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Seth Godin NEwsletter

Small adjustments

Even better than buying a new bicycle is adjusting the seat on your existing bike properly.

That’s because the height of the seat changes your power. It’s the point of maximum leverage, responsible for aligning all of the forces you bring to bear on the process.

When we begin to think about our work, we tend to focus on the largest structures–what it looks like from the outside. But as we engage with the problem at hand, it turns out that our impact changes based on how we stand, what we believe and the ways we interact with the systems right in front of us.

Get the strategy right, then implement small changes, repeated with persistence and generosity.

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“Instructions for freedom”:

“Instructions for freedom”:
1. Life’s metaphors are God’s instructions.
2. You have just climbed up and above the roof, there is nothing between you and the Infinite; now, let go.
3. The day is ending, it’s time for something that was beautiful to turn into something else that is beautiful. Now, let go.
4. Your wish for resolution was a prayer. You are being here is God’s response, let go and watch the stars came out, in the inside and in the outside.
5. With all your heart ask for Grace and let go.
6. With all your heart forgive him, forgive yourself and let him go.
7. Let your intention be freedom from useless suffering then, let go.
8. Watch the heat of day pass into the cold night, let go.
9. When the Karma of a relationship is done, only Love remains. It’s safe, let go.
10. When the past has past from you at last, let go.. then, climb down and begin the rest of your life with great joy.”
— Elizabeth Gilbert (Eat, Pray, Love)

Nik’s book summaries Newsletter I like

Heyo, Nik here with another 3 free book summaries to share!

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Speaking of which, let’s get to our books of the week!

The Sleep Solution by Chris Winter, M.D.

1-Sentence-Summary: The Sleep Solution improves your quality of life by identifying the myths surrounding rest that keep you from getting more of it, showing you why they’re false, and teaching you how to establish proper sleep hygiene.

  1. If you don’t sleep well, you’re not going to be healthy.
  2. Use the principles of preparation and routine to boost your sleep hygiene.
  3. Insomnia doesn’t come from not enough sleep, it’s more about being frustrated by terrible sleep quality.

If you’re looking for the solution to your sleep problems, this book is for you.

From Here To Financial Happiness by Jonathan Clements

1-Sentence-Summary: From Here To Financial Happiness is your guide to having a healthier relationship with money and shows you how looking to the future to prepare for what’s ahead can make you a lot less stressed about your financial life.

  1. You need to financially prepare for unexpected setbacks, like losing your job.
  2. Because of evolution, you’re less likely to plan and more likely to overindulge, but you can overcome this by thinking ahead.
  3. Lowering your expenses helps your wallet and your health.

If you want to stop stressing so much about what’s in your wallet, this book is for you.

Evicted by Matthew Desmond

1-Sentence-Summary: Evicted reveals the awful situation of those living in the poorest cities in the United States by identifying how this situation came to be, the horrendous effect it has on the individuals and families that deal with it, and what we might do to stop it.

  1. Eviction rates have been rising because of high rent, low salaries, and unemployment.
  2. The stresses and challenges that families who get evicted have to go through are unbearable.
  3. Housing is a civil right and we might be able to give it to everybody by implementing a housing voucher system.

If you’re curious about one of the worst problems in society and how to fix it, this book is for you.

That’s everything for now, we hope your weekend is amazing!

Happy reading,

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Random Phrases of the day

  1. Close But No CigarMeaning: Coming close to a successful outcome only to fall short at the end.
  2. On Cloud NineMeaning: Having strong feelings of happiness or satisfaction. 
  3. In the RedMeaning: Losing money. Being in debt.
  4. Son of a GunMeaning: A person, usually one who is behaving badly.
  5. Fight Fire With FireMeaning: To retaliate with an attack that is similar to the attack used against you.

Wisdom Quotes

There’s no greater risk that the one that comes from trying something without knowing what you’re doing.

Risk comes from not knowing what you’re doing. (Warren Buffett)

What could’ve been does not equal what can no longer be.
It is never too late to be what you might have been. (George Eliot)

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There Will Be Blood: 10 Shockingly Selfish Quotes From Daniel Plainview


These are ten of the most shockingly selfish quotes from Daniel Plainview.

10“I Want No One Else To Succeed.”

Perhaps the greatest quote to represent Daniel’s selfishness and greed is his famous “I Have A Competition” speech. It begins, “I have a competition in me. I want no one else to succeed. I hate most people.” And really, that just about sums up the entirety of Daniel’s character and personality.

