Putting Things in Perspective

Recently a friend emailed this quote from Carl Sagan and I thought it really puts our petty differences and squabbles in perspective. I believe the story is that he was looking at a long-range photo of the earth from Voyager? Worth the read and a moment of contemplation. Let’s take good care of this tiny dot we live on and all the people who share it with us.

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Look again at that dot. That’s here. That’s home. That’s us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies, and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilization, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every mother and father, hopeful child, inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every “superstar,” every “supreme leader,” every saint and sinner in the history of our species lived there-on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam.

The Earth is a very small stage in a vast cosmic arena. Think of the endless cruelties visited by the inhabitants of one corner of this pixel on the scarcely distinguishable inhabitants of some other corner, how frequent their misunderstandings, how eager they are to kill one another, how fervent their hatreds. Think of the rivers of blood spilled by all those generals and emperors so that, in glory and triumph, they could become the momentary masters of a fraction of a dot.

Our posturings, our imagined self-importance, the delusion that we have some privileged position in the Universe, are challenged by this point of pale light. Our planet is a lonely speck in the great enveloping cosmic dark. In our obscurity, in all this vastness, there is no hint that help will come from elsewhere to save us from ourselves.

The Earth is the only world known so far to harbor life. There is nowhere else, at least in the near future, to which our species could migrate. Visit, yes. Settle, not yet. Like it or not, for the moment the Earth is where we make our stand.

It has been said that astronomy is a humbling and character-building experience. There is perhaps no better demonstration of the folly of human conceits than this distant image of our tiny world. To me, it underscores our responsibility to deal more kindly with one another, and to preserve and cherish the pale blue dot, the only home we’ve ever known.”

Carl Sagan, Pale Blue Dot: A Vision of the Human Future in Space

 

We were just talking about this…

This morning, in a networking/mastermind meeting, we discussed the dangers of mineral oil and along comes this article. Weird how life attracts things at the right time. Call it serendipity or coincidence, but it happens for a reason. Look through your cabinets and throw out anything with mineral oil.

If you want more information or to talk about healthier skincare options, contact me.

~ Matt Randall

This Popular Moisturizer Applied to Mice for 17 Weeks Got 69% More Tumors

A study has found that topical applications of moisturizers such as Dermabase, Dermovan, Eucerin Original Moisturizing Cream, or Vanicream could increase skin cancer risk.

Irradiated mice who were treated with the moisturizers exhibited a significant increase in their rate of tumor formation and increase in tumor size per mouse. Treatment of the mice with Dermabase, Dermovan, Eucerin, or Vanicream for 17 weeks increased the total number of histologically characterized tumors by 69 percent.

According to the study, as reported by Green Med Info:

“The results indicate that several commercially available moisturizing creams increase the rate of formation and number of tumors when applied topically to UVB-pretreated high-risk mice. Further studies are needed to determine the effects of topical applications of moisturizing creams … in humans.”

This also applies to tanning oils and lotions—which many of you may be using right now with summer in full swing—as well as the baby oil or lotion that many parents unwittingly slather on their babies.

Many skin lotions, creams and oils contain mineral oil, as do many tanning products. Mineral oil may sound safe enough, but… it’s not.

Mineral oil is actually a derivative of petroleum, the same stuff you put in your car’s engine. Because it’s very viscous (slippery), many products use mineral oil as the main ingredient, as it allows the lotion to be spread easily across your skin. This despite the fact that it’s a known carcinogen!

It’s also comedogenic which means it blocks your pores and your skin’s natural respiration process. Blocked pores can lead to blackheads and pimples. And, because mineral oil can create an impenetrable film on your skin, it may also block the absorption of any beneficial ingredients that might exist in the product.

Moisturizing Creams with Mineral Oil Can be Tumorigenic

The featured study, published in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology, found that commonly used moisturizing creams containing mineral oil are tumorigenic when applied topically to UVB-pretreated high-risk mice. What this means is that these creams and lotions can increase the rate at which skin tumors form. The study tested four common skin lotions:

  • Dermabase
  • Dermovan
  • Eucerin Original Moisturizing Cream
  • Vanicream

What these creams have in common is that they all contain mineral oil. Mice that were at high risk of developing skin cancer received a topical application of 100 mg of one of the creams once a day, five days a week for 17 weeks. The researchers concluded that the rate of tumor formation significantly increased, as did the tumor size per mouse. In fact, the number of histologically characterized tumors increased by a whopping 69 percent!

