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Seasoned Nuts Quotable

“As you enter positions of trust and power, dream a little before you think.”

“The function, the very serious function of racism is distraction. It keeps you from doing your work. It keeps you explaining, over and over again, your reason for being. Somebody says you have no language and you spend twenty years proving that you do. Somebody says your head isn’t shaped properly so you have scientists working on the fact that it is. Somebody says you have no art, so you dredge that up. Somebody says you have no kingdoms, so you dredge that up. None of this is necessary. There will always be one more thing.”

― Toni Morrison

Motivation 6

“Sometimes you have to steer away from the crowd in order to be a better person. It’s not always easy, that’s for sure. But it’s right. And sometimes doing the right thing feels good, even if it does end up in a trip to the principal’s office.”
– Simone Elkeles, Leaving Paradise

Find the right sequence to these sentences

  1. The memory we used to share is no longer coherent.
  2. He wondered if it could be called a beach if there was no sand.
  3. Of course, she loves her pink bunny slippers.
  4. I am never at home on Sundays.
  5. Malls are great places to shop; I can find everything I need under one roof.

Interesting phrases

  • To pay the piper: to bear the cost or consequences (from the proverb “He who dances must pay the piper”; a variation is to pay the fiddler)
  • To play devil’s advocate : to take a contrary position for the sake of arguing (from the Roman Catholic official who looks critically at candidates for beatification or canonization)
  • To cast pearls before swine : to waste something valuable on an unworthy recipient (from Jesus’ warning to his disciples not to preach before unreceptive audiences)
  • To look a gift horse in the mouth : to appear ungrateful for a gift by questioning its value (from the fact that a horse’s age can be determined by checking its teeth)
  • Hoist by your own petard : hurt by one’s own plot or trap (a phrase used by Shakespeare’s Hamlet; a petard was an explosive device for blowing up doors and walls)

Without ambiguity: Black Lives Matter – Seth Godin Newsletter

This isn’t a current events blog. It might be inspired by them, but I try to write something every day that’s worth reading in a month or a year.

And so, I choose to ignore the specifics of breaking news, because breaking news keeps changing.

Sometimes, though, ambiguity isn’t called for. Sometimes, it’s misunderstood. In my town and my city and my country, we’re coming to grips with issues that have been simmering for far too long. And you’ve certainly heard from people with clear and actionable things about what you can do right now, and about their commitment going forward. I don’t want to confuse anyone about my take on it.

Avoiding breaking news is a privilege that I have, because there’s insulation for me.

Black Lives Matter.

The systemic, cruel and depersonalizing history of Black subjugation in my county has and continues to be a crime against humanity. It’s based on a desire to maintain power and false assumptions about how the world works and how it can work. It’s been amplified by systems that were often put in place with mal-intent, or sometimes simply because they felt expedient. It’s painful to look at and far more painful to be part of or to admit that exists in the things that we build.

We can’t permit the murder of people because of the color of their skin. Institutional racism is real, it’s often invisible, and it’s pernicious.

And White Supremacy is a loaded term precisely because the systems and their terrible effects are very real, widespread and run deep.

The benefit of the doubt is powerful indeed, and that benefit has helped me and people like me for generations. I’m ashamed of how we got here, and want to more powerfully contribute and model how we can get better, together.

It doesn’t matter how many blog posts about justice I write, or how clear I try to be about the power of diversity in our organizations. Not if I’m leaving doubt about the scale and enormity of the suffering that people feel, not just themselves, but for their parents before them and for the kids that will follow them.

It’s easier to look away and to decide that this is a problem for someone else. It’s actually a problem for all of us. And problems have solutions and problems are uncomfortable.

Quotes of the Week

Lillian Hellman

“Things start out as hopes and end up as habits.”

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Dale Carnegie

“Success is getting what you want. Happiness is wanting what you get.”

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Bertolt Brecht

“Because things are the way they are, things will not stay the way they are.”

