Jen Hatmaker: “Connection and Belonging Matter Almost More than Anything Else We Put Our Hands To.” – Happiness Article

Interview: Jen Hatmaker. Jen Hatmaker is a New York Times bestselling author, blogger, and sought-after speaker. She has written many books and hosts the podcast For the Love. (If you want to listen to the two of us in conversation, she interviewed me on For the Love here.) Jen and her husband, Brandon, are founders of the Legacy Collective, a giving community that granted more than a million dollars in its first year. The couple also pastors Austin New Church and lives on…

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Screenwriter Paul Guyot: Reaching a Flow State in the Age of Distraction – Productivity Article

Do you find it hard to focus? Do you often find yourself frustrated after diving down an internet loophole only to find that hours have passed with nothing to show? You’re not alone. Don’t believe me? Here’s a Google Trends graph showing the number of people searching “can’t focus” and “phone addiction” on Google from 2004 to 2020.  Over the last few years, digitization has drastically shaped our world and the way we live. The way we work is no…

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Developing Your Leadership Potential – 8 Methods in Which Writing Can Help Motivate Others – Motivational, Self Improvement Article

If you’d like to learn how to develop your potential so you can have the confidence to go after the goals you have set, sign up for the free 90-Day Master Class hosted by the founder of Addicted2Success.com, Joel Brown.When all is said and done, we are all writers in one way or another. From high-school essays, college papers, to social media posts, messages and online forum monologues, everyone has had experience with writing at some point. However, not many consider…

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The Power of Self-Reflection & How It Can Change Your Life – Personal Development Article

If you’d like to learn how to cast your vision so you can live the life you’ve been dreaming of, sign up for the free 90-Day Master Class hosted by the founder of Addicted2Success.com, Joel Brown.We as people often neglect the power of self-reflection, yet, in the hardest times we need it more than ever. Like millions of people across the globe, I lost my job as a result of the catastrophic impact of COVID-19. But as I sit here…

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Emily Mandel: Finding the Focus for Uninterrupted Writing – Productivity Article

At Freedom, we love our users – not just because they use our product, but because they’re cool – cool people working on cool stuff. Academy Award-nominated screenwriters, bestselling authors, editors, journalists, developers, illustrators, designers, academics, coaches, podcast hosts, comic book writers, students, and entrepreneurs – the Freedom community is packed with curious, creative, and passionate go-getters. We love to share their stories, advice, and process because how better to learn about productivity than from the productive?Meet Emily Mandel.Emily St. John Mandel is a bestselling author and…

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Can a Mediocre Writer Be a Good Teacher? – Self Improvement Article

When you open a book written by a terrific writer, you can be pretty sure that if you take the time to read and analyze it, you can learn a lot about the way a story should be structured, and how words should be strung together to form that elusive thing we call strong writing.Also when you come across a badly written novel you can learn a lot. At the very least, about the mistakes you should steer clear of.…

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Report from My Metropolitan Museum Experiment: The More Slowly I Go, the More I See. – Self Improvement Article

I’ve written about my “Metropolitan Museum Experiment.” Every day this year, when I’m in New York City, I’m visiting the Met. So now I’ve been doing it for many weeks, and here are a few minor observations: The Met is far bigger than I realized. To my astonishment, I’ve found many galleries that I’d never seen before. I just finished my first walk-through of the First Floor, and am now in the Mezzanine Level. It’s very, very large. The Gift…

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26 Hilarious Jokes About Making A Living As A Writer – Personal Development Article

These jokes from a recent Twitter thread will have you laughing (or crying) into your coffee. 1. Since I’ve become a full-time freelancer, I’ve made quite a few sales. My car, my house, my clothes… 2. What type of blood does a proofreader have? Type O. 3. Excited by a friend’s first story sale, one asks what she’s going to buy with the money. She shrugs. “I don’t know, a candy bar?” 4. What do you get when you cross…

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The Perks of Being a Writer | Some Thoughts for Aspiring Writers – Self Improvement Article

A friend of mine is an avid reader. Every year he reads around 70 books. Given that for him genre is a non-word, he reads a bit of everything — basing his choices only on what he happens to be most interest in at the moment, and quality.Having read so extensively, he knows a good deal about the mechanics of writing, but he’s never considered the idea of writing a book, of becoming a writer.By contrast, some other people I…

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The Power of Keeping a Daily Business Journal – Personal Development Article

When most of us think about keeping a journal or diary, our minds are often transported to the potentially embarrassing things we used to scribble before we went to bed back in our middle and high school days. However, nightly journaling is actually one of the best ways to organize our thoughts, catalog our experiences, and measure our progress. As strange as it sounds, when applied to our professional lives, the practice of keeping a brief but structured journal can…

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Edie Meidav: Finding Creativity in the Absence of Distraction – Productivity Article

