Nissan To Merge With Dodge And Jeep?

Another major automotive merger is in the cards.

When Sergio Marchionne (RIP) was CEO of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, he actively and quite publically pursued a partnership or merger with another mainstream automaker. GM was one of them. He knocked but the other side didn’t open the door, and that was that. But Marchionne understood the big picture that automakers would be stronger if they created alliances. Their futures would depend on doing so. Heck, he orchestrated Fiat’s successful purchase of Chrysler.

His successor, Mike Manley, also sees what Marchionne saw, so it wasn’t a big surprise last week when it was reported PSA, consisting of Peugeot, Citroen, Opel and Vauxhall, and FCA had discussed the possibility of merging. An agreement wasn’t made for a number of reasons, but now The Financial Times, via Automotive News, has learned that Renault and Nissan intend to make a joint bid for FCA.27

The Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance has been front and center in the headlines since November when its now former chairman, Carlos Ghosn, was arrested in Tokyo for financial wrongdoing. Since then, the automakers have been renegotiating their alliance, which both hope to complete within the next year. Once that’s done, the plan is to make a deal for FCA.

The ultimate goal is to create an even bigger alliance that could better compete against the Volkswagen Group and Toyota. Now that the dust has settled somewhat since the Ghosn scandal broke out, Renault-Nissan has named Jean-Dominique Senard as its new chairman. Aside from Renault-Nissan and PSA, this isn’t the first time in recent years an automaker was interested in purchasing FCA, or at least part of it.

A couple of years ago, China’s Great Wall Motor Co. wanted to buy Jeep, but FCA was rightly unwilling to part with its most profitable brand. But a Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi-FCA tie up, however it’s decided, could be a good fit. Aside from major cost savings involving suppliers, R&D, and manufacturing, each brand would likely gain a foothold into markets where it’s currently weak.

But for now, no decisions have been made and spokespeople for all companies involved refuse to comment. Make no mistake though, it looks like FCA will soon be cutting a deal with someone.

Source: carbuzz.com | JAY TRAUGOTT

Instant Pot Chicken & Rice

By now you’ve likely picked up the new kitchen appliance that everyone can’t seem to get enough of these days. The Instant Pot seems to have been an instant success. We will occasionally visit recipes for the Instant Pot on Tuesday’s Home Cooked blog posts. We thought we’d start with one of the most basic and commonly made dishes, Chicken & Rice. We sourced this recipe from delish.com. It’s pretty spot on in our opinion though we did parenthetically note one adjustment that we found beneficial. Enjoy and bon appétit!

INGREDIENTS

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  • 1 tbsp.  olive oil
  • 1/2 yellow onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp. dried oregano
  • 1 tsp. smoked paprika
  • 1 c. white rice
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 1/4 c. low-sodium chicken broth or water (we recommend 1 3/4 – 2 c.)
  • 2 medium carrots, diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 3 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • chopped parsley, for garnish

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat Instant Pot by setting to “Sauté”. Add olive oil and cook onion until slightly softened for 3 to 4 minutes. Add garlic, oregano, and paprika and cook until fragrant, 1 minute.
  2. Stir in rice and broth and season with salt and pepper. Add carrots, bell pepper, and chicken, and season generously again with salt and pepper.  
  3. Close lid, change setting to manual or “Pressure Cook” and set for 8 minutes on high. When 8 minutes is up, let pot decompress naturally for 10 minutes, then release pressure, remove lid, and shred chicken. Top with parsley before serving.

Source: delish.com | LENA ABRAHAM

Are You Willing to Do Whatever It Takes?

Today’s Motivation Monday comes from an article we love from Success.com by
Kim Orlesky. We hope you appreciate it as much as we did!

As she sat across from me in the boardroom, having just finished telling me her goals for the next year, I could see a mix of excitement and insecurity in her eyes. Her goals were lofty—her financial goals, where she wanted to see her business flourish and the customers she wanted to reach. She told me she dreamed of retiring on a beach in Costa Rica within the next five years. Nothing she said was unreasonable, but I knew she had a difficult path in front of her.

That’s when I asked her the one question I ask everyone who sits across from me: “Are you willing to do whatever it takes?

There are a lot of actions that we need to take to get where we are going. Those who are committed to do anything and everything to make their dreams a reality need to create momentum.

