It’s Good to Be Wealthy

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It’s Good to Be WealthyNo one will tell you that money solves all of life’s problems (well, no one with half a brain, at least) but you can’t argue that it does have its advantages. Wealth can bring security to your life and give you the reassurance that you can afford the necessities and even afford to have some fun and follow your passions. Being wealthy is still a huge responsibility and if you don’t spend or invest your money well, it can end up adding more problems and stress into your life. Being responsible with your wealth, however, can make you feel happy and fulfilled at the deepest levels.

Follow Your Passion

Whether you want to start a business, travel the world, or do your part to solve world hunger; money is the access key to getting started. Being wealthy will insure that you have—or can get—the resources necessary to pursue your goals and make your dreams a reality.

Investing your wealth in what you are most passionate about is one of the best ways you can spend your money.  This is your wealth and, more importantly, your life. So don’t let anyone else tell you what you should do with it.

Of course, money isn’t the only factor. You also need your fair share of ambition and perseverance. But as a wealthy person, you can be confident that the only thing that can stop you from following your passions is you. So stop making excuses, get out there and follow your passion! Continue reading

Health Benefits of Extreme Sports

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Benefits of Extreme SportsIf you have never tried extreme sports, you are really missing out. Just watching them can make them seem too intimidating to try—as if you have to have some serious courage even to try. But the fact is, most of the courage comes after you have started doing extreme sports. Living life on the edge teaches you that you are stronger than you think and that builds courage and self confidence.

What exactly counts as extreme sports, you might be asking. These are sports that include a certain element of danger. Of course, there is danger in any sport—you might throw out your back playing golf or sprain your ankle running—but extreme sports take it to the next level. Extreme sports are those sports that give you that adrenaline rush because doing them means risking death. Base jumping, surfing, moth sailing, skydiving are all included in the category along with a lot more. There are a million benefits of doing extreme sports. So here are just a few of them to get you motivated:

Self Confidence

Studies have shown that extreme sports can boost your mood and your confidence (yes, actual scientists have studied extreme sports. They were Australians, obviously). This is because extreme sports help you overcome your fears and show you that you are capable of doing way more than you ever dreamed of. It’s hard not to feel on top of the world when you have done something that scares the hell out of you and lived to see another day. You’ll be stronger, more confident, and ready to take on a new and even more challenging task. Continue reading

Motivate Yourself into the Healthy Lifestyle

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Motivate Yourself into the Healthy LifestyleLiving a healthy lifestyle is not just about being responsible and trying to tack on a few extra years to the end of your life. All too often being healthy seems to mean sacrificing fun and pleasure along the way. And if that’s the case, why bother? A shorter but more fulfilling life seems far more desirable than a longer but miserable one.

But the fact of the matter is, those aren’t your only options. A healthy lifestyle doesn’t have to be miserable and, in fact, it can actually make your life a lot more enjoyable. Here are some of the benefits of living a healthy lifestyle:

Better Mood

Eating healthy and staying active can do wonders for your mood. At the biological level, both of these things release hormones that contribute to lowering stress and boosting happiness. At the mental level, it makes you feel more self-confident and motivated. All around, the way you live reflects on the way you feel. So if you are a lethargic couch potato, you are going to feel (and probably look) like a lethargic couch potato. If you are fit and active, you are going to feel like.

Having Fun

It’s not tough to see that active, healthy people have more fun. Not only does it get supremely boring sitting around the house all day when compared to going out and playing sports or exploring the wilderness; but they are physically capable of having more fun. They have more energy, strength, and stamina which is great for outdoors and in the bedroom! Continue reading

Moth Sailing: The Art of Gliding

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Moth Sailing: The Art of GlidingMoth sailing is one of the greatest extreme sports out there. Being out there on the water, flying across and seemingly defying physics can add up to one of the most fulfilling pastimes you will ever try.

Moth sailing lets you experience a kind of beauty and philosophical understanding you can’t always put easily in words. Plus there are huge benefits to doing this sport and living an active lifestyle in general.

