Here is your Seven-Bullet Monday
1. A quote I am pondering:
“The future depends on what you do today.” - Mahatma Gandhi
I like this quote because it conveys that our future aspirations will not materialize if we do not act today. Those steps can be big or small, and whatever the act is, bring your dream for tomorrow closer to reality.
2. A question I am asking myself:
How do I raise the quality of my work?
I know that I am delighted when I receive high-quality work. So, in the same manner, I must challenge myself to produce the highest quality work possible. Orison Swett summed it up with this quote, “The quality of your work, in the long run, is the deciding factor on how much the world values your services.”
3. A book I am reading:
Richer, Wiser, Happier: How the World’s Greatest Investors Win in Markets and Life” by William Green
I am reading this book for the second time because it provides great insights into the strategies and philosophies of some of the world’s greatest investors. It lays out easy-to-understand principles these investors followed to attain wealth and happiness in their professional and personal lives. The book is more than just an investing manual; it illustrates how to live a rewarding and meaningful life.
4. What I learnt this week
The sweetener in your diet soda and sugar-free chewing gum could be carcinogenic.
The World Health Organization (WHO) will reportedly list the sweetener aspartame as “possibly carcinogenic to humans” in July. Based on an assessment of all published evidence, this decision could impact numerous commercial products ranging from diet sodas to chewing gum containing aspartame. WHO doesn’t say how much has to be consumed to bring it to dangerous levels, but having seen the volume of diet sodas that some people drink, it has to be a cause for concern.
5. The highlight of my week
Conuma winning the Environmental Managers’ Association of BC’s 2023 emission & discharge control award for its biochemical reactors.
I received the award on behalf of Conuma at the annual awards gala this week. Our environmental teams in NEBC have done an incredible job over the last couple of years in building, adapting and operating our biochemical reactors (BCRs) to remove selenium and nitrates from mine water discharges. The BCRs are a low-cost, low-energy demand and natural way to treat mine water and were rightfully recognized among environmental peers this week.
Listen to Malcolm Gladwell’s Revisionist History Podcast – The Dog Will See You Now
Dogs’ sense of smell is between 10,000 and 100,000 times more sensitive than humans. This means they can sniff out many human diseases, which even the highest-tech manufactured machines cannot. This podcast dives into this subject and questions why the medical industry is so reluctant to admit that dogs are orders of magnitude better than humans and use them instead of investing billions in disease-testing equipment.
7. My challenge for you for this week
Do some really deep belly breaths throughout the day
Studies have shown that deep belly breathing (as opposed to shallow chest breathing) provides us many benefits. These include increasing oxygen supply to the body, helping blood flow to muscles and bones, reducing tension and providing additional energy. If you are not already doing it, please give it a go. You might discover what the power of good breathing can do for you.
Have an awesome week.