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Applause from Christopher Boswell and 2 others
What If Unhappiness Contains The Secret To Happiness?
Maybe we should just give up the pursuit of happiness.
Maarten van Doorn in Personal GrowthMember only content5 min read
Applause from Blue Fences and 2 others
How to Write from a Place That’s Unique to You
Turning your lonely words into something meaningful, effective, and honest.
Kevin Horton in The Writing CooperativeMember only content4 min read
Cosmos in Chaos
10 things the universe wants you to know about heartbreak.
Kimberley Etwaro in P.S. I Love YouMember only content5 min read
Applause from Christopher Boswell and 2 others
To Get Better at Writing You Must Teach It
In 2012, my first son was born, and my pursuit of novel publication came to a screeching halt.
Chris Ing in Writers Guild5 min read
Member contentFor Members
‘The Art of Conversation’ With Adah Parris
She’s here to help reorient us to ourselves and steer us to a better, more human future
Douglas RushkoffMember only content2 min read
Applause from Chris Daniels
The Patron Saints of My Behavior
I don’t believe in God, but I do have gods — and they visit me
Scott GallowayMember only content5 min read
Applause from anna breslin
Why The Next Privacy War Will Be in Our Homes
What happens when every noise in our lies becomes a search prompt?
Colin HorganMember only content5 min read
Based on your reading history
Applause from Stephen M. Tomic and 1 other
The Corner
Down on my knees,
Dave ParkMember only content1 min read
Applause from Dan Moore and 2 others
Dusks and Dawns
Lit Up — November’s Prompt: 55er
DiAmaya Dawn in Lit UpMember only content1 min read
Applause from Jonathan Greene and 2 others
Writing is Damn Hard Work
The “gurus” aren’t lying to you, just sharing their tools.
Zach J. PayneMember only content4 min read
From authors you follow
19 Tiny Habits That Lead to Huge Results
Success doesn’t happen in an instant.
Nicolas ColeMember only content4 min read
Applause from Kitanya Harrison and 1 other
The best trite advice I can give you.
When life gets demanding, demand something different.
John Gorman11 min read
How To Breathe (Why Deep Breathing Will Change Your Life)
The Final Solution to Depression and Anxiety
Harry J. SteadMember only content7 min read
Applause from Michelle Muses and 1 other
Be My Guest.
If you please…
Blue FencesMember only content1 min read
Chicken Fried Chicken
Fried chicken: It might hasten your death in certain quantities, but it also has many other features to…
Elizabeth Bruenig3 min read
Applause from people you follow
Applause from Kathy Jacobs and 1 other
We demand BuzzFeed pay out earned paid time off to its recently laid off…
To Ben, Jonah, and Lenke:
BuzzFeed News Staff Council14 min read
Applause from Zach J. Payne and 2 others
Ted Bundy: The First Incel
The serial killer tells us a lot about toxic masculinity today.
Jessica WildfireMember only content7 min read
Applause from Zachary Phillips and 2 others
Are You a Builder or a Destroyer?
Whether complimentary or adversarial, contrasting roles are a fact of life.
Tammy HaderMember only content4 min read
Best in Language
Applause from David Paul Kirkpatrick
Meet the Alien Whisperer
How an astrophysicist uses dolphin and whale communication to prepare for possible alien contact
Shannon StironeMember only content4 min read
Applause from Hilal Isler
What People Actually Say Before They Die
Insights into the little-studied realm of last words
The AtlanticMember only content10 min read
After More Than Two Decades of Work, a New Hebrew Bible to Rival the King James
The pre-eminent scholar Robert Alter has finally finished his own translation
New York Times MagazineMember only content10 min read
Best in Gun Control
NRA Goes International in Its Mission to Defend Guns
The American lobby forges ties in Australia, Brazil, and Russia
Bloomberg Businessweek in Bloomberg BusinessweekMember only content11 min read
Applause from Matthew J. Dolezal
Nearly Every Mass Killer Is a Man. Why Aren’t We Talking About That?
After the Toronto attack, there should be a debate about toxic masculinity, and the issues of identity and…
The GuardianMember only content6 min read

Croissant Day

Did you know…

… that today is Croissant Day? Ah… that crescent-shaped, flaky, buttery pastry we dream of! There are so many uses for this wonderful pastry: baking it with chocolate, fruits, meat, vegetables, and cheese. Or making sandwiches. Whatever way you prefer them, enjoy one or two (three?) today!


“Everybody has a plan until they get punched in the mouth” – Mike Tyson

“In boxing, yesterday’s nobody can become tomorrow’s somebody. The man who wants it the most is going to come home with it. He had the will to win.” – Don King on Buster Douglas’s upset of Mike Tyson

“You don’t understand. I coulda had class. I coulda been a contender. I coulda been somebody, instead of a bum, which is what I am, let’s face it. It was you, Charley.” – Terry Malloy (Marlon Brandon) in On the Waterfront

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Do you shake your head in disbelief or smile at innocent ignorance? Perhaps both, but what do you do if those ‘ignorant’ are your own parents? Scream? Shout? or rant on Twitter? Australian E-sports commentator Nate Patrick chose to take the third route in a hilarious tirade on learning of an encounter his parents had on a train journey.

