Sage And Its Benefits

We live in a very image conscious and superficial society where first impressions are typically taken as gospel, things are examined and judged solely on their face value and very little is done to actually analyse the hidden potential or depth that something or someone may have to offer.

This is plain to see within the context of sage as an herbal remedy, as it is often diminutively referred to as common which itself conjures up images of banality, mediocrity and blandness; as if the very nature of sage can be distilled and refined into nothing more than a single concept and idea.

Nothing could be further from the truth, because “common sage” has a lot of uncommon qualities and benefits associated with it. In the first instance, it has enjoyed a wide and very colourful history, used across the globe in various different cultures and religious practices to ward off evil.

Indeed so profound is the disregard for sage that people often typically confuse it with its so called “sister herb”, rosemary. This may not be intended as a calculated snub, especially given the fact that sage does contain rosmarinic acid, also found within the rosemary shrub. However, sage possesses sufficient physical differences that it should be classed and judged on its own merits.

Research into the relative clinical benefit and therapeutic value that sage has to offer has identified a series of interesting and very exciting possibilities. Some of these are listed as follows.

Sage has been identified as boosting cognition and memory recall, which itself is not only beneficial for those of us who need that extra kick to our concentration levels (students cramming for exams, yes I DO mean you!)

The cognitive boosting properties of sage can be elicited either by scent alone or ingesting of the plant itself and there does not seem to be any appreciable difference between the two methods of delivery in relation to the therapeutic value they provide.

These cognitive boosting properties identified thus far have also given rise to speculation that given appropriate study and analysis, sage may also have a role to play in the treatment of neurological pathology.

Sage is also commonly deployed in direct response to inflammatory complaints, such as rheumatoid arthritis as well as gout. Sage has been identified as actively encouraging an uptake in cardiovascular function, boost circulation, improving blood flow to the extremities of the body, ensuring that the stiffness and tenderness so typical of arthritis is remedied more easily.

The Future Is Self-Driving

The future is here, and though it’s not quite in the form of flying cars, it hints slightly at the fantasy. Meet Google’s self driving car that has been in the works for over 7 years. With no curfew to meet and no hungry kids to feed, the ghost like vehicle has accumulated almost 300 years of driving time in less than a decade. So far, the Google car is riding around in 4 United States cities and quite a few major companies are looking to hop on board. Imagine a world where human drivers are obsolete. No more designated drivers, over priced taxis or waiting for the bus.

Dmitri Dolgov, in charge over at Google headquarters is amazed at the rapid progression of his brainchild. In addition to testing out actual roads, the Google mobile navigates simulators every single day to strengthen its abilities. Unlike modern vehicles, the Google car relies on its keen sensors and software. Though it does not utilize brakes or a steering wheel, such hardware is implemented in the prototype for safety measures. Currently the car of choice is a Lexus RX450h SUV, but by 2020 Google hopes to expand to other makes and models.

Most of the safety precautions and problems have been solved in the first 2 years of the invention, but Google hopes to iron out the final few in the years to come. The challenge is not in the traditional road signs and roadways, but in movable objects, specifically people. The cars just can’t seem to figure out how to detect bicyclers, hand movements and ever changing construction sites. Every single one of these potentially hazardous conditions will need to be solved before this car is released to the public. Dolgov maintains that he has engineers hard at work that are attempting to make the smart car even more intelligent, potentially more human.

Though the public may be concerned regarding the safety of self-driven vehicles, Google wants people to feel safe. They are going to extreme measures to ensure that the cars are not hazardous. Among the tests being performed are: ducks in the road, navigating wheel chairs and even items as large as a horse. With other companies such as Tesla and Uber in competition, Google maintains that their futuristic mobile will be safer and more interesting. Google certainly seems to be in the lead so far.

The Thinker Versus The Doer

“Work hard in silence, let your success be your noise.” -Frank Ocean
“Ideas are a Dime a Dozen but the man who puts them into practice is priceless” -Joe Gandolfo

These quotes, the inner message they convey should be on the wall of every would be entrepreneur.

Everyone gets ideas, all the time, and too many people go on about them without the intention of ever working them into reality.

Some people are a small step above that. They have ideas, they even think out their entire plan of action but like Mike Tyson once said “Everyone has a plan until they get punched in the mouth”.
These people have their hearts in the right place but they don’t have the grit to continue after getting punched in the mouth, after the entire world seems to throw lemons at them.

This fundamental difference creates two kinds of people. The thinkers and the Doers.

If you’re the one who always gets great ideas and stops there, you’re a thinker.

If you’re always out and about getting things through your plan, you’re a doer.

If you’re so afraid of failure you stay on the couch, you’re a thinker.

If you stay up for days on end to prove yourself right, you’re a doer.

You get the idea, but know that being a doer isn’t the end of the world and its certainly not permanent. Its gonna require to get leaps and bounds away from your comfort zone but that’s where you’ll improve the fastest.

