30 Minute Lunch Break

So, what’s the deal with taking a 30 minute lunch break. I know that in the USA, lunch breaks are unpaid and if you take a 30 minute lunch, it allows a person to leave work 30 minutes earlier, but is it worth it?.

There are some semi enlightened employers who allow their employees to make their own choice on the length of lunch break that suits them, the choice is generally 30 minutes or one hour and the choice is strictly an individual option that only applies to that particular employee. I have worked in places that only have the 30 minute lunch option, only the one hour option and others that allow the employee to make an individual choice. When given a choice, I have always gone for the one hour lunch break because it allows me to get out of the work environment and eat at a relaxed pace. I have always felt more energetic and productive after a one hour lunch break. The 30 minute break annoys me, I feel rushed, the food has to be shoved down my throat as fast as I can shove it down. I feel that the 30 minute lunch break makes me less productive.

It definitely seems that it is a personal choice. Some people seem to do very well with only 30 minutes for lunch and others despise it because it is too short. This only applies to employees (wage slaves) of course. Self employed people do what ever they like regarding lunch and vary their lunch break day to day depending on how much work they have to complete and what they feel like on any given day.

The lunch break length has been studied and results indicate that a one hour break allows employees to be more productive in the afternoon. The break length also seems to be a very personal choice. My work experience began in Europe in the late 70’s. At that time, I always received an hour for lunch, and that hour was paid. I have talked with older Americans who said that they received hour long paid lunch breaks in the 50’s 60’s and early 70’s, so I suppose this current lunch break thing is a sign of the times, lack of any respect for employees.

I don’t care if I don’t get paid for lunch breaks but I prefer my hour. The best solution seems to be that the employer should offer each individual the choice of lunch break length, as it is unpaid.

I have noticed that in the last 30 years, there seems to be a desire by employers to move back to a Victorian era employment situation,  where they can have employees work for 15 hours a day with a 10 minutes (unpaid) lunch break. This isn’t surprising, as unions have been severely weakened and most are generally corrupt enough to accept “donations” from the people who employ their members.

What is the real solution? Do our best to employ ourselves, even though governments do their very best to make this almost impossible with their red tape and coronavirus restrictions ( that they seem to want to make permanent) that impact small businesses hardest.

 

Free “Art Of Woodworking ‘ Guide

wood-projects-collectionAs a woodworker, you may have realized that finding the right detailed plans to build some custom projects to meet specific needs can be very difficult. This is among the most common problems woodworkers face today, but luckily for you, this and other related problem shouldn’t bother you.

At Teds Woodworking, Ted Mcgrath, a certified master woodworker, trainer, and author gives more than 16,000 plans, with step-by-step blueprints for various woodworking projects.

So what’s Teds Woodworking all about?

Building complex projects or even the simple ones to meet specific needs can be very difficult even to experienced woodworkers especially when you can’t find a detailed plan. And most of the so-called “step by step” guides found online and in various magazines make building some projects harder than it should be. This is because the plans are sometimes not specific enough or their instructions leave out crucial information assuming that you have enough experience to know what to do.

In addition, often, such plans don’t have enough detail. For instance, some don’t include pictures or the pictures they have don’t match what they are telling you. Still, some don’t even include cut sheets, so you are forced to “guesstimate” materials.

Ted Mcgrath spent over 25 years studying these problems and finding solutions. He put together a comprehensive collection of wood-working plans. Tedswoodworking.com is his website which offers woodworkers solutions to various woodworking problems, especially those related to finding the right plans for various projects. The site has detailed plans for over 16, 000 projects. Every plan comes with a step-by-step blueprint to make it easier for you to create stunning, professional wood-working projects hassle-free, quickly, and easily.

Who is TedsWoodworking for?

If you are a woodworker looking for detailed plans to start building your dream projects, or if you want a variety of plans for various unique projects, then tedswoodworking.com has you covered. The website has helpful insights for both beginner woodworkers and the more experienced ones.

Why you should check this out

Occasionally, you are presented with a challenging project, for instance, a customer comes and wants something custom-made for them. Without having a detailed plan, it may be very difficult to build such projects quickly and be able to meet your customer’s needs. TedsWoodworking comes in handy, providing you with a variety of plans with complete easy-to-understand instructions.

You will also get new insights and learn new tricks of completing projects even if you do not have expensive tools or a large woodworking workshop. And given the wide range of projects and complete plans available on the website, you no longer need to spend days or months looking for someone to complete a project for you. You will build even the most challenging projects yourself.

