Helping Others

Everyone more or less wants to help give back to their community by investing something meaningful into it with no plans of a reward for it. Helping others is something that we should all strive to do in our daily lives. Being charitable isn’t just some vague concept that involves giving money to a random institution. Charity is about being a part of an altruistic movement that helps to aid the less fortunate who are dealing with issues such as hunger and poverty. You would be surprised and disheartened to find just how many people, even just near you who have to suffer long nights with an empty belly, or study for a test in school using an outdated, second-hand book. When it all boils down to it, helping others is about first knowing what kind of problems exist in your community, then knowing what you are capable of giving back to help. The next step, is to simply do it. You will soon find that it is very rewarding to be a part of a charitable institution. You will see that even in the worst of times, you are not just helping others, but yourself as well, by growing in a spiritual sense.

Helping others is about taking action, about leaving the excuses behind and doing something tangible and good for those around you. This doesn’t require a lot of money and it doesn’t have to be somebody you know personally. The truest charity is donating your time and effort to strangers in need who could use nothing more than a friendly smile and a bit of warm soup.

Jeffrey Mohlman is a professional insurance and investment manager who spends his free time giving to food pantries.

Coaching youth Athletics - Things to Know

Many are aware of the numerous possible rewards of coaching a youth sports team, regardless of the sport or league it’s involved in. Coaching a team of eager young athletes can be an incredible, sometimes even life-changing experience, as well as a potentially powerful way to leave a positive and indelible imprint in young people’s lives, and to play an important role in the course of a young person’s development into adulthood.

The rewards of coaching a youth sports team are many, though the task of providing a young team the tools, assistance and guidance they need to succeed may often seem like a daunting undertaking, particularly to the beginner coach. Below are several helpful tips new coaches should keep in mind as they work to prepare their young players for the challenges of competition.

Be Positive

When working with young athletes, do your best to utilize positive reinforcement when teaching and motivating your young players. Be sure to recognize the things each player does well, and to provide only positive feedback and constructive criticism for those areas may be lacking in. Young players tend to respond more effectively, and to build more confidence, through positive rather than negative reinforcement.

Keep It Simple

One of the keys to success in the field of youth athletics is a focus on the fundamentals, rather than complex strategies that may only serve to confuse and discourage young players. A constant focus on fundamentals helps to build a foundation for sports skill and success down the road, when strategy is a necessity.

Jeffery Mohlman has spent much of his free time coaching youth teams, including numerous youth boys basketball and baseball programs.

Brain Tumours

Jeffery Mohlman was adopted at 3 months old by Henry and Mary Lou Mohlman. His birth mother found him in 2001 and he discovers a second family. He feels blessed to have so many people in his life, whereas some people don’t have any. Unfortunately, in 2008, Mohlman discovered he inherited a disease from his birth mother’s side of the family, a disease from which his Uncle Frankie dies in 1955. The disease he had, resulted in a brain tumour. Thanks to modern medicine, he was able to survive and live his life as he is doing now.

There are many different types of brain tumours and many different diseases that can cause brain tumours. In general, tumours are either benign or malignant. When a tumour is benign, it does not spread. If the tumour is malignant, it can spread to other parts of the brain and by extension the body. These malignant tumours are cancers. The tumours can also be primary or secondary. Primary brain tumours develop in the brain and secondary brain tumours are a result of spread from cancers in other parts of the body, for example, lung or breast cancer.

Risk factors for developing a brain tumour include:

  • Age: brain tumours are more common in children than adults.
  • Gender: men are more likely than women to develop brain tumours.
  • Home and work exposure: these include exposures to pesticides, oil products, rubber or vinyl chloride.
  • Family history: as in Mohlman’s case, a positive family history of a brain tumour is indicative of the possibility of one developing in another member.
  • Exposure to viruses and allergens
  • Electromagnetic fields: energy from power lines or cell phone use.
  • Race and ethnicity: the type of tumour depends on the race.
  • Ionising radiation: previous treatment to the head with ionising radiation, example includes x-rays.
  • Head injury and seizures
  • Exposure to nerve agents.

In Mohlman’s case, his risk factor was a family history. Brain tumours are not the end of the world. With the advances in medicine, like Mohlman, you have a better chance of survival than was possible in the past.

Better Customer Service

You will hear it from every business without fail, the customer is always right. They have said this for many years for one reason, because it is the truth. There is a reason that businesses have entire, multi-million dollar cost facilities that are erected specifically for the sake of getting a better relationship with their customers. They do it because they know that the success of their business hinges primarily on their customers. So once you understand just how vital the customer’s satisfaction is to the success of your business, you will want to devise strategies to assure and maintain this level of satisfaction in a consistent manner. This is done by taking a series of steps that will help you along the way. The first thing you should consider is your demographic. What do your customers want, and what are they getting? Is there a discrepancy? If the answer is yes, your business is doing something wrong. The customer should not only get the service they expect, but something more, a wow factor that will make them come to your business time and time again.

Better customer service is achieved by going above and beyond what is required, to what is simply courteous and exemplary. People remember extraordinary service, which is why you must make sure that you, as well as your team are not just willing to put in the work, but on board to help the company grow with a level of commitment that is second to none.

Jeffrey Mohlman is a professional financial and insurance manager who has told businesses time and again that customers always come first.