Oh yeah! I could use your help in figuring out who I am. At least at this point in time. Why do I exist? What’s important to me? When will it all change?
But first off, hello and welcome. My full name is Siddhant, but you can call me Sid. Born in 1994, when my parents migrated from India to Indiana. Ironic, I know. Since then I’ve spent 26 years on Earth — loving, failing, learning, laughing any chance I get.
I’m an older brother, the eldest son, and slightly younger boyfriend. A perpetual learner and mind-changer that’s always chasing…
Since 2017, I’ve always kept a “side gig” lined up next to the full-time J.O.B.
Usually ongoing projects with recurring revenue, but here or there I stumble into volunteering, sliding scale, and “low margin” opportunities. Reflecting back, those experiences were not only among the most influential, but also the ones I’m most proud of.
Here’s why and when it’s okay to work for free.
The text came out of nowhere. My childhood best friend Jon was looking for help with a personal statement for his residency application.
He was studying to be a doctor.
I eagerly accepted even…
Imagine if we recorded a time-lapse of our relationship with work since the hunter-gatherer days.
It would reveal small spikes of change among a sea of plateaus. In 1817, Welsh manufacturer and labor rights activist Robert Owen coined the phrase “eight hours labor, eight hours recreation, eight hours rest.” Since then, not much had really changed.
Until now. A remote workforce, coupled with automation and a worldwide pandemic, is making us rethink the dynamic. Here’s how collaborating with freelancers gave me a glimpse into what to expect from the future of work.
Is this your first rodeo?
My roommate was…
Would you buy perfume from Zippo, a brand that sells lighters?
How about a 7-Up line of marinades?
Perhaps some refreshing lemonade from Frito Lay?
Fine, maybe those sound a little weird. Could I interest you in Nachos ’N Cheese Dip from the makers of Arizona Tea instead?
As you can imagine, all of these bizarre mashups resulted in epic fails that were quietly swept under the rug. The same geniuses that brought such brands stardom were forced to scratch their heads and wonder — what went horribly wrong?
The answer inevitably boiled down to a lack of insight into…
Experiential learning is learning by doing and reflecting.
If that means nothing to you, I felt the same way until 7 years ago.
That’s when I suddenly found myself on a dimly lit stage, sharing a much-too-personal story to 50 coworkers. It was a story about my journey to writing a story. In fact, it was a story about how I had failed to write one.
Here’s how you can design a learning journey that allows you to embrace failure and learn faster.
It’s like one of those after-school extracurricular activities, but for adults.
Imagine having a condition that only some can diagnose or treat, and a small fraction of the whole world might understand.
That’s what having a rare disease could feel like. Did you know that there are 300 million people living with one of over 6,000 rare diseases identified across the world? 1 in 20 will live with a rare disease at some point in their life, only supported by their family as they face adversity in their daily lives.
Rare Disease Day is dedicated to raising awareness and promoting equity to meet the needs of those living with rare diseases…
An old friend asks for honest input on their visibly horrible resume. You’re afraid this could ruin your friendship. Coworker offers unsolicited edits without context. You act like you never saw the email come in.
We’ve all been there before. If giving feedback is like pulling teeth, receiving it is like having your teeth pulled. How does one strike the balance between discomfort and dishonesty? Hopefully, this can help.
One shot, one opportunity.
It was the first press release I had ever written for a public company, let alone an audience of over 50,000 readers. Eminem blared in the background…
For the first time ever, I consciously spent a full month not consuming alcohol. There were ups and downs. Mostly downs.
It ended a few days ago. Having one less way to be self-destructive was more difficult than expected. But as the bourbon pours itself into a cup neatly and I reflect, the whole experience may have done more harm than good.
Remember when Harry Potter makes Dumbledore gulp down the Emerald Potion, or ‘Drink of Despair’, in order to get to a Horcrux?
Willpower works in similar ways. It’s a small cup of coffee or tea that…
Remember the summer of 2015? Everyone was outside, blasting ‘Trap Queen’ by Fetty Wap on the radio, at a party, on the beach. I was stuck inside rubbing pennies together and dreaming up get-rich-quick schemes. The prevailing mantra for job searchers then was to keep playing the “numbers game”.
The one where you spray applications across the internet, hoping one sticks.
But I didn’t want to chase down leads by reading walls of text at home. So I closed my laptop, got in a car, and drove to the city.
I caught wind of a seminar happening nearby on Meetup…
What do Mozart, Elvis, and Drake have in common?
All three either composed for or got help from others to produce some of their greatest hits. For us normal writers, this is encouraging news. We don’t have to rely on finding our own voices every day.
Instead, we can tap into the genius of those around us. Here’s how.
So no one told you life was gonna be this way…(CLAP-CLAP-CLAP-CLAP)
Do you remember, the 21st night of September?