Did you know…


Did you know…

… that today is Windows 95 Debut Day? On this day in 1995, Windows 95 made its presence known. Codenamed Chicago, Windows 95 integrated Microsoft’s formerly separate MS-DOS and Windows products. It featured significant improvements over its predecessor, Windows 3.1, most notably in the graphical user interface (GUI) and in its relatively simplified “plug-n-play” features. Wow, what a memory! LOL

COVID-19 via PNUTs Newsletter


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God is…


God is Indivisible One, and is indivisibly in each one and everything.
What is it then that causes apparent divisions? There are no divisions as such, but there is an appearance of separateness because of ignorance. This means that everything is of ignorance and that every one is Ignorance personified.
A drop in an ocean is not separate from the ocean. It is a bubble over the drop that gives it an appearance of separateness, but when the bubble bursts the drop is not, and the indivisible ocean is.
When the bubble of ignorance bursts the self realizes its oneness with the indivisible Self.
——-AVATAR MEHER BABA
[THE EVERYTHING AND THE NOTHING By Meher Baba. Avatar Meher Baba Trust eBook June 2011 Copyright © 1963 Meher House Publications, Beacon Hill, Australia Copyright © 1989 Avatar Meher Baba Perpetual Public Charitable Trust, Ahmednagar, India]

Seth Godin newsletter


From education to learning

Education is the hustle for a credential. It exchanges compliance for certification. An institution can educate you.

Learning can’t be done to you. It is a choice and it requires active participation, not simple adherence to metrics.

Learning is the only place to find resilience, possibility and contribution, because learning is a lifelong skill that isn’t domain dependent.

Most of the learning moments in our lives are accidental or random. A situation presents itself and if we’re lucky, we learn something from it.

We built the altMBA to make learning intentional.

The last session of the year is in October, and applications are due tomorrow, August 25th.

You’ll be surrounded by a cohort of others, each on their way to leveling up and moving forward. We only do it four times a year, only with a few hundred people, always with our alumni coaches on board.

I hope you’ll check it out. Learning is our best way forward, because learning creates community.

  

WORD OF THE DAY


WORD OF THE DAY
Strine
strayn
Part of speech: noun
Origin: Australian English, 1960s
1

The English language as spoken by Australians.

2

The Australian accent.

Examples of Strine in a sentence

“To American ears, Strine can sound like a foreign language.”

“If you head down to the beach, you’ll hear plenty of Strine from the surfers.”

Bhagvad-Gita अध्याय 12 का श्लोक 5


अध्याय 12 का श्लोक 5

क्लेशः, अधिकतरः, तेषाम्, अव्यक्तासक्तचेतसाम्,
अव्यक्ता, हि, गतिः, दुःखम्, देहवद्भिः, अवाप्यते।।5।।

अनुवाद: (तेषाम्) उन (अव्यक्तासक्तचेतसाम्) अदृश ब्रह्ममंे

आसक्तचित्तवाले पुरुषोंके साधनमें (क्लेशः)

वाद-विवाद रूपी क्लेश अर्थात् कष्ट (अधिकतरः)

विशेष है (हि) क्योंकि (देहवद्भिः)

देहाभिमानियों के द्वारा (अव्यक्ता)

अव्यक्तविषयक (गतिः)

गति (दुःखम्)

दुःखपूर्वक (अवाप्यते) प्राप्त की जाती है। (5)

विशेष:– इस श्लोक 5 में क्लेश अर्थात् कष्ट का भार्वाथ है कि पूर्ण परमात्मा की साधना मन के आनन्द से विपरित चल कर की जाती है।

मन चाहता है शराब पीना, तम्बाखु पीना, मांस खाना, नाचना, गाना आदि इन को त्यागना ही क्लेश कहा है।

परमेश्वर की भक्ति विधि का यथार्थ ज्ञान न होने के कारण आपस में वाद-विवाद करके दुःखी रहते हैं।

एक दूसरे से अपने ज्ञान को श्रेष्ठ मानकर अन्य से इर्षा करते है जिस कारण से क्लेश होता है।

५) सच्चिदानंदघन निराकार ब्रह्मांत चित्त गुंतलेल्या त्या पुरुषांच्या साधनांत कष्ट जास्त आहेत. कारण देहाचा अभिमान असणार्‍यांकडून अव्यक्त ब्रह्माची प्राप्ती कष्टानेच होत असते.

