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It turns out that all the things that you’re avoiding; all the things that make you feel like you’re being unproductive, could actually improve your focus. The reason you haven’t realized before is that struggling to focus is like running …

I officially have something in common with Michael B. Jordan. I’m loving living with my parents. I flew to the UK to stay with my parents for Christmas, and a three-part-series of canceled flights has meant that I’m still here, more …

I was sixteen years old, sleeping on a mattress on the floor next to my grandma’s bed. Yaya, we called her. We were spending the summer in the North of Spain. She had a house in the mountains. Upstairs, there …

All of those decisions you have to make — the ones that keep you up at night and prevent you from being present — they’re not worth the worry. According to the laws of physics, you don’t actually have any free …

Like most people, you probably have a handful of ‘idols’ that you look up to. People who you admire and aspire to be like. You read their writing, you watch their interviews, you listen to their podcasts, you follow them …

Over the past few years I’ve mainly read non-fiction books; self-help books about psychology, entrepreneurship, productivity, all within the ambit of self-improvement. But what I hadn’t realized is that reading fiction is also highly conducive to self-improvement. Reading fiction can improve your …

There are days where I manage to check everything off my to-do list. And there are days where I don’t even come close. You’ve probably experienced that feeling. It gets to about 4:00 pm and you realize there’s no way …

Has this ever happened to you? — The night before an exam when you start to panic because you think you don’t know anything, or the morning before you have to give a presentation and you forget all the words?

Like most people, you probably have a handful of ‘idols’ that you look up to. People who you admire and aspire to be like. You read their writing, you watch their interviews, you listen to their podcasts, you follow them …

People fall out of love with their partners every day. Nobody goes into a relationship knowing the day will come. You know it could come, but you don’t feel that it could; at least not right now. And it’s confusing when it happens. You’re still the same person, and you still …

Italk to myself all the time. And I know that you do too. We all do. We all have an internal dialogue that sometimes makes us laugh out loud to ourselves when we’re walking along the street. It’s the same voice that sometimes …

Photo: Sophiaonline We’re all living through a troubling time. You’re not alone. The rise in the number of unemployed workers due to Covid-19 is greater than the increase caused by the Great Recession. The rate of unemployment in the US in April …

This is the first time I’ve considered New Year’s resolutions. Usually, I do my best to uphold Benjamin Franklin’s advice: “Never leave that till tomorrow which you can do today.” — Benjamin Franklin If I don’t like something, I prefer to change …

Ultimately, as human beings, we’re all pursuing the same thing; happiness. As Anne Frank once said: “We all live with the objective of being happy; our lives are all different and yet the same.” Most of us lead relatively conventional …

You sit at your desk, open your laptop, and hope that perfection will flow from your fingertips. You sit there for ten, twenty, thirty minutes — it’s been half an hour and nothing. Your fingers aren’t moving today. Why aren’t they moving …

There are times in life where you experience hardship. Maybe it’s an illness in the family, maybe it’s a death. Maybe it’s a global pandemic, or you’re struggling to find work. Sadly, hardship is an unavoidable part of life. It …

The hardest thing about going through a pandemic in your 20s is exactly that — you’re in your 20s. You’re at an age where your ‘real’ life hasn’t really started yet. You’re just starting your career, maybe not quite sure …

“If you don’t like climbing mountains, I promise the peak has nothing more to offer you” — Taylor Foreman I’ve never really understood why people who don’t typically enjoy running sign up for marathons. It’s an impressive achievement, I’m not denying …

Contrary to popular belief, being promoted at work doesn’t just depend on how well you perform. Whether or not you receive a promotion is influenced by your supervisor’s subjective perception of your ‘promotability.’ Their perception is heavily influenced by how …

When you look at Forbes’ list of the World’s Billionaires in 2020, you’re likely to recognise some familiar names; Jeff Bezos, Bill Gates, Warren Buffet, Mark Zuckerberg. But there’s a man in the ranks that you’ve probably never heard of before. …

My unemployed younger brother reminds me of a multi-billionaire. One night, my parents called me ready to plan an intervention. My brother, who recently graduated from college, is living at home with them. He wakes up every day around noon. …

Itturns out that, you can literally fake it until you make it. Changing the way that you act not only influences other peoples’ perception of you, it also changes your own perception of yourself! Professor of social psychology and researcher at Harvard …

[Photo by NBC News] Imagine you’re in a crowded room. A group of people are leaning over a table, trying to solve a problem. You take a look, and you see the solution. So you try to speak up, but …

My Dad is a very practical man; the type that wears socks with sandals. It’s all about the user experience. He’s pretty rational. Only more recently has he begun to grow more attuned to emotion when he’s making decisions or giving advice. …

