Journey in Life: 12/07/15

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Monday, December 7, 2015

"A bitter pill to swallow" nghĩa là gì?

Aches and pains. Photo courtesy Quinn Dombrowski.

'A bitter pill to swallow' nghĩa là một sự thật không mấy dễ chịu mà phải chấp nhận (an unpleasant fact that has to be accepted; disappointment or humiliation that is difficult to endure); 'thuốc đắng giã tật, sự thật mất lòng', đắng lòng ('Sống là phải chịu đắng lòng/Yêu là phải hiểu cháo lòng của nhau').

Ví dụ
Pending sugar vote proving a bitter pill to swallow in Queensland parliament.

The fact that the farms' beautifying effect actually helps endanger them is a bitter pill to swallow.

It was a bitter pill to swallow for the Cowboys, who were celebrating the careers of Troy Aikman, Michael Irvin and Emmitt Smith that evening.

The actions of companies such as Pfizer are very much the result of the inaction of Congress. Until that changes, the erosion (xói mòn) of America's tax base (cơ sở thuế) will be a bitter pill to swallow.

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Mastery: Sự kì diệu của 'Thái độ học việc'

Mastery synthesizes the years of research Robert Greene conducted while writing the international bestsellers The 48 Laws of Power, The 33 Strategies of War, and The Art of Seduction and demonstrates that the ultimate form of power is mastery itself. By analyzing the lives of such past masters as Charles Darwin, Benjamin Franklin, Albert Einstein, and Leonard da Vinci, as well as by interviewing nine contemporary masters, including tech guru Paul Graham and animal rights advocate Temple Grandin, Greene debunks our culture’s many myths about genius and distills the wisdom of the ages to reveal the secret to greatness. With this seminal text as a guide, readers will learn how to unlock the passion within and become masters.

Dòng chảy

Psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi's famous investigations of "optimal experience" have revealed that what makes an experience genuinely satisfying is a state of consciousness called flow. During flow, people typically experience deep enjoyment, creativity, and a total involvement with life. In this new edition of his groundbreaking classic work, Csikszentmihalyi demonstrates the ways this positive state can be controlled, not just left to chance. Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience teaches how, by ordering the information that enters our consciousness, we can discover true happiness and greatly improve the quality of our lives.

Một điều duy nhất

The ONE Thing has made more than 200 appearances on national bestseller lists, including #1 Wall Street Journal, NewYork Times, and USA Today. It won 12 book awards, has been translated into 24 languages, chosen as one of the Top 5 Business Books of 2013 by Hudson’s Booksellers and one of Top 30 Business Books of 2013 by Executive Book Summaries. People are using this simple, powerful concept to focus on what matters most in their personal and work lives. Companies are helping their employees be more productive with study groups, training, and coaching. Sales teams are boosting sales. Churches are conducting classes and recommending from the pulpit. By focusing their energy on one thing at a time people are living more rewarding lives by building their careers, strengthening their finances, losing weight and getting in shape, deepening their faith, and nurturing stronger marriages and personal relationships.

YOU WANT LESS. You want fewer distractions and less on your plate. The daily barrage of e-mails, texts, tweets, messages, and meetings distract you and stress you out. The simultaneous demands of work and family are taking a toll. And what’s the cost? Second-rate work, missed deadlines, smaller paychecks, fewer promotions—and lots of stress. AND YOU WANT MORE. You want more productivity from your work. More income for a better lifestyle. You want more satisfaction from life, and more time for yourself, your family, and your friends. NOW YOU CAN HAVE BOTH—LESS AND MORE. In The ONE Thing, you’ll learn to • cut through the clutter • achieve better results in less time • build momentum toward your goal • dial down the stress • overcome that overwhelmed feeling • revive your energy • stay on track • master what matters to you The ONE Thing delivers extraordinary results in every area of your life—work, personal, family, and spiritual. WHAT’S YOUR ONE THING?

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The Ultimate Spiritual Guide for Men

What is your true purpose in life? What do women really want? What makes a good lover? If you're a man reading this, you've undoubtedly asked yourself these questions-but you may not have had much luck answering them. Until now.

In The Way of the Superior Man, David Deida explores the most important issues in men's lives-from career and family to women and intimacy to love and spirituality and relationships-to offer a practical guidebook for living a masculine life of integrity, authenticity, and freedom. Join this bestselling author and internationally renowned expert on sexual spirituality for straightforward advice, empowering skills, body practices, and more to help you realize a life of fulfillment, immediately and without compromise.

"It is time to evolve beyond the macho jerk ideal, all spine and no heart," writes David Deida. "It is also time to evolve beyond the sensitive and caring wimp ideal, all heart and no spine." The Way of the Superior Man presents the ultimate challenge-and reward-for today's man: to discover the 'unity of heart and spine' through the full expression of consciousness and love in the infinite openness of the present moment.


