January Notes

I will make the rest of my life, the best of my life. I must be the star of my own life. To do that — to live my vision, to be the star of my own life — I need to learn how to hold fast. I say no to things that don’t feel right. I say yes to my vision for my own life. I play the long game. I bet on myself. I do my work and play my game. I trust what I know to be true, even when everyone else is telling me something different. I allow myself to deviate from the usual success formulas and the way things have always been done. Life doesn’t just happen to you, but you create it.

The phrenic nerve provides the primary motor supply to the diaphragm, the major respiratory muscle. It passes motor information to the diaphragm and receives sensory information from it.

When you’re creating a holiday tradition, consider the values you want to impart to your child.

If you take a role you don’t see benefitting your career, then no amount of money or prestige will make up for it. Sometimes it’s not about the money.

Rejection is normal. Overnight success takes ten years.

“When we confront challenges, we should ask whether we are exacerbating that challenge by trying to tackle it ourselves.”

File for a Fictitious Business Name also called DBA (Doing Business As). Run all your side hustle income through that. In the case of a business owned by an individual, a “fictitious business name” is any name that does not include the last name (surname) of the owner, or which implies additional owners (such as “Company”, “and Company”, “and Sons”, “Associates”, etc.). You register the name with the state.

Passion doesn’t pay the bills.

Write a hundred word story.

Write a six word story.

fabulist ~ a person who composes or relates fables. a storyteller. a liar, especially a person who invents elaborate, dishonest stories.

Spotlight effect ~ the phenomenon in which people tend to believe they are being noticed more than they really are.

Prevaricator ~ a person who speaks falsely; liar. a person who speaks so as to avoid the precise truth; quibbler; equivocator.

Lying, by Sam Harris, a small book with an absolutist approach: Don’t lie.

“therapeutic fibbing” ~ a helpful technique for Alzheimer’s patients because it allows them to avoid painful truths. You have to weigh compassion. The only compassionate thing to do is not to tell the truth.

anodyne ~ not likely to provoke dissent or offense; inoffensive, often deliberately so. a painkilling drug or medicine.

Imagine the impossible. Incorporate that tenet into all of your life. The only limitation to this assignment is your own imagination.

Simulator sickness — a subset of motion sickness that can be caused by virtual reality devices.


Pam Grier, then as Foxy Brown (right) and now. “If you wake up breathing, you are going to have a good day,” Grier enthused. “I have lived a great life, with great friends along my journey, I don’t worry about my age. I have so much to share.”

Pamela Suzette Grier (born May 26, 1949) is an American actress and first female action star. She achieved fame for her starring roles in a string of 1970s action, blaxploitation, and women in prison films for American International Pictures and New World Pictures. Grier came to prominence with her titluar roles in the films Coffy (1973) and Foxy Brown (1974); her other major films during this period included The Big Doll House (1971), Women in Cages (1971), The Big Bird Cage (1972), Black Mama, White Mama (1973), Scream Blacula Scream (1973), The Arena (1974), Sheba, Baby (1975), Bucktown(1975), and Friday Foster (1975). In the 1980s, Grier evolved into a character actress, playing a prostitute in Fort Apache, The Bronx (1981), a witch in Something Wicked This Way Comes (1983), and Steven Seagal’s detective partner in Above the Law(1988). She made guest appearances on numerous television series, like Miami Vice, Night Court, and The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, and she had a recurring role in the TV series, Crime Story. She portrayed the titular character in Quentin Tarantino’s crime filmJackie Brown (1997), and also appeared in Escape from L.A.(1996), Jawbreaker (1999), Holy Smoke!, (1999), Bones (2001), Just Wright (2010), Larry Crowne (2011), and Poms (2019). On television, Grier portrayed Eleanor Winthrop in the Showtime comedy-drama series Linc’s (1998–2000), Kate “Kit” Porter on the Showtime drama series The L Word(2004–2009), and Constance Terry in the ABC sitcom Bless This Mess(2019–2020). She received praise for her work in the animated series Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child (1999).


Courses required for college majors don’t always reflect the activities of the job. Talk to those actually doing the jobs you are considering. Investigate and don’t make assumptions.

When self-doubt arises or you make a misstep, focus on what you did right and identify how you can learn from your mistakes.

The concept of mindset is about how you perceive yourself and the world around you.

