As I rescue the blog I have invited Hazel Anna Rogers to contribute to it. 

by Hazel Anna Rodgers for the Carl Kruse Blog

I would like to state prior to beginning this article that my perspectives are not intended to disregard the struggles of those dealing with medical issues, poor income, difficult living situations, and inequalities due to race, gender, sexuality, or disability. I am aiming this article at those who have the means and ability to consider their ‘wealth’ as an object that is not purely defined by money or material.

Do you consider yourself wealthy? How do you define wealth, or affluence? Is it a sentiment, a material value, or an experience? Do you desire wealth, and, if so, is the wealth you desire monetary or psychological? Are these two ‘types’ of wealth compatible? Are they mutually exclusive?

We might begin by considering the ‘types’ of wealth one might encounter throughout one’s life, and what wealth might have looked like in bygone times.

Let us examine affluence as a lifestyle, beginning with the subject of food. If we journey back to pre-history, or pre-agricultural revolution (and post-cognitive revolution), we can consider the lives of humans who lived between 70,000 to 30,000 years ago. Though we cannot know anything about this time period for certain, we are able to make some educated assertions about how humans lived prior to the beginning of more organised farming methods. It seems likely that humans during this time would have worked for a short amount of time upon waking, work that might have consisted of foraging or hunting in groups. They might have then returned back to cook their findings on a fire and proceed to lounge about, gossip, and look after their children. As Yuval Noah Harris discusses in his book Sapiens, the variety of foodstuffs available to humans of this era would have been diverse and ever-changing – perhaps on one particular day, they would have eaten more fruits and nuts, on another they might have had more root-based foods that had been dug up, on another perhaps they would have eaten termites and small animals they had caught, and on another they might have cooked a large game animal as a worthy prize after a strenuous hunting expedition.

The poor diets that many subsist on in the twenty-first century is characterised by a reliance on delivered processed foods with little to no nutritional value. Doctor Eva Selhub comments in her article on nutritional psychiatry that highly processed foods lead to greater inflammation of the gut and a reduction of ‘good’ bacteria in the gut microbiome, which in turn leads to a reduction in the amount of serotonin (the neurotransmitter that regulates sleep, appetite, pain, and mood). Furthermore, heavily processed foods such as processed meats, sugary drinks, and sweets (cakes, pastries, and candy) often lack the fibre, vitamins, and minerals that their non (or lesser) processed counterparts (such as fruit, fresh meat/fish, and grains) inherently have. We can therefore, albeit tentatively, conclude that the quality of life of humans today is diminished in comparison to their ancestors thanks to the deficiencies and health implications of surviving on such a limited array of foods. This way of eating is highly normalised; website Upserve suggests that 60% of US consumers order at least one takeout meal a week. Having grown up in a household that prioritised home-cooked meals and ordered takeaways around 2 to 3 times a year, I have been shocked to discover in my adult life how few people know how to cook, or how to eat in a way that promotes health. Even those I know who have a high enough income to enable them to purchase the highest quality ingredients to cook with would rather dispense their income on branded clothing and technology than fork out on their own health.

By contrast, the varied diet of prehistoric humans would have enabled them to keep healthy and strong, and their active lifestyle would have allowed them to live well into old age without the aid of drugs, supplements, or doctors (many skeletons have been reliably dated to suggest that it was not uncommon for prehistoric humans to live up to 70 years old, and even potentially older). The soil would have been far richer with nutrients and minerals back then also, as after centuries of poor biodiversity in crops and intensive over-farming our soils do not offer us the same bounty of nutrients (hence the oftentimes necessity of vitamin and mineral supplementation). In accordance with this discussion of food, I would like to return to the idea of affluence as bodily. Can we call ourselves wealthy if our health continues to be irrevocably damaged by our food choices? Surely wealth cannot merely be defined by owning a large house and numerous useless goods; to me, wealth must be defined as a bodily sensation, the feeling of being joyful and healthy and able-bodied. With obesity ever on the increase, both in first and third-world countries, we must begin to question our priorities around our lifestyles, and whether money should be the only factor we consider when we talk about wealth.

