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God Did the World a Favor by Destroying Twitter

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By far the best paragraph that I read this week came from Paul Ford: How will these smaller groups of happier people be monetized? This is a tough question for the billionaires. Happy people, the kind who eat sandwiches together, are boring. They don’t buy much. Their smartphones are six versions behind and have badly cracked screens. They fix bicycles, then they talk about fixing bicycles, then they show their friend, who just came over […]

A love letter to my website

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“Not long ago, the web was still the future. It was a big deal for companies to have their own site, much less individuals. Technology evolved. We picked up a few HTML and CSS tricks, discovered the wonders of Flash. We started spinning up our own sites, complete with guest books and visitors counters. [...]Having my own website says I care about what I do beyond clocking in and out and cashing a paycheck. [..] […]

The days stack up

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Austin Kleon is reflecting on 15 years of blogging and why he is still excited about it. It's concise and insightful. His three main points: It's a short read worth its time. It also contains great quote from Marc Weidenbaum on using writing to figure things out: Don’t leave writing to writers. Don’t delegate your area of interest and knowledge to people with stronger rhetorical resources. You’ll find your voice as you make your way. […]

Why We Long For the Most Difficult Days of Parenthood

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Great perspective in The Atlantic about parenting young children by Stephanie H. Murray. The sociologist Daniel Gilbert once likened a day spent caring for a 3-year-old to a baseball game that remains scoreless until the bottom of the ninth. Fans remember the thrilling moments of the game-winning home run and not much else. [...] Hindsight allows us to put suffering into context and recognize the purpose it served in our lives. Hohlbaum likened it to […]

Categories for journaling

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Over the past few years, long-hand journaling helped me reflect and think through many personal and professional topics. Ofir Sharony offers a nice framework to establish a journaling routine. "Start by shutting down all interruptions: disable Slack mentions and email notifications, place your phone out of sight, and enter your flow by wearing your noise-canceling headset. Once you feel focused, go over today’s calendar, skim through your to-do list, and reflect [on one or more […]

Adam Grant – How to stop languishing

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Earlier this year, Adam Grant hit the Zeitgeist with the word “languishing” (There’s a Name for the Blah You’re Feeling: It’s Called Languishing). The word describes the feeling of being joyless and aimless that most of have been experiencing over the past 18 months. I remember receiving links to the article from all over the world – typically with all caps and exclamation marks (“THAT!!!”, “ME!”, “Must read!”). I’m glad that he followed his discovery […]

24 hours

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The blog of a wealth management firms is an unlikely place to find a meditation on the wonders of parenthood. It's not always obvious and being in the phase of "terrible twos/ threes" provides plenty of growth opportunities on both sides of the parenting equation. I read it a few months ago and it's still stuck in my head. They say the “days go slow but the years fly,” and as I sit here stewing […]