Mini Saga - stories in exactly 50 words
50 words is not a lot. With some discipline and creativity, you can say a lot in 50 words. A mini saga is a story that is told in exactly 50 words - not 49 or 51 but exactly 50 words.
I was first introduced to the concept of a Mini Saga by Daniel Pink via his book "A Whole New Mind". I wrote my first mini saga in the same year and have not stopped since then. Over these years, I wrote a few hundred mini sagas and published a small subset of them.
Every mini saga I have chosen to publish has an underlying message that is the focus of the mini saga.
This lens is a collection of links to my mini sagas on my blog.
Benefits of Writing a Mini Saga
I hope this lens inspires you to write your own mini saga. Here are a few benefits of writing a mini saga:
Benefit #1: Writing a mini saga expands your creativity. Constraints typically expand creativity or induce flight. When you have to put everything in 50 words, you have to 'leave behind' a lot. That's where the creative juices start flowing.
Benefit #2: Writing a mini saga stretches your thinking. What will you write about? You have to think about topics that will fit in 50 words or squeeze them to fit in 50 words. That puts thinking on overdrive mode.
Benefit #3: Writing a mini saga enhances your discipline. Deciding what to write about, deciding what to leave behind and putting it in 50 words requires discipline throughout."
MIni Saga Workshop
The Art and Craft of Writing a Mini Saga
If you are thinking about writing a mini saga, here is a quick article where I explain how I write a mini saga. Think of it like a "mini" Mini Saga Workshop. Here is the link:
Mini Sagas: Bite Sized Lessons for Life and Business
- Mini Sagas: Bite Sized Lessons for Life and Business
In this first ever photographic manifesto on ChangeThis, 15 of the mini sagas below are featured in the backdrop of breathtaking photos. You can download this for FREE. Format: PDF Size: 2.9MB
Mini Saga Collection - Stories in exactly 50 words!
- #1 The Interview
He did well in the interview. Should he take up the job?
- #2 The Phone Call
Sometimes trying again won't work!
- #3 The Book
We need the complete story!
- #4 - The Accident
"Blind Spots" are bad!
- #5 - Airport
Getting late to the airport is not good!
- #6 - Love at first sight
OK, then what?
- #7 - The deal
Is the deal done? Almost.
- #8 - The Choice
Choice overload sucks!
- #9 - Giving Back
Paying the right price is important
- #10 - The Goal
Goals are good. But, they have to be the right ones
- #11 - The Team
Goal is near but the team needs you. Which one do you pick?
- #12 - Lost and Found
When you lose your mind, where will you find it?
- #13 - The Block
He desperately wanted to get out of the writer's block.
- #14 - Lost
Bob was lost. After a while he realized what the real problem was..
- #15 - The Leader
The leader moved on and nobody felt a thing..
- #16 - The Startup
Starting up a startup is easy. Getting deals is not.
- #17 - The Reality Show
The reality show may not be really real...
- #18 - The Sales Seminar
There is nothing like an inexpensive sales seminar
- #19 - The Missing Piece
Are you really sure that you are focusing on the most important thing?
- #20 - Happiness
What makes you happy?
- #21 - The Price
Things seem easy until you dig into the "total price" paid...
- #22 - The Trend
You want to know why you failed. How about the reason behind your success?
- #23 - Networking
If something is too good to be true, it probably is..
- #24 - Requirements Analysis
Software Professionals or otherwise, we are always responding to requests based on our understanding of the request. If you get the request wrong, then…
- #25 - The Entrepreneur
Eternally searching for the next big idea to execute on will not help much...
- #26 - The Follower
Since you only get to live once, it may be worth watching who you are following…
- #27 - The Game
Ring-side seats are safe, but...
- #28 - Competition
Tracking your competition is important but that's not everything.
- #29 - The Sale
Sometimes the discounts we see on the "special sales" don't account for the additional costs…
- #30 - The Opportunity
Stage Capturing: Taking advantage of somebody else's stage for your advantage (without permission from that somebody)
- #31 - Job Search
Should you search for a job OR...
