WISDOM OF THE SAGE (THE MOUSE TRAP)

A mouse looked through the crack in the wall to see the farmer and his wife open a package. "What food might this contain?" the mouse wondered. 

He was disappointed to discover it was a mousetrap. Retreating to the farmyard, the mouse proclaimed the warning: "There is a mousetrap in the house! There is a mousetrap in the house!"

The chicken clucked and scratched, raised her head and said "Mr. Mouse, I can tell this is a grave concern to you, but it is of no consequence to me. I cannot be bothered by it."
The mouse turned to the pig and told him "There is a mousetrap in the house! There is a mousetrap in the house!" The pig sympathized, but said "I am so very sorry, Mr. Mouse, but there is nothing I can do about it but pray. Be assured you are in my prayers."

The mouse turned to the cow and said "There is a mousetrap in the house! There is a mousetrap in the house!" The cow said "Wow, Mr. Mouse. I'm sorry for you, but this will take no skin off my nose."

So, the mouse returned to the house, head down and dejected, to face the farmer's mousetrap alone.

That very night a sound was heard throughout the house like the sound of a mouse trap catching its prey. The farmer's wife rushed to see what was caught. In the darkness, she did not see it was a poisonous snake whose tail the trap had caught. 

The snake bit the farmer's wife. 

The farmer rushed her to the hospital and she returned home with a fever.
The neighbors advised that her fever be treated with fresh chicken soup garnished with sage leaves, so the farmer took his knife to the farmyard for the soup's main ingredient. 

But his wife's sickness continued, so friends and neighbors came to sit with her around the clock, to feed them, the farmer butchered the pig. 

The farmer's wife did not get well; she died. So many people came for her funeral, the farmer had the cow slaughtered to provide enough meat for all of them.
The mouse looked upon it all from his crack in the wall with great sadness. So, the next time you hear someone is facing a problem and think it doesn't concern you, remember: when one of us is threatened, we are all at risk. 

We are all involved in this journey called life. We must keep an eye out for one another and make an extra effort to encourage one another.


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Generally the worst advice given to millennials is that same damned bad advice given to every generation. It’s just that 30 years of rich people controlled government is making life for millennials worse than it did for everyone before them.

Basically the advice is this: Go to a good school, get masters or PhD and go out and get a good job with a good corporation.

It worked for my father, but times have changed.

The new reality goes something like this:

Get your bachelors degree but unless you have a very specific career in mind and it’s not overcrowded, stop there. For the rest of your working life, do your best to get paid to learn. Once you start working and dealing with day to day life, you will have very little time and energy to learn on your own.

The extra debt isn’t worth it. It’s really hard to climb out from under a mountain of debt.

If you need a low paying entry level job somewhere, anywhere, RIGHT NOW! Focus on sales and learn sales inside and out, including negotiation and all the skills associated with it. You will use this the rest of your life.

For the first ten years, show no loyalty to any corporation you work for. Your job is to advance your skills while getting paid. That’s it.

Look at everything, including blue collar professions. When Reagan destroyed the unions, he destroyed the pipeline for many highly skilled well paying blue collar jobs and now some of these positions go unfilled. Become really good at one of them. A college graduate has certain advantages in a largely uneducated field.

Don’t be too proud. Opportunity may not look like what you imagined.

You might be better suited to being self employed. Have a look into that to see whether it’s your thing.

Make sure that your skills are something people need.

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Son, go to school.”

Alright dad, I finished school. Now what?

“Son, go to college.”

Alright dad, I finished college. Now what?

“Son, get a job.”

Alright dad, I got a 9 through 5 job. Now what?

“Son, get married.”

Alright dad, I got married, had 3 kids, got a mortgage, leased a mini van, and finally fixed the indoor plumbing. Now what?

Now the dad doesn’t know what or how or why. He knows that he needs to look into retirement homes or hospice and visit his wife’s grave while he can still walk with that rheumatoid arthritis and the tumor that spreads at a rapid speed to his lymph nodes as we speak. Your own kids will grow up. Give it 10 years, and you’ll be glad if your own son calls you once a week for 5 minutes.

And then you will become your dad who died before you even turned 40. You will work a job you hate to buy shit that you don’t need. You’ll be routine’s slave. You’ll suffer from great depression, which is your life. The things you own will end up owning you. And one day, you’ll realize that self improvement is self masturbation.
But you’ll be trapped. Forever.


