English Channel Flight Day

Did you know…

… that today is English Channel Flight Day? In 1909, French aviator Louis Bleriot became the first person to fly a heavier-than-air machine across the English Channel. He did it in only 36 minutes. Be proactive for 36 minutes and see what you can achieve!


Today’s Inspirational Quote:

“In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock.”

— Thomas Jefferson

26 July

Kargil Vijay Diwas – 26 July 2021

Kargil Vijay Diwas July 2021

This day commemorates the day Indian soldiers successfully conducted Operation Vijay.

Content marketing ideas:   

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  • Video idea: X Stories of Kargil war heroes
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Best Newsletters : Luke’s 4 minute book summaries.

Now let’s dive into this week’s books!

Thinking Fast And Slow by Daniel Kahneman

Say what you will, they don’t hand out the Nobel prize for economics like it’s a slice of pizza. Ergo, when Daniel Kahneman (the first non-economist to win this particular Nobel prize) does something, it’s worth paying attention to.

His 2011 book, Thinking Fast And Slow, deals with the two systems in our brain, whose fighting over who’s in charge makes us prone to errors and false decisions.

It shows you where you can and can’t trust your gut feeling and how to act more mindfully and make better decisions. Click the image below to watch our brand new video summary of it right now!

The Art Of Stopping Time by Pedram Shojai

1-Sentence-Summary: The Art of Stopping Time teaches a framework of mindfulness, philosophy, and time-management you can use to achieve Time Prosperity, which is having plenty of time to reach your dreams without overwhelm, tumult, or constriction.

Top 3 Lessons:

  1. Not all time is created equal, its usefulness depends on your energy, mindfulness, and what you’re doing.
  2. Think of your time like a garden that you have a limited amount of resources to nurture.
  3. Slow time down by being mindful.

If you want to learn how to “slow down” time so you can do more, this book is for you.

How To Change by Katy Milkman

1-Sentence-Summary: How To Change by Katy Milkman identifies the stumbling blocks that are in your way of reaching your goals and improving yourself and the research-backed ways to get over them, including how to beat some of the worst productivity and life problems like procrastination, laziness, and much more.

Top 3 Lessons:

  1. Fresh starts are a great time to start changing.
  2. Beat impulsivity and procrastination with a few easy strategies.
  3. Reaching your goals will be easier if you choose your acquaintances wisely.

If you want to get over bad habits like procrastinating, this book is for you.

How To Fail by Elizabeth Day

1-Sentence-Summary: How To Fail shows the surprising benefits of going through a difficult time through the experiences of the author, Elizabeth Day, including the failures in her life that she’s grateful for and how they’ve helped her grow, uncovering why we shouldn’t be so afraid of failure but instead embrace it.

Top 3 Lessons:

  1. Your twenties are a great time to mess up and learn from your mistakes.
  2. Failing in a relationship can teach you a lot about yourself.
  3. You can be successful and also experience failure in other areas of life.

If you want motivation after failing in something, this book is for you.

25 July

World Drowning Prevention Day – 25 July 2021

Drowning day 2021

This day highlights the tragic and profound impact of drowning on families.

Content marketing ideas:   

  • Listicle idea: X Ways to make your family’s beach vacation safe
  • Infographic idea: X Steps to perform CPR on someone
  • Video idea: What happens to your lungs when you drown?
  • Podcast idea: How can public pools focus on safety?

Did you know…

Did you know…

… that today is the anniversary of Stephen King’s The Plant? Stephen King became the first big-name writer to self-publish a novel via serialized format on the Internet. He published the first installment of his novel The Plant on July 24, 2000, via his website. He posted the second installment four weeks later on August 21. More than a half a million people viewed the novel.


Today’s Inspirational Quote:

“The place where you made your stand never mattered. Only that you were there… and still on your feet.”

— Stephen King

Famous Lines Written By Women Authors With Male Pen Names

It’s commonly believed that female authors throughout history often chose to write under a male pen name, or at least a gender-ambiguous pseudonym, because the publishing industry was a male-dominated world that simply rejected the work of women. And while an underlying gender bias was certainly the case in many instances, the truth is more complicated.

In some cases, publishers have asked women authors to write under a male name or, more commonly, with initials, to appeal to a specific market — normally boys or men — that might shy away from a female author. Such was the case with J.K. Rowling and her Harry Potter series. Sometimes, it was more a question of anonymity, whereby the female writer simply wanted to separate her public life from the private. George Eliot wrote under a pen name in part to shield herself from what was then considered a scandalous aspect of her love life.

At times, it’s been a simple preference of the writer. Harper Lee, whose full name was Nelle Harper Lee, apparently didn’t want people to mistake Nelle for Nellie and so dropped it completely. Lionel Shriver, author of We Need to Talk About Kevin, was born Margaret Shriver but changed her first name in her teens: “I was a tomboy,” she told The Guardian. “I grew up with brothers. So I chose a boy’s name.”

The famous female authors below had their own individual reasons for writing under a male pen name, whether it was due to sexism in the industry, a desire for anonymity, or personal preference — and in some cases a combination of all of these factors.

