MODEL FITNESS: Jumping rope with Kim Strother

Monday, October 15, 2007


A lot of times people who workout complain that they aren't getting the results they want to be getting. The #1 cause of not being able to get your body to do what you want it to do is usually NOT your workout. Most, if not all of the time, it is due to your diet. So, sit back and get comfortable. There is a lot of information in this (free) 2 part article, but it will contain EVERY SINGLE THING you need to know about diets and nutrition so that an improper diet plan DOESN'T stop you from getting the results you want to get.


Before we can start talking about diets and diet plans, you must first understand what a diet REALLY is and what it REALLY means. See, people tend to use the phrase "I'm on a diet" when they want to tell people that they are trying to lose weight. People who do this are... well... stupid. A diet IS NOT weight loss. Diets are just simply what you eat on a regular basis. You could eat McDonald's cheeseburgers covered in ice cream 4 times a day, and you'd still be "on a diet." While eating like this would certainly be the worst of all diet plans, you get my point.

If someone said, "that monkey's diet consists of bananas," would that mean the monkey has a weight problem? No, it would just mean that the monkey eats bananas on a regular basis. Saying you're on a diet really just means you eat food. That's why I think it's funny when people state that they're "on a diet" and expect it to mean something it doesn't. "You're on a diet? Wow... congratulations... so is EVERY OTHER LIVING THING ON THE PLANET!!" These people should be saying that out of the many different diets and plans that exist, they're "on a weight loss diet." Hopefully these people are reading this right now, and hopefully they have learned their lesson. It's ok, we forgive you.

Diet Plans For Different Goals

Now, chances are you ended up here for one of the following reasons:

A) Your goal is weight loss and losing fat.
B) Your goal is weight gain and increasing muscle.
C) Your goal is to lose fat AND increase muscle.

Which ever it is makes little difference at this point, because it all starts with your diet. You see, with the exception of a few small details, all diet plans are exactly the same. They all break down the same way. All diets consist of the same things. It's how you adjust those things that makes the difference between A, B and C. So, let's find out what exactly these "things" are.

Calories And Maintenance Levels

Now that you fully understand what diets are, let's break down what all diet plans consist of. Above all things, there are calories. All diets are made up of calories.

Everything you eat and drink (besides obvious calorie-free things like water and celery, etc.) has calories in it.

It's how many calories and exactly where those calories are coming from that effect your body and your weight.

The way the human body works is pretty simple. There is a certain number of calories that your body requires every day in order for it to maintain its current weight. I like to call this your "Maintenance Level" because, well, that's what it's actually called. If your diet plan is made up of less calories than this maintenance level, you will lose weight. If it's made up of more calories, you will gain weight. It's all really simple, actually.

If you just read that last paragraph you should feel good about yourself. Why? Because right now you already know more about diets and nutrition than at least 80% of the population. No, you're no genius yet. It's just that most people are clueless about the subject of "diet plans" and how to actually control their body and weight.

So now that you know that diets are made up of calories, you should be wondering what exactly calories are made up of. Basically, calories are made up of 3 things. Protein, carbs, and fat. Yeah yeah, I know. High protein diet!! Low carb diet!! Low fat diet!! Healthy fat!! Fat free!! Good carbs!! Bad carbs!! Those are probably the assortment of confusing things that enter your mind as soon as you hear the words protein, carbs and fat. It's ok though, relax. In a few minutes none of it will be confusing ever again. Let's take them one at a time.


Protein is an extremely important part of all diet plans. That's why you have most likely never heard of any low protein diets, and also why you probably HAVE heard of protein supplements. That's because your body needs protein, and lots of it. It is the building block of muscle. Protein is measured by the gram. 1 gram of protein is equal to 4 calories. So, if you are eating something that has 20 grams of protein in it, that means that whatever you are eating is at least 80 calories. In case you failed 2nd grade math, that was 20 grams of protein multiplied by 4 calories per gram... 20 x 4 = 80


Carbs (or "carbohydrates" for the people who don't mind typing 8 extra letters) is another of the three main elements that make up calories. I have a feeling that of the three, carbs are the most confusing for people creating diet plans. I think the reason for that is because everything you enjoy eating has carbs in it. Hell, everything you don't enjoy eating has carbs in it. Carbs are in almost everything and therefore seem to be the hardest for people to manipulate within a diet plan. Just like protein, 1 gram of carbs is equal to 4 calories. So, if you were eating something that had 20 grams of protein and 10 grams of carbs, you just ate at least 120 calories (20x4=80, 10x4=40, 80+40=120calories).


