Miyamoto Musashi was a 14th century Japanese warrior that is widely seen as the greatest swordsman who ever lived. At 16, Musashi fought on the losing side of a war. At this time in Japan, it was tradition for any survivors of a lost conflict to commit suicide to preserve their respect. Musashi rejected.
His decision ripped him from society, forcing him to wander from town to town as a disgrace.
In a new world, without anyone or anything to rely on, the young Musashi chose to rely on his skill in martial arts to survive. With the goal of…
“Writing on Medium is…misunderstood.”
Think of Medium as a jungle with thousands of hungry authors ripping each other’s throats out to get your attention. For all the people that succeed, there’s just as many “the algorithm” eats for breakfast. The few that survive do it by making every mistake in the book — learning how to win by using every thumbnail, title, and touching story they can.
The goal? A life where you can make a small fortune while pressing a bunch of buttons as you sip an alcoholic beverages on a tropical island. But no matter how you look…
It might be the most misunderstood word in history. I’d lose count if I had to list down all the times someone’s told me something along these lines:
“I am so passionate about robotics.”
“My real passion is photography.”
“Aaryan, do you even know how passionate I am about creating this company?”
Believe me when I say they have no idea what it means. None. If I hear someone say passion one more time, I don’t know if I’ll be able to stop myself from internally combusting. The only thing I’m passionate about is my hate for the word passion.
Global Warming.What started off as something climate scientists would make small -talk about next to the office water cooler has now found its way into the mainstream — reaching into everything from protests to political cartoons. And rightly so.
That’s because climate change is the real deal — now more than ever.
Some might say it’s getting too real. We’re starting to lose sight of how to solve this problem that we created, because it’s grown bigger than ourselves.
We’ve released so much CO2 into the atmosphere that no amount of recycling or buying solar panels or going vegan is…
You’re sitting on a creaky, dilapidated office chair — silently scrolling through your laptop as rain softly drizzles the world outside your window. Wanting nothing more in the moment than to check the state of online affairs, you keep scrolling. A slew of random thoughts run through your head, as always.
Deep down, you knew this was the furthest you could get from productivity or usefulness — like checking your fridge to see if something new magically materialized inside it since your last visit. But what else could you do? After all, it was 2012. …
A few weeks ago, I noticed something special.
I noticed that people usually hid the best, most interesting parts of themselves from the rest of the world. Understanding someone meant slowly bringing those things out and appreciating your discoveries. It’s a nice reminder us that we can always care about others — even if they’re nothing like us:
When trying to really understand a person, you’ll realize just how valuable asking the right questions are.
Not only does it help you go further than just talking about the work or the weather, but it’ll open up doors you never knew…
Before I start, let me preface this by saying that I’m nowhere near a billionaire, or even close to super-famous. I’m pretty sure I actually owe my friend $3.49 after he bought me an ice cream three years ago.
But, as much as I have no authority to talk about personal finances, I’m pretty well-off when it comes to making ideas. If there’s anything I’m a billionaire in, it’s all the weird thoughts I have. And, in regular billionaire fashion, it’s only fair for me to give away a stupid amount of my ideas. …
Think back to when you last missed a deadline. How’d that end up? Maybe you got a stern warning or a slap on the wrist. If you really screwed up, you might’ve lost some trust or a great opportunity. It probably hurt for a while, and you probably hated yourself for it.
But, after all that, you’re fine now. There’s a good chance that you barely remember that it even happened. Looking at the big picture, that deadline was nothing more than a tiny blip.
There’s just one exception.
Whoever you are, you have about 24 hours a day, and…
Three days ago, I turned 15. Before I go any further, let me answer some of the burning questions you have for me:
“Was the cake any good?” You bet. It was vanilla.
“Were there presents?” Yeah. This would probably be the first time I actually used a birthday present someone gave me. I’m looking at you, polka dot giraffe socks.
“Why didn’t you invite me to the party?” Sorry, but there’s a little bit of a pandemic going on right now. Maybe next year?
“Did you have fun?” 1000%.
TLDR: Aside from the fact that it reminded me of…
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