The quirky, delightful, and supremely opinionated Helen Rosner

Okay, so I have just discovered a new inspiration. I am continuing to binge listen to the Longform Podcast, and over the course of the 20+ hours I have put in, I have discovered much. Two learnings stand out to me as someone on the outside looking into this fantastic bubble of what seems to … Continue reading The quirky, delightful, and supremely opinionated Helen Rosner

If you feel uncomfortable, you’re probably doing something right

Seth Godin says that it's dangerous to be average, to appeal to the masses. You look just like everyone else. You're just another individual. This idea is conveyed in this TED talk. Platitudes that hold up: 1. A comfort zone is a beautiful place, but nothing ever grows there. 2. Fortune favors the bold. Authenticity … Continue reading If you feel uncomfortable, you’re probably doing something right

Magazines you should know about to seem smart (or pretentious) to your friends

Lately, I  have been binge listening to the Longform podcast. Their guests are influential writers, critics, and directors. These intelligentsia or intellectual elites of our era seem to have a few things in common. For instance, they tend to use ten dollar words, they have an outstanding sense of self-knowledge, and many seem to hold … Continue reading Magazines you should know about to seem smart (or pretentious) to your friends

The artist and the professional

The professional tends to live according to a system. There is a method in place. When meeting people they follow the rules of the game. They follow their checklist, introducing themselves with a smile, shaking hands firmly with eye contact, trying to display a good attitude, and if they're smart, letting the other person talk … Continue reading The artist and the professional

Life is frequently a cycle of trust and betrayal

Harvey Dent in Christopher Nolan's The Dark Night says "You either die a hero or you live long enough to see yourself become the villain." This is unfortunately often true of life. Most human beings are complex and flawed. Most of us want to be good or at least to see ourselves as the person who … Continue reading Life is frequently a cycle of trust and betrayal

The power of positivity and a smile at Christmas

The last post I published, We don't care, was inherently negative. It is an unfortunate truth that as we get older it is easy to become embittered for a variety of reasons. Human beings are capable of terrible things. They can be selfish. They lie. They harm others without caring about their action's impact. However, … Continue reading The power of positivity and a smile at Christmas