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Your understanding of Forex diamond ea and MT4. (Refer to the Forex diamond document/ manual)
Hummus or houmous is a Levantine and Egyptian food dip or spread made from cooked, mashed chickpeas or other beans, blended with tahini, olive oil, lemon juice, salt and garlic.
Let’s do the math, assuming that like many employed Americans you work 40 hours a week (and also assuming, for the sake of this argument, that you spend negligible time on Farmville, Twitter, Quora ahem ahem, and are actually working 40 hours).
So that’s 8 hours a day to start with. Do you really care about what you’re doing? Do you really love it? Then we can start by working 7 days a week–after all, if you’re really into it, it feels more like play than work. Total: 56 hours.
Now let’s look for things we can cut. How much TV do you watch? If you’re a typical American, 34 hours a week. We can ditch roughly, say, all of that, on the grounds that what you’re doing is a lot more interesting than TV (way to set the bar low). We’re up to 90 hours already without making any hard choices yet.
It’s safe to assume that, as a very wealthy and busy man, Elon Musk has one or more personal staff to take care of all the grunt work of daily life: grocery shopping, laundry, car maintenance, housecleaning, and so on. That could easily free up 10 or more hours a week, so now we’re at 100 hours.
We’re done! That’s 100 hours out of the 168 you get every week. Dividing the remaining 68 by 7 days a week, that leaves 9.7 hours a day for everything else. Taking 8 hours a day for sleep and 0.5 hours for exercise as sacred (since not taking care of your body is an easy way to guarantee burnout), that leaves you 1.2 hours a day for everything else, or 1 hour 12 minutes. That’s not a lot, I grant. But what would it be worth to you, to develop renewable energy systems and an electric car and space colonization systems?
Apparently to Elon Musk it’s worth quite a bit.
1. Analyze the issue in great detail. Set up a spreadsheet with good/bad columns, enter numbers, think about functions to evaluate your values, wrack your brain to find the optimum. Solve differential equations, if you are good at math.
2. Throw away the spreadsheet, and ignore your calculations.
3. Make a decision based on your gut. What feels right?The mistake made by most people is that they use either method 1 or 3. The reason the combination approach works is that step 1 gives your mind all the information that it really needs to process the decision. But your brain doesn’t understand you well enough to make the decision. (It thinks it does, but it has a hard time knowing what is really important to you.) So once you have given the brain all the information it needs, they you are ready to let your gut decide on the right answer.
The devastating floods in Chennai, India have been making news for past days. The incessant rainfall has disrupted normal life beyond measure and caused loss to life and property, with many being rendered many homeless. In these trying times, help and aid is pouring in from all quarters in varying capacities.
However, one particular act has stood out today.
5-time Chess World Champion Vishwanathan Anand, who is waging battles with his kings and knights in London Chess Classic against the likes of Magnus Carlsen, has not forgotten the agony and tribulations of the people back in his hometown of Chennai.
Today, he and his wife took the decision to open the doors of their Chennai home (which has relatively been spared from being affected by the floods) to neighbouring slum-dwellers!
Being away from Chennai, he has made sure all proper arrangements are in place, under the direct supervision of his wife, Aruna. Despite having a toddler son and an elderly father-in-law, she is making sure that food and other necessities have been provided to the people sheltered there, including 2 pregnant women!
Truly an humble and noble act done by the couple. They could have been indifferent but they chose to be different.
EDIT: Some might doubt if this is the ‘Most’ humane act as the question demands, put yourself in place of Vishy and ask yourself if you would have done the same. 🙂
Sorry for the outburst, but this is the pilot’s greatest fear. Even beyond enemy aces, missile batteries, or parachuting into a sea of sharks with frickin’ laser beams attached to their heads!
Let me get this right out in front: not only did I never experience this, I never evenurinated while in a tactical aircraft. I didn’t want to let my body know that this was a thing, having heard too many tales of pilots having to go several times each flight. Anyway:
My favorite university instructor, CAPT (ret) George Faulkner, USN, started his career as an F-4U pilot in ’46. He told me about dash-5 in an 8-plane formation, who’d slipped out and was flailing away a bit behind the rest of the formation. After lead instructed him—as dash-2—to go find out the matter, he flew over and looked down into the cockpit. The other pilot had his flight suit down around his knees and was crapping in a glove. Several minutes later he rejoined. I never found out if he got a new callsign out of that.
