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What Is a Mastermind Group and How Can It Benefit You

Posted on 09 October 2018 (0)

What is a Mastermind Group

A mastermind group is a team of like-minded people coming together to enrich and inspire each other to achieve more than they would have on their own. This team works in perfect harmony with one another with one purpose, for everyone to succeed in whatever mission they choose.

People that work in a mastermind group can accomplish more in one year than they would have over a lifetime of trial and error on their own. Every successful person, whether in sports, religion, politics, business, or personal affairs, achieved their success with the help of a mastermind alliance whether they knew it or not.

The saying really is true that together everybody achieves more (T.E.A.M.). Members of a mastermind group meet and share their passions, concerns, ideas, successes and failures so that everyone can benefit and learn from those experiences. The internet has provided so many beneficial ways for groups to meet to where a person doesn’t have to leave their home in the process. The key to a successful mastermind is communication. Just like you would find in the Ben Simkin Review. Where the group works on Facebook and and a Facebook mastermind.

Where to Learn More on Mastermind Groups

History is filled with stories of how important mastermind groups are. One of the first documented mastermind alliances was with the Nazarene and his twelve disciples back in the Bible days. That one group has impacted the world for over 2,000 years and will continue to benefit so many lives past our time here on Earth.

Two of my favorite readings come from two of the best books on wealth building, Think & Grow Rich and The Richest Man in Babylon. Think & Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill is one of the best selling books of all times on business. In Chapter 10, Mr. Hill goes into great detail of the power of a mastermind. If you haven’t for any reason read Think & Grow Rich I strongly encourage you to read or re-read it again.

The Richest Man in Babylon by George S. Clason is a fun read. It’s short but the principles are sound as well. The storyline is set in ancient Babylon, that great city that once was filled with some of the smartest minds that walked this planet. Mr. Clason goes to tell about a secret meeting room during that time where people would go and learn from the experiences of others and how the richest man in Babylon would tell them how to go about creating wealth for themselves and their families.

Benefits of a Mastermind Group

Below are just a few examples of the many benefits that come from being a member of a mastermind group. It is true as the saying goes “Two heads are better than one.”

1) One of the benefits that comes from being a member of a mastermind group is support. Sometimes all a person needs for that extra edge to get the ball rolling is support from someone that wants to see them succeed.

2) A second benefit is how much the learning curve is reduced. I have yet to find a person that “knows it all.” Why stumble and make unnecessary errors when it’s not required? Members can and often times share their knowledge, skills, and abilities to the team to avoid useless pitfalls.

3) Group members can hold each other accountable so no one becomes lazy or unmotivated to finish what they started.

4) Each person in a mastermind group brings with them invaluable resources that can be used at will by all members. Each person possesses different skill sets that make them unique and often times a person that’s stuck can use those resources to get back on track to accomplishing their goals.

Mastermind Groups

So what is a mastermind group? It is the fastest way for a person to reach their goals with minimum errors. For many it is the only way to reach their true potential in life. Keep in mind that each mastermind group is different with their own beneficial qualities. The only drawback to a mastermind group is finding one that shares your vision and dreams.

Of course a person can create their own or they can find, with the help of social media, people that have similar visions and join together from there. The power of this unification is simply unmatched. Good luck with your search, and I encourage you to find one that will help you on your path to success. If you have ever been a part of a mastermind group, please share your experience and whether or not you feel they are valuable.

Thermal Imaging Cameras Offer Economical Solutions

Posted on 06 October 2018 (0)

With the introduction of a new breed of low cost thermal imaging cameras, thermal imaging technology is now an effective problem solving, analysis and preventive maintenance tool for a variety of applications. Waermebildkamera are light weight, ergonomic, intuitive and contain high resolution thermal detectors that offer valuable temperature information to isolate problems. This article offers an explanation of the technology and the applications for which it is well suited.

Thermal Imaging Cameras function much like digital photographic cameras except they take a thermal picture. The detectors measure infrared radiation which is then converted to electrical signals in order to create a visual representation of the heat an object gives off. The visual representation displays cooler items in shades of blue and hotter items in shades of red and can be analyzed and formatted on a computer via a USB download. When deciding on a thermal imaging camera, the primary features to consider include the resolution, accuracy and temperature range. The resolution is measured by pixels. Because every pixel on the screen is a discrete temperature reading, the more pixels the camera has, the more detail the thermal picture will be. Accuracy is measured in terms of a percentage of the value of the reading. Most cameras have accuracy’s between 2-5%. Finally, thermal cameras are limited to a specified temperature range. If your application deals with extreme heat or cold, you should make sure the camera is capable of taking those measurements.

While the general specifications from one camera to the next are similar, high-end cameras typically offer additional features you may find useful. Many cameras offer photographic overlays of the thermal picture. This is ideal for identification of detailed components and their proximity to each other in the thermal picture. Cameras intended for the building inspection and HVAC industries offer dew point and insulation alarms useful in locating areas of moisture or insufficient insulation. Some cameras even offer voice annotation to document and flashlights to illuminate dark areas.