A noisy bunch traveling with Nate’s parents turned out to be the Manchester United squad, and the Patricks, oblivious of the mega-stardom of their co-passengers were unimpressed. So much that Patrick Sr was left wondering on an offer of a picture with Paul Pogba. Yes, he did not recognize Paul Pogba!

Well, you surely cannot disown your parents, but rant you can and Nate did, leaving the world in splits. Here’s to all our ‘parents’ stories.


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Stories you shouldn’t miss

With India’s 2019 general elections around the corner, Facebook has come up with a strategy to fight fake news and launch transparency tools. As part of this initiative, the social media giant will set up two regional operations centres, in Dublin and Singapore, to track election integrity and monitor Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram and Messenger. These teams will add a layer of defence against fake news, hate speech, and voter suppression, the company said in an official blog post.

Known for its investments in consumer brands, early-stage venture fund Fireside Ventures unveiled ambitious plans for the years to come. And it includes taking each of its brands to Rs 1,000 crore in revenues, and building 25 iconic consumer brands over the next 15 years, including a few ‘unicorns’ in the next decade. “There is an emergence of young brands, and we believe we can set ambitious targets for growth because consumption is on the rise in India,” said Kanwaljit Singh, Managing Partner at Fireside Ventures.

If rumours are to be believed, Apple might be working on a subscription-based gaming service, dubbed ‘Netflix for games’ by media reports. If things go as planned, the service would allow subscribers to access a select list of game titles for a certain fee. The iPhone maker is already said to have initiated discussions with game developers in the second half of 2018, but until the company gives an official nod, it’s wise to take this piece of news with a pinch of salt.

Founded in 2015, Bellatrix Aerospace is one of the many companies trying to gain a slice of the pie that is space exploration. The startup’s claim to fame is an indigenous electric propulsion system for satellites, called Microwave Plasma Thrusters (MPT). Through the MPT, Bellatrix offers its customers the ability to take bigger payloads into space at a reasonable cost. What’s even better? It’s an eco-friendly and a cleaner alternative to the existing electric propulsion.

With a growing number of consumers turning to eco-friendly, organic and sustainable clothing options, Bengaluru-based NorthMist is carving a niche for itself. Launched by Smrity Gupta and Arijit Mazumdar in March 2018, the company manufactures organic men’s t-shirts, and sells them across India. NorthMist has already launched two collections, and is preparing to launch its third one this summer.

State Bank of India (SBI) recently alleged the misuse of Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) data. According to media reports, SBI officials are said to have informed the UIDAI that the logins and biometrics of their operators were misused to generate unauthorised Aadhaar cards. The charges, however, were rubbished by UIDAI, which claimed that the Aadhaar database was completely secured, and no breach had taken place.

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The Marshall Goldsmith Thinkers50 Video Blog – Newsletter

Dear Dhananjay,
In this week’s blog, I interview  my friend Erica Dhawan, the brilliant author of Get Big Things Done: The Power of Connectional Intelligence, founder and CEO of Cotential, and Thinkers50 featured emerging management thinker.
Erica is the leading expert on connectional intelligence and this week she’ll share with us how we can use CI to make our team work great!
If you want to learn more about Getting Big Things Done from Erica, take her free Connection Intelligence Quiz. And check out her new online course on Udemy, Get Big Things Done: Become a Standout Collaborator!
I hope that you enjoy this wonderful series and that it is useful and helpful to you!
For more articles and videos, check out all of my posts on LinkedIn!
What Makes Great Teams Work?
What Makes Great Teams Work?
In this week’s blog interview, I’m thrilled to share more insights from my friend Erica Dhawan. Erica is the author of Get Big Things Done: The Power of Connectional Intelligence, founder and CEO of Cotential, and Thinkers50 featured emerging management thinker. This week she shares with us one of the quintessential ideas that makes … Continue reading What Makes Great Teams Work?…»
All of these videos are online, so if you haven’t had a chance to see one yet or if you’d like a refresher they are available at Thinkers50. I hope you find these videos to be fun and useful and that you continue to share them!
Life is good.

About the Marshall Goldsmith Thinkers50 Video Blog

The Marshall Goldsmith Thinkers50 Video Blog and accompanying written articles incorporate learnings from my 38 years of experience with top executives, as well as material from my previous research, articles, and books, including What Got You Here Won’t Get You There, MOJO, Coaching for Leadership, and my new book, New York Times and Wall Street Journal best-selling Triggers.

