Are you being fooled by randomness?

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We tend to overly romanticize novel ideas.

For generations, the conventional recipe for success was “go to school, get good grades, and get a good job.” But over the past few decades, this advice has seemingly been made obsolete by the fact there’s a long list of people who dropped out of college and became extremely successful: Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Gates and Steve Jobs, to mention a few.

On the face of it, it’s very inspiring that these people were able to go against “the system” and carve out a new pathway for themselves. …

#3: They treat their ideas like criminals

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There are no ironclad rules when it comes to writing; no logical set of steps that are proven to take you from struggling writer to million-dollar book deals.

However, one thing that is guaranteed to shorten the distance between you and touching the sky, is standing on the shoulders of giants — studying the ways of the most successful writers.

The said giants have a set of commonly shared traits that, while controversial, have been instrumental to their success. Here are 6 of them.

1: They Steal From Everyone

The best writers have long realised that when it comes to content creation, there really is…

And why republicans never agree with democrats.

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It was a sunny Sunday afternoon during my first year of college. I was seated on my sweat-stained, "student-size" bed while two of my roommates were also on theirs, directly opposite me. Now, I don’t know if it was just an attempt to get our minds off the searing heat, but for some reason, we got into the whole democracy vs communism debate.

And that’s when it happened.

I told my roommate, Nana, that North Korea has a "3 generations of punishment” rule, meaning that a person who commits a “serious” crime (which could just be watching a censored movie)…

Lean into it.

You're a stupid person, and I can prove it.
You're a stupid person, and I can prove it.

Bold headline, I know.

But before you strip me naked and make me walk for miles while the crowd chants "shame," here are 3 things I need from you:

  1. I need you to get the GoT reference I just made.
  2. I need you to know that GoT means Game of Thrones.
  3. I need you to give me a chance to explain myself.

Cool? Alright.

It is a general belief that before a person starts making big decisions, they must first attain a certain level of maturity. …

We're always the hero in our own story.


Do you know that the way you tell a story is far more important than the story itself?

You can hear the exact same story from two people, but get completely different impressions even though they both used the same words.

This is something I’ve been learning over the past few years, and if you pay a little attention, you’ll notice it too.

I see it when two exes try to tell a neutral person what caused their relationship to end. I see it every time politicians are giving campaign speeches with overly emotive language. …

"Yourself" is just a social construct.

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There are some double-edged pieces of advice that, while well-intentioned, can have unintended consequences. And the most popular one of them is "be yourself."

This clichèd advice is predicated upon the idea that people have certain inalienable values that make them who they are and, for better or worse, they should never deviate from those if they want to live a happy life.

In general, "be yourself" means be true to your core identity rather than faking a different one because you think it will be attractive to others. — Psychology Today

But as you’ll soon see, the very idea…

Fuck-you money only exposes your true character.

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Money always gets a bad rap.

There’s always the example of that one guy who was humble before but became a douchebag immediately he came into some cash. Or the example of morally bankrupt, money-grubbing billionaires who want to hoard all the cash and never pay taxes.

All this makes it seem like money is true, “the root of all evil” many people say it is. But the way I see it, rather than change a person from saint to demon, money only exposes who a person really is. And I’ll explain why.

Money Is the Most Powerful Indicator of a Person’s Nature

Because of how important money is to…

Ignorance is hardwired into your brain.

All Humans ignorant
All Humans ignorant
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Humans aren't the "rational beings" we love to call ourselves.

Deep within us lies primitive instincts that ensure that we don’t actually take our time to weigh the validity of decisions and opinions presented to us. Rather, we have a propensity for making decisions that, when put under a microscope, appear ignorant and void of any form of rationality.

Reading that, it's normal for you to feel like those words cannot be used to describe you; you’re an open-minded person who is slow to judge and receptive to the opinions of others. …

You're buying into the success porn industry.

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Good-to-great transformations never happen in one fell swoop. There is no single defining action, no grand program, no one killer innovation, no solitary lucky break, no miracle moment.— Jim Collins in "Good to Great."

In today’s world, there are millions of success porn articles on the internet which are usually titled along the lines of “this one tip from [insert name of billionaire] will change your life.”

And such articles are hardly ever creative; they just repeat the same boring tips we’ve already heard a thousand times — waking up early, working out, having a morning routine, meditating, reading books…

History’s most evil men had good intentions.

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So I’m a bit of a movie fanatic, and I recently completed the 4th season of the series, Macgyver. This season’s villain was an elite doomsday organisation named Codex, who were hell bent on wiping out 25% of the human race.

Now, on the face of it, that’s a terrible thing for all humans and Codex are clearly the bad guys that need to be stopped. But the only problem with that is that they actually had good intentions.

Codex was formed by a group of scientists who, looking at factors like global warming and human population explosion, concluded that…

Raphael Paul

Copywriter | Student of Life | Lover of Good Music | Guitarist.

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