1. How determined are you?

Asking “are you willing to do whatever it takes?” creates a movement inside you and has you consider the actions you really need to take. If the answer is anything but yes, then the goal isn’t right. You need to go back and choose something you are willing to do anything to achieve. For many people, the answer is an immediate and resounding yes—the goal is so big, so lofty and so inspiring, they would do whatever it takes to get there.

2. Think outside the box.

If you are willing to do whatever it takes to get to your goal, the follow-up question is: “What do you need to get there?” This is where people start to struggle. In many cases, the actions people take are the correct ones—consistent actions that propel you toward your goal. But if that was enough, why aren’t you closer to your goal by now? Consider what else you could do to get there. Who could you contact that has succeeded in the past? What groups, classes or events could you join?

3. Step outside of your comfort zone.

If you are willing to do anything to achieve your goal, that also means taking actions you’ve never taken before. This might mean contacting people above you, making financial investments you might not feel entirely ready for, or seeking out opportunities for increased brand exposure. Whatever it is, you need to move past the fear and be willing to take the first step forward. If you stay where you are, you will never get closer to your goal.

4. Take massive action.

Beyond doing the actions that will bring you closer to your goals, you must also be willing to dream and act bigger. You cannot win big contracts if you’re not willing to reach out to decision makers at large organizations. You cannot be given opportunities to speak on large stages if you don’t contact the organizers. Those who are willing to do whatever it takes will look toward their ultimate dream and take the necessary massive action to bring immediate results, instead of hoping they will eventually work their way up to that point. There’s a saying that if you never ask, the answer will always be no, but if you just ask, you might get a yes.

5. Follow up and follow through.

It is not enough to take massive action once, you must do it over and over. You might put in your requests and never hear back. This could happen several times. People get busy; they forget about emails; they never check their voicemail—no different than you or me. You might have to follow up several times before receiving a response. You might have to make several presentations before you finally nail it. Once that moment hits, express it with gratitude and ensure the person and opportunity is not forgotten. Use that moment as momentum for your next big step, because you were willing to do whatever it takes to get to your goal—and you will be able to do it all over again.

Source: success.com | Kim Orlesky

What Type of Grill Is Right for You?

There’s a good chance you fall into one of these five categories.

It’s not quite a summer party without the smell of a grill out back. But which is best for you? That depends on what kind of backyard boss you want to be. One of these five should fit the bill.

For the Technophile

Your grilling style: Constantly monitoring

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Traeger Timberline 1300.Source: Vendor

If you want the ease of gas but the flavor of wood, a pellet grill is still an underappreciated option. The Traeger Timberline 1300 will automatically feed fuel to maintain your desired temperature, so you don’t have to do it yourself. You can even monitor the action on your phone over a WiFire app. (Downside: Now the Russians can get you through your grill, too.) $2,000

For the Social Butterfly

Your grilling style: More style than grill

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Everdure Cube, by Heston Blumenthal.Source: Vendor

Good looks and great-tasting food shouldn’t be an either-or proposition. The Everdure Cube, released under the aegis of British chef Heston Blumenthal, comes in fun colorways that are enhanced with practical touches, such as bottom venting to keep it from overheating whatever it’s standing on. $200

For the Classicist

Your grilling style: Easy, low, and slow

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Weber Summit Charcoal LP Black.Source: Vendor

The latest 24-inch Weber Summit updates the famed kettle design with a black porcelain-enameled finish and air-insulated, double-walled construction, so it can hold its temperature for as long as 10 hours. A liquid propane self-ignition system upgrades it further, but people will still think you’re chill. $1,700

For the Showoff

Your grilling style: Fickle

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Kalamazoo K1000HT Hybrid Fire grill.Source: Vendor

The Kalamazoo K1000HT Hybrid Fire can burn charcoal and wood, or you can leave the drawer empty to turn it into a turbocharged gas grill. Customize one of the four laser-cut surfaces with your initials, so every steak and burger comes off the fire monogrammed. It’s sure to impress your son’s friends from boarding school. $28,880

For the Cultist

Your grilling style: Patient

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Big Green EggSource: Vendor

We all know at least one insufferable Big Green Egg evangelist. The heavyweight, thick-walled grills have incredible heat retention with relatively little fuel, which means your food can grill deeply over a long period. This MiniMax is nominally portable, at just 19.5 inches tall. Still, it weighs a stout 76 pounds and can roast a 12-pound turkey (or cook four burgers at a time) on its 13-inch grill. $598

Source: bloomberg.com | Matthew Kronsberg

Three Perfect Days in Vancouver

You are missing out if you haven’t visited discover-the-world.com or their blog. Here is a great post by Lauren Shorney that takes us to the beautiful city of Vancouver. Enjoy and make plans to travel!

