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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,

Ukraine
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Put the world in zugzwang

In 2008 I worked in a restaurant as a waiter. I had been in the restaurant business since at least 14 years old. By the age of 23, in 2008,  I worked at Enzos Restaurant, one of the best authentic Italian restaurants in The Bronx at the time. I was

Put the world in zugzwang
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The meaning of your life?

I wasn't paying much attention to the existential question, chances are, neither are you. But half a year of creating forced me to stop wasting my attention and instead focus it on what's truly important to me. It turns out watching lots of Netflix, playing video games, scrolling away meaninglessly

The meaning of your life?
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I took a tumble today.

I took a tumble racing on the beach and I learned something valuable about myself. I'm on vacation, and my younger brother and cousins decided to set up a challenge to see who can run 100 meters fastest. I can't back down from a challenge, even if the challengers are

I took a tumble today.
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Don't Play With This Opportunity

I was born in communism; I lived in poverty for the first ten years of my life. Then, at ten, my parents moved me to the hood. Where I once again lived in poverty for the following ten years. The thing is, the hood is pretty bad; crime rates are

Don't Play With This Opportunity
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Life is a Multiplayer Game.

If our life was a video game, the default mode for our lives would be single-player. We see the world from our eyes; everything that happens to us is incredibly important. Everything that happens to everyone else we need to understand via some mode of communication, and therefore it can

Life is a Multiplayer Game.
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Stamina is Underrated.

Stamina might be the most underrated attribute to succeed in life. You might've watched that Rockie movie where Rockie took on Ivan Drogo; in that fight, Rockie took a pounding. That fight is a great metaphor for what life is really like. It punches us in the face over and

Stamina is Underrated.
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The Importance of Hard Things

I enjoy doing hard things with solid periods of rest in between. Hard is relevant, but objectively some things are harder than others. I learned that the harder the thing, the fewer the people that want to do it. The fewer the people who want to do it, the more

The Importance of Hard Things
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The thing about advice: An anti-advice essay.

The internet has blessed us with more advice than we've ever had to improve on anything we want to improve on. Yet the majority of it is garbage. There are millions of articles, thousands of books and courses on how to write well online yet most of it is useless.

The thing about advice: An anti-advice essay.
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Why I am Reinventing myself again.

I've continually reinvented myself long before I had to. I grew up in poverty and I always felt that monster chasing me. But if there is one thing that I have seen repeatedly, it's people get comfortable and complacent with their situations and falsely believe the monster will never catch

Why I am Reinventing myself again.