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The Power of Imperfect Starts

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Not everybody has a well-defined goal. But most people who do have one are usually on a quest to observe the successful people. Why? Well, in order to copy their strategies and their habits. This may sound like a great plan, but it’s not always such a clever idea as it may seem.

Learning from successful people and creating habits based on their experiences is an excellent way of keeping you disciplined and on the right path to success. But you should keep in mind that all those systems and habits that successful people use, might not be the habits and systems they used when they began their journey. This really makes sense if you think about it.  In order to get started, you should focus on completely different things than when you are only maintaining your success.

Each of us has his own way of emerging out of the unknown, so, trust yourself! Your first step and the most important one is getting rid of the procrastination attitude. You can do that creating constructive habits.

The Difference Between what is Needed and What is Ideal

Following successful people and learning from them is extremely important for your overall development. But remember; never compare yourself with someone who is already prosperous in his field of activity. As we already stated before, the system that you must develop in the beginning is not the same as the one that someone who is already successful uses.

If you ignore this important fact, whenever you look at someone who is already on the peak, you will get the impression that in order to take your first step, you must first get new stuff, new skills, and new connections.

Most of the times that’s not even true; to understand it better I’ll give you a few examples.

Wondering the World

Most people that travel consider that in order to travel smart, they have to spend a lot of money on expensive gear like bag packs, clothes, and accommodations. Even if this is important and may help you a lot along with your trip, it’s not a necessity.

You don’t need expensive shoes to start training or new dishes to start cooking healthy food. And for sure you don’t need new bags to start wondering the world. We like to think that better equipment is what we need in order to travel. But that is more like an excuse than a necessity.

Opening a Business

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When you are just starting your life as an entrepreneur it’s easy to get trapped by details such as a perfect tagline or a crowning logo. These are indeed important but can be determined or improved later. We always plan too much and think too much before even starting putting the first brick. A close friend of mine invested a large sum of money into essay writing services, only to get a ton of content for his newly born business. This is an example of too much too soon.

We wish everything to be perfect and we forget that this is a long term process. Here is the problem; we focus on things that are optimal but not really needed. Again, this may seem like an excuse to procrastinate the start. Try to avoid this struggle by taking action from the beginning.

Eating Healthily

We can see exactly the same “struggle” when people are trying to eat healthily. Let’s say that you just committed to eating healthily and you decide to go see a nutritionist. He will create a healthy eating plan for you with a lot of organic and super-healthy foods. It’s great, isn’t it? Now that you have your plan and everything put together, it’s time to start eating healthily.

Buying all those foods and keeping up with the plan might be a pretty time-consuming activity. And in order to cope with it, you will need a stainless discipline. Most people will quit after just a few days. So, instead of trying so hard to force yourself to eat healthily, you should take everything much slower. Start buying a few vegetables each week and only implement those in your diet. Start small and simple.

Asserting that You Need to “Learn More” In Order to Start

Most people tend to play the “I need to be more prepared” card when they must start something new or implement a certain life-changing habit.

  • You may complain that traveling without a light backpack may be almost impossible, but the truth is that you could handle everything even without it.
  •  Or you may consider that your successful friend is thriving because he uses certain tactics and strategies, but you forget that he didn’t use those when he started his business.
  • You may envy your gym teacher and assert that he uses some mysterious supplements in order to look so good, but you forget that he has been training for the past 8 years.

Concerning yourself with all these insignificant details only prevents you from doing the difficult work. Don’t let ideas of what is ideal to counter you from getting started.

Conclusion

The whole of point of this article is to open your eyes. When you really wish to do something you do it. It’s important to be aware of this in order to spot the excuses that your subconscious mind may be created with the intention of delaying proper action. An imperfect start may be a wakeup call for those who observe it.

