Why We Fight

We don’t just fight for survival, we fight for meaning and self-worth. We want to know why we’re here, and we want to know that we matter. Life is a quest for truth. We’re all waiting for life (or death) to reveal something to us. We’re waiting for the truth to reveal itself.

Even if you believe that Jesus is the truth or that a particular religion represents the truth, your knowledge of truth is still incomplete. Questions remain. The ultimate truth is a mystery. Life teaches us more about it, if we remain open, but it’s still just a shadow. Like Plato’s cave or Paul’s “dim mirror“.

Our disagreements are a way of trying to call forth the truth, and a way of expressing our frustrations about it. Sometimes we express it in constructive ways and sometimes in destructive ways. The destructive way, is a result of lying to ourselves about the best way to express it. Acceptance of age-old dogma, without question, is not going to expand your horizons or strengthen you determination to survive

Have You Learnt To Elevate Your Life Yet

What is the Blockchain

I make no apology for this being very much a 101 level blog but I assume there still many like me who are still trying to get their heads around this latest technology and have their heads full of various terms which they have yet to fully understand.

From my perspective I like to at least understand the basics and it strikes me that the Blockchain is the one to get to grips with , given that it is most likely to be adopted universally by many industries whether it is for financial purposes or supply chain logistics. I've obviously had to find a suitable source and so have chose one from https://cointelegram.com (thanks Tom for listing all those channels on Telegram for "sloths"  like me to tune into)   

In simple terms a blockchain is a "dairy that is almost impossible to copy"

This is because a program called a hash function is used. 

A Hash is  string of numbers and letters and is a mathmatical function that takes a variable number of characters and converts it into a string with a fixed number of characters.

# Transactions are entered in the order in which they occur. Order is very importsnt. Even a a small change in a string creates a new hash.   

# A database entry that records tractional information results in the creation of  a hash.

#The hash depends not only on the transaction but also on the previous transaction's hash

#Even the smallest of changes produces a has that has no similarity to the original.

For example :

Ann gives 10 coins to Mary. Hash: cff4e860bd57c2bfb7c010927c3f6fee

Mary gave 5 coins to Jack. Hash: 803c28370e9a16e628a23d46d3ebe711

If Jack decides to change the records (to give himself more money);

Mary gave 8 coins to Jack

the resulting hash would be : 4ae41f8cc3d4cc905f664c75ceab9dao

To make it  impossible to forge a record, various technics are applied to each hash record that make any unauthorised changes to be effectve impossible, because of the distributed nature of the database, and the need for the forger to alter every assocated record in every node of the network. One such technic is called a "nonce" (00 added to the end of every record), makes it impossible for even computers to figure out quickly

These computers are called Nodes  and each node has a copy of the digital ledger or "Blockchain" and each transaction must be approved by each Node in the blockchain. Once each node has check the transaction (some will agree and some will disagree as to its validity) there a "sort of an electronic vote" to decide.

A very  important point to note is that one spreadsheet (of a fixed size) is a block and a family of blocks is a blockchain which updates itself across all nodes every tem minutes AUTOMATICALLY. There is NO Master or Central computer that instructs the computers (ie the Nodes) to do this . When that node involves literally millions of computers spread across the world the ability to resist interference and attempts to take over is extremely powerful. Hence the resistence from the Command and Control lobby to this type of technology.   

Hopefully this is only part one of my BlockChain voyage of discovery . 

Have You Learnt To Elevate Your Life Yet

This Exercise Will Help You To Stop Wasting Your Time

I came across this article by Darius Faroux and thought it might be of interest.

"The reason I research productivity is simple. I think that a productive life equals a happy life.

Also, if you’re more productive than average people, you’ll advance faster in your career. You learn more. You do more. And eventually are rewarded more.

And when I talk about productivity, I talk about being effective.

Because productivity doesn’t suggest that you get the right things done. It just means you get a lot of stuff done. But that’s not what matters.

Effectiveness, however, refers to getting the right things done.

