W.O.T.D.


WORD OF THE DAY
SapidSA-pihdPart of speech: adjectiveOrigin: Latin, early 17th century
1Having a strong, pleasant taste.2(of talk or writing) pleasant or interesting.
 
Examples of Sapid in a sentence “Lunch consisted of finger sandwiches and a sapid tea.” “The cheese was sapid and savory, and paired well with freshly baked bread.”

JAMES CLEAR NEWSLETTER


3 ideas, 2 quotes, 1 question (November 26, 2020)

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

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Happy 3-2-1 Thursday,

Let’s get right to it. Here are 3 short ideas from me, 2 quotes from others, and 1 question to ponder this week.

3 IDEAS FROM ME

I.

“If you genuinely care about the goal, you’ll focus on the system.”

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II.

“Successes are revised mistakes.”

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III.

“Amazing social skills are a superpower.

The ability to deliver bad news in a good way is a superpower.

The ability to de-escalate a tense situation into a calm one is a superpower.

The ability to transform a lose/win situation into a win/win situation is a superpower.”

2 QUOTES FROM OTHERS

I.

John F. Kennedy on gratitude:

“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.”

Source: Thanksgiving Day Proclamation, 1963



II.

Writer and entrepreneur Kevin Kelly on making life count:

“I am now 55 years old. Like a lot of people in middle age my late-night thoughts bend to contemplations about how short my remaining time is. Even with increasing longevity there is not enough time to do all that I want. Nowhere close. My friend Stewart Brand, who is now 69, has been arranging his life in blocks of 5 years. Five years is what he says any project worth doing will take. From moment of inception to the last good-riddance, a book, a campaign, a new job, a start-up will take 5 years to play through. So, he asks himself, how many 5 years do I have left? He can count them on one hand even if he is lucky. So this clarifies his choices. If he has less than 5 big things he can do, what will they be?”

Source: My Life Countdown

1 QUESTION FOR YOU

Some questions to consider before you speak:

Does this need to be said?

Does this need to be said by me?

Does this need to be said by me right now?

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Until next week,

James Clear
Author of the million-copy bestseller, Atomic Habits
Creator of the Habit Journal

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DID YOU KNOW…


Did you know…

… that today is the birthday of Dale Carnegie (1888)? Dale Carnegie was a pioneer in public speaking and personality development and became famous by showing others how to become successful. Carnegie’s book, How to Win Friends and Influence People, has sold more than 30 million copies and has been translated into numerous different languages.

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Today’s Inspirational Quote:

“If you can’t sleep, then get up and do something instead of lying there worrying. It’s the worry that gets you, not the lack of sleep.”

— Dale Carnegie

Motivational story – Work and Live.



Father was a hardworking man who delivered bread as a living to support his wife and three children. He spent all his evenings after work attending classes, hoping to improve himself so that he could one day find a better paying job. Except for Sundays, Father hardly ate a meal together with his family. He worked and studied very hard because he wanted to provide his family with the best money could buy.

Whenever the family complained that he was not spending enough time with them, he reasoned that he was doing all this for them. But he often yearned to spend more time with his family.

The day came when the examination results were announced. To his joy, Father passed, and with distinctions too! Soon after, he was offered a good job as a senior supervisor which paid handsomely.

Like a dream come true, Father could now afford to provide his family with life’s little luxuries like nice clothing, fine food and vacation abroad.

However, the family still did not get to see father for most of the week. He continued to work very hard, hoping to be promoted to the position of manager. In fact, to make himself a worthily candidate for the promotion, he enrolled for another course in the open university.

Again, whenever the family complained that he was not spending enough time with them, he reasoned that he was doing all this for them. But he often yearned to spend more time with his family.

Father’s hard work paid off and he was promoted. Jubilantly, he decided to hire a maid to relieve his wife from her domestic tasks. He also felt that their three-room flat was no longer big enough, it would be nice for his family to be able to enjoy the facilities and comfort of a condominium. Having experienced the rewards of his hard work many times before, Father resolved to further his studies and work at being promoted again. The family still did not get to see much of him. In fact, sometimes Father had to work on Sundays entertaining clients. Again, whenever the family complained that he was not spending enough time with them, he reasoned that he was doing all this for them. But he often yearned to spend more time with his family.

As expected, Father’s hard work paid off again and he bought a beautiful condominium overlooking the coast of Singapore. On the first Sunday evening at their new home, Father declared to his family that he decided not to take anymore courses or pursue any more promotions. From then on he was going to devote more time to his family.

Father did not wake up the next day.

Did you know…


Did you know…

… that today is High Scoring Football Game? In the highest-scoring NFL game in history, the Washington Redskins defeated the New York Giants 72-41, combined for a total of 113 points in one game on November 27, 1966. There were a total of 16 touchdowns, 10 by Washington and 6 by New York, and a field goal by Washington’s kicker Charlie Gogolak with only 7 seconds left.

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Today’s Inspirational Quote:

“Each time we face our fears, we gain the strength, courage, and confidence we need to move forward. It’s far easier to change things than to change people. The real survivors in life are the ones who have the mental fortitude to press on even when the body wants to quit. Even if you don’t finish ‘first,’ you still need to continue on until you cross that finish line.”

— P.M. “Chief” DeMarks

Best Morning Exercise.


Of course, now with 100, 100+ weight and Arthritis Unable to do these. Age has nothing to do with it.

In my childhood, P.P. Guruji Golwalkar used to have fun on my baby fat and slight paunch and would ask me to stay in Ashtangasana Yog without letting the tummy touch the earth. I struggled, struggled, and finally got it. The max times I did this was 108 times.

DID YOU KNOW…


Did you know…

… that today, besides being Thanksgiving in the U.S. (Happy Thanksgiving!), is First Fab Four Recording Session Day? On this day in 1962, the Fab Four had their very first recording session under name The Beatles. Trivia fans: Paul is not McCartney’s first name; it’s James. And John Lennon changed his middle name from Winston to Ono after marrying Yoko Ono in 1969.

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Today’s Inspirational Quote:

“Acknowledging the good that you already have in your life is the foundation for all abundance.”

— Eckhart Tolle

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1-Sentence-Summary: Becoming The Boss shows leaders of all kinds, whether new or experienced, how to identify the pitfalls that stand in the way of influencing others for the better and overcome them.

Read in: 4 minutes

Favorite quote from the author:

Becoming The Boss Summary

I’ve summarized over 200 books so far. That’s a lot of ideas and I’ve noticed a few common threads in them. One of the biggest is how fast our world is changing and how hard we have to work to keep up. Leaders are no exception to this rule. 

What worked well for the greats of the past like Bill Gates and Steve Jobs doesn’t always apply today. Technology is changing the way we communicate and learn so fast that it’s a wonder any of us can keep up, let alone those at the top!

What you need to succeed as a leader is to remain malleable enough to change and improve according to the modern world. And that’s just what you’ll learn how to do in Lindsey Pollak’s Becoming the Boss: New Rules for the Next Generation of Leaders.

Let’s dig in and see how much we can learn in just 3 lessons from the book:

  1. Learn how to lead yourself if you want to become a great leader.
  2. You will influence others best when your communication skills are excellent.
  3. Don’t gossip, prepare for difficult questions, and use people’s names when talking to them.

Read? Set? Lead! Here we go!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 best leaders are the best at leading themselves.

