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The 17 Painful Life Lessons Men Don't Want to Admit (but Need For Maximum Self-Development) | Inc.com

Mastering life lessons doesn't need to be painful. When information is available at your fingertips, you can take advantage of the wisdom others discover and integrate that knowledge into your life. And while many men are stubborn--always wanting to learn things on their own--sometimes listening …

Self-improvement

If You Want to Write a Book, Write Every Day or Quit Now

The key to getting your book written, says Pulitzer Prize-winner Stephen Hunter, isn’t talent or luck or inspiration. It’s the act of sitting down …

22 Things I Wish I Knew When I Was 22

<b>1.</b> Confidence is built on accomplishments.<p><b>2.</b> Failure is the foundation of success; the more you fail the more you will succeed. Do not fear failure.<p><b>3.</b> No amount of schooling or research is a substitute for experience.<p><b>4.</b> Overall happiness and success is built on discipline.<p><b>5.</b> You are as good as the …

Selfies

Stop Thinking and Start Doing: The Power of Practicing More

We all have goals that we want to achieve in our lives. These goals may include learning a new language, eating healthier and losing weight, becoming a better parent, saving more money, and so on.<p>It can be easy to assume that the gap between where you are now and where you want to be in the future …

Self-improvement

How running away to Envision Festival taught me to embrace turning 30

Throughout childhood my mother would often remind me, “Either grow old or die young, those are your only options.” The bluntness of her statement …

Costa Rica

I talked to an ex-prostitute in Amsterdam and everyone should hear what she had to say

<i>“I don’t really know where I stand as for the legalization of prostitution, because I’ve never talked to someone who’s been in it”.<br>“Well, you are</i> …

Beyond “Infinite Jest”

What if an author put forth goals for his fiction so intelligent yet modest, so comprehensive yet dignified, that the reader would not—could not—forget them? Something like this happened to David Foster Wallace when he sat for an interview with Larry McCaffery, for the summer 1993 issue of the</i> …

Literature

Immortality of Poetry. by Carolyne M. Acen (FloetryC)

Words bind us.<p>My Poetry is immortal through ink and words.<p>Words wrapped up in my deepest feelings<p>emotions, and bleeding through transcendence<p>in a …

How to Keep Writing When No One Gives a Sh*t

No one cares if I write.<p>No one's waiting for me to publish my next essay. No one's waiting for me to overcome my low self-esteem or manage my depression and anxiety or move through my fears or stop doubting myself or get a good night's sleep and drink enough water and caffeinate sufficiently to sit …

Writing

Martin Luther King, Rachel Dolezal and Donald Trump: The recurring story of race that has shaped our history

What would MLK see in America today? A transformed nation that keeps repeating the same racial narratives<p>It’s easy to feel a bit cynical about the way the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., whose birthday we celebrate this weekend, has become an American secular saint. King is misquoted or selectively …

Black History

The Akrasia Effect: Why We Make Plans but Don't Follow Through

Humans are prolific procrastinators. It’s easy to make plans and throw dates on your calendar, and yet it’s practically inevitable that you’ll let …

Want to Be an Outstanding Leader? Keep a Journal.

From The New York Public Library<p>Research has documented that outstanding leaders take time to reflect. Their success depends on the ability to access their unique perspective and bring it to their decisions and sense-making every day.<p>Extraordinary leadership is rooted in several capabilities: …

United Nations

3 Keys to Regain Your Writing Habits

by Ruthanne ReidYou know what has momentum? A train. Those things don’t stop easily, not even when someone applies the brakes.It’s my pleasure to …

Creative Writing

Being a Writer Is Hard

CREDIT: Joan Erakit<p>I think I finally understand why my father pretty much lost his sh*t when I ever so cowardly confessed that I wanted to be a writer.<p>Standing in our living room in the summer of 2011, and with my heart beating widely, I tearfully shut down all of my father's political dreams for …

Creative Writing

Parting words from an artist of rare vision

Painter Sargy Mann did not live to deliver the TED talk he spent his final months preparing. This is what he wanted to say…<p>Not long before he was diagnosed with terminal cancer in the autumn of 2014, the painter Sargy Mann was invited to give a TED talk. Mann, then 77, was told by doctors that he …

Art

Black writers courageously staring down the white gaze – this is why we all must read them

It takes courage for a black person to speak to a white world, a world that can render invisible people of colour, unless they begin to more closely resemble white people themselves<p>The white gaze – it is a phrase that resonates in black American literature. Writers from WEB Du Bois to Ralph Ellison …

Literature

How to Be Happy and Grateful: 6 Sacred Secrets Shared by Grandmothers, Mutants and Cajuns (and Proven by Scientists)

<b>Choose to be grateful. It will make you happier.</b> This was the premise of Arthur C. Brooks' <i>New York Times</i> article that ran Saturday, Nov. 21. In this piece, Brooks cites scientific research that suggests some of us are hard-wired to feel grateful.<p>We, the happy souls who tend to find the good in the …

Happiness