Here are a few things the site has to offer:

  • Easy-to-understand step by step instructions; Every plan has simple “hold-you-by-the-hand” instructions that will assist you to complete your projects quickly.

 

  • Materials and Cutting lists ensuring that you get the right materials and make correct cuttings. This saves you a lot of money. 

 

  • You get sharp, colorful and detailed schematics. No guesswork is involved, you will know what to do and how to do it and complete your projects within the shortest time possible.

 

  • The plans give you views from all angles. You will see how everything should look like before you start building. The intricate details for every joint, angle and corner make sure you are not left guessing.

 

  • Various lists of plans (16,000+). In addition, you will also get new plans every month for free.

 

  • The plans cover all levels of competence and skills. You don’t have to be an expert wood-worker or have expensive tools and machinery to use the plans.

 

  • Whether you are a pro woodworker, an amateur, or a beginner with hand tools, you will find several projects suitable for you.

 

What You Won’t Like about Teds Woodworking?

Although Teds Woodworking has a lot of good things to offer, it has also some flaws. Since this contains thousands of plans, it takes time to download it, particularly if your internet speed isn’t up to mark.

Nevertheless, this advantage may be nullified if you choose the DVD version of Teds Woodworking. You’ll have every plan in a portable DVD and you don’t need to spend time in front of your computer to download the pack.

But, if you pick the DVD version, you’ll have to wait several days for the shipping. Aside from that, organizing a total of 16,000 plans isn’t a simple task. You do need to utilize the search option to locate the plan you’re looking for.

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Monthly Dividend Income

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I’ve been interested in making money with dividends for a while (in a casual way), but I didn’t really look into the details until recently. I had an idea that by buying stocks that have a good dividend payout, I could receive a monthly income was intriguing. This does work but the drawback is that you have to watch the stocks that pay dividends because the dividend yield can go down. It all depends on the company.

Unfortunately, the more money that you can invest, the more you can make. I have received dividends but my investments are so small that they are not worth claiming and I just reinvest the dividends back into the account. The reason that I have small account is that I am very risk averse, so it is my own fault. I bought some stocks in a Canadian company a few months ago, while they were cheap. The price per share has increased 102% since I bought the stocks. I had an instinct that the value would rise significantly but I didn’t invest enough money. If I was 100% certain (and less risk averse) I would have been willing to borrow as large a sum of money as I could, used it all to buy stocks in the company, sold them today and doubled my money in a matter of months.

The news being circulated in the mainstream news outlets regarding stocks and shares is not always accurate and could lead a person to make bad decisions. It is better to research this subject in a more detailed way with information coming from less mainstream personalities.

The way to generate dividend income is by building a portfolio of high yield dividend stocks that pay out at different times throughout the year, ideally getting a worthwhile income every month. The stocks that you pick should also have a history of raising their dividends regularly. To get a worthwhile monthly check would require a substantial investment. I saw one plan that claimed to return $1000 per month, throughout the year but it required a $50,000 investment and if that accounts for your total savings, then I expect that you would be too risky for most people. According to a 2018 GOBankingRates survey, 58% of Americans had less than $1000 in their savings accounts.

The basic idea of dividend income is sound and you can always start the process in a small way and reinvest the dividends that you receive. It will be a learning experience.

Think And Grow Rich

One of the most reccommended self help books ever

The Napoleon Hill Foundation received many requests from people wanting the original, unedited, 1937 copy of Think and Grow Rich. To satisfy those customers the Foundation reproduced Napoleon Hill’s personal copy of the first edition, printed in March of 1937. The book has the notation, not to be loaned, and signed: Annie Lou Hill (the wife of Dr. Hill). This personal copy of Dr. Hill’s was given to me by Dr. Charles W. Johnson, Chairman of the Napoleon Hill Foundation and a nephew of Napoleon Hill. It was Napoleon Hill who sent Dr. Johnson to medical school, and today he is a practicing cardiologist. Charlie refers to Napoleon Hill as Uncle Nap, and will often makes the statement, Uncle Nap would be proud of the Foundation today. The original 1937 manuscript was written and edited with the assistance of Napoleon’s wife. In later years, the existing document was again edited by Dr. Hill. For example, the Foundation owns a 1958 edition that Hill edited personally. This did not lessen the books value in Hill’s judgment. Hill made the editing remarks in his own handwriting and the resulting 1960 edited edition has sold over 100 million copies making it the most read self-help book of all time. Think and Grow Rich sells more copies today than before Dr. Hill died in 1970. Now, a new and authoritative recording of this original, unedited, one-of-a-kind work, authorized by the Napoleon Hill Foundation is available. By purchasing this audio edition, you will be supporting the nonprofit Napoleon Hill Foundation. The entire philosophy of Napoleon Hill is based on the Golden Rule. The Foundation deeply appreciates the support of those of you who only purchase Napoleon Hill authorized books. You can identify these materials by the Foundation Logo and by looking inside for Napoleon Hill copyright.


