Friday, March 07, 2014
Thursday, February 27, 2014
You Can Get Lucky - Breathing Space Blog
"Open your mind: consider chance opportunities. Lucky people regularly have them, unlucky people don't. To determine why, I gave lucky and unlucky people a newspaper and asked them to tell me how many photos were inside. On average, unlucky people spent about two minutes on this exercise. Lucky people spent seconds. Why? Because on the second page of the paper, in huge type, was the message ‘Stop counting: There are 43 photographs in this newspaper.’ Lucky people tended to spot the message. Unlucky ones didn't.”
"I put a second message half-way through the paper: ‘Stop counting: tell the experimenter you have seen this and win $250.’ Again, the unlucky people failed to see the message.”
"The lesson: unlucky people miss chance opportunities because they are too busy looking for something else. Lucky people see what is there rather than just what they are looking for."
Monday, February 24, 2014
What Brings True Happiness? "Ten Keys to True Happiness" - Breathing Space Blog
Tuesday, February 18, 2014
The Power of Asking - Breathing Space Blog
Thursday, February 13, 2014
Over-Build, Under-build - Breathing Space Blog
Buildings go up like never before. Haya El Nasser, writing in USA TODAY, reports that “residential and commercial development in the next quarter-century will eclipse anything seen in previous generations as the nation moves to accommodate rapid population growth.” This is based on a report from the Brookings Institution. Other findings:
* About half the homes, office buildings, stores and factories that will be needed by 2030 don't exist today.
* The U.S. population is expected to increase 33% to 376 million by 2030, 76 million more people than today.
* To serve that population, almost millions of new housing units will have to be built.
* About 20 million of these units will replace destroyed or aging homes.
“For generations, Americans favored single-family homes on larger lots. Development spread to where land is cheaper but within commuting distance to jobs. Communities must decide if they "want to develop policies consistent with those preferences or constrain them," says John Kasarda, director of the Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. "Sprawl is a choice."
Tuesday, February 04, 2014
Too Busy, Again? - Breathing Space Blog
Monday, January 27, 2014
Hey, Don't Just Do Something - Breathing Space Blog
The single best way to handle several different projects is to begin working on one thing at a time, until its completion, and then go on to the next project, and then the next, until you are finished.