Netflix, Blockbuster, and Gandhi

GandhiYou can learn a lot from reading famous quotes.  A quote is usually inspirational in and of itself, but it will often times also lead you to learn about the person who said it.  And, learning about great people in history leads to even more inspiration and knowledge.  A lot of great quotes are analogies or metaphors for things you can relate to.  Some of the best resonate because of that fact.  The best analogies and metaphors relate to things that are observable in nature; this makes them universal because anyone can relate that has observed a natural phenomenon.

Gandhi once said “First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, and then you win”.  This phenomenon can be observed again and again.  It is a standard natural process that happens all the time.  It happens in sports.  You can see it in business.  You can see it everywhere.  One thing about this quote and process is how you can see it unfold over time.  Spot it in the early stage and you can make predictions that might not come true for some length of time.  Then when they do, the affirmation serves to reinforce your beliefs and remind you to stay true to your convictions.

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Reading To Your Kids

42-17371503It cannot be emphasized enough how important it is to read to your kids.  It’s something you should do every day or at least at some regular frequency.  There are so many different skill levels when it comes to “knowing how to read”.  Being an above average reader will increase your child’s ability to do just about anything and everything necessary to eke out a living in this world.  As I have said before, I believe that reading skill levels fall into a vast spectrum of beginning to advanced.  There is always room for advancement in education and vocabulary.

The best method of teaching your child to read is repetition.  By reading to your child at a high frequency, you set him up to know so much about this important skill without him even knowing for a moment that he’s learning.  To him, it’s just fun and for you it’s quality time spent with your child.

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Brandy

Spanish_reconquistaBrandy is made from distilling wine.  Its proliferation started when the Moors left the Iberian Peninsula in the 15th century.  The persecution and forced conversion to Catholicism of the Muslim population during the time of the Reconquista in the second part of the 15th century caused a mass exodus of Muslims.  In their hasty exodus of what is now Spain, they left behind the stills they used to distill their alcohol.  The Spaniards were skilled wine makers and it did not take them long to start using those stills to turn their wine into what would later be called Brandy.  Within 100 years, distilled wine or Brandy, had made its way all across Europe.

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