During one of my early at-sea periods, we had an emergency pull-forward, where all the aircraft parked in the landing area were quickly unchained and moved forward in order to allow a plane to land. As a junior, just learning the role, I raced up there to help wave the guy aboard, expecting a damaged bird, or at least a single-engine. But as he came in on a short straight-in, he called the ball, “203, Tomcat ball, 6.2, emergency, physiology.” I didn’t even hear it right, but some of the saltier paddles sprouted huge grins, “Roger ball, 10 knots, down the angle.” BAM! Trap, over to parking, and shut down. Even before the chains were completely tied down, the canopy was coming up and the Radar Intercept Officer (RIO) in the back was leaping from the cockpit. They said that he almost made it to the head that’s right inside the base of the island.
One of the department heads of the S-3 squadron, a back-seater, was out on a routine hop passing gas when Nature called. Of course, the way he described it, Nature sent a dozen Jehovah’s Witnesses on meth with AK-47s and a fresh will to spread the Good News. He clambered into the little space where you board the plane. He was ready to sacrifice his really nice helmet bag, like the ones these boys are toting:
Like these E-2 bubbas, the Viking guys wore no oxygen masks, nor G-suits (which was likely the downfall of the F-14 RIO of the last paragraph). While the pressure was building to fantastic heights, he was able to go to one-quarter mast—flight suit around the knees— and opened the bag just in time. He underestimated the explosive power, though, and shot high, hitting everything except the inside of the bag. When they landed about 30 minutes later, the whole crew were very noticeably wearing their oxygen masks. To his credit, after the rest of the guys tumbled out, he warned off the plane captain and deck chief, taking almost an hour to clean the inside of the plane, then tossing his bag and flight suit into the sea and soaking his survival vest and harness for hours. Even the fate of his boots was a toss up.
I’ve heard similar stories from Air Force buddies, with fewer details, but the tale is always the same: horror, shame, and a terrific shambles. There are so many nooks and crannies in a cockpit as to make removal almost impossible if things aren’t well-contained.
On top of the nasty after effects, the condition is usually accompanied by severe cramping. At the wrong time, this could certainly bode ill for a pilot, be it during a landing or in combat. There’s just no knowing if we’ve lost anyone to gastrointestinal distress, but I wouldn’t like to think about it. That’s not the way I’d want to go. I prefer a newspaper and a quiet few minutes.
You’ve stilted the question.
Donald trump is a fascist monster. He is absolutely the most evil human being to have run for office in my lifetime. There’s nothing to compare to him. A FB friend (and former Quora writer,) wrote yesterday, “In the whole history of the internet, comparing anyone to Hitler meant you lost the argument. Today, comparing Trump to Hitler just means you’re paying attention.”
If you are so blind to history and ideology; so unutterably stupid in assessing a candidate by his words, then the republic is doomed. This isn’t a “liberal vs. conservative” thing. If this were Bush in the front place or Rubio or Kasich, the rhetoric would be political, but nothing like this.
Re: “After all, Donald just expresses his opinion – he is not attacking any of the liberals, so what makes the liberals so pissed off?”
You’re kidding, right? Have you not listened to a word he’s said? He does NOTHING BUT attack liberals (Clinton, Obama, Democratic ideology). And that is “fair game”. He doesn’t owe anybody an apology for that (this is normal in elections).
What he’s done that makes him a Nazi, is in calling for religious discrimination; openly considering a Naziesque “marking” of Muslims the way Hitler had Jews marked; deporting Muslims. He’s openly attacked women for their looks. He’s attacked Mexicans ad hominem (ad populum), using lazy and. He’s lied so blatantly that only a moron would believe anything he says:
- He witnessed THOUSANDS of Muslims cheering in New Jersey on 9/11.
- He witnessed (from his condo, four miles away) people jumping off the WTC towers.
- He has claimed that there are entire districts in London and Paris where the police won’t even enter. (In France. . . a nation where the Police have greater powers of engagement than ANY free nation in the Western Hemisphere).
He’s a compulsive liar. He’s a fascist (an authoritarian and nationalistic right-wing system of government and social organization.). He’s a racist. He’s a sexist. He is the most evil, despicable candidate in my lifetime. If you are willing to vote for that man, you’ve acknowledged that we Americans lack the capacity to learn from Germany’s past. We’re fucked.
