Fruits Secrets

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by: Sharon Hopkins

Fruits, goldmine of vitamins, minerals and fiber are ideal to consume at least 4-5 servings in a day. Since they are in the natural form, account for largest part of water and 100% bad cholesterol free, it’s much easier for the body to process and absorb the vitamins and minerals from the fresh fruit.

Apple – Round fruit with lots of fibre, vitamins A, C, E and folate. Available in green, red or yellow skin when ripe. Apples reduce the risk of colon cancer, prostate cancer and lung cancer. They also help with heart disease, weight loss and controlling cholesterol.

Bananas – Long thick skinned fruit yellow in colour when ripe. Good source of fibre, potassium, vitamins A, C, B6, E & folate. Unripe or green bananas are used in cooking.

Cherries – small round fruit with a seed, red or black in colour when ripened. Cherries always have to be ripe to eat. Cherries contain anthocyanins that reduce pain & inflammation.

Figs – Eaten either dried or fresh, figs contain vitamin A, C, folate and niacin. A small sweet fruit full of small seeds.

Kiwi – A rich source of vitamins A, C, E, B – complex, calcium, iron and folic acid, kiwi is a small oval fruit with thin brown skin, soft green flesh and black seeds. The skin is a good source of flavonoid antioxidants.

Lime – Lime or lemon is the most cultivated citrus fruit with green to yellow colour loaded with vitamins A, C and folate. Juice of lime is good for detoxification and has antioxidant properties.

Peach – Round juicy fruit with a yellowish red skin & flesh having a taste of acidic tang and sweetness contains a rough stone. Always to be picked and eaten ripe.

Orange – A round thick-skinned juicy edible fruit that is a reddish-yellow colour when ripe with sweet to sour flavour. Peeled and eaten fresh or squeezed to make juice. Contain vitamin C, flavanoids, provides pectin and rich in sodium when ripened in sunshine.

Plum – soft round smooth-skinned fruit with sweet flesh and a flattish pointed stone. It is high in carbohydrates, low in fat and calories. An excellent source of vitamin A, C, calcium, magnesium, iron, potassium, fibre and free of sodium and cholesterol.

Papaya – A melon like fruit with yellow- orange flesh with dozens of small black seeds enclosed in skin that ranges in colour from green to orange. Either round, pear-shaped, or long like a banana. Rich in vitamins A, B, C, and D; calcium, phosphorous and iron. It is high in digestive properties and has a direct tonic effect on the stomach.

Pear – A sweet juicy yellow or green fruit with a rounded shape narrow towards the stalk. Best eaten at room temperature, pear contains kalium and riboflavine. It is good for skin and contains plenty of fibres.

Strawberry – A triangular shaped red colour fruit. It is one of the richest sources of Vitamin C and fibre. It has high content of sodium and iron. It helps in whitening of the teeth. Used to relieve rheumatism.

Watermelon – a type of melon with smooth exterior rind and juicy sweet red interior flesh. Extraordinarily refreshing to drink as juice or eaten when ripe and fresh. Valuable for minerals, vitamins and sugar with useful amount of fibre and iron.

About The Author

Sharon Hopkins manages websites on nutrition, diet such as A nutritious diet ensures well being, helps to maintain a healthy BMI, reduces the risk of several debilitating diseases like cancer, cardiovascular ailments, diabetes, osteoporosis and stroke.

Pickup Truck Accessories


by: Jean Feingold

No matter what make of pickup truck you own, chances are you want to change it from the way the factory supplied it. Whether you use your vehicle for work, off-road play or some of both, you can find performance parts, accessories and customization products to make your pickup truck unique. When you want your pickup truck to look and perform better, accessories will help you customize it.

While it’s possible to get some accessories from the Chevy, GMC, Dodge, Ford, Jeep, Mazda, Nissan or Toyota dealer where you bought your truck, you will find a much bigger selection of items online. You may also get better bargains shopping this way. Some popular makers of pickup truck accessories include Lund, Westin, Dee Zee, Outland, Auto Ventshade, Warn, Saddleman, Thule, PIAA, Vector, Wolo, Deflecta Shield, Pilot, Hoppy, Grizzly and Protecta.

Exterior accessories

There are many types of exterior pickup truck accessories to enhance the appearance of the outside of your truck. They include air dams, bras and masks, bug shields, bumpers, fender flares, graphics and emblems, grille guards, hood ornaments, hoods and scoops, mirrors, racks and cargo accessories, roll pans, running boards, splash guards, tool boxes, truck steps, tire covers, visors, wings and spoilers and wiper cowls. Select items that will complement your truck’s basic lines and that will work well together instead of looking cluttered.

