6 Weird Signs That May Point to Heart Trouble Down the Road

Discover your body’s strange ways of telling you something’s up


Despite the prevalence of heart disease—it’s still the No. 1 killer of Americans, according to the Center for Disease Control—it can be tough to spot before it’s too late. 
“For a lot of people, the first symptom is sudden death or a heart attack,” says Steven Nissen, M.D., chair of cardiovascular medicine at Cleveland Clinic.

When it comes to identifying heart disease in midlife, Dr. Nissen says there are a lot of “strange myths” floating around. 

Keeping tabs on your blood’s cholesterol and triglyceride levels is really the only hard-and-fast measure of future heart trouble, he says.

Related: 12 Foods That Lower Cholesterol Naturally

Still, research has turned up a handful of odd symptoms that might—emphasis on might—predict heart disease later in life. 

While experiencing one of these symptoms is no reason to freak out, consider them a good reminder to go see your doctor about your cholesterol and triglyceride levels, which Dr. Nissen says every adult should have a handle on. 

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Finding Work-Life Balance with the Four Burners Theory

One way to think about work-life balance issues is with a concept known as The Four Burners Theory. Here’s how it was first explained to me: Imagine that your life is represented by a stove with four burners on it. Each burner symbolizes one major quadrant of your life.

  1. The first burner represents your family.
  2. The second burner is your friends.
  3. The third burner is your health.
  4. The fourth burner is your work.

The Four Burners Theory says that “in order to be successful you have to cut off one of your burners. And in order to be really successful you have to cut off two.”

Three Views of the Four Burners

My initial reaction to The Four Burners Theory was to search for a way to bypass it. “Can I succeed and keep all four burners running?” I wondered.


Perhaps I could combine two burners. “What if I lumped family and friends into one category?”

Maybe I could combine health and work. “I hear sitting all day is unhealthy. What if I got a standing desk?” Now, I know what you are thinking. Believing that you will be healthy because you bought a standing desk is like believing you are a rebel because you ignored the fasten seatbelt sign on an airplane, but whatever.

Soon I realized I was inventing these workarounds because I didn’t want to face the real issue: life is filled with tradeoffs. If you want to excel in your work and in your marriage, then your friends and your health may have to suffer. If you want to be healthy and succeed as a parent, then you might be forced to dial back your career ambitions. Of course, you are free to divide your time equally among all four burners, but you have to accept that you will never reach your full potential in any given area.

Essentially, we are forced to choose. Would you rather live a life that is unbalanced, but high-performing in a certain area? Or would you rather live a life that is balanced, but never maximizes your potential in a given quadrant?

What is the best way to handle these work-life balance problems? I don’t claim to have it figured out, but here are three ways of thinking about The Four Burners Theory.

Option 1: Outsource Burners

We outsource small aspects of our lives all the time. We buy fast food so we don’t have to cook. We go to the dry cleaners to save time on laundry. We visit the car repair shop so we don’t have to fix our own automobile.


Outsourcing small portions of your life allows you to save time and spend it elsewhere. Can you apply the same idea to one quadrant of your life and free up time to focus on the other three burners?

Work is the best example. For many people, work is the hottest burner on the stove. It is where they spend the most time and it is the last burner to get turned off. In theory, entrepreneurs and business owners can outsource the work burner. They do it by hiring employees.

In my article on The 3 Stages of Failure, I covered Sam Carpenter’s story about building business systems that allowed him to work just 2 hours per week. He outsourced himself from the daily work of the business while still reaping the financial benefits.

Parenting is another example. Working parents are often forced to “outsource” the family burner by dropping their children off at daycare or hiring a babysitter. Calling this outsourcing might seem unfair, but—like the work example above—parents are paying someone else to keep the burner running while they use their time elsewhere.

The advantage of outsourcing is that you can keep the burner running without spending your time on it. Unfortunately, removing yourself from the equation is also a disadvantage. Most entrepreneurs, artists, and creators I know would feel bored and without a sense of purpose if they had nothing to work on each day. Every parent I know would rather spend time with their children than drop them off at daycare.

