Why Your Mindset Is Vital During a Pandemic

No one will dispute that we are undergoing challenging times right now as a result of COVID-19 a.k.a. the Coronavirus. Most all of us are suffering from varying degrees of hardship. What differentiates how well you adapt has less to do with the severity of the hardship you are under, and more to do with your outlook or mindset about it.

In its simplest form this breaks down to two of my most commonly uttered truths: 1) That life consists of 10% what happens and 90% on how you react to it. 2) In order to be as happy and productive as possible, it is vital that you learn how to control what is under your control and let go of everything else.

Let’s start with the first one. I am hearing a lot of people complaining about how much money they have lost in their 401K’s or IRA (Individual Retirement Account) over the past month or so. While I have no reason to doubt that the value of these have dropped significantly, I do contest the fact that they have lost anything at this point. It’s their mindset about the declining value that is causing them all of their anguish, not the loss in value that has happened.

Mine have dropped significantly as well over the same time frame and I am not bothered by this at all. The only difference is our mindsets about it. It is a fact that the value of most of these accounts have dropped significantly, but how does stressing over it make it better? In the crudest terms, by worrying about it and fretting over it now, you are simply giving yourself two problems for the price of one.

Now I’ll share my mindset about the fall in value and you can decide which mindset is healthier. When you put money into a 401K or IRA (except in certain extreme circumstances) you cannot take any money out of them without penalty until you are 59 and ½ years old and are not required to take any money out of them until you reach the age of 70 and ½. I could not have withdrawn any money (without penalty) before the market fall and most of the people I deal with are farther away from being able to withdraw from their accounts than I am.

Markets tend to be higher than they are on a given day ten years after that day historically speaking. So, if you are 49 and 1/2 years old or younger or do not need to tap those funds for ten years anyway, there’s a good probability that it will be worth more (and possibly considerably more) at that time than it was before the markets started falling. Thus, all that worrying did was lower your immunity (during a time when you want it as strong as possible) and make you feel bad and/or fearful.

Another example would be people who have lost their job and are worrying about how they are going to pay their bills etc. Although these concerns are much more immediate, the way you view them will still have the biggest effect on your mood and ability to adapt.

I know of no instance where a negative outlook, filled with bemoaning or worrying about your predicament led to better circumstances for them. A much more productive approach would be to accept that you are where you are and then putting all of your energy into finding solutions or things that may alleviate your problems.

Now for the second one I mentioned above. In order to be as happy and productive as possible, it is vital that you learn how to control what is under your control and let go of everything else. Most of what is happening is beyond our control, like when we can go back to work, or resume our normal lifestyles or get a vaccine etc. There are still many things we can control and I’d recommend starting with how you view things.

If you are glued to the news or social media, chances are you are going to be filled with worries. I’m confident nothing of monumental importance is going to happen without it reaching me in a timely manner. I fail to see how staying on top of the news is going to make me any safer, happier or more productive. As a result, I limit my viewing to a couple of cursory check-ins a day and go about making the best of the things I do still have available.

If you have too much time on your hands and are feeling bored add more structure to your day. Take up a new hobby, learn something new or do something you have been putting off until you had more time. The possibilities are endless and taking advantage of them will make you feel a lot better than feeding your fears on social media and obsessing over the news.

What Is So Amazing About Graphene? The New Super Material

The World’s Strongest Material- 200 times stronger than Steel!
Yet Flexible
Conducts Electricity Better than Copper

Graphene compares in significance with the Stone Age, Bronze Age and Iron Age. We will call Graphene the Graphene Age. Graphene is an allotrope (form) of carbon which consists of a single layer of carbon atomes. They form a hexagonal lattice of 2D material. It is ultra-light but also extremely tough. It is 200 times stronger than steel yet flexible. It is the thinnest material possible and is transparent. It is a better conductor than copper and is a perfect barrier.

The University of Manchester is working with Graphene in the following applications:

Energy
Membranes
Composites and Coatings
Biomedical
Sensors
Electronics
Wearable Technology

Unbrakeable Mobiles

Indium-tin oxide is the material used for touch screens now, but it is brittle. Graphene’s flexibility and durability together with its conductivity properties will transform everyday devices. You could wear your smartphone on your wrist. Your tablet could be so thin and flexible, you could roll it up and put it in your top pocket. You’d never have to worry about braking your phone again. It would be virtually indestructible.

