How Technology changed our education and our habits

Today we talk  about technology, education and business.  The world of business has been completely changed by the collaborative world of technology and the Internet.

Let’s take a look for example how brands connect with customers. Traditional flyers, business cards and commercial ads became less effective and therefore brands use websites, apps, social networking to reach their targeted audiences.

Over 15 million brands around the world have Facebook brand pages primarily because of the fact that over one billion people have active accounts within this growing social media platform, according to Socialonomics.

The other thing that seems like an outdated relic is the cash register, says Alice. Thanks to new technology and the Internet the traditional cash register is perceived as old-fashioned and irrelevant.

The vast majority of offline and online businesses on a global scale make use  of POS hardware and touchscreen displays or even self-checkout systems that eliminate the need for a human cashier entirely.

Sustainable Jobs: Places to Put Your Green Degree to Use

The first sustainability degree was offered by Arizona State’s School of Sustainability in 2007. Seven years later, many major universities have created their own programs. These sustainability degrees can fall under nearly every academic discipline, from history to engineering and are offered as majors, minors, or even masters degrees.

However, this broad scope can sometimes make it difficult to narrow down your options in the business world. Here are four areas of business where your green degree sets you apart.

Design

From interior decorating to high fashion, the green movement has made its mark. The movement has revolutionized the materials and processing in industrial fields, and enhanced the recycling actions in others.

Whether your interest lies with solar-powered, self-sustaining houses, or fashionable and comfortable clothing created from recyclables, the design world is a great place for you to use your education in other fields, such as engineering and urban planning, hand in hand.

Don’t Just Plan – You Must Take Action

There are aspects of my work life that I find very easy and pleasant, and others where I’m conscious I have some real weaknesses. One of my greatest failings is that I enjoy learning about a new subject — a new technique, a new subject and I am a sucker for every career quiz. I prefer doing all of it much more than I enjoy getting down to work. If you are like me, here is the top advice for us. You and I must take ACTION!

I’m not sure exactly why I find it so hard to take action. I don’t think the pop-psych generalities are necessarily accurate in my case … I’m certainly not afraid of success, nor do I believe that I’m incapable of achieving good work.

Part of the problem, I believe, is that I like to fully understand something before I start working on it. I’m one of the mythical customers who actually reads the manual … I’ve never been willing to just jump in, get to work, and learn new software as I go. At least, not in a situation where the results actually matter; if I’m investing time and resources in order to have a better life, I don’t want to get things wrong. I joined the newsletter, it’s a truly awesome confidence boost.

Is creativity better than Intelligence?

The majority of educational organizations and businesses still continue to value intelligence above creativity, but this begins to change. You can find increasingly more attention for innovation and creativity.

Just lately, I was reading an interview with Gatorade inventor Dr. James Robert Cade’s daughter, Phoebe Cade Miles, and she states that creativity is a more substantial forecaster of success in a persons life than intelligence. Phoebe strongly believes in the power of creativity.

She explained that indeed intelligence is easier to measure, easier to control, and easier to recognize, but that it is definitely worth to check out creative people and to educate yourself to think in a creative way because thinking creatively will result in success.

Cade Miles is now busy working on the new project, The Cade Museum for Creativity and Invention. This museum, is scheduled to open in 2015 and it explores the history of the famous Gatorade athletic drink, and highlights the vital role creativity played in the invention.

How To Be More Creative

Perceptions of Electric Cars

Based on the results of an Indiana University study, American drivers don’t understand electric cars, and base most of their judgments about plug-in vehicles on preconceived and faulty notions. This lack of awareness could hinder the auto industry’s push to produce more electric and hybrid vehicles.

The study, run by Indiana University’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs, surveyed 2,300 adult drivers in 21 different U.S. cities. Misconceptions about price and mileage were most common.

Price Perceptions

Ask a car enthusiast about the price of 1986 mustang parts and he or she can probably give you an accurate response. Ask the same person about the cost of electric cars, and they’ll often be way off the mark.

People understand electric cars are more expensive than gas-powered vehicles, but they don’t realize the difference can be expressed in thousands of dollars. Instead, they expect to pay a few hundred dollars more for a plug-in car. So when people go shopping for electric cars, they’re shocked by the extra cost, which makes gas-powered vehicles seem more attractive.

UP AND RUNNING!

I am absolutely ecstatic to announce that my hiatus from running has finally ended, and although I’ve only got about 3.5 miles under my feet so far this week, the ankle feels good as new, and I’m ready to take on my own personal trail turkey trot tomorrow.

