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

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

10 things good mentors do

Express their intentions. Tell you they're busy, but they'll get back to you when they can. Empathetically inform you when you've made a mistake. Listen to what you feel you need. Introduce you to other people who can help you. Give honest feedback about your strengths and weaknesses. Shun selfishness and put their egos to … Continue reading 10 things good mentors do

Triage & crisis management: The way of the graduate student

Triage usually refers to something that takes place in a medical environment, but it is also applied to students in graduate programs and professionals with a lot of responsibility and little time to make a decision. It's the idea that when you're in an emergency or urgent situation, you have to group (in the case … Continue reading Triage & crisis management: The way of the graduate student