On Personal Success

I really enjoy listening to this talk by Earl Nightingale from 1956. I find his words to be very empowering to the individual. This talk was originally recorded to a 2-sided record when Earl was 35 years old for a group of salesmen. It made such an impact that the salesmen requested copies to share with family and friends. The record was duplicated by Columbia Records and quickly sold a million copies, which earned Mr. Nightingale a gold record. In the talk, he starts off by defining success:

Success is the progressive realization of a worthy ideal.

He mentions that the successful person is “working towards a goal and knows where they are going.” Unsuccessful people do not know why they do the things they do everyday. They go about their day without a sense of purpose, like a ship without a captain. Figure out what it is you want in life and work towards that goal everyday.

The average person believes that their lives are shaped by the circumstances that happen to them. George Bernard Shaw has this to say about circumstances:

People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are. I don’t believe in circumstances. The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and if they can’t find them, make them.

One of the keys to success is in realizing that “we become what we think about.” If you think in positive terms, you get positive results. If you think in negative terms, you get negative results.

Stop thinking about what it is you fear. Replace it with a mental picture of your positive and worthwhile goal.

Remember that it’s important to go about your day with a calm and cheerful demeanor, and “don’t let petty things annoy you and get you off course.”

YouTube Link (40 min): The Strangest Secret in the World by Earl Nightingale full 1950 (Click Here to Listen to the Talk)

Earl Nightingale was an American radio speaker and author. He wrote the book, “The Strangest Secret,” which economist Terry Savage has termed “one of the great motivational books of all time.” His website can be found here: Link

Image Credit: EarlNightingale.com

Neonicotinoid Pesticides are Largely Responsible for Bee Population Decline

“America’s agricultural landscape is now 48 times more toxic to honeybees, and likely other insects, than it was 25 years ago, almost entirely due to widespread use of so-called neonicotinoid pesticides.”

“Neonics” are responsible for 92 percent of this increased toxicity.”

“The good news is that we don’t need neonics,” Kendra Klein says. “We have four decades of research and evidence that agroecological farming methods can grow our food without decimating pollinators.” (Link)

Link to the study: Link

Image Credit: Pixabay / congerdesign

First-Ever Permanently Magnetic Liquid Created

“The team then placed the millimeter-size droplets near a magnetic coil to magnetize them. But when they took the magnetic coil away, the droplets demonstrated an unseen behavior in liquids — they remained magnetized. (Magnetic liquids called ferrofluids do exist, but these liquids are only magnetized when in the presence of a magnetic field.) (Link)

Image Credit: Xubo Liu et al./Berkeley Lab

Principles of a Healthy Diet

In order to achieve and maintain optimal health, one’s diet should be of primary concern. People can thrive on a wide variety of diets. There are certain principles that can apply to all eating styles that will enhance the overall nutritional state of the body. Some of these principles include:

1) Eat unprocessed (or minimally processed) whole foods that are nutrient dense.

2) Regularly consume fruits and vegetables you enjoy eating. Eat some cooked and some raw.

3) Eat grains, nuts, seeds, and legumes that have been properly prepared.

4) Eat a diet high in enzymes.

5) Eat some foods that are high in fat-soluble vitamins: A,D,E and K.

6) Eat plenty of healthy fats. Avoid processed, refined or damaged fats.

7) Eat a moderate amount of protein. Ensure proteins aren’t damaged by heat or processing.

8) Eat high quality carbohydrates. Avoid processed grains and sugars. Don’t overeat simple sugars.

9) Animal products should be of the highest quality and come from animals that are wild-caught or pasture-fed with plenty of access to fresh air, sunlight and greenery on which to graze.

10) Eat some fermented foods.

11) Get fiber through high-quality plant sources.

12) Eat some salt. Salt should be unrefined.

In a future article, each of these principles will be expanded upon for clarity.