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A Note From The President
I have been thinking about change and how best to adapt to it.
In the article, "Getting the Monkey off Darwin's Back: Four
Common Myths About Evolution" in the June 2005 issue of Skeptical
Inquirer stated "
There is no single key to long-term
success, because we never know how our selective environment is
going to change. For humanity, then, the only hope for success,
for survival, is in remaining flexible and adaptive
I extracted the information, and have taken it out of context
because we can still look at it in a context that relates to us.
As I was reading the article I was thinking that there are no
guarantees for personal and professional success because life
changes so quickly - governments enact new laws, your customers
move on to the next big thing, new technology makes an industry
obsolete and so on. Despite this, if we are flexible, can adapt
to changes and know how to ferret out the next trend, we'll be
okay, we'll survive and even thrive.
Skeptical Inquirer is not a magazine that I usually read,
but in the interest of expanding my thinking, I have been reading
magazines and books that I normally wouldn't read. How much could
we expand our thinking, if just once a month we read a magazine
or even an article that we wouldn't normally read? How many new
ideas could we get from that one small action? And, it doesn't
have to cost us. Please refer to the Ambeck Tips section of this
newsletter to see how. For me, I decided to choose the group Science
and Learning from magatopia.com, and I came across the journals
Skeptical Inquirer and How Stuff Works, both of which had very
good information. We are on a journey together, a journey that
allows us to broaden our horizons. To embrace change, we need
to make old ideas new and be willing to take chances.
It's the summertime and most people are taking vacation. Spend
some time thinking about the best vacation that you never had,
why you haven't taken it, and start to make plans to take that
fabulous vacation shortly.
Review of The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli
Niccolo Machiavelli worked in politics from 1498 to 1512, but
his political career ended in shame, with him arrested and imprisoned
for 22 days. Machiavelli refers to Lorenzo Medici as the Prince.
In his forced absence from politics, Machiavelli wrote The
Prince hoping that given his republican credentials, he would
be re-employed with the Medicis, thus returning to a position
The Prince was written nearly 500 years ago, but some
of the ideas are still relevant today. In The Prince, Machiavelli
deals with the rise and fall of states, and the measures that
a leader can take to ensure the states' continued existence. The
author's focus is on how societies actually work. The book is
very technical, and focuses on how to grasp and hold power, and
offers advice on what worked and what did not work in advancing
a political career. For example, Machiavelli states "A man
who is made prince by the favour of the people must work to retain
their friendship; and this is easy for him because the people
ask only not to be oppressed. But a man who has become prince
against the will of the people and by the favour of the nobles
should, before anything else, try to win the people over; this
too is easy if he takes them under his protection
necessary for a prince to have the friendship of the people; otherwise
he has no remedy in times of adversity."
Machiavelli was nicknamed "Old Nick," another name
for Satan, and the Jesuits called him "the Devil's partner
in crime." While reading The Prince, I was often very
shocked because some sections are very dark. However, once you
get past that, it is filled with many parallels and contrasts
to today. If you dig beneath the surface of what he is saying,
the information can be transported to our time and used. For example,
"As for intellectual training, the prince must read history,
studying the actions of eminent men to see how they conducted
themselves during war and to discover the reasons for their victories
or their defeats, so that he can avoid the latter and imitate
the former. Above all, he must read history so that he can do
what eminent men have done before him
." We could make
this more relevant to us by interpreting it to mean that we must
read history and study the actions of successful men and women
to discover the reasons for their successes and failures to imitate
Machiavelli's political thesis can be summed up as "I also
believe that the man who adapts his policy to the times prospers,
and likewise that the one whose policy clashes with the demands
of the times does not."
Five +2 Great Ideas
When trouble is sensed well in advance, it can easily be remedied;
if you wait for it to show itself, any medicine will be too late
because the disease will have become incurable
- Men willingly change their ruler expecting to fare better
- When states are acquired in a province differing in language,
in customs, and in institutions, then difficulties arise; and
to hold them one must be very fortunate and very assiduous.
One of the best, most effective expedients would be for the
conqueror to go live there in person. This course of action
would make a new possession more secure and more permanent.
- Whoever is responsible for another's becoming powerful ruins
himself, because this power is brought into being either by
ingenuity or by force, and both of these are suspect to the
one who has become powerful
- Governments set up overnight, like everything in nature whose
growth is forced, lack strong roots and ramifications. So they
are destroyed in the first bad spell
- A man who becomes a prince with the help of the nobles finds
it more difficult to maintain his position than one who does
so with the help of the people. As prince, he finds himself
surrounded by many who believe they are his equals, and because
of that he cannot command or manage them the way he wants
- Prosperity is ephemeral; if a man behaves with patience and
circumspection, and the time and circumstances are right, he
will prosper, however, if circumstances change and he doesn't
adapt his policy to reflect the change, he will be ruined.
I recommend that you read The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli
just to see how far and sometimes not so far that we've come.
August's Book List
The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli
Did you know that laughter is the best medicine for stroke patients?
Psychologist, Ilona Papousek conducted research at Graz University
in Austria to determine the benefits of laughter.
- Thirty patients in the study were split up into two groups.
One group took part in regular "Laughter Yoga" sessions
over a six-week period, while the other practiced movement exercises
- The laughter therapy combined laughing techniques with breathing
exercises and patients involved in the test took part in three
half-hour weekly sessions
- Blood pressure levels remained roughly the same in the movement
group but dropped significantly in the laughter group
Can Money Buy You Happiness?
Scientists looked at 9,000 families in Britain throughout the
1990s. During the decade, a number of the people had windfalls
of hundreds of thousands of pounds, enabling the researchers to
observe the impact, and here is what they found:
- Overall the more [money] you get, we find, the cheerier you'll
become. Large sums are better than small sums
- Less than £1m is unlikely to have a lasting effect on
a person's happiness and experts found a strong marriage and
good health were more likely to make people feel content than
- The research found that women tended to be happier than men,
and people in their 30s were least likely to be content
- There is a strong link between financial windfalls and being
happy and having much better psychological health
- Happiness followed a U-shaped pattern, with people beginning
life happy but becoming discontented in their early 30s, before
their happiness recovered and continued, increasing into their
BBC News, January 9, 2002 http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/1750337.stm
How Did They Do That?
Challenge: Controlling Our Emotions: Have you ever been
in a situation where one of your colleagues simply got on your
nerves? On the outside we said one thing, but on the inside we
did something different. We had underlying feelings that we were
not talking about. There were boundary issues around who did what
and who got what. It started to interfere with the way that the
work got done. The bottom line was how does my colleague and myself
discuss issues without getting upset and becoming dysfunctional?
Solution: I decided to be transparent, honest and state
my feelings. I stopped and addressed the boundary issues. This
allowed for a real solution to occur, we both got to the underlying
issues and happily moved on.
- How to control my emotions
- How to harness freedom and not be controlled by others
- How to communicate more effectively
- How to have patience and communicate exactly what I have to
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Formula For Success
Being guided by a core set of principles creates the context
for your success. Basing these core guiding principles, or "conscious
values" in your heart is the most powerful place for them
to be. Having a clear vision and holding it in your mind automatically
manifests it. For me personally, I have "conscious values"
which are called WHATSO. Taken as a whole, it means that I have
to be observant and see what's in front of my eyes. I look at
what is working and what isn't. Taken separately, WHATSO stands
for wealth, happiness, awareness, transparency, sustainability
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