I know I have been pussy footing around getting back into running. Erring on the side of caution in order to push back my return to doing something I love so much, going mildly psychotic in the meanwhile,and growing more and more irritable as the days went by.

I have to be honest though… I probably could’ve started back a week earlier, but I was scared.

First of all, I only started running in April, so I know how bad it sucks when you first start running. At least for me it did. It’s uncomfortable, your lungs hurt, your legs hurt, your pride takes a beat down, it’s time consuming… Starting running and sticking to it takes balls.

Since I have been injured, I have been counting the days I’ve gone since running, knowing each one that passed would make my “comeback” that much more like starting all over again.

Why I Crossfit and You Should too

Crossfit Deadlift

It’s effective. After I first started Crossfitting, this chick, who couldn’t even do 5 girl-style pushups started doing regular pushups within 2 weeks…and lots of them too. I saw muscles, I had innate strength for daily life.

It just freaking works, you must have faith in the methodology and the programming.  If you’ve been trying boring treadmills and elliptical and traditional strength, bodybuilding routines and have gotten burnt out and bored and haven’t seen results, give Crossfit a try.  The reasons why and how it works are found at the official Crossfit site.

It doesn’t take very long. The longest Workout of the Day (WOD) I’ve ever done took me about 30 minutes and that was only once. So, it’s effective and it’s quick – WIN!

It’s not boring. Every WOD is different.  Even if I’m doing the same one I did 3 months ago, it’s still different because I’m lifting more, jumping higher, running faster, running longer distances, etc.  So you never truly repeat the same work out twice.

And, it’s so intense that for those 10 or 15 minutes you’re WODing you cannot focus on anything else on your mind. If you’re worried about something, or your mind wanders, or if you can’t turn off all the ideas in your head, you’ll get a reprieve during your WOD.  The result is better focus and increased concentration in other areas of your life.

Christmas and New Year in Belarus

Remember in your childhood you receiving about getting a present from Santa Claus? Perhaps, you still do? Then you should definitely come to Belarus, the country, where people celebrate not just one, but two Christmases!

How is it possible?

Today most of the world lives according to the Gregorian calendar. The Orthodox Church, however, still adheres to the old, Julian calendar. This is why all holidays are celebrated with the 13-day delay.

Most of Belarusians are Orthodox Christians, but the share of Roman Catholics and Protestants is also very significant. That is why major religious holidays like Christmas and Easter are marked as non-working days in the official calendar. People are free to choose which one they want to celebrate.

In Belarus, the ritual of Christmas is therefore closely tied with the folk holiday of Kalyady, with people not only going to church, but also observing rituals of pagan origin, with both traditions fused into a single fest. In the present Belarusian language the word Kaliady describes the whole period of Christmas celebrations.

Green Ideas Could Lead You to Your Next Raise and Promotion

It’s about time you were taken more seriously—that you gave your own self a raise and promotion, and that you gave yourself more power in the workplace. It’s easier than you think, too—just start embracing “green think,” and quickly discover that your fellow workers will begin to think the world of you as you think more of the world.

Maybe you are tired of working for “The Man” and are contemplating branching out on your own and becoming  your own business person. This may involve selling a green product or service—such as eco-friendly beauty products or even a green home-cleaning service.

Either way, by going green in business, you essentially are promoting yourself to the status of a company owner, and because green goods are in high demand these days, you can expect an economy-driven pay raise as well.

If you’re not crazy about the idea of assuming the risk of running your own business, maybe you’re still tired of being stagnant in your role and want to breathe new life into your job: Just consider what you can do to make it easier for future generations to “breathe” easy in a constantly changing world.

Optimist or Realist?

Today is my ridiculously long day, but it feels great to be getting back into the swing of things. Who knew how little time off it takes to get completely a little rusty when it comes to studying?

Usually on Fridays I do a “things I love” post, but I have procrastinated on putting this post together, so I’m going to have to skip it this week. Bad blogger.

But maybe I’ll do one tomorrow since I’ll have more time?

Anyway. I thought I would just ramble about something that has been on my mind today.

 

I have always considered myself a realist. I wouldn’t describe myself as overly pessimistic, but I tend to have a “hope for the best, plan for the worst” mentality. And I come by that mentality honestly. I am not one of those people that have things come easily for them. A lot of times it feels like I have the worst luck- if something can go wrong, it will.

I am Murphy, you know Marthy’s law…