If you have been reading this and thinking, “Well, that’s all well and good but what exactly is moth sailing?” Then read on to figure out what exactly we are talking about here:

Moth Sailing: The Basics

Looking at the hydrofoil moth boat, your first impression will probably be some degree of bewilderment. No part of its design looks like it should work. But its design is uniquely structured for speed and dexterity. It can fly through water silently and quickly. It is wholly unlike any other kind of sailing.

Certain designs of moth can reach speeds above 30 knots (that’s nearly 60 kilometers per hour). All designs are built for racing but whether you compete or just do it on your own time, moth sailing is an amazing way to both relax and have fun.

The design of the boat makes it highly aerodynamic and much more streamlined. While it moves through the air and water much more easily because of this, it does make it a little more complex to maneuver at first so here are the basics of how to handle a moth boat: Continue reading

Sep 27

Best Ways to Become a Nail Technician

Best Ways to Become a Nail Technician     A friend of mine was trying to figure out her path. I remember her telling me the story of how she came to her profession, and so, I listened as she told her story. Michelle questioned where she saw herself in the next few years and she definitely knew it wasn’t continuing a four-year university. One day, she sat back and pondered how she could get out of the financial situation she was in and make serious income for herself and her son Cody. One of her great talents was making a female look good; Michelle’s second talent was making people feel good about themselves. While grasping her water bottle, a practical idea came to mind. She was always great at keeping her fingernails as well as her toenails beautiful. Michelle reminded herself of this advertisement she read in a beauty magazine and how easy and rewarding it is when becoming a certified nail technician. I finally learned how her journey began.

She looked at the information and reviews at http://NailTechnicianSchools.net. Michelle is a people person, so interaction was not going to be an issue. She learned about what she was going to do. Tidying up and keeping up grooming of a client’s hands and feet. One of the services that as a nail technician would provide are pedicures (feet grooming). The work Michelle knew she would have to do would go above and beyond just making her clients’ toenails and fingernails look beautiful.

Her mother was kind enough to lend her money for the education. In order for her to become a nail technician, she would have to attend a nail academy or cosmetology school. Michelle found an academy not far from her apartment and only a few minutes from Cody’s daycare. She knew that going to a cosmetology school would have taken longer because there, they do not simply teach nails, but hair and makeup. She learned in the classes how to sterilize her tools and the importance of health and safety. The instructors trained her for months and had her practice on real people. Michelle learned about hygiene, massage techniques, how to identify nail infections, and how to keep them healthy. Also, she learned how to do salon management and  how to start one’s own nail salon.

Altogether she had to complete 400 hours. It varies from state to state, but it takes between 200 to 800 hours of training before taking the test. It took her over a year before she could take her examination. Although there are online courses for part-time or full-time students, Michelle went for classroom (in-person) courses and full-time, might I add. Today, she works at a spa and has been for about two years. She loves what she does, and her and Cody are able to have more fun thanks to the income. She makes about $25,000 and everyone there loves her. I am glad things have improved for Michelle and her son. You can follow your dreams too if you are willing to do the work and put in the time and effort. The best way is to do it your way.

Sep 26

Going Hunting with My New Toy

Going Hunting with My New Toy     I love going hunting with my friends. I starting hunting at a very young age, but it had been years since I’ve done so. That all changed when I met my cousin’s friend, Reggie. Reggie was a true survivalist; his father was a Marine and his mother was an Army nurse. He learned a lot from these two on how to use and collect weapons such as knives, bow and arrows, and guns. I admired him because he was a Boy Scout (I always wanted to be one) and would go hunting and fishing with his father, uncles, and brothers. Chock full of masculinity, and his mom had a mean arm when she would use her recurve bow. Anyway, it was because of my cousin and his friend Reggie that I was able to rekindle my interest in hunting. I checked out this website known as AirGunUniverse.org that has nothing but interesting tip, reviews, and pictures of firearms.