To continue on the subject of affluence as a lifestyle, we shall now discuss movement as integral to living a wealthy and fulfilled life. From studying numerous bodies from around the time of the cognitive revolution, archaeologists have found that the bones of prehistoric humans were far denser than our own, suggestive that they were far fitter and stronger athletes than us, especially with regard to running. Evolutionarily, the capability for a prehistoric human to run long distances was necessary in order to persistently chase prey on hunting expeditions. Additionally, in a study conducted by the University of Cambridge (2017) it was discovered that prehistoric women had far more muscular upper bodies than biological females of today, likely due to the need for them to engage in constant wearing chores such as digging and carrying large amounts of water. These humans were fitter, taller, and stronger than most humans today. Though, as stated earlier, we have no way of knowing what life was really like back then, and what grievances and difficulties early humans would encounter daily, we do know the positive effects of exercise both on the body and the mind due to extensive modern scientific work on the subject. Countless studies have detailed that low to strenuous forms of exercise can help to increase serotonin and cortisol levels in the body, the latter of which is the body’s main stress hormone and increases levels of glucose in the bloodstream. Cortisol also heightens the use of glucose in the brain and improves tissue repair, as well as mitigating bodily functions that might be disadvantageous in a situation that require an acute stress response (fight-or-flight) (Mayo Clinic, 2019). Furthermore, exercise has been proven to help improve circulation and heart strength, potentially lower blood pressure, improve sleep and sex, help the body to manage insulin levels, and improve bone density.  

Yet even with this indisputable data to hand, the facts of our modern day exercise habits still ring clear; Vice UK states that around 80% of Americans meet the meagre governmental recommendations for weekly physical exercise (2.5 hours of moderate-intensity aerobic exercise/1.25 hours of vigorous-intensity activity, plus some exercises to improve strength). Furthermore, Vice suggests that only around 20.6% of Americans actually successfully met these recommendations. Why? With the emergence in the past few decades of endless technologies that make it unnecessary for us to move, such as delivery apps, escalators, lifts, taxi apps, computers and smartphones that allow us to order everything without shifting out of our seats, and countless other innovations, we have become ever lazier. Why walk to a restaurant when you could get a taxi there, or, better still, order the food to eat in front of the television? Why bother gardening when someone else can do it for you? Why go out to get groceries when you can order them in? Why go out to post a letter when you can send an email ten times as easily? The Covid-19 pandemic has only exacerbated these issues, and despite all of the anecdotal accounts of people taking up running and cold-water swimming during the numerous lockdowns, the spike in numbers of people working from home means that the precious exercise many found when taking the tube or walking to the bus stop to get to work was lost.

Can we call ourselves wealthy if our wealth consists of having an enormous house, expensive car, and the newest technology fads if we find ourselves overweight as a result of negating physical exercise? How wonderful it is to have an able body that can complete all tasks required without fatiguing, a body that can walk through forests and hills and feel the fresh breeze on its skin. For many, this is a question of priority; we would rather binge on a new series and order food in to eat alongside than take a night walk, picking up some supplies on the way, and return to cook a nourishing and satisfying meal. We are partly faultless in this inclination, with garish adverts for ‘Deliveroo’, ‘JustEat’, and ‘Netflix’ plastered mercilessly both on our screens and on our highstreets. How could we not fall prey to things that promise us sedentary enjoyment when we have evolved to favour the conservation of energy? Time has not enabled us to evolve quickly enough to counter the tendency for our bodies to seek the ‘easy way’; when food was scarce in prehistoric times, this tendency was vital to ensure that we could stay alive as long as possible. However, we can counter this evolutionary argument with the fact that we DO know better, and even if we don’t, the knowledge required to live a healthful life is easily accessible. This brings us onto our next point: knowledge as affluence.

