December 26, 2013

Why Rejection is Awesome

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Lessons learned
  • Rejection Therapy: rejectiontherapy.com 
  • Jia Jiang's website with 100 days of rejection: fearbuster.com/category/rejections/100days/
  • President Barack Obama got rejected by 61 million people (who didn't vote for him)
  • The author of The Chronicles of Narnia, CS Lewis, got rejected 800 times before someone believed in his first manusript
  • Rejection is nothing but a number and can be useful despite that rejection can also be constant and painful

December 19, 2013

Closing paragraph of the top selling books

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Wikipedia has a page where you can see a list of the best-selling books ever. The list is not 100 percent accurate because it's difficult to determine exactly how many copies an older book has sold. I thought it would be interesting to see how these authors wrote the last paragraph in each book. We have already talked about the opening paragraph of the top selling books.

1. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
"It is a far, far better thing that I do, than I have ever done; it is a far, far better rest that I go to than I have ever known."

2. The Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien
He drew a deep breath. 'Well, I'm back,' he said.

3. The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
Look at it carefully so that you will be sure to recognise it in case you travel some day to the African desert. And, if you should come upon this spot, please do not hurry on. Wait for a time, exactly under the star. Then, if a little man appears who laughs, who has golden hair and who refuses to answer questions, you will know who he is. If this should happen, please comfort me. Send me word that he has come back.

4. And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
When the sea goes down, there will come from the mainland boats and men. And they will find ten dead bodies and an unsolved problem on Indian Island.

5. Dream of the Red Chamber by Cao Xueqin
"Come over," Chia Yün smiled, "and I'll tell you!" And as he uttered these words, he came up and drew her to him; but Hsiao Hung twisted herself round and ran away; but was however tripped over by the step of the door.

6. The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien
"Thank goodness!" said Bilbo laughing, and handed him the tobacco-jar.

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December 18, 2013

Opening paragraph of the top selling books

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Wikipedia has a page where you can see a list of the best-selling books ever. The list is not 100 percent accurate because it's difficult to determine exactly how many copies an older book has sold. I thought it would be interesting to see how these authors wrote the first paragraph in each book. 

1. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
It was the best of times,
it was the worst of times,
it was the age of wisdom,
it was the age of foolishness,
it was the epoch of belief,
it was the epoch of incredulity,
it was the season of Light,
it was the season of Darkness,
it was the spring of hope,
it was the winter of despair,
we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way - in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only.

2. The Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien
This book is largely concerned with Hobbits, and from its pages a reader may discover much of their character and a little of their history. Further information will also be found in the selection from the Red Book of Westmarch that has already been published, under the title of The Hobbit. That story was derived from the earlier chapters of the Red Book, composed by Bilbo himself, the first Hobbit to become famous in the world at large, and called by him There and Back Again, since they told of his journey into the East and his return: an adventure which later involved all the Hobbits in the great events of that Age that are here related.

3. The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
Once when I was six years old I saw a magnificent picture in a book, called True Stories from Nature, about the primeval forest. It was a picture of a boa constrictor in the act of swallowing an animal.

4. And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
In the corner of a first-class smoking carriage, Mr. Justice Wargrave, lately retired from the bench, puffed at a cigar and ran an interested eye through the political news in the Times.

5. Dream of the Red Chamber by Cao Xueqin
Chen Shih-yin, in a vision, apprehends perception and spirituality.
Chia Yü-ts'un, in the (windy and dusty) world, cherishes fond thoughts of a beautiful maiden.

6. The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien
In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit. Not a nasty, dirty, wet hole, filled with the ends of worms and an oozy smell, nor yet a dry, bare, sandy hole with nothing in it to sit down on or to eat: it was a hobbit-hole, and that means comfort.

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