Graphene in Batteries

Samsung have developed graphene batteries that can now charge mobile phones and car batteries faster. Much faster! With a conventional lithium battery, it takes about an hour to recharge a mobile. The new graphene battery could recharge it in 12 minutes. That is a 5 times faster.

Samsung also wants to improve electric car batteries. Imagine fully charging your electric car in only one hour. To do this, scientists at Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology have synthesised graphene into a 3D form – using silicon dioxide. This 3D form (known as a graphene ball) is used to coat the electrodes of the battery. The result is a massive 45% increase in capacity, and has, as said earlier, 5 times the charging speed.

It’s difficult to get energy in and out of traditional batteries quickly. For example, if you take an Electric Ferrari, you can’t get from 0-60 in 3 seconds? Because graphene is such a good conductor, super capacity batteries could release the kick of energy needed to hit that 0-60 in 3 seconds.

Energy Storage

The 45% capacity increase has other uses. The University of Manchester is testing graphene battery storage with wind and solar power for the national grid.

Graphene Filtration

Graphene oxide membranes are able to form a perfect barrier for liquids and gasses. They can separate organic solvent from water and remove water from a gas mixture. They can even stop helium, the hardest gas to block. Manchester University are currently testing grahene membrane’s for water filtration, gas separation and desalination.

Graphene Semiconductores

Due to it’s unique properties of thinness and conductivity, researchers have seen graphene’s potential as a semiconductor. At only 1 atom thick, graphene can conduct electricity at room temperature. These two useful properties could mean an end to silicon computer chips for graphene chips. The research has already shown that graphene chips are much faster processors than silicon chips.

Graphene used for Biomedicine

Graphene displays a lot of useful properties. It has high electrical conductivity, thermal stability and is 200 times stronger than steel. All these properties can be applied to biomedics. It could be applied to healing skin wounds; drug delivery inside the body and potentially change the behaviour of cells inside the body. e.g. Cancer treatment.

Grahene-infused Packaging

Plastic packaging might seem impenetrable but water molecules can still pass through them. This can effect the lifespan of food, electronic goods and medicines.

With a single layer of graphene fused onto polymer packaging, the water absorption is reduced by a million times. Products are then protected from dust, bacteria and water.

For example, a moisture-sensitive device such as an organic light-emitting diode must have water restricting packaging. Graphene infused polymer have increased the diodes lifespan by more than a year compared to 30 minutes with a non-graphene polymer.

Oh, and I forgot to mention the potential use of graphene coatings as a water-repellant surface. It could find use on ship’s hulls, pot/pan liners, glass surfaces(mirrors, windows, windshields) and textiles.

Living Lavishly Is Not Unrealistic When Working Online

From owning a home business to jumping on the bandwagon of another, there are countless perks that come with being an entrepreneur online today. Millions of people worldwide have turned to the internet for careers looking to strike gold. And with the multitude of benefits that come with working on your own, it makes sense!

Time and time again you hear of people starting up a business and making six figures off of it in no time. While there is a great deal of work that comes with starting a business, the rewards can be plentiful. Before you know it, you could be living lavish with all of your wildest dreams coming true.

Perhaps the greatest facet of running a business or working for yourself is the endless amount of freedom that comes with the territory. You have the ability to work where you want when you want without anyone telling you what to do. This opens the door for all kinds of possibilities in terms of creating a schedule ideal for you, living where you want, taking vacation whenever you want for as long as you want.

As long as there is internet access where you end up, there is nothing stopping you from moving or vacationing tomorrow. Just imagine being able to work from the beaches of Hawaii while taking a two, three or even four week vacation. This is all possible with internet marketing and has many entrepreneurs living lavish lifestyles.

In addition to the freedom comes the ability to earn residual and passive incomes. The beauty of many affiliate marketing programs and business creations is that you can actually make money time and time again off of a single product. E-books are a perfect example.

If you are a profound writer, consider writing your very own e-book as people love information and eat up books written on topics of interest. With an e-book, as soon as the book is written you are done with the hard work. From then on, you can sit back and collect the earnings each time someone purchases the book. This is just one of many ways you can earn residual income online.