There are numerous applications for thermal imaging cameras that, prior to the introduction of low-cost offerings, were previously cost inhibitive. The heat signature of electrical circuits and machine components may precipitate future problems and failures. HVAC systems and building structures display obvious thermal visualizations of inefficiencies, insufficient insulation, moisture and loose duct fittings. Pest Control professionals can identify infestations inside of walls or enclosed areas as a result of nesting areas displaying higher temperatures than surrounding areas. Plumbing professionals locate blockages in pipes and law enforcement agencies are aided in finding hidden suspects. Even paranormal investigators find thermal imaging cameras an aide in their discovery.

Thermal imaging cameras cost as little as $3,000 from manufacturers such as Extech, FLIR and Fluke, making them an economical analysis and diagnostic tool for a number of professions. Many people probably do not consider thermography as a viable preventative maintenance or diagnostic solution based on preconceived notions of price or a lack of knowledge on thermographic applications. However, those who have invested in the technology have found a way to differentiate their business from competition and reduce the overhead associated with “old-school” methods.

10 Myths About Chiropractic and Chiropractors

Posted on 04 October 2018 (0)

There are a lot of conflicting views about chiropractors and in most cases there is no merit. Here are the top ten most common myths about chiropractors:

1. There is no scientific evidence to show that chiropractic treatment works
Chiropractic has a plethora of scientific evidence to show that the treatment works. One of the largest and most recent pieces is a systematic review of chiropractic treatment for a number of conditions by Gert Bronfort et al. Along with many others it shows that there is positive evidence in the treatment of lower back pain, neck pain, and even cervicogenic dizziness.

2. You only have to do a weekend course to be a chiropractor
This is completely false. In order to call yourself a chiropractor in Round Rock you have to be registered with the General Chiropractic Council (GCC). The GCC requires you to have done a degree from an accredited university, which there are 3 in the US currently. The current degree is a Master of Chiropractic degree of 4+1 or 5+1 years. A common comparison made is the amount of hours done at university by a chiropractor and a medic. Chiropractors do an average of 4822 hours in their degree and medics do an average of 4667 hours.

3. Chiropractic is not a recognized profession
Chiropractors are regulated by government by the General Chiropractic Council. It is the widest used and fastest growing complementary medicine in the world. There are currently trials in North East London regarding chiropractic on the NHS, which so far have been very successful.

4. Chiropractic care is dangerous
Chiropractic care has been shown to be one of the safest medical treatments. The most common concern is that neck adjustments cause stroke. A recent study by Cassidy et al showed that you are just as likely to have a stroke if you see your GP as you are if you see your chiropractor. How can the neck adjustment be the thing to blame? Unfortunately chiropractors and GPs see people who are going to have a stroke, which in a lot of cases is undetectable until it happens.

5. Chiropractors are not “real doctors”
Chiropractors are not in fact medical doctors. As described earlier though they do go through similar training hours and are awarded a D.C. title on completion, which means Doctor of Chiropractic. So although they are not a Medical Doctor they are a Doctor of Chiropractic.

6. Chiropractors X-Ray every person
Chiropractors are trained to read and take x-rays. Because of this chiropractors are required to follow strict guidelines (IRMER) to who they can and can’t x-ray. There always has to be justification to x-ray and in the vast majority of cases this is present.

7. Chiropractors are just cracking bones. That can’t be healthy!
Chiropractors are not cracking bones. They are delivering a specific impulse into a joint in order to stretch the receptors in the aim to return the joint back to normal function. This is required in cases where the spine is not functioning correctly and has been shown to be a safe method of doing so.

8. Chiropractors only deal with problems in the spine
Chiropractors are trained to deal with all problems affecting joints, muscles, and nerves. This ranges from shoulder problems to ankle problems to neck problems. Chiropractors also learn about other pathologies outside of what they treat so they are able to detect if there is something more serious going on and so they can adjust their treatment style to suit the person.

9. Chiropractors claim to cure all problems by adjusting the spine
This is false. This was the philosophy in the 1800s when chiropractic was first invented. Since that time, just like medicine, chiropractic has made large advances and now primarily works off current medical research. Some chiropractors still follow the original philosophy and it is important to find a chiropractor that suits you.

10. Chiropractors are just after your money
Because chiropractic care isn’t free people assume that chiropractors are just after your money. If you were to ask a group of first year students why they wanted to be a chiropractor it would be to help people and not because they wanted to earn money. Chiropractors often given free treatments or reduced rates if someone isn’t improving the way they should. It is a situation of a few affect many, a few ill-informed chiropractors have given a bad name for many chiropractors.

