Rules

     

    As Bill Karnes put it, "Eagles don't flock; they fly alone. And eagles soar above the rest of their world. So, too, do people who start things, who lead groups or who otherwise set themselves apart from the crowd."

    Dedicated to your Peace of Mind and Real Security,

    Ventures Unlimited

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  • "Relaxing with a Mental PDA" Your 5 minutes daily program to Stress management

    We all have this favorite expression when it comes to being stressed out, and I wouldn't bother naming all of them since it may also vary in different languages. But when it comes down to it, I think that it is how we work or even relax, for that matter that triggers stress. Ever been stressed even when you're well relaxed and bored? I know I have, it is important to find ways to decrease and prevent stressful incidents and decrease negative reactions to stress.

    Here are some of the things that can be done by just remembering it, since life is basically a routine to follow like brushing your teeth or eating breakfast. You can do a few of them in a longer span of time, but as they say-- every minute counts.

    Managing time

    Time management skills can allow you more time with your family and friends and possibly increase your performance and productivity. This will help reduce your stress.

    To improve your time management:

    · Save time by focusing and concentrating, delegating, and scheduling time for yourself.
    · Keep a record of how you spend your time, including work, family, and leisure time.
    · Prioritize your time by rating tasks by importance and urgency. Redirect your time to those activities that are important and meaningful to you.
    · Manage your commitments by not over- or undercommitting. Don't commit to what is not important to you.
    · Deal with procrastination by using a day planner, breaking large projects into smaller ones, and setting short-term deadlines.
    · Examine your beliefs to reduce conflict between what you believe and what your life is like.
    Build healthy coping strategies

    It is important that you identify your coping strategies. One way to do this is by recording the stressful event, your reaction, and how you cope in a stress journal. With this information, you can work to change unhealthy coping strategies into healthy ones-those that help you focus on the positive and what you can change or control in your life.

    Lifestyle

    Some behaviors and lifestyle choices affect your stress level. They may not cause stress directly, but they can interfere with the ways your body seeks relief from stress. Try to:

    · Balance personal, work, and family needs and obligations.
    · Have a sense of purpose in life.
    · Get enough sleep, since your body recovers from the stresses of the day while you are sleeping.
    · Eat a balanced diet for a nutritional defense against stress.
    · Get moderate exercise throughout the week.
    · Limit your consumption of alcohol.
    · Don't smoke.

    Social support

    Social support is a major factor in how we experience stress. Social support is the positive support you receive from family, friends, and the community. It is the knowledge that you are cared for, loved, esteemed, and valued. More and more research indicates a strong relationship between social support and better mental and physical health.

    Changing thinking

    When an event triggers negative thoughts, you may experience fear, insecurity, anxiety, depression, rage, guilt, and a sense of worthlessness or powerlessness. These emotions trigger the body's stress, just as an actual threat does. Dealing with your negative thoughts and how you see things can help reduce stress.

    · Thought-stopping helps you stop a negative thought to help eliminate stress.
    · Disproving irrational thoughts helps you to avoid exaggerating the negative thought, anticipating the worst, and interpreting an event incorrectly.
    · Problem solving helps you identify all aspects of a stressful event and find ways to deal with it.
    · Changing your communication style helps you communicate in a way that makes your views known without making others feel put down, hostile, or intimidated. This reduces the stress that comes from poor communication. Use the assertiveness ladder to improve your communication style.

    Whether you're the mail guy, the CEO, or probably the average working parent, stress is one unwanted visitor you would love to boot out of your homes, especially your life.

    Dedicated to your Peace of Mind and Real Security,

    Ventures Unlimited

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  • "A Piece of Blarney Stone" 10 ways to empower your communication

    DedThe Blarney Stone is a historical stone, or actually part of the Blarney Castle in Ireland where it was believed that kissing the stone can grant you the gift of gab. Yeah, it seems strange in this day and age, but who are we to question tradition? It's not like I'm saying that Santa Claus doesn't exist (OOPS!).