Elevator pitch ~ describe yourself, your business, gig or current project. Visualize yourself in an elevator ride with an executive at a company you’d like to work for. You quickly sell yourself before she exits the elevator to her floor. In politics, an elevator pitch = “talking points.” Practice it out loud in front of someone you trust who will give you honest feedback or record yourself.

code-switching” ~ Noun LINGUISTIC the practice of alternating between two or more languages or varieties of language in conversation. It is a particularly insidious practice Black folk use to “fit in.” We abandon speaking AAVE (if that is how we normally speak, with our natural intonation and flow). Instead we adopt what we perceive or have been told is a “professionally-acceptable” manner of speaking. Code-switching involves adjusting one’s style of speech, appearance, behavior, and expression in ways that will optimize the comfort of others in exchange for fair treatment, quality service, and employment opportunities.

Black employees avoided stereotypes about black racial identity when they perceived that their organization either did not embrace diversity (also known as a color-blind ideology) or strongly embraced differences (also known as a multicultural ideology). In other words, a failure to acknowledge differences reduces the ability to recognize discrimination. Black employees might therefore seek to avoid stereotypes in color-blind organizations to avoid differential treatment. In contrast, companies that actively promote a diversity-friendly work environment can make the differences between groups more visible. Conforming to stereotypes in these multicultural environments may encourage the beliefthat black people have innate and fixed behaviors. Thus, in order to be seen as an individual, a black employee may code-switch

African-American Vernacular English (AAVE), also referred to as Black (Vernacular) English, Black English Vernacular, or occasionally Ebonics (a colloquial, controversial term), is the variety of English natively spoken, particularly in urban communities, by most working- and middle-class African Americans and some Black Canadians.

Consider inclusion separately from diversity. Research shows that valuing diversity is not enough to reduce discrimination toward minorities. In addition to focusing on diversity, organizations need to create inclusive environments for employees to feel comfortable bringing their authentic selves to work.

If you are designing, building, or participating in any system, think about feedback. How can you create space for it, harness it, and leverage it to build something great?

CRISPR (pronounced “crisper”) is a technology that allows researchers to edit DNA inside a living cell. DNA is made up of tiny, chemical subunits called nucleotides that, when strung together, hold the information. Some of those nucleotides are part of groups, called genes, that tell a cell how to make things it needs to function. The DNA in a living thing is called its genome.

When you finally became O.K. is when you forgave yourself.

Dixit – Latin “he/she/it said”.

Media rule of three. – When something happens once, it’s an incident. Twice, it’s a curiosity. Three times, it’s a trend.

To write a novel you need a story, compelling characters, a relatable and involving situation, physical and emotional complications, a theme, a genre or classification (underline this one!), and an overall vision.

If wanted to write a novel but don’t think you have the time, think of it this way: If you wrote a page a day, by the end of the year–or maybe even sooner–you will have finished your first draft. Sometimes even a single page can take a lot of time.

As you brainstorm ideas, ask yourself: “Why am I the only one who could write this particular story? What’s my unique connection to it?”

You don’t need a representative, you need a representable product.

logline ~ a brief summary of a television program, film, or book that states the central conflict of the story, often providing both a synopsis of the story’s plot, and an emotional “hook” to stimulate interest. Part of a logline (who, when, what, and why) A description of your main character (WHO). The inciting incident or event that triggers your story (WHEN). The action your character takes or the struggle or obstacles they face (WHAT). The goal (WHY). When inciting incident happens to main character, main character must take action in order to reach goal. If you have written a book where the setting (WHERE) is a different time period or a biography or a dystopian novel, the setting or description of the world can be prominent in your logline.  A logline is typically just one or two clear, concise sentences. Some set a word limit of around 35 words. Example: “The Godfather: “The aging patriarch of an organized crime dynasty transfers control of his clandestine empire to his reluctant son.”

If you want to make films, invite the people you like to work with, and give everyone a chance to play and grow.

The one thing that is absolutely within your control (and cannot be trained) is a good attitude. An attitude of gratitude and generosity is ideal, regardless of your role.

Always start a conversation, a relationship, a collaboration with giving something of value. Kind words? Good value! Good advice? Great value! Establish your attitude as giving or “we-centered,” not taking or “me-centered.”

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