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The New Working Woman’s (r)Evolution Book Review

The New Working Woman’s (r)Evolution: How to Survive and Succeed Through Empowerment by Cristina Carballo-Perelman M.D.

 

About The Book:


The New Working Woman’s (r)Evolution is a modern, practical survival and success roadmap for all women in the workforce.

  • Need advice where a work environment is not conducive to advancement?
  • Need to approach leadership, HR or other colleagues? 
  • What are your options if harassment occurs? 
  • What are the signs that the company you work for is not the right fit for your work goals? 
This roadmap is comprised of eleven attributes needed to become empowered. And becoming empowered is critical in today’s world of pay inequity, sexual harassment and lack of promotions beyond mid-level managerial positions.

The ability to shatter the glass ceiling is further hampered by the under-representation of women in the boardroom across all industries, even those heavily represented by women.

The New Working Woman’s (r)Evolution has described, in detail, each of these attributes and how they work together to help women become empowered at work. Included are worksheets to help the reader practice and become proficient in these attributes.
In addition, this book shows you the types of corporations, companies, and workplaces that will assist, not hamper, your journey to the top.
By applying these attributes, you will be better able to work with the leadership at your workplace to improve the rights of women. These attributes will also give you a clear focus if you need to move on and search for the right workplace that will help you evolve.
Through the personal implementation of these attributes, you will be able to complete your journey without compromising your core values. You will achieve what so many women are still striving for; being recognized and lauded for their talents, regardless of race, sex or physical appearance.

Editorial Reviews:


Cristina Carballo-Perelman, M.D., has been a neonatologist for 30 years. She has seen how society devalues women, both at home and in the workplace by continually placing more value of women’s beauty over brains. She and her coworkers have experienced this inequality and unfair treatment of women in the professional setting over the years.

Dr. Carballo-Perelman’s passion and motivation to write her female empowering books derives from wanting to help women who have experienced similar situations. She provides hope that if they search for companies with ethics and integrity, they will indeed be re-hired.   Her aim is to empower women, not make them into “little men.” By doing so, she hopes to accelerate the overall equality of the sexes in all areas of life!   Her other passions include employee rights and corporate social responsibility.

She has the first-hand experience concerning these topics as she was fired for ” challenging the status-quo” at work. She realized to late the cost of working for a corporation without a “soul.” These experiences have allowed her to help others navigate the workforce and become empowered as employees with rights.

Finally, as a physician, she has dealt with many issues concerning death, including the right to assist death “with dignity.” Her “intimate interview” with Death itself, puts a unique spin to the topic.   There have been many accolades concerning all her books and the help they bring to those who read them.   Her hope is to continue to help others live empowered, joyful lives and enjoy this journey called life!

 

About The Author:


Cristina Carballo-Perelman, M.D., Recently named one of the “50 Great Writers You Should be Reading” by The Authors Show, Cristina Carballo- Perelman, M.D., has been a neonatologist for 30 years.

She and her female colleagues have experienced first-hand many of the misperceptions concerning the capability of women in the workplace. She has seen how society as a whole continues to devalue women both in their careers and at home by placing greater value in looks over brains.

Her passion to write derives from her experiences both as a woman in the workplace as well as being devalued as an employee (i.e. she, too, was fired once and subsequently, successfully rehired!) She has also dealt with death and dying issues inherent in her practice and was compelled to express her thoughts concerning this topic.

Dr. Perelman has been a subspecialty physician for 30 + years. She has seen how society devalues women, both at home and in the workplace by continually placing more value of women’s looks over brains. Her passion and motivation to write empowering books derives from wanting to help women who have experienced similar situations.

Many of Perelman’s books focus on the goal of empowering women, not make them into “little men.” By doing so, she works to accelerate the overall equality of the sexes in all areas of life! Perelman’s other passions include employee rights and corporate social responsibility. Her powerful and common experiences have allowed her to help others navigate the workforce and become empowered as employees with rights.

Perelman provides hope and guidance to those who want to work for companies with ethics and integrity, they will indeed be successful. Finally, as a physician, Perelman has dealt with many issues concerning death, including the right to assist death “with dignity”. Her hope is that others find her words inspiring and more importantly, helpful, to deal with any or all of these issues, as presented. You can also visit her website www.cristinaperelman.com. She lives in Scottsdale, Arizona with her husband.

 

Review:


Appearance:
I’ve received the paperback book in a review program, notebook size with simple cover design, good quality of paper and printing.

Content:
The New Working Woman’s (r)Evolution: How to Survive and Succeed Through Empowerment by Cristina Carballo-Perelman M.D. is written in 2 parts, the first part includes 11 attributes(chapter) and the second part contains 5 chapters. This book is to help females who have been sexually harassed at work and for young females to avoid any despicable behavior from their colleagues, or leadership and also to empower them in the business world to grow and succeed as a leader and successfully shatter the glass ceiling.

The author provides the audiences with eleven attributes, to empower women and signify the visionary ideals that human strive to attain. She believes the number eleven is a sacred number since, before the time of Aristotle, each attribute contains, definition, antithesis, her advice, synopsis along with a worksheet.

The author believes that women can be as successful as men if they combine agentic and communal traits in their leadership or mentorship style and be seen as assertive, but not bossy. she provides references and examples of bossy and successful women in higher positions to convey her message.

The Conscience of a Corporation, Part 2 which contains 5 chapters, is about general information of corporation’s conscience argument against it, challenging the status quo, how corporations can assist women in shattering the glass ceiling.

 

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Heart Solution for Women Book by Mark Menolascino M.D.

Heart Solution for Women: A Proven Program to Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease by Mark Menolascino M.D. Review

 

About The Book:


Heart disease remains the number one killer of women, outpacing breast cancer, diabetes, and stroke, with one in four women receiving a diagnosis in her lifetime. And the problem is only getting worse.

Dr. Mark Menolascino has been on the front lines of cardiac research for most of his life, running a highly successful clinic where he takes a holistic, personalized approach to reversing disease and jump-starting health. Most of his patients are women struggling with symptoms and illnesses that stem from the most important, life-giving organ in the body: the heart.

In Heart Solution for Women, Dr. Menolascino explores the many ways our hearts are the pathway to overall health. While the classic risk factors for heart disease—obesity, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, stress, and poor diet—are critical components, symptoms of the disease manifest differently in women’s bodies and can go misdiagnosed for years. They include depression, anxiety and panic attacks, poor sleep, and widespread pain, and can be masked during pregnancy, post-pregnancy, and menopause only to appear with great force later in life.

Featuring the latest research on gut, brain, and hormone health and including answers to the most common heart-health misunderstandings, Heart Solution for Women finally gives women the tools to succeed, feel great in their bodies, and add years to their lives.

 

Editorial Reviews:


“If you think heart disease is a male problem, you need to read this
eye-opening book. In it, Dr. Menolascino gives you the inside story and tells you step-by-step how to keep your own heart healthy–or how mend it, safely and naturally, if it’s sick.” (Dr. Kellyann Petrucci, New York Times Bestselling Author of Dr. Kellyann’s Bone Broth Diet )

“Thanks to Heart Solution for Women, women can finally get to the root of the uncomfortable and life-threatening symptoms they’re experiencing with simple effective solutions. Dr. Mark is a leader in the field of functional medicine and the information in this timely book may well save your life.” (Amy Myers, M.D., author of the New York Times bestseller The Autoimmune Solution)

“a must-read for anyone concerned with how to prevent the leading cause of premature death in women.” (Jeffrey Bland, Ph.D., FACN, FACB, President, Personalized Lifestyle Medicine Institute)

Heart Solution for Women makes clear how fundamental changes in lifestyle choices can absolutely rewrite a woman’s heart health destiny for the better. This is information of immense importance for healthcare practitioners and consumers alike.” (David Perlmutter, MD, FACN, Author of the #1 New York Times bestsellers Grain Brain and Brain Maker)

 

About The Author:


MARK MENOLASCINO, MD has over 35 years of health care experience. He is one of very few physicians that is Board Certified as an Internal Medicine Specialist, Board Certified in Integrative and Holistic Medicine, is a Certified Functional Medicine Practitioner as well as Board Certified in Advanced Hormone Management and Anti-Aging Medicine.

He additionally has a Master’s Degree in Pharmacology and Immunology and was a doctoral candidate in the Medical Scientist Program assisting with Clinical Trials of new medications as well as part of the Heart Disease Reversal Team with Dr. Dean Ornish. His medical knowledge is complemented by advanced training and clinical experience in Nutrition, Naturopathic Medicine, Chinese Medicine/Acupuncture, Ayurvedic Medicine and Homeopathy.

 

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Manage Your Career in Sales – Goal Setting by Joe Verde

Manage Your Career in Sales Goal Setting For Salespeople by Joe Verde

 

About The Book:


Fact: If you set goals right, your sales will improve. Only 3% of salespeople & managers set goals correctly. Goal setting is the most important skill 97% of us are never taught. Selling cars will be the highest paying, the easiest work you’ll ever do… Or selling cars will be one of the lowest paying, hardest jobs you’ll ever have!

The difference will be Goal Setting – with clear goals and a plan, you’ve set yourself up for success. You don’t even need rocket science to figure out why. When you wing it every day, you’ve set yourself up for failure. With clear goals and a plan, you’ve set yourself up for success. Get Joe’s book and follow his proven process and learn how to set goals correctly to control your unit sales, your income, and your career.

 

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About The Author:


Joe Verde is the President of Joe Verde Sales and Management Training, Inc., and is the leader in the automotive dealer, management and sales training worldwide. Joe Verde is the people’s choice, hands down, and is in constant demand to speak around the world to automotive groups, including speaking 25 times at the NADA Annual Convention.

Since 1985, Joe Verde Sales & Management Training, Inc. has focused on “Leadership First” with its exclusive formula for success, taught in its automotive retail sales and management workshops. Introduced in 2005, and now with over 18 million training chapters taken, the online Joe Verde Training Network® is a valuable tool used by dealers, managers, and salespeople so they can improve their sales, gross and SSI.

JVTN® has become the most important in-house virtual training resource in the industry. Joe Verde’s best-selling books include Top 7 Revenue & Profit Sources In Your Dealership, A Dealer’s Guide To Recovery And Growth, How To Sell A Car Today, Earn Over $100,000 Selling Cars, and Get Everything You Want In Sales – Goal Setting For Salespeople. Joe Verde develops leaders, teaching them how to build great selling organizations to sell more units, earn a more net profit, satisfy every customer and retain customers for life, in every department of the dealership.

Beware of the imposter who will promise
they can teach you everything I’ve just covered.
Don’t waste your time and save your money.
If they really could, they would have written this book.
– Joe Verde

Review: 


Appearance:

Nice cover design, good paper, and printing quality.

I recently switched job and received this book from Jason (Finance Advisor) to read and improve my skills, I’d like to thank him for acknowledging my hard work and his generosity.

Content:
Manage Your Career In Sales – Goal Setting For Salespeople 5th edition was written by Joe Verde, The title really helps define the content as it’s written for sales professionals who need to have a Short and long term plan to succeed in the automotive industry. the author began with a message and emphasizing on the importance of goal setting by telling a short story of his experience in 1st 5 years in the car business, and the impact of goal setting in your career, continued by mentioning Zig Ziglar and dedicating the book to this legend who had changed Joe’s life. 

