Did you know..


Did you know…

… that today is The Raven Gets Published Day? On January 29, 1845, Edgar Allan Poe’s The Raven was published for the first time in the New York Evening Mirror. Critical opinion is divided as to the poem’s literary status, but it nevertheless remains one of the most famous poems ever written.

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Today’s Inspirational Quote:

“Getting over a painful experience is much like crossing monkey bars. You have to let go at some point in order to move forward.”

— C.S. Lewis

Last Friday


Did you know…

… that today is The Raven Gets Published Day? On January 29, 1845, Edgar Allan Poe’s The Raven was published for the first time in the New York Evening Mirror. Critical opinion is divided as to the poem’s literary status, but it nevertheless remains one of the most famous poems ever written.

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Today’s Inspirational Quote:

“Getting over a painful experience is much like crossing monkey bars. You have to let go at some point in order to move forward.”

— C.S. Lewis

W.O.T.D.


WORD OF THE DAY
Salmagundisal-mə-GUHN-deePart of speech: nounOrigin: French, unknown
1A dish of chopped meat, anchovies, eggs, onions, and seasoning.2A general mixture; a miscellaneous collection.
 
Examples of Salmagundi in a sentence “Order the salmagundi — I heard it is this restaurant’s specialty.” “Jason’s room is a salmagundi of his interests from the past decade.”

Content Marketing Ideas for your January calendar


Content Marketing Ideas for your January calendar

BY SCATTER EDITORIAL DESK6 MIN READ

January Content Marketing Ideas

Janus, the two-headed Roman god after whom the first month of the year is named, is said to look both, at the past and the future. As 2021 dawns, perhaps it is best that we do the same – learn from the lessons of the previous year while rebuilding the future with hope. Use these content marketing ideas to fuel a sense of renewed energy for the new year in your customers, from the fervent Republic Day to the International Day of Cleanliness. 

What’s new in January 2021?  

Potential roll out of COVID-19 vaccine  

Covid Vaccine Content Marketing Ideas

With multiple vaccines set to go on the floor in January, it looks like we will be one step closer to controlling the pandemic. So, what should your brand be talking about? 

Content marketing ideas

Listicle idea: X Common tips to follow before getting vaccinated 

Infographic idea: Who will be the first to get the vaccine? 

Video idea: How are vaccines developed? 

Podcast idea: Should you wait before getting the vaccine? 

New rule for check payments 

Check Content Marketing Ideas

RBI has introduced a new “positive pay system” for safer check payments. Here are some conversation starters so that your customers can understand this better. 

Content marketing ideas  

Listicle idea: Types of checks you should be aware of 

Infographic idea: What details are you required to reconfirm under the positive pay system? 

Video idea: Here’s how your check can be used to commit fraud 

Podcast idea: Alternative payment options you can consider apart from checks 

Fixed Days

New Year’s Day – 1 January  

New Year

Content marketing ideas

Listicle idea: Financial planning tips for the year ahead  

Infographic idea: Realistic New Year’s resolutions you should consider  

Video idea: What can we learn from 2020? 

Podcast idea: What to do if you’re ringing in the new year by yourself 

Brand campaign that worked:  

This ad by H&M articulates everyone’s hopes for 2021 after all the difficulties of 2020. 

World Braille Day – 4 January  

Braille Day Content Marketing Ideas

This day is celebrated to raise awareness of the braille language as a means of communication.  

Content marketing ideas

Listicle idea: Government schemes that can help the visually impaired  

Infographic idea: X Similarities between braille and Morse code 

Video idea: A brief look at Helen Keller’s life  

Podcast idea: How famous people with disability have overcome their challenges 

Brand campaign that worked:  

This video by Intel shows Shubham Banerjee, a young student who was able to build a low-cost braille printer thanks to Intel’s technology. 

NRI Day – 9 January  

NRI Day

This day is marked to recognize the contributions of the Indian overseas community towards the development of India. 

Content marketing ideas     

Listicle idea: Bestselling Indian authors of the last decade  

Infographic idea: How can you stay connected to your roots if you’re living abroad?  

Video idea: How do NRIs invest in India while earning abroad? 

Podcast idea: How difficult is it to return to India after settling abroad?  

Brand campaign that worked:  

This series of videos by DBB Mudra for SBI shows how easy it is for NRIs to perform banking functions such as opening an account or transferring funds, thanks to the SBI app. 

World Hindi Day – 10 January  

World Hindi Day Content Marketing Ideas

Content marketing ideas 

Listicle idea: X Hindi poets whose works you must read  

Infographic idea: What are the most widely spoken languages in the world?  

Video idea: What is the modern Hindi script based on? 

Podcast idea: How have Hindi serials evolved with streaming platforms?  

National Youth Day – 12 January  

Youth Day

This day is celebrated to commemorate the birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda. 

Content marketing ideas 

Listicle idea: X Online platforms to upskill yourself  

Infographic idea: What’s the difference between Gen X, Y, and Z?  

Video idea: 30 under 30: Here are some young changemakers you should know about  

Podcast idea: How can you teach your child to start saving from a young age?  

Army Day – 15 January  

Army Day Content Marketing Ideas

This day is celebrated to mark the day Field Marshal KM Cariappa took over as the first Commander-in-Chief of the Indian Army from General Sir Francis Butcher, the last British Commander-in-Chief of India. 

Content marketing ideas

Listicle idea: How to take care of your financial responsibilities before joining the army  

Infographic idea: What is the eligibility criteria of joining the Indian Army? 

Video idea: Realistic movies and series about war that you must watch  

Podcast idea: How do veterans cope with PTSD?  

Brand campaign that worked:  

This ad by Hyundai has an army officer narrate the story about how his train broke down on his way to report for his first posting, and how an unexpected meeting helped him get there on time. 

International Day of Education – 24 January  

International Day of Education

This day is celebrated to recognize the role of education in achieving peace and development. 

Content marketing ideas 

Listicle idea: The best countries for your child’s higher education 

Infographic idea: Countries around the world that provide free education  

Video idea: How was India’s education system designed?  

Podcast idea: Is the education system in India still relevant to these times? 

Brand campaign that worked:  

This video by P&G proves that no matter your age, you can become a student if you harbor a passion for learning within you. 

 National Girl Child Day – 24 January  

National Girl Child Day

This day is commemorated in India to spread awareness about the inequalities girls face in society. 

Content marketing ideas  

Listicle idea: X Financial schemes to invest in for your girl child  

Infographic idea: How have the richest women in India made their money?  

Video idea: X Young girls who have pushed for social change on a national level  

Podcast idea: Here’s how we can unlearn toxic masculinity as a society 

Brand campaign that worked:  

This ad by Samsung shows how a girl child, when given the opportunity to further her education, not only improves herself but also becomes an asset to her community. 

National Voters Day – 25 January  

National Voters Day

This day is observed by the Government of India to raise awareness about voting and encourage young voters to take part in the political process.  

Content marketing ideas     

Listicle idea: Here’s how you can change your place of residence on your voter’s ID 

Infographic idea: A timeline of the women’s suffrage movement in India 

Video idea: How does the world’s largest democracy prepare for elections?  

