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Lessons from Fred Smith

“The concept is interesting and well formed, but in order to earn better than a “C” the idea must be feasible.” A Yale University management professor in response to Fred Smith’s paper proposing reliable overnight delivery service.

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It’s your life. Live it.

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”

-Steve Jobs

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Tell your bags where you are going

Don’t forget to put your name on the outside of your bags and inside your bags. Or even better, put a copy of your itinerary in each checked bag so the airline can locate you. The most common causes of lost and delayed bags are late check-ins and tight connections. Try to avoid both whenever you can.

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Polite can do it to

Ever been in a situation where you can’t really tolerate someone or something but don’t know how to get your feelings across without making it sound mean/embarrassing.

I was at the barbers yesterday and it hit me. There is a way. A nice and subtle way. Depending on the nature of the problem, find an appropriate solution and gift it. e.g. Buy a perfume(stinking problem) or a gift card from one of the most expensive hair dressers in town(inappropriate hair-do problem).

Don’t make it obvious. Make it casual. e.g. I bought one for myself and thought you’d love it too.

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Too much info makes Johnny a dull boy

Limit your information intake. In our lives today, we get a tremendous amount of information through email, blog feeds, reading websites, paperwork, memos, newspapers, magazines, television, DVDs, radio, mobile phones and Blackberries. Not only can this be overwhelming, but it can be distracting and can fill up your life until you have no time for more important things. Go on a media fast to get control over your information intake, and to simplify your life

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TV Sucks

“Research cited by Marie Winn demonstrates that watching television at the expense of reading discourages active thinking; diminishes the imagination; inhibits the ability to think abstractly and perform complex symbolic transformation; damages the ability to concentrate; and can become addictive by causing brain changes analogous to drug-induced states” – quote from “The Thinker’s Way” by John Chaffee.

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Gas Saving Tips

Fill Up in the Morning

Not many people know this, but gas is a liquid that expands and contracts, depending on its temperature. By filling up your tank in the coolest part of the day, you will actually be getting more gasoline for your money, as it will have contracted overnight.

Buy on Tuesday or Wednesday

Gas prices are elevated in the latter part of the week in anticipation of the weekend rush. As such, you should buy your gas earlier in the week, but not too early. Weekend prices still linger at many stations on Monday morning.

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Duplicate Keys

Make duplicates of all keys. Bury a house key in a secret spot in the garden and carry a duplicate car key in your wallet, apart from your key ring.

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Have a business card that sings

The business card plays a very crucial role in the first impression. The business card should sing well enough not only to impress but also to imprint on the reader’s mind your name and number so that when they need something that has to do with your profession, you are the first person that pops up in their mind.
The link provides some very innovative ways of doing business cards:
http://dailypoetics.typepad.com/photos/business_cards_and_other_/p1010063_1.html

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Speed-up firefox

If you have a broadband connection (and most of us do), you can use pipelining to speed up your page loads. This allows Firefox to load multiple things on a page at once, instead of one at a time (by default, it’s optimized for dialup connections). Here’s how:

  • Type “about:config” into the address bar and hit return. Type “network.http” in the filter field, and change the following settings (double-click on them to change them):
  • Set “network.http.pipelining” to “true”
  • Set “network.http.proxy.pipelining” to “true”
  • Set “network.http.pipelining.maxrequests” to a number like 30. This will allow it to make 30 requests at once.
  • Also, right-click anywhere and select New-> Integer. Name it “nglayout.initialpaint.delay” and set its value to “0″. This value is the amount of time the browser waits before it acts on information it receives.