This book is non-fiction business resource and training material in which the Author incorporated the autobiography, storytelling (some chapters) and questioning (Collaborating) methods of teaching and writing. It contains 17 chapters, and well written, easy to grasp for people in Automotive sales industry.

The beginning of the book the author’s general manager has written a short biography about Joe Verde, then you’ll read “why to read a book on goal settings?” written by Joe to emphasize more on his story and the impact of it in his success.

The challenge in this book to learn how to use goal setting for consistently and continually improve. He compared the Goal Setting to the closest thing to real magic and calls it the best-kept secret in the world. He proofs his claim with, the continuous success requires 4 things:

• The skills to do the job
• Clear goals with clear action plans
• A burning desire to succeed
• The discipline to follow your plan

The author believes in Goal Setting as the main reason to succeed and covers how a car salesman can grow his business and earn more! He uses a “Tax Refund” report (no details) as a reference to explain what percentage of US people set goals, what percentage have no goals at all and what percentage of them are on the right path and will see their success.

He offers simple steps of starting your Goal Setting such as daydreaming or writing down your wishes which should be realistic, clear and comes with a logical short and long term plans that he teaches his audience as they continue reading. there is a lot of great advice such as common mistakes, keywords, questions to ask yourself, types of goals, the length of the plan, how to manage, shortcuts and more, but sometimes the lack of reference or resource is obvious.

In later chapters, the author introduces some tools to track, manage and improve your skills that have to be bought from or subscribed to his company. This informative and knowledgable book turned into a boring and distracting book which made it look like a commercial material and a manual of computer software as he introduced his CRM and VSA.

  • Page 34
    To get from 10 to 20, just make 10 of those 5-minute calls every day and follow the steps and the words exactly that are in our Referral Script.
    Also, go to Service each day and meet just 2 people and use our Service Survey Script exactly the way we teach it.

An unrealistic example of motivation or proof of his claim is on page 20 when he mentions,

Do some people literally double or triple their sales or income overnight? and the answer is: Absolutely, we see it happen all the time, to people in our workshops and who are on JVTN®.

Then on page 28, you’ll read a comment from one his trainee that he improved his sales “From 12 to 25 a month 90 days after class!”.

In the end, I’d like to thank Jason, our F&I advisor for acknowledging my hard work and willing to help me grow and see my success, we cannot find Jasons in the automotive industry a lot.

 

Did You Know: (Book Articles)


– From my background, I have always been able to work longer and harder than most people. Living on a farm is an everyday job; before school, after school, and during summers while everybody else has fun. You have no choice. Vietnam was the same thing. You had no choice – long hard days, one right after the other.

What I learned from Ziglar and the others is that no matter how hard you work, only a very small percentage of people ever make it to the top. 97% miss out on the real success they could have because they lack clear goals. Or as W. Clement Stone would say, they lack a ‘definiteness of purpose’ (aka: no clear goals).

Is it goal setting – or is it magic?

Goal setting is the best-kept secret in the world and it’s the closest thing to real magic there could be. It’s simple, and it’s powerful. You figure out what you want, then write a very detailed plan on how you’ll get it, and then presto – if you just follow your plan, 94% of the time you get whatever it was you wanted.

I honestly never thought about setting a goal until I learned from all of those great leaders in sales, business and success. I only had one goal on the farm – escape. I didn’t set a goal to be promoted when I was in the Army, I just worked hard. And I certainly had no goals my first time in the car business.

-Goal setting is a choice.

The results are indisputable – the people who choose to set clear goals, create plans and follow their plans – achieve higher levels of success and earn more money than those who choose not to.

Goal setting works when you do it right. Because it does, that means you can choose to set goals the right way and be rewarded, or you can choose to go through life without them.

Most people in the world will never realize they have this choice in life. You do though – so choose ‘goal setting’ and accomplish virtually everything you want in sales, income, and in life.

If you’re unsure of the real potential in this business and if you’re not sure it’s worth all of this trouble, order my book, “Earn Over $100,000 Every Year Selling Cars” (the information on how to order is in the back of this book) – or take the course on JVTN®.

-Track all of your lead generation activities.

The secret (and shortcut) to becoming a high achiever is to stop waiting for your dealer to supply you with those tough to close walk-in prospects. Instead, set clear goals to make sure you have people walking in the door asking for you every single day.

☞ All of the people who ask for you will be five times easier to close and will pay 40% more in gross profit (commission).

Why? Because 71% of the people say they buy from people they like and trust. That’s why repeat business and referrals are so much easier to work with (70% closing ratio) compared to that walk-in stranger at just 10%, who doesn’t like you or know you.

Lead generation activities are all of the things you personally do each day to generate more of your own traffic. Count…

  • Your outbound prospecting calls each day to your previous customers, acquaintances, orphan owners in the dealership and Parts & Service customers. Remember the goal – schedule a firm appointment that will show up asking for you. Count…
    • # of calls you make each day
    • # of appointments you set from your outbound calls
    • # of appointments that show up asking for you

 

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Heavy Metals in Sport Supplements and Protein bars

Health risks of protein drinks You don’t need the extra protein or the heavy metals our tests found. 2010 and 2018

The promises are enticing. Whether you’re looking to shed unwanted pounds, get a quick energy jolt, build muscles, or fight the aging process, protein drinks are being boosted by some supplement makers as a scientifically proven way to quickly achieve your goals. The products, sold as ready-to-drink liquids or powders that you mix with milk, juice, or water to make shakes, attract not just athletes and body-builders but also baby boomers, pregnant women, and teenagers looking for a shortcut to a buff body. Some ads say that protein supplements, in flavors such as strawberry and vanilla cream, can be a nutritious and time-saving snack or meal replacement.

Marketing for Energy First Pro Energy Whey Protein Isolate says the protein supplement is “ideal” for pregnant women and growing children, and also offers this promise for aging adults who use it: “You will rarely if ever be sick and you will begin to look and feel years younger.

” In a testimonial for BSN Lean Dessert Protein Shake, “fitness celebrity,” Jennifer Nicole Lee says, “Being a busy mom with 12-hour workdays, I rely upon my Lean Dessert Protein to get adequate amounts of protein without wasting time on creating complex meals ….”

Another product, Muscle Milk, boasts on its website:

“Designed after one of nature’s most balanced foods: human mother’s milk ….” But our investigation, including tests at an outside laboratory of 15 protein drinks, a review of government documents, and interviews with health and fitness experts and consumers, found most people already get enough protein, and there are far better and cheaper ways to add more if it’s needed.

Some protein drinks can even pose health risks, including exposure to potentially harmful heavy metals, if consumed frequently. All drinks in our tests had at least one sample containing one or more of the following contaminants: arsenic, cadmium, lead, and mercury. Those metals can have toxic effects on several organs in the body.

Level of contaminants

For most drinks we tested, levels of arsenic, cadmium, lead, and mercury were in the low to moderate range, when we could detect them at all. But with three of the products, consumers who have three servings daily could be exposed to levels that exceed the maximum limits for one or two of those contaminants in dietary supplements proposed by U.S. Pharmacopeia (USP), the federally recognized authority that sets voluntary standards for health products. Nutritionists and trainers say they commonly see people who consume three servings a day.

The amount of lead in a single daily serving of eight of the protein supplements we tested would require that the products carry a warning in California. State legislation known as Proposition 65 mandates that manufacturers notify consumers when products contain toxic substances at levels the state says pose even a low cancer or reproductive risk.

But federal regulations do not generally require that protein drinks and other dietary supplements be tested before they are sold to ensure that they are safe, effective, and free of contaminants, as the rules require of prescription drugs. “Most consumers and even many doctors don’t realize that in this country we’re left to simply trust the manufacturer to decide what level of quality and safety they’ll provide,” says Pieter Cohen, an internist at Cambridge Health Alliance and author of a recent New England Journal of Medicine article on contaminants in dietary supplements.

Even in California, some manufacturers don’t comply with the requirements of Proposition 65 to put warnings on supplements, and enforcement seems to be lax. Sometimes warnings appear only after lawsuits are filed.

Teens vulnerable to marketing

Protein drinks are helping fuel the growing sales of sports-nutrition products, which now top $2.7 billion. Teenagers who want to look like the sculpted images they see in fitness magazines are particularly vulnerable to the marketing messages, experts say, because they are easily hooked by the promise of “hope in a can.

” They tend to overuse the products, assuming that if one scoop is good, four or five would be even better, says Dave Ellis, of Colorado Springs, Colo., who has 28 years’ experience as a sports dietitian for college and professional athletic teams. A 2005 study published in Pediatrics, the journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics, found that protein powders and shakes were the supplements most commonly used by those aged 12 to 18.

Andrew Shao, senior vice president of scientific and regulatory affairs at the Council for Responsible Nutrition, a supplement industry group, says that protein powders and drinks are a safe option for teenagers and even pregnant women. But we found that some products had labels warning that they are not suitable for people under age 18 or that pregnant women should first consult a physician.

Kathy Burns, a toxicologist and founder of Sciencecorps, a Boston-area nonprofit network of science and medical professionals, was concerned about possible health effects of protein supplements her then high-school-aged son and his friends extensively used. She and her colleagues sent a small sampling of protein supplements to be screened at an independent lab. Burns said what they found worried them, and she contacted Consumer Reports.

Arsenic, Lead Found in Popular Protein Supplements Here’s what you need to know about the popular powders and drinks, and whether they’re necessary for most people

Whether for weight loss, muscle building, or simply as a convenient quick meal on the go, many Americans turn to protein powders and drinks. But a new study shows that many of the top-selling powders and drinks may contain concerning levels of heavy metals such as arsenic, cadmium, mercury, and lead, and toxins like bisphenol A (BPA), a chemical found in some plastic containers and food can liners. These substances have been linked to cancer, brain damage, and reproductive issues.

The new study from the Clean Label Project, (a nonprofit organization that examines labeling safety issues) found that virtually all of the 134 products tested contained detectable levels of at least one heavy metal and 55 percent tested positive for BPA. “These toxins accumulate in your body and can stay there for years,” says Tunde Akinleye, a test program leader in Consumer Reports’ Food Safety Division.

“Frequent consumption of foods that contain them can have adverse health effects over the long run.” This is not the first research that has shown high contaminant levels in such products: A 2010 Consumer Reports’ study detected arsenic, cadmium, lead and/or mercury in samples of all the 15 powders tested.

What our tests found Last updated: July 2010:

Heavy metals We purchased 15 protein powders and drinks mainly in the New York metro area or online and tested multiple samples of each for arsenic, cadmium, lead, and mercury.

The results showed a considerable range, but levels in three products were of particular concern because consuming three servings a day could result in daily exposure to arsenic, cadmium, or lead exceeding the limits proposed by USP. We found that three daily servings of the ready-to-drink liquid EAS Myoplex Original Rich Dark Chocolate Shake provides an average of 16.9 micrograms (µg) of arsenic, exceeding the proposed USP limit of 15 µg per day, and an average of 5.1 µg of cadmium, which is just above the USP limit of 5 µg per day.

