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Shane Parrish: “Most people write to sound smart when they should write to be useful. Communicating to sound smart dramatically lowers your potential for impact. The harder people have to work to understand you, the less they want your input. Writing to be useful means your ideas are easily understood. Write what you would want to read. Simple, but not easy. To write usefully, you need to think clearly. And clear thinking doesn’t simply flow from your mind. Writing helps you think better because it forces you to slow down. And the process of slowing down helps you discover new insights.”

Sadanand Dhume: “Before India can dream of emulating their success, or China’s, it must acknowledge the size of the challenges it faces. Only about three-fourths of India’s population is literate, a level that China surpassed about 40 years ago. According to Mr. Eberstadt, this makes India the only country in history to have a vast pool of college graduates living amid hundreds of millions of working-age people who have never been to school. Moreover, over the past three decades regional disparities have widened. Kerala in the south has human-development indicators akin to Brazil. Bihar in the north looks worse than Cambodia. Or take female labor-force participation, another measure of economic development. In China it’s more than 60%—roughly the same as in the U.S. and other wealthy countries. In India it has declined from 28% in 1990 to 23% in 2021. More than two-thirds of Chinese live in cities, which tends to boost productivity. India remains overwhelmingly rural—only about a third of the population lives in cities. Industrialization also matters…As a proportion of employment, India’s industrialization peaked in 2002.”

NYTimes: “The ideal breakfast is the one that makes you feel your best, experts say, though there are some important nutrients to keep in mind…To maintain healthy blood sugar, energy and fullness levels until your next meal, getting the right balance of protein, fiber and unsaturated fats at breakfast is important, said Lauren Harris-Pincus, a registered dietitian in New Jersey. This roughly translates to at least 20 grams of protein, eight to 10 grams of fiber and 10 to 15 grams of unsaturated fats, totaling about 300 to 350 calories, Ms. Harris-Pincus said. But it’s important not to get hung up on the numbers, said Alice H. Lichtenstein, a professor of nutrition science and policy at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University. Your nutrient needs will depend on your weight, activity level, age and health conditions, Dr. Lichtenstein said…“So what’s the ideal breakfast?” Dr. Lichtenstein said. “It’s whatever makes your body work best.””

Excellent wisdom nuggets from Morgan Housel. “The fastest way to get rich is to go slow. Social media makes more sense when you view it as a place people go to perform rather than a place to communicate. Everything is sales. Every employee is replaceable. The most important communication skill is knowing when to shut up.”

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Rajesh Jain

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