There is a myriad of distractions today fighting to rob your attention. Aside from the obvious technological distractions, we also have many internal distractions such as daydreaming and ruminating over past and future events. But contrary to popular belief, distractions have always been a huge problem for humankind regardless of technological development. When we first roamed the African savanna as Homo sapiens, we had an abundance of distractions that threatened our goal of survival: the sounds of predators, mirages of water, bad weather, and so forth. Absolute rulers of the past (i.e. Emperors/Empresses and Kings/Queens) always had polyamorous relationships, literature…
On Deck is an ingenious company name.
In the literal sense, on deck means to be present on the deck of a ship or home. Informally, it means to be ready or available for action. In baseball or softball, it means you’re up next to bat, so don’t strike out or ground out (no pressure). The phrase all hands on deck is often used to implore every person on a team, whether it’s a ship’s crew or functional team within a business, to come together within a constrained period and accomplish essential tasks. And all good decks, whether a physical…
Over the past couple of years, I’ve gotten many questions on why I’m so focused on helping introverts overcome their self-limiting beliefs and find success and fulfillment in their lives while staying true to their personality. And over that time, I’ve had many informal conversations on answering the why introverts question. This article attempts to chronicle the journey that I took to launch the Digital Introverts podcast and share my future ambitions concerning content, community, and compensation.
It seems like everyone these days is obsessed with discovering their personality. People bond over their Myers-Briggs and Enneagram types and feel a sense of epiphany after reading the results of their personality tests. But what if I told you that not only are these personality tests are misleading and unscientific, they’re also potentially dangerous to your self-development.
This example is one of many that Dr. Benjamin Hardy provides in his new book, Personality Isn’t Permanent: Break Free from Self-Limiting Beliefs and Rewrite Your Story, to illustrate that personality isn’t an innate, fixed trait that’s locked in your genes from…
“This year has been frustrating” is a colossal understatement.
Hearts are hurting so badly.
Twitter is at peak toxicity.
Death and destruction deluge our collective consciousness.
The Grim Reaper doesn’t discriminate when it comes to COVID-19.
But when it comes to our Black friends, it unfortunately does.
How do we behave rationally in times of chaos?
How do we best support our neighbours and marginalized communities?
Practice good hygiene.
Recognize and acknowledge your privilege.
Protest responsibly and donate accordingly.
Elect officials who are proactive in criminal justice reform.
The dialogue shouldn’t end once outrage subsides.
The real work begins after…
Over the past couple of years, I’ve been intensely interested in the power of networking, both online and offline. Ever since I took a consulting call from Swish Goswami on using LinkedIn to grow my personal brand in August 2017, my life has been transformed through the many people I’ve come to know through LinkedIn, other social platforms, and at events.
Through chatting with many individuals on my experience building a network from scratch over coffee or Zoom, I’ve developed a six-level framework that you can use to classify your connections and allocate time accordingly to cultivate relationships:
A growing sense of dread came upon me as I was called to the stage. My hands looked like they had just been washed a hundred times with salt water, and I was convinced that I was getting an instant fever. It’s do or die, I thought to myself while walking up the stairs, ready to face the guillotine of public embarrassment. What I saw instead was a sea of mildly curious faces, probably wondering why I of all people decided to run for the position of high school valedictorian for my year.
Looking back, it was a spur-of-the-moment decision…
The Toronto Raptors are the 2018–2019 NBA champions!
And the Finals MVP is none other than Kawhi Leonard, the stoic, reserved superstar who has arguably become the greatest Toronto Raptor in his first season with the team.
His quiet, soft-spoken personality is in stark contrast to other superstars in the league who flaunt their lifestyles on social media, pursue media and philanthropic opportunities, and even go into venture capital. For Leonard, family comes first, and basketball is merely his profession.
Airbnb, Dropbox, Stripe, Instacart, Reddit, GitLab, Twitch, Zapier, Weebly. I’m sure you’ve heard of the following companies if not used their services before. But what do they have in common? They are some of the top companies by valuation that have come out of Y Combinator (YC), a premium startup accelerator located in the heart of Silicon Valley. They invest seed money into two batches of startups a year, and they currently invest $150k for 7% of each company.
On January 18, 2019, I had the pleasure of attending a YC talk hosted by The Hatchery, a seed incubator at…