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US, Russia, China Opt Out of Global Plan to Distribute COVID-19 Vaccines


SETH GODIN NEWSLETTER


Time to get back to magic

Most of the time, the phrase is, “it’s time to get back to work.”

This means it’s time to stop being creative, stop dancing with possibility, stop acquiring new insights and inspiration–and go back to the measurable grind instead.

Maybe we’d be better off saying, “I need to get back to making magic.” Because that’s what we’d actually like to be getting paid to create.

seasoned nuts quotable


SEASONED NUTS: QUOTABLE
 
“If we desire respect for the law we must first make the law respectable.” — Louis D. Brandeis“It irritates me to be told how things have always been done. I defy the tyranny of precedent. I cannot afford the luxury of a closed mind.” — Clara Barton

Random phrases of the day


  1. Close But No Cigar Meaning: Coming close to a successful outcome only to fall short at the end.
  2. There’s No I in Team Meaning: To not work alone, but rather, together with others in order to achieve a certain goal.
  3. Mouth-watering Meaning: Delicious; something that looks or tastes appetizing.
  4. Money Doesn’t Grow On Trees Meaning: Suggests that money is a resource that must be earned and is not one that’s easily acquired.
  5. Don’t Look a Gift Horse In The mouth: When you receive a gift from someone, do not be ungrateful.

Random Paragraph


Then came the night of the first falling star. It was seen early in the morning, rushing over Winchester eastward, a line of flame high in the atmosphere. Hundreds must have seen it and taken it for an ordinary falling star. It seemed that it fell to earth about one hundred miles east of him.

random acts of kindness


1. Leave flowers in front of someone’s house
2. Leave quarters taped to the toy/sticker/candy machines at a local restaurant
3. Make amends for the wrongs you have done
4. Send a bouquet of flowers to a hospital and let the hospital know it should go to someone who doesn’t receive any visitors and is alone
5. Send leftover catered food to a homeless shelter.

word of the day


WORD OF THE DAY
ArboristAR-bə-rəstPart of speech: nounOrigin: Latin, mid-18th century
1A tree surgeon.
 
Examples of Arborist in a sentence “We need to call an arborist to look at the elm in the backyard.” “Talk to an arborist about those dead branches before they fall on the roof.”

wisdom quotes


If you wish to change the world all you need to do is start.
How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world. (Anne Frank)
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Follow the path you’re on and you’ll reach your destination. Divert and you may reach your destiny.
If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading. (Lao Tzu)

13. World Maritime Day – 24September


13. World Maritime Day – 24September

Maritime Content Marketing Ideas

This day is celebrated to mark the contribution of international maritime industries towards the economy of the world. This year’s theme is ‘Sustainable shipping for a sustainable planet’.

Content marketing ideas:

  • Listicle idea: X Luxuries you wouldn’t be able to enjoy without the maritime industry
  • Infographic idea: How is Maritime Day celebrated?
  • Video idea: X Famous Indian naval officers
  • Podcast idea: How do countries decide their jurisdiction in the oceans and seas?

Brand campaign that worked:

This video from the Singapore Maritime Foundation explores the role that women have to play in the success of the maritime industry.

Did you know…. and today’s inspirational quote


Did you know…

… that today is Neptune Discovery Day? German astronomer Johann Gottfried Galle discovered the planet Neptune on this day in 1846. He was the first person to view planet Neptune and actually know that he was looking at the planet! Celebrate by doing some sky-gazing tonight!

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Today’s Inspirational Quote:

“We need to give each other the space to grow, to be ourselves, to exercise our diversity. We need to give each other space so that we may both give and receive such beautiful things as ideas, openness, dignity, joy, healing, and inclusion.”

— Max de Pree

Mentor shares. Mentor Provokes. Mentor challenges you.


Today’s Challenge :

Impromptu Speech Topic – Speak for 2 Minutes – max 2 min 30 sec.

Thinking time before speaking 30 Sec.

Topic: Eat My Hat :  Meaning

Having confidence in a specific outcome; being almost sure about something.

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Today’s Challenge 2

Either Speak
Impromptu Speech Topic – Speak for 2 Minutes – max 2 min 30 sec.

Thinking time before speaking 30 Sec.

Or

Write in 250-300 words, your best answer.

What is something that you absolutely will not put up with?

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I learned English the hard way and struggled with studies, friends, family, society who had both views :
1. Learn English if you wish to progress in life.
2. Learn English and be a Slave again and lose your freedom.

A GrandAunt guided me. She was 5 Standard pass but had travelled the world in ships with her Botany Science – Scientist Husband – my Grand uncle. She could speak Queen’s English. She bought me literally hundred 2nd hand novels from King;s Circle Matunga, Mumbai footpaths and told me to read:

a. Every thing printed, written in English.

b. Read as many, books, novels, magazines, newspapers as you can.

c. Find a friend who will tolerate your broken, grammatically incorrect english and talk back without judging.

d. Write your school/ College answers in exams in English.

e. Learn to do Typewriting in English.

f. you have Press Trust of India in your building – make friends and read all the newsrolls every day. Learn Teleprinter, Trunk Calls and everything that is English communication.

The c and the d were the hardest but I found a friend finally. In Agricultural college the English professor was very helpful and motivated me a lot to take english medium against popular student opinion. It did help.

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A City in Michigan Just Decriminalized Magic Mushrooms


The City Council of Ann Arbor, Michigan voted unanimously to decriminalize all psychedelic plants and fungi on Monday night. It’s an expansive move that will allow banned substances including ayahuasca, peyote, mescaline, and psilocybin, better known as “magic mushrooms,” in the area — and one that, like the decriminalization of cannabis in a growing number of areas, could potentially spark a showdown with federal authorities. Citing potential medical and spiritual benefits, the Council declared that growing, distributing, possessing, and transporting psychedelics is officially the lowest priority for law enforcement in the area, MLive reports. The City Council also requested that the Prosecutor’s Office no longer pursue cases related to psychedelic plants or fungi. The vote comes after a year-long lobbying effort, MLive reports, as councilmembers were initially reluctant to decriminalize what remains a controlled substance at the federal level. But it was emerging evidence that psychedelics like psilocybin could treat medical conditions that eventually brought them around. “The use of entheogenic plants, which can catalyze profound experiences of personal and spiritual growth, have been shown by scientific and clinical studies and traditional practices to be beneficial to the health and well-being of individuals and communities in addressing these conditions,” the Council’s resolution states. By decriminalizing psychedelics, Ann Arbor joins the ranks of Denver, Colorado and Oakland, California, both of which have passed similar resolutions in recent years. And in the coming months, other cities and states may as well. This November, psilocybin decriminalization and legalization bills will appear on the ballot in Washington D.C., and Oregon, while New York and Vermont lawmakers have also introduced decriminalization bills in recent months.

