Monday, May 04, 2015
Wednesday, March 04, 2015
1. Hiring is chess, not checkers.
When I led my first interview for NeXT, I was blown away by the amount of detail and procedure involved. It was creatively surgical. They knew exactly what they were looking for, but had extremely imaginative ways of making a candidate's true skill level and ideology become crystal clear. It was a well-oiled machine for selecting the best of the best, for one of the top companies in the Valley.
As I started putting together my first company, Hipbone, it became apparent why Jobs poured so much time and energy into hiring. Of course you want skilled workers developing your product, but it’s much more complex than that. As the saying goes: a rising tide lifts all boats. When you have great talent, it inspires others to produce great work as well. On the flip side, poor talent can repel the top tier talent you want and need.
Take your time when hiring. Gauge candidates’ skills by giving them problems to solve. Get a feel for who they are, how they live their life and, most importantly, what they want out of life. Remember: a lot of people are rockstar interviewers, but sub-par employees.
2. Strive for simplicity.
The first demo I had to present to Steve taught me more about developing products in five minutes that most learn in five years. He didn’t ask questions, no pre-brief, no manual… nothing. He just went up to our work station and began using the product. If it wasn’t simple and intuitive enough for Steve to figure it out without asking any questions, it usually was rejected.
Think about any Apple product ever made: you open the box, turn it on and get right to work. Every detail of these products was pre-meditated, organized and designed to be as simple as possible.
This concept is two-fold: simple products are obviously easier to use, and increase the chances of having repeat users. But if you have a simple product, people gain the ability to easily become experts. Allow users to quickly discover the value of your product, and let them become experts with ease, because your products’ experts are usually your biggest fans. You have to work hard to get your ideas clean and simple. But once you get there, you can move mountains.
3. Be a solution that adds massive value.
Apple was one of the first companies to offer people a comprehensive solution, not just a product. You weren’t getting a motherboard from one company, a processor from another and a video card, monitor and hard drive from random manufacturers. At Apple, all these parts came from the same place. It was a solution, not just a product, and that’s something that has become one of the cornerstones of my company, Vendini. We’re able to add much more value by offering a complete solution, rather than a single product.
The piecemeal approach is tapering off. People are opting for products and services that offer a complete solution, with multiple products that work together to maximize the effectiveness as a whole.
4. Let your employees play in the sandbox.
Not everything I learned from Jobs was based on things I agreed with. A big part of my company now is based on something I did not agree with.
Jobs was a fiercely loyal person, and demanded that his employees share that loyalty. But it led to a culture where employees were afraid to express interests outside of NeXT if they had anything at all to do with competitors. But as engineers, we’re constantly trying to learn new things and challenge ourselves to create new things. A friend of mine was nearly fired for helping a fellow developer on a project who worked for a competitor (on his off time, just for fun). I once won a contest, the Java Cup, and I was terrified that Jobs would find out and fire me on the spot, as I’d seen happen to others before me.
That’s not how it should be. If you’re hiring the right people, they’re going to be curious. That’s a good thing. If one of our developers is interested in learning a new programming language, I’ll pay for classes. We wound up implementing some hardware ideas that an employee dreamed up at TechShop. Let your employees get out there and play in the sandbox; often times inspiration strikes from throwing variety into the mix.
Starting up is hard, and it’s easy to get overwhelmed. But sometimes you just have to slow things down, be selective and make it simple. After all, that’s what Jobs did.
Saturday, November 01, 2014
Rules For Washing Your Bras: What Your Lingerie Needs From You
9 Rules For Washing Your Bras: What Your Lingerie Needs From You
TIPS FOR WASHING YOUR BRA
1. Wash Your Bras OftenDepending on a woman’s personal hygiene and lifestyle, a standard bra may be worn a couple of times before it needs to be washed. Some women who sweat more may wish to wash their bras more often, but for everyday wear, washing after every wear is not necessary.
Sports bras may be washed more often. However, if you’ve just gone out for a stroll and did not perspire much, you can rinse a sports bra out in cool water to rid the garment of perspiration, which can damage the material. Cool water helps a bra maintain its elasticity.
2. Hand Wash Bras, If PossibleIdeally you should hand wash your bras rather than toss them into the washing machine with other garments. Hand washing in cool water with a gentle soap is the ideal situation. Harsh detergents will cause fibers in the bra material to deteriorate. This is particularly important for higher-end bras with delicate fabrics like silk, as opposed to the average T-shirt bra...
Everyday bras do not get as dirty as one would think. To wash them, let the pieces soak for a few minutes in cool water, then gently squeeze the suds through the fabric. Next, rinse the bras and roll in a towel to absorb excess moisture before hanging them to dry.