I am no bird; and no net ensnares me: I am a free human being with an independent will.
 Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë, writing as Currer Bell

This quote from Jane Eyre displays the titular character’s quest for love, freedom, and being valued, sentiments likely shared by the author. Charlotte was the eldest of the three Brontë sisters, all of whom wrote under male pen names. She explained that their decision was due to “a vague impression that authoresses are liable to be looked on with prejudice.”

I am not afraid of storms, for I am learning how to sail my ship.
 “Little Women” by Louisa May Alcott, who previously wrote as A.M. Barnard

When Louisa May Alcott published the first volume of Little Women in 1868, she did so under her real name. Earlier in her career, however, she sometimes used the pen name A.M. Barnard, a gender-neutral name that allowed her to write more sensational, and at times lurid, short stories that were not deemed appropriate for women readers or writers at the time.

“First of all, I would like to make one thing clear: I never explain anything.”
 “Mary Poppins” by Pamela Lyndon Travers, writing as P.L. Travers

Pamela Lyndon Travers, who was born Helen Lyndon Goff, created one of the most famous female characters in children’s literature: the indomitable Mary Poppins. In 1970, Travers told a Los Angeles Times reporter that she used initials in her pen name because “so often very sentimental books are written by women, supposedly for children, and I didn’t want to be lumped together with those.”

It would degrade me to marry Heathcliff now; so he shall never know how I love him; and that, not because he’s handsome, Nelly, but because he’s more myself than I am. Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same, and [Edgar Linton’s] is as different as a moonbeam from lightning, or frost from fire.
 “Wuthering Heights” by Emily Brontë, writing as Ellis Bell

The Brontë sisters used male pen names because they suspected that female writers were “looked on with prejudice.” They didn’t consider their own writing to be unfeminine, as Charlotte Brontë explained in her “Biographical Notice of Ellis and Acton Bell.” Another great female author, Virginia Woolf, later wrote how much she admired both Jane Austen and Emily Brontë for standing firm in a patriarchal society: “It is another feather, perhaps the finest, in their caps. They wrote as women write, not as men write. Of all the thousand women who wrote novels then, they alone entirely ignored the perpetual admonitions of the eternal pedagogue — write this, think that.”

The law of the land has made you my master. You can tie up my body, bind my hands, control my actions. You have the right of the stronger, and society confirms you in it. But over my will, Monsieur, you have no power. God alone can bend and subdue it.
 “Indiana” by Amantine Lucile Aurore Dupin, writing as George Sand

During her lifetime (1804–1876), George Sand was one of the most popular writers in Europe. She changed her name when submitting her writing to La Revue De Paris, whose editor refused to publish women’s work. The name stuck, and she used it to publish her first novel, Indiana. Some of her friends and family also called her George. Sand became a feminist icon, known for defying the norms of 19th-century society, both in her writing — as evidenced in the passage above — and in the way she lived.

They had entered the thorny wilderness, and the golden gates of their childhood had forever closed behind them.
 “The Mill on the Floss” by Mary Ann Evans, writing as George Eliot

The close of the second book of The Mill on the Floss marks the end of Maggie and Tom Tulliver’s childhood. Here, the siblings pass from youthful innocence into the “thorny wilderness” that they will face going forward. Writer George Eliot brought a complexity to themes such as growing up and falling in love. She used a male pen name partly to ensure her works were taken seriously in a time when female authors were typically associated with romantic novels, as well as to hide her problematic social position — she was living as an unmarried woman with a married man.

Up in this high air you breathed easily, drawing in a vital assurance and lightness of heart. In the highlands you woke up in the morning and thought: Here I am, where I ought to be.
 “Out of Africa” by Karen Blixen, writing as Isak Dinesen

Karen Blixen’s memoir, first published in 1937, recounts her 17 years living in Kenya, then called British East Africa. At the beginning of the book’s first chapter, the Danish author makes it clear that her farm was a place of harmony and freedom, a place of purity where she truly felt at home, where she “ought to be.” Blixen wrote under a number of pen names during her career, sometimes depending on the country of publication. In Denmark she was known by her real name, while in Anglophone countries she used Isak Dinesen (Dinesen was her maiden name), and Tania Blixen in German-speaking countries. No one quite knows why she did this, but it created some strange anomalies between the various translations of her work, with passages as well as situations differing widely in the Danish and American editions of her texts.

What women do is survive. We live by ones and twos in the chinks of your world-machine.
 “The Women Men Don’t See,” a science fiction novelette by Alice Bradley Sheldon, writing as James Tiptree Jr.

In science fiction circles, the name James Tiptree Jr. is well known. The prolific writer, however, was in reality a woman by the name of Alice Bradley Sheldon, and she kept her true identity hidden for 10 years. Robert Silverberg, the acclaimed sci-fi author and editor, likened the style of “The Women Men Don’t See” to Ernest Hemingway and noted that the novelette was “a profoundly feminist story told in an entirely masculine manner.” Only later did he find out that Tiptree was a woman.

To Have and To Hold: 24 Quotes About Marriage

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Marriage is an enduring and evolving tradition, and one that each married couple redefines for themselves. While matrimony takes different forms around the globe, it remains one of the most significant personal milestones and universally honored cultural practices in the world. And, slowly but surely, marriage is becoming more inclusive: There are currently 29 countries where same-sex marriage is legal.

