#Quick #grilled #chocolate #sandwich #recipe

This delicious and indulgent sandwich is what chocolate-laden dreams are made of!…



Dark Chocolate – 1/2 cup, chopped
Chocolate Chips – 1/3 cup
Thick Cream – 1/3 cup
Cocoa Powder – 2 tbsp, unsweetened
Sugar – 1 1/2 tsp
Salt – a pinch
White Bread Slices – 6
Butter – 2 tbsp, unsalted, melted


1. Heat a pan over low/medium flame.
2. Mix the cream, cocoa powder, sugar and salt.
3. Whisk well until the mixture is smooth and thick, about 2 to 3 minutes.
4. In another pan, add the dark chocolate and chocolate chips.
5. Pour the cream mixture over the chocolate and stir until smooth.
6. Remove and cool.
7. Place the bread slices on a flat surface.
8. Spread the chocolate mixture on half of the slices and butter the remaining 3 slices.
9. Place the buttered slices on top of the chocolate slices and apply some more butter on the outside.
10. Heat a nonstick pan over medium flame.
11. Cook the sandwiches until golden, crisp and chocolate has melted.
12. Remove and serve at once.
Tip: Sprinkle some icing sugar or grated chocolate if desired.

Being lazy may be in your genes: study

Couch potatoes may be genetically predisposed to being lazy, according to a new study.

Certain genetic traits may predispose people to being more or less motivated to exercise and remain active, found the study by University of Missouri. Frank Booth, a professor in the MU College of Veterinary Medicine, along with Michael Roberts, were able to selectively breed rats that exhibited traits of either extreme activity or extreme laziness.

They said these rats indicate that genetics could play a role in exercise motivation,even in humans. “We have shown that it is possible to be genetically predisposed to being lazy,” Booth said. “It would be very useful to know if a person I genetically predisposed to having a lack of motivation to exercise, because that could potentially make them more likely to grow obese,” Booth said in a statement.

Researchers put rats in cages with running wheels and measured how much each rat willingly ran on their wheels during a six-day period.

They then bred the top 26 runners with each other and bred the 26 rats that ran the least with each other. They repeated this process through 10 generations and found that the line of running rats chose to run 10 times more than the line of ‘lazy’ rats.

Once the researchers created their ‘super runner’ and ‘couch potato’ rats, they studied the levels of mitochondria in muscle cells, compared body composition and conducted thorough genetic evaluations through RNA deep sequencing of each rat.

“While we found minor differences in the body composition and levels of mitochondria in muscle cells of the rats, the most important thing we identified were the genetic differences between the two lines of rats,” Roberts said.

“Out of more than 17,000 different genes in one part of the brain, we identified 36 genes that may play a role in predisposition to physical activity motivation,” Roberts said.

The study was published in the American Journal of Physiology: Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology.

Ten tips for dressing for the job interview

White shirts and blouses are conventional and convey cleanliness, goodness and precision (© ARA Content)In today’s highly competitive job market, it is imperative for candidates to be fully prepared for an interview. This includes choosing the appropriate interview attire. The idea is to project an image to a future employer that conveys a responsible, hard working and motivated worker. And nothing says that more clearly than what you choose to wear during that all-important first impression.

Debra Pierce, director for career services for Miami International University of Art & Design and Kate Campbell, director for fashion and retail management at The Art Institute of Tampa, help shed some light on dressing for the interview in the new business environment.

Do your homework. Yes, dressing for the interview requires you to research the employer. If you are applying for a job with a young, trendy boutique, dress in a way that the interviewer can envision you in their shop servicing their clientele.

Stylish is better than funky. Employers want to see that you will fit in with their business. However, be warned – stylish is better than funky. Too much “trend” can scare a potential employer away. Good taste is more valuable than how avante-garde you can be. This is not the time to experiment. For the guys, the same rules apply.

“When you walk through the door, you should be mistaken for the boss,” says Campbell. “Caveat: This is a fine line to walk. If you walk in wearing Prada, and the interviewing manager is in a Brooks Brothers suit, are you sending the right message? Don’t overdress or get label happy. Leave the Gucci and Guess at home; keep it clean, neutral and generic.”

Clean goes a long way. Clean, pressed khakis or dress pants are preferred. Clean, appropriate shoes and accessories are essential (use a tie if it matches the employer’s profile). No T-shirts with political satire, obscene graphics or logos. No droopy jeans or visible underwear. Again, this is not the time to make a personal statement. You should reflect the employer’s values and image. If all else fails, a basic blue or gray suit is always stylish and in good taste.