Its hard work, maybe even the hardest thing you’ve ever done. But soon enough you won’t be able to spend your time thinking anymore. You will develop the kind of jitters that force to get out into the world and change it.

Here’s what it takes to become the greatest doer.

Force deadlines and accountability on yourself.

The main reason you can spend all your time thinking is because you think you have all your time. The concept of unlimited time is the greatest lie you could believe.

Time is rare, its extremely limited and whatever you do it passes away.
Time is your most valuable commodity, even more so than money.

Get that into your DNA and use deadlines. Even if you need to rely on last minute panic each time to get things done its fine, this will serve as a training period.

To follow through with these deadlines get accountable. You need to actually be afraid of the incoming deadlines to get moving. There are tons of ways you could do that, tell your plan to someone who’s opinion of you truly matters to you, donate a large sum if you fail or even give your credit card to a friend for a day.

The idea is you need a strong external push to get moving again but once you do, momentum takes care of the rest.

Urban Waste Treatment In India

Around the time of British colonial rule within India, there was an epidemic of rats and associated diseases caused by the ticks carried by such vermin. Dysentery, tuberculosis and other sundry pathologies attributable to sewer rats were rife.

In an attempt to combat this and improve the quality of health within the country, the Raj decreed that a bounty would be paid per pound of rat pelt brought before a magistrate. The rationale here was that by providing a monetary reward, there would be added incentive to remove the rats.

The opposite happened: the poorest people eager to capitalise on the new policy concerning the treatment of urban waste began to capture sewer rats and then breed them. In this way, they were able to generate income by artificially inflating then culling the rat population.

The end result was a sharp increase in the diseases that officialdom was so eager to prevent. A valuable lesson was to be learned: sometimes, unintended and negative consequences can result from even the most laudable of goals.

Concerns have been raised about the suitability and appropriateness of using paper recycling on a large scale. In particular, there have been claims that paper recycling, often lauded as the most effective of treatment of urban waste policies, is actually reducing tree populations.

At first glance this seems rather odd, and even contradictory. The motivation behind the adoption of paper recycling was to get a handle on the treatment of urban waste of which, paper seems to be rather high on the list and prolific as well.

However, the rationale behind this accusation that paper recycling is actually causing a loss in forestry is based on market economics. Specifically, paper companies will have both positive incentives (in the guise of monetary payment) and negative incentives (risk of fines and criminal sanctions) to grow trees.

Typically, paper companies will operate on a “one for two” basis, that is to say, for every tree felled, they will plant two new trees in its place. This means then that the more trees that are chopped down for paper, the large the forest will grow because there is always that positive growth.

Excessive paper recycling, and in particular overzealous ecological policies that are imposing ever increasing harsh financial and criminal sanctions for non-compliance with the treatment of urban waste directives has effectively removed this crucial incentive.

Common sense must prevail!

What is an Entrepreneur, Really?

Entrepreneur is the new buzzword. The baby darling of the press and your neighbor. Anyone with whom you have a conversation these days will boast about his entrepreneurial ventures (something a real entrepreneur doesn’t do).

I’m certain your flipboard feed and google alerts are stock full of the word. It begs the question, what exactly is an Entrepreneur?

en·tre·pre·neur
ˌäntrəprəˈnər/
noun
A person who organizes and operates a business or businesses, taking on greater than normal financial risks in order to do so.

This definition comes from Google, and while it can serve its purpose it is missing a key piece of what an entrepreneur truly is. It barely covers the amount of risk a person needs to undertake, not just financial, but most importantly it glosses over the unique and borderline insane mentality required to succeed as an entrepreneur.

Let’s work together then and come up with a much more accurate definition.

First off it begins with a need. The essence of an entrepreneur is in discovering a need, whatever kind of need, and filling it with an idea. But what distinguishes him from the average Joe is his ability and determination to act on the idea an make it a reality.

The next part would be his or her motivation to do something so scary. For many successful entrepreneurs, financial gain is not their main reason to get out of bed. The truly successful ones want to see the world change for the better, they want to make a lasting change in the lives of those around them right now and those to come.

Financial success only serves as a marker for the health of their business(es).

The last bit of our definition then is the all important mentality of this awe inspiring individual. You might think “passionate” is accurate but that is true only for the hobbyist. A complete entrepreneur is not passionate, they’re driven, intensely focused on their goal, other people will insist they slow down and take a break but they couldn’t even if forced.

The entrepreneur is absolutely obsessed with his idea and making it real.

We now have all the ingredients for a correct definition, let’s give it a shot:

en·tre·pre·neur
ˌäntrəprəˈnər/
noun
An entrepreneur is an individual who has discovered a need in the world and come up with a risky idea to fill it. That idea is obsessively pursued to realization with the end goal of creating a better world.

How’s that for a definition?

According to you, what defines an entrepreneur, what is your own definition of one? Please share your thoughts by leaving a comment below.