When traveling, hand washing may be the only option. You may even wish to wash your bra while taking a shower, as long as the water you use isn’t too hot. Once washed, you can hang your bra on the shower curtain to dry overnight.
When cleaning a bra that has yellow perspiration stains, rub the stained area with mild soap and warm water, then let soak for 30 minutes before washing the bra.
3. Use the Gentle CycleIf hand washing isn’t your plan, it is fine to machine wash your bras, as long as you select the right settings on your machine. It is very important to wash bras and other lingerie on the gentle cycle in cool water: never use hot water. Delicates do not always fare well with a lot of movement and agitation.
It’s best to read and follow the manufacturer’s instructions for proper care that is listed on the label in regard to the temperature of the water used in the washing machine.
4. Hook the Clasps Before WashingMany women have unknowingly set themselves up to spend time detangling a bunch of bras or sewing holes in other articles of clothing because the clasps were not secured before the bra was washed.
Always fasten the clasps on a bra before washing. By doing so, you will save your other clothing, save yourself time from detangling bras, and preserve the form of the bra as well.
Also, it’s a good idea to consider tightening the shoulder straps so that there is less to tangle around another bra or piece of clothing in the same load.
5. Use a Lingerie Laundry BagTo keep your bras separate from the other articles of clothing in the wash, place them in alaundry bag designed especially for lingerie. This should minimize the stress put on the bra and undergarments while in the wash. These bags are typically made of a soft mesh net material. When purchasing a mesh bag, look for the smallest mesh possible, to ensure the clips and clasps cannot poke through.
Instead of a laundry bag, you could also use a product like the BraBall, which is a plastic sphere that holds up to three bras and can be tossed in the washer.
6. Avoid Using BleachUsing harsh ingredients will harm a bra’s elasticity and fabric, so it is best to avoid using bleach. If bleach is used the end result is that the bra won’t last as long as it could. This is important to note for both hand washing and machine washing. If you do hand wash and use a commercial detergent, be sure to look at the components, as some do contain bleach.
7. Keeps Whites and Colors SeparateThis tried and true rule for all laundry is especially important for bras and lingerie. Due to the fact that bras and other lingerie often contain synthetic fibers, there is a greater propensity to pick up dyes from other garments in the wash. Keep it simple. Wash whites with whites. Wash colors with like colors.
8. Keep Loads LightAgain, another general laundry rule particularly pertains to the washing of undergarments. Be sure not to overstuff the washing machine. Heavy items, such as towels, sheets, and denim, could do damage to undergarments, especially underwire bras.
Not only should you keep loads light, but keep like loads together. Particularly with items that contain Lycra, wash these articles together as the Lycra will degrade if not cared for properly.
9. Hang to DryWhile there is some flexibility in the rules for washing either by hand or in a washing machine, bra care experts insist that hanging bras to dry is the best method for drying undergarments. The extreme heat of a mechanical dryer can do major damage to the fabric and elasticity of delicate undergarments. Bras made from cotton may even shrink a little, increasing the chance that an underwire could poke through the material.
Either hang the bra up by the strap or lay it to dry on a towel with the cups facing up. Also, leave the back clasped and ensure that the bras are properly reshaped before setting them out to dry.
Saturday, October 04, 2014
Friday, October 03, 2014
Things You Should Never Say to Your Spouse
Words can cut like knives into us mentally and emotionally. This is especially true of our spouses.
There are many number of things you shouldn’t say to your spouse, but here are some things you should never say:
“That's what you always do?”
Arguments are going to happen in marriage. It’s unavoidable, and it’s part of what makes marital bliss difficult at times. When our spouse confronts us about something we did that hurt or offended them, we tend to immediately put up our defenses.
What’s even worse is when we, as a part of our defense, bring up some past hurt our spouse caused us. This shows two things: our need to keep score of wrongs and our unwillingness to admit our own wrongs.
Be humble, and recognize that you hurt your spouse, even if it was unintentional.
“I can never forgive you for that.”
Forgiving our spouse doesn’t remove the hurt. It shows them we don’t hold that hurt against them. This can be a sensitive issue depending on the wrong one spouse committed against the other. Adultery and abuse cause deep scars that can take years to heal. Forgiveness is never easy, but bitterness against our spouses can take root and keep a marriage from thriving for a long time until forgiveness finally takes place.
“That is a stupid thing to care about.”
Maybe you’d say to your spouse “Football is such a ridiculous thing to care about” or “Tinsel" is a stupid show,” showing your contempt for something they care about, even if it seems small.
When we marry someone, we enter a relationship with someone who is going to have a variety of different likes and dislikes. Those likes and dislikes aren’t all the same as what ours might be. Because we love our spouse, we in turn also learn to love, if not at least appreciate their interests.
