A Rant About Asking People if They Are “Busy” – Red Hot – Business
A Rant About Asking People if They Are “Busy”
A Rant About Asking People if They Are “Busy”
I have a request that will help you and your fellow business owners….
Stop asking people if they are busy to see how they are.
We ask people this as if them responding with a “yes” is a good thing?
I don t know anyone who truly wants to feel busy. “Busy” normally goes along with feeling over-worked, tired and stressed out, it usually means not being relaxed and surviving on adrenaline. I don’t know anyone that really enjoys those feelings on an ongoing basis (and I certainly don’t like it either).
I do like to feel challenged though. I do like to feel that I m in demand. I do like to feel that I have a good flow of business to keep me profitable. I like to feel that I’ve got things under control and be relaxed about it (even when I’m working hard).
To me, Busy is a dirty four letter word. We are trained from an early age that busy is a great definition of success Because if we re busy then we must be successful, right? It s not true though. Busy is NOT a sign of success. Busy might mean that we have a lot of clients or work on, but it’s very easy to be busy yet not be profitable. And it s easy to be busy and profitable and still not be happy!
In my observation from coaching hundreds of business owners most are too busy. Their business runs them. So a better question might be How s business? or How s everything working out?” Let’s break the curse of ‘busy being a good thing in business.
Fire Ants Go Global: Mapping an Invasion
A colony-founding queen of the invasive species of fire ant that is believed to have spread to California, China and Australia from the southern U.S.
Credit: Kenneth Ross
In the past century, imported red fire ants have traveled the world and established colonies in far-flung places like Australia and China, oceans away from their native range in South America. Now a genetic study has retraced their routes, pinpointing the southern United States as the likely source for these invasions.
The stinging ants, a fire ant species known as Solenopsis invicta . arrived in Mobile, Ala. from South America about 80 years ago before rapidly spreading throughout the South.
It s not clear exactly how they hitched a ride, since the ants require very little to survive a long time, said Kenneth Ross, an entomologist at the University of Georgia and one of the study s researchers.
They can survive for long periods under very unnatural circumstances, Ross told LiveScience. Their only requirements are shelter soil is a possibility, but not necessary and moisture, he said.
Once established, they are blamed for disrupting local ecology by displacing native ants and other species, interfering with agriculture and stinging people who happen to step on their large mounds. [Lizards Dance Avoids Deadly Ants ]
These colonies have often half a million workers you don t get stung just once, Ross said.
Ross and his colleagues sampled 2,144 colonies from 75 sites in the ants native range in South America, the southern United States and newly invaded areas in California, China, Taiwan and Australia.
The researchers performed multiple types of genetic analyses, including one that looked at mitochondrial DNA. which is found in the energy-producing centers of cells. Using this analysis, they identified 322 different types of the stinging ant species. However, nearly all of these were confined to the ants native range in Argentina. Three predominant types that were found throughout the U.S. sites were rare in the native range. Meanwhile, those three types were the only ones to appear in the newly invaded areas, Ross told LiveScience.
This sequential loss of diversity as the ants filtered from South America to foreign lands is typical of colonizations, he said.
An additional analysis indicated that the ants had been introduced independently to the new areas from the southern United States, rather than spreading from one new area to another.
All told, they found that the South was the source of at least eight introductions, the one exception being the ants arrival in Taiwan from California. The California ants also originated in the southern United States, wrote the researchers (led by Marina Ascunce, who did most of the research while working with the U.S. Department of Agriculture s Agricultural Research Service).
There is also evidence that fire ants in Trinidad and New Zealand, which were not included in this analysis, also originated in the United States, they wrote.
Secret to their success
The findings did not surprise Walter Tschinkel, a professor at Florida State University and author of the book, The Fire Ants (Harvard University/Belknap Press, 2006). He was not involved with the study.
The dispersal of fire ants from the South around the globe was inevitable, Tschinkel said. I made the prediction in my book, page 72.
The source of all these migrants is almost certainly the huge North American population rather than the original South American homeland, Tschinkel wrote on that page of the book. As world commerce surges upward, S. invicta will find even more chances to hitch rides to foreign places, repeatedly demonstrating its prowess as a traveler and invader.
Tschinkel describes the fire ant as a weed, the animal equivalent of the dandelion, because it thrives in landscapes disturbed by humans.
Fire ants aren t the primary source of ecological disruption, including the loss of native ants; the real culprits are human beings, who alter the landscape in the first place, Tschinkel said.