Interior accessories

Installing interior accessories is all about improving the comfort level when riding in your truck. Some examples are 12 volt accessories, cargo trays and liners, consoles and racks, dash covers and trim, door accessories, floor mats, horns, instrument panel covers, pet accessories, seat covers, seats and steering wheel covers.

How about adding some electronics to enhance your ride? Choices include CBs and scanners, cruise controls, GMRS radio, GPS and navigation systems, power inverters, radar and laser detectors, remote starters, security systems and antennas. You might also want to upgrade the standard radio that came with your truck to a stereo CD or satellite radio system.

Accessories cushion the load and improve the ride

Trucks are all about hauling things, so why not do it in style? Pickup truck accessories for your truck bed include cargo control, bed mats, bed liners, bed protection, bed rails, tailgate accessories and tonneau covers. You might also want towing accessories like hitch balls, hitch mounts, hitch covers, hitch steps, hitch wiring, hitches, tow hooks and straps, towing mirrors, winch accessories, winches and winch mounting systems.

By improving your pickup’s suspension and brakes you make the ride both smoother and safer. To do this, you might need anti-sway bars, bars and arms, bushings and shackles, hubs, lift kits, lowering kits, shocks and struts, skit plates and trusses and springs. Adding more lighting not only improves the truck’s appearance, it also improves safety. Some typical lighting pickup truck accessories are accent lighting, auxiliary lighting, back-up lights, bulbs and lamps, driving and fog lights, headlights, interior lights, light bars, light covers, light guards, marker lights, neon lighting, spotlights, taillights, tow lighting and wiring, turn signal lights and warning lights.

Electrical and exhaust systems are essential

If your pickup won’t start, it doesn’t matter how good it looks. If you’ve got this problem or fear it might happen, try buying alternator accessories, battery accessories, battery chargers, chassis wiring or jump start systems. If the problem is on the exhaust end, you might need catalytic converters, exhaust systems, exhaust tips and extensions, headers or mufflers.

To do all this work yourself, you’ll need some tools and equipment. Useful items include tire pressure gauges, car care products, computer software, creepers and seats, diagnostic equipment, engine hoists and stands, garage and parking accessories, jacks, stands, ramps, paint, sanding materials and abrasives.

And once your truck is tricked out to your heart’s desire, get out your camera. You’re going to want to showoff your new, improved truck to all of your friends.

About The Author

Jean Feingold is a copywriter for

Great jobs for 2016 grads

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Let’s be clear – our world is constantly evolving and it seems that job descriptions and trends are following this evolution too. The fact is that certain careers will probably be eliminated in the near future while some new jobs are getting very trendy and paid well. If you are a college grad, you are probably wondering what the best job you can get is. This job should be paid well and offer good experience for the future. That’s why we have decided to create a list of the best new jobs for 2016 grads.

Training experts/specialist

In case you didn’t know, a training specialist is a person who plans, realizes and manages different programs designed for employees who want to get their first job or switch from one sector to another and they want to acquire new skills. If we take a close look at the numbers, we will see that the demand for this job position is growing every year even though it was created a few years ago.

Electrical Engineer

Electronics and electrical engineers create, develop, check and monitor the manufacturing process of electrical equipment including navigation systems, radars and electric motors, power generation products and communication systems. As you can see all these pieces of equipment are popular today and more and more new devices use them which mean that there will be high demand on the labor market for people who have knowledge in this field.

Event assistant

Two decades ago, this job position was brand new, but today more and more people are interested in hiring such professionals. College grads this 2016 can definitely opt for this job because it has a very good median annual salary, but the best part is that it comes with many benefits like building a professional network and business travelling opportunities. According to official stats, job openings for this career will increase in the next years.

Software developer

Those interested in software development career should know that this career can be rewarding, but risky too. The truth is that there are many companies who are outsourcing this type of work. However, the fact that there is a growing number of brand new programs and applications suggest that the interest in domestic software developers will remain high in the future even though this is a relatively new career. Needless to say, the median annual salary in this sector is more than solid.

Ultrasound technologist

Fresh graduates will probably have difficulties finding a job as ultrasound technicians right after they finish college and this is the only downside of this career. Besides having a degree in healthcare, they will need training and official registration. However, once they qualify, graduates can expect good salary and relatively good job security.

Petroleum Geologist

This job is perfect for grads that have advanced degrees because there is high demand for professional workers in this area and the salary is excellent too.

Keep in mind that these are only some of the new jobs for 2016 grads and that there is always an opportunity for grads to find job if they are serious about getting one.