When I was a missionary, our leaders had to teach us but also take care of their own areas. I didn’t understand how they could do it until I spend more time with them. 

That’s when I realized that they were so good because they were excellent at leading themselves.

This requires you to be just as good at organizing your own life and improvement as you are at doing so for a whole team. It might sound daunting, especially if you’re new to your position, but there is hope for you.

The first rule you want to follow is don’t panic. Things change fast in the business world. Technology throws ideas at us at lightning speeds. It’s completely normal to be afraid occasionally, and you can learn to handle it.

One helpful way is to ask yourself if you want what’s in front of you more than you’re afraid of it. If you can answer yes, then push through your fears and go for it!

Also, learn to be creative. It used to be that you could become an expert in your field and that would be enough, but not anymore. If you want to stand apart, learn the ropes of other fields.

Additionally, always be learning and working harder. Assess your current knowledge. Pay attention to the skills you need to work on and make a plan. Check the LinkedIn profiles of people you admire to see what they’re good at and work on those things.

Lesson 2: Focus on others and make your communication skills top-notch if you want to have a positive influence on them.

In one of my favorite speeches I’ve attended, a leader I admire used a phrase that I’ll never forget:

“It’s not about you!”

This is some of the best leadership and life advice I’ve ever received. It still has a huge impact on everything I do today, especially whenever I get the chance to lead.

Research from the University of Texas confirms this, too. It identified that leaders don’t use the word “I” as much as non-leaders. So if you want to be excellent, stop thinking and talking so much about yourself!

It doesn’t do any good to just try to avoid doing something bad, you want to fill the gap with what’s good. And that’s thinking about your employees. You don’t want to talk about them behind their backs, and we’ll get to that in a moment. 

You need to focus on the needs of your people and not your own. If you’re lost in what you need to improve all the time, you won’t be receptive to their needs.

Under-communication is another must-avoid when working with others. 

One survey by Accountemps identified that not communicating often or openly enough hurts morale than anything else a manager can do wrong! So it’s better to do it too much than not enough.

Lesson 3: Use people’s names when talking with them, avoid gossip at all times, and know how to deal with difficult questions.

You’re not born with excellent communication skills, but you can learn them. Some of the most basic ones you can apply in just a few minutes to start seeing results!

One of the first is to remember people’s names and use them when you’re speaking with them. It’s an excellent persuasion tool, but you also need to check that you’re using the right names, too!

I had a manager once that wasn’t great at being a leader. But I do remember how he would always my name while talking with me. It did make me feel like I mattered, at least a little bit.

Additionally, we often overlook the power of eye-contact. Building this habit when conversing with employees will express confidence.

Sometimes, however, an unexpected question comes up that you won’t know the answer to. You can’t know the answer to everything, so don’t try to do that. Instead, maintain confidence by using one of these three techniques:

  1. Refer the person to another who might have the answer.
  2. Defer the question to another time by telling them you’ll get back to them.
  3. Ask them to be more specific.

You also want to avoid gossip at all times. 

Have you ever been around someone that only likes to talk about other people? Every time I see this, I lose trust in the person. If they’re talking about another person behind their back, then what’s to stop them from talking about you behind yours?!

Don’t lose your employee’s trust. Never talk about other people when they’re not around.

Becoming The Boss Review

Becoming The Boss is an excellent book that I highly recommend everybody read, not just managers. I especially liked how it focused on looking inward at how you can improve as a leader. It seems that so much of being a boss these days is about having a commanding presence with no humility, but we need leaders that can see their faults too!

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Who would I recommend the Becoming The Boss summary to?

The 60-year-old executive who doesn’t think they need to change anything to be a better leader, the 36-year-old that just got their first management position and feels a little out of place, and anyone that wants to learn to lead themselves.

The post Becoming The Boss Summary appeared first on Four Minute Books.Keep learning,
-Nik

SETH GODIN’S NEWSLETTER


The grateful pumpkin

It might not be autumn where you live, but the iconography of the large orange pumpkin travels around the world.

People carve faces into them, stick a candle inside and use them to ward off the darkness.

Perhaps we could consider writing on one instead. Inscribing all the things we’re grateful for, all the people who show up in our lives. We could highlight our heroes, our friends, the selfless people who show up for the community instead of simply looking for a shortcut… We could even remind ourselves of the systems, situations and dynamics that we take for granted.

Seeing that pumpkin every day is a great way to remind myself of how extraordinarily lucky I am. Even when it seems as though the news is an unending litany of selfishness and tragedy, it’s possible to find someone who made a difference.

Thank you for caring, for showing up and especially, for leading.

James Clear Newsletter


3 ideas, 2 quotes, 1 question (November 26, 2020)

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

Read this on JamesClear.com

Happy 3-2-1 Thursday,

Let’s get right to it. Here are 3 short ideas from me, 2 quotes from others, and 1 question to ponder this week.

3 IDEAS FROM ME

I.

“If you genuinely care about the goal, you’ll focus on the system.”

(Share this on Twitter)



II.

“Successes are revised mistakes.”

(Share this on Twitter)



III.

“Amazing social skills are a superpower.

The ability to deliver bad news in a good way is a superpower.

The ability to de-escalate a tense situation into a calm one is a superpower.

The ability to transform a lose/win situation into a win/win situation is a superpower.”

2 QUOTES FROM OTHERS

I.

John F. Kennedy on gratitude:

“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.”

Source: Thanksgiving Day Proclamation, 1963



II.

Writer and entrepreneur Kevin Kelly on making life count:

“I am now 55 years old. Like a lot of people in middle age my late-night thoughts bend to contemplations about how short my remaining time is. Even with increasing longevity there is not enough time to do all that I want. Nowhere close. My friend Stewart Brand, who is now 69, has been arranging his life in blocks of 5 years. Five years is what he says any project worth doing will take. From moment of inception to the last good-riddance, a book, a campaign, a new job, a start-up will take 5 years to play through. So, he asks himself, how many 5 years do I have left? He can count them on one hand even if he is lucky. So this clarifies his choices. If he has less than 5 big things he can do, what will they be?”

Source: My Life Countdown

1 QUESTION FOR YOU

Some questions to consider before you speak:

Does this need to be said?

Does this need to be said by me?

Does this need to be said by me right now?

If you enjoyed that, please share with others.

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Until next week,

James Clear
Author of the million-copy bestseller, Atomic Habits
Creator of the Habit Journal

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Urgent and Important.. A motivational story


A philosophy professor stood before his class with some items on the table in front of him. When the class began, wordlessly he picked up a very large and empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with rocks, about 2 inches in diameter.

He then asked the students if the jar was full. They agreed that it was.

The professor picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar. Of course, the sand filled up the remaining open areas of the jar.

He then asked once more if the jar was full. The students responded with a unanimous “Yes.”

What are your big rocks? - Cutting Through Chaos

“Now,” said the professor, “I want you to recognize that this jar represents your life. The rocks are the important things – your family, your partner, your health, your children – things that if everything else was lost and only they remained, your life would still be full. The pebbles are the other things that matter – like your job, your house, your car. The sand is everything else, the small stuff.”

“If you put the sand into the jar first,” he continued, “there is no room for the pebbles or the rocks. The same goes for your life. If you spend all your time and energy on the small stuff, you will never have room for the things that are important to you. Pay attention to the things that are critical to your happiness. Play with your children. Take your partner out dancing. There will always be time to go to work, clean the house, give a dinner party, or fix the disposal.”

