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How To Make Minions With Kinder Surprise Eggs

How To Make Minions With Kinder Surprise Eggs

Ever since Despicable Me millions of people have been bitten by the Minions bug. They’re the hugely entertaining, gloriously moronic, gifted, banana loving goofballs who jabber a bizarre language and live to serve their master.

With the release of their first feature film (Minions – and Despicable Me 3 is on the way), what better way to celebrate their brilliance than by making a Minion?

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In a moment of genius, YouTuber DaveHax realized a Kinder Egg case is pretty much exactly the same shape to our banana loving heroes. All that remains is to gather a few supplies and you can make an army of Minions!

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The Materials You’ll Need

  • 1 (or more) Kinder Surprise Egg(s).
  • A screwdriver.
  • Spring washer/metal washer.
  • Pair of grips.
  • Superglue.
  • Self-adhesive plastic eyes.
  • An elastic band.
  • A drinking straw.
  • Black marker pen.
  • A strip of blue denim.
  • Scissors.
  • Wire.
  • A rubber/eraser.
  • Several yellow pipe cleaners.
  • String.

The Guide

With your materials all set, follow the instructions carefully in the above video. Feel free to experiment and use other materials, and before long you can construct versions of Kevin, Stuart, and Bob to keep you entertained.

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Pros & Cons To This Minion Making Guide

This is a cheap, fun way to make a little Minion companion and it’s highly customisable. However, there are notable downsides. The most obvious is this is a fiddly way to make a Minion and you’ll need to get precise materials. It’s highly advisable you don’t let children make Minions this way alone – supervise any activities as sharp implements are involved.

Another problem is Kinder Surprise Eggs are banned in America, so if you’re from the US you will have difficulty acquiring the necessary shell from within. An alternative are Choco Surprise eggs, although the casing isn’t quite Minion shaped. Check your local supermarket for similar objects and perhaps purchase some yellow paint.

Featured photo credit: Dave Hax via davehax.com

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Last Updated on April 8, 2020

Why Assuming Positive Intent Is an Amazing Productivity Driver

Why Assuming Positive Intent Is an Amazing Productivity Driver

Assuming positive intent is an important contributor to quality of life.

Most people appreciate the dividends such a mindset produces in the realm of relationships. How can relationships flourish when you don’t assume intentions that may or may not be there? And how their partner can become an easier person to be around as a result of such a shift? Less appreciated in the GTD world, however, is the productivity aspect of this “assume positive intent” perspective.

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Most of us are guilty of letting our minds get distracted, our energy sapped, or our harmony compromised by thinking about what others woulda, coulda, shoulda.  How we got wronged by someone else.  How a friend could have been more respectful.  How a family member could have been less selfish.

However, once we evolve to understanding the folly of this mindset, we feel freer and we become more productive professionally due to the minimization of unhelpful, distracting thoughts.

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The leap happens when we realize two things:

  1. The self serving benefit from giving others the benefit of the doubt.
  2. The logic inherent in the assumption that others either have many things going on in their lives paving the way for misunderstandings.

Needless to say, this mindset does not mean that we ought to not confront people that are creating havoc in our world.  There are times when we need to call someone out for inflicting harm in our personal lives or the lives of others.

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Indra Nooyi, Chairman and CEO of Pepsi, says it best in an interview with Fortune magazine:

My father was an absolutely wonderful human being. From ecent emailhim I learned to always assume positive intent. Whatever anybody says or does, assume positive intent. You will be amazed at how your whole approach to a person or problem becomes very different. When you assume negative intent, you’re angry. If you take away that anger and assume positive intent, you will be amazed. Your emotional quotient goes up because you are no longer almost random in your response. You don’t get defensive. You don’t scream. You are trying to understand and listen because at your basic core you are saying, ‘Maybe they are saying something to me that I’m not hearing.’ So ‘assume positive intent’ has been a huge piece of advice for me.

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In business, sometimes in the heat of the moment, people say things. You can either misconstrue what they’re saying and assume they are trying to put you down, or you can say, ‘Wait a minute. Let me really get behind what they are saying to understand whether they’re reacting because they’re hurt, upset, confused, or they don’t understand what it is I’ve asked them to do.’ If you react from a negative perspective – because you didn’t like the way they reacted – then it just becomes two negatives fighting each other. But when you assume positive intent, I think often what happens is the other person says, ‘Hey, wait a minute, maybe I’m wrong in reacting the way I do because this person is really making an effort.

“Assume positive intent” is definitely a top quality of life’s best practice among the people I have met so far. The reasons are obvious. It will make you feel better, your relationships will thrive and it’s an approach more greatly aligned with reality.  But less understood is how such a shift in mindset brings your professional game to a different level.

Not only does such a shift make you more likable to your colleagues, but it also unleashes your talents further through a more focused, less distracted mind.

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