Not if you make it a habit

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It’s a running joke on writers that what they fear most is a blank page. Now I’m not a writer, at least not yet, but there already seems to be some truth to that joke.

I’ve recently started writing and already I have a fear of running out of ideas. There haven’t been many blank page moments, yet, but that’s because it’s less than three months since I started.

Nevertheless, I often get a pang in my stomach just thinking of having nothing to say. …

I have absolutely no idea, but I had a little help from my AI friends

The Internet has made all of us into wannabe cyber celebrities. It’s not hard to see why. The influence of social media is everywhere. Look at people standing in line at the supermarket. I’ll bet you a million dollars they’re fixated on one of the many social apps on their phone. Being bored is so passé.

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Twitter is a popular social media platform that has become more and more prominent in recent years. For many people, it’s their favourite place to interact with others online.

For those who want to use Twitter as a way of getting attention or popularity…

It Only Takes One Simple Question

“Folks are usually about as happy as they make their minds up to be.”

- Abraham Lincoln

You are unhappy, or not as happy as you should be, right? You don’t feel appreciated. Or perhaps you keep fighting with the people close to you. Maybe you’re afraid. Or maybe there’s nothing wrong, you’re just unhappy. But you can be happier right now with one simple question.

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I hate the quote above by Lincoln. Because it holds me accountable. When I’m unhappy, I don’t like to take the blame. I prefer to place it somewhere else. …

Why you should consider doing less

As a writer on Medium, I bet you’ve come across claims that longer articles are better.

There are good reasons for this argument. One is that members’ reading time influences your earnings. You can also say more in a longer article. If you have more to say.

That’s all well and good, but not every article deserves to be a 1000+ word piece.

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Long vs short books

I’m an avid reader. Every year I read several books. Some of them I never finish. The reason is almost always the same, it takes too long to get to the point.

Books in the self-help genre…


Can I be a man and still cry over Hallmark movies?

I almost cried this morning on my way home from the school run. And for a minute I was ashamed of it.

It’s getting quite dark outside now that it’s November and we live close to the Arctic Circle. Kids, late for school, come running out into the street out of nowhere.

This symbiosis of cars and kids in the dark got me thinking about how close we are to death all the time. I thought about how tragic it would be if there was an accident on that route. An image of people bringing flowers to where it happened…

How many windows do you usually have open on your desktop? If you’re anything like me, it’s quite a few.

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Being a modern-day knowledge worker means having a lot of applications open at any given time. My usual culprits include Chrome, Outlook, Excel, MindManager, Notion, Explorer, Teams, along with a host of other applications that see intermittent use.

Switching between these can be done in a few ways, some involve using a mouse while others involve the keyboard.

Each switch only takes a few seconds at most, but I found out many years ago that it can easily take me out of a flow state if I have to click around too much. …

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Come November 4th, the world will know whether Americans are the leaders of the free world. Fool me once the saying goes; I get it. You made a mistake last time ‘round, we won’t hold it against you. But if you re-elect Donald Trump as your president, there is no coming back from that. The entire western world will fundamentally disown America as its leader. You might as well reinstate slavery.

Four years ago, the world watched as you voted Donald Trump as the 45th president of the United States. Voting for a man known to be a bigot, philanderer…

You are not to blame for everything that happens, but you are still responsible for everything in your life

People blame others for their misfortunes. Even though I don’t know you, I know you’re guilty of it as well. Trust me on that one.

Circumstances are different for us all, but there are universal truths that we all share. There are three main themes when it comes to things we pass the blame on, things, other people, and ourselves.

It’s sometimes hard to know where we should be heading.
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Blaming the source of the discontent

Things happen that we deem as negative and we pass the blame on another person. Imagine being cut off in traffic. You become furious and immediately blame the person who cut you off. …

Also, What a Hallmark Movie Taught Me About Death

You know that feeling when you’re watching the news and you see a story about a plane crash.

Or when you hear about your friend from high school that got hit by a drunk driver.

You think, “That could have been me.”

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Worries about death tend to grind us to a halt

If you’re like me, you probably worry about a lot of different things. We worry about our health, our kids, our relationships, or lack thereof, how much money we have, what other people think of us, and about a million other things.

But worries about dying are in a league of their own. Every time I get very…

It’s all about what you do, not who you are

There is a certain aura around confidence, it’s something most people covet. I usually imagine myself as someone who is super confident in my daydreams. If you knew me when I was young, you would no doubt have described me as a happy-go-lucky kid. Maybe a little shy but pretty well balanced overall. But the word confident was, I believe, never used as an adjective to describe my appearance to the world.

Most people would like to be more confident, but as luck would have it, most people are going about it all wrong. You see, I always aimed to…

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