Business books and magazines are great, but there is as much or more to be gained from reading nonfiction. There is a certain education and situational knowledge that comes along with being widely read. You run into a lot of ideas, a lot of concepts, and you find a lot of connections.— Anthony Iannarino
A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies . . . The man who never reads lives only one.-– George R.R. Martin
Vigorous [strong, effective] writing is concise. A sentence should contain no unnecessary words, a paragraph no unnecessary sentences, for the same reason that a drawing should have no unnecessary lines and a machine no unnecessary parts.— William Strunk, Jr.
There is nothing more disenchanting to man than to be shown the springs and mechanism of any art. All our arts and occupations lie wholly on the surface; it is on the surface that we perceive their beauty, fitness, and significance; and to pry below is to be appalled by their emptiness and shocked by the coarseness of the strings and pulleys.–Robert Louis Stevenson
Listening impacts how we relate to the natural world and especially with regard to social interactions. Hearing really is about receiving sound via the years, which for most of us is done pretty much without much consideration or concentration. People spend most of their time hearing and not actually listening. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but it can become a bad habit, especially, if those missed opportunities to listen and to mentally process the information presented to us deprives us of opportunities to succeed in life or lease to avoid some unwanted outcomes.
Listening is a more intermittent process and requires the listener to not only receive sounds but to recognize them as having some meaning, to mentally process that information, and ultimately to act on the information.
People frequently hear but far less frequently listen. The active processes and listening of recognizing the value of the sounds we hear, the significance of the circumstances in which they find themselves, and that some form of action or response is required occurs less often than it should.
The Key component which distinguishes hearing from listening is that listening requires mental processing and appropriate action. There is an old adage that “information is power quotes”, this is only true in the case of hearing, if we do more than hear, and take the next step to listen whereby we use the information that we gathered from hearing and apply mental processes to determine what is meaningful, valuable, and requires action either immediate or more strategic and long term.
Every person has two educations, one which he receives from others, and one, more important, which he gives himself.
Be not afraid of greatness; some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them.
– William Shakespeare
The best education in the world is that got by struggling to obtain a living.—Wendell Phillips
Whoever is satisfied with what he does has reached his culminating point—he will progress no more. Man’s destiny is to be not dissatisfied, but forever unsatisfied.
— F. W. Robertson
[A person] should be systematic in their business. A person who does business by rule, having a time and place for everything, doing his work promptly, will accomplish twice as much and with half the trouble of [a person] who does it carelessly and slipshod.–P. T. Barnum
A [person], to succeed, must possess the necessary equanimity of temperament to conceive an idea, the capacity to form it into some tangible shape, the ingenuity to put it into practical operation, the ability to favorably impress others with its merits, and the power of will that is absolutely necessary to force it to success.— Thomas A. Scott.
Internal links are hyperlinks added to your page which link you to other pages within your own site. There’s a lot of fluff articles out there and a lot of discussion around whether you should use them for the reasons of Google optimization or search engine optimization (SEO). However, I believe that the best reason to use internal links on your webpages and blog pages is to guide your readers to other content that is closely related to the current page or blog post. This means they don’t have to search for other posts and/or scan down your posts to find other related older articles. Providing these internal links can get you additional page/blog use without relying on Internet search engines to bring people back to your pages or blogs.
What can the use of internal links provide?
Internal links can provide an opportunity for the typical blog or webpage writer to benefit from, among these are:
Facilitates Site Navigation
As of already mentioned, adding closely related internal links can make it easier for your readers to define related content and move through your site. Thus, increasing your site views per visitor on your blog or website.
Constructs a hierarchy between blog post or pages on your site
Adding internal hyperlinks, builds a hierarchy between the pages or blog posts to the other posts to which they are linked. For example, if you create a primer page or blog post on the subject and then build topic-specific pages or blog posts that address topics identified in your primer page or post linking your primer page or blog posts to all of these sub-topic pages or blog posts creates a hierarchy of association.
Creates Page Or Blog Posts Authority
Now I freely admit that this one is a little more dubious than the previous two benefits that internal links provide, but if the search engines are looking at your website do in fact create page or blog post authority rankings, then the associating of the pages will assist in generating a page or blog post authority ranking. This is especially true if you intentionally use a strategy of building a peer middle hierarchy amongst your webpages or blog posts. Basically, creating a parent-child hierarchy at the top of which is a single page or blog post.
Truthfully, I use internal links for the first two reasons, to facilitate site navigation thereby making it easier for my readers to find information that I want them to see and constructing hierarchies and relationships between content within each of the various blog sites which I operate. I have found these two reasons to have added more than enough value in the increase of views per visitor on my blog sites to make internal links valuable and worth the time and effort to add.
… We will have to stay mentally alert and engage during a 50-year work life, which means knowing how and when to change with the work we do.
–HBR’s 10 musut Reads : The Essentials, page 43
If I don’t write it down immediately, I forget it right away. If I put it into a sketchbook, I never forget it and I never have to look it up again.
— Winston Churchill
Science-Fiction and Fantasy are substantially different categories. Characteristics of fantasy and science fiction often overlap and the precise classification of a given work is subject to debate among some fans and writers. Both fantasy and science fiction of genres are usually shelved together in bookstores and libraries, because of their readerships’ and authors tend to overlap somewhat. Science-Fiction and Fantasy writer sometimes choose to wear two hats and writ some of both.
The term ‘fantasy,’ when regarded as part of a particular genre, generally brings to mind tales of dragons and castles and knights and the great quest. Truthfully, the fantasy genre is much broader and Fantasy sub-genres may include these and others:
• The Quest
• Arthurian Fantasy
• Comic Fantasy
• Dark Fantasy
• Fairy Tales
• Heroic Fantasy
• High Fantasy
• Magic Realism
• Modern Fantasy
• Mystery Fantasy
• Speculative Fantasy
• Romance Fantasy
• Sword and Sorcery
• Good Versus Evil