And if you want to do your job well, earn money, live a meaningful life, or learn skills, that is what matters the most. Otherwise, you just run around in circles. You might appear busy, but you won’t achieve anything meaningful.

In other words: It’s easy to do useless work. Work that doesn’t bring you closer to the outcomes you desire."

Check ot what else he has to say at http://dariusforoux.com


Have You Learnt To Elevate Your Life Yet

Second Chances

If you have had a few setbacks recently, as I have then these are sound words to think about.

Life doesn’t always offer us second chances, but often it does. Don’t assume that you’re done just because you’ve made a mistake. Ask yourself where you can go from here.

If we dwell on what could have been, we’ll fail to see the potential opportunities that remain in front of us. We don’t yet know what opportunities will come our way.

We tend to give more significance to the negative things that happen, than we do to the positive things that happen. Combine that with a media which also focuses on the negative, and you end up with a lot of people locked into a negative worldview. And a negative impression of what the future holds.

What choice do we have, but to focus on the good? Focusing on the bad makes everything seem bad. Don’t stay stuck in what could have been. Move forward toward what can be.

Have You Learnt To Elevate Your Life Yet

How Smart is Your Coffee

Are you Really Still Drinking those "Junk Food Coffees" ?

Check out the video and you'll see there is a much better option available



Product Experiences:

·      More natural energy

·      Reduces oxidative stress

·      Provides anti-stress and anti-anxiety effects

·      Greater mental clarity

·      Enhanced memory

·      Reduced brain fog

·      Increased alertness, focus and concentration

·      Enables anabolic responses

·      Burns fat

·      Increases metabolism

·      Reduces fatigue and appetite

·      Powerful antioxidant

·      Reduces sugar and carbohydrate cravings

·      Elevates positive mood

Have You Learnt To Elevate Your Life Yet

The MLM Merry Go Round – Time to Get Off

I started a document for myself some time back called "Getting to My Why" but never really finished it. The Market Hive Webinars of the last couple of days have feature Tom talking about the new Afilliate programs that are intended to help entrepreneurs find and fully understand their "Why". This has prompted me to revisit my eartier efforts and in doing so has helped me understand why I was never really going to make it in Multilevel Marketing, despite some very good products and services being offered. The whole repeatitive, prescriptive, "easily duplicated" approach just did not float my boat and certainly did not put fire in my belly. As many know, the post convention buzz fades and you are left trying to understand how to keep you motor running.

Mind you, If I had bothered to think about it I should have know that this was one set of spots that could not be changed because as a professional IT project manager the projects that really had me humming were the less than conventional ones where I was very involved with both the creation and delivery of the solution.

Just wanting to succeed in MLM was never going to be enough and so have now pinned down my WHY more clearly (which I believe is a fundamental a fear of failure and a need to prove to myself capable of creating a business that will benefit many, and whose financial success will  quash any nagging doubts I may have about having the abiity to succeed.) There may be another layer to that onion but for now it will have to do.

Having made that acknowledgement, I have come full circle back to my earlier, pre MLM period, efforts to build my own e-commerce site based around weight  loss and ultising my domain name weightlossdna.nz (under construction) where I feel I have more control over what it is and looking to use Market Hive as an integral part of the development process. 

The MLM Merry Go Round has stopped and I have stepped off.

Have You Learnt To Elevate Your Life Yet

Ginseng Extract

Ginseng is valued for its ability to boost energy levels and speed metabolism. Certain herbs and spices can help you maintain a healthy body weight by increasing your metabolism, shrinking fat tissue and suppressing your appetite. Ginseng is known to combat the free radicals that give the human skin mantle that look of premature aging.

Panax ginseng, in particular, has been linked to weight loss benefits, with one study showing obese, diabetic mice given panax ginseng extracts not only had improvements in insulin sensitivity, but also lost a significant amount of weight after 12 days.

This root is an immune system balancing, super supplement that should be admired by all. Other herbs and spice are also known to assist with controlling appetite and weight loss. Ginseng, cayenne pepper, black pepper, cinnamon, turmeric and ginger may all support your weight loss goals when added generously to your meals

            Other obesity-fighting herbs and spices include cardamom, dandelion, cumin and mustard.