Steelers Draft Complete; Pirates take 2 of 3 from Reds


This weekend in Pittsburgh Sports was truly a busy one. To be honest, it’s not surprising given the popularity of the sports teams in this town. To wit: We’re in the second month of the Major League Baseball season with the Pittsburgh Pirates, the Penguins are in the 2nd Round of the NHL Playoffs and although the NFL season has been over for 3 months, they (along with the Pittsburgh Steelers) were very active with the 2016 NFL Draft.

Speaking of the Steelers and the NFL Draft, let’s begin there as the 7 Round selection process concluded Saturday in Chicago Illinois after beginning Thursday night. The first pick of the draft went to the LA Rams as they (to no surprise) selected California QB Jared Goff, who actually has a Pittsburgh connection as his father Jerry was a former catcher with the Pirates in 1993-94.

Goff has hopes to stabilize a Rams offense that had lacked a franchise QB since the days of former Super Bowl MVP Kurt Warner and Pittsburgh’s own, Marc Bulger. The NFL Draft’s final pick was CB Kalan Redd (Southern Miss) who was chosen by the Tennessee Titans, who also earned this year’s ‘Mr. Irrelevant’ award, given annually to the final pick of the NFL Draft.

But in between the first and the last Draft picks were 251 other picks, 7 from the Steelers. HC Mike Tomlin’s team had the 25th overall pick in the Draft and they used it to pick CB Artie Burns from the University of Miami. Their goal was to fill a gaping hole in their secondary at the cornerback position. Burns is the first Steelers defensive back to be selected #1 since SS Troy Polamalu in 2003, and the first CB to be drafted #1 since Chad Scott in 1997.

The Steelers also used their #2 pick on the Secondary as they selected S Sean Davis out of Maryland. They kept the focus on defense in the 3rd Round as they picked up DT Javon Hargrave from South Carolina St. They then picked their first offensive selection in the 4th round when they selected OT Jerald Hawkins out of LSU. With no 5th Round picks, they picked up LB Travis Feeny from Washington for their 6th Round pick, they had two 7th Round picks with the first going to WR DeMarcus Ayers out of Houston and their 2nd (and final) 7th Round pick going to inside LB Tyler Matakevich from Temple.

And here’s a list of the Steelers 10 Undrafted Free Agents: Mars Hill DL Jonny Maxey, Miami (Fla.) LB Tyriq McCord, Duke P Will Monday, Florida State DL Giorgio Newberry, Colorado RB Christian Powell, Georgia TE Jay Rome, N.C. State OL Quinton Schooley, Virginia WR Canaan Severin, and Jacksonville State DL Devaunte Sigler.

There were several local players selected as well with the biggest one being former Pitt All-American WR Tyler Boyd (Clairton) getting drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals in the 2nd Round, former Woodland Hills HS and Maryland DT Quinton Jefferson going to the Seattle Seahawks in the 5th Round, Bethel Park’s LB Nick Kwiatkowski (West Virginia) going to the Chicago Bears in the 4th Round. Former Pitt players Tight end J.P. Holtz (Browns), cornerback Lafayette Pitts (Dolphins) and linebacker Nicholas Grigsby (Rams) agreed to undrafted free agent deals and former Penn State Defensive lineman Anthony Zettel went in the sixth round, No. 202 overall, to the Detroit Lions. Just two picks later, his Nittany Lions teammate, safety Jordan Lucas, was chosen by the Miami Dolphins at No. 204. They join quarterback Christian Hackenberg, defensive lineman Austin Johnson and defensive end Carl Nassib as the Penn State players selected this weekend.

As for Major League Baseball, the Pirates finished their 3-game home series by taking 2 of 3 from the Cincinnati Reds, a team that almost swept them in Cincinnati, earlier this season. They almost returned the favor vs. the Reds, but the final game in the Rubber Match was a little too much to overcome as they fell to the Reds 6-5 in 11 innings, ending their 6-game winning streak and giving them a record of 15-10, good for 2nd place in the NL Central, 3 games back from the Chicago Cubs, who will be coming the Pittsburgh for a 3-game series starting Monday.

In that 3rd game, Scott Schebler hit an RBI double in the 11th inning and the Cincinnati Reds snapped a six-game losing streak. Eugenio Suarez led off the Reds 11th with a triple past diving left fielder Starling Marte and scored on Schebler’s hit off Ryan Vogelsong (1-1). Schebler had entered earlier in a double switch. In the ninth, he doubled home Adam Duvall for a 5-4 lead. Blake Wood (3-0) pitched two scoreless innings, including a perfect 11th.

The Reds won for only the second time since being no-hit by the Cubs’ Jake Arrieta on April 21. Gregory Polanco and John Jaso homered for the Pirates. Pittsburgh committed a season-high four errors and misplayed other balls.

