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I would like to hear your story. The story about your guiding
principle on sharing your life and work online.
Everyone’s their own media company today. The tools and
channels are out there, you just need to grab the reins and
ride into glory. But should you?
Reading through other people’s achievements makes it too easy
to fall into despair and self-doubt. Our own failures seem
numerous and successes not as significant. That’s why a
Princeton professor shared his CV of Failures (PDF) with
Most of what I try fails, but these failures are often
invisible, while the successes are visible. I have noticed
that this sometimes gives others the impression that most
things work out for me. As a result, they are more likely to
attribute their own failures to themselves, rather than the
fact that the world is stochastic, applications are
crapshoots, and selection committees and referees have bad
days. This CV of Failures is an attempt to