Almost every single question you can think of can be answered on Google, or another such search engine. We can choose to learn about any topic and have the possibility to become experts on it in the space of an afternoon thanks to the plethora of information we have at our fingertips. But the ease of acquiring information has perhaps made us complacent; we need not really know anything at all, because if we don’t know something, we can simply look it up. The prehistoric human is believed to have had a significantly larger brain than us due to the fact that he would need to store extensive mental data on crop cycles, plants safe for consumption, indicators of weather change, and how to successfully execute physical crafts such as making fires or spearheads. I may be making assumptions here, but if you look out of your window now, I can bet that most of you will not have the slightest idea what plants are growing in your garden, or what the name is of the tree across the street. We have no need of this knowledge; our food is readily prepared for us hence we need not personally rely on the natural world for our nutrition (although, of course, we rely on it daily, but in the form of pre-picked and packaged foodstuffs).

This lack of knowledge about the world around us may seem trivial, but it is but one of the indicators of a rapid decrease in mental capability in the twenty-first century. NBC News suggests that the decline in IQ in this century has been primarily attributable to the wealthiest countries, including the US, UK, and other developed countries. Evolution has, in a sense, derailed, in that it is no longer necessary to be intelligent, fit, or innovative to live and be (arbitrarily) successful in life. Consider social media: how many people do you know on Instagram who seem unintelligent yet have mass following and millions of pounds simply because they’re attractive and willing to market useless products to their gullible followers? My question is this: can we consider ourselves wealthy if our minds are numbed by social media, if we don’t know anything about our own history or the wonderful world that we have found ourselves on? Is our only pursuit in life a material wealth that we will do ANYTHING to acquire? The damage we are doing to the natural world is mainly the result of the impacts of large corporations, but perhaps if we were more knowledgeable as a collective about the importance of nature and its intrinsic link to our own lives we might be able to diminish our own negative impact upon it. Fewer people are attending university in favour of being ‘entrepreneurs’ or social media stars, and consequently our own history and whatever we may learn from it is being lost over generations.

Again, you may consider this section about knowledge trivial, but think on the calibre of the majority of music being created today. I enjoy much contemporary music, and I am exhilarated by the progressions that electronic music is making especially in the realm of AI, but there is no arguing that musical skill and diversity is being lost due to us no longer having the need to train classically in order to be a popular and accomplished performer. It takes time to become good at creating beautiful music, time that many of us claim we do not have.

This brings us onto our final point in the tree of affluence I have created: time as wealth. Consider this parable that personal trainer James Smith brought to my attention in his book Not A Life Coach. In it, a businessman is on holiday at a small coastal fishing village, and he comes across a fisherman with a few large yellowfin tuna inside his boat. He compliments the fisherman and asks how long it took him to catch them, to which the fisherman answers ’30 minutes’ then goes on to proudly exclaim that he is the best fisherman in the village. The businessman asks him why he doesn’t fish for longer to catch more, and what he does with the rest of his day. To this question the fisherman replies that he wakes up late, fishes a little, then plays with his children and spends quality time with his wife, then in the evening strolls into the village to drink wine and play guitar with friends. He says he lives a very full and happy life. The businessman laughs at him and lists all the ways he could monetise his fishing skill, like fishing for longer thus making more money to buy a bigger boat, and eventually buy a fleet of ships upon which he could employ many other fishermen. The businessman says he could then move to a large city to oversee his fishing company, then sell his company, and finally retire with millions of dollars in order to move to a small fishing village and fish for fun, enjoy time with his family, and drink wine and play guitar in the evenings with his friends in the village. It takes no genius to work out the flaws in the businessman’s plans for the fisherman, who was already as wealthy as a man could be thanks to the time he had to enjoy his life alongside work.

Why are we willing to work for such long hours merely for a few pence extra on a salary when these miniature increments in pay lead to us to a worsened quality of life due to us having less time to spend with those we love, being forced to eat quick convenience foods, and having nothing to look forward to except what we’ll buy with the money we’ve earned? Are we wealthy if our wealth impedes our health and makes weekends the only good time in our week? As mentioned earlier, hunter-gatherer prehistoric humans likely had much time on their hands to spend enjoying each other’s company, playing with their children, and finding new ways to enjoy themselves. Of course, hardships such as potential ‘wars’ brought on by conflicting tribes, or familiar disputes, or lack of food or water would likely have plagued these humans, but we can deduce from our limited knowledge of their lives that they would have had much time on their hands to enjoy the most delicious fruits of life: friends, family, and food.