A City in Michigan Just Decriminalized Magic Mushrooms

The US Military Used Emergency Coronavirus Money to Buy Weapons


Eat what u like


I allow vegetarians to follow their diet and non-vegetarians to eat meat, fish, etc. I do not interfere with any religion and permit all to follow their own creeds, unhindered.

When faced with love for God these external ceremonials have no value.

Love for God automatically and naturally results in self-denial, mental control, and ego annihilation, irrespective of the lover following or renouncing these external adoptions.

——-AVATAR MEHER BABA

[The Life Circulars of Avatar Meher Baba. By Meher Baba and Adi K. Irani. An Avatar Meher Baba Perpetual Public Charitable Trust eBook December 2017. © 2017Avatar Meher Baba Perpetual Public Charitable Trust. All rights reserved.]

Random acts of kindness


  1. Buy a small gift for someone, just because
  2. Throw away your trash – and someone else’s – after a movie, picnic or visit to a park
  3. Make little gift baskets for the kids in your neighborhood
  4. Let you staff leave work an hour early
  5. Drop off books and magazines to hospitals, nursing homes and doctor’s offices

Random phrases of the day


  1. Burst Your Bubble Meaning: To ruin someone’s happy moment.
  2. Birds of a Feather Flock Together Meaning: People tend to associate with others who share similar interests or values.
  3. A Fool and His Money are Soon Parted Meaning: It’s easy for a fool to lose his/her money.
  4. Under the Weather : Not feeling well, in health or mood.
  5. Jumping the Gun Meaning: Something that occurs too early before preparations are ready. Starting too soon.

word of the day


WORD OF THE DAY
Soniferoussə-NIF-ə-rəsPart of speech: adjectiveOrigin: Latin, early 18th century
1That conveys or bears sound.2That produces (a lot of) sound.
 
Examples of Soniferous in a sentence “The bell is so soniferous it can be heard from the edge of town.” “We need a more soniferous system to reach the full crowd.”

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Crossing from the early adopters to a larger group

I’ve blogged many times about the chasm.

That’s Geoffrey Moore’s term for the gap between the small part of the market populated with people who like to go first, and the larger group of people who want to get involved with something that’s proven, popular and effective.

The early adopters ask, “is it new?”

The early majority ask, “did it work?” and perhaps, “what’s everyone else doing?”

Longtime readers of this blog know that I do my work for early adopters. The smallest viable audience is sufficient to make an impact, and it allows me to focus on the people who are enrolled in the journey forward.

But if you delight the early adopters, they spread the word. That is how the chasm is crossed–not with fancy ads or clever hype, but because the people who are engaged do the generous work of telling the others.

We’re launching the first lessons of the tenth edition of The Marketing Seminar this week. With more than 10,000 alumni, it’s the most popular workshop on the Akimbo platform. And it works. That’s why the 8,000 people who took it after the initial launch decided to join in. Not everyone goes first. Almost no one does. That’s how our culture changes–when the few early adopters tell the others. And so each of us has to persist and continue to show up in the marketplace, doing the work and earning the trust of people who don’t get a thrill out of going first.

People don’t show up when you launch.

They show up when they’re ready.

Founder of Tesla Competitor Nikola Steps Down Amid Fraud Scandal


12. International Day of Sign Languages – 23 September


12. International Day of Sign Languages – 23September

Sign Language Content Marketing Ideas

This day is celebrated to raise awareness of the importance of sign language in the full realization of the human rights of people who are deaf.

Content marketing ideas:

  • Listicle idea: What are different ‘dialects’ in sign language?
  • Infographic idea: X Ways to make your office more comfortable for deaf employees.
  • Video idea: How will standardizing sign languages help the education system?
  • Podcast idea: Are hearing aids and devices affordable by all?

Brand campaign that worked:

This video by Hindustan Coca-Cola Beverages shows how the company has incorporated sign language into the workplace and shows viewers a few useful gestures.

Airbus Unveils Three Designs for Hydrogen-Powered Planes


word of the day


WORD OF THE DAY
Neophilianee-ə-FIL-ee-əPart of speech: nounOrigin: American English, late 19th century
1Love of, preference for, or great interest in what is new.2A love of novelty.
 
Examples of Neophilia in a sentence “My neophilia means I always buy the new generation of iPhone as soon as it’s released.” “I accused my father of neophilia when he brought home yet another smart gadget.”

Did you know …. and today’s inspirational quote


Did you know…

… that today is Monday Night Football Debut Day? ABC-TV debuted Monday Night Football on this day in 1970, with Howard Cosell, ‘Dandy’ Don Meredith and Keith Jackson. Trivia fans: Advertisers were charged $65,000 per minute by ABC, a cost that proved to be a bargain when the game collected 33% of the viewing audience!

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Today’s Inspirational Quote:

“My therapist told me the way to achieve true inner peace is to finish what I start. So far I’ve finished two bags of M&Ms and a chocolate cake. I feel better already.”

— Dave Barry

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nik’s free book summaries newsletter


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And now, time to take a look at our books of the week!


A Monk’s Guide to Happiness by Gelong Thubten

1-Sentence-Summary: A Monk’s Guide To Happiness will help you find more joy in life by identifying the mental pitfalls you fall into that make it so hard to have and how to shatter the shackles of suffering to finally find inner peace.

  1. The first step to having more joy in life is to understand what happiness is.
  2. When we recognize the thinking patterns that make us unhappy, we open up the path to contentment.
  3. Tranquility comes from learning to be mindful, which we can practice in every experience we have throughout each day.

If you want to have more peace, this book is for you.