    There is so much to know about conversation that anyone, even I, could ever realize. You can go though watching talk shows; radio programs; clubs dedicated to public speaking; ordinary conversations; certain rules still apply when it comes to interaction through words. It may sound tedious, I know, but even though it's your mouth that's doing the work, your brain works twice as hard to churn out a lot of things you know. So what better way to start learning to be an effective communication is to know the very person closest to you: yourself.

    1. What you know.
    Education is all about learning the basics, but to be an effective speaker is to practice what you've learned. My stint as guest at every Toastmasters' meeting I go to taught me that we all have our limitations, but that doesn't mean we can't learn to keep up and share what we know.

    2. Listening.
    It's just as important as asking questions. Sometimes listening to the sound of our own voice can teach us to be a little bit confident with ourselves and to say the things we believe in with conviction.

    3. Humility
    We all make mistakes, and sometimes we tend to slur our words, stutter, and probably mispronounce certain words even though we know what it means, but rarely use it only to impress listeners. So in a group, don't be afraid to ask if you're saying the right word properly and if they're unsure about it then make a joke out of it. I promise you it'll make everyone laugh and you can get away with it as well.

    4. Eye Contact
    There's a lot to say when it comes to directing your attention to your audience with an eye-catching gaze. It's important that you keep your focus when talking to a large group in a meeting or a gathering, even though he or she may be gorgeous.

    5. Kidding around
    A little bit of humor can do wonders to lift the tension, or worse boredom when making your speech. That way, you'll get the attention of the majority of the crowd and they'll feel that you're just as approachable, and as human to those who listen.

    6. Be like the rest of them
    Interaction is all about mingling with other people. You'll get a lot of ideas, as well as knowing what people make them as they are.

    7. Me, Myself, and I
    Admit it, there are times you sing to yourself in the shower. I know I do! Listening to the sound of your own voice while you practice your speech in front of a mirror can help correct the stress areas of your pitch. And while you're at it you can spruce up as well.

    8. With a smile
    A smile says it all much like eye contact. There's no point on grimacing or frowning in a meeting or a gathering, unless it's a wake. You can better express what you're saying when you smile.

    9. A Role Model
    There must be at least one or two people in your life you have listened to when they're at a public gathering or maybe at church. Sure they read their lines, but taking a mental note of how they emphasize what they say can help you once you take center stage.

    10. Preparation
    Make the best out of preparation rather than just scribbling notes and often in a hurried panic. Some people like to write things down on index cards, while other resort to being a little more silly as they look at their notes written on the palm of their hand (not for clammy hands, please). Just be comfortable with what you know since you enjoy your work.

    And that about wraps it up. These suggestions are rather amateurish in edgewise, but I've learned to empower myself when it comes to public or private speaking and it never hurts to be with people to listen how they make conversations and meetings far more enjoyable as well as educational.

    Dedicated to your Peace of Mind and Real Security,

    Ventures Unlimited

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  • How To Choose The Best Non Lethal Self Defense Devices

    Like all consumer products within the marketplace, all items belong to a specific brand and have their own function, configuration and size. The same thing is true in the non-lethal self-defense device world. I will just be discussing 3 of these weaponry categories in addition to the folding pocket knife given you can apply that specific tool in ways that are non-lethal.

     

    The mini-baton, or Kubotan, comes in various functions, colors, sizes and shapes. The Kubaton key chain is among the most prominent of them. It measures 0.75 inch in diameter and is 5.5 inches long.   There is a tip on one end and key ring on the other. It is made out of metal and comes in 4 colors: pink, silver, blue and black. The most practical thing about this item is that you can carry it in your pocket so that it is always available. Take it along with your set of keys every time you go out. Also, it is legal to carry it in a majority of states. The best Kubotan key chain to carry is one painted in black. That makes it nearly invisible when it is in your hand. Also, instead of choosing a pointed tip, select a pointed tip instead. The Kubaton is a type of impact weapon. That is why striking tissue or bone using a pointed tip will generate additional pressure with a certain amount of force that is applied when compared with hitting using a flat tip.