Unlike protein and carbs which are both 4 calories per gram, 1 gram of fat is equal to 9 calories. So if you eat something that has 10 grams of fat in it, you just ate at least 90 calories. This explains why high protein foods are usually low in calories, while foods high in fat are high in calories. This is also probably the reason why there are so many fat free foods and why people on diets think fat makes them fat. Guess what... it doesn't. That is a myth.

Fat does not make you fat. Eating too many calories makes you fat. It just so happens that a gram of fat has more calories in it than a gram of protein or carbs. However, the only thing that makes a person gain fat is when that person is eating more calories than their maintenance level, and then not burning them off through working out. Whether these excess calories in your diet plan are coming from protein, carbs or fat makes little difference.

Sometimes people on specific weight loss diet plans just try to eat less fat (or even fat free) and think that alone will work. What they don't realize is that they are probably replacing those fat calories with calories from protein or carbs. Yes their fat intake has become lower, but their calorie intake evens back out to what it was, if not more. And, since you now know that it is too much calories, NOT fat, that causes fat gain, the person's weight usually won't decrease.

Different Diets And Plans

So now that you know diets consist of calories, and calories consist of protein, carbs and fat, you should have just one final 4-part question. Exactly how much protein, how much fat, how many carbs and how many calories should you be eating each day in your own diet plan? It's hard to answer this because there are 100's of different diets out there whose "gimmicks" revolve around the answers to those questions.

Especially when it comes to weight loss fad diets. There's the low carb diet, the low fat diet, the high protein diet, the atkins diet, the south beach diet, the zone diet, weight watchers and too many others to even remember. While those diets have their place and some people like all of the gimmicky aspects of them, honestly... none are truly needed. If one seems ideal for you, then by all means, use it.

How to gain weight

How to gain weight - in a healthy way

Weight gain is something that isn't easy to do and you probably know this already. I know first hand because it is something I have to do every day. I am an ectomorph by genetics, which is the "skinny body type" and the one with the fast metabolism which makes gaining so hard for guys like me. The key to weight gain is to do everything BIG. You have to eat big, to lift big, to get big. Say that over and over again in your head until you fully understand it. A lot of people think weightlifting is the key to gaining weight, and I won't argue, it is an extremely important part. BUT, there is another thing that is just as important when it comes to how to gain weight, and that is your diet.

So, to put it as simply as possible, there are 5 simple steps to how to gain weight, and here they are:

1) Count how many calories you eat in a normal day. Don't change anything, just eat like you normally would and count how many calories you consumed. This is an extremely important step, so try to be as exact as possible. Also, weigh yourself.

2) Starting the day after you counted calories, eat 500 calories MORE then you normally do. So, lets pretend that the day you counted calories you counted 2000. For the rest of the week, you would now eat 2500 calories a day. Instead of eating 3 big meals a day or eating all day all the time, spread those calories out over 5-6 smaller meals. Eat one meal every 2 and a half to 3 hours. To get big, you have to eat big! Remember that.

3) Weightlifting! Get in the gym and lift! This is another important step to how to gain weight, so make sure you are doing it correctly. For more information on weightlifting workout routines and splits, read the workout routines and splits section.

4) At the end of that week, weigh yourself. You'll notice you're gaining just after one week! Now, don't expect to see a 10lb increase. Gaining anymore then 1 or 2 pounds a week is unhealthy and means you're putting on way to much fat. So look for 1 or 2 pound gains at the end of the week. Don't sound like much? You can be gaining 5-8 pounds a month!

5) Heres an important one. At some point, you will stop seeing weight gain. At this point, you will have to eat even more. So, when you stop gaining for at least 2 weeks, it means it is time to start eating an extra 250 calories a day. Every time you see you haven't gained weight for at least 2 weeks, add an extra 250 calories.