Vancouver is a city I had never visited but had always heard such great things about from colleagues and friends. It has been voted as the “world’s most liveable city” many times and it is very easy to see why.

Whether you stay by the waterfront or in the heart of the shopping district, the city is ideal for exploring on foot, and many of the districts – Coal Harbour, the waterfront, Gastown, Yaletown and Chinatown – are compact and within easy reach of each other. Another popular way to get around is by bike or water taxi. These are also regularly used by locals to navigate the city in a more scenic way.

To really enjoy Vancouver and its surroundings, I would recommend a minimum of three days.

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Day 1: Stanley Park and the waterfront

Stanley Park starts at the edge of Downtown Vancouver and can be reached by walking, cycling or by car. It has recently been voted the best park in the world by TripAdvisor and I was amazed to learn that it is over 10% larger than New York’s Central Park. It is home to many beaches, walking trails, an aquarium, and beautiful gardens. The park’s most famous feature is the 8.8km seawall that loops around the park, fantastic for walkers and cyclists. Along the seawall there are some great viewpoints out to the city and also nine replica Totem Poles. The poles all represent real or mythical stories from First Nations peoples or symbolise a crest telling their family or tribe’s history.

If you have time this afternoon, make your way back to the waterfront and experience the ‘Flyover Canada’ simulator. I must admit I was very dubious about this as I prefer to spend my time outdoors, however, I couldn’t have been more wrong. The ‘ride’ is about 20 minutes long and you are taken from East to Western Canada, through the Arctic, the Prairies, Rocky Mountains, vineyards and over the ocean. You even ‘swoop’ down into the mountain ranges and feel the air on your face. The sights are mesmerizing and my fellow travellers and I left with real enthusiasm about the experience.

Day 2: Grouse Mountain and Capilano Suspension Bridge

A 10 minute drive from downtown Vancouver took me to Capilano Suspension Bridge. If you do not have a car, there is a free shuttle service from the city that runs every 15 minutes. This is a very popular tourist attraction so I would recommend arriving before 11am to avoid the majority of crowds.

The surroundings here are very lush and green, with the Capilano River running underneath the bridge. I am not a fan of heights so I was very nervous about crossing the bridge, however, was pleasantly surprised. The bridge is very sturdy and does not swing, which makes the nerves much steadier, although I was still holding on tight!

The bridge itself was originally built in 1889 by George Grant Mackay, a Scottish civil engineer and park commissioner for Vancouver who purchased the land and needed a bridge to cross to the other side of his property. The bridge was completely rebuilt in 1956.

In the First Nations language, Capilano means ‘Beautiful River’ and there is a strong focus on the First Nations’ history, with a story centre, totem poles and daily performances on offer.

From Capilano, if you don’t have a car, it is a short ride on a local bus to Grouse Mountain.The cable car to the top of the mountain is very spacious and takes eight minutes so gives you time to enjoy the views over the city, or hide in the middle like me!

Grouse Mountain offers many walking trails and is also home to two refuge grizzly bears called Grinder and Coola. The bears were taken in as cubs as unfortunately their mothers were killed, and they have been here ever since. The enclosure is covered with trees so I found it difficult to see the bears, however, I did see one walking through the forested area and then going to sleep where he stayed for a long time.

The views from the mountain are of course weather dependent, but absolutely sublime and made for some wonderful photo opportunities.

Day 3: Granville Island and Gastown

Granville Island was my favourite experience in Vancouver as it involved my favourite thing: food! The atmosphere was fantastic, with music being played outside by buskers, and tourists and locals mingling and experiencing the edible delights.