Every day, engaged couples recite their vows and become newlyweds, establishing a commitment to one another that they hope will deepen and grow throughout the years. Many philosophers and writers throughout history have tried to describe this courageous and loving practice of pairing up for life. Some have compared marriage to a ship at sea or a garden passing through the seasons. Passion, friendship, laughter, and the ability to maintain both closeness and individuality are often cited as some of the most important components of a lasting union. Here are 24 quotes that speak to the love and appreciation that underlie and uplift marriage.

A successful marriage requires falling in love many times, always with the same person.
— Mignon McLaughlin, writer

That we have become
as one, deep rooted in the soil
of Life and tangled in the sweet growth.
— J.R.R. Tolkien

However important it is that love shall precede marriage, it is far more important that it shall continue after marriage.
Samson Raphael Hirsch, Jewish theology writer

Marriage is the fullness of time.
— Søren Kierkegaard

So close that your hand on my chest is my hand,
so close that your eyes close as I fall asleep.
— Pablo Neruda

To have and to hold from this day forward, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness, and in health, to love and to cherish, till death us do part.
— Book of Common Prayer, Solemnization of Matrimony

May this marriage offer fruit and shade like the date palm.
May this marriage be full of laughter, our everyday a day in paradise…
I am out of words to describe how spirit mingles in this marriage.
— Rumi

I hold this to be the highest task of a bond between two people: that each should stand guard over the solitude of the other. For, if it lies in the nature of indifference and of the crowd to recognize no solitude, then love and friendship are there for the purpose of continually providing the opportunity for solitude.
— Rainer Maria Rilke

She’s talkin’ to me with her voice down so low, I barely hear her,
but I know what she’s sayin.’
I understand, because my heart and hers are the same,
and in January, we’re gettin’ married.
— The Avett Brothers

Give your hearts, but not into each other’s keeping. For only the hand of Life can contain your hearts. And stand together, yet not too near together: For the pillars of the temple stand apart, and the oak tree and the cypress grow not in each other’s shadow.
— Khalil Gibran

Here’s the advice I give everyone about marriage — is she someone you find interesting? … Does she make you laugh? And I don’t know if you want kids, but if you do, do you think she will be a good mom? Life is long. These are the things that really matter over the long term.
— Barack Obama

can i picture us in old age
conquering the world
like we’ve got young blood
running in our veins
— Rupi Kaur, poet

What is called for is an ability on the part of the couple to “see” each other, to constantly apprehend the essence of the other.
— David Whyte, poet

You are a language I have learned by heart.
— Dana Gioia, poet

When marrying, ask yourself this question: Do you believe that you will be able to converse well with this person into your old age? Everything else in marriage is transitory.
— Friedrich Nietzsche

Happy and thrice happy are they who enjoy an uninterrupted union, and whose love, unbroken by any complaints, shall not dissolve until the last day.
— Horace

To be fully seen by somebody, then, and be loved anyhow — this is a human offering that can border on miraculous.
— Elizabeth Gilbert

What greater thing is there for two human souls, than to feel that they are joined for life — to strength each other in all labor, to rest on each other in all sorrow.
— George Eliot

Will you still need me, will you still feed me,
when I’m 64?
— The Beatles

There is no more lovely, friendly, and charming relationship, communion or company than a good marriage.
— Martin Luther

A happy marriage is a long conversation which always seems too short.
— André Maurois

The secret of a happy marriage is finding the right person. You know they’re right if you love to be with them all the time.
— Julia Child

What counts in making a happy marriage is not so much how compatible you are but how you deal with incompatibility.
— Leo Tolstoy

Marriage is a risk; I think it’s a great and glorious risk, as long as you embark on the adventure in the same spirit.
— Cate Blanchett

11 Turns Of Phrase Commonly Misused

11 Turns Of Phrase Commonly Misused

It’s not always easy to hear things correctly the first time. Sometimes common phrases get bungled in transit, and we’re stuck saying them wrong for years. Here are some of the most common phrases that people say wrong — see how many you’ve been using incorrectly.

Nip it in the butt

It’s not a pleasant image when you put it that way. The actual phrase is “nip it in the bud,” meaning to end something before it grows and gets out of hand. No butts involved.

On accident

It’s correct to say “on purpose,” so naturally “on accident” is the opposite, right? Wrong. The correct usage is “by accident.”

I could care less

If you could care less about something, that means you still care about it. If you really want to tell someone how few rat tails you have to give, tell them you “couldn’t care less.”

Could of

Yes, it may sound like “could of” when said out loud, but it’s spelled “could’ve.” It’s a contraction of two words — could and have.

Worse comes to worse

If worse comes to worse, isn’t that just the same thing? But if “worse comes to worst,” then you can worry. Get in your bunker and prepare for the worst.

Deep seeded

This one kind of makes sense — a seed is planted deep in the ground. But the metaphor is still wrong. The correct phrase is “deep seated,” to mean it’s rooted in place and likely hidden.

