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Why being told you’re smart is not good

All my life people have told me that I’m smart. From a young age to now, it was my brain power that was praised. Very rarely did someone commend my work ethic. This fact has had several detrimental effects on my life. The first is that it made me feel superior to many people. I […]

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The End of a 30-day Challenge and an Inspirational Story

May 4th, aka Star Wars Day, was the last day of eating an entirely vegan diet as well as attempting to not eat after 7:00 PM. Eating vegan was, in a word, easy. I was mostly vegan prior to this month due to my lack of the lactase enzyme. Eliminating eggs and meat from my […]

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Do I Have to Write, or Do I Just Want to Write?

This question was posed to me in epistolary form by Christopher Hitchens. In his Letters to a Young Contrarian, he mentions this philosophy in passing, as an afterthought. But it stuck with me through the rest of the book and I had to write it down immediately in my notebook. This isn’t some tautology. There […]

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How I Almost Gave Up Before Even Starting

I recently discovered the blog StudyHacks and was immediately overwhelmed with a wave of anxiety doubt. Study Hacks is all about trying to decode patterns of success in both the student and working worlds. It was started by a guy in graduate school and has turned into three books and a seemingly lucrative career for […]

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From Fake Honesty to Real Honesty

With as much emphasis as I place on honesty, you think I’d do a better job of it sometimes. My life is somewhat of a lie right now. It’s not a lie in the sense that I’m intentionally deceitful or manipulating people to get what I want. Rather, I’m guilty of the lie of omission. […]

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Can a Chemical Engineer be a Creative?

This is a question I’ve been pondering for several months now. Up until recently, my worldview was quite narrow and those that felt outside of my bubble weren’t ‘on the right path’. I had little personal experience with creative people and it was difficult for me to understand that mentality and lifestyle. As I’ve learned […]

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Why I Really Dig Traveling Now, Even for a Funeral

I’m in Florida this week attending the funeral of my great-grandmother. I didn’t know her that well and, if I’m being honest, I came more to see the rest of my family than for the funeral. As bad as it sounds, the funeral is just a good excuse. I’ve really begun to love traveling. It […]

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Reflected glory and why it’s keeping you from epicness

Professional sports brands have followings that any major corporation would kill to have. The fanaticism of football, basketball, baseball, and hockey fans is truly astounding. Each year, people spend millions of dollars on merchandise, tickets, food, and transportation all in support of competitive events between two businesses. Make no mistake, every sports franchise you see […]

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Decisions on Stuff

Somewhere in the trails of my past are evidence for countless decisions. Every time I did something, it left a mark on me either, phsyically, mentally, emotionally, or monetarily. These decisions culminate in the day to day of who I am as a person. A choice I make every day is to not fill my […]

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The Contentment of Mediocrity

Somewhere along the way from birth until adulthood, we were conditioned to think that life is for some other purpose than living. We are told we have certain obligations that we are expected to meet. We are convinced that life is not useful if we don’t have a career. The expensive gadget, the biggest TV, […]

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