There Is Not Any Secret Technique Or Fix Except For Integrated Effort

“If it is to be, it is up to me” the saying goes. When push comes to shove though, how many of us want to blame others and push the bill on the other person when it comes to improving our situations? Too many of us. So many want a big reward without working for it or earning it like a lottery or sweepstakes win for real. For the few who genuinely want the secret to earning it through the equivalent work, and beyond luck, it is much simpler though: It comes down to integrated effort.

What I mean by the term “integrated effort” is this: It does not come down to working harder or longer, it comes down to using our efforts in the most beneficial, realistically enriching and power controlling ways, and when we make mistakes, instead of quitting or lamenting, learn from the mistakes. Also called, “failing forward”.

Indeed, we are not owed anything, not even the skin on our bodies or realities good or otherwise. Also, we must “boot strap” or take conscious account of our own lives if we want to get anywhere good and productive in them. In life, to win the case of life, you must not feel sorry for yourself, because however hard someone seems to listen to your sad stories, there is always someone else taking the lead with integrated effort with the similar “bad background” in life meaning we have a choice to feel sorry for ourselves or get busy achieving from the ground up with the same skin and clothes we were sad in to get glad in.

I was listening to a friend today before writing this article, not talking. This friend got me thinking what real success comes down to. The “dream” is the lottery, luck and all of that “someday I will make it” stuff, and “I will get what I am owed someday”. The reality is integrated effort, “failing forward” and getting better at it until you are genuinely strong in your field. I am not saying do it until it hurts, but do it until you genuinely get it right in your soul, spirit and being. I get the real core messages of the novels and philosophy of Ayn Rand: Perfection is a mind created concept sure, but it is what you deem it genuinely to be within yourself, not outside of yourself. This is where I agree with the psychological idea of Nathaniel Branden that self-esteem is the immune system of the emotions, soul and spirit. I mean, without an honest assessment of yourself through integrated effort, how can you get anywhere? I end with this question to tell you that there is more to life and existence for us all than just a “lucky break”.

My name is Joshua Clayton, I am a freelance writer based in Inglewood, California. I also write under a few pen-names and aliases, but Joshua Clayton is my real name, and I write by that for the most part now. I am a philosophical writer and objective thinker and honest action taker. I also work at a senior center in Gardena, California as my day job, among other things, but primarily I am a writer.

Big Trades Within The Division Have Always Been Part Of Baseball

As the trade deadline approaches, most broadcasters are naturally discussing completed as well as possible transactions in Major League Baseball. During a game between the Toronto Blue Jays and Minnesota Twins, the announcers had just received the news of a huge trade that had been completed.

The Orioles had traded Zack Britton to the New York Yankees, which prompted the TV analyst to criticize the deal. He complained that the Orioles, who are deeply buried in the East side of the American League, had violated some unwritten rule about never trading within your own division.

I was doubtful that such a rule existed, for any club planning to trade a player would make a deal yielding the best return. When you are wanting to do what is best for your organization, geography would not trump your own interests.

The very next day reinforced my doubts as to that so-called unwritten rule to which the announcer had alluded, for another huge inner division trade had been completed. The Tampa Bay Rays shipped starting pitcher Nathan Eovaldi to the Boston Red Sox, who are currently on top in the A. L. East.

Giving the benefit of a doubt to the broadcaster, I wondered if the rule had once existed but had disappeared like complete games and sacrifice bunts from today’s state of the game. Recalling some notable transactions over the last fifty years, however, I realized that there had not been an unwritten rule that suggested teams not trade within their own divisions.

Here are eight cases since the Seventies in which well-known players were traded from one team to a rival in its own division.

San Francisco traded future Hall of Fame first baseman Willie McCovey to a team not only in the same row in the standings, but also in the same state. The San Diego Padres acquired Stretch from the Giants way back in 1973.

Early in the next decade the Houston Astros traded All-Star outfielder Cesar Cedeno to West rival Cincinnati, which in turn sent third baseman Ray Knight from the Reds.

The year immortalized by George Orwell’s futuristic novel, 1984, saw a notable inner division trade. The Philadelphia Phillies shipped popular outfielder Garry Matthews to the Cubs, and he helped Chicago to the playoffs soon after that.

Two years later future Hall of Fame catcher Gary Carter was traded by the Montreal Expos to Eastern Division rival New York, where Carter helped the Mets win the 1986 World Series Championship against the Boston Red Sox. Apparently the Expos, like the Astros and Giants before them, had been oblivious to the rule not to trade to rival clubs.

All Star slugger Carlos Delgado, less than a year removed from winning a World Series Championship with the Marlins, was sent from Florida to the New York Mets back in 2005. Three years later on July 29, 2008 the Texas Rangers traded first baseman Mark Texiera to the Angels.

In 2010 the Milwaukee Brewers swapped All Star center fielder Jim Edmonds to N. L. Central rival Cincinnati, who felt Edmonds would help the Reds reach the postseason for the first time since the end of the twentieth century. Again, if such a rule existed, it continued to be ignored by most clubs.