According to the authors:

“The results indicate that several commercially available moisturizing creams increase the rate of formation and number of tumors when applied topically to UVB-pretreated high-risk mice. Further studies are needed to determine the effects of topical applications of moisturizing creams on sunlight-induced skin cancer in humans.”

Watch Out for Tanning Oils Containing Mineral Oil!

In light of the potential tumorigenic effects effect of mineral oil on UVB-exposed skin, it stands to reason that this is NOT an ingredient you want in your suntan lotion or tanning oil. However, that’s just what you’ll find in many tanning products. Unfortunately, just because you don’t see it on the label, it doesn’t mean it’s not in there. Mineral oil has countless different names, but each has the same effect… one you’ll want to stay away from!

Alternate names include:

Adepsine oil Albolene Drakeol
Lignite oil Liquid paraffin / paraffin oil Mineral seal oil
Petrolatum White oil Baby oil

Mothers: Beware What You Put on Your and Your Baby’s Skin

Many women who breastfeed will apply cream to their breasts without too much consideration for what’s in it. Hopefully, you now will not be one of them. Studies have actually found that mineral oil paraffins can bioaccumulate in both fat tissue and human breast milk. According to the authors of one 2008 study:

“Mineral paraffins might be the largest contaminant of our body, widely amounting to 1gram per person and reaching 10 grams in extreme cases.”

It’s believed that your baby may receive about one percent of the mineral paraffin accumulated in your body and breast milk.  A previous study sums up the problem of using mineral oil-containing skin creams when you’re breastfeeding:

“Beside exposure of babies via human milk, the intake by direct licking off salves (in the worst case consisting of Vaseline) from the breast of their nursing mothers may be much higher. In a worst case situation, daily intake from breast care products by babies is estimated to reach 40mg/kg bw.

Many compositions do not comply with the specifications and a temporary group ADI of 0-4mg/kg bw established by the SCF. This possible exposure of babies either calls for a toxicological re-evaluation of the mineral paraffins or for measures ensuring that exposure of babies is reduced.”

The concern is a valid one, especially in light of the fact that mineral oil has been linked to no less than 23 different diseases and health problems, according to GreenMedInfo.com’s excellent research database, including autoimmune diseases and a number of different cancers.

With that in mind, please avoid using creams and lotions that contain mineral oil (especially Vaseline) on your breasts while you’re still breastfeeding. It would also be wise to avoid putting baby oil on your baby’s skin, as most baby oil brands contain straight mineral oil!

You Can Absorb MORE Toxins from Skin Care Products than Food

Remember, your skin is your largest organ — and also the thinnest. Less than 1/10th of an inch separates your body from potential toxins. Worse yet, your skin is highly permeable. Most items you rub on  your skin will end up in your bloodstream, and will be distributed throughout your body. This is why I’m so fond of saying “don’t put anything on your body that you wouldn’t eat if you had to…” and a petrochemical is certainly not something you would eat!

Putting chemicals on your skin may actually be worse than eating them. When you eat something, the enzymes in your saliva and stomach help to break it down and flush it out of your body.

However, when you put these chemicals on your skin, they are absorbed straight into your bloodstream without filtering of any kind, going directly to your delicate organs. And once these chemicals find their way into your body, they tend to accumulate over time because you typically lack the necessary enzymes to break them down. When you add up daily exposure over the course of a lifetime, it really adds up!

Safer Alternatives

Most of the personal care products in supermarkets and even high-end department stores contain toxic ingredients that can harm your health—mineral oil is just one among thousands of harmful chemicals lurking in these products.  You and your family deserve better, and there are other options. One of the easiest ways to ensure that you’re not being exposed to potentially hazardous agents is to simply make your own personal care products, using simple all-natural ingredients that many of you may already have in your home.

