Falling in Love with Words: The Secret Life of a Lexicographer

Merriam-Webster lexicographer Kory Stamper describes how she fell in love with words and offers a peek into the complex process of making dictionaries.

via Falling in Love with Words: The Secret Life of a Lexicographer — Longreads


My Strange Success Rituals

Achieving massive productivity, serious success and spectacular impact really isn’t that hard…

…it’s all a pretty simple process.

…actually it’s a very simple process.

I’ve been blessed to be the private advisor to many of the world’s celebrity billionaires and grateful that my success tools have been used by top performers ranging from Taylor Swift and Jon Bon Jovi to NBA and NHL superstars.

The ideas and tactics I teach at my live events like my annual The 48 Hour Transformation coming up this June are strikingly easy. And yet staggeringly powerful.

Please just remember that success is really all about a masterful consistency around the basic fundamentals.

Watch Kobe or Eminem, Michelangelo or Mozart, Philippe Starck or Jony Ive…they are all about stripping away complexity and hammering away at simplicity…knowing that’s the essence of outright genius.

The thing is that the vast majority of well-intentioned, decent and good people just don’t know what the epic performers know.

Schools teach math and geography. Televisions teach news and distraction. Society teaches materialism and hedonism.

But what about what to do to become great?

How about the daily habits of the performance masters?

And the key moves to make to get the big results you want?

Part of my passionately-held and emotionally-charged personal mission is to share the mindsets, practices and behaviors that those playing at BIW (Best in World) run so you can do your finest work…

…and carve out a life that truly matters.

In today’s message, I want to share 7 of the rituals I’ve personally used to do my best work and drive excellent results.

Fair notice: these rituals are a little strange…but they’ve helped my clients realize elite personal performance, grow personal fortunes, positively influence communities and make the world a far better place…

…so please just stay open to trying them…and applying them for the next 66 days until they wire in as your new normal…

Strange Ritual #1: Use a Timer to Do World-Class Work

On the two days a week I schedule as “Creative Days”, I set blocks of time to achieve specific outcomes and results–generally working in the 90 minute bursts of intensity that have been scientifically proven to yield best performance (insight: each of your days only has 16 of these 90 minute segments so use them well).

I then use the countdown timer on my smartphone to heighten my awareness about the passage of each chunk of time. Not really sure why this ritual works so well (I’m deep into brain science these days so once I know, I’ll share of course). But it just does. So do it. Please.

Strange Ritual #2: One Hour Walks

Steve Jobs loved doing walking meetings. Thoreau loved walking in the woods. Mandela would walk for entire days. There’s just something beautifully special about installing the daily habit of walking…

…it’ll give you time to think and ideate. You’ll kickstart your creativity and multiply your innovation (bring paper or your phone with you to download the ideas that will pour into your imagination)…

…productivity will soar and your moods will elevate as your endorphins get released. And you’ll boost your fitness to your next level of wow.

After studying many of the creative masters, I’ve been doing a daily walk for years. It’s definitely been a game-changer for me, especially at the end of a productive day.

Strange Ritual #3: The Second Wind Workout

The daily walk ritual leads nicely into the “2WW” Ritual that has also served me so well: The Second Wind Workout.

Here’s the basic idea: given that exercise is one of the finest productivity tools ever created, why not use it more often within a day to get more valuable things done?

Yes–definitely do your morning workout to get you mentally and physically amped for a brilliant day. But then, at the end of your work day, go for that walk or take the swim or nail a run.

Creating a second workout ritual later in your day will give you so much more energy each evening, relax you with your loved ones, minimize the dangerous effects of stress, deliver a deeper sleep and even reduce your cravings later in the night.

Strange Ritual #4: Talk to Yourself

One of the tools that people who attended last year’s 48 Hour Transformation told me created very real breakthroughs for them was autosuggestion.

The reality is that most of our daily choices and behaviors are not conscious. We think we know why we do what we do but the truth is 90% of our moves are driven by our subconscious programming (all the beliefs and rules that our parents/teachers/media/peers have taught us).

This is why we’ll read a book or go to a conference and say we’ll make fantastic changes–but rarely do.

For a new idea to create true breakthrough, you need to go to the source. And use autosuggestion to install a new story about your place in the world.

Our conscious mind really does want to make the improvement within our business and personal life. But all the negative patterns within our subconscious hold us back. And sabotage our progress.

Autosuggestion is simply using words and verbal commands to rewire and rescript the unconscious realm of our brain. The subconscious is dramatically influenced by words.

The average person uses words that create limitation, scarcity, drama and failure in their lives–without even knowing it.

Best performers know that words drive performance. And so they use them brilliantly.