He is intensely driven, and he capitalizes on the capitalist system, driving out all competition and attaining all the money and success for himself. And, it’s one thing for his actions to represent his selfishness. It’s something else for him to just come out and say “I want no one else to succeed.”

9“I. Drink. Your. Milkshake!”

The famous “I drink your milkshake” line was memed to death in 2007, and while the phrasing is certainly funny, it again speaks to Daniel’s utter selfishness. The end of the movie sees Eli approaching Daniel with an offer to drill on Bandy’s land.

However, Daniel had long ago drained Brandy’s oil with something called slant drilling from neighboring wells. Daniel wonderfully uses the analogy of a very long straw drinking someone else’s milkshake to explain the process to Eli. He took all the oil for himself, even though it legally didn’t belong to him.

8“No One Can Get At It Except For Me!”

Very few things amuse Daniel Plainview. But money, and the prospect of money, certainly does. As he excitedly explains, “There’s a whole ocean of oil under our feet! No one can get at it except for me!”

This quote, much like his “I Have A Competition In Me” speech, represents the very ideals of capitalism and the lengths that some people will go to to attain their success. Daniel attained the “ocean of oil” fair and square, and as such, it belongs to him. “No one can get at it except for [him],” and that is a very good thing for him, indeed.

7“No He Isn’t.”

Daniel’s character is wonderfully summarized through his relationship with H.W., a somewhat adopted son that Daniel uses to his own benefit.

RELATED:I’ve Abandoned My Boy: 10 Of The Best Quotes From There Will Be Blood

When Daniel strikes gold out in the desert, H.W. is deafened by the resulting explosion. While Daniel initially sees to his safety and well-being, he quickly leaves him to observe the gushing oil. And when Fletcher asks if H.W. is okay, Daniel bluntly states, “No he isn’t.” It’s telling that Daniel is there, watching his oil with glee, rather than being with his now-deafened son. Money is greater than family.

6“I Needed A Sweet Face To Buy Land.”

Daniel doesn’t see to his son because H.W. isn’t actually his son, and he doesn’t see H.W. as his son. He admits as much at the end of the movie, when H.W. approaches him to dissolve their business partnership.

Daniel looks his “son” square in the face and claims, “You’re an orphan from a basket in the middle of the desert, and I took you for no other reason than I needed a sweet face to buy land.” Finally the truth is revealed – Daniel does not have a heart, and he never had a genuine, personal connection to H.W., he was nothing but a tool to attain more money.

5“I’ve Abandoned My Boy!”

One of the greatest and most iconic scenes from There Will Be Blood sees Eli tormenting Daniel and forcing him to admit that he abandoned H.W. When H.W. proves too problematic and gets in the way of Daniel’s relationship with Henry, Daniel sends him away to a school for the deaf in San Francisco.

This culminates in the fantastic church sequence, in which Daniel literally screams to the heavens, “I’ve abandoned my child! I’ve abandoned my boy!” It’s a thrilling acting showpiece for the legendary Daniel Day Lewis, and a perfect summary of Daniel’s character.

4“I’m Going To Bury You Underground, Eli.”

One of the running themes throughout There Will Be Blood is the dichotomy and battle between religion and self-serving greed.

RELATED:I Drink Your Milkshake: 10 Behind-The-Scenes Facts About There Will Be Blood

This is represented through the spiritual animosity between Eli and Daniel, which results in the horrifying line. It also proves prophetic, as Daniel does indeed murder Eli at the end of the movie. It’s capitalism and greed winning over religion. Speaking of which…

3“I’m Finished.”

Much has been written and debated regarding the ending of There Will Be Blood. The final line in particular – “I’m finished” – has garnered a wide array of discussion and debate regarding its meaning and thematic relevance to the story.

Some see it as Daniel’s soulless admittance, that he is “finished” in regards to morality and spirituality. Others see it as a victory, a proud declarative statement – he is “finished” with Eli, and therefore, his mission of destroying religion and all of its connotations. Regardless, Daniel is alone, he is sad, and he is bloody. He is “finished” in many respects.

2“Why Don’t I Own This?”

The Bandy land serves as a wonderful illustration and representation of Daniel’s all-consuming greed. After buying the Sunday ranch, he wants all of its surrounding property. One of the holdouts is William Bandy, as he refuses to sell his land.

