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…
Financial freedom and fulfillment.
Four words plastered on our minds, waiting to have their moment in the sun. We all want to do what we want. Write when we want. Read when we want. Spend time with family and friends…when we want.
What gets in the way for me is the 9-to-5. Or at least that’s what I tell myself. Here’s how I plan to escape it — inspired by those who already have or are on their way to getting there.
Moms know best.
As an immigrant teacher and accountant wrapping up her MBA, mine knows a thing or…
Am I the only one hearing more often than ever that people can’t sleep? As someone who suffers from morning lark syndrome, I feel the pain of being awake when everyone’s sleeping, tired when everyone’s awake and sick of hearing “just go back to bed”.
The CDC estimates up to 45% of the world isn’t getting enough sleep, and neither is one in three Americans. Even worse, we’re consulting self-proclaimed experts and glued to our phones more than ever before.
If you’ve played or even heard of golf, you know it’s not as easy as it looks. There are no clear-cut answers; golf requires intentional practice to get good.
Similar to the game of entrepreneurship.
People are playing both more than ever before — which means they are also exchanging more tips. How does a creator filter the onslaught of advice coming their way? Treat it like a game of golf.
It’s being conscious of how you learn, not just what.
The internet makes it seem as if everyone and their cousin is a YouTube star, IG influencer, Twitch streamer, or some form of “successful content creator.”
Here’s the thing. Not all of us will become the next Mr. Beast, David Dobrik, or Logan Paul. Nor do we want to be. Welcome to the creative middle class. We’re charged with making the new “American Dream” a reality.
There’s 59M of us in the US alone. Some estimate that we’ve contributed $1.2T to the economy, which gets us to an average of $20,339 per person per year.
Not exactly what I’d define…
My career in marketing began after scoring a 0.38 GPA during freshman year.
Having wasted a full-ride scholarship in civil engineering, I realized it was time to cut to the chase. Marketing and writing were passions of mine since I was 15— it was liberating to finally realize them.
I had reached a point where it was time to do what I wanted. Not what my friends and parents thought I should do. Here’s the story of how I went from entry-level sales to director of content strategy while carving out a living as a “side hustler”.
And why I…
You and I would both hate 19-year old me. Lazy, ignorant, and conceded.
I managed to get suspended from school, arrested multiple times, and kicked out of my parent’s house within the span of a few months. To skip the sob story, let’s just say failure had become synonymous with my name.
Seven years later, I traveled to four countries and 50 cities, accomplished lifelong dreams, and rekindled relationships with friends and family. Reflecting back on the journey, it wasn’t the good times that set me up for “success”. It was the deep, dark setbacks that propelled me forward.
Vestigial. An adjective “used to describe something that used to have a function but has now shrunk and is mostly not used anymore”.
If you type “vestigial human behaviors” into the search bar, you’ll find a list of traits like wisdom teeth, the appendix, and tailbones. What about the ludicrous behaviors and activities we partake in every day?
Maybe you needed them before — as a creator, you probably won’t anymore. Axe these mindless maneuvers to save you time, energy, and money.
Your inbox looks like a mess!
Within two weeks at a new job, I had amassed 750 unread…
Crash! I could feel terror in the eyes of my fellow busboy, Rob. A stack of perfectly fine plates lay shattered next to him.
The head chef had purposely dropped them in an act of rage. It wasn’t Rob’s fault the customer had changed their mind about their order. Chef didn’t care; he blamed it on Rob. We stayed until midnight, cleaning the mess and finishing up the busiest night of the year.
There are lessons hidden within early job experiences like the one above. Why don’t we think about them more often? …
Major US airlines aired their dirty laundry last week.
American, Delta, and United lost over $1B. Southwest’s flight report came with a pleasant surprise. $116M in profit — a first black quarter among reds for any airline stock since the pandemic began. The two main reasons cited were government relief funds and favorable winds boosting the company’s domestic, leisure travel focus.
But a closer look reveals a third, more important point of difference. Southwest built the right metaphorical plane to chart a strategically sound path to achieving profitability. How?
It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s…Southwest!
Eerily published back in…