My Dad calls me every day at around 9 p.m. One fine day, just for a change, I called him a bit earlier at around 8:30 p.m.
Mom took the call and we talked for few minutes. Then I asked:
Me: Where is Dad?
Mom: He has just returned from office and is getting fresh. Wait. I am calling him.
Me: No, he must be hungry then. You both have your dinner first, then I will call you again after a hour.
Mom: No, He never eats before talking to you all (We are a family of 3 siblings and all of us study in different cities).
I couldn’t reply for few seconds. I was amazed. This is their love towards us.
We never know the love of a parent till we become parents ourselves.”
-Henry Ward Beecher
Sometimes, all what our parents need is to listen to our voices. We can never understand how lonely they feel without us. They have to celebrate most of the festivals without us. We can happily celebrate here with our friends but think about them. Our presence is the only thing which can make them happy. But, we are not there with them (because of various reasons). It makes them sad but they don’t make us realise that.
So, this is the least possible thing we can do to make them happy.
Talk to them daily (And don’t wait for them to call us every time. Sometimes, you can also call and feel that happiness in their voices).
P.S.: This Diwali, I have planned a surprise visit back home 🙂 (Tickets done. But, I will have to miss some lectures in college for that. 😦 But, it’s worth their happiness.Anything for you, mom and dad).
Edit: Thanks for your views, upvotes and comments (went through all of them today).Live healthy, love your family, live happy. 🙂
Because all different humans find all different body types and faces attractive. Of course, I’m not a hetero man, but perhaps my perspective may help in some way.
I’m a 5′ 8″, 125 pound hetero woman who comes from a long line of Scandinavian women on my father’s side who are all over 6′. In fact, I’m the shortest woman in my family related to my father. This is important because my entire life, I’ve been told by that side of the family that men are only attractive if they’re tall, and that someday I’m going to find myself a nice tall man to marry.
Men are also frequently told that they must be tall and muscular to attract women. Because they think they need to look a certain way for me to find them attractive, a lot of guys who liked me never approached me or asked me out because they assumed I’d reject.
However, after 21 years of being told only tall men are attractive, I’ve found myself to be primarily attracted to men who of a smaller build and usually no taller than 5′ 9″. My current boyfriend, and the man I hope to spend the rest of my life with, fits perfectly into this category. I find him incredibly attractive. To give some perspective on our height difference, I’ve included a picture of us. Granted, I’m wearing 2″ heels in this. Without shoes, we’re the same height.
Prior to him and I dating, I was frequently approached by a lot of men. In fact, despite sitting next to me in class and having a crush on me for an entire semester, my current boyfriend never even introduced himself to me because he assumed I wanted those other men who approached me. But I was just never interested in them. When he came along though and we started dating (I actually had to be the one to initiate things!), things clicked. I was physically attracted to him, but more importantly our lifestyles, personalities, and goals for the future lined up perfectly.
My point in saying all this, is that this idea of people being attracted to only one type of person is, quite frankly, bullshit. Different people like different people. And the idea that physical attraction is all that matters is an even bigger pile of bullshit!
You may think this guy is the most attractive man in the world. But someone, somewhere, just isn’t feeling it when they see him.
You may think you’re just average. But to this guy, and to probably many men, you are the most beautiful woman in the world.
You may think the women approaching this guy are these picture perfect beings who belong in fashion magazines. But to him they may just be meh.
The fact is that this guy finds you attractive and you find him attractive. Awesome. Enjoy your mutual attraction to each other and see if it runs deeper. Learn his soul. See if he is someone deserving of your time and heart. See if he’ll treat you well and love you in the way and to the degree you desire. Our appearances will fade one day anyway, so make sure that he’s someone you’ll continue to love even when you’re both old and saggy.
And most importantly, stop seeing yourself as only average and settling for less than what you want because of that. You are awesome and far more deserving of love and affection than you give yourself credit for.
