The dish hails from the little island off the coast of Naples. Some say it appeared in the 20th century to appease the palates of vacationing royalty. Some also say it was a patriotic creation, with the colorful ingredients carefully arranged on the plate in homage to the Italian flag. Most commonly seen as an appetizer, in Italy.
Caprese Chicken is meant to showcase the absolute best ingredients Italy has to offer. Truly a taste of Italy!
2 skinless, boneless chicken breasts
1/4 tsp each salt and pepper
1 1/2 pounds broccoli, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 Roma tomato, sliced
2 sprigs basil, leaves thinly chopped
4 slices fresh mozzarella
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
2 teaspoons dijon mustard
2 teaspoons brown sugar
3 tablespoons olive oil
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
Slice the chicken breasts in half and then season and tenderize with salt and pepper. Set aside.
Whisk together balsamic vinegar, mustard, brown sugar and olive oil.
Toss half with the broccoli and spread out onto a sheet pan.
Sprinkle with salt and roast for 25 minutes, shaking midway.
Heat a grill pan over medium-high heat.
Brush with some oil and then grill chicken on both sides for about 2 minutes.
Transfer chicken to the oven and cook for another 8 to 10 minutes.
In the last 2 minutes of cooking, add a slice of mozzarella to each chicken breast.
When chicken is done, top cheese with a basil leaf and tomato slice. Drizzle with rest of the sauce, and enjoy.
We all know what a good credit score means in terms of getting a mortgage or in this case buying a car.
The better the credit score you have, the better the interest rate will be on the loan you get for your new car purchase.
However, where does it stop with these kinds of savings?
Do we really need a 850 credit score to have the best possible solution in buying anything?
If that were so, none of us would be driving anything, and public transportation would bloom.
Sure, having an excellent credit score is always a good thing, but what if you simply don’t have it. Reasons for this are plenty.
Some of them are not our own fault, some of them could and should be improved, but the point here is that getting a good deal on a loan for buying a car is not something we should dismiss in our minds just because we don’t have an excellent credit score.
What credit score do you need to buy a car?
As we mentioned before, if you have an average credit score, there won’t be any problem for you to get a loan for a new car.
However, the question here is not whether you can get the loan, rather than what kind of loan are we speaking of.
A credit score with an average of 650 points and lower is often the hand brake for many in thinking about getting a loan for a new car.
Curious about your credit?
What’s the minimum credit score for an auto loan?
The minimum credit score to get an auto loan is not really specified by any regulation. Sure, if you’re score is extremely damaged, you might have problems getting a loan altogether. But if you’re in a situation like that, you might not even be thinking of getting a car in the first place.
The BEST credit score to aim for is 700 and above.
Positive thinking can get you a long way. Having a mindset that sees a credit score of 700 as the minimum for an auto loan is often the best way of avoiding high and unnecessary interests and can save you a lot of money in the long run.
Improve you credit score before getting a loan
With this in mind, we would suggest that the best way of getting a good auto loan deal is trying to improve your credit score first. Even a small bump in your credit score rating can get you a long way in terms of getting a better deal when buying a car. Inform yourself about the possibilities of improving your credit score. If you need to, wait 6 or 12 months to see your credit score improve and then start looking for an auto loan.
However, if you simply can’t wait and need to buy a car regardless of your current credit score, you should still inform yourself about all the different loans you can get with your current credit score. There are a lot of nuances and differences in auto loans, and knowing some of them can get you a long way in saving money, regardless of the credit score you have.
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We’re told we should just be happy with what we have… but there’s a difference between being happy and being satisfied. I’m happy. But I’m still hungry.
Ambition is GOOD.
If you want to live a Rich Life, you must be ambitious. In fact, not only is ambition OK, it’s required for living a Rich Life.
If someone hasn’t achieved success or reached their potential, others love to say that “they just don’t want it enough.” If only they truly cared, they say, they would obviously rise to the top, just like other people did.