“Take care of the rocks first – the things that really matter. Set your priorities. The rest is just sand.”

27-11-2020 My Daily Weblog


ARJUNA, if you fight this battle, think of how it shall benefit you. If you die during battle, you will go to heaven and be in eternal peace. If you shall be victorious O ARJUNA, you will be the ruler of this Kingdom. O ARJUNA, stand up, take courage, and fight!

या तो तू युद्ध में मारा जाकर स्वर्ग को प्राप्त होगा अथवा संग्राम में जीतकर पृथ्वी का राज्य भोगेगा । इस कारण हे अर्जुन ! तू युद्ध के लिए निश्चित करके खड़ा हो जा ।। ३७ ।।

TheGitaHindi_2_38

The Blessed Lord spoke unto Arjuna:

O ARJUNA, by considering victory and defeat, pleasure and pain, gain and loss with indifference, you will not commit any sin.

जय-पराजय, लाभ-हानि और सुख-दुःखों को समान समझकर उसके वाद युद्ध के लिये तैयार हो जा : इस प्रकार युद्ध करने से तू पाप को नहीं प्राप्त होगा ।। ३८ ।।

Begin the day at 4.30. New Alarm was UNSTOPPABLE, Finally got up with heavy legs (wanting to rest some more) Lower back pain that’s not going for several days now,

Made some great Tea with Nettle Leaf tea added to normal Tea and to make it even stronger added Earl Grey Tea bag and Tea Masala tea bag, I like my morning cuppa Tea – strong, very strong. Add Cloves and Cardamom for taste,

Sometimes my tea is like a Kadha so esseniial for a COVID SURVIVOR with one teaspoon of Turmeric powder, bit of ginger, bit of Cinnamon too,. When I have back pain I try adding Moringa Powder too,

My 2nd Cuppa is actually my normal tea – made by wife, By then I am fully awake, done my weight, Temperature, BP, SPO2 checks and taken any medicines I forgot to take in the night.

These days wife gives me another antibody booster dose in the night and what it does is help clean the stomach and makes you hungry at the right times of the day, LIke yesterday – at 4 pm I was DINNER READY. But Cyclone Jowar had brought cold weather, incessant rains in Bengaluru city making morning or evening walks impossible, Impossible because, BBMP the Municipal corporation makes us choose only those as corporators who have JCB excavator machines. They get work for 5 years and are 24/7 at work digging holes, making roads, breaking roads, digging sewage water lines or drinking water pipe laying very close to ,,,,, FIBRE OPTIC CABLES so that we have no internet and we can not complain about them on SOCIAL MEDIA. Such Wise men,,, these corporators!

I began painting after a break and completing 3 in one go now and they are ready for Watercolor – final treatment and finishing touches, 6 years of amateur paintings – picking from web a great pic, printing it and then making a replica so I can learn, It is still Hobby painting, Wife as Mentor comes in telling me to straighten the staircase lines and ensuring that even in a Green and white only pic – I should add a different color to stairs as if that is why I wish to paint ! 🙂 🙂

But rant apart, this helped me gift over 3500 paintings for Covid Warriors and that was the high point, the real pineal gland pleasure (pun intended).

Thought provoking phrase today…

An Arm and a Leg

Meaning: Something that is extremely expensive.

Costs an arm and a leg.

Expensive things will cost you one of these. Figuratively speaking, of course.

And …

A Weird word

disport

to play about, frolic or gambol

Word Information - search results for: disport

Leadership


Leading during a crisis:
“There are certain kinds of rules in a crisis. Number one, I don’t respond in little pieces and then change my mind. I wait until I get the facts. And then I respond as quickly as I can, that I do so in a transparent way, that I do so from a set of values and character, that I respond in a way that I think produces remedy, that isn’t just apology, but produces remedy. I always tell everybody, when you have a crisis, remember this. It’s your response that defines who you really are in other people’s eyes.”

courtesy: a newsletter I subscribe to…

QUOTES


EXPLORE YOUR CURIOSITY

“In the past, success was more my need. Therefore, I was just a pawn in the hands of my audience. I’d do anything they wanted me to, just to fulfill their expectations of me. One of the things that drove me to become an actor was that I was insecure; I thought laughs and applause would give me the security I was looking for. But as I grew older and wised up and began to enjoy some of the benefits of success, I became less concerned with how the public responds to me collectively than with their private, individual response, which I can get better sitting at a bar talking with a stranger than I can sitting in an audience watching one of my own movies.”
— Lee Marvin

“And this is one of the great tasks of leadership for us, as individuals and citizens this year. But even if we act to erase material poverty, there is another greater task, it is to confront the poverty of satisfaction – purpose and dignity – that afflicts us all. Too much and for too long, we seemed to have surrendered personal excellence and community values in the mere accumulation of material things. Our Gross National Product, now, is over $800 billion dollars a year, but that Gross National Product – if we judge the United States of America by that – that Gross National Product counts air pollution and cigarette advertising, and ambulances to clear our highways of carnage. It counts special locks for our doors and the jails for the people who break them. It counts the destruction of the redwood and the loss of our natural wonder in chaotic sprawl. It counts napalm and counts nuclear warheads and armored cars for the police to fight the riots in our cities. It counts Whitman’s rifle and Speck’s knife, and the television programs which glorify violence in order to sell toys to our children. Yet the gross national product does not allow for the health of our children, the quality of their education or the joy of their play. It does not include the beauty of our poetry or the strength of our marriages, the intelligence of our public debate or the integrity of our public officials. It measures neither our wit nor our courage, neither our wisdom nor our learning, neither our compassion nor our devotion to our country, it measures everything in short, except that which makes life worthwhile. And it can tell us everything about America except why we are proud that we are Americans.”

HOW MANY IN INDIA QUALIFY SIMILARLY…. I WONDER….


WHAT NOT TO DO

Billionaire Robert F. Smith said in a recent letter to investors, the “decision made twenty years ago has regrettably led to this turmoil. … I should never have put myself in this situation.”

Despite his numerous charitable givings, “He’d played a role in what federal prosecutors allege was the biggest tax evasion scheme in U.S. history, an effort by his longtime associate, Texas billionaire Robert Brockman, to hide $2 billion from tax authorities in an offshore scheme featuring a computer program called Evidence Eliminator and code names such as “Redfish” and “Snapper.””

When you’re too focused on making money you lose touch with the person you want to be. It’s as if you say to yourself, I’m going to make all this money and get to the end of your life and be ok with it. The world doesn’t work that way.

Source

26/11/2020 My Weblog…


Did you know…

… that today is National Parfait Day? Think of layers of ice cream, whipped cream, and any combination of syrups and fruits served in a fancy glass… Yep, parfait is a fancy word for sundae. Whatever you call it, celebrate today by eating as many parfaits as you want! 🙂

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For me it brings the violent and sad memories of 26/11 which happened in Mumbai Killing 160 Civilians and numerous troops. Twitter friends from Maharashtra have been tweeting about this subject since early morning as there is no meniton of the Braveheart Constable Tukaram Ombale who caught the only live terrorist – kasab. Many officers names feature in it but this is a glaring omission.