I was able to take a look at the best air rifle reviews and make good judgments of what kind of rifle I was truly interested in procuring. Choosing the right rifle is not an easy decision to make, not at all. I was able to take a look at the site’s guide, a pretty intricate guide that I was confident would fit my needs as a huntsman. First, I will discuss in detail the main principles of choosing the right rifle.

It depends on what your intentions are with your brand new rifle. I wanted to hunt small game, like squirrel and rabbit. Knowing this, I knew I needed a single-stroke air rifle since they are harder and quicker to kill. If I was going for bigger game, I would have used a spring-piston air rifle. If you are looking for a firearm for competition, then you would have to check beforehand to see which type of rifle they will allow for the sport.

High caliber pellets are the way to go when hunting your game. I looked into .20 and .22 pellets since they are not too big, but definitely are not too small. I read that it is perfect for hitting small rodents and is perfect for better accuracy.  The .20 and .22 pellets are not best for larger game, so look into other sizes. Mechanisms vary such as CO2, pneumatic, and spring-powered. Now, onto the reviews. I was able to choose the perfect air rifle for myself when I looked through there.

When I looked for a gun, I am looking for something lightweight, easy to handle, and aids in my accuracy when hitting my target. I found the spring-piston rifle with a 4×32 scope. Look pretty cool, all black, inexpensive, and not heavy on me. I knew I found what I was looking for. When Reggie and I went hunting, I was able to kill a few squirrel and I hit a big, fat rabbit that we skinned and cooked for dinner. My new toy helped me with my hunting adventure, that’s for sure.

Sep 25

Reviewing Amazing Digital Pianos with Great Deals

Reviewing Amazing Digital Pianos with Great Deals     Hey everyone, it’s Wade and today I want to take about my experiences with using digital pianos and what digital pianos today are like. In addition to my own personal experiences and examples of today’s pieces, I wanted to share a place where you can read reviews and learn how to find the best digital piano for you. There is a vast variety of digital pianos out there, so how does one narrow it down? It isn’t as difficult as you may assume. I will outline the best digital pianos to choose from as well as a wide variety of keyboards to play with. There are many important things to consider prior to making a huge purchase. Also, learn some buying tips that will make the trip to the store or searching through online easier on your mind and wallet.

Now, let’s learn the differences between digital pianos and keyboards. A digital piano is like the acoustic piano, the tone is different because it was prerecorded versus an actual, traditional piano. It has all the keys like the acoustic as well as the ability to play any piece. It is easier to transport, less expensive, and more versatile. It has a jack for headphones and speakers. A digital keyboard is similar except it doesn’t have the same number keys found on either acoustic or digital piano. It doesn’t create the same sounds that are similarly found on a digital piano and wouldn’t have the same “feel” to it. If you have played on an acoustic piano, the transition to a digital one is much easier, and so, a better pick.

There are several types of digital pianos. The upright digital piano is similar to traditional piano and may even include a cabinet. It is the most popular design. Next up, is the digital piano console. This is like the upright digital piano, but is much smaller. A stage piano is great for hooking up to amplifiers and speakers for a live performance.

Now, learn the seven steps of choosing the right digital piano for you. One, figure out what you want to use the piano for. If you want a piano meant for the stage, get a stage piano; if you are learning how to use a piano, get a full-sized digital piano such as an upright or console. If you are into music production, keyboards are best. Second step, figure out your skill level. Be honest with yourself. If you are a beginner, get a piano with less features. Find what works for you and makes you feel most comfortable. Third, look into the size and portability you are looking for. Measure the area you want the piano to be.

If you plan on moving the piano many times, then it is best to get one that is portable. Fourth, put together a budget. Digital pianos can be under $1,000, and others can be under $2,000. Figure how much you are willing to spend. Fifth, read the reviews online. That way, if there are bad reviews, you will make sure to include it in your decision. Sixth and seventh: learn about the piano’s features and see if they are for you. Afterwards, go out and purchase the piano. Find out about warranty, too.