Do a 360

If you’re trying to change yourself, a 360 will land you right back at the starting position, as it’s a full circle. If you’re trying to be different, try doing a 180.

Statue of limitations

While there’s no “statue” dedicated to limitations, there is a “statute (law) of limitations” that dictates how long justice can legally be served after a crime was committed.

Pawn off

This one is tricky because you could indeed get rid of unwanted items in a pawn shop. Except the correct usage is “palm off,” and it means to trick someone into doing something so you don’t have to.

Hone In

Skills can be honed, but you can’t hone in on something. The term is “home in,” like a homing pigeon bred to find its way home. If you’re homing in, you’re getting close to your goal.

Extract Revenge

If you want revenge on someone, you don’t want to extract it. You want to exact it. “Exacting revenge” means you demand your desire for revenge is satisfied.

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Here’s your weekly rundown of the global security landscape, highlighting key incidents that have taken place from each region in the last seven days; 
Intelligence Insight Weekly - What's Happening in Asia?
MIDDLE EAST & ASIAKhuzestan Province, IranProtesters gathered in multiple locations in Iran’s Khuzestan Province earlier this week over chronic water shortages in the area. Authorities responded to the protest with force and cut off internet connection in certain regions to limit communication. Despite internet blackouts, multiple videos have been released online showing clashes between security forces and protesters, with security forces firing live rounds and tear gas at protesters leading to unknown numbers of casualties. Protesters have also been seen in possession of firearms and are reported to have engaged in shootouts with police. Casualties from armed clashes are unclear, but Iranian media has reported the death of a police officer during a shootout with unidentified gunmen. In response to the protest, the Iranian government has attempted to resolve the underlying water shortage issues which have plagued the region for decades. However, the harsh response to protests and accusations of shortages being worsened by government mismanagement and corruption will likely broaden the divide between the government and the region, raising the likelihood of similar protests in the future.
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EUROPEProtests Across EuropeOver the last seven days there have been numerous protests across France against government moves to introduce a ‘Pass Sanitaire (Health Pass) requirement as well as a riot in Syntagma Square in Athens, Greece following government efforts to impose mandatory COVID-19 vaccinations. While France has large-scale, nationwide protests on a regular basis and Syntagma Square protests often descend into riots, the potential for mandatory vaccination regulations has featured in numerous countries across Europe; the UK government is currently mulling the possibility of mandatory vaccinations. In addition, this weekend will see another effort at Worldwide Rally for Freedom protests in major cities. These recent developments surrounding mandatory vaccination will provide a potential rallying call for these protests. Given the numerous occasions where anti-lockdown protests have descended into riots, these upcoming protests have the potential to attract large numbers of attendees due to recent developments surrounding mandatory vaccination regulations; which will increase the potential for rioting to break out.
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AFRICATunisiaWith cases of COVID-19 rapidly rising in Tunisia, President Kais Saied has put the military in charge of managing the crisis after Prime Minister Hichem Mechichi sacked Health Minister Faouzi Mehdi. Lockdowns have been imposed in the country and a number of hospitals have also reported shortages of oxygen supplies. Before his sacking, the Minister of Health called on public and private health establishments to ration oxygen use. In parallel to the COVID-19 crisis, political tensions also remain high with the “July 25th Movement” recently calling for protests in Tunisia. Among their demands is the dissolution of Parliament. Since the start of 2021, there have been anti-government protests and general strikes have also been called to condemn marginalisation in some regions of the country, living conditions, unemployment and poor development. The resurgence of COVID-19 cases will put further pressure on the Tunisian government and the economy, and add to deteriorating living conditions.
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NORTH AMERICAMexicoOn the 17th July, four armed members of the Gulf Cartel (Cartel del Golfo) rescued a military deserter who was under guard at the Reynosa General Hospital. The suspects allegedly threw caltrops on the road leading from the hospital to impede the pursuit of authorities. It was later reported that the Special Operations Group detained the men, including the injured military deserter, several hours after they fled the hospital. The incident follows on from an encounter on the 13th July where a group of 30 armed men wearing military uniforms rescued a leader of the Gulf Cartel known as “Metro 27” from the State Attorney’s Office facilities. The leader had been detained the previous night in the municipality of Diaz Ordaz. It was during the initial operation to rescue “Metro 27” that the military deserter had been injured; reports suggest he was amongst the group of Gulf Cartel members who stormed the State Attorney’s Office facilities. The Gulf Cartel has a history of involving military personnel, with Mexican Special Forces soldiers recruited to form the military armed wing of the cartel in the 1990s. Despite in-fighting between factions of the cartel, individuals associated with the group remain responsible for a large proportion of drug trafficking and migrant smuggling activities at the U.S.-Mexico border. Significant profits gained by cartel associates from such activities, alongside accusations of poor pay amongst state security personnel across Tamaulipas has contributed to high levels of corruption and involvement in illegal activities amongst the military.
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SOUTH AMERICAComplexo do Salgueiro, BrazilOn the morning of Friday 16th July, Brazilian police responded to reports of a hostage-taking in Complexo do Salgueiro, a neighbourhood just outside Rio de Janeiro. Police shot and killed four suspects, including two local leaders of the criminal group Comando Vermelho (CV), or Red Command. The alleged hostages have not yet been located. Red Command has a significant social leadership role in many of Rio de Janeiro’s marginalised neighbourhoods, including in Complexo do Salgueiro, where the group ordered residents to stay indoors and close their businesses following the incident. Although continued gunfire was reported in the area, no significant retaliatory attacks have been reported so far. Earlier in June, Red Command unleashed a wave of violence after one of their leaders was killed by police in Manaus, when retaliatory attacks were reported in eight different cities across the state of Amazonas.
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Ensconce en-SKANSPart of speech: verbOrigin: Unknown place of origin, late 16th century
1Establish or settle (someone) in a comfortable, safe, or secret place.
Examples of Ensconce in a sentence “The top government officials were safely ensconced in a windowless office.” “Barbara ensconced herself in the world of academia.”