Outsourcing keeps the burner running, but is it running in a meaningful way?

Option 2: Embrace Constraints

One of the most frustrating parts of The Four Burners Theory is that it shines a light on your untapped potential. It can be easy to think, “If only I had more time, I could make more money or get in shape or spend more time at home.”

One way to manage this problem is to shift your focus from wishing you had more time to maximizing the time you have. In other words, you embrace your limitations. The question to ask yourself is, “Assuming a particular set of constraints, how can I be as effective as possible?”

For example:

  • Assuming I can only work from 9 AM to 5 PM, how can I make the most money possible?
  • Assuming I can only write for 15 minutes each day, how can I finish my book as fast as possible?
  • Assuming I can only exercise for 3 hours each week, how can I get in the best shape possible?

This line of questioning pulls your focus toward something positive (getting the most out of what you have available) rather than something negative (worrying about never having enough time). Furthermore, well-designed limitations can actually improve your performance.

Of course, there are disadvantages as well. Embracing constraints means accepting that you are operating at less than your full potential. Yes, there are plenty of ways to “work smarter, not harder” but it is difficult to avoid the fact that where you spend your time matters. If you invested more time into your health or your relationships or your career, you would likely see improved results in that area.

Option 3: The Seasons of Life

A third way to manage your four burners is by breaking your life into seasons. What if, instead of searching for perfect work-life balance at all times, you divided your life into seasons that focused on a particular area?

The importance of your burners may change throughout life. When you are in your 20s or 30s and you don’t have children, it can be easier to get to the gym and chase career ambitions. The health and work burners are on full blast. A few years later, you might start a family and suddenly the health burner dips down to a slow simmer while your family burner gets more gas. Another decade passes and you might revive relationships with old friends or pursue that business idea you had been putting off.

You don’t have to give up on your dreams forever, but life rarely allows you to keep all four burners going at once. Maybe you need to let go of something for this season. You can do it all in a lifetime, but not at the same damn time. In the words of Nathan Barry, “Commit to your goal with everything you have—for a season.”

For the last five years, I have been in my entrepreneurship season. I built a successful business, but it came with costs. I turned my friends burner way down and my family burner is only running halfway.

What season are you in right now?

Work-Life Balance: Which Burners Have You Cut Off?

The Four Burners Theory reveals an inconsistency everyone must deal with: nobody likes being told they can’t have it all, but everyone has constraints on their time and energy. Every choice has a cost.

Which burners have you cut off?

By: James Clear

These Top 5 Things That Could Kill Your iPhone

These are the top 5 things that could possibly kill your iPhone.

In my days of being on team iPhone I’ve definitely dealt with a few of these factors.

Share this message to raise awareness of ways to lengthen the life of iPhones to other users and potential users. You just never know who will view this message and be massively impacted by it.

Get $10,000 Per Child In College Tax Credits, Thanks To New Tax Deal (You Might Want To Check This Out) *Important*

The new tax deal has given the $2,500 a year American Opportunity Tax Credit (AOTC) permanent life instead of expiring at the end of 2017. The credit reduces your federal tax bill dollar-for-dollar by up to $2,500 per year for each eligible college student for whom you pay qualified tuition expenses. It can be claimed on behalf of an undergraduate for four years—that’s a $10,000 tax subsidy, over four years. And if you have more than one child in college at the same time, you can claim more than one credit.

This break had been set to expire at the end of 2017, after the fiscal cliff deal extended it for tax years 2013-2017. The new (December 2015) tax deal makes the credit permanently available, and that is good news for parents trying to pay for the high cost of college. The tax deal also made computers, iPads and tablets a qualified expense under 529 college savings plan rules.

The American Opportunity Tax Credit is worth more than the older college-related tax credits you might have heard of: the Hope Scholarship and Lifetime Learning Credits. It’s also more valuable than another tax break, the tuition and fees deduction. But understandably, having all of those credits creates a lot of confused taxpayers and leads some to miss out.

