By James W. Cortada, Edward Wakin

Authors learn the long term effect of 9/11 at each point, from our so much inner most own relationships to the alternatives we make as a society, as we search to reply to new threats with out compromising our so much loved values. exhibits us how the teachings of background can assist us act extra correctly, extra realistically, and with higher self belief.

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Take care of both body and soul and never stop paying attention to what that means. We are on the side of those who advise taking charge of our lives and ourselves, and we argue that doing so moves us into the ranks of optimists, who are by definition proactive, rather than reactive. Pessimists are the opposite. They are primarily reactive, taking action as a last resort, typically when it is too late to make a difference. LOOKING TO THE FUTURE In renewing our way of thinking, one dimension deserves particular attention: a mindset of looking to the future.

They know how to get our attention and to keep us tuned in. They know how to make events into daily dramas, to mix news and entertainment into both an enlightening and distracting experience. They know that violence, the bizarre, the shocking, the sensational, and the scandalous draw audiences. Just look at circulation and ratings. In the final analysis, they give us what we want. The media mentality is illustrated by the reaction of a high-powered TV news director when a magazine writer once asked to observe and describe the daily production of his market-leading six o'clock show.

Add doctors, lawyers, engineers, architects, consultants, and senior executives. Even in most manufacturing companies today, the percentage of people who physically make things is often less than 10 percent of the employment rolls; in high-tech companies, it is often less than 5 percent. So the number of people who hammer, bend metal, and assemble has been shrinking as a percentage of the total work force, while service sector jobs requiring technical skills have been increasing. These service sector jobs involve a second economic trend, the rapid increase in the reliance on computing as an integral part of how work is done.

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