***Edit: Geez, I didn’t expect this answer to be so popular. Cool. To expand on some stuff, I love my dad’s family very much and they’re all really awesome people. We just have differing ideas on what sort of men we find attractive, which isn’t the worst different you could have, really. And just for the sake of bragging about my boyfriend a bit more, he’s a truly wonderful person. We spent a semester together in a physics class then became competitive ballroom dance partners the next semester, during which we got together officially. He’s studying to become an electrical engineer and I’m studying to become a nuclear physicist. He’s a huge nerd, a great dancer, and I love him so much. He never fails to show me what it’s like to be truly loved and trusted by another person.***
Last summer, I saw a guy about to jump off a bridge. I had a brand new GoPro Hero3+ Black with all the expensive kit. Naturally, I said “Hey, take this with you, just DON’T DROP IT.” He takes the camera, jumps 50 feet or so into the river below, and the camera disappears into the current, bound for the Atlantic.
Did I go back with diving gear to search? Yes. Did I find it? Of course not. Did I feel like a complete and utter idiot for months to come? Yes. Did my friends make fun of me for months to come? Yes. Did I ever expect this random dude to pay me $700 for my stupid mistake? No.
Your gear, your choice, your loss.
I was on a date with a woman once. She was paying and paid by credit card so I didn’t notice what she left as a tip. The service was fine. Not outstanding. Not bad. I would have left 20%. Which is, in fact, what I always leave for solid, not amazing, not bad service. I am going to guess she either left nothing or she left a very bad tip, because the waiter actually followed us out of the restaurant to confront her. They ended up having an argument on the street. Yes, seriously.
It was extremely embarrassing. I was not impressed by either of them.
So, apparently, you could end up being chased out of the restaurant. More likely, nothing will happen, but the person will curse your name up and down all night long. Remember, in the US, waiters don’t make much. They rely on tips. The prices of the meals are lower because the owners of the restaurants don’t have to pay the staff as much. Waiters work very hard. It is a lot of standing on your feet, rushing back and forth, and often, getting no appreciation for it. Just tip the waiter.
A friend of mine, who lives both in Norway and Greece, and frequently travels between the countries, did that some years ago.. Well, actually she’d pulled a short shorts over the bikini briefs. She had misremembered the day of her flight from Greece to Norway and went directly from the beach to the airport (no luggage, just her beach bag and passport) At the plane she was offered blankets to keep warm, since airplanes are air conditioned and cold if you’re wearing nothing more than a bikini. On her stopover she directly went to buy some clothes (which she says is the most expensive outfit she owns, since they’re all expensive brands). She does not recommend it.
I was working at bar-close one night and a young man yelled, “Fuck you, pig!” while walking past the front of my marked squad car at a red light. I noticed that the man was wearing a jacket and clearly had something (a large, bulky item) hidden underneath his jacket (he had his hand in his pocket to hold the item in place). I pulled up to the curb by him to investigate that suspicious circumstance and discovered that the man, who was only 18 years old, was intoxicated and had stolen one of the neon beer signs from a local bar. I checked with the bar and they were very unhappy about his theft and wanted to pursue charges, so I arrested the man for felony-level theft. On the way to the jail, he was complaining that I only arrested him because he yelled at me, but as I told him, “No… I noticed you because of that, but you’re under arrest because you’re a thief.”
He never seemed to figure out that distinction, but as I said, he was also intoxicated.
My dad is a professional gambler and he gave my sister and me each $25k. The first one of us who doubles the money anyhow wins another $250k. Should I just bet all at once in Roulette?
Make a deal with your sister that you will both split the money, whoever wins.
Then one of you take the $25k from the other, and present it to your dad along with your own $25k as winnings.
Now you both get $125k.
Not a bad payday. And only 5 minutes work.
- After boarding passes are checked, people get distributed to various queues for security screening. Choose a queue to your left to get done with your screening faster – the reason being, most people are right-handed, hence psychologically they choose to go to a queue that is to their right.
- If you do not want to wait for your baggage for a long time in the baggage claim area, mark your baggage with a ‘Fragile’ sticker – Just a simple Stack data structure logic (Luggage with Fragile stickers are loaded last and hence dispatched first).
EDIT: Point (2) – please note that if all the passengers get smart and mark their baggage as fragile, the hack becomes futile. At times, being ethical is the best hack !
Our annual revenue target for 2014-2015 is $58.5 million. See:
Our reserves vary throughout the year but are generally around 1 year of revenue. The typical recommendation for stable and successful nonprofits is to have between 6 months and 2 years of reserves. Our reserve amount is therefore perfectly sensible.
