How to properly set goals:
S.M.A.R.T. is a popular acronym/method that significantly improves your chances of achieving your goal.
Specific – instead of saying, “I want to lose weight this year”, set a specific weight. “I want to lose 25 lbs by 2021”
Measurable – 25 lbs is the goal and you can see your progress along the way
Achievable – 25 lbs is something one could do without significant risk to their health (depending on their weight)
Realistic/Relevant – Can you do it? Is it worth the time?
Time oriented – “I want to lose 10 lbs by month 6, 15 by month 8, 25 by 12”.
If you’re looking for work but don’t have a college degree, many engineering firms have field teams that perform specific field tests that don’t require degrees. These jobs can pay well and lead to certifications that can be a career building block
For instance, I work in the field of Cathodic Protection. We are the people that ensure underground metallic pipelines do not corrode and fail. The industry is huge (and growing) and no one seems to know about it. I began as an entry level field tech just taking soil samples and now 6 years later, landed a 6 figure job with 3 certifications I’ve completed along the way (no college degree).
If a family member dies and debt collectors tell you that you’re now responsible for paying the deceased’s debts, THEY ARE LYING. Debt does not pass to anyone else upon death (source)
In the US, it is illegal for medical staff to share any part of your medical record with law enforcement unless it is subpoenaed or you are under arrest
If you go to the hospital, ER or urgent care (or even just to your regular family doctor) and they ask for a urine sample, don’t freak out. The doctor just wants to treat you for whatever you’re there for. If you’re complaining of shortness of breath or fast heartbeat or you passed out, they want to know why. Yes, they may order a drug screen. But they want to know what caused the issue and how to treat it.
So if you did actually take some drugs, that’s fine because they absolutely are not going to turn around and call the cops on you simply because your drug screen was positive. The drugs may have been what caused you to black out, etc and knowing what you took could be the difference between you living or dying.
The only time law enforcement has a right to your record is if it is subpoenaed by a court or you are involved in a crime in which you were brought to the ER as a result of injury and are currently under arrest and they have a warrant (and even then a lot of red tape is involved).
So basically, don’t try to cheat the test by filling the cup up with water. There are ways we, in the lab, can test that it’s water. All this is doing is delaying your treatment for no reason other than your paranoia.
Khan Academy has a section on Personal Finance that teaches you things such as how to do your taxes, pay for college, and save for retirement
Enabling “2-Factor Authentication” is literally your best defense against hackers and bots
If you are not using 2FA for critical accounts, then it will only be a matter of time until your account is compromised. In a somewhat recent study by Google, they found that accounts using some kind of Authenticator app (like Duo, Google Authenticator, etc…) "helped prevent 100% of automated bots, 99% of bulk phishing attacks and 90% of targeted attacks."
What is 2FA?
Two-factor authentication (2FA) is a really simple concept: you have to provide two different ‘tokens’ from different bands to prove that you are who you say you are. This means you can’t just supply two passwords (those are both ‘something you know’), instead, you should supply something you ‘know’ (a password) and something you ‘have’ (your phone.) A really common form of 2FA is where you put in a password and then you follow that up by entering in a 4-5 digit pin code that is sent to you via SMS. However, a stronger form of this would be to use an Authenticator app (like Duo, Google Authenticator, etc…) as SMS has proven to be insecu
Asking “How are you feeling?” is a much more open-ended question that’s not as accusatory or intimidating as “What’s wrong?”
When you ask someone “what’s wrong?” it puts them in a position that doesn’t encourage conversation or doesn’t encourage honesty. It gives them an easy way to say “Nothing” or to shrug you off.
Meanwhile, asking someone “how are you feeling?” will be much more open-ended, is more welcoming, caring and much more likely to lead to an honest answer.
This is especially true in relationships when your S/O is withholding why they’re upset or the fact of whether or not they’re actually upset.
Google keeps a ridiculous amount of data about everything you do online and you can go to myactivity.google.com to review this data, delete any/all of it, and setup how google tracks and saves your data.
If you’re in your 20’s and just starting life on your own right now, many habits you start now will be hard to break later if they aren’t beneficial for your long term health…Be mindful of the “Yeah but I’ll quit/start _____ later,” attitude.
Put as much effort into developing your personal life as you do your work life. Your long term happiness will thank you for it.
We spend 12+ years mostly learning the basics of what we need for careers, and are heavily discouraged from many things that we love just for the sake of loving, not necessarily to make money out of it. What that means is by the time most of us are adults, we don’t have many fun hobbies beyond the relatively simple ones- watch tv, read, maybe play video games or go to the gym. Take the time to develop your social circle and get in tune with community groups, and learn hobbies that require more than passive engagement. Long term you’ll enjoy your time and where you live more.