Sep 25

My Recent Forest Survival Trip

My Recent Forest Survival TripOccasionally we do need to do something out of turn or adventurous to keep up the interest quotient in our lives. Going on an exploration deep into the woods is what I’d call a complete change of scenery from the busy city life. I’m all for it – it lets me climb out of my safety haven and stretch. You get on your pack, sleeping tent, food and everything else that you need for the jaunt and you’re ready to go.

The only hitch in this plan of mine is surviving without all these supplies. I know it is an unimaginable situation to be in. You have nothing but endless trees and rocks and water, if you’re lucky enough to be close by to a river. So how do you survive in such a situation?

Fortunately such a situation has happened to many people and they’ve managed to survive without the supplies and thanks to their experience, it is now possible to people like me to try it out with some practice. Though initially I balked at the idea when one of my hiking friends suggested the idea, soon the danger and challenge appealed to my inner core and true to my instincts I found the experience quite rewarding.

By no supplies, I mean you will not even be left with a knife to save you. You just have to improvise and put your creative mind to use. Here are some of the tips I’ve learnt from my survival trip:

  • Look around closely and see what you can make use of from the tree branches, vines and twigs that are present around you. These make for sticks and ropes.
  • Sharp rocks can be used as knives, wooden sticks for carving your roast and also for building shelter. Bones, shells and fishing lines lying about can be gathered and used. These can be used for hunting.
  • A fallen tree large enough to create a shelter underneath or a cave is best for a shelter. Use pine boughs on top, and other leaves and branches to protect from rain and wind.
  • Hunt for food. It can be nuts, berries or if you know to hunt, you can get meat too. For hunting, I made a recurve bow, like my Bear Grizly recurve bow I have back at home.  When I go on hunting with my friends, I tend to use a keen rangefinder too, know more about my personal choice here. But this time it wasn’t the case, as I was alone versus the nature.
  • Build a fire with the twigs and branches present. Rubbing a dry stick end into a groove on a large wooden trunk will get you spars to start the fire. Pine sap is perfect for starting fire even in wet climates. Use the fire to prepare your dinner
  • In the morning the fire can be banked with green boughs, so they are hot all day long and you can easily start a good fire in the evening.
  • Use day light to collect wood and food and other items that you need to get by.

Building a fire against a dry rock will reflect the heat back to you and by lining the shelter with leaves or pine boughs you can keep the place insulated and not let the heat out. And if you’re planning a survival trip, make sure to inform someone about it before you start and also be sure to inform about the duration of the trip.

Sep 24

8 Reasons to Have a Hobby

8 Reasons to Have a HobbyMy mom used to say that everyone should have a hobby to turn to at the end of the day, so they can relax and have a good time. Yes, hobbies give your mind a soothing and pleasant experience, which can make you a better person. While you are young, you have so many chances for pursuing the hobbies of your choice and developing your skills. Parents usually sign up their kids for swimming, music or martial arts classes. There are so many classes from keyboard, drawing and dance to sports like tennis, football and skating that kids can join.

But these habits gradually wane, when we grow up and get more engrossed in our studies, job, career improvement, marriage and kids. I think this should not be the situation. It is important that we have some interest or hobbies outside our normal job and home life. It’s a very rewarding experience, which I’d not miss out on any account. Here are eight reasons on why you need a hobby.

  1. Meet up with people

Whether you are single or have just moved into a new locality, nothing creates as big an opportunity to socialize and find friends like having a hobby. You can join team sports, a sewing class as my wife did or a pottery or craft making class. My wife likes sewing – she uses her favorite serger to create nice clothes, and help me with patching my moth’s sail.

  1. Gives you self-assurance

Hobbies to my knowledge are the best outlet for the troubles you face in life. If you ever feel like your job is not working out as it should, or your relationship is in troubled waters, a hobby lets you build back your self-esteem. While you let yourself immerse in your hobby, whether it is playing the guitar or sewing some clothes, it gives you time to reflect and ruminate and make a clear decision regarding your life.