Concentrations in most products were relatively low, but when taking into account the large serving size suggested, the number of micrograms per day for a few of the products was high compared with most others tested. The samples of Muscle Milk Chocolate powder we tested contained all four heavy metals, and levels of three metals in the product were among the highest of all in our tests.

Average cadmium levels of 5.6 µg in three daily servings slightly exceeded the USP limit of 5 µg per day, and the average lead level of 13.5 µg also topped the USP limit of 10 µg per day. The average arsenic level of 12.2 µg was approaching the USP limit of 15 µg per day, and the average for mercury was 0.7 µg, well below the USP’s 15 µg-per-day limit. Three daily servings of Muscle Milk Vanilla Crème contained 12.2 µg of lead, exceeding lead limits, and 11.2 µg of arsenic.

A fourth product, Muscle Milk Nutritional Shake Chocolate (liquid), provided an average of 14.3 µg of arsenic per day from three servings, approaching the proposed USP limit. Cadmium raises special concern because it accumulates in and can damage the kidneys, the same organs that can be damaged by excessive protein consumption. And it can take 20 years for the body to eliminate even half the cadmium absorbed today. “This is a highly toxic metal, and while there are some cases where decisions have to be weighed against relative risks, accepting that you have to be exposed to any cadmium at all in your protein drink after your workout is definitely not one of them,” says Michael Harbut, M.D., director of the Environmental Cancer Initiative at the Karmanos Cancer Institute in Royal Oak, Mich.

“When these toxic heavy metals are combined in a product that is marketed for daily use, that raises serious public health concerns, especially for pregnant women, children, and young adults,” says Burns, who has been a toxicology consultant to state and federal government agencies.

For most people, protein drinks are not the only possible source of exposure to heavy metals, but they are an easily avoidable one, since most people can meet their protein needs, help minimize exposure to contaminants, and save money by choosing the right foods. Shellfish and organ meats such as liver can be high in cadmium, and some plant foods such as potatoes, rice, sunflower seeds, spinach, and other leafy greens can also take in significant amounts of the metal from the environment, due in large part to the use of cadmium-containing phosphate fertilizers, according to Bruce A.

Fowler, a researcher at the federal Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry. Food and Drug Administration research suggests that foods such as milk, yogurt, eggs, poultry, and red meats are generally good protein sources that seem to contain little or no cadmium, lead, arsenic, or mercury.

For perspective about the relative risks exposure to those metals can pose, consider the agency’s list of 275 hazardous substances at toxic waste sites: Arsenic, lead, and mercury rank Nos. 1, 2, and 3, and cadmium is No. 7, based on risks to people around those sites. Robert Wright, M.D., an associate professor at Harvard Medical School, who is conducting research on the health effects of exposure to toxic metals, says, “Small amounts of exposure are inevitable, but a product that exceeds the USP limit is clearly doing something wrong.”

Being exposed simultaneously to a mixture of toxins can also potentially increase health risks, particularly when they target the same organs or systems, as some metals we detected do, according to Harbut. He says that this is the result of a synergistic effect, meaning the effects of two toxic substances together can be even greater than those of the sum of the two, and not enough research has been done to determine whether that occurs from multiple exposures to even relatively low levels of those heavy metals.

What the Study Showed

The Clean Label Project measured the levels of heavy metals, BPA, pesticides, and other contaminants (more than 150 in all) in protein powders and drinks. The contaminant levels were measured in a single serving of the products. Those amounts varied, so the lab used the serving size listed on each product’s label (e.g., “two rounded scoops”). However, Jaclyn Bowen, executive director of Clean Label Project, points out that many consumers use protein products multiple times per day.

Overall, the products made from sources of plant protein such as soy or hemp fared worse than those made from whey (milk) or egg, containing on average twice as much lead and measurably higher amounts of other contaminants.

Plant-based proteins may have higher contamination levels because the plants are especially prone to absorbing heavy metals from soil, says Sean Callan, Ph.D., a neuroscientist and director of operations at Ellipse Analytics, the lab that tested the protein products. Whey and egg proteins may have lower levels of heavy metals because the source of the contamination would likely be the feed given to the animals.

Callan suspects the animals’ digestive systems diffuse some of the toxins. Also important: Buying a product with an “organic” label did not reduce the chances of getting a contaminated product. In fact, organic protein supplements had higher levels of heavy metals, on average, than nonorganic. “That probably has more to do with these products being plant-based than being organic,” says Callan.

How much protein do you need?

The lure of many of those dietary supplements is the promise of a protein boost, one that many people do not really need. Labeling for BSN Core Series Syntha-6 is ambiguous and could lead males to consume as many as eight scoops (four two-scoop servings) per day. That would deliver up to 176 grams of protein in the powder alone, plus another 33 grams when mixed with four 8-ounce glasses of nonfat milk.

When you add those 209 grams from the protein drinks to the average 82 grams most adults already get from their daily diet, according to federal data, a 150-pound nonathlete would consume 291 grams of protein, or about five times the amount needed. An athlete could get nearly double. Only one of the products we tested, Six Star Muscle Professional Strength Whey Protein, specifies a maximum intake, warning that consumers should not exceed six servings in a 24-hour period.

Others use vague language that could encourage a high level of consumption. For instance, labeling on BSN Lean Dessert and BSN Core Series Syntha-6 suggests an intake of one to four servings daily but then concludes, “or as needed to satisfy protein or body shaping/muscle building requirements.”

Andrew Shao, senior vice president of scientific and regulatory affairs at the Council for Responsible Nutrition, a supplement industry group, says there is no such thing as consuming too much protein, as long as you’re getting other nutrients in your diet as well. Not so, says Kathleen Laquale, a licensed nutritionist and certified athletic trainer.

“The body can only break down 5 to 9 grams of protein per hour, and any excess that is not burned for energy is converted to fat or excreted, so it’s a ridiculous waste to be recommending so much more than you really need,” she says. Roberta Anding, a clinical dietitian and director of sports nutrition at Baylor College of Medicine, agrees. And, she says, “If you ask the average consumer how much protein they need they have no clue.”

Anding says protein drinks might help vegans or some seniors. The American Dietetic Association says proteins could help athletes after strength and endurance training, although it says they haven’t been shown to improve athletic performance and should be used conservatively. The products can be costly. For example, we paid $45 for a 2-pound jar of MuscleTech Nitro-Tech Hardcore powder; it yields servings for about five days if you follow directions for maximum results. Consuming excess protein through supplements can cause health problems.

“Often I see clients who are getting plenty of protein in their diets and then drinking three protein shakes on top of that,” says Erin Palinski, a registered dietitian and certified personal trainer who has seen the ill effects. “Cutting back is one of the first pieces of advice I give them.” Among those she helped is Scott Baker, 24, of Hamburg, N.J., who found that when he was chugging down protein shakes to boost his total protein intake to more than 300 grams daily, he suffered from bouts of diarrhea.

That’s a side effect of too much protein, Palinski says. “When I began cutting down my use of shakes and trying to get most of my protein from whole foods instead,” Baker says, “those symptoms went away completely and I also began seeing better results from my workouts at the gym.” Although protein is needed for bone development, excessive protein intake over the long term might also cause calcium to be excreted from bones, increasing the risk of osteoporosis.

And for diabetics or others with kidney problems, it can lead to further complications. “There are a lot of people these days who are undiagnosed pre-diabetics who may not be aware their kidneys aren’t fully functional and they definitely should not be loading up on protein,” says Nancy Clark, an author and certified specialist in sports dietetics.

Athletes complain about protein-drink ingredients Protein powders have been under scrutiny before. In 2005, National Football League running back Michael Cloud filed a lawsuit against MuscleTech. He claimed that after he temporarily substituted MuscleTech Nitro-Tech powder for the protein powder he normally used, he tested positive for the banned steroid nandrolone, because of the presence of ingredients in Nitro-Tech that were not disclosed on the product’s label.

According to Cloud’s legal complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Rhode Island, an independent laboratory analysis of the Nitro-Tech powder he used revealed the undisclosed ingredients norandrostenedione and androstenediol, steroid precursors that would cause the positive test results. A similar complaint was filed by Olympic bobsledder Pavle Jovanovic.

Both cases were settled out of court. Jamie Moss, a spokeswoman for Iovate, the company behind Nitro-Tech and other MuscleTech dietary supplements, says, “At no time have banned substances been confirmed to be found in any Nitro-Tech branded product.” In the U.S., supplements aren’t generally required to undergo a pre-market review, as are prescription drugs; health claims are not assessed for validity; and a requirement that makers comply with good manufacturing practices is just being fully phased in as of June.

In Canada, supplements undergo pre-market testing. Consumers Union, the nonprofit publisher of Consumer Reports, believes that the FDA’s oversight under the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act is inadequate to ensure that protein drinks and other dietary supplements are consistently low in heavy metals and other contaminants. Legislation pending in Congress to strengthen the FDA’s oversight of food safety could incorporate language from another bill sponsored by Sens. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Byron Dorgan, D-N.D., to improve regulation of dietary supplements.

Those moves are steps in the right direction, but more must be done to ensure that those products are properly evaluated for safety and effectiveness before they are sold to consumers. “It is foolish to have these and other dietary supplements being sold with practically no regulation,” says David Carpenter, M.D., head of the Institute for Health and the Environment at the University at Albany.

Meeting your daily protein requirements through a balanced diet rather than supplements is best for both your health and your wallet. You can roughly calculate how many grams of protein you need daily by multiplying your body weight by 0.4. For athletes, a general rule of thumb is about 1 gram of protein per pound of body weight per day.

A sandwich with 3 ounces of chicken and an 8-ounce glass of whole milk provides about 40 grams of protein, which is more than half the 72 grams required by the average 180-pound person and most of the 48 grams required by someone weighing 120 pounds. According to federal health survey data, Americans get an average of 82 grams of protein per day from their diet.

You can find the protein content for a wide range of foods. Because foods can also be a source of exposure to cadmium or other heavy metals, you can find out the levels in many different types by viewing the Food and Drug Administration’s list. What’s in your protein drink Here are the average amounts of metals we found in three servings of these protein drinks.

The maximum limits for them in dietary supplements proposed by the U.S. Pharmacopeia are: arsenic (inorganic), 15 micrograms (µg) per day; cadmium, 5 µg; lead, 10 µg; mercury, 15 µg. Amounts at or exceeding those limits are in bold. Experts said three servings a day is common.

What’s in your protein drink

Here are the average amounts of metals we found in three servings of these protein drinks. The maximum limits for them in dietary supplements proposed by the U.S. Pharmacopeia are: arsenic (inorganic), 15 micrograms (µg) per day; cadmium, 5 µg; lead, 10 µg; mercury, 15 µg. Amounts at or exceeding those limits are in bold. Experts said three servings a day is common.