To be specific, I suggest that you clean out the victimspeak from your vocabulary. Speaking “I hate this” or “this will never work” or “I’m not good at this” or “I can’t achieve that” or “I’m in trouble” forge subconscious beliefs that make your words self-fulfilling realities.

Instead, use the language of world-class. Talk words with power, grace and positivity. Speak like the person you’ve always wished you could become. And, with time and consistent practice, you’ll step into that person’s shoes.

Strange Ritual #5: The WTOH Question

Please remember that a problem is only a problem when viewed as a problem.

Many of the great business innovations came from a so-called “failure”.

Many of the greatest growth periods of our lives were derived from a period of pain.

Within every setback lies the gift of progress, advancement and outright mastery.

Too many of us encounter an obstacle and drop into victim-mode, giving away our power to it and throwing in the towel.

Instead, use “The WTOH Question” and ask what’s the opportunity here?

This ritual has saved my life. It has allowed me to leverage the unexpected into pure possibility. And turn stumbling blocks into stepping stones.

It’s helped my team produce epic results in the face of Plan A not going to plan.

And it’s moved my clients to achieve legendary businesses as well as lives they adore.

Strange Ritual #6: Thank the Value Chain

Key principle: Gratitude is the antidote to Apathy.

To get giant things done, you need to feel inspired and alive and highly confident and unbeatable…

…positive psychologists are teaching us that “deliberate gratitude” (the actual habit of practicing gratitude versus leaving it to chance) is one of the smartest ways to build that state.

Another one of the strange rituals that has served me so very well is what I call “thanking the value chain”.

When I eat an excellent meal in a restaurant, I silently thank the chef, the servers, the delivery people, the owners, the farmers and every other human being along the value chain whose hard work has allowed me to savor the meal.

On an airplane, I silently thank the attendants, the pilots, the ground crew, the aircraft makers and even the back office workers for the gift of the flight. And the opportunity for me to attend another event to inspire and share with people who want to win.

I do my best to run this ritual as much as possible as I live out each day.

It completely changes the way I view each experience, encounter and person. And it fills me with energy, passion and hope.

I sincerely wish the same for you.

Strange Ritual #7: The Sunday Morning Planning Process

Every Sunday morning, I sent aside an hour to review the past 7 days. I then write my “Weekly Story”, a fast review of how I performed and behaved over the past week (based on the notes on my written daily schedule). This alone breeds huge amounts of awareness of what’s working and what needs to be improved.

Next, I review my annual one-page plan, reconnect with my Top 5 Values and consider my commitments for the next 7 days.

All this moves me to then write out my “Blueprint for a Beautiful Week” on a written 7 day template that has time blocks from 5 am to 11 pm.

Everything goes in here from my early morning workouts and journaling sessions to my family meals with those I love.

This ritual is one of the best habits I’ve developed. And has helped so many of our clients achieve more in a few weeks than most people get done in a year.

Hope these strange rituals of mine provoke you to install some new disciplines.

The world needs you to be at your best. And I’ll continue to do all I can to help you get there. Definitely.

If you found these insights and tools valuable and are ready to discover what the most successful people on the planet are doing in their careers and personal lives to get their uncommon results, I’d love to help you make the single biggest leap of your life…

My famous live event The 48 Hour Transformation is coming up in June…and it’s a total life-changer.

I only do it once a year and the first two blocks of seating that I made available have sold-out…

…I’ve just opened up the next block of seats and you can still get them at the special early bird price if you take swift action…

Making the decision to get out of the office, come to this event, learn my advanced strategies and be in the room with amazing people will be one of the best investments you’ve ever made…

…so go ahead and get your seat now

Hope to meet you personally in June.

– By Robin Sharma
#1 bestselling author of The Leader Who Had No Title

Celebrating 43rd Anniversary of the Anointing of the Son (1974-2017)

About Pastor Apollo C. Quiboloy
Pastor Apollo C. Quiboloy is the Appointed Son of God in these last days.

He is just an ordinary man like us, but he was called, he was chosen, he was anointed and appointed to become the Son of God in these last days to lead us back to the perfect will of the Father. He now reigns as the King of the New Creation, of the the New Heavens and the New Earth. And in this generation, he was chosen to be the Father’s dwelling place, His Temple, and His residence here on Earth, for he overcame and was completely freed and delivered from the serpent seed. Now, he is the Audible voice of the Father, who only preaches about the Will of the Father.

The Appointed Son’s ministry as the Father Almighty’s Audible voice in these last days is extended to 7 continents of the world, in 200 countries and 2, 000 cities through the Sonshine Media Network International (SMNI), Sonshine radio stations, Sikat and Pinas Newspaper and Guide Magazine, which he established.

His programs on Kingdom’s television and radio are aired globally through Globecast World TV that is being broadcast 24/7.