Hold Me Tight by Sue Johnson

1-Sentence-Summary: Hold Me Tight gives you advice on how to build and sustain a deeper connection with your spouse or partner by identifying the importance that every kind of emotion has in creating a lasting relationship and how to handle each of them maturely.

  1. Blame is a common killer of healthy relationships, but you can beat it by becoming aware of the patterns you follow when feeling and expressing it.
  2. The “buttons” your partner pushes to get you angry come from past trauma, but emotional vulnerability will help you get through.
  3. Difficulties are inevitable and can make it hard to stay united with your spouse, but identifying the reasons a disconnect began will help.

If you want to discover what’s holding you back from having healthy relationships and learn how to fix those issues, this book is for you.


Everybody Matters by Bob Chapman

1-Sentence-Summary: Everybody Matters identifies the best way to become successful in business, help your team members trust you, and enable people to reach their full potential by showing the power of taking better care of your employees as if they were family.

  1. You have to truly care about your employee’s needs if you want your business to thrive.
  2. If you want your team members to be happy, loyal, and productive, trust them with the freedom to make their own decisions.
  3. Create a cultural vision to inspire your people with hope for where you’re heading in the future.

If you want to see why the most profitable and productive companies care about their employees, this book is for you.


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

Happy reading,
-Nik


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VIA PNUTS NEWSLETTER – IN A NUTSHELL- MUST READ


IN A NUTSHELL: MUST READ
 
Documents Reveal That Dirty Money Dominates(Michael Nagle via Getty Images)On Monday, the world got its first glimpse into more than 2,000 government-sensitive banking documents that detail the movement of $2 trillion in dirty money between international crime organizations and some of the world’s largest banks. The report — compiled by Buzzfeed News and the International Consortium for Investigative Journalists — reveals that Western banking giants like JP Morgan Chase, Deutsche Bank, and Bank of New York Mellon all facilitate and profit from the criminal enterprises of terrorists, kleptocrats, and drug kingpins.Perhaps most surprising of all: an obscure US government agency, the Financial Criminal Enforcement Network (FinCEN), has long known about these suspicious dealings and done nothing. For that reason, the document leak has been dubbed the “FinCEN Files.” Until Monday, only a few of the agency’s internal suspicious activity reports had ever been publicly released. Now, journalists are pouring through thousands of them. Suspicious activity reports, or SARs, are filed to FinCEN when a bank suspects that dirty money is being used in large transactions. As long as they report the activity to FinCEN, they pass off their culpability to the American government. For years, this agency has known that our most prominent financial institutions knowingly accept money earned from deadly drug wars, the embezzlement of developing countries, and fraudulent Ponzi schemes. Yet, banks like JP Morgan Chase remain titans of the industry, inextricably linking the legitimate fortunes of Western society to the laundered money of wealthy criminals across the world.The FinCEN Files are peppered with jaw-dropping revelations surrounding the ubiquitous presence of illicit money in Western banking. Standard Chartered helped move funds for a company with ties to the Taliban. JP Morgan and Bank of New York Mellon facilitated a transaction of more than $150 million for companies with ties to the North Korean regime. President Trump is even tangentially involved, as a 2013 SAR from JP Morgan reports on suspicious banking activity from Paul Manafort, Trump’s 2016 campaign manager.Surely more will come from this cache of more than 2,000 top-secret documents, as reporting on the FinCEN Files just became public. However, one salient truth is discernible from this initial report. Our modern economy is upheld by a lot more dirty money than massive banks would like us knowing. To make matters worse, agents in the US Treasury have known this fact for a long time, and aren’t willing to do much to stop it.Additional FinCEN ReadsFinCEN Files Explainer: How BuzzFeed News And ICIJ Did It (Buzzfeed News)Secret documents show North Korea laundering money through U.S. banks (NBC)Leak reveals $2tn of possibly corrupt US financial activity (Guardian)Sanctioned Putin associate ‘laundered millions’ through Barclays (BBC)Deutsche Bank Execs Missed Money Laundering Red Flags (Buzzfeed News) 

Random Acts of kindness


1. Bake cookies and deliver them to the local fire or police station.2. Donate to a Go Fund Me page to help someone going through life’s challenges.3. Give someone a hug4. Send cards with beautiful messages to anonymous people. Give someone a chocolate heart… just because5. When it’s hot out, leave water or Gatorade for sanitation works or mail carriers. In the winter, bring them hot chocolate or coffee to warm up their routes.

word of the day


WORD OF THE DAY
HavenHAY-vənPart of speech: nounOrigin: Old English, pre-12th century
1A place of safety or refuge.2An inlet providing shelter for ships or boats; a harbor or small port.
 
Examples of Haven in a sentence “I know that I will always have a haven at my grandmother’s house.” “We need to reach the haven before the storm hits.”

Random acts of kindness


1. Drop coins on the sidewalk for someone else to find.2. Have a bake sale or fundraiser and donate all the earnings to a local charity.3. Let your friend vent and listen to her problems.4. Put trash cans away for parents/neighbors5. Take a minute to direct someone who is lost, even though you’re rushing.

A Stoic Response to Anger


“Keep this thought handy when you feel a fit of rage coming on—it isn’t manly to be enraged. Rather, gentleness and civility are more human, and therefore manlier. A real man doesn’t give way to anger and discontent, and such a person has strength, courage, and endurance—unlike the angry and complaining. The nearer a man comes to a calm mind, the closer he is to strength.” – Marcus Aurelius

A Stoic Response to Anger

word of the day


WORD OF THE DAY
Astrolatryə-STRAH-lə-treePart of speech: nounOrigin: English, late 17th century
1The worship of stars and other celestial objects.
 
Examples of Astrolatry in a sentence “My grandmother believed in astrolatry so much that she named all of her children after stars.” “There’s more to astrolatry than just following the phases of the moon.”