More tips for how to gain weight (extremely important!)

- Stay away from bad fat! Even though weight gain is your goal, you don't want to be gaining fat and eating junk. Get rid of the chips and candy. No more fast food, nothing fried. Stick to high protein, low (saturated) fat foods like fish (and fish oil supplements), chicken breast, turkey, lean meats, rice, pasta, fruits and vegetables, nuts, flax seed oil, etc. (For more information, go here: Diet Plans And Diets)

- Track your progress! Weighing yourself once a week is extremely important, but so is figuring out if the weight you are gaining is muscle or fat. In order to know this information, you need to also track your body fat percentage!

- WATER! Drink water! Drink around a half gallon a day, more if you can. Yes that's a lot of water, but it's that water that will give you the energy you need to gain that weight!

- Sleep! YES! Sleep! The easiest, yet most over looked step. Get at least 8 hours of sleep a night. You're gonna need it!

Now the concern some people have about how to gain weight, is how to do it without putting on extra fat. Let me tell you how, YOU CAN'T! Unless you are using steroids, it is basically impossible to gain weight without putting on a little bit of extra fat. But hey, you want to see some weight gain right? Well then who cares about the little bit of extra fat you might put on while gaining. You will be able to burn that off later on, right now gaining is your main concern, so that is all you need to worry about.

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Friday, September 28, 2007

Fresh grads.....nape musti mau keje ngn kompeni2 IT besa.....tanak try ni ker.....hehehe............Angkatan Tentera Malaysia ::ATM::

Ringkasan Perkhidmatan Pe gaw


(Kategori perkhidmatan pegawai-pegawai ATM ialah: Pegawai Tauliah Jangka Pendek dan Pegawai Tauliah Tetap)

Pegawai Tauliah Jangka Pendek

Perkhidmatan - Ditauliahkan selama 10 tahun dan dibenarkan menyambung perkhidmatan selama 3 tahun. Permohonan menyambung perkhidmatan selepas 13 tahun boleh dimajukan ke pihak atasan untuk pertimbangan dan kelulusan. Boleh memohon sebagai Pegawai Tauliah Tetap selepas berkhidmat selama 5 tahun dan memenuhi syarat-syarat yang ditetapkan.

Pegawai Kadet - Akan ditauliahkan dengan pangkat Leftenan Muda atau setaraf.
Pegawai Graduan - Akan ditauliahkan dengan pangkat Leftenan atau setaraf.

Pegawai Tugas Ikhtisas - Akan ditauliahkan dengan pangkat Kapten atau setaraf.

Kenaikan Pangkat - Setelah menghadiri kursus-kursus tertentu, lulus peperiksaan kenaikan pangkat, kekosongan jawatan dan disokong oleh pegawai atasan.

Senarai Tugas - Pegawai-pegawai terbahagi kepada kategori senarai seperti berikut:

  • Senarai Tugas Am >> Pegawai-pegawai yang ditauliahkan daripada Pegawai Kadet dan Pegawai Graduan yang ditauliahkan secara terus.
  • Senarai Tugas Ikhtisas >> Pegawai-pegawai yang mempunyai kepakaran/kelulusan profesional di dalam bidang-bidang tertentu dan ditauliahkan secara terus.
  • Senarai Tugas Khas >> Pegawai-pegawai yang ditauliahkan secara terus daripada askar laskar (anggota biasa) kepada pegawai.

Pegawai Tauliah Tetap

Perkhidmatan - Jangkamasa perkhidmatan adalah tetap sehingga umur persaraan (mengikut pangkat) dan berpencen. Pegawai-pegawai lulusan ATMA akan ditauliahkan sebagai Pegawai Tauliah Tetap dengan pangkat Leftenan atau setaraf.

Pegawai Graduan

  • Memiliki Ijazah/Diploma dalam sebarang jurusan yang diiktiraf oleh Jabatan Perkhidmatan Awam.
  • Kepujian di dalam mata pelajaran Bahasa Melayu, Bahasa Inggeris dan Matematik di peringkat SPM.