Part One: A Man's Way
Part Two: Dealing With Women
Part Three: Working With Polarity and Energy
Part Four: What Women Really Want
Part Five: Your Dark Side
Part Six: Feminine Attractiveness
Part Seven: Body Practices
Part Eight: Men's and Women's Yoga of Intimacy

Suy nghĩ và làm giàu

Napoleon Hill’s best-selling “Think and Grow Rich!” is the most widely acclaimed, influential book on success ever published. This unique edition is the only fully annotated, indexed version and is copyright-protected by the U. S. Copyright Office. Unlike most other versions, this edition restores Napoleon Hill’s masterpiece to its original form and intent. It includes essential material on how to thrive in challenging economic times that was taken out of later versions but is incredibly relevant today. “Think and Grow Rich!” explains entrepreneur Andrew Carnegie’s secret to success, revealed to Napoleon Hill during private interviews with Carnegie, the richest man of his time, and during more than 20 years of research into the lives and philosophies of more than 500 of the most successful people in America. This timeless classic presents a systematic nuts-and-bolts approach to developing the skills and mindset required to achieve exceptional success in any field or endeavor, personal or professional. Hill explains in detail 13 steps required to achieve those goals. The book contains numerous self-tests and checklists. In addition, it provides key details about Dr. Hill’s life and times, his life-long research, and the leaders of business and industry he studied to glean the invaluable principles of success you’ll discover here.

Khắc kỉ

You’re about to learn the basic principles and values of stoicism and how you can use them to drive the course of your life.

We are in control of our life. We are living every day according to our own roadmap, which is not preplanned by something or someone else, except ourselves.

This is an important life philosophy that if mastered could change an individual to achieve great things.

Here Is A Preview Of What You'll Learn...

The Origins of Stoicism
Core Philosophies of Stoicism
Fundamental Virtues of Stoicism
How Can Stoicism Help You with Daily Life
Much, much more!

Bắt đầu bằng câu hỏi "Vì sao?"

"A powerful and penetrating exploration of what separates great companies and great leaders from the rest." 
-Polly LaBarre, coauthor of Mavericks at Work

Why are some people and organizations more innovative, more influential, and more profitable than others? Why do some command greater loyalty?

In studying the leaders who've had the greatest influence in the world, Simon Sinek discovered that they all think, act, and communicate in the exact same way-and it's the complete opposite of what everyone else does. People like Martin Luther King Jr., Steve Jobs, and the Wright Brothers might have little in common, but they all started with why.

Drawing on a wide range of real-life stories, Sinek weaves together a clear vision of what it truly takes to lead and inspire.

Tuần làm việc 4 giờ

Forget the old concept of retirement and the rest of the deferred-life plan–there is no need to wait and every reason not to, especially in unpredictable economic times. Whether your dream is escaping the rat race, experiencing high-end world travel, earning a monthly five-figure income with zero management, or just living more and working less, The 4-Hour Workweek is the blueprint.

This step-by-step guide to luxury lifestyle design teaches:
•How Tim went from $40,000 per year and 80 hours per week to $40,000 per month and 4 hours per week
•How to outsource your life to overseas virtual assistants for $5 per hour and do whatever you want
•How blue-chip escape artists travel the world without quitting their jobs
•How to eliminate 50% of your work in 48 hours using the principles of a forgotten Italian economist
•How to trade a long-haul career for short work bursts and frequent “mini-retirements”

The new expanded edition of Tim Ferriss’ The 4-Hour Workweek includes:
•More than 50 practical tips and case studies from readers (including families) who have doubled income, overcome common sticking points, and reinvented themselves using the original book as a starting point
•Real-world templates you can copy for eliminating e-mail, negotiating with bosses and clients, or getting a private chef for less than $8 a meal
•How Lifestyle Design principles can be suited to unpredictable economic times
•The latest tools and tricks, as well as high-tech shortcuts, for living like a diplomat or millionaire without being either

Quy tắc 80/20

How anyone can be more effective with less effort by learning how to identify and leverage the 80/20 principle--the well-known, unpublicized secret that 80 percent of all our results in business and in life stem from a mere 20 percent of our efforts.

The 80/20 principle is one of the great secrets of highly effective people and organizations.

Did you know, for example, that 20 percent of customers account for 80 percent of revenues? That 20 percent of our time accounts for 80 percent of the work we accomplish? The 80/20 Principle shows how we can achieve much more with much less effort, time, and resources, simply by identifying and focusing our efforts on the 20 percent that really counts. Although the 80/20 principle has long influenced today's business world, author Richard Koch reveals how the principle works and shows how we can use it in a systematic and practical way to vastly increase our effectiveness, and improve our careers and our companies.

