"Execution is everything." The answer to the question, "why is the world filled with so much crap?" At work, *doing* is the monomaniacal metric of performance. No one cares about anything as long as you are doing shit. It's why workplaces have portable toilets known as meetings. When you don't know what to do with … Continue reading The end of work
At 5:36 PM on Jan 26, 2016, I rang the doorbell to my Apartment. No one got the door. I rang again. No response. I was sure there was music coming out of the house, so I pulled out my phone to call my flatmate. As I dialed his number, I heard an explosion. Dust … Continue reading The day I met Snoop Dogg, Serena Williams, and The Rock
You don't know Mileva Marić-Ajnštajn. Maric changed the face of contemporary science and you have no clue who she is. In fact, no one really knows what happened to her, which is both a shame and apropos of our existential legacies. Mileve Maric was a nerd, a mathematician and a physicist. At 22, she was … Continue reading The face with a thousand heroes
Ape. A million years later. Human. No one's really sure what happened. Two dramatic changes: brains ballooned, backs straightened. The reason evolution is unfathomable (if you consider it) is that only a small group came to look like you. The rest continued as apes. A few people, somewhat blasphemously, wanted to understand how this played … Continue reading Rethinking work
You want to be a writer, You wake up every morning, torn, unsure, in agony. You believe the morning is your favorite part of the day. You fool, You spend all morning waiting for noon, Noon is when you feel full, having written. Writing resembles life. You believe living matters. What you want is having lived. … Continue reading An original madness
Why your ideas suck and what to do about them.
"Find your passion and let it kill you." "What doesn't kill you makes you stronger."
The notion of a single passion or purpose can be unnerving. The two concepts have grown into something unpleasantly large and abstract. Passion and purpose, as you will see throughout this essay, are often used interchangeably. Their meanings are hazy. They involve much effort for little certainty. And the debate over their usefulness is unsettled. Yet … Continue reading How to Find Your Passion
The reason we are falling down so much.
I had a simple goal for 2017: To write one post on this blog every week. Not the loftiest goal, I'll admit. But to set a goal with no end in mind was a big deal for me personally. For the first time, I was taking a dig at this mysterious idea called the Journey. Not … Continue reading What I learnt from a year of blogging