Courtesy: Roger Dooley – “The Brainfluencer” Author’s Newsletter


What would your reaction be if someone on your team came to you with this dilemma? “Boss, the good news is we’re making millions from selling imaginary digital stuff. The bad news is, lots of that money is from kids using their parents credit card without their knowledge. Plus, credit card chargebacks are through the roof. But, we’ve designed a way to stop these unauthorized purchases.”
Most of us would find duping kids and parents to be unethical at best. But, when Facebook confronted this question, they didn’t make changes to fix the problem. Instead, they found ways to keep sales flowing and to make claiming a refund even more difficult. Read my piece at Forbes that shows how friction can be used and abused.
In a new Neuromarketing post, I find a timeless lesson in how to grow in a stagnant, commoditized market in, of all places, the ketchup bottle.
Do you like change? Lots of people fight change, often for bad reasons or no reason. On the podcast, I’ve got two of the three authors of Leading Transformation on to show how understanding the brain can make organizational change easier and more effective. Neuromarketing textbook author Thomas Zoega Ramsøy handles the neuro side, and Kyle Nel supplies hands-on business acumen.
In another podcast, innovation expert Amy Radin talks about the ideas in her new book, The Change Maker’s Playbook. (That’s where the ketchup story came from!)
And, speaking of important books, my latest project is a huge compilation of the best neuromarketing books. Check it out, and grab the handy PDF “cheat sheet” that lists all the books and the Twitter handles for the authors.
Don’t miss a single podcast episode, get them delivered to your player automatically… just subscribe to the Brainfluence Podcast at, or the app of your choice.
As usual, all my latest content is linked below. Stay brainy!

What Marketers Can Learn From A Ketchup Bottle
Believe it or not, there’s an important marketing lesson in the ubiquitous ketchup bottle. Heinz was stuck in a competitive, commoditized market until they found a simple way to shake things up. Read more…

Facebook, Friendly Fraud, and Friction
At Forbes: Sometimes buying stuff can be TOO easy… A few years ago, Facebook thought that game apps facilitating purchases by kids without parental approval or even awareness was a good business model.  Read More…

The Neuroscience of Change with Thomas Ramsøy
What’s the biggest problem with organizational change? Simple – people resist it! You’ve got to get inside their heads. Neuromarketing researcher Thomas Zoega Ramsøy draws on neuroscience to show you how! Read more…

Business and Brand Innovation with Amy Radin
Amy Radin offers a path to product and market innovation that doesn’t depend on big market research or R&D expenses. And, her ideas work in any industry – even ones where the products are similar and slow growth! Read more…

Leading Transformation with Kyle Nel

Change is difficult. Transformative change is even harder. Change expert Kyle Nel joins the podcast to explain an approach to innovation and change that is based on brain science and actually works.  Read more…

Neuromarketing Books: The Ultimate Reading List

Here’s the book list you’ve been waiting for. It’s my compilation of books about neuromarketing, consumer neuroscience, behavioral science, sales psychology, and more. There’s a handy PDF of the entire list, along with Twitter handles for all of the authors! Read more…

Why Convenience Wins with Shep Hyken

How do you take share away from your competitors? Grow in a sluggish market? In his new book, The Convenience Revolution, he shows how large and small companies are winning with the simple strategy of reducing customer effort. Read more…

Applying Cialdini Principles in the Real World

Brian Ahearn is one of just a few certified Cialdini trainers on the planet, and he joins us to offer practical examples of how to apply Cialdini’s famous principles in marketing, on websites, and in our lives.  Read More…

Behavior Design with BJ Fogg

An epic conversation with the master of persuasive design and habit formation! BJ Fogg has been at the forefront of behavior design and technology for 20+ years, and he’s finally visited the Brainfluence Podcast! Read more…

Are You Smarter than an Economist?
Steven Landsburg, Professor of Economics at the University of Rochester and author of Can You Outsmart an Economist?, explains how height and pay are correlated, why we should all be grateful for people who hoard money, and why more sex is safer sex. Read more…

Use The Ben Franklin Effect To Increase Loyalty

Want to be persuasive? Want to increase customer loyalty? Don’t ask what you can do for them, ask them do to something for you! It sounds crazy, but it worked for Ben Franklin and it can work for you.  Read More…
Unique knowledge or skill is a good starting point, but David C. Baker, author of The Business of Expertise, shows you, step by step, how to turn that expertise into a viable business. Read more…

Is your marketing budget maxed out? Do you need more sales? If you like my Neuromarketing, Entrepreneur and Forbes articles, you’ll definitely enjoy Brainfluence: 100 Ways to Persuade and Convince Consumers with Neuromarketing (Wiley). It’s full of practical, ways to use behavior research, neuroscience, and psychology to make your marketing more persuasive! Get Brainfluence…

And, check out my short Kindle book, The Persuasion Slide. It’s a simple framework to help you incorporate non-conscious motivators (like those in Brainfluence) into your ads, landing pages, etc.

Via: Kindness Spring Newsletter

Editor’s Note: Albert Einstein spoke about widening our circles of compassion to include not just those nearest to us, but the whole of humanity. He felt by restricting our affection to those nearest to us, we imprison ourselves and succumb to a delusion that we are separate from each other. Our task is to free ourselves from this delusion and to love and embrace everyone, including strangers. – Ameeta
People share moving stories of the nicest things strangers have done for them – from changing a diaper for a distraught young father to saving a life. These kind acts led to life-long ripples.
An elderly woman found a way to help others while remaining in her car. She keeps a large basket filled with warm clothing in her passenger seat and hands them out to people as needed.


We all benefit from the kindness of strangers – one way or another.
Maria Popova discusses compassion and Einstein’s view on widening circles of compassion.