Granville is not actually an island but can be accessed by water taxi, car or bus. It is a permanent undercover market, selling food from all over the world. In the food hall the stalls include Chinese, tapas, pizza, fish and chips, Vietnamese, Italian, you name it! The ice cream and cakes were to die for! It is also extremely popular with the locals as fresh fish, fruit, and vegetables are all on sale.

There are many arts and crafts shops inside and outside the markets, and the outdoor areas are great for enjoying the waterside setting. Just beware of the seagulls who can come after your food, so you may wish to eat inside.

In the evening, Gastown is a fantastic place to eat and enjoy some cocktails, if you left any space after Granville Island earlier. Gastown is well known for its steam clock which is located on the corner of Cambie and Water Street, and was actually built to cover a steam grate. The clock displays the time on four faces and announces the quarter hours with a whistle chime that plays the Westminster Quarters.

My time in Vancouver was short but wonderful. It is a fantastic gateway to the Rocky Mountains and Alaska and is a great city with so much to see and do within it, not to mention the nature that surrounds it.

Fancy stopping in Vancouver for a few days? We have a wide range of holiday options and excursions throughout British Columbia.

Source: discover-the-world.com ; Lauren Shorney

On this Day, March 27…

Historical Events

  • 1513 – Spaniard Juan Ponce de León and his expedition first sight Florida
  • 1855 – Abraham Gesner patents kerosene
  • 1866 – Andrew Rankin patents the urinal
  • 1866 – US President Andrew Johnson vetoes civil rights bill; it later becomes 14th amendment
  • 1879 – Longest championship fight (136 rounds)
  • 1884 – 1st long-distance telephone call, Boston-NY
  • 1914 – 1st successful non-direct blood transfusion is performed by Dr. Albert Hustin in Brussels
  • 1915 – Typhoid Mary [Mary Mallon] is arrested and returned to quarantine on North Brother Island, New York after spending five years evading health authorities and causing several further outbreaks of typhoid
  • 1931 – Charlie Chaplin receives France’s distinguished Legion of Honor
  • 1939 – 1st NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship: U of Oregon beats Ohio State, 46-33
  • 1941 – Adolf Hitler signs Directive 27 (assault on Yugoslavia)
  • 1948 – Just 11 days after being released from prison, Billie Holiday plays in front of a sold-out crowd at Carnegie Hall
  • 1952 – “Singin’ in the Rain”, a musical comedy directed by Gene Kelly and Stanley Donen, starring Gene Kelly and Debbie Reynolds, premieres at Radio City Music Hall in NYC
  • 1964 The Great Alaska Earthquake (9.2 magnitude) and resulting tsunami kill 139 people in the largest US earthquake and second largest ever recorded
  • 1973 – 45th Academy Awards: “The Godfather”, Marlon Brando & Liza Minnelli win. Marlon Brando then turns down the Oscar for best actor to protest Hollywood’s portrayal of Native Americans in film.
  • 1977 – 583 die in aviation’s worst-ever disaster when two Boeing 747s collide at Tenerife airport in Spain
  • 1979 – US Supreme Court rules 8-1 that cops can’t randomly stop cars
  • 1980 – Mount St Helens becomes active after 123 years
  • 1984 – Beginning of “tanker war”: over the next 9 months, 44 ships, including Iranian, Iraqi, Saudi Arabian and Kuwaiti tankers, are attacked by Iraqi or Iranian warplanes or damaged by mines
  • 1995 67th Academy Awards: “Forrest Gump”, Jessica Lange & Tom Hanks win
  • 1998 – Chicago Bulls – Atlanta Hawks matchup at Georgia Dome in Atlanta, draws a crowd of 62,046, largest in any game in NBA history; Bulls win, 89-74
  • 2134 – 32nd predicted perihelion passage of Halley’s Comet

Famous Birthdays

  • 1845 – Wilhelm Röntgen, German physicist who discovered X-rays (Nobel 1901), born in Lennep, Rhine Province (d. 1923)
  • 1963 – Quentin Tarantino, American director and screenwriter (Pulp Fiction), born in Knoxville, Tennessee
  • 1971 – Mariah Carey, American singer (Love Takes Time, Hero), born in NYC, New York
  • 1975 – Fergie Duhamel, American pop singer (The Black Eyed Peas), born in Hacienda Heights, California