In addition to their benefits for weight, herbs and spices are actually some of the most potent antioxidants in your food supply, and may help fight heart disease and other chronic diseases, as well as premature aging.

Valentus’ pure 100:1 extract works extremely well when combined with our other proprietary ingredients.


America Ginseng

American ginseng (Panax quinquefolis) is a herb that grows mainly in North America. Wild American ginseng is in such high demand that it has been declared a threatened or endangered species in some states in the United States.

People take American ginseng by mouth for stress, to boost the immune system, and as a stimulant.

American ginseng is often used to fight infections such as colds and flu. There is some evidence that it might help prevent colds and flu and make symptoms milder when infections do occur.

American ginseng is used for other infections including HIV/AIDS, infections of the intestine (dysentery), and particular infections (Pseudomonas infections) that are common in people with cystic fibrosis.

Some people use American ginseng to improve digestion and for loss of appetite, as well as for vomiting, inflammation of the colon (colitis), and inflammation of the lining of the stomach (gastritis).

American ginseng is also used for low iron in the blood (anemia), diabetes, insulin resistance related to HIV treatments, cancer-related fatigue, high blood pressure, trouble sleeping (insomnia), nerve pain, erectile dysfunction (ED), fever, hangover symptoms, attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), blood and bleeding disorders, breast cancer, dizziness, headaches, convulsions, fibromyalgia, “hardening of the arteries” (atherosclerosis), memory loss, rheumatoid arthritis, schizophrenia, improving athletic performance, improving mental performance, as an anti-aging aid, menopausal symptoms, complications during pregnancy or childbirth, and for nervous exhaustion (neurasthenia).

Don’t confuse American ginseng with Siberian ginseng (Eleutherococcus senticosus) or Asian ginseng (Panax ginseng). They have different medicinal effects.

How does it work?

American ginseng contains chemicals called ginsenosides that seem to affect insulin levels in the body and lower blood sugar. Other chemicals, called polysaccharides, might affect the immune system.

Side Effects

When taken by mouth, American ginseng can cause some side effects including diarrhea, itching, trouble sleeping (insomnia), headache, and nervousness. In some people, American ginseng might also cause rapid heartbeat, increased blood pressure or decreased blood pressure, breast tenderness, vaginal bleeding in women, and other side effects. Uncommon side effects that have been reported include a severe rash called Stevens-Johnson syndrome, liver damage, and severe allergic reaction.

Other Names:

American Ginseng, Anchi Ginseng, Baie Rouge, Canadian Ginseng, Ginseng, Ginseng à Cinq Folioles, Ginseng Américain, Ginseng Americano, Ginseng d'Amérique, Ginseng D’Amérique du Nord, Ginseng Canadien, Ginseng de l’Ontario, Ginseng du Wisconsin, Ginseng Occidental, Ginseng Root, North American Ginseng, Occidental Ginseng, Ontario Ginseng, Panax Quinquefolia, Panax Quinquefolium, Panax quinquefolius, Racine de Ginseng, Red Berry, Ren Shen, Sang, Shang, Shi Yang Seng, Wisconsin Ginseng, Xi Yang Shen.

Have You Learnt To Elevate Your Life Yet

How Effective is Gardenia Cambogia?

How Effective is Garcinia Cambogia?


According to key facts from the World Health Organisation:

Key facts

  • •    Worldwide obesity has more than doubled since 1980.
  • •    In 2014, more than 1.9 billion adults, 18 years and older, were overweight. Of these over 600 million were obese.
  • •    39% of adults aged 18 years and over were overweight in 2014, and 13% were obese.
  • •    Most of the world's population live in countries where overweight and obesity kills more people than underweight.
  • •    42 million children under the age of 5 were overweight or obese in 2013.
  • •    Obesity is preventable.

There are many ingredients that are claimed to assist in the process of weight loss. The following is the first in a series of articles that looks at one of the most  popular.