When Daniel learns of this he is none too happy, asking, “What’s this? Why don’t I own this?” referring to the unclaimed Bandy land. “Why don’t I own this?” could be the tagline for There Will Be Blood, as it wonderfully summarizes the themes of the movie.

1“They Can’t Get That If They’re Up Here Listening To Your Gospel.”

There’s another speech between Daniel and Eli that wonderfully summarizes both the themes of the movie and the dichotomy between Eli and Daniel. After one of Daniel’s men is killed in an accident, he approaches Eli to reprimand him.

He summarizes his frustration, telling Eli, “We need these men well rested to bring in this well. They can’t get that if they’re up here listening to your gospel, and then the well can’t produce and blow gold all over the place.” In the end, all Daniel wants is his results and his money, religion and worker contentment be damned.

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Anti-Corruption Daily Newsletter for 09/04/2020

The new home of the FCPA Newswire edited by Mike Kenealy
Anti Corruption Digest is the most comprehensive source for global risk & compliance related news, insights, and best practices.Readers are welcome to research the Anti Corruption Digest’s curated database of over fifteen thousand risk and compliance related articles, offer comments on any article as well as submit material for publication.
 Below are some recent stories from the Anti-Corruption Digest
 He fought corruption in Russia. ICE wants to deport him. By Anti-Corruption Digest on Sep 04, 2020 09:49 am
A Russian national living in California with his American family is now facing deportation from the U.S. due to what experts say is a politically motivated request by Russia for his arrest — one of a number of cases in which U.S. immigration authorities have relied on such a request for prolonged detention and so-called backdoor extraditions.
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US eyes sanctions on Belarusians for election fraud, violence vs protesters By Anti-Corruption Digest on Sep 04, 2020 09:46 am
WASHINGTON — The United States is considering imposing sanctions on seven Belarusians it believes were involved in falsifying the results of the Aug. 9 election and in violence against peaceful protesters, a senior State Department official said on Tuesday.
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Chinese national arrested in U.S. probe of possible transfer of software to ChinaBy Anti-Corruption Digest on Sep 04, 2020 09:44 am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A Chinese national who is a researcher at a California university was arrested and charged with destroying a computer hard drive during an FBI investigation into the possible transfer of sensitive software to China, the U.S. Justice Department said on Friday.
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US wholesalers and retailers handed ‘unprecedented’ $10m fine for unfair tradingBy Anti-Corruption Digest on Sep 04, 2020 09:41 am
The two wholesalers, Allied Beverage Group and Fedway Associates, who together account for around 70% of wine and 80% of all spirits sold at wholesale across New Jersey, were found to have unfairly favoured their largest retail customers. It came after a two-year investigation by the Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) Enforcement and Investigations Bureaus. They were ordered to pay fines of $4m each, with twenty of their retail customers also being fined a total of $2.3m or between $90,000 – $375,000 each for participating in the unfair practise.
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US sanctions ICC officials over probe into alleged war crimesBy Anti-Corruption Digest on Sep 04, 2020 09:39 am
The United States of America has imposed sanctions on International Criminal Court (ICC) prosecutor Fatou Bensouda, over her investigation into whether the American forces committed war crimes in Afghanistan, US State Secretary Mike Pompeo said on September 2. In addition, Phakiso Mochochoko, the head of ICC Jurisdiction Complementary and Cooperation Division has also been blacklisted.
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COVID-19: Trends in money laundering and terrorism financingBy Anti-Corruption Digest on Sep 04, 2020 09:30 am
The Committee, which specialises in measures to tackle money laundering and terrorist financing, focuses in its new report on threats, vulnerabilities and best practices. The aim is to assist policymakers, practitioners and the private sector in applying a more targeted and effective response to the money laundering and terrorist financing risks in Europe.
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AMLC, DOF boost links to foil money launderingBy Anti-Corruption Digest on Sep 04, 2020 09:27 am
The country’s top financial intelligence unit is beefing up ties with other government agencies, especially in terms of information sharing, in a bid to strengthen efforts against money laundering and terro­rist financing.