Jaso hit a solo home run with two outs in the ninth off Ross Ohlendorf that made it 5-all. The drive landed in the first row of seats atop the 21-foot wall in right field. Polanco led off the fifth with his third homer. It became the 39th home run ball to reach the Allegheny River in the 16 seasons of PNC Park.

The Pirates rallied to tie the game during each the seventh, eighth and ninth innings.

Cincinnati turned to 28-year-old Tim Adelman to make his major league debut after putting scheduled starter Raisel Iglesias on the disabled list earlier Sunday because of an impingement in his right shoulder.

Adelman was pitching in independent leagues in 2012-13 before working his way up the Reds organization from Single-A over the past two-plus years. He allowed five baserunners over six-plus innings and was lifted with a 3-1 lead after allowing a leadoff single to Marte in the seventh.

Adelman’s chance at his first major league win were dashed when, after one out, Sean Rodriguez hit an RBI triple and scored on pinch hitter Matt Joyce’s broken-bat single.

Pirates starter Jeff Locke gave up three runs and four hits in seven innings.

In Game 1, It had been nearly a year since Josh Harrison hit a home run. He ended his drought Friday night while Juan Nicasio struck out eight in seven scoreless innings and Matt Joyce connected as a pinch-hitter to lead the Pirates to a 4-1 victory over the Cincinnati Reds, extending Pittsburgh’s winning streak to five games.

Nicasio (3-2) allowed three hits and one walk in sending the Reds to their fifth straight loss. Signed as a free agent in the offseason, Nicasio has won all three home starts with a 1.89 ERA while losing both road starts with a 6.75 ERA.

Harrison hit his first home run since May 15, a span of 379 at-bats, into the bleachers in right field with two outs in the fourth to raise the Pirates’ lead to 2-0. An inning earlier, David Freese hit a two-out RBI single.

Joyce sliced a two-run home run off the foul pole in left, his third, in the seventh inning to make it 4-0. He is hitting .357 with three home runs after signing a minor league contract early in spring training on the heels of a dreadful 2015 in which he batted just .174 with five home runs in 93 games for the Los Angeles Angels.

The Reds scored their run on Tucker Barnhart’s RBI double with two outs in the ninth. Mark Melancon relieved Arquimedes Caminero and got Scott Schebler to hit a game-ending fly out for his sixth save.

Starling Marte and Jordy Mercer had two hits each for the Pirates.

Dan Straily (0-1) worked six innings in the longest of three outings since the Reds moved him from the bullpen into the rotation. He gave up two runs and five hits while striking out five and walking three.

Joey Votto had two hits for the Reds, who have gone 4-13 since taking two of three against the Pirates during the first week of the season from April 8-10, at Cincinnati.

In Game 2, Pirates starter Francisco Liriano pitched 6 2/3 strong innings and John Jaso homered to open the bottom of the first as Pittsburgh beat Cincinnati 5-1 Saturday night for the Pirates’ sixth straight win and the Reds’ sixth consecutive loss.

In his first win since April 3 when he pitched six scoreless innings against St. Louis, Liriano (2-1) held the Reds to five hits and struck out six while walking none after allowing 17 bases on balls in his first four starts.

Pirates manager Clint Hurdle was pleased with Liriano’s outing. Even when the left-hander won in the opener with 10 strikeouts, he also had five walks.

Jaso hit the first pitch of the game from Alfredo Simon (0-3) out to right-center field for his first home run of the season. It was also his fifth career homer leading off the first and came after Jaso spent extra time working on his swing with hitting coach Jeff Branson prior to the game.

Simon lowered his ERA to 13.50 from 16.39 by allowing three runs and six-plus innings. He walked four and struck out four. Francisco Cervelli’s RBI single in the fifth for the Pirates snapped a 1-1 tie and chased Simon. Josh Harrison added a sacrifice fly later in the inning. Cervelli and David Freese each had two hits of the Pirates’ 10 hits.

Sean Rodriguez hit a two-run homer, his fourth, in the eighth to make it 5-1 after entering the game in the top of the inning at first base as a defensive replacement for Jaso. Mark Melancon got the last out for his seventh save, striking out Zack Cozart with runners on first and second.

Billy Hamilton had three hits for the Reds and scored their only run in the fifth, tying it at 1 when he came around from first base on Cozart’s double. Cincinnati has scored just 10 runs during its losing streak.

The Pirates’ Jordy Mercer extended his hitting streak to seven games.

In the NBA, Golden State Warriors G Steph Curry said that that while he’s still dealing with knee pain, he’s confident he can return even sooner than most have projected. Apparently they didn’t need him on the court of Game 1 of their Second Round series vs. the Portland Trail Blazers as they destroyed them 118-106.