Every Indian citizen and specially all Hindus must bow down and salute this Man Hutatma Tukaram Omble who took bullets on his chest but still managed to catch terrorist Ajmal Kasab alive else the congress govt was ready to defame and Shame Hindus as the conspirators Of 26/11/ 2008 attacks.
NEVER FORGET

Near my home on Rammurthy nagar bridge is the memorial bust of Major Unnikrishan of NSG who gave his life – f\ighting to the terrorists.


Today’s Inspirational Quote:

“The quickest way to double your money is to fold it over and put it back in your pocket.”

— Will Rogers

In my role as Director Security, I had to arrange to evacuate many of our colleagues from Delhi, Mumbai and Chennai. One lady was adamant and wanted to visit TajMahal in Agra disobeying instructions. She finally reported as (on leave) and I had to literally tail her in Agra thru our staff unobtrusively as each life is precious.

Today’s Quote

“There is one day that is ours. Thanksgiving Day is the one day that is purely American.”

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Witty Quotes

“You know, you’re rather amusingly wrong.”– Terry Pratchett

You will never find time for anything. You must make it.”– Charles Buxton

WHAT A PHRASE

Par For the Course

Meaning: What you would expect to happen; something normal or common.

TINY THOUGHT

FROM A NEWSLETTER I SUBSCRIBE TO…..

Imagine what you could accomplish if you weren’t focused on being busy all the time.

Mail – Dhananjay Parkhe – Outlook


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W.0.T.D.


WORD OF THE DAY
Anomalousə-NAM-ə-ləsPart of speech: adjectiveOrigin: Greek, mid 17th century
1Deviating from what is standard, normal, or expected.
 
Examples of Anomalous in a sentence “The instrument’s readings were anomalous, so the captain decided to radio for help.” “The results were anomalous, leading the scientists to revise the experience from the beginning.”

The Right Amount Is Key


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1-Sentence-Summary: Who Not How will skyrocket your success, happiness, and fulfillment in all areas of your life by identifying why you’re looking at your problems the wrong way and how simply seeking to get the right people to help you will make all the difference.

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Favorite quote from the author:

Who Not How Summary

I still remember how devastated seven-year-old me was to see the Utah Jazz get destroyed in the NBA finals by Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls two years in a row. I was a huge Jazz fan and hated the Bulls and Jordan. At least until I learned their stories. 

This team wasn’t always on top, and neither was Michael Jordan. When he came on in 1984, he wasn’t seeing much success, despite already showing signs of being the best player in the NBA. 

The solution to their problem ended up not being a “How” but instead a “Who.” And it took a couple of Whos, including Scottie Pippen and coach Phil Jackson, for the Bulls to get to the point where I saw them dominating in and around 1997 and 1998. 

I love hearing this story now not only because I don’t really care about the Jazz anymore, but more because I love learning how teaming up with the right people helps you stop spinning your wheels and instead leads to success. 

That’s why I loved Dan Sullivan and Benjamin Hardy’s newest book Who Not How: The Formula to Achieve Bigger Goals Through Accelerating Teamwork and believe that you’re going to love it too.

Here’s the book summarized in just 3 lessons:

  1. Ask yourself “who can help me accomplish this?” instead of “how am I going to get this done?”
  2. Getting the right Whos in your life will free up your time.
  3. You will make more money when you find Whos to complete your Hows.

Are you excited to discover a whole new world of productivity and freedom by asking one simple question? Let’s go!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: If you want to get more done, consider the people that can help you instead of worrying about the best way to do it.

A couple of years ago I was in a job working for a boss that I didn’t really like. I remember sitting there one day realizing that I didn’t want to be there anymore and asking myself how in the world I was going to get out. 

But I was asking the wrong question, as I was soon to discover. Thankfully, I quickly began asking the right one without even knowing it. 

Not long afterward I started writing on Medium.com. Six months later had a freelance writing gig because of friendships I’d made there. 

Two months after that, I had lost my job. But again, because of my connections, I got to start my own company. 

And just this month I get to buy a house in a wildly competitive market thanks to some amazing friends.

These experiences are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to how success has found its way to me because I’ve met the right people instead of worrying about how it was going to get done. 

This is the power of Who Not How. I could complicate it but at its core, all you need to do to utilize the massive potential within this tool is stop asking “How will I get this done?” and instead ask “Who will help me reach my goal?” in all aspects of your life.

Lesson 2: You will have more time if you find the right people to help you reach your goals.

As a 16-year-old living in California, Richie Norton wanted to get a job. After hearing about this, Richie’s dad told him that he didn’t want Richie to get a job. What Richie really wanted was money, so his dad told him how he could get it. 

Soon, Richie and his brother were driving their family’s van, with all the backseats out of it, to a watermelon farm. They bought all the deformed watermelons, which the farmers couldn’t sell. 

Once they got home, Richie and his brother started going down the list in the phonebook, calling everybody and offering his watermelons. A few hours later he’d made more than he would have the entire summer working a full-time job. 

Initially, Richie’s question was “How will I make the money I want?” The only answer he could come up with was a job that would have cost him the entire summer’s worth of time. 

Instead, with the right Who, his entrepreneur dad, Richie cut down the amount of time it took him to earn that money significantly, leaving his whole summer open for fun. 

When you ask Who instead of How, you’ll save an exponential amount of time.

Lesson 3: You will earn more money when you find the right Whos to solve your Hows.

In addition to being the managing editor here at Four Minute Books, I am also a licensed professional engineer. I own my own company for both the writing and engineering. While both are doing well now, they weren’t always. 

Earlier this year I lost my biggest engineering client, and with them, over half of my income within that company. Thankfully it was a cordial separation, they’d just grown big enough to need their own engineer. 

But I was still asking how to get the income back.

I was meeting with coaches, asking friends, and constantly wondering how I was going to find another client. I don’t have a lot of sales skills, so I felt lost. 

Things began to change, however, after shifting my focus to the question “Who can help me get more clients?” I realized that I had a family member with sales experience who had recently lost his job. I asked him if he would like to make some money helping me get more clients, and he did.

He’s since helped me get not only one new client, but almost three, with opportunities to get more. Now, my engineering company is well on its way to making that money back and more. 

If you want to reach your big financial goals, start asking “Who can help me with this?” instead of how.

Who Not How Review

Man, I love this idea. Not only did Shawn Achor prove it’s truth in Big Potential, but I’ve also personally seen the right Whos leading me to success, countless times. I firmly believe that, if you follow what it teaches, Who Not How is going to radically alter your life for the better.

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Who would I recommend the Who Not How summary to?

The 33-year-old business owner who isn’t sure how to get their company to the next level, the 48-year-old that desperately needs help with their teenager, and anyone who has big goals that wants to see how to work smarter to accomplish them.

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-Nik

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1-Sentence-Summary: Who Not How will skyrocket your success, happiness, and fulfillment in all areas of your life by identifying why you’re looking at your problems the wrong way and how simply seeking to get the right people to help you will make all the difference.

Read in: 4 minutes

Favorite quote from the author:

Who Not How Summary

I still remember how devastated seven-year-old me was to see the Utah Jazz get destroyed in the NBA finals by Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls two years in a row. I was a huge Jazz fan and hated the Bulls and Jordan. At least until I learned their stories. 

This team wasn’t always on top, and neither was Michael Jordan. When he came on in 1984, he wasn’t seeing much success, despite already showing signs of being the best player in the NBA. 

The solution to their problem ended up not being a “How” but instead a “Who.” And it took a couple of Whos, including Scottie Pippen and coach Phil Jackson, for the Bulls to get to the point where I saw them dominating in and around 1997 and 1998. 

