Curated and distributed in Self | Startups

The successful know that their efforts will become significant as they move forward

Blue Moon, lunar lander replica, at the Washington Convention Center, with Jeff Bezos standing in front of it
Blue Moon, lunar lander replica, at the Washington Convention Center, with Jeff Bezos standing in front of it
Blue Origin, working with NASA, is aiming to go to the moon by 2024 — Image by Dave Mosher

Big things start small because we can’t understand a complicated task unless we break it down into bite-size chunks. Our minds can process only one item at a time. We have to start small.

I read something similar in an interview where Jeff Bezos was discussing his experiences during Amazon’s growth phase. He said, “The biggest oak starts from an acorn, and if you want to do anything new, you’ve got to be willing to let that acorn grow into a little sapling and then finally into a small tree, and maybe one day it will be a big business on its own. …


Curated and distributed in Writing | Psychology

Your writing spirit will come alive to write winning stories

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Photo by Marcos Paulo Prado on Unsplash

When we don’t have sex for a long time, anything remotely sexy feels exciting. When we are hungry, every food looks tasty.

When you are multitasking, you are dividing your attention between two or more interests, but you cannot choose one. Fascinating videos and stories confuse you about what makes you feel super excited. You can jump to more exciting stuff in an instant, thanks to the AI-powered auto-suggestions tailored to keep you glued to the social media.

If you are not a writer on a mission, it is okay to indulge your visual appetite with entertaining videos. But if you have to create engaging content yourself, you have to quit your pastime and get bored. You have to feel this boredom until you start enjoying your own stream of consciousness and flights of imagination. …


Curated and distributed into: Psychology | Society

Most of us are confused about the relative importance of intellect and emotions in living our lives

A happy boy with umbrella jumping in a puddle of water in a street
A happy boy with umbrella jumping in a puddle of water in a street
Intellect tells you to stay away from the puddle of water but emotions tell you to jump into it — Image by Виктория Бородинова from Pixabay

The movies and novels play a crucial part in our lives. Most of us spend a lot of time watching movies and reading. Is it a mindless pursuit of entertainment, or is it an unmet human need that attracts us?

Most of the good movies are not compilations of amazing shots and special effects. These movies try to touch our souls with their emotional appeal. They are a great source of inspiration and parasocial needs. …


Is it true that curation is no longer important

A match stick with some smoke
A match stick with some smoke
Image by Briam Cute from Pixabay

Some of the writers on Medium are saying that curation is not important anymore. But the explanation given by Medium staff is vague and confusing.

First, we’ll explore what is relational media and then we’ll dissect the explanation to reach a conclusion about whether Medium has really pulled the plug on its curation program:

Part 1: The main question is: what is relational media?

This was explained by Evan Williams in one of his posts:

“Among other ways, the internet has changed media consumption along a spectrum that you might call relational to transactional.”

In simple words, the readers on the internet don’t care who has written the article they are reading. They just read it — a one-time transaction — and forget everything about the writer — they fail to create a relationship with the writer.


Reading our top 10 writers will encourage them to write even better

Girl standing with a cap and a magazine in her hands with text: Illumination — Editor’s Choice
Girl standing with a cap and a magazine in her hands with text: Illumination — Editor’s Choice
Photo by Toa Heftiba and freestocks on Unsplash

Pablo Picasso said that.

Hundreds of contributors have written articles on this topic. Only the Vogue magazine translated his quote as, ‘The chief enemy of creativity is common sense.’

You can choose between ‘good sense’ and ‘common sense.’ But I believe any rationalizing process is an enemy of creativity. Whenever you try to conform to any established standard, your creativity suffers.

We like to read non-sense, but we want to write ‘sensible’ things. Suspending your disbelief is the key if you wish to enjoy any piece of literature — or a movie. …


Read the top 10 stories to see what’s possible

Flowers, a cup, a magazine with text: Illumination-Curated Editor’s Picks Top 10
Flowers, a cup, a magazine with text: Illumination-Curated Editor’s Picks Top 10
Images by Annie Spratt and tori_tori

You want to appear good at the cost of being authentic. This logic becomes your limiting belief. You’d write about topics you know people would like to read.

Your original self is a source of vast creativity. Thoughts grow in you like grass grows in the soil. If you let yourself feel what you want to write and then start writing, you’ll find yourself writing about many topics.

Look and you will find it — what is unsought will go undetected. ~ Sophocles

Feeling something — anything — is life. You are alive, and your emotions are real. As Ray Bradbury said, “The good writers touch life often. The mediocre ones run a quick hand over her. …


His voters believe in him, not in the constitution

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Image by Pexels from Pixabay

People overlooked whatever he said, for democracy.

Around 47% of American voters chose to ignore Trump’s 20,000 bogus attacks, conspiracy theories, brags, and incorrect information. He claimed, for instance, that Obama spied on his campaign, the U.S. economy was in its best shape, his promised border wall was being built, his tax cut was the biggest in history, etc. The Washington Post has written a 384-page book about his lies: Donald Trump and His Assault on Truth: The President’s Falsehoods, Misleading Claims and Flat-Out Lies.

Why everybody ignored Trump’s lies? Because good democracies ignore the crimes and lack of character of their leaders to protect democracy. That is a tradition. Remember Gerald Ford pardoned Richard Nixon in 1974. …


Read our top 10 stories today to be inspired

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Photos by Lidia Vi and M Jurcevic

Seth Godin says we become creative when we ship. If we don’t send our final product to the consumer, we’ll never develop our creativity.

The magic of the creative process is that there is no magic. ~ Seth Godin in The Practice: Shipping Creative Work

The act of trying to create a story sparks your creativity. It is like thinking. When you think, your thought starts to develop on its own.

He says your early work may not be the masterpiece you wish to write. …


Read and support our top 10 writers today

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Images by Trust “Tru” Katsande and Erik Lucatero

Creativity is not for the faint of heart.

There is always danger in putting out something that has never been said before. Good writing always makes you uneasy when you are at it. A great story will always challenge a reader when she is reading it.

I loved the Godfather trilogy. But when I read the novel I liked it even more. On the first page of the book, Mario Puzo wrote, “Behind every successful fortune there is a crime.”

No, I am not telling you to commit a crime. …

About

Dew Langrial

Living life in awe of it all. Hoping to make sense. A Thinker, Writer & Storyteller. Working on my tech startup.

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