Famous Deaths

  • 1916 – Susan Blow, American educator who pioneered kindergarten education and was known as the “Mother of the Kindergarten”, dies at 72
  • 1968 – Yuri Gagarin, Russian cosmonaut and 1st man into space (aboard Vostok 1), dies in a Mig-15 plane crash at 34
  • 2002 – Dudley Moore, English actor and comedian (10, Arthur, Bedazzled), dies at 66

Source:onthisday.com

Slow Cooker Beef Burgundy

This was a staple in my household when I was growing up. The slow cooker (we called it the crock pot) made life easy and delicious with two working parents. One addition that was often included in our family’s Beef Burgundy was sour cream. While not included below, it’s a great touch to add a little more creaminess.

Ingredients

  • 6 bacon strips, diced
  • 1 boneless beef chuck roast (3 pounds), cut into 1-1/2-inch cubes
  • 1 can (10-1/2 ounces) condensed beef broth, undiluted
  • 1 small onion, halved and sliced
  • 1 medium carrot, sliced
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/2 pound fresh mushrooms, sliced
  • 1/2 cup burgundy wine or beef broth
  • 5 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup cold water
  • Hot cooked noodles, optional

Directions

  • In a large skillet, cook bacon over medium heat until crisp. Use a slotted spoon to remove to paper towels. In the drippings, brown the beef; drain.
  • Place beef and bacon in a 5-qt. slow cooker, Add the broth, onion, carrot, butter, tomato paste, garlic, thyme, salt, pepper and bay leaf. Cover and cook on low for 7-8 hours or until meat is tender.
  • Add mushrooms and wine. Combine flour and water until smooth; gradually stir into slow cooker. Cover and cook on high for 30-45 minutes or until thickened. Discard bay leaf. Serve with noodles if desired.

Source: tasteofhome.com

Daily Routines Of Successful Entrepreneurs (The Health and Mindfulness Rituals of Success)

What are the routines or daily habits of successful people? This is one of the questions I tried to answer in my recent collaboration Rebecca Livermore, The Daily Entrepreneur.

This is a big question, and an important one, for anyone trying to achieve success. In today’s post, fans of “The Daily Entrepreneur”, and those just wanting a few ideas on how to achieve more success in their lives, are in for a treat with another viewpoint on this topic, featuring the health and mindfulness rituals of success.

Adnan is a businessman, marketer, blogger and author with a lot of experience building and keeping his own entrepreneur daily routines. Enough from me, take it away Adnan….

The way we care for ourselves mentally and physically has as much to do with success as any entrepreneurial routines. In this article we cover the body, mind and spirit of the entrepreneur.

Discover the Daily Routines Of Successful Entrepreneurs (The Health and Mindfulness Rituals of Success).

What are the routines or daily habits of successful people?

The Misconception:

Many people think entrepreneurs are machines. We eat, drink, sleep and digest work 24/7. We believe we have to be ‘on’ constantly and burn ourselves out in order to reach success. We don’t. We are our own worst enemy when it comes to feeling guilty about how much work we needed to be doing in order to justify our days off.

Making sure we are not killing ourselves in the interim is the key to our success. An entrepreneur will have nothing left to give to our business or clients if we burn ourselves out!

So, what do successful entrepreneurs do?

They make sure they create and maintain daily health and well-being routines. Sticking to it has its many rewards. You have to simply prioritize the important aspects of your life to create a balance.

Not everything that works for you will work for someone else. You have to come to the determination of what works best for you. Only you know what your priorities are.

Don’t make the mistake that so many others make. Don’t try and model your priorities around someone else. You are like a finger print and are vastly different from others.

Daily Morning Routine Examples:

If you are a morning person then capitalize on that.  Wake up and be ready to seize the day! If you are lousy in the middle of the day then take a few hours off—take a nap or read for fun, meditate. Do whatever gets you back on track.

Exercise in the Morning

Many people may not desire a daily exercise routine, but it is very important.  We have found, through polls and interviews, that most successful entrepreneurs have an exercise routine. Even if it is just walking.

Getting the blood flowing with some light daily exercise is the key to a healthy head that is clear and ready to work. Blood flow and lymph circulation are essential for a clear mind and healthy body. We have to have a healthy mind in order to process the information we will be collecting all day. A home exercise routine is the perfect way to get this blood flowing.

