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Ukrainian by birth, Lebanese by force, daydreaming dweller, relentless writer, eloquent speaker of five languages, avid reader, annoying perfectionist, art and beauty enthusiast, certified risk taker, aspiring world-traveler, collector of bobby pins and precious moments. I tend to bite off more than I can chew. Follow my journey of digesting life.

Book Review: Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell


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4.5 Stars

Malcolm Gladwell’s Outliers is one of the groundbreaking books in terms of our understanding of the culture of the rich and successful. In his book, Gladwell analysis the cultural, economical, physical, and even astronomical implications of the success stories in today’s world.

With his intelligent, well researched, factual piece, Gladwell provides the reader with answers to why certain people make it in this world. By providing examples about the extremely successful and the not so much, he explains in thorough details the obvious, yet overlooked, aspects which contribute to the success or, otherwise, failure of certain individuals.

This book is not a pathway-to-success handbook, nor is it a motivational narrative of people who rose from nothing and amounted to something great. On the contrary, it feel pessimistic, at times – I had to put the book down for a few days, at a certain point, before I was able to resume reading. But I did resume reading, eventually, because no matter how tough the facts in the book were, I was nodding in agreement with every sentence.

Gladwell is unapologetic, he will tell the truth like it is. And the truth is that smart doesn’t equal successful and, most of the time, the poor will remain poor while the rich will continue to grow wealthier. Gladwell provides reasons for this, however; reasons which, when acknowledged, can be avoided.

If you can’t handle the truth, or don’t like to challenge the status quo, then this book is not for you. However, if you are one of those people who don’t mind taking a second opinion, you will find Outliers very entertaining. A documentary of success, this book is nothing short of a paradigm shifter accompanied with a wake up call.

Vocabulary Lookalikes — Appraise Vs. Apprise


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The English language has several similarly spelled words which are distant in meaning. Don’t we all get our words confused sometimes? Today’s words are doppelgangers. For the sake of not confusing those two words together, here are their meanings and proper usage.

Appraise Vs. Apprise

Appraise [uh-preyz] (verb):

estimate or determine the worth, importance, or quality of something.

Example:

After she appraised the situation, she decided that the best thing to do was to walk away and never look back.

Apprise [uh-prahyz] (verb):

to give advice; to inform, advise.

Example:

I asked his sister to apprise me of what to get him on Valentine’s Day.

Photo of the Day — Remember Why


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This post is to make you go back to that moment when you made the decision to start doing something new; when the reasons were lucid; when there was no doubt; and when you were overwhelmed by the essence and not yet stuck in the shallow routine. Think about this moment every time you’re having trouble carrying on. It will always rejuvenate your willpower.

Book Review — Where Angels Fear to Tread by E. M. Forster (1905)


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E. M. Forster’s book is not recommended for those who are looking for suspense. In spite of the ominous title of the book, the plot actually isn’t as dark.

Where Angels Fear to Tread discusses social differences and their effect on people’s characters and relationships. It shows how people who are forced to behave in certain manners seldom do, and that leads to undesired consequences.

What I liked about the book: the weaved web of social and interpersonal events which gave the plot a certain amount of depth.

What I disliked about the book: the showing instead of telling; and the jumping from one era to another sometimes within the same line.

I just discovered that this book was made into a movie. Did anyone watch it? What do you think of the movie version of the book?

Word of the Day — Mendacity


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Have you told any lies today? Remember: “if you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember anything.”

Mendacity [men-das-i-tee] (noun):

1. Untruthfulness, tendency to lie.

2. An instance of lying, falsehood.

Example:

She knew she couldn’t believe someone who had mendacity flowing in his bloodstream. She simply smiled and walked away.

Share an example of the way you would use today’s word.

Creative Mondays: Compasssion


My post on Timitude for “Creative Monday’s”. Check it out and follow this inspiring guy!

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Compassion

Compassion is such an underestimated word. We fail to come to grasps with the gravitational effects a simple word we say, or emotion we emit, can have on someone. We have no shame in calling someone fat, stupid, ugly, or a loser, while we think twice – at least – before we utter a complement.

We are so haste to give our “honest opinion” about a person, that we forget that everyone around us is fighting a tough battle of their own. It’s not until we face the same predicament that we realize how wrong our actions were.

We make and break promises to ourselves not to be rude to people around us anymore. A good way to commit to these promises is by urging ourselves to be nice to balance things out: for every time you hurt someone’s feelings, apologize, and, then, do something nice to someone else.

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