    Pegawai Tugas Ikhtisas
Memiliki kelulusan seperti yang dinyatakan di bawah dan mendapat kepujian di dalam mata pelajaran Bahasa Melayu, Bahasa Inggeris dan Matematik di peringkat SPM. Kejuruteraan

  • Ijazah Kejuruteraan Awam
  • Ijazah Kejuruteraan Elektrik
  • Ijazah Kejuruteraan Pengeluaran
  • Ijazah Kejuruteraan Ukur Bahan
  • Ijazah Kejuruteraan Jentera
  • Ijazah Kejuruteraan Elektronik
  • Ijazah Kejuruteraan Senibina
  • Ijazah Kejuruteraan Komputer
  • Ijazah Doktor Perubatan
  • Ijazah Perubatan Veterinar
  • Ijazah Doktor Pergigian
  • Ijazah Farmasi

Kelayakan AM

Warganegara Malaysia


Pegawai Kadet - 18 ke 25 tahun
Pegawai Kadet ATMA - 17 1/2 ke 20 tahun
Pegawai Graduan - tidak melebihi 27 tahun
Pegawai Tugas Ikhtisas - tidak melebihi 30 tahun
Askar Laskar - 18 ke 23 tahun


Sihat keseluruhan, baik penglihatan dan tidak rabun warna
Wanita = >157cm, >45kg (alamax kne naikkn 2kg lg nih...)
Lelaki = >162cm , >50kg

Ukuran dada(lelaki sahaja)

Biasa - 76.2 sm
Tarik Nafas - 81.2 sm


Thursday, September 27, 2007

It's Attitude,Not Aptitude That Really Matters...

It has been said, by the Executive Director of the Malaysian Employers Federation, Tn Hj Shamsuddin Bardan (as an aside, strangely enough, the official MEF council page says that he is the Secretary);

�Basically, a degree is not a passport to a comfortable job”, he says. He points out that employment trends in Malaysia have changed tremendously in the past decade.

This is a timely comment by someone who is really in the industry beyond the political hoopla. Somehow I feel that it somehow relates to my previous post. Most Malaysian politicians know nothing about the industrial situation other than what was grapevined to them from not so reliable sources.

In the article, Tn Haji Shamsudin touches on issues such as training fresh grads, as well as how the syllabus of our public universities not really synchronised with the real needs of the industry. Previously, whenever I think of this issue, I primarily put the fault on to the students. Many of them don’t really put much thought into what courses they want to take and for what reasons. Most just blindly accept the first offer that they get, eventhough it’s not something they’re interested in.

However, instead of being proactive with the suggestions made by Tn Haji Shamsudin, certain segments of the academia (in this case, the VC of UKM) went on the defensive;

�For example, we have one day a week dedicated to activities in English. The students even perform dikir barat in English”, he says.

The professor vehemently disagrees with the idea that private education institutions offer a more well-rounded education than public institutions and therefore guarantee better employment opportunities.

A similar response was given by the deputy VC of UTM when I attended their Career Fair dinner in February. It all started when a GM of Panasonic Malaysia (which was the main sponsor for the fair), suggested that universities (especially public universities) should focus more on the real needs of the industry. He also stated that most graduates are ignorant of industry news and happenings. They also never put in enough effort to find out more about the companies where they are applying work. This is all too true, in my experience.

The deputy VC didn’t take the message that well. Instead of listening to a sponsor (ie. a company which has provide funding for your project), he lamented instead on public universities cannot force student to participate in more industry related activities, especially if it doesn’t have an affect on the students’ GPA. He also says that public universities have much better academic personnel compared to private universities , the problem is just that students do not appreciate this fact because the fees of public universities are much lower than private ones. My initial thought when he said this was “WTF? So you want to keep manufacturing losers from your university?”.

Afterwards, I found out that this guy has said other dumb things as well… Heck, I’ve even had the honour to listen to one of his idiotic ramblings with my date for the night. Suffice to say it involves climbing a wall to reach your car when stairs are just 10 metres away.

That night, I lost all faith of Malaysian public universities. Hopefully, things will improve. Drastically.

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Be Careful When employing People..(meaning,guyz,be careful when you're looking for a job.. )

I know that most employers know this already; you must be very, very careful when employing people in Malaysia. There are lots of issues to note when employment is discussed. Some are pretty obvious, whereas some require careful, well-planned action plans.