Sonshine Media Network International
SMNI is his broadcasting television network that is based in Davao City, Philippines, and airs to the whole world 24 hours a day, 7 days a week through Globecast World TV. This is where he produced his Kingdom Programs Sounds of Worship, Gospel of the Kingdom, Powerline and Give Us This Day preaching to the whole world about the Word of the Father.

smni-sub-pageIts main studio is located at KJC Compound, Philippine- Japan Friendship Highway, Catitipan, Davao City equipped with top-of-the-line production facilities, equipment and pre-production and post-production.

Moreover, other outlets of the Appointed Son’s Kingdom Ministry of compassion and help come in the form and establishment of other notable projects such as the Sonshine Philippines Movement (SPM), Children’s Joy Foundation, Inc. (CJFI), and Gift of Education through Jose Maria College.

Sonshine Philippines Movement
Sonshine Philippine Movement (SPM) was established in June 18, 2005 with a flagship of restoring Mother Earth to its pristine beauty. For 8 years that SPM operates nationwide, we have witnessed the significant stride it brought to our environment, including the millions of pine trees planted, and its showcase is the Glory Mountain.

Currently, SPM promotes its 5 program thrusts that target a sustainable management and development of Mother Earth’s natural resources including the agri-forest, coastal, and marine resources, as well as upholding ecotourism and solid waste management.

Gift of Education
Jose Maria College is a world-class academic institution that offers a competitive, dynamic and top-notch quality_MG_9775 education from pre-school to college levels for free through his “Gift of Education” program. This scholarship was dedicated to give brighter future for underprivileged children. Right now, the census of his scholars has reached to tens of thousands.
As president of the college, he also commits to giving an assured, consistent and quality education to all of the school’s enrolees. JMC’s U-shaped building houses first class educational amenities including computer laboratory rooms, audio-visual rooms, chemistry and physics laboratories, speech laboratory, multi-purpose function rooms, fully air-conditioned libraries, offices and classrooms.

Children’s Joy Foundation
Children’s Joy Foundation is an organization which feeds, clothes, provides decent shelter and sends to school 3 million children not only here in the Philippines, but also to the less fortunate children abroad.

As an advocate of children’s rights, he established CJF in 1989 to give every child an opportunity to have a meaningful life so that one day they will become conscientious citizens and help in building this nation strong.
Meanwhile, he has dedicated his birthday for the less fortunate children worldwide every April 25, thus launching the National Children’s Day, a grand celebration where children can enjoy unlimited sumptuous meals, kiddie rides and plays all for free. He also devised a Disney-land themed party especially made for the destitute children.

Furthermore, the Appointed Son’s ministry of revelation as the Almighty Father’s entrusted for salvation and hope of mankind is the manifested creation of the New Earth and New Heavens showcased in the establishment of the New Jerusalem, Prayer Mountain and Paradise Garden of Eden Restored, and the Glory Mountain.

New Jerusalem
New Jerusalem is the seat of the Father’s spiritual governance on earth. This is in fulfilment of Revelation 21:2, And I John saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.

Davao City is where people should come to find salvation, eternal life, and to find an audience with the Father. Many people do not realize that yet. The enormity of it is just too glorious that is why you have been given faith because you do not have to understand it, just believe.

The New Jerusalem is a city where people who embody the spiritual DNA of their parents live.

Prayer Mountain and Paradise Garden of Eden Restored
Prayer Mountain and Paradise Garden of Eden Restored is located at the foothills of the Philippines’ highest peak, Mt. Apo. Aside from its picturesque and world renowned landscaping, the Garden of Eden has a significant impact in his life because this is where he was intensely trained spiritually by the Almighty Father for five years in preparation of his mission later in life. And when finally he passed the test, he was declared as the Appointed Son of God right in this place.

Glory Mountain
Glory Mountain is the Blueprint of the Earth’s Restoration where man and the environment live in harmony. It is located in the foothills of the highest peak in the Philippines, where verdant forest of pines can be found.

In 2005, Pastor Apollo, together with the volunteers of Sonshine Philippines Movement started a pine reforestation project in the area, which was once a barren wasteland surrounded by banana plantations. It is now a beautiful mountain haven, called the Glory Mountain. Today, at its 50-hectare expanse, it is the largest concentration of pine trees in the whole country.

The Glory Mountain project in Mt. Apo is cited for its prevention of further calamities in the area. Besides restoring the mountain’s original beauty, it also contributes in the habitat’s ecological balance.

Scientific studies show that pine trees are one of nature’s most efficient airconditioners and air purifiers.

King Dome
King Dome. Pastor Apollo C. Quiboloy’s newest flagship project launched is the multi-billion King Dome where it will soon rise within the 18-hectare land of the KJC compound. It is expected to accommodate more than 50, 000 worshippers at once. Come 2015, Kingdom Citizens will gather in this brand new facility which is on the cutting-edge of architecture in creativity and technical innovation.

