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How Beeple can teach us not to rush in our creative pursuits and how overnight success stories never are what they seem

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The first time I heard about NFTs (Non-fungible tokens), I thought it was another bubble, and people will forget about it in a day or two.

But I was wrong.

When I fully understood its concept and how it helped artists monetize their art, I was hooked. A few days later, I heard the news about how an artist managed to sell his art for $69 million.

Many weren’t happy about the fact and called it insane. The artist that sold that painting was Michael Winkelman (known professionally as Beeple), and the painting was “Everydays — The First 5000 Days.”


Make the world accept you for who you are

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Personal Monopoly, termed by David Perell, is the epicenter of a personal brand. It’s the unique intersection of your skills, talent, and experiences that allows us to carve your path in the overflooded world of the internet.

In his book, How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big, Scott Adams, founder of Dilbert comics, talks about two valuable ways to become invaluable to the world. The first one is to the Lebron James of your craft, i.e., to be the best at what you do. …


What’s worth more — time or money?

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I have been fascinated by the concept of time.

If we dig a tad deeper, we’ll know that almost everything in life is about time. We work hard to achieve our dreams to get to a time where we feel accomplished; we wait for holidays to spend time with our loved ones. In fact, our life is the time we are here or

Life = Time we are alive

Before I had this realization, I spent my time like I was going to live for a thousand years. I was saying yes to everything and everyone; I was always available…


Don’t repeat the mistakes I made.

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I started dating at 16, pretty early for someone from my geography.

Dating people from different ethnicities and personalities helped me understand a lot about human behavior and myself. I did meet some wonderful people, fell in love, and got my heart broken — not just once but multiple times.

As a rookie and underconfident girl, I ignored some red flags, which turned out to be why I never had a happy ending.

In retrospect, I could have saved significant time and saved myself from the pain if I had not ignored the prominent red flags from the beginning of…


They helped me a bit during my low days

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Self-help doesn’t help me during my low days. On the contrary, the more I read them, the more I feel like a loser.

During my slump, I had no idea what to do or what to read. I had no energy to research and find something that could help me. When your mental health is not too bad and not too good, you have no idea whether you should seek help or live life one day at a time.

Luckily, I stumbled upon some books that made me feel empathetic about myself and reminded me that I wasn't alone in…


Most advices don’t work because they are not meant for you

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How much is free unsolicited advice flowing in the online world?

Most of us are guilty of giving this advice or taking them from people who don’t know about our challenges.

Every post you read, every video, every podcast episode we consume has a copious amount of advice. I am guilty of giving advice to random strangers when I started my journey as a creator on Quora.

With time I learned how useless and bogus some of these advices were.

How innocent or even dumb do we become by the following advice from people who don’t know what we’re going…


You won’t give up on creating content after reading this

success is Compounding in creative projects
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Content creation is the job of the century.

Thousands join the bandwagon of creating content each day and make passive income while doing what they love.

Most people quit in the initial months before they start seeing any results.

Why do we people leave a profession allowing them to be themselves and practice any craft they love. It can be videos, words, audio, visuals, or even memes.

After creating content for 7 years on various channels and failing miserably in most of them, I have found why people quit before seeing massive results. I call this theory Creative Compounding.

Creative Compounding

Einstein…


You should give children’s books a try

Ever since I broke up with self-help, I expanded my reading interests. Other than fiction, and satire I found children's books exciting.

The imagination, the wit, and the beautiful illustrations feel like a dessert after a long day at work. Some of them were even philosophical and took the story to a new tangent. Dr. Suess was the one author that stood out during this experiment. His broad range in children’s literature and art encouraged me to read more.

His books have depth. They’re funny and super-short, which allowed me to read them during my mini-breaks (read mental freeze). Unfortunately…


A poem on the paradoxical nature of love

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Don’t ever associate a city with a lover
It will turn your favorite streets into scary tunnels
Those cherished corners into a montage of troubles

Don’t associate special melodies with your lover
The tune will freeze the serotonin from your body
The lyrics will rip off your heart when they disappear

Don’t eat the same dessert with your lover
The icing will taste like medicine
Evoking those fake promises after the turmoil

Don’t pick up a favorite movie and call it your movie
The narrative, the scene, and the dialogues
They will haunt you once your story is ended

Don’t…


The reason we stopped wearing nice clothes and makeup during lockdown

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While arranging my closet last week, my favorite dress fell off.

I touched it after so long. It felt soft in my palms and brought back distant memories of days when dressing up and going out was trivial.

Then one after the other, I went through all my fancy dresses and blouses, outfits I haven’t had the chance to wear because of the lockdown. The clothes then reminded me of matching shoes and jewelry I’d pair with them. Suddenly, I felt hurt, as if my best friend was leaving the town.

I was an outgoing person before the pandemic. Living…

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