Eat Breakfast!

The fact that everyone says this is the most important mean of the day is no myth. It’s essential. Your body has been resting and healing itself all night.

So, now it needs fuel other than coffee and stimulants to get started. If you don’t eat well in the morning you’ll experience fatigue crash by the early afternoon. This just kills productivity.

Get Up Before the Family

Most successful female entrepreneurs will actually get up one hour prior to the family in order to get some time to themselves. There is a lot to be said for this.

The best rituals are the ones that will put you in the mood you need to be in for the day.  If by chance you start off your day badly or negatively in any way, you will snowball that into your day for sure.

There is truth the the old adage of “waking up on the wrong side of the bed”. Start your day positively and with energy and your day will follow the same way, like falling dominoes.

Crazy Routines of Successful People:

Winston Churchill, one of the former Prime Ministers of England had an unlikely routine. However it is a great example of tailoring what works for your success and it will certainly pull you out of your 9-5 grind.

Churchill would begin his day in bed until 11:00am. He woke at 7:30. He was brought his breakfast, made his secretaries take dictation and read his mail.

He stopped by his office space in the house for about an hour and then, ate lunch from 1:00 to 3:30 pm with colleagues and family. Discussed his day and made small talk over a 3-4 course meal.

He believed that quality time made him better at what he did. He worked until roughly 5pm and engaged in a nap for about an hour and a half. Then, he worked until dinner at 8pm. This is with the same family and his guests. He would then work for another hour or so before turning in again.

This is not a goal for everyone to strive for, but an example of how you can model many of the “normal” routines into any abnormal lifestyle.  The important part is making these routines and rituals a part of your everyday life.

More Entrepreneur Daily Routines:

Set Goals at the Start of your Workday (whenever that may be)

Discover the Daily Routines Of Successful Entrepreneurs and the common habits of successful persons.

Setting goals at the start of your workday is one of the fundamental habits of successful people.

First, give yourself a list of choices.

If you meditate and exercise then make it an either or choice. Give yourself plenty of flexibility so you don’t feel in a forced rut.

If you are a night owl—then try to get the bulk of your work done at night. You can even work this around deadlines you have with clients if you work smart.

Choose the beginning of the week for prioritizing your schedule for rest of the week. Mondays can be for that.

If you are the type of person that likes weekends off—this is a great way to make it feel as if you have another off day to just reorganize your week! This will give you the energy you need for what you need to do the rest of the week. You would be surprised at the psychological impact a Monday has.

There has been songs made about it like “Manic Monday” etc… so, you know that if you view Mondays as a hectic day—then it will be. If you are this type of person—make it a better Monday by using it as a lead in to the week and not a fully fledged business day.

You may just see that your week is a lot better and you are so much more productive. This way, the weekend can be yours. All yours.

Creative Work May Be Best When Tired

When you’re tired, sometimes you may fare better doing whatever creative work you have. Make sure you are putting off any strenuous administrative work at that time. Now, your body clock will tell you a lot of things. One, it will tell you when to sleep, eat and work.

You may or may not have the luxury to do everything according to your body clock. If you can though, listen to it as much as possible. Even if it’s one to two times a day. You’ll feel so much better and think so much clearer if you aren’t working through hunger or fighting off tired.

Watch Your Alarm Clock

Believe it or not—the way we wake up has a lot to do with the alarm clock sounds we wake up to. That incredibly harsh generic alarm clock sound can send waves of stress through our body’s.

The best alarm clocks are those that mimic nature like chirping birds or water falls or pleasant classical or meditation music. (See one here)

Winding Down from Work

Discover the Daily Routines Of Successful Entrepreneurs and the usual daily routine characteristics of successful people.

Winding down from work takes a routine that works for you specifically. and successfully disengages you from the work day.

Winding down from work takes a routine that works for you specifically. The best advice out there is to disengage from the work day. This means all electronic equipment being turned off. After a certain hour, no notifications are on and nothing gets checked.

Make sure that if you have family that may need to get to you that you have a certain ring tone for them as well as a text tone. This way, if you need to speak to them you can and ignore the rest. It’s important that we are closed off from the world at night. Sleep and total relaxation before bedtime is essential.

