Art, Dr. Stephen R. Covey, Life, Story

“The Big Rocks of Life” by Dr. Stephen R. Covey

The Big Rocks of Life

by Dr. Stephen R. Covey (1932-2012)

One day this expert was speaking to a group of business students and, to drive home a point, used an illustration I’m sure those students will never forget. After I share it with you, you’ll never forget it either. As this man stood in front of the group of high-powered over-achievers he said, “Okay, time for a quiz.” Then he pulled out a one-gallon, wide-mouthed mason jar and set it on a table in front of him. Then he produced about a dozen fist-sized rocks and carefully placed them, one at a time, into the jar.

When the jar was filled to the top and no more rocks would fit inside, he asked, “Is this jar full?” Everyone in the class said, “Yes.” Then he said, “Really?” He reached under the table and pulled out a bucket of gravel. Then he dumped some gravel in and shook the jar causing pieces of gravel to work themselves down into the spaces between the big rocks.

Then he smiled and asked the group once more, “Is the jar full?” By this time the class was onto him. “Probably not,” one of them answered. “Good!” he replied. And he reached under the table and brought out a bucket of sand. He started dumping the sand in and it went into all the spaces left between the rocks and the gravel. Once more he asked the question, “Is this jar full?”

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Business, Economics, Politics, Trump, US

Trump Pulls U.S. Out of Trans-Pacific Partnership

On his first full weekday in office, President Trump formally withdrew the United States from the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership – Obama’s signature trade deal.

The agreement was designed to deepen economic ties between twelve countries that border the Pacific Ocean – namely, Japan, Malaysia, Vietnam, Singapore, Brunei, Australia, New Zealand, Chile, Peru, Mexico, Canada and the US.

Combined these countries represent approximately 40% of the world’s economic output.

It was hoped that the pact would lead to lower tariffs, helping to foster trade between the countries and boost economic growth. This could have potentially lead to the creation of a new single market, similar to that of the European Union.

But all of that is history now, as Trump has now fulfilled his campaign pledge to end America’s involvement in the TPP and distance itself from its Asian allies.

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Food, Mushroom, Pasta, Recipe, Spinach, Tomato

Tomato and Mushroom Pasta Recipe

Long cold winters can send us scouring the cupboards for comfort food. There’s no shame in that. Unless you’re out skiing or playing hockey, winter pretty much sucks.

The problem is that most comfort foods are a little short on nutrition. Well, I may have a solution to that problem…enter the Simple Tomato and Mushroom Pasta Dish.

Packed with three portions of veggies – tomatoes, mushrooms and spinach – this simple and easy pasta dish provides a ton of nutrients, and is (almost) as satisfying as a large pizza with a side of mac and cheese.

Get the recipe at Deliciously Ella.

Actors, Adam Sandler, Anger Management, Entertainment, Jack Nicholson, Movies, Philosophy

Best answers to the question: Who are you?

Who are you? How you answer this simple little question speaks volumes about you as a person, your character, your priorities, where you are in your life, etc.

It’s also quite deceiving, as you can see from the this scene from the comedy Anger Management, starring Adam Sandler and Jack Nicholson posted on YouTube

As you can see, its a frustratingly complex question. Here are some of the best answers we’ve found…

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Action Comedy, Adam Brody, CHIPS, Dax Shepard, Entertainment, Jessica McNamee, Kristen Bell, Michael Pena, Movies, Rosa Salazar, Ryan Hansen, Trailer, Vida Guerra, Vincent D'Onofrio

CHIPS 2017 Trailer

The new action-comedy CHIPS (based on the 1970s TV series  of the same name) is scheduled to be released on March 24, 2017 by Warner Bros. Pictures.

The film stars Dax Shepard (as Officer Jon Baker) and Michael Pena (as Frank “Ponch” Poncherello), while also featuring Vincent D’Onofrio, Adam Brody, Rosa Salazar, Vida Guerra, Jessica McNamee , Ryan Hansen and Kristen Bell.

ONE Media has the official trailer on YouTube which you can see here…

Aikido, Boxing, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Freestyle Wrestling, Greco-Roman Wrestling, Jiu Jitsu, Judo, Karate, Krav Maga, Martial Arts, Muay Thai, Savate, Sports, Taekwondo

What are Martial Arts?

Many people believe that martial arts is a specific sport. But really, its just an umbrella term that describes a group of combat sports, many of which originated as forms of self-defense or attack dating back hundreds or even thousands of years.

While hundreds of different systems or styles of martial arts have been developed throughout history, most of these combat systems share a single purpose: to physically defeat ones opponent and defend against threats.

How they go about accomplishing this is where the martial arts differ…

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Consistency, Contradiction, Copernicus, Galileo, Jesus, Luther, Misunderstanding, Newton, Pythagoras, Quotes, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Socrates

Trust yourself..

“A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines. With consistency a great soul has simply nothing to do.

He may as well concern himself with his shadow on the wall. Speak what you think now in hard words, and to-morrow speak what to-morrow thinks in hard words again, though it contradict every thing you said to-day. — ‘Ah, so you shall be sure to be misunderstood.’ — Is it so bad, then, to be misunderstood?

Pythagoras was misunderstood, and Socrates, and Jesus, and Luther, and Copernicus, and Galileo, and Newton, and every pure and wise spirit that ever took flesh. To be great is to be misunderstood.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)