It would be extremely unwise for us to run with very small reserves. It is arguable that we could cut back some (to 9 months, let’s say, or the bare minimum recommended level of 6 months) but it is equally arguable that we should increase our reserves to 2 years.
Here is something which is important to understand: at over 500 million readers per month (it’s more than that), if it costs $5 million a month to run Wikipedia (it’s less than that) we are talking about a penny per reader per month. That’s incredibly efficient. I doubt if we can maintain that level of efficiency in the long run, although of course we will try.
Given all that, the level of reserves that we hold is prudent and wise.
We have a rude neighbor across the street who habitually parks his enormous red pickup truck at the mouth of our driveway. Not actually blocking the driveway — it’s just parked in a way that suggests that the owner is triple dog daring us to hit the thing while we’re backing out.
This afternoon I was complaining under my breath about the presence of said truck after yet another near miss backing out of the driveway. At least, I thought it was under my breath. My 4-year-old son must’ve heard me, because the conversation that followed went something like this:
Him: Mommy, I know what we can do about that truck to make it go away.
Me: Oh? Well, I’d love to hear your thoughts, bud, because I’m out of ideas.
Him: All we need to do is get a bomb. And then we could just blow it up.
I mean, I’m not alone here, right? I know other people’s kids have said stuff that can go toe-to-toe with that and then some. Kids are creepy that way. But there was just something that was equal parts hilarious and horrifying about the matter-of-fact way that idea slipped out of his mouth — wow, here’s a small human being who doesn’t know the first thing about why it wouldn’t be perfectly reasonable to just go find some spare explosives and light that truck up right now.
Suddenly I felt a crushing weight bearing down on me, something to the tune of “I need to do more than what I’m doing right now to instill in these ridiculous small humans I produced a sense of law and order and respect for personal property, or else I’m probably going to be spending a lot of time visiting them in jail someday.” I quietly cursed my husband for buying a Nintendo Wii the weekend before. As Mario and Luigi, my sons had been spending a considerable amount of time carving swaths of fiery destruction throughout the gameworld as they picked off Koopa Troopas and goombas left and right. Easy scapegoat. Video games were clearly ruining everything for everyone. Clearly.
Fortunately, the dim recollection of a grad school class I’d taken in child psychological development resurfaced that prevented me from calling ahead to the state penitentiary and reserving my kids’ spots in advance. Kids between 2 and 7 years old are in the preoperational stage of cognitive development, according to the iconic developmental psychologist‘s theory. During this stage, kids are doing an incredible amount of pretend playing. And fantasizing. And immersing themselves in symbolism. And asking questions. There is very little, if any, cause-and-effect reasoning taking place between these ages; that stuff begins to solidify between ages 7 and 11 during the concrete operational stage. Of course my 4 year old would nonchalantly suggest blowing up our neighbor’s truck. He knows that bombs cause things to explode, and he is not yet capable of understanding or anticipating the catastrophic consequences of doing such a thing.
So, armed with this knowledge, I decided to have some fun:
Me: Gee, bud. I think a lot of bad things would happen if we blew up that truck.
Him: What bad things would happen?
Me: Well, for starters, the police would come and take us away to jail, because blowing up trucks breaks lots and lots of very serious rules.
Him: What’s jail?
Me: It’s really cold and dark there, and there are no goldfish crackers, ever. And I wouldn’t be there.
Him: (crying a little) No, I — no. I don’t want to go.
Me: Okay, good, me either. It’s really important to follow big rules like that, because they’re there to keep us safe. If people went around blowing up trucks all the time, our lives would be really scary and dangerous. People might get hurt.
I don’t expect him to understand right now. He’s 4. It made me feel better to say it anyway. If we can plant the seeds of abstract reasoning — actions against a number of potential outcomes (this doesn’t come into play until the teenage years, by the way) — there’s hope for our little sociopaths yet.
And for the record, I’d love to blow up that truck, too.
Rule of thirds.
There are many such rules in photography.
These are the mistakes in your picture.
- The subject is not rightly positioned in the frame.
- About 60% empty space.
- There should be more space towards the subject’s moving direction.
You can fix this picture by cropping it.
Your picture should be processed in such a way that the viewer should look at the subject or intended subject. Not everything in the picture. That makes photography.