Podcast idea: How does social media influence our voting patterns? 

Brand campaign that worked:  

This ad by Google features Shyam Saran Negi, independent India’s first voter, and aims to ask everyone to #PledgeToVote. 

Republic Day – 26 January 

Republic Day Content Marketing Ideas

This day commemorates the date on which the Constitution of India came into effect in 1950.  

Content marketing ideas     

Listicle idea: Rights and duties you must know about as an Indian citizen 

Infographic idea: Peculiar constitutional provisions around the world  

Video idea: The best Republic Day floats 

Podcast idea: Why did it take so long to write the constitution? 

Brand campaign that worked:  

This ad by Red Label brilliantly illustrates the fact that there’s no one ‘Indian’ look and to get rid of stereotypes while identifying someone as Indian. 

International Customs Day – 26 January  

International Customs Day

This day recognizes the role of custom officials and agencies in maintaining the flow of goods across the world’s borders.  

Content marketing ideas     

Listicle idea: Unusual customs rules around the world  

Infographic idea: Why are customs duties important? 

Video idea: How did 9/11 change customs rules around the world? 

Podcast idea: What are the customs rules you should be aware of when you shop internationally? 

International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust – 27 January  

Holocaust

This day is observed as a tribute to the memory of the victims of the Holocaust and underlines the commitment to counter antisemitism, racism, and other forms of intolerance.  

Content marketing ideas     

Listicle idea: Cinematic coverage of the Holocaust: Iconic movies and documentaries to watch  

Infographic idea: How did Jews hide during the Holocaust?  

Video idea: What happened in Nazi Germany during the Night of the Broken Glass?  

Podcast idea: What we can learn from the Germans about learning from history  

Data Privacy Day – 28 January 

Data Privacy Content Marketing Ideas

This day is commemorated to raise awareness about data protection and to promote practices that ensure online privacy.  

Content marketing ideas  

Listicle idea: X Apps you can install to protect the data on your phone 

Infographic idea: What skills does one need to become an ethical hacker? 

Video idea: The worst data breaches of the last decade 

Podcast idea: How do targeted ads work?  

Brand campaign that worked:  

What would happen if everyone overshared their personal information? This ad by Apple explores the concept in a humorous ad while reassuring viewers that its data is protected. 

National Cleanliness Day – 30 January 

Cleanliness Day

This day is observed across the nation to promote and raise awareness of the importance of cleanliness, hygiene, and safe sanitation conditions.  

Content marketing ideas    

Listicle idea: X Must-have organizing products for your home  

Infographic idea: Tunes to accompany your deep-cleaning session  

Video idea: How is cleaning therapeutic for some people? 

Podcast idea: Here’s how decluttering can improve your mental health  

World Leprosy Day – 30 January 

Leprosy Day

World Leprosy Day is observed to raise awareness about the early detection of leprosy or Hansen’s disease in children and to fight the stigma faced by people living with this condition.  

Content marketing ideas    

Listicle idea: Here’s how Mother Teresa helped fight the stigma of leprosy  

Infographic idea: Signs of leprosy you shouldn’t ignore  

Video idea: How does leprosy spread? 

Podcast idea: The psychological impact of living with leprosy 

Martyrs’ Day – 30 January 

Gandhi

Martyrs’ Day pays homage to the brave men and women who laid down their lives fighting for India’s freedom, glory, and progress. The date was chosen as it marks the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi in 1948. 

Content marketing ideas     

Listicle idea: Pay tribute to our martyrs by going to these war memorials  

Infographic idea: Famous places that were named after revolutionaries  

Video idea: X Courageous modern martyrs you need to know about 

Podcast idea: The good and bad of learning about martyrs on television 

Fun days

Fun Days

National Hangover Day – 1 January 

Thesaurus Day – 18 January 

Winnie-the-Pooh Day – 18 January 

Content marketing ideas    

Listicle idea: X Drinks that won’t give you a hangover 

Infographic idea: X Drinks to cure your hangover 

Video idea: What does each Winnie-the-Pooh character represent? 

Podcast idea: Does reading a thesaurus play a significant part in a child’s early development? 

Festivals

Lohri Content Marketing Ideas

Lohri – 13 January 

Sankranti/Pongal – 14 January 

Guru Gobind Singh Jayanti – 20 January 

Content marketing ideas  

Listicle idea: X Easy Punjabi dishes you should try making 

Infographic idea: Different harvest festivals celebrated across India 

Video idea: Why is Pongal celebrated? 

Podcast idea: What lessons can we learn from Guru Gobind Singh? 

Birthdays

Birthday Content Marketing Ideas

Vidya Balan – 1 January 

JRR Tolkien – 3 January 

Deepika Padukone – 5 January 

Bradley Cooper – 5 January 

AR Rahman – 6 January 

Bipasha Basu – 7 January 

Elvis Presley – 8 January 

Stephen Hawking – 8 January 

Farhan Akhtar – 9 January 

Hrithik Roshan – 10 January 

Kalki Koechlin – 10 January 

Rahul Dravid – 11 January 

Swami Vivekananda – 12 January 

Zayn Malik – 12 January 

Jeff Bezos – 12 January 

Michelle Obama – 17 January 

Jim Carrey – 17 January 

Martin Luther King Jr – 20 January 

Subhas Chandra Bose – 23 January 

Ellen DeGeneres – 26 January 

Oprah Winfrey – 29 January 

Justin Timberlake – 31 January 

Content marketing ideas

Listicle idea: X Scientific advancements pioneered by Stephen Hawking’s discoveries 

Infographic idea: X Movies you didn’t know Farhan Akhtar was part of 

Video idea: Exercises you can do to get Hrithik Roshan’s abs 

Podcast idea: Is the fact that we have more billionaires than ever worrying? 

W.O.T.D.


WORD OF THE DAY
Orchidaceousor-kə-DAY-shəsPart of speech: adjectiveOrigin: Latin, mid 19th century
1Flashy, showy, as if an orchid.
 
Examples of Orchidaceous in a sentence “The singer’s outfit was colorful, shiny, and downright orchidaceous.” “My decorating tastes can be a bit orchidaceous.”

Estaminet


WORD OF THE DAY
Estaminet
es-tam-ih-NAYPart of speech: nounOrigin: French, unknown
1A small cafe in France that sells alcoholic drinks.
 
Examples of Estaminet in a sentence “I plan to visit every estaminet I find on my trip to Paris” “The artist enjoyed visiting the estaminet for a glass of wine while sketching.”

Seth Godin’s Newsletter


Tolerance

It means two things:

In high-quality manufacturing, producing to tolerance means that all the parts are as identical as possible. Getting the tolerances precise permits cars to be made more reliably, and for production to run more effectively.

In human beings, tolerance creates resilience. Tolerance of different abilities and preferences makes it easy to work with diversity of thought and approach and expertise, enabling better outcomes.

Tolerance doesn’t mean permitting behavior that undermines the community. In fact, it requires that we put the community first. Instead, it’s a willingness to focus on contribution instead of compliance.

We need to choose wisely. Are we working with machined parts or with people?

W.O.T.D.


