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Mistakes … the Path to Success!

July 11, 2012
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Once again Dan Rockwell of the Leadership Freak has motivated us to share his insights. This time it’s on the art of mistakes in Five Ways to Get Good at Mistake Making! If you’ve been reading our posts long enough (or even yesterday)  you might have seen one or two typos that make it through our very loose editing system (thanks Melanie and Kieran for sending them to our attention asap!).  We loved this message because it reminds us to appreciate mistakes for what they are: valuable lessons. Enjoy this brief and  slightly edited version of Dan’s wise words.

“Too many mistakes and you lose credibility. Too few mistakes and you’re dead in the water, you can’t lead.”


1. Don’t make the mistake of letting your mistakes defeat you
. Churchill wisely said, “Courage is going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm.”

2. Don’t pretend you know when you don’t. Be honest and enthusiastic instead of pretending you know how to create a rocking Power Point presentation, when your boss asks you to take on the task of making the presentation for the upcoming pitch – perhaps you can say something like, “I’m pretty good at figuring these things out and am up for the challenge.”

3. Celebrate your successes and your mistakes. Stories of your mistakes can be humorous, endearing, and most importantly, educational. Most importantly, explaining a good screw-up before sharing a success prevents you from looking arrogant.

4. It’s a mistake to run from mistakes. After owning a mistake, begin the next sentence, “Next time …” Eli Siegel observed, “If a mistake is not a stepping stone, it is a mistake.”

5. Please don’t be a whining, cry baby. You look weak when you make excuses. It’s better to, “Admit your errors before someone else exaggerates them,” Andrew V. Mason.

One more point we’d like to add is Own it!  After working in the same office for five years and again on this blog for a few more -we’ve learned to NEVER try to blame someone for your screw up -the truth always comes out- and who wants to work with their little sister, right?

Have we left anything out?  We’d love to hear your success due to failure stories;)

Body

Exercise: Too Much of a Good Thing?

January 16, 2012
Mike Baird

Mike Baird

You’ve seen the girl—the one lifting heavy weights for hours (with no rest) or running full speed at full incline on the treadmill for an entire gym session. If you’re envious, you shouldn’t be. Exercise researchers aren’t happy with her performance.

“People think a good workout is, ‘I am in a pile of sweat and puking,’ ” William Kraemer, a professor of kinesiology at the University of Connecticut, told the New York Times. But if that happens, he said, “it means you went much too quickly, and your body just can’t meet its demands.”

But it isn’t easy to find just the right balance between working out enough and resting — while still gaining results.

“You should feel tired, said John Raglin, a sports psychologist at Indiana University. But if you do too much with too little rest, your performance gets worse, not better,” he told the New York Times.

“When they train harder yet stop improving, even backslide, “they become alarmed and try to increase their training,” Dr. Raglin said. He sees it over and over: An athlete will get into a training schedule and become very dogmatic, never taking a day off,” reported the New York Times.

Researchers say muscles need to recover after they are stressed with heavy weights or heavy exercise periods. “Intense endurance exercise depletes muscles of their energy supply, glycogen. Muscles store enough glycogen only for an hour and a half to two hours of activity, Dr. Saltin, told the New York Times.” It takes about a day for super athletes to restore their glycogen and about two days for the rest of us. Connective tissue in muscles can also be damaged from hard workouts and needs time to recover. So how to avoid a too-intense exercise program? There are no hard rules, because people’s bodies vary so much, but researchers say to take a look at your symptoms and keep an exercise log — check in when you are feeling tired or even depressed from over exercising and take a day off or do less during your workout.

Brainy, Cocktail Chatter, Gorgeous

Cocktail Chatter: How Tall Humans Get?

September 8, 2011
D. Sharon Pruitt, www.pinksherbet.com

Supermodels tend to hover between 5’9 and 5’11 — but will there be a day when even that Amazonian height is considered short?

“Height is a very genetically complex trait and is highly influenced by the environment,” Dr. DeSalle said. “So given the ‘average’ genetic composition of a population for height and computing, where the outliers lie is a matter of knowing the genetics better. If we knew the genetics better, then we could perhaps compute the upper — and lower — limit.”

Dr. DeSalle told the New York Times that we shouldn’t expect any height changes in at least the next two generations–and advanced height isn’t something we should want. “Many joint disorders and bone problems exist for these individuals that impact average-height people much less. Engineering problems with respect to organisms and their evolution do not get solved easily.”

Health Prevention, Mood Boosters

Ocean’s Secret Potion? Healing Properties of the Sea

August 29, 2011
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After spending a week floating in the soothing 0cean water in Hawaii, and hearing story after story from locals regarding the ‘magic’ healing properties of the sea – I did a bit of googling to confirm or reject these claims.

While ‘magic’ isn’t the exact word scientists have used to describe the healing and healthful properties of clean ocean water (there’s some nasty stuff out there on polluted beaches) – there are quite a few proven benefits. I liked this simple wrap up by writer Sharin Griffin from Livestrong.com – it is easy to understand and best of all she cites her sources!

Skin Disorders

Skin disorders such rosacea, psoriasis and eczema are also helped by the ocean’s salt water as minerals and amino acids in the water draw out impurities. With the removal of these toxins also comes faster healing time during flare ups where open lesions are present. Rashes from plant allergies or heat are also soothed by ocean water, improving skin texture and boosting your skin’s natural immunities. Waters are believed to increase blood circulation, thus speeding up skin cell regeneration, cutting healing times in half.

Emotional Health

Warm baths have been attributed with stress reduction properties, but many may not realize the long-term stress reduction benefits of ocean water. The minerals in ocean water decrease stress and increase a sense of well-being. Water temperature also plays a major role in your emotional health when swimming in ocean water. Cool ocean water in the spring and fall months provides a soothing treatment for your nerves while warmer waters in the summer months relax your muscles, according to Dr. Connie Hernandez and Dr. Marcel Hernandez of Pacific Naturopathic in Mountain View, California.

Immune System

Iodine, one of the trace minerals found in ocean water, is directly linked to your body’s natural ability to fight off infection. Iodine in ocean water boosts your thyroid function, increasing your immune system. For this reason, ocean swimming is known as preventative treatment from certain illnesses and infections. Ocean water also increases the amount of oxygen carried throughout your bloodstream and and provides the nutrients required by your blood cells to fight off free radicals.

And down to the cellular level!

This research reminded me of an article I had done on the health benefits of seaweed detox wraps. This particular study has stuck with me evensince;

To illustrate the importance of detoxification, we need look no further than the work of Dr. Alexis Carrell.  Nobel Laureate (1912), Dr. Carrell was awarded this honor for his pioneering work in France on organ and tissue transplants.  To prove that animal cells can live in a seawater medium, he placed chicken embryo cells in a special flask engineered with the help of Charles Lindburg.  The seawater bath used was isotonic meaning that it was a saline solution.  The cells thrived for 5 weeks before eventually expiring.

Carrell was curious to learn what actually caused the cells to perish.  He discovered that due to the buildup of toxins in the form of metabolic wastes, the pH of the water acidified that deteriorated their environment.  It could be argued that this is an example of an ecological disaster like Lake Erie.  So he repeated the experiment; and this time, he drained the toxic water and kept a fresh supply of seawater flowing in daily.  Rather than perishing in 5 weeks, he kept these cells alive for 22 years!  This lead to his famous quote:  “The cell is immortal; it is merely the fluid in which it bathes that deteriorates.