I haven’t coined any quotes of my own even in my 67 years of life. I never felt a need. On the contrary, I felt I should read more quotes, more wisdom and relate them to my situation at that moment and L E A R N. Learning never ends.
I read a Quote
“Learn how to learn from those you disagree with, or even offend you. See if you can find the truth in what they believe.” by Kevin Kelly.
I like to be direct. I like to read, speak, write DEFINITIVE – no perhaps, may be for me and hence I liked Nik.
Nik of “Nik’s Summaries” fame whose newsletter I subscribe sent me this 5 day course, and I am quite impressed . ”
I started a new short course on. Good english writing. “Hi!
My name is Nik. For the past six years, I have been a professional writer.
I’ve published over 1,000 pieces to date. My work reaches over 500,000 people each month. And I make a full-time income from my writing.
To me, that’s what “professional” means. You publish frequently, are read widely, and benefit financially. But right now, I only have one goal:
I want to improve your writing.
After this email, I want your writing to be slightly better than it was two minutes ago. That’s all I’m asking for.
Here are 4 tips that will make all of your future writing better – forever. No BS. Just pure, specific writing advice. These tips took me four years to collect but will take you only 2 minutes to learn.
1. Refuse to use the word “thing”
Each thing we can describe in more detail. When we don’t, we’re just being lazy. It’s like hiding your screwed up cake under a pile of frosting to avoid baking a new one. Don’t.
Let a device be a device, a trait be a trait, a feeling be a feeling.
“This is the greatest thing my parents taught me.”
“This is the greatest lesson my parents taught me.”
2. Ditch the parentheses
Like “thing,” parentheses only weaken what you want to say. If you want to say it, say it. If not, don’t.
Whether it’s the brackets that are unnecessary or what’s in them is for you to decide. But one of the two is. At least 99% of the time.
Whichever one you choose to abandon, probability will always be on your side.
“You must pass a (ridiculously) hard course.”
“You must pass a hard course.”
3. Use fewer prepositions
Many of us need to free up time these days. But time doesn’t go anywhere on its own. Not up. Not down. It has no location.
Don’t free up time. Make time. Don’t move out. Just move. And if you can’t make time, don’t miss out on dinner. Just miss it.
Sometimes, we even add two unnecessary prepositions to one verb.
“He wants to meet up with Sarah in the morning.”
“He wants to meet Sarah in the morning.”
4. Eliminate redundant references
The reader arrived from your last sentence. She’ll remember it. Don’t begin the next one with a preposition or injection.
“So” doesn’t say so much, “as before” breaks my flow, “or” repeats the obvious alternative. “Well” means you’re not done thinking, well, take more time to write. We want to know what you think, not that you think.
Never reference the end of your previous sentence at the beginning of the next one.
“Writing improves your thinking. With this in mind, I suggest you write daily.”
“Writing improves your thinking. Write daily.”
We’ve known what makes good writing for almost 2,000 years. Often, it takes just a few seconds to improve a sentence. If you want to write a book, that’s still a lot of seconds.
Maya Angelou once said:
“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.”
Whatever story you’d like to tell the world, with these tips you’ll hit the ground running. Just like we did with this free course.
Alright, that’s it for the warm-up. Tomorrow, we’ll start with your first lesson. If you want to take a sneak peek at the curriculum, you can do that here.
Talk to you then!”
I subscribe to many newsletters. One of my favorites is Seth Godin, This is what I got yesterday and liked.
“interesting article by Prof. Seth Godin ”
Your defining moment
It’s easy to wait for it. The movies have taught us that when the music swells and the chips are down, that’s when leaders arrive and when heroes are made.
It turns out, that’s not how it works.
Our work is what happens in all the moments. Leadership doesn’t simply appear when the script announces it does: it is the hard work of showing up when we’re not expected to, of seeing what’s possible when few are willing to believe.
Your defining moment is whenever you decide it is, and you get a new chance to lead every day.
Two months ago, we ran our first session of Rising Talent, a special session of the altMBA by and for emerging leaders at Fortune 500 companies.
Our month-long sprint connected senior leaders from SAP, Starbucks, Dunkin’ Brands, Citi, General Mills, Lululemon, NBA, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Adobe, Audible, Barclays, Chipotle, Delta, Trane Technologies, Frost Bank, Kellogg Company, Kraft Heinz, MetLife, Qualcomm, Shopify, Slack and Warby Parker. Even though the world was already turning upside down, this extraordinary cohort showed up and did the work, even as they were contributing at a high level at their day jobs.
The results reinforced what we’ve been saying at the altMBA for the last five years. Possibility is where you find it. We each have more to offer than the world expects. And growth is something we’re capable of, as soon as we’re committed to seeing what we can contribute.
The secret of our workshops is the level of commitment that our students bring. Even in times of turmoil. Enrollment opens the door to action instead of compliance.
Our current worldwide tragedy is a slog, but it will have another side. And the organizations that thrive will be the ones that don’t rely on top-down management to go forward. It’s peer-to-peer leadership and innovation that produces resilience, and leadership that turns any moment into a moment where we can make things better.
My Old Friend Jitendra Jog. An Avid Reader; is recovering after being donated a Kidney and in Self Quarantine in Mumbai the worst affected city in India with COVID. He sent me this wonderful message – in the hope that the Lockdown 4.0 will end as announced on 31st May 2020.
“As we start to open up…You do You, I’ll do me. That’s what The World is all about. None of us have the same circumstances (medically high risk child/family member or a business about to go under, etc.). Let’s all stay in our own lanes and keep the judgment down as we begin to reopen. No one should feel pressured either way.
Just a thought…As the Centre & State governments are trying to figure out how to ease back into normal, please remember:
🛑 Some people don’t agree with the state opening…that’s okay. Be Kind.
🏡 Some people are still planning to stay home…that’s okay. Be Kind.
🦠 Some are still scared of getting the virus and a second wave happening…that’s okay. Be Kind.
💰 Some are sighing with relief to go back to work knowing they may not lose their business or their homes…that’s okay. Be Kind.
👩🏾⚕️Some are thankful they can finally have a surgery they have put off…that’s okay. Be Kind.
📝 Some will be able to attend interviews after weeks without a job…that’s okay. Be Kind.
😷 Some will wear masks for weeks…that’s okay. Be Kind.
💅🏻 Some people will rush out to get their hair or nails done…that’s okay. Be Kind.
❤️ The point is, everyone has different viewpoints/feelings and that’s okay. Be Kind.
We each have a different story. If you need to stay home, stay home…But Be Kind .
If you need to go out, just respect others when in public and Be Kind!
Don’t judge fellow humans because you’re not in their story. We all are in different mental states than we were months ago. So remember, Be Kind.”
Going back to what Kevin Kelly said “Learn how to learn from those you disagree with, or even offend you. See if you can find the truth in what they believe.”
I thought, I could say as my own Quote:
“Learn from every situation, every possible means, Keep Learning,. Learn to share, fearlessly, directly, definitively to one you find is NEEDY. When I find a different point of view from my own, I must learn to be kind. ”
Quote 1 – DhAnAnjAy “jAy”Parkhe. May 28, 2020
I am trying to limit my daily shares of links and articles, newsletters to just ONE like this.
If the regular readers and my friend commentators can share what they think about this, I shall be grateful.