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How open source can help banks combat fraud and money laundering By Anti-Corruption Digest on Sep 04, 2020 09:25 am
Compliance with anti-money laundering and fraud standards, laws, and regulations is a familiar topic to financial institutions. After all, some of the rules and processes banks have had to deal with go back 20, 30, or even 40 years, including:
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Here’s why Bitcoin is automatically FCA compliant By Anti-Corruption Digest on Sep 04, 2020 09:24 am
U.K. regulator Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) recently proposed that digital currency exchanges and wallets should abide by their annual financial crime reporting obligations. The FCA made this announcement in its ‘Extension of Annual Financial Crime Reporting Obligation” consultation paper, in which it proposed that more firms should be required to report.
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 A former official fires a legal missile at Mexico’s political class By Anti-Corruption Digest on Sep 04, 2020 09:10 am
One of the rituals of Mexican politics is for a president to begin his term by locking up a supposed miscreant from the previous administration. Four of the six presidents from 1982 to 2018 did that. They incarcerated two union leaders, a former president’s brother and the head of Pemex, the state oil company. They presented these as giant
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Compliance Tips Amid Rising Fraud Risk In Latin America By Anti-Corruption Digest on Sep 04, 2020 09:07 am
As the coronavirus continues to ravage many Latin American countries, the influx of emergency funding and aid for health-related projects presents serious corruption and other compliance risks, which are compounded by daunting circumstances that often involve less transparency and weaker procurement controls.
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Lead prosecutor quits Brazil’s ‘Lava Jato’ probe By Anti-Corruption Digest on Sep 04, 2020 09:05 am
The lead prosecutor in Brazil’s long-running Lava Jato corruption probe on Tuesday quit the investigation after coming under increasing attack from officials close to the Jair Bolsonaro administration. The departure of Deltan Dallagnol from the anti-corruption task force in the southern city of Curitiba raises fresh questions about the future of the
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Mexico’s Former President Accused in Bribery Scandal By Anti-Corruption Digest on Sep 04, 2020 09:04 am
MEXICO CITY — For Mexicans, the news is disturbing — and disturbingly familiar. A key witness in a major corruption case has accused former President Enrique Peña Nieto of directing bribes to fund his presidential campaign.
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‘Wisdom’ of Guatemala’s indigenous people needed for sustainable developmentBy Anti-Corruption Digest on Sep 04, 2020 09:02 am
This wisdom is passed down to us through stories and spirits. Consider the example of Nawal, a supernatural spirit of harvests that can take on animal forms, according to Mesoamerican beliefs. On certain days in the indigenous calendar, people call on Nawal for a good harvest. It is a fine thing to have one good harvest. It is even better for
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Man delivered £1 million to Bradford firm at centre of money laundering scheme By Anti-Corruption Digest on Sep 04, 2020 08:57 am
A man who delivered a million pounds in cash to a Bradford jewellery business at the centre of a massive money laundering scheme has been spared an immediate prison sentence.
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UK businesses hardest hit financially by fallout from cyber attacksBy Anti-Corruption Digest on Sep 04, 2020 08:55 am
The firm’s annual Cyber readiness report highlights the vertical markets across the UK, the US, Spain, Germany, France, Belgium, Ireland and the Netherlands that are considered highest risk of falling victim to cyber attacks.
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Rolls-Royce claims breakthroughs in artificial intelligence ethics and trustworthiness By Anti-Corruption Digest on Sep 04, 2020 08:52 am
Engineering giant Rolls-Royce has said it has made breakthroughs which it believes will help gain society’s trust of the use of artificial intelligence (AI).
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FBI investigates deaths of mining executives in UK corruption probe By Anti-Corruption Digest on Sep 04, 2020 08:47 am
The FBI is investigating the deaths of two former mining executives who British prosecutors saw as potential witnesses in one of the UK’s biggest corruption probes. James Bethel, 44, and Gerrit Strydom, 45, were found dead at a motel in Springfield, Missouri, in May 2015, when the two were on a road trip across the US. Until shortly before their deaths, the men had held senior positions in the African division of Eurasian Natural Resources Corporation, a mining group that is at the centre of a seven-year
