Principles of Great Writing That Make for a Great Life

You must have heard the expression “life is stranger than fiction”. If you’re honest about it, there’s nothing strange about either, just the narrow-mindedness and the narrative boundaries of the observer. Great fiction writing is remarkably revealing of what it takes to have a great life. It’s about ingredients mixed together in a pot more … Read morePrinciples of Great Writing That Make for a Great Life

How You Shoot Yourself in the Foot in Every Persuasion and Negotiation

To be good at sales, you have to talk a lot. If you don’t have the gift of speech, you probably won’t sell well. This much seems obvious for all sorts of practitioners – from pickup artists through startup founders to phone marketers, copywriters and novelists. If you need a good fictional example, I’d refer … Read moreHow You Shoot Yourself in the Foot in Every Persuasion and Negotiation

Writing Conventions You Should UNLEARN Immediately

Consider yourself lucky if a parent or instructor tried to teach you how to write as a kid. And twice lucky if you’ve completely forgotten most of the writing conventions they taught you. Because a lot of those conventions are terrible. Many others have been rendered obsolete by changes in telecommunications, media and people’s attention … Read moreWriting Conventions You Should UNLEARN Immediately

Pity, Empathy or Sympathy – Which Is Right for You?

When you have realized that you are not your emotions, when you have ceased identifying with them, your mind’s eye, your directed attention becomes like a laser-sharp weapon. Any emotion you recognize as noxious dissolves under your gaze. Instantly. Why? Because when you no longer identify, you no longer cling or avert. Which means that … Read morePity, Empathy or Sympathy – Which Is Right for You?

Self-Authorship Dynamics of Everyday Objects

Culture is downstream of technology. The objects you use in your daily life affect you profoundly. They do so in two big ways, which are often intertwined: perceptual and behavioral. Both program you to develop certain habits of thought and action. If you’re surrounded by things which are scruffy, messy and shoddy, your thoughts and … Read moreSelf-Authorship Dynamics of Everyday Objects