I love hearing this story now not only because I don’t really care about the Jazz anymore, but more because I love learning how teaming up with the right people helps you stop spinning your wheels and instead leads to success. 

That’s why I loved Dan Sullivan and Benjamin Hardy’s newest book Who Not How: The Formula to Achieve Bigger Goals Through Accelerating Teamwork and believe that you’re going to love it too.

Here’s the book summarized in just 3 lessons:

  1. Ask yourself “who can help me accomplish this?” instead of “how am I going to get this done?”
  2. Getting the right Whos in your life will free up your time.
  3. You will make more money when you find Whos to complete your Hows.

Are you excited to discover a whole new world of productivity and freedom by asking one simple question? Let’s go!If you want to save this summary for later, download the free PDF and read it whenever you want.

Download PDF

Lesson 1: If you want to get more done, consider the people that can help you instead of worrying about the best way to do it.

A couple of years ago I was in a job working for a boss that I didn’t really like. I remember sitting there one day realizing that I didn’t want to be there anymore and asking myself how in the world I was going to get out. 

But I was asking the wrong question, as I was soon to discover. Thankfully, I quickly began asking the right one without even knowing it. 

Not long afterward I started writing on Medium.com. Six months later had a freelance writing gig because of friendships I’d made there. 

Two months after that, I had lost my job. But again, because of my connections, I got to start my own company. 

And just this month I get to buy a house in a wildly competitive market thanks to some amazing friends.

These experiences are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to how success has found its way to me because I’ve met the right people instead of worrying about how it was going to get done. 

This is the power of Who Not How. I could complicate it but at its core, all you need to do to utilize the massive potential within this tool is stop asking “How will I get this done?” and instead ask “Who will help me reach my goal?” in all aspects of your life.

Lesson 2: You will have more time if you find the right people to help you reach your goals.

As a 16-year-old living in California, Richie Norton wanted to get a job. After hearing about this, Richie’s dad told him that he didn’t want Richie to get a job. What Richie really wanted was money, so his dad told him how he could get it. 

Soon, Richie and his brother were driving their family’s van, with all the backseats out of it, to a watermelon farm. They bought all the deformed watermelons, which the farmers couldn’t sell. 

Once they got home, Richie and his brother started going down the list in the phonebook, calling everybody and offering his watermelons. A few hours later he’d made more than he would have the entire summer working a full-time job. 

Initially, Richie’s question was “How will I make the money I want?” The only answer he could come up with was a job that would have cost him the entire summer’s worth of time. 

Instead, with the right Who, his entrepreneur dad, Richie cut down the amount of time it took him to earn that money significantly, leaving his whole summer open for fun. 

When you ask Who instead of How, you’ll save an exponential amount of time.

Lesson 3: You will earn more money when you find the right Whos to solve your Hows.

In addition to being the managing editor here at Four Minute Books, I am also a licensed professional engineer. I own my own company for both the writing and engineering. While both are doing well now, they weren’t always. 

Earlier this year I lost my biggest engineering client, and with them, over half of my income within that company. Thankfully it was a cordial separation, they’d just grown big enough to need their own engineer. 

But I was still asking how to get the income back.

I was meeting with coaches, asking friends, and constantly wondering how I was going to find another client. I don’t have a lot of sales skills, so I felt lost. 

Things began to change, however, after shifting my focus to the question “Who can help me get more clients?” I realized that I had a family member with sales experience who had recently lost his job. I asked him if he would like to make some money helping me get more clients, and he did.

He’s since helped me get not only one new client, but almost three, with opportunities to get more. Now, my engineering company is well on its way to making that money back and more. 

If you want to reach your big financial goals, start asking “Who can help me with this?” instead of how.

Who Not How Review

Man, I love this idea. Not only did Shawn Achor prove it’s truth in Big Potential, but I’ve also personally seen the right Whos leading me to success, countless times. I firmly believe that, if you follow what it teaches, Who Not How is going to radically alter your life for the better.

Read full summary on Blinkist >>

Free Preview >>

Learn more about the author >>

Who would I recommend the Who Not How summary to?

The 33-year-old business owner who isn’t sure how to get their company to the next level, the 48-year-old that desperately needs help with their teenager, and anyone who has big goals that wants to see how to work smarter to accomplish them.

The post Who Not How Summary appeared first on Four Minute Books.Keep learning,
-Nik

Weblog of the Day 25-11-2020


I subscribe to many Newsletters. One of them is from Vanessa Von Edwards ” People Science”. I learned a new word today morning “

verklempt/. fəˈklɛmt, vəˈklɛmt/

adjective INFORMAL•NORTH AMERICANV

Overcome with emotion. “she was all verklempt earlier this week over her latest split from her husband”

She is one of the best Udemy Instructor where I learned Body Language, Gestures and their use in my Toastmasters Projects. Profound !

No photo description available.

A friend posted a Vintage Telephone – seeking a Caption. Does anyone here remember using this?

RANDOM Phrase of the day:

My Cup of Tea

Meaning: Someone or something that one finds to be agreeable or delightful.

WEIRD WORD OF THE DAY:

impedimentat

Things that impede;

baggage

WORD OF THE DAY
Retroject
reh-trə-JEKT
Part of speech: verb
Origin: Latin, mid 19th century
1Project backwards.
 
Examples of Retroject in a sentence “He presented a hypothesis that retrojected the previous learnings.” “He was reminiscing about his youth, retrojecting about his past accomplishments.”

RANDOM PICTURE: INTERESTING,, NO?

MOTIVATIONAL QUOTE OF THE DAY

“I know that pain is the most important thing in the universes. Greater than survival, greater than love, greater even than the beauty it brings about. For without pain, there can be no pleasure. Without sadness, there can be no happiness. Without misery there can be no beauty. And without these, life is endless, hopeless, doomed and damned. Adult. You have become adult.”
– Harlan Ellison, Paingod and Other Delusions

A FACT.

Extreme ironing is a sport in which people take ironing boards to remote locations and iron items of clothing. It originated in England.

Witty Quotes of the day:

“Men are the sport of circumstances when it seems circumstances are the sport of men.” – Lord Byron

“She has all of the virtues I despise, and none of the vices I admire.” – Winston Churchill

Interesting article

https://www.icij.org/investigations/fincen-files/belgiums-biggest-banks-propose-system-to-share-suspected-money-laundering-information/

Below: from Seth Godin’s Newsletter

Subconscious pre-filtering

It’s entirely possible to believe that your ideas come from the muse, and your job is to simply amplify them. And that successful people are lucky because the muse keeps giving them useful and powerful ideas.

I’m not sure that’s what successful people do. All of us get an endless supply of ideas, notions and inklings. Successful people, often without realizing it, ignore the ones that are less likely to ‘work’, and instead focus on the projects that are more likely to advance the mission.

It’s possible to get better at this pre-filtering. By doing it out loud. By writing out the factors that you’re seeking, by explaining to someone else how your part of the world works.

Instinct is great. It’s even better when you work on it.

“Laughter is the sensation of feeling good all over and showing it principally in one place.”

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F.Q.T.D

“If you want a guarantee, buy a toaster.”

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SETH GODIN’S NEWSLETTER BELOW

Butterfly hunting

Ideas are like that.

The successful editor, curator or entrepreneur doesn’t go hunting ideas to kill them, but to celebrate them, identify them and dance with them.

