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…
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?
Who else saw The Last Dance?
Watching Michael Jordan sink any of his game-winning shots will send chills down your spine, Bulls’ fan or not. Examined more closely, the documentary explains why the player-coach mentality is a key pillar of greatness.
If we were to record a time-lapse of Bulls players from 91–99, you’d get a reel with all sorts of shapes, sizes, and colors. From Rodman to Kukoc, the team was a melting pot of different approaches to the game. …
Feels like just yesterday.
It was the junior year of college. Everyone and their sister had found an internship for the summer. I was trapped inside, frantically crawling the web only to go straight back to the drawing board. The university job board.
“Paid internship at Chicago startup”. Sold. So was the hiring manager. She hired me after a short phone screen, took me under her wing, and paid me $15 per hour to learn. Looking to get rewarded for your merit? Consider thinking small (biz).
At the time we were a team of ten. All trapped inside the “office”…
Whether it’s winning the hearts of customers or watching your dollars grow, the old adage “build it and they will come” simply does not apply anymore. Once a foundational strategy is set, the real work begins. Which lever to pull?
To monetize attention or assets, you’ll have to earn it, or pay-to-play.
Before shelling out hard-earned profits on expensive experiments, consider dropping a few hours in the sweat equity jar to secure a top spot in your customer’s hearts (and search results).
Similar to taking a cut out of your paycheck every period, pumping out content and optimizing for user…
Walk the plank! Your mind instantly thinks of pirates, maybe the scene in which Jack Sparrow is removed from the Black Pearl and abandoned by his own crew members. But what if I told you that Silicon Valley was the product of a similar story? We’ve all heard our share of ugly breakups in the startup world. Yet not many know about the ‘Traitorous Eight’ responsible for making Palo Alto a hub for innovation.
A prevailing force of nature throughout history, the mutiny has subverted the authority of monarchs, seafarers, and entrepreneurs alike. …