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Amazing invention Yu Characters done by George Yu

Yu Characters

About the Yu Characters

My name is Zhuowei Yu (or simply George Yu). I am the designer of the Yu Characters. I would be comfortable to be referred as a businessman turned amateur artist. Certainly it is always precisely correct to call me the designer of the Yu Characters.

Born and grew up in Beijing, China in 1957, I was fond of painting when I was about five years old. My painting hobby had gradually evolved to calligraphy upon entering middle school. During the Cultural Revolution, studying and practicing ancient Chinese calligraphy was almost taboo so I had a tough time accessing any of them. Fortunately, the Forbidden City (imperial palace for the Chinese emperors built 700 years ago) was reopened to the public after a few years’ shut down by the government. I had a good chance to see tremendous amount of royal treasures. What impressed me the most was tons of calligraphy artwork everywhere. I became so addicted to them that I spent the money my mom gave me for candies to visit the palace again and again to satisfy my desire for curiosity.

I quickly fell in love with calligraphy at around fourteen. As the normal practice, I aimed to obtain the writing characteristics of exemplary pieces of writing, mainly Yan Zhenqing, the most renowned ancient Chinese calligrapher. During the course of learning and practicing it, I would often imagine working out a calligraphy artwork and present it to the Chinese empress “Dowager Cixi” just like some of her cabinet ministers did (I saw those in the Forbidden City.) It would be such a fulfilling feeling.

While I kept on my passion on calligraphy, I additionally developed an intense interest in Russian taught at middle school as foreign language and was soon ranked the top student in Russian study among more than a thousand students. I also enjoyed very much writing the cursive Russian letters using the ink dipping pen. My Russian teacher reserved my homework of Russian writing as a role model for all students to follow.

A fuzzy concept flashed across my mind: wouldn’t it be wonderful if the Chinese calligraphic art be somehow combined with Russian and how would it look like? I would quickly shut myself down on this crazy thinking because at that time anything beyond following Mao Zedong’s thought (Chinese Marxism) was totally unacceptable and also punishable. My thinking was way too far beyond it. However, if you were wired by God to do something in your lifetime, sooner or later it would pop up even after decades, which proved to be true on myself.

In 1972, an unprecedented English learning program was launched over the radio. I got so excited at it as this was the only way I could learn English in the most professional way. After several months’ following up, I fell in love with English and attentively followed it up for quite a few years all the way through my enrollment to  the Beijing University of International Studies in 1978.

My four years English study in the university had enabled me to perform international trade starting from 1982. Dozens of years of communing with countries of multiple cultures had led my teenager’s fuzzy concept to resurface time and again: To apply the Chinese characters to western cultures in a certain way. The Chinese calligraphy had been revered as the best form of Chinese art due to its unique feature of being capable, mysterious, careful, carefree, balanced, unrestrained, mature, virile, graceful, sober, well-knit, prolix, rich, exuberant, and classic. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if these unique features could also be reflected in calligraphy of western languages?

The harder it was, the more challenging and appealing it would become. Extremely ridiculous and impossible as it might appear, this hazy crazy idea kept popping up from time to time. There always seemed to be a hidden giant standing far away in the fog waving at me. Or I seemed to be following my instinct. In 2004, I went to the Beijing Bookstore and bought a big dictionary weighing about four kilos consisting of all scripts styles of all Chinese characters.  Why did I buy it? No clear answers! Probably instinct or sixth sense. I would often grab it from my bookshelf and search for characters written by different calligraphers in variant script styles that may best match something somewhere sometimes in the West.

As the burning desire kept growing, I decided in 2008 that I may have to sacrifice the trading business in order to have more time on this exciting adventure.

It was of course easier said than done. Unlike a Chinese marrying a European, which would naturally give birth to a child resembling their parents by half, when you put a Chinese character of intricate strokes and complicated structures beside a Roman letter, none of them would give a damn what they are meant to be related to one another. On the contrary, you might be much more comfortable to see them separated as far apart as possible. Even today, you can still easily search online and see some rusty, harsh and primitive designs in trying to combine Chinese way of writing with that of the Roman alphabet.

