Random Acts of Kindness


1. Buy a stranger a free pizza or a dessert
2. Help people move
3. Make peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for a local shelter.
4. Send an interesting article to a friend
5. Slip a bit of $$$ to a person who you know is having financial difficulty. Even better if they don’t know where it came from.

Random Acts of Kindness


1. Collect money or items for your favorite charity.
2. Give your partner a massage.
3. Invite children to play with you at recess.
4. Say I love you to someone you love
5. While you’re out, compliment a parent on how well-behaved their child is.

Random Acts of Kindness


1. Admit when you’re in the wrong (it helps other people feel better about their mistakes!)
2. Go caroling.
3. Run errands for elderly/widows in your area.
4. Tell a joke to make someone laugh.
5. leave diapers and wipes at a changing station

Random Paragraph – writing prompt


Sometimes it’s simply better to ignore the haters. That’s the lesson that his dad had been trying to teach him, but he still couldn’t let it go. He latched onto them and their hate and couldn’t let it go, but he also realized that this wasn’t healthy. That’s when he came up with his devious plan.

Random Acts of Kindness


1. Bake cookies for your postman/postwoman.
2. Be generous with compliments
3. Check on your elderly neighbors after a storm.
4. Give a letter of appreciation to your pastor
5. Let your kids stay up an hour later than normal if it is not a school day the next day.

Random Paragraph


Colors bounced around in her head. They mixed and threaded themselves together. Even colors that had no business being together. They were all one, yet distinctly separate at the same time. How was she going to explain this to the others?

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Random Paragraph


I’ve rented a car in Goa and have reserved a hotel in  Palms which is just north of Beach. We’ll drive from Bengaluru through Dandeli Forests and possibly do a short hike on our way down. Then spend all day on Monday at North Goa Beach. We can decide the next morning if we want to do more in North Goa or South  Goa before we head back.

Interesting Newsletter from Nik


Would They Miss You If You Were Gone?

A simple definition for doing work that matters


Four years ago, after six months of hard work, I finally did it: My email list reached 10,000 subscribers. I was ecstatic.

10,000 people. That’s a small stadium. Imagine a sold out arena, waiting for you — just for you — to share your latest work. This would be my big break. I was sure of it. With 10,000 people marching behind me, nothing I make would ever fall flat again.

You can see where this is going. I’m about to swallow a bitter pill here.

Later that year, I heard Seth Godin define permission marketing:

If that email you were going to send to 10,000 people tomorrow — if it didn’t go out — how many of the 10,000 people would say: “Where is the email?!” If the answer is none, then you don’t have permission. You’re just being tolerated.

Convinced that my dedicated subscribers loved me, I decided to run an experiment: That week, I didn’t send out my newsletter. No announcement. No warning. I just skipped one email. What would happen? Who would ask for it? How many people? Would they be concerned? What would they say?

I woke up the next morning to a sobering realization: No one had emailed me. No one had asked for the newsletter. I waited. One day. Two. Three. Nothing. Crickets. No one missed me when I was gone. Ouch.

The all-important question in marketing, art, and doing great work is this: “What does it mean to matter?” According to Seth, there is a simple answer:

Would they miss you if you were gone? I don’t know who they are, I don’t know what gone means, but those people that you’re seeking to have an impact on, would they miss you if you didn’t show up tomorrow?

In my case, people didn’t. Maybe, they thought my newsletter was nice. Maybe, they enjoyed an article or two of mine. Clearly, however, none of my readers considered my work essential. They could easily do without it.

It hurts to find out that the tribe you’ve assembled with your blood, sweat, and tears will disband the second you stop talking to them, but the message it sends is clear: You never formed a real tribe in the first place. You just talked enough people into following along. You convinced them to take the flyer, to try the free sample, to sign up for the trial subscription — but you didn’t do the hard work of building a loyal relationship.

You just did “the hustle dance,” as Seth calls it:

Would they miss you if this new product, this new project didn’t come to the world? Or do you have to do that whole hustle dance, “Look at me, look at me,” jump up and down, offer for a limited time, bla bla bla… To game it so they’ll actually transact with you. That work doesn’t feel like it matters to me.

It’s easy to think you’re doing work that matters. That, somehow, your marketing is different. You have good intentions. You really want your audience to succeed. But you might still cut corners. We all succumb to the temptation sometimes.

Clickbait is still clickbait, even if you deliver on your promise. Selling is still selfish if your main goal is to make money. Giving gifts is not generous if it comes with expectations. In many ways, reciprocity has been corrupted.

