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…
You have to be a shirker to really capture the spirit of working hard. The right way to work hard is not so hard after all.
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It is the story of a girl who loved to read.
I loved reading stories and novels growing up. I could read anything. From suspense thrillers to emotional dramas, I devoured everything. But my mother wanted me to study for school as well.
I loved her too much to ignore her…
When Facebook was a couple of years in, some big companies wanted to buy Facebook. Nearly everyone around Mark Zuckerberg — his entire team — wanted to sell. This opportunity was the startup dream come true.
I want to complete my projects before their deadlines, and I want to hand them over to the client to get my check. This check keeps me focused on my task. But does a completed project affect my future in any way?
The short answer is: ‘yes’ — the client may refer new clients in the future, or they may use my services again…
“When will we complete the assignment?” My friend Derek reminded me again and again.
Now, tomorrow was the deadline. I was waiting to reenter into my zone of excellence to finish our assignment. It was 4:00 pm, and I didn’t have a clue. Whatever I was waiting for, it was not coming to me.
“Don’t you worry. I’ll complete the assignment on time,” I lied. We were in the computer lab of the university. Derek had an expression of disbelief on his face, though he didn’t say anything.
Why did I act in such a conceited way? Was I trying…
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…
Most of the writing advice is not only wrong, but it hurts your writing journey. That’s the conclusion of a highly regarded book, called Several Short Sentences About Writing, by Verlyn Klinkenborg, a member of the editorial board of The New York Times.
As a child, I wanted to write like Judy Blume. As an adolescent, I wished to be J.K. Rowling. Then I aspired to write like Hemingway, Oscar Wild, Emerson, and even Kafka.
But the thing is, you cannot write like anybody but you.
Only your way of writing will warm your blood. …
Betsy Lerner is a professional editor, literary agent, and author. She has worked for Simon & Schuster as well. She thinks every writer’s psychology is one of extreme duality:
The writer labors in isolation, yet all that intensive, lonely work in the service of communicating, is an attempt to reach another person. ~ Betsy Lerner
I am trying to tell you something. Not just you, but a whole lot of people. This piece may become part of my book. But at this time, I am alone. For most of the day, I’ve been staring at the blank screen — alone.
If you want to read a book about writing well, let it be William Zinsser’s On Writing Well.
Zinsser loved his work.
Here is a list of some of the tips he offers in his book:
Being unique implies you are different from other people. When it snows, every snowflake is unique — it has its own shape.
Special is when you are more important than other people. When Joe Biden becomes president, he is seen as more important than others.
I am unique, and you are too, but we are not more important.
Most of us confuse special and unique. Some people say and do weird things to make themselves stand out as unique. They assume their actions will make them special.
We tell ourselves that we are special when we are only different. White…
What if you haven’t read these quotes by Stephen King?
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