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Ryan Holiday: How to Write Any Essay: The Spartan System

Ryan Holiday: How to Write Any Essay: The Spartan System
Writing the perfect paper is a lot like a military operation. It takes discipline, foresight, research, strategy, and, if done right, ends in total victory. It follows then that the best advice for writing a paper -- be it a high school essay, a college research paper, or even an office memo at a Fortune 500 company -- would come from the tactics of a brilliant military commander. I discovered these tactics myself as a student, reading in awe of the mastery of ancient military masters and put them to good use. I could then -- and still can, when necessary -- bust out a ten or even twenty page paper with a few days notice. What Was My Secret? In my reading of Greek history, I stumbled across an obscure military maneuver, one designed for troops penetrating deep in enemy lines. My essay format works the same. Forget your teacher's boring prompt. Here is the outline for a hypothetical five paragraph paper: Introduction: (see a complete intro example here) Begin with a broad, conclusive hook. Related:  Survival

Welcome to the ManKind Project | Changing the world, one man at a time. | Men's Issues | Men's Support | Men's Community popurls® | the genuine news aggregator for the latest web buzz Creative Writing Prompts Business cycles: Stabilise that certain something IN ADDITION to using my colleague's post as a jumping-off point for broad economic foreboding, I'd like to borrow it in making a much narrower observation about monetary policy. He rightly notes that the American economic picture is the most perplexing. The fundamentals seeem to be lined up nicely: deleveraging has proceeded surprisingly quickly, housing markets are rapidly clearing, petrol prices are subdued, manufacturing workers are once again globally competitive, and so on. Yet once again, the American recovery is losing a step. Is it any wonder that the marginal investor or business would prefer to hold Treasury bonds or sit on cash? This dynamic is clearly important. At its heart, the Federal Reserve ostensibly makes policy on what you might call an "inflation-targeting plus" basis. One can envision an alternative policy approach, however. Now in practice, one has to nail this model of the economy to a support structure of policy tools.

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Why Start-up Culture Is Bad for Creativity Something is happening to the start-up culture—and I'm not sure I like what it's doing to me. For a couple of years now, one of the core start-up mantras has been "release early and release often"—or, even more pithy, "fail fast." There's nothing wrong with this idea on the face of it. But combine it with the romanticized notion of working day and night narrowly focused on your start-up, and you have an entrepreneurial culture that's fast-paced on a whole new level. Most days, this is exciting and it is what's required to keep up with the pace of innovation in the tech community. But more and more, I'm starting to think that the constant pressure to go-go-go may be killing more organizations than it's helping. Where 'Aha' Moments Really Come From I've been reading Imagine: How Creativity Works by Jonah Lehrer. Think about the most creative companies: Apple doesn't iterate on the fly. According to Lehrer, we need the right mix of focus and freedom from pressure to be at our most creative.

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