I have to share with you the deeply humbling news we’ve received today – the UN World Food Programme has been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for 2020!
With this honour the committee are recognising the combined contributions of many, many people. From incredible WFP staff members who lay their lives on the line every day to bring food and assistance to nearly 100 million hungry people, to dedicated men and women around the world who make our life-saving work possible.
And, of course, that includes you.
This is an important day, because the global spotlight is turning on the 690 million people who go to bed hungry each day at a critical time. Conflict, climate shocks, and now a global pandemic are causing hunger to increase.
This prize is a reminder that food security, peace and stability go hand-in-hand. When we work to fight hunger, we also fight for peace.
Today is also an amazing day to recognise your incredible generosity, and your commitment to a more peaceful world, where everyone has enough to eat.
I hope you take a moment to be proud of what you’re helping us achieve. We’re certainly proud to have you on this journey with us.
With my sincere thanks and best wishes,
Halcyon Garrett UN World Food Programme
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P.S. If you would like to read the official Nobel Prize press release honouring our work, together, you may find it here.
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“Keep my anger from becoming meanness. Keep my sorrow from collapsing into self-pity. Keep my heart soft enough to keep breaking. Keep my anger turned toward justice, not cruelty. Remind me that all of this, every bit of it, is for love. Keep me fiercely kind.”
— Author Unknown
Did you know…
… that today is Fire Prevention Day? According to legend, on October 8, 1871, Mrs. O’Leary’s cow kicked over a lamp, which started the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. That fire led to major efforts in fire prevention. Forty years later, the Fire Marshall’s Association of North America held the first Fire Prevention Day. In 1920, President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed Fire Prevention Week during the week in which October 9 falls.
Three words that changed my life.
Once you realize that you can improve, amplify and refine the things that other people call attitudes, you may realize that they are skills.
Which is great news, because becoming better at a skill is something we’re able to do.
Some people call these, “soft skills.” That’s because they’re not easy to measure. But for me, they’re real skills. The skills that actually determine how far we’ll go and how it will feel to work with us as we move forward.
Akimbo is hosting the third Real Skills Conference on Saturday, October 17 from 3 to 5 pm ET. You can find all the details here.
It’s truly a conference. No keynotes, no experts, simply a group of people who want to understand what it means to level up by seeing what’s possible and then deciding to do something about it. If spending an afternoon with people like that in service of making a difference would be helpful, I hope you can join in.
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3 ideas, 2 quotes, 1 question (October 8, 2020)
“The most wisdom per word of any newsletter on the web.”
Happy 3-2-1 Thursday,
Here’s a fresh batch of ideas, quotes, and questions. I hope you enjoy this week’s issue.
3 IDEAS FROM ME
“Do the most important thing first each day and you’ll never have an unproductive day.”
“Lack of confidence kills more dreams than lack of ability.
Talent matters—especially at elite levels—but people talk themselves out of giving their best effort long before talent becomes the limiting factor.
You’re capable of more than you know. Don’t be your own bottleneck.”
2 QUOTES FROM OTHERS
Professional volleyball player Gabby Reece
on the power of going first:
“I always say that I’ll go first…
That means if I’m checking out at the store, I’ll say hello first.
If I’m coming across somebody and make eye contact, I’ll smile first.
[I wish] people would experiment with that in their life a little bit. Be first, because – not all times, but most times – it comes in your favor.”
Source: The Tim Ferriss Show
Writer Hugh Walpole on being a generalist and a specialist:
“The whole secret of life is to be interested in one thing profoundly and a thousand other things well.”
Source: Reading: An Essay
1 QUESTION FOR YOU
What am I reinforcing each day?
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p.s. First impressions matter.
Would you rather spend a day switching radio stations and hearing the same song or switching TV stations and seeing the same show?
Have you ever tasted your ear wax?
Chew on a piece of aluminum foil for 1 minute.
Put your everything in even the smallest step and you’ll be on the path to success.
Put your heart, mind, and soul into even your smallest acts. This is the secret of success. (Swami Sivananda)
It’s the things and people someone loves that tells you who they are.
The things that we love tell us what we are. (Thomas Aquinas)
Illustrious spirit, infinite light of the world, I strayed from the path and stepped into darkness. I made a mistake, I desired more power to change the world. Purge me of sin, deliver me from evil. I accept your chosen verdict so I may feel your divine power anew.
Warning Me The Sun Will Rise.
The Great Taste Of Nothing.
Throwing Rocks At A Mountain.
That’s Six Feet In A Yard.
A Battle Of Two Fought By Three.
“It is a ridiculous thing for a man not to fly from his own badness, which is indeed possible, but to fly from other men’s badness, which is impossible.”
Or as another translation would put it,
“It’s silly to try to escape other people’s faults. They are inescapable. Just try to escape your own.”
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1-Sentence-Summary: The Power Of Bad gives some excellent tips on how to become happier by identifying your tendency toward negativity and what psychology and research have to show you about how to beat it.
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It’s 12:45 am and you’re laying there in bed, wide awake and in horror as you remember something embarrassing you said when you were 12. It doesn’t help that you just watched the news tonight and all they talked about was how awful everything is right now.