Did you know…

Did you know…

… that today is First Female Space Flight Commander Day? On July 23, 1999, space shuttle Columbia blasted off with the world’s most powerful X-ray telescope and Eileen Collins, the first woman to command a U.S. space flight. Collins, a retired NASA astronaut and United States Air Force colonel, was awarded several medals for her work.


Today’s Inspirational Quote:

“I don’t think of myself as being a woman and having anything to prove.”

— Eileen Collins

Our need for true connection is giving rise to phone-free spaces


Gestalt ɡə-SHTaltPart of speech: nounOrigin: German, 1920s
1An organized whole that is perceived as more than the sum of its parts.
Examples of Gestalt in a sentence “Gestalt in art refers to an ability to recognize patterns and group objects.” “Families form their own unique gestalt over time.”

Seth Godin’s Newsletter: Directed Marketing

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There are ten people.

If those ten people were aware of what you do, trusted you and were enrolled in the journey of change you seek to make…

They might each encourage ten people to join in.

And that group of 100 people might be able and willing to help you improve your work, or to introduce you to resources you need, or to become clients.

Which might lead to more opportunities, conversations and improvements.

Step by step. Like building a house.

It’s not direct marketing, which is focused on action and measurement and a funnel. It’s directed marketing, because you’re generous and specific about precisely who the work is for. And you’re willing to ignore most everyone else.

Best Newsletters I subscribe: James Clear – 3-2-1 Thursday.

3-2-1 Newsletter by James Clear“The most wisdom per word of any newsletter on the web.”

3-2-1: How to find opportunities, and what it takes to improve

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Happy 3-2-1 Thursday,

Here are 3 ideas, 2 quotes, and 1 question to consider this week…

3 Ideas From Me


“Not being busy is a competitive advantage.

Most people are so strapped for time they can’t take advantage of lucky opportunities or quickly resolve unexpected problems.

Maintain a bias toward action, but leave room for the unexpected.”

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“Finishing projects is part of what it means to deliver high quality work. It’s not high quality if your perfectionism prevents you from finishing.”

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“I can’t tell you how many times I don’t feel like training and tell myself, “I’ll just do one set and see how I feel.”

You would think it would stop working at some point, but I almost always end up doing the whole workout.

Just start. Do a little and see what happens.”

2 Quotes From Others


Author and writing teacher Julia Cameron on what it takes to improve:

“It is impossible to get better and look good at the same time.

Give yourself permission to be a beginner. By being willing to be a bad artist, you have a chance to be an artist, and perhaps, over time, a very good one.”

Source: The Artist’s Way


Entrepreneur and investor Ben Casnocha how to find opportunities:

“Every opportunity is attached to a person. Opportunities do not float like clouds in the sky. They’re attached to people.

If you’re looking for an opportunity — including one that has a financial payoff — you’re really looking for a person.”

Source: Why Entrepreneurial Thinking Is For Everyone Now

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Did you know…

Did you know…

… that today is Toucan Sam’s Birthday? In 1963, Kellogg’s introduced the Froot Loops breakfast cereal to a hungry world. Toucan Sam, the mascot for Froot Loops, first appeared on television to introduce the cereal by saying, “It tastes like fruit – and goes crunch to boot!” Celebrate today by wolfing down your favorite breakfast cereal!


Today’s Inspirational Quote:

“If you love life, don’t waste time, for time is what life is made up of.”

— Bruce Lee

How to cope when life seems unreal

How to cope when life seems unreal

If you feel detached from the world, you might be going through depersonalisation. Be reassured, there are ways to recover

How a solitary prisoner decoded Chinese for the QWERTY keyboard

Seth Godin’s Newsletter

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If you are talking with someone about important things, from the heart, with honesty, it’s entirely possible that what you’re saying contradicts what they expect.

It might because of the indoctrination of a lifetime of growing up in a particular culture.

It might be because of personal experiences they’ve had with others that didn’t work out very well.

And it might be because what you’re saying contradicts what they’re seeing.

Whichever it is, they nod their head, politely listening, but don’t change their expectations at all. Because they’ve been taught through experience not to believe that things are going to be different.

If you’ve read ten employee handbooks that say one thing when the company does another, you’re likely to not believe the eleventh one.

When you hear a boss say ‘people before profits’, you’re likely to hold back before baring your soul and sharing your fears.