The unspoken corollary to the 80/20 principle is that little of what we spend our time on actually counts. But by concentrating on those things that do, we can unlock the enormous potential of the magic 20 percent, and transform our effectiveness in our jobs, our careers, our businesses, and our lives.

Đường đua triệu phú

Is the financial plan of mediocrity -- a dream-stealing, soul-sucking dogma known as "The Slowlane" your plan for creating wealth? You know how it goes; it sounds a lil something like this:

"Go to school, get a good job, save 10% of your paycheck, buy a used car, cancel the movie channels, quit drinking expensive Starbucks mocha lattes, save and penny-pinch your life away, trust your life-savings to the stock market, and one day, when you are oh, say, 65 years old, you can retire rich."

The mainstream financial gurus have sold you blindly down the river to a great financial gamble: You've been hoodwinked to believe that wealth can be created by recklessly trusting in the uncontrollable and unpredictable markets: the housing market, the stock market, and the job market. This impotent financial gamble dubiously promises wealth in a wheelchair -- sacrifice your adult life for a financial plan that reaps dividends in the twilight of life. Accept the Slowlane as your blueprint for wealth and your financial future will blow carelessly asunder on a sailboat of HOPE: HOPE you can find a job and keep it, HOPE the stock market doesn't tank, HOPE the economy rebounds, HOPE, HOPE, and HOPE. Do you really want HOPE to be the centerpiece for your family's financial plan?

Drive the Slowlane road and you will find your life deteriorate into a miserable exhibition about what you cannot do, versus what you can. For those who don't want a lifetime subscription to "settle-for-less" and a slight chance of elderly riches, there is an alternative; an expressway to extraordinary wealth that can burn a trail to financial independence faster than any road out there.

Why jobs, 401(k)s, mutual funds, and 40-years of mindless frugality will never make you rich young.
Why most entrepreneurs fail and how to immediately put the odds in your favor.
The real law of wealth: Leverage this and wealth has no choice but to be magnetized to you.
The leading cause of poorness: Change this and you change everything.
How the rich really get rich - and no, it has nothing to do with a paycheck or a 401K match.
Why the guru's grand deity - compound interest - is an impotent wealth accelerator.
Why the guru myth of "do what you love" will most likely keep you poor, not rich.
And 250+ more poverty busting distinctions...

Demand the Fastlane, an alternative road-to-wealth; one that actually ignites dreams and creates millionaires young, not old. Change lanes and find your explosive wealth accelerator. Hit the Fastlane, crack the code to wealth, and find out how to live rich for a lifetime.

"Never in my life" nghĩa là gì?

Chưa từng trong đời tôi thấy một khuôn mặt kiều diễm dường này. Photo courtesy Paul Stevenson.

'Never in my life' là một câu cảm thán nhấn mạnh cảm xúc của người nói (an emphatic expression showing the depth of the speaker's feelings); thề cả đời tôi.

Ví dụ
I have never in my life had a professional facial, which is ridiculous (buồn cười, lố lăng) and must be rectified (sửa cho thẳng) immediately.

I have never in my life been as aware of my Muslimness as I am now. I have never been fearful. I have lived in Britain all my life and it is my home and I love it, but now I am frightened of things that only a short time ago would have caused me no discomfort at all.

Never in my life had I cared about the price of gas. When I was a teenager gas was cheap. Then, in my adult life, I had kept good paying jobs so my gas tank was never a concern. It was now. Kentucky CancerLink really understands the struggles that families fighting cancer handle, and a $25 gift card for gas made me cry tears of humbleness and appreciation.

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"Over my dead body" nghĩa là gì?

Ai nỡ bước qua? Photo courtesy Nickolai Kashirin.

'Over my dead body' nghĩa là không đời nào, không bao giờ có chuyện đó (in no way, under no circumstances); bước qua xác tôi.

Ví dụ
Over my dead body will you drop out of high school.

'Death duties over my dead body,' says election candidate.

Public servants knew their responsibilities and she had not seen any malicious (hiểm độc, ác tâm, hiềm thù) or political decisions made to withhold information in the sense that ministers said "over my dead body".

Others didn't pay off so well: Jobs famously said he would only let Windows customers sync their iPods with their PCs "over my dead body".

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"Speak of the devil" nghĩa là gì?

What the devil. Photo courtesy Mysi.

'Speak of the devil' nghĩa là mới nhắc tới người nào thì người đó đã tới (talk about a certain person, and that person appears); thiêng thế, mới nhắc tới đã thấy đến.

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Speak of the devil and he appears: Dodd then pulls up and puts an end to Bear's reverie (mơ màng, mơ mộng, ảo tưởng).

