Amaze Yourself

Amaze Yourself

Years ago my husband and I went skiing for the first time in Durango, CO. At the top of the slope, he would ski down the blue run while I took the green beginner run. Yes, the bunny slope. I never fell, not once. I was careful, a bit slow, but I didn’t fall. He fell a few times, got up and kept going.

Next day I chose brave and adventurous. No more green slope. If I fell, I fell. Without saying anything, we got off the ski lift. He took off down the blue slope, expecting me to repeat the bunny run.

When he glanced back he saw me right behind him. I was following as closely as possible (and faster than I’d prefer) but I was determined to keep up. I only fell once or twice. I didn’t break anything, and it was great fun!

With only a day’s experience of skiing and falling and getting back up, Mike became my coach, and I became a better skier. We had a blast!

My takeaway from this?  Something I have to remind myself from time to time. Break out! Never settle for past successes (like never falling on the safe slope). Take that next challenge. Set your bar higher. Go farther. Do what others think can’t be done. Amaze people. Amaze yourself!

Glowing Contact Lens Could Prevent a Leading Cause of Blindness

Glowing Contact Lens Could Prevent a Leading Cause of Blindness

Worn during sleep, the lens interrupts the process that destroys cells of the retina

Hundreds of millions of people suffer from diabetes worldwide, putting them at risk for a creeping blindness, or diabetic retinopathy, that comes with the disease in its more advanced stages. Existing treatments, though effective, are painful and invasive, involving lasers and injections into the eyeball. Caltech graduate student Colin Cook (MS ’16) thinks there’s a better way.

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Glucose-monitoring patch could mean no more finger-pricking for diabetics

Glucose-monitoring patch could mean no more finger-pricking for diabetics

The patch can be attached to the wrist to measure blood glucose without piercing the skin
CREDIT University of Bath

Scientists have created a non-invasive, adhesive patch, which promises the measurement of glucose levels through the skin without a finger-prick blood test, potentially removing the need for millions of diabetics to frequently carry out the painful and unpopular tests.

The patch does not pierce the skin, instead, it draws glucose out from fluid between cells across hair follicles, which are individually accessed via an array of miniature sensors using a small electric current. The glucose collects in tiny reservoirs and is measured. Readings can be taken every 10 to 15 minutes over several hours.

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The Right Training

The Right Training

The Internet has leveled the learning playing field with training, information, programs, and new opportunities every day. When it comes to getting that easy business windfall as advertised by so many online pitches, it’s easy to feel like all we really need is the next training or product we just heard about. But beware of Wishes in the form of Bright Shiney objects that scream This One is that elusive, no-effort-required, magic bullet. None are. But wait…the next one might be…

2 Step Success Formula

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The Challenge of Wishes

The Challenge of Wishes

Did you know that most lottery winners are broke in five years? Why? Winning isn’t a skill. Lotteries are wishes, and while some wishes do come true, it’s more luck. Those lottery winners didn’t learn to manage their money well before their wish came true. Learning those skills isn’t sexy. It doesn’t sound like fun. It’s easier to think “It’s mine, so I’ll spend it any way I want.” Until it’s gone.

Before it’s a dream, it’s just a wish. It’s fun to have wishes. Wishes don’t require action plans. Sometimes they’re spontaneous moments of fun. People wish they could earn a lot of money, go on vacation, not work so hard, eat without getting fat, be healthy without effort, have luxuries. Wishing you could play in the pool could be as simple as jumping in. But if you wish you knew how to swim, then you’ll need a goal and plan to learn to swim.
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