Thursday, July 29, 2021

How to Become a Doer


Once you find the thing that you’re really excited about, you need to devise a plan to make that happen and then stick with it. This is what will make you a doer and not a talker or a dreamer. We are not truly defined by our intentions, our aims, or our ideals. In reality, we are defined by our actions and these are what will make us successful or otherwise.


You want people to stop rolling their eyes when you tell them about your plans and instead to be a person who carries real weight and gravitas when you explain your plans. When you say you’re going to travel around the world, you want people to know that that is really going to happen.


But actually, one of the ways you do that is to stop telling people at all. Why? Because according to some studies, telling people your dreams and plans is actually one of the surest ways to ensure they don’t happen.


And why is that? Well for starters, it suggests that you’re looking for external validation. Remember what we said about your passion being intrinsically motivating? That means that simply engaging in that activity or working toward that goal should be enough. You shouldn’t need a reward and you certainly shouldn’t need accolades from others.


If you’re really fascinated with your book project, then you should be quite happy to work on that project in your spare time without ever needing to tell anyone about it! This is a much more powerful form of motivation and drive than anything you can get from people telling you that they think you’ve done a great job!


The other problem with telling people your plans is that it creates a ‘psychic release’ of sorts. That sounds crazy I know but what I mean by this, is that it gives you a sense of reward and relief. More to the point, telling someone your plans actually means that you can adopt those plans as part of your identity even before anything has happened.


So for instance, if your goal is to quit smoking, then you might feel a great sense of reward just by telling people that you’re planning on quitting smoking. That is to say, that you tell someone you’re going to stop smoking and then suddenly, you feel as though you’re already not a smoker anymore. People will praise you and tell you ‘well done’ even before you’ve actually quit and you’ll feel safe in the knowledge that other people now know that you don’t want to be a smoker. It sounds crazy but this can then remove the incentive to actually quit! You’ve already got the sense of reward, so you don’t need to put the effort in!

But then again, there are scenarios where it does to pay people, or at least to tell some people.


And there are two reasons that this can be the case.


The first is that telling people can help you to feel as though you have stakes. When you tell someone you plan on losing weight for example, you then know that they’re watching you and waiting to see if you actually achieve your goals. This can create a social pressure that actually can be very helpful in motivating you along.


And you can actually make this even more the case by encouraging people to call you on your actions. Get a friend to watch you and make sure you are sticking to your goals and doing what you said. They can monitor your performance and if you don’t do what you said you’d do, you could even get them to somehow enact a form of punishment. Tim Ferriss recommends getting a friend to donate your money to a charity that you don’t like if you don’t achieve your goals. That’s some powerful motivation right there!


The other reason is that telling people can mean you have a partner in crime. This is sometimes actually a requirement, while in other cases, it will be a very useful asset.


The scenarios where it is actually necessary to tell someone about your plans tend to pertain to your relationships. That is to say, that if you’re in a relationship with someone and your hope is to go travelling or to spend money on the hoes, then you’re going to need to get them on board before you go ahead.


But even where you don’t need them to agree, it can help a great deal to have your partner along for the ride. This is particularly true when it comes to dieting. One of the hardest parts of sticking to a diet is often the social aspect and this comes from our relationships a lot. If you’re married or in a long-term relationships, then no doubt you will spend evenings eating pizza in front of the TV, you’ll share a box of indulgent chocolates from time to time, or you’ll go out for romantic meals.


When you’ve decided to go ‘no carb’, it is a lot harder to have a romantic meal. And it’s a lot harder to enjoy pizza in front of the TV too. This is why having your partner along for the ride can make all the difference as this way, the diet becomes something you can do together, rather than something that you are doing that may seem unsociable.


Better yet is finding a gym buddy. A gym buddy is someone who can come along on your workouts, help to spot you through the heavy lifts and give you encouragement and motivation as you’re running. This can make a big difference to your motivation and make the whole experience of going to the gym a lot more enjoyable. Moreover, when you have a gym buddy, you have someone that you don’t want to disappoint. If you skip a session, then you’ll be leaving them in the lurch and that creates extra pressure to go. Likewise, there will be times when they are feeling low and you help to pull them through.