WORD OF THE DAY
Adumbrateə-DUM-braytPart of speech: verbOrigin: Latin, late 16th century
1Report or represent in outline.2Foreshadow or symbolize.
 
Examples of Adumbrate in a sentence “Mark adumbrated his findings in an engaging presentation.” “When reading a mystery, you can usually spot clues to adumbrate the solution.”

30 JANUARY


National Cleanliness Day – 30 January 

Cleanliness Day

This day is observed across the nation to promote and raise awareness of the importance of cleanliness, hygiene, and safe sanitation conditions.  

Content marketing ideas    

Listicle idea: X Must-have organizing products for your home  

Infographic idea: Tunes to accompany your deep-cleaning session  

Video idea: How is cleaning therapeutic for some people? 

Podcast idea: Here’s how decluttering can improve your mental health  

World Leprosy Day – 30 January 

Leprosy Day

World Leprosy Day is observed to raise awareness about the early detection of leprosy or Hansen’s disease in children and to fight the stigma faced by people living with this condition.  

Content marketing ideas    

Listicle idea: Here’s how Mother Teresa helped fight the stigma of leprosy  

Infographic idea: Signs of leprosy you shouldn’t ignore  

Video idea: How does leprosy spread? 

Podcast idea: The psychological impact of living with leprosy 

Martyrs’ Day – 30 January 

Gandhi

Martyrs’ Day pays homage to the brave men and women who laid down their lives fighting for India’s freedom, glory, and progress. The date was chosen as it marks the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi in 1948. 

Content marketing ideas     

Listicle idea: Pay tribute to our martyrs by going to these war memorials  

Infographic idea: Famous places that were named after revolutionaries  

Video idea: X Courageous modern martyrs you need to know about 

Podcast idea: The good and bad of learning about martyrs on television 

Did you know..


Did you know…

… that today is The Raven Gets Published Day? On January 29, 1845, Edgar Allan Poe’s The Raven was published for the first time in the New York Evening Mirror. Critical opinion is divided as to the poem’s literary status, but it nevertheless remains one of the most famous poems ever written.

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Today’s Inspirational Quote:

“Getting over a painful experience is much like crossing monkey bars. You have to let go at some point in order to move forward.”

— C.S. Lewis

Practicing strategy in an uncertain world


In too many cases, strategic discussions are not this fruitful. Often they result in a set of goals, bullet points, or statements that masquerade as strategy, but they don’t set out the clear direction, distinctive positioning, and feasible plan you would expect. It’s no wonder that 65 percent of executives think their organization lacks a winning strategy.

Practicing strategy in an uncertain world

Motivation


“So many people live within unhappy circumstances and yet will not take the initiative to change their situation because they are conditioned to a life of security, conformity, and conservatism, all of which may appear to give one peace of mind, but in reality nothing is more damaging to the adventurous spirit within a man than a secure future. The very basic core of a man’s living spirit is his passion for adventure. The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun.”
– Christopher McCandless

Afflatus


WORD OF THE DAY
Afflatus
ə-FLAY-dəsPart of speech: nounOrigin: Latin, mid 17th century
1(formal) A divine creative impulse or inspiration.
 
Examples of Afflatus in a sentence “The priest praised the afflatus of the craftsmen for the new stained glass window.” “The exhibit seems to lack the afflatus that draws in spectators.”

Seth Godin’s Newsletter


The trap of busy

Everyone who wants to be busy is busy.

But not everyone is productive.

Busy is simply a series of choices about how to spend the next minute.

Productive requires skill, persistence and good judgment. Productive means that you have created something of value.

Perhaps your self-created busy-ness is causing you to be less productive.

Did you know…


Did you know…

… that today is National Kazoo Day? People young and old love Kazoos. Designed and built by Alabama Vest and Thaddeus Von Clegg in Macon, Georgia, in 1842, commercial production didn’t occur until many years later in 1912. Kazoos are easy to play; just hum a tune into the kazoo, and you’re an expert. Celebrate today by playing the kazoo, of course! 😉

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Today’s Inspirational Quote:

“I never had much interest in the piano until I realized that every time I played, a girl would appear on the piano bench to my left and another to my right.”

— Duke Ellington

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28 JANUARY


Data Privacy Day – 28 January 

Data Privacy Content Marketing Ideas

This day is commemorated to raise awareness about data protection and to promote practices that ensure online privacy.  

Content marketing ideas  

Listicle idea: X Apps you can install to protect the data on your phone 

Infographic idea: What skills does one need to become an ethical hacker? 

Video idea: The worst data breaches of the last decade 

Podcast idea: How do targeted ads work?  

Brand campaign that worked:  

What would happen if everyone overshared their personal information? This ad by Apple explores the concept in a humorous ad while reassuring viewers that its data is protected. 

Did you know..


Did you know…

… that today is National Geographic Society Day? In 1888, the National Geographic Society was founded in Washington, DC, by a group of 33 geographers, explorers, teachers, lawyers, cartographers, military officers and financiers. Nine months after its inception, the Society published its first issue of National Geographic magazine, which quickly became known for its stunning and pioneering photography. Today, the National Geographic Society is one of the world’s largest non-profit scientific and educational institutions.

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Today’s Inspirational Quote:

“Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts. There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature — the assurance that dawn comes after night, and spring after winter.”

— Rachel Carson

Pollicitation


TUESDAY, JANUARY 26

Pollicitation

[pə-lis-ə-TAY-shən]

Part of speech: noun

Origin: Late Middle English, unknown

1.

The action of promising; a promise; a document conveying a promise.

2.

Also Civil Law: a promise not yet formally accepted, and therefore in certain cases revocable.

Examples of Pollicitation in a sentence

“They formalized the agreement by signing a pollicitation.”

“Their contract was hinged on a pollicitation.”

Popularity Over Time

Popularity over time graph

About Pollicitation

Pollicitation is a more formal word for a promise — specifically, the action of promising or a document describing a promise.

Did you know…


Did you know…

… that today is Australia Day? Celebrated annually on January 26, Australia Day marks the anniversary of the 1788 arrival of the First Fleet of British Ships at Port Jackson, New South Wales, and the raising of the Flag of Great Britain at that site by Governor Arthur Phillip. The marking of 26 January has changed over time: starting as a celebration for emancipated convicts and evolving into what is now a celebration of Australia that reflects the nation’s diverse people.

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Today’s Inspirational Quote:

“Procrastination: A hardening of the oughteries.”

— Author Unknown

Mansuetude


Mansuetudeman-SOO-ə-toodPart of speech: nounOrigin: Latin, unknown
WORD OF THE DAY
Mansuetudeman-SOO-ə-toodPart of speech: nounOrigin: Latin, unknown
1Meekness; gentleness.
 
Examples of Mansuetude in a sentence “Grant handled the difficult situation with the utmost mansuetude.” “It’s important to approach the shelter animals with mansuetude.”

27 JANUARY


International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust – 27 January  

Holocaust

This day is observed as a tribute to the memory of the victims of the Holocaust and underlines the commitment to counter antisemitism, racism, and other forms of intolerance.  