Mixed Nuts via PNUTs Newsletter I like


MIXED NUTS: QUICK TAKES ON WORLD NEWS
Playing God With Mosquitoes 

(Joe Raedle via Getty Images)

  • In 2021, 750 million genetically modified (GM) mosquitoes are set to be released in the Florida Keys and a string of surrounding islands. The Environmental Protection Agency granted permission in May to the British-based but US-operated company, Oxitec, to produce the genetically engineered, male Aedes aegypti mosquitoes, known as OX5034.
  • Aedes aegypti mosquitoes spread deadly diseases like dengue, Zika, chikungunya, and yellow fever to humans. Only female mosquitoes bite humans because they need blood to produce eggs. So the plan is to release the GM male mosquitoes who will then hopefully breed with wild female mosquitoes.
  • However, the male mosquitoes now carry a protein that will kill off any female offspring before they reach mature biting age. The males, which only feed on nectar, will survive and pass on the genes. Over time this will reduce the population of Aedes aegypti mosquitoes in the area and thereby reduce the spread of disease to humans.
  • Green-lighting the pilot project, which has been debated for years, drew a swift outcry from environmental groups, who warned of unintended consequences. One group condemned the plan as a public “Jurassic Park experiment.” Activists warn of possible damage to ecosystems, and the potential creation of hybrid, insecticide-resistant mosquitoes. (BBC)

Seasoned Nuts quotable


SEASONED NUTS: QUOTABLE
“Tell me with whom you associate, and I will tell you who you are”

—  Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“Associate yourself with people of good quality, for it is better to be alone than to be in bad company”

― Booker T. Washington

Brazil: Brazil prosecutors accuse two in alleged Petrobras-Maersk corruption scheme


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Ethical Alliance Daily News

Brazil: Brazil prosecutors accuse two in alleged Petrobras-Maersk corruption scheme
Aug 24, 2020 06:00 pm
Brazilian prosecutors pressed charges on Friday against two people for an alleged scheme to obtain confidential market information from Petrobras to benefit A.P. Moller-Maersk, the world’s largest shipping company. The case stems from an investigation that started in 2014 as part of Brazil’s sprawling Car Wash scandal, which has since
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United Kingdom: MPs call on UK to help whistleblower facing extradition to Monaco
Aug 24, 2020 05:30 pm
A cross-party group of MPs is urging the Foreign Office to support a corruption whistleblower who says he is the victim of “political persecution” in Monaco. Margaret Hodge, a former Labour minister, Andrew Mitchell, a former Tory minister, and other politicians are calling on the foreign secretary, Dominic Raab, to
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Mexico: Mexico’s ‘anti-graft’ president hit with videos of brother accepting cash
Aug 24, 2020 05:00 pm
A week ago, Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador was on a roll with his anti-corruption campaign, boosted by a video of rivals counting piles of cash and leaked testimony that could bring down more opponents. But after two videos surfaced Thursday, showing his brother taking packets of cash from
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China: Bannon’s Chinese host an irritant to Communist Party
Aug 24, 2020 04:30 pm
The self-exiled Chinese tycoon on whose 150-foot (45-meter) yacht President Donald Trump’s former chief strategist, Steve Bannon, was arrested is a high-profile irritant to the ruling Communist Party. Guo Wengui left China in 2014 during an anti-corruption crackdown led by President Xi Jinping that ensnared people close to Guo, including
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Japan: 3 men indicted over Japan lawmaker-linked casino graft scandal
Aug 24, 2020 04:00 pm
A supporter of Japanese lawmaker Tsukasa Akimoto and two others were indicted Monday over alleged witness tampering in connection with a casino graft scandal. Akihito Awaji, 54, the supporter, and two other men — Fumihiko Sato, 50, and Kazuhiro Miyatake, 49 — offered 30 million yen in June and July
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Africa: Kenyan police teargas anti-corruption protesters in Nairobi
Aug 24, 2020 03:30 pm
Kenya’s police have teargassed protesters holding peaceful demonstrations against alleged corruption including the theft of supplies for the fight against COVID-19 At least 12 demonstrators from a group of 100 protesting in different parts of Nairobi, the capital, were arrested by police, said central business district police chief Mark Wanjala.
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Nik’s Book Summaries Newsletter I like


Heyo, Nik here with your free summary of the day.

