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“Thesaurus carpet-bombings and long-winded sentences are commonly mistaken for fine writing because they feel authoritative and intellectual.

But they’re just masks; effective writing is lean, clean, and easy to read.”

— Gregory Ciotti

Ciotti adds that the root of the problem lies in our desire to impress.

He’s probably right. I wasted the first two years of my blogging journey trying to impress my audience even though I wasn’t a native English speaker.

I learned most of my English in high school. And if you’ve ever taken a high school English class, you probably had to meet those word counts…


A 15-minute guide to getting your life back.

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Crowds consume information. Those who decide what crowds consume create.

You might as well carry on with the bottomless finger-scrolling and continue to devour what the elite class has created for you today.

But if you ever intend to define what crowds consume, and thereby define the marketplace, you have to master the ability to stay away from the crowds and move over to the creators’ side.

That’s where the elite production happens. And it requires long, uninterrupted hours of work in intense concentration.

I wrote down the above notes in my journal in 2016. It was soon after being…


The secret is in the line.

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The corpse was so well-preserved that they thought it was fresh.

6th of May, 1950, Denmark.

Local workers found a man completely submerged in peat, arranged in a fetal position. They named him the Tollund Man.

On his head was a cap. Around his waist, a belt. There was a leather noose around his neck. Apart from that, he was naked.

Following a forensic examination, scientists discovered 40 different grains in his stomach: his last meal.

This grisly trail of clues led to widespread public pondering.

Why was he naked? What’s with the mixed-grain porridge? …


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“Once you publish a blog post, you have to email as many influencers as possible,” he tells the guy next to him, “and ask them to share it on their social media.”

I know I should mind my own business and stop listening to their conversation. But overhearing strangers in coworking spaces is always more interesting than staring at my screen all day long.

“Start your email with a sentence that flatters them. Maybe just pretend you care about something they published.” …


30 tips to tighten up your grammar skills

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“Panda. Large black-and-white bear-like mammal, native to China. Eats, shoots and leaves.”

In her best-selling book on grammar and punctuation, author Lynne Truss shows how dramatically incorrect usage can change the meaning of a sentence. Here, one little comma is the difference between a violent panda and a panda who snacks on bamboo shoots.

Grammar rules, annoying as they can be, are man-made. And man-made rules can always be unmade (or ignored). But if you’re up for the challenge, tightening up your grammar skills can pack a powerful punch in your writing.

Proper grammar isn’t just a formality. Clean and…


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The internet is home to some of his biggest haters.

Others think he is a genius.

While his cynics and fans aimlessly scroll through Twitter on a typical afternoon, he steps on the cyber stage for the 12th time that day to share yet another strong opinion:

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Haters gonna hate. But likes and retweets from raving fans start pouring in almost instantly.

That’s @DHH as the web knows him: one of the founders of Basecamp, a remote software company, and one of the online world’s most polarizing figures.

His blog posts and tweets that contain strong opinions may leave you…


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As the aircraft took off, Nathan tried not to think of his business anymore. This five-week trip to South Africa was a well-deserved break.

Sitting next to him on that December flight was Hilary, the girl he was going to marry in five months.

There was no reason to feel guilty about taking time off. After all, months of hard work were finally paying off. His freelance web design business was on to steady growth. And he had just closed November with his highest monthly revenue ever: $14,000.

With a ton more clients lined up to start projects when he…


A practical framework to build your unique selling proposition

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“There is nothing to do in Finland,” they immediately say, reacting to our suggestion. “Why travel there when Europe offers so many cooler destinations like Rome or Paris?”

I want to convince them that Finland has many underestimated gems, including its beautiful nature. But it’s only their second time in Europe and they want to tick the popular spots off their bucket list first.

My wife and I recently moved back to Europe after spending five years in Singapore, and our long-distance calls with the friends we made in Asia often involve suggesting a European destination for our next reunion.

Ali Mese

Founder: The Startup + Curious + Blank Page. I also write essays that help you get smarter at building your thing https://GrowthSupply.com

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