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The Power Derivatives

Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely- But how? It all depends who is in power and how the power is being used and for what purpose it is being used. It is good to have a giant’s power but it is tyrannical to use it like a giant. Power in itself is neither good nor bad, but how it is being put into use, can only justify its nature and behavior.
The meaning of “Power” varies with respect to its types, uses, and users. There are three major types of Powers which affect our soul, mind and body rest are its ramifications. These are;
1. The Ultimate Power. (Divine Power)
2. The Super Natural Power. (Giants, Ghosts)
3. The Mundane Power. (Power used by Humans)
The Ultimate Power (Divine Power)
The concept of Ultimate Power is more sublime and a bit difficult to conceive but it has a permanent everlasting nature. It does exist and no one can deny its existence and the role it plays in our lives. It is the only Unique Power having no parallel in this entire universe because he is one in nature, unmatched, and we call him God, Allah and Eeshwar in various language or dialects. He controls rest of the power exists in this universe, he is unbeatable and nobody can destroy him. He holds absolute controls over all powers of the universe, not a single movement of micro seconds can be done against his will and wish. He holds absolute control and command of all powers at work in this universe.
He is the creator of everything in this universe, stars, moons, planets, earth, galaxies, suns, solar systems, atoms, humans, animals, matter and elements, space, dark matter, black holes, nova, super nova, galaxies, galactic clusters, cluster groups, space, air, insects, reptiles, micro orgasm, brain, soul no matter you name anything you will find this power at work. His every creation is unique and different in nature even under the same class and category. Let us take humans first; all humans are genetically different all over the world and not a single human match with other in habits, in behavior, in appearance, in color and complexion, and all are having brains but everybody thinks differently. Similarly you consider any class, group or category you will observe similar varying properties in each class or category.
He has his own hierarchy and a unique system of reporting with all its checks and balances which is necessary to run a mega organizational structure. He is all knowing and nothing is hidden from him. He has a team of workers, deputed to perform various activities, known as Angles. The chain of commands begins from the top which is being executed by the deputed workers accordingly and there is no concept of disobeying the orders. It is always a “YES” and there is no concept of “NO” there, because it is an absolute “Chain of Command” of an Ultimate Divine Power ruling the UNIVERSE.
The Super Natural Power (Giants, Ghosts, Spirits)
Just like humans this class or category is also submissive to Ultimate Power (Divine Power). It has its own working domains, colonies, ways of life and working methodology not visible to every human eye. Although they are living among the humans but due to their special appearance with different body chemistry and formation, our mind is unable to conceive them. They are more powerful than humans and can maneuver their power skills, tactics and commands in a more versatile manner in order to capture their enemies or opponents. They excel in numbers than humans and residing not only on the earth but also occupying air and space, which a human brain cannot even imagine.
They do have positive and negative interaction with humans and the later uses specialized means and sources to control and harness this Super Natural Power which can be utilized in both ways to benefit and to destroy any thing existing on this planet. This domain of power usually remains defensive and repulsive unless an act of aggression is being committed against them or any act interfering and violating their jurisdiction or space, usually by humans not knowing their location or populating area. Some of us do not believe in their existence but our holy books like Quran and Bible do mention of this class and the practice of exorcism has further substantiated their deniable presence in this universe.
The Mundane Power (Power used by Humans)
This is the third tier of Power troika where power gets derived by the humans in most practical and applied manner. The concepts like “Power Corruption” and “Absolute Power Corruption” can be best observed and tested within this class where absolute power corrupts absolutely and giant’s power is used like a giant, these concepts are almost non-available in the first two tiers of Power Derivatives. The reason is, perhaps the concept of “Choice” among the humans and the “Brain” they possess, which can work in both way, the positive and the negative with all its complexities and thinking ability. The brain does play a role in the second tier but it is found more refined and tilted towards positive nature which works in a less destructive manner as compared with human brain. With choices and options the human brain has become more flexible in opting out for the right and wrong methods to succeed in life and its hunger for Power has reshaped it to adopt aggressive attitude to get Absolute Control of the things on this planet earth.
The rapidly changing power structure under this domain is reshaping itself in a more progressive manner and the various concepts of power management have transformed into a new version, giving Power a new meaning in the 21st Century. The renowned Chinese revolutionary leader Mao Tse-tung once said “Power grows out of the barrel of the gun” and with the Industrial Revolution the concepts like “Money” and “Wealth” became the base line for every existing power structure and now “Knowledge itself is a power”. The power vortex seems to be shifting over a period of time and a new system of creating wealth based no longer on muscles but on mind is taking place.
Sir Winston Churchill once said that “Empires of the future are empires of the mind” and today that observation has come true. The Power of Knowledge has superseded all other powers disintegrating their old structure which previously held the world together. This disintegration process is taking place at every level of our human society and one can observe it happening in the markets, shopping ares in schools, in banks, in offices, hospitals, corporate sectors, labor unions, and homes. The office managers and supervisors have observed that the workers no longer take orders blindly; they ask questions and demand answers. Military officers are learning the same thing about their troops. Police chiefs are having similar vibes from cops, and the teachers facing the same issues from their students.
Knowledge, violence (muscles power) and wealth are the major sources of power in human society and relationship among them or various combinations of these, define the role of power in our society. The manner these sources are put into use to achieve the desired goals weather negative or positive, decide the nature and behavior of power at work. Not a single micro unit or mega unit is protected from power play including every individual, companies, corporation and governments where power is used ruthlessly like a giant to achieve the absolute control and management of the afore mentioned respective power structures and concerns.
The use of knowledge, violence and wealth to make people perform in a given way and its application to control behavior will be a never ending activity from cradle to cremation and none of the human society is escaped from it.
All powers will be destroyed at the end, in the similar manner it began with a Big Bang.

