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6-Foot Lizard Wreaks Havoc in Godzilla-Like Fashion at a 7-Eleven

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Customers witnessed a giant lizard scale the shelves of the store.


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Shoppers at a 7-Eleven in Nakhon Pathom, Thailand, saw an unlikely customer strolling through the aisles.

According to USA Today, a six-foot Asian water monitor lizard made its way into the mini mart on Tuesday. A video shows the animal walking through the store before proceeding to climb up the shelves. In the video, people can be heard shouting as the animal knocked down grocery items on its way to the top shelf. After the event, the news outlet reported that the animal was captured and later released into the wild. The lizard allegedly came from a nearby canal. 

Facebook user Jejene Narumpa posted a video of the event on Tuesday, which has since been reshared nearly 7,000 times. The event has also garnered viral attention from social media platforms like Twitter.

These creatures aren’t exactly a rarity in Thailand, as monitor lizards are common throughout the region. The Asian water monitor is the most frequently encountered monitor lizard in the country. 

Some people expressed their shock at the event.

“I would have freaked!” one Facebook user wrote.

Some took pity on the animal.

“Poor thing! Must be frightened!!” another commented.

Others decided to take a lighthearted perspective on the situation.

“I can’t believe they let him in without a mask,” one Twitter user joked.

Related: 7-Eleven’s Winning Pandemic Plan: Extra Toilet Paper, Beer Delivery, and Lots Of Convenience


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Mexico is the country with the most ‘sugar daddies’ according to the SeekingArrangement dating app

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If you are interested in becoming a ‘sugar baby’, in Mexico there are about 183,302 ‘sugar daddies’ available, reveal data from SeekingArrangement, the world’s largest ‘sugar dating’ application.


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The precarious economy in Mexico and Latin America has caused many women, mostly young, to become ‘sugar baby’ . That is, they seek the ‘patronage’ of mature men with the economic capacity to satisfy their needs, tastes and whims, who are commonly known as ‘sugar daddies’ . In this sense, Mexico leads the rankings as the country with the most ‘sponsors’ for these girls, according to data from the dating app SeekingArrangement .

An analysis by SeekingArrangement , the world’s largest ‘sugar dating’ application, revealed that in Mexico there are about 183,302 ‘sugar daddies’ available. This represents 34% of the total of those registered in Latin America.

In second place is Brazil , with 141,725 ‘papitos’, followed by Colombia with 73,745. For their part, Peru, Argentina, Chile, Ecuador, Venezuela, Costa Rica and Panama have 540 thousand 444 Latino sugar daddies.

The figures represent the number of registered members since 2006, the year the dating app was created.

The platform attributes the proliferation of ‘sugar daddies’ in Mexico to two main factors. On the one hand, our country is the second largest economy in Latin America   and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has projected an economic growth of around 5% by 2021. On the other, the vaccination against COVID-19 and the US economic stimulus package worth 1.9 trillion dollars, show signs of recovery and boost the Mexican economy.

In other words, the number of men with sufficient budget to act as ‘sugar daddy’ of one or more women is increasing.

How does the relationship between ‘sugar daddy’ and his ‘sugar baby’ work?

According to the platform, the relationship between these types of men and the women it sponsors is not a simple exchange of money for company or other benefits.

Sugar daddies not only provide financial assistance, they can also be mentors, offering their expertise as financial guides. For example for the payment of services, rent and lifestyle of those who call their ‘ sugar babbies’ , explains Brandon Wade, CEO and Founder of SeekingArrangement.

“In addition, they can support opportunities to acquire contacts and advance their careers , among other things, in order to improve the aspirations of future professionals while they are still in college,” he added.

And what do they get in return?

“These men find peace of mind when dating younger and more dynamic people, who might share the same tune and their same aspirations,” says Rachel Uchitel, spokeswoman for SeekingArrangement. She explains that these wealthy men seek younger people because they do not find mental compatibility between them and potential partners their age.

SeekingArrangement is currently the world’s largest sugar dating site, with 22 million members globally. According to their website , both ‘mature men’ and girls “seek mutually beneficial relationships, on their own terms.”

With information from El Universal .


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Frustrated With a Colleague? Expectations May Be Why.

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I recently celebrated my 51st birthday and reflected on the many things I’ve learned since my first startup. 