Accessories. Be frugal with jewelry – less is more. If your jewelry jingles, makes noise or can get caught on any of your clothes, leave it at home.

Keep your grooming simple. Hair should be clean and neat, and nails clean and well manicured. Chipped nail polish will not make a good impression. The applicant should look like they cared enough to shower. Go light on makeup. Heavy eye makeup or lipstick is a no-no.

Go easy on the perfume and aftershave. There is nothing worse than causing your interviewer to have an allergic reaction.

Shoes need to be clean and in good shape. “No sandals of any kind – no matter where you live,” says Campbell.

Color is important. Dressing for the interview also requires that you choose colors carefully.

“Color as part of your interview strategy is extremely important since it is a useful tool in conveying a powerful message – that said, make sure you’re sending the right message,” says Pierce.

Blue, especially navy, is a go-to color because it conveys an image of someone in control but it also conjures up calm, stability, trust, truth, confidence and security. Gray is the second most popular color for an interview after blue. It has similar traits to blue, but also denotes sophistication.

While black commands authority, it also implies drama and can make you appear unapproachable, so use it sparingly – perhaps as an accent color. Green indicates nature, success, wealth and security. It is a calming color and is very relaxing. Dark green is masculine, conservative and implies wealth. Stay away from reds, oranges and yellows. Red is a powerful color and is associated with energy, passion, desire, power and aggression. Orange is similar to red in that it can stimulate strong emotions. Yellow promotes a wide range of emotions including cheer, goodwill, caution and even jealousy. For these reasons, any of these colors should be used as an accent color only. White shirts and blouses are conventional and convey cleanliness, goodness and precision. Purple and pinks are both feminine colors and should be worn with discretion, especially in fields with a strong gender bias.

“Wear” confidence. “Confidence comes from knowing who you are and what your values are, and most importantly being comfortable with them – whether or not you get the job,” says Pierce. Your level of confidence really does come across in an interview, so don’t forget to come prepared and show it.

Provided by The Art Institutes schools.

11 Must-Read Authors For Every Professional

Great authors teach us, motivate us, inspire us, and make us think. For professionals, great authors can change the way we work, help us realize new opportunities, build a business, and lead others.

My recent post, 9 Business Books That Will Change Your Life, led to over 1,200 comments from readers agreeing or disagreeing with the list, and adding their own favorites. So I’ve followed up that post with this list of prolific, impactful authors, each of which has written at least three business books. Below are my 11 must-read authors, along with six more up-and-coming authors worth reading:

1. Seth Godin

Godin is my favorite author and has been an inspiration to me as a writer, marketer, entrepreneur and thinker. Permission Marketing is my favorite Godin book, but I’ve enjoyed so many of them, as Godin always challenges readers to think about things in a new way. Other must-read books of his include Purple Cow, Tribes, Linchpin, and Poke The Box. His latest and boldest, The Icarus Deception, calls on people to look at their work as an artist does.

2. Patrick Lencioni

Lencioni is the owner of a management consulting firm and a prolific author and speaker, having written ten books to date. He writes simple, well-told fables, all with leadership and management lessons to take away. His most famous book is The Five Dysfunctions of a Team – and that is a great one, as are The Advantage, Death by Meeting, and Getting Naked. But my favorite is The Three Big Questions for a Frantic Family, because it addresses not only business, but leading a family, something most important to me.

3. Malcolm Gladwell

Gladwell is a longtime writer for The New Yorker magazine and the author of four uber-successful, thoughtful books which stimulate not only business professionals, but all of his readers, to think about things in a new way. Named by Time Magazine in 2005 as one of the 100 most influential people in the world, Gladwell’s works include The Tipping Point, Outliers,Blink and What the Dog Saw.

4. Jim Collins

Collins is both a teacher and a student of great companies – having devoted the better part of his life to studying, analyzing and writing about the differences between good companies and great ones – companies that perish and those that endure. His books are all thoroughly researched and his theses are data-driven. Collins’ works include Good to Great, Built to Last, How the Mighty Fall and Great by Choice.

5. Daniel Pink

Pink is truly one of the great business minds of our time. Having now authored four provocative books, Pink was named one of the Top 50 business thinkers of the world byHarvard Business Review in 2011. His most recent book, To Sell is Human, is particularly appropriate for salespeople. But Pink’s previous Drive and A Whole New Mind are classics as well.