In a more recent transaction the Minnesota Twins in 2011 agreed to send designated hitter Jim Thome to the Cleveland Indians, the club with which he started his illustrious baseball career. Thome was contemplating retirement, and he wanted to end his playing days as a member of the Tribe.

Cheerleader Teams Always Do Well With a Car Wash Fundraiser

There are a lot of advantages to cheerleading squads that other sports simply don’t enjoy. I guess that goes without saying, especially in high-school, but I would submit to you that the same applies for those in college – let me explain and give you a real life example here if I might.

Over the years, I’ve participated and planned many car wash fundraisers. It started in High School as I was the president of many clubs on campus and Senior Class President also. One thing we always needed more of in our clubs and organizations was money – there was never enough for our unquenchable thirst for grandiose events. In those days I had a business washing cars, boats and aircraft, mobile car washing and we used the equipment to clean cars at those fundraisers. Eventually, we got really good at organizing them and making a decent amount of money.

Still, we could never make as much as the cheerleading squad for obvious reasons. First, they could out sell us 3:1 in pre-sale car wash fundraising tickets and during the day of the event they’d pull cars off the street in droves with a simple sign “Cheerleader Car Wash” and a couple of girls on the corner in bathing suits. Hey, that’s just not fair, but that’s life. Yes, a definite advantage indeed. Needless to say, if you are a cheerleader parent or student advisor and your squad needs money – a fundraiser of this type is quite easy to hold and quite apropos for the summer months.

The other day, I was talking to a mom at Starbucks who had a daughter who made the cheerleading squad in high school for the next calendar year. Her sister was a cheerleader a few years back at that same school and the mom remembered how expensive it was for cheerleader camp, competitions, uniforms, and travel expenses, and the mom really didn’t want to go through that one again, nor did she want to be assigned duty at “another damn bake sale” I think were her exact words. I explained the car wash fundraising strategy and how they could do pre-sale tickets, and use a busy corner to host the endeavor.

She did remember doing at least one fundraiser of that type a few years back and thought it was fun, but said she remembered getting sunburn, and I explained with proper planning no one has to get burned and her daughter’s squad could make the money they so desperately needed. Please consider all this and think on it.

How Publishing Agencies Can Scale New Heights in 2018

Digital publishing has come a long way with thousands of books being published for devices of all form factors. Even though the digital platform is flooded with all kinds of reading material, journals can bring in a lot of revenue through a variety of channels. Journal publishing services in particular have a lot to contribute to the spectrum of content distribution this year.

Why Journals for 2018?

Looking at journals as a medium of content propagation and educational publishing, there are many benefits. First of all the feasibility of sending journals in a subscription based business model to audiences is very high. Subscription based businesses are quite the trend nowadays owing to their economical aspect and direct delivery to subscribers.

Another advantage of having journals is that they can make use of ads more effective. As per Hubspot, “67% of digital magazine readers actually want to buy directly from magazine ads.” Journals ads can be easily personalizable and ideal to use ads for targeting audiences.

Choosing suitable distribution channels

If a publisher chooses the retail distribution way as opposed to email, which is ideal in case of educational publishing, the subscription material has to be optimized to meet the requirements of the different eBook publishing platforms like Kindle, Kobo and Google play etc. It requires converting manuscripts into the suitable format for each such platform which can be easily managed with journal publishing services.

Email can be used to distribute journals and target audiences to make further purchases with personalized ads. Other ways to distribute journals can be through secure links or cloud storage platforms.

Making your publications available for all devices

One has to aim to provide an easily navigable user friendly experience across all platforms. All distribution platforms must get sufficient amount of attention as the aim should be to reach more audiences irrespective of devices and platforms.

Creating customized content for various distribution purposes

Depending on one’s content distribution need, there are many ways journal publishing services can be of aid. In case of educational publishing, one can have custom content created suited to MOOCs and online tutorials. Depending on the niche, with help of experienced professionals one can manage to roll out different customized content journals to keep readers from various backgrounds engaged, and expand reach to wider segments of readers.

Thorough testing prior to publishing

Prior to proceeding with your publication, it has to be tried and tested, because if there are any major issues, it might not go down well with the audience and result In negative reviews. It requires to be tested on multiple platforms and devices to make certain that the output is tangible and user friendly.

Your chosen journal publishing services company must put your products through a rigorous testing process, before release.

10 Ways to Declutter Your Home Like KonMari

There is a Japanese way of decluttering that boils down to finding a specific place “for the leftover” stuff once you’ve completed all other home decluttering methods. This is a tried-and-proven method according to the Japanese cleaning professional, Marie Kondo. It’s named after her and is called the KonMari Method.