What should you take away from this article? Consider your own life, regardless of who you are; are you prioritising the things that make you happy and healthy, or are you defining the success in your life by material wealth and how easily and quickly you can get there? Are you choosing to eat foods that damage your body and mind rather than making the time to cook healthful dishes for you and your family and friends? Are you sitting and scrolling on Instagram as opposed to walking around and taking in sights, or reading and learning about things that interest or intrigue you? Are you choosing to spend your time fixed to a computer screen instead of talking with loved ones? If you have the means to, think about shifting the priorities of your life, and consider really figuring out what you mean what you talk about wealth.

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Well-meaning (though wayward) digital assistants filled this blog with assorted posts over the years.  These posts had nothing to do with me and I am reclaiming the blog.

Not that anything of interest might follow, but at least none of the former stuff will continue.

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Hello from Berlin.

Failure is the stepping stone to the success we all must have heard this quote somewhere or the other, but how many have you followed this? Life is always full of ups and downs like tide waves, but it’s also true that with time it just pass by. So, with such experiences, it’s always up to you how you come up with them and how important that could matter for you to become the success with these failures.

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So, to help you out and let you know how entrepreneurs can recover from a failed business strategies, Carl Kruse tried to discuss a few points that will definitely help you to run your business much successfully in future: 

Accept failure

The fastest way to build a successful business from scratch is to fail fast, it odd to hear but true as the more early you accept this the lesser time you can take to come up with the best solution. As this failure, could give you the lesson for the lifetime and could generate the ability to take business beyond your old perspective. 

Never Take Failure Personally

Don’t lose hope is the moral of the story you must also accept this mantra that helps different successful entrepreneur to come up with their business loss or failure. As life still continues! So better than banging head into the wall and shutting yourself from the rest of the world, it’s better to give break to yourself and take time to come up with a better solution of your problems 

Understand The Situation

According to Carl Kruse running out of the situation is never come up with the solution to your problems. It’s better to pull up your socks and understands what all has been missed by you, that must be important from the entrepreneur point of view for good business fortune. 

Ease With Your Emotion

If you have lost your business it is suggested that to just ease with your emotion. As it’s your failure so don’t let other make fun of your tears and once gain don’t get hampered with others smile. Taking any issue personally, can break your moral to the ground and could lead you to some other direction. Always console your emotion in front of those who could guide you for betterment.

According to you who are entrepreneurs? Do they really help in social and economic growth? If yes, how they are held responsible for social development? Today with help of Carl Kruse we will going to understand how the role of entrepreneurs is leading to the growth of our society and economic.

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An entrepreneur according to Carl Kruse, is a person who takes initiative or one who come up with an idea that helps to create new jobs, encourage society and disperse wealth because of new products or services that are introduced into the market. This gives great impact to each and every individual as some ways or the other, we all get correlated. For example, with the introduction of Uber rides it gave great impacts on an auto rickshaw and local buses whereas millions of people got job car driver to make that Uber ride possible.

Here are few points that will going to conclude the role of entrepreneurs in social and economic growth and these areas:


We all are well aware that any start-up involves lots and lots investment that are provided by entrepreneurs to set an economy. The investment that is carried out by entrepreneurs in form of products and services, which they will go to introduce to the people. This involve a lot of funding that is carried out by the other investors in form of shares to particular start-up. 


Any business start-up requires human resources that could fulfill the demand of the company thereby making earning for them self. Thus it’s very much important for an entrepreneur to seek a maximum number of employee to work that could help each other in vice –versa manner. Hence it’s proven that with each new startup by entrepreneur more and more people will get employed. 

