I used to be so scared of flying that I would sit on a plane and breathe in a bag to deal with an anxiety attack. I forced myself to travel for business, but each flight was such a high-stress event that I would feel depleted, as if I had run a marathon. I felt as if I had to hold the plane in the air by sheer willpower the entire flight.A little while ago, however, I started venturing out to shake things up a bit. I heard it does happen to people when they approach 40 – when a realization that life is not a dress rehearsal becomes more than just an intellectual understanding. I did all kinds of things – from climbing in tree tops, training in tactical driving, shooting machine guns, and storming a building, to then riding my first rollercoaster in Busch Gardens this August. My desire to push the envelope started out as a mind over matter thing that I do a lot to push through 18-hour work days. It morphed into curiosity as to how the subject matter experts I work with in government proposals do their jobs, and then grew into a desire to step out of a daily mold. Finally, it all turned into the ardent desire to live my life to the fullest.Flying was a tough one, though. I did get a lot better as over the years by using online courses and pep-talks from anyone who didn’t suffer from the same phobia in order to learn their techniques and cure myself of the fear, but it only took me so far.So, last week I went to Reno to offer our course, Business Development for Project Personnel, to one of our customers, a company that provides military aviation experts, including TOPGUNs, former Fighter Weapons School commanders, and test pilots. They are as elite of warriors as the Navy SEALs, but specialize in flying – they train military forces in the U.S. and allied countries in operationally current advanced flight training, tactics development and evaluation, etc. They were also the first western commercial company trained to maintain and operate the Ukrainian SU-27, a twin-engine super-maneuverable fighter aircraft that they ultimately imported to the U.S.Training super-bright students is always rewarding, but the setting for this training mission turned out to be simply unbelievable. The hotel-casino where I was staying was as noisy as a beehive with the arrival of desert dust-covered Burning Man crowds. They were still in their costumes, smelling of cannabis and booze, and high on life and assorted stimulants.At an epicenter of an After-Burn party, I didn’t get much sleep from the noise. However, I did witness a slew of characters including a guy in a peacock hat and a silvery trench coat (with apparently nothing under) who flashed me as I walked by. Not too far from the hotel was a Great Reno Balloon Race, with a mesmerizing display of colors and patterns. The Tailhook Convention, a famous event where naval aviators and the supporting industry network over beer, wine, and flying toy monkeys, topped off the week. All of it was going on as the Stead Airfield near the company that manufactures military aircraft’ offices was filling up with colorful airplanes for the insanely dangerous, but exhilarating National Championship Air Races about to start.The topper of the trip, however, came on a sunny morning when a former TOPGUN Commander Gerry Gallop(“Spud”) took me to fly in the Embraer 314 Super Tucano, an attack airplane built for counter insurgency (COIN) warfare and Close Air Support (CAS). It has all of the sophistication of a new F-16, but a fuel economy of a turbo prop. This powerful plane, able to pull 7 Gs, is used primarily to support ground forces and even carries a sensor just like the one on Predator UAVs. The company that manufactures military aircraft is the only commercial company that operates the Super Tucano, so this was a unique treat.So, with all my fear of flying and even rollercoasters, here I was, climbing into a cockpit and getting strapped into an ejection seat to do some aerobatics. The type of stuff that I am scared to even watch, let alone partake in. There was excitement, but zero fear. No, scratch that. The only worry was that I was going to toss my cookies, as I was told by others this was a real possibility with all the spinning.In my helmet, I heard all kinds of voices – the pilot, the tower, and the plane itself. The plane spoke in a rather sensuous female voice with a slight (Brazilian?) accent. It kept saying Danger… Danger… Warning… Oxy-gen. Mind you, it was before the take-off, but I could care less what she said at that point – I was too eager to be airborne and trusted that Gerry would figure out what the plane was fussing about. I also amused myself with the mental social commentary running through my head, working out exactly why one would give female voices to fighter planes.Finally, we did a maximum performance