Two great all-natural moisturizers are pure emu oil, and pure coconut oil. Both can be used for facial and body moisturizers and lotions. Coconut oil has been used to moisturize skin for ages, and is also a potent source of the beneficial fat lauric acid.

You can also find many organic skin oils and lotions these days. Just be sure to read labels and check products out before buying them to make sure you’re not being fooled by less-than-honest claims. EWG’s Skin Deep Cosmetic Safety Database is an excellent resource for finding and evaluating healthful personal care products. They also recently published their 2011 special report on sunscreens.

Finally, if you’re perusing your local health food store for some safe, natural options, here are my top guidelines to keep in mind:

  • Look for the genuine USDA Organic Seal.
  • If you can’t pronounce it, you probably don’t want to put it on your body. Ask yourself, “Would I eat this?”
  • Look for products that are fragrance-free. One artificial fragrance can contain hundreds — even thousands — of chemicals, and fragrances are a major cause of allergic reactions.
  • Pay attention to the order in which the ingredients are listed. Manufacturers are required to list ingredients in descending order by volume, meaning the first few ingredients are the most prominent. If calendula extract is the last ingredient in a long list, your calendula body wash isn’t very natural.
  • Stick to the basics. Do you really need 20 products to prepare for your day? Simplify your life and rescue your bank account.
  • Buy products that come in glass bottles rather than plastic, since chemicals can leach out of plastics and into the contents. Bisphenol A (BPA) is a serious concern; make sure any plastic container is BPA free.
  • Look for products that are made by companies that are earth-friendly, animal-friendly and green.

This article was brought to you by Dr. Mercola, aNew York Times bestselling author. For more helpful articles, please visit Mercola.com today and receive your FREE Take Control of Your Health E-book!

10 Reasons

Dear Friends,

I belong to the Oceanside Chapter of BNI that meets every Thursday morning from 7:30am-9:00am at the Portsmouth Country Club in Greenland, NH.

Normally, a visitor must have an invitation from a current member to attend the meetings, but…this Thursday, March 3rd is a rare Open Visitor’s Day.

I can think of 10 good reasons you would want to join us this Thursday at 7:30am.

  1. You are curious about BNI and want to learn more. 
  2. You want to get noticed by a new group of potential clients. Our chapter consists of approximately 40 members.
  3. You want to expand your market into a new area.
  4. Last year our Oceanside BNI chapter passed over $2,000,000 (yes, 2 million) worth of business and you want a piece of that action. We are at the top of the list for referral dollars in the entire state.
  5. Your current networking has gotten stale. It’s time to move on and up to something bigger.
  6. You are ready to step up your networking to the World’s Largest and Most Successful Referral Organization. Last year alone BNI generated 6.6 million referrals resulting in $8.6 billion dollars’ worth of business for its members.
  7. Your business is new and needs to generate new clients quickly.
  8. You are re-branding yourself and need to meet new referral partners.
  9. You want the ability to connect with other BNI chapters and their members. There are over 30 chapters in NH and over 900 members.
  10. You’ve been talking about it forever and it’s just plain time to make the leap. Plus it’s a free opportunity to meet new friends and make connections.

3 Steps to Making It Happen…

  1. Check out the Oceanside BNI Chapter.
  2. Look at the membership list and make sure that your business/industry doesn’t conflict with a current member. The group is exclusive to one business from each profession.
  3. Show up Thursday, March 3rd at 730am, on time, with business cards, and ready to do some serious networking. Life belongs to those who show up and participate. This is not a spectator sport. Of course it’s even better if you pre-register as a visitor.

FAQ’s

  1. What if my business/industry conflicts with a current member?
    1. Call me. There may accommodations that can be made.
  2. What if I cannot attend this Thursday?
    1. Call me. I may be able to invite you at another time, but this Thursday is special for visitors and you really should move any other appointments to be there.
  3. I don’t know what to expect or what to say.
    1. Stop worrying about it and just show up. This meeting will walk you through the process very carefully. There is nothing to be afraid of. The group is extremely supportive and welcoming.