  1. Stress reliever

Hobbies sort of get you to a happy place, when you are surrounded by utter chaos. A bad argument or some unhappy occurrence at work can be put away for some time with your mind occupied in your hobby.

  1. Adds character to you

I’ve met many people who don’t have anything to talk about other than their work. This can put people off you permanently. Socializing is easy when you have something interesting to talk about like your recent hiking trip to the Himalayas.

  1. Let you connect

The hobby you have can help you connect with likeminded people. For instance, if you’re into gardening, you can find someone with the same interest and striking a conversation and a friendship is easy.

  1. Chase away boredom

This is the best one that I can attest to. If you have an interesting hobby, why would you laze around in the couch and watch all those energy sapping serials and shows on TV? A hobby gives you some purpose and satisfaction too.

  1. Keeps you young

Though you may not find about this now, when you get old these interests keep your mind young and happy.

  1. Boost your outlook

With more knowledge, you give food for your thought and get a good outlook on life, which will enrich it and make you grow stronger and happier.

Aug 09

Significance of Dedication

Significance of Dedication

There are no shortcuts in life. You have to get to the nitty gritty and do your best to succeed if you truly have a goal in mind. The significance of dedication should be displayed, and I was able to show that myself. I take Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and every week I practice as often as I can. I have always loved the art of defense. I have also incorporated some techniques to help me get fit and stay focused. I go to free yoga classes and  I have a weight training routine. Along the way, I have learned the importance of dedication and how I am able to achieve my goals.

First, I decided for myself that I needed to plan long term. The larger the goal, the longer it will take to set and complete. I took the first step when I researched and signed up for classes. I needed to purchase a new, perfect gi. I did not know where I could find the right one, but because of my dedication, I was able to go to http://bjjmonsters.com/. I was able to look through the different types of gis as well as compare prices with online and brick and mortar businesses. Luckily, I was able to find the perfect white gi that I needed in order to perform on the mat. I was surely not going to use a dirty, dingy uniform.

The second thing I did to preserve my dedication was to remind myself that despite the fact I did not see any immediate results, that doesn’t mean I give up. I keep trying and trying until I get a response from all the hard work. I have put a lot of thought during the many hours of training to improve my overall physical conditioning. You have to constantly train your mind and body to quickly react in order to keep a dominating position. Just because you don’t get results quickly does not mean you won’t get any at all.

Another tip I would give to you about dedication is to not commit yourself to things that you don’t have your entire heart in. In other words, if you are not willing to dedicate yourself, to say, buy a new car, then you shouldn’t do it. It is easier to set a goal than it is to finish it. Make sure the goal is reachable.

Build a habit in order to get to your goal. Without habits, you will have difficulty to stick to your commitment. The importance of dedication shows when you get closer to what you want or need. Without dedication, how can you fulfill your dreams? I can proudly say that I went slowly and cautiously in order to build up to several hours of training per week. I also had to work a lot to save up for the perfect gi. Write down your short-term and long-term goals, figure out what you need to do in order to meet said goals, and find some inspiration to build positive habits.

Aug 08

How Fishing Helps Acquire Zen State

How Fishing Helps Acquire Zen StateOne of the best ways to relax, at least in my case, is to go fishing. Fishing in the great outdoors while on my boat, with the sun shining, is a great way to find calm and peace. It is a favorite hobby to many, but some wonder what it is about the sport that people find it so soothing. When I was a boy, I loved to go fishing with my family. It was a great way to spend time with my loved ones and to talk about subjects easily than with life’s distractions. It helped me build a close bond with my parents and siblings. One of the reasons people like fishing is because you can involve your friends and family.

You can take a couple of your friends, your son or daughter, or your entire family out onto the water in your boat and start waiting and capturing your fish. You can take away the young folk from their technology–cell phones, desktop computers, laptops, and televisions. Attention spans are terrible and have gotten worse over time because of these tools, even if they can be helpful. On the plus side, this allows you to discuss serious issues that are on your mind and allows more focus between you and the person you are talking to. It is an amazing bond you can begin or to build without the distractions.

