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15 Tips And Tricks To Make Your Life A Whole Lot Easier

May 13, 2015 | No Comments » | Topics: Hacks

1. When a dealership tells you the vehicle is on the lot or will hold the vehicle for you and then tells you it was sold when you get there, leave. They pulled a bait and switch on you

This is a very common tactic to bring in customers on to the lot. Half of the work in selling a car is to get the buyer to come to the dealership. I have found that most of the dealerships that pull this tactic are not ones to be trusted; they showed you that they are willing to trick you so you can come to them, they have a mindset of tricking their customers for profit. If they dont have your vehicle then leave and continue your car search, dealerships like these are more trouble then they are worth.

2. If a baby/toddler appears to hurt themselves (falls over, hits head, etc.) and they look to you, always meet their gaze and smile 😀

I see this mistake made constantly: someone is watching their kid (who is just learning how to walk) run straight into a table that is conveniently right at head height. The kid looks around for mom (or whoever), not quite crying yet but definitely on the brink of tears, and the mom freaks out and puts on a horrified face to match. Kid sees face and begins to cry hysterically.

This can be avoided for the most part by smiling and not over-reacting when your kid looks to you for help. They’re confused. They haven’t felt like this before (they’re 1 remember). They’re pretty sure this is bad but don’t know yet. They look around for help and to see how others are reacting to the situation. When you smile at them you are re-assuring them that everything is going to be okay. Pretty much without fail kids will calm down almost instantly in response to a genuine smile.

It also helps to lay some infant directed speech on them, but this isn’t totally necessary, they’re really just looking for facial confirmation that they’re not going to die.

Obviously you’re still going to want to check them over for any serious bumps or bruises but just make sure you’re smiling when you do it.

3. If you are away from news for a while and want to catch up search “[month] [year]” in Wikipedia. This will give you all the major world news for that month.

For example, typing “April 2015” will give you the latest on ISIS or Baltimore Riots

4. How to find a lost dog 

On day 12 of searching for my dog in a heavily wooded area, distraught and hopeless, I ran into a couple of hunters. They said they lost the occasional dog on a hunt but always got them back. What they told me has helped many dogs and families be reunited. I’ve given their advice out a few times in the last couple days, so I thought if reddit has any lost dogs out there, this could help:

The dog owner(s) should take an article of clothing that has been worn at least all day, the longer the better, so the lost dog can pick up the scent.

Bring the article of clothing to the location where the dog was last seen and leave it there. Also, if the dog has a crate & familiar toy, you can bring those too (unless location undesirable for crate). You might also want to leave a note requesting item(s) not to be moved.

Leave a bowl of water there too, as the dog probably hasn’t had access to any. Do not bring food as this could attract other animals that the dog might avoid.

Come back the next day, or check intermittently if possible. Hopefully the dog will be waiting there.

I was skeptical and doubted my dog would be able to detect an article of clothing if he didn’t hear me calling his name as loud as possible all day for 12 days. But I returned the next day and sure enough found him sitting there!

5. When writing anything of consequence, don’t be afraid to write like sh*t

I’ve written professionally in television, newspapers, magazines, PR, and advertising for more than a decade. My number one piece of advice to writers (and this applies to all forms of writing, whether it’s a cover letter on your CV, a college essay, or a novel) is don’t be afraid to write like shit.

Worrying over whether it’s “good” or not is an exercise you save until you’re done. Write an awful sentence. Shit, write an awful chapter. Mark it. Go back and change it later.

This has served me better than any other writing tip I’ve ever come across.

6. The REAL way to look better in photographs. I went from being unphotogenic to taking nice pics with this

This video was the secret. It shows you before and after differences. It is very much a how to on the subject of appearing well in photographs. The short of it is: move your entire head towards the camera, and drop your chin slightly. This creates more definition along the chin and neck area. But even with that said – watch the video.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qe3oJnFtA_k

7. If you’re struggling with a concept and are looking for help or more information, Google the subject with “site:.edu” and “type:.ppt”. This will give you powerpoint lectures from universities.

Not sure how widely known/used this is, but the combination of the two have saved me many, many times in economics. Sometimes it just needs to be explained in a different way for me to get it.

The search that inspired this post was me looking for information on the economics concept of the Solow Model. I typed into google:

solow model site:.edu type:.pptx

and got a couple helpful slides from colleges and universities.

Doing the same thing but replacing .pptx with .pdf also brought up lecture outlines (the first two were from MIT and William & Mary) which are just as helpful.

8. Don’t pay anyone (or any company) to consolidate your Federal Student Loans

I work in the industry, and I’ve met quite a few people who have paid a company to consolidate their loans for them. You can do so free at studentloans.gov

9. When apologizing, replace the word “but” with a pause

It allows you to explain yourself while still sounding wholehearted.

eg “I’m sorry but I’m trying my best.” becomes “I’m sorry. I’m trying my best.”

10. Awesome way to write fast, well-constructed papers

In college I had a professor that changed the way I wrote papers forever. After his class I became an English major and loved writing papers.

He gave a formula to our class: If you had an eight page paper to write, that means you need to write roughly 16 paragraphs. If you write an introductory paragraph and conclusion, that leaves 14 body paragraphs. Write down 14 ideas that support your thesis, rearrange them to make sure there is a natural thought progression, and before you know it you had an 8-page well-structured essay.

11. To avoid being scammed by phoney debt collectors, request a “validation notice”

Legitimate collection agencies are required to send this notice within 5 days after initial contact and include debt amount, creditor name, and a description of your rights under the federal Fair Debt Collection Practices.

12. If you find yourself procrastinating on something, tell yourself to do it for just 5 minutes

Starting is the worst part.

Once you do something you have been dreading for 5 minutes, you realize it’s not nearly as bad as you imagined and will usually keep going. Pretty soon you’ll be done!

13. When you get a new job, save the job description to use on your resume for the future

My point being, that if you need a jumping off point on how a certain responsibility was worded, you have an HR worded and approved description. So many resumes go through screenings software and look for keywords. Not everyone is blessed with the skill of resume writing.

14. Always remember that one huge sign of an intelligent mind is a student mentality

I see a lot of narcissism online, especially regarding intelligence. I see posts with (usually) young people complaining about how they’re so much smarter than everyone around them, or how it’s unfair that they have to deal with idiots, etc… I want to remind everyone that this type of mentality only demonstrates that you’re narcissistic, not intelligent. Truly intelligent people maintain a “student mentality” throughout their life, as they know that there is something that they can learn from everyone. You’ll miss a lot of lessons and opportunities if you go through the years thinking that you’re more intelligent than everyone else, and therefore you don’t have to listen to them.

15. Admit when you are wrong instantly

It stops many a conflict, it creates an opportunity for you to learn. Also humbling yourself in such a way is very respectable.

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