Quotes of the week


Rose Kennedy“More business is lost every year through neglect than through any other cause.”

via Today’s Quote https://ift.tt/2Nw7xqW September 15, 2020 at 10:57AM
via RSS Feed https://www.brainyquote.com/authors/rose-kennedy-quotesJohn Irving“If you are lucky enough to find a way of life you love, you have to find the courage to live it.”

via Today’s Quote https://ift.tt/2Ia4dhr September 16, 2020 at 10:57AM
via RSS Feed https://www.brainyquote.com/authors/john-irving-quotesPaul Tournier“Sooner or later, those who win are those who think they can.”

via Today’s Quote https://ift.tt/2ObSX7Y September 17, 2020 at 10:57AM
via RSS Feed https://www.brainyquote.com/authors/paul-tournier-quotesJack Kerouac“If moderation is a fault, then indifference is a crime.”

via Today’s Quote https://ift.tt/2O94Ag0 September 18, 2020 at 10:57AM
via RSS Feed https://www.brainyquote.com/authors/jack-kerouac-quotesTheodore Roosevelt“I am a part of everything that I have read.”

via Today’s Quote https://ift.tt/30u1cyP September 19, 2020 at 10:57AM
via RSS Feed https://www.brainyquote.com/authors/theodore-roosevelt-quotesWilliam Wordsworth“To begin, begin.”

via Today’s Quote https://ift.tt/2KqaDuo September 20, 2020 at 10:57AM
via RSS Feed https://www.brainyquote.com/authors/william-wordsworth-quotes

You Do Not Need This – THE THIRD THING!


You Do Not Need This You want it, don’t you? That “I told you so.” That “Thank You.” That recognition for being first, or being better, or being different. You want credit. You want gratitude. You want the acknowledgement for the good you’ve done, for the weight that you carry. What you want is what Marcus Aurelius has called “the third thing,” because you’re not content enough with the doing. “When you’ve done well and another has benefited by it,” he writes, “why like a fool do you look for a third thing on top—credit for the good deed or a favor in return?” Now, “fool” is a strong word, but the point stands. Why can’t the deed be enough? Was a pat on the back really the reason you decided to value the truth? Is that why you helped someone? Did you leave a big tip to that waitress or driver who was clearly struggling so they’d run out and thank you—or did you do it because you knew that it was right? Do you take your lonely stand because it will look cool, or because it was unconscionable to you to throw in with the mob? You don’t need a favor back. You don’t need to be repaid. You don’t need to be acknowledged. You don’t need the third thing. That’s not why you do what you do. You’re good because it’s good to be good, and that’s all you need.

You Do Not Need This

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1-Sentence-Summary: The Way Of Zen is the ultimate guide to understanding the history, principles, and benefits of Zen and how it can help us experience mental stillness and enjoy life even in uncertain times.

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The Way Of Zen Summary

At one time or another in your past, you’ve probably used the word Zen. It may have been while referring to a particularly peaceful feeling room you were in. Or possibly you heard a coworker explaining how they were going to relax over the weekend to get her Zen back. 

For Western nations, hearing the word Zen makes us think of meditation and tranquility. But are we right in thinking of it like this?

The actual ways of this philosophy are much more abstract and difficult for Westerners to understand. But if you happen to live in the west and would like to comprehend it’s tenets, you’re in luck because that’s exactly what Alan Watts teaches in his book The Way of Zen.

Here are the 3 biggest lessons I’ve learned from this book:

  1. Our minds create illusions about reality, but Zen helps us see things accurately. 
  2. You need to practice naturalness and spontaneity if you want to learn the art of Zen.
  3. Observe the world just as it is to become good at meditation.

Sit down, relax, and let’s discover the ways of this ancient philosophy!If you want to save this summary for later, download the free PDF and read it whenever you want.

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Lesson 1:  Zen allows you to see clearly the illusions that your mind creates.

You want to be happy, of course, and it’s likely your ultimate goal in life. But have you ever thought about what you would do if you ever got it?

For subscribers to the Zen way, pursuing happiness is foolish. That’s because it comes from the false idea that we can have only the good in life without any of the bad. 

Think of it this way. Do you remember the last time you felt uncomfortable while laying in bed on your side? You likely switched to the other side, right? At first, you feel better, but eventually, you’re in the same exact place as you were before.

This is where the paradox comes in. You can only feel the comfort of switching sides because you knew the discomfort of being on one side for too long. In other words, pain isn’t avoidable and it’s also just another aspect of pleasure.

Zen also teaches that you can’t be a victim of circumstances but that you are part of them. In the case of a hot summer day, you don’t sweat from the heat, the sweat is the heat. 

Another way to understand it is to look at the connection between your mind and body. You don’t get into certain circumstances, they only exist because your mind and body are there to observe them.

Lesson 2: The art of Zen requires naturalness and spontaneity.

According to this ancient philosophy, we needn’t try to become anything specific. In other words, it’s all about letting yourself be aimless. Doing nothing is encouraged, for example.

For those of us in the west, this sounds like a waste of time. But if you look at the natural world, it’s the normal state for almost everything. Your cat doesn’t attempt to become anything except a cat, for instance. Zen teaches us to think similarly, that we should let our thoughts go to move naturally, however they want. 

It’s important to see emotions in this way too. Whatever you’re feeling after an event is natural, and thus valuable. 

One Zen monk began to cry after learning about the death of a close relative. This prompted his student to suggest that it wasn’t right for someone of his status to act like that. The monk’s response that he was weeping because he wanted to can teach us a lot about the importance of letting ourselves feel whatever we do.

To Zen believers, anything we do and anything that happens is right in a way because it is instinctive. 

The words we say are another important part of life we must apply this way of thinking to. One Zen master, in response to someone asking what the ultimate secret of Buddhism was, spontaneously said “dumpling.” 

While this might confuse Westerners or any ordinary person, this man’s answer unearthed deep truths about the ways of Buddhism with a single word. Without a respect for natural thinking, this would never have happened.

Lesson 3: If you want to become good at meditation, observe the world just as it is.

Maybe you’ve recently tried meditation. What would you say your goal is when you sit down to do it? Maybe you want to understand something difficult, get some peace, or clear your head. To Zen believers, setting any goal when meditating is a bad idea. 

Buddhism and Taoism teach the opposite and use meditation as a means to empty the mind and purify it. In the philosophy of Zen, however, the mind is pure already because it’s natural. Attempting to do anything beyond that is just mudding it up with whatever you want.