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How To Solve Percentage Questions On The ASVAB Without A Calculator

As part of your military application process you will be required to take the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery or ASVAB. While this exam covers many different topics, many students seem to struggle with math concepts the most given that you are not allowed to use a calculator. And so questions that would appear quite easy are suddenly very difficult to solve.
Once such topic is calculating percentages. In this article I will show you a shortcut to save you time and help you figure out the correct answer for a standard percent type question.
Picture this ASVAB style question:
1/8 is equal to approximately what percent value?
a) 8%
b) 10%
c) 22%
d) 13%
At first glance the question seems impossible. Let’s discuss the long and short way to solve this question.
The Long Way
The long way requires setting up an equation where (1/8) = (x/100) so that x is the value we are trying to solve for. You can write out this formula, the cross multiply to solve for x. This requires multiplying both sides by 100 to isolate ‘x’ leaving you with a new equation: x = 100 / 8. Then comes the long and tedious part. You have to draw out the long division to calculate 8 into 100 which may take you a good 30 seconds to a full minute. But you should wind up with the correct answer of 12.5 which is close enough to 13 and thus choice ‘d’
The Simpler And Faster Way
The quicker way to solve ASVAB style math questions is to find the approximate value through rounding and simplification. This will allow you to rule out the incorrect answer choices so that you can guess the correct answer by the process of elimination.
Since the number 8 is relatively close to 10, we can simplify this equation to read 1/10 which is 10%
This is found by multiplying both the top and bottom by 10, all in your head.
Therefor 1/10 is the same as 10/100 which is 10%
HOWEVER we rounded to get 10% which means that the answer choice giving you 10% is incorrect. Rule that out. And since we had to make the number BIGGER to get 10% any number smaller than this value will also be incorrect
If our answer has to be greater than 10% then both choice (a) 8% and choice (b) 10% can be ruled out
We are now left with just 2 choices, and still haven’t put pen to paper for calculations.
Since a small rounding gave us 10% our answer is expected to be close enough. 13% is a close value, 22% is a much larger value, but let’s justify this further
22% can be written as 22/100. This number is very close to 20/100.
Since both 20 and 100 end in at least one zero, these cancel leaving you with 2/10 which further simplifies to 1/5. Keep in mind that we rounded the number down, meaning the actual answer is really somewhere between 1/4 and 1/5
Now let’s apply a final bit of quick logic, ALL STILL IN YOUR HEAD
1/5 is close to 1/8 but THREE whole numbers away.
1/10 is a bit closer to 1/8 and comes from our previous rounding efforts. Therefor we expect the number 1/8 to be closer to 1/10 meaning closer to 10% and so we rule out choice (c) at 22% and instead settle with (d) 13% as the correct answer
Now it may appear that this line of thinking involved a great deal of steps to come to a conclusion, but that’s only because the steps had to be explained. If you keep practicing this way you will realize that this is a much faster way to solve percentage problems

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What Are the Obstacles to Immerse Yourself in Another Culture?