Garcinia cambogia, also known as the Malabar tamarind, is a small, sweet tropical tree fruit shaped like a pumpkin. In the late 1960s, scientists discovered an acid in the fruit somewhat similar to the citric acid found in fruits like oranges and lemons.


That acid, known as hydroxycitric acid, and commonly referred to as HCA—has had mixed popularity over the last 20 years. Many have openly touted it as a miracle weight loss supplement and while others have condemned it as being only effective in rats.

However, since late 2012 HCA as entered the weight loss vocabulary and people around the world chat about "garcinia" like that's the name of their new personal trainer.  The key fact that escapes many is that HCA isn't a miracle; it's a tool and anyone with any nous will know that to be effective it needs to be used in the right way. Often a little knowledge is a dangerous thing.

One thing we know is that HCA blocks a portion of an enzyme called citrate lyase, which helps turn sugars and starches into fat.

Block that enzyme, and carbohydrates get diverted into energy production rather than accumulating as body fat. Then, when you burn fat through effective training, there's less to replace it, and your overall fat level goes down. Note the statement : burn fat through effective training. Not siting on your backside waiting for the pounds/ kilos to drop off.

HCA also seems to have an ability to help suppress the appetite, but not in the same way as a stimulant-based diet pill. Rather, it increases the level of satiety—satisfaction you receive from food—making it easier to eat less. The mechanism by which it achieves this isn't entirely clear yet. Some studies have suggested that it produces a metabolic change by sending an appetite-suppressing signal to the brain via the amino acid 5-hydroxytryptophan, which is a direct precursor to the so-called "happy hormone," serotonin. Subsequent studies have shown elevated serotonin levels in subjects who took HCA supplements, this giving support for this theory.


Whatever the actual mechanism, what has clearly been proven is that the manner and quality of HCA taken is crucial to its success. 

Harry Preuss, a researcher and pathologist at Georgetown University decided to take another look at HCA following on from early lackluster results. Pruess discover that if HCA was not blended with calcium, potassium, or magnesium salts it has a tendency to end up as inactive form of the compound known as free HCA into HCA lactone. By add these salts the rate of degradation is significantly decreased.

These salts, which are added at a 1-to-1 or higher ratio in most commercial HCA supplements, also help your body more easily absorb the hydroxycitrate.

Preuss states that, "If you have almost a pure calcium hydroxycitrate, it's just not going to work." Preuss prefers hydroxycitrate that is bound to both calcium and potassium; he says the bond dramatically increases the absorption and effectiveness of HCA. Field studies run by Prues followed 30 healthy but overweight people ages 21-50 over an 8-week period. All of the subjects consumed a diet of 2,000 calories per day and walked for half an hour five days per week.  One group was given Super CitriMax, a patented form of HCA bound with both calcium and potassium. The other group was given a placebo. At the end of the study, the placebo group had lost an average of three pounds, but the HCA group had lost an average of 12 pounds—a whopping 400 percent more weight. Their average BMI fell by 6.3 percent; in the placebo group, it fell only 1.7 percent.

In a second similar study, Preuss and his colleagues tested 60 people, and this time, the HCA group lost an average of 10.5 pounds compared to the placebo group, which lost an average of 3.5 pounds.

"Perhaps the most remarkable result was in appetite control," Preuss says of the second study. "The placebo group had no change, but the HCA group had a 16 percent reduction in the amount of food they ate per meal!"

It's far too easy to view supplements purely from the perspective of either "I take it" or "I don't take it." With some supplements, that's precise enough to see an effect. But the lesson here is that how you take HCA matters. As such, Preuss has taken the new wave of HCA popularity as an opportunity to remind us all about how to get the most out of this supplement, most recently in a paper he co-authored for the Alliance for Natural Health in 2013 titled "Garcinia Cambogia: How to Optimize its Effects”.

