Too long delayed – Seth Godin


Today is Juneteenth, a holiday that should be more widely observed.

It doesn’t mark the date of Lincoln’s proclamation that freed the slaves, nor does it occur on the day that the 14th amendment was passed. Both were overdue and urgent and important steps forward. Instead, it commemorates the day that a last group of slaves (outside of Galveston, TX) heard that they had been freed months earlier.

Holidays are symbols. They can cause us to pause for celebration or grief, for togetherness or simply to smile. Holidays are worth recalling because they give us a chance to connect and recommit to an idea that matters to us. This is a holiday about freedom delayed.

Change is hard, but delaying what’s right is toxic. Today we can remember just how much we have to do and realize the ability each of us has to see and alter the systems around us.

Not simply today, but every single day. A chance to make things better.

Four Minute Books – Newsletter


Heyo, Nik here with your weekly dose of 7 book summaries!

Today, I just want to say thank you.

Thank you for reading, sharing, commenting, replying and engaging. Thank you for supporting Luke and I and our hard work, whether it’s with your money if you can and want to or by spreading the good word.

Thank you for being a part of Four Minute Books! None of these summaries would mean anything if you didn’t enjoy reading them, and we hope to bring you many more in the future.

Alright, on to this week’s books!


Personality Isn’t Permanent by Benjamin Hardy

1-Sentence-Summary: Personality Isn’t Permanent will shatter your long-held beliefs that you’re stuck as yourself, flaws and all, by identifying why the person you are is changeable and giving you specific and actionable steps to change.

  1. There are five destructive myths about personality that lead to mediocrity and support the fixed mindset that holds you back.
  2. Your goals determine your personality and are the tool you need to change your identity.
  3. No matter who you’ve been in the past or who you are now, you can upgrade how you see yourself and transform your future.

If you want to beat the beliefs that are holding you back so you can become a better person, this book is for you.


How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi

1-Sentence-Summary: How To Be An Antiracist will make you a better, kinder, and more fair person by revealing how deeply ingrained racism is in our society and outlining what we can all do to annihilate it completely.

  1. It’s racist to believe that the behavior of certain groups of people is inferior and that they need to change to become equal.
  2. There are no significant biological differences between races, and you are racist if you think there are.
  3. Our society is sick with the cancer of racism that pervades many organizations and aspects of life, but we can overcome it.

If you want to help stop racism, this book is for you.


Best Self by Mike Bayer

1-Sentence-Summary: Best Self will help you become the hero you’ve always wanted to be by teaching you how to be honest with yourself about what you desire, identify your toxic anti-self, and discover the traits of the greatest possible version of you that you can imagine.

  1. Don’t worry if you never learned how to reach your full potential, simply start now by defining the version of yourself that would make you happiest.
  2. Use the power of honesty to vanquish the villain of fear that is holding you back.
  3. Help yourself first so you can take great care of other people.

If you want to reach your full potential, this book is for you.


What other books did we summarize this week?

Brandwashed by Martin Lindstrom will help you make better buying decisions by identifying the psychological tools that marketers use to turn your own brain against you and make you think that you need to buy their products.

Capitalism by James Fulcher shows you how the movement of money in the world really works by outlining the dominant system in the world and its origins and future.

Building Social Business by Muhammad Yunus will teach you how to change the world for the better by starting a company that does good for mankind, giving you all the answers about how they work and how to begin one of your own.

Brainfluence by Roger Dooley will help you get more sales by revealing people’s subconscious thinking and their motivations in the decision-making process they use when buying.

We hope you have a wonderful week and enjoy reading these summaries!

Happy reading,
-Nik

James Clear – Newsletter


3-2-1 Thursday
Note: You are receiving this email because you subscribed to my weekly 3-2-1 newsletter. Every Thursday, I share 3 ideas from me, 2 quotes from others, and 1 question for you to ponder. Occasionally, I also send out long-form articles on habits and self-improvement.

3 ideas, 2 quotes, 1 question (June 18, 2020)

“Working to deliver the most wisdom per word of any newsletter on the web.”

Read this on JamesClear.com

Happy 3-2-1 Thursday,

Let’s dive right in. Here are 3 ideas, 2 quotes, and 1 question for the week.

3 IDEAS FROM ME

I.

“The Paradox of Freedom:

The way to expand your freedom is to narrow your focus.

Stay focused on saving to achieve financial freedom.

Stay focused on training to achieve physical freedom.

Stay focused on learning to achieve intellectual freedom.”

(Share this on Twitter)


II.