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How to Stream the NBA Finals On Any Device

In what’s sure to be a thrilling series, the Golden State Warriors are about to take on the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 2016 NBA Finals. Here’s how to stream every game on any device, as well as a few ways to catch the games if you don’t have a cable subscription.

Before we dive into how to watch, it might be helpful to know when to watch. Here’s the schedule for this year’s Finals, starting with the first game that’s airing tonight:

  • Game 1: Thursday, June 2, 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT
  • Game 2: Sunday, June 5, 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT
  • Game 3: Wednesday, June 8, 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT
  • Game 4: Friday, June 10, 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT
  • Game 5*: Monday, June 13, 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT
  • Game 6*: Thursday, June 16, 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT
  • Game 7*: Sunday, June 19, 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT


What You Can Stream With a Cable Subscription

If you have a cable subscription with major providers like AT&T, Charter, DirecTV, Dish Network, and Xfinity, you can watch the complete broadcast games at no additional cost via these web sites and apps:

You can also cast the game to your Google Chromecast or Apple TV.

Ways to Watch Without a Cable Subscription

If you don’t have a cable or satellite TV subscription, there are still a couple of ways to catch the games. For streaming, you either need to “borrow” a friend or family member’s cable login, or give Sling TV a try. Sling offers a seven day free trial period, and that’s long enough to let you catch the first three games for free. If you want to watch the rest of the finals, though, you’ll need to fork over $20 for a full month of service. All things considered, $20 to watch every NBA Finals game—plus all the other included channels—isn’t a bad deal, especially since you’ll be able to watch on iOS, Android, Roku, Xbox, Amazon, and other devices. And while there’s no app for the Apple TV yet, you can use your Sling credentials to access the games on the WatchESPN app.

You can also watch the games live on your TV if you have an HD capable over-the-air antenna. Just tune in to your local ABC affiliate. Last but not least, you can listen to each of the games for free via the ESPN Radio web site, or apps oniOS and Android

By: Patrick Allan

10 signs you will make it big one day

HINT: it’s neither about how smart, nor how hard you work.

We all have different definitions for “making it big”. For someone people, it’s about being able to stand on stage and deliver a performance to adoring fans. For others, it’s having readers cling onto every word that they read from your books. Yet for others, it could be having a popular YouTube channel where die hard fans tune in every week for your vlogs.

Regardless of how you define it, a common factor seems to be that you’re impacting people en masse, millions at a time. By impact, I refer to moving people in an emotional way.

You could be:

  • delighting,
  • inspiring,
  • firing up,
  • making them cry, or
  • making them take action.

A principle of marketing and human behavior is that people make decisions based on emotion and justify with logic. We want to be perceived as being rational and logical, but every one of us — even people who swear they make decisions based only on science — will ultimately make them based on how we feel.

If you make it big, you’re essentially affecting thousands or maybe millions of people in such a way that you can act in a certain way. It sounds like mind control, but celebrities and people constantly in the media do it all the time.

You might want to change the world. You might feel like impacting millions is the best way to go about it. That’s why I’ve compiled this list of characteristics I’ve observed of people who have done exactly that.

Here are 10 signs that you will make it big some day:

1. You think in terms of years, not months.

Someone doesn’t go from obscurity to mega star over night. Bar viral sensations (that always fizzle out if the spark isn’t kept alight), building up a reputation takes years.

Gary Vaynerchuk has said before that if you’re not willing to put in two to three years into what you’re trying to do, your idea won’t have the time to gain traction.

We as a whole are also becoming more and more distrusting. The cacophony of ads is getting louder and louder. We’re having to tune out nearly all the time, making it harder for anyone to be heard.

This is a blessing in disguise. You see…

We are listening for the quiet people whose statements make the noise.

A well-thought out message that cuts through the clutter is truly rare and hard to find. You need to spend the time to make it heard. And when it is, people will talk about it.

2. You ARE in it for the money.

Yep, you read that right. You’re all about the dollar signs. You’re probably expecting me to say “not”, but there’s a valid reason why I think money matters if you’re trying to make it big.