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1-Sentence-Summary: Resisting Happiness shows you how to get more joy in your life by exploring the roadblocks you unknowingly put in the way of it, explaining why it’s a choice, and giving specific tips to help you make the decision to be content.

Read in: 4 minutes

Favorite quote from the author:

Resisting Happiness Summary

You want to be happy. But every time you try to catch joy, it seems to slip through your fingers, replaced by worry and stress. You can’t put a price on fulfillment because it’s so valuable, but it also comes at the cost of hard work.

The trouble is, figuring out just where to put in the effort to make it happen isn’t always so easy. In the information age, there are infinite routes you can go down to try to grab a sense of wellbeing. The trick is just to find the right ones for you.

Interestingly, you need to begin looking for happiness by identifying what’s making you sad. Once you uncover these roadblocks, then you can begin removing them to let joy have free reign in your life.

Figuring this all out is just the topic of Matthew Kelly’s book Resisting Happiness. You’ll see what practicality, philosophy, and Kelly’s personal experiences teach about how to eliminate what holds you back from true fulfillment in life. And you’ll learn every step you need to take to get there in your own life.

3 of the best principles I got from this book are:

  1. Remember to read and that money isn’t everything if you want more meaning in life.
  2. Learn the joy of being alone.
  3. Practice delaying gratification and make sure you keep good friends close to reach your full potential.

Let’s get right into it and discover what Kelly has to teach us about happiness!

If you want to save this summary for later, download the free PDF and read it whenever you want.Download PDF

Lesson 1: For a more meaningful life, remember to read and that money isn’t everything.

In college, reading wasn’t at the top of my to-do list. It was difficult to manage a schedule full of classes and a social life and still find time to get into a good book.

But what I didn’t realize was that my lack of reading was one of the things holding me back from happiness.

Today I see that reading is an important window into the world around me. And as I pick the right authors, it’s like having their guidance right next to me when I’m trying to figure something important out.

Think of books like friends that you can turn to for an escape when life gets difficult. They have the power to change your perspective and improve your attitude.

Another important factor that could be holding you back from joy is placing too much emphasis on money. You do need it, but looking for opportunities to help others without the expectation of a reward is a sure path to fulfillment.

Picture this. The author goes to his neighbor Joe and offers to pay him $1,000 an hour to plan trees at the elementary school down the street. Joe puts in a couple of hours of half-hearted work and leaves richer but feeling empty.

Contrast this with the feeling Joe would have if the author asked him to volunteer his time. He might work hard all day to do what the school needs rather than just get paid and ends up happier and more fulfilled as a result.

Lesson 2: Nurture the relationship you have with yourself through solitude.

One time in college I was having difficulties with relationships and tried what I thought was a strange idea at the time. I took a day off work and made a plan to hang out with myself for the entire day. I even left my cell phone at home!

It turned out to be one of the most memorable and enjoyable days of my life. I spent time eating food I love, took a drive into the mountains for a picnic, and watched one of my favorite movies.

Unknowingly, I’d unblocked one of the most common roadblocks in the way of happiness-discovering the joy of being by myself.

Loneliness can be a scary prospect, especially if you’re used to always being with other people. You might even go to great lengths, making stupid decisions and getting into bad relationships, just to avoid it.

But consider that by spending more time alone, you’re nurturing a relationship with the one person you’ll never be without-yourself! It might sound counterintuitive, but more time alone will help you beat loneliness.

You also get a chance to dive into who you really are every time you plan to spend time by yourself. In fact, this is the only time you have to get to know your personality, so use it wisely and get plenty of it!

Lesson 3: If you want to reach your full potential, you’ll need to have good friends and to practice delaying gratification.