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One young modest Asian woman was not only educated in the finest schools, but when we dined with her, speaking several languages, she was requested into the kitchen and explained in at least 3 languages how they might cook things better. I was shocked at first, but seeing the wide smiles - it was a most memorable evening for all. Days later, after passing all the tests and meeting with everyone, we spoke to all her references but one, and I got feedback from a few people I knew at her previous work- she checked out extremely well. One even told me that I would be extremely surprised how well things would go, if she played a major role with China. He was a very close family friend, and that sealed the deal based on my clients projected needs.

A few weeks into the job the last reference called back. As usual, I created a nice connection with him, as we had a few friends in common as well. He told me that her name was modified legally, and she was really part of a dynasty.

Didn't quite know where to go with this, so it became my secret. Years later, when they did business with China, they couldn't understand how it went so smoothly. It was magic to them, their lawyers took all the credit.

Sometimes your clients only have to know that you did your job, not what would be ‘nice’ to hear but threaten the privacy of the hire and perhaps change relationships.

She was later offered stock in the company. I told her to keep it and stay, even though she had grandeur offers from Geely of Volvo, but no immediate stock.

Company sold a few years later. She never dreamed she would have seven figures from this - but she did. Keep up with your recruiter - hire him if you can. Info is golden in this economy. She went from an introvert to a star player one hundred conversations later. Amazing it went so far. How far can you grow?



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With focus on Jared Leto, who is one man I have always admired, having picked himself up and his family from poverty from an early age, building 2 prominent careers in the process, and I was always amazed as to how he never seems to age, staying as good looking as he has always been throughout the years.
He was 44 years old in this photo, 46 now. If I didn’t know him I would say from this photo that this guy is in his early 30s.

When asked how he manages to look a decade younger than he actually is, he attributed it to sleeping well and following a strict diet of veganism and avoiding sugary foods from an early age, and of course exercising constantly. He also doesn’t smoke, or drink alcohol.

His answer was brief. He somehow summed up what he believed to be the most important factors that have helped him preserve his youthful looks.

Keeping your good looks requires maintaining your youth, and slowing the aging process. Being scared of aging myself I have picked up all of the things I learned to be helpful in that matter and tried to incorporate them in my life.

1- Keep watch of your diet and what you put in your body.

Depend more on plant based foods within a balanced diet that covers all your nutritional needs. The more you eat of them the better. Even if you are not a vegan or a vegetarian always try to eat more fruits, vegetables, and nuts than meat. They are the best thing you can eat. They are filled with anti oxidants, which are the best way to fight free radicals within our cells that contribute greatly to aging and damage of the cells. It is recommended to have 5 or more handful portions of them daily.
Avoid high glycemic index foods in your meals. Focus more on whole grain foods instead of high-carb foods. High-carb foods trigger secretion of high levels of insulin into the bloodstream. High insulin levels had been linked to acne, balding, and obesity.
Avoid sweets and sugar indulgence as much as you can. In addition to the mentioned effects of high blood insulin levels, sugar itself has been shown to make the skin age faster. It is claimed to attach to proteins in the bloodstream and create harmful molecules that damage collagen and elastin in the skin which results in wrinkles and sagging.
2- Follow intermittent fasting, calorie-restricted diets.

Get comfortable with being hungry, it won’t hurt. In fact it benefits your body. I know a lot of people who have a problem with feeling hungry like it is a forbidden feeling they need to avoid at all costs. Not only are they the ones who struggle to lose weight when they try to, but they are also missing out on the benefits. Fasting or restricting calories intake has been suspected to be one of the best ways to increase lifespan, slow aging, and improve health in general by altering some mechanisms inside our cells.

3- Avoid weight gain.

Not only does excess weight make us look older than our real age in appearance, it does actually age us more quickly on a cellular level.

Sometimes weight gain is unavoidable like in pregnancy. It is very important to try to lose the extra pounds as soon as possible. The more we delay the harder it gets, especially as we age.

4- Exercise regularly.

It is well known by now that exercise can slow aging. It has been claimed to preserve the length of telomeres on our chromosomes which become shorter as we age.

The key is to keep active and to stick to a schedule of 3 or more work-out sessions per week. Unfortunately mild to moderate exercises are not enough. If you don’t suffer you don’t gain. Resistance exercises like body pumping, and weight lifting have been shown to be the best to do the trick.

5- Don’t compromise your sleep needs.