Product (powder unless otherwise indicated) Amount in 3 servings Protein (g/3 servings) Test results
Arsenic (µg/3 servings) Cadimum (µg/3 servings) Lead (µg/3 servings) Mercury (µg/3 servings)
BSN Core Series Lean Dessert Protein Shake Chocolate Fudge Pudding 105 g 63 3.3 3.7 2.5 0.3*
BSN Core Series Syntha-6 Ultra Chocolate MilkShake 132 g 66 4.2 2.6 5.4 1.1
Designer Whey 100% Whey Protein Chocolate 78g 54 3.9 1.6 2.4 0.9
EAS Myoplex Original Rich Dark Chocolate Shake (liquid) 1,500 mL 126 16.9 5.1*
GNC Lean Shake Chocolate 144 g 27 7.0 3.9 4.9
GNC Pro Performance AMP Amplified Wheybolic Extreme 60 Chocolate 237 g 180 5.4 2.5 2.5
Jillian Michaels Natural Whey Protein Vanilla Cream Shake 81g 45 1.9 1.2
Muscle Milk Chocolate 210 g 96 12.2 5.6 13.5 0.7*
Muscle Milk Nutritional Shake Chocolate (liquid) 990 mL 66 14.3 6.8
Muscle Milk Vanilla Crème 210 g 96 11.2 2.0 12.2
MuscleTech Nitro-Tech Hardcore Pro-Series Vanilla MilkShake 96 g 75 1.2 0.4* 0.9
Optimum Nutrition Gold Standard 100% Whey Extreme Milk Chocolate 96 g 72 2.5 1.7 1.0 0.2*
Optimum Nutrition Platinum Hydro Whey Velocity Vanilla 117 g 90 1.5
Six Star Muscle Professional Strength Whey Protein French Vanilla Cream 117 g 78 2.3
Solgar Whey to Go Whey Protein Powder Natural Vanilla Bean 60 g 48 0.6*

Clarification:(-) Element was not measurable in all samples tested.*In some samples of this product, this metal was below measurable levels and could be as low as zero. For those products, the average was calculated using zero as the value for samples in which metal could not be measured by the analytical method used.

The Worst and the Best

By Jesse Hirsch Last updated: March 12, 2018

In its analysis, the Clean Label Project assigned each product a score for four individual elements: heavy metals, pesticides, contaminants like BPA, and nutrition. Then it calculated an overall score.

The heavy metal levels accounted for 60 percent of the overall score because their effects have been shown in studies to pose greater harm to health. The five products that received the poorest overall scores in this test were: Garden of Life Organic Shake & Meal Replacement Chocolate Cacao Raw Organic Meal Nature’s Best Isopure Creamy Vanilla Zero Carb Quest Chocolate Milkshake Protein Powder 360Cut Performance Supplements 360PRO Whey Chocolate Silk Premium Whey Protein Vega Sport Plant-Based Vanilla Performance Protein Consumer Reports asked each of the five to comment on the study.

Only Garden of Life responded and it declined to comment. The five products that got the best overall scores were: Pure Protein Vanilla Cream 100% Whey Performix Pro Whey Sabor Vanilla Protein with Amino Beads BodyFortress Super Advanced Vanilla 100% Whey Protein BioChem Vanilla 100% Whey Protein Puori PW1 Vanilla Pure Whey Protein The fact that the higher-scoring products are made with whey makes sense, in keeping with Callan’s theories on plant-based vs.

whey-based proteins and their differing absorption of toxins. However, the vanilla aspect is more curious and possibly coincidental. Bowen has one possible theory, though: The cacao plants used to make the chocolate in some flavored supplements are susceptible to absorbing heavy metals. CR’s Akinleye says it would be very difficult to create a system where protein powders contained absolutely no trace of any heavy metals.

Given this goal, he says, you have to measure how each product stacks up against the others. “When you have a protein supplement that is very, very clean,” he says, “that proves, to the companies with high levels of heavy metals, that it is possible to do better.”

Do You Need Protein Powder?

Given the number of protein powders and drinks on store shelves, you might think that Americans are woefully deficient in this nutrient. However, the vast majority of people get plenty of protein from the foods they eat, says Maxine Siegel, R.D., who heads CR’s food testing lab. Protein products typically contain between 15 and 25 grams of protein per serving (although some do contain more).

By comparison, a 5-ounce container of plain, nonfat Greek yogurt has around 17 grams of protein, and 3.5 ounces of chicken breast has 31 grams. Protein needs range from 0.4 to 0.6 grams of protein per pound of weight a day (that would be 64 to 96 grams per day for a 160-pound person). “That’s not a difficult amount to get in your diet if you include natural sources of protein such as legumes, nuts, low-fat dairy, fish, and lean meats,” says Siegel.

“You’ll benefit not just from the protein itself, but from all the other nutrients found in whole foods.” So even though some protein supplements have lower contaminant levels than others, you probably don’t need to be taking them anyway, says Siegel. Additionally, supplements, in general, are only loosely regulated.

Though they fall under the purview of the Food and Drug Administration, the agency classifies them differently from drugs. The companies that make and sell them aren’t required to prove that they’re safe, that they work as advertised, or even that their packages contain what the labels say they do. As always, consult your physician before taking protein—or any dietary supplement.

Editor’s Note: An earlier version of this article mistakenly used the word “less-contaminated” in this sentence: “Buying a product with an ‘organic’ label did not reduce the chances of getting a contaminated product.” Also, a previous version of this article stated that a 160-pound person needs 64 and 112 grams of protein per day. The correct range is 64 to 96 grams.

Source:
2010: https://www.consumerreports.org/cro/2012/04/protein-drinks/index.htm
2018:https://www.consumerreports.org/dietary-supplements/heavy-metals-in-protein-supplements


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EARN OVER $100,000 SELLING CARS EVERY YEAR Book Review

Earn Over $100,000 Selling Cars – Every Year, by Joe Verde

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Selling cars offers more potential income and satisfaction than almost any other profession – if you do it right. If you are serious about becoming a pro in sales, read this book and get ready to earn over $100,000 selling cars – your very first year. – Joe

This Book is relied upon by managers and salespeople in the industry as a trusted resource to develop critical selling skills and habits. This book provides the key success skills and habits all salespeople have to develop to become high achievers by showing you how to program a thriving career in sales and repeat it month after month, year after year. Order your free softcover book (shipping rates apply), or download it for free today!

 

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Joe Verde is the President of Joe Verde Sales and Management Training, Inc., and is the leader in the automotive dealer, management and sales training worldwide. Joe Verde is the people’s choice, hands down, and is in constant demand to speak around the world to automotive groups, including speaking 25 times at the NADA Annual Convention.

Since 1985, Joe Verde Sales & Management Training, Inc. has focused on “Leadership First” with its exclusive formula for success, taught in its automotive retail sales and management workshops. Introduced in 2005, and now with over 18 million training chapters taken, the online Joe Verde Training Network® is a valuable tool used by dealers, managers, and salespeople so they can improve their sales, gross and SSI. JVTN® has become the most important in-house virtual training resource in the industry.

Joe Verde’s best-selling books include Top 7 Revenue & Profit Sources In Your Dealership, A Dealer’s Guide To Recovery And Growth, How To Sell A Car Today, Earn Over $100,000 Selling Cars, and Get Everything You Want In Sales – Goal Setting For Salespeople. Joe Verde develops leaders, teaching them how to build great selling organizations to sell more units, earn more net profit, satisfy every customer and retain customers for life, in every department of the dealership.

 

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Appearance:
Nice cover design, good paper, and printing quality.

I recently switched job and received this book from Jason (Finance Advisor) to read and improve my skills, I’d like to thank him for acknowledging my hard work and his generosity.

Content:
EARN OVER $100,000 SELLING CARS EVERY YEAR 6th Edition, is “non-fiction” book written for Automotive sales professionals by Joe Verde, which contents 16 chapters. the author began with who is this book for? anybody can learn to become a professional in sales, what will be the advantage of reading this book and also the goal and accomplishment in your sales career.

This Book Supposedly is an informative and knowledgeable book for beginners and/or professional Car salesmen who are trying to earn more in this industry, but unfortunately, it’s more like an advertising material for the author. He is running a big training company in automotive and sales industry and in each paragraph, he advertises JVTN®.

EARN OVER $100,000 SELLING CARS EVERY YEAR 6th Edition written in 186 pages, and the “JVTN®” was mentioned at least 112 times, in some chapters the author asks the audience if you want to learn more and improve your skills, you need to subscribe or purchase his online services/videos.

The author provided a lot of “great and helpful” reports about consumer behavior with no reference, which made the reports look fabricated or fake. there is a lot of great advice for newbies and professionals in the car sales industry, but the “JVTN®” made this book boring and trivial.

 

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  • How important was the price?
    Price was no more important back then than it is now. (It means nothing if you learn to sell). But learning how to drop the price and then learning how to hang in there and grind out a low gross deal was almost all I was ever taught about selling my first five years…• Our ads in the newspaper were always about how cheap we could sell a vehicle, never about the value of owning them.• Our showroom windows had huge banners or painted signs about how cheap all of our products were. My favorite was, “Pile ‘em Deep, Sell ‘em Cheap!”• We also had discounts marked on the windshield in white shoe polish to further remind our prospects that cheap was the most important message about our products and our dealership.

    • In case they missed the paper, didn’t see the banners and the windshield was clean, every vehicle had a red tag special hanging on the rear view mirror to remind them…we are cheap! Price ads are to draw a crowd… As bad as price advertising is, it does bring people into the dealership, so it works. But our managers never taught us how to move away from the price and back to selling value, once we had a customer. So we cheap-sold every vehicle and tried to grind out a low gross deal in those 5-hour negotiation marathons.

  • About 3-5 minutes. And remember, the goal with the unsold prospect is just to get a firm appointment that shows. You aren’t calling to educate them on pricing or product or to try to work a deal over the phone; the only goal is to set an appointment that shows. The worst follow-up call you can make is…
    “Hi Bob, this is Joe down at the dealership – have you guys given any more thought to getting a car?”
    Stop opening with that question unless you don’t mind hearing, “We decided to hold off a while.”With the VSA®, you have scripts in the system you can read until you master them, and training on JVTN® to continually improve sales. ®

 

  • Kitchen Table Budgets (KTB)
    On Payments: They’re paying $375 now because they put a little extra down last time. But they saw some prices in the paper for as low as $399 on the model they want (they avoided the fine print). But what the heck, why not try for that payment? If it doesn’t work, they figure they could spend $450, and if they had to, they could do $475. And if it really got down to it and they watered down the kid’s milk to save money, they could do $500, but that’s about it.

    • On Down Payments: They saw ads for zero down financing so they figure they’ll try that, too. And if it doesn’t work, they could put $500 down with no problem. If they needed to, they could come up with another $500 – and if they found a car they really liked, they’d be willing to hit the secret stash and put $1,500 down.

    On Their Trade: They saw one on the Internet like theirs for $9,000 but Bob figured theirs is much nicer so they’re hoping to get $10,500, but they’d take $9,000 if they had to. Then Bob looked up his car online and he couldn’t believe wholesale was only $7,800 – so they agreed they’d take that if they had to. And if it really got down to it, they want to trade so badly, they’d take $7,642.55, because that’s their payoff until the end of the month.• On Price: On your manufacturer’s site, the fully loaded one they want retails for $34,896. But they saw a local ad in the paper on one for $26,999. Sure, they know it’s an ad car, but they’ll plead insanity on pricing. They’d go $30,000 if they had to, and maybe $32,000 but they don’t want to spend much more than that.

