How to turn up the mic in my Samsung

April 2, 2019
by Doug Martin, Opportunity Muse

I bought a new Samsung Galaxy Jr Crown, and I love it. But, only after a month, my built-in microphone wasn’t picking up my voice.

I looked in the settings, but could find no way to turn up the volume for my built-in microphone. Then, I discovered a surprisingly easy, fast, but counter-intuitive way to fix the mic. Read about the process, and see if it helps make your outbound calls sound much better.

Cleaning a fan sounds intimidating, but you can do it

March 17, 2019
by Doug Martin, Opportunity Muse

Taking anything apart can seem so intimidating. The taking-apart steps are okay, but the putting-back-together so it works can be the tough part.

Fortunately, the Chillout 2-speed personal fan is incredibly easy to take apart. Read the simple directions to take the fan apart here and how to clean. Then, get back to enjoying a nice cool breeze.

Jesse Livermore used leverage when he shorted stocks

October 17, 2018
by Doug Martin, Opportunity Muse

If you’re interested in the stock market, or have dabbled in day-trading stocks, options, or commodities, you should read Jesse Livermore — Boy Plunger. I did recently, and here are my thoughts about the book and about Livermore’s life.

As Shakespeare wrote, “to thine own self be true”

April 26, 2018
by Doug Martin, Opportunity Muse

You don’t have to protect yourself with lies. Instead, be authentic and live a more rewarding life.

When I was younger, I used to lie to protect myself from ridicule. Maybe you’ve done the same. However, as I’ve aged, I’ve learned to accept myself. Read more about how I’ve learned how to be true to myself.

Power banks are essential

April 11, 2018
by Doug Martin, Opportunity Muse

Pack a power bank so your iPhone, tablet, or smart phone never runs out of power.

In our modern life, things happen — we might get stuck in an airport, or our bus might be behind schedule. However, if we pack our power banks, we don’t have to worry — we can just charge our communication devices no matter where we our. In fact, in an emergency situation or a natural disaster, our power banks might save our life!

Aluminum cookware has lots of benefits

January 25, 2018
by Doug Martin, Opportunity Muse

Aluminum is one of the most plentiful metals in the world. Maybe that’s why my new aluminum cookware set was so inexpensive.

Not only is aluminum being used in cookware, but this inexpensive, abundant metal has other uses. More auto manufacturers are using aluminum because it is light, but durable. Read more about why I love my aluminum cookware.

Your brand new nonstick cookware can last for years!

January 23, 2018
by Doug Martin, Opportunity Muse

I love my nonstick cookware — they make meal preparation easy. Best of all, cleanup is quick and easy, too.

There is no reason that your nonstick cookware cannot last for years. It can, especially if you follow some easy steps in its use and cleanup procedures.

4 fantastically good principles of design.

December 9, 2017
by Doug Martin, Opportunity Muse

By using these fantastically good principles of design, you will communicate better at work and enjoy a comfortable home environment.

Good design can be hard-to-find in our everyday life. Despite its scarcity, good design principles are easy to incorporate into your own life. Read how you can benefit from these easy-to-use principles of design.

It is easy to use the Savings Catcher phone app.

December 7, 2017
by Doug Martin, Opportunity Muse

Walmart has to stay competitive, so they built an easy-to-use phone app that lets shoppers save money on regular-priced items. Savings Catcher is a price-matching application.

While I love Savings Catcher because it is so easy and convenient to use, there are some drawbacks. Really, it is not the app’s fault, but it is Walmart’s policies that I find fault with. On Savings Catcher, price matching on healthy produce items is not available.

However, price matching is available on all the brand name junk foods that we all love, but should eat in moderation. Their policy promotes unhealthy eating habits. That’s a shame.

However, that doesn’t keep me from using Savings Catcher and reaping the benefits.

Udemy courses enhance on-the-job productivity.

November 24, 2017
by Doug Martin, Opportunity Muse

I have been a non-traditional student my whole adult life. For one reason or another, I had to go back to school to learn new skills. Today, Udemy’s online courses make it easy for non-traditional students like me to learn new skills.

We all face on-the-job changes from new technology and the always-evolving economic cycle. One month we might be in a booming economy, and six months later we find ourselves out of a job and in a recession. That is why we must all continue to learn new skills.

Gifts to please any thrifty person you know.

November 19, 2017
by Doug Martin, Opportunity Muse

Frugal people enjoy saving money for a rainy day. I am a frugal person and I have a nagging fear of losing everything, including my income. It’s an irrational fear, but that’s part of why I am a frugal person.

People who are thrifty enjoy getting gifts that allow them to save money while they enjoy their life. These gifts fit that criteria. Check them out.

5 gift ideas for dieters who want to shed some pounds and stay healthy.

November 16, 2017
by Doug Martin, Opportunity Muse

If you’re like me and millions of other people, you want to lose a little weight. There’s no doubt, also, that you have friends who want to shed some pounds.