- #32 - Fired
You better be fired up OR...
- #33 - Moving On
You think you have moved on. You are confident about that. Have you really?
- #34 - Charlie in the Chocolate Factory
You can choose whatever you want to do as long as you are willing to face the consequences
- #35 - Recognition
Hard work alone may not be enough to get the recognition you deserve.
- #36 - Suicide
When you are in the middle of a mess, it's easy to miss a LOT of important things.
- #37 - Insanity
Insanity manifests in a million ways…
- #38 - Surprise
Sometimes when you plan a surprise, you have to be ready for more than what you planned for…
- #39 - Decision
Making good decisions is very important. But it's also important to know how long you will take to make those "right" decisions.
- #40 - Dream
Sometimes dreams can be unbelievable
- #41 - Loan
Sometimes we take things literally.
- #42 - Perfection
You may want something to be perfect. But there might be hefty price to pay for that.
- #43 - Notice
We notice what we notice and sometimes what we notice is not enough.
- #44 - Argument
The best way to win an argument is not to have one. But sometimes you can't avoid an argument and for those times, you need to be prepared.
- #45 - Validation
If you are not careful, your people might give you exactly what you are looking for.
- #46 - Stress
Before you complain about everything that's causing you stress, take a look at how much you are contributing to your own stress.
- Mini Saga #47 - Control
Agreed, you want to be in control all the times. But…
- Mini Saga #48 - Persuasion
Persuasion has many flavors
- Mini Saga #49 - Expression
- Mini Saga #50 - Reason
The deadline is not the only reason to complete the project…
- Mini Saga #51 - Criticism
Birds of the same feather do not always flock together…
- MIni Saga #52 - Purpose
I spent a few days last week with my friend Kiruba Shankar and his family. We talked a lot over these few days. Right next to Kiruba's home, I saw hundreds of nursery plants and Kiruba told me a real-life story related to this nursery plants. That st
- Mini Saga #53 - The Boss
A common pastime for employees is to find faults with what ideas and initiatives of their Bosses. This mini saga takes a look at this from another angle.
- Mini Saga #54 - The Sequence
Sequence or Order of things is very important - both in our personal and professional lives. It is easy to forget the old adage - " don't put the cart before the horse." Here is a (funny) mini saga to illustrate the point.
- Mini Saga #55 - Discount
Some people just don't know where to draw the line.
- Mini Saga #56 - Quest
The wisdom lies in knowing what you can and what you cannot control. It can be frustrating if you mix up the two.
- Mini Saga #57 - Smart
Being the smartest does not a provide a guarantee to land a job. It requires way more than that.
- Mini Saga #58 - Karma
The message I want to convey is "what goes around comes around."
- Mini Saga #59 - Assignment
You can skip the assignments but you can't skip the consequences of skipping the assignments.
- Mini Saga #60 - Advantage
It may be tempting to take advantage of someone, but…
- Mini Saga #61 - Thoughtfulness
Being thoughtful is to be considerate for the needs of other people. It can show up in simple everyday things in life.
- Mini Saga #62 - Roulette
You may think the odds are on your side, but...
- Mini Saga #63 - Job
What you consider as "sweeping the floors" may be a stepping stone towards something big…
- Mini Saga #64 - Service
Good service is important. However, if the need for that service arose because of a faulty design, it is best to fix the faulty design rather than focusing on making it up with good service.
- Mini Saga #65 - Relationship
Lifetime relationships are even more special and they extend until the end of your life (or theirs). It takes a lifetime to build and maintain those relationships. Master the art of building lifetime relationships and life will never look the same. T
- Mini Saga #66 - Attention
Attention is at a premium everywhere. You need to "earn" someone's attention. Attempts to steal it from someone usually fails.
- Mini Saga #67 - Advantage
Not everything can be easily replicated
- Mini Saga #68 - Comparison
The plan seemed almost perfect. There was only one small glitch
- Mini Saga #69 - Support
It was good to get that support right when it was needed most. Or may be not!
- Mini Saga #70 - Perspective
Reality is not always what you think it is...
- Mini Saga #71 - Offer
The same offer can be transformed into a killer offer with the power of a story
- Mini Saga #73 - Parking
As you can see from the story, this is not a story about Parking. My goal with this mini saga is to bring out the fact we stop seeing things right in front of us when emotions take over.
- Mini Saga #74 - The Final Countdown
It's all about the meaning
- Mini Saga #75 - Today
Most people forget that today is PRECIOUS.
- Mini Saga #76 - Belief
Simple truth: If you don't believe in yourself, it's hard to get others to believe in you.
- Mini Saga #77 - Rediscover
It is never too late to rediscover your calling…
- Mini Saga #78 - Summit
Sometimes what you are looking for may simply be on the path
- Mini Saga #79 - Preparation
By the time you finally "get it 100% right," it may not matter much
- Mini Saga #80 - Unreasonable
"Being reasonable" and "wanting to change the world" usually won't go together
- Mini Saga #81 - Justification
There is always a justification for everything. Is yours helping or hurting you?
- Mini Saga #82 - Fear
When you feel the fear, remember one thing - "you can't lose what you don't have."
- Mini Saga #83 - Impossible
My friend Naveen Lakkur reminded me of an old saying that "Impossible" is nothing but "I M possible"
- Mini Saga #84 - Imitation
Imitation as a strategy is doomed from the beginning.
- Mini Saga #85 - Trigger
Transformation begins with a positive trigger.
- Mini Saga #86 - Making it happen
A small shift in your approach can lead to a big shift in your results
- Mini Saga #87 - Path
Being focused is important but one should also learn to spot alternative (and better) paths along the way
- Mini Saga #88 - Difference
You can always find a reason to NOT try. Most probably, that reason won't matter much.
- Mini Saga #89 - Footprints
The road less traveled is lonely. The destination is uncertain but the journey is priceless.
- Mini Saga #90 - Experiments
When you are engaged in the right projects, there is so much of learning in every failure.
- Mini Saga #91 - Intention
Knowing exactly what you want does not guarantee that you will get it. But it's a good start
- Mini Saga #92 - Action
If you have never made a bad decision, chances are you have avoided all the big decisions
- Mini Saga #93 - Articulate
Being articulate is very important but not as a substitute for getting the job done. As the old saying goes, the most dangerous person to employ is someone who is "articulate, but incapable"
- Mini Saga #94 - Knowing
Sometimes we don't have to go far to find what we are looking for.
- Mini Saga #95 - Enthusiasm
Enthusiasm propels you to live your life in full, AND it pays!
- Mini Saga #96 - Connection
Give first and that is all…
- Mini Saga #97 - Intuition
Most people need to see it to believe it. Those who believe in intuition, just need to feel it.
- Mini Saga #98 - Ordinary
It's hard to win against someone when they are operating on their strengths and you are not.
- Mini Saga #99 - Transformation
Change is hard. It's harder when you are on the one who is supposed to change.
- Mini Saga #100 - Recipe
Role models are great for inspiration, not for imitation
- Mini Saga #101 - Alive`
Most of your waking hours are spent on your job. You better make them count!
- Mini Saga #102 - Uncertainty
Dealing with uncertainty may be hard but that's nothing compared to living with total certainty.
- Mini Saga #103 - Message
For most people, lack of knowledge is not the problem, lack of action is.
- Mini Saga #104 - Image
First, you need to be comfortable with yourself. Only then, you can expect others to be comfortable with you.
- Mini Saga #105 - Respect
You can rarely demand respect; you need to earn it
- Mini Saga #106 - Destiny
Even if you think your book of destiny is already written, you can still edit it.
- Mini Saga #107 - The Other Side
The grass is always greener on the other side...
- Mini Saga #108 - Energy
Love has the keys to your untapped energy
- Mini Saga #109 - Practice
If it is your passion, it is never too late to start on it!
- Mini Saga #110 - Who
Who you are is… mostly overrated.