Being alone is important but it’s not everything. You’ve got to have friends, but the right kind if you want to truly be happy.

In tenth grade, I was terrified of social situations. I wouldn’t even ask a girl on a date I was so scared. But at the beginning of the next year, I met a group of friends that improved all of that.

I began spending a lot of time with one in particular who completely changed my life. The first weekend after we’d met he pushed me to ask a girl to the Homecoming dance.

I didn’t want to, but I knew that it was good for me so I did it anyway. Not only did I have a great time, but I also got out of my comfort zone and grew as a person.

In the months afterward, I transformed from an awkward and shy kid to a far more confident young man. If it weren’t for the help of friends that cared about my progress, I wouldn’t be who I am today!

Don’t keep holding yourself back from reaching your full potential by hanging around with mediocre people. Find a new friend group, and specifically look for high-quality people that you know will push you to be your best self.

It will change your life, and in the process, you’ll find a lot more fulfillment along the way!

Resisting Happiness Review

Resisting Happiness is a great book and one that I would highly recommend to anyone. I really like the idea that the path to joy comes from removing the roadblocks we put in the way of it. The tips this book gives are already giving me a lot of great ideas about what makes my life more fulfilling and how to double down on those practices!

Interesting Newsletter from Nik


Would They Miss You If You Were Gone?

A simple definition for doing work that matters


Four years ago, after six months of hard work, I finally did it: My email list reached 10,000 subscribers. I was ecstatic.

10,000 people. That’s a small stadium. Imagine a sold out arena, waiting for you — just for you — to share your latest work. This would be my big break. I was sure of it. With 10,000 people marching behind me, nothing I make would ever fall flat again.

You can see where this is going. I’m about to swallow a bitter pill here.

Later that year, I heard Seth Godin define permission marketing:

If that email you were going to send to 10,000 people tomorrow — if it didn’t go out — how many of the 10,000 people would say: “Where is the email?!” If the answer is none, then you don’t have permission. You’re just being tolerated.

Convinced that my dedicated subscribers loved me, I decided to run an experiment: That week, I didn’t send out my newsletter. No announcement. No warning. I just skipped one email. What would happen? Who would ask for it? How many people? Would they be concerned? What would they say?

I woke up the next morning to a sobering realization: No one had emailed me. No one had asked for the newsletter. I waited. One day. Two. Three. Nothing. Crickets. No one missed me when I was gone. Ouch.

The all-important question in marketing, art, and doing great work is this: “What does it mean to matter?” According to Seth, there is a simple answer:

Would they miss you if you were gone? I don’t know who they are, I don’t know what gone means, but those people that you’re seeking to have an impact on, would they miss you if you didn’t show up tomorrow?

In my case, people didn’t. Maybe, they thought my newsletter was nice. Maybe, they enjoyed an article or two of mine. Clearly, however, none of my readers considered my work essential. They could easily do without it.

It hurts to find out that the tribe you’ve assembled with your blood, sweat, and tears will disband the second you stop talking to them, but the message it sends is clear: You never formed a real tribe in the first place. You just talked enough people into following along. You convinced them to take the flyer, to try the free sample, to sign up for the trial subscription — but you didn’t do the hard work of building a loyal relationship.

You just did “the hustle dance,” as Seth calls it:

Would they miss you if this new product, this new project didn’t come to the world? Or do you have to do that whole hustle dance, “Look at me, look at me,” jump up and down, offer for a limited time, bla bla bla… To game it so they’ll actually transact with you. That work doesn’t feel like it matters to me.

It’s easy to think you’re doing work that matters. That, somehow, your marketing is different. You have good intentions. You really want your audience to succeed. But you might still cut corners. We all succumb to the temptation sometimes.

Clickbait is still clickbait, even if you deliver on your promise. Selling is still selfish if your main goal is to make money. Giving gifts is not generous if it comes with expectations. In many ways, reciprocity has been corrupted.

If what you’re doing feels like playing a game, chances are, not many will miss you when you’re gone. You’re just another player who dropped out. Fine. Less competition. Less hassle. Less clutter in my inbox.