Think and Grow Rich (1937 Edition)

Create Your Own Furniture And Wood Crafts For Fun Or Profit

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Whether you are thinking of starting a hobby, or gaining skills for a business, being able to create wooden furniture is an absorbing and potentially lucrative way to spend your free time. A practical skill is a wonderful thing to develop and working with wood could even be seen as artistic. This skill could set you free from the employment rat race if you want it to, although if you are a beginner, it takes time to develop the skill.  Woodworking skills need attention to detail and patience. If you already know that you are a practical person, then you have an excellent chance of developing the skill set fast. If you aren’t sure that you can master the skills……..you will never know unless you try

“Whether you think that you can, or you think that you can’t……..you are right” (quote from Henry Ford).

To help you get started, check out FurnitureCraftPlans

What Is FurnitureCraftPlans All About?

The package contains over 9,000 premium woodworking furniture and
craft plans that you can easily follow at home. These projects
cover a variety of different projects you can work on at home; –
mostly focusing on furniture and small crafts.

It contains all the necessary info which includes drawing out clear
diagrams, accurate dimensions and gave detailed explanations on the
plans design .

We think this is extremely important because we have seen plenty of
free woodworking plans on other sites that are created
recklessly.

Some have inaccurate dimensions, some did not explain what
tools are needed during the woodworking process while some only
provide the diagrams without proper step by step instructions
on how to do it. You know what I mean if you’ve paid for those
lousy woodworking plans in the past.

Well fortunately, these flaws and mistakes are hardly to be seen
in FurnitureCraftPlans

The good stuff:

– All materials and tools needed for a project are properly listed.
– Diagrams are clear and with accurate dimensions.
– Photos are also included; nothing was left to the imagination.
– Detailed explanation of plans will guide you from the beginning
to the end.
– Everything is ready to be printed, with proper categorization

Bad stuff:

Only thing I could complain about is that there are too many plans.
After downloading, you can sometimes feel overwhelmed. But as you
can imagine, it is difficult to go through over 9,000 plans.

My suggestion is to focus on the projects you want to work with first.
As it is categorized, all you need to do is to search and/or go to the
category you want. Eg: I started with a simple birdhouse so I went to
the “outdoor small crafts” section to look for related plans.

In Conclusion:

I highly recommend this package if you already enjoy working with wood or you are interested in exploring the possibilities. It offers fantastic value for money. The woodworking plans are not complicated, they are straightforward and extremely easy to follow .
Even a complete newbie is able to master the woodworking skills and
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One thing I really enjoy are the free updates. From what I’ve seen,
they are consistently updating their members’ area with new woodworking
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As of writing today, the site is giving away a free bonus called
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The 40 Hour Work Week

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The 40 hour work week is not a permanent fixture.. Although it is now commonly accepted and people are so used to it that anything less is seen as part time when working for an employer, and  is penalized. Lower pay, no benefits, no sick time, no vacation time, no overtime pay and the list goes on.

 

The 40 hour work week came into being during the industrial revolution, when people were previously working up to 100 hours per week  on tedious, dangerous, repetitive tasks while being paid a pittance. The 40 hour week was seen as wonderful.

 

Before the industrial revolution, people worked a more nature based schedule, because many were involved in agriculture and there was also a lack of good artificial light. The work day would begin at first light and finish at last light. The work conditions were physically intensive, but at least people could work surrounded by nature rather than the miserable, dangerous, depressing and unhealthy conditions of the industrial revolution factories. When I read of the conditions that many people had to live and work in, “living death” is the only thing that I can think of.

 

There seems to have been a golden age of the employee, roughly between the early 1940s and the early 1970s. Well paid work was plentiful and while not always satisfying, it would offer a good lifestyle to many, one person could support a whole family of 4 or 5 on their pay and people seemed happier with the 40 hour work week model. I don’t know what happened, but that age is long gone. Real wages have been stagnant for a long time, while prices have risen and job security is a thing of the past. Something has messed up the benefits system where you now find that your employee medical/dental/vision insurance is becoming worthless but premiums have risen dramatically.