No matter which way you look at it, money makes the world go round. We might hope for a utopia, but the game is played by certain rules. While certain rules can be broken, the money rule cannot.

Now, this doesn’t mean that I think we should all go in with the intent to charge for everything we do. Philanthropy still has an important role to play. But even with that, you need money to make an impact.

To make it big, you need to impact millions of people. To do this, you have to create something that adds value to their life. To value it, they have to pay for it with money.

The size of the problem you solve determines how much money you can make. It also determines the level of impact you can have on people. So don’t shy away from making money. You will be able to help more people that way.

3. You genuinely care about the people you wish to affect.

This sign is a given. Even if you are impacting people millions at a time, you see each person as an individual. You have a crystal clear idea of who the ideal customer, the typical follower or average fan is, you can name their fears and hopes and you know what they’re expecting out of you.

In marketing, this is called an avatar. It should be used by anyone looking to make an impact to many people.

The thing you’re creating is useless if you don’t know who it’s for.

People will not support you just because you make something cool. They will support you because you care about what they want and are trying to solve their problem in a way only you can.

Creators and entrepreneurs have to accept responsibility for who they are. The moment they decide they want to make it big, they have to realize that people put them on a pedestal.

They look up to them and admire them because they aspire to be like them, all because they care for them. It’s not easy, but it’s the cost to impact people at scale.

4. You focus on the $10,000 per hour jobs.

The work we do can be classified into different categories. At a day job, we do work that, on average, ranges from $10 — $30 per hour. However, in reality we know that our level of output isn’t worth the same amount every hour.

Someone might come in to work not completely awake yet. They have their morning coffee then — BOOM! — their productivity shoots up. Their hourly rate is suddenly worth closer to $50, maybe $100 an hour. This would fluctuate on a daily basis.

Then you have different classes of jobs. Surgeons, lawyers and senior management are worth $100’s, maybe even $1,000’s an hour. That’s because the problem they solve is expensive or involves something extremely valuable.

When you make it big and are impacting a lot of people, you’re multiplying your impact many times. You’re also solving a big problem, be it entertainment, making sales or something else. That’s why your work can be worth $10,000/hour. It might even be worth six to seven figures an hour!

Someone who makes it big as people they delegate their $10 to $100/hour jobs to. These are jobs like admin, reception, management, responding to emails and putting out daily fires.

Someone who’s made it big focuses on the work that has made them big. Someone who does everything will never make it big.

Some people are scared that someone else will not be able to do a certain task as good as they can. Guess what? They’re right. They won’t. But that’s the cost of becoming an influencer.

5. You look for “no’s”, not “yes’s”.

Jon Westenberg wrote a piece recently about loving the word “no”. Society operates harmoniously when everyone is in agreement. Conflict, in general, is seen as a bad thing.

It depends on the scale. I would concur that agreements do strengthen the fabric of society. Truces are agreements between warring nations to stop fighting. Business agreements can help solve more problems that companies couldn’t solve on their own.

However, the agreements would have taken several “no’s” to get to.

The truth is…

The negotiation hasn’t started until you hear “no”.

Some people cannot commit to either yes or no. They aren’t the people who can help you. Nor are the people who say yes to everything. They are usually hiding something.

Someone who has something that you want and wants something from you will tell you “no”. They want to reach an agreement and want to reach a middle ground with you on which you both get what you want.

So always look for the “no”. That’s when you know you are finally moving up.

6. You’re improving every single week

James Altucher wrote a piece earlier in the year, suggesting that people improve 1% a day. I responded to it with my most popular piece on Medium so far, 52 ways to make life 68% more rewarding.

Why 68%? I did the maths and a 1% improvement a week compounds to a 68% improvement in a year, which isn’t too shabby at all. If you are able to consistently grow by 1% a day in your chosen field, all the more power to you. I couldn’t do it, since I would burn out.

People who make it big are constantly growing. The term is a bit of a misnomer; you don’t ever “make it”; you just keep growing. You do things that scare you, you do things that give your life meaning and you choose your own suffering.