“Trust me” is easy to say, especially when you mean it, but hard to hear.

Showing tends to beat telling, and it takes a very long time to earn trust when you’re running counter to culture.

Finitude and Finishiative

Finitude FIN-ə-toodPart of speech: nounOrigin: Latin, 1640s
1The state of having limits or bounds.
Examples of Finitude in a sentence “The fussy toddler’s mother was quickly reaching the finitude of her patience. ” “There is a finitude of fresh produce at the convenience store.”
FinitudeFIN-ə-toodPart of speech: nounOrigin: Latin, 1640s
1The state of having limits or bounds.
Examples of Finitude in a sentence “The fussy toddler’s mother was quickly reaching the finitude of her patience. ” “There is a finitude of fresh produce at the convenience store.”

FINISHIATIVE NOT sure, if I created it 🙂 but I have been using this ever since I joined a Management Course in IMDR Pune in 1988;  to emphasize the fact that to be successful – INITIATIVE is not enough, one must strive to Finish It the Tasks, Meet Objectives, Achieve Plans,  Attain Goals in order to be successful in our own Eyes.  And I began to use the word FINISHIATIVE in my talks, in my writing and initially people asked about it and later – as they began paying attention to my Semantics filled speeches and lectures they began to understand the meaning and some even asked me if they could borrow it.   I do not know if it originated from it as I am not able in my right memory to remember a Guru who gave me this “Made-up word”. so readers are free to use it as they deem fit.  – No credit required. 

The Myth of ‘Let Them Eat Cake,’ Marie Antoinette’s Famous Misquote

eMarch 23, 2021

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Marie Antoinette, France’s ill-fated last queen before the French Revolution, is remembered for her extravagant royal lifestyle that stood in stark contrast to the lives of her subjects, who suffered from an economic depression during her 18th-century reign. It’s a reputation that has only been reinforced by modern retellings of her life — director Sofia Coppola’s 2006 cult film Marie Antoinette, for example, depicts the young queen in pastel frills, surrounded by pastries and rococo luxury.

It would make sense, then, that the lavish monarch’s most famously quoted words would concern a fine dessert: Allegedly, when told that her subjects were starving from bread shortages, Marie Antoinette replied, “Then let them eat cake.”

The callous quip has become almost synonymous with Marie Antoinette’s name. But did the exchange actually take place? The truth is, there are no direct sources that can tie the line to the queen. Instead, it’s likely that a historical game of telephone, with some politics mixed in, has resulted in one of the most famous misquotes of all time.

Our most solid clue to the origin of the quote lies in the writings of Jean-Jacques Rousseau, a philosopher who was instrumental to French revolutionary politics. In Rousseau’s autobiographical book Confessions, he recalls a “great princess who, when told that the peasants had no bread, replied: ‘Then let them eat brioche.’” (While the translation is different, the sentiment remains, brioche being more luxurious than regular bread.)

However, at the time of Rousseau’s writing (around 1765), Marie Antoinette was only 10 years old and wasn’t yet the queen of France. Some biographers alternatively attribute the quote to Queen Maria Teresa, the wife of the French “Sun King” Louis XIV, a century earlier — but there’s little evidence to support that claim, either.

Another theory is that the misattributed quote was born out of political convenience. Since many revolutionaries wanted to abolish the monarchy, it would suit their needs to paint the queen as ignorant or coldhearted. For years before the revolution, the French press accused her of adultery, ruining the country’s finances, and callousness toward her subjects. Many saw her as too young to be on the throne, a naive hedonist who spent her subjects’ tax money on frivolities while they starved. The sentiment ultimately led to her execution by guillotine at age 37 in 1793, shortly after the execution of her husband, King Louis XVI.

There was some truth to these grievances: Marie Antoinette was only 14 years old when she married Louis-Auguste, and became queen of France just four years later at age 18. She was undoubtedly extravagant: She had her own chocolatier, an expensive signature perfume, and a private estate that cost a fortune. And yet, for her to cruelly declare her starving subjects should “eat cake” doesn’t quite fit with other aspects of her time at court.

Marie Antoinette’s life was not only pastries and parties. During her reign, she established a home for unwed mothers and patronized a charity for the elderly, the blind, and widows. She adopted numerous children, personally tended to injured peasants, and frequently visited families in need to hand out food and supplies. During France’s 1787 famine, she even sold the royal family’s flatware to buy grain for poorer families. She also became involved in French politics over the course of her reign, attending finance and war meetings and convincing the king to be inoculated against smallpox, which made the practice more accepted. None of this suggests a queen who was ignorant of her subjects’ troubles or would mock them for starving.

Whether or not Marie Antoinette actually did brush off the need for bread, it’s no wonder the French people would have been infuriated by such a remark. The average 18th-century worker spent half their wages on bread alone. And according to France’s “Observatoire du Pain” (Bread Observatory), bread remains a crucial staple of the French diet today. In fact, in large part due to the shortages that happened during Marie Antoinette’s reign, the cost of bread in France has been either fixed or heavily regulated for centuries.

