You can feel it.
You know this post is going to be good. It’s going to generate attention and resonate with thousands of readers.
You pour your heart and soul into your work, and then it doesn’t even get curated.
You keep writing. You won’t give up, but still, none of your posts are getting distributed.
You get frustrated, and you burn out. You lose momentum and decide to stop writing. What’s the point of it?
When you publish a post on Medium, it gets reviewed for curation. …
Arguably, time is the most finite resource we have. Every single second that passes means we have one less second to live our lives.
The thing is, you know you could be doing more. You know you’ve got it in your to write that novel, start that business or get in the best shape of your life.
You know everything you need to do, but you’re just missing one element of the equation:
Having enough time.
So you try to find the cheat code.
You get up 2 hours earlier and try to push yourself, tired and groggy, to do what you know you need to do. You give up a week later, not functioning due to sleep deprivation and burnout. …
While I was drafting this article, I opened TikTok, justifying it to myself as research.
Being 22 years old and a regular Gen Z user of the app, I was immediately sucked in for 20 minutes of fun and engaging short-form video content consisting of everything from memes to viral trends and a whole lot of offbeat and self-deprecating humor.
Part of the massive appeal of TikTok is that it allows people to express themselves in a more unfiltered way than ever before.
Users create videos up to 60 seconds long and use funny video effects such as voice distortions, green-screens, and viral sound-clips. The departure from perfectly curated Instagram photos and stiff family-friendly facebook profiles makes the platform a truly unique place for self-expression. …
Once in a while, you read a book so incredible you have to get highlighters out to mark your favorite passages.
Elizabeth Gilbert’s Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear was one of those books for me.
The book is packed with useful insights on unlocking your creativity and insights into Gilbert’s own creative process. But the real reason Big Magic is so good is that everything about it comes from the heart.
Few writers have impacted the literacy world more than Elizabeth Gilbert, who TIME named as one of the world’s 100 most influential people in 2008. …
Once in a blue moon, you meet someone who walks into a room and makes the whole world stop. Something about them is magnetic in a way you can’t describe.
Every interaction you have together leaves you wanting more.
You find yourself thinking about them on a random Tuesday afternoon, hoping you’ll see them again soon. Everything they say fascinates you.
On top of all this, they make you feel good.
When you speak to them, you find yourself feeling understood on a personal level. …
At the beginning of last year, I started writing three pages of longhand every morning. Looking back on those words feels like reading an account from a different world.
I was so happy and excited about life pre-pandemic. I had big plans, and then 2020 said no.
So I stopped writing.
For months I wrote nothing since there was nothing to write about. I settled into a new routine at home, but it felt like my thoughts were slipping away from me.
I’d been writing a journal all my life, and now it was just another thing the pandemic had taken from me. I felt I was losing myself, without realizing that my writing was the one thing I did have control over despite the world's craziness. …
Making new friends used to be easy.
You’d meet people through work, go to a party at the weekend, and make plans to check out that new bar in your neighborhood with cute strangers from dating apps.
Then the pandemic changed everything. Now your only opportunity to leave the house is to go to the supermarket or exercise. The idea of striking up a stimulating conversation behind a mask from 2 meters away seems impossible.
You feel like you’ve forgotten how to socialize the more time you spend at home. Will making new friends ever be the same again? …
Few writers lived a more extraordinary life than Ernest Hemmingway.
He first worked as a journalist for The Kansas City Star before becoming a war hero in Italy at 19. He had four wives, lived in Paris and Cuba, reported on the Spanish Civil war, survived two plane crashes on successive days, and won the Nobel Prize for literature. Known as hyper-masculine, Hemmingway was obsessed with bullfighting, boxing, and beautiful women. He drank heavily, traveled extensively, and dealt with lifelong mental health issues before shooting himself with his favorite pistol in 1961.
Whilst he certainly had a dark side, Hemmingway remains a larger-than-life figure of inspiration to all writers today. …
I was eleven years old when my father crushed my dreams.
One afternoon, I announced to my parents that I wanted to be a writer when I grew up. My plan was to study English literature, maybe pursue journalism for a while, and then write a book and become a best-selling author.
It was perfect. I was excited, and I wanted my father to share my excitement.
Instead, what followed was a 1-hour lecture about how I would never get published and wouldn’t make any money. It wasn’t safe. Too many people wanted to study English and be writers.
I would be setting myself up for failure. …
The human capacity for learning languages makes us unique compared to any other animal on the planet.
What makes languages so special is that they are compositional, giving us endless ways to generate sentences using subjects, objects, and verbs. Whereas other animals use different sounds to communicate various symbolic meanings to each other, human language allows us to exchange complex ideas and information.
Learning another language allows you to see the world through different eyes, improve your employability, and connect with new people from all around the world. Additionally, there are amazing psychological benefits within the bilingual brain.
With so many resources out there now for learning another language, the time has never been better to start doing so. If you’re looking for a reason to start learning in 2021, here are 5 amazing ways speaking another language will transform your brain. …