And a brutal, all-out frontal attack won’t work. It’s not about raising a ton of money or insisting that the world supply you with only the good ideas. Quibi failed because of the hubris of believing that the ideas could be conjured on a schedule. And countless middlemen have struggled with the dead-end of only wanting to embrace the good ideas, which are often impossible to distinguish from the others at a distance.

Sometimes, you need to look more closely, to reconsider or to circle around again.

And sometimes we go butterfly hunting and find nothing at all.

Fred Hills, who published fifty New York Times bestsellers (including my first one) died a few weeks ago. He took the quest literally, and used to go butterfly hunting with Nabakov. His belief in my book was matched by the trust he offered me and so many authors to find our voice and share it.

Chris Meyer was another butterfly hunter, patiently connecting, leading and challenging, turning on lights in a way that made everyone in the room see the possibilities that lay just ahead.

The ideas are there. It might take patience to nurture them.

[HT to Lisa DiMona.]

A Q T D

“The portrait of my parents is a complicated one, but lovingly drawn.”

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Railways To Replace Guard Vans On Freight Trains With EoTT Devices


Railways To Replace Guard Vans On Freight Trains With EoTT Devices byArun Kumar Das-Nov 25, 2020 11:57 AM A guard van Snapshot The equipment is designed to do the guard’s job by giving an indication to the loco driver in case of parting of wagon or coach from the rear side of the train. Each set of EoTT devices is estimated to cost approximately Rs 10 lakh. Emphasising on technology, Indian Railways is installing a new system to do away with guard vans and the practice of deploying guards at the rear-end of goods trains to ensure all wagons remain intact when the train is in motion. The technology-driven initiative envisages replacement of guard vans with fully loaded wagons equipped with a sophisticated device called the End of Train Telemetry (EoTT) system.

Railways To Replace Guard Vans On Freight Trains With EoTT Devices
Railways To Replace Guard Vans On Freight Trains With EoTT Devices

Global tax system ‘programmed to fail,’ says new report on revenue losses – ICIJ


Countries lose more than $427 billion in revenue each year from tax dodging by companies and wealthy individuals, according to groundbreaking new research by the Tax Justice Network. The nonprofit published the “State of Tax Justice” report on Friday and estimates that global tax losses could pay for the salaries of almost 34 million nurses around the world. The United States, itself a tax haven that strips money from other countries, lost enough revenue from its own residents and corporations to pay for the salaries of more than 1.1 million nurses paid an average U.S. salary, TJN Found. “A global tax system that loses over $427 billion a year is not a broken system, it’s a system programmed to fail,” Alex Cobham, chief executive of the Tax Justice Network, said at the report’s release. “Under pressure from corporate giants and tax haven powers like the Netherlands and the UK’s network, our governments have programmed the global tax system to prioritize the desires of the wealthiest corporations and individuals over the needs of everybody else.” TJN says that its report is the first study to provide country-by-country estimates of losses due to corporate tax abuse and tax evasion. As the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists explains here, traditional definitions hold that tax evasion is illegal (a crime), but tax avoidance uses legal loopholes to reduce or avoid paying taxes. TJN found that multinational corporations avoid $245 billion while the world’s top 1 percent, who have been growing their wealth during the COVID-19 pandemic, avoid $182 billion. While rich countries lost the most tax revenue in overall terms, poorer countries lost disproportionately more than wealthier countries, TJN found. Latin America and Africa’s tax losses equal 20.4% and 52.5% of those regions’ public health budgets respectively, according to the report. Senegal in West Africa, for example, loses $168.2 million in revenue from tax dodging companies and individuals each year, according to the research. The amount is more than 70% of Senegal’s health budget. In 2016, ICIJ revealed as part of its Paradise Papers investigation that Senegal could have lost almost $9 million in taxes on one deal with a Canadian company. TJN’s report also shows Mauritius, the focus of ICIJ’s 2018 Mauritius Leaks investigation, drains other countries of more than $1.3 billion in revenue.

Global tax system ‘programmed to fail,’ says new report on revenue losses – ICIJ

ICC complaint alleging Uighur genocide cites China Cables as evidence – ICIJ


16. International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women – 25 November


16. International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women – 25 November

Violence

This day seeks to bring awareness of violent attacks against women, especially those from marginalized groups and communities.

Content marketing ideas:

  • Listicle idea: Inspiring tales of women who dared to speak up against violence
  • Infographic idea: X NGOs that are leading the fight against gender violence
  • Video idea: Simple self-defense moves every woman should know
  • Podcast idea: Why is it important to offer support to women who have undergone physical/mental abuse?

Brand campaign that worked:

Through its #ActAgainstAbuse campaign, Femina aims to highlight the rising cases of domestic violence during the COVID lockdown.

Anger Is a Kind of Madness


Anger Is a Kind of Madness

They didn’t have the studies to back it up, but they knew.

Anger makes you dumber. It makes you a worse leader, a worse decision-maker

This is why Seneca wrote his On Anger to Nero. He didn’t think an emperor could afford to be ruled by his passions. “I tell you that anger is a kind of madness,” he wrote. A recent research study conducted and published by psychologist Michael Greenstein proves it.

According to the study, angry people were not only more susceptible to misinformation. They were more likely to use that misinformation to guide their decision-making and actions. Information and confidence, traditionally correlated, followed an opposite trajectory in angry people. As angry people got more false information, they became more confident. 

Angry people, unknowingly, confuse their heightened state of emotion for heightened cognitive capabilities. They think their mind is alert, aware, firing on all cylinders. People after a few cocktails do too, but Greenstein implies that the angry-inhibited are more at risk than the alcohol-inhibited. Alcohol impairs memory. Anger gives you false memories.

“A constellation of risks” is how this new research refers to the implications of anger. But the Stoics have known this for 2000 years

Ignore them at your peril.

For more Stoicism-based guidance that will teach you to control your emotions and not let your anger get the best of you, sign up for Daily Stoic’s Taming Your Temper challenge. It’s 11 days of exercises that will help you cope with your anger, create new habits to break out of the anger cycle, and more. Sign up now.

P.S. This was originally sent on November 24, 2020. Sign up today for the Daily Stoic’s email and get our popular free 7-day course on Stoicism. 

Today is Worldwide Backup Day


Today is Worldwide Backup Day

Google is not your friend, it’s a tool.

It’s been 2,702 days since they shut down Google Reader and people still remember.

Or consider that Google can shut you out of all their services with no recourse or appeal possible. All your data, photos, calendars, emails… gone.

But yes, you can back up your data. Do it today…

Visit this page to start the process. It’s free. Hopefully, you’ll never need it. Press a few buttons and back up your data to a cloud service so that it’s in two places–This should happen automatically, but since it doesn’t, it’s worth doing.

The internet was originally designed as a resilience machine, designed to heal itself and work around interruptions. And the essence of it was a distributed, peer-to-peer network that worked precisely because it was open. As data is hoarded, manipulated and monetized, that original intent has been turned upside down.

Resilient systems don’t have to trend toward monopoly. In fact, it’s better when they don’t. And don’t forget to backup your data.

[PS the post from earlier today was skewed by homonyms. Thanks to alert readers for pointing it out… sorry about missing it, but the metaphor is still worth thinking about.]

