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Seven-Bullet Monday - May 1, 2023

Here is your Seven-Bullet Monday

1. A quote I am pondering:

We learn nothing by being right." - Elizabeth Bibesco

This quote encourages us to have an open heart and a willingness to learn from every situation and person. It's about being curious rather than proud and grateful when we are proved wrong because we have found the truth.

2. A question I am asking myself:

How do I focus on my character, not my reputation?

With so many people striving to be influencers and perfect their exterior personas to rack up likes and followers, I want to go the opposite way. Focus on my character, reflect on my values, be authentic, and be more self-aware. I would like the person I see in the mirror in the morning to have more depth and character than the person the world sees.

3. A book I am reading:

Captivate: The Science of Succeeding with People – Vanessa Van Edwards

In "Captivate," Vanessa Van Edwards shares some techniques for mastering social interactions and building connections. The book offers solutions for navigating events, reading facial expressions, and engaging in memorable conversations. Understanding human behaviour can improve our interpersonal skills and make a lasting impression. I came away with several things to practice in my upcoming social engagements.

4. What I learnt this week

AI weed-killer drones can save money and needless spraying

Picture a drone cruising up and down Canadian wheat fields, stopping here and there to zap a weed or two and then going on its merry way. A Canadian start-up, Precision AI, has developed drone technology equipped with AI to target and eliminate weeds without using excessive chemicals on entire crops. This approach could replace traditional, environmentally harmful methods of spraying tractors that result in high financial and ecological costs. This technology can deliver sustainable weed control by reducing herbicide use without negatively impacting biodiversity and ecosystems.

5. The highlight of my week

Unravelling the BC Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS)

This may seem like an unusual highlight, but when the LCFS costs us 22 cents more a litre of diesel than the province next door, you want to understand how that pain is inflicted. We solved the puzzle this week with the help of a specialist. We received some excellent ideas to better adapt our business to the LCFS to limit our fuel cost increases while also looking to procure renewable diesel as it becomes available.

6. Hugh-bits

Don't want to floss – try a Waterpik

So we know we are supposed to floss daily because flossing prevents gum disease and tooth decay. If you find flossing tedious or gross, try this fun way to floss with water jets. The Waterpik removes those nasty legacies from dinner using a jet of water with ten different pressure settings. I have been using mine for two months, and it beats flossing.

7. My challenge for you for this week

Take one of your most vivid childhood memories, good or bad, and think about how it may have impacted your life

This week, a friend shared how sharing a painful childhood memory with a small group led to a meaningful healing experience. We, too, can examine our most vivid childhood memories, whether positive or negative. That can give us valuable insights into our personal development, understand our emotional responses, and see how these experiences have helped or hampered our personal growth. With painful memories, we can reflect on what we must do to move on from that experience. For happy memories, we can be thankful for our parents, siblings, teachers, or friends that gave us that wonderful experience back then.

Have a great week

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