Person of the Week Robert Marchand

Starting 2017 off on the right Cycle Robert Marchand has an impressive feat at 105 years old. Almost 100 years ago Robert Marchand was told by a cycling coach that he should give up as he would never amount to anything on a bicycle. Well here we are almost 100 years later and that coach long gone but Marchand in Saint-Quentine-En-Yvelines, France was the place where he just finished riding 14 miles in one hour and setting a new world record for his age! 

 He awaits a rival to compete against him and said he would have had a better time had he seen the current lap time. At the end of his 92 laps he received a standing ovation showing the world that you do things for yourself and do not worry about what the others say. Haters are always going to hate and try to stop you. Make up your own mind and do what you want to do as Robert Marchand has done.


The Hawaii' of other continents

I'm finishing up at top 50 experiences in the world to seek out and explore list. During the research and writing process I've discovered a few variations of "Hawaii" for other countries. In Europe there is a archipelago called the Azores off the coast of Portugal and only a 3.5 hour flight from the east coast 4 hours from London and 2.5 from Spain called the Azores and is known as Europes version of Hawaii. Due to it's location surrounded by water despite being so far north it never experiences drastically cold temperatures.

South Americas version is the Galapagos Islands off the coast of Equador and Africa has Madagascar. In Asia there are many places that would be considered competition to Hawaii.

Happy 2017!


Jonathan Greenblatt Kudos

Person of the week thanks to a story I just read on Business Insider is Jonathan Greenblatt. Greenblatt is the Jewish director of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), which campaigns against anti-Semitism and other bigotry which is nice to see how passionate our country is to ensure that we stand up and fight for equality for all citizens. 

Given the history of the Jewish people and how we are educated to remember these very strong words "Never Again" it's important to protect and acknowledge others in the world regardless of their faith or background. Greenblatt said if a registration of Muslims was created that he would register himself in that database.

Thanks to the publicity regarding this subject the ADL has seen a rise in donations. If you feel strongly about fighting Bigotry and Anti-Semitism and want to bring equal justice for all then visit: The ADL's Website here

"So much to do.
  So much ADL can do.
  So much it MUST do!

 Your gift will allow us to:

  • Monitor hate groups
  • Fight bigotry in the courts
  • Pass laws that bring equal justice for all
  • Educate the next generation to reject bias and bullying"

 

 


You don’t choose your passions; your passions choose you

Jeff Bezos says it best with inspirational quotes and advice on failing and growing your failures. If you're not failing you're not trying hard enough. Come up with difficult tasks and make good and bad headlines to succeed and innovate in the world.

One reason why people don’t like failure is because it’s embarrassing, Bezos added. He described a toddler trying to put a square peg in a round hole for hours, without success. But it doesn’t keep them from trying and trying. That’s how they learn.

“We all have that when we are little, but as we get older, somehow it’s not as cool to fail,”

For the full Geekwire overview and article go here: http://www.geekwire.com/2016/amazon-founder-jeff-bezos-offers-6-leadership-principles-change-mind-lot-embrace-failure-ditch-powerpoints/


U.S. Customs and Border Protection Newest Offering

Faster Entry through the UK border

Just recently announced is something called Registered Traveler by the United Kingdom Border Force to give faster and more convenient entry into the UK for elgible nationals from the USA & Canada. Membership of Registered Traveller costs £70 in the first year and £50 per year thereafter.

Membership of Registered Traveller includes the following benefits:

Access to ePassport gates

Use of the UK / EEA queue

No requirement  to complete a landing card on arrival in the UK

No routine credibility interview with a Border Force officer.

Visitor eligibility criteria have changed and you now may apply to join if you have made at least 4 journeys to the United Kingdom in the previous two years.  Complete details of Registered Traveller eligibility and availability can be found online at www.gov.uk/registered-traveller

Registered Traveller is proving extremely popular with members and to date there have been over 275,000 crossings of the border by members with extremely positive feedback such as,

“I think it is fantastic! It has made a major difference to my experience travelling as it gives me a great deal of time back.”

“Time saving and improved experience of clearing immigration.”

You can apply for Registered Traveller online now at www.gov.uk/registered-traveller.

 

My thoughts -- Do you think the Euro Zone will eventually have the same offering?


Clinton vs Trump Debat Number 2- Wait But Why

In case you have not read the satirist but realistic version of last nights debate between Hilary Clinton and Donald J. Trump then you may want to sit down and have a read: http://waitbutwhy.com/2016/10/second-presidential-debate.html

When you are writing things as a satirist and bringing laughter to a subject like this stuff it can really put a smile on your face as the comments from the posts readers say.

Writers and journalists typically use their powers for evil and to hurt good people. It's very nice to see a positive spin on this.

What are your thoughts on the Wait But Why piece? Send me an email or comment below.

 

-Richart Ruddie


Quote of the Day - Greatness

Quote of the day about striving for greatness. "Someone once told me to not bite off more than I can chew. I said I'd rather choke on greatness than nibble on mediocrity."

No confirmation on the originator of the quote but if you know shoot me an email to give credit where credit is due. Strive for greatness like Mark Zuckerberg or Elon Musk.


Chan Zuckerberg Initiative

Mark Zuckerberg just announced today on Facebook an amazing announcement about their hiring of Dr. Cori Bargmann. The goal is to cure all diseases in our children's lifetime. Arnold Schwarzenegger (No way I spelled that right without auto correct) chimed in and said it best and we all should take note: "life is all about what we give, not what we make".

Using your power for good and to continiously make the world a better place starting at such a young age is what sets the CZ initiative apart from so many others who have amassed wealth at a young age but did not act either till much later in life or not at all. This is inspiring and one of the many reasons why a recent poll came out that placed Zuck at the top for millennial inspirations.

 

For more information visit: https://www.facebook.com/czbiohub/

Take any system and make it much better: https://www.facebook.com/notes/mark-zuckerberg/can-we-cure-all-diseases-in-our-childrens-lifetime/10154087783966634