Another reason why I love fishing is because it takes me away from life’s business. It takes my mind off of work and negative thinking. Everything is so rushed in the city and suburbs, but once you get to the waters, your mind just acclimates to the calmness of nature. Lakes, rivers, and ponds will have many fishermen trying to get away from all the technology and work-related stressors. Silence and lack of worry is worth the getaway.

The third reason why people turn to fishing for its relaxation purposes is because it is very inexpensive. If you are a beginner, amateur fishing gear does not cost a lot of money. Over the years, I had to discover a secret weapon to catch fish. After checking out some reviews at http://www.fishfindercentral.net, I found some tools that I could utilize to catch some large fish for meals just for myself or family! Waterproof sensors and GPS tools are great to take advantage of. I know I said that you should avoid technology when trying to relax, but sometimes it is okay to increase the chances of getting a yank on your line. So, find a pole, save up for a tackle box, and step to it!

Fishing creates wonderful memories and great feelings of relaxation. When you feel are having a stressful day, you can go out to the waters and capture some fish to take home and enjoy. Not only are you making memories for yourself, but for the loved ones you are sharing these experiences with. Remember: enjoy the outdoors and have inexpensive, relaxing fun by yourself or with the ones you love.

Aug 07

My (Best) Power Training

My (Best) Power TrainingWade here, and today I am going to talk to you about one of the best ways to become and stay fit. As you know, I like to go moth sailing. You have to have great agility and strength to go sailing, but sometimes it can be hard to keep up. I have been a bit out of shape with work and other activities, but when I started to do research, I rediscovered my strength through my best power training. The Crossfit training routine has done wonder to my mind and body.

In order to learn more, I researched the training programs offered and read the reviews. Many of the reviews were pretty positive, especially when I called and spoke to one of my sailor buddies the day before I began. He is an overweight fellow of average height. He works in construction, but relaxes on his days off by fishing or sailing. Anyway, I noticed he was beginning to look more trimmed around the waist. He used to eat a lot of ham, butter, and cheese hoagies and candy bars, but now he eats  chicken salad on wheat crackers and the occasional baggie of trail mix. I wanted to know his secret!

He told me about four months ago that he decided to do a crossfit training routine at home. I wondered how he was able to afford to do it, but he told me it cost him little to no money at all. He showed me this website, which he sent the link through his e-mail. I clicked on the link, read it, and started to look at the pictures and videos pertaining to the workout routines. The people working out looked so motivated, and so it motivated me to want to try another way to get fit so I can moth sail much better.

Using my Vibram Five Fingers or New Balance MX20v3, I was able to start off at the first level. I have a jump rope, weights, and a bench to perform my dips. I created a list of goals I wanted and off I went. I completed intervals of jump roping, kettle bell lifts, chair push-ups, lunges, and box jumps. I did these five exercises in 50 reps for each! I cannot tell you how exhausted I was, but how I felt when I came out in triumph. This program is known as “The Chipper”. The Chipper has you choose five to ten different exercises, and then completing each of these exercises with 50 repetitions. Talk about intense–you will definitely work up a sweat.

Each time, I would record my results. I would workout at least four times a week when I didn’t have to work. And let me tell you–my strength has definitely increased with the immense and intense workouts I have successfully completed. I switch up the workouts, too. That way, it is more challenge, less boring, and will help me gain more agility and muscle growth. I encourage you all in participating in cross fit. Create a routine and start of slowly. Good luck.

Aug 06

What I Eat Before Sailing

What I Eat Before SailingHi guys, it’s Wade, better known as Water Molecule. Today, I will be discussing something very important to me. As you know, I am a proud athlete. I love to exercise and play different sports while building a camaraderie with teammates. One of my favorite activities is sailing. I love being able to sail by myself, or with friends who I know I can count on when it comes to having some fun. Sometimes, we like to go racing with our boats. Before I go out on the waters, I make sure I have some nourishment; something that will satisfy my hunger before I hit the waters and have fun for a few hours out of my day.