6. Tim Ferriss

Ferriss is an incredibly successful author and speaker, despite apparently not working on any one thing more than four hours a week. The ultimate “work smart over work hard” guy, Ferriss’s first book, The Four Hour Workweek, has sold many millions of copies and been translated to 35 languages. The concept for professionals has proved so popular that Ferriss followed up Workweek with The Four Hour Body and The Four Hour Chef.

7. Ken Blanchard

Blanchard is a long-time writer, speaker and consultant and one of the top leadership experts in the world. Like Lencioni, he writes using stories and simple, easy-to-understand language. Three of his many books, the One Minute Manager, Raving Fans, and The One Minute Entrepreneur all deeply influenced the way I’ve run our businesses and helped clients grow their businesses. 

8. Stephen Covey

Covey wrote a plethora of excellent leadership and inspirational books, but the one you’ve likely heard of is The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. This book single-handedly changed the way millions of people live their lives, at work and beyond. The SPEED of Trust and The Leader in Me are two more good ones. Covey’s books are excellent reads if you’re looking for inspiration beyond your job. Sadly, Covey passed away last year.

9. Peter Drucker

Drucker, the 2nd posthumous member of this list, passed away in 2005, but he was considered the management expert of the 20th century, authoring over 25 books. The teacher, reporter, philosopher and consultant was perhaps best known for mentoring longtime General Electric CEO Jack Welch. His books included The Effective Executive, Managing the Nonprofit Organization, and The Five Most Important Questions You Will Ever Ask About Your Organization.

10. Jeffrey Gitomer

Gitomer may have been a college dropout, but his books have helped many a salesperson make an incredible living. His books are small, easy to read, and packed full of both inspiration and practical advice. My favorite is the Little Red Book Of Sellingbut others includeCustomer Satisfactions Is Worthless, Customer Loyalty is Priceless, Little Gold Book of YES! Attitude, and The Sales Bible.

11. John Maxwell

Maxwell is a longtime leadership expert, speaker and coach who has sold a remarkable 19 million books. His books inspire better leadership skills and communication skills. My favorite is The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership; other noteworthy books include The 5 Levels of Leadership, Developing the Leader Within You, How Successful People Think, The 360 Degree Leader, and Everyone Communicates, Few Connect.

The above 11 are all must-read authors for professionals.
 Their many books have stood the test of time and continue to sell millions of copies. As I looked for great business authors, though, I was devastated by the dearth of women authors – plus I wanted to introduce you to a few great authors you may not have read yet. Here, then, are six more terrific authors worth reading, including three awesome female authors:

1. Sheryl Sandberg

Sandberg, the famous and at times controversial Chief Operating Officer of Facebook just launched her first book: Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to LeadThe guaranteed bestseller has already created a lot of buzz, and is worth a read, whether you’re a woman or a man.

2. Guy Kawasaki

I am proud to call Kawasaki a mentor, and he easily could have made the list above. His latest work, APE: Author, Publisher, Entrepreneur is a must-read for all authors and wanna-be authors. Other excellent books include The Art of the Start, Enchantment, Rules for Revolutionaries, and Reality Check.

3. Ekaterina Walter

Walter is a new author and a long time speaker and social strategist for Intel. Her first book,Think Like Zuckinspired me so much I bought copies for my staff at Likeable. I have a strong feeling there’s more to come. 

4. Erik Qualman

You may not have heard of Qualman yet, but you may be amongst the 5 million people who have seen his “Socialnomics” videos on YouTube. Qualman’s first book of the same name,Socialnomicsis an excellent read, as is his newest, Digital Leader.

5. Meg Cadoux Hirshberg

Hirschberg is the wife of Stonyfield CEO Gary Hirshberg, and writes extensively for INC Magazine on entrepreneurship and familyI whole-heartedly recommend her first bookFor Better Or For Worknot only for entrepreneurs but for their spouses and families

6. Michael Maddock

Maddock is an entrepreneur, inventor and innovation expert. My favorite of his three books isFree The Idea Monkey, which is great for both the idea people and the operators who help make those ideas actually happen.

Those are 17 of my favorite authors- although I’ve read dozens more I’ve loved. I’m also an author of course, and I’ve written a couple of books that I hope have inspired people- Likeable Social Media, about the role of social media in today’s society and how organizations can best leverage it, and, recently, Likeable Business, about how to leverage 11 simple principles of customer-centric, staff-centric leadership to succeed in today’s social-business world.

Now, I’d love to know YOUR favorite business authors. Which of these authors have you read? What other authors of business books have changed YOUR lives? What authors belong on this list, who have inspired YOU to become a better business person, leader and human being? Let me know in the comments here – and happy reading!

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