Carpe is the second-person singular present active imperative of carpō “pick or pluck” used by Horace to mean “enjoy, seize, use, make use of”. Diem is the accusative case of the noun dies “day”. A more literal translation of “carpe diem” would thus be “pluck the day [as it is ripe]”—i.e., enjoy the moment.
You may know what a silhouette is, but do you know who Silhouette was? Silhouette is an eponym, a word derived from the name of a person, place, or thing. Étienne de Silhouette was a Frenchman. Why is his name associated with portraits cut from black paper? SMH (shaking my head).
In 1759, during the Seven Years’ War, there was a credit crisis. As minister of finance for France, Étienne de Silhouette took severe measures to save money. Frugality was his trademark. Frenchman coined the expression à la silhouette to describe doing things cheaply. Since a portrait made out of a black paper cutout on a white background wasn’t costly, appreciators of the art form named it after the cheapest man they knew.
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1. SEARCH FOR FLIGHTS USING A PRIVATE BROWSER
Airlines track your search history, meaning that every time you search for a specific flight, the airlines remember it and you are less likely to see a cheaper price. However, you can get around this by setting your internet browser to Private. Every browser is a little different, but in Safari you can choose from the Safari drop down at the top of your screen and choose “Private Browsing” or in Google Chrome click on the File drop down and choose “New Incognito Window.” You can also clear your cookies before every search, which helps to clear your search history.
2. DON’T JUST RELY ON MAJOR BOOKING SITES TO SEARCH FOR FLIGHTS
There are also many airlines that do not participate in major booking sites, such as Southwest, so you’ll want to go directly to those sites as well to check for up to date pricing. If you are traveling abroad, you’ll want to do a search for local airlines in that country/city. For example, when I was looking for flights between cities in Australia, I was able to find 2 local airlines – Tiger Air and JetStar, neither one that shows up on search engines. All I did was Google “Australia local and domestic airlines.” If I had relied solely on booking sites, I would have paid $150pp for a flight from Sydney to Cairns on a major airline like Air New Zealand, but instead I paid $34pp on one of the local airlines. See what a little research can save you?
3. START TRACKING PRICES
You’ll want to track the prices you find early on – usually 4-6 months ahead of time if you can. I put together a simple spreadsheet that shows the day I searched, what airline and the price, that way I have an idea when I find a cheap flight or not. Tuesdays and Thursdays are generally known as the days that the lowest prices are posted. I usually check on prices twice a week for 1-2 months; this gives me a great feel for the flight cost and I’ll easily know when I find a great price. You can sign up for automatic flight tracking on sites like Kayak, Airfare Watchdog and Fare Compare and receive email alerts when prices change or make any changes. **When you find a great deal, book it immediately! There’s always a chance that it could get lower, but that chance is usually slim. Don’t gamble with flight prices, they usually only go up!
4. SIGN UP FOR EMAIL UPDATES FOR SPECIFIC AIRLINES AND TRAVEL SITES
If you have an idea for what airlines you’ll want to fly, sign up for their email updates. For example, when I was looking into flying to New Zealand, I signed up for email updates on Air New Zealand so that if a great deal came up I would know about it. If you don’t have a specific airline in mind, sign up for a few that you know go to your destination. I have a special email address that I use for these types of emails (not my main one) so that it’s all in one spot and doesn’t clog up my inbox. It would look something like “AimeeTravelEmails@gmail.com” You can also follow specific travel bloggers and websites like Travelzoo on Twitter and Facebook so you can get up to the minute deals straight to your mobile phone.
5. BE FLEXIBLE – TRAVEL MID WEEK AND CHECK NEARBY AIRPORTS
Finally, get creative for where you fly in and out of and when. The cheapest days to fly on are Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Kayak and many airline websites allow you to look at prices over a month period so you can find the cheapest days to travel. You also want to check various airports, if you have the flexibility to do so. Most major cities have more than one airport within an hour’s drive and can sometimes mean savings of hundreds of dollars.
According to the study, these are some of the habits wealthy persons share:
Read every day.
Eighty-eight percent of wealthy individuals read 30 minutes or more each day in order to increase their knowledge — compared with 2 percent of poor persons — and 86 percent report they “love to read.”
Watch less TV. 6% of rich persons watch reality TV and 67% watch less than an hour of TV per day, whereas 78% of the poor watch reality TV and just 23% watch less than an hour a day.
Maintain good health.
Thirty percent of the rich eat more than 300 junk-food calories per day, while a whopping 97 percent of poor people eat more than 300 junk-food calories each day. Seventy-six percent of rich people do aerobic exercise at least four days a week.
Keep a to-do list.
81% of rich people have a daily to-do list, compared with just 9 percent of poor people.
Set goals. 80% of the rich set specific goals, compared with 12 percent of the poor. In addition, over 80% believe in lifelong educational self-improvement and believe good habits increase opportunity. Only 5% of the poor expressed belief in these statements.
It’s interesting to note that 68% of the 400 Americans on the Forbes “Billionaire List” are considered to be self-made: they built, rather than inherited their fortune.
The above are just a few of the habits wealthy individuals share; others include waking up at least three hours before work, listening to audio books during the daily commute and devoting at least five hours per month to networking. If wealth is your goal — and who wouldn’t like to be rich? — you can develop these habits with some persistent effort. It might be hard to turn the TV off, but doing so could be your first step toward a rich life, and one that’s rich in more than money. source: http://www.inc.com/rhett-power/what-habits-do-the-world-s-wealthiest-people-have-in-common.html