For those who subscribe to Zen, it’s vital to just sit and view the world to truly interact with it. If you think about how the world is still there whether or not you’re thinking or acting within it, this makes sense.

Another way of understanding this is to consider your mind as if it were a muddy river. Throughout each day and each experience, your mental state becomes clouded, just like a river with churning water. If muddy water is left to sit in peace, however, the dirt sinks down and the water becomes clear. 

In other words, every time you meditate you’re letting your mind be still to give it a chance to let all of the “sediment” sink to the bottom so you can have clarity.

Rather than focusing on the breath or anything else, Zen meditation is more about just becoming aware of what’s going on at the moment.

The Way Of Zen Review

I liked the latter, more actionable parts of The Way Of Zen better than the first, more historical portion. However, the whole book was as enlightening as the topic itself! This is one that I think all Westerners should read to begin challenging, and also improving, their view on the world.

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Who would I recommend The Way Of Zen summary to?

The 54-year-old who thinks that he has a good understanding of what Zen means but doesn’t actually know anything about its history, the 25-year-old who would like to have more peace, and anyone that’s curious to know about the benefits of Eastern philosophy.

The post The Way Of Zen Summary appeared first on Four Minute Books.Keep learning,
-Nik

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SEASONED NUTS: QUOTABLE
 
“Fight for the things that you care about. But do it in a way that will lead others to join you.” “Real change, enduring change, happens one step at a time.”“I would like to be remembered as someone who used whatever talent she had to do her work to the very best of her ability.”— Ruth Bader Ginsburg

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What is a minimally good life and are you prepared to live it? | Psyche Ideas


What is a minimally good life and are you prepared to live it? | Psyche Ideas


World Peace Day 2020: 7 inspiring quotes to celebrate International peace


1. Peace is not a relationship between nations. It is a condition of mind brought about by a serenity of soul. Peace is not merely the absence of war. It is also a state of mind. Lasting peace can come only to peaceful people. – Jawaharlal Nehru 2. Each one has to find his peace from within. And peace to be real must be unaffected by outside circumstances. – Mahatma Gandhi 3. “If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.” -Mother Teresa 4. Peace cannot be kept by force; it can only be achieved by understanding.” – Albert Einstein Albert 5. If the human race wishes to have a prolonged and indefinite period of material prosperity, they have only got to behave in a peaceful and helpful way toward one another.” – Winston Churchill 6. If you want peace, you don’t talk to your friends. You talk to your enemies. – Desmond Tutu Desmond 7. “Indeed a civilian resister offers resistance only when peace becomes impossible”

World Peace Day 2020: 7 inspiring quotes to celebrate International peace

Random facts


  1. The most leaves ever found on a single clover is 56.
  2. In Greece, women are not legally allowed to wear high heels or tall hats in the Olympic Stadium.
  3. Although the saltwater crocodile has the highest recorded bite force in any animal, the muscles to open its mouth are weak. Its mouth can be shut with a couple layers of duct tape.

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Bad choices

If made freely, a choice feels like the right thing at the time.

But we realize it was a mistake later, once the moment passes. We don’t know now what we learned in the future.

Bad choices can be caused by:

  • Poor information
  • Shoddy analysis (including cognitive glitches and reliance on sunk costs)
  • Peer pressure
  • Manipulation
  • Hustle
  • Power imbalance
  • Focus on the short run
  • Indoctrination
  • Superstition
  • Unexamined biases

Take a look: each of these is the product of outside forces and can be unlearned and insulated against. The good news is that we can get better at our choices.

random proverbs 99


1. A fool and his money are soon parted2. A penny saved is a penny earned.3. All good things must come to an end,4. All roads lead to Rome,5. All the world loves a lover6. An Englishman’s home is his castle/A man’s home is his castle7. Any port in a storm,8. April showers bring forth May flowers,9. As you make your bed, so you must lie upon it10. As you sow so shall you reap11. Attack is the best form of defense12. Beggars can not be choosers,13. Behind every great man, there is a great woman14. Better the Devil you know than the Devil you do not15. Beware of Greeks bearing gifts. Trojan War, Virgil in the Aeneid16. Cleanliness is next to godliness17. Courage is the measure of a Man, Beauty is the measure of a Woman18. Crime does not pay19. Devil take the hindmost20. Discretion is the better part of valour21. Do as you would be done by22. Do not cry over spilled milk23. Do not fish for a shark with your hands, fish for hands with a shark.24. Do not meet troubles half-way25. Do not put all your eggs in one basket26. Do not teach your Grandmother to suck eggs27. East, west, home is best,28. Eat, drink and be merry, for tomorrow we die29. Every stick has two ends30. Faint heart never won fair lady (Scott),31. False friends are worst than open enemies.32. Fight fire with fire33. Finders keepers, losers weepers34. Fine feathers make fine birds35. First impressions are the most lasting36. Give him an inch and he will take a mile37. Half a loaf is better than no bread38. Handsome is as handsome does39. Hard work never did anyone any harm40. He who makes a beast out of himself gets rid of the pain of being a man41. Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned42. If the mountain will not come to Mohammed, then Mohammed must go to the mountain43. If you steal from one author, it is plagiarism; if you steal from many, it is research. Wilson Mizner (1876–1933)44. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery45. It is easy to be wise after the event46. It takes all sorts to make a world47. Let bygones be bygones48. Let the punishment fit the crime49. Little things please little minds50. Make love not war51. Many hands make light work52. Might is right53. Might makes right54. Milking the bull55. Misery loves company56. Money does not grow on trees57. Money earned by deceit, goes by deceit58. Necessity is the mother of invention59. Never give advice unless asked.60. Never look a gift horse in the mouth61. Never say never62. No pain, no gain63. Once a thief, always a thief64. One might as well be hanged for a sheep as a lamb65. Only fools and horses work66. Over greedy man, over wrathful woman will never flourish67. Penny, Penny. Makes many.68. People who live in glass houses should not throw stones69. Rome was not built in a day,70. Seeing is believing71. Seek and ye shall find72. Shrouds have no pockets73. Strike while the iron is hot74. Success has many fathers, while failure is an orphan75. Take care of the pennies, and the pounds will take care of themselves76. Talk of the Devil, and he is bound to appear77. The grass is always greener on the other side78. The leopard does not change his spots79. The more the merrier80. The proof of the pudding is in the eating81. The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach82. There are always more fish in the sea83. There is honour among thieves84. There is no such thing as a free lunch85. There is no such thing as bad publicity86. Time and tide wait for no man87. To the victor go the spoils88. Two is company, but three is a crowd,89. Walk softly but carry a big stick. Theodore Roosevelt 1900 in letter relating an old African proverb90. Waste not, want not91. When life gives you lemons, make lemonade92. When the cat is away, the mice will play93. Where there is a will there is a way94. Where there’s life there’s hope.95. Wonders will never cease96. You cannot judge a book by its cover97. You cannot win them all98. You must have rocks in your head99. You’ve got to separate the wheat from the chaff