Sleep provides an opportunity for the body to repair and rejuvenate itself. Also you don’t want to have eye bags and dark circles under your eyes due to the lack of sleep. Your body knows better what are your sleep needs. For instance I need 8 to 9 hours of sleep each night. I have been called lazy, a grumpy morning person, and many things, but I didn’t care, all I cared about was getting enough sleep every night, and I think this is what I did best to keep my body well maintained.

6- Avoid smoking, drugs, and alcohol.

Smoking is one of the worst thing you can do to your skin and teeth. wrinkles will form faster, and will be deeper. teeth will become more yellow and have discolorations which will be hard to reverse later in natural ways.

continuous consumption of alcohol and drugs have many harmful effects and may cause the skin to age faster and become more dry, red and puffy.

7- Avoid too much sun exposure.

Sun exposure is responsible for most of the visible aging signs of the skin, far more than all other factors. UV rays from the sun are the primary cause of wrinkles, pigmentation, sun spots, reduced skin elasticity. Some people are obsessed with tanning, thinking it is attractive and healthy, while to some extent that is true, it should be done moderately and never to the face. In the end, pale firm and young looking skin is far more attractive than tanned, saggy, pigmented, and wrinkled skin. Trust me I’ve seen a lot of that here in the UAE. Never tan excessively, and always use sunscreen on your face, If you are worried about not getting enough Vitamin D there are always supplements.

8- Minimalize stress, and adapt coping mechanisms.

Ever noticed how some people after having sustained a great deal of stress look suddenly older? Yes, stress does that to our bodies, so does depression and anxiety, which are considered to be forms of stress. Long periods of unresolved stress could cause premature aging, they could also cause more fat to be stored in the abdomen, making the body out of shape.

When stressed it is best you get to the main cause of the stress and resolve it. Apart from that yoga, meditation, exercises, long walks in nature, listening to music, going out with friends are all great ways to help you get through stressful times and minimalize the stress response in your body.

9- Find social supportive connections with friends and family, and keep them.

Good relationships lead to a happier healthier life. They help us get through rough times, better cope with stress, and even avoid some stressful situations altogether. Keep in mind that the quality of relationships matters more than the quantity.

10- Listen to your body and don’t leave any physical ailments untreated.

90% of UAE population are vitamin D deficient according to research. I was one of them, and I didn’t know for a long time. The numbers are not better in other parts of the world. Why? Because it is rarely screened in the first place to be treated. This is one example, but there are so many things that could be going on in our bodies without us knowing about them. that is why it is very important to notice the signs your body is exhibiting when you don’t feel quite well and never ignore them. Any deficiencies or untreated illnesses will have an impact on the body’s well-being and overall state on the long run.

11- Take care of your skin with the right products and treatments.

Do your research to find about the best products to use for maintaining and keeping the hydration and vitality of your skin. There are plenty of hydrating, anti-aging creams that make a big difference in the appearance of the skin, especially when used early on.

Aim for the more organic, hypo-allergic makeup products. They might be more expensive, but they are a good investment for your skin.

12- Keep your facial muscles relaxed and practice face yoga.

The expressions you make with your face will form permanent lines in the skin as you age. Train yourself to keep your facial muscles relaxed. It will make you look more rested and youthful over time.

Face yoga is something I recently learned about. It is a combination of exercises you do with your face that supposedly keep you looking younger, tightening the jaw line, keeping the cheeks more lifted, and ultimately keeping your face in a good shape by training the right muscles. I am yet to try it but it seems to be worth a shot.

13- Take good care of your hygiene.

Don’t underestimate the importance of hygiene for better appearance. Keep good hygiene of your teeth, do regular thorough cleaning sessions at your dentist. Also keep your skin clean, don’t leave makeup on for long periods of time, that will lead to harmful effects.

14- Follow the recent trends with your grooming and clothing style.

Your sense of style says a lot about you. It can either make you or break you when it comes to your overall looks and appearance, and it can give indications to your age, more accurately your mental age, and how up to date and trendy you are.

Don’t be the person carrying the same clothing, hair, and make up style with you throughout the ages. There is a time and a place for everything. All the popular styles from 10 years ago belong only then and there.

I keep finding myself in discussions trying to convince many of the guys I know that beards are the hottest thing now, and they still argue that they are not trendy. I mean look at Jared leto! how attractive and trendy does he look with his beard? 

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