Content marketing ideas     

Listicle idea: Cinematic coverage of the Holocaust: Iconic movies and documentaries to watch  

Infographic idea: How did Jews hide during the Holocaust?  

Video idea: What happened in Nazi Germany during the Night of the Broken Glass?  

Podcast idea: What we can learn from the Germans about learning from history  

Did you know…


… that today is Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day? Feeling a little stressed lately? Then today is your day because it’s Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day! And as anyone who’s ever come in contact with it knows, bubble wrap is not just a protective wrapping for things. It is also a wonderful stress reliever! Just squeeze the bubbles and feel the stress disappear with each POP…POP…POP. So, grab a piece of bubble wrap today, and go to town! 😉

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Today’s Inspirational Quote:

“My theory on housework is, if the item doesn’t multiply, smell, catch fire, or block the refrigerator door, let it be. No one else cares. Why should you?”

— Erma Bombeck

26TH JANUARY


Republic Day – 26 January 

Republic Day Content Marketing Ideas

This day commemorates the date on which the Constitution of India came into effect in 1950.  

Content marketing ideas     

Listicle idea: Rights and duties you must know about as an Indian citizen 

Infographic idea: Peculiar constitutional provisions around the world  

Video idea: The best Republic Day floats 

Podcast idea: Why did it take so long to write the constitution? 

Brand campaign that worked:  

This ad by Red Label brilliantly illustrates the fact that there’s no one ‘Indian’ look and to get rid of stereotypes while identifying someone as Indian. 

International Customs Day – 26 January  

International Customs Day

This day recognizes the role of custom officials and agencies in maintaining the flow of goods across the world’s borders.  

Content marketing ideas     

Listicle idea: Unusual customs rules around the world  

Infographic idea: Why are customs duties important? 

Video idea: How did 9/11 change customs rules around the world? 

Podcast idea: What are the customs rules you should be aware of when you shop internationally? 

Last Monday


Did you know…

… that today is Creation of Yahoo.com Day? Yahoo! was started at Stanford University by Jerry Yang and David Filo in 1994 when these two Electrical Engineering graduate students created a directory website named “Jerry and David’s Guide to the World Wide Web.” Yahoo Inc. is now globally known for its Web portal, search engine, advertising, online mapping, video sharing, fantasy sports and its social media website. Yahoo itself claims it attracts more than half a billion consumers every month in more than 30 languages!

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Today’s Inspirational Quote:

“I read and walked for miles at night along the beach, writing bad blank verse and searching endlessly for someone wonderful who would step out of the darkness and change my life. It never crossed my mind that that person could be me.”

— Anna Quindlen

Last Wednesday


Did you know…

… that today is Ming Dynasty Day? In 1368, after driving the Mongols out of China, Zhu Yuanzhang proclaimed the Ming dynasty. As the new emperor Hongwu, he ruled for thirty years. During Hongwu’s reign, the Ming Dynasty was characterized by rapid and dramatic population growth, and living standards also greatly improved.

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Today’s Inspirational Quote:

“You have to make mistakes to find out who you aren’t. You take the action, and the insight follows: You don’t think your way into becoming yourself.”

— Anne Lamott

Last Friday


Did you know…

… that today is Nautilus Launch Day? The Nautilus, the first atomic-powered submarine, was launched in Groton, Connecticut, on this day in 1954. First Lady Mamie Eisenhower christened the vessel with a bottle of champagne. Trivia fans: Just before the first lady christened the boat, a shipyard worker high on a girder called out, “Hit it good and hard, Mrs. Eisenhower.”

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Today’s Inspirational Quote:

“Be nice to each other. You can make a whole day a different day for everybody.”

— Richard Dawson

Last Saturday


Did you know…

… that today is the birthday of Grunge? In 1988, Nirvana recorded a ten-song demo tape with Jack Endino, the godfather of grunge. A producer heard the tape and offered to put out a Nirvana single. Trivia buffs: Kurt Cobain had many pets during his life including a pet rat he called Kitty, a cat named Melvin, and many turtles that he used to take care of.

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Today’s Inspirational Quote:

“In every day, there are 1,440 minutes. That means we have 1,440 daily opportunities to make a positive impact.”

— Les Brown

Sunday – yesterday


Did you know…

… that today is Compliment Day? Today is a great opportunity to say something positive about the people you come into contact with. Celebrate today by offering sincere compliments to people you know. After a long search for something good, if you just can’t find a compliment for them, then silence is golden. 😉

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Today’s Inspirational Quote:

“Constant kindness can accomplish much. As the sun makes ice melt, kindness causes misunderstanding, mistrust, and hostility to evaporate.”

— Albert Schweitzer

W.O.T.D.


WORD OF THE DAY
Eupepticyoo-PEP-tikPart of speech: adjectiveOrigin: Greek, late 17th century
1Relating to or having good digestion or a consequent air of healthy good spirits.
 
Examples of Eupeptic in a sentence “This eupeptic tea will help your stomach settle.” “The party left everyone in a eupeptic state.”

Seth Godin’s Newsletter


Arguments and outcomes

The purpose of marketing is to cause change. If we’re trying to build a movement, raise money for a non-profit, sell a product, change lifestyles, build community–these are all marketing activities that exist to change the way people act.

The project usually begins with clarity. The cause is just, the harm is real, the product is better. The work is worth doing, there’s an urgent need for change, it’s real.

But sometimes, the original arguments, as valid as they are, don’t work. In fact, they rarely do. People don’t all line up to donate or work out or sign up from the very start. You can put in the energy to have your pitch get heard, but the early ones often fall flat. It’s only as the arguments become more clear, or change, that they begin to resonate.

And yet we can stuck with a certain orthodoxy. An early argument can become the only argument. The story that the group tells from the start is the right one, and anything else is a disappointing compromise, even if it leads to the action you sought in the first place.

In general, there are three things that cause people to change their actions:

  • Status roles
  • Affiliation
  • Convenience

Status roles involve whether this action will move someone up or down in the estimation of their peers or competitors.

Affiliation is related to status, but more specific. It’s “people like us do things like this.” In the words of the Rolling Stones: He can’t be a man because he doesn’t smoke, the same cigarettes as me.

And convenience is the hallmark of a semi-lazy decision–it’s just easier.

Using these three drivers, you can look at the spread of helmets in the NHL, or electric cars in California or Nike sneakers everywhere. We can see it in the decline in smoking in some communities, or the rise of a popular style of music as well.

The originators of these and other ideas didn’t begin with status, affiliation or convenience, but that’s what ended up working.

FUN DAYS OF JANUARY 2021


Fun days

Fun Days

National Hangover Day – 1 January 

Thesaurus Day – 18 January 

Winnie-the-Pooh Day – 18 January 

Content marketing ideas    

Listicle idea: X Drinks that won’t give you a hangover 

Infographic idea: X Drinks to cure your hangover 

Video idea: What does each Winnie-the-Pooh character represent? 

Podcast idea: Does reading a thesaurus play a significant part in a child’s early development? 

