Stop Finding Your Passion

Most people have it backwards. They think that passion precedes effort. That caring about a project comes before pouring your heart and soul into it. They’re only willing to commit if there was a prior discovery about how much they like this thing. “Offer me something I’m passionate about and I’ll show up with all of my energy, effort […]

You Are Not A Product

When some teacher, a long time ago, during an undergrad seminar in goal setting, let me in on the secret that I had a “personal brand”, I was sold. Spending my time building, crafting, improving my self in a goal-directed project-like way was something I’d never considered before. Referring to self-presentation as “branding” is apt. It underlies what the Millennial […]

The Uncomfortable Distinction That Is Destroying My Generation

“It’s not that I’m lazy. It’s that I just don’t care.” — PeterGibbons, Office Space If you live in the West, you’ve probably had to listen to a lot of people tell you how busy they are. It’s become the default response when you ask anyone how they’re doing. One utters “I’m fine” in a neutral tone, then slightly raises one’s chin, puts forward […]

As A Millennial, You Should Be Optimistic About The Future

A Huffington Post article titled ‘Millennials Are Screwed’ and written by a millennial opens with a telling reflection: “Like everyone in my generation, I am finding it increasingly difficult not to be scared about the future and angry about the past.” This baffles me. Personally, as a matter of pre-reflective temperament, I’ve always been excitedabout the future […]

How Dare You Settle For Less When The World Has Made It So Easy For You To Be Remarkable?

Think about this metaphor: If there is no track, you can’t be off track. Also, recall the analogous scene in Alice in Wonderlandin which Alice asks the cat which way she should go and the cat answers: if you don’t care where you end up, it doesn’t matter which way you go. Let’s say that tracks or ways are goals. It follows that, without a goal, you can’t go wrong. […]

Learn to Express, Not Impress

Something’s wrong. Using Instagram, Facebook and whatnot, my generation of millennials curatestheir lives: we present ourselves to the world as how we want to be seen. Not as how we are. Of course, the desire to make oneself look good is nothing new, but nowadays we have more control over our appearance than ever. It’s not that we mention […]