Now, sometimes that’s true. I wrote a blog post on laziness because it really does hold people back. But often times, the issue isn’t a lack of ambition: It’s a lack of direction. We don’t know where to start to become ambitious.
Let me share how I think about ambition. This clip is from my Success Triggers course. Watch this — I think it’ll challenge your views:
Ambition key #1: Create the environment for ambition
Are you surrounding yourself with positive people? People who not only support what you do, but who also have ambition to improve themselves?
For a lot of us, we don’t have anyone like this at all.
When I was growing up, I didn’t know anyone who was interested in self-development. As I got older, I started to meet people who would read self-help books, who didn’t think it was weird to be improving their finances, career, health, or relationships.
Finding like-minded people changed everything.
Do you have those people? If not, brainstorm a list of 3 places you might find people with ambition. Here’s a few ideas to get you started:
In an online forum around a topic you’re interested in
In an online course or community
At an offline class or seminar
At the gym
At an online or offline meetup in your industry
ACTION STEP: In the next 14 days, I challenge you to do two things:
1. Connect with ONE ambitious person. Join one of the communities mentioned above and connect with one ambitious person. You’ll find it’s much easier than you think.
2. Read ONE book about ambition. Pick something that will help you become more ambitious. It could be:
I have hundreds of readers email me each week with their goals. They’ll say something like, “I have this web app. It has 1,000 users and by the end of the year I want to have 1,300 users.”
I’ll respond: “That’s it? Your entire goal is to go from 1,000 free users, to 1,300!?”
The fact of the matter is so many of us set these very tepid goals because we’re afraid of committing to something bigger. What if we fail?
A top performer thinks bigger.
Knowing how to set effective goals means you can actually afford to be ambitious. So instead of saying, “I’m going to run on the treadmill for 18 minutes,” trying saying, “You know what? I’m going to do it for 45.”
Succeeding isn’t easy. If it were, everyone would be successful. But just because something is hard doesn’t mean it also has to be confusing.
No matter what your goal is, someone has achieved it and laid out a step-by-step roadmap covering the major steps.
This is critical. Success can’t be an abstraction — it needs to be a PROCESS.
I sat down with my friend Noah Kagan, who is the master at setting and achieving goals. Watch the counterintuitive way he sets his goals:
ACTION STEP: Watch the short clip above and then decide: What is your ONE goal? Write it down and add one step you can take today to achieve it.
Ambition key #3: Prepare for naysayers
Have you noticed that when you try to improve yourself, you get lots of weird reactions?
When I was in my early 20s, I wanted to dress better. One of my friends knew all about fashion, and I finally listened to her advice and went shopping with her. She was amazing — I’ve never forgotten how she taught me all these things in one trip:
“Don’t even look at the price tag until you know if you like it” (You only want to get a few key pieces, so focus on loving something first, then think about price)
“Wow, that looks AWESOME!” (I was nervous about trying on anything different, but her enthusiasm made me feel better)
“No, you don’t have to match your shoes with your belt” (Know the rules, but the very best break them all the time — on purpose)
Here’s the weird part: The first time I hung out with my friends wearing my new clothes, they looked at me like I was an alien. Any guy who’s ever worn something different around his friends will know the reactions I got. “Dude, where are you going?” “Are you gay?” “What is that, a cardigan?”
It took me a long time to get comfortable with that reaction — and that’s just clothes. Now I can wear a bow tie or a leather coat with crazy sneakers, and I love it.
Imagine trying to do something that’s even more “weird.” Starting a business. Reading different books.
In theory, all our friends and family want to support us trying new things. But when it comes down to it, how come so many people want us to be the same?
You have to remember why people argue with you when you start to become more ambitious. For most people, it reflects on them that they are not being as ambitious as you are.
ACTION STEP: Take your one goal from the previous action step. What’s the ONE area where the people around you might not be supportive? Specifically, what would they say?
If you change your diet: “Why are you eating like a bird? You should enjoy life”
If you decide to find a better job: “You should just feel lucky you have a job in this economy”
If you tell them you’re reading online self-development: “That sounds like a scam. Why would you read that?”