“Problems become opportunities if the right people come together” – Robert South
An alien cultural setting can be extremely demanding. You will have to communicate in a new language while finding new, culturally appropriate strategies to seek out interactions. What is common to one culture may seem strange, counter-intuitive, or appalling to another. Language barriers and cultural differences will move you beyond your comfort zone and might result in feeling isolated and frustrated. However, overcoming these obstacles will create borderless opportunities for you.
Fear of:
– The “other”
– The “unknown”
– Physical safety
– Diseases
– Nutrition problems
– Being alone
– Making mistakes
– Loss of face
– Leaving behind family, friends, job, and security
– Loss of identity
– Not being able to settle back to one’s own culture
– Stress, frustration, and anxiety
– Unwillingness to change
– Lethargy
– Inconvenience
– Bureaucratic hurdles
– Finances
– Limited time
In short, there are many obstacles – but none is insurmountable. So, now it is up to you! Develop the will, conquer your fears, and learn for life!
Success comes naturally when you realise your opportunities. In fact, your opportunities start to multiply as you seize them. To be able to pursue your desire and reach out to other cultures, tenacity and resilience are indispensable.
– Determination to pursue your particular goals
– Awareness of the unique chance
– Eagerness to learn
– Curiosity to engage on a journey of knowledge discovery
– Will to go beyond your comfort zone
– Resoluteness to keep striving to immerse yourself further and further
– Courage
– Audacity to experiment
– Resilience to deal with inevitable setbacks
– Willing to engage other cultures and participate in them
– Acceptance of other customs and traditions
– Critical reflection on your own culture
– Communicative awareness
– Willingness to question yourself, make compromises, adapt, and integrate
– Behavioural flexibility
– Tolerance of ambiguity
– Ability to deal with ambiguous situations constructively
– Appreciation for otherness
– Empathy
– Time
– Patience
– Open eyes and an open mind to see and comprehend differences
– Finances

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Productivity and Innovation – 5 Critical Questions Every Business Owner Should Ask

I was speaking with a friend and fellow business owner a short time ago who’s going through some growth transition issues. He’s improved his customer service practices and a key employee just couldn’t embrace the changes and keep up.

After waiting too long (his words) he reluctantly made the needed change and replaced a long standing employee with a new person. He has a small business with only 6 employees so any personnel issue has huge ramifications. All in all he did a great job smoothing the exit of the employee and allowing for the relatively easy entrance of the replacement.

About a week into things he called the new employee in and gave him a ‘project’. The mission was simple, pay very close attention to the business process, work flow, communication both with clients and in the office and look for problems, issues and bottlenecks. This is a great idea for any of us. He basically recruited his new employee to function as an internal consultant looking at his business with ‘new eyes’. Now realize that this is not a witch job is to look at practices and policies not to spy on fellow co-workers and then tattle.

I suggested that he expand this practice one more step and I shared with him an idea that I’ve used, as a consultant in company after company that I’ve worked with but also as a technique that I’ve used to grow my own businesses.

Ask the 5 Critical Questions.

The process is simple, simply sit down with your employees, ideally one on one, and out of the office for a candid discussion. The larger the company the harder this is to do, so in large companies small groups of 5-10 people might be the best you can do. In a small business, coffee, lunch, breakfast, any 30-45 minute session works. This is not an excuse for dinner with the good looking employee and should never involve heading to a bar…I’ve found a diner works best. Let everyone know this is coming ahead of time so they aren’t shocked and let them know that you really want to hear from them, both the good and the bad.

Try to schedule all of the meetings in as short a period of time as possible to avoid ‘meeting cross contamination’. If not all of the usual stuff will crop up in water cooler talks, “What did you say?”, “What should we ask for?”, “What did he/she want to know?” Try to minimize this as much as possible if you want the best information.