These gift ideas should help any dieter. They include a food processor to make healthy smoothies, a bathroom scale to monitor weight loss, unique recipe books, and more.

In the next twelve months, I hope to lose 15 more pounds. That doesn’t sound like too many pounds, but I have found it difficult. My hope is that these gifts will help me, and also help you and your friends, as we all work to maintain a healthier mind, body, and soul.

6 essential gifts for your college students.

November 12, 2017
by Doug Martin, Opportunity Muse

The story about growing as an individual never changes — if we give more than we get, we will benefit the most.

Right now, your college student needs support. Just ahead are challenging days as your loved one tries to make a better life.

These gifts are essential items for each college student — they might even be good for you, too.

7 useful, practical gifts for gardeners.

November 10, 2017
by Doug Martin, Opportunity Muse

By giving more than we get, we actually grow. The gardener in you life would appreciate that give-to-get analogy. Gardeners give lots of blood, sweat, and sometimes tears — in return, they get bountiful harvests of fruits, vegetables, and flowers.

I’m a gardener, too. These 7 useful, practical gifts would help protect my hands. In addition, they would patch me up if I got injured, inspire me with true stories of courage, or help my feet grip the soil firmly as I walked through the garden. Any gardener would love these gifts!

Ray Dalio’s book, Principles, and my review.

November 8, 2017
by Doug Martin, Opportunity Muse

As I have read Principles, I used a pen to mark relevant points. This book has become a vital reference tool for success.

Write down your own principles — that is what successful people do. Unfortunately for me, I have never put any of my dreams or goals in written form. When our goals are in writing, they become more definite. Then, don’t forget about the steps you will take to reach your goals. Write those down, too.

Gratitude will make you better.

October 27, 2017
by Doug Martin, Opportunity Muse

I have learned that gratitude will make me better. It is better for me to count my blessings than to count my sorrows.

Appreciating every part of my life makes me a more positive person. Counting your blessings every day will also help you have a happier and healthier life.

My negative inner voice was a bully, but is now my servant.

October 23, 2017
by Doug Martin, Opportunity Muse

My negative inner voice was rude, crude, and a downright bully. Now, however, I have trained my inner voice to be my positive servant.

Despite my recently-found control over my negative inner thoughts and negative self-talk, I still struggle. Each day, an internal struggle ensues. Usually, I win and turn my negativity into a positive force.

The power of positive thinking.

October 22, 2017
by Doug Martin, Opportunity Muse

Most of the world’s great athletes attest to the power of positive thinking. In addition, actors, politicians, and business people all claim that positive thinking is powerful.

For me, this positive thinking idea was easy to understand but difficult to implement. Over the years, I had built a nasty habit of negative self-talk. Slowly, I am changing to a more optimistic and positive thinker.

Help Hurricane Harvey flooding victims.

August 28, 2017
by Doug Martin, Opportunity Muse

Most of us aren’t able to help the Hurricane Harvey flooding victims in person. Still, we can make donations to reputable charities who have the experience and personnel who are ready to help today.

In my experience, giving is a part of healthy growth. Sometimes, we just have to stop what we’re doing and help out our fellow brothers and sisters in need. It doesn’t matter what their religion is, or political persuasion, or ethnicity. If people need help, we are obligated to step up and do the right thing.

Khan Academy is a free online learning resource.

August 17, 2017
by Doug Martin, Opportunity Muse

Khan Academy is a free online learning resource that I’ve used since 2010. I enjoy their interactive website, varied course offerings and video lectures.

When I took an algebra course in 2010, Khan Academy gave me a different perspective that helped me understand complex, abstract math concepts. Today, I still use Khan Academy to advance my knowledge of important subjects.

Live with definiteness of purpose.

July 26, 2017
by Doug Martin, Opportunity Muse

You can live with a bright, shining purpose for your life. Ask and you shall receive, what you think is what you will do, and you can then help yourself. Oprah Winfrey, Steve Harvey, and Thomas Edison all live with a definiteness of purpose. Along the way, they suffer challenges, setbacks, and friends who laughed at their dreams. When you life with a definiteness of purpose, all those obstacles cannot keep you from your goal!

Free online college courses.

July 9, 2017
by Doug Martin, Opportunity Muse

Today, you can take free college courses from the world’s top universities. Yes, free college courses at ivy-league universities like Harvard, MIT, and Notre Dame. This sounds like fun, and could be a valuable aid to earn higher pay or obtain a better job!

Adults go back to school as nontraditional students.

July 8, 2017
by Doug Martin, Opportunity Muse

You can succeed as an adult, nontraditional student going back to college. Other adults have done it, and you can, too. As a nontraditional college student, you will make yourself better, you’ll improve your employer, and your community will be a better place to live.

You can Be Your Own Boss by buying a franchise.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Doug Martin, Opportunity Muse

One way to Be Your Own Boss and start your own business is to become a franchisee and market recognizable, famous brands. There are thousands of franchise opportunities in diverse industries. There is likely already a franchise operating in a niche that you love.