Most of us men think that TV show is lame or consider that celebrity magazine she always buy as simply a waste of money. The truth is, if our spouse like it, then we learn to like it simply because they do. In turn, women may learn to like some sports or video games our hubby spends time on.
In marriage, spouses should come to appreciate things before marriage they cared less about. Caring about what our spouse cares about is critical to a marriage success. It shows great love for them, and also that we are willing to place their wants and desires above our own.
It seems like a harmless word. Like an “anything goes” statement.
THE FACT IS, WHEN PRESENTED WITH A QUESTION FROM OUR SPOUSE SEEKING OUR OPINION, SAYING “WHATEVER” MIGHT AS WELL BE SAYING “I DON’T CARE.”
What do you think of this dress or this suit? Where do you want to go for dinner? Do you want to see a movie tonight?
Our opinion matters because our spouse matters. When they ask for an opinion, shrugging it off with “whatever” is a tiny dart that tells our spouse we don’t value their question enough to give it thought and consideration. When we do that enough times, it adds up to our spouse feeling unworthy. Again, showing genuine interest in what our spouse is thinking about or concerning themselves will show great love for them. Stop with the “whatevers.”
“You look so funny!”
Men often say this referring to her size. Women physique change with time. Maternity fat and other body weight. it’s the last thing she wants to hear, and if she isn’t, complaining about it, then you’re in trouble. You can help her register for a gym or exercise with her to loose that baby fat.
There are probably many more things we shouldn’t say to our spouses. And there are probably some specific to your marriage that you can think of. And this doesn’t just apply to marriage—it’s important to be aware of the tender topics in any relationship, the things that we can use as weapons to wound or defend or stir up an argument. But coming from a spouse or a family member, they can cause the deepest cuts of all.
If you’re not married, begin now considering things you say to friends or family that can cause a negative impact on your relationships.
Marriage is a lifetime commitment. Ensuring we avoid saying things that can unnecessarily hurt our significant other makes that marriage commitment honoring to both our spouse and to God, even if it means sitting through a season of Tinsel (or a football game).
Friday, September 26, 2014
If you ask this question to 10 women, no doubt, you will get 10 different answers. But, if you ask any experts, they will say that wearing bra while sleeping is not a problem, if you are wise in selecting the most comfortable one.Some women feel more comfortable in wearing bra while sleeping, while some others are tensed about the adverse health effects of wearing bra. If you choose a lightweight, non-underwire bra or camisole-style pajama tops with inbuilt bra, you can get a comfortable sleep.The bra you choose should not be too tight and stiff. It is all about personal choice, when it comes to wearing bra while sleeping. But, a wrong choice in the size or type of bra may make things worse.
Wearing a comfortable bra is found to be helpful in women who are pregnant and those who are breastfeeding. However, using a tight fit and uncomfortable bra is not recommended because of the adverse health effects of wearing bra while sleeping.If you are using a tight bra with underwire, here are some of the most common health effects that you may face by wearing bra while sleeping.
Wearing bra while sleeping may cause a hindrance to the free blood circulation. This will happen if you are wearing a tight fitting bra with underwire or elastic. It is better to opt for a sports bra, which will be more comfortable.
Continuous use of bra will cause pigmentation in the portion where the elastic is tighter. Wearing bra while sleeping will increase this. In order to avoid any health effects of wearing bra while sleeping, use a soft and loose bra.
There is no doubt that a good and sound sleep has a direct relationship with your comfort level in bed. If you are wearing a tight bra, you will not be comfortable and this will certainly disturb your sleep.
Tight fitting bra will cause skin irritation. It is better to use bra without underwire. Sports bra is considered a good option to wear during the night. This will give the necessary support to your breast, without causing any health effects by wearing bra.
Wearing a tight bra while sleeping can be irritating, making you restless in the night. It will cause discomfort during your sleep, which will adversely affect your overall health. An underwire bra could also dig into your breast.
If you are using tight bra routinely, it may cause lymphatic blockage. Due to this, many other signs associated with the blockage will be presented. This includes oedema or fluid accumulation in the breasts. This is one of the serious health effects of wearing bra while sleeping.
Wearing a tight bra while sleeping, especially in the summer will make you sweat more than often. Generally fancy bras are the culprit in this case. Prefer a cotton bra than bra made of synthetic materials like polyester or linen.
‘Will wearing bra while sleeping cause breast cancer' is still a topic of debate. There are different studies that propose and oppose the chance of developing breast cancer by the use of a tight fitting bra during the night.
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Wednesday, September 24, 2014
Tuesday, September 23, 2014
We often have good reasons why things can't work. Today, I want you to find other good reasons why things can work.
Procrastination is a dream killer. All great people you admire today wouldn't have been where they are if they hadn't taken that step to live above average.
Today, I encourage you to take a step up get that idea, business, project and dream going.
Have a fulfilled Life by stepping up.
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