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INSPIRATION

“If you’re not willing to learn, no one can help you. If you’re determined to learn, no one can stop you.”

– Zig Ziglar

MINDSET: Train your brain to win

Right Brain, Left Brain Tango


Are you right-brained or left-brained? It may be more complicated than that… Knowing the world, we’d say it’s more complicated.

The left hemisphere of the brain is often associated with a distinctive analytic and verbal style of thinking. The right hemisphere is associated with a more holistic, creative style. Or so people think.

Leading cognitive neuroscientist, Kara D. Federmeier, whose research focuses on hemispheric asymmetries tends to disagree with right and left brain theory.

She considers math skills, which people often think what the “logical” left hemisphere would excel at. However, there are so many different math skills, from counting to calculus (ew). Research shows that math skills arise from processing in both hemispheres (is math too hard for only one?). There’s a left hemisphere advantage in tasks like counting and reciting multiplication tables, which focus on memorized verbal information. The right hemisphere is better at estimating the quantity of a set of objects. Most cognitive skills follow this pattern in which both hemispheres of the brain make critical contributions.

Take the claim that the left hemisphere is the seat of language, which comes from observations that damage to the left hemisphere is associated with difficulties producing language. It’s mostly true. For most people, the left hemisphere does play a much more critical role in the ability to speak than the right hemisphere does.

However, Federmeir’s studies show the right hemispheres’ ability to comprehend language. Both hemispheres can figure out the meaning of words and sentences – they just have different strengths and weaknesses when it comes to comprehending.

It takes two hemispheres to tango… and uh to be both logical and creative (though one might have two left feet).

How and why do the cranial hemispheres differ?

Federmeir thinks the hemispheres differ because of small differences in something like the strength of the connection between areas of the brain, which can lead to very different dynamic patterns of activation over time. For example, for language comprehension, left hemisphere processing is more influenced by “top-down” connections, which means that the left hemisphere is more likely to predict what word might be coming up next. The right hemisphere is more able to later remember details about the words it encountered. Likely, there is a difference in the efficacy of particular connections within each hemisphere, causing the same brain areas in the two to interact differently, leading to measurable and meaningful asymmetries in how words are perceived, comprehended, remembered, and responded to.

It seems safe to say that, for the most part, we all use both sides of our brains almost all the time.

ACHIEVERS’ ARMORY: Equip yourself with proven tools & tactics

The Rippling Effect Of Employee Benefits


Human Resources sometimes gets a negative reputation. It is often associated with tasks such as employee discipline, layoffs, handling issues, and the other non-fun parts of running a business. However, HR includes so many more pivotal, foundational pieces that are crucial to your business’s success. Whether you are a brand new company that needs HR help or a growing company that cannot handle it in-house anymore, Rippling was designed for you.

Rippling is an online automation program that allows you to streamline and manage all HR-based employee benefits. This includes payroll, benefits, and employee onboarding. They also handle fundamental IT tasks such as purchasing and setting up computers and devices for new employees. This ensures each new team member is connected to the programs and platforms they need to hit the ground running on day one.

Having a platform like Rippling helps properly onboard your employees, so they feel welcomed and well equipped for their new position. To learn more about the various employees benefiting products they offer, click here.

EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE: Master the soft skills

5 To-do List Mistakes

  1. Not writing it down– capture all your tasks and open loops by writing everything down. Don’t worry about organization or prioritization first – your mind is for thinking, not remembering.
  2. No focus – prioritize and stick to three main tasks each day. Do them in order of importance and urgency.
  3. Too general – make sure each task is relevant to your goals. Make them specific and measurable.
  4. No time blocking – assign each task to a set timeframe within your day. Avoid multi-tasking and focus on deep work.
  5. No rest period – schedule rest periods between each task. Take note of the length (how long) and quality (what you do) to maximize each rest period.

MONEY: Become wealthy

What Do You Mean “Secure” Debt?


Many types of financial debt exist. Two of the most common are “Secured” and “Unsecured.” As you can imagine, secured debt is debt that is “secured” by an underlying asset. A mortgage is an example of this, where your loan is secured by the home you own. Don’t pay the debt for long enough and you lose the asset. “Unsecured” debt is, we’re sure you can guess, debt that isn’t secured by any particular asset. A credit card is an example of this, where you can borrow a certain amount from the credit card company without putting up anything in return.

Which is better? Well, we think it depends on what you use it for. A credit card that’s used properly is a great financial tool. You get a no-interest, short-term loan on someone else’s dime that you can build a credit score, score points for rewards, and if someone steals your card and outfits their closet with new clothes, you aren’t on the hook. That mortgage from before is secured against your house, and most institutions won’t give you a big loan unless there’s something they can have as collateral. A mortgage is great debt to have because it gives you a house to live in…which you need.

Debt can be a good thing if you know how to use it.

NEXT LEVEL: Keep your success going

Warren Buffett’s 4 Rules of Success

Here are four Buffett rules of legendary success to help you achieve your dreams:

  1. Find work that brings you passion: Buffett says, “In the world of business, the people who are most successful are those who are doing what they love.” We need to think about what will make us proud and fulfilled when we reflect on our careers. Some call it passion; others call it purpose. Whatever you call it, it is the thing that makes you come alive and pushes you forward.
  2. Practice Self-Care: Buffett makes aware, “you only get one mind and one body. And it’s got to last a lifetime […], but if you don’t take care of that mind and that body, they’ll be a wreck 40 years later.” Buffet reminds us that what we do today will not only affect but also determine the lives we live later. Besides, taking care of your mind and body allows you to function at an optimal level now. We must learn to put into daily practice self-care habits such as getting enough sleep, eating nutritious foods, meditating, and exercising.
  3. Invest in the right relationships: At a University of Florida lecture, when asked what he would do over to live a happier life, Buffett responded, “the way to do it is to play out the game and do something you enjoy all your life and be associated with people you like.” It’s simple, “we’ve never succeeded in making a good deal with a bad person.” Why should you be careful about your relationships? Buffet says, “You want to associate with people who are the kind of person you’d like to be. You’ll move in that direction.” Three things to do as you put Buffett’s rule into practice: phase out undesirable or “wrong” relationships, vet your business partners thoroughly, and trust your gut!
  4. The rule of unconditional love: In his biography, The Snowball: Warren Buffett and the Business of Life, Buffett asserts that the highest measure and the ultimate test of success in life come down to love. So how do you get unconditional love? According to Buffett, “The only way to get love is to be lovable. You’d like to think you could write a check: I’ll buy a million dollars’ worth of love. But it doesn’t work that way. The more you give love away, the more you get.”

FUN STUFF – ENJOY YOUR SUNDAE JULY, 19th

National Ice Cream Day is this weekend on July 19th. Enjoy your sundae on Sunday at some of these ice cream places offering deals and discounts.

NEWS BREAK: Stay informed

  • The governor of Georgia is suing the mayor of Atlanta over a mask mandate.
  • Chris Evans who plays Captain America in the Marvel franchise is sending his shield to a boy who saved his sister from a dog attack. The 6-year-old boy was badly injured requiring a two-hour surgery and 90 stitches to his face.
  • Wayfair conspiracy theories exploded this week after an anonymous user posted a bizarre question on Reddit: What if retail giant Wayfair is using pricey storage cabinets to traffic children?

1% BETTER: Improve each day

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