Wisdom Quotes 5

It’s when your thoughts, words and actions are in sync that you reach true happiness.

Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony. (Mahatma Gandhi)

It’s impossible to lose if you never give up.
You just can’t beat the person who never gives up. (Babe Ruth)

Qualities of a Mentee/ mentoree/ protege

Qualities of a Mentee/ mentoree/ protege

शिष्य पाहिजे धारिष्टाचा ।
शिष्य पाहिजे दृढ व्रताचा ।
शिष्य पाहिजे उत्तम कुळीचा ।
पुण्यसीळ ।।

शिष्य असावा सात्विक ।
शिष्य असावा भजक ।
शिष्य असावा साधक ।
साधनकर्ता ।।

।। जय जय रघुवीर समर्थ ।।
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Part of speech: noun
Origin: English, 1980s

The variety of life in the world or in a particular habitat or ecosystem.

Examples of Biodiversity in a sentence

“The Australian biodiversity is responsible for almost 10% of all species on Earth.”

“The foundation was focused on efforts to preserve the biodiversity of the rainforest.”

Via: Seth Godin Newsletter

The moral imagination

What do you dream of?

We’ve worked overtime to create a sports imagination. Kids dream of dunking a basketball or scoring the winning goal at the World Cup. That’s a pretty new phenomenon. Instant replay, endorsement deals and trading cards make it easy to imagine.

We’ve certainly established a profit imagination. Everywhere we turn, the p&l mindset isn’t far away. Add a zero. That’s winning.

And there’s a health imagination as well. The ideal of fitness and well-being, the very nature of an immune system that we’re supposed to support.

But what about the moral imagination?

Visualizing what’s possible. Deciding to do something about it. Wondering (to ourselves and then to the world, “how can I make this better?”)

Not because it’s our job or because we’ll win a prize. Simply because we can.

We can start where we are and we can make things better.


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Bridges and tunnels

Robert Moses, the road builder, understood that that building tunnels takes just a little longer and costs just a little bit more.

And it turns out that bridges are monuments and create glory for those that find the resources to build them, there in the sky, for all to see.

Those are the two reasons why we end up with more bridges than tunnels. (Same is true with work culture and society at large).

But tunnels allow all sorts of productivity without calling attention to themselves or those that build them. A tunnel creates progress without changing the landscape. Many times, it’s an elegant solution to the problem for someone with the guts and fortitude to build one.

Less glory, more upside.

How economists rode maths to become our era’s astrologers | Aeon Essays

via How economists rode maths to become our era’s astrologers | Aeon Essays

Alan Jay Levnovitz is an associate professor of philosophy and religion at James Madison University in Virginia. His most recent book is The Gluten Lie: And Other Myths About What You Eat (2015), and the editor, with Daniel Boscaljon, of Teaching Religion and Literature (2018).

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Since the 2008 financial crisis, colleges and universities have faced increased pressure to identify essential disciplines, and cut the rest. In 2009, Washington State University announced it would eliminate the department of theatre and dance, the department of community and rural sociology, and the German major – the same year that the University of Louisiana at Lafayette ended its philosophy major. In 2012, Emory University in Atlanta did away with the visual arts department and its journalism programme. The cutbacks aren’t restricted to the humanities: in 2011, the state of Texas announced it would eliminate nearly half of its public undergraduate physics programmes. Even when there’s no downsizing, faculty salaries have been frozen and departmental budgets have shrunk.

But despite the funding crunch, it’s a bull market for academic economists. According to a 2015 sociological study in the Journal of Economic Perspectives, the median salary of economics teachers in 2012 increased to $103,000 – nearly $30,000 more than sociologists. For the top 10 per cent of economists, that figure jumps to $160,000, higher than the next most lucrative academic discipline – engineering. These figures, stress the study’s authors, do not include other sources of income such as consulting fees for banks and hedge funds, which, as many learned from the documentary Inside Job (2010), are often substantial. (Ben Bernanke, a former academic economist and ex-chairman of the Federal Reserve, earns $200,000-$400,000 for a single appearance.)

Unlike engineers and chemists, economists cannot point to concrete objects – cell phones, plastic – to justify the high valuation of their discipline. Nor, in the case of financial economics and macroeconomics, can they point to the predictive power of their theories. Hedge funds employ cutting-edge economists who command princely fees, but routinely underperform index funds. Eight years ago, Warren Buffet made a 10-year, $1 million bet that a portfolio of hedge funds would lose to the S&P 500, and it looks like he’s going to collect. In 1998, a fund that boasted two Nobel Laureates as advisors collapsed, nearly causing a global financial crisis.

The failure of the field to predict the 2008 crisis has also been well-documented. In 2003, for example, only five years before the Great Recession, the Nobel Laureate Robert E Lucas Jr told the American Economic Association that ‘macroeconomics […] has succeeded: its central problem of depression prevention has been solved’. Short-term predictions fair little better – in April 2014, for instance, a survey of 67 economists yielded 100 per cent consensus: interest rates would rise over the next six months. Instead, they fell. A lot.

Nonetheless, surveys indicate that economists see their discipline as ‘the most scientific of the social sciences’. What is the basis of this collective faith, shared by universities, presidents and billionaires? Shouldn’t successful and powerful people be the first to spot the exaggerated worth of a discipline, and the least likely to pay for it?

In the hypothetical worlds of rational markets, where much of economic theory is set, perhaps. But real-world history tells a different story, of mathematical models masquerading as science and a public eager to buy them, mistaking elegant equations for empirical accuracy.

15. World Hypertension Day – 17th May

15. World Hypertension Day – 17th May

Hypertension Content Marketing Opportunities

This day brings to light the issue of high blood pressure in populations across the globe.

Content marketing opportunities:   

  • Listicle idea: X Sure-fire ways to keep your blood pressure in check at all times
  • Infographic idea: What are the warning signs of hypertension?
  • Video idea: X Exercises that can keep your body weight in check
  • Podcast idea: How should you change your lifestyle if you have hypertension?

Brand campaign that worked:

This video from Novartis talks about the risks of hypertension and provides statistics on how many people it affects through the year.

14. World Telecommunication and Information Society Day – 17th May

14. World Telecommunication and Information Society Day – 17th May

Telecom Day Content Marketing Opportunities

This day aims to raise awareness of the possibilities that the use of internet and other communication technologies can bring to societies.

Content marketing opportunities:   

  • Listicle idea: X Ways the internet has made our lives easier
  • Infographic idea: A look at how we consume information has changed over the decades
  • Video idea: From 2G to 5G: The evolution of the internet
  • Podcast idea: What would happen if we had to live without the internet for a day?

Brand campaign that worked:

This video from ICASA describes the formation of the day and why it is celebrated.