Before you proceed, I’d just like to state that this post is not intended for workers, or those planning to join the workforce. It is merely a reflection of my experience as someone facilitating the employment process on behalf of a company. I will be very objective in my posting, and workers may find this post intimidating. You have been warned, proceed at your own risk.

The interviewing process is the most obvious. The interview should always be seen as the screening procedure. One lesson I’ve learnt during my experience as an interviewer is to always trust your initial gut feeling. There were occasions when I went ahead and recruited someone when my mind (or for those who believe in it, soul) keeps on screaming “No!”. My justifications were simple, the candidate’s academic results matches or exceeds minimal requirements, decent command of English, relatively good communication skills, etc..

Every single candidate that I took, against my gut feeling turns out to be problematic workers. Sure, this is a very unscientific suggestion. Maybe I have stronger intuition compared to others, maybe I’m just plain unlucky… But hey, this is my experience. I never implied that it could or would be yours.

Then comes the academic results. Do not let this be the primary concern when employing someone. Academic results rarely (actually, in my experience; never) reflect the candidate’s work performance. Some candidates have excellent academic records; good CGPA, active in co-curricular activities, etc.. However, when it comes to work, they behave like children. Immature, overly calculative, behaving like a know-it-all. In other words, just being a plain pain-in-the-ass.

On the other hand, the best employees are the one with an industrial brain. Their thinking exceeds the restricted boundaries of plain academia. They are very in touch with the happenings in the industry. Those who are outspoken should be differentiated from loudmouths. They are constantly thinking of ways to improve processes, effectiveness and value-for-money, instead of spending their time planning revolts or inciting colleagues to not perform their duties properly.

Those who offer insightful comments on current weaknesses should be rewarded for their contribution in helping the company grow. Those who are serial badmouthers, should be terminated swiftly and mercilessly.

Experience is definitely far more important than academic results, period. Especially valuable are candidates who have experience working overseas. They tend to be more talented in acclimatising themselves far more quickly in times of constant changes. Candidates who have experience in various fields, albeit unrelated, also tend to cope better during times of changes or crisis.

Now, the thing is to recognise which candidates are industry-savvy, and which are just plain job-hoppers. Always go through the employment history section of a potential employee’s resume. Look at the time they spent at their previous jobs. Especially critical are the last three jobs they did. Job-hoppers tend to be money-chasers, and are always thinking in a “What’s in it for me” kind of attitude. They are not really bothered about self-development or developing a sense of responsibility and attachment to a company. In other words, they’ll jump ship at a drop of a hat.

Also, do not even invite to the interview room any candidates who ask about the racial profile of the directors and/or senior managers. These people tend to only be able to work only if their colleagues and bosses are of the same race as them. Professionals should be able to perform regardless of who their bosses are. We don’t get to pick the races of our customers now, could we? Anyway, there shouldn’t be a place for bigots in business.

A common skill that is required regardless of the position offered is people skills. A common misconception when defining people skills is that it is an ability to talk to people. This is not really the case. People skills is not just a set of abilities to talk to people.

Strong people skills consists more than just talking to people. It requires an acute sense of reading body language, recognising the real meaning behind voice intonations, understanding the subtle meaning of words chosen in a conversation, as well as responding appropriately to the signs being transmitted.

The words used consists of only 5% of communication. Unbelievable? Well, have you tried to talk to someone who doesn’t understand the language you used? How did you get your point across then? More often than not, you will gesticulate. And odds are, the “listener” will have a clearer understanding of what you’re trying to say.

If your company has the time and resources available, you should recruit “average” candidates and train them to develop the necessary skills to perform. Most companies, when hearing the word “training”, often visualise training on the technical aspect of the job. Operating equipment, procedures, hierarchy of responsibilities, SOPs. Rarely does an employer focus on people skills, creative thinking, human relations principles, risk analysis, leadership, communications… in other words, the lifeline of any organisation.

Now after this long rant, how did the post relate to the topic at hand which is “Be careful when employing people”? The careful part is one in which the employer (fortunately) has full control. Some of the attributes I mentioned above are very noticable; in the candidate’s resume, during the interview process, how composed he/she is during questioning, the manner in which the candidate explains his/her past experience in a previous job, etc..