We live in a world where negative things seem to get all the attention, whether in our own minds or otherwise. You get a whole bunch of positive thoughts but for some reason, the one bad one takes control of your brain. Why is this? And how do we fix it?
Social psychologist Roy Baumeister and experienced science writer John Tierney are here with the solutions in their book The Power of Bad: How the Negativity Effect Rules Us and How We Can Rule It. You’ll get some answers on why negativity is so powerful, as well as science-based strategies to bring more optimism into your life.
Let’s see how much we can learn from this book in just 3 lessons:
- For every negative experience you have, try to get at least four positive ones.
- People listen to criticism more even when it’s within a sea of compliments, but it can help them grow if done correctly.
- If you’re around someone with a bad attitude, you’re more likely to develop one yourself, so you should remove these people from your life.
Negativity isn’t good but learning about it is about to help you become happier! Let’s go!If you want to save this summary for later, download the free PDF and read it whenever you want.
Lesson 1: You need to have five positive experiences to combat the overwhelming effects of just a single negative one.
How do you measure whether you should stay in a relationship or not? The perfect one doesn’t exist, after all. Our partners are usually great but once in a while their dark side comes out. Does that mean you should leave?
One of the authors, Roy Baumeister, once asked himself this same question. To help him decide, he started tracking the good, bad, and neutral days. Months later the data showed that for every two good days there was 1 bad.
In other words, only 67% of days were good, so he left the relationship.
Baumeister’s efforts show the power of a positivity ratio, which is how many bad events there are relative to good ones. It’s an important number, too, because research shows that it has to be high if you want to succeed.
There’s a famous study by psychologist John Gottman that shows the truth of this. He had married couples track their positive and negative interactions. In the end, those with an even number of both broke up. But those who were the happiest had five good interactions for every bad.
If you’re trying to improve yourself, though, Baumeister suggests you shot for a minimum of four positives for every negative. So if you miss a run, for example, don’t be too hard on yourself, just try to make it happen for the next four days.
Lesson 2: Sandwiching criticism between compliments doesn’t work, but when you deliver feedback correctly it can help others grow.
I recently saw a video while scrolling through Facebook that interested me because I could relate. It showed a woman standing between two large jars. One began filling slowly with jelly beans, which eventually reached the brim.
The woman picked up the full jar and held it tight. Then one single jelly bean drops into the other jar and she immediately drops the full one and picks the other up.
In this example, the jar full of jelly beans represents all of our positive interactions, while the other is a symbol for the bad ones. The lesson, then, is that we have so much good going on, but the negative takes over our minds, no matter how small.
Sometimes we need to give people feedback though. You might have heard that you should say something nice, give the information, and then add another compliment at the end. This is also known as the feedback sandwich, but it doesn’t work.
One psychologist did a study in which he told students they were reading words that described their personalities. Although most were positive, a few insults were scattered in there. Amid all the good, these were all the students could remember.
So when you need to give feedback, remember what doctors do when sharing bad news with patients. They involve them in the conversation by asking them questions. This two-way conversation helps them understand that they have more control than they initially think.
Lesson 3: Remove people that have a bad attitude from your life so that you don’t catch their infectious negativity.
Eliza Byington knows a thing or two about the power of a bad apple. Where once her office was tense and gloomy, one day everything changed for the better. What happened? The grumpiest employee started working from home!
They say that one bad apple will ruin the bunch, and this is true for people too. How you feel and perform is a function of the attitudes of the people around you. In the famous words of Jim Rohn:
“You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.”
Science has a word or two to say about this, too. Patients who have good social support, that is, a good network of family and friends who are positive, recover faster.
On the other hand, if those family and friends are negative, they give social undermining and slow recovery.
Research in the workplace shows similar results. Teams with only one person with a negative attitude perform as bad as those where everyone is a downer! The authors suggest watching out for three types of bad apples:
- The Jerk, who is rude.
- The Slacker, marked by laziness.
- The Downer, a person that is always pessimistic.
To limit their effect on your team, start by catching it early before they can make things worse. Another useful tactic is to change the situation, like a unique task or a different environment.
The Power Of Bad Review
I love the lessons this book teaches! It may sound counterintuitive, but The Power Of Bad is one of the best books on happiness that I’ve ever read. The advice and scientific research to back it up is motivational to help anyone and everyone get over the bad things in life to have more of the good!
Who would I recommend The Power Of Bad summary to?
The 29-year-old who is a pessimist at heart but is sick of always being miserable, the 53-year-old that loves to learn about psychology and how to use it to improve their life, and anyone that wants a new perspective on how to be happier.
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You are in a constant state of making impressions. People are watching what you do; listening to what you say; and reacting to how you act.
Today’s Inspirational Quote:
“Manners are a sensitive awareness of the feelings of others. If you have that awareness, you have good manners, no matter what fork you use.”
— Emily Post
Did you know…
… that today is Complete Book of Etiquette Day? Elbows off the table, folks, because today is Complete Book of Etiquette Day! Amy Vanderbilt was an American authority on etiquette and on this day in 1952 she published her best-selling book Amy Vanderbilt’s Complete Book of Etiquette. The book, later retitled Amy Vanderbilt’s Etiquette, has been updated and is still in circulation.
6. World Post Day –9 October
The day is celebrated to show how postal services affect our daily lives.
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