And better again then that is finding people who are as passionate as you about a business idea. If you can find people to go into business with and you all truly believe that your idea has real potential – that it is something that could change the world or at least make you a lot of money – then you’re going to find that the passion and excitement in your group becomes contagious and that everyone in the group helps to buoy and excite everyone else. This can be a great feeling and it is something that all of the very best startup companies have in common.


It’s a state that is often referred to as a state of ‘flow’ and it’s what you feel when you’re so impassioned about something that you become highly focused and it’s all that all of you can talk about and think about.


So what’s the real scoop here? Should you tell people your plans or not?


Well, that depends on how you do it and the nature of your plans. It’s a great idea to tell people your goals if you are looking for a partner. If you think you can get other people excited about what you’re doing and get other people on your side, then speak to people and get them excited. What you mustn’t do though, is tell everyone how you’re going to be rich, famous or well-travelled – as that is very likely to make you much more of a talker than a doer.

Positive Attitude will help!

Caring Causes: H2O for Heroes 8/7

 Firehouse Subs® invites guests nationwide to join its effort to hydrate local heroes and communities with the ninth annual H2O For Heroes® bottled water collection drive. On Saturday, Aug. 7, Firehouse Subs restaurants will offer one medium sub* to each guest who brings in at least one unopened, 24-pack of any brand of bottled water*. The water benefits local fire and police departments, emergency victims, senior and community centers, and more, to aid those in need of water during the hot summer months when dehydration and other heat-related illnesses are most threatening. (View/download b-roll and photos.)

The ninth annual event returns after being canceled in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In March 2020, Firehouse Subs’ family of local restaurant owners listened to the needs of their communities and focused on providing Heartfelt Service where it was most needed. As a result, hundreds of Firehouse Subs franchisees partnered with Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation to donate more than 100,000 meals to healthcare workers and first responders across the U.S. and Canada. The need to return to the annual H2O For Heroes is even greater this year after a tumultuous 2020 was quickly followed by more seasonal challenges. In June 2021, many parts of the Western U.S. experienced unprecedented temperatures, resulting in an increased risk of wildfires and heat-related illnesses. 

“As we come into wildfire season, it’s more important than ever to support our firefighting communities, especially our wildland firefighters,” said Firehouse Subs Franchisee Chris Morris, who has more than a decade of experience as a firefighter in Idaho. “Many people might not know, but wildland firefighters can work in 16 day cycles out in the heat under very grueling conditions. It’s really important to me and my fellow restaurant owners to be able to help them and our local communities stay hydrated during this time, and we’re honored to partner with our guests to make that happen.”

As a brand founded by two former firefighters nearly 27 years ago and true to its mission, Firehouse Subs hosts the one-day drive to offer lifesaving support and relief to first responders and vulnerable citizens who have an imperative need for protection against extreme heat-related situations. H2O For Heroes began in 2012 by Phoenix-area franchisees Jerry and Windy Griffin as a local initiative to encourage bottled water donations at a time when wildfires and drastic heat depleted the supplies of several of their local first responder organizations; in 2016, Firehouse Subs expanded the program into a nationwide effort that our guests and communities have come to love.

Since expanding in 2016, Firehouse Subs, its franchisees and guests have donated more than four million bottles of water to public safety departments, emergency victims and senior and community centers. Nearly half of those bottles were collected in 2019 alone, and the brand looks forward to continuing that renewed support during 2021’s difficult summer weather. A partner of Firehouse Subs, Coca-Cola will be donating 5,000 cases of DASANI® water to first responders and community organizations in support of this year’s H2O For Heroes. 

Firehouse Subs serves its signature hot subs in 46 states, Puerto Rico, Canada and non-traditional locations. To participate in the H2O For Heroes collection drive efforts, visit or download the Firehouse Subs app to find your nearest location. 

