President Obama’s argument for not using terms such as “radical Islam” or “radical Islamists” seems to be that the American government will not act as a propaganda machine for terrorist organizations. As a result, labels like these have been practically removed from his administration’s vocabulary.
During a speech last Tuesday, the president addressed critics of his strategy (mainly Donald Trump, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee) by questioning their motives: “What exactly would using this label accomplish? What exactly would it change? Would it make ISIL less committed to trying to kill Americans? Would it bring in more allies? Is there a military strategy that is served by this? The answer is none of the above.”
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Failure, the opposite of the “s” word (no, not that one). It comes and goes, bringing you down when you least expect it, complicating your overly drawn-out workday. The only way to overcome this psychologically harmful concept is to free yourself from the fear of failure.
We all fail every day, even when these shortcomings are on a smaller scale. Wake up late for work? That’s a failure. Forget to iron your dress shirt? That’s a failure. Didn’t take into account morning traffic before driving your children to school? That’s a failure.
What’s important is that we learn from our failures, instead of dwelling on them, allowing us to become stronger, both mentally and physically. Failing encourages us to push for a better tomorrow, and, in return, giving us what we need to thrive and work toward more successes.
Sometimes we get a little ahead of ourselves (damn idiomatic phrases). Receiving a new assignment from a client is always exciting news; it means a bill can be paid. Jumping the gun (another fail) may lead to unnecessary challenges ahead.
This sounds basic, but we must always think about the individual we’re reaching out to when inquiring about a particular topic. Do they know who you are? Do they know the publication you’re working with? Keep your image the same across all platforms to provide the entire story to the interviewee. Think about yourself in their situation: Wouldn’t you be a bit skeptical after receiving an email from someone or a brand you’re not familiar with?
Present the facts in the beginning to ease their worries. Ask them if they have any questions, and be more than willing to answer their concerns. Following this approach will surely limit the chances of any clouds on the horizon (sigh) from arising.
I recently made the decision to purchase an ASUS C300MA Chromebook for work — even though I really wanted a MacBook Air. To be honest, I made the decision based purely on price. But then I realized there was something more to it than that.
I understood my needs. I purchased the Google Chromebook because it enables me to continue what I’ve been doing — make money. The majority of my income comes from writing, editing stories for several brands — so instead of going with what I wanted, I took a look at what I needed — and it’s paying off.