“Mental toughness is persistence not intensity.”

(Share this on Twitter)


III.

“The Cycle of Improvement:

1. Awareness – identify what you need to improve.

2. Deliberate practice – focus your conscious effort on the specific area you want to improve.

3. Habit – with practice, the effortful becomes automatic.

4. Repeat – begin again.”

(Share this on Twitter)

2 QUOTES FROM OTHERS

I.

NBA superstar Michael Jordan on self-doubt:

“Why would I think about missing a shot that I haven’t taken yet?”

Source: The Last Dance


II.

Author Anna Quindlen on building a spirit:

“There are thousands of people out there with the same degree you have; when you get a job, there will be thousands of people doing what you want to do for a living. But you are the only person alive who has sole custody of your life. Your particular life. Your entire life. Not just your life at a desk, or your life on the bus, or in the car, or at the computer. Not just the life of your mind, but the life of your heart. Not just your bank account, but your soul.

People don’t talk about the soul very much anymore. It’s so much easier to write a résumé than to craft a spirit. But a résumé is cold comfort on a winter night, or when you’re sad, or broke, or lonely, or when you’ve gotten back the chest X ray and it doesn’t look so good, or when the doctor writes “prognosis, poor.”

… You cannot be really first-rate at your work if your work is all you are.

Source: A Short Guide to a Happy Life

1 QUESTION FOR YOU

What are you preventing yourself from feeling?

If you enjoyed that, please share with others.

Share this newsletter on TwitterFacebookLinkedInWhatsApp, or via email.

Or, copy and paste the link below:

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Until next week,

James Clear
Author of the million-copy bestseller, Atomic Habits
Creator of the Habit Journal

James Clear – Newsletter


3-2-1 Thursday
Note: You are receiving this email because you subscribed to my weekly 3-2-1 newsletter. Every Thursday, I share 3 ideas from me, 2 quotes from others, and 1 question for you to ponder. Occasionally, I also send out long-form articles on habits and self-improvement.

3 ideas, 2 quotes, 1 question (June 18, 2020)

“Working to deliver the most wisdom per word of any newsletter on the web.”

Read this on JamesClear.com

Happy 3-2-1 Thursday,

Let’s dive right in. Here are 3 ideas, 2 quotes, and 1 question for the week.

3 IDEAS FROM ME

I.

“The Paradox of Freedom:

The way to expand your freedom is to narrow your focus.

Stay focused on saving to achieve financial freedom.

Stay focused on training to achieve physical freedom.

Stay focused on learning to achieve intellectual freedom.”

(Share this on Twitter)


II.

“Mental toughness is persistence not intensity.”

(Share this on Twitter)


III.

“The Cycle of Improvement:

1. Awareness – identify what you need to improve.

2. Deliberate practice – focus your conscious effort on the specific area you want to improve.

3. Habit – with practice, the effortful becomes automatic.

4. Repeat – begin again.”

(Share this on Twitter)

2 QUOTES FROM OTHERS

I.

NBA superstar Michael Jordan on self-doubt:

“Why would I think about missing a shot that I haven’t taken yet?”

Source: The Last Dance


II.

Author Anna Quindlen on building a spirit:

“There are thousands of people out there with the same degree you have; when you get a job, there will be thousands of people doing what you want to do for a living. But you are the only person alive who has sole custody of your life. Your particular life. Your entire life. Not just your life at a desk, or your life on the bus, or in the car, or at the computer. Not just the life of your mind, but the life of your heart. Not just your bank account, but your soul.

People don’t talk about the soul very much anymore. It’s so much easier to write a résumé than to craft a spirit. But a résumé is cold comfort on a winter night, or when you’re sad, or broke, or lonely, or when you’ve gotten back the chest X ray and it doesn’t look so good, or when the doctor writes “prognosis, poor.”

… You cannot be really first-rate at your work if your work is all you are.

Source: A Short Guide to a Happy Life

1 QUESTION FOR YOU

What are you preventing yourself from feeling?

If you enjoyed that, please share with others.

Share this newsletter on TwitterFacebookLinkedInWhatsApp, or via email.

