This is Not Your Typical Lamp

Written By: Maxwell Fayans

Estimated Read Time: 1 minute

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“This rock lamp, will rock your desk.”                  -Maxwell Fayans

I wanted to share with you a recent purchase of mine. It’s a lamp. But not your average lamp. I bought a Himalayan Salt Lamp. I got to say that this is one beautiful piece of art. This is an actual rock, so it weighs a lot. You can even see the salt on your hands from moving it. This lamp sits right on my desk, next to my bed. It is a great night light and gives off a nice redish glow. In regards to the health benefits all I can say is, I don’t know. Online people talk about the negative ions but I honestly have not felt anything different in my room. But who knows. What I can say is that this is a beautiful lamp that looks awesome on my desk. It does provide a nice ambiance to the room for a small price of $30. Turn on that light, put on some relaxing music and you are ready to meditate.

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How One Product with Hundreds of Spikes Can Make a Difference

Written By: Maxwell Fayans

Estimated Read Time: 2-3 minutes

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“Tons of spikes, tons of relief.” -Maxwell Fayans

 

I read about the acupressure mat in the book, Tools of Titans, and I decided to buy it. I bought the Prosource Acupressure Mat in blue for $19.99. It was a bit cheaper compared to others on Amazon. It is essentially a small mat the size of your back and has a neck pillow with hundreds of plastic spikes. They are sharp to the touch. I figured this could be good for pain relief and relaxation. The fine print with the product states: the mat may increase energy levels, improve blood circulation, decrease stress, relieve neck and back pain, reduce blood pressure, alleviate headaches and improve sleep. Lets give it a go.

Here is my experience:

I sat down slowly onto the mat and placed the pillow under my neck. It is important to make sure not to wear thick clothes. I let myself sink into the neck pillow and turned on some meditation music from the Calm app for about 10 minutes. I rolled my neck side to side letting the spikes do there thing. At first it does hurt and it can be a bit itchy and hot but eventually it puts you in calm and relaxed state. I felt it mainly on my upper middle back and neck so I decided to bring my knees up to my chest and boo ya: it hits the lower back nicely (you can also place a towel under the mat to hit this region). I brought my hands up to the sky to felt it deeper in my upper back. After about 10 minutes I got up and saw 100’s of dots on my back and neck. It was red too. This went away after a while but I felt super relaxed as if a lot of pressure was taken off of me. I felt very loose and mobile after. I’m not sure if it is just me but it seemed to have given me some energy. That first sense of pain from the plastic spikes goes away within seconds, then it’s just enjoyable.

One of the best parts of buying this is watching your friends and family try it for the first time. Sometimes they will scream and then go eh, it’s not that bad. Everyone has a different reaction but once they get on the mat for the first time, they will stay on it for at least a few minutes. It’s fun to watch and trust me everyone wants to try it once they see it.

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These Eggs are Crazy Different

Written By: Maxwell Fayans

Estimated Read Time: 1 minute

I wanted to point out the difference in color between the two yolks below. The eggs on the left has 200mg of Omega 3’s which I purchased at Trader Joe’s for $2.99 and the one on the right is one of the cheaper eggs I could find at Trader Joe’s called Sauder’s Eggs. I am unsure of the amount of Omega 3’s in this egg (they do not advertise it) but I believe it is 70mg or less. You can see that the egg with higher Omega 3’s has a much darker and richer orange tone whereas the egg on the left is a bright yellow shiny color. It was nice to see that it does make a difference in the type of egg you buy.

So Why This Darker Egg? The reason is higher Omega 3 Fatty Acids which helps to keep inflammation low in the body. These fats help in building the nervous system and reducing your fat tissue. The goal is to find eggs with higher Omega 3’s.

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High Omega 3 vs Low Omega 3 Eggs

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Why Eat Grass Fed Foods?

Written By: Maxwell Fayans

Estimated Read Time: 1-2  minutes

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“Put in the research now, and it will pay dividends down the road.” -Maxwell Fayans

I finally figured out the craze behind Grass Fed meats and dairy after reading Anti Cancer. It all starts with Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acid ratios. Omega 3 fatty acids are the good fats that help in building the nervous system and reducing adipose (fat) tissue. Omega 6 fatty acids promote rigidity in cells and stimulate inflammation (they still are important but in lower quantities). The ratio of Omega 3 to Omega 6 fatty acids have changed significantly since back in the day when chickens were free to roam in their natural habitat (grass) and eat what they wanted. The ratio of these fatty acids should be close to 1:1 like it was in the past when cows and chickens had a normal diet. This has changed and these animals are now fed corn meal etc. The ratio has skyrocketed from 1:1 to 1:15 (Omega 3 to Omega 6) or higher. The reason for this is commercial motives. You are what you eat. This has prompted me to eat Grass Fed/Pasture Raised meats and dairy where the ratio is closer to 1:1 because the animals are raised like they used to be. By eating these types of foods it will keep your inflammation down. Below are some of the items I have changed to:

  • Grass Fed Butter (Kerrygold)
  • Pasture Raised Eggs or Eggs high in Omega 3’s (the closest thing to a chicken’s natural habitat that you can find in your supermarket).
  • Grass Fed meats
  • Organic fruits (to protect myself from pesticides)

I enjoy food shopping at Trader Joe’s and I searched for pasture raised eggs there but could not find any. The next best eggs were the one’s in the picture above. These eggs have 200mg of Omega 3’s per egg vs 70 mg per egg in their cheaper option. For 1$ more per carton I am happy to have made the switch as eggs are a staple of my diet. I have also been able to find pasture raised eggs at Stop & Shop and Wild By Nature as well.  In addition Kerrygold butter can be found at all three places above. This is the butter I use now.

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Talking Happiness During Holiday Season

Written By: Maxwell Fayans

Estimated Read Time: 2-3  minutes

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“Happiness is not the belief that we don’t need to change; it’s the realization that we can.” -Shawn Anchor

I had The Happiness Advantage on audio sitting in the passenger seat of my car and for some reason I couldn’t get myself to listen to it. I finally decided to give it a try, as it was the only audio book left in my car that I did not read. I was hoping it was not one of those happy mumbo jumbo books, yet I was surprised from the get go and I was hooked. I could relate to the author and his experiences at Harvard. This might be my favorite happiness/positive thinking books/

This book even sparked a convo with one of my good friends Harjot Hans that I wanted to share below:

Me: I did some reading early this am and the way our society pushes us: They make us think that if we work extremely hard and sacrifice things, we will then be happy once we get that raise, promotion etc. However, the opposite is true. Success succeeds happiness. With a positive mindset and happiness along the way, this will help you to succeed at your job and make you successful.

Him: So instead of thinking get this job, then that degree, and the other job that makes 100k to get the car to be happy. You should be thinking this is great, I’m doing the right things and it’s such a blessing to be in this position?

Me: Be grateful right now for what you got. That you have the privilege to work at a biotech company. Be optimistic. When you live a life of positivity that will lead you to success.

Me: It’s when you sacrifice health and happiness by working so much that you are depressed or hate life with the end goal of getting that promotion or car. In the end you will not be happy as this negative lifestyle will consume you.

Him: Will keep that in mind

Him: It’s too easy to get consumed and fall off the wheel maynn

Me: Ik that’s why you need to be aware of these things and not let emotions get to you.

How have you brought positivity into your life?

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How to Become One of the All Time Greats: 5 Keys

Written By: Maxwell Fayans

Estimated Read Time: 2-3 minutes

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“If you’re walking down the right path and you’re willing to keep walking, eventually you’ll make progress.”- Barack Obama

Over the past few days I listened to the book Good to Great by Jim Collins. I heard about this book after reading Delivering Happiness by Tony Hsieh. He continually referred to it so I said to myself: let me give this a shot. It was on my “To Read” list, but I never got around to getting it.

This book had some great takeaways and I wanted to share those with you.

  1. To be a great leader, your decisions and actions need to be about the company and not yourself
    • The leader does not let his ego get in the way of making decisions.
    • The leader is not concerned about fame or his salary.
    • When the company succeeds: the leader says it is because of the entire company, each and every employee. The leader believes they are lucky to be at such an amazing place.
    • When the company makes a poor decision: the leader takes full responsibility.
    • The leader will put the company first and do whatever it takes to accomplish the goal.

 

  1. Who before what
    • It is about hiring the right people
    • One needs disciplined people who you can trust will do an amazing job and will continue to “break new ceilings”
    • Wait until you find the right person, as it will help your team to succeed rather than spend the time training someone who might have had some red flags

 

  1. Managers should manage the system not the people
    • When you have the right people from the get go, a manager should manage the system to help make the team more productive and effective

 

  1. The goal/vision for your team should be simple
    • Ask yourself: What can we be the best at?
    • Continually ask yourself: Is the decision I am making getting our team closer to the goal?
    • Stay focused, present and don’t let the sunk cost fallacy get in your way

 

  1. A culture of your own
    • Bring in the right people that are aligned with your culture and values
    • Make your workplace lively and fun. A place where you are excited to come in each and every day.
    • Work should not just be work. It should be a place full of friends that are there for you, with that same passion and fire under their feet.

 

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