That puts his return well inside the 14-day window originally estimated for Curry that GM Bob Meyers walked back at a press conference last week, saying Curry would be “constantly re-evaluated” and could return sooner.

Whether they’ll need to will be the question. If the Warriors dominate Game 2, why risk putting Curry back from a sprained MCL so early? See if they can go up 3-0 without him, play without him until he’s absolutely needed and make sure he’s available for the Western Conference Finals. The Warriors are superior to Portland, with or without Curry, so they might as well see how far they can go without risking his health.

Then again, here’s what Dr. Rodney Benner, a surgeon from the Shelbourne Knee Center in Indianapolis told me about the risk of Curry suffering further injury from a premature return:

Since the ligament is structurally intact and just painful, the athlete can return to play whenever the pain subsides with time and treatment. At that time, the Warriors athletic training staff will likely put Steph through a functional progression, starting with light exercise and progressing on towards basketball activities, and then on to running, lateral movement, and full competition as he can tolerate. The only real risk of returning to competition too early is a return of soreness and pain, not continued structural damage to the ligament.

Of course, if he were to get hit on the outside of the knee again, causing the knee to collapse inward and stretch the ligament again, he could re-injure the ligament. However, that risk is really the same as any other time, not just because he had a previous injury. All in all, it’s about the best news Warriors fans could hope for with this type of injury mechanism.

So if Curry’s pain is manageable and there’s no risk of further injury, there’s no reason for him not to play. If that happens, Curry could play Game 3 to put the series out of reach for good, then perhaps rest Game 4 and hope the Warriors sweep, or return for Game 5 if necessary. The Warriors have options and all of them seem good despite how concerning Curry’s injury originally seemed.

In other NBA Playoff action, the Miami Heat demolished the Charlotte Hornets 106-73 in Game 7. The Heat will now move onto play either the Toronto Raptors or Indiana Pacers in the Eastern Conference Semifinals.

In other Charlotte Hornet news, Hornets associate head coach Patrick Ewing will interview with the Sacramento Kings about their head coaching vacancy. Ewing has been an NBA assistant since 2002, working with Washington, Houston, Orlando and Charlotte.

Ewing played for Mike Jarvis in high school, John Thompson in college and the likes of Pat Riley and Jeff Van Gundy in the NBA. ”He believes in balance, he believes in work, he believes in defense and he believes in structure,” Clifford said, adding that Ewing – despite his lineage as one of the game’s all-time great players – never took a shortcut in his coaching career.

And in the NHL, the Pittsburgh Penguins defeated the Washington Capitals 2-1 to tie their Best-Of-Seven Eastern Conference Semifinals series at a game apiece.

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The Importance of Exercise for Senior Adults

There are many people who are in their 60s or 70s who decide to cease their fitness activities because they believe that they no longer need them or that they are dangerous considering their condition. However, they are wrong. If you want to keep your fitness level, you must get involved in physical activity because in this way you will feel better and your will be much healthier. The good news is that there are a huge number of exercises ideal for senior adults. Some of these exercises may be conducted at home while others should be practiced in a local gym. In any case, it is crucial to remember that exercise and physical activity come with many benefits for both the mental, emotional and physical health of the elderly.

One of the main reasons why exercise and fitness activities are important for senior citizens is the fact that with this type of activity they will be able to lower back pain and boost energy. The vast majority of senior adults are feeling pain in the back. As a result of this constant and persistent pain, they will soon notice that their energy is drained. In addition, such pain will accelerate the natural process of aging. However, exercise makes both the back muscles and the core muscles much stronger. This is the best way to prevent injuries and to ease back pain. People can strengthen their muscles, bones, tissues and joints at any age. Arthritis symptoms can be soothed with exercise too.

Furthermore, exercise and fitness activities help senior adults to enhance the work of their digestive system and the metabolism of sugar. In other words, glucose found in the body will be absorbed and burned in a proper way when you are physically active. The elderly is more prone to diseases like diabetes and exercise lowers the chances of developing such diseases. If they exercise regularly the digestive system won’t experience problems like constipation or diarrhea – two common health issues in senior citizens.

Senior adults looking for easy and simple exercises can try stretching. This is a very important element of any fitness program. Stretching is crucial because It prepares the muscles and joints for physical activity. However, make sure that you are not over-stretching your body parts because this can lead to muscle tearing. It is the best idea to start with short stretching sessions and gradually increase the time spent on this activity.

