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How To Write Online

I've written a lot in the last year, and I am about to give you what I think is the most important piece of advice about writing online. According to Grammarly, editing software that helps improve grammar, I am clocking in over five thousand words daily. And over 40k words

How To Write Online
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Uncapping Luck

It is impossible to be the beneficiary of outsized luck with a big corporate job. Your pay is capped. Any variable rewards based on performance are capped. Your promotions are capped. Capped at least by some time at level and often by other factors too. However, unfortunately, it is possible

Uncapping Luck
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Assets & Liabilities

(This essay was first featured on the 51st edition of my newsletter) Growing up in the hood, you saw people buy a lot of liabilities and very few assets. In one part of The Bronx, New York, which was full of Albanian immigrants, there were more Mercedes Benzes in a

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Inspiration and Passion

Everybody thinks hard work is hard. But hard work isn't hard if you are passionate about it and inspired to do it. On the flip side of that, even easy work is hard when you hate what you are doing. How do I know? Just a few months ago, I

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Ukraine

Many of us born in Eastern Europe feel like our worst fears are coming true in Ukraine. I have been following the situation there nonstop. Eastern Europe used to be almost all communist. I was born in Communism, it collapsed when I was the age of seven, and by ten,

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When to Seek Feedback?

Feedback is a big reason I did well in my career. These days, I love hearing how I am doing, even when it's bad news. I seek it out. And I am open to completely changing my mind, especially, if those I trust say something contrary to what I am

When to Seek Feedback?
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Procrastination is signal

In a heated debate inside the Small Bets community, I recently realized that working at a big company has turned me into a task monkey. And that has dulled many of my instincts. Big Company world disproportionately rewards people that get shit done. You might be asking what's wrong with

Procrastination is signal
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Serious Jokes

A big reason I landed on the name Memes and Motivation for my weekly newsletter is because, at some point, it became painfully clear to me that the internet was full of big jokes but also deadly serious at the same time. Not too different from what's spilled over into

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One on Ones for Engineers

The One on One is the most important meeting of your career. Treat it as such. Until recently, I managed multiple engineering teams, and I've managed and helped hire hundreds of Software Engineers throughout my career. Also, before moving into management, I came up the ladder as an Individual Contributor

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From Big Tech to Big Debt

TLDR: This is my story of how I used my big tech salary to set up an income stream before quitting to start something of my own and take big risk. I recently quit my cushy, high-paying job in big tech to do a startup. Before I quit, I took

From Big Tech to Big Debt