Festivals

Lohri Content Marketing Ideas

Lohri – 13 January 

Sankranti/Pongal – 14 January 

Guru Gobind Singh Jayanti – 20 January 

Content marketing ideas  

Listicle idea: X Easy Punjabi dishes you should try making 

Infographic idea: Different harvest festivals celebrated across India 

Video idea: Why is Pongal celebrated? 

Podcast idea: What lessons can we learn from Guru Gobind Singh? 

Birthdays

Birthday Content Marketing Ideas

Vidya Balan – 1 January 

JRR Tolkien – 3 January 

Deepika Padukone – 5 January 

Bradley Cooper – 5 January 

AR Rahman – 6 January 

Bipasha Basu – 7 January 

Elvis Presley – 8 January 

Stephen Hawking – 8 January 

Farhan Akhtar – 9 January 

Hrithik Roshan – 10 January 

Kalki Koechlin – 10 January 

Rahul Dravid – 11 January 

Swami Vivekananda – 12 January 

Zayn Malik – 12 January 

Jeff Bezos – 12 January 

Michelle Obama – 17 January 

Jim Carrey – 17 January 

Martin Luther King Jr – 20 January 

Subhas Chandra Bose – 23 January 

Ellen DeGeneres – 26 January 

Oprah Winfrey – 29 January 

Justin Timberlake – 31 January 

Content marketing ideas

Listicle idea: X Scientific advancements pioneered by Stephen Hawking’s discoveries 

Infographic idea: X Movies you didn’t know Farhan Akhtar was part of 

Video idea: Exercises you can do to get Hrithik Roshan’s abs 

Podcast idea: Is the fact that we have more billionaires than ever worrying? 

Motivation


“Life has no victims. There are no victims in this life.No one has the right to point fingers at his/her past and blame it for what he/she is today. We do not have the right to point our finger at someone else and blame that person for how we treat others, today.Don’t hide in the corner, pointing fingers at your past. Don’t sit under the table, talking about someone who has hurt you. Instead, stand up and face your past! Face your fears! Face your pain! And stomach it all! You may have to do so kicking and screaming and throwing fits and crying- but by all means- face it!This life makes no room for cowards.”
– C. JoyBell C., The Sun Is Snowing: Poetry & Prose by C. Joybell C

International Day of Education /National Girl Child Day – 24 January


International Day of Education – 24 January  

International Day of Education

This day is celebrated to recognize the role of education in achieving peace and development. 

Content marketing ideas 

Listicle idea: The best countries for your child’s higher education 

Infographic idea: Countries around the world that provide free education  

Video idea: How was India’s education system designed?  

Podcast idea: Is the education system in India still relevant to these times? 

Brand campaign that worked:  

This video by P&G proves that no matter your age, you can become a student if you harbor a passion for learning within you. 

 National Girl Child Day – 24 January  

National Girl Child Day

This day is commemorated in India to spread awareness about the inequalities girls face in society. 

Content marketing ideas  

Listicle idea: X Financial schemes to invest in for your girl child  

Infographic idea: How have the richest women in India made their money?  

Video idea: X Young girls who have pushed for social change on a national level  

Podcast idea: Here’s how we can unlearn toxic masculinity as a society 

Brand campaign that worked:  

This ad by Samsung shows how a girl child, when given the opportunity to further her education, not only improves herself but also becomes an asset to her community. 

National Voters Day – 25 January  

One more Milestone attained….


I began the Toastmasters journey on 14th August 2018, became a member of a club on 1st September 2018 and gave my 12 MINUTE icebreaker speech and got disqualified as I wasn’t supposed to speak for more than 6 – 61/2 minutes.

I got wonderful mentors along the way and joined several clubs to date. My learning was well supported by my mentor Mr. Askander Mirza DTM and others.

This is a moment to say thank you, express gratitude and also to take a break from this break-neck speed learning that I have been indulging in for past 4 years with Udemy first and Toastmasters International next. The reason for joining TI does not exist any more but the will to learn has not died so may be some day, I shall return and do tha remaining

  1. 5 more Pathways
  2. DTM Program
  3. Accredited Speakers Program

and keep speaking, keep sharing, keep emptying my cup so as to make it available for learning something new, something I always wanted to but time, moeny, effort, circumstances and excuses that prevented me from learning.

This is a moment to say thank you to Family – especially my wife who was overjoyed with each Best Speaker, Roletaker ribbon I would win or a Level Completion badge, certificate and ribbon I would get – my daughters, grand daughter all cheered with equal zeal. So did my fellow toastmasters, evaluators, mentors, Office bearers of each club I spoke at for project speech – I thank them humbly and with my heart.

Thank you all.

Did you know…


Did you know…

… that today is Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In Debut Day? The NBC-TV show, “Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In” debuted on this day in 1968. Thanks to an ever-changing cast of regulars including the likes of Dan Rowan, Dick Martin, Arte Johnson, Goldie Hawn, Ruth Buzzi, JoAnne Worley, Lily Tomlin, Richard Dawson, and Judy Carne, the show became the highest-rated comedy series in TV history.

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Today’s Inspirational Quote:

“It is not the question, what am I going to be when I grow up; you should ask the question, who am I going to be when I grow up.”

— Goldie Hawn

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1-Sentence-Summary: The Warmth Of Other Suns is the story of how and why millions of Black Americans left the South between 1915 and 1970 to escape the brutality of the Jim Crow Laws and find safety, better pay, and more freedom in what is known today as The Great Migration.

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The Warmth of Other Suns Summary

Throughout the history of the United States, there have been many migrations within the US of people searching for a better life. A couple examples include the Gold Rush and the Dust Bowl Migration. But there is one migration so massive that it dwarfs all of the others in comparison: The Great Migration. 

During the Great Migration, an estimated six million African Americans left their homes in the South in search of a better life in the North. The migration, which happened between 1915 and 1970, was arguably one of the greatest demographic shifts in American History. 

In The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration by Isabel Wilkerson, we dive into the riveting truth behind what drove this mass relocation. Through three separate first-hand accounts of black Americans, Wilkerson brings us an intimate look at the fears, hopes, and dreams they had. We will focus on Ida Mae Gladley’s story. 

Here are just 3 of the many lessons I got from this book:

  1. The Great Migration happened for many different reasons, and people left from and went to diverse places throughout it.
  2. Ida Mae and her family were just one example of a black family leaving the South to become safer and earn more money.
  3. Settling in Chicago, Ida Mae entered the workforce but like many others didn’t see all of the benefits that she had hoped that moving would bring.

Let’s dive right into this little known history lesson!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: The Great Migration is an interesting and neglected piece of US history that involved many purposes and destinations.

You might be little surprised that your US History class didn’t study this big migration. Why did we barely touch on this topic that affected our history so greatly? 

Wilkerson says that there are a few reasons for this. One of the main reasons is that it wasn’t one single unified movement. These black southerners didn’t think of themselves as part of a movement because many of them had their own complex reasons for moving. 

Some of them were tired of being second-class. Others felt scared of racial violence. And some went for the promises of job prospects or tales of freedom. But the most dominant reason they wanted to leave was to escape the racist Jim Crow laws. 

After the abolishment of slavery in 1865, whites came up with different ways to keep blacks from using their newly won freedoms. These laws banned them from going to the same schools or shops as white people, for example. It also gave whites an excuse to mob lynch blacks.