*Limit one medium sub per person, per case of unopened 24-pack bottled water (of any brand)

*Excludes Firehouse Subs restaurants in Canada, Puerto Rico, airports and college campuses.


About Firehouse Subs

Firehouse Subs® is a restaurant chain with a passion for hearty and flavorful food, heartfelt service and public safety. Founded in Jacksonville, Florida in 1994 by brothers and former firefighters Chris Sorensen and Robin Sorensen, Firehouse Subs is a brand built on decades of fire and police service, hot and hearty subs piled high with the highest quality meats and cheeses and its commitment to saving lives through the establishment of the non-profit Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation®. The founders are the real deal, the food is their creation and the brand is a family of franchise operators who share their same passion for generously serving food and community. For the third consecutive year, based on recent Technomic Insight consumer data, Firehouse Subs was named the No.1 brand in the restaurant industry that "Supports Local Community Activities." This year, Firehouse of America and Firehouse Subs suppliers will together donate a portion of purchases at Firehouse Subs locations to the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation for the purchase of lifesaving equipment, with a minimum donation of $1 million. 

Enjoy more subs. Save more lives. To learn more, visit

Quick Facts:

More than 1,200 restaurants in 46 states, Puerto Rico, Canada and non-traditional locations

$60+ million granted to public safety organizations via Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation®

Headquartered in Jacksonville, Fla.

Area Attractions: Postcards from Peppa Pig (Ridgedale 8/28 and 8/29)

 Peppa Pig’s U.S. Adventures Tour,” based on the top-rated preschool property Peppa Pig from eOne, Hasbro’s global entertainment studio, is coming to Minnesota, August 28 – 29th, for two days of fun at Ridgedale Center. The experience will feature Peppa and George performing “Postcards from Peppa,” a 15-minute interactive live show, and will celebrate the wonder of little ones with craft and coloring stations.


  • This summer, the top-rated preschool property Peppa Pig will come to life for families through the Brookfield Family Program.
  • The experience will feature:
    • Live, 15-minute Mini Show, Postcards from Peppa
    • Peppa’s Adventure Awaits Take-Your-Own Photo Op Experience
    • Travel America with Peppa Coloring Station


  • Saturday, August 28 and Sunday, August 29, 2021
  • Showtimes:

11:00 am – 11:15 am
11:45 am – 12:00 pm
12:30 pm – 12:45 pm
1:15 pm – 1:30 pm
2:15 pm – 2:30 pm
3:00 pm – 3:15 pm
3:45 pm – 4:00 pm
4:30 pm – 4:45 pm


  • The event is free.
  • While walk-ins are welcome, to reserve a seat near the stage, RSVP at for a free ticket.

“Peppa Pig holds huge appeal for kids of all ages,” said Ridgedale Senior General Manager Joan Suko. “So, we know this free, two-day event is going to surprise and delight all of our guests.”

About Ridgedale Center

For more than 40 years, Ridgedale Center has served as a primary shopping destination in the Twin Cities.  Ridgedale Center recently completed a $100+ million renovation, adding Nordstrom, Old Navy, lululemon and more than 12 other new retailers. Ridgedale Center is located at 12401 Wayzata Blvd. in Minnetonka, MN. For more information visit, follow us on Facebook and Instagram, or call 952-541-4864.


* High resolution images are available upon request


About Hasbro
Hasbro (NASDAQ: HAS) is a global play and entertainment company committed to making the world a better place for all children, fans and families. Hasbro delivers immersive brand experiences for global audiences through consumer products, including toys and games; entertainment through eOne, its independent studio; and gaming, led by the team at Wizards of the Coast, an award-winning developer of tabletop and digital games best known for fantasy franchises MAGIC: THE GATHERING and DUNGEONS & DRAGONS.

