The negatives of the job should not outweigh the positives.
Instead of writing article after article, why don’t I just write a book?
Lesson: Writing is just like anything else in life — it requires practice so you can keep your brain sharp. If you’re not publishing often, find ways to still be writing, and always document your raw thoughts as soon as you can before they are forgotten.
I had spent my whole life planning everything – what AP classes I needed to take in high school to get into the college I dreamed about, far away from home, what courses to take in college, what study abroad program to attend, what actions I needed to take to propel myself as far away from where I was as possible. And it had fallen through.
Do not be attached to the outcome nor what others will think nor how they’ll reply (or not reply.) Do not look for external validation. This is hard to do. But you must, for your sake, and the sake of your work. It deserves your steadfast belief. After all, it is you. Not all of you of course, but an important part of you.
If you ever feel even the slightest spark of creativity in you, be it wanting to paint, finding excuses to skip work and go take photos in the park or putting together blog posts on neighborhood gossip (remember to change the names!), ignite that spark into a fire. And feed that fire voraciously.
Sometimes I’m emailing about work at midnight. That’s how habits start. They creep in when my guard is down, when I’m not connected to anything I love.
Know what you want to talk about and keep it simple. It’s a lot easier to gain followers if your message is clear.
Tim is an expert at one thing, learning. At finding concise ways to learn things using aggregation, curation and curiosity to attempt what others believe is impossible.
Treat the intern the same way you do the CEO.