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France launches €100 billion stimulus plan to avoid ‘economic collapse.’ It may even help Macron get re-electedBy Anti-Corruption Digest on Sep 04, 2020 08:45 am
The French government on Thursday announced a new stimulus plan for a total of €100 billion ($120 billion) designed to take the economy out of the COVID-19 doldrums and limit the massive rise of unemployment, which officials admitted would top 10% of the population next year.
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Saudi king removes commander of Yemen forces over corruption claims By Anti-Corruption Digest on Sep 04, 2020 08:38 am
Saudi Arabia’s King Salman dismissed Prince Fahd bin Turki bin Abdulaziz, the commander of the coalition fighting in Yemen, from his post on Tuesday over charges of corruption, state media said.
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King Salman issues decree sacking commander of Yemen forces, Jouf deputy governor over corruptionBy Anti-Corruption Digest on Sep 04, 2020 08:37 am
RIYADH: King Salman has issued a royal decree ordering the sacking of Saudi Commander of the Joint Forces in Yemen Lt. Gen. Fahad bin Turki bin Abdul Aziz and the launch of a probe into corruption.
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UAE makes significant progress in combating money laundering and terror funding By Anti-Corruption Digest on Sep 04, 2020 08:35 am
Dubai: In its continuing efforts to strengthen the UAE’s Anti Money Laundering and Counter Terrorist Financing (AML/CFT) framework, the National Committee for Combating Money Laundering and the Financing of Terrorism and Illegal Organisations (NAMLCFTC) held its sixth meeting for the year on August 31 2020.
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Saudi Arabia sacks military leader amid corruption probe By Anti-Corruption Digest on Sep 04, 2020 08:34 am
The Saudi military commander leading the kingdom’s war in Yemen was removed from his position and placed under investigation on Tuesday, along with his son and other defense ministry officers.
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95% of Saudi businesses hit by cyber attack in the past year By Anti-Corruption Digest on Sep 04, 2020 08:33 am
Ninety five per cent of businesses in Saudi Arabia have experienced at least one business impacting cyber attack in the past 12 months, according to a new industry report.
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Police seize Melbourne property in international corruption caseBy Anti-Corruption Digest on Sep 04, 2020 08:32 am
Federal police have seized properties and cash worth $1.6 million over an alleged scheme to use the Melbourne property market to funnel millions of dollars of funds from a Malaysian government entity to corrupt officials.
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‘Sigurado ‘yan’: Incoming PhilHealth chief vows to end corruption in agency in 2 yearsBy Anti-Corruption Digest on Sep 04, 2020 08:19 am
Incoming Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) chief Dante Gierran, who admitted to knowing nothing about public health, vowed to end corruption in the embattled agency in two years.
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Herbalife’s China Bribery Scheme By Anti-Corruption Digest on Sep 04, 2020 08:17 am
Herbalife’s bribery scheme in China stretched across the 28 provinces of China and even involved an Herbalife senior executive in its headquarters in Los Angeles, California.  DOJ has indicted Yangling Li, aka Jerry Li, and Hongwei Yang, aka Mary Yang, two Chinese nationals who carried out the scheme.
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Najib’s Key Contractor In China Just Fell Off A Tall Building. Why? By Anti-Corruption Digest on Sep 04, 2020 08:15 am
An extensive report in the Asia Sentinel has unveiled the background to the latest ‘Corporate Suicide’ in China.
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Hyderabad: 1.5kg gold recovered from officer who accepted bribe By Anti-Corruption Digest on Sep 04, 2020 08:14 am
Hyderabad: The case of a state government officer taking the biggest bribe in recent memory – Rs 12.5 million – has further deepened with the Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) recovering 1.5 kgs of gold ornaments from a bank locker.
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SWIFT Details How Cyber Criminals Encash Stolen FundsBy Anti-Corruption Digest on Sep 04, 2020 08:13 am
In a new report, SWIFT and BAE Systems reveal how cyber attackers launder money and ‘cash out’ following large-scale heists.
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Endogenousen-DAH-jən-əsPart of speech: adjectiveOrigin: Latin, 19th century
1Having an internal cause or origin.2Confined within a group or society.
Examples of Endogenous in a sentence “The endogenous variables are unable to be changed.” “The values of diversity, respect, and compassion are endogenous to this company.”