The company’s unparalleled portfolio of approximately 1,500 brands includes MAGIC: THE GATHERING, NERF, MY LITTLE PONY, TRANSFORMERS, PLAY-DOH, MONOPOLY, BABY ALIVE, DUNGEONS & DRAGONS, POWER RANGERS, PEPPA PIG and PJ MASKS, as well as premier partner brands. For the past decade, Hasbro has been consistently recognized for its corporate citizenship, including being named one of the 100 Best Corporate Citizens by 3BL Media and one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies by Ethisphere Institute. Important business and brand updates are routinely shared on our Investor Relations website, Newsroom and social channels (@Hasbro on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and LinkedIn.)

© 2021 Hasbro, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Home Habits: Is it worth it to remodel a bathroom?

While there are many other spaces in your house that need remodeling, you should not exclude your bathroom.

Aside from your bedroom or kitchen, the bathroom is also a significant space in your home. Moreover, it is the most intimate area in your house, next to the bedroom.

Most modern bathrooms have intricate designs that add value to the property, but if your home was built years ago, you might want to consider freshening up this intimate space by remodeling it.

Transform your bathroom into a beautiful and comfortable area by having newly painted walls, aesthetic interiors, and advanced bathroom fittings that will set your mood for the day. 

If you are concerned about the renovation cost, just think of it as an investment. Having a remodeled bathroom enhances the resale value of your house - it is a win-win situation.

How to remodel a bathroom?

Now, how do you remodel a bathroom?

You certainly have a picture in mind of the design you want, and all you need to is ensure it is done accordingly.

Hence, you should consult a bathroom remodel contractor. He will assess the condition of your bathroom and provide preliminary results and suggestions.

In other words, he should give you options to make sure that you do not go beyond your set budget.

Before the assessment, it is best to prepare a draft drawing of your idea or a sample picture. It will help the contractor to work more efficiently.

Why should you remodel the bathroom?

Aside from the increased resale value, here are other reasons why you should consider remodeling this area.

  • A remodeled bathroom helps uplift your mood

  • It makes the bathroom for more years

  • Fewer drainage clogs or fixtures issues

  • It feels more personalized than a generic room

  • Modern bathroom gadgets are energy saving

  • Minimalizes pests infestation

  • More hygienic

How much can I recover when I sell the property?

Well, it is best to know that you cannot get back the total amount you have spent on this remodeling work unless you sell the house at a more lucrative price.

However, you can still recover a good portion of the cost incurred in the process as the house value increases.

You just need to be patient in marketing your house for sale. You can even highlight the significance of your bathroom to interested clients by providing compelling images captured by expert photographers in your area.

Remodeling Cost: Expensive or Not?

This question is very subjective since it all depends on the person’s budget. However, you need to remember two things that can be determiners of the overall cost.

  • Current bathroom condition

  • The extent of present damages

Based on these things, you should be able to get a rough estimate on how much to spend.

Bathroom Remodeling: Worth it or not?

Now, the ultimate question that needs an answer is here: is it worth it or not?

Most realtors agree that this undertaking is worth it, especially considering the increase it can add to the original house’s value.

Moreover, you can enjoy using the space’s new technologies more than its old features.

Come to think of it: the old bathroom had only showers, faucets, bathtubs, and toilet seats as bathroom utilities, but not anymore with the modern-day designed bathroom.

Most of the time, a modern bathroom is equipped with state-of-the-art bathroom fittings with water and energy-saving utilities.

Considering all these upgrades, remodeling your bathroom indeed works wonders. In the end, you understand that it has more pros than cons.

So, start remodeling your bathroom while you can. Otherwise, you are only wasting a precious opportunity to upgrade your space and benefit from it, too.

Amazing Apps: Main Takeaways From America’s Top Grossing Apps

Apps serve a variety of purposes. For users, they can make quality entertainment, provide a valuable service, and connect people around the world. On the creator side, apps can generate considerable profits. Whether you hope to create a successful app or simply want to learn more about the tech industry, examining the top grossing apps is a great way to start.