(By the way, if you’re your own worst critic, you can include yourself here!)
Then predict what the skeptics and naysayers — perhaps including yourself — will say so when they do, you know how to handle it.
Be specific. Include exactly how you could handle their skepticism.
Ambition key #4: Stay motivated over time
Motivation is always fleeting. So how can we make changes for the long term? How can we continue being ambitious when we don’t “feel like it”?
Instead of looking for a long-term fix in the form of “motivation,” you can make systematic behavior changes that you can sustain. I talk about the exact steps to take to stay motivated in my free videoHow to Stay Motivated Over Time.
Just enter your information below, and you’ll get instant access to this 6-minute video to learn the right and wrong way to use motivation to fuel your ambitions.
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I’ve been a millionaire three separate times in my life. The first time I saw $1,000,000 in my bank account, I almost fainted. Even though I knew it was hitting my account, it still caught me off guard.
Becoming a millionaire isn’t as far-fetched as you would believe. With dedication, patience, and focus, becoming a millionaire is completely obtainable. If I can do it, anyone can.
The hardest part? Actually reaching your first million. After that, everything else falls in place. But why is it so difficult to reach your first million? I find that most people are pretty close, but hold themselves back with the following mentalities:
Selfish can be a virtue.
They have an action mentality.
The rich acquire specific knowledge.
They dream about the future.
They follow their passion.
The rich enjoy challenges.
They use other people’s money.
Millionaires focus on earning, not saving.
They know when to take risks.
In short, if you want to become a millionaire, start changing the way you think about money and success.
2. Being too concerned about perfection.
Here’s one of the most important and valuable lessons I’ve learned in life — nothing is perfect. The sooner you accept that, the sooner you can move forward, instead of being stuck in a place.
If you’re starting a business, the more time you spend perfecting your product or service, the more time your competitors have to tap into your market and take away potential customers. Don’t hesitate to experiment. Get to market as soon as you can. You can always work out the kinks later while you’re still making a profit.
3. Spending everything you make.
You just received a fat six-figure check. It’s tempting to go out and buy a luxury car. The thing is, wealthy people know how to live below their means, as opposed to spending everything that they just made. Many wealthy people, like Warren Buffett, live in modest homes and drive practical cars.
4. Setting unrealistic expectations.
While the wealthy definitely dream big, they also set realistic expectations. They’re well aware that they’re not going to become millionaires overnight. It takes a lot of hard work and patience to achieve their goals.
As any marathon runner will tell you, you can’t expect to run 26 miles without the proper training and conditioning. Review the progress you’ve already made and where you’re headed.
5. Following others blindly.
It can be incredibly beneficial to seek mentors or read words of wisdom from those who have struck it rich. The thing is, what worked for them may not work for you. For example, launching a company like Apple or Microsoft may not work today. So, following how Jobs and Gates became successful step-by-step isn’t going to help your subscription-based cleaning service
Understand what works for you and your business and how you can be successful in that industry.
6. Relying too much on plastic.
Credit cards can be useful if you need to build your credit or invest in your business — as long as you’re smart with how you use them. It’s incredibly easy to get yourself into credit card debt. That means that instead of making wise investments or putting money into your business, you’re busy paying off your credit card bills with those high interest rates.
7. Plan for the long run.
The wealthy have a knack for always looking and planning for the future. They know where they want to go and what it will take for them to achieve success. This allows them to anticipate any obstacles and have a plan in place to handle those challenges.
If you are starting a new business venture, you need to have a long-term plan that addresses how to attract and retain clients and customers and outlines how you’re different from the competition.
8. Spending time with the wrong people.
The rich don’t waste their time by associating with the wrong crowd. I’m talking about the naysayers and negative people who keep telling you that you can’t achieve your dreams, or the people who are using your success to their advantage.
Instead, the rich spend time with like-minded people who are driven, passionate and are thinking about how amazing their future is going to be. They are always building their brand.
