BLACK SWAN COMING EVENT: LIVESTOCK INDUSTRY. As income rises, people consume more dairy and meat products. These are the food categories with the highest environmental footprint. In fact, the global livestock industry produces more emissions than all cars, planes, trains, and ships combined. A study by Oxford University calculated that a global shift to a vegan diet would reduce food-related emission by 70 percent by 2050. The picture is similar for our use of resources like water. By 2025, two-thirds of the world’s population may face water shortages. Beef is the second most popular meat in the US. It is also one of the most water-intensive foods (to produce one pound of beef requires 1,800 gallons of water).

Clothing is another case of our lifestyle destroying our environment. In recent decades, the fashion industry nurtured our appetite for cheap clothes and kept increasing production. The world now consumes 400 percent more clothes than two decades ago. According to the World Bank, textile processing causes 20 percent of water pollution globally. Cotton, the “thirsty crop,” makes up about half of our clothes and requires 5,300 gallons of water to produce kg of cotton. This can have devastating effects as seen with the drying up of the Aral Sea.







Consumerism and Silicon Valley has turned our world upside down

Consumerism and Silicon Valley has turned our world upside down. Writer Annie Dillard in her book The Writing Life says “How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives”. Her book The Writing Life is a beautiful and poignant meditation on a life well lived. The Writing Life reminds us of the trade-offs between presence and productivity that we’re constantly having to make. The book doesn’t teach a writer how to write. It shows how a writer lives her life.

“How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives” reminds us that what we do each day eventually becomes our life. Therefore how we spend each day in the singular, becomes how we spend our lives in the total. And while things may seem either uneventful, or important, judged by a single day: judged by a lifetime of single days, they add up to either a life well lived, or a life squandered.

Walking in the woods each day with your dog, observing in the present moment, with all your senses aroused, feeling the breeze to your back, the sun on your face, the beauty of the woods, the smell of the flowers and the activities of the critters skirmishing to and fro may not seem to be a productive day by today’s fast paced thinking mind, but, looking back on a lifetime of such glorious days, would by all but the most cynical or dead of heart would be a life well lived.

Consumerism and Silicon Valley has turned our world upside down and with it turned bad into good and good into bad. Today we are made to feel that if we are not doing something important, or productive then we are failing.  Most of us know however that no matter how many believe a lie; a lie is still a lie. Technology and Consumerism is not the solution to fixing a world gone crazy, it is instead the reason you are experiencing anxiety and a disconnect from yourself and others.



Do You Need A Coach Or Mentor?

Do You Need A Coach Or Mentor? Coaching and Mentoring – the difference. Simply put coaching and mentoring use the same skills and approach… but coaching is short-term task-based, mentoring is longer-term, broad-based.

The difference between a Coach or Mentor can be summarized as follows:

  • Mentoring – ongoing relationship that can last for a long period of time.
  • Coaching – has a set time duration.
  • Mentoring – more informal and meetings take place when the mentee needs some advice, guidance or support.
  • Coaching – more structured and meetings are scheduled on a regular basis
  • Mentoring – long-term and take a holistic view of the person’s life and business.
  • Coaching – short-term and focused on specific development areas/issues.
  • Mentoring – Mentor is more experienced, generally older and more qualified than the mentee. Mentor passes on knowledge, experience and may open doors to otherwise out-of-reach opportunities for the mentee.
  • Coaching – the coach does not need to have direct experience of their client’s formal occupational role unless the coaching is specific and skills-focused.
  • Mentor – focus is on broad career and personal development.
  • Coaching – generally specific to improving the performance or expanding opportunities.
  • Mentor – agenda is set by the mentee.
  • Coaching – agenda is set by the coach.
  • Mentoring resolves more around developing the mentee’s larger view on work and life.
  • Coaching revolves more around specific development areas.
  • Mentor – helping to shape an individual’s beliefs and values in a positive way; often a long-term relationship with someone who has done it before.

Note: Coaching and Mentoring are not Counselling. Counselling is a more intervention focused on helping an individual address underlying psychological problems. Counselling is a broader focus and greater depth. Counselling is to help people understand the root causes of long-standing performance problems/issues in their life. Counseling seeks to resolve underlying psychological problems.

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