The resume submitted should also have a sense of uniqueness, and must pertain to the position being offered. If the resume itself seems disturbingly templated, it means that the candidate didn’t really put in much effort structuring it. It might even be something he/she mass-distributes. A definite sign of laziness as well as nonchalance. It also shows that the candidate is a “career gambler”, ie. send the same thing to everyone and hopefully something will hook. If someone could be irresponsible enough to gamble with his/her career, imagine what he/she would do in a decision making position.

Another important document that can be used to get an idea on the kind of person the candidate is, is the application form. However, it is also one of the rarely used, and/or improperly designed document in the industry. More often than not, employers tend to design the application form like a census. Asking often unnecessary information such as race, religion, EPF/SOCSO number, family background, hobies, etc.. When I mentioned “unnecessary”, it means that it is unnecessary to be put in the application form. Hobbies and family background are useful topics to be covered during the interview, but not in an interrogative manner. In fact, when listening to how the interviewee elaborates on these topics, instead of what he/she is trying to say, you’d get a better insight on his/her personality. Watch for fluctuations in voice tones and words/phrases which are stressed. Often, these are tell-tale signs on the subtle differences in priorities for which the interviewee places on his/herself.

Back to the application form… Instead of being a census, the form should contain questions which require lots of thought and tests the candidates ability to project ideas in writing. Some examples of good questions are;

  • “What do you consider to be your most significant accomplishment and why?

  • Many people are drifters; meaning, they just go with the flow. They don’t really place my thought on what they’ve achieved and the manner in which they did it. Avoid candidates who give very short answers that are open-ended. Also be extra careful with candidates who state some academic achievement here, especially if they have previous work experiences.

  • “Why are you interested in becoming a ?”

  • This question, more often than not, will help sort out the gamblers from those who are genuinely interested in the position. Look out for signs of interest, passion of the industry, commitment, ambition and how the candidate feels he/she could contribute.

  • “What, in your opinion, qualifies you to be considered as a ?”

  • Less-proficient candidates will have a hard time differentiating the key point of this question and the previous. To many people interest and qualification are similar. Also avoid candidates who answer this question by stating that they meet the minimum requirement in terms of academic qualification and/or experience. They are obviously not ready for “real-world” implementation of business-related skills.

I could go on and on about this issue, but I guess I’ve at least given some things which could be beneficial to an interviewer, especially those who are new to this process. I appreciate any comments and/or other suggestions on the recruitment process.

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Sunday, September 2, 2007

Guerrilla Marketing Yourself

Whether you know it or not you're marketing yourself every day. And to lots of people! You're marketing yourself in a quest to make a sale, warm up a relationship, get a job, get connected, get something you deserve. You're always sending messages about yourself.

Guerrillas control the messages that they send. It's all about intention. Guerrillas live intentionally Non-guerrillas send unintentional messages, even if those messages sabotage their overall goals in life. They want to close a sale for a consulting contract, but their inability to make eye contact or the mumbled message they leave on an answering machine turns off the prospect.

Guerrillas send no unintentional messages

Unintentional messages erect an insurmountable barrier. Your job: be sure there is no barrier. There are really two people within you -- your accidental self and your intentional self. Most people are able to conduct about 95 percent of their lives by intent. But that's not enough.

It's the other 5 percent that can get you in trouble -- or in clover. I'm not talking phoniness here. The idea is for you to be who you are and not who you aren't -- to be aware of what you're doing, aware of whether or not your actions communicate ideas that will help you get what you deserve.

Who do you market to without even realizing it?

Employees. Customers. Prospects. Teachers. Parents. Children. Bosses.Prospective employers. Mates. Prospective mates. Friends. Sellers.Landlords. Neighbors. Professionals. Members of the community. The police. Service people. Family. Bankers. These people can help you or stop you from getting what you deserve. You can influence them with how you market yourself.

The three (3) big questions to answer

To market yourself properly, answer these three questions:

1. Who are you now? If friends described you, what would they say? Be honest rather than complimentary.
2. What do you want out of life? Be specific.
3. How will you know when you've reached your goals?