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What is SLS?

SLS?

It’s a posh resort and casino in Vegas. It’s NASA’s Space Launch System. And, its Sodium laureth sulfate, an accepted contraction of sodium lauryl ether sulfate, is an anionic detergent and surfactant found in many personal care products. SLES is an inexpensive and very effective foaming agent.

sodium-lauryl-sulfateSLS is present in most body washes, soaps, shampoos, toothpastes and laundry detergent. According to Mercola.com, although SLS is derived from coconuts, it is contaminated with a toxic byproduct during the manufacturing process.

According to the Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep Cosmetic Safety Database, SLS is a “moderate hazard” that has been linked to cancer, neurotoxicity, organ toxicity, skin irritation and endocrine disruption.

The Cosmetic Ingredient Review reports that SLS, SLES and ALS are irritants at concentrations of 2 percent or greater, and recommends that cosmetic products should not contain concentrations greater than 1 percent. Undiluted SLS can cause skin and eye irritation, as well as nausea, vomiting and diarrhea if ingested, according to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.

Check the ingredients for all products you use on your skin and hair. If they contain SLS, call me. Seacret’s products are all SLS-free, paraben-free, and not tested on animals.

Matt Randall – Seacret Agent – 603.767.6500

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Free Webinar – Be Your Own Boss

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be your own boss? Call your own shots? Run your own show? And all those other cliche’s…

For me, the real appeal to owning my own business is that I can choose when, where, and with whom I want to work. I am also in control of how much I want to make and how much effort I choose to put into it. Don’t misunderstand me, it’s not all days at the beach with a margarita in hand, in fact, my boss is a real slave driver.😉

Starting your own business is really not that difficult and it doesn’t have to cost you a ton of money. You could easily get going for just a few hundred dollars.

If you are curious, take a little time this week, any night, Monday through Friday at 8pm, to watch a free live webinar.

Either call in or visit the website:
1. CALL 702-589-8350 CODE IS 2423747#
2. Go To website www.roym.glance.net

Let me know what you think of it after you watch or listen. 603-767-6500

~ Matt Randall – Head Honcho

Becoming an Entrepreneur

3 Simple Steps for Entrepreneurial Success

I ran across this article and thought I should share because so many people I talk with want to start their own business. Dawn’s 3 step formula is a good one, but of course over-simplified because it is a short article on a long subject. I actually work with a 5 step process that achieves similar results – Know what you want, have a plan and a success coach, take consistent action, review your progress, renew your goals.

If you are thinking of starting your own business, give me a call at 603-767-6500. I have 30 years of experience in starting 6 businesses. I may be able to help you figure out which ideas are worth taking action on and what actions to take.

~ Matt Randall – Executive Coach, Sales Trainer, and Entrepreneurial Addict.

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By Dawn Goldberg Shuler

One characteristic that seems to be universal for entrepreneurs is that we have ideas. Not just one here or there, but a TON. Ideas every day. Multiple ideas in a day.

You probably understand that you can’t act upon and bring to fruition every single idea. You have to be selective. Some ideas will work; others won’t.

So, then you are stuck in a dilemma: do you take action or not? Not all ideas are worthy of taking to their end game, but how do you figure out which ones are worthy? And so you might stay stuck, and you may not follow many ideas at all.

Your success as an entrepreneur depends upon your continual growth, evolution, and forward movement. And your ideas are how that growth, evolution, and movement manifest.

Here’s my simple Success Plan for Entrepreneurs:

  1. Have an idea
  2. Act upon said idea
  3. Follow through and complete idea

Honestly, the place where I see most entrepreneurs falter is #3 – the follow through and complete. Now, sometimes you might realize, as you play with an idea, that it’s not really sound, or it’s not the right time. That scenario is not what causes entrepreneurs to fail.

What I mean is the idea that goes so far and then… nothing. In this case, it’s not because you’ve figured out that it’s not worthy. It’s that you’re onto the next idea. Or the completion and follow-through stage isn’t nearly as fun as the idea generating and playful stage. Or you get stuck because you haven’t figured out the next steps.