 

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How to Build Self-Discipline to Exercise Review

How to Build Self-Discipline to Exercise: Practical Techniques and Strategies to Develop a Lifetime Habit of Exercise by Martin Meadows

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How to Build Self-Discipline to Exercise: Discover Proven Strategies to Finally Get in Shape and Exercise on a Regular Basis for the Rest of Your Life

Everywhere you go, you see gyms, videos, and books about exercise, advertising how they can help you get in shape fast and easy. You’ve probably even put some money down before, vowing that THIS was the year you’d get in shape, lose that extra weight, and become the energetic person you know is hiding inside you. Unfortunately, life happens, and you fall into the habit of “I’ll start tomorrow.”

Your motivation drops, and your self-discipline fails to push you through to achieve your goals. You begin to make excuses: you’ll be really sore after working out, it’s been too long since you’ve last exercised, you don’t have willpower, your friends and family tell you to be happy with how you are, you think you’re too weak, inflexible or otherwise unfit for exercise, and many more. There was that one time you started a program, but you couldn’t keep up with the weekly or monthly goals, so you got frustrated and gave up.

All of that has added up to make you think you’re incapable of starting and continuing an exercise program. You’re afraid you aren’t mentally or physically strong enough, but still hold out the hope that someday a magic pill will change all that.

The magic exists today, but it’s not as easy or fast as swallowing a pill. However, it can be simple and enjoyable. How to Build Self-Discipline to Exercise is a concise, practical guidebook on how to introduce and keep exercise in your life. Inside, you’ll learn:

– why the most common type of motivation people use to exercise is usually ineffective (and which types of motivation are much stronger)

– the wrong “P” that will lead you to giving up when you face obstacles

– how to overcome procrastination and finally start exercising – including a slightly uncomfortable trick that will ensure you’ll get plenty of exercise

– how to find time to exercise despite a hectic schedule (and surprising math that shows you actually lose time when you don’t make time for exercise)

– practical tricks and tips to stay motivated forever, even when you encounter obstacles

– how to enjoy exercise while still getting the most powerful benefits of it (hint: if your workout involves “work,” it’s not a good workout)

– how to prevent injuries, improve recovery, and handle the inevitable muscle soreness so you stick to exercise even if your body acts against you

– how to deal with other people, wrong expectations, and negativity (from both your surroundings and yourself in the form of self-criticism or self-doubt)

When put together and acted upon, the six chapters in this book – supported by over 80 references to scientific studies and credible experts – will help you form a new habit and make one of the most important changes you’ll ever make in your life.

Purchase the book now and let’s embark on the journey to learn how.

About the author:

Martin Meadows is a bestselling personal development author, writing about self-discipline and its transformative power to help you become successful and live a more fulfilling life. With a straight-to-the point approach, he’s passionate about sharing tips, habits and resources for self-improvement through a combination of science-backed research and personal experience.

Embracing self-control helped Martin overcome extreme shyness, build successful businesses, learn multiple languages, become a bestselling author, and more. As a lifelong learner, he enjoys exploring the limits of his comfort zone through often extreme experiments and adventures involving various sports and wild or exotic places.

Martin uses a pen name. It helps him focus on serving the readers through writing, without the distractions of seeking recognition. He doesn’t believe in branding himself as an infallible expert (which he is not), opting instead to offer suggestions and solutions as a fellow personal growth experimenter, with all of the associated failures and successes.

 

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Don’t Dare to Dream by Dan Friedman Review

Don’t Dare to Dream by Dan Friedman Review

 

About the Book:


Don’t Dare to Dream is Dan Friedman’s debut crime thriller. If you like gripping suspense, twists and turns, and unpredictable characters – you’ll love Dan Friedman’s thrilling ride.

Description: A successful million-dollar startup is David Pascal’s dream. But some people would kill to get a piece of it. David didn’t want much: a successful startup, a wife, and a family. But a series of bad encounters, partnerships, and a failed relationship drove him to attempt suicide.

Rick, a good-looking life coach desperate to become the next Tony Robbins, moves in next door and offers to help David get back on his feet, in exchange for help developing a new app.

Rick’s wife Angela, a beautiful psychology student haunted by her past, becomes David’s best friend. But he can’t help falling in love with her—which might hurt his relationship with Rick. An investor pays them millions—but some people would murder for that much money.

After it disappears, David’s world shatters as he races to stay alive and find the money—before it’s too late. Even the FBI can’t tell David who to trust, or who wants him dead.

 

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Reality Inspector by John Caris Review and Summary

Reality Inspector by John Caris Review and Summary

 

About The Book:


An early, perhaps the first, computer-hacking novel
A world championship chess match is the backdrop for this intriguing science fiction detective story. The main computer of the Federal Reserve is being tampered with by a sinister power, and the results could wreak havoc with the fiscal policy, causing the U.S. economy to fragment into pieces.

Actual chess games are used, and they act as launching pads for journeys into strange and challenging worlds. The mind has the power to project itself and to manipulate its environment. It has the power to shape external reality according to its inner reality. And when powerful minds become engaged in combat, a mighty and fierce struggle ensues.

The outcome of a chess game can be explained in several ways: chance blunders on one side or sharp playing on the other side. Or some kind of mind power influencing the players. It is a difficult idea to accept. The book includes 24 chess diagrams and an appendix with 17 master chess games.

 

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” A delight and a challenge … very recommended.” –New York Tribune

“A gifted writer.” –Slidell Daily News

“A new ageclassic.” –Better Lives for a Better World

 

About The Author:


John Caris Having been a Humanities and English college teacher for thirty-six years, I now manage Ye Olde Consciousness Shoppe which presents ideas about transforming consciousness and reaching a higher level of reality. The website has information about my three books: “Hermes Beckons”, a tale of alchemy and magic, is the most recent publication.

The earlier books are “Foundation for a New Consciousness: An Essay on Art, Science, and Meditation“, and “Reality Inspector”, a novel set in San Francisco involving a world championship chess match and computer hacking at the Federal Reserve Bank.
Education is the foundation for my life’s journey, and so I have followed that path, both as a profession and as a means of personal fulfillment. A student and teacher and writer, I have spent many years inspecting the doings and makings of us human beings.
In pursuit of knowledge, I began studying philosophy, religion, psychology, and literature.
Before long I realized that these categories set false barriers, and so I reshaped my quest for understanding by inspecting the arts and sciences and then extending the search to all human activities, following two main threads: who are we (essence or identity) and why are we here (existence)? The human spirit is expressed in everything that we do. Though cultures can be distinguished by their differences, underneath flows the human soul.
Each culture, then, is one facet reflecting the soul’s myriad possibilities. For good or evil, the human spirit is capable of dancing to the cosmic rhythms of life, death, and regeneration. The human world is a miniature of the universe, and if we look carefully, we see the microcosm-macrocosm link.

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Content:

Did You Know: (Book Articles)


  • Chapter 3 Copyright © 1982 John Caris

Five p.m. and government employees were beginning to leave the Mint. Perched upon a rocky base, the Mint appeared like a mountain fortress or temple, especially when viewed from Market Street.

But its entrance was at the top of the hill on Hermann Street–133 Hermann to be exact. John Ocean parked his car in front of the entrance. The first thing that he noticed when he approached the building was a large sign that stated “U.S. Government Property, No Trespassing.” The sign stood above a low, stone wall, which was broken by a sidewalk leading to the entrance. The sidewalk, however, had been barred by an immovable gate. Glancing to his right, he noticed a driveway and a guardhouse.

As he walked up to the guardhouse, a security guard stepped from the small building. After John told him that he had an appointment with Mr. Acorn, he waited while the guard phoned in a clearance check. When the guard waved approval, he walked to the entrance. The security system was certainly working, at least at this point.

A strange feeling caught John as he entered the Mint. Somewhere down below him was ZAC. Hidden from public eyes deep in its tomb, ZAC communicated with other computers throughout the U.S. and perhaps the world. Yet an outside power was now infiltrating ZAC; its closed system was leaking. He stood in the lobby and glanced about.

A security guard came up to him and, after verifying his identity, ushered him into the office of Mr. Acorn, who then escorted him to room 103 where he was given an ID. They took a special elevator, which had only one stop, down to the lowest level. Several people were waiting as the door opened; the day shift was leaving. John looked through the glass walls into ZAC’s living room. The night shift was already on the job; human figures seemed to flow past the glass walls.

Opposite the door was a security post; two guards watched not only the people behind the glass wall but also those who were entering or leaving. John put his ID into a slot in the turnstile and waited until the gate opened and the ID popped out. Mr. Acorn followed him into the room. The sounds and lights were impressive, at least for a first visit. But it was not quite like his image, which was perhaps too science fictionish. He immersed himself in this light-sound environment during Mr. Acorn’s instructive tour.

One part of his mind was filing away the data that Mr. Acorn was telling him, but his conscious part was experiencing the new location. What were the vibes? Where were the negative and positive places? He sensed a quality of turmoil around the computer printout and keyboard terminal. Oh, yes, Mr. Acorn was saying good night. And what were the names of the three attendants? Well, no worry; he would remember when necessary.

Taking a chair, he placed it in a spot which had good feelings. The room, about forty feet long, was rectangular. The chair was placed about ten feet from one end and halfway from each side. He sat down on the chair. Relaxing his body, he focused on some moving tapes ten feet away. Could he count the number of revolutions per second as da Vinci had counted the flutterings of a bird’s wing? His senses were focused on the room’s presence. He tasted it, smelled it, touched it.

A tangy and slightly pungent flavor, he thought. The turmoil around the printout and keyboard terminal was only the impression left by different attendants, like superimposing several voice prints.

 

  • Chapter 11 Copyright © 1982 John Caris

In the day’s mail John had received the fourth clue. Or was it a threat? The envelope had contained only a copy of M.C. Escher’s lithograph Dragon. In what way the picture was a threat, John was uncertain. It was obviously a clue, though. He remembered the advice that ZAC had given him. He could add and divide. The dragon was a unity, yet it appeared to turn itself inside out. Escher was known for his visual tricks.

The clue was purely non-verbal; it had no written message to assist interpretation. He replayed the clues in his mind: a message about his death, a pawn passed away, a choice between a box and a bag, and now a dragon turning itself inside out. If this new clue were a threat, then the dragon symbolized potential death. But, he thought, that was a very roundabout way of threatening him. So far, his life had not been threatened directly.

There were only the anonymous mailings. His opponent only wanted him to be afraid, to succumb to fear; but, then, he was not close to a solution. True, he and ZAC were communicating quite well, yet the problem remained that ZAC was ignorant of the alien program’s presence until it was told, so John would have to rely on other means.

Perhaps, he could use the clues and find the thread leading back to his opponent. He looked through the window out onto his garden. The hollyhocks were about three feet tall; tiny buds were forming on the stems. After the ladybugs had arrived a week ago and had begun their feast, few aphids were now to be found. The ladybugs, though, had attracted many birds, which sat upon the telephone lines waiting for their chance. Nature was like that, he thought, an endless cycle, one creature feeding upon another. He puffed on his pipe, watching the fog drift down Ocean Avenue.