Speak of the devil, Mr. McDermott appears at 14/1 to hint at a departure from Arsenal's scouting system (hệ thống chiêu mộ cầu thủ trẻ).

Caocao aims to be more upmarket than Uber, offering both rides and rental cars with a variety of add-on services, and will launch only in selected cities, Yang said. The name Caocao comes from a Chinese idiom that roughly translates as "speak of the devil".

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"Break a leg" nghĩa là gì?

Chúc may mắn. Photo courtesy epSos .de.

'Break a leg' nghĩa là chúc may mắn (good luck), nói với diễn viên trước khi họ lên sân khấu biểu diễn, đặc biệt vào đêm khai mạc. Ý của từ break có thể là "không thẳng" -> cúi, khom người bằng cách gập đầu gối (để nhận tràng vỗ tay của khán giả, hay nhận tiền họ ném lên sân khấu). Ngoài ra, còn những giả định khác, đơn giản như nói chuyện xúi quẩy, để điều ngược lại (may mắn) xảy ra (do mê tín), hoặc nghĩa break a leg = make a strenuous effort, cố gắng hết sức để trình diễn thật tốt (và khán giả hoan hô).

Ví dụ
Orla set to break a leg at Helix.

As one of the world's top Shakespearean actors he is well used to people telling him to break a leg. But Sir Patrick Stewart showed off his healing post-shoulder operation arm when he wore it in a brace at the premiere of Christmas Eve in Hollywood on Wednesday.

Many of you may know where stage terms like “break a leg” came from, but a lot of students at All Saints Episcopal School didn’t. Author, playwright, and professor Dr. Elliot Engel gave them an education on some of the little-known facts about Shakespeare’s terms and other things theatrical handed down through the years.

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"Watch your tongue" nghĩa là gì?

Cẩn thận cái miệng đấy. Photo courtesy Nicki.

'Watch your tongue' = Watch your mouth = Watch your language nghĩa là chú ý, cẩn thận, cặn kẽ tới những gì mình nói, không nói điều gì thô tục, thô lỗ, mất lòng (Pay attention to what you are saying!; Do not say anything rude!); nói phải giữ mồm giữ miệng chứ, phủi phui cái mồm.

Ví dụ
Watch your tongue: Prejudiced comments illegal in Brazil.

You don't really have to watch your tongue as much as at a fine dining restaurant.

Watch your tongue. “Avoid judging, criticism and sarcasm. Find something you can understand or affirm in the teen’s point of view and acknowledge that before offering alternative points of view,” suggested Christy Buchanan, a professor of psychology at Wake Forest University who specializes in adult-adolescent relationships. “And listen ... carefully. No one -- of any age -- enjoys a conversation partner who doesn't listen!”

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"Right as rain" nghĩa là gì?

Getting caught in the Rain. Photo courtesy Mike Kniec.

'Right as rain' nghĩa là mạnh giỏi cả, tốt lành cả, đâu vào đó cả (perfectly fine; all right, in good order or good health).

Ví dụ
On Monday night, being a Panthers fan felt right as rain.

Just hang up those black away kits and everyone will be right as rain in a jiffy.

If she'd only worked on it another week everything would have been as right as rain.

Lily has sprained her ankle, but after a few weeks of rest she should be as right as rain.

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"Shoot the breeze" nghĩa là gì?

Sunset jumping in kukishinden ryu sword kata. Photo courtesy Akban Martial arts academy.

'Shoot the breeze (or the bull)' có từ shoot là bắn (mũi tên, hòn đạn, v.v...) và breeze là cơn gió nhẹ, cụm từ này nghĩa là trò chuyện vui, chuyện giỡn chơi (have a casual conversation); chém gió.

Ví dụ
It is also a meeting point for foreign workers on weekends to run errands, and just shoot the breeze.

“They have little game rooms and so I’ll just go in and shoot (the breeze) with them and play board games, and some of them like to sing songs, which is cool,” Methot said.

The elegant Trishya, dressed in white linen trousers and a strappy floral top, was not there to shoot the breeze and partake of the club's famous cheese naans with her friends.

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"Green eyed monster" nghĩa là gì?

Piece by piece, this flower is being taken apart and eaten by this giant green monster. Photo courtesy Jesse! S?.

'Green eyed monster' (con quỷ mắt xanh) nghĩa là sự ghen tị, ghen tuông (jealousy personified); ghen ăn tức ở (GATO).

Ví dụ
Is the green-eyed monster behind your Facebook post?

According to OK!, with her ex-husband now dating Gwen Stefani, Lambert has become a “green-eyed monster in the worst way.

Instead, let's make the green-eyed monster work in our favour – to motivate and inspire us to become more of who we have the potential to be.

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