Life is Better the More It’s Your Fault

"God said, take what you want and pay for it." -- Ayn Rand (or, a Spanish proverb) The above is one of my favorite quotes. It embodies two of my favorite principles in life: freedom and responsibility. Freedom, to take the things you want -- blatantly, liberally, unabashedly. Responsibility, to bear the consequences of those actions -- competently, evenly, calculatedly. Everything in life has a cost. We don't always know what it is, and sometimes…

Imprecise Metaphors and Their Benefit for Your Thinking

David Perell wrote a fantastic blog post on the importance (or lack thereof) in the accuracy of maps. Side note -- if you don't follow David Perell, you should. In a similar vein, I want to talk about the importance (or lack thereof) in the precision of one's metaphors. This is not an argument against being precise. It is not permission for ceasing to care about choosing the right metaphor. This IS an argument that…

Notes on the Style of “The Song of Achilles” by Madeline Miller

Disclaimer: do not read if you don't like spoilers. This blog post is built of them. I've been meaning to read The Song of Achilles for some time. I'd heard good things about the author and the writing, and I'm partial to the stories of the Greek and Roman heroes, even in retold form (The Love Artist, a story about Ovid, is a phenomenal novel and comes highly recommended). The novel did not disappoint. In…

Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs as it Pertains to Fiction

Alternate title: Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs, as it relates to fiction -- because it does. It has a direct correlation to the interestingness of the stories you tell. Just as Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs dictates the things in life we find most compelling (or that carry the most emotional weight), so too does it dictate the things we find most fascinating in stories -- because fiction imitates reality. The farther up the hierarchy the elements…

Be Deliberate About What You Consume

In the same way that the adage is true for our bodies -- we are what we eat. So too is the same true for content consumption. The ideas we intake become the foundation with which we build all of our thoughts, our ideas, and our creative processes. Our brains are constantly processing information. Be deliberate about what you allow yours to process. Don't intake senseless information out of laziness. Be deliberate about the little…

Coming into Rhythm with Your Natural Workflows

One of the beauties of the internet age is the inherent flexibility in the way we work. Unlike the older industrial systems (of which our industrial education system is bred), which required a certain consistency in time (when you're using a series of wheels and gears, each cog must fit seamlessly together), our new world is one of fluidity. The digital world functions whether anyone's at the factory at 7am sharp or not, and the…

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