The alien program was feeding upon ZAC while his opponent was probably feasting off the increasing interest rate. Escher’s dragon also suggested an endless cycle. Both cycle and spiral were important symbols in many societies. Hindu religion was based upon the idea of an eternal cycle of life and death, and so Buddha came to show the way out of that cycle. Western science with its big bang theory assumed a cycle of expansion and contraction for the universe.

The spiral was a form frequently found in nature; it was based upon the mathematics of phi, the golden proportion. John laughed to himself: now I’m back to ZAC, but have I advanced to a higher level of understanding? Can I use these clues to construct a model of my opponent’s thinking? What kind of a mind would send me such threats? Understanding my opponent’s consciousness will help me, for then I will have a better idea about the design of the alien program and its recycling process.

Fog was gently spreading over his garden, and he was certain that the ladybugs were now hidden in their sleeping quarters. He looked at the clock on the desk; it was time to walk over to the Rainbow Inn for some food and for the evening’s chess game. Unlike ladybugs, human beings often fed after sundown. Upon entering the Rainbow Inn, he looked about and saw Hank and Od at their usual table. John joined them after leaving with Helen his order of a glass of pinot noire and a Rainbow sandwich. Tonight was the tenth game of the match.

The champion had won the eighth game while the ninth was a draw, so he now led 3 to 2. Sam was playing white again tonight, but Mary was ready for him. She planned to show him how a queen could really be used. On the last move of game eight Sam had offered her his queen, and she had resigned. As the championship match moved closer to the magic number of six wins, excitement increased. The Inn was packed as always, but a new subtle tension permeated the audience.

John felt it as soon as he had entered the Inn. He noticed that Od was quieter than usual–quiet but not necessarily calm. Od’s sharp features seemed to radiate an electric charge. Even Hank’s normal calmness contained a new ingredient. What was it, he wondered? Perhaps, it had something to do with the strange winds that had blown into the Bay Area the past week. The TV screen showed Mary and Sam sitting across from each other. Then the champion moved a piece, and the game was underway.

He opened with P-K4 (e4), and she answered with P-K4 (e5). The first five moves were conventional enough, and then he devised a trap by taking her king pawn with his knight. But she skirted the trap by reinforcing her king file. On move twelve the champion created another potential trap; that was how Od saw it. Hank disagreed; he thought it was a weakness. He was saying, “Mary has a win if she can see it. Sam has made a monstrous hole at Q3 (d3).”

 

  • Chapter 21 Copyright © 1982 John Caris

The late afternoon sun streamed through a pair of French doors in the living room of Dr. Glove’s small cottage. John, sitting in an oversized, leather chair, gave the tastefully decorated room a careful appraisal. He tuned his sensitivity to the house’s presence; he hoped to discover new data about his opponent.

The feelings he sensed were those of contentedness and wealth. Mixed with them was the sharp flavor of a domineering ego that would brook no opposition. He felt forewarned and now knew that he was involved in the end game struggle. He looked across the room at Dr. Glove, who was relaxing on a chaise lounge.

The driver turned butler was serving wine. John filled his pipe with some tobacco and lit it. His opponent had the initiative, so he must wait for the proper moment. Glove was recounting the threats he had sent. The first, of course, was a statement of John’s condition. The passed pawn meant that the reality inspector was a pawn in someone’s game and that he would be sacrificed.

The box and bag–and here Glove chuckled ghoulishly–were two ways to bury a body, either in a coffin or in a bag. The two shots were direct and physical–no idleness there. The shots followed by the recorded voice escalated the situation to a breaking point. So Glove had taken the only alternative left–a private talk with the reality inspector. The portly man toasted his glass and took a sip.

“Now, Mr. Ocean, will you accept my offer. I can use your talents.” John puffed on his pipe while his mind calculated quickly: If I don’t accept, I’m dead. If I do accept, I still may be killed. How could Glove ever really trust me? “Well, Mr. Ocean?” Glove’s face was slowly becoming rigid. He remembered Escher’s dragon.

If Glove did not send it, then who did? In his mind’s eye he saw Od’s smiling face. Of course, Od was the only one who would. The picture was meant as a helpful hint. He should be able to turn inside out, like the dragon. And after his experiences with Hank he knew he could do that. “No. I don’t accept your offer,” he answered firmly.

Glove’s face hardened and burnt. Then it relaxed into a calm smile. He nodded to the bodyguard, who pulled out his gun. John knew that he was in trouble, so he fainted. His double left him; it flew across the room and smote Glove and the bodyguard on the forehead. When his double returned, John gained consciousness. He got up and walked over to the two bodies. They were still breathing. He picked up the handgun and retrieved the car keys from the bodyguard.

He left the house and walked over to the car. Something caught his attention. Stopping, he looked across the lawn to a line of trees. A golden moon was rising; it was shaped like Escher’s dragon. Fascinated by the strangeness, he focused on the image; then, throwing away the car keys and handgun, he stepped off into the golden light.

 

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God An Autobiography as told to a philosopher by Jerry L. Martin

God An Autobiography as told to a philosopher by Jerry L. Martin


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The voice announced, “I am God.” For Jerry Martin, that encounter began a personal, intellectual, and spiritual adventure. He had not believed in God. He was a philosopher, trained to be skeptical— to doubt everything. So his first question was: Is this really God talking?

There were other urgent questions: What will my wife think?

Why would God want to talk to me?

Does God want me to do something?

He began asking all the questions about life and death and ultimate things to which he—and all of us—have sought answers: Love and loss. Happiness and suffering. Good and evil. Death and the afterlife. The world’s religions.

The ways God communicates with us. How to live in harmony with God. God: An Autobiography tells the story of these mind-opening conversations with God.

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Jerry L. Martin was raised in a Christian home. By the time he left college, he was not a believer. But he was interested in the big questions and so he studied the great thinkers. He became a philosophy professor and served as head of the philosophy department at the University of Colorado at Boulder and of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

In addition to scholarly articles on epistemology, the philosophy of mind, and public policy, he wrote reports on education that received national attention and was invited to testify before Congress. He stepped down from that career to write this book. Martin lives in Pennsylvania and is married to Abigail L. Rosenthal, professor emerita at Brooklyn College of the City University of New York.

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How To Write a Simple Book Review by Allyson R. Abbott

How To Write a Simple Book Review: It’s easier than you think! by Allyson R. Abbott

 

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Pinnacle Award Winning Book. ‘Best Book in ‘How To’ Category 2016 5 Star award Winning Seal from Readers’ Favorite. How to Write a Simple Book Review; it’s easier than you think. By International Bestselling British Author Allyson R. Abbott

Have you ever wondered how to write a book review? Where to begin or how long it needs to be?
Has it ever occurred to you that even negative reviews may be helpful to authors?
Are there different types of reviews? Where can you get tips for reviewing a book? Do you wish writing a review was easy?

With this book it is. Sharing your opinion with people who want to hear it is fun. Your reviews help fellow readers find out if a book is worth their time and money. Authors appreciate the recognition of a review, no matter how long, and the insight of a review can show them where they need to improve. ‘Writing a Simple Book Review; it’s easier than you think!’ holds these answers and more. You can start writing book reviews today; even if it is only a few words.

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“What Abbott does is teach you…yes, she teaches you to write a one-word review and proceed on to another word, a sentence, and then another sentence…until you have a full paragraph! Let’s face it, no matter what you, the reader, is interested in, there is going to be a book about it to enjoy or learn from. Why not take a few minutes to thank the writer of that book as soon as you have finished reading.” Glenda Amazon Reviewer January 30, 2016

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“How to Write a Simple Book Review is a wonderful, concise book to do just that, write a book review, for beginners or those wanting to improve their review skills. The book has formal, semi-formal, and informal guidelines. Templates are great! Star guidelines and how to vary it to suit yourself. Lots of tips and techniques. Lists of reviewer links and pages to encourage interaction. I thought it was a great book!” Kindle Customer December 31, 2015

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Abbott’s book about providing book reviews motivated me to write this first Amazon book review. So mission accomplished! I rely heavily on book reviews to decide which books to invest my time due to a year 2016 resolution to not waste unnecessary time on books that I dislike. Therefore, writing book reviews is my way of paying the favour forward.

I love that Abbott invested a great proportion of the book on reassuring that there is no fixed format for books. The persuasion is extremely subtle and plods the reader along in a non-intrusive manner. However, for those readers who require further structure, she highlights further discrepancies between the different types of reviews (literary criticism, book report and book review). Further guidelines and template act as further handholds to ease the newbies into the role.

Naturally, I recommend this to all readers who are beginners to reviewing books. However, it might not be suitable for more experienced reviewers who are looking for something to distinguish their reviews from others. Bubbsykat August 1, 2016

 

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Thank you for buying my book and reading as far as this. As I am fairly new at being an author, I am always humbled when someone reads my words. Every book I write takes many hours and days to put it together, and get it to the publishing stage.

I still get a thrill when I see my books on Amazon and other eBook stores. It was only after publishing my second romance book that I realised, although I was building a following for my books, those readers were not leaving reviews.

It took me until after my third book to realise that reviews are the most important factor in an author’s success, providing crucial feedback, helping with sales and increasing exposure. I talked to friends and family and asked a lot of other people who read lots of books, if they left reviews when they had finished a book, as well as, if they understood the difference between an Indie Author and a Contracted Author.

I was shocked to find that I was the only person within my circle of friends and family that left reviews. The most common answer was ‘I have no idea where to start’ and I was very surprise to discover that most had little, or no idea about the Indie Author movement, even though they knew I wrote books and am an independent author.

I have to admit that, as I travel a lot, it was not something we sat down at the table to discuss, but I realised that there must also be a lot more people out there who do not know how to write a review or understand the importance of reviews for authors. I certainly didn’t until I became an author. So, to help put a tiny bit of the ‘world to rights’, where I can, I dedicated some hours, days and weeks to write and publish this book.

It is only my opinion and it is not a bible for review writing, but it may just help or encourage more readers to write reviews and therefore help authors to develop and gain a presence in a very competitive area. I am happy to discuss this, or any of my other books, or answer questions. Please feel free to contact me.

 

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Allyson R. Abbott  #1 Best-selling British Author (fiction and non-fiction) A Blooming Boomer who loves life on the road, making new friends and meeting great people. Life in the slow lane!

After a few full-on years of traveling, which included a year and a half checking out New Zealand, a few Pacific islands, Australia and South Africa, 15months driving around the USA in a motorhome, some quick few weeks visit to Canada, Mexico, Cuba and Spain, we have now decided to pull over onto the hard shoulder for a year and have settled on the Valencian Province in Spain. Life is rich, but the pocket is empty and I need time to focus on my writing for a while. It is very easy to get distracted when you see so many beautiful places.

One of the most common questions I get asked is, which country or place did you like the most? A very difficult question to answer as each country or state for that matter, has something to offer. I loved New Zealand for its beauty and the friendliness of its people, South Africa for its richness of colour and history, and in the USA Montana and Arizona for their scenery, Florida for its beaches, Louisiana for its diversity, but I could go on forever.

