These are simple techniques to improve your writing:
- avoid the word “that”
- remove the words “I think”
- avoid the words that end in “-ing”
- short sentences. short paragraphs
- shrink your opening sentence
I have been thinking about the issue of gun control/ownership in the US and how would one go about finding a resolution to maintain the rights of people to defend themselves while reduce the mass killings and random shootings that happen “presumably” because of widespread accessibility to guns.
There are two arguments for and against gun ownership.
For: It is a constitutional right to defend oneself and have a gun. Plus guns don’t kill people, people kill people (which I don’t agree with but that’s what I hear a lot from proponents of gun ownership).
Against: If you have a gun and can easily obtain one if you don’t, you’re more likely to use violence with gun and commit homicide using a gun.
The two arguments are sound on the surface but contradictory in effect. How can we find a compromise to cut the cons while keeping the pros in gun ownership? Give people guns to defend themselves without giving them mechanism to kill other people?
The answer is in BULLETS!
Modify the bullets in such a way that can make a target unconscious but don’t kill its target. Is it possible? Maybe and possibly YES.
First of all, we already have rubber bullets and they inflict a lot of pain on a human target once hit. They don’t kill but they cause a lot of pain. That’s often enough to deter an attack and potentially disable an intruder. Why is that not enough for people? I don’t know the answer to that and still have to be convinced on why you still need to have lead bullets to defend yourself?!
For the sake of argument, let’s assume that the gun shot has to make its target unconscious and act similarly to a gun with real, lead bullets (without the lethal effect of course). Then, can we design a bullet technology that (similarly to taser guns) can paralyze its target upon impact? Is it possible to have taser bullets rather than taser guns?
I admit that this might be over engineering and too expensive to build; on other hand regardless of what technology or technique proposed, it may never be enough to convince pro guns and NRA in the US to change their minds about guns. But we may be able to change their minds about bullets.
Three ways to hack your brain for better productivity:
- Create micro-goals: set specific and achievable goals with a deadline and then reward the accomplishing the goal
- Write it down to prime your brain: focus, focus, focus
- Use habits to your advantage: set cue, routine and reward to create a habit
Here are some useful tips on how to organize good, productive meetings:
- Kill the status meeting: check-in meetings are not efficient or relevant to everyone
- Hold one-on-one meetings sacred: more important than group meetings
- Every meeting must have a single owner
- Your calendar doesn’t make you important: you don’t have to sit at every meeting
- Calendars shouldn’t postpone decisions: you should be available for decision making meetings
- Keep meetings small: under 5 people
- Consider the opportunity cost of every meeting
- Treat other people’s calendars as a scarce resource
- Escalate, don’t undermine: just move to the decision makers
- If the meeting is over, end the meeting: if you finish early, end the meeting
- Declare calendar bankruptcy: if need be, start over with your bookings
Apply these 3 simple technique to get more customers:
- Labor = Love (Ikea Effect): the more time or work we put into something, the more valuable it becomes for us
- Consistency counts (turn the small sign to the big sign): it is much easier to use the past behaviour and previous experiences into something bigger rather than having a big ask upfront
- We avoid cognitive dissonance (Aesop’s Fable – Fox and grape hanging from the vine): if it is too hard to reach, it must be bad and we don’t like it
1. They don’t understand the value of time.
“Any successful entrepreneur knows that time is more valuable than money itself.” – Richard Branson
2. They don’t do things that are in alignment with their goals
“It’s not hard to make decisions when you know what your values are.” – Roy Disney.
3. They never step up to the plate
“People seem to think that success in one area can compensate for failure in other areas, but can it really? True effectiveness requires balance” – Stephen Covey
4. They have self-imposed limitations
“You are what you are by what you believe” – Oprah Winfrey
5. They are good at making excuses
“If you can’t make it good, at least make it look good” – Bill Gates
6. They lack class or social intelligence
“You can easily judge the character of a man by how he treats those who can do nothing for him.” ― Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
7. They are procrastinators
“Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone” ― Pablo Picasso
8. They don’t’ take action
“Do something today, your future self will thank you for” – Les Brown
9. They can’t face adversity
“All sunshine and no rain makes a dessert” – Arabian Proverb
10. They are apathetic
“So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth” -Revelation 3:16
There are many to name, but these are the ones not to build:
- FUNware is not a business
- EASYware is not defensible
- SAMEware is not positioned well enough
- SOLUTIONware great technology in search of applications
- VAPORware when not a complete scam, it is naively optimistic and end up not shipping
- LAMEware did not keep its promise and ships a mediocre product
- FAILware kept on specs but successfully built something nobody wants
- LATEware handled manufacturing so badly it shipped after the competitors it woke up
- LOSSware has been priced badly and can’t make a profit. Can it cross the Bridge of Death? (http://techcrunch.com/2013/11/28/financing-lean-hardware/)
- BOREware gets boring after a short time
- FUTUREware is so futuristic that the majority won’t buy it until many moons have passed
- LOCALware is so tied to the local ecosystem it can’t be done elsewhere