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3-2-1 ThursdayNote: You are receiving this email because you subscribed to my weekly 3-2-1 newsletter. Every Thursday, I share 3 ideas from me, 2 quotes from others, and 1 question for you to ponder. Occasionally, I also send out long-form articles on habits and self-improvement.

3 ideas, 2 quotes, 1 question (September 3, 2020)

“Working to deliver the most wisdom per word of any newsletter on the web.”

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Happy 3-2-1 Thursday,

Here are 3 short ideas from me, 2 quotes from others, and 1 question to ponder this week.



“The most overlooked and underappreciated growth strategy is patience.

(More specifically, consistently producing great work over a long time horizon.)”

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“Build before you have to.

– Build knowledge before you have to.
– Build strength before you have to.
– Build an emergency fund before you have to.

Let internal pressure drive you today, so you can handle external pressure tomorrow.”

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“Vision is the bottleneck of talent.

Most talent is wasted because people do not clearly know what they want. It’s not a lack of effort, but a lack of direction.

There are many capable people in the world, but relatively few that focus on what matters.”

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Poet Lucille Clifton on emphasizing joy over status:

“One should wish to celebrate more than one wishes to be celebrated.”

Source: 1992 interview for Poets & Writers Magazine


The philosophers Willard Van Orman Quine and J.S. Ullian on the difference between being right and having been right:

“The desire to be right and the desire to have been right are two desires, and the sooner we separate them the better off we are. The desire to be right is the thirst for truth. On all counts, both practical and theoretical, there is nothing but good to be said for it. The desire to have been right, on the other hand, is the pride that goeth before a fall. It stands in the way of our seeing we were wrong, and thus blocks the progress of our knowledge.”

Source: The Web of Belief (Hat tip to Farnam Street)


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… that today is the birthday of Los Angeles, California? In 1781, the Mexican Provincial Governor, Felipe de Neve, founded El Pueblo de Nuestra Senora la Reina de Los Angeles, originally named Nuestra Senora la Reina de Los Angeles de Porciuncula, by Gaspar de Portola, a Spanish army captain and Juan Crespi, a Franciscan priest. El Pueblo de Nuestra Senora la Reina de Los Angeles translates into the Village of our Lady, the Queen of the Angels … Thankfully, we can just say L.A. for short. LOL


Gastro obscura newsletter

Confronting Frontier FareAmerican pioneer life, as depicted in the Little House series of children’s books, has become increasingly divisive. Even the novels’ fantastical celebrations of pioneer food show why these books need reconsideration. On the actual frontier, dinner might have been vinegar pie, bear meat, or nothing at all.READ MORE
Bush Tucker CollaborationIn May last year, The University of Queensland and the Australian Research Council launched the Training Centre for Uniquely Australian Foods. Its aim is to expand the scope of Australia’s native food agriculture business, creating new cash crops in Indigenous communities.READ MORE
The Crown Jewel of JerseyWhere the rest of the country relies on bacon and sausage for breakfast sandwiches, restaurants in New Jersey often feature egg-and-cheeses brimming with griddled pork roll slices instead. But the term pork roll is uttered only in southern New Jersey. Farther north, it’s called “Taylor ham.”READ MORE
Prague’s Communist CuisineTwenty years after communists came to power in Prague, liberalization started to gain traction, and the party saw a need for even stricter control. Eating was no exception. The state Restaurants and Cafeterias company issued a national cookbook, which dictated what cooks in the country could serve in 845 recipes. ⁠READ MORE
‘Pie for a Suffragist’s Doubting Husband’Doctor and activist Alice B. Stockham offered palatable chasers (in the form of recipes for custard-filled cake, graham muffins, and rhubarb toast) to those who found her thoughts on women’s rights difficult to digest. The Woman’s Suffrage Cookbook became part of a larger trend that began in the 1880s and continued until women won the right to vote.READ MORE
Some Leftovers Never Go BadIn the heart of Rome, the Roma Termini station houses two McDonald’s, one on the ground floor and another on the basement floor. If you stop in for an order of McNuggets on the lower level, you might notice an unusual decoration: a 2,500-year-old Roman wall.READ MORE
All’s Fare in WarDescribed as both “a culinary travesty and an iconic symbol of U.S. imperialism” by sociologist Grace M. Cho, budae jjigae marries two disparate culinary traditions. This dish’s name translates to “army base stew,” as its contents are the product of wasteful American soldiers, acquired by resourceful South Koreans.READ MORE

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Earned crankiness

When an adult chooses to be cranky, it’s much juicier when it’s accompanied by a feeling of entitlement.

If we know that we deserve the chance to be angry and disappointed, that we’ve earned it, then we can explore the feeling with vigor. No need to worry about whether we’re being self-indulgent, we can go full throttle because it’s our due.

Not only is this an effective way to alienate those around us, but it’s also based on the false assumption that it’s possible to have earned the right to be cranky.

Crankiness isn’t a feature. It’s a bug.