  1. Choose a preparation that is at a minimum 50 percent HCA and is not composed wholly of calcium salts: Make sure potassium (K) and/or magnesium (Mg) is present. If the product has a low lactone content, that is even better.
  2. Be sure to take an adequate dose. For a Ca/K preparation used successfully and reported in a peer-reviewed publication, the dose of extract was near 1.5 g, three times per day before meals. In this 60 percent HCA preparation, that approximates 0.9 g of HCA prior to each meal.
  3. Take the preparation on an empty stomach, i.e., 30-60 minutes before each meal.
  4. Remember, "If you don't comply, don't complain." Take the right dose at the right time.


Why on an empty stomach? It takes advantage of the appetite-curbing effect of the supplement, but even more important, HCA needs some space to work its magic.

"In the presence of food, the hydroxycitrate salt can bind to some of the components in the meal and be inactivated," Preuss writes. "This is called the 'food effect' and can seriously reduce the bioavailability of a number of supplements, not just HCA."

Follow these guidelines, and HCA can be an addition to your arsenal. Side effects are rare at the kind of reasonable doses that Preuss recommends, and since it's not a stimulant, you don't need to worry about it affecting your sleep or mood. If you're looking to control your weight and are committed to eating right and working out, don't be afraid to add this popular supplement into the mix!




Have You Learnt To Elevate Your Life Yet

Review of Western Digital My Personal Cloud Storage

If you're a  bit of a techno geek like myself your’ll probably never have enough storage space for photos, music and vast volumes of what could only best be discribed as digital hoarding.

Ten years ago we that storage capability was messured in ‘Mega bytes’ (MB)then it became   ‘Giga Butes’ (GB). According to Mark J. Perry at the American Enterprise Instutute   cost of hard disk space over the last thirty years (not adjusted for inflation), has gone from $100,000 per gigabyte in 1980 to only $0.07 by 2009 and now of course we are talking ‘Terra Bytes” (TB).

I’m an Apple MAC user and have a 1.0 TB TimeMachine with an external 4TB USB 3.0 HDD to do regular backups to.

I ‘m using a 1.5 TB USB 2.0 external drive to store most of my working files.

I had also been thinking for some time that I would like to change from USB storage to what’s called a Network Attached Storage or NAS for short. The disadvantage of USB storage is that it needs to be in reasonable proximity to your PC, while a NAS has the advantage of being able to be placed anywhere on your own Local Area Network (LAN) (should you have one) or diretly into one of the LAN ports on the back of your broadband modem.  

All NAS’s operate on ethernet and come in various configurations and hence a wide range of prices. They can be a small box with a single Hard Disc Drive (HDD) (much like a external portable USB drive) up to large cabinets with multiple drives with RAID arrays.

While I did fancy a multiple drive configuration with at least two drives (with one a morror of the other) common sense did actually break through the techno mist. I had delayed the final selection until recently after I manage to confuse myself by accicentally moving the bulk of my business file inside my Photos, Music & Videos folder to the point where I thought they may have been deleted. Not wanting to take a chance decided it was time to look for that NAS solution to minimise the risk.

Western Digital (WD) is an American company who have been making HDD for decades and rank alongside the likes of Segate. I had bought this brand previously and was aware of their current ‘MY Passport” and “My Book” series but not their “My Cloud “ Personal Cloud Storage until I went to PriceSpy to check out the best offerings. 

I chose the MY Cloud Personal Cloud Storage 3TB with Gigabit Ethernet and has the following features:

  • WD Automatic backup software
  • Password Protection
  • Expandable storage
  • PC & MAC compatible
  • iOS compatible
  • Android Compatible
  • Multi-user access
  • Everywhere access.

The installation required downloading files from the WD website and while all this went reasonable straight forward I did seem to go around in circles due to later versions of the various applications being available and demanding to be updated.

I had also gotten used to using USB drives and being able to see folders and files immediately in my MAC Finder (similar to File Explorer in Windows) and forgotten about the need to map a shared drive so suffered a brain fade for a day or so until the WD Help Desk set me right.

Overall I am pleased with my $320NZ purchase (PB Technologies)  and like the fact I can backup my photos from my laptop, android smartphone and tablet. I’ve yet to see just how “everywhere access” it really is, including connecting to DropBox (yes I use that one too!!) 

Have You Learnt To Elevate Your Life Yet