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17 Sep
  • There’s nothing wrong with deciding that when it really comes down to it, you want to do things other than writing. It’s even okay to start writing, work at it a while, and decide it’s not for you. Being a writer isn’t some grand, mystical state of being, it just means you put words together to amuse people, most of all yourself. There’s no more shame in not being a writer than there is in not being a painter, or a botanist, or a real estate agent…
    But if you want to be a writer, than be a writer, for god’s sake. It’s not that hard, and it doesn’t require that much effort on a day to day basis. Find the time or make the time. Sit down, shut up and put your words together. Work at it and keep working at it. And if you need inspiration, think of yourself on your deathbed saying “well, at least I watched a lot of TV.” If saying such a thing as your life ebbs away fills you with existential horror, well, then. I think you know what to do.
  • # Writers will romance you with words. We probably won’t. We write for ourselves or for money and by the time we’re done we’re sick of it. If we have to write you something there’s a good chance it’ll take us two days and we’ll be really snippy and grumpy about the process.
    # Writers will write about you. You don’t want this. Trust me.
    # Writers will remind you that money doesn’t matter so much. Yes. We will do this by borrowing money from you. Constantly.
    # Writers will teach you cool new words. This is possibly true! We may also expect you to remember them, correct your grammar, and look pained after reading mundane notes you’ve left for us.
    # Writers are surrounded by interesting people. Every last one of whom is imaginary.
    # Writers are easy to buy gifts for. This is true. Keep it in mind when your birthday rolls around, okay?
    # Writers are sexy. No argument. Some people think this about heroin addicts, too.
  • ● Toddlers are full of energy and enthusiasm…
    ● Toddlers are natural risk-takers…
    ● Toddlers are persistent…
    ● Toddlers are inquisitive…
    ● Toddlers are creative…
    ● Toddlers have great interpersonal skills. They are good at thawing the hardest heart with hugs and sloppy kisses.
    It is a splendid start but I feel there are more traits that the finest CEOs share with two-year-olds. They are assertive and jolly good at saying no. They are not hamstrung by inhibitions…They are good at making decisions…trust their instincts…
    There is one final way in which the toddler is a great role model for the CEO: language. Toddlers say what they mean and say it simply. They never feel tempted to dwell on paradigm shifts or value stacks or synergies.
  • By making books commodities, the modern market has stripped them of much of their romantic charm…The ancient ceremony of reading by turning its pages being disrupted by the e-book's clicks and swipes. In the process it distances us from the old magic conjured by books. Books are being replaced by reading…
    There are still reasons to write books, of course. It's still an achievement to write one…Also, a book can still give an author control over what's said and how it's received in a way that rivals other mediums. If written expertly, a book can signal to the reader a seriousness and erudition that doesn't apply to every Web page or every newspaper…
    But those reasons apply equally to e-books and hardcovers. Which brings me to my ultimate observation about the fallen status of books: Can you imagine throwing a book party for a friend who wrote an e-book? As attendees bought the e-book, what would the author do to personalize and commemorate the event? Sign their Kindles?
  • Being a migrant forces you to be creative because in one way or another you have a motivation, like to be successful. Your world and the environment you are in are changing, and this always makes you a more creative person. Staying in the country of your birth or living in another country … for example, it’s not just these two choices. Even if you live in the US, you may have even more different choices there. You can live like a hippie or be a very successful businesswoman. Choices are everywhere, no matter where you are. You choose your own life. For example in a family you can see that while one person chose to be a doctor, another wants to grow vegetables. These options are always in our own hands, they’re not bounded by the place we live in. But, of course, there is a light feeling of loss created by the migration feeling.
  • The most crucial test of a boss is self-awareness. The best bosses are in tune with how the little things they say and do impact people, and they are adept at adjusting to bolster both performance and dignity. Several studies, including one by the College Board, suggest that the more incompetent a boss is, the more out of touch he or she is likely to be.
    Unfortunately, too many bosses think they are in tune with their employees, but live in a fool’s paradise. If you’re a boss, you should review this list of the top eleven attitudes to figure out if you’re acting like a bad boss.
  • Perhaps the simple human desire for a sense of achievement also comes into play. Most people, even some PWD engineers, like to achieve. It is something ingrained into us from our early years when frustrated parents give us Five Star chocolate if we refrain from using the VCR as a urinal.
    A few years later, when we start working in offices, we still retain some of that need for instant appreciation.
    I am thankful, however, that this has not been a human trait for many years. In the past, history tells us, mankind was all about big, hairy, audacious goals. Inventing the wheel, circumnavigating the globe, discovering the zero, overthrowing a superpower and so on.
    Thank God, our forefathers didn’t get caught up in the pseudo-deliverable chicanery that plagues us today.
 
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