Another factor that influenced the migration was World War I. The war caused a huge labor shortage in the North. This meant there was a big recruitment of black workers who would work for cheaper from the South. This peaked again during World War II.

Lesson 2: Ida Mae and her family’s move from the South for better pay and safety is just one story of many in The Great Migration.

Ida Mae lived on a farm with her family in Mississippi. In 1928, she married a fellow farmer named George and the young couple began their family and started as sharecroppers. Sharecroppers were people employed by a farmer and harvested crops in return for a place to live. 

This was a popular practice in the South, and unfortunately, it kept blacks indebted to plantation owners. Though the sharecroppers received pay at the end of the season, the farmer would make charges for what they “owed.” This included anything he felt the need to tack on. In the end, they often ended up with no pay. 

George and Ida Mae were fortunate to receive a small amount of money at the end of the year from their employer. But with the Great Depression in full swing, they soon found it hard to provide for their family. Which now also included two young kids. 

But the tipping point came in 1937 when George’s cousin was accused of stealing a white family’s turkeys and he was brutally beaten by a mob of white men. Though he miraculously survived the incident, he wasn’t the same afterward. 

They didn’t want to live in fear of something like this happening to them, so they decided to leave the racist South behind and see if they could find a better life in Illinois. Once they received their small year’s settlement, they loaded up all they had and their young family and boarded a crowded Jim Crow train to flee northward. 

Lesson 3: Chicago became Ida Mae’s eventual home, but moving didn’t change her life like she had hoped.

When Ida Mae made it to Chicago, she thought it looked like heaven. But soon they found things weren’t quite so easy. George and Ida Mae travelled to Milwaukee to find a job. But unfortunately, because of the Depression, even the low paying factory jobs were scarce. 

Eventually, George landed a job in Chicago helping an ice vendor. It didn’t pay much but did give them a small one room basement apartment in the city. But because of the massive amounts of migrants, the city started to get overcrowded. White neighborhoods sealed themselves off, meaning newcomers were forced to live in overpriced, tiny apartments.

In addition, they also weren’t warmly welcomed by the blacks who were born there. This was because they weren’t happy about the new competition for the same low-paying jobs. But it was hardest to find a job as a black woman from the South. They were perceived as both less suited for hard work and uneducated. 

But finally, Ida Mae found a job at a hospital. Soon they were able to move into a slightly better apartment. It didn’t seem like much, but they knew it was better than what they would’ve had in the South.

The Warmth Of Other Suns Review

I’m not the best with history books, so I didn’t really enjoy The Warmth Of Other Suns. But that doesn’t mean that it’s a bad book! I did think that the stories of Ida Mae, George Starling, and Pershing Foster were interesting. And they teach a lot of important lessons about many aspects of life, too!

Who would I recommend The Warmth Of Other Suns summary to?

The 64-year-old who is curious about the untold parts of US history, the 32-year-old history buff that wants to hear about something they probably didn’t learn in school, and anyone with an interest in the forces that affected America as it grew from 1915 to 1970.

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-Nik

Seven things to watch after historic anti-money laundering overhaul in the US – ICIJ


Seven things to watch after historic anti-money laundering overhaul in the US

The landmark legislation contains several loopholes, exemptions and shortcomings that may become key vulnerabilities in the fight against corruption and financial secrecy, advocates say.By Spencer WoodmanImage: Joshua Roberts/Getty ImagesJanuary 19, 2021facebooktwitterlinkedinemail

Clouds pass overt the Capitol Dome as the Senate resumes debate on overriding the veto of the National Defense Authorization Act on December 31, 2020 in Washington, DC.

Washington lawmakers rang in the new year by largely banning anonymous shell companies in the United States, one of the world’s most attractive places for criminals and wrongdoers around the world to hide dirty money.

The new law will for the first time require millions of companies incorporated in the U.S. to report their true owners to the federal government for inspection by law enforcement and compliance officers at banks and other financial institutions. Known as the Corporate Transparency Act, the law was attached to a massive national defense funding bill that Congress passed with a veto-override.

As the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists has reported across multiple investigations — including, most recently, the FinCEN Files — anonymous companies are a major vulnerability in the global fight against tax avoidance and money laundering. Drug cartels, oligarchs, despots and the global elite use them to conceal fortunes from tax authorities and law enforcement. Establishing a U.S. government registry of company owners was a key reform that experts said was needed in response to ICIJ investigations.

But the transparency is not complete. The law, supported by both the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and left-leaning Public Citizen — an unusual Washington alliance — is the result of years of negotiations. It contains loopholes pushed for by special interest groups that may blunt some of its power, even according to those who advocated for it and are now celebrating its passage.

Here are seven major areas where experts say the bill falls short that could pave the way for future political action.

 1. Some Wall Street investment vehicles don’t have to report.

Hedge funds and private equity firms create pooled investment vehicles typically open only to wealthy investors. The law does not apply to some of these entities, experts say, even though law enforcement has warned that they are ripe for abuse.

“Threat actors,” according to a 2020 Federal Bureau of Investigation bulletin “likely use the private placement of funds, including investments offered by hedge funds and private equity firms, to launder money.”

2. Big businesses are exempt, too.

The new law exempts any firm that has more than $5 million in annual revenue, more than 20 employees, and a physical office in the U.S. “At least in my world, that exemption covers nearly everyone,” said Stephen Quinlivan, a corporate lawyer specializing in mergers and acquisitions at Stinson LLP. One rationale for the carve out, advocates say, is that these larger companies have actual employees and offices, and are thus much easier to understand.

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3. Trusts could slip through the cracks.

Trusts are a preferred means of conveying generational wealth — and sometimes to avoid taxes and to hide and launder money, as ICIJ has previously reported. They are murky legal creatures: often, composed mainly of a contract dictating how the wealth they hold will be allocated. It can be difficult to determine who technically owns a trust’s wealth before distributions are made, experts say. Unlike companies, trusts often do not register with any government.

The new law explicitly exempts certain types of charitable and semi-charitable trusts. Advocates are also concerned about the wider category of personal and family trusts slipping through the cracks because these entities might not fall into the new law’s definition of a “company.” For this reason, experts believe the new law could de facto exclude a wide swath of personal and family trusts.

“This is the biggest concern for me,” said Gary Kalman, the director of Transparency International’s United States office, adding that he believes that trusts are already one of the U.S.’s largest money laundering vulnerabilities. Kalman adds that it is possible that, during the implementation of the law, federal agencies could interpret its language to include some trusts — and the law mandates a study into problems that the lack of trust ownership information poses.

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4. The new ownership registry will remain secret.

Only a subset of government and financial institution officers will be able to access ownership information contained in the new “secure, nonpublic database” that the law establishes. Researchers, journalists and others trying to track dark money will be shut out.