Here’s another question: Where is the sacrifice? How much are you really sweating? If we can’t see your effort in what you make for us, how can we know you mean what you say?

The only way to show people you have their best interest at heart is to actually do. You can’t fake it. You either do something selfless, or you don’t. It’s one of the few things in life that are surprisingly black and white and, most of the time, plain to see — at least on a long enough timeline.

When I didn’t hear back from my fans, when no one missed me when I was gone, I was devastated. I questioned everything I was doing. I changed things. I tried to do better.

Last year, I started another newsletter. I put in hard work. Real work. It grew fast. It was free. I sent it every day. I came up with themes. I wanted to help so badly. I really tried.

To this day, it’s not as big as my first one. It has about 5,000 subscribers. But, often, when I missed a day or didn’t share something in a while, a few people checked in. “Hey, Nik, are you okay?” “Hey Nik, where are the emails?”

It’s great to see you’re moving in the right direction. It feels good to be missed when you’re gone.

It’s okay. You’re not perfect. Take your time. Learn to stop dancing. Start making. Take your ego out of the equation. Not for a while. Not for this one thing. Completely.

Watch what happens. Watch how, slowly, the magic unfolds. Watch them start to miss you when you’re gone.

Write like a pro,
-Nik

PS: Want to take your writing game to the next level? Check out Write Like A Pro.

The Beacon Newsletter


The Beacon
It’s Monday, August 24, and the Pebble Mine project could be delayed indefinitely.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will issue a letter today giving the developers of the Pebble Mine, a proposed gold, copper, and silver ore mine in Alaska, 90 days to submit a new plan to mitigate the project’s impacts on wetlands and streams. The new conditions could delay final approvals for the controversial mine until after November’s presidential election.

The planned site for the proposed mine is near streams that foster spawning salmon, which in turn support the world’s largest commercial sockeye salmon fishery, Alaska Natives who depend on subsistence fishing, and a large sport-fishing industry. The Obama administration vetoed the project after determining that it would impact salmon harvests. Under the Trump administration, the Army Corps reversed that finding but did determine that the proposed mine would impact wetlands and streams.

The chief executive of the company behind the mine said the firm plans to move forward with the mitigation plan. But with mounting opposition — which strangely has united Donald Trump Jr. and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, the future for the Pebble Mine is growing dim.

— Emily Pontecorvo

Smog clouds

THE SMOG
Need-to-know basis

Tropical Storm Laura killed at least 13 people in Haiti and the Dominican Republic over the weekend and caused Puerto Rico to declare a state of emergency. Laura is expected to soon intensify into a hurricane and hit the Gulf Coast of the U.S. byThursday.

Two crew members died on Friday after a dredging vessel struck a submerged pipeline, causing an explosion and fire in Corpus Christi, Texas. Two other crew members are still missing, according to the U.S. Coast Guard. The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality reported that the vessel hit a propane pipeline, while the Port of Corpus Christi claimed it had struck a natural gas pipeline.

A recent study found that babies born to mothers who had breathed in smoke from a 2104 coal mine fire in the Australian state of Victoria were more likely to have respiratory infections in early childhood. The researchers warned that as climate change increases the risk of wildfires, more pregnant people will be exposed to pollutants that will impactt their future children’s respiratory health.

— Angely Mercado

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Wisdom Quotes


It’s not how many years you’ve lived in your life, but how much life you’ve lived in your years.

In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years. (Abraham Lincoln)

It’s better to find the source of a problem and being unable to fix it than it is to fix the problem without knowing its source.
It is better to debate a question without settling it than to settling a question without debating it. (Joseph Joubert)

Random Phrases of the day


  1. Down For The CountMeaning: Someone or something that looks to be defeated, or nearly so.
  2. What Goes Up Must Come DownMeaning: Things that go up must eventually return to the earth due to gravity.
  3. Not the Sharpest Tool in the ShedMeaning: Someone who isn’t witty or sharp, but rather, they are ignorant, unintelligent, or senseless.
  4. Ugly DucklingMeaning: One who may seem plain at first in appearance or capability, but later turns out to be beautiful or great.
  5. Head Over HeelsMeaning: Falling deeply in love with another person.