The Way it Is Issue 20

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The Way It Is, Issue 20

World Around Us

  • British billionaire Richard Branson said global business leaders were left dumbfounded by President Trump’s decision to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris Climate Agreement. But if there’s a silver lining, it’s that companies are now even more driven to invest in clean energy
  • The work-anywhere, travel-the-world fringe lifestyle is going mainstream–and these apps, services, and events are here to help.
  • A NewYorker report claims Russian interference goes back at least to the Regan contests.  They have gotten a lot better at it in recent years.
  • What lay behind Russia’s interference in the 2016 election—and what lies ahead?

The rapidly changing world of work.

  • Even “secure” government jobs are not safe anymore as Trump cuts billions out domestic programs.
  • Analysis of the impact of the Republican budget on essential programs. If you have a job supported by Federal Government funding you better be prepared for a shock.
  • Manufacturing, transportation, and utilities top the list of industries investing the most in the Internet of Things.
  • Some scenarios are impossible to realistically recreate in training. Enter virtual reality. VR will be the training tool of tomorrow, and in many cases, tomorrow is today.

Around Hawaii

  • The Blue Zone Project promotes small changes that can lead to a longer, better life
  • Micro-grids are coming
  • Hydro power coming to Oahu?
  • Medical marijuana dispensaries can soon start growing pot but they run the risk of intervention by the Fed.

Computer Tips

  • Google’s big warning about insecure sites. Why you need SSL, and what are its limitations?

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Live with purpose. Know what you want to accomplish in you life.

What life do you want?

What life do you want?

The National Geographic made a study of communities around the world where people live exceptionally long lives. They found nine common elements among those communities. They were things like an active lifestyle, a low-fat diet, a supportive ohana and living with purpose. 

For me, living with purpose is most important. One of the things I want to do is to help people be more resilient personally and financially. Futurists and project managers define a future scenario they want to accomplish. Then they work backward to break the project down into measurable steps.  When you check off an accomplishment, you know you are moving towards your goal and it motivates you to continue.

Living with purpose will lead to a happier, longer, and more productive life. I talked with people from the Blue Zone Project. We discussed living with purpose and some of the other things you can do to live longer, better and achieve those things that are important to you. Check out our conversation by clicking here.

 

Time – It is your life

Time – It is your life

TIME

No one knows how much time they will have on this earth. It is up to us to make good use of the time we have. If someone wants you to do something and you cannot say, “Hell YES, I want to do this” give them a polite “NO.”

I am a strong believer in living my life with purpose and with resilience. Knowing your reason for being is important because your purpose should guide everything you do. If a goal you have set is not consistent with your reason for living, you are on the wrong track. If your purpose and your values are not in alignment with what you have to do at work, you have the wrong job.

Being resilient is important for two reasons:

  1. Being resilient prepares you to respond to opportunities.
  2. Being resilient means you can spring back from adversity quickly.

There are three aspects to resilient living:

  1. Opportunity When you see an opportunity you want to pursue, become an expert on the subject. Study everything you can about the opportunity. Then share your new ability with others. You must create a team of fans who want to know what you know and some of whom will want to work with you.
  2. Preparedness You must prepare to deal with whatever life throws your way. Think about the risks you face. What will you do when a natural disaster strikes? Can you deal with an accident? How will you deal with a serious illness? The answer boils down to having the supplies financial resources you need to respond and recover.
  3. Income Taking advantage of an opportunity and preparing for emergencies depends on having an adequate income. If you are living paycheck to paycheck your choices are limited.

Plan to carry out your purpose

Successful people know what they want to do in their lives and, They have a written plan to guide the steps they must take to succeed. When you define your purpose, you priorities will change.

Make sure you keep balance in your life. People’s lives are complex. Understand what is important in you life.

You have many demands on your life:

  • Your faith
  • Your family
  • a job
  • Personal time
  • Community Service
  • and more

I try to assign a day of the week when I will devote a couple of hours a day to one of the things that is important to me.

  • Sunday for faith.
  • Saturday Home and family.
  • Monday and Wed my business.
  • Tuesday, Community Service.

You get the idea. It is only a guide. I usually have to shift things around, but it helps me be sure important things are not neglected.

IMPLEMENTING YOUR PLAN

When you first start implementing your plan you may have to do everything yourself. I guarantee that will not be the most efficient use of your time.

Is yard work something you enjoy or something you must do. How about washing your windows? Do you do it because you cannot afford to hire someone to do it for you? How are you going to do what is important to you, if you constantly have to do things that are not important? If you want to do more, you are either going to have to delegate cutting the lawn to your kids or hire a yard service. If you cannot do either you will have to set priorities. Cut the lawn once a month instead of once a week and devote the other 6 hours to more important things.