If you can't answer these questions, you're DOOMED to accidental marketing, spending your life reacting instead of responding, the odds against you reaching your goals.

How do you send messages and market yourself right now?

With your appearance, to be sure. You also market with your eye contact and body language, your habits, your speech patterns. You market yourself in print with your letters, email, website, notes, faxes, brochures and other printed material. You also market yourself with your attitude -- big time. You market yourself with your ethics.

How people judge you

Again, you may not be aware of it, but people are constantly judging and assessing you by noticing many things about you. You must be sure the messages of your marketing don't fight your dreams. What are people using to base their opinions, to make their decisions about you?

* Clothing * Hair * Weight * Height * Jewelry * Facial hair * Makeup *

Business card * Laugh * Glasses * Title * Neatness * Smell * Teeth * Smile * What you carry * Eye contact * Gait * Posture * Tone of voice * Handwriting * Spelling * Hat * Thoughtfulness * Car * Office * Home * Nervous habits * Handshake * Stationery * Availability * Writing ability * Phone use * Enthusiasm * Energy level * Comfort online

You're fully aware of your intentional marketing and possibly even invest time, energy and imagination into it, not to mention money.

But you may be undermining that investment if you're not paying attention to things that matter to others even more than what you say: keeping promises, punctuality, honesty, demeanor, respect, gratitude, sincerity, feedback, initiative, reliability. They also notice passion -- or the absence of it. They notice how well you listen to them.

What to do now

Now that you know these things, what should you do? Although Ben Franklin himself said that three of the hardest things in the world are diamonds, steel and knowing yourself, here's a three-step plan to get you started on the road to self-awareness and self-marketing acumen:

1. Write a positioning statement about yourself. Identify just who you are and the positive things that stand out most about you.

2. Identify your goals. Put into writing the three things you'd most like to achieve during the next three months, three years and then ten years.

3. State your measuring stick. Write the details of how you will know when you've achieved your goals. Be brief and specific.

To guerrilla market yourself, simply be aware of and in control of the messages you send. Do that and your goals will be a lot easier to attain.

Author: Mitch Meyerson  [ Website ]

3 Reasons to follow a computer hardware course

See how a computer hardware course can benefit you

How many times did your computer crash on you when you were working on a very important project? No matter how many times you are told to backup your data you are still at risk of computer hardware problems which will delay your project so what will you do? Bring your computer to the store and have it fixed for a longer delay or follow a computer hardware course so you can actually troubleshoot the problem yourself and have it fixed within minutes? The truth is you don't have to be a technician or an engineer to be able to do this and you'll see that if you do want to become one, fine there are very good careers for these types of studies.

Like I mentioned you don't need to have a degree in IT to be able to fix your computer. A simple computer hardware course where they teach the basics of hardware functionality is far more than enough for you to be able to troubleshoot your own computer. By investing some after hours to learn this will of course save you a lot of time when your computer decides to break down on you. Although you learn how to fix your computer more easily that's not the only reason why following a computer course is a good idea.

If you can fix your own computer, you can certainly create a new one. Thanks to a computer hardware course you'll be able to build a customized computer from scratch that will fit your needs and your needs only. It's like finding the perfect computer but at a very reasonable price. Custom built computers are usually cheaper since they include less labor from the company of course. If you can fix your own computer or build your own computer, you basically have no more need for a technician and this will save you a lot of time and money too =) .

Wondering how a career in IT would sound? Well a degree in any field related to computers is in very high demand now because there's not a single company that doesn't depend on computers whether it's hardware or software. So you can easily find job openings to start your new career. The truth is computer are becoming more and more important in a company so that is why companies need many competent specialists to take care of their infrastructure.

As you can see, if you have the extra time learning something new can definitely be rewarding but if you're learning anything related to computer hardware or software, it's going to be even more beneficial to you. Can't find the time? That's ok with all the latest technologyFind Article, you can practically follow your computer hardware course at home with your own schedule so that you don't have to worry about putting your main income on hold. Be sure to get more information regarding which courses you want to follow because this is a field that is very vast and learning everything would take a life time with all the progress that technology is going through.


Louis Zhang owns and operates, aComputer Hardware Course