If what you’re doing feels like playing a game, chances are, not many will miss you when you’re gone. You’re just another player who dropped out. Fine. Less competition. Less hassle. Less clutter in my inbox.

Here’s another question: Where is the sacrifice? How much are you really sweating? If we can’t see your effort in what you make for us, how can we know you mean what you say?

The only way to show people you have their best interest at heart is to actually do. You can’t fake it. You either do something selfless, or you don’t. It’s one of the few things in life that are surprisingly black and white and, most of the time, plain to see — at least on a long enough timeline.

When I didn’t hear back from my fans, when no one missed me when I was gone, I was devastated. I questioned everything I was doing. I changed things. I tried to do better.

Last year, I started another newsletter. I put in hard work. Real work. It grew fast. It was free. I sent it every day. I came up with themes. I wanted to help so badly. I really tried.

To this day, it’s not as big as my first one. It has about 5,000 subscribers. But, often, when I missed a day or didn’t share something in a while, a few people checked in. “Hey, Nik, are you okay?” “Hey Nik, where are the emails?”

It’s great to see you’re moving in the right direction. It feels good to be missed when you’re gone.

It’s okay. You’re not perfect. Take your time. Learn to stop dancing. Start making. Take your ego out of the equation. Not for a while. Not for this one thing. Completely.

Watch what happens. Watch how, slowly, the magic unfolds. Watch them start to miss you when you’re gone.

Write like a pro,
-Nik

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Random Phrases of the day


  1. Down For The CountMeaning: Someone or something that looks to be defeated, or nearly so.
  2. What Goes Up Must Come DownMeaning: Things that go up must eventually return to the earth due to gravity.
  3. Not the Sharpest Tool in the ShedMeaning: Someone who isn’t witty or sharp, but rather, they are ignorant, unintelligent, or senseless.
  4. Ugly DucklingMeaning: One who may seem plain at first in appearance or capability, but later turns out to be beautiful or great.
  5. Head Over HeelsMeaning: Falling deeply in love with another person.

Random Acts of kindness


1. Buy someone a lottery scratch ticket.
2. Give a hug.
3. Say thank you to someone who made a difference
4. Stash water/sports drink at your local park or sports field
5. leave pool toys at the pool with a note to take it home

Random Paragraph


“Begin today!” That’s all the note said. There was no indication from where it came or who may have written it. Had it been meant for someone else? She looked around the room, but nobody made eye contact back. For a brief moment, she thought it might be a message for her to follow her dreams, but ultimately decided it was easier to ignore it as she crumpled it up and threw it away.

RANDOM Paragraph – Writing prompt


Do you think you’re living an ordinary life? You are so mistaken it’s difficult to even explain. The mere fact that you exist makes you extraordinary. The odds of you existing are less than winning the lottery, but here you are. Are you going to let this extraordinary opportunity pass?

Random Acts of Kindness


1. Do the task no one else wants to do
2. Donate your old eyeglasses so someone else can use them.
3. Hide bubbles or sidewalk chalk around your neighborhood
4. Offer to babysit for a single mom
5. Rake leaves (or do gardening) for a neighbor

Random Paragraph


“It was so great to hear from you today and it was such weird timing,” he said. “This is going to sound funny and a little strange, but you were in a dream I had just a couple of days ago. I’d love to get together and tell you about it if you’re up for a cup of coffee,” he continued, laying the trap he’d been planning for years.

RANDOM facts


  1. LegoLand Billund opened on the 7th June 1968, and attracted over 3,000 visitors on the first day!
  2. During 9/11, some fighters took off without live ammo, knowing that to stop the hijackers; the pilots might have to crash their fighters into the planes.
  3. There is a punctuation mark used to signify irony or sarcasm that looks like a backwards question mark ⸮

Random Paragraph -Writing Prompt


She had been told time and time again that the most important steps were the first and the last. It was something that she carried within her in everything she did, but then he showed up and disrupted everything. He told her that she had it wrong. The first step wasn’t the most important. The last step wasn’t the most important. It was the next step that was the most important.

Random Phrases of the day


  1. What Goes Up Must Come DownMeaning: Things that go up must eventually return to the earth due to gravity.
  2. Curiosity Killed The CatMeaning: Typically said to indicate that any further investigation into a situation may lead to harm.
  3. Every Cloud Has a Silver LiningMeaning: To be optimistic, even in difficullt times.
  4. Man of Few WordsMeaning: A person who does not speak a great deal; someone who talks with as few words as possible.
  5. Top DrawerMeaning: High quality, exceptional; something that’s very valuable.