A fully public ownership registry wouldn’t be unique. In 2016, the United Kingdom mandated that many companies registered in the country must list their owners in a registry that is freely accessible to the public online. Although the U.K. registry has been beset by faulty or absent information, transparency advocates say that the public inspection of the information has been crucial in flagging problems that should be fixed within the system. Advocates say their support of a public ownership registry will not stop with the passage of the new law. “That’s going to be a fight we’re going to continue to have down the road over time,” Clark Gascoigne, a senior policy advisor at the Financial Accountability and Corporate Transparency Coalition, told ICIJ.

5. Registry access for state and local law enforcement is limited.

The new law stipulates that although many federal agents will have relatively easy access to the ownership database, state and local law enforcement will have to obtain permission from a court employee each time they want to access it. “This seems excessive and is going to discourage law enforcement,” said Alma Angotti, global legislative and regulatory risk director at the consulting firm Guidehouse.

6. Art dealers don’t have to report suspicions of financial crime — for now.

Along with the disclosure requirements, the overall defense spending law also expands the range of businesses that must report suspicions of having done business with criminals. Left off that list: art dealers.

The art trade is a major hotspot for international money laundering as ICIJ recently reported in FinCEN Files. Elise Bean, a former U.S. Senate aide and investigator, called the art exemption “strange” and noted that the legislation requires a study into the art market that she hopes will “lead to art dealers finally being added to the law.” While art dealers have been offered a free pass for now, the law does demand, for the first time, that antiquities dealers report suspicious activity to federal authorities.

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7. The penalty for leaking ownership information is harsher than for not reporting it to the government in the first place.

People who misreport company ownership information face a maximum penalty of two years in prison. Anyone who leaks ownership data to the press or anyone else could face up to five years in jail — and a decade if the disclosure happens while committing another federal crime.

“These penalties are out of whack,” Ross Delston, a lawyer and consultant in Washington, D.C., specializing in anti-money laundering systems, told ICIJ. “Since when is the ownership of a company an inherently private matter?” The law separately creates new rewards and protections for whistleblowers who come forward to the government about a broad range of financial misconduct.

W.O.T.D.


WORD OF THE DAY
Felicitousfə-LIS-ə-disPart of speech: adjectiveOrigin: Latin, 17th century
1Well-chosen or suited to the circumstances.2Pleasing and fortunate.
 
Examples of Felicitous in a sentence “It turned out to be a felicitous decision to bring an umbrella.” “She discovered a number of felicitous finds with her trusty metal detector.”

Did you know…


Did you know…

… that today is Silent Comedian Day? Philadelphia comedian, Ernie Kovacs, became a major star on this day in 1957, when he was able to pull off the challenge of doing a half-hour TV show without uttering a single word of dialogue. Many shows, such as Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In, Saturday Night Live, Monty Python, Captain Kangaroo, and Sesame Street are credited with having been influenced by Kovacs.

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Today’s Inspirational Quote:

“Weird is just a side effect of being awesome.”

–Bill Murray

Lessons from One Year of Nomadic Passive Income – Nat Eliason


The Void “The wise use of leisure, it must be conceded, is a product of civilization and education. A man who has worked long hours all his life will be bored if he becomes suddenly idle. But without a considerable amount of leisure a man is cut off from many of the best things.” – In Praise of Idleness, Bertrand Russell

Lessons from One Year of Nomadic Passive Income – Nat Eliason

Wisdom


Your roots are like that of a tree, without it you’re weak and easy to push over.
A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots. (Marcus Garvey)
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Wisdom is not only defined by what you know, but also be knowing what you don’t.
To know what you know and what you do not know, that is true knowledge. (Confucius)

Seth Godin’s Newsletter


Three types of kindness

There is the kindness of ‘please’ and ‘thank you.’ And the kindness of “I was wrong, I’m sorry.” The small kindnesses that smooth our interactions and help other people feel as though you’re aware of them. These don’t cost us much, in fact, in most settings, engaging with kindness is an essential part of connection, engagement and forward motion.

And then there is the kindness of dignity. Of giving someone the benefit of the doubt. The kindness of seeing someone for the person that they are and can become, and the realization that everyone, including me and you, has a noise in our heads, a story to be told, fear to be danced with and dreams to be realized.

And there’s another: The kindness of not seeking to maximize short-term personal gain. The kindness of building something for the community, of doing work that matters, of finding a resilient, anti-selfish path forward.

Kindness isn’t always easy or obvious, because the urgent race to the bottom, to easily measured metrics and to scarcity, can distract us. But bending the arc toward justice, toward dignity and toward connection is our best way forward.

Kindness multiplies and it enables possiblity. When we’re of service to people, we have the chance to make things better.

Happy Birthday, Reverend King.

Bibelot – Popular word


POPULAR WORD
BibelotBIH-bə-loPart of speech: nounOrigin: French, late 19th century
1A small, decorative ornament or trinket.
 
Examples of Bibelot in a sentence “Alyssa couldn’t resist purchasing a few bibelots before she left the store.” “Mr. Willis’ collection of Santa-themed bibelots, tchotchkes, and collectibles was pulled out every year on December 1.”

Best of the week quotes


Jose Ortega y Gasset“We cannot put off living until we are ready.”

via Today’s Quote https://ift.tt/35DGsqV January 11, 2021 at 11:57AM
via RSS Feed https://www.brainyquote.com/authors/jose-ortega-y-gasset-quotesBernard Baruch“Millions saw the apple fall, but Newton was the one who asked why.”

via Today’s Quote https://ift.tt/2Mw9T9v January 12, 2021 at 11:57AM
via RSS Feed https://www.brainyquote.com/authors/bernard-baruch-quotesMarcus Aurelius“Anger cannot be dishonest.”

via Today’s Quote https://ift.tt/2HnH5M6 January 13, 2021 at 11:57AM
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HOLUS BOLUS


WORD OF THE DAY
Holus-Bolushol-əs-BOL-əsPart of speech: adverbOrigin: Unknown, mid 19th century
1All at once.
 
Examples of Holus-Bolus in a sentence “Everything was happening holus-bolus, and I couldn’t keep up.” “After a lull in my business, holus-bolus, I have all sorts of great opportunities.”

Seth Godin’s Newsletter


Born to run (things)

The first half of Bruce Springsteen’s autobiography makes some things abundantly clear:

He had no natural ability to play the guitar. In fact, after his first lessons, he quit, unable to play a note.

He had no singing talent. Every group he was part of needed a lead singer, and it wasn’t him.

And just about everyone dismissed him. Audiences walked out, his first agent simply stopped returning his calls and bandmates gave up and moved on.

He didn’t even know how to drive a car. Not only wasn’t he dating in high school, he wasn’t even cruising around town, being a charismatic rock star.

Talent is overrated. Skill is acquirable.

Showing up is something almost every creative leader has in common. In business, in the arts, in society. Consistently shipping the work, despite the world’s reaction, despite the nascent nature of our skill, despite the doubts.

And community is essential. The people you surround yourself with can reinforce your story, raise the bar and egg you on.

After the fact, the community becomes an integral part of your story of success. But first, you have to commit to the journey.

[That’s what happens in the Creative’s Workshop.]

For more on the creative commitment, check out this extraordinary conversation between Brian Koppelman and director Ron Howard.

Seth Godin’s Newsletter


Is mood a gift or a skill?

