There’s a whole world that needs to be filled with words, over and over and over again. Writing is important and writers should never back down on getting paid. Matt Wallace shows how to respond to requests to write for free or cheap.
For focus and discipline, this summer I turned for assistance to “The Daily Stoic: 366 Meditations on Wisdom, Perseverance, and the Art of Living,” by Ryan Holiday and Stephen Hanselman. Here are four highlights from this great tool.
Words matter. Every communication that you send—e-mails, letters, reports—influences others’ impressions of you, for better or for worse. We keep this in mind when we’re interviewing for jobs, but we tend to become less careful over time. We’re busy, we’re working quickly, and maybe we don’t have someone on hand to run an eye over our words before they go out into the world.
In a flash of inspiration, I had identified “Determined” and “Positive” as my watchwords for 2016. I’ve never had a watchword for a year before. This will be cool, I thought, and keep me focused.
I felt the big new schedule looming over me, and I was neither determined nor positive. But life stepped in. Saving me from my new plan was the deadline that trumps all others: the daily clock of the dogs. Every single morning, come sweltering humidity or driving sleet, the dogs must walk. They wait impatiently while I drink a little coffee, then off we go.