Time is the one resource in your life that you cannot store. You can spend your time watching TV, playing with your kids or building your business. How you spend your time determines what you do with your life.

USE YOUR TIME WITH PURPOSE AND LIVE A LONGER, HAPPIER MORE FULFILLED LIFE.

Why do I procrastinate?

Why do you procrastinate? There are those who think you procrastinate because you are lazy. They lay a guilt trip on you. Not so… There are usually good reasons for your procrastination.

A growing body of scientific studies show procrastination is not caused by a character flaw. You procrastinate because:

  • a project is boring,
  • a project conflicts with your personal values
  • the project is just too hard and you can see no way of ever completing it.
  • sometimes it is a matter of priorities. You have other more important things to do.
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Work in the 21st Century

The 21st Century workforce is changing faster than could ever be imagined.

Globalization and new technology are changing the kinds of jobs that are available. Manufacturing jobs are being replaced by smart machines. Cash register clerks will be sensors that know what you took off the shelf and charge your credit card as you leave the store. No lines and no waiting. Truck drivers will be replaced by self-driving trucks. How is your job going to be affected? If your work is routine and repetitive, it will be gone in 10 years.

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A harbinger for things to come?

Today is a historic day with the inauguration of the 45th President of the United States.

Soon after confirmation, the following issues were removed from Whitehouse.gov:

  • Health Care
  • Civil Rights
  • LGBT
  • Immigration
  • Climate Change

The Spanish translation and Accessibility links were removed from the bottom of the page. All of these things may be restored but for now, we don’t know if, when, or what they will look like.

Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) is a milestone document in the history of human rights.

December 10 was International Human Rights Day

Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Drafted by representatives with different legal and cultural backgrounds from all regions of the world, the Declaration was proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly in Paris on 10 December 1948 (General Assembly resolution 217 A) as a common standard of achievements for all peoples and all nations. It sets out, for the first time, fundamental human rights to be universally protected and it has been translated into over 500 languages. 

It is to the world, what the Bill of Rights is to the United States of America. Like our Bill of Rights, the UDHR sets guidelines for all human rights and is the basis for international law. In this time of chaos, the Declaration provides a guideline for how all humanity must treat each other.

Read it here.

The role of a Progressive in a Trump Administration

Dateline 11/27/16   The sermon today was based on the Golden Rule and how we might respond to a Trump Presidency.

There are two reasonable scenarios for a Trump Presidency:

  1. We know he is a man with a thirst for power and an admiration for the leadership style of strongmen like Putin. Will he push this country toward a police state? We will have to wait and see.
  2. I think it is more likely he will move towards letting the States make the decision as to what is import to them. In which case, Progressives will have to be well organized and work hard to maintain the values they believe in.  Effective local political action will be vital.

What state you live in is going to have a profound effect on your life.  In the south, we could easily see the return of Jim Crow and the privatization of the public school system.

The Golden Rule is a fundamental belief in nearly all religions. We have to continue to base our action on our values and on our beliefs.

With Republicans controlling the Congress, Judiciary and the Presidency, lobbying the Federal Government is probably a waste of time. Mr. Trump will eliminate Federal support for anything that interferes with unrestricted business. He will privatize our school system, defund the Office of Environmental Quality, Commercialize our National Parks and make the Forest Service business first. In short, President Trump will undo everything I have worked all my life for.

We must continue to work for the community we believe in at the local level in our State and County Governments, and we must do so without expecting help from the Federal Government. That could have major impacts on Hawaii where one-third of our economy depends on the Federal Government.

In a world of uncertainty, we must be prepared to take care of ourselves and our families. Think about what could happen and how likely it is to happen. How bad will it be when it does happen. Now, plan to respond.

In all things, we must live by our values. Values guide our conscience. Our values form our character. Values are the Golden Rule and the 10 Commandments, Our values are things like honesty, loyalty, helping others, or our values may be making money, winning, destroying you opposition and cheating the sucker. Values guide how we live and how we relate to others. If you value helping others and you have a job selling cigarettes, you need to find another job.

Ever notice how people with common values seem to share common interests? You will follow your Pastor. Church leaders teach values, so it would make sense that the Churches followers would have common values. Don’t be afraid to share your values. Sure, some people will be turned off by you. That is OK. They are people who you don’t have anything in common with anyway.

In business, you want to attract a following. These people are your customers and potential customers. Your job is to make them your friends. Friends buy from friends and friends recommend friends. It works the other way too. You are friends with people who share your values. Associate with people who have accomplished what you want to accomplish and learn from them how you can live your dreams.