If you have some issues winding down from work, practicing mindfulness may help. Read this post, How to Practice Mindfulness to find out more about mindfulness and how to use it to help you achieve greater success and happiness.

Write in a Journal

Yes write in a non business journal. Do the “Dear Diary” type of personal journaling and make it positive. Write your gratitude for what you have accomplished and not only that—what you have taken for granted that you have in your life right now.

It doesn’t matter how silly it looks or sounds. It doesn’t matter how large or small it is. It can be about the weather was great today and I am so grateful.

My kid brought home a B on their report card and I am so grateful today. I have healthy senses to hear and see all the beauty around me on my walk today—I am so grateful for that! After you’ve done this for so long—maybe a matter of weeks—you’ll see a change—a big change.

Being an entrepreneur or a successful business person is more about how you take care of yourself than it is about any business strategy. It’s a general lifestyle because each thing will affect something else. You are made successful by being clear minded and focused on what you need to accomplish.

You can’t be an innovator if you are battling sleep deprivation or malnutrition. If we have ill health of the body, mind or spirit we cannot be fruitful. It’s interesting and comforting to know that from the least to the best entrepreneurs the advice is not that different at all.

Set Aside Time for Reading (Non-fiction)

Successful people are never too busy to read. 

They make sure reading is a priority. They may read newspapers and blogs on the way to work. They often set aside time to read nonfiction in the evenings.

A big part of staying successful is staying informed and they need to do all this reading to keep informed on all latest information.

Most successful entrepreneurs have read the books on this entrepreneur book list, as well as many of the other choices from the complete 250 book list. Be sure to check out these great books. See what you have read and what could still help you to grow your education.

Daily Habits of Successful People

My thanks to Adnan Ramzan for sharing this article. Adnan is the founder of themarketingguy.net, a blog on business, entrepreneurship and marketing. He also has a book available on Amazon titled, The Success Story: Discover and Learn How Ultra Successful People Work and Achieve the Results they Want. Check out his blog and book to find out more.

Please share your thoughts on the daily habits of successful people in the comments below. Feel free to share your views on success and what daily habits will help you to achieve the success you desire.

Source: developgoodhabits.com

The Perfect Three-Day Weekend on Nantucket

Photo: Island Institute

Eighty-two miles of pristine coastline, untouched dunes, and some of the East Coast’s finest seafood bring beach-goers to Nantucket every year. Head 30 miles out to sea to dine on the freshest catches of the day, explore downtown’s pre-Civil War homes, and soak up the sun in one of the oldest whaling towns in New England. Nantucket has amazing attractions for every seaside traveler—here’s how to see it all in one long weekend.

Day One

When you step off the ferry from Hyannis (you can travel via either the Hyline or Steamship Authority), head straight down the docks to Broad Street and grab an iced coffee at a local favorite, Island Coffee Roasters. Make your way into town to the hotel where you’ll be staying for the next three days: the historical, centrally located Jared Coffin House (also on Broad Street). The three-story mansion dates back to the 1800s, when it was built by one of the island’s most affluent ship owners, Jared Coffin. The structure is one of the only ones on island that survived the Great Fire of 1846, and the hotel now offers visitors a taste of charming Nantucket history with comfortable, modern accommodations.

After dropping your bags, make your way through town down to Provisions on the South Wharf for a sizeable sandwich—a favorite is the Turkey Terrific. From there, cross the docks to check out the many waterfront shops. Stop into the Skinny Dip, a new clothing collective that features a mix of high-end, emerging brands with a nod to New England and local surf culture. Head around the corner to one of Nantucket’s top-tier antique and local art dealers, East End Galleryon Old North Wharf.

Take a few hours to explore historic downtown Nantucket: Stop by the Whaling Museumthis to have a look into Nantucket’s past, and see the 46-foot-long sperm whale skeleton that was found on the shores of ‘Sconset in 1998, which is on display in the museum. Walk into the Nantucket Atheneumthis , the island’s local library, and then weave in and out of the many boutiques, galleries, and cafes that line the cobblestone streets. A few must-sees: Murray’s Toggery Shop  and Nantucket Looms on Main Street; Isobel and Cleo and Toujours Midi on Centre Street, and Nantucket Bookworks on Broad Street. Grab a milkshake at the old-school Nantucket Pharmacy on Main before resting up at the hotel.