For an app to be top grossing, it must have some of the highest total revenue out of all available apps in that particular store. Keep reading to find out America’s top grossing apps of 2021 and what we can learn from them.

Top Grossing Apps in the Apple App Store

The first common destination for downloads is the Apple App Store, where iPhone users can choose from over two million options. Here are the top grossing apps in the U.S. store:

  1. YouTube

  2. HBO Max

  3. Roblox

  4. Tinder

  5. Disney+

  6. Candy Crush Saga

  7. Call of Duty

  8. Hulu

  9. Pokémon GO

  10. Pandora

Top Grossing Apps in the Google Play Store

On the other hand, Android users can pick from over three million apps available in the Google Play Store. Check out the top grossing ones in the U.S. store:

  1. Google One

  2. Candy Crush Saga

  3. Coin Master

  4. HBO Max

  5. Garena Free Fire

  6. Disney+

  7. Roblox

  8. Genshin Impact

  9. Pandora

  10. Lords Mobile

Main Takeaways

Although not every idea can reach the same success as YouTube or Candy Crush Saga, there’s a lot to learn from the top grossing apps. One of the most important things to keep in mind is which categories are making the most profits. Here’s a breakdown of the app genres that have earned or are projected to earn the highest revenue:

  1. Mobile gaming: Earning an $85 billion revenue stream, gaming apps like Roblox and Pokémon GO were the most profitable in 2020.

  2. Entertainment: Apps designed to provide entertainment such as YouTube, HBO Max, and Disney+ raked in $5.3 billion in user spending last year.

  3. Health and fitness: In 2021, apps related to health are expected to reach up to $4.1 billion in revenue, making this genre a great option for new app creators.

  4. Dating: Likewise, online dating apps are expected to earn $3.2 million in the U.S. alone.

These apps and genres have made great achievements, but it’s important to remember that they all started somewhere. Looking to boost engagement on your own app? CleverTap is a platform designed to give you all the tools you need for success. Check out their infographic below for even more statistics and tips!

How 2021 Being a Mast Year Contributes to the Tick Population

The erratic weather patterns experienced this year contribute to 2021 being a  mast year, when trees go into overproduction mode. But how is this related to the tick population? Rodents, the favorite hosts for ticks, are all well fed in mast years which results in explosive increases in the tick population. Once ticks attach themselves, they can transmit numerous illnesses. To reduce the chance of infection, the CDC recommends the use of a fine-tipped tweezers such as TickEase for safe removal. Made from stainless steel it removes all size and types of ticks from humans and pets and can be heat sterilized.  

"Mast" is the botanical name for the nuts, seeds, buds, or fruits of trees and shrubs that are consumed by wildlife. There are two kinds of mast: hard mast and soft mast. Hard mast includes things like acorns and walnuts, while soft mast refers to fruits and berries like crabapples and blueberries. While deer and dogs are common tick carriers, rabbits, mice and birds are also huge culprits. 

The harsh temperatures we experienced early last fall and lead to pollination problems, and now this strange summer weather pattern are negative effects that cause the trees to enter a survival mode. This results in the production of an unusually large amounts of seeds to keep species from going extinct which simultaneously keeps animals and birds that carry ticks very well fed. 

The best way to keep you family safe from ticks is to introduce a tick inspection into your daily routine. Every night as part of your bedtime regiment, after teeth brushing, make sure your children check all over for ticks, even their scalps, and don’t neglect the crevices!

Fun Freetime: Annie at Children's Theatre Company (MN)

 Children’s Theatre Company (CTC) is proud to announce the much-anticipated production of Annie is now on sale. Directed by Peter Rothstein, Annie runs November 7, 2021 through January 9, 2022, opening the first live CTC theatrical season post-pandemic. This goosebump-inducing, gorgeous production is choreographed by Kelli Foster Warder with a live orchestra music directed by Victor Zupanc. Scenic designs are by Vicki Smith, costume designs are by Richard O. Hamson, and lighting is designed by Paul Whitaker. The cast will be announced in September. 