As the Chinese saying goes, a journey of a thousand miles starts with the first step. The Roman alphabet starts with A, so it was my first course of dish. This was a dish with Greek cheese on the left side and the Chinese bean curd on the other. You had to work wonders by delicately mixing them so that either fans would like it more than the original.  Searching through thousands of Chinese characters, I picked up the Chinese character“爱”(pronounced like A) to be the ideal match with A by inserting it into A , sharing one stroke and filling its vacant areas evenly and aesthetically. More importantly, “爱”has an overwhelmingly positive meaning for love! In other words, the Yu Character A is beautiful from inside out!

Yu Characters

You would need to “test write” the newly created character hundreds if not thousands of times to see if the sequence of the strokes would practically make sense, if the connections between each stroke were smooth, if the layout of the strokes was evenly balanced, if the whole structure of the character could stand on its own and looked nice just like a regular Chinese character. The test writing was done by traditional brush in the most popular official script style. After the protocol was finalized, I used the “shape” function of Microsoft word 2013 to record it and be saved in the computer for the convenience of future online promotion.

Well begun is half done. By following the same rules, I started to crack the nuts one by one for the rest of 25 Roman letters.  Believe it or not, it took approximately 6 months to create the 26 Yu Characters plus a few additional months for further correction and perfection.

While it would have been impossible to present my calligraphy artwork to the Chinese empress Dowager Cixi (who would now be 155 years), it was feasible to submit it to Queen Elizabeth II. So I sent Her Majesty a birthday celebration in the Yu Characters in the spring of 2014. Amazingly enough, I got her thank you reply letter. See the link:

You may now visit www.yucharacters.com to see exactly how they look.

The creation of the Yu Characters had caught the eyes of ICN TV station who invited me for interview (in Chinese). See the following links.

I had also shown my artwork in a couple of local art exhibitions. One of them had named me artist of the day. See the following link:

The success in the creation of the Yu Characters did not stop me from moving on. I really did not want to ignore my buddy, the Russian. Starting from early 2015, I began cracking the Russian nuts. Surprisingly fast, I finished it up in a matter of a couple of months! See the following link:

www.russian.yucharacters.com

To learn more about the Yu Characters, click the following for the manual: https://www.yucharacters.com/files/YU_CHARACTERS_INTRODUCTION_2015-4-14.pdf

April-3d, 2016

George Yu

Designer of the Yu Characters

Positive Words Research – Amazing invention Yu Characters done by George Yu

List of plain English words and phrases from A to Z

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Plain English (also referred to as layman’s terms or sometimes referred to more broadly as plain language) is a generic term for English communication that emphasizes the avoidance of technical language and uses simple, familiar words instead of lengthy, formal words, avoids jargon, prefers positive words to negative words, and prefers strong verbs to be verbs.

Here is a list of plain English words and phrases in alphabetical order from A to Z