I just cropped it according to the ‘rule of thirds’. There are many other rules that helps you at times in photography. Google them to learn more about it. If you mess up with frame then use crop to fix it. Feel free to message me if you have any doubts. Happy to help. Its not easy to get the right picture on a moving subject. Keep trying.
Funny you mention that it is an operations problem. Actually, it is a brilliant operations system that is doing exactly what it should be doing.
You’re not looking at this from a cost perspective, or rather, you think you are, but you’re not.
Have you ever seen a project fee structure? Do you know how much airline costs are relative to the labor hrs? A lot, lot less.
- Consulting firms have arrangements with the airlines to bulk purchase a number of flights so they aren’t paying full price, not even close. They have a set number of tickets used per year but that cost is spread over all clients.
- Labor costs include the BA/Associate, the partner, and any the expertise at the firm. You are paying the consultants for their work ethic, skills, expertise and access to body of knowledge that the firm has. As in any service firm, that is a lot and the bulk of what you’re paying for.
Ok, so airline cost of BA/Associate traveling is $150/week for the route you mentioned, it isn’t that much, relatively speaking.
But it’s more than that, there are many cost-reduction benefits of this system that you don’t see.
Consulting firms have excellent capacity management, inventory control, and machine utilization. All of this lowers costs.
When they move around BAs/associates what they are doing is making sure that there is no lead time, no slack, and no excess in the system.
This saves money for McKinsey (which reduces the overhead that is charged to clients) and it saves money for the client directly.
Here’s how, let’s say McKinsey was a typical factory, BA/Associates are the widgets. Its current operation systems and protocols ensure:
- There is no idle inventory soaking up cash: if BA/Associates can go anywhere, then they are not lying idle, taking up money, but that they are working on a client, generating income. Reduces McKs overhead and improves their profit margin on each widget.
- There are no idle machines: Machines are the admin functions like HR/Staffing/recruitment, they make and refine the widgets. Because the workforce is spread over different markets, so are they. They can work with any BA/Associate in the region and will produce the same outcome. Thus, these offices are always being used and never duplicated. This also reduces McKs overhead cost.
- There is no lead time: McKinsey quickly filling capacity throughout its system to ensure that you, the client, gets the workforce when and where you need it so your project is not delayed or postponed. The sooner you get the project done, the sooner you get the revenue, cost savings, marketing launch etc. This directly impacts the client.
- There are flexible stop/start dates: On the other hand, let’s say you, the client, just don’t have the cash this month and need to wait a month, that is usually no problem either. Directly impacts the client.
- There is quality control: An unseen cost of production is having bad widgets. The more different teams that BA/Associates work on, the more they are reviewed. Those that are struggling get the support they need faster or they are let go. Which affects you, the client, because you want quality. If there were an ISO certification process for BAs/Associates, trust me, McKinsey would use it.You simply couldn’t do this if you staffed jobs only from local offices.(I also agree with the expertise and team benefits that Anon mentioned.)
Consulting firms do not have a lot of waste. If you think you see it, dig deeper. They have thought about this more than anyone.
They do, however, have a lot of excess, in how much the top people get paid, but that is decided by the market, a market which, so far, thinks they are worth it. That is not the same as waste.
It’s hard to plan ahead too far on the internet because things change so quickly, but there’s a good chance that advertising will end up as some component of our business. There are a lot of other options, too, but our focus as a company is on building Quora as a product, and our costs are low enough now that we can afford to delay worrying about monetization until later.
Two theories about this.
Go to any high school and ask each kid to explain the social dynamics + cafeteria politics to you. What you will likely find is: the kids who know all the different parts and how they fit together will be the kids on the sidelines. The most popular kids are likely to be the most clueless: they can tell you about themselves and their friends, but when it comes to the world beyond their velvet rope they will draw a blank. They are not paying the same kind of attention.
Celebrities are the popular kids. We watch them because it served a very real evolutionary advantage for our ancestors to collect as much information as they could about those at the top of the hierarchy. It was the people at the apex who took actions and made decisions that sent out ripples of consequence for everybody else. High status also ensured that you got to eat and choose the best mate(s). So the people who survived and passed their genetics down to us, knew to study the “celebrities” of their pack or tribe — to learn how to emulate them in ways that could help their own rise — to predict their behavior and perhaps to manipulate it — to seek out vulnerabilities if they wanted to challenge the alpha — or slip in when they knew he was away and poach his mate.
Knowledge is power.