Times are tough, spirits are low, and the world is in dire need of hope. Enter, stage left: a delightful underdog—a good-natured, yet mischievously feisty, young girl. She takes on the world and, with an equal share of moxie and music, unlocks hearts and changes lives through kindness, love, and spirit. Like Annie and Daddy Warbucks sing, “The Sun Will Come Out Tomorrow!”


Annie is, without question, one of the truly great American musicals,” states Director Peter Rothstein. “It is set in the Great Depression and the young hero of the story offers a profound voice of hope, determination, and optimism. The musical is also a celebration of non-traditional and chosen families. I hope audiences young and old are captivated by her spunk, her charm, and her wisdom.”


The winner of seven Tony Awards, this show is one of the world’s best-loved musicals, about a mischievous and feisty orphan who unlocks hearts and changes lives through kindness, love, and spirit. It is a spirited and inspiring story that reminds audiences that hope is always possible, there is always “Tomorrow.”


“This piece is filled with humor, intrigue, and at the center is a friendship and love that are profound and moving,” states CTC Artistic Director, Peter C. Brosius.  “What I also love about this musical is seeing how even in the darkest of times, during the Great Depression, that a feeling that anything is possible can still survive and flourish. We can’t wait to share this production with you because it inspires, delights, and fills us with a powerful sense of joy.”


Annie runs November 7, 2021 through January 9, 2022 on the UnitedHealth Group Stage. Tickets can be purchased at or by calling the ticket office at 612.874.0400. Ticket prices range from $15-$73.  Annie is proudly sponsored by Polaris.



Book by Thomas Meehan

Music by Charles Strouse

Lyrics by Martin Charnin

Directed by Peter Rothstein
Choreography by Kelli Foster Warder

Music Direction by Victor Zupanc

November 7, 2021-January 9, 2022

UnitedHealth Group Stage

All Ages


Creative Team & Production Staff 

Scenic Designer | Vicki Smith

Costume Designer | Richard O. Hamson

Lighting Designer | Paul Whitaker

Associate Sound Designer | Sten Severson

Animal Trainer | William Berloni

Stage Manager | Jenny R. Friend

Assistant Choreographer | C. Ryan Shipley

Assistant Costume Designer | Barb Portinga

Assistant Lighting Designer | Kathy Maxwell

Assistant Sound Designer | Katharine Horowitz

Assistant Stage Manager | Kathryn Sam Houkom

Howard University Stage Management Fellow | Cortney Gilliam


Runtime: 2 hours, including one 15-minute intermission.


The Ticket Office is accessible by phone two hours prior to most performances. These posted hours are subject to change.
Email: (inquiries only, no ticket processing)
Phone: 612.874.0400
Subscription packages are available. Please see website for complete details:
Lap passes available for children newborn to three years for $5

ASL Interpreted Performances: Friday, December 10, 2021 at 7pm and Sunday, December 19, 2021 at 5pm

Audio Described Performance: Friday, December 10, 2021 at 7pm

Sensory Friendly Performance: Friday, January 7, 2022 at 7pm


Children’s Theatre Company (CTC) is the nation’s largest and most acclaimed theatre for young people and serves a multigenerational audience. It creates theatre experiences that educate, challenge, and inspire for more than 250,000 people annually. CTC is the only theatre focused on young audiences to win the coveted Tony Award® for regional theatre and is the only theatre in Minnesota to receive three Tony® nominations (for its production of A Year with Frog and Toad). CTC is committed to creating world-class productions at the highest level and to developing new works, more than 200 to date, dramatically changing the canon of work for young audiences.


CTC’s engagement and learning programs annually serve more than 93,000 young people and their communities through Theatre Arts Training, student matinees, Neighborhood Bridges, and early childhood arts education programs. ACT One is CTC’s comprehensive platform for access, diversity, and inclusion in our audiences, programs, staff, and board that strives to ensure the theatre is a home for all people, all families, reflective of our community.