Most people don't have a clear idea of where self-esteem comes from. The "self-esteem movement" that millennials grew up with told us that we were awesome, regardless of reality: everyone gets a trophy, because everyone is special! But self-esteem doesn't come from participation trophies or self-affirmations, and this practice indicates that neither millennials nor the baby-boomers that raised them have any idea of how to achieve self-esteem -- and that's a problem. Because of the nature of our modern economy, the demand for high self-esteem individuals has never been higher. In fact, to be successful, it is a basic requirement.
Writing is hard. Well, I shouldn’t say that. Writing badly is easy -- most of us learn to do that in school -- but writing well is difficult, and the best writers are the ones who make it look easy. Most people think that good writing includes lots of adjectives and flowery descriptions and words only an English professor with a hefty thesaurus would know, but that could not be further from the truth. If a reader can’t understand your writing, or is overwhelmed with the amount of words you use to describe something, they won’t read it, and if they do read it, they won’t be moved by it. Writing lengthy and verbose sentences is easy, writing plain, concise sentences requires restraint and focus.