Or, copy and paste the link below:

https://jamesclear.com/3-2-1/june-18-2020?rh_ref=44e21ece
Until next week,

James Clear
Author of the million-copy bestseller, Atomic Habits
Creator of the Habit Journal

Ethical Alliance Daily News


Ethical Alliance Daily News

United States: Former Washington County, Tenn. assistant district attorney accused of extortion, soliciting bribe
Jun 19, 2020 06:00 pm
A former assistant district attorney is facing extortion and bribery charges, according to court documents filed in U.S. District Court in Greeneville. A grand jury has indicted Erin Doughtery McArdle, a former assistant district attorney in Tennessee’s First Judicial District, and Tommy Tylee Henry on charges of conspiracy to commit extortion, extortion
Read More  

Brazil: Police arrest ex-aide to Jair Bolsonaro’s son Flávio
Jun 19, 2020 05:30 pm
A former aide to Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro’s eldest son has been arrested as part of an investigation into alleged corruption. Fabrício Queiroz is suspected of being part of a scheme to embezzle the salaries of phantom employees in the Rio de Janeiro assembly when Flávio Bolsonaro was a state
Read More  

United States: Ex-Governor From Northern Mexico Pleads Guilty In US Court
Jun 19, 2020 05:00 pm
A former northern Mexico governor has pleaded guilty to money laundering in a United States federal court. Former Coahuila state Gov. Jorge Juan Torres López pleaded guilty in Corpus Christi, Texas, according to a statement from the U.S. Justice Department Wednesday. The 66-year-old Torres was arrested in February 2019 in Puerto
Read More  

Malaysia: Malaysia seeks to amend 1MDB charges against Goldman Sachs
Jun 19, 2020 04:30 pm
Malaysian prosecutors will seek to amend charges against three Goldman Sachs Group Inc. units in the case involving troubled state fund 1MDB. Prosecutors will be seeking amendments involving liability, with Goldman’s lawyers arguing the proposed changes would be substantial, according to proceedings at the Kuala Lumpur High Court on Thursday.
Read More  

China: Former deputy director of China’s State Tobacco Monopoly Administration sentenced to life in prison
Jun 19, 2020 04:00 pm
Zhao Hongshun, former deputy director of the State Tobacco Monopoly Administration, was sentenced to life in prison Thursday for taking bribes by the Intermediate People’s Court of Huaian in east China’s Jiangsu Province. The court has ordered the confiscation of Zhao’s personal property. The money and valuables he received as
Read More  

Indonesia: Former Perum Perindo boss gets 4.5 years’ imprisonment in fish import bribery case
Jun 19, 2020 03:30 pm
A panel of judges at the Jakarta Corruption Court has sentenced Risyanto Suanda, the former president director of state-owned Indonesia Fisheries Company (Perum Perindo), to four years and six months in prison for his involvement in a bribery case related to a fish import permit. The court also ordered him to
Read More  

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Picky vs difficult – VIA Seth Godin Newsletter


Picky people have consistent preferences and standards.

Difficult people change their preferences frequently, and often in response to who is presenting to them or the mood they’re in.

It’s pretty easy to figure out which makes for a better client or colleague.

Seasoned Nuts Quotable


SEASONED NUTS: QUOTABLE
“[President Lyndon Baines] Johnson came up with his own explanation for what happened in America during his Presidency [race riots]: “I’ve moved the Negro from D+ to C-. He’s still nowhere. He knows it. And that’s why he’s out in the streets. Hell, I’d be there, too.”

“Past efforts have not carried the commitment, will or resources needed to eliminate the attitudes and practices that have maintained racism as a major force in our society. Only the dedication of every citizen can generate a single American identity and a single American community.”

– Jill Lepore, The Riot Report: What government commissions say about protests for racial justice

What’s at the front of the line? – Seth Godin


What’s at the front of the line?

study of behavior at breakfast buffets showed that the first item in the buffet was taken by 75% of the diners (even when the order of the items was reversed) and that two-thirds of all the food taken came from the first three items, regardless of how long the buffet is.

This means that optimizing marketers usually put the things they most want to sell first.

And that smart consumers benefit from adopting patience as they consider what’s on offer.

Of course, this game theory applies to a lot more than food.

Seasoned Nuts Quotable


SEASONED NUTS: QUOTABLE
“[President Lyndon Baines] Johnson came up with his own explanation for what happened in America during his Presidency [race riots]: “I’ve moved the Negro from D+ to C-. He’s still nowhere. He knows it. And that’s why he’s out in the streets. Hell, I’d be there, too.”

“Past efforts have not carried the commitment, will or resources needed to eliminate the attitudes and practices that have maintained racism as a major force in our society. Only the dedication of every citizen can generate a single American identity and a single American community.”