random acts of kindness 50


  1. Leave a kind message anywhere (in a library book, on a computer etc.)
  2. Feed a stray animal if you spot one
  3. At the post office, leave some extra stamps at the stamp machine
  4. Take blankets or warm clothing to a homeless person
  5. Share something interesting you’ve learnt today
  6. Feeling brave? Give blood
  7. Give a phone card to someone
  8. Pay it forward
  9. Have a cleanup party in the park
  10. Ask someone if you can help
  11. Buy a meal for a homeless person
  12. Make kindness bookmarks and give them away
  13. Buy something for the person behind you in line
  14. Pick up somebody else’ tab next time you go for a coffee
  15. When it’s summer and hot, give out cold Gatorades to your mail carrier and garbage men
  16. Thank your bus or taxi driver
  17. Let you staff leave work an hour early
  18. We all love surprises! Buy someone an unexpected gift
  19. Post a list of random acts of kindness in a public place
  20. Visit a friend who’s sick
  21. Get together with friends, neighbors, classmates, co-workers and family and brainstorm ways you can show kindness to yourselves, to others and to the earth
  22. Wave back to children who wave to you
  23. Make an effort to get to know someone you don’t usually talk to
  24. Carry around a care package of food or toiletries that you can give to a homeless person
  25. Leave enough money in the vending machine for the next person to get a free treat.
  26. Send a treat to a school or day-care center
  27. Tell a story to kids in the park
  28. Support a small, local business as a customer
  29. Out of the blue, send flowers to a friend
  30. Leave a big tip
  31. Throw away your trash – and someone else’s – after a movie, picnic or visit to a park
  32. Tell a friend about ARK/World Kindness Day
  33. Let someone know how much you appreciate them
  34. Hold the door for someone
  35. Ask a teenager for their opinion… and then really listen to them
  36. Leave someone flowers anonymously
  37. Open the door for someone
  38. Send a card to someone in the military overseas
  39. Make someone’s day – tell a friend why you appreciate them
  40. Share kind, positive quotes that inspire you
  41. Offer to babysit your siblings/cousins/nephews/nieces etc
  42. Offer to help your neighbours/friends with chores
  43. Share today’s food with your neighbour!
  44. Laugh often
  45. Leave a book you already finished somewhere for someone else to read
  46. Tell your children you love them
  47. It’s hard to stay connected – reach out to an elderly person you know
  48. Buy a movie ticket for the person behind you in line
  49. Cut an article out of the newspaper that would interest a friend and mail it to them
  50. Share your lunch with a friend

Random phrases of the day 50 phrases


  1. Down To EarthMeaning: Practical or humble; unpretentious.
  2. Rain on Your ParadeMeaning: To spoil someone’s fun or plans; ruining a pleasurable moment
  3. Cut The MustardMeaning: To cut the mustard is to meet a required standard, or to meet expectations.
  4. Son of a GunMeaning: A person, usually one who is behaving badly.
  5. Poke Fun AtMeaning: Making fun of something or someone; ridicule.
  6. A Piece of CakeMeaning: A task that is simple to accomplish.
  7. Quality TimeMeaning: Spending time with another to strengthen the relationship.
  8. Shot In the DarkMeaning: An attempt that has little chance for success.
  9. Raining Cats and DogsMeaning: When it is raining heavily.
  10. Not the Sharpest Tool in the ShedMeaning: Someone who isn’t witty or sharp, but rather, they are ignorant, unintelligent, or senseless.
  11. Elvis Has Left The BuildingMeaning: Something that is all over.
  12. Don’t Look a Gift Horse In The MouthMeaning: When you receive a gift from someone, do not be ungrateful.
  13. No Ifs, Ands, or ButsMeaning: Finishing a task without making any excuses.
  14. Head Over HeelsMeaning: Falling deeply in love with another person.
  15. Know the RopesMeaning: Having a familiarity or understanding of how something works.
  16. Up In ArmsMeaning: Angry; being roused to the point that you are ready to fight.
  17. Par For the CourseMeaning: What you would expect to happen; something normal or common.
  18. Every Cloud Has a Silver LiningMeaning: To be optimistic, even in difficullt times.
  19. Short End of the StickMeaning: Getting the bad end of a deal, or receiving the least desirable outcome from something.
  20. Under the WeatherMeaning: Not feeling well, in health or mood.
  21. Drive Me NutsMeaning: To greatly frustrate someone. To drive someone crazy, insane, bonkers, or bananas.
  22. Playing PossumMeaning: Pretending to be dead, or to be deceitful about something.
  23. Birds of a Feather Flock TogetherMeaning: People tend to associate with others who share similar interests or values.
  24. Money Doesn’t Grow On TreesMeaning: Suggests that money is a resource that must be earned and is not one that’s easily acquired.
  25. Fish Out Of WaterMeaning: Someone being in a situation that they are unfamiliar or unsuited for.
  26. Jig Is UpMeaning: For a ruse or trick to be discovered; to be caught.
  27. Curiosity Killed The CatMeaning: Typically said to indicate that any further investigation into a situation may lead to harm.
  28. Roll With the PunchesMeaning: To tolerate or endure through the unexpected mishappenings you may encounter from time to time.
  29. Jaws of DeathMeaning: Being in a dangerous or very deadly situation.
  30. My Cup of TeaMeaning: Someone or something that one finds to be agreeable or delightful.
  31. Needle In a HaystackMeaning: Something that is impossible or extremely difficult to find, especially because the area you have to search is too large.
  32. Happy as a ClamMeaning: The state of being happy; feeling delighted.
  33. Right Out of the GateMeaning: Right from the beginning; to do something from the start.
  34. Cry WolfMeaning: Someone that calls for help when it is not needed. Someone who is lying.
  35. Beating a Dead HorseMeaning: To bring up an issue that has already been resolved.
  36. Yada YadaMeaning: A way to notify a person that what they’re saying is predictable or boring.
  37. A Chip on Your ShoulderMeaning: Being angry about something that happened in the past.
  38. Easy As PieMeaning: Something that is easy.
  39. Flea MarketMeaning: A type of bazaar where inexpensive goods are sold or bartered.
  40. Man of Few WordsMeaning: A person who does not speak a great deal; someone who talks with as few words as possible.
  41. Top DrawerMeaning: High quality, exceptional; something that’s very valuable.
  42. You Can’t Teach an Old Dog New TricksMeaning: It can be challenging to teach a person something new.
  43. On Cloud NineMeaning: Having strong feelings of happiness or satisfaction. 
  44. Dropping Like FliesMeaning: To fall down ill or to die in large numbers.
  45. Elephant in the RoomMeaning: Ignoring a large, obvious problem or failing to address an issue that stands out in a major way.
  46. You Can’t Judge a Book By Its CoverMeaning: Don’t judge someone or something only by the outward appearance.
  47. Between a Rock and a Hard PlaceMeaning: Being faced with two difficult choices.
  48. An Arm and a LegMeaning: Something that is extremely expensive.
  49. In a PickleMeaning: Being in a difficult predicament; a mess; an undesirable situation.
  50. Lovey DoveyMeaning: The affectionate stuff that people do when they are in love, such as kissing and hugging.

