Self-help: the tip of the happiness iceberg

If you’re reading this blog, it probably means that you’re interested in personal development. Trying to be your best self, being mindful of the way you work and the way you live. Maybe you’ve read some book or listen to some podcasts. You’re not the only one. The personal development industry is valued at $10 …

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The tyranny of job titles: from vanity growth to personal growth

Yesterday, I saw someone’s Twitter bio which I found particularly refreshing. Rather than list their job titles and previous experiences at various companies, they simply stated their mission in life, what they were currently working on, and the topics they enjoyed talking about. It made me realise that my own bio is a collection of …

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The self-actualisation economy

The Maslow’s hierarchy of needs has been mostly used in psychology to understand the underlying forces that drive human motivation. It goes from physiological needs at the base of the pyramid, to safety, love and belonging, social needs, esteem, and ends with self-actualisation at the top of the pyramid. These are supposed to represent the …

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Time anxiety: is it too late?

I have always struggled with one thought. The kind of recurring thought that never really leaves you: “It’s too late.” Too late to publish a book, too late to start a company, too late to learn a new language. This is called time anxiety. The number of skills I haven’t acquired and the opportunities I …

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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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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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Circular growth vs linear growth

It’s common to see progress as linear. When thinking about success, many people imagine a ladder or stairs going up. To progress, you need to climb each step one by one and get closer to the top. Linear model: A then B then C then D. Circular model: A feeds B feeds C, which in …

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Stop looking for The One

“What do you want to be when you grow up?” This is almost an automatic question adults ask when chatting with a kid. Maybe it’s a way to connect through a topic that speaks to us, or because it’s often endearing to hear their answers. But why do we insist so much on kids having …

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Don’t choose between your personal and professional growth

“I’ve decided to take it a bit easy this year too, and relax more and focus on personal growth rather than career.” This is from an email I received this morning in response to my newsletter, where I mentioned that I wanted to slow down and focus on a few core aspects of my life, …

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