As I mentioned in the first point, no one goes from zero to hero overnight. Even if you did, you don’t want to become a player in that way. It wouldn’t feel right. You cheated the system and you cheated yourself.

It’s the reason why I started the 100 Naked Words publication, where I along with select writers write 100 words a day. It’s a great habit, you grow and your writing gets exponentially better. Plus, we’re impacting readers who draw inspiration from our daily words.

7. Your five closest friends are influencers.

The people you surround yourself with are what you’re composed of. Obviously you’re all different people, but their habits, rituals and hobbies are shared. Birds of a feather flock together, after all.

Unless you’re going out of your way to find people to befriend who are in a higher league than your own, you won’t become a part of that league.

No one makes it big on their own.

This is the hardest point to achieve. Our friends might have been with us from day one, but if what you seek is growth, you might have to place less emphasis on that friendship.

This isn’t to say that you can’t stay friends with them. If you both have a dream to make it big, then you support one another. This is the ideal path. However, people are all different and it would be selfish to pull an unwilling friend into your dream if they don’t share your vision.

Getting to know people who have done the hard yards is the only real shortcut there is to making it big. They are already an influencer, so by promoting you to their followers can bestow that clout to you.

Of course, you have to be a genuine friend and be doing something that aligns with their own goals. That’s why it’s important to be conscious with who you align yourself with. So many people just fall into the wrong crowds and then wonder why their life ends up a certain way.

8. People are discouraging you all the time.

These people are the ones who care about the most: friends and family. They don’t want to see you get hurt, waste time or money or end up disappointed.

They mean well, but take what they say with a grain of salt. Most, if not all, of them haven’t done what you’re trying to do before. They’re looking at you from their safe, warm shells while you’re out in the firing line.

They seek the familiar, while something pulls you outside to stare into the abyss of the unknown. It doesn’t scare you one bit. In fact, you feel like jumping in.

If people are trying to stop you from doing what you’re trying to do, that’s a great sign. It means that you’re on the right path of making it big.

People don’t make it big doing normal things. Normal things have normal limits. Unusual things that have no perceivable ceiling are exciting. They’re also frightening to certain people who like that security.

This can only take you so far, though. Eventually, you will have to find a mentor, someone who’s gone down your path, heard all the negativity and still come out on top. But if you don’t have someone like that, discouragement from normal people is a good place to get your bearings.

9. You focus on the problem, not on the product.

If you want to be successful in anything, this is the order of “P’s” you should always remember:

Problem > People > Product

Whatever you’re trying to do, if you’re focused on the problem you’re trying to solve, making it big will become inevitable.

This advice is common sense, but in this day and age, even with the level of insight you can gain into what people think and feel, people still fall in love with their ideas and completely forget about the people whose problems they’re trying to fix.

You don’t have to have all the answers. In fact, having the humility to ask the people who support you what they want from you can actually enamor them even more to you.

No one has the guts to be authentic and human. That’s what inevitably leads to their downfall. Have the courage to ask and understand the real problems and your people will always welcome you.

10. Settling scares you.

I don’t know about you, but imagining myself in 10 years being in the same place as I am now terrifies me. Being a nobody when I could have been a somebody terrifies me. The fear comes from the “could have been” part.

If you’re anything like me, you’re someone who’s been told several times that you have potential. It’s the extent that you believe that statement that defines who you want to become.

Let’s face it:

We all have potential. We’re unique but we’re not special, or different. We all can be someone, but how much we want to become that person is what shapes your actions from today.

Believe it or not, some people are content with just dreaming about what their life could be like. They get a rush from their imagination, then they go back to playing Candy Crush and distracting themselves from the mediocrity of their lives. Sounds crazy, right?

The last thing I would want is to wake up, realize I’m 43, have two kids who don’t think their dad is the best man in the world anymore and a wife who accepted that she chose the wrong partner.

How many of these things can you tick off? Are there any that I’ve left out? Or are there any that you don’t think should be on the list? Let me know in the comments.

By: Johnson Kee