Some days, we wake up with optimism and possibility… we’re able to find more reserves, connect better and do more generous work.

That might be because the outside world has handed us good news and opportunities, or it might be because the chemicals in our brain are particularly aligned…

I think it’s fair to assert that sometimes, our moods are handed to us.

But it’s also clearly true that we can do things to improve our mood. Morning pages, meditation, exercise, positive thinking, the right audio inputs, who we hang out with, the media we consume–it’s all a choice.

And if it’s a choice, that means it’s a skill, because we can get better at it.

PASSAGE OF THE WEEK:


PASSAGE OF THE WEEK:

“A Stoic doesn’t give up. A Stoic doesn’t resign themselves to lower standards or expect less of themselves. A Stoic doesn’t ever really grow old—because they refuse to accept that limitation. Instead, they remain active, they push themselves, they keep their minds sharp.

No matter how old you are, this attitude would do you well. There is no time like the present. It is not too late. The Gulf Stream of youth is still strong within you—if you choose to let it be. Keep yourself young. Don’t let yourself harden.”

Did you know…


Did you know…

… that today is Most Trusted Man in America Day? On this day in 1986, polls showed that Walter Cronkite, five years after his retirement from the “CBS Evening News,” remained the most trusted man in America. Cronkite reported many events from 1937 to 1981 and was also known for his extensive coverage of the U.S. space program. Cronkite is well known for his departing catchphrase “And that’s the way it is,” followed by the date on which the appearance aired.

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Today’s Inspirational Quote:

“To be trusted is a greater compliment than being loved.”

— George MacDonald

Secret Weapon Bunker – Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam – Atlas Obscura


11 Heavenly Restaurants Hidden Inside Houses of Worship – Atlas Obscura Lists


The Messy Business of Scrubbing 2,000 Years of Bird Poop From an Egyptian Temple – Atlas Obscura


https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/cleaning-egyptian-temple-at-esna?utm_source=Atlas+Obscura+Daily+Newsletter&utm_campaign=ba649a874b-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2021_01_15&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_f36db9c480-ba649a874b-70161841&mc_cid=ba649a874b&mc_eid=f2c730f812

Did you know… 2


Did you know…

… that today is Dress Up Your Pet Day? This day is an opportunity to wow the neighbors and to unleash the inner diva of your favorite pooch or kitty… Why not go the extra mile and get the little guy or gal something to match your own outfit – that way you can both dress to impress and really set some trends! Sorry, we don’t have any ideas on how to dress up goldfish. 😉

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Today’s Inspirational Quote:

“Pets are humanizing. They remind us we have an obligation and responsibility to preserve and nurture and care for all life.”

— James Cromwell

Did you know…1


Did you know…

… that today is Wikipedia’s Birthday? In 2001, Wikipedia, a free-access, free-content Internet encyclopedia, was launched by Jimmy Wales and Larry Sanger. The English language Wikipedia is now one of 313 Wikipedia editions and is the largest with 6,223,266 articles. There is a grand total of over 55 million articles in over 309 different languages! Happy birthday, Wikipedia!

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Today’s Inspirational Quote:

“To know that we know what we know, and to know that we do not know what we do not know, that is true knowledge.”

— Nicolaus Copernicus

Lessons from growth outperformers in logistics | McKinsey


3-2-1 Newsletter by James Clear.


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 (January 14, 2021)

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

Read this on JamesClear.com

Happy 3-2-1 Thursday,

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

3 IDEAS FROM ME

I.

“In the long run, the way you treat your time is the way others treat it too.”

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II.

“A brief guide to leadership:

  • Always know the answer to, “What are we optimizing for?”
  • Recruit. Recruit. Recruit.
  • Never ask someone to do something you aren’t willing to do yourself.
  • Give away the credit. Take the blame.”

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III.

“The trajectory of your life bends in the direction of your habits.”

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2 QUOTES FROM OTHERS

I.

Brene Brown on when to value feedback:

“If you’re not in the arena also getting your ass kicked, I’m not interested in your feedback. If you have constructive feedback you want to give me, I want it… But if you’re in the cheap seats, not putting yourself on the line, and just talking about how I can do it better, I’m in no way interested in your feedback.”

Source: Why Your Critics Aren’t the Ones Who Count



II.

Ed Catmull, cofounder of Pixar, on how they make great movies:

“Initially, the films we put together, they’re a mess. It’s like everything else in life—the first time you do it, it’s a mess. Sometimes it’s labeled … “a failure” … but that’s not even the right word to use. It’s just like, you get the first one out, you learn from it, and the only failure is if you don’t learn from it, if you don’t progress.”

Source: Keep Your Crises Small

1 QUESTION FOR YOU

A simple question that can deliver powerful results if taken seriously:

What is the highest leverage action I can execute on right now?

THE DIVINE HERITAGE OF MAN


THE DIVINE HERITAGE OF MAN

Meher Baba

“In all climes and in all places, man is constantly striving for happiness; but there are very few who have it, because there are very few who truly know the secret of happiness. Man is constantly feeling thwarted and limited, and he is ever in the clutches of unrelieved agony of suffering, because, not knowing his own true nature, he identifies himself with the body or the desires or the limited individual mind, and thereby becomes a victim to their respective limitations and sufferings.It is only by knowing himself to be different from and beyond all these that he can fully enter into the Divine Heritage of the Abiding Happiness, which is inalienable from his true being as God.The man, who through sanskaric attachments identifies himself with his body or desires or the individual mind, is caught up within the prison of his ignorance. All his efforts to break through his shackles only lead to his being in their firmer grip, just in the same way as the parrot which desperately beats his wings against the bars of its cage succeeds only in injuring its own wings, without being able to make any headway towards its freedom. It is like a person, who is stuck up in deep mud, and who, because of his very efforts to extricate himself, finds that he is more deeply stuck up in it.The individual and the unaided efforts of the aspirant are so often unsuccessful, because the very source of such efforts which is the ego, is rooted in ignorance…. This does not mean that the aspirant should not try for spiritual freedom and fulfillment. He must try his best for their realization; but he must at the same time open himself out to the abundant and indispensable help that comes to him from the Master.The Master does not give to the aspirant something which is not already within the aspirant in a latent form; he only unveils the real Self of the aspirant himself and enables him to come into his own Divine Heritage which is rightfully his.

“GLIMPSES OF THE GOD-MAN, Vol. 3, pp. 252-253, Bal Natu1982 © Avatar Meher Baba Perpetual Public Charitable Trustphoto: © Meher Nazar Publications or MSI Collection

SETH GODIN’s Newsletter


The difficult choice of disappointment

All forward motion disappoints someone.

If you serve one audience, you’ve let another down. One focus means that something else got ignored. If you create something scarce, someone won’t get their hands on it.

The very act of creation means that it won’t be the ideal solution for everyone.

On the other hand, with certainty, we know that doing nothing disappoints an even larger group of people.

The opportunity is to find someone to delight and to embrace the fact that someone is not everyone.

Coronavirus live updates: PM flags off vaccine drive, says don’t forget to take 2nd shot : India was early to take guard against the pandemic and formed a committee to deal with it: PM – The Times of India


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