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You Are Awesome: Find Your Confidence and Dare to be Brilliant at (Almost) Anything

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Resilence is a skill and often the people that are most resilient aren’t ones that have had the easiest path in life but are the ones that use those bumps in the road to learn and grow. Positively doesn’t mean you don’t have struggles, it means using perspective to take what you can from them and continue on. Let’s pause for a brief moment to stare at a bit of blurry calligraphy from half a millennium ago. The very first-ever ellipsis. Yes, fellow history or trivia nerds, it truly is an amber-encapsulated marvel.

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That East Indian class included my mom’s dad who moved from Lahore, India, to Nairobi in the 1930s to help build the railroad. I mean my grandparents had seven kids before my mom was born. Four girls and three boys. As my mom and her sisters tell it, my grandparents were desperately hoping for a final boy to even their numbers out and give them a solid four-four split.Researchers Dan Ariely and Jiwoong Shin showed that the mere possibility of losing an option in the future increase the attractiveness to the point people will invest money to maintain that option. As they put it in their study: “The threat of unavailability does make the heart grow fonder.”

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Growing up the youngest of eight kids in a small house off the downtown core, she was quiet, shy, and always the baby. No joke, Dr. Toner even wrote a whole book about the ellipsis called “Ellipsis in English Literature” and in it she writes that the ellipses was “a brilliant innovation. There is no play printed before that marks unfinished sentences this way.”Look like small potatoes? Well, let’s see if we can come up with a new punctuation mark the whole world will use in 500 years. It’s not easy. But Terence had help. After he created the ellipsis, Ben Johnson began using it in his plays and then that old bard Shakespeare joined in the fray. Boom! That was the Middle Age equivalent of getting retweeted by Oprah. The ellipsis then moved from there all the way up into Virginia Woolfe and Joseph Conrad. Today, even Adele has used the dot-dot-dot when teasing the first few chords of her new album in TV ads.

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I use my mom’s story to show how easy it would have been for her to just stop and give up, to shut off the taps. It’s much harder to keep the taps on. It’s harder to add a “yet” to the end of a self-judgment.A period means giving in to life’s circumstances, relenting in the face of things that look immovable, things that look impossible, things that look too painful. She never added a period at in boarding school where she was asked to pray to a new God in a new religion in a new language.

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