Good morning.
Oh Lord!The job market may be on the mend.  The number of first-time unemployment filings fell below 800,000 for the first time since mid-March.  While that’s a sign of improvement, it also shows that there’s still a long way to go.
After all, a first-time filer is someone who just recently lost a job, months into a pandemic.  With many big companies trimming the C-suite and other higher-end jobs, we may be in the second part of a crisis where rising unemployment among higher-earning white collar workers could have a greater impact on the economy going into 2021.  Trade cautiously!

Now here’s the rest of the news:

Picking The Winners in a Retooled Economy by John Persinos
This past weekend, I took my four-year-old twin grandsons to a physical shopping mall to buy winter parkas.  I was stunned by what I found.  The mall resembled a post-apocalyptic landscape, with almost no shoppers and several store windows boarded up with plywood.  Not finding what I wanted, I simply ordered the coats online.
Anecdotal experience can help you truly understand abstract statistics.  My recent shopping trip drove home the fact that most shopping malls are doomed and their workforces are permanently out of work.  The same can be said for other old-line industries that have seen their inevitable demise hastened by the coronavirus pandemic.
Investors need to position their portfolios for the emergent future … no matter which party captures the White House on November 3.

October 23, 2019

“If you don’t do everything possible to share your gifts and reach your dreams, the world     will have lost something truly irreplaceable: you.” —Marie Forleo

Some things are better left unsaid … Some things are best not written about … Some things need not be said or written about.  For those things you must write about … here are 2 Ninja Tips that will make you become a better writer.

Become A Better Writer

Do you write or want to write?

Maybe you want to write book, or a blog, or a short story or an article: possibly to gather your thoughts for an upcoming speech, or anything else.  Perhaps you haven’t started yet or maybe you have started but you aren’t yet confident with your writing or maybe you are a great writer but you still want to improve.  No matter what your writing skill or confidence level, here are two tips that will improve your writing skills drastically.

#1. Write Everyday

If you want to become better at anything, it is important that you practice.  The more you do something, the better you will get at it.  If you put your time in everyday you will become a better writer.  Writing everyday, doesn’t mean you must put in 2 hours or even 30 mins each day.  You just need to put your time in.  It’s a matter of building a habit.  Just put in a minimum of 5 – 15 minutes a day.  On some days, you will put your time in and it won’t be pretty.  You’ll put in your minimum amount but at least you put in some time.  That will help you build your skill.  On other days, you will have more time and motivation.  Instead of just putting in your minimum time, you’ll keep going.  You’ll be having fun and you’ll have a feeling of fulfillment and accomplishment.  As a result, you might write for hours before you stop.  As you get better, you’ll write more and more each day but that can’t happen until you build a habit of writing on a daily basis.

“Being consistent is more important than being intense.”

Ernest Hemingway

Ernest Hemingway [07-21-1899 — 07-02-1961]

#2. The Hemingway Method

Ernest Hemingway was an accomplished author.  But he had a problem when it came to writing.  He found it hard to get started for the day.  It would take him some time and effort to get into things and allow the creative juices to flow.  Once he got the momentum going, he could write for hours but getting started was a different matter.  Writing isn’t hard once you get going.  The hard part is just getting started for the day.

Hemingway would overcome his procrastination of getting started by doing something counterintuitive the day before.  When he was done writing for the day, he would stop working in the middle of a thought.  He could be in the middle of a paragraph or in the middle of a sentence and he would pack up for the day.  That way when he got started the next time, he would not have to think.  He could just keep writing and finish up the sentence or paragraph and he would avoid the building momentum part of his writing.  He would simply carry on with the momentum that he had built the day before.

I’ve tried this method and it is quite effective.  So now you know 2 Ninja tips that will help you become a better writer…

Create A Great Day!  😉

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