In addition, exercises dedicated to strengthening must be performed at least three times a week. Senior adults should use lightweights and at the same time, they must work on finding the optimal breathing pattern while exercising. Many senior citizens are advised to practice aquatic exercises because they can improve vitality and strength and water keeps the joints and bones safe.

In the end, we should not forget that everyday household chores can have positive effect on their health. The elderly must remain active all the time because this is the only way to live a healthy and happy life.

What Not To Do and How Not To Do It


by: Paul Lemberg

How can you get more done?

Can you really do more than you already do? Is there still room left on your plate for even one more thing? The truth is I don’t know anyone (successful) who has too little to do. Not one of my many clients–nor any of my friends, acquaintances, or people I meet on planes–none of them has ever said they have too little to do.

Doing more to get more done is simply not an option.

The answer to doing more is doing less.


Do less?

Are you kidding? How’s that going to help? “I don’t get enough done as it is,” you say, “and there’s always more to do at the end of a day!”

Ask this transformational question: Is each activity you currently do providing the greatest possible payback? Or like many people, are you spending much of your precious time doing things which produce a relatively lower return? The key word is relatively.

To do more, you’ve got to figure out what not to do.

For most people, 100% of our time is filled with 1) routine day-to-day matters, 2) things we told other people we would do and 3) responding to (sometimes trivial) interruptions. To try to make something important happen, we end up shoving that thing into our schedule.

How well does that work? How well does a five pound bag hold ten pounds of stuff? You get the idea–not very well at all. And, of course, all the important stuff ends up spilling out onto the floor.

For some people, the bag is so full–there are so many to-dos on your to-do list, your reach the uncomfortable state of overwhelm. Your creativity gets totally locked out and your mind can’t even consider other, perhaps more important things.

You’ve got to figure out what not to do.

I’ve done casual research on this subject asking audiences of executives what things they do that they know they shouldn’t. This list of guilty pleasures includes answering emails as they come in throughout the day, handling the company finances, interviewing all candidates for all jobs, purchasing, filing, writing marketing copy and advertisements, signing all the checks, exercising final say on small product changes, and so on.

That’s not to say these things aren’t important–some are, even vitally so. The question is–are these the most important things for YOU to be doing, especially at this point in your organization’s development?

Often when I ask these questions, people respond by saying there is no one else who can do THAT as well as they can.

This thinking is typical of what Adam Smith called “absolute advantage.” Smith advocated doing all the things which you do better than anyone else. It is obvious, commonsense thinking. The trap for someone who is by nature highly and broadly capable is that you can end up doing everything, reluctant to let go of anything.

To the rescue is 19TH century economist David Ricardo’s Law of the Comparative Advantage of Nations. In a bold, counterintuitive bit of reasoning, Ricardo said to maximize wealth, each country should devote its energy to producing goods they sacrificed the least to create. In other words, Comparative Advantage says to produce the goods which create the highest value per unit of work. Everything else, regardless of how much better you do it than anyone else, should be done by others.

Assume your company makes a sophisticated high value product and you can sell as many as you can make. The product uses several cheap components, which by the way, you can also make better and cheaper than anyone else. Ricardo says that given limited resources (your time, for instance) it is a mistake to manufacture any of the components; each unit of time spent making the cheaper components instead of making the high-valued product costs you money –opportunity cost. To make the most profit, spend ALL your time making the high-value product, and purchase the components.

Ricardo’s law boils down to this: do the thing which brings the GREATEST RETURN–and nothing else. That which brings you the greatest value, and only that, is your comparative advantage.

Keep a list of all the separate things you do during the course of a day/week/month. You may think you know, but each time I ask an executive to try this exercise, they are surprised by the outcome.

Make a notation of what you are doing every 15 minutes. Keep this record for as long as you can–at least two or three days; a week or even two will reveal even more. (You must write this down. The process won’t work if you try to keep it in your head.)

What have you been doing? Have you been squandering your comparative advantage?

Is each action on your list HIGHLY PRODUCTIVE? Is each thing on your list MAKING YOU MONEY, or CHANGING THE WORLD (at least a little bit?)

No? Most people spend at least some of their time doing low-contribution activities. For most people, even if they consider what are doing important, there are usually even more important things they should do instead.

Once you’ve understood how you actually spend your time, you have three possible courses of action:

You can dump things–there are always some things which are of such little value that no one should be doing them.

You can delegate important things to capable people in your organization or outsource them to firms which specialize in those things.

Lastly, YOU can do the things which make the largest difference.

Apply Ricardo’s principle of comparative advantage. Figure out what specific actions contribute the most and do only those, offloading or dumping the rest. Do the same analysis for each department and each member of your company and create extraordinary results.

To do more–to get more done in terms of value–you have to do less.