And that’s where entrepreneurs fall down. They don’t complete.

So, let’s look at those 3 steps again.

  1. Have an idea
  2. Act upon said idea
  3. Follow through and complete idea

What could the potential be for some of the ideas you have knocking around in your head? What if you took one of your great ideas, and followed it through, from baby stage, to toddlerhood, to teenage years, to final all-growed-up?

Here’s what I’m challenging you to do…

  1. Write down your current 5 top, most amazing, sexy, jazzy, juicy ideas.
  2. For each idea, describe what it would look like if that idea was birthed into the world in full form. Use as many concrete, tangible details as you can.
  3. For each idea, plan all the steps you would need to take (that you can think of – no stressing allowed!) in order to bring that idea to fruition.
  4. Look over your list. Now, what idea(s) sound the most promising, the most profitable, and the most fun?
  5. Pick one, and start scheduling the to-do’s from step #3 into your schedule.

A few notes as you go through this process:

  • Not every idea should be acted upon. Sometimes an idea is just a pathway to a different idea.
  • SOME ideas should be acted upon.
  • If an idea doesn’t go anywhere, it just stays an idea. What this means in English: at some point, you have to take action in order for it to become a reality.
  • This process takes time; there is no getting around that.

Play with these 3 steps and my challenge – I would love to hear what idea is burning for you to take action on!

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Finding your FOCUS

“With all the crazy stuff that you do, how do you find your focus?” A dear friend ask me this questions recently and I never really thought about it because I just always had too many irons in the fire and learned to juggle.

Over the past 20 years or so the buzz word in employment has been ‘multi tasking’. If you look at job postings, you will invariably notice that each includes a phrase similar to ‘must be able to effectively handle multiple projects and objectives’. The problem is that science has proven we are not effective at multi-tasking and it actually reduces productivity.

While we are always going to be inundated with tasks at work or home, we can learn to become more productive by learning to FOCUS.

focus-acronymFOCUS: Follow One Course Until Success

FOCUS is the new trend towards single-tasking and it is showing good results. It involves a combination of consistent planning and good time management. This is how I am able to manage 3 businesses and my multiple hats of Executive Coach, Sales Trainer, Event Planner, Property Manager, Martial Arts Instructor, and father of 6.

Follow this link to a good article that will give you a few ideas about time management and the difference between being BUSY and being PRODUCTIVE.

http://www.eofire.com/really-busy-really-unproductive-how-learning-to-focus-can-help/

Give me a call to learn more about planning and time management. Not every system is right for all. Finding your FOCUS with proper time management can create better productivity and relieve stress, but only if its the right system for you.

~ Matt Randall – Executive Coach and Time Lord

GOOD is the enemy of GREAT

goodI heard the saying that ‘Good is the enemy of Great’ a few decades ago and it’s one of those phrases that changes your whole outlook on life. At first you might think that this is trite, but think a little deeper for a moment about how a simple thought can change everything.

I was at the grocery store this morning picking up ingredients to make salsa. I much prefer homemade to jar. The cashier asked me how I’m doing today. Think about how common that is. Everywhere you go people ask you how’s your day, how are you doing, how’s it going, etc. The question is so common that we probably get asked 10 times a day. Unfortunately, the answer is also so common, as most people don’t even think about it and auto-respond with…”Good, and how are you?” But, are you really GOOD?

Why do we auto-respond with GOOD all day, when we might not be good? And, who wants to be good anyway? Good is such a mediocre, blase’, thoughtless, answer. Do you really want to be good, or do you want to be something more?

My standard answer when people ask me this question 10 times a day, is not a standard answer. This morning I answered GREAT! I will often answer fantastic, terrific, wicked awesome, superb, absolutely amazing, couldn’t be better, or some other phrase that challenges me to actually use some imagination when answering that mundane question. In fact, my goal is to answer using a different and more powerful adjective the whole day every time someone asks me.