Plain English starting with letter A

  • above-mentioned, above-listed, before-mentioned, aforementioned – (omit)
  • abundance – enough, plenty, (or specific amount
  • accede to – allow, agree to
  • accelerate – speed up
  • accentuate – stress
  • accommodation – room
  • accompany – go with, with
  • accomplish – do
  • accorded – given
  • accordingly – thus, so
  • accrue – add, gain
  • accurate – right
  • acquiesce – agree
  • acquire – get
  • additional – extra
  • address – discuss
  • addressees – you
  • adjacent to – Next to
  • adjustment – change, alteration
  • admissible – allowed, accepted
  • advantageous – helpful
  • adversely impact on – hurt, set back
  • advise – tell
  • afford an opportunity – allow, let
  • aggregate – total
  • aircraft – airplane (USA) / aeroplane (UK) (Plane can also mean – flat surface – and a woodworking tool; the word airplane avoids this confusion. The word aircraft can be used if you need to specifically include balloons, blimps, gliders, etc.; it’s the simplest word for the whole category of aerial vehicles.)
  • alleviate – ease, reduce
  • allocate – divide
  • along the lines of – like, as in
  • alternatively – or
  • ameliorate – improve, help
  • an absence of – no, none
  • and particularly – particularly
  • and/or – use either and or or.
  • anticipate – expect
  • a number of – some
  • applicant – you
  • application – use
  • apparent – clear, plain
  • apprehend – arrest
  • appreciable – many
  • appropriate – proper, right
  • approximate – about
  • arrive onboard – arrive
  • as a means of – to
  • ascertain – find out, learn
  • as per our telephone conversation of this date – as we discussed this afternoon
  • as prescribed by – in, under
  • as far as is concerned – (omit)
  • as to – of, on, with, for, to, by, in, into
  • as yet, as of yet – yet
  • assist, assistance – help
  • at its discretion – can, may
  • attain – meet
  • attempt – try
  • at the present time, at this time, at this point in time, at the moment – now
  • attributable to – because
  • at your earliest convenience – as soon as you can
  • authorize – allow, let

Plain English starting with letter B

  • basis, on a – (omit)
  • be advised – (omit)
  • because of the fact that – because, since
  • beg – ask
  • belated – late
  • beneficial – helpful, useful
  • bestow – give, award
  • by means of – by, with
  • by reason of – because
  • by virtue of – by, under
  • beverage – drink

Plain English starting with letter C

  • Capable of, am/is/are – can
  • capability – ability
  • case of, in the – (omit)
  • caveat – warning
  • cease – stop
  • chauffeur – driver
  • clearly, obviously – (omit)
  • close proximity – near
  • combat environment – combat
  • combined – joint
  • commence – Begin or start
  • completely revoke – revoke
  • comply with – follow
  • complete – fill in
  • component– part
  • comprise – form
  • conceal – hide
  • concerning – about, on
  • consensus, of opinion, consensus, general – consensus
  • consequently – so
  • consolidate – join, merge
  • constitutes – is, forms, makes up
  • contains – has
  • convene – meet
  • corridor – hall
  • currently – (omit), now

Plain English starting with letter D

  • deem – believe, think
  • delete – cut, drop
  • demonstrate – prove, show
  • depart – leave, go
  • designate – choose, name
  • desire – want, wish
  • despite the fact that – although
  • determine – decide, figure, find
  • disclose – show
  • different – After a number, this word is often unnecessary.
  • discontinue – drop, stop
  • disseminate – give, issue, pass, send
  • does not have – lacks
  • does not include – excludes, omits
  • due to the fact that – because, since
  • duly (authorized, signed) – (omit)
  • during the period, during the time that – during, while

Plain English starting with letter E

  • each and every – (omit)
  • early beginnings – beginnings, early days
  • each…apiece – each
  • economical – cheap
  • effect modifications – make changes
  • elect – chose, pick
  • eliminate – cut, drop, end
  • else but, else than) – but
  • elucidate – explain
  • emphasize – stress
  • employ – use
  • enclosed please find – I have enclosed
  • encounter – meet
  • endeavor – try
  • end (result, product) – omit
  • enquiry – question
  • ensure – make sure
  • entitlement – right
  • enumerate – count
  • equally as – equally
  • equipments – equipment
  • equitable – fair
  • equivalent – equal
  • establish – set up, prove, show
  • evaluate – test, check
  • evidenced – showed
  • evident – (omit), clear
  • evince – show, prove
  • excluding – except
  • exclusively – only
  • exhibit – show
  • expedite – hurry
  • expeditious – fast, quick
  • expend – spend
  • expertise – ability
  • expiration – end