If you decide you’ve had enough shopping and want to get to the beach, Jetties Beach and Steps Beach are just a quick bike ride from town (you can rent bikes from several shops close to the hotel).

In the evening, walk toward Jetties Beach for drinks and dinner at Galley Beach, a classic Nantucket waterfront restaurant. Sit outside on the wooden deck overlooking the boats coming into the harbor while sipping a cold glass of rosé. Enjoy local fare like pernod-scented escargot with melted leeks, tomato garlic-butter, and pimenton pastry; and truffle-butter-poached two-pound lobster with local corn from Nantucket’s own Bartlett’s Farm.

Day Two

Grab a low-key but hearty breakfast at Black Eyed Susan’s on India Street, and then head to Young’s Bike Shop on Broad Street to rent a jeep. Drive out to Cisco Beach where the sand is hot and the surf is lively. If you’re feeling up for it, opt for a surfing lesson with Nantucket Island Surf School—the trailer is always parked at the top of Cisco Beach in the parking lot.

After a day of sun and surf, drive around the corner from the beach to Bartlett’s Farm to take in the island’s local bounty—fresh flowers, produce, baked goods, and more. Cisco Breweris located right next door, so after you’ve finished shopping at Bartlett’s, drive down to the brewery for Nantucket’s finest craft beer (they also make wine, cider, and various liquors). The brewery is very dog-friendly, and there is usually a raw bar (167 Raw) and a couple food trucks—we like the overstuffed lobster roll from Millie’s.

When you get back to the hotel, walk into town and enjoy a seafood dinner a little off the beaten path at Sayles, located just outside of the main part of town (a walkable distance from the hotel). Order the fried bay scallops and a cup of clam chowder and eat out on the deck (or down on the harbor beach) while watching the boats bob up and down at their moorings.

After dinner, head to the South Wharf for a drink at Straight Wha or Cru, both of which draw a lively crowd, then take an evening stroll down the docks to look at the boats.

Day Three

Start at Petticoat Bakery on Centre street for the best spinach and cheese croissant you’ll ever eat, and a refreshing iced coffee. Today, it’s time to explore the farther reaches of the island. Head east out of town, toward the rotary and down Milestone road. Take in the sights—windswept trees, lighthouses in the distance, stretches of pristine golf courses. Your first stop: Siasconset (referred to as Sconset by most). This historic little village is its own designated town on the island, and is known for its distinct, hydrangea-clad white homes on the steep cliffs overlooking the ocean.

When you arrive, check out Sconset Market and pop into Claudette’s for a sandwich—you can’t go wrong with the meatloaf. After you’ve had your fill of exploring the narrow streets and the beach, make your way to the edge of Sconset to look at Sankaty Head Light, the iconic red and white lighthouse on the eastern edge of the island.

Next, head down Poplis Road, past elegant homes with widow walks and lazy dirt roads that lead to the waterfront. If you’re traveling with little ones, Quidnet Beach is a good stop to make—more often than not, it’s very quiet, not busy, and an ideal beach combing spot. Spend an hour or so soaking up the sun, walking the shoreline, and perhaps spotting some seals. This beach is conveniently located right next to Sesachaha pond, which is a perfect swimming hole for little ones. (There is a small parking lot here, but parking along the road is perfectly acceptable, too.) 

Take the afternoon to explore the island by car or hole up on the shore. If you’re looking for places that are great swimming spots and more likely to have a crowd, check out Surfside, Nobadeer, or Fisherman’s beaches. Just before the sun goes down, drive west out to Madaket beach for a sunset walk. 

Make your way back to town and drop the car back at Young’s, then sit for dinner at the Nautilus (make sure you call ahead for a reservation, especially on weekends). Some must-try small plates: to start, order the tuna poke, and for sharing, ask for the Peking duck feast, which serves up to four people.

After dinner, have a drink at the Club Car—depending on how late it is, you may find yourself gathered around the piano with everyone inside the bar singing late into the night. It’s just a quick walk back to the hotel for some shut-eye before your morning ferry back to the mainland. To keep track of upcoming Nantucket events, check out the calendar at Nantucket.net

Source: travelandleisure.com