Most of my learning has come from two places—the wisdom of others intended to help me avoid mistakes and the many mistakes I made despite all their wisdom. The opportunity to practice resiliency that comes from overcoming mistakes is priceless. I’ve seen firsthand that the most challenging mistakes are the ones that involve other people.

My experience is that solving most big problems requires a team of people rallying together to figure out how to both imagine and execute solutions. The execution is often where challenges begin between people, even those dedicated and committed to the mission.The greatest anxiety, frustration and stress often come down to one thing: expectations.

I’ve seen many scenarios unfold over and over again; here are the top four:  

1. Not setting expectations 

This is the most common culprit of conflict between individuals or teams: not setting expectations in the first place. 

“We met last week about the new campaign. We agreed when the new campaign would kick off. Then today, I got copied on an email to the client, and the date was way earlier. I’m so annoyed.”

Did anyone document what was agreed to? Who circulated expectations to confirm a shared understanding? Were the client communications expectations discussed and documented?

It’s easy to see how this can happen. Two colleagues assumed they were on the same page. But without an actual page, it’s easy for things to go awry.

Related: 8 Unrealistic Expectations That Can Harm You

2. Implied expectations

This one trips me up all the time and comes in two flavors. Let’s look at the leader disruptor version first. 

“The reason I missed this deadline is that our CEO asked me to dig into some metrics on this other project, and it took longer than I expected. I thought an executive’s request was more important and prioritized accordingly.” 

This scenario is the leader’s fault—there’s an implied expectation that because a senior leader made a request, it’s urgent and takes precedence. As leaders, we should clearly set expectations—especially for individual contributors who might not know to ask about priority. I’ve gotten better with this, but it still gets me every so often. 

The other flavor is hyper-accountable vs. accountable-accountable.

“They know how important the project is to the company. I’ve talked about it in meetings every week. I gave them feedback on their draft immediately. They’ve got everything ready to launch, but the program is still not live. I’m so frustrated.”

Are they bought in? How much does this project align with their goals? Are dates set, documented, and acknowledged by everyone involved? How is the team prioritizing other projects against this one? 

The reason I see this as hyper-accountable is that one side is so accountable to everyone around them (an awesome trait) that they assume everyone else is also the same hyper-accountable, and they can’t understand why they are not. The fix is for the hyper-accountable to step back and consider the overall priorities—in addition to what they are most committed to—and adjust their expectations accordingly. 

Related: The Dangers of Overpromising and Under-Delivering

3. Managing expectations

Any project that involves multiple contributors and multiple meetings are likely to change. If expectations have been set and everyone’s agreed to them, things are off to a good start. But then the universe throws a wrench into the mix. 

“They just told me that we’re not going to launch for another month. Apparently, this was decided two weeks ago because of a technical gap, but I’m just finding out about it now. I am so defeated.” 

How to avoid this mistake is obvious when you see it, but unfortunately, it is also so easy to fall into. In a rush to solve a problem, we often forget to manage and reset expectations. 

Are there stakeholders that would benefit from an update? Perhaps a board member who asked a question about a particular project that is now delayed. Are you going to wait a few weeks until the next board meeting, or should you update them sooner?

Related: Tricks to Staying Calm Under Pressure

4. Communicating expectations 

One of my co-founder’s favorite quotes is by George Bernard Shaw: “The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place.”

We’re all living with information overload constantly. It can be hard to figure out which email, Slack or text message is important and which can wait. Even if you do consume it all, how much are you really retaining—especially if it isn’t immediately relevant to you?

“I sent a long, comprehensive Slack update, shared the slide deck with the team…asked for their review and feedback, but no one got back to me. They’re saying they didn’t know about this policy change and that we never tell them anything. I am perplexed.” 

There’s a combination of problems here, but the biggest is ensuring that what’s communicated is actually being consumed and acknowledged. If you aren’t sure, ask. It’s a bit more work, but it tends to destress the situation. 

How does the team prefer to learn new information or participate in decisions? Do they want to be walked through the change and given the opportunity to ask questions live?