Random phrases of the day 50 phrases


  1. Break The IceMeaning: Breaking down a social stiffness.
  2. A Dime a DozenMeaning: Something that is extremely common.
  3. Wild Goose ChaseMeaning: Futilely pursuing something that will never be attainable.
  4. It’s Not All It’s Cracked Up To BeMeaning: Failing to meet expectations; not being as good as people say.
  5. Jack of All Trades Master of NoneMeaning: Having suitable skill in multiple things, but not being an expert in any of them.
  6. Jumping the GunMeaning: Something that occurs too early before preparations are ready. Starting too soon.
  7. Every Cloud Has a Silver LiningMeaning: To be optimistic, even in difficullt times.
  8. On the RopesMeaning: Being in a situation that looks to be hopeless!
  9. Keep Your Eyes PeeledMeaning: To be watchful; paying careful attention to something.
  10. Tug of WarMeaning: It can refer to the popular rope pulling game or it can mean a struggle for authority.
  11. Back To the Drawing BoardMeaning: Starting over again on a new design from a previously failed attempt.
  12. Playing For KeepsMeaning: Said when things are about to get serious.
  13. Man of Few WordsMeaning: A person who does not speak a great deal; someone who talks with as few words as possible.
  14. Elephant in the RoomMeaning: Ignoring a large, obvious problem or failing to address an issue that stands out in a major way.
  15. Wouldn’t Harm a FlyMeaning: Nonviolent; someone who is mild or gentle.
  16. If You Can’t Stand the Heat, Get Out of the KitchenMeaning: One should discontinue with a task if they are unable to cope with it due to pressure.
  17. Up In ArmsMeaning: Angry; being roused to the point that you are ready to fight.
  18. Heads UpMeaning: Used as an advanced warning. To become keenly aware.
  19. High And DryMeaning: To be left behind; abandoned. Being in a helpless situation without a way to recover.
  20. Close But No CigarMeaning: Coming close to a successful outcome only to fall short at the end.
  21. Yada YadaMeaning: A way to notify a person that what they’re saying is predictable or boring.
  22. Between a Rock and a Hard PlaceMeaning: Being faced with two difficult choices.
  23. What Goes Up Must Come DownMeaning: Things that go up must eventually return to the earth due to gravity.
  24. Put a Sock In ItMeaning: Asking someone to be quiet or to shut up.
  25. Eat My HatMeaning: Having confidence in a specific outcome; being almost sure about something.
  26. Down For The CountMeaning: Someone or something that looks to be defeated, or nearly so.
  27. Give a Man a FishMeaning: It’s better to teach a person how to do something than to do that something for them.
  28. Quick and DirtyMeaning: Things that are fixed with great speed, but as a result, it’s probably not going to work very well.
  29. Money Doesn’t Grow On TreesMeaning: Suggests that money is a resource that must be earned and is not one that’s easily acquired.
  30. Jaws of LifeMeaning: Usually this references a tool used by rescuers when they pry or cut open a car to save the occupant.
  31. Hands DownMeaning: Anything that’s easy or has no difficulty; something that is a certainty.
  32. Poke Fun AtMeaning: Making fun of something or someone; ridicule.
  33. Off One’s BaseMeaning: A person that is crazy or behaving in idiotic ways
  34. Cut The MustardMeaning: To cut the mustard is to meet a required standard, or to meet expectations.
  35. No-BrainerMeaning: Anything that requires minimal brain activity to accomplish.
  36. Rain on Your ParadeMeaning: To spoil someone’s fun or plans; ruining a pleasurable moment
  37. What Am I, Chopped Liver?Meaning: A rhetorical question used by a person who feels they are being given less consideration than someone else.
  38. Mountain Out of a MolehillMeaning: One who escalates small things and turns them into big problems.
  39. Birds of a Feather Flock TogetherMeaning: People tend to associate with others who share similar interests or values.
  40. Barking Up The Wrong TreeMeaning: To make a wrong assumption about something.
  41. No Ifs, Ands, or ButsMeaning: Finishing a task without making any excuses.
  42. Read ‘Em and WeepMeaning: Often said by the winner in poker, as the others ‘weep’ over the loss.
  43. All Greek To MeMeaning: When something is incomprehensible due to complexity; unintelligble.
  44. Raining Cats and DogsMeaning: When it is raining heavily.
  45. Long In The ToothMeaning: Old in age. Mainly used when referring to people or horses.
  46. Easy As PieMeaning: Something that is easy.
  47. An Arm and a LegMeaning: Something that is extremely expensive.
  48. Cry Over Spilt MilkMeaning: It’s useless to worry about things that  already happened and cannot be changed.
  49. Everything But The Kitchen SinkMeaning: Including nearly everything possible.
  50. There’s No I in TeamMeaning: To not work alone, but rather, together with others in order to achieve a certain goal.