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Charlotte Bronte

“Life appears to me too short to be spent in nursing animosity, or registering wrongs.”

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Don’t give up – Seth Godin Newsletter

Don’t give up

When is it time to give up, to stop trying, to settle for what is?

Five years ago, when I founded the altMBA, I had no idea what 2020 would be like. I don’t think anyone could have described the confluence of events, the unevenly distributed tragedy of our times, the injustice, the hurt and the illnesses as well. The despair that’s around us is real, and it has exposed many of the fault lines we’ve been papering over.

Leadership is needed. People, regardless of where they are or what they do, who can help those they work with move forward.

What else to do but to seek to make things better? Start where you are and do what you can.

Today, the hard work of leading, asserting, connecting and contributing seems incredibly difficult. But it’s more urgently needed than ever. Right here and right now.

When we ran the first session of our thirty-day virtual workshop, it was something that had never been done before. We had to explain what Zoom was, had to describe a future where online learning was not only possible, but could be transformative, and had to invent a whole new way for people to connect and learn with each other. But, truthfully, we had no idea. It was an experiment, and the 100 people who took that first session knew that, and were eager to give it a try.

We just finished our fortieth session. We’ve had graduates from 16 to 80 years of age. In 77 countries. Leaders from some of the biggest companies in the world as well as people who run non-profits, play professional sports or paint. Because making things better isn’t about what you look like or where you work. Making things better is an attitude. The attitude of possibility and the posture of generosity. And then making the decision to own your learning.

Don’t stop speaking up, don’t stop leading, don’t stop learning. Don’t stop seeking justice. We can’t give up.

Today is our five-year anniversary. 40 sessions, hundreds of coaches, thousands of alumni. And we keep showing up because you keep showing up. You do it with grace and kindness and confidence, even when the world is turned upside down. If you’re suffering from a hardship right now, know that we’re thinking of you.

It’s not a good time for us to celebrate our anniversary. It’s difficult to even share the news. So many people in our community and on our team are going through tough times right now, experiencing a world that they never asked for or expected. The best instinct I have in moments like these is to help people choose to lead. To do even better work on the projects you care about. To show up and to lean in and to contribute. In whatever way you can.

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Quiz Yourself

What percentage of S&P 500 companies now have a chief diversity officer?

(Answer located at the bottom of this newsletter.)

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ICYMI (In Case You Missed It)

Startups with ethnically diverse founders tend to outperform their all-white peers when they go public or are acquired, a new report shows. And while diverse firms have less access to venture capital early on, they tend to raise more money in subsequent rounds.

Research consistently shows that gender stereotypes give men a leadership advantage, but those same stereotypes might also give women an edge. Women are more effective servant leaders, according to a new study, allowing them to coax greater performance out of their teams.

The new wave of co-working is black-owned and inclusive. Co-working spaces designed to make people of color feel safe and prioritized are on the rise in cities like New York and Los Angeles.

Professional networks similar to LinkedIn have set out to solve the tech industry’s lack of diversity, starting with its most underrepresented group: black employees.

About 85% of people with learning disabilities are unemployed globally. With National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month in March, learn how to support neurodiversity in the workplace.

What To Watch

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Educator Brandon Fleming On The Importance Of Determination In Success

Brandon Fleming, founder and CEO of the Harvard Diversity Project, gets candid about how he succeeded in college, the power of determination and his favorite Maya Angelou quote.

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The World’s Most Powerful Women Define Power

Today’s most dynamic female leaders open up on influence, impact and how they use their power.

Quiz Answer: Some 47 percent of S&P 500 companies have a chief diversity officer (CDO) or equivalent.


Part of speech: noun
Origin: Latin, early 17th century

A downward slope.

Examples of Declivity in a sentence

“The landscape architect designed the garden to complement the natural declivity.”

“There was no longer a creek, but the bridge still spanned over a large declivity. “