Ask Interesting People About Their Content Consumption

"What content would you recommend to me?" has become one of my favorite questions. The above form is its simplest generalization; there's ample room to make it more concrete. "What content on startups?" "What content on the topic of history?" Interesting people become interesting, in large part, because of two things: The things they do The things they consume The ideas they surround themselves with are the things that shape the way their minds work,…

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The Fine Line Between Poetry and Truth

As a writer, it's easy to fall in love with the words. They have such beauty to them, after all. Such form. When you say them, they sound musical. When you write them down, they grace the page. It's like magic; the results are like a drug. They make you giddy. Your writing is not matter-of-fact; it's art. You are not mere scribe, but poet. Many writers have fallen into an endless love affair with…

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Do Things that Challenge the Way You See

¬†When I first moved to Charleston, I decided I wanted to learn how to paint. There's something so creatively inspiring about this place -- the sunshine, the novelty of the palm trees mixed with the mire of the pluff mud. The colors of the houses on Rainbow Row -- and all throughout Charleston, really. It's such a beautiful town. It's also full of artists. I saw their work on Instagram before I came, and studied…

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Stop Treating Your Goals as Checklists and Turn them into a Lifestyle

When we set goals, our inclination is to add their pursuit as items on a to-do list. It's our base assumption about goals -- that they're things we "have to do." We add their pursuit to our days, tacking them on before and after work, before and after dinner, before we go to bed at night and directly after we rise in the morning. We add them as items on a checklist -- and maybe…

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How to Read a Book (for the sake of getting smarter)

There are two things to collect when reading a book: the insights of the author (things you want to remember) and the insights the book illicits for yourself. Sometimes the most valuable things about a book are the things you learn. Other times, it's the rabbit trails that spin off of it, and the things it makes you think about. In reading a book, your task is to capture both. 1. Highlight, underline, and take…

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Advice to My 19-Year-Old Self

Someone recently asked me, "What advice would you go back and give your 19-year-old self?" The question was posed by one of my friends. She's 19 (hence the question) and a total badass -- way cooler than I was at 19. She's already over a year into her startup career, already establishing herself as a respected professional in her network. She's intelligent and articulate and indomitable. That's why she asks questions like this. Because she's…

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