JM: I will give you my Seven Recommendations to have a Better 2014. One a day for the next week - well, as long as I'm not taken hostage by Somalian Pirates.
This is my first recommendation: EXPAND YOUR KNOWLEDGE OF THE WORLD
The most important thing a person can do is to more completely familiarize themselves with the world around them. Your world is composed primarily of the things immediately around you. Your wife, your boss, your children, your neighbors, and all of the people and things that you interact with on a daily basis. As for children, we should not concern ourselves too much. As long as they are out of the house and out of our hair we should be happy. Our greatest concern should be with our spouses. Wives or husbands can be serious problems from time to time. In rare cases they can be deadly problems. So we must first and foremost concern ourselves with the doings of our husbands or wives. Since everyone has smart phones these days and since there are hundreds of spy ware applications available on the web at reasonable prices - and since these applications can be installed in a matter of moments, I recommend strongly that each of you
purchase such applications and surreptitiously install them on your spouses phone. These applications allow you, from a distance, to turn on the microphone or the video camera, allowing you to listen to phone conversations or visually monitor anything within range of the phone's camera. The software also allowed you to read any texts that are sent and received, even if they have been deleted.
By making yourself more knowledgeable about your spouse's whereabouts and activities you become closer to your spouse and see things far more objectively. This objectivity allows you to make decisions more effectively and to have a happier and healthier life with your spouse. It also gives you greater control in the relationships and allows you to take charge in situations where you previously would have had no power.
The next most important relationship in the average life is the relationship that you have with your boss. In a normal boss/employee relationship the employee has limited power and limited flexibility. What is necessary is to make friends with your boss, at least enough to allow you in some circumstance or other to ask to borrow his phone, because yours may have run out of battery power or some other thing may have happened, and your call is critical so your boss will understand. While using the phone you surreptitiously download the appropriate software and do the same thing that you have done with your spouse. It's amazing what will be discovered when one starts monitoring one's boss's activities. A person will soon discover that their boss is as imperfect as they are, or indeed as is anyone. It is very, very important, in this context, to record and save all communications because bosses are notoriously disbelieving when it comes to certain employee presentations. Appropriate documentation in these situations can be enormously helpful.
You must be judicious in your application of the knowledge that you learn about your boss. There are appropriate and inappropriate times to talk to your boss about information that you have learned and appropriate and inappropriate goals that you might hope to achieve. Appropriate times are when you need a raise, when you would like a promotion, or day off. Your wish to work at home - never coming to the office, or demands that your boss never call you and double your salary may only be possible if your boss's activities fall into the category of "extraordinary". It may indeed be possible under rare circumstances. This will depend, of course, upon your diligence and perseverance in establishing a closer relationship with your boss through a deeper understanding of his person. Such a relationship, like the blossoming relationship with your spouse, can be enormously harmonious.
This same principle can be applied to all of your relationships, depending upon their perceived importance. Once you have embarked upon the path of improving your knowledge of the world around you, you will be actually surprised at the changes in your life and the enormous freedom you will feel.