The King Dome will be open to the public and is the biggest event coliseum in Davao City, so far.

Consequently, he is highly recognized by man of stature of his mighty deeds, but there is nothing more important to the Appointed Son but the recognition of the Father Almighty, our LORD JESUS CHRIST who has sent and commissioned Him to man’scomplete salvation and the restoration of His creation.
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Quote of the Day

If you’re naturally kind, you attract a lot of people you don’t like. •_•

—– William Feather ——-

March 21-23 – 5th Birthday Surprise Up to 90%

DAY 3, Lazada Birthday Sale
Thursday March 23, 2017

Timeslot  Category Description SRP Flash Sale Price Discount
2 PM Health & Beauty Gluta Prime 2000000mg Bottle of 30 650.00 549.00 16%
2 PM Mobiles & Tablets Infinix Hot S X521 16GB (Champagne Gold) 8,500.00 5,595.00 34%
2 PM Motors Kobe Car Sun Shade (Silver)          202.00                       100.00 50%
2 PM Electronics Accessories Pineng PN-963 10000mah Powerbank (Black/Red) 1,500.00 659.00 56%
2 PM TV, Audio, Gadgets and Wearables Zeus Z-350 2.1 Multimedia Bluetooth/Wired 2in1 Speaker with SD/USB 1,499.00 879.00 41%
4 PM Computers & Laptops Lenovo IdeaPad 100s 80R20030PH 11.6″ Intel Atom Z3735F Quad-Core 2GB DDR3L Blue Windows 10 13,990.00 11,798.00 16%
4 PM Home Appliances Panasonic CW-SC65JPH 0.6HP Window Type Air Conditioner (White) 10,299.00 8,999.00 13%
4 PM Travel & Luggage Pilot 9025  Korean Style Lightweight Oxford Fabric 15″ Laptop Computer Backpack (Black) 2,799.00 799.00 71%
4 PM Home & Living Precious Herbal Pillow Large Herbal Pad Microwave Hot and Cold Compress Pain Reliever (Green)  1,950.00 599.00 69%
6 PM Computers & Laptops Lenovo IdeaPad 110-14IBR 80T6000VPH 14″ Intel Celeron N3160 2GB Windows 10 with Free Lenovo Backpack 15,999.00 11,998.00 25%
6 PM Sports & Outdoors Swimming Mattress Water Bed Colchonetas Inflable Pool Toys 8,999.00 999.00 89%
6 PM Travel & Luggage Travel Neck Pillow with Hood (Multiple Colors) 799.00 299.00 63%
8 PM Health & Beauty Ashley Shine Matte Lipsticks 12pcs (Multicolor)  500.00 239.00 52%
8 PM Watches, Sunglasses and Jewelries Calvin Klein Jeans Sunglasses (Multiple Variants) 5,640.00 999.00 82%
8 PM Electronics Accessories Kingone K5 Bluetooth Speaker (Black) 2,100.00 1,168.00 44%
8 PM Home & Living Large Size High Quality Multifunctional Wardrobe Storage Cabinet Dust Cover Waterproof (Blue) 2,300.00 699.00 70%
8 PM Electronics Accessories Zeus MK-220 Basic Keyboard with Ten Multimedia Function Keys  899.00 199.00 78%
10 PM Home Appliances Crystal Pink Night Light Air Revitalisor (Pink) with FREE Humidifier Scent Starter Kit Spa Series 899.00 299.00 67%
10 PM Health & Beauty Dr. James Glutathione Skin Whitening Capsules Bottle of 60 (NewBottle) Brown 324.00 249.00 23%
10 PM Computers & Laptops Lenovo IdeaPad 100S 2GB INTEL Z3735F 11.6″ (Black/Silver) 13,990.00 12,225.00 13%
10 PM Sports & Outdoors Lightweight 4-6 Person Camping Backpacking Tent With Carry Bag (Multicolor) 699.00 529.00 24%
10 PM Electronics Accessories Transcend 1TB 25D3 StoreJet with Shock-Resistant Portable Hard Drive (Black) 3,400.00 2,650.00 22%
10 PM Cameras W77 HD DV 1080p Sports Action Camera (Black) 1,998.00 859.00 57%
10 PM Fashion Zara Reversible Contrast Shopper Tote (Multiple Colors) 5,000.00 1,149.00 77%

I am a work of Art

Thanks for that song “Work of Art by Jessica King”. This is really nice song which reconnects us to our Creator, how He love us.

Where not picture perfect, right? Just an ordinary clay but when he repair a broken canvass where sin had left its marks with His own blood, I became a work of art.