W O T D


WORD OF THE DAY
Chrestomathy
kreh-STAH-mə-thee
Part of speech: noun
Origin: 

Greek, mid 19th century
1A selection of passages from an author or authors, designed to help in learning a language.
 
Examples of Chrestomathy in a sentence “Ryan relied on his elementary Korean skills to read the chrestomathy.” “Test your new language skills by attempting to read a chrestomathy.”

W.O.T.D.


WORD OF THE DAY
PersonagePəR-sən-ijPart of speech: nounOrigin: Latin, mid 15th century
1A person (used to express importance or elevated status)2A character in a play or other work.
 
Examples of Personage in a sentence “She carried herself as a personage of great importance.” “Daniel received praise for how easily he slipped into various personages — humorous, serious, and tragic.”

W.O.T.D.


WORD OF THE DAY
Multivocalmuhl-TIH-və-kəlPart of speech: adjectiveOrigin: Latin, mid 19th century
1Having or open to many different meanings, interpretations, or applications.
 
Examples of Multivocal in a sentence “The issue was truly multivocal, giving the scientists multiple possible solutions.” “Since one of the math problems was multivocal, the teacher decided to give the point to every student.”

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1-Sentence-Summary: The Hot Zone is Richard Preston’s version of a terrifying true story of how the Ebola virus came to be, why it’s so deadly and contagious, and how this all reveals our massive vulnerabilities and inefficiencies when it comes to fending off pandemics of all kinds.

Read in: 4 minutes

Favorite quote from the author:

The Hot Zone Summary

As of writing this summary, the world is in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. As the deadly virus rages on and we grapple with the loss of life, we can learn from looking to other disease outbreaks the world has seen previously. 

You may recall the panic around Ebola outbreaks in West Africa in 2014. Governments restricted international travel, closed borders, and built isolation units. The fear surrounding it was for good reason. Ebola is an extremely deadly and highly contagious virus. 

In The Hot ZoneThe Terrifying True Story of the Origins of the Ebola Virus by Richard Preston, we get an intense real-life look into the terrifying Ebola virus. You’ll learn where it came from, how we were able to halt its spread for now, and where it could spread next. Most importantly, we can learn how to apply the lessons we learned from Ebola to make sure it doesn’t progress to a worldwide pandemic.

Let’s see how much we can discover in just 3 lessons:

  1. If you get Ebola it can liquefy your organs, make you lose a lot of blood, and will almost certainly kill you.
  2. Ebola likely came from one cave in Africa after tourists died after visiting it.
  3. The threat of a pandemic, whether from Ebola or otherwise, is always looming over us, and our way of life makes us extremely vulnerable to outbreaks.

Curious what a virus that’s worse than COVID-19 can do? Let’s dive right in and find out!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: Your chances of survival aren’t great if you get Ebola, which liquefies your organs.

Ebola was first discovered in 1976 in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Since the first outbreak, many others followed that have shown just how deadly this virus is. Around half of all those who contract the virus will die. 

Ebola attacks the cells and essentially liquifies tissues and even organs. As the brain liquefies, it changes the way the person behaves and shuts down necessary brain functions. Its victims also suffer from blood loss which sometimes is the cause of death. 

Pretty scary sounding, right? And to make matters worse, it isn’t just very deadly, it’s also very contagious.  Part of the reason it spreads easily is because of its long incubation period of seven days. This means that an infected person can unknowingly spread the disease for seven days before having any symptoms themselves.

It is also dangerous because of the way it spreads. Ebola is spread through bodily fluids, and the illness causes profuse bleeding, vomiting, and diarrhea, making caring for someone with it very risky.  Just one single drop of blood can carry more than enough virus particles to infect another person. 

Lesson 2: One African cave may be the source of the Ebola virus.

So where did it come from? Evidence suggests that it may originate from a cave called Kitum Cave in Kenya. In 1980, a man became ill and died of Ebola shortly after visiting the cave. Years later, a young boy visiting the cave with his family also contracted the disease.

When scientists sensed a pattern, they went to the cave to investigate. The research was inconclusive. However, they believed it was very likely it could be the source because the cave is full of bat droppings, which are believed to carry the virus. It also has many sharp rocks, giving the potential for the virus to enter into a victim’s cuts or scratches. 

However, this book was written before scientists discovered bats of the same species found in Kitum Cave in a different nearby cave that carried the Ebola virus. This made Kitum Cave the likely site of Ebola’s start. 

Another possibility the author presents for where it originated is in animal holding facilities. One known outbreak was found in monkeys in a holding facility in Reston, Virginia. The close quarters of monkeys in the environment makes it relatively easy for the virus to jump from animal to animal. 

This is particularly dangerous for places that hold monkeys of different species. Keeping monkeys of different species close would give the virus ample opportunity to adapt and jump from one species to another. This would make it more likely to infect humans eventually.

Lesson 3: Our society makes it easy for a pandemic to strike, and we are always vulnerable, whether from Ebola or otherwise.

The good news is that we have learned better techniques for containing Ebola outbreaks over the years. We have designed better equipment to protect workers and put better quarantine practices in place.

The bad news is that the threat is not gone. Ebola still exists, and since this book was written there have been a few major outbreaks as recent as 2014.  We have a lot to learn about the virus, but we do know that it can adapt and mutate quickly, making it very dangerous. 

There is evidence that some of the forms this virus comes in actually can be spread through airborne transmission. It’s frightening to imagine a disease like this being as easy to catch as the common cold.  

We have a lot to learn about it if we want to prevent future outbreaks. For example, scientists aren’t even totally positive about how it spreads. There have been cases of people who got it who weren’t even exposed to an infected individual. On the other hand, there have been people who have accidentally come in direct contact with the blood of an infected person and didn’t get it. 

Scientists are not sure why this is. It’s important that we continue to research this disease because it still remains an aggressive threat.

The Hot Zone Review

The Hot Zone made me go “what the heck?!” a whole lot more than I thought it would, especially considering how COVID-19 has been going recently! I also was excited to read something by Richard Preston because he co-authored one of my favorite books with Michael Chrichton. This true story is going to have you on the edge of your seat the whole time, and maybe even a little afraid based on recent world events!

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Who would I recommend The Hot Zone summary to?

The 57-year-old politician who isn’t concerned enough about our preparations for a pandemic, the 34-year-old who wonders about the other viruses out there that are more dangerous than COVID-19, and anybody that wants to learn more about how we can fight deadly diseases like Ebola.

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-Nik

Nik’s free ebook summaries newsletter


Heya, Nik here with 3 more free and exciting book summaries (plus one video) for you!

This week’s video highlights 3 of Jordan Peterson’s 12 Rules for Life. Peterson and his views have found many fans and critics alike, but personally, I liked looking at his 12 Rules (their core statements) and then just thinking about what they might mean for myself.

These 3 are the ones I found most helpful and how I interpret them:

In other news, we also published our list of the 21 best books about habits this week. Whether you’re looking to improve your financial, exercise, or work habits, take a look!

And now on to our books of the week!


Thanks For The Feedback by Douglas Stone

1-Sentence-Summary: Thanks For The Feedback will skyrocket your personal growth and success by helping you see the vital role that criticism of all kinds plays in your ability to improve as a person and by teaching you how to receive it well.

Top 3 Lessons:

  1. Start getting better at receiving feedback by learning about its three types and the purpose of each.
  2. Seek to understand what others tell you to improve on before you react to it.
  3. Take advantage of feedback by having a growth mindset if you want to reach your full potential.