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Paul Lemberg is the president of Quantum Growth Coaching, the world’s only fully systemized business coaching program guaranteed to help entrepreneurs rapidly create More Profits and More Life(tm). To get your copy of our free special report with detailed steps on how to grow your business at least 40% faster, even when you aren’t sure what to do next, go to



PITTSBURGH–Tyler Boyd, the most productive receiver in school history, continued Pitt’s rich tradition in the NFL Draft by being selected by the Cincinnati Bengals in the second round this evening.

With Boyd’s selection, Pitt has now had at least one player chosen in 15 of the last 17 drafts. Boyd is the first Panther to be drafted by the Bengals since linebacker Tom Tumulty in 1996.

“The Bengals have themselves an outstanding receiver in Tyler Boyd,” Pitt head coach Pat Narduzzi said. “He is an excellent fit for Cincinnati and should be ready to make immediate contributions there. Our entire program is incredibly proud of Tyler and wish him the very best as he begins his NFL career.”

Boyd declared for the 2016 NFL Draft following his junior season. He was named a first-team All-ACC wide receiver by the coaches and media for the second consecutive year. Boyd was also a third-team All-America selection by Phil Steele.

Boyd finished the 2015 season with 91 catches for 926 yards (10.2 avg.) and six touchdowns in 12 games. He was also Pitt’s second-leading rusher with 349 yards on 40 carries (8.7 avg.). Boyd’s 91 catches rank second on Pitt’s single-season list, one shy of the school record held by all-time greatLarry Fitzgerald (who had 92 in 2003).

The native of Clairton, Pa., established himself as one of the most productive offensive performers in Pitt history. Boyd finished his collegiate career as Pitt’s all-time leader in both receptions (254) and receiving yards (3,361). He finished second in career all-purpose yards (5,243), trailing only the legendary Tony Dorsett (7,117 from 1973-76).


Pittsburgh Steelers 2016 NFL Draft


Sean Davis



6-1, 202

Washington, D.C.

Maret School

2nd Round – 58th Overall



Appeared in 50 games (40 starts) and finished with 305 total tackles during his Maryland tenure.



Started all 12 games, leading the defense with 70 solo tackles and second in combined stops (88)…ranked second in the nation with five forced fumbles, the second-most in school history in a single season…tied for the team lead with three interceptions…had at least four tackles in every game.



Started all 13 games, including a pair at cornerback…finished second on the team with 115 tackles, ranking fourth in the nation and first in the Big Ten among defensive backs…added eight pass breakups, 4.0 TFLs, one sack and one forced fumble…tied for fifth in the Big Ten averaging 9.0 tackles per game…set a career-high with 17 tackles 10/25 vs. Wisconsin.



Started all 13 games at safety…totaled a team-high 102 total tackles, averaging 7.8 per game to rank ninth in the ACC.



Appeared in all 12 games, making two starts at safety…also saw action on special teams.



Was a three-year starter at cornerback at Maret School (Washington, D.C.)…totaled 87 tackles, three forced fumbles and three interceptions as a senior, while rushing for 823 yards with seven rushing touchdowns, to go along with 601 receiving yards with five receiving touchdowns…also returned three kickoffs and two punts for scores.



Born in Washington, D.C….son of Sean and Lisa Davis…is trilingual, speaking English, Chinese and French…majored in communications.

Javon Hargrave

Defensive Tackle

South Carolina State

6-2, 305

Salisbury, N.C.

North Rowan High School

3rd Round – 89th Overall



Was a two-time SBN Sports Mel Blount Defensive Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference in 2014 and 2015…amassed 37.0 sacks, including 10.0 or more in each of his last two seasons.



Earned SBN Sports Mel Blount Defensive Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year in the MEAC honors for the second consecutive year…recorded 59 tackles, 22.0 TFLs with 13.5 sacks in 11 games…his 22.0 TFLS ranked fifth in the FCS.



Named Defensive Player of the Year in the MEAC and tabbed the SBC Sports Mel Blount Defensive Player of the Year after leading the conference and finishing third in the nation with 16.0 sacks…added 55 tackles, 23.5 TFLs, eight quarterback hurries, three forced fumbles and two pass breakups.



Started all 13 games, earning All-MEAC second-team honors…finished with 51 tackles to go along with 12.5 TFLs, 5.5 sacks, five quarterback hits, three forced fumbles and one fumble recovery.



Started all 11 games as a true freshman…tallied 45 tackles with 4.5 TFLs and 2.0 sacks.



Earned four letters in football and basketball, and one in track…garnered all-state and all-county accolades in football and he was named Defensive Player of the Year twice…was all-state in basketball and Player of the Year as a Junior, and he was a member of the 2011 basketball state championship team.