My writing career started halfway around the USA, when I realised for the first time in my life I had time on my hand to write a book. I hope to use some of my experiences within my books; you will find a bit of Fiji in Goodbye, Hello and I am now planning a book three in the Abby and Ed Series to send them on adventures to visit the same places.

Apart from my non-fiction book; How to Write a Simple Book Review, all my other books are about women over the age of forty. I can’t help but add humour, because we laugh in life and I try to make my books about people who we can all relate to. I do hope you enjoy them.

I expect that after a few months in Spain I will start to get itchy feet. There are still so many countries I want to visit, before my husband and I get too old to enjoy them. So you never know I may bump into you in Thailand, Sri Lanka, Italy or even the USA as there is still so much to see there.

Enjoying life while I can, best regards Allyson.  AllysonRAbbott.com AllysonRAbbott.blogspot.com

 

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A notebook size book, with good quality of paper and printing.

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I Have borrowed the book from my local library, I was so anxious to read it since the title is about writing book reviews.
Write a Simple Book Review, is written by Allyson Abbott a British book lover and an author. She began her book with an acknowledgment and thank you note to indie authors who share their information and support their competitors for free (??)

Then an introduction which began with a quote from Isaac Asimov that divides all authors into 2 groups, which hurt by bad reviews either visibly or secretly. it follows with an irrelevant helpful information of Amazon products.

The Author continues with her past and says how eager she was to pass on the knowledge she’s received from a book or the book itself to her friends or a family member, then asking them to share their thoughts with her.

She explains the importance and the effect of Amazon in Book (publication) industry and review programs, emphasizing that Amazon was the founder of Review Writing culture in the new world. since the author is British, sometimes she used Pound which is a British Currency and sometimes US Dollar which I found unprofessional.

Once She admitted that she is not a review writing expert, sometimes she doesn’t write reviews because it may sound silly, that being said, she encourages everyone to write reviews as you have not to be an expert to write your opinion or thoughts about a book or product, that helps you to learn the art of telling the good, the bad and the ugly in 200 to 300 words. she also has covered the importance of review writing for authors, the length of review along with the difference between Book Reviews and Book Report.

Section 4: Tips on How to Write a Review

In this section, the author gives the audience a couple of different review samples including some helpful charts which will get you to start writing reviews about the books that you hate or you loved the most. in the end, she introduces some references and book blogs to her readers, I hope that 3ee.info be one of her blogs in her next publications and Book Review Blog List.

I didn’t find a direct connection between the title of the book and the context, but there’s helpful information such as:

Top reviewer on Amazon, How to become Amazon Book and Product Reviewer?, Amazon Review Policy, The importance of review to authors and how it generates sales?, Amazon Review Ranking System and so on.

 

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How to Get Hired: An Insider’s Guide to Applications, Interviews and Getting the Job of Your Dreams by Michael A. Harrison

 

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How to Get Hired, An Insider’s Guide to Applications, Interviews and Getting the Job of Your Dreams is available now!

Are you ready for your next career move but want to get ahead of the competition? Most people watch others climb the career ladder and assume they must possess a natural talent that only a lucky few are blessed with. The truth is that the skills needed to get ahead of 99% of other candidates can be learned, and with practice can transform anyone’s chances of securing the job of their dreams.

Whether you are looking for your first job or searching for your next board level position, this step-by-step guide will teach you:

  • How to identify the right jobs for you

  • How to understand the basic documents that are used in the recruitment process

  • How to write applications, CVs and cover letters

  • How to prepare yourself ahead of an interview

  • How to anticipate what questions you will be asked at interview so you can prepare answer in advance

  • How to develop and deliver presentations at interview

  • How to read the verbal and non-verbal cues common in interviews

  • How to negotiate and accept a job offer

  • How to receive post interview feedback

 

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Michael A. Harrison is a manager and director who has worked both in the UK and USA. He has significant experience of recruiting staff across a broad range of job roles and levels. While studying for his MBA, Michael learned the essential skills needed to navigate the recruitment process successfully and has been developing and sharing these skills ever since.

Michael A. Harrison originally trained and worked as a pharmacist, before moving into management after completing his MBA in Boston, Massachusetts. He now works as a director, sitting on the board of two companies, and spends his spare time writing and supporting job seekers to navigate the recruitment process. He lives with his family near Cambridge, UK. His website www.howtogethired.co.uk is dedicated to helping people to gain the essential skills needed to find their next job.

 

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When’s Happy Hour book by Betches Review by 3ee.info

When’s Happy Hour?: Work Hard So You Can Hardly Work

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When’s Happy Hour book by Betches Review by 3ee.info. The New York Times bestselling authors of I Had a Nice Time and Other Lies and Nice Is Just a Place in France are back with a guide on how to thrive professionally, get ahead in the workforce, and basically become the Beyonce of whatever you aspire to do.

We get it. You run sh*t. You can go from being blackout at drunk brunch to being ready to meet your new boyfriend’s parents in two seconds. But how do you go from being the boss of your personal life to taking charge of your career? That’s where the Betches come in.

We are dedicated to making you the most successful, betchiest career woman you can be. After all, we only became Betches after we worked like, really hard. And now we’re confident enough to help you become the best. You’re welcome. You can thank us later. As New York Times, bestselling author Jessica Knoll says, ”I only ever want the cold, hard truth from a betch.”

So whether you’re trying to become a CEO, navigate an office hookup, or just save enough money to go to happy hour twice a week, we’re here to help. It’s time to channel your inner Elle Woods, Miranda Priestly, and Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Per our last email, you better read this.

 

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Praise for When’s Happy Hour?

“With their new book, the Betches have embraced two of my favorite things: feminism and getting shit done. Their advice for succeeding in your career is profane and practical, high on straight-talk and low on bullshit. From one betch to another—highly recommended.”

(Sarah Knight, New York Times bestselling author of Get Your Sh*t Together)

“Everybody should buy this book! I don’t even understand what these Betches do, but they’re making a fortune doing it!!!”  (Kelly Ripa, host of Live with Kelly and Ryan)

“Here are the secrets you need to know to replace that boss you can’t stand, and be somebody else’s boss that they can’t stand.” (Claudia Oshry, @GirlWithNoJob)

“There’s no guarantee that reading this book will make you successful, but if it doesn’t, you’ll at least definitely know – it’s not them, it’s you.” (Michelle Wolf, host of The Break with Michelle Wolf)

“Do not even think about taking over the world until you’ve read this book.”  (Whitney Cummings, author of I’m Fine… and Other Lies)

“If you’ve ever found yourself crying in a bathroom stall at your corporate job, or wondering who the magical unicorns are that actually know what the F they want to do with their lives, this book is for you. When’s Happy Hour? is a hilarious, strategic, and practical guide to getting your life together and taking pride in your career path.

The Betches will teach you how to confidently ask for a promotion, decode email lingo, and realize why it’s imperative that you do not get blasted at a company party and accidentally hook up with the IT guy. Pour a skinny marg, dive in, and get ready to be the #BossBetch you’ve always dreamed of being.”

(Cara Alwill Leyba, author of Girl Code and Like She Owns the Place)

Whens Happy Hour? is both candid and hilarious and offers insightful advice for anyone who is reevaluating their work and pursuing their true calling. It walks women through every aspect of the workforce from crafting a resume to furthering your career once you nail down the position you want. A must-read for women everywhere!” (Lori Harder, author of A Tribe Called Bliss)

“You can’t stop these Betches! When’s Happy Hour? delivers a strong dose of humor while also sharing real world insight on how to thrive professionally. The perfect mix of LOL meme worthy moments and profound truths makes for a must read for any lady grinding it out.”

(Jaclyn Johnson, CEO & Founder of Create & Cultivate and Author of WorkParty)

“Jordana, Samantha, and Aleen founded a wildly successful company before they even graduated college—seven years later, they’re sharing how they did it. WHEN’S HAPPY HOUR? should be required reading for any woman who wants to blaze her own path in life, create wealth, and find true and lasting passion in her work.”  (Jessica Knoll, New York Times bestselling author of Luckiest Girl Alive and The Favorite Sister)

Praise for I Had A Nice Time And Other Lies…

“Guys are a nightmare. Dating is a nightmare. I’m a nightmare. But this book makes sense of it all, which is all I could ask of a romance novel. This was a romance novel right?” (Babe Walker, New York Times bestselling author of PSYCHOS: A White Girl Problems Book)

 

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WorkParty: How to Create & Cultivate the Career of Your Dreams

WorkParty How to Create & Cultivate the Career of Your Dreams by Jaclyn Johnson, Review

 

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WorkParty How to Create & Cultivate the Career of Your Dreams, First, we leaned in. Now we stand up.

Jaclyn Johnson—the founder and CEO behind Create & Cultivate, the fastest growing online platform and conference for millennial women in business— offers a rallying cry for a new generation of women who are redefining the meaning of work on their own terms:

WorkParty. Women, who want it all and more, and guess what? They can have it.

Jaclyn suffered a massive blow in her early twenties. She was on an upward career climb and confidently moved across the country for a job—and then, was abruptly let go. Attempting to turn that closed door into an open window, she launched a company with a trusted business partner. Soon after, she discovered said business partner had made detrimental decisions to the company without her knowledge. Before she knew it, she was in the throes of a brutal business partner break up. She was only twenty-four.

Determined to bounce back, Jaclyn overhauled the mess that was her life and by the time she was in her early thirties, she had sold a company and launched the much-buzzed about Create & Cultivate platform—and advised and invested in multiple million-dollar projects at the same time. So, how did she do it?

In WorkParty, Jaclyn shows how she turned distrust into determination, frustration into fuel, and heartache into hard work—and how you can, too.

With stories from leading female entrepreneurs including Christene Barberich (co-founder of Refinery29), Alli Webb, (creator of Drybar), Morgan Debaun (founder of Blavity), Jen Gotch of Ban.do, Rebecca Minkoff, and Kendra Scott, you will learn the tips and tricks from the best in the business while cultivating the passion and happiness you need to succeed. By embracing failure and reconciling your femininity with being a boss, you’ll join the movement that is WorkParty—and have fun along the way.

 

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“In WorkParty, Jaclyn Johnson generously shares the secrets to her success: be nice, take risks, and work your butt off. Whether you’re looking to turn your side hustle into your main gig or thrive in your corporate job, this is the book you need to take your career to the next level — on your own terms.”
(Refinery29)

“WorkParty hilariously and oftentimes heartbreakingly captures the real struggles of being a risk-taking woman in the modern world. It’s a much-needed combo of real talk, confessions and lessons learned along the way— it’s sure to leave you ready to tackle, or give a middle-finger, to any obstacle in your way.”
(Chelsea Handler)

WorkParty is a must read for any woman looking to cultivate her passion, build her business and create the life she has always wanted, on her own terms.”
(Rebecca Minkoff)

 

About The Author:


Jaclyn Johnson is the CEO of online platform and offline conference, Create & Cultivate, the fastest growing conference for millennial women seeking inspiration, advice, and information on how to build the career of their dreams.

The conference hosts talent such as Issa Rae, Mandy Moore, Gloria Steinem, Chelsea Handler, Meghan Markle, Jessica Alba, Rachel Zoe, Nicole Richie, and more. Jaclyn has been named to Forbes 30 Under 30 for Marketing and Advertising, a “Self-Made Woman” by LA Times, and A Woman of Note by The Wall Street Journal among other accolades.