Variety in Products and Services

When we reach to market we always find that each time new products and services are added in your supermarket. Might some products have their alternative or some new innovation has been introduced? Thus it true according to the definition of entrepreneur that they will come up with new products and services each time. 

Contributes to Gross National Product 

Gross national products (GNP) plays a very important to determine the economy of a country. As GNP of a country is decided by the number of products and services that are introduce in the respective country. So as the number of products and services increase by entrepreneur the GNP also increases of the respective country.

These are the few points that are highlighted by Carl Kruse to explain what all role is played by an entrepreneur to help in social and economic growth.

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You have very courageous, smart and fulfilled individuals on your nonprofit board, who are committed to your cause and dynamic in the group. They are a force to be figured with! Their capacity to influence your raising money endeavors can truly give a help to your success.

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Here are some approaches shared by Carl Kruse, an entrepreneur and supporter of various nonprofit organizations to drawing on your nonprofit board in raising fund for your cause.
Welcome, the board set out to coffee for a one-on-one visit to learn particularly how the board individuals need to be included. Maybe a few individuals have particular talents or interests that could be skilfully used, or they’re required in a web-based social networking stage that could influence your effort.
Make a “Thank-a-Thon” after your raising support occasion and request that your board individuals call best contributors and say thanks to them for their support. Give every board member a list of contributors and their telephone numbers, alongside the sum they gave and any remarkable details about the donor that would be useful.

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The Board member could give a discussion on a subject that is both pertinent to your panel and in accordance with your board member’s understanding.
Work intimately with your board in picking who to request for donations while acquiring things for your next auction. Team up on a plan where they begin with their nearest associations and afterward branch out from that point. You can even give an online course, video or agenda to help them with the procedure.

As suggested by Carl Kruse Make a competition among board members for ticket or table deals at your next occasion. The victor gets the table nearest to the stage or a claim to a quality bottle of wine.
Request a board member be a speaker at your fundraising gathering or take part in the unique appeal segment of the occasion. This gives them more presentation in the group and it adds significance to your occasion.
Ensure your board members have sufficient energy to volunteer with your association and communicate with your constituents before the fundraising drive. This gives them a hands-on learning of your main goal and the effect it has on the group. With this experience, they’ll be better promoters for your cause.

According to Carl Kruse, Your board is a cherished asset. By imaginatively engaging them in your fundraising drive you’ll not just keep them effectively occupied with your main goal, you’ll enhance your income prospects also. Make a point to respect and thank your board for every one of their endeavors to strengthen your cause.

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If you want to start a new business, there are certain challenges that may arise in your journey of becoming a successful entrepreneur. These challenges are even more rigid if you are a newcomer. 

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Carl Kruse who himself an entrepreneur and have more than 25 years of experience, pointing some critical challenges that you may face If you’re just getting into the game, or you’re thinking about becoming an entrepreneur.

Choosing The Right Business

If your business doesn’t help people, doesn’t provide a solution, or doesn’t give people something they want then your business is worthless. To do a great business you should own great product or service. If you believe in your products, only then you can make people believe in it.

Funding The Business

It is the most critical challenge as we know the money is the main resource for any kind of business. So here we have two solutions:

  • To borrow money from some other people or bank loan. 
  • Use only a small amount of money and find a creative way to get your business going.

Making Customers

There is a certain type of person who will be your customer. Not everybody in the world is buying what you’re selling, so your job is to simply find the people who are in need of your service. If you have a quality product then people will automatically come to you, no need to spend hundreds or thousands on marketing.

Recruiting Employees

As a small entrepreneur, typically the last thing you’ll do is hire employees. You’ll want to hire employees when your workload is too much to handle yourself and you have the revenue to pay your employee.

Entrepreneurs are determined, competitive and they have the personal qualities they need to run a successful business. But still some of them fails to take their business to the next level.
Carl Kruse is listing here some of the most common mistakes that small business owners make in their business operation.

Carl Kruse is an entrepreneur and consultant.He is highly active in the non-profit sector. He helps nonprofit organizations to raise fund to support society.
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