Building intrinsic motivation

Earlier today, I received a very touching message from a dad. “Thank you for everything you do. You’re an inspiration and I’ve started to introduce my daughter to your work. I want her to grow up knowing strong women are doing amazing things.” An awesome dad on the Internet. Reading this made me feel incredibly …

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Mindful context switching: multitasking for humans

Multitasking has its cost. Learn how to improve your productivity and work better with your team by using mindful context switching. So many things to do, so little time. When you juggle work, personal projects, and are hoping to have any sort of social life, managing your time can feel like an impossible endeavour. There …

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Full-stack personal development

A few months ago, I decided to learn how to code. I started tinkering with code when I was a kid, mostly to design and code my blog with HTML, CSS, and PHP, but wanted to actually be able to build more complex applications. I remember reading articles and wondering what path to take. It …

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Increments of curiosity and your fear of failure

“I can have fear, but I need not be fear—if I am willing to stand someplace else in my inner landscape.” Parker Palmer, Author, The Courage to Teach. When I was younger, I badly wanted to live in Japan. Japan is a country with very strict immigration laws, but my university had an exchange programme …

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Some hard truths about soft skills

The definition of “soft skills” on Wikipedia feels like it’s been written by a very confused person. According to the page, soft skills are a combination of things such as social intelligence and emotional intelligence, people skills, social skills and communication skills, personality traits, and even career attributes. The article goes onto listing courtesy, flexibility, …

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Why we wait: the neuroscience of procrastination

I have been meaning to write about procrastination for a while, but… Well, I procrastinated. We procrastinate when we delay or postpone the stuff we should be doing. Procrastination is incredibly common and something we have all struggled with at one point or another. Some people procrastinate out of fear of being judged for their …

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Neuralink and the future of knowledge work

Yesterday evening, Elon Musk gave the first public presentation about Neuralink, a company he founded in 2017 to build brain-computer interfaces. While most of the research in that field has been focused on restoring functionality lost due to paralysis, Elon targets healthy and able-bodied people. Elon considers that artificial intelligence surpassing human intelligence is not …

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Burnout vs boreout

I work a lot. Between running a company, learning how to code, speaking at events, writing regularly, my days are filled with work. My friends sometimes comment that I work too much. But it doesn’t feel this way. I do work a lot, but not too much. I know, because I have experienced what it’s …

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