9. Doing everything yourself.
Despite wearing multiple hats and being a jack-of-all trades, it’s impossible to do everything on your own. Let’s say that you just launched a startup. You need to hire talented individuals who enhance your strengths and pick-up the slack in your weaker areas.
Learn how to outsource and delegate the tasks that you’re not familiar with or aren’t as strong in. This is one the secrets that entrepreneurs rarely tell you, but it’s essential if you want your business to grow.
10. Not being in the right place at the right time.
Whether it’s making an investment or starting a business, timing and location is everything.
Take Ryan Graves, for example. He simply tweeted “hire me : )” to Travis Kalanick in 2010. Graves became Uber’s first employee, then the company’s head of global operations. He’s estimated to have $1.4 billion in equity.
Instead of daydreaming, seize the opportunities that are right in front of you.
11. You don’t believe in yourself.
What’s the biggest thing holding you back from becoming successful? It’s probably the fact that you don’t believe in yourself. Instead of second-guessing every move you make, trust your gut and go with your intuition instead of waiting for insights from those around you.
As Dale Carnegie once said, “Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy.”
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Many people don’t even realize that they are discriminating based on race or gender. And they won’t believe that their unconscious actions have consequences until they see scientific evidence. Here it is.
Author: Tom Stafford
The country in which I live has laws forbidding discrimination on the grounds of ethnicity, religion, sexuality or sex. We’ve come a long way since the days when the reverse was true – when homosexuality was illegal, for instance, or when women were barred from voting. But this doesn’t mean that prejudice is over, of course. Nowadays we need to be as concerned about subtle strains of prejudice as the kind of loud-mouthed racism and sexism that makes us ashamed of the past.
Subtle prejudice is the domain of unjustified assumptions, dog-whistles, and plain failure to make the effort to include people who are different from ourselves, or who don’t fit our expectations. One word for the expressions of subtle prejudice is ‘microaggressions’. These are things such as repeating a thoughtless stereotype, or too readily dismissing someone’s viewpoint – actions that may seem unworthy of comment, but can nevertheless marginalise an individual.
The people perpetrating these microaggressions may be completely unaware that they hold a prejudiced view. Psychologists distinguish between our explicit attitudes – which are the beliefs and feelings we’ll admit to – and our implicit attitudes – which are our beliefs and feelings which are revealed by our actions. So, for example, you might say that you are not a sexist, you might even say that you are anti-sexist, but if you interrupt women more than men in meetings you would be displaying a sexist implicit attitude – one which is very different from that non-sexist explicit attitude you profess.
‘Culture of victimhood’
The thing about subtle prejudice is that it is by definition subtle – lots of small differences in how people are treated, small asides, little jibes, ambiguous differences in how we treat one person compared to another. This makes it hard to measure, and hard to address, and – for some people – hard to take seriously.
This is the sceptical line of thought: when people complain about being treated differently in small ways they are being overly sensitive, trying to lay claim to a culture of victimhood. Small differences are just that – small. They don’t have large influences on life outcomes and aren’t where we should focus our attention.
Now you will have your own intuitions about that view, but my interest is in how you could test the idea that a thousand small cuts do add up. A classic experiment on the way race affects our interactions shows not only the myriad ways in which race can affect how we treat people, but shows in a clever way that even the most privileged of us would suffer if we were all subjected to subtle discrimination.
In the early 1970s, a team led by Carl Word at Princeton University recruited white students for an experiment they were told was about assessing the quality of job candidates. Unbeknown to them, the experiment was really about how they treated the supposed job candidates, and whether this was different based on whether they were white or black.
Despite believing their task was to find the best candidate, the white recruits treated candidates differently based on their race – sitting further away from them, and displaying fewer signs of engagement such as making eye-contact or leaning in during the conversation. Follow-up work more recently has shown that this is still true and that these nonverbal signs of friendliness weren’t related to their explicit attitudes, so operate independently from the participants’ avowed beliefs about race and racism.