When I answer in this fashion it freaks people out a little and they will invariably ask, “What makes you great today?” To this I answer, “Because I don’t get out of bed for just GOOD.” That usually ends the conversation and leaves people with a quizzical look on their faces. This is a my general attitude about life. It’s not worth living if it’s only going to be good, as I aspire to be so much more and, if I’m not prepared to be anything more than good today, then I’m staying in bed until I’m ready to achieve greatness.

When you get out of bed in the morning, what is the first thought on your mind. Is it “YES! I’m ready to take on the world today!” or “Crap! It’s Monday again.” Words have power. Thoughts create beliefs. Beliefs shape your destiny.

If your goal in life is to be average and mindlessly/thoughtlessly answer ‘good’ all day, then go ahead, be good. If you aspire to greatness, then you cannot be good, you must be so much more. Good is the enemy of Great as it is average and great is never average. Nobody ever became great by doing average deeds with average thoughts.

Now, take that thought even farther. Do you aspire to good at your job? Are you a good husband or wife? Are you a good parent? Are you a good teacher? Are you a good leader? Are you a good friend? If all you want to be is good, then that’s what you will be. If good is good enough for you, then I’m happy for you. Congratulations, you have joined the 99% percent who believe that is all they are capable of.

For me, I think today I want to be “Extremely and profoundly excited and thankful to be alive”. Yes, that is today’s phrase, belief, thought process, theme, mantra, and mission.

Is your company good or great? The same thought process that you as a leader must adopt, is also true for the entire company. This lesson is part of the process of Transformational Leadership. When a company is good and desires to make the transformation to become great, this requires a shift in the culture and climate of the organization. The Greatness Mindset is one of the concepts that I coach companies and executives on. Transformational Leadership is all about making the change from good to great. It requires a strong mission, a long-term plan, and solid communication that conveys the vision to the team, accompanied by leadership that sets the example. All of this is required to change the culture and climate so that it moves in the direction of greatness.

If you would like to learn more about transforming you and your company from good to great, contact me for a private consultation.

~ Matt Randall – Totally Awesome Agent of Transformation

10 Steps to Starting Your Own Business

Below are the 10 Steps to Starting a Business that the SBA recommends. I have done all of these several times, but I can tell you now that there is an easier and less expensive way that only requires 2 of these.

How-to-start-Your-Own-Business-in-the-USTo learn more about how you can take advantage of all the benefits of owning your own business, join me for an enlightening discussion on Wednesday, September 2nd at 7pm for “Start Your Own Business for Just $49”. The Class is Free!

REGISTER HERE – It’s FREE!

Of course, you can follow their ’10 easy steps’ if you want to. Just fill out tons of government paperwork, apply to the banks for loans, and commit to a 3-5 year lease on a commercial space. It’s easy, right?

I can show you a better way. Join me this Wednesday, or keep reading.

SBA: 10 Steps to Starting a Business

Starting a business involves planning, making key financial decisions and completing a series of legal activities. These 10 easy steps can help you plan, prepare and manage your business. Click on the links to learn more.

Step 1: Write a Business Plan

Use these tools and resources to create a business plan. This written guide will help you map out how you will start and run your business successfully.

Step 2: Get Business Assistance and Training

Take advantage of free training and counseling services, from preparing a business plan and securing financing, to expanding or relocating a business.

Step 3: Choose a Business Location

Get advice on how to select a customer-friendly location and comply with zoning laws.

Step 4: Finance Your Business

Find government backed loans, venture capital and research grants to help you get started.

Step 5: Determine the Legal Structure of Your Business

Decide which form of ownership is best for you: sole proprietorship, partnership, Limited Liability Company (LLC), corporation, S corporation, nonprofit or cooperative.

Step 6: Register a Business Name (“Doing Business As”)

Register your business name with your state government.

Step 7: Get a Tax Identification Number

Learn which tax identification number you’ll need to obtain from the IRS and your state revenue agency.

Step 8: Register for State and Local Taxes

Register with your state to obtain a tax identification number, workers’ compensation, unemployment and disability insurance.

Step 9: Obtain Business Licenses and Permits

Get a list of federal, state and local licenses and permits required for your business.

Step 10: Understand Employer Responsibilities

Learn the legal steps you need to take to hire employees.