Today’s Inspirational Quote:

Today’s Inspirational Quote:

“You build on failure. You use it as a steppingstone. Close the door on the past. You don’t try to forget the mistakes, but you don’t dwell on it. You don’t let it have any of your energy, or any of your time, or any of your space.”

— Johnny Cash

TheGita – Chapter 12 – Shloka 17

TheGita – Chapter 12 – Shloka 17

The Gita – Chapter 12 – Shloka 17

The Gita – Chapter 12 – Shloka 17
Bhagwad Geeta 12-17- TheGita.net

The Gita – Chapter 12 – Shloka 17

Shloka 17

He who neither rejoices (obtaining the desirable objects), nor hates (the undesirable objects), nor grieves (losing his beloved objects), nor desires (his beloved objects), free from the notions of good and evil, full of devotion, he is dear to Me.

जो न कभी हर्षित होता है, न द्बेष करता हैं, न शोक करता हैं, न कामना करता हैं तथा जो शुभ और अशुभ कर्मो का संपूर्ण त्यागी हैं, वह भक्त्ति युक्त्त पुरुष मुझको प्रिय हैं ।। १७ ।।

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Bhagavad Gita: Chapter 12, Verse 17

Bhagavad Gita: Chapter 12, Verse 17

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शुभाशुभपरित्यागी भक्तिमान्य: स मे प्रिय: || 17||

yo na hṛiṣhyati na dveṣhṭi na śhochati na kāṅkṣhati
śhubhāśhubha-parityāgī bhaktimān yaḥ sa me priyaḥyaḥ—who; na—neither; hṛiṣhyati—rejoice; na—nor; dveṣhṭi—despair; na—neither; śhochati—lament; na—nor; kāṅkṣhati—hanker for gain; śhubha-aśhubha-parityāgī—who renounce both good and evil deeds; bhakti-mān—full of devotion; yaḥ—who; saḥ—that person; me—to Me; priyaḥ—very dear


BG 12.17: Those who neither rejoice in mundane pleasures nor despair in worldly sorrows, who neither lament for any loss nor hanker for any gain, who renounce both good and evil deeds, such persons who are full of devotion are very dear to Me.


They neither rejoice in mundane pleasures nor despair in worldly sorrows.  If we are in the dark and someone offers help by showing a lamp, we naturally rejoice.  Then, if someone blows out the flame, we feel annoyed.  But if we are standing under the noonday sun, we feel indifferent whether someone shows us a lamp or another blows it out.  Similarly, the devotees of the Lord, being gratified with the divine love bliss of the God, rise above pleasure and despair. 

Neither lament for any loss nor hanker for any gain.  Such devotees neither hanker after pleasant worldly situations nor grieve in unpleasant ones.  The Nārad Bhakti Darśhan states:

yatprāpya na kiñchidvāñchhati, na śhochati, na dveṣhṭi, na ramate, notsāhi bhavati (Sūtra 5)

“On attaining divine love for God, the devotees neither yearn for pleasant things nor grieve on losing them.  They are not hateful of those who harm them.  They have no liking for worldly enjoyments.  They are not anxious for the enhancement of their worldly position.”  Devotees relish the bliss of God, so the bliss of all material objects seems insignificant in comparison.

Renounce both good and evil actions.  Devotees obviously renounce evil actions (vikarm), for they are against their nature and displeasing to God.  The good actions Shree Krishna refers to are prescribed ritualistic duties (karm) mentioned in the scriptures.  All actions performed by the devotees become akarm (inaction) because they are not performed with any selfish motive and are dedicated to God.  The concept of akarm has been explained in great detail in verses 4.14 to 4.20. 

Full of devotion.  Bhaktimān means “filled with devotion.”  The nature of divine love is such that it keeps increasing for eternity.  Bhakti poets have said:  prem meñ pūrṇimā nahīñ “Unlike the moon which waxes to a limit and then wanes, divine love keeps growing without limit.”  So, the heart of the devotee contains an ocean of love for God.  Shree Krishna says that such devotees are very dear to Him.← PrevNext →

Did you know…

Did you know…

… that today is I Walk the Line Day? On this day in 1956, Johnny Cash hit the record charts running with I Walk the Line. Cash’s debut hit song climbed to #17 on the pop music charts. Trivia fans: For 20 years, Roy Orbison lived next door to Johnny Cash. The men were neighbors in Tennessee, and they often collaborated together.