History is a matter of perspective, so it’s easy for events and words to get distorted as years pass. We may never know who proclaimed “Let them eat cake,” or whether the phrase is just a myth. Still, the quote has endured for what it represents: It remains a symbol of how too much of a good thing can distance us from reality. And it encourages us, even now, to question the systems that create such deep inequalities in the first place.

Quotes About the Spirit of Invention, From Thomas Edison to Steve Jobs

https://www.inspiringquotes.com/quotes-about-the-spirit-of-invention-from-thomas-edison-to-steve-jobs/YEf4MLQR2wAGlA4G?utm_source=blog&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=60e447daf27c36059cc60653March 9, 2021

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Humans aren’t the only creatures on our planet that possess the gift of invention. Some species of crows have been making simple tools, such as hooks, since long before we walked the earth. And species that existed before the emergence of Homo sapiens used stone tools, spears, and learned how to control fire. But of the estimated 8.7 million species on our planet today — the vast majority of which are animals — none have demonstrated the same spirit of invention as human beings.

The wheel is a classic example of human innovation, first used around 3500 B.C. in the potter’s wheel, and a few hundred years later in chariots. But long before the wheel, we had already invented sewing needles, woven cloth, basket weaving, rope, kilns, seawalls, boats, dental drills, and the flute.

From there, people just kept on inventing, changing the world and the way we live with each momentous step. The printing press, light bulbs, clocks, and telephones; vaccines, automobiles, airplanes, the personal computer, and the internet. Famous names were etched into the history books: Archimedes, Da Vinci, Edison, Curie, Marconi, to name just a few. And today, human innovation shows no signs of slowing down, as the inventors of the present push forward with the same spirit shown by the great experimenters of the past. Here, some of these famous names share what drives them to create and innovate, despite the odds they often work against.

The knowledge of all things is possible.
– Leonardo da Vinci

As we enjoy great advantages from the inventions of others, we should be glad of an opportunity to serve others by any invention of ours; and this we should do freely and generously.
– Benjamin Franklin inventor of lightning rod, bifocals, and more

When I have fully decided that a result is worth getting I go ahead of it and make trial after trial until it comes.
– Thomas Edison

To invent, you need a good imagination and a pile of junk.
– Thomas Edison

The progressive development of man is vitally dependent on invention. It is the most important product of his creative brain. Its ultimate purpose is the complete mastery of mind over the material world, the harnessing of the forces of nature to human needs. This is the difficult task of the inventor who is often misunderstood and unrewarded.
– Nikola Tesla

I do not think there is any thrill that can go through the human heart like that felt by the inventor as he sees some creation of the brain unfolding to success… Such emotions make a man forget food, sleep, friends, love, everything.
– Nikola Tesla

The inventor looks upon the world and is not contented with things as they are. He wants to improve whatever he sees, he wants to benefit the world; he is haunted by an idea. The spirit of invention possesses him, seeking materialization.
– Alexander Graham Bell

If we all worked on the assumption that what is accepted as true is really true, there would be little hope of advance.
– Orville Wright

An inventor fails 999 times, and if he succeeds once, he’s in. He treats his failures simply as practice shots.
– Charles Kettering, inventor of the electrical starting motor and leaded gasoline

Every great new invention was denounced. The first motor was considered foolish. The airplane was considered impossible. The power loom was considered vicious. Anesthesia was considered sinful. But the men of unborrowed vision went ahead. They fought, they suffered and they paid. But they won.
– Ayn Rand

Believe in the power of truth… Do not allow your mind to be imprisoned by majority thinking. Remember that the limits of science are not the limits of imagination.
– Dr. Patricia E. Bath, inventor of laser cataract surgery

If it’s a good idea, go ahead and do it. It’s much easier to apologize than it is to get permission.
 Grace Hopper, pioneer of computer programming and inventor of one of the first linker computer systems

I made 5,127 prototypes of my vacuum before I got it right. There were 5,126 failures. But I learned from each one. That’s how I came up with a solution. So I don’t mind failure. I’ve always thought that schoolchildren should be marked by the number of failures they’ve had. The child who tries strange things and experiences lots of failures to get there is probably more creative.
– Sir James Dyson, inventor of the Dual Cyclone bagless vacuum cleaner

Let’s go invent tomorrow rather than worrying about what happened yesterday.
– Steve Jobs

The invention is by its very nature disruptive. If you want to be understood at all times, then don’t do anything new.
– Jeff Bezos

When something is important enough, you do it even if the odds are not in your favor.
– Elon Musk

I guess that’s just the life of an inventor: what people do with your ideas takes you totally by surprise.
– Stephanie Kwolek, inventor of Kevlar

The Movie 2000 Premier Day

Did you know…

… that today is Pokemon: The Movie 2000 Premiere Day? On July 21, 2000, the 1999 Japanese animated fantasy film premiered nationwide in the United States. The film was released in Japanese theaters on July 17, 1999. Watch an animated film today with someone you love!


Today’s Inspirational Quote:

“When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too.”

— Paulo Coelho

Emergency first responders meet chaos with dissonant calm in this gripping short


Adjureə-DJURPart of speech: verbOrigin: Middle English, late 14th century
1Urge or request (someone) solemnly or earnestly to do something.
Examples of Adjure in a sentence “She adjured the jury to carefully consider the evidence.” “The pastor adjured his congregation to donate to those in need.”