At Freedom, we love our users – not just because they use our product, but because they’re cool – cool people working on cool stuff. Academy Award-nominated screenwriters, bestselling authors, editors, journalists, developers, illustrators, designers, academics, coaches, podcast hosts, comic book writers, explorers, and entrepreneurs – the Freedom community is packed with curious, creative, and passionate go-getters. We love to share their stories, advice, and process because how better to learn about productivity than from the productive?Meet Edie Meidav.Edie Meidav is a Freedom user, American novelist, and…

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The Top 11 Scientifically-Proven Benefits of Writing and Journaling — Purpose Fairy – Self Improvement Article

Writing down one’s disquieting thoughts in a journal which one never wants to share with anyone has a cathartic effect. Plus, most people have a tendency to express their inner thoughts better in written words than in verbal ones.  Writing can organize one’s thoughts and feelings, increase stability and focus, and reduce stress. Jotting down feelings in a journal is a memory tracker of sorts as well. You can always look back to see how you were feeling or what…

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Free Soul Clarity Message! Plus, a giveaway, a free writing class, and more! – Self Improvement Article

*** Thank you so much, everyone! I’ll be back next month with more readings! *** Happy 2020! I’m so excited about the possibility of this year, and I can’t wait to see how it all unfolds for us all. Each month, I pull one Soul Clarity Card for each person who leaves a comment below. This month, please feel free to interpret it as your card for the month or your card for the year. (You’ll know by how it resonates…

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Make Before You Manage – The Blog of Author Tim Ferriss – Self Improvement Article

Try looking at your mind as a wayward puppy that you are trying to paper train. You don’t drop-kick a puppy into the neighbor’s yard every time it piddles on the floor. You just keep bringing it back to the newspaper.―Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life Not long ago, a creature died in the walls of my home. To be precise, it gave up the ghost in the heating system, so that death fumes were…

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My Metropolitan Museum Experiment: The Aims, the Rules, the Questions. – Happiness Article

Soon, Elizabeth and I will reveal our “20 for 2020” lists in episode 255 of the Happier podcast. One item on my list is particularly ambitious: it’s my Metropolitan Museum experiment. For the year of 2020, every day that I’m in New York City and the Met is open, I will visit. Every single day. Why? For my next book project, I’m exploring…I don’t yet know how to describe it. I want to shake myself, I want to reach my…

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It’s Time to Get Back to Basics – The Blog of Author Tim Ferriss – Personal Development Article

It’s time to get back to basics. This blog has been dominated by podcast-related posts for quite a few years now. I’ve done very little writing. Now, please don’t get me wrong; I absolutely love doing the podcast — currently 400 episodes and counting — and I’m thrilled to make it even better in 2020. There are super exciting things planned. I’m incredibly lucky to work on something every week that gives me so much joy and fulfillment, and it…

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“I Try to Focus on My Breath, and Within Seconds, I’m Focusing on the Deadlines I’m Missing.” – Happiness Article

Interview: Dan Zevin. Dan Zevin is a Thurber Prize-winning humorist who has written for the New York Times, The New Yorker, McSweeney’s, Rolling Stone, Salon, Real Simple, Parents, and The Wall Street Journal, and as a comic commentator for NPR. He’s also the author of  Dan Gets a Minivan and The Day I Turned Uncool, which were both optioned by Adam Sandler. His latest book and YouTube series is Very Modern Mantras: Daily Affirmations for Daily Aggravations. I love aphorisms, proverbs, koans, paradoxes,…

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5 Academic Writing Tips to Help You Earn The Highest Grades In Class – Self Improvement Article

If the task of completing a research paper in time seems too daunting to you or you just can’t get that A grade for your thesis, this article will be of help to you. Below are 5 great academic writing tips to help you get that top score in class.1Understand the deliverablesThe first step involves reviewing and understanding the requirements. Make sure you understand the questions asked and all the requirements of your research. If you do not understand the…

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“Red Is the Salt of Color,” or, Why I Love the Short, Powerful Observation of the Aphorism. – Happiness Article

I love aphorisms, proverbs, koans, paradoxes, fables, and teaching stories. Lately I’ve been spent a lot of time thinking and reading about aphorisms. Now, what exactly is an “aphorism?” As with just about everything, people argue about definitions. Aphorism expert (yes, such an expertise exists) James Geary argues for “FIVE LAWS OF THE APHORISM: It Must Be Brief, It Must Be Personal, It Must Be Definitive, It Must Be Philosophical, and It Must Have a Twist.” Here’s how I define…

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Sali Hughes: Finding the Focus to Write and Report Remotely – Productivity Article

At Freedom, we love our users – not just because they use our product, but because they’re cool – cool people working on cool stuff. Academy Award-nominated screenwriters, bestselling authors, editors, journalists, developers, illustrators, designers, academics, coaches, podcast hosts, explorers, and entrepreneurs – the Freedom community is packed with curious, creative, and passionate go-getters. We love to share their stories, advice, and process because how better to learn about productivity than from the productive?Meet Sali Hughes.Sali Hughes is a journalist, presenter, and broadcaster, specializing in beauty,…

