I’m sure we’ve all witnessed interviews in the news or on a history show with a well-seasoned expert in their respected field of research, pouring out facts and numbers about topics so arbitrary, you can’t help but wonder how the hell they became so proficient on such a random subject.
Turns out you don’t need to be a genius to be an expert in something, you just have to be passionate, and willing to put in a lot of hours on the subject. According to today’s infographic, 95% of people have the capacity to learn and acquire knowledge in any field of study. Your first step towards becoming an expert is to learn about the subject, obviously. Knowing your learning style would lower the amount of time you spend absorbing new information, however, diversifying your learning style would increase your comprehension on the topic. Stimulating yourself through a combination of knowledge and skill-based challenges will further strengthen your knowledge, and set you on the right path towards becoming a reliable expert in your desired field. In a nutshell, you have to be extremely passionate to willingly put in the amount of hours studying and challenging yourself. If 12th century basket weaving techniques is your calling, go for it! We just might see you on the History Channel bestowing your knowledge upon the rest of the unknowing world! [via]
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Everyone wants a steady income. Almost everyone wants to be healthy and look good. Have you ever thought of combining the two? If you’re someone who wants to get paid to be healthy and fit, and help other people achieve fitness, maybe you should consider a career in personal training.
Thanks to our friends at Future Fit, you can see that personal training is a much more lucrative career choice than most people might think. The average personal trainer in the UK makes between 24,000 and 60,000 pounds a year, working 25 hours a week. That can pay for quite a few protein shakes.
So what are some different approaches one can take in being a professional personal trainer? The freelance route is probably best for highly self-motivated individuals who enjoy freedom and flexibility. Although PR and marketing are the responsibilities of the trainer, it comes with the flexibility of being your own boss. Working at a gym, a personal trainer typically enjoys free use of gym equipment, as well as the support of the gym itself. This way, promoting is not solely on the back of the trainers themselves.
There are different avenues in becoming a successful personal trainer. The choice of whether to work at a gym or freelance comes down to the individual’s skills and preferences. For more info on personal training or fitness, check out Future Fit Training.
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I’ve always wanted to grow a garden. Unfortunately, school, work, laziness, etc. have prevented me from doing this. Also, I don’t know the first thing about gardening. How to make a garden, which vegetables to choose, and when to plant certain vegetables are important questions to ask yourself when considering growing a garden.
Today’s infographic makes it easy. It describes the best times to plant certain vegetables that would make great additions to any garden. Peppers and tomatoes for the perfect pasta sauce, kale for you superfoodies – it has them all. It also has some helpful pro tips for how to store and prepare different vegetables to maximize their shelf life or health benefits.
This infographic is not just helpful for gardening, but also for anyone who has an interest in buying local produce from a supermarket. For instance, if your local grocery store has green beans in December and they are claiming it’s local, something is up. Time to have a little chat with the manager.
Whatever your reasons, take a look at this infographic and learn about the best times to grow vegetables. From the farm to your table, it never hurts to know a little more about what you are putting in your body. [Via]
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Time Doctor has identified the three most common time wasters workers seem to have across the board. It’s okay to have some downtime, but when you are wasting time at work, you are also wasting your employers’ money, giving up opportunities to advance, and jeopardizing efficiency.
The first and most common of the time wasters is known as the water-cooler effect. The water cooler effect is what happens when coworkers gather in the break room, and drink water and chat for longer than they should under the guise of hydrating.
The second most common time waster at work is surfing the Internet for non-work related information. Time Doctor finds that over a third of workers admit to spending personal time on the computer for under an hour. One-fifth of workers spend between two and five hours doing the same. The majority of those time wasters are spending their time using social media sites and games.
The third most common time waster is a bit more subjective, and dependent on how the worker feels about the meetings they attend. Many workers feel that they have their time wasted by useless information they feel could be covered in less time.
Giving yourself some downtime is okay. But remember, you are getting paid to fulfill a service. Also remember that when you are carried away by your thoughts or something interesting you find on the Internet, you are not alone. We can all be time wasters. [via]
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There has been a cat live to be 34, macaw live to 111, a human living to be 123, Koi fish live to be 226, and a tortoise that lived to be 250. These numbers seem big, but they don’t compare to the oldest living organisms – trees. The top six trees listed on this list are not single trees, or have not always been single trees; they come from clonal colonies. A clonal colony of trees is a group of trees that share the same root system. Old Tjikko looks to be a single tree, but its base is only a few hundred years old, while its roots are 9,000 years old and have supported other trees in the past.
The oldest single tree on the list is Prometheus (according to this infographic, Wikipedia says otherwise.). The story behind the chopping down of the Prometheus is interesting. Don Currey was doing research on these trees and wanted to find out how old the tree was, so he used a corer that ended up breaking off into the tree. He asked a park ranger how to get his corer back, and the man said they could simply cut down the tree, since there were so many of this species around. After the tree was cut down and Currey went to counting the rings, he found that he had chopped down the oldest tree in the world at 4,844 years old. He was devastated and taunted. Luckily, today we have found older trees that are still alive, so he does not have to be remembered in such a negative way. This story can be heard on Radiolab.