If you want to get to the next level with your self-improvement, this book is for you.


The Ride Of A Lifetime by Robert Iger

1-Sentence-Summary: The Ride Of A Lifetime shares the inspirational story of Robert Iger, including his journey to becoming the CEO of Disney and how his vision, strategy, and leadership guided the company through a time when it’s future was uncertain.

Top 3 Lessons:

  1. Pay attention to what you might consider coincidence, it just may end up leading you to success.
  2. Even if an idea you have sounds crazy, try it anyway because you never know what great opportunities will come from it until you do.
  3. Don’t give up on even the toughest of aspirations, remember that you can utilize your connections to make great things happen.

If you want some inspiration to reach your biggest business goals, this book is for you.


The Power Of Showing Up by Daniel J. Siegel & Tina Payne Bryson

1-Sentence-Summary: The Power Of Showing Up inspires parents to help their kids develop strong bonds and emotional intelligence by identifying how to be fully present as well as the benefits of doing so.

Top 3 Lessons:

  1. Give your kids physical and emotional safety if you want to develop a strong bond with them.
  2. You need to know what your children desire instead of just imposing yours on them if you want to help them know themselves and truly meet their needs.
  3. Don’t threaten youngsters when they’re throwing a tantrum, soothe them to help them develop emotional intelligence.

If you want to become a better parent and help your kids learn how to deal with emotions in healthy ways, this book is for you.


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

Happy reading,
-Nik


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Did you know…


Did you know…

… that today is National Cashew Day? Today we celebrate this popular snacking and party nut by eating them by the handfuls! Eat them any way you like — plain or salted, as a snack or in a recipe. In a nutshell, this day is a lot of fun. 😉

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Today’s Inspirational Quote:

“Count your age by friends, not years. Count your life by smiles, not tears.”

— John Lennon

Did you know..


Did you know…

… that today is Smithsonian Sweater Gift Day? Fred Rogers of PBS’ Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood presented a sweater, knitted by his mother, to the Smithsonian Institution as “a symbol of warmth, closeness and caring.” The museum describes the sweater worn by Fred Rogers as a “National Treasure of American History.”

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Today’s Inspirational Quote:

“If you’re going to think, then you might as well think positive. Remember, positive thoughts and actions are seeds that will produce positive results.”

— Robert Tew

Weekly Best Quotes


Richard L. Evans“The undertaking of a new action brings new strength.”

via Today’s Quote https://ift.tt/2XnOEcn November 16, 2020 at 11:57AM
via RSS Feed https://www.brainyquote.com/authors/richard-l-evans-quotesFranz Kafka“Start with what is right rather than what is acceptable.”

via Today’s Quote https://ift.tt/2KxFN2y November 18, 2020 at 11:57AM
via RSS Feed https://www.brainyquote.com/authors/franz-kafka-quotesVictor Hugo“Laughter is the sun that drives winter from the human face.”

via Today’s Quote https://ift.tt/2q26FAp November 19, 2020 at 11:57AM
via RSS Feed https://www.brainyquote.com/authors/victor-hugo-quotesLeo Buscaglia“Change is the end result of all true learning.”

via Today’s Quote https://ift.tt/2KSnWnt November 20, 2020 at 12:57PM
via RSS Feed https://www.brainyquote.com/authors/leo-buscaglia-quotesWilliam James“Begin to be now what you will be hereafter.”

via Today’s Quote https://ift.tt/345QPnr November 21, 2020 at 11:57AM
via RSS Feed https://www.brainyquote.com/authors/william-james-quotesRobert Herrick“Who covets more is evermore a slave.”

via Today’s Quote https://ift.tt/2opta1F November 22, 2020 at 11:57AM
via RSS Feed https://www.brainyquote.com/authors/robert-herrick-quotesManage

W.O.T.D.


WORD OF THE DAY
Ratiocinaterash-ee-OH-sin-atePart of speech: verbOrigin: Latin, mid 17th century
1Form judgments by a process of logic.2Reason.
 
Examples of Ratiocinate in a sentence “To solve the murder-mystery game, you must ratiocinate through all the clues.” “Don’t make a snap judgment; stop and ratiocinate first.”

Writing Prompt Paragraph


They rushed out the door, grabbing anything and everything they could think of they might need. There was no time to double-check to make sure they weren’t leaving something important behind. Everything was thrown into the car and they sped off. Thirty minutes later they were safe and that was when it dawned on them that they had forgotten the most important thing of all.

NIK’S FREE EBOOK SUMMARIES NEWSLETTER.


Heya, Nik here with 3 more free and exciting book summaries (plus one video) for you!

This week’s video highlights 3 of Jordan Peterson’s 12 Rules for Life. Peterson and his views have found many fans and critics alike, but personally, I liked looking at his 12 Rules (their core statements) and then just thinking about what they might mean for myself.

These 3 are the ones I found most helpful and how I interpret them:

In other news, we also published our list of the 21 best books about habits this week. Whether you’re looking to improve your financial, exercise, or work habits, take a look!

And now on to our books of the week!


Thanks For The Feedback by Douglas Stone

1-Sentence-Summary: Thanks For The Feedback will skyrocket your personal growth and success by helping you see the vital role that criticism of all kinds plays in your ability to improve as a person and by teaching you how to receive it well.

Top 3 Lessons:

  1. Start getting better at receiving feedback by learning about its three types and the purpose of each.
  2. Seek to understand what others tell you to improve on before you react to it.
  3. Take advantage of feedback by having a growth mindset if you want to reach your full potential.

If you want to get to the next level with your self-improvement, this book is for you.


The Ride Of A Lifetime by Robert Iger

1-Sentence-Summary: The Ride Of A Lifetime shares the inspirational story of Robert Iger, including his journey to becoming the CEO of Disney and how his vision, strategy, and leadership guided the company through a time when it’s future was uncertain.

Top 3 Lessons:

  1. Pay attention to what you might consider coincidence, it just may end up leading you to success.
  2. Even if an idea you have sounds crazy, try it anyway because you never know what great opportunities will come from it until you do.
  3. Don’t give up on even the toughest of aspirations, remember that you can utilize your connections to make great things happen.

If you want some inspiration to reach your biggest business goals, this book is for you.


The Power Of Showing Up by Daniel J. Siegel & Tina Payne Bryson

1-Sentence-Summary: The Power Of Showing Up inspires parents to help their kids develop strong bonds and emotional intelligence by identifying how to be fully present as well as the benefits of doing so.

Top 3 Lessons:

  1. Give your kids physical and emotional safety if you want to develop a strong bond with them.
  2. You need to know what your children desire instead of just imposing yours on them if you want to help them know themselves and truly meet their needs.
  3. Don’t threaten youngsters when they’re throwing a tantrum, soothe them to help them develop emotional intelligence.

If you want to become a better parent and help your kids learn how to deal with emotions in healthy ways, this book is for you.


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

Happy reading,
-Nik


PS: The easiest way to support Four Minute Books is to try Blinkist risk-free for 7 days.

If you choose to keep your subscription, we’ll get a small commission for referring you at no extra cost to you – and you’ll get 35% off! This allows us to keep the site free to use and not have any annoying ads.

If you cancel after your trial, you’ll still have gotten access to 4,000+ book summaries and audios for 7 days for free. Not a bad deal, right?

Thank you for supporting Four Minute Books!