There are many types of foods that you can eat. Some people eat pieces of toast with a glass of orange juice or a mug of coffee or hot chocolate (don’t forget the marshmallows!). Sometimes the venue will be selling some food and sailors do go there for a quick slice of pie or chips. Avoid any surprises by following some steps before spending your dough on cookies or other unhealthy, unsatisfactory treats. First, you need to make a plan.

Plan ahead before eating something. You want to make sure that your body will be filled with enough fuel to get you going for the beginning of the day. You also want to plan food to take with during your sailing and afterwards.

Realize that you are what you eat. You need the right fuel to ready for top shape and performance. Sports dietitians who have worked with sailors will tell you that you need to consider what to eat and drink to stay fueled and hydrated.

Another factor you should consider is eating a large meal in the morning time. Before sailing, eating a large meal three to four hours early will be beneficial for proper digestion, nutrient absorption, and reuptake so food will become a usable fuel for the body. Remember–a larger meal takes longer to digest than a shorter meal!

Experimentation is encouraged for sailors. Figure out when in the early day you should start eating. Also, be aware of the type of food your eat before sailing. Your body has to be comfortable tolerating certain foods. Low fat, low fiber, and high carbohydrates should be packed in the type of food you eat. Some people feel uncomfortable before an event because certain foods can cause digestion issues and even make you feel sick when anxious or nervous.

Figure out the type of food you would like to eat. Personally, I like to eat food I grow naturally using the most advanced fluorescent grow lights. I eat a lot of green veggies with eggs and toast. You can learn how to grow natural foods right at home with LED lamps easily. If you don’t want to grow your own food, eat foods such as sports bars, cereal bars, yogurt, cereal with milk, fruit, smoothies, or pasta (or rice) with meat and vegetables. Whichever you decide, be sure it is right for you. See you in the waters!

Jul 20

Increase Profits with This Investment

Increase Your Profits with This InvestmentI spend a lot of time out on the water in my Moth boat, a high performance machine that never fails me. I look for that same level of high performance elsewhere in my life too, like at the restaurants I visit, the hotels where I stay, and even the companies and ventures in which I invest my money.

Information has always been a valuable trading commodity. This was true in the past, it is true in the present, and I’d bet good money it will continue to be true in the future as well. Knowledge is power, or so they say. Well, I’m here to tell you that knowledge is also a sound investment for those looking to boost their portfolio and increase their profits.

I’m talking about investing in data centers. There are so many videos, songs, presentations, charts, movies, games and other files on the Internet, too many items for anyone to list them all, really. All of that data has to be stored somewhere in order to be retrieved at a later date. The data centers where this information is stored are constantly growing, or being joined by new data centers as more and more data is created.

To nail down an example, let’s look at cloud computing. Lots of people talk about “The Cloud” these days, but what is it, really? Essentially, it is a data center, or more like multiple data centers, where people store information they will want to access later from another computer, tablet, phone or other device. Once uploaded to the cloud, information can be accessed from anywhere a person is able to get an Internet connection.

There is no actual cloud. It’s a bunch of servers in several different sites, and it’s also not the only service of its kind available. I’ve actually invested in creating a handful of data centers in various locations around Europe, and each of these might be considered “The Cloud” by the people using them. I’m really more of an investor than a tech savvy guy though, so naturally I delegate conceptualization and development assignments to my partner, Citrus Solutions.

Anyone else looking to set up a data center might want to give them some consideration too. Data is a booming business that will only continue to grow as time passes, with more new data centers popping up regularly, not just in Europe, but in locations all over the face of the globe.

There is one last thing I think I should mention, since it’s a big part of the cost of running any data center. Those servers generate a lot of heat, especially if you’ve got a popular data center where lots of people store stuff, a place many people access often. Refrigeration becomes necessary for these machines to run without overheating and breaking down, and keeping a warehouse full of servers cool can be quite costly. In my experience, it is most cost-effective to build data centers below the ground, where outside heat sources (the sun) won’t add more to your monthly operating costs.