Look at lions. The alpha remains an alpha so long as he can defeat every challenger who makes a play for that position. The moment he can’t, he is demoted + sent into exile. It may appear that people “worship” famous people, but we seem to enjoy abusing them in equal measure — all the hate tweets directed at Bieber — and we are quick to take them down as soon as it suits us.
The other theory has to do with archetypes: patterns of personality that we seem wired on some deep unconscious level to recognize and respond to in an elevated way. Most people possess an inner life populated by a number of archetypes, and different archetypes will be prominent at different stages in your life. People who fascinate are people who strongly exude the image and energy of *one* archetype — the purer the archetype, the more compelling that person. It’s like we stop seeing the human being and see, instead, an abstraction, an ideal, a kind of ‘god’ or ‘goddess’ working through that individual. They excite us, they light us up — or we hate and loathe them, depending. But we react to them in a way that seems out of proportion.
Hollywood has always understood this. Marilyn Monroe tried to present herself as the girl next door — Everywoman — but that slot was taken and the studio dismissed her. Marilyn saw the world’s growing fascination with European Sirens like Bardot or Loren, and realized America lacked an Aphrodite of its own. So she reinvented herself and, at least in terms of capturing the public’s attention, appears to have done rather well.
An interesting thing about Steve Jobs — if you lay out his life story, and subtract the details, you can retell it in a way that makes the listener think you are describing Moses. All the archetypal elements of the hero’s journey are there, including his years of “wandering in the wilderness” and his return with the treasure to save his people/Apple. So it is easy for us to turn Jobs into a mythic Visionary come to lead us to a new land; there is a radiance to his story and to him that makes the idea of him larger than banal reality. Jobs had a flair (whether it was conscious or instinctive) for reaching people on an emotional, imaginative level: he combined tech and business with the symbolic power of art.
“Status Conscious Monkeys Shed Light on Celeb Obsession”
THE HERO AND THE OUTLAW: Building Extraordinary Brands Through the Power of Archetypes
FAME JUNKIES: The Hidden Truth Behind America’s Favorite Addiction
MARILYN: The Passion + The Paradox
Boroline + Empathy .
This incident happened at my work place.
I was working with my colleague on a project. It was routine, we were troubleshooting our code. I have this habit of looking around here and there while I work away from the laptop screen. Every small thing that moves or doesn’t distracts me and I take a look at it, think and then get back to work.
We were too busy working, when I suddenly saw something unusual. Something like this in the below image.
Yes, so while working his sleeves of the full hand shirt happened to slip a little up and this is what I see. In no time he pulled the sleeves (not knowing that I saw) turned the hand other way and I was too shocked to speak anything for a while.
We completed our work and I took him for a tea break casually like any other normal day. My head was full of thoughts, and in the break I wasn’t listening to what we were talking and I Stopped and blurted out “I think I saw some marks on your hand today. Is everything okay ?” and he quipped “You imagine things a lot, there is nothing” and laughed away like I really was imagining.
I was sure of what I saw and I was saddened at the very sight of it and that he lied about it. They were the marks of much deeper cuts on his hands and I just couldn’t calm my hand, I wasn’t even close enough to pull his hand and confront him of all this.
With a confused mind and sad heart I started back to home. On the way I bought the Boroline Antiseptic cream from the medical shop and went home.
Next day when I went to office, I unpacked my bag, took the boroline, went straight to his desk, put it on his laptop and went back to my desk. (I was too scared if I will be scolded for poking my nose 😀 )
I logged in to my laptop and pinged him and typed this,
“That is for you. It is boroline, an antiseptic. It will heal all those cuts that you have done on your hand. If you have any thing troubling, talk to your family or friends or if there is no one you can talk to me but never do such things again.” So relieved I was suddenly and got back to my busy work schedule.
For some days I behaved like nothing happened, like Alien. I am an introvert and this was the craziest and strangest thing I even thought of doing. After a few days, he came up to me and thanked me for it. I was like, it is okay. He then said he was depressed those days and was contemplating suicide (drove me nuts to hear that). The Boroline helped him realize that people do care and that he needs to care for his own self.
Since then I see him turn himself into such a great person and so much more stronger.
I never knew a Boroline also could change someone’s life. Every time I see that person smile or help others or motivate others I feel like the happiest person.
It is true, Even a smile can save a life at times.