 

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Expecting the Good Book by Brigitte Cutshall Review

Expecting the Good Book by Brigitte Cutshall, Review
Inspiration from a Badass with a Big Heart

 

About The Book:


This book is a tribute to Jean-Luc Nash, a badass with a big heart. He was a West Point graduate, Army Ranger, Special Forces Officer, 82nd Airborne Commander, and Defense Attache.

What people like Jean-Luc Nash do is essential to protecting our country. This allows people like you and me to create, write, pursue our interests – whatever they are – and have the opportunity to make something of ourselves. Jean-Luc made a positive impact by being a great role model for our country, his community, and his family.

He inspired us all to improve ourselves, not be afraid to try new things, explore, and have the courage to do what is right at any given moment.

 

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The book arrived today, and Harry and I are passing it back and forth, reading snippets. I cannot read it without big tears streaming down my cheeks. Having lost my dad recently, it hit me twice as hard. After my own dad, Jean-Luc was just the greatest man I ever met.

–Ginny Shaw

 

About The Author:


Brigitte Cutshall is a Media Solutions Consultant and Health Advocate. She was inspired by her stepfather, Jean-Luc Nash, who had an appreciation for life by seeing and experiencing its frailty. Brigitte is also the author of Real Things: 6 Ways to Embrace Life.

Brigitte (Anderson) Cutshall is the founder of Gemini Media, Inc. a Media Solutions Consultant and Health Advocate. She has been diagnosed with breast cancer twice and living with a benign brain tumor. One of her doctor’s told her she was a zebra among horses…she’ll take that as a compliment. After dealing with cancer, she became interested in how diet and overall lifestyle affects your well-being.

Brigitte was raised in a military family; born in Fort Knox; grew up in Columbus, GA (near Fort Benning) and lives in metro-Atlanta. She is a dog lover, an avid reader, enjoys cooking, trail running, and the outdoors. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin and received her Bachelor’s degree in Marketing and Economics.

“The capacity for hope is the most significant fact of life. It provides us with a sense of destination and the energy to get started.”

Being diagnosed with breast cancer twice (8 years apart) and then a rare primary brain tumor in between was the motivation to develop her blog. brigittecutshall.com

All the medical advancements are remarkable and have helped so many people such as myself. The continued research keeps updating our knowledge. There is not a single solution to being “healthy” and personalized care is the future.

We need to also take an integrative and common sense approach to our health and well being. I want to encourage and inspire others to be more engaged and thoughtful about their health. Don’t take it for granted.

One of my goals is to motivate (and remind) others to embrace life now by focusing on what’s important to you. Everybody is dealing with something, and having the right perspective helps you deal with those challenges. Mine happened to be cancer and a brain tumor.

A lot of research was done to better understand how everything is connected and the people I have met along the way are amazing.

My sense of humor, stubborn streak, faith, family and friends help me get through this. Life is truly about the small things you do daily. Enjoy it!  Feel free to reach out to me. If you don’t hear back right away, I’m probably outside doing something I enjoy like running or hiking.

Be a part of the solution. Choose empowerment because there is hope.

 

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I have received the paperback of the book, it feels really smooth in my hand and this book has a great quality of printing and paper, with colorful old pictures.

Content:

Expecting The Good is a book written in Storytelling biography mixed with the autobiography of the author herself since she’s describing her life story since she was a teen, until after her stepfather death in 2016.

The Heroes of our country were our precious family.
Brigitte Cutshall 
the author of the book began with a sad story of the last time she saw her stepfather Jean-Luc (the main character) who served in the army for years and basically this book is about his life story of being a mentor or influencer on people around him.

The author continues as she also served in the army at the same time with JL, in different countries and interacting with people in a different culture was difficult for her but, she stayed in touch with JL throughout.

The introduction also began with a sad news, Sunday 1:30 a.m. her mom’s calling with the bad news to tell Bridgette, JL passed away and they should get ready for the funeral. a week later in Florida, everybody gathered there to celebrate JL’s life, Special Forces memorial at the NAS, West Point buds held a “Benny’s wake” for him.

The Intrapreneur section is the first time when the author has met JL, she was a teen with attitude, seeing another man around her mom was a little annoying for her, but after a few years, this stranger became their mentor and life motivator who kept their family together. JL as a good looking man, with a big heart, had a great relationship with grandkids and by telling the stories of his experiences was trying to teach them what he had learned during his life.

Next, the author is mentioning whatever she has learned from JL, like take responsibility for who you choose to be, and calling him The Silent Leader along with the leadership lesson which means what you do make people follow you, not what you say.

The West Point Tour in this section, JL referred a lot to West Point, where he had received his most of his experiences from. the author has this tour with Captain Zachary, who helped her to take the tour and get to know the place where her stepfather liked the most.

This book contains both sad and happy stories told by JL’s friends and family, filled with Inspiring Life Lessons from a soldier, husband and a stepfather. Expecting The Good was the first book in its genre that I really enjoyed reading, I admit that I would never think to enjoy reading this genre of the book before.

In the end, I’d like to thank the author Brigitte Cutshall for her service and all other soldiers who served for the land and sacrifice the best part of their lives to protect our families, and also for giving me the honor to review her newest book, in exchange for my honest and unbiased feedback.

Brigitte also is offering sign-up for the newsletter and receive the free PDF “Healthy Eating on the Go” on her blog: brigittecutshall.com.

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West Point Alma Mater

Hail Alma Mater dear,
To us be ever near.
Help us thy motto bear
Through all the years.
Let Duty be well performed.
Honor be e’er untarned.
Country be ever armed.
West Point, by thee.

Guide us, thy sons, aright,
Teach us by day, by night,
To keep thine honor bright,
For thee to fight.
When we depart from thee,
Serving on land or sea,
May we still loyal be,
West Point, to thee.

And when our work is done,
Our course on earth is run,
May it be said, “Well done;
Be thou at peace.”
E’er may that line of gray
Increase from day to day
Live, serve, and die, we pray,
West Point, for thee.

P.S. Reinecke, 1911

 

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Leaders Who Ask Book by Corrinne Armour Review

Leaders Who Ask, Building Fearless Cultures by telling less and asking more. Book by Corrinne Armour

 

About The Book:


When we tell people what to do, they may listen, but they are unlikely to commit to action and are even less likely to remember. When we ask great questions that lead to insight, an emotional component is triggered in the brain that leads to commitment and accountability. Leaders who ask use these strategies, and more, to connect deeply, lead fearlessly and achieve results that transform.

You need this book if you are a leader who recognizes one or more of these challenges:

  • Having all the answers and needing to be in control feels like hard work.
  • Staff engagement is patchy and not everyone is on board.
  • Leadership bench-strength is lacking.
  • Results are inconsistent and people aren’t following through on their commitments.
  • Your team is performing well and yet you know more is possible.

Leaders Who Ask leverage coaching capabilities and questioning techniques to create Fearless Cultures.

 

Editorial Reviews:


“The shift from being a leader who tells, to a leader who asks isn’t easy … but it’s the most powerful strategy to take your leadership to the next level. This book shares frameworks, tactics and powerful questions that have the potential to change the way you lead.”

– Michael Bungay Stanier, Author of Wall Street Journal bestseller The Coaching Habit

Deep within everyone is unbounded potential and the role of the leader is to draw this out. This is not achieved through instructing or telling; but through suspending judgment, asking questions and listening intently. This book provides a powerful approach for leaders to build a culture by assisting one human being at a time to transform their lives. This is truly the great honor of leadership.

– Dr. David Cooke, Managing Director Konica Minolta Business Solutions Australia

Corrinne has helped me realize the value of embracing a less directive leadership approach. If you want to ask more and tell this, this book sets out how in an engaging way.

– Simone Zelencich, Executive Director, People & Culture The Royal Children’s Hospital

Leaders today need a critical balance between business and people acumen. They are expected to have a range of tools to increase business performance as well as develop the critical soft skills needed for setting a culture that focuses on people and stimulates innovation.

I recommend this book to leaders who strive to set a high performing culture by motivating and empowering all within their organization, thus enhancing leadership, organizational performance, and staff retention.

– Matthew Jackson, Chief Executive Officer, Parks Victoria

 

About The Author:


CORRINNE ARMOUR is a leadership expert who helps leaders and teams develop Fearless Leadership and deliver transformational results. Known for her energy, empathy and results focus, Corrinne is a sought after speaker.

Her previous books include
– Developing Direct Reports: Taking the Guesswork Out of Leading Leaders 
– Cracking the Code for Workshop Performance.

 

Review:


Appearance: I’ve received the paperback book, I like the simple cover design, good quality of paper and printing.

I have had the privilege of reading Leaders Who Ask and share my review with the author and Audience.

 

Content:

Leaders Who Ask is in the business nonfiction genre, and it’s about the Leadership and running of a business (team), contents 13 chapters, its method of teaching format incorporates the use of storytelling in each chapter to provide the audiences with a realistic situation, and explanation of the cause, and the solution.

The author began with an interesting WARNING to the audience which indicates this book worth nothing if you just read it, and don’t follow what it teaches you. she invites and thanks to the audiences who are looking for a change and want to be a solution to the problem by becoming the leaders who ask!

The first story is to show the leaders ability to communicate is crucial, and not all employees need the same support and feedback, but a key responsibility of leadership is unlocking the potential of their team, by developing and empowering them. some of these stories are about to identify what is currently expected from your team and how you may make a change, and also to define the personality, characteristic or the leadership style of leaders, that impacts the bottom line.

In chapter 3, she’s pointing out to the old-fashioned Coaching culture in organizations, like Leaders As Coach, which was popular in the late 90s, and it’s the modern way which is Fearless Culture, that requires adding coaching skills to leadership toolkit. in this culture, the author believes leaders who ask the right questions, have communication and helping to learn than teaching (team) can unlock a person potential to maximize their performance.

Since the author has also a science degree in genetics, she made an example of the effect of Methylation in ants (referred to research) that made more big ants within the standard range ant size to explain how a leader could Methylates, engagement, accountability, and productivity for a fearless culture.

In Fearless Culture style of leadership which the author is believed in, all people at all levels feel empowered, feel being invested in, and supported and cared for. there’s high level of engagement across all levels, and the result is the team take accountability for their behavior, work, result along with more client satisfaction.

In further chapters, the author explains how telling less, asking more works, she provides a breakdown in coaching skills and questioning technique to proof the style along with charts, 3D models, objections, strategies and more.

Not all the chapters are in the same level of grasping, I found some chapters in a high level of leadership, and some in negotiation, sales, and or body language training.

The content is well-researched and the book is well-written, I highly recommend this cutting-edge, knowledgeable and informative book to all leaders, managers, coaches and other business persons to take their skills to the next level. since the author is a professional business leader and/or consultant, I didn’t find any advertising or commercial message about her business, which will be appreciated by her audiences.

I’d like to thank Corrinne Armour the author of Leaders Who Ask, for mailing the book from Australia in exchange for my honest and unbiased review and feedback with her, her professional team and I apologize for the delay in my review.

 

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