The expectation test 

When I’m observing a conflict unfolding, I do my best to assess with an expectation test. Does everyone have the same set of expectations? How would I—or they—know? If the answer is anything other than a resounding “yes,” it’s time to probe and see where the expectations may not exist, be weak, not be managed or be impacted by a communications issue. If you’re looking to defuse conflict, start with an expectation test and go from there. 

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5 Decisions All Responsible Entrepreneurs Make En Route to Financial Security

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Entrepreneurship inherently involves financial risk. That doesn’t mean, however, that entrepreneurs can’t become financially secure. Remember, your personal finances and business finances are not the same. Responsible entrepreneurs aren’t just focused on making their business succeed. They also take steps to achieve financial security in their personal life.

1. Create true separation between personal and business finances

Failing to separate business and personal accounts can create serious financial trouble in the long run. If the business were to fail, you would lose all the money that is also being used to pay your rent or any other expenses. Even more troublesome, liability issues could leave you on the hook for company debts or legal troubles.

Maintaining separate personal and business accounts ensures that even if your company runs into financial difficulty, your “nest egg” won’t be compromised. Paying yourself a salary from your business account can help increase this sense of separation.

Never use a business account (including credit cards) for personal expenses.

Related: 5 Personal-Finance Mistakes That Kill Promising Companies

2. Clearly define personal finance goals

While you may have established clear growth goals for your business, you can’t afford to let personal finance goals be an afterthought.

In a recent phone conversation, Tobi Roberts, co-founder and CEO of City Creek Mortgage explained, “As a business owner, you need to plan out what you’ll do with the salary you pay yourself from your company. After all, a big part of the reason why many people go into business is to support their desired lifestyle.”

Continued Roberts, “Setting clear and meaningful goals will act as a series of guideposts to help you stay on track for reaching that lifestyle. Whether you want to move into a bigger house or buy a boat, setting a savings goal will help you better control what happens after you pay yourself.”

Your personal finance goals (such as retirement or even building an emergency fund) can also affect how you structure your business’s cash flow. You need to find a balance between paying yourself enough to live your desired lifestyle without creating a cash crunch for your company.

3. Create passive income through investments

“Making your money work for you” may sound like a bit of a cliche, but it’s an important to-do for entrepreneurs trying to achieve financial security. Continued investments in the stock market allow your money to grow at a much greater rate than it would if you left it in a checking or savings account.

As Investopedia reports, the more passive, long-term buy and hold strategy averages 12.1 percent returns on small stocks and 9.9 percent returns on large stocks, even when accounting for market crashes.

By simply putting money aside into an investment account each month, your money will compound, giving you an additional revenue stream beyond your salary. You don’t need to chase the latest meme stock to increase your financial standing.

4. Religiously track spending and saving

Managing cash flow is vital for any startup — and it is just as important for your personal finances. If you don’t understand where your money is going, you might find yourself running out of money as you try to attain a lifestyle you can’t quite afford.

Tracking monthly expenses is vital for identifying ways you can better use your money. This can help you identify things you should cut out of your life — like that gym membership you never use. Or, it can put the amount of money you spend on meals at restaurants into perspective.

Writing down how much you spend each month — and what you spent it on — makes it easier to compare your current habits with your long-term financial goals so you can make necessary changes. Quite often, small sacrifices now (like investing $50 toward an investment account instead of daily Starbucks runs) will pay big dividends later.

5. Plan for the unexpected

You never know what life will throw your way. This is just as true in your personal life as it is in the business world. And of course, unexpected negative outcomes for your business can have a tremendous impact on your personal finances.

While times are good, you should prepare for the future by building an emergency savings fund. Financial experts generally recommend that most people have emergency savings that would cover three to six months of living expenses.

Notably, those with a variable income or less stable employment — a category that many entrepreneurs fall in — are advised to have an emergency fund that covers six months or more. Contribute a bit of money to your emergency fund each month. This way, if disaster strikes and you are no longer making any money from your business, you won’t need to liquidate investments or retirement funds to stay afloat.

Related: 5 Tips To Protect Your Company From Legal Liabilities

No matter what your business goals may be, you cannot make finances an afterthought. By taking steps to account for both your business and personal financial standing, you will have much-needed security.

Ultimately, financial security allows you to support the lifestyle you want to live while giving you one less thing to worry about in your hectic entrepreneurial life. Prioritize your finances early on so you can establish good habits that last a lifetime.

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