Bounce House Party Games That Kids Are Sure To Love

Posted on 27 September 2018 (0)

Is your child’s birthday coming up? Throwing a bounce house party spells fun fun fun! Instead of just letting the kids bounce about, add to the fun by preparing a few games. Kids love games at parties and setting them up in an inflatable bounce house can add an extra dimension to the frivolities. Here’s a few ideas from Winter Garden Bounce House Rentals:

Simon Says

This age old game can reach new levels when done in a bounce house. This becomes extra fun because the leader can make the players do things that are only possible when in an inflatable. Simon says to bounce on your knees. This would be painful if you were on the floor, but thanks to the softness a bounce house brings, this will not be a problem.

Statue Bounce

Having a new take on the traditional statue dance, aka stop dance, when the music stops, so should the bouncing. Any child caught jumping in silence will be considered “out” until a lone winner will be left. This is exceptionally fun at the same time hard because dancing is easier to control than bouncing.

Marco Polo

Marco Polo is played basically the same- the blindfolded catcher has to find the players by saying “Marco” and players respond with “Polo”. Making this one of the games in a bounce house party is because of two reasons. First is that it is safer for the catcher. It does not matter if he falls or bumps into a wall. The second is that it is more fun. All games are more fun in an inflatable.

Bouncing Race

This is great for the younger kids at the bounce house party. Have them race on their knees, on one foot, on all fours if you want. You can have the race in teams, by partners, or alone. It is always a good idea to give a small prize like candy to the winner or winners after each race.

Tag

This game is always present whenever kids are around. Playing it in an inflatable just adds to the thrill.

Balloons

Simply by adding balloons to the bounce house and you will already be adding fun. It just adds to the bouncing bliss. Both the younger and the older kids are sure to enjoy.

These are just a few games that you can have at your child’s bounce house party. Be creative and add your own twist to your kid’s favorite ones. Just always remember to follow the safety instructions, pin the tail on the donkey is definitely crossed off the list, and to never leave the children unsupervised.

 

Tree Maintenance Vs Tree Lopping

Posted on 26 September 2018 (0)

Lopped trees are dangerous and unsightly. If you are considering having one of your trees lopped, please review the information on this page first. The information here could save you having to go to court as well as money and time. Tree lopping is when branches or stems are cut down into unattractive stubs.

Why Tree Lopping Should Be Avoided

  • The risk for serious injury and maybe even death is increased for anyone walking, living or working near a tree that has been lopped.
  • Masses of shoots are produced by lopped trees. They do not attach well to the branches and stems that are remaining. The reason they do not attach well is because the new growth forms from the buds close to the surface of old branches. With normal branches, the growth forms in a socket of wood tissue that overlaps.
  • You might get sued. Lopping is not considered to be an acceptable form of pruning. If a lopped tree of yours causes death or injury, you might be headed to court.
  • A lopped tree is just a ticking time bomb. Each time the wind starts to blow there is a risk that a falling branch could injure someone. This is a good enough reason to avoid lopping trees. Also, since it isn’t an acceptable form of pruning, you could be held liable for damages or injuries to property or people. (see Australian Standard AS 4373-2007).
  • It isn’t a permanent solution. Rather, this temporary measure requires work that is ongoing. Once a tree has been lopped, it will need to be done again every couple of years to remove regrowth that is unstable. Remediation costs for lopped trees are expensive. Also, remediation is sometimes not feasible.
  • Masses of anaesthetic and vigorous regrowth are generated by lopped trees.
  • Lopping a tree puts it under a lot of stress. It doesn’t have large masses of foliage any longer for creating food and energy through photosynthesis. This often causes a tree to generate a huge amount of unstable, vigorous regrowth which is referred to as epicormic growth. This is frequently hard to manage. If there is insufficient stored energy reserves for generating regrowth, the tree could end up dying.

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Serious problems are created by the large wounds:

  • Tree lopping causes large wounds. They introduce pathogenic organisms and decay. Lopping may also cause trees to sunburn. This frequently results in branch failure, bark splitting, cankers developing or death.
  • If leaves are cluttering up the gutters or the tree is too tall, you may think your problem can be solved by tree lopping. However, this unfortunately just creates different kinds of problems for you.
  • Your property might suffer heavy devaluation.
  • Trees that are flourishing and healthy can add to a property’s value by an additional 10-20%. However, because lopped trees are see as an ongoing expense, they can cause your property to be devalued.
  • Lopping could ruin your property’s ambiance.
  • Trees treated this way, with their disfigured forms, maimed branches, unsightly stubs and open wounds are not welcoming and warm like healthy trees are. The beauty of a tree is very powerful and lifts people’s moods and draws them in. However, the opposite effect is created by lopped trees.

Consider lopping alternatives to save your trees as well as your money.

There are usually alternative ways to manage trees that:

  • Don’t create safety hazards
  • Use approved techniques
  • Maintain a tree’s natural beauty
  • Maintain a tree’s natural form

Slash Me Silly a local tree removals service will usually be happy to provide you with free advice about lopping alternative in addition to offering you an obligation-free quote.