Once you have the meeting, get to know your employee a little better and then ask the 5 Critical Questions…I have found that asking them in this order works you ask for good stuff first they’ll gloss over the bad stuff.

What are we as a company doing poorly?

What am I, or what is management, doing that gets in your way?

What are we as a company doing well?

What can I, or management do, do to make your job easier?

And the $Million dollar question… “If time and money were not factors, what would you STOP, START or CHANGE that can help us do better for our clients?’

He took my idea and in a period of three weeks was able to have a meeting with everyone. Part of the feedback about the process…”The level of communications with our employees is at an all time high, and both the volume of output has increased while the quality has increased exponentially at the same time. Another benefit is that all of our employees are finally taking ownership, freeing me to actually grow the business.”

Ideas that have come out of other companies who’ve tried it:

Wholesales changes to archaic customer service practices

Creation of project bid teams made up of marketing, sales and service reps to insure workable delivery deadlines

Changes to purchasing patterns resulting in significant cost savings

Employee/management teams that collaboratively created specs for capital equipment purchases

Creation of an award winning client service website

New and different marketing ideas

Development of new profit centers

A renewed sense of purpose after employees knew they were being listened to

Give it a shot, you have a lot to learn and you’ll have an opportunity to develop better relationships with your team.

You have nothing to lose, you have to eat anyway but trust me, the knowledge you’ll gain will make these meals some of the best money you’ve ever invested into your business.

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A Guide on Information Technology Careers

A Guide on Information Technology Careers

We all live in the information age. What better career to go after than one in the information industry. But how does IT apply to? There are many fields of specialty in IT and you can work in a broad field or a more specific field. Either way, businesses are always on the lookout for a good IT employee. Here is a brief guide on information technology careers.

Someone who works in the field of information technology will work daily with computers (personal or business), the internet and anything else that has to deal with any kind of digital electronic processes and systems that spread information at the touch of a button. These systems were designed to make out lives easier, but without the IT specialists there to answer questions for the Layman and fix things when they are broke, the world would be in a heap of trouble.

Word processors, spreadsheets, databases and other software that businesses often use are all part of what the information technology specialist deals with on a daily basis. The IT’s job is to build the systems, set them up and make sure that they run properly and do what they are supposed to do. If these computer systems ever go down and the company didn’t have an IT person there to fix it right away, many companies could possibly lose a lot of production which will result in the loss of money as well.

Some tasks that they might cover on a day-to-day basis are things like upgrading computer software, getting other employees connected to the server, router, or internet. They may also build websites, design graphics and keep the companies systems and databases intact.

Not all information technology careers are the same. You will have the option to work in your field that you specialize in. Whether its building websites or working on normal everyday computer fixes, as long as we have computers we will have a need for a specialized IT employee. Most people in the IT career don’t really call their profession an IT specialist. They instead go by titles like engineers, programmers, webmasters, etc.

All information technology careers no matter what deal with the usability and maintenance of electronic systems. Their main tasks are to keep everything in working order and build upon outdated systems to make things simpler and to make their employers more money. If you can satisfy those basic needs, you can have a long a lucrative career in the IT field no matter what you call yourself.

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Adult Education – You Can Make a Difference

Adult Education – You Can Make a Difference

Getting an education does not depend on your age. Whether you are fifty or sixty years old, you can still get your education and that does not matter at all. Adult education is a perfect solution for you who might have never been getting a chance at younger ages or could not take the chance when you had it for many reasons.

A lot of people do not think much of adult education or they feel embarrass going to school at higher age and rather doing nothing than making a difference for their lives but I am sure that is not you. You know what is good for you and I am sure you will have enough courage to take it on and achieve your dream.

My neighbor became a professor when he was 53 years old. For all his life, he was working at an engineer and always regretted it. One day, he decided to make a change and came back to school to pursue his dream. He got it. It is just simple like that. If you seek it, you will find it. Age can never hold anybody back. The only thing that holds people back is their own minds.

If you keep on waiting and hoping for a miracle that could change your current then I will guarantee that never going to happen. Time never waits for anyone, it brings age with it. You have a dream, pursue it, take action now and grab your education. You can make a difference. That is for sure.