 

It seems that we have been in the tech revolution for a while now. Since the advent of computers, many jobs that were once considered industrial are now technology based and require fewer people and less or different skills. A good example is  the printing industry which was very labor intensive and was seen as a skilled and well paid occupation not so long ago. It required many people who specialized in different skills such as typesetters and book binders, machine operators etc. Technology has led to a 43% drop in print industry employment in the last 20 years alone. Part of this decline can be attributed to digital books and digital methods of communication, desktop publishing, where a person can now produce his/her own business cards at home, direct to press typesetting systems where a computer operator can design the print job on screen and then send the job direct to a printing press, cutting out several jobs in the process. The industry was very unionized, but even the powerful print unions couldn’t disrupt advancements in technology.

 

It seems that some time soon, we will be forced to rethink our relationship with work and the 40 hour work week. The technology to shorten the work week exists now in many areas of work but the issue is that in today’s society,  less hours mean less paycheck. Artificial intelligence and robots are developing rapidly and once an android type of machine like “data” in Star Trek can be built, it will be able to put a lot of humans out of work. There is already a lot of speculation about driverless vehicles, personal, taxis, trucks and the like. Some testing is already underway. One could speculate that a passenger aircraft could now fly itself but the public is not ready to trust such a machine yet. Pilots, don’t get too complacent and elitist about job security.

 

What can replace the 40 hour work week? What can replace work itself?.  It is not so much a question of what activities will replace work but what will allow us to earn money. Many European countries already have a less than 40 hour work week, generous vacation allowances of  a minimum 25 days and they still find that business can be profitable. A universal basic income is attractive in theory, but because humans are human, they will find a way to mess that up somehow for the benefit of a few, to the detriment of many.

 

The 40 hour week model is at least 100 years old now and probably needs to be revised. Most people dislike work and dislike being there, although there are plenty of people who can convincingly lie that they like their work, very few do. I haven’t got a solution yet,  but I think that earning money will not look like the current 40 hour week model 100 years from now. As for the androids, we will have to discover their limitations and exploit those limitations to earn a living.

 

I think that the two words that sum up the current trend is “greed” and “need”. The ones that “have” are greedy and the ones that don’t have, still need to earn that pittance in order to survive. It is up to the individual to find his/her solution to this. If you are waiting for politicians, (of any flavor) to find a solution for you, you will be waiting forever.

 

An additional thought, I acknowledge that the industrial revolution sweatshop system of production still exists in many parts of the world and I feel for them. Part of the blame is us in the developed world wanting and buying the products that are produced, and ignoring the fact that these companies have offshored their operations for only one reason, to maximize already record profits….are there any limits to greed?.

Sulky Sunday

woman in red lipstick opening her mouth

This is a little rhyme that I wrote for my wife because she used to sulk so much on Sundays about having to go to work on Monday.

I am not a poet, I don’t know how to formulate poetry and I am not about to learn any time soon, it is what it is.

She seemed to think that it was funny.

 

 

The big day is here, it’s called sulky Sunday,

It’s not too much fun but it’s better than Monday,

 

The day starts off well, but the clock moves so fast,

She wants time to slow, she wants it to last,

but in the blink of an eye, the day has now passed.

 

To bed she must go, with feelings of sadness,

This Monday feeling is total madness,

 

She closes her eyes and before she is rested,

She is torn from her slumber by the number so detested,

 

It’s 6am, the alarm is ringing, and the ears are stinging,

 

With one thought in her mind, she crawls out of bed,

It’s another DAMN Monday, she screams in her head.

Freedom

white seagull flying on sky

 

What is freedom?

 

The dictionary definitions go something like this:

  • The absence of necessity, coercion, or constraint in choice or action.
  • The quality or state of being exempt or released usually from something onerous.
  • The power of self-determination attributed to the will; the quality of being independent of fate or necessity.
  • A political right.
  • Absence of slavery.

And several similar definitions.

I don’t really think that anyone feels that they have 100% freedom. Freedom to me means a total absence of any type of pressure or influence that compels me to do, say or think anything against my wishes and the absolute ability to do anything ( that does not negatively impact any other being) that I wish to do. For me, there are three main components to freedom.