    Pepper sprays, or more accurately, "defensive sprays," are widely available in all types of releases, compositions, sizes and shapes. The size ranges from Police model to personal and pocket, and 3 to 5 inches in length, given that our parameters are limited to personal carry. The smaller the device is, the easier it is to conceal it. It also shouldn't be too difficult to hide the police model, even though it is 5 inches in length. The best kind of spray to use is one that has a flip-top cap, which is what is carried by a majority of law enforcement personnel. The design helps to minimize the number of accidental discharges and is among the easiest to use. The larger the content is, the longer the spray time is. When you are spraying at different effective distances make sure to take that into account. It is critical that you spray directly into the attacker's mouth, nostrils and eyes, where the mucus membranes are, and not just in the general area of the face.

    In general, spray squirt the material in stream or spray form. Choose the ones that emit a stream of liquid, given that is less likely to dispense faster within an enclosed space, which also affects you, and in a headwind is not as likely to bounce back. Newer forms of pepper sprays either emit gel or foam, which is where the terms pepper gel and pepper foam come from. The advantage that foam has is that it creeps between the perpetrator's eyes and glasses. On the other hand, gel tends to stick on the skin more; therefore, the perpetrator will have a more difficult time shaking the gel off of his face.

    Defensive sprays are comprised of an OC pepper solution, with various mixtures or concentrations of UV ultraviolet) dye, tear gas and OC. OC is a kind of natural irritant that swells and irritates the mucus membranes as the tear gas is affecting the respiratory system. Reacting to OC happens more quickly than with tear gas. This is one of the main reasons why pepper sprays have become so popular. Some individuals are practically immune to OC effects due to them having a high tolerance to peppers. Therefore, choose a spray that contains both tear gas and OC.

    Stun guns also come in many different voltage potentials, shapes and sizes. As huge as a magnum sized device or small as a lipstick tube; in the form of a baton, flashlight, cell phone, page or pen; ranging from 10,000 volts to nearly 20 million volts. The best method for surprising an attacker is to carry a concealed stun gun since in order for it to be effective it needs to make contact. Concealment also means taking size into consideration. Keep in mind that the larger the voltage is, the louder and more spectacular the spark will be. It makes an effective deterrent against dogs that are aggressive. They have more sensitive hearing to a broader range of sound frequencies; they are more fearful and in tune of the cracking sound that a discharging stun gun makes.

    Although a Stun Gun may discharge up to 20 million volts, its wattage still isn't enough to kill someone since it has just a couple of milliamperes of current, similar to static electricity. However, a stun device can numb muscle groups after they have been zapped for 3 to 5 seconds at least. Therefore, you want your stun gun to come into contact with the major muscle groups of your attacker like the thigh, groin, back, shoulder and neck areas.

    On the other hand, Tasers are a completely different breed of stun guns. The versions for civilians come with disposable cartridges that fire 2 probes that range as far as 15 feet. The ideal distance, however, between perpetrator and victim should range from 5 to 7 feet apart whenever the taser is discharged. Therefore, the shooter can remotely subdue the attacker, which is an advantage especially whenever the attacker is armed with a gun and/or knife. Also, Tasers emit "T-waves" which overwhelm the nervous system of the human body, which renders the entire body incapable of any voluntary movement that lasts up to several minutes.

    Just don't forget that your mind is the deadliest weapon there is!

    Dedicated to your Peace of Mind and Real Security,

    Ventures Unlimited

    P.S. Most people admit that they ought to buy these products, unfortunately after it's too late. Don't let this happen to you!

    P.P.S Every business owner knows he needs security from people who steal from him, employees who shoplift, and from thieves who break in. Protect yourself with our Hidden Cameras and Surveillance Systems.

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