Last updated: May 31, 2021

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  • Becoming by Michelle Obama — In her memoir, a work of deep reflection and mesmerizing storytelling, Michelle Obama invites readers into her world, chronicling the experiences that have shaped her — from her childhood in Chicago to her years as an executive balancing the demands of motherhood and work, to her time spent at the White House. (Goodreads)
  • Born to Run by Bruce Springsteen — Bruce Springsteen has privately devoted himself…

How the legendary John Steinbeck overcame his self-doubt to write The Grapes of Wrath

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One of the greatest misconceptions about world-class artists is that the work comes easy to them.

Our minds like to draw quick conclusions — a great writer sits down at their desk and the words flow through their pen in a flash of inspiration. An influential painter picks up the brush and loses consciousness until the masterpiece is complete. A hit-songwriter goes into a melodic trance and comes out with a platinum record.

Perhaps the reason we assume this is because we typically only ever see the final product. …

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As the world seems to be on standstill during this worldwide pandemic, we are seeing an immediate impact on young startups and small businesses that fuel innovation and their communities.

In this time of uncertainty, many fear what the future holds for their business and livelihood. Small businesses are scaling down or temporarily closing their doors as we wait for the spread of the Coronavirus to die down, while many startups initiate work-from-home policies and experience turbulence in their markets.

While it seems opportunities are limited as the pandemic evolves, businesses need to find the silver lining in the crisis…

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We tend to have a distorted view of education. Instead of a place to learn and prosper, we see our education system as a means to an end.

What does it matter if we actually learn? We just need to graduate with academic recognition so we land our dream jobs.

In many institutions, students don’t learn as much as they conform to guidelines. This is forced upon them as ungodly tuition fees hang over their heads. …


How are we so often deceived by the people we trust? Why are we so quick to believe that someone is telling us the truth?

Historically, humans have been awful at detecting deception. And this weakness has led to some of the most costly mistakes to date.

Think about one of the most notorious liars in recent history, Elizabeth Holmes. She is the founder of Theranos — a Silicon Valley startup that set out to revolutionize modern medicine with its blood-testing technology.

Investors flocked to Holmes’ in the early days of Theranos. She collected over $700 million from investors to…

Ram Dass in 2017, via

Ram Dass, the spiritual guru known for his profound perspective, died this past Sunday. He leaves behind a legacy full of wisdom that has reached folks far and wide.

A Harvard professor, psychedelic researcher, and a psychologist, Ram Dass found himself on a mission to bring the great philosophies of the East to the Western world. Philosophies of love, mindfulness, and loss of ego.

I’ve come to know of Ram Dass only in the last six months or so, through a Mike Posner interview on the podcast On Purpose with Jay Shetty.

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The times we feel the most productive are when we feel the busiest. When we have so much to get done we rapidly switch between tasks, trying to get everything done at once.

There’s a common misconception, especially in the startup culture, that we are much more productive when we multitask. That having more on the go will allow us to get more done in a shorter time. This is sometimes even a ‘skill’ that is listed on job postings.

Research has disproven this idea time and time again, suggesting that we’re much more productive when we’re doing the opposite…

So many ideas that I can’t choose just one…

The times I struggle most to write something are the times where I have the most to say about many different times.

This is what I’m struggling with as of late. I have an influx of ideas and topics that I want to cover but don’t know which one I want to write about at this very moment.

In times like these, I’ll begin writing a piece on a topic that I’m excited about and one of two things will happen:

  1. I realize I have a lot more to say than what I had accounted for. In these circumstances, I…

Sharing my writing on Medium has been the best thing I’ve done as a writer thus far.

It was something I contemplated doing for a long time, and now wish I had started sooner. I’ve not only grown as a writer, but I’ve discovered things about myself, drawn lessons out of my experiences, and have connected with people across the world.

One month and 13 articles later, I am beginning to understand more about the writing process and how I can get the most out of myself, as both a writer and a person.

There’s no better place to share…

And the danger of cognitive entrenchment

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Albert Einstein is simply known as one of the greatest thinkers of all time. His theory of relativity explained concepts that no one could fully understand — space, time, matter, and gravity.

When you look at Einstein’s accomplishments, it’s natural to assume that he was a determined man who had tunnel-vision focus and used every hour of his day to solve these great mysteries. A determined man he was, but consumed by a singular focus he wasn’t.

What lies beneath Einstein’s great findings is a curious mind that has explored all sorts of different interests and hobbies. He loved sailing…

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