That is why humans are the fire ant s best friend, he said.
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BIG RED DOG Named to the Fast 50 by Austin Business Journal
August 31, 2016 by Will Schnier P.E.
BIG RED DOG Engineering and Consulting was again named one of the 50 Fastest Growing Private Companies in central Texas by Austin Business Journal for the 2015 fiscal year. This award is a testament to our amazing clients and team members.
To qualify, companies must have experienced dramatic revenue growth during the past three years. Financial data is submitted by the companies, verified by a third party and then we rank the top 50 according to compounded revenue growth.
We were also honored with the same award in 2013 and 2014 .
Read more on the Austin Business Journal website .
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Written by Will Schnier P.E.
Will Schnier is the Chief Executive Officer of BIG RED DOG Engineering | Consulting. Will received his BSCE from Purdue University and co-founded BIG RED DOG Engineering and Consulting in 2009. Since starting the firm in 2009, BIG RED DOG has grown to over 100 team members with offices in Austin, Dallas, Houston, and San Antonio. BIG RED DOG has garnered awards for being one of the 50 fastest growing companies in Texas (Business Journal’s Fast 50 in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015) and an ENR top 100 Design Firm in Texas and Louisiana (2012, 2103, 2014, 2015). Mr. Schnier is very well versed in the project review and development permitting process having worked closely and very successfully with City and County review staff, neighborhood associations, environmental groups, and public boards and councils. He has been responsible for the project management, engineering design, and regulatory permitting of hundreds of single family subdivision projects, mixed use and multifamily residential developments, industrial facilities and oil and gas development projects throughout Texas. He is the author of two publications: “Land Subdivision – A Practical Guide for Central Texas” and “The Book on License Agreements in the City of Austin”. Will was appointed to the Board of Directors of the Real Estate Council of Austin (RECA) in 2014 and served as Mayor Lee Leffingwell’s appointment to the City of Austin Zoning Board of Adjustment from 2011 to 2015.
The yellow garden spider prefer to roam in its web with its head down. Explore
The red back spider prefer to live in its silky nest and it is capable of eating prey its own size Read More
The bite from a yellow sac spider is like a wasp bite. Many house spiders are killed because of this
Pictures of the most venomous spiders . some are really ugly
The golden silk spider wraps its prey (insects) in silk thereby immobilizing it before dinner
The jumping spider can jump a distance of 30 times its own length and other impressive facts
Spiders have 8 legs, no antenna and no wings. Insects have six legs, two antenna and sometimes wings
The funnelweb spider is very aggressive. Its bite can cause death within 15 minutes by atratoxin
The bird spider are tarantulas. They live in Asia and China and most prefer burrows
Get to know the most dangerous spiders before you are killed by one of them
Fear of spiders has been a natural part of human evolution. Learn the basics about fear of spiders
The brown recluse spider is a solitary creature that prefers shelters and small crevices
The hobo spider is sometimes referred to as the aggressive house spider. It is not aggressive at all
Females are double the size of males. They don’t eat males unless no other food is available
Learn about spiders so big that they can capture, kill and eat birds
Wolf spider females carry their egg sacs with them. Spiderlings stay with their mother on her back
Learn what to look out for if you are bitten by a spider, and when to
Camel spiders are not spiders. When approached it will make a hissing warning sound
Brazilian wandering spiders hunt on the ground during the night – no web is needed
Tarantulas are nocturnal animals. They can grow very large and are often shown at exhibitions
See a video of a wolf spider with its eyes glowing in the dark – plus many other videos
Learn about spider webs and how spiders produce their silk
4-5 times as many people are killed by horses than spider bites in the US
Brown widow spiders live at the east coast in the USA – they have a beautiful hourglass as coloration
Drawings are www.venomousspiders.net
Redback Jumping Spider
Redback jumping spiders (Phiddippus johnsoni) are common in California. It is one of the most often encountered jumping spiders in North America.
Many people believe that the redback jumping spider is particularly dangerous to humans due to its red back which is definitely not the case. The name Johnson Jumper has been suggested as an alternative, and as it a jumping spider, the name is probably less confusing.
Redback jumping spiders prefer to stay in their tubular, silky nests beneath debris, wood, or anywhere undisturbed on the ground. Since the redback jumping spider is a sight hunter, it stays in its nest during nights and when the conditions for seeing prey are poor.