takeoff. It was simply beautiful over northern Nevada with the balloons in the air at a distance, and very clear. It was too bad you could not quite see all the way to the Black Rock desert and the Burning Man site, where the cleanup crews were beginning their arduous job after the mega-party.I took over the controls and felt just how unbelievably maneuverable and responsive the plane was to one’s touch. No wonder after you fly for a while, the plane becomes an extension of the pilot. When Gerry took back over, we did some fighter maneuvering at G-loads. It was a new feeling hard to describe, other than the spine being compressed hard and my insides wrung and pulled down. I instinctively focused on breathing at that point and keeping my muscles tense with ears level with the shoulders, enjoying the blue sky and sunshine in the glass canopy.We then went on to do the aerobatics, including a barrel roll where the plane went upside down and a wingover where I felt nearly weightless. I gather the plane rapidly lost altitude at that point. I honestly could not tell where the plane was in relation to the ground or sky or what it was doing – except it was the wildest ride I wish someone had filmed from the ground.The next part was equally as exhilarating. We headed down to the mountainous terrain to simulate a low-level reconnaissance and attack mission. The airplane zoomed nimbly close to the ground at about 250 mph so you could see every bit of detail – the insurgents wouldn’t be able to hide, had there been any in the Nevada mountains.We then climbed back up for the tower to clear us for the overhead “break,” the normal military arrival procedure for high-performance aircraft. After a quick trip around the landing pattern, we touched down and taxied to the company that manufactures military aircraft’ hangar at the end of what was quickly becoming Pit Row for the Air Race week. I was full of adrenaline and not one bit queasy – I guess I won a genetic roulette where it comes to my G-load tolerance. I didn’t only have the time of my life, I kept my dignity intact!I reflected why this was such a positive experience as opposed to my usual apprehension regarding flying. There I was in the plane, feeling safer than sitting at a desk writing this article. I believe it was all about trust. Trust in the professionalism of the TOPGUN-trained pilots. Trust that Gerry’s expertise is consistent with the culture of excellence I had observed at the company that manufactures military aircraft.Trust is a relatively rare feeling for me. What about you? Think about it – in Business Development – and around your workplace, how many people do you have around you with whom you can trust your life and not worry about triple-checking everything they do because you are certain they will handle everything with the utmost care? Wouldn’t you enjoy working alongside highly trained professionals who can see the big picture, but also pay keen attention to detail? Who are perfectionists and have the stamina to push themselves hard? Who put everything they have into winning a pursuit – and their only reason for not getting something done right would be if they were in a hospital or dead?I had an epiphany on this trip about building high-performance organizations. In a regular organization, a Pareto principle applies: 80 percent of all work is done by 20 percent of all people. If you are one of these 20-percenters, you know that you will work 10 times as hard and burn the midnight oil, while worrying about asking too much of others, respecting their rights to have time with their family and to lead a balanced life. But what if you had mostly the top performers around you? What if you didn’t have to compensate for others’ shortfalls? What if you didn’t have to worry, triple-check, and over-manage? Could you have a more balanced life yourself? Could you accomplish even more? Would you have a lot more fun doing what you do?So, take a look around at those who are doing business development, capture, and proposals with you. Do you need to reexamine what roles people play in your organization? Do you need to encourage some to step up and take on more responsibility (perhaps in exchange for greater rewards) so that they could work to their full capacity? Do some people require training and development? Do you need to let go of those who don’t deliver?And then, turn to the mirror, which is highly advisable to do periodically as you look around. Are there areas of self-improvement for yourself where you could draw inspiration from professionals like those that I got to meet at the company that manufactures military aircraft, who are true masters at what they do? Who are your role models that inspire you to work even harder, to feel more alive, to push further, and strive to be a better you?