 

Total financial independence

I believe that this is the most important source of freedom in the modern world, and if a person has this, they are well on their way to achieving total freedom. Work, the traditional source of money, is not enjoyable for many people and although it is true that in the western world, everyone is theoretically free to choose how they earn their money, there are many barriers to actually working in the field that one loves, and if one loves their work, it isn’t really work as we have come to understand it. Barriers can include education, intelligence (which is not the same as education), temperament, childhood influences/indoctrination from many sources, the financial situation that one is born into, mental outlook and many more barriers and influences that have an impact to a varying degree. The ideal situation is to have a multi million dollar bank account, but I suspect that even multimillionaires would object to me saying this and that they would cite many reasons why their money does not give them freedom. The one thing that nobody can deny, is that wealthy people certainly have more potential to achieve freedom than people without money and if they can’t achieve a large degree of freedom by using their money then they are not using it wisely.

According to various recent studies, 50%-70% of people hate their jobs. Most people end up tying themselves down to a job or field of work by accumulating debt as soon as they begin to earn money. Once the person is in debt, they have to continue the work that they come to dislike or hate, in order to pay the debt off, while also supplying cash for everyday survival. They continue on, hating and resenting the job or jobs for their whole lives. My experiment with freedom began with downsizing my job so that I have more time and energy to explore more fulfilling methods of securing financial freedom. I believe that financial independence is the key factor to freedom. The saying that “you need money to make money” is very accurate. If you don’t believe this, then you have never attempted to generate money,  independent of a “job”.

 

Mental Outlook

The manner in which a person views the world plays a huge part in how free he/she feels. One person could feel trapped and imprisoned, yet another person can feel free and fulfilled in exactly the same situation. Some people feel doomed from their first remembered thought, others feel empowered. I don’t know why this is, but I believe that the less optimistic mind can be trained by the individual to become more productive. A negative mind attracts negative things. The law of attraction is real. Even if you don’t believe this, Wouldn’t it be better to think positive thoughts rather than negative ones?. Affirmations, meditation and manifestation techniques can be employed to set your mind free. Try not to watch the news, most of it is propaganda anyway. If you study news broadcasts, some form of agenda becomes apparent, and it is not healthy for a person to subject themselves to this. Take some form of exercise regularly, physical exercise is good for mental outlook and it also helps your body to function as an effective tool for personal freedom.

 

No Unwarranted Obligations to Others

This is a hard topic to balance properly. Any decent parents will always feel an obligation to their children, and rightly so, as they are responsible for bringing the child into being.  If the parents are lucky, the child will also feel an obligation to minimize those obligations for the parent. A person should not settle for a life of drudgery, misery or mediocrity because of any other person’s expectations or behaviour. I have always found that if mutual respect is present between people, that the weight of anything that can be considered an obligation is reduced considerably, almost to a negligible degree. A parent that attempts to forcefully mold their child into something that the child doesn’t want to be, especially where work or marriage are concerned, is basically claiming the child as their property. I do not consider wise advice as part of this, as advice is given freely and can be acted upon, or ignored by the recipient.  

People who are conscious in their efforts to restrict you do not have your best interests in mind and ways to free yourself from such people should be made a priority. Obligations to others are accepted by people constantly, and if you feel that your service is worthwhile and makes you happy then it is not the type of obligation that I am referencing here. The particular freedom restricting element can more accurately be called an imposition.

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Freedom?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I most definitely consider the possession of enough funds to be free of the shackles of “work” to be paramount. When I use the word “work”, I am referring to a job as an employee that one does not want to do by choice, but is compelled to do, in order to pay the bills, buy food, survive etc. Money seems to be a dirty word for many people, probably because they don’t want to be considered a mercenary individual. The world is organized around money however, and the more of it you have stored away somewhere, the more freedom of choice you have.

A person could always just go to a remote area of the world and live off the land of course, and if this idea is attractive, you could possibly find freedom without money, but opportunities to live like this are not very abundant today and most people from the developed world would miss their gadgets and labor-saving devices, but It is a possibility.

 

Quotes

  • “Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t–you’re right.” – Henry Ford

 

  • “The mind is everything. What you think you become”. – Buddha

 

  • “Freedom is the will to be responsible to ourselves”. – Friedrich Nietzsche

 

  • “The desire of gold is not for gold. It is for the means of freedom and benefit”. –  Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

  • “No one outside ourselves can rule us inwardly. When we know this, we become free”. –  Buddha

 

  • “ A friend is someone who gives you total freedom to be yourself”. –  Jim Morrison

 

  • “Every time you borrow money, you’re robbing your future self”. – Nathan W. Morris

 

  • “Financial Freedom is less about Financials and more about freedom”. – Manoj Arora

 

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