The KonMari method of decluttering homes is one of the simplest, yet unique, ways to eliminate messes and organize an individual’s life by way of decluttering their home. There are so many areas that can be decluttered, whether it’s a room, the bathroom, or even the kitchen. In fact, there are many other places, such as the closet, and the garage, where you can follow these steps on decluttering and tidying up. It doesn’t matter if you have an apartment, or a home, you can follow these steps fairly easily with a little patience and time. Yes, even you can learn them quickly once you get the hang of it.

Detach yourself from objects

The philosophy focuses on detaching ourselves from specific possessions which we tie ourselves to mentally. There are certain ways an individual may want to clean their house or apartment, but it’s when we “bump” into those things that we find difficulty in throwing them away, even if we don’t use, or need them! Maybe it’s because it becomes a painstaking task and that keeps us from wanting to clean after we have accumulated so much. The step to take is to detach ourselves from these mental attachments we seem to have with various things. This, in fact, can be very difficult, mainly because we’ve convinced ourselves we need to have these things. Also, the best approach in decluttering your home is to start with one room at a time.

Main rule applies to everything

KonMari has one rule that she applies to everything. Some of the easiest rules can also help you with the tedious tasks you must do around the house. When you collect all your stuff, or tidy up each room, you will have a lot of extra things that you didn’t realize you had, such as: papers, pencils, books, plates, cups, clothes,… etc..

These things seem to multiply in amount so, KonMari devised a simple way to “tidy up” any place regardless of which room it is in the house. You’ll be able to do it too with a “yes, or no” answer to this question, “Does it spark joy for me?” This simple rule can be applied to everything!

The answer to KonMari’s question

KonMari’s simple rule applies to anything you either keep or get rid of. In fact, if you answer “yes” to every single item while you are tidying up, you’ll be able to sort out everything easier.

On the other hand, if you answer “no,” then you throw it out. Gone are those days of asking yourself, “Have I used this in a year?”

Here’s KonMari’s way as a step-by-step implementing of cleaning, while you declutter.

You should start right away to clean, or tidy up your home or apartment.

Simply focus on the “discarding phase,” which KonMari calls the “tidy marathon.” You can make it a special event with music in the background, take-out food, and soft drinks to make it an enjoyable experience as you complete your “tidy marathon.”
Miscellaneous items can be done first, since these are the most tedious. These include: books, papers, clips, miscellaneous things, knick-knacks, and whatever else you have on your shelves, in your drawers, and on your countertops.
The next step is called the “sentimental” step which applies to those things that, for some reason or another, you can’t depart from. These can be stuffed animals, roses, or gifts from exes, specific clothes… etc.
Do not store these items at your friends, partner’s or parent’s home. Why burden them when you can simply throw them out, or keep them, if you are going to need or use them.
Empty your closet. Take out everything including hangers and all miscellaneous things (i.e. caps, scarves, belts, and hanging accessories,… )
Dump ALL this stuff (clothes, knick- knacks, and junk you may have collected throughout the years), in the center of the floor, or on top of your bed.
For shelving ideas, you can add 2 or 3 pieces of art deco such as vases, framed photos, a lamp, a plant, but that is it! No need to clutter your shelves with things that will ultimately collect dust.
Canisters in the kitchen may hold your basics, such as: flour, sugar, and blended coffee. You can simply place this set of basics near the counter after you’ve cleaned the counter space by wiping it down. If you put this simple set of canisters near the kitchen sink, you’ll benefit by having them close-at-hand. This is going back to the KISS (Keep It Short and Simple) technique.
Simplify your life by keeping each category of things in the same place instead of scattering them all over the place. For example, you can keep all your cleaning products in the same spot in the kitchen and the same goes for all your shoes which are best stored in the same spot in your closet.
Use a cheat sheet and itemize categories. While you are going through the pile of stuff, mark off what category you’ve worked on so that it is eliminated from your list.

Go through the extra stuff, and throw it out

These steps tell you to “go through every item” you have. When you do go through everything, you’re probably going to have some things that you simply can’t answer yes or no to. Simply put those items in their own box with a question mark label on it, and then, when you have finished sorting everything out, you can come back to this box and try again. This box of stuff is representative of the “extra stuff” you have accumulated throughout the years. Somehow, you must mentally detach yourself from these items. When in doubt, throw it out!

Finally, just try to answer truthfully the main question that the KonMari method suggests. “Does it bring joy or spark joy to me?” Decide if you feel any type of “spark” or enthusiasm when you have it in your hands. This is the KonMari method at its finest. The core of her method in cleaning and tidying up is just this. You’ll see, over time, that your place will look a lot neater.

Also, when you feel you need to clean up your home you can also declutter by adding shelves if you do not have any. Shelves work wonders for homeowners and those living in small apartments. You can utilize the KonMari method with shelving while at the same time decluttering your living space. Tidying up everything initially is the first step in the KonMari method.

For most of us, clutter accumulates over time, and with these methods, or steps, as suggested by KonMari, you will be better organized. Time and patience are two of the main things that people should have when they start this type of project. After successfully completing this project, you’ll find that you can do it quicker and much better the next time around. Every time you work at it, you’ll find your place that much more organized and neater.