– Jill Lepore, The Riot Report: What government commissions say about protests for racial justice

Quotes of the Week


Aristotle

“It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light.”

via Today’s Quote https://ift.tt/2zOq8X1 June 15, 2020 at 10:57AM
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Gordon Brown

“I’m a father; that’s what matters most. Nothing matters more.”

via Today’s Quote https://ift.tt/30MxzfW June 16, 2020 at 10:57AM
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Plato

“Man – a being in search of meaning.”

via Today’s Quote https://ift.tt/2PfV8cP June 17, 2020 at 10:57AM
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Robert Frost

“A person will sometimes devote all his life to the development of one part of his body – the wishbone.”

via Today’s Quote https://ift.tt/306mkzP June 19, 2020 at 10:57AM
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Joseph Addison

“Cheerfulness is the best promoter of health and is as friendly to the mind as to the body.”

via Today’s Quote https://ift.tt/2FoyUxD June 20, 2020 at 10:57AM
via RSS Feed https://www.brainyquote.com/authors/joseph-addison-quotes

Check this out from The Times of India


Nepal eyes citizenship law tweak; ‘roti-beti’ ties with India at stake
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WORD OF THE DAY


WORD OF THE DAY
Emeritus
ə-MER-ə-dəs
Part of speech: adjective
Origin: Latin, mid-18th century
1

(of the former holder of an office, especially a college professor) having retired but allowed to retain their title as an honor.

Examples of Emeritus in a sentence

“The banquet was held every year to honor the emeritus professors.”

“As an emeritus member, she was welcome to sit in on lectures.”

Urban foxes show signs of self-domestication – Big Think


via Urban foxes show signs of self-domestication – Big Think

Screenshot 2020-06-15 at 20.59.10

Urban foxes self-evolve, exhibiting Darwin’s domestication syndrome

A new study finds surprising evidence of the self-evolution of urban foxes.

A fox at the door of 10 Downing Street on Janurary 13, 2015.

Photo by JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP via Getty Images
  • A study from the University of Glasgow finds urban foxes evolved differently compared to rural foxes.
  • The skulls of the urban foxes are adapted to scavenging for food rather than hunting it.
  • The evolutionary changes correspond to Charles Darwin’s “domestication syndrome.”

How much can living in the city change you? If you were an urban fox, you could be evolving yourself to a whole new stage and becoming more like a dog, according to a fascinating new study.

Researchers compared skulls from rural foxes around London with foxes who lived inside the city and found important variations. Rural foxes showed adaptation for speed and hunting after quick, small prey, while urban fox skulls exhibited changes that made it easier for them to scavenge, looking through human refuse for food, rather than chasing it. Their snouts were shorter and stronger, making it easier to open packages and chew up leftovers. They also have smaller brains, not meant for hunting but for interacting with stationary food sources, reports Science magazine.

Interestingly, there was much similarity found between the male and female skulls of the urban foxes.

The observed changes correspond to what Charles Darwin called the “domestication syndrome,” comprised of traits that go along with an animal’s transition from being wild, to tamed, to domesticated.

The study was led by Kevin Parsons, an evolutionary biologist at the University of Glasgow.

 

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“What’s really fascinating here is that the foxes are doing this to themselves,” Parsons told the BBC. “This is the result of foxes that have decided to live near people, showing these traits that make them look more like domesticated animals.”

The researchers are not suggesting you should go out and get a fox as a house-pet just yet. But they are seeing the evolutionary process taking place that’s moving the urban foxes along the path towards becoming more like dogs and cats, explained the study’s co-author Dr. Andrew Kitchener from National Museums Scotland.

A fox beneath a tree in Greenwich park, south east London on May 14, 2020.

Photo by Glyn KIRK / AFP

“Some of the basic environmental aspects that may have occurred during the initial phases of domestication for our current pets, like dogs and cats, were probably similar to the conditions in which our urban foxes and other urban animals are living today,” said Kitchener. “So, adapting to life around humans actually primes some animals for domestication.”

The specimen came from the National Museum Scotland’s collection of around 1,500 fox skulls.

You can read the study in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B.

20. World Rainforest Day – 22nd June


20. World Rainforest Day – 22nd June

Rainforest - Content Marketing

This day celebrates this precious natural resource and how the actions we take can help preserve them.

Content marketing opportunities:   

  • Listicle idea: Here’s how an increase in temperature of 2 ˚C can affect rainforests
  • Infographic idea: What you should carry if you’re entering a rainforest
  • Video idea: What would happen if we lost most of our rainforest cover?
  • Podcast idea: Here’s how governments are working to recover rainforests

Brand campaign that worked:

This video from National Geographic explores how rainforests contribute to the global ecosystem, and the conservation efforts being done to protect them.