Did you know…

Did you know…

… that today is the birthday of the Special Olympics? The Special Olympics, featuring disabled, handicapped, and mentally retarded athletes, were first held at Soldier Field in Chicago, Illinois, in 1968. The athlete’s oath was introduced at these games by founder Eunice Shriver at the opening ceremony. The oath is “Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt.”


Today’s Inspirational Quote:

“Do it well, finish it properly, and move on.”

— Eunice Kennedy Shriver

The Most Famous Things Ernest Hemingway Never Said

Ernest Hemingway was one of America’s most influential writers, known for 20th-century classics such as The Old Man and the Sea and For Whom the Bell Tolls. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and Nobel Prize for Literature, Hemingway wrote in an understated and deceptively simple style that belies considerable depth and meaning. That’s why so many people quote — and often misquote — Hemingway to this day.

The author and larger-than-life figure penned a host of relevant musings, including “The way to make people trust-worthy is to trust them,” and “Courage is grace under pressure.” But many Hemingway fans mistakenly put words in his mouth, such as “Write drunk, edit sober,” a famous quote attributed to the author — despite the fact that he never said it. Now, it’s not that Hemingway was against alcohol. He imbibed everything from daiquiris to champagne to rice wine to whiskey. But he wasn’t a fan of inebriated writing; according to one interview, Hemingway never actually wrote drunk.

Why is Hemingway the victim of so many misattributed quotes? According to the Hemingway Society, the problem may stem from either the desire to popularize lesser-known writers, meme creators seeking to create something new and catchy, or the simple fact that separating a quote from its original source sometimes makes it more positive. It “decontextualizes” the quote, giving it the chance for a new, positive spin — especially with “Hemingway’s” stamp of approval.

“Write drunk, edit sober” merely scratches the surface of the vast library of misattributed Hemingway quotes. Here are 10 additional quotes the beloved author never said.

For sale, baby shoes, never worn.

There is no evidence Hemingway actually wrote this quote, but experts also can’t pinpoint its origin. The likeliest explanation is early-1900s newspaper advertisements, where phrases such as “for sale, baby carriage; never been used” were printed regularly.

It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end.

This simple but relevant quote reads like a Hemingway musing, but he didn’t write this phrase, either. Renowned fantasy and science-fiction author Ursula K. Le Guin penned this popular phrase in her 1969 novel The Left Hand of Darkness.

We are all broken — that’s how the light gets in.

Hemingway did write about how to be strong during broken phases (“The world breaks everyone and afterward many are strong at the broken places”), but he’s not the author of this particular quote. It’s likely a merging of Hemingway’s words and singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen’s song “Anthem,” which features the lyrics: “There is a crack, a crack in everything, that’s how the light gets in.”

The most painful thing is losing yourself in the process of loving someone too much, and forgetting that you are special too.

Some say this one came from Hemingway’s short-story collection Men Without Women, but that’s another false quote to the author’s name. It’s believed to have originated from writer Marc Chernoff’s 2011 blog post, “30 things to stop doing to yourself.”

There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man; true nobility is being superior to your former self.

This quote actually surfaced two years before Hemingway’s 1899 birth, which means there’s no way the author could have popularized this phrase. Lecturer W.L. Sheldon penned this one in his collection of Ethical Addresses in 1897.

There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.

Like most writers, Hemingway enjoyed the final product much more than the writing process, but he’s not the true author of this relatable quote. It’s believed to be an adaptation of sportswriter Walter Wellesley “Red” Smith’s 1949 quote, “You simply sit down at the typewriter, open your veins, and bleed.” Writer Paul Gallico uttered a similar sentiment with this metaphor in 1946: “It is only when you open your veins and bleed onto the page a little that you establish contact with your reader.”

Before you act, listen.

This simple but striking quote has all the makings of a Hemingway maxim, but yet again, the words aren’t his. Experts believe the quote originated from motivational writer William Arthur Ward’s poem, which reads: “Before you speak, listen. Before you write, think. Before you spend, earn. Before you invest, investigate. Before you criticize, wait. Before you pray, forgive. Before you quit, try. Before you retire, save. Before you die, give.”

I love sleep. My life has the tendency to fall apart when I’m awake, you know?

The self-deprecating realness in this quote definitely sounds right up Hemingway’s alley, but this one is also misattributed. The true source has yet to be confirmed.

Humans need two years to learn to speak and sixty years to learn to shut up.

This Hemingway misquote originated in the early 1900s. A 1909 editorial in the Wenatchee, Washington, local newspaper included a similar phrase: “It takes a person two years to learn how to talk and all the rest of his life to learn to keep from talking too much.” Newspapers republished variations of this phrase for years after.

People are dying that have never died before.

While Hemingway did write this phrase in the mid-1900s, it’s not his original work — and he didn’t try to mask that fact. Hemingway attributed this phrase to his friend and boat captain Edward “Bra” Saunders, the phrase’s originator. Almost 100 years later, a viral meme also incorrectly attributed the quote to U.S. President Joe Biden.