Maintaining or renovating a home can be a very daunting task for most people. However, after all the hard work and investment in time and resources you have allocated for a home improvement project, the satisfaction of seeing a superbly crafted home that you can call your own can be priceless indeed. Such is the importance of choosing the best and most qualified contractor who is knowledgeable and capable enough to turn your vision into a remarkable work of art.When choosing a contractor for repairs or renovations for your home improvement project, it is vital that you first acquire all the important information about a particular contractor before ever committing in getting their services. You need to make sure that they are capable of performing all the inclusive work, including customized builds and improvements that you would want your home to have. To get all these pertinent information, you should ask your contractors a strategic set of questions designed to extract all the data that you will need. To help you start in this direction, you should ask the following set of questions:* Does the contractor have the appropriate knowledge and experience with the type of home improvement project that you have in mind?According to recent information from the industry, approximately 80 percent of contractors and builders are knowledgeable and are adequately trained in the latest construction and building techniques. However, even though they may have the training with these new techniques and the certifications to show for it (ex: techniques in energy-saving green building technologies, etc), their actual experience may have just been picked up or even achieved as they work on new projects. On some cases, the home renovation projects may involve a historic home with irreplaceable artifacts or sections. A contractor may not have the expertise in dealing with such a home nor could they match the craftsmanship involved with these historic masterpieces.* Is there an existing relationship between your contractor and architect/designer and have they worked together on a project before?For your home improvement project, you may take on the services of some of the best architects and interior designers in the whole of Massachusetts. To complement the expertise of these professionals, it is but proper to also get the services of the best contractors for the project. In such cases, it would be best to choose a contractor whom your architect or designer knows. They may be aware of the track record of these contractors and may be comfortable working with some that they can identify. With such arrangements, you can be assured of a timely completion of your project and in the manner that you envisioned it to be.* When you inquire something about the project, does the contractor communicate well with you?It is a normal thing for homeowners to ask something about a home remodeling project from their contractors. However, if all you get is a hasty answer without much details and it would appear that they want you off their faces, then be careful of such contractors. A good contractor should be receptive of the needs of their clients and should be ready to discuss every detail of the project should you ask for it.* Is the contractor experienced in working with your kind of home?A commercial construction is different from a home construction in terms of details and even on building and safety codes. The contractor should be adept in the type of home that you have, otherwise they might turn your priced possession into their laboratory for trial-and-error building methods.* How fast can the contractor start and how soon can they complete the job?Finding the best contractor is one thing, but having them start on your home as per schedule is another. You might be at the end of a long list of clients and would have to sit it out for months on end. You should weigh the urgency of having the work done as soon as possible or getting the services of the best contractor that you can get.* Is there a guarantee for their work after completion?A competent contractor will give you the assurance of an excellent renovation or repair work and will provide you with a guarantee on the work done. They should be confident enough of the quality of their work and give their clients the assurance that they need.Conducting a one-of-a-kind home improvement project for your Massachusetts home entails the best services from the best professionals available for the job. Taking a few extra moments in checking out your contractors before hiring them can spell the difference between a disastrous undertakings or a magnificent work of art you can call your home.
Certain food and drink allergies can make you very uncomfortable in few situations, keeping you always suspicious of what you are about to eat or drink. This can affect a human in a many different ways. Just think about it! How easy it is to have the same food every day you are already bored with? Well let me give you a clue, ”It’s NOT Easy.”Even worse factor is, in some of the cases when you were able to enjoy a certain food or drink, but in the meanwhile you have developed an allergic reaction to it. It surely is very unpleasant to hunger after a certain food and to resent it at the same time because you anticipate the disagreeable effects it will have on you.Food and Drink sensitivityThe way you get allergic reaction is when a specific enzymes in the product you are having can not tolerate some chemical or natural substance of it.The main symptoms are: gas, constipation, diarrhea, IBS, skin rash, headaches, and cough.From another point of view, allergy is an immune response to some allergens, or food proteins that generate the allergy, and has a partially different symptomatology: soft tissues (tongue, lips, eyelids, etc.) swelling lesions itches vomiting culminating anaphylactic shock.Most common Food generating allergies include milk, eggs, seafood, shellfish, peanuts, tree nuts, soy, and wheat.Aloeride effectivenessNow there is a easy way to regain the possibility of using food and drinks banned for long time from your diet. Few cases reports an increased tolerance to substances you could never even think to ingest again after undergoing terrible reactions to them. The fact that Aloeride performs on the immunity system guarantees that allergic reactions, as immunity responses to some mixtures found in food or drinks, can be dealt with. Using Aloeride for drink or food allergies doesn’t really mean you should go and grab everything you had allergy before with. It would be really irresponsible from your side, however Aloeride may actually surprise you, it offers you an opportunity to learn simple things like rightfully appreciated food, especially after a period of constant prohibition and frustration.