Do not take life too seriously. You will never get out of it alive. -Elbert Hubbard
They say marriages are made in Heaven. But so is thunder and lightning.
No one ever bought anything on an elevator. The elevator pitch isn’t about selling your idea, because a metaphorical elevator is a lousy place to make a pitch.
When you feel like you’re being judged and only have a minute to make a first impression, it’s tempting to try to explain the truth and nuance of who you are, what you’ve done and what you’re going to do in the time it takes to travel a few floors.
That rarely works.
The alternative is the elevator question, not the elevator pitch. To begin a conversation–not about you, but about the person you’re hoping to connect with. If you know who they are and what they want, it’s a lot more likely you can figure out if they’re a good fit for who you are and what you want. And you can take the opportunity to help them find what they need, especially if it’s not from you.
Too often, we feel rejected when in fact, all that’s happened is a mismatch of needs, narratives and what’s on offer.
Instead of looking at everyone as someone who could fund you or buy from you or hire you, it might help to imagine that almost no one can do those things, but there are plenty of people you might be able to help in some other way, even if it’s only to respect them enough to not make a pitch.
No one wants to be hustled.
courtesy: Seth Godin’s Newsletter
One of the questions often left lingering after we publish a global investigation like the FinCEN Files is: what comes next? One of the U.S.’s top banking regulators has already hinted at an answer, admitting that the current financial system allows banks a “free pass” when it comes to processing suspicious transactions. We’ll be speaking with more experts over the coming weeks to find out how the banking world might change in the wake of the FinCEN Files… so stay tuned!
‘AWASH WITH DIRTY CASH’In an opinion piece released days after the FinCEN Files, Linda A. Lacewell, the superintendent of one of New York’s top banking regulatory bodies, acknowledged that the financial system is “awash with trillions of dollars in dirty money” and said that money laundering has wrapped itself “within the guts of financial institutions.”“Individual bankers are rarely held accountable, so money laundering becomes a source of profits and bank fines become a cost of doing business,” Lacewell wrote. “When the profits exceed the fines, the business choice is easily corrupted.” LAUNDERING IN LATVIAValdis Dombrovskis, executive vice-president of the European Commission and the former prime minister of Latvia, has defended his record on combating money laundering after the FinCEN Files detailed how, for years, global banks secretly believed his home country was a magnet for tens of billions of dollars in dirty money. FINCEN FILES HIGHLIGHTSWe’re still pulling together the best FinCEN Files reporting from our media partners around the world. This week, our focus has been on Europe, where mafia groups, terror financiers, arms dealers and sanction busters all featured in stories published by our partners, who revealed how European banks and shell companies play a key role in global money laundering.We’ve also mined our partners’ stories on the gold and precious metals industry, from Benin to Bolivia to Britain. DOS SANTOS ENABLERSPortuguese auditing companies that broke anti-money laundering laws while helping Angolan billionaire Isabel dos Santos grow her business empire should face criminal prosecution, the country’s regulator has said. Our Luanda Leaks investigation revealed Dos Santos and associates moved hundreds of millions of dollars in public money out of Angola, with help from Western financial firms, lawyers, accountants, including in Portugal. BOTTLE OF LIESWe spoke with investigative journalist Katherine Eban about how she followed the story of fraud in generic drug manufacturing around the world for her latest, bestselling book Bottle of Lies: The Inside Story of the Generic Drug Boom. Eban will run a masterclass at the upcoming Double Exposure investigative film festival. You can purchase tickets to the festival with a 10% discount using ICIJ’s code: ICIJDX20.Thanks for reading!Hamish Boland-RudderICIJ’s online editor
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Eternal Mother, light of our lives, I have a confession to make for I have sinned. I failed you, I spoke ill of my own parents. Forgive me for my flaws, cure me of my flaws. Punish me as you see fit so I may live my life the right way again.
A Mind Like A Circus.
Making Bread Out Of Sand.
A Mess Of A Guess.
A New Night Is A New Day To Some.
Throwing Rocks At A Mountain.
On my 5th Pathways Path – Motivating Strategies.
5. World Sight Day –8 October
The day seeks to promote awareness about blindness and other forms of vision impairment.
Content marketing ideas:
- Listicle idea: Inspiring personalities who didn’t let blindness stop them from achieving their dreams
- Infographic idea: X Apps for visually impaired individuals
- Video idea: The story behind how braille was invented
- Podcast idea: Public facilities that make the lives of the visually impaired easier
Brand campaign that worked:
This simple ad by Alcon was created to raise awareness about the importance of timely cataract surgery to avoid blindness.
|WORD OF THE DAY|
|1The quality or state of being pervicacious.||2Obstinacy; stubbornness; wilfulness.|
|Examples of Pervicacity in a sentence “My toddler is the perfect example of pervicacity!” “They were both guilty of pervicacity, but eventually they came to a compromise.”|
Do you still sleep with a nightlight?
Let each person in the group spank you as hard as they can.
You can change neither the currents nor the tides, but you can use the winds to change direction.
I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination. (Jimmy Dean)
The more you know the more there is to enjoy.
The larger the island of knowledge, the longer the shoreline of wonder. (Ralph W. Sockman)
Would you rather have a roommate that doesn’t replace the toilet paper when it runs out or puts empty food packages back into the refrigerator?
You might not agree with something you read on the front page of the Wall Street Journal or The New York Times, but at least you understand it. There’s simply no way a sentence like this would make it through the editing process: “Are we not pure? “No, sir!” Panama’s moody Noriega brags. “It is garbage!” Irony dooms a man—a prisoner up to new era.”
And yet, major publications continue to post graphs and charts that are nonsensical and redundant at the same time.
Following their lead, we’re busy putting similar junk in our presentations and brochures as well.
Consider this one from a recent issue of the Times. (click to enlarge)
Why are the months on the vertical axis? Why is it symmetrical, repeating all the information?
Most important… what is it trying to say?
If you don’t know what you’re trying to say, not saying it with a graph is a good way to hide.
courtesy: Seth Godin’s Newsletter
|wORD OF THE DAY|
|1A violent and oppressive wind blowing in summer, especially in Sudan, bringing sand from the desert.|
|Examples of Haboob in a sentence “You’ll need scarves and goggles for your trip to protect against the sand brought by the haboob.” “We couldn’t leave the house for a whole day while the haboob was blowing.”|