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“Having a Non-Verbal Activity Feels Essential, and As, These Days, Do Non-Digital Activities.” – Self Improvement Article

Interview: Amy Waldman. Through mutual friends, I’ve known Amy Waldman for years. When I first met her, she was a reporter with the New York Times (which she did for eight years, including three years as co-chief of the South Asia bureau). Then she changed her writing path to become a novelist, and her first novel, The Submission, was a national bestseller. Now Amy has a new novel that has received a huge amount of buzz: A Door in the…

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A 3-Step Formula to Tap Into Your Creativity (and Solve Any Problem) – Self Improvement Article

Throughout the years, I’ve become better and better at uncovering creative solutions. I don’t struggle as much as I used to. Creative ideas seem to arrive at just the right time. This hasn’t happened because I’m somehow talented. No, it’s because I’ve begun to understand how creativity works in my life. The good news? You already have access to it. You can start using your innate creativity. Once you’re done reading this article, you’ll know how to do it. But before…

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Safi Bahcall — On Thinking Big, Curing Cancer, and Transforming Industries (#364) – Self Improvement Article

“All these things you’re sure are true — what if they weren’t?”— Safi Bahcall Safi Bahcall (@SafiBahcall) is the author of Loonshots: How to Nurture the Crazy Ideas that Win Wars, Cure Diseases, and Transform Industries. Loonshots describes what an idea from physics tells us about the behavior of groups and how teams, companies, and nations can use that to innovate faster and better. It has been selected for The Washington Post‘s 10 Leadership Books to Watch for in 2019,…

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Toni Morrison on the Power of Art and the Writer’s Singular Service to Humanity – Brain Pickings – Self Improvement Article

“Art is not a plaything, but a necessity, and its essence, form, is not a decorative adjustment, but a cup into which life can be poured and lifted to the lips and be tasted,” Rebecca West — one of humanity’s most insightful and underappreciated writers — observed as she contemplated storytelling and survival in her 1941 masterwork Black Lamb and Grey Falcon. Two generations later, on the other side of WWII and the Cold War and the atomic bomb and…

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How to Start a Freelance Writing Career – Self Improvement Article

Freelance writing is an interesting career if you have a liking for writing. Contrary to assumptions, it’s not difficult to start a freelance writing career. What’s great is that you can pursue this career as an part-time option while having a day job and supplement your monthly income! If you’re still confused about how to start a freelance writing career, then here are the initial basic steps you need to take to get yourself going. ~ Ed.   The world…

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When You’re Afraid to Tell Your Story – Self Improvement Article

For a long time, I was afraid to share my story. Friends. Family. Random stranger on the internet. What would they think? Many struggle with sharing their story. In fact, if you don’t have this fear, you may be in the minority. Somehow we’re afraid of sharing who we truly are. We’re afraid of being ourselves We’re afraid of doing the only thing that we can, and must, do. You see, you can’t be anyone else. Your purpose is to…

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11 Ways to Make Money as a Freelance Writer – Self Improvement Article

This is the age of freelancing. More and more people are becoming freelance writers. Learn how you can make money as a freelance writer. There are many types of freelance writing jobs. Here are some of the best ways to make money writing articles. ~ Ed.   If you can research and carefully follow directions to write essays or term papers, you can earn money with your writing skills. To make money as a freelance writer, feel free to start your…

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How to Find The Best Essay Writing Service for Students – Self Improvement Article

When it comes to an essay writing service for students, it’s essential that you choose a platform that suits your needs. Not all writing services are the same, and this is why it takes a little research. We’ve pulled the criteria that you absolutely need to watch for when you’re selecting a service, and you can find it below. 1Writers and Work Samples Your chosen site should have a lot of information on hand about their writers. Ideally, you should…

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Revealed! Some of My Favorite Illustrations from the Book “Outer Order, Inner Calm.” – Self Improvement Article

With each book I write, I think, “I’ll never have as much fun writing a book again.” And then I love the next book project even more. Many aspects of writing Outer Order, Inner Calm made it particularly enjoyable. In it, I use a very accessible, concise approach. This book is meant to be read quickly, to get you fired up to clear clutter. I was inspired by a book whose structure I’ve always admired: Michael Pollan’s Food Rules. I’d always…

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Another Way To Think About It – Self Improvement Article

A weird thing about God I’ve been thinking about for 16 years is a passage from a John Piper (a famous conservative pastor/theologian/lite misogynist) book where he talks about an elderly couple retiring together to a beach house. The book was given to me in college by someone from his publishing company for free for like, proselytizing reasons. Piper talks about a couple spent their nights taking long walks along the shoreline, collecting the beautiful and unique shells they found…

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