It’s Not What You Know; It’s What You Produce

Anyone who knows me will know that I enjoy stand-up comedy. I constantly quote my favourite comedians’ routines or adopt the techniques and patterns found in stand-up into my own way of speaking. I even advocate for its study in order to make you better at networking and interacting with people overall. One of the…

Flow and Fiero: Why Students Need to Struggle to be Happiest

In 2010, three Cornell University students committed suicide within a month of each other by jumping off a bridge on the Ivy League school’s campus. In response to mental health advocates and national outcry, Cornell installed safety nets on the bridge in 2012. Mental health has become an increasingly prevalent issue on university campuses across…

Rethinking How to Network

The internet is awash with a flurry of articles, seminars, and books about career success targeted at millennials. We’re the “hopeless generation” that inherited a screwed up world full of selfish baby boomers, grossly inflated tuition, and a terrible job market (which actually isn’t relatively terrible as I have previously argued). Most of these books…

Stop Being Boring & Basic Pt II: Embrace Art

  In our current education system at the secondary and post-secondary level, we have commoditized the courses we take. We treat them as investments in our career, and approach our choices from a one-dimensional viewpoint. We tend to choose courses that have proven merit with regards to obtaining a worthwhile career, such as business and…

Master Your Craft, Not Warcraft: The Dangers of Escapism

  We are a unique generation in the sense that, for the first time in history, we have access to an incredible variety of tools and products that will entertain us and help us pass our leisure time almost effortlessly. Our cell phones, TVs, video game consoles, and of course, computers, all allow us endless…

Stop Being Boring and Basic: Be Passionate!

Growing up, we are told to embrace our differences and to just “be ourselves”. Unfortunately, most children and teenagers soon realize that being different is not the best social strategy, and most soon conform to certain standards of appearance and behaviour. High school is where some youth find out what they identify with, and others…

The S-Curve of Development: Identify when you Plateau and Find a New Curve

Development is a crucial stage for the success of just about anything, and is often mathematically described using a sigmoid curve. The development of a technology is the most common example of something that follows this pattern. A new technology will stumble out of the gate slowly, but eventually reaches a turning point, which accelerates…

Fall in Love with the Process, not the Product

An issue that I see at university is that many students are pursuing a career that is not the right fit for them, and by that I mean that they’re misled as far as the character required for that particular career. Ask any first year science student what they want to be, and most will…

Fight Club had it Wrong: the Problems with Minimalism

When I was in first year at university, it seemed that there were two films that everyone was buzzing about: Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and Fight Club. The two films are controversial, edgy, and they signify a coming of age for many students. One of the main themes of Fight Club is anti-consumerism,…