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Hey there, 

We all have an ego problem. 

It’s easy to see why. We experience life through a single lens and filter every thought through our unique perspectives. The world revolves around us - or at least, it can feel like it sometimes. 

And it’s a seductive belief. Who doesn’t want to believe they're the main character? 

But thinking you’re the star of the show makes life real complicated. You can even become paralyzed by stage fright, convinced people are watching your every move. 

This manifests itself in different ways:

📱 “I need to post on social media and check my emails constantly.” You’re afraid that if you vanish from the interwebs, chaos will ensue. People need you, after all. But the reality is that most people won’t even notice if you’re offline for a few days. They have their own lives (where they’re the star!). 

🗣 “I can’t post that online. People are going to make fun of me.” We talk ourselves out of posting that TikTok/YouTube video/Tweet because we’re embarrassed of what people will think. But according to Frontier Science News people consume up to 74GB worth of info a day. That's about 16 movies. Your post is just another drop in that swimming pool-sized bucket. 

😓 “I got such negative feedback. I never want to put myself out there again.” Criticism isn’t personal (even if it feels that way). It’s usually a way for someone to reconfirm their beliefs, release pent-up frustration, or project their worldview. It’s easier said than done, but try not to take it personally, because odds are the person who said it doesn’t know the first thing about you.

Realizing people don’t actually care about you can be both depressing and weirdly liberating. But we’d strongly encourage you to focus on the latter perspective. Realizing that you’re not the most important person in the world (or even in the room) is how you can live the life you want, and not the life others expect from you. 

Or as Meryl Streep puts it, 

“The minute you start caring about what other people think, is the minute you stop being yourself.”

Do your thing. No one’s watching. Promise.

11 Reasons Not to Become Famous

Article | by Tim Ferriss

Tim Ferriss sought fame. He chased after it relentlessly. Then he got it - and everything changed. In this article, he delves into the dark underbelly of fame, including death threats, stalkers, and loss of anonymity. 

This article isn’t a case against stardom. But it emphasizes what Jim Carrey once said:

“I think everybody should get rich and famous and do everything they ever dreamed of so they can see that it's not the answer.” 

Read the article →

25 Lessons from 25 Years

Article | by Jen Vermet

Turning 25 comes with many lessons (and the totally awesome quarter-life crisis). 

When writer Jen Vermet turned 25, she compiled her favorite lessons into four categories: losing a job, learning, reinventing yourself, and relationships. This list is your compass to navigate the rocky waters of young adulthood. 

Lessons include prioritizing journaling, bringing out your inner child, and giving yourself boundaries like you’re a teenager on curfew. But our favorite lesson? Why you can justify spending $65 on a water bottle (self care, people). 

Whether you’re 15, 25, or 105 - there’s a lesson for you here. 

Read the article →  

Paint With Music

Tool | by Google Arts & Culture

Ever wondered what a painting sounds like? 

With Google’s new Paint With Music tool you can now listen to every stroke. With the help of machine learning, you can paint on sensorial canvases of the sky, street, or ocean. This feature bundles up two major channels of artistic expression - drawing and music - and rolls ‘em up in this delightfully strange device. 

If you’re ready to compose (or just need a study break) this is for you. 

Try it out → 
Written by Alice Lemée

Edited by Matt D'Avella & Shawn Forno

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