“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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French Philosopher Maurice Blanchot on Writing, the Dual Power of Language to Reveal and Conceal, and What It Really Means to See – Brain Pickings – Self Improvement Article

“The job of the writer is to make us see the world as it is,” Susan Sontag asserted in considering the conscience of words. “Words are events, they do things, change things,” Ursula K. Le Guin wrote in her splendid meditation on the magic of real human communication. But this transformation has a dual power of helping us see the world more clearly and creating the illusion of seeing when we are in fact misperceiving, as Nietzsche well knew in…

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100+ Ways to Write a Great Resume Cover Letter

I was literally in the middle of writing a long article for Dumb Little Man that pertained to my method of choosing applicants for an open position I have. As I got half way done typing, one of our company recruiters sends me an email. It came with a PDF containing a dozen or so resumes. I am happy that we are making progress on my job opening but after opening the attachment, I was less than impressed. 11 of the…

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3 Powerful Steps to Silencing the Inner Critic

Do you struggle with a critical inner voice? Are you too judgmental with yourself and others? When I started sharing my writing back in 2007, I had a whirlwind of negativity wreaking havoc in my head. I didn’t know enough. My english wasn’t good enough. The list goes on and on. But that didn’t stop me. I challenged those thoughts, and I discovered something that surprised me. What is an Inner Critic? It’s not an entity. There is no green…

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Mary Oliver’s Advice on Writing – Brain Pickings

“Look for verbs of muscle, adjectives of exactitude.” By Maria Popova “I read the way a person might swim, to save his or her life. I wrote that way too,” the poet Mary Oliver reflected in her lovely autobiographical essay on how literature saved her life. But what does it take to write such buoyant literature — be it poetry or prose — that lends itself as a lifeboat to those far from the shore of being? A decade after…

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Improve your editing skills – 5 easy tips

There was a time I hated editing. There was a time I thought all the fun was in ferrying my ideas into reality, in writing them on paper for the first time around. I thought the thrill of discovery, and that strange feeling I experienced—of tapping into some mysterious sort of alternate reality—was all I cared about. But then, blunt and irreverent, time barged in as it always does. And much to my chagrin it showed me I was mistaken. In…

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Why You Never Feel Ready to Take Action

Have you noticed that you never feel ready to write that book, start a business, or just go after what makes you come alive? You never feel ready because you’re looking for certainty. You want to have all the details. You want to be absolutely sure that everything is going to work out. So you never start, nothing ever happens, and you end up lost in the land of regret. The solution is not to berate yourself for not being…

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It Can Be Easy

We were on a call the other day with some of the writers in our Your Soulful Book program, and someone mentioned how, as an experiment, she tried speaking her book instead of writing it. She figured that since speaking came more easily to her than writing, this method was worth trying out. And it worked for her! The words flowed out, and she soon found herself with several chapters for her book! She then used a program to transcribe…

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