Setting S.M.A.R.T. goals is a skill that has been developed in the business world for some time. S.M.A.R.T. is an acronym for five qualities important to any quality goal:
S: Specific. Your goal should be very specific on what you want to achieve
M: Measurable. Your goal should be measurable in that at any moment it should be either a clear “YES” or a clear “NO” whether it has been accomplished or not; there is no gray area.
A: Attainable. Your goal should be something that YOU are able to do – that you are not lacking anything to be able to do it, and further, …
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So it seems I have stumbled across a possible scam.
BlueHost.com (link) is a great web hosting service which I have now used for a number years. They give me what I think is a pretty good deal ($80 a year for essentially unlimited everything), and I am quite happy with them at the moment. They have 1-800 numbers you can call, and are based in Provo, UT.
BlueHost.net (link) is a completely different web hosting company…but their website looks surprisingly similar…and they link to BlueHost.hu, which is based on Hungary, specifically Szentendre, Hungary (based on the telephone number given on …
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When investing in anything, the investor always wants to know “when do I get my money back?”. This question elicits the following math problem:
Given an interest rate i, when will my principle P double in value (that is, I have made my money back)?
First off, this question is not quite well defined – we are not told how often the interest is compounded (or if it is compounded), but we will work with that.
The rule of 72 is a very convenient little trick for those interested in this rule. The rule states:
Divide 72 by the interest rate. This will …
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Lets say you are taking a class. You feel like you understand pretty much what is going on in class. You do a little homework here and there and feel like you have a grasp on the material. You go into the midterm exam…leave feeling a little overwhelmed, but feeling like you probably got a C. You get your mark back…and you bombed it…like nuclear bombed it. You got a 19.2%.
Question: Who’s fault …
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Came across a nice article on CNN.com that has some of the same goals I talked about in my post on setting goals earlier this year. The article summarizes setting new year goals into 10 points:
Set smaller goals with smaller steps
Frame your goals positively
Look at the pros and cons
Get a resolutions buddy
Examine deeper issues
Don’t be overanxious
Keep your eye on the ball
Check it …
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Courtesy of StartupBooster.com (here):
It is time for you to change your mindset if feel like you are not making any progress in life. If you are doing the same thing over and over again, then nothing is going to happen. So here is what you need to do:
develop your goal – where do you want to see yourself in 3 years?
map out an action plan to get there – whom do you need to talk to and what do you need to do to get there?
do a reality check on your beliefs. Do you believe that you can achieve that goal? …
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I have recently heard some new radio ads that suggest that Global Warming is NOT caused by humans (at least not mainly), but by the sun and what it is doing. I have heard this argument before, but it has always been something spouted by the same people who suggest 9/11 could have been an inside job, or people who suggest the moon landing never took place–never in radio ads on a respectable radio station…until now.
The ads were made by the “Frends of Science” (http://friendsofscience.org/). They do not do research themselves, but bring attention to research that suggests that humans have …
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“I’m going to study tonight”. This is a phrase I hear from my students all too often. I say too often because it is a horrible goal to have. Why? Studying of course is not bad, but it all comes in the way you state it. By having a goal in your mind that “I’m going to study tonight”, you have some kind of understanding of what that means, but it is very un-firm, which means that when you actually do get to studying, whether you study 15 mins, 2 hours, 5 hours, or 8 hours is left up to you, and, either way, you have succeeded in your goal. This is the problem: the goal is too unspecific. …
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