Red Spider Lily, Surprise Lily
On Jan 18, 2010, wooconley from Oak Hill, OH (Zone 6a) wrote:
I had this lovely bulb in central Louisiana -then we moved to Ohio (zone6). Wondering if I can plant these here if I dig the bulbs up in the fall and put them back out in the spring. Any ideas?
I didn’t bring any with me when we moved 3 years ago.
On Jan 18, 2010, jerry31557 from Patterson, GA wrote:
This is one of the beatiful lilies I have ever seen. My only problems is they do not stay in bloom look enough. We have some growing on our place, and our place goes back to my wife’s great, great, grandfather. It is told that my wife’s great, great, grandmother planted a small handful of bulbs that was give to her by her grandmother. So now these bulbes go back 8 generations.
They are really beautiful when they spring up and bloom. From the time they spring up till the time they die back is just a week or so.
Thanks for reading.
On Jan 18, 2010, ival from Arlington, TX wrote:
Lycoris radiata is one of the most rewarding, reliable, and incredibly beautiful bulbs one can grow here in north Texas. We have several plantings in our suburban garden, some of them many years old; and they all come up every year and produce flowers, sometimes in great profusion (depends on the rainfall the previous summer). Because of the mild climate here, the winter foliage almost never frosts. No pests or diseases seem to bother them. The only problem is remembering where they are while they are dormant in the summertime, so as not to disturb them with other plantings. I’ve solved that problem by planting them under groundcovers. The tall bloom stalks pop up almost overnight after the first good early autumn rains and produce a dazzling display of feathery red-orange blossoms up to 6. read more inches across. Good for cutting, or just let them show off in the garden when little else is blooming.
On Sep 10, 2009, CherokeeGreg from Fresno, CA (Zone 9a) wrote:
The name fits this plant.(Surprise Lily) I didnot plant it I have no idea were it came from. Its a great plant. I was shocked and surprised when I saw it growing in my garden! I hope there is more that comes up.
On May 1, 2009, tropicalover76 from Beaufort, NC wrote:
people here in beaufort call it the hurricane plant because it only comes up when we have either tropical storms here on the coast of nc, or hurricane rains.
On Feb 4, 2006, mamajack from Fate, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:
i bought an old house and this plant was growing here when i got here. they are everywhere. they grow on top of themselves and under the iris. i have so many i am planting my entire road frontage with them. but i love them. my children take their teachers bouquets. when hundreds of these things are blooming it is truly magnificent to see.
On Dec 24, 2005, scott_lumry from Natchitoches, LA (Zone 8a) wrote:
Right now, the foliage is up all over town and soakin’ in the sun.
On Oct 29, 2005, phrostyphish from Tuscaloosa, AL wrote:
To those who believe this plant is free of maintenance requirements. you’re mostly correct.
This particular flower performs very well in my area, of which the soil is mostly red clay.
We had a mound of these in one corner of the yard, yet only received 3 or 4 flowers each flowering cycle. These are one of the easiest bulbs to divide. when I dug mine up, they were about the size of a plump green onion. In the past 2 years, I’ve divided them – some remained in their original location, and now bloom profusely. Others have also done equally as well in both shade and full sun locations of my yard.
On Jan 7, 2005, Dogzilla from Tallahassee, FL (Zone 8b) wrote:
This is one of my all-time favorites. In this neck of the woods, we call this “Hurricane Lily” or sometimes, “Surprise Lily” for the obvious reason, judging from the other feedback here.
Typically, it blooms during peak hurricane season, often after a lot of rain is dumped on the area in a short period of time. The specimens I have bloomed during the four-hurricanes-in-one-month in 2004: right after Tallahassee got 10 inches of rain in 12 hours! After the bloom dies, the foilage pops up for a while and then dies back as summer heats up. During peak hot summer, there’s no evidence or trace of this plant. Then, as hurricane/rainy season progresses, there you go!
Propagate by dividing bulbs. This is a common pass-along plant in North Florida/Southern Georgia. D. read more ig deep to get to the bulbs.
On Sep 15, 2004, milly398 from Norcross, GA wrote:
I didn’t purchase this flower, however to my suprise I was walking through my yard and saw this interesting bud emerging from the ground. Over the next several days I monitored it, and when I came home this evening I saw this georgeous flower. I immediately scooped it up and transplanted it to a prettier location (afraid the landscapers might mow it over). I then scanned the rest of my yard and noticed that on the edge of the wood there was a huge clump of these beautiful flowers. I have transplanted them all and am so excited for this wonderful find. I only hope I didn’t damage them transplanting them while in bloom. Keep your fingers crossed for me.
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