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Merry Christmas and a Wonderful 2015

I just reviewed my posts from a year ago because I could not remember what I had written in my last post before Christmas 2013. There was only one post for December 2013, this one, written in England during my visit to be with my mother for her 9...
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Stoicism - Foundation of Survival

  [caption id="attachment_2505" align="alignleft" width="300"] 11 tons corn overflow[/caption] I started writing about stoicism in this post on 21 November, then had to rely on my own ability to be stoic to get through the following few we...
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Priorities in the age of constant connectedness.

[caption id="attachment_3903" align="alignleft" width="300"] Wrong Priorities[/caption] Following last week's post about my interrupted schedule, I find that for once, I am grateful for snow. The snow over the last few days has stopped the corn ha...
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Focus, Consistency, Patience, recipe for success.

  [caption id="attachment_3885" align="alignleft" width="300"] November[/caption] A new month and time for a new topic. I won't be writing about Halloween because I grew up on the other side of the world where it was not celebrated. I d...
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8 Steps to Focus

[caption id="attachment_3866" align="alignleft" width="300"] Fall Colours[/caption] October is coming to an end, there are more leaves on the ground than the trees. Time to get back on track to the main topic of focus after focusing on the terribl...
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Distractions, a convenient escape from focusing.

  [caption id="attachment_3841" align="alignleft" width="300"] Distractions[/caption] "I don’t care how much power, brilliance or energy you have, if you don’t harness it and focus it on a specific target, and hold it there you’re ne...
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Focus, distractions and firewalls.

  [caption id="attachment_950" align="alignleft" width="175"] Secretary as firewall[/caption]       Last week,there was an exchange of comments on Google + about the strategy of creating posts about a single topic f...
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Friday's Morning Email: U.S. Botches First Ebola Response

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U.S. BOTCHING FIRST EBOLA RESPONSE “More than six months after an outbreak of Ebola began its rampage through West Africa, local and federal health officials have displayed an uneven and flawed response to the first case diagnosed ...
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Constant Connection Addiction - cause or effect?

  [caption id="attachment_3743" align="alignleft" width="240"] Connection Addiction[/caption] Tomorrow I have to make an early start so this will be another short post. The cardiologist and other doctors who treated me after my heart at...
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Resilience versus Comfort

  As a baby boomer it is too easy to fall into the "when I was young...." trap and condemn anything I don't like as a sign of the impending end of civilization as we know it or even the end of the human race. It is like walking a tightrope...
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How to stay positive in a world in turmoil.

  [caption id="attachment_2066" align="alignleft" width="300"] World in turmoil[/caption] There is more than enough bad news to go around as we approach the end of a Northern Hemisphere summer. The relentless attacks on Israel, conflict...
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Technology, the Internet, hackable cars, all targets for cyber-warfare

  [caption id="attachment_1688" align="alignleft" width="300"] Are systems too integrated?[/caption] Thanks to a Bell technician fixing a problem on a cable on Saturday, we now have consistent telephone and Internet service. It seems it wa...
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Obama Weighs Airstrikes or Aid to Help Trapped Iraqis, Officials Say

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President Obama is considering airstrikes or airdrops of food and medicine to address a humanitarian crisis among religious minorities in Iraq who have been dying of heat and thirst, officials said.
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Opportunities, Commitments and end of Harvest.

  [caption id="attachment_3942" align="alignleft" width="300"] Snow[/caption] It's been an interesting - and challenging - 3 weeks since my last post. Interesting because of the new opportunities that have presented themselves and chall...
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The hierarchy of commitments

  [caption id="attachment_3893" align="alignleft" width="300"] Commitment[/caption] You might have noticed that for the first time since May this year, I did not publish posts on two consecutive publishing days. There was no post on Fri...
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Focus is possible in the age of distraction.

[caption id="attachment_3878" align="alignleft" width="300"] Focus[/caption] The posts in October have all dealt with reasons why it is difficult to focus in our constantly connected society full of distractions. It might be difficult but it is...
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How Shocking Events Attract Focus.

[caption id="attachment_1761" align="alignleft" width="264"] Terrorism in Canada[/caption] This post is a little out of line with the months' previous posts but is still about focus, on a macro level not a personal or individual one. The past week...
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Are Distractions Really the Enemy of Focus?

  [caption id="attachment_3456" align="alignleft" width="154"] Why[/caption] If distractions are one of the major reasons for us having difficulty focusing, then it should be a relatively simple problem to fix. Distractions are only par...
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Focus – The key to Human Success.

Focus One of the most important differences between humans and other animals is our ability to focus on abstract concepts, not just tangible things like food, finding a mate or a place to shelter. We can also focus outside the present moment, on ideas, questions, events or desires, real or imagined in the future. We can focus on lessons learned from past experiences in a deeper way than the instinctive learning of animals. Robert Greene writes about these differences in his book Mastery (Amazon affiliate link) and attributes this ability to focus as a major factor of survival when early man first ventured out of the trees. Physically defenceless against predators, and at a disadvantage when competing for food against other primates and large mammals. On page 7 he writes:  Animals are locked in a perpetual present. They can learn from recent events, but they are easily distracted by what is in front of their eyes.   He goes on to explain how this ability to focus enabled our ancesto
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Scotland Rejects Independence From United Kingdom

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The outcome headed off the political, economic and military imponderables that would have accompanied a divorce from the United Kingdom.
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New Direction For Focused Prosperity

  [caption id="" align="alignleft" width="300"] Public Speakers Association[/caption] There's a good reason why it has been a while since I published a post here. The site is being redesigned to reflect the new direction I have been mov...
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Should You Worry About an Ebola Outbreak in the US?

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The current Ebola outbreak involves Zaire ebolavirus, which produces symptoms within six to 16 days of infection.
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Supply, Demand & On-line business.

  [caption id="attachment_3681" align="alignleft" width="151"] Public Speakers Association[/caption] On Wednesday, I spent the day at the Summer Networking Bash in Toronto to help man the Public Speakers Association table. It was an adv...
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Re-Marketing and The Internet Curiosity Gap

This will be another shorter post as despite several visits from technicians, my internet and phone services are still intermittent. [caption id="attachment_3070" align="alignleft" width="198"] Incongrous ad placement[/caption] A big thank you ...
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