The three punctuations that will determine your life: you have to choose wisely!

Ahmadou DIALLO ✪
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6 min readJan 21

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“What people in the world think of you is really none of your business.”

Martha Graham

Are you a fool of stops?

Are you living in a semi-coma?

Are you breathing through a comma?

I have never really paid attention to punctuation in my life. I have always felt like they are non-existent.

There is no day I do something where I think:

What does this punctuation mean to me?

I often accept the punctuations that other people define for me. You will marry that girl. Full Stop.

You will be a low performer today. Semicolon. Now is your Turn.

You are not worthy of my time. Comma. Go seek out help somewhere else.

I have spent most of my life accepting other people’s full stops. I have been a fool most of the time. That is foolish. Full Stop.

What if we could challenge other people’s punctuation about us?

“Don’t accept it. Reframe it!” once a friend told me. “You should own the frame, Man!” another one yelled at me once.

I am learning to create frames regarding other people’s expectations and choices. The one thing that has helped me the most is the “punctuations” framework.

Let’s examine every language’s three most powerful punctuations:

  • The full stop.
  • The semicolon;
  • The comma,

Once we have understood those punctuations, we can leverage them to reclaim the power over our lives.


The full stop (Commonwealth English), period (North American English), or full point ., is a punctuation mark. It is used for several purposes, most often to mark the end of a declarative sentence (as distinguished from a question or exclamation).

Full stop — Wikipedia (2022, October 5).

Ahmadou DIALLO ✪

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