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“When everything hurries everywhere, nothing goes anywhere.” ― Dejan Stojanovic, The Sign and Its Children​

Elisa’s Thought for the Week

I saw a comment a few weeks ago, and it has gnawed at the grey cells in my brain since.

I don’t want to give the person more airtime than they deserve by sharing it directly.

The comment essentially said you can become successful at something without knowing anything about it.

And I'm still pondering it over.

Mostly trying to decide if I wish I had the savvy and hustle to get away with this … or if I'm someone who loves knowledge and understanding so much that I can't really respect the notion.

Where do you fall? What do you think of becoming successful without knowing anything?"

This isn't about becoming successful by sharing while you are learning, I'm a big fan of this! 

What You Missed on Craft Your Content …

Our articles have the same mission we do — to help you to make your own words even better!

  • What do writing and rap have in common? A lot more that we could have guessed. Ramp up your writing with rap in this piece by writer Simoun Victor Redoblado.

  • (From the archives: May 2017) What’s an unexpected way to improve your writing? Improvisation. In this article by writer Amanda Stein, learn all the ways improv skills make you write better—from a two-year improv comedian.​

CYC Elsewhere…

Other places we’ve popped up around the interwebs.

In Other Reading This Week …

Need more insights and inspiration for your writing and mindset?

  • Each of your habits has a “cue” or trigger. In this article by author James Clear, learn about your habit triggers and how to break or build a habit.

  • Yeah, so the response to that email survey you sent was paltry. How can you change that? In this Email Meter article by writer Gino Silva-Payne, find some powerful tips to improve your email reader’s responsiveness.

  • Some of the best content makes you think: “Okay, THIS.” In this piece on his site, writer Jay Acunzo shares the four kinds of topics that make your writing stand out and resonate with readers.

  • Your content needs a great medium if you want to connect with fans. But which one do you choose? Find out how to pick the best medium for your creations in this article by ConvertKit’s tradecraft.

  • In a reflection on craft and writing experiences, Brian Watson shares a reading experience that served as motivation for his writing.

Weekly Writing Tip …

A quick chance to learn from the masters.

“Always ask yourself: ‘What will happen if I say nothing?’” ― Kamand Kojouri

For the Upcoming Week …

Because we all need a good chuckle to start things off right!

So. Many. Words.


Till next time!

What’s Coming Next Week? I’m talking about the extremely important thing you should know about the difference between a choice and a decision.