Plain English starting with letter F

  • facilitate – ease, help
  • fauna – animals
  • feasible – workable
  • females – women
  • finalize – complete, finish
  • first(ly), second(ly), third(ly) – first, second, third
  • first and foremost – first
  • flora – plants
  • following – after
  • for a period of – for
  • for example,______etc. – for example, such as
  • forfeit – lose, give up
  • formulate – plan
  • for the purpose of, – to
  • for the reason that, – to
  • forward – send
  • frequently – often
  • function – act, role, work
  • furnish – give, send

Plain English starting with letter H

  • has a duty to – must
  • has a requirement for – needs
  • herein, heretofore, herewith, thereof, wherefore, wherein –(omit)
  • honest truth – truth
  • however – but, yet

Plain English starting with letter I

  • identical – same
  • identify –find, name
  • identify with –agree, understand
  • if and when – use either word; not both
  • immediately – at once
  • impacted – affected,changed
  • implement – carry out, start
  • in accordance with – by, under
  • in addition – also, besides, too
  • in all likelihood – probably
  • in an effort to – to
  • inasmuch – since
  • in a timely manner – on time, promptly
  • in between – between
  • inception – start
  • in connection with – with, about
  • incumbent upon – must
  • indicate – say, state, or show
  • indication – sign
  • individual – person
  • in excess of – more than
  • in favor of – for
  • initial – first
  • initiate – start
  • in lieu of – instead
  • in light of the fact that – because
  • in many cases – often
  • in order that – for, so
  • in order to – to
  • inquire – person
  • in regard(s) to – about, concerning, on
  • in relation to – about, with, to
  • in some instances – sometimes
  • inside of – inside
  • institute legal proceedings against, bring action against – sue
  • inter alia – (omit) or use “among others”
  • interface – meet, work with
  • in terms of –(omit)
  • interpose no objection – don’t object
  • in the amount of – for
  • in the case of – when
  • in the event of – if
  • in the majority of instances – usually
  • in the nature of – like
  • in the near future – shortly, soon
  • in the process of – (omit)
  • in view of – since
  • in view of the above – so
  • regardless – regardless
  • is applicable to – applies to
  • is authorized to – may
  • is in consonance with – agrees with, follows
  • is responsible for – (omit) handles
  • it appears – seems
  • it is – (omit)
  • it is essential – must, need to
  • it is requested – please, we request, I request
  • it is important to add that, in this regard it is of significance that, it may be recalled that, it is interesting to point out that – (omit)

Plain English starting with letter L

  • liaison – discussion
  • -ly (doubtless, fast, ill, much, seldom, thus) – (omit)
  • last will and testament – will

Plain English starting with letter M

  • magnitude – size
  • maintain – keep, support
  • majority – most (except for voting)
  • make a mockery of – (omit)
  • make an attempt, make an effort – try
  • make reference to – refer
  • maximum – greatest, largest, most
  • mental attitude – attitude
  • merge – merge
  • methodology – method
  • minimize – decrease
  • minimum – least, smallest
  • modify – change
  • monitor – check, watch
  • month + of + year – March 2013
  • moreover – what’s more
  • multiple – many

Plain English starting with letter N

  • nature, of a – (omit)
  • necessitate – cause, need
  • nevertheless – still, besides, even so
  • notify – let know, tell
  • not able – unable
  • not accept – reject
  • not certain – uncertain
  • not unlike – similar, alike
  • not many – few
  • not often – seldom, rarely
  • not the same – different
  • not…unless, not…except – only if
  • not…until – only when
  • not later than 10 May – by 10 May, before 11 May
  • notwithstanding – in spite of, still
  • now comes – (omit)
  • null and void – use either “null” or “void”
  • numerous – many

Plain English starting with letter O

  • objective – aim, goal
  • obligate – bind, compel
  • observe – see on a _________basis (omit)
  • obtain – get
  • off of – off
  • on request – if you ask
  • on a daily basis – daily
  • on a X basis – Xly (where X is an adjective)
  • on the basis of – by, from
  • on the contrary – but, so
  • on the grounds that – (omit)
  • on the other hand – (omit); but, so
  • on the part of – by
  • operate – run, use, work
  • optimum – best, greatest, most
  • option – choice, way
  • orientate – orient
  • …out (calculate, cancel, distribute, segregate, separate) – omit
  • outside of – outside
  • overall (unless it means the garment) – (omit)
  • oversight [v] – oversee
  • owing to the fact that – because, since