So far the Princeton experiment probably doesn’t tell anyone who has been treated differently because of their race anything they didn’t know from painful experience. The black candidates in this experiment were treated less well than the white candidates, not just in the nonverbal signals the interviewers gave off, but they were given 25% less time during the interviews on average as well. This alone would be an injustice, but how big a disadvantage is it to be treated like this?
Word’s second experiment gives us a handle on this. After collecting these measurements of nonverbal behaviour the research team recruited some new volunteers and trained them to react in the manner of the original experimental subjects. That is, they were trained to treat interview candidates as the original participants had treated white candidates: making eye contact, smiling, sitting closer, allowing them to speak for longer. And they were also trained to produce the treatment the black candidates received: less eye contact, fewer smiles and so on. All candidates were to be treated politely and fairly, with only the nonverbal cues varying.
Next, the researchers recruited more white Princeton undergraduates to play the role of job candidates, and they were randomly assigned to be nonverbally treated like the white candidates in the first experiment, or like the black candidates.
The results allow us to see the self-fulfilling prophecy of discrimination. The candidates who received the “black” nonverbal signals delivered a worse interview performance, as rated by independent judges. They made far more speech errors, in the form of hesitations, stutters, mistakes and incomplete sentences, and they chose to sit further away from the interviewer following a mid-interview interruption which caused them to retake their chairs.
It isn’t hard to see that in a winner-takes-all situation like a job interview, such differences could be enough to lose you a job opportunity. What’s remarkable is that the participants’ performance had been harmed by nonverbal differences of the kind that many of us might produce without intending or realising. Furthermore, the effect was seen in students from Princeton University, one of the world’s elite universities. If even a white, privileged elite suffers under this treatment we might expect even larger effects for people who don’t walk into high-pressure situations with those advantages.
Experiments like these don’t offer the whole truth about discrimination. Problems like racism are patterned by so much more than individual attitudes, and often supported by explicit prejudice as well as subtle prejudice. Racism will affect candidates before, during and after job interviews in many more ways than I’ve described. What this work does show is one way in which, even with good intentions, people’s reactions to minority groups can have powerful effects. Small differences can add up.
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When you see a label that says “natural” on your meat, you might make some assumptions about what’s in it. Doesn’t that label mean meat that doesn’t have preservatives or artificial colors, that comes from animals raised without growth-promoting hormones or antibiotics? Well, no, it doesn’t necessarily mean that, and a recent lawsuit from the Animal Legal Defense Fund calls Hormel out on its labeling.
Yes, that’s the same Hormel that owns organic meat brand Applegate Farms, but this lawsuit is about Hormel’s own trendy Natural Choice line of lunch meats. The suit, filed by animal rights group the Animal Legal Defense Fund, asks why the line is marketed as having the features customers expect in “natural” products, but contains plant-derived preservatives and comes from the same meat supply as Hormel’s other products.
“Contrary to Hormel’s branding campaign,” the ALDF explained in a press release explaining the lawsuit, “meats the company advertises as ‘natural’ actually [come] from animals raised in the worst factory farms that employ additives, hormones and antibiotics, and contain ingredients that constitute artificial preservatives.”
Like what? The group claims that the pacakging claims meats are free of nitrates and nitrites, common processed meat preservatives, but that Hormel uses celery juice powder, a product that sounds natural, but is just a rich source of nitrate. Another natural-sounding additive, cherry powder, combines with the nitrate to form sodium nitrate. They didn’t add any nitrates or nitrites, though!
The lawsuit especially focuses on the company’s pork products, since the ALDF recently posted undercover videos from a Hormel plant. The group claims that pigs that become Hormel’s Natural Choice bacon come from the same supply as Hormel’s regular bacon, and that these pigs are treated with growth-promoting hormones and sub-therapeutic but growth-promoting doses of antibiotics.
The group alleges that Hormel is breaking District of Columbia consumer protection law, and filed their suit in Washington.