Fishing for compliments

Q Hassan - Only 1 Boat to Go Home

When you ask „How was I?”, you are fishing for compliments.

It’s not easy for a polite person to tell you the truth.

A better question – „What would you do different, next time, if you were me?”.

Or: „How would you do it better next time?”.

Or: „What could I do better, next time?”.

Focus on the future, and start with the assumption you can improve, rather than asking for an overall picture.

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Hating

Adam Y Zhang - Love and Hate Relationship

I meet sometimes people who hate what they do.

People whose jobs depend on having a job done. And they hate it.

If you do an activity long enough, you tend to get to hate it.

Still, it’s sad.

That’s why „Follow your passion” might be the wrong piece of advice.

Sure, initially you’ll love your new hobby, but after a while, if you constantly do it, it might make you hate it.

Vice versa, even if you have a boring job, you might still love getting results after putting a lot of work in it.

There are no silver bullets telling you what career to pick, I’m just saying that if you like dancing, you should dance for pleasure.

If you manage to make dancing into a successful career, that’s great, but you could also be an accountant that does dancing as a hobby.

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On details

Andrew Nicodemus - magnificent temple

„There are no shortcuts to any place worth going.” – Beverly Sills

I like being a detailed person.

If I give you WordPress templates to pick from, I’ll likely not only give you 3 templates but 300.

If I am to give you a piece of advice, I’ll likely give you quite a bit of text.

I might lose some overall picture, in favor of the small detail.

Is it a wrong thing, what I do?

Certainly, it’s tiresome.

And I don’t adapt to the client in front of me, who, perhaps, would prefer the easy path.

Is it a good thing, to always go for the shortcuts?

Well, I tend to think that there really are no shortcuts.

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We can do small things with great love

Nick Wood - Small Copper

“Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.”

Mother Teresa

 

 

23 “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You give a tenth of your spices—mint, dill and cumin. But you have neglected the more important matters of the law—justice, mercy and faithfulness. You should have practiced the latter, without neglecting the former. 24 You blind guides! You strain out a gnat but swallow a camel.
Matthew 23:23-24 NIV – “Woe to you, teachers of the law and – Bible Gateway

 

„If you want to change the world, start off by making your bed”

„Make Your Bed” by US Navy Admiral William H McRaven – YouTube.

 

A lot of focus is on „Let’s do big things”, forgetting to question the small things. Yet, the small things should not be overlooked.

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Scanning a card in a non-compatible app

Jonathan Cutrer - iPhone 11 Pro Max

Let’s say you want to scan a card in a non-compatible app on your smartphone.

So, you have an old smartphone, you can’t install app X, but you have a card in there you need to scan.

How to do it?

I found a solution: install the app on a compatible phone, take a screenshot of the card, add the card as an image to the non-compatible smartphone, show the card as an image.

Atypical, but it works fine.

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Reading as an exercise

longreach - Books 4541

I think reading is more of an exercise.

It helps you create some circuits, it makes you think in a certain way, it creates the path for dialogue.

It’s certainly not the only way of developing oneself.

You could study, you could work, you could volunteer, you could attend a conference, you could watch a movie.

I like reading, but not as a one-fits-all solution.

Pare că predomină opinia lui Mitică Dragomir, culeasă de Radu Paraschivescu în noua sa antologie de perle Noi vorbim, nu gândim, apărută la Editura Humanitas: ”Citeşti azi, citeşti mâine, citeşti poimâine, te apucă pandaliile, fratele meu!”. Temător de pandalii, poporul se fereşte de citit.

Cititul şi pandaliile | Mircea Vasilescu | adevarul.ro

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On The Office (TV Series 2005–2013)

I watched some episodes of The Office (TV Series 2005–2013).

Initially, if left me an image of being a show which has nothing on my taste.

So, I had some preconceptions – „Oh, see this – I don’t like this habit at all”.

After actually seeing a few episodes, I realized I like the shows just for that – the things that annoyed me without seeing the movie are actually the strong points.

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Harsh feedback

Hari K Patibanda - A Pair of Wood Sandpipers fighting for the perch

I like this quote a lot:

People who give themselves feedback in the same heartless tone. They don’t hesitate to brutally lash out, because that’s the noise they often hear inside. – Harsh feedback | Seth’s Blog

I find it to be true.

I tend to do this quite a lot.

Sometimes, I give myself harsh feedback, and, at times, I put a mirror in front of others’ eyes.

I do my best to avoid this, lately.

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How much does Schema.org matter?

Thomas Hawk - Google

After 6 weeks of collecting test data, we found that the test was positive with 95% confidence. We estimated that the percentage uplift was 3%.

(via: Does Turning On Page Content into FAQs Benefit SEO?)

 

The general consensus in the SEO community is that structured data (or Schema) is important. But, does schema actually improve your rank in search engines? Well, no or at least, not directly. However, while it’s not a ranking factor in itself, schema does indirectly increase your rank on the SERPs (search engine results pages).

(via: Does Schema Actually Improve Your Rank in Search Engines? | Build Affiliate Wealth)

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