random phrases of the day 50 phrases


  1. Hear, HearMeaning: A shout of agreement, or to draw attention to a speaker.
  2. No-BrainerMeaning: Anything that requires minimal brain activity to accomplish.
  3. Dropping Like FliesMeaning: To fall down ill or to die in large numbers.
  4. Curiosity Killed The CatMeaning: Typically said to indicate that any further investigation into a situation may lead to harm.
  5. Happy as a ClamMeaning: The state of being happy; feeling delighted.
  6. Keep Your Eyes PeeledMeaning: To be watchful; paying careful attention to something.
  7. Lickety SplitMeaning: To go at a quick pace; no delaying!
  8. All Greek To MeMeaning: When something is incomprehensible due to complexity; unintelligble.
  9. Keep On Truckin’Meaning: To keep going, pressing forward; never stopping.
  10. A Fool and His Money are Soon PartedMeaning: It’s easy for a fool to lose his/her money.
  11. Mountain Out of a MolehillMeaning: One who escalates small things and turns them into big problems.
  12. Put a Sock In ItMeaning: Asking someone to be quiet or to shut up.
  13. Between a Rock and a Hard PlaceMeaning: Being faced with two difficult choices.
  14. Drawing a BlankMeaning: Failing to recall a memory. Unable to remember something.
  15. You Can’t Teach an Old Dog New TricksMeaning: It can be challenging to teach a person something new.
  16. What Goes Up Must Come DownMeaning: Things that go up must eventually return to the earth due to gravity.
  17. Under the WeatherMeaning: Not feeling well, in health or mood.
  18. It’s Not Brain SurgeryMeaning: A task that’s easy to accomplish, a thing lacking complexity.
  19. Close But No CigarMeaning: Coming close to a successful outcome only to fall short at the end.
  20. Barking Up The Wrong TreeMeaning: To make a wrong assumption about something.
  21. A Piece of CakeMeaning: A task that is simple to accomplish.
  22. In the RedMeaning: Losing money. Being in debt.
  23. Par For the CourseMeaning: What you would expect to happen; something normal or common.
  24. Playing For KeepsMeaning: Said when things are about to get serious.
  25. No Ifs, Ands, or ButsMeaning: Finishing a task without making any excuses.
  26. Jumping the GunMeaning: Something that occurs too early before preparations are ready. Starting too soon.
  27. Yada YadaMeaning: A way to notify a person that what they’re saying is predictable or boring.
  28. Jaws of LifeMeaning: Usually this references a tool used by rescuers when they pry or cut open a car to save the occupant.
  29. Tough It OutMeaning: To remain resillient even in hard times; enduring.
  30. Top DrawerMeaning: High quality, exceptional; something that’s very valuable.
  31. Ugly DucklingMeaning: One who may seem plain at first in appearance or capability, but later turns out to be beautiful or great.
  32. Playing PossumMeaning: Pretending to be dead, or to be deceitful about something.
  33. Greased LightningMeaning: Very fast or quick.
  34. Goody Two-ShoesMeaning: A smugly virtuous person.
  35. Burst Your BubbleMeaning: To ruin someone’s happy moment.
  36. Eat My HatMeaning: Having confidence in a specific outcome; being almost sure about something.
  37. Keep Your Shirt OnMeaning: Keeping calm. Usually said by someone who is trying to avoid making others upset.
  38. Jack of All Trades Master of NoneMeaning: Having suitable skill in multiple things, but not being an expert in any of them.
  39. Quick On the DrawMeaning: Performing an action with the greatest of haste.
  40. Cry WolfMeaning: Someone that calls for help when it is not needed. Someone who is lying.
  41. Know the RopesMeaning: Having a familiarity or understanding of how something works.
  42. Fight Fire With FireMeaning: To retaliate with an attack that is similar to the attack used against you.
  43. Let Her RipMeaning: Permission to start, or it could mean ‘go faster!’
  44. Down For The CountMeaning: Someone or something that looks to be defeated, or nearly so.
  45. Raining Cats and DogsMeaning: When it is raining heavily.
  46. Plot Thickens – TheMeaning: A situation that has gotten way more serious or interesting due to recent complexities or developments.
  47. On the RopesMeaning: Being in a situation that looks to be hopeless!
  48. Like Father Like SonMeaning: Resembling one’s parents in terms of appearance or behavior.
  49. Wake Up CallMeaning: An occurance of sorts that brings a problem to somebody’s attention and they realize it needs fixing.
  50. Wouldn’t Harm a FlyMeaning: Nonviolent; someone who is mild or gentle.

A Stoic Response To Desire


“The faculty of desire purports to aim at securing what you want…If you fail in your desire, you are unfortunate, if you experience what you would rather avoid you are unhappy…For desire, suspend it completely for now. Because if you desire something outside your control, you are bound to be disappointed; and even things we do control, which under other circumstances would be deserving of our desire, are not yet within our power to attain. Restrict yourself to choice and refusal; and exercise them carefully, within discipline and detachment.” —Epictetus, Enchiridion, 2.1-2

A Stoic Response To Desire

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Questions for the founder

A friend shared a new business idea with me yesterday. Some business model questions came to mind, asked here rhetorically. If you get them right, everything else is easier:

How will you get new paying customers?

Why will your paying customers tell their friends and colleagues?

Will this business work at a scale that you can both achieve and are happy living with?

Is it easy to start?

If it is, what will keep others from starting it?

How do you avoid a race to the bottom where you’re trapped making a cheap commodity as a middleperson?

Will it get easier as you go? Why?

What incentive do customers have to stick with you instead of switching to a cheaper or more convenient choice?

Businesses that are cheap to start, depend on providing a useful service at a cheap margin and are largely fungible or invisible are often difficult to turn into thriving enterprises. Customer traction, the network effect and emotional connection can change this, particularly if you build them in from the start.