Plain English starting with letter P

  • parameters – limits (except in mathematical and computer-programming uses)
  • participate – take part
  • particulars – details
  • pass away – die
  • per annum – a year
  • perchance – perhaps
  • perform – do
  • permit – let
  • pertaining to – about, of, on
  • perspire – sweat
  • peruse – read
  • PIN number – PIN
  • place – put
  • portion – part
  • possess – have, own
  • point in time, particular point in time – time, point, now, moment
  • potentiality – potential
  • practicable – practical
  • preclude – prevent
  • preowned – used
  • preliminary to, previous to, previously, prior to – before
  • preparatory to – to prepare for
  • prioritize – rank; set or make priorities
  • proceed – do, go ahead, try
  • procure – (omit)
  • proficiency – skill
  • promulgate – issue, publish
  • provide – give, offer, say
  • provided that – if
  • provide guidance for – guide
  • purchase – buy
  • pursuant to – by, following, per, under; in response to, in carrying out, as required by

Plain English starting with letter Q

  • question as to whether, question of whether – question whether
  • quite puzzling – baffling

Plain English starting with letter R

  • reason … is because – because
  • refer back – refer
  • reflect – say, show
  • regard as being – regard as
  • regarding – about, of, on
  • relative to – about, on
  • relocate – move
  • remain – stay
  • remainder – rest
  • remuneration – pay, payment
  • render – give, make
  • represents – is
  • request – ask
  • require – must, need
  • requirement – need, rule
  • reside, residence – live, house
  • respectively – (omit)
  • retain – keep
  • retire – go to bed

Plain English starting with letter S

  • said, some, such, same – the, this, that
  • selection – choice
  • separate – After a number, this word is often unnecessary.
  • set forth in – in
  • shall – must
  • should you wish – if you want
  • similar to – like
  • solicit – ask for, request
  • state-of-the-art – latest
  • strategize – plan
  • subject – the, this, your
  • submit – give, send
  • subsequent, subsequently, subsequent to –later, next, after, then
  • substantial – large, much
  • successfully complete – complete, pass
  • sufficient – enough

Plain English starting with letter T

  • take action to – (omit)
  • terminate – end, stop
  • than was formerly the case – now
  • the month of – (omit)
  • there are – (omit)
  • therefore – thus, so
  • therein – there
  • there is – (omit)
  • the undersigned – I
  • the use of – (omit)
  • this activity, command – us, we
  • timely – prompt
  • time period – (either one)
  • to be violative of – violate
  • took advantage of – preyed
  • to wit – (omit)
  • transpire (unless referring to plant transpiration) – happen
  • transmit – send
  • type – (omit)

Plain English starting with letter U

  • under the provisions of – under
  • until such time as – until
  • utilize, utilization – use

Plain English starting with letter V

  • validate – confirm
  • variation – change
  • various different – “various” or “different”
  • very – (omit)
  • very angry – enraged
  • viable – practical, workable

Plain English starting with letter W

  • warrant – call for, permit
  • we are in receipt of – we’ve received
  • whereas – because, since
  • whether or not – whether
  • whosoever, whomsoever – whoever, whomever
  • with a view to – by, from
  • with reference to, with regard to – about
  • with respect to – on, about
  • with the exception of – except for
  • with the minimum of delay – quickly (or say when)
  • witnessed – saw

Plain English starting with letter Y

  • you are requested – please
  • your attention is drawn – please see, please note
  • your office – you

Source: List of Plain English words and phrases Wikipedia

Positive Words Research – List of plain English words and phrases from A to Z