The standing ovation was well-deserved. I saw him deliver his speech live, at a TEDx event in Manchester (UK) last year. Some people cried, some people laughed, and some people felt goose-bumps. And at the end, everyone stood up to cheer; to congratulate not …

However ‘flat’ the hierarchy might be, there’s always a hierarchy. And when you’re starting in your career, you’re at the bottom of it. You’re young, and you want to make a name for yourself. You want to learn and seize every opportunity. So, …

Edith returns to Auschwitz. More than one million people were murdered right where she’s standing. There are no words that can explain the inhumanity of that human-made death factory. As she looks around the world’s biggest cemetery, she recalls the …

This is how it all started. Thoughts from Limbo is envisioned for the 20s, and made for everyone. It’s a space made to guide, encourage, relate and entertain those who, like me, are going through a Limbo phase in life. …

A sustainable way to take control. Have you ever felt like you’re in a weird state of limbo? Like you’re aimlessly floating from one place to another, not really sure of what you want to do, where you want to …

Everything you’ve ever wanted is on the other side of fear For years I had been checking all the boxes, working hard; I did everything I was supposed to do. And yet, I felt a sense of emptiness. What was …

A Few Things You Can Do to Stop I’m coming to the end of my first week as a freelance writer. I’ve spent months reading all the “how to…” articles on Medium, networking, planning, and setting myself up for a …

Everlasting lessons from some of the world’s greatest minds What is happiness? I know this is a question you’ve asked yourself before. Why? Because it’s a question we’ve all asked ourselves before; we all want to live a happy life, it’s a natural …

And what leaders can do to help. Being promoted at work depends on how well you perform, right? Wrong. Promotion-related decisions are heavily influenced by supervisors’ subjective perceptions of an individual’s ‘promotability’, and these perceptions are heavily influenced by the …

You shouldn’t aspire to ‘have it all’. Michelle Obama has recently (and finally!) launched her new podcast, and the first guest on her show was Barack. They shared their thoughts on the philosophy of “having it all”, and as someone …

Lessons we can learn from Simon Sinek, Amazon and Google. Why am I here? Everyone has asked themselves this question at some point in their lives. It’s a question that’s brewed in the minds of great philosophers for thousands of …

Shanti Bhavan and the multiplicative effect In the outskirts of Bangalore, India, there’s a school unlike any other; Shanti Bhavan. I first heard of it by lucky coincidence after a longwinded scroll through Netflix, when I decided on a gripping …

Being indecisive is a massive waste of time, and it can cost you a lot. Dwelling on all the imaginable outcomes and asking for other people’s opinions will not only cause you frustration, but it’ll also make you waste precious time …

Now, this is a story all about how my life got flipped-turned upside down, and I’d like to take a minute, just sit right there, I’ll tell you all about how I became — Nah, just kidding. Sadly, I’m no …

The Power of “I am” Entrepreneurs, professionals, students, graduates, you name it — so many of us limit our own success simply through the words that we use. How we introduce ourselves to others determines that person’s first impression of us, and …

I once asked a zookeeper why the orangutans were kept on islands surrounded by moats; “can they not swim?” He responded that, actually, they could swim; they just didn’t know they could swim (both tragic and adorable). Throwing me into isolation was like throwing an …

It’s often proclaimed that us millennials and Gen Zs are more impatient and entitled than previous generations. It’s true that we’ve generally had things easier than previous generations. We grew up not having to buy DVDs because we figured out …

Anna and I went to high school together (one which, much to my disappointment, was nothing like Saved by the Bell). Anna wasn’t one of “the” popular kids, but she was “a” popular kid; she was liked by everyone, teachers …

My baby bro turned 23 this month. He graduated from University last summer and is thus a fellow limbo-er. His approach to commencing a career, I must say, is the exact opposite to what mine was. Like many final-year students, …

To compare or not compare? No, that’s not the question. The question is, against who? We all compare ourselves to others; to people we know and even to people we don’t know. This tendency is completely normal and in some …

The potential downsides to comparing ourselves to others are blatantly apparent. Making comparisons can often make us feel inferior, excluded, alone, and unfortunately, it’s never before been easier to do thanks to the internet and social media. However, there’s a …

I recently reached out to a young lawyer on LinkedIn; yes, I’m one of those people. She seemed strangely emotionally unattached for someone who had agreed to offer her free time and advice to a complete stranger, but I appreciated …

As I explained in my post ‘Why ambition can’t be measured’, language is powerful. The words we use can create perceptions that are often inaccurate, misguided and lead to a lot of social anxiety. To express this point more clearly, …

Not many people are exceptional. The majority of people are normal. That’s what being normal means; to be the same as a majority. And it’s generally considered a good thing. Ever since you were born, you’ve been evaluated against socially-accepted …

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