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Cold Showers Aren't Hard Showers. They're Easy Workouts.
April 23, 2018 6:00 am|Comments (0)

I’ve written here many times on the benefits of cold showers. I’ve blogged more about them. You wouldn’t have clicked on the headline if you weren’t curious about them or already doing them.

Inc. is a community of achievers and has covered cold showers many times. Many talk about science behind their benefit, but since double-blind controlled experiments are hard–how do you create a plausible placebo?–I find credence in their effect I see from them for myself.

Having taken hundreds of cold showers (credit to Joel Runyon for starting my habit), I’ve found that they create

  • Resilience
  • Ability to do what I say
  • Discipline
  • Integrity

and related motivational and emotional skills–what I call leadership skills. Most people find leadership skills hard to come by. Joel’s community credits them for motivation to turn lives around, lose weight, and so on.

Why people don’t try

Seeing as anyone can experiment to find out if cold showers work for themselves at nearly no cost in time, money, or other resources, and given that so many people extol their benefits, why don’t more people try them?

I think I figured out why. I think the reason may help you try them if you haven’t.

I think most people see cold showers as alternatives to hot showers. Hot showers are supremely comfortable. Cold are the opposite. Who wants to sacrifice comfort for its opposite?

If you’re thinking showers, almost no one would substitute discomfort for comfort.

But look at the benefits listed above–resilience, ability to do what one says, discipline, integrity, and such. They’re incredibly valuable and far from typical shower benefits like cleanliness and smelling nice.

Cold showers aren’t a hot shower alternative

Benefits like those come from training and practicing challenges, like going to the gym, playing sports, exercising, practicing musical instruments, and other active, performance-based activities.

Cold showers are as different from hot showers as dolphins are from fish. Yeah, they’re near each other, but one is a fish and the other a mammal.

They’re more like lifting weights or running marathons, except you get the benefits in five minutes, not two hours.

Cold showers are a gym alternative

To get integrity and such from exercise requires a lot of it. For many people that means

  • A gym membership
  • Equipment
  • A trainer
  • Scheduling and travel

and so on. People pay thousands of dollars and countless hours per year for those benefits.

What if you could get all the benefits at zero cost in time, money, and other resources?

Enter cold showers. Yes, they’re difficult, but compare them to going to the gym or other activity that delivers the benefits above. Cold showers

  • Cost nothing
  • Take no extra time (usually they take less time than hot)
  • Require no equipment
  • Require no training, trainers, or spotters
  • Have no risk of injury
  • Require no scheduling

Now compare all this logistical simplicity with gyms, exercise, and other ways to develop resilience, discipline, integrity, and so on.

Yes, cold showers are uncomfortable, but that’s all. In nearly every other way they benefit you deeply at no cost.

A couple cold showers a week can save hours of travel, exercise, coordinating, and planning, as well as thousands of dollars–a much more favorable comparison than against hot showers.

Why not try it?

I’m under no illusion that most people will never try a cold shower. Most people don’t become leaders. I think the aversion to facing and overcoming challenges like these that develop skills like the above is a major reason.

But maybe seeing cold showers as zero cost, zero time, zero injury alternatives to the gym may prompt you to try one, or a month of them to learn and experience the full benefit.

All you have to do is not touch the hot water next time you want to shower. Then you can use the time and money you save elsewhere.

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IT leaders say it’s hard to keep the cloud safe
February 16, 2017 2:05 pm|Comments (0)

IT managers are finding it difficult to keep their applications and data safe in the cloud, and many are slowing cloud adoption because of it.

That was one of the findings of an Intel cloud security report that surveyed 2,000 IT professionals in different countries and industries last fall.

The issue isn’t with the cloud itself, since trust outnumbers distrust for public clouds by more than two to one, according to Intel’s survey.

IT professionals told Intel that shadow IT and a shortage of cybersecurity skills are causing the most problems.

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New Intel Security Cloud Report Reveals IT Departments Find It Hard to Keep the Cloud Safe
February 13, 2017 6:35 am|Comments (0)

“The desire to move quickly toward cloud computing appears to be on the agenda for most organizations. This year, the average time before …


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Three Cloud Jobs MSPs Could Find Hard – and Expensive – to Fill
January 18, 2017 8:30 am|Comments (0)

… providers are being pressured from every angle to aggressively evolve and build practices around the booming business of cloud computing.

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Look hard at the risks involved before leaping into the cloud
July 31, 2016 9:25 am|Comments (0)

Cloud computing” has been an information technology darling since it became increasingly widespread over the past decade. Offering more flexible …

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Justin Bieber’s ‘Boyfriend’ Teaser Goes Hard
March 6, 2016 3:25 am|Comments (0)

The 13-second preview of Mike Posner-produced track shows off an edgier side of Bieber.
By Jocelyn Vena

<P>Is it killing you that you have to wait until Monday to hear what <a href=”/news/articles/1680882/justin-bieber-boyfriend-single-buzz.jhtml”>”Boyfriend” sounds</a> like? Well, <a href=”http://www.mtv.com/music/artist/bieber_justin/artist.jhtml”>Justin Bieber</a> feels your pain and decided to release a teaser for the lead single off his <a href=”/news/articles/1680373/justin-bieber-believe-album.jhtml”>album, <i>Believe.</i></a> </P><P> </P><P>The 13-second, blink-and-you-might-miss-it tease is spare in terms of instruments, just bleeps and thumps, no singing or rapping. But it does play up Bieber’s love for hip-hop; as it nears the end of the tease, a drum line-style beat kicks in. Come Monday, of course, the whole song will drop for Beliebers’ listening pleasure. </P><P> </P><P><center><embed src=”http://media.mtvnservices.com/mgid:uma:video:mtv.com:744691/cp~id%3D1680192%26vid%3D744688%26uri%3Dmgid%3Auma%3Avideo%3Amtv.com%3A744688″ width=”460″ height=”260″ type=”application/x-shockwave-flash” allowFullScreen=”true” allowScriptAccess=”always” base=”.”></embed></center> </P><P> </P><P>The video teaser also includes footage of Bieber in the studio, recording “Boyfriend,” which was co-written and co-produced by Mike Posner. The clip premiered on Justin’s <a href=”http://www.justinbiebermusic.com/boyfriend” target=”_blank”>website</a> late Thursday night. </P><P> </P><P>”This record is different in a very good way,” said producer/writer Mason Levy, who also worked on the song. “Definitely edgier, it’s more grown-up, it’s more developed and it’s sexier. It’s just like really dope. It’s gonna definitely surprise people. People aren’t really expecting that. They’re going to like it.” </P><P> </P><P>It’s clear from the teaser that <a href=”/news/articles/1681595/justin-bieber-boyfriend.jhtml”>Bieber is using</a> influences from urban music and that he’s looking to grow up sonically. The music in the new clip also seems to pay homage to Justin Timberlake, and even Chris Brown. Bieber has confirmed that he raps on the song. </P><P> </P><P>”It’s more just the verses [that he’s rapping on], and the rest he’s singing,” Levy told MTV News. “It’s dope. It’s hip-hop, but with great acoustic R&B, pop guitar with very hip-hop, clubby drums and really dope Justin Timberlake-y melodies.” </P><P> </P><P><i>What do you think of “Boyfriend” so far? Tell us in the comments!</i></p>

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