Son of Yvette and Tim Bates.…majored in sports communication…born Feb. 7, 1993.


Pittsburgh Steelers 2016 NFL Draft


Kevin Colbert and Coach Tomlin Re: Artie Burns

Kevin Colbert: Good evening, everybody. We’re proud and excited to get the cornerback from the University of Miami, Artie Burns. He’s a solid young man. He had a little bit of a tragedy issue with his mother passing during the season, but he fought his way through that, came out the other side and put together a solid year. He ended up with six interceptions and put himself as one of the top corners in this draft class. We’re really starting to see this draft class with the corners coming together. I think back in November when we went to Florida, some scouts and myself, started to get a feel that this would be a strong corner class. We said that the other day and it turned out to be just that. We’re very, very fortunate that he was available to us and we’re excited to have him.

Mike Tomlin Opening Statement: There’s a lot to be excited about Artie. He’s a third year player. He has a lot of growth potential. We’re excited about the upsides. He’s a master at bump corner, it appears to be something that’s a natural element of his game. He’s good at the ball, he’s good with the ball down the field. He’s right at six feet [tall] or just under. He has elite speed. He’s a track man also down there at Miami. We’re just really excited about him in general. Good player to work with and motivated. He can get things going for us in 2016.

Re: If the rainy weather affected Miami’s pro day:
KC: It didn’t start out that way. At the beginning of the program, during the indoor portion, it was beautiful and sunny. University of Miami doesn’t have an indoor facility so we went outside and it started to pour. Those kids went through the drill work regardless and we watched them. They did what they could but it really wasn’t indicative of what you wanted to see, but it was the best we could do. I give the kids credit, all the kids that worked out that day for putting up with some miserable conditions.

Re: Gleaning anything from that day:
MT: We went out to dinner with Artie the night before to get an opportunity to visit with him and his teammates in an informal way because there’s a lot of information gathered at Pro Days other than the workouts. Obviously he was a participant in Indianapolis as well. We gained a lot of information, maybe not the drill work information that you’re looking for because of the weather.

How would you describe Burns’ character?
KC: Artie is a special kid. As I mentioned, his mother passed away right in the middle of the season. He has a child. He’s in a relationship with the mother of the child. It’s solid. He has three younger brothers that really have fallen under his care after his mother’s passing. It will be a challenge for him, but I give the kid a lot of credit for doing what he’s doing and really putting his career aside because he’s going to take care of his family first and foremost. I think that says a lot about his character. It will be a challenge for him. It’s a lot to undertake. It will be part of our duties to help him succeed in that venture. I really think it speaks volumes about his character.

Did you see him play at the University of Pittsburgh vs. University of Miami game this year?

KC: Yes, I was at that game. It was good. He had the interception early. Then he tweaked his knee a little bit. Then he was able to get back in and finish the game. We did see that game among others. Of course we saw all the video. I agree with coach. This is one kid that when you really started to study him, he was as natural in bump-and-run coverage as any of the corners in this draft. Again, this was as good a group of corners as I’ve seen since I’ve been doing this. Collectively, it was strong. You could see that, as I said, in November when you started to hear about some of the underclassmen that were going to be added to the senior group. This kid was certainly amongst that group. Like I said, we were fortunate. The strength of this draft was in the secondary. It just matched up with where we were picking.


What was it about Burns that made you choose him over another corner?

KC: We’ll never talk about another kid other than to say that we’re extremely happy to have this one. I think there’s a premium. In the NFL right now, there are big receivers. When you look for the corner and you can find someone with that kind of length and that kind of speed, that kind of athleticism and you couple that with the six interceptions – that was very, very impressive. And he’s still young. I mean he needs work. He’ll need work on his off-coverage. He’ll need work on his zone coverage. He’s a third-year junior. He’s only played three years. He’s only started two. There is a ton up of upside with him. As we always say with the junior kids, we’ll get him for his senior year. We’ll work with him. I know Coach is excited. He likes to get those young guys and take them and mold them into what we need.


Does he compare to Bryant McFadden?

KC: No, I don’t athletically they were comparable. They were different types of athletes. It’s just a different description – body, size, and all of that type of thing. I never really made that comparison. I don’t really know who to compare him to. Again, he’s a six-foot corner that can run and has produced.


How easy was it to make this pick?

KC: It was really easy. It was breaking pretty tight quite honestly. We really felt that we had a good chance to get a corner. Again, it was quality from top to bottom. There is still quality left at that position. There are several players on that board at the corner position that still could be starters in the league. We were just fortunate that he made it to us. Complete Draft Coverage is a Lifestyle Information and Blog website.

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