A convenient excuse for not writing everyday: I won’t have time for feedback. Who says you always need feedback? It’s good to know that what you’re writing or creating makes sense. It’s good to have your arguments arranged coherently and designed clearly. It’s good to make your ideas user-friendly. This is what feedback and peer […]Read more "Feedback-attachment-syndrome"
Studying history, not just memorizing facts but diving into the oceans of blood left to us by our worst ideas — this is painful. There is no psychic wetsuit that’ll keep you warm enough for your dive into the 20th century and beyond. We trivialize history. Literally: our schools make exams out of history. On […]Read more "Good at History"
Investigating the obstacles in our way, we often find that it’s sometimes our approach keeping us back. Our approach to handling troublesome people, to criticism, to people who seem to do our jobs better than us…These things sting our ego. They call forth our inner knights to defend the citizens of our precious identity. Lucky […]Read more "What if you did the opposite?"
JOB REQUIREMENTS: 3 years of experience I can’t think of anything more arbitrary. Time spent doing a job rarely equals commitment to the job. ‘3 years of settling for mediocre work and low expectations(oh and I’m also Detail Oriented’)Be careful. This might be what you get instead. It’s too easy to slap ‘3 years of […]Read more "You won’t get 3 years of experience with 3 years of experience"
As you learn languages, you really open up your depth to empathize with people and find connection with people because you can speak their language. It’s a unique connection. MONICA LIM Spotify | Apple | Watch on YouTube Monica Lim (@monicalimco) teaches English as a second language to professionals in South Korea. She also has […]Read more "Monica Lim — How does Language shape Culture? Is Online Education a Goldrush? (#59)"
I don’t like boring. Boring is the landing page for half-assed ideas. Boring is a virus that normalizes oxygen-sucking marketing copy and PowerPoint slides. Boring is where we hide ourselves and our best work. Boring keeps us safe from (apparent) harm. Not physical harm, but the harm of being laughed at, mocked, ignored. It’s easier […]Read more "The Bizarre Trap of Boring"
Your political beliefs aren’t a subset of your personality. Like all objects and ideas, the direction you take towards political matters is informed to some degree by your personality.* If you really wanna impress someone at a party, ask for their favorite biographies and hobbies, then guess who they’re voting for in the coming election. […]Read more "Bridging the Gap"
You know the feeling. You hop on a zoom call with someone you’ve never met before. They’ve seen your work and would like to talk to you. You’ve exchanged a few dms and tweets, but what’s happening here is on a whole ‘nother level. You’re talking face to face with this total stranger. Well, you’re […]Read more "How to Annihilate Awkwardness and CRUSH First Impressions"
This is the most important pill to swallow for anyone doing creative work: It’s impossible for your imagination to be symmetrical with reality. Fighting against this truth leads to a neurotic obsession with writers block. On one extreme, perfect symmetry between imagination and reality is impossible. On the other, absolute asymmetry between what the client […]Read more "Imagination and Symmetry"
No one ever is. There is no “good at writing” gene. Crawling out the womb with tendencies towards certain behaviors? Yes. That’s called personality. Everyone has that. But what about heredity? Both of my brothers jump into burning buildings for a living. I decided to…do whatever the hell this is. Yeah, I could have become […]Read more "Born Good"