3 Signs You’re Destined To ‘Make It Big

Who doesn’t dream of making it big? Of course, most people do. But do you have it in you to really make it big? Read on and find out for yourself!

3 Signs You’re Destined To ‘Make It Big’

adapted from an article by JACQUELYN SMITH
JUN 20, 2014, 09.08 PM



Almost everyone dreams of “making it big” one day – but very few people actually have what it takes, says Ariella Coombs, Careerealism.com’s managing editor, in a recent LinkedIn post.

Curious to know if you’re one of them?

Here are three signs you’re on the fast track to success, according to Coombs:

1. You’re (just a little) cocky.

If you want to achieve success and make it big, you’ve got to have confidence in yourself and your abilities, Coombs explains. “Without confidence, you can so easily get crushed by negativity and criticism – things you will have to deal with once you hit the spotlight.”

You also have to trust yourself, she adds. “And you have to have a deep understanding that you’re going to make it.”

2. You’re extremely curious.

In order to succeed, Coombs says you need to have an innate fascination with whatever it is you’re working toward. “You’ve got to learn as much as you can about the industry, the people, the culture, and so on. You need to want to be consumed by it. You’ve got to understand the problems and be excited about finding solutions. You’ve got to be passionate, excited, and curious about all areas of the biz.”

3. You’ve got a road map, but you’re prepared to take detours.

“They say success is where preparation and opportunity meet,” Coombs says. So, when opportunity comes your way, you’re going to want to have a plan already in place. “Think of it as your road map to making it big.”

But, you should also know that nothing ever goes exactly according to plan.

“You need to be able to adapt to whatever life throws at you,” she says. “Think of those things as detours. They’re not a huge deal as long as you figure out how to get back on the main road.”

Click here to read the full LinkedIn post.

I agree with most of what is written, and would like to add that the heart is most important. God bless you and give you a heart that glorifies Him and always remains humble when you make it big.

Digital Dementia and you

Nowadays everywhere we look, we see teenagers and youth literally worshipping their hand held devices, or we see that they are online most of their waking hours.



It is an epidemic of the most deadly proportions and yet we rarely see anyone even complaining about it.



That is why I really loved this post dated June 2014 by Lee Binz from The HomeScholar


It’s a new world, with changes we could not have imagined years ago. Many of the changes are awesome and wonderful, and yet there are things that are very concerning. Experts are now warning us about a new problem called “Digital Dementia” caused by overuse of technology (1). Some children as young as 4 years old are so addicted to digital devices that they require psychological treatment (2). Psychiatrist Dr. Keith Ablow warns that social media “may also be the tobacco industry of our times – one day facing massive lawsuits for fueling anxiety disorders and mood disorders in millions of people.”


Even with all these concerns, the public schools emphasize, promote, and encourage online learning that may not be appropriate for all children. Thankfully, as homeschoolers we get to determine boundaries for our own children. But how do you determine appropriate technology boundaries that work for you and your family? Let’s talk about common sense boundaries that work, why they’re important, and symptoms of big technology issues.


12 Reasons for Setting Technology Boundaries

    • Personal safety concerns from revealing too much online
    • Protecting children from cyber-bullying, or ensuring they don’t bully others
    • Preventing exposure to pornography and inappropriate language and interactions
    • Sleep disorders resulting from technology use before bed and sleep interruptions during the night when digital devices are in the bedroom
    • Safety problems involving texting while driving and even walking without situational awareness
    • Technology can rewire the brain, causing memory problems and difficulty thinking clearly (3)
    • Technology can interfere with normal childhood experiences and development
    • Violent games have been linked with acts of aggression
    • Digital use can mean less social interaction and eye contact
    • Excessive use can cause fidgety, inattentive symptoms imitating ADHD
    • Technology overuse can cause mental disorders and stress-related illnesses
    • Video games are designed to be addictive (4)


    10 Ways to Create Wholesome Technology Boundaries

  • Control the Location

    Start with the easiest way to control technology – location. Many of the major problems created by technology can be solved by simply controlling the location of all digital devices. No computers or cell phones in the bedroom or bathroom, or at the dining table. Keep technology in public areas where you can easily supervise use. Keep all screens facing public areas of your home, to monitor appropriate online interaction.

  • Control Time

    Set a clear time limit and set a timer to monitor it. Consider limiting digital device usage to one or two hours per day, unless being used for a homeschool project. Set clear expectations of no internet use after bedtime.

  • Control Content

    You can invest in Covenant Eyes (5) Filtering System or McAfee Safe Eyes (6) to establish parental control of the content accessed on the computer. Regularly check the download history and browsing history of all devices. Monitor social media, and for younger teens, parents should possess all passwords to their accounts.

  • Control Safety

    Make sure children do not give personal information about themselves online that could be used by strangers. Ensure children never send extremely personal photos of any kind, or of any person, or pass along photos others send to them online.

  • Exchange Activities

    Exchange digital devices for non-tech fun. Replace screen time with reading, projects, or family games. Consider having one or more “unplugged” nights each week so children understand what it’s like to have fun without the internet. Make sure the evening is FUN – with games, activities, and social time without electronic devices.

  • Model Behavior

    Parents can demonstrate self-control regarding technology. Show children that there are times for appropriate use of technology, but other times when it’s important to be free of digital media.

  • Family Meeting

    Spend time as a family discussing technology. Teach personal safety regarding cyber-bullying, pornography, sexting, and other issues as you see them in the news. Explain that your job as a parent is to check phones, social media accounts, and computer internet surfing history to ensure the safety of the entire family.

  • Teach Discernment

    Explain what is appropriate in the context of each device. Reinforce family rules. No inappropriate language or posting anything mean about anyone. No harassing or texting insulting comments about others, even when teens think the comments are private. Explain that the internet is forever, and even when something is “deleted” it is really just hidden and can still be easily discovered. Discuss digital addiction, personal safety, and future consequences of online behavior.

  • Establish Expectations

    Set clear boundaries on technology use, and then provide clear cause-and-effect consequences for violating family rules. Breaking rules demonstrates that teens are not able to moderate their own behavior, and you will need to do that for them by removing the device causing difficulty. Consistently following rules means teens are able to control their own behavior and can handle additional trust.

  • Create Balance

    Create a balanced educational plan. Teach technological skills, keyboarding and coding, providing 21st Century skills. At the same time, balance online education with non-digital, non-electronic coursework. Go technology-free and low-tech for coursework when possible. Seek a balance between fun involving technology and recreation that does not involve technology of any kind.


    9 Real Family Examples of Setting Successful Technology Boundaries

    These parents shared some wonderful ideas on The HomeScholar Facebook Page about successful boundaries that work in the homes of real families like yours.

  • Meals are for food and family, not technology. The rule is “no toys at the table” and that includes tech gadgets and books. 
    ~Dorie, Shannon, and Dawn
  • All technology must be brought to our designated place at bedtime. When the children forget, or if I have to remind them, they lose the privilege for using that device the following day. 
  • Technology must be turned in at the end of the day, with gadgets placed in chargers, or children aren’t allowed technology the next day. No technology when friends are over unless it’s specifically a planned “game” time. 
  • Computer time is limited to the common area, where everyone in the family can easily see the screen. Children earn screen time through good behavior, or by reading real books. Parent screen time is only used when children are not around. 
  • Nobody plays video games unless we ALL play video games. 
  • When anyone is spoken to, their technology must be turned over, closed, or turned off, giving the speaker their undivided attention. We don’t allow technology in cars, because that is where family can come together and can share with each other, uninterrupted. 
  • Video games are allowed if it is raining outside and the child is done with all other work or school. Isolation is not allowed, so children can’t play alone, and are limited to one hour 
  • Gaming and videos are allowed only on weekends when we do not have outings. This usually amounts to two evenings a weekend at most. Otherwise, no TV or technology, because children have a lot of living to do! 
  • We put all phones and handheld devices in a basket during dinner time. No-one is allowed to take their device out until dad says the meal time is over. We turn off all media at 9:00 so our brains have time to calm down and our spirits have time for quiet reflection before bed.

    11 Long-term Consequences of Excessive Technology Use


    There are long-term, serious consequences of excessive technology use. Internet gaming disorder in particular is now mentioned in the appendix of the American Psychiatric Association Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM-5) as a condition for which more research is required. (7) Consider these long-term consequences of excessive technology use.

  • Social media comparisons can cause intense feelings of loneliness or jealousy. Facebook has been called a “significant public health threat” by Dr. Ablow due to various studies. (8)
  • Digital dementia, deterioration of cognitive abilities, similar to a head injury or psychiatric illness can occur. People who rely on electronic devices often can’t remember important everyday details of life.
  • Brain development can be affected. Heavy digital users are likely to develop the left side of their brains, leaving the right side less used or underdeveloped.
  • Memory is damaged. The right side of the brain is linked with concentration and its failure to develop will affect attention span and memory. (9)
  • An Inside Higher Ed article (10) warns that 2 million US college students are addicted to computer games.
  • Excessive gaming is linked to lower academic performance.
  • Colleges are seeing a variety of internet-related disorders treated at campus health centers, such as depression, anxiety, ADHD, and social phobias.
  • Increased suicide risk.
  • Using technology to escape real life.
  • Depression and sadness.
  • Digital addiction: when a person lives much of their life online, and excessive internet or device use interferes with activities of daily living or social relationships.

    12 Symptoms of Serious Technology Abuse


    How can you tell if your teenager has serious technology issues? You will notice deteriorating social relationships and severe sleep disturbance, including waking up to check their digital devices or go online in the middle of the night. Their nutritional balance may suffer as they eat too little, too much, or consume only junk food. You may become concerned about lying and sneaking behaviors tied to the internet. School performance and job performance are affected. The child may exhibit depression or anger issues. They may show a strange euphoric happiness when online and a restlessness, irritability, or panic when offline. They often feel guilty about their technology use and feel that something isn’t quite right. They may experience blurred vision, headaches, or muscle aches related to constant use of technology. Watch for one big risk factor that can determine if excessive use will become an addiction:


    If a person is using technology to escape an aspect of daily life, then their technology use is more likely to cause severe problems.


    Check this list for symptoms of internet abuse developed by digital addiction specialists. Three or four “yes” answers suggest serious issues and five or more suggest addiction, according to Dr. Hilarie Cash, PhD. (11)

  • Increasing amounts of time spent on computer and internet activities
  • Failed attempts to control behavior
  • Heightened sense of euphoria while involved in computer and internet activities
  • Craving more time on the computer and internet
  • Neglecting friends and family
  • Feeling restless when not engaged in the activity
  • Being dishonest with others
  • Computer use interfering with job/school performance
  • Feeling guilty, ashamed, anxious, or depressed as a result of behavior
  • Changes in sleep patterns
  • Physical changes such as weight gain or loss, backaches, headaches, carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Withdrawing from other pleasurable activities

    Technology is such a blessing, and can bring people together in wonderful ways. But technology can also be a curse – used by evil people, or affecting individuals prone to addiction. This is a new world, with new world problems. Wise parents educate themselves so they are aware of issues and can steer children clear of unnecessary bumps in the road to adulthood.


    What boundaries do YOU have for technology use in your home?


    Prevent the Zombie Apocalypse! 
    Set Technology Boundaries for Teens!



    Citations, Helpful Resources, and Additional Reading

  • (1) Surge in Digital Dementia
  • (2) Toddlers Becoming So Addicted to iPads They Require Therapy
  • (3) Shocking Ways the Internet Rewires the Brain
  • (4) Kids’ Video Games for Profit
  • (5) Covenant Eyes Filtering System
  • (6) McAfee Safe Eyes
  • (7) Internet Gaming Disorder in the DSM-5 (PDF Download)
  • (8) Studies show Facebook may be true, significant public health threat
  • (9) How Technology Is Warping Your Memory
  • (10) Excessive Gaming Linked to Lower Academic Performance
  • (11) Signs and Symptoms of Internet Addiction by Dr. Hilarie Cash, PhD. NetAddictionRecovery.com
  • Resource: Internet Addiction and how it Relates to Homeschooling
  • Moderating the Internet in Your Family by Mark Gregston of Heartlight Ministries
  • How gadgets and the internet are turning us into a nation of emotional basket cases
  • Research ties excessive use of technology to poor health for young adults
  • Internet Addiction Disorder
  • Time Monitor Parental Control Software limits the time kids spend on the computer.  You determine when they can access the computer and for how long. Free to try.


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Driving safety in India

Those who have driven in developed countries and then driven in India will realize the stress that this activity brings about when you drive on the roads in India.

Figure 1 A common sight on Indian roads in 2014


Often this stress is not recognised by the majority of Indians because they have not simply experienced anything different.

Figure 2 How road safety works

There are rules and simple measures which can bring down the stress associated with driving by over 90%. Take for instance the universal respect or the STOP sign at intersections, which does not even require any electricity or high technology.

After the demise of a Minister recently in a car accident in Delhi, the Government has woken up to the need for improving driving safety, as this report in today’s Hindustan Times Newspaper says:


6 Jun 2014, Hindustan Times (Mumbai)Moushumi Das Gupta letters@hindustantimes.com

‘Motor Vehicle Act will be upgraded to int’l standards’


NEW DELHI: India’s Motor Vehicle Act will be re-drafted within a month in line with advanced international practices to enhance road safety, said road transport, highways and shipping minister Nitin Gadkari on Thursday. The new bill may include measures such as installing CCTV cameras at traffic signals, redesigning heavy vehicles and centralising data to check misuse of driving licences.



NEW DELHI: Two days after Union minister Gopinath Munde died in a road accident, the NDA government on Thursday pledged to overhaul the 26-year-old motor vehicle law that it said wasn’t saving lives but spawning corruption instead.

“The law has become antiquated and lost its relevance. We will scrap it and bring in a fresh law. The broad contours of the new law will be ready in a month’s time,” Union transport minister Nitin Gadkari said after a review of road safety regulations. Gadkari told officials at the review that the old law was mostly being used by cops to harass the public and make money.



As part of the overhaul process, Gadkari has directed ministry officials to study how countries such as United Kingdom and Singapore – which have fewer road fatalities compared to India — tackle traffic violations. “We will study best practices in ten countries before drafting our law,” he said.

India has one of the worst road- safety records in the world, with a road accident every minute and a fatality on the road every three-to-four minutes. Approximately 137,000 people died in road accidents in the country last year alone.



The 1988 Motor Vehicles Act was last amended in 2001. Several committees have been set up since then to recommend changes to the law. In March 2012, the UPA cabinet, for the third time after coming to power in 2004, approved the draft Motor Vehicle Amendment Bill that proposed hefty fines for traffic violations. However, low priority accorded to road safety issues ensured that the bill didn’t get cleared by Parliament.

Gadkari said that the proposed law would provide for greater technology-based interventions to minimize road accidents and check violations. “We want to cut down on human intervention. The reliance would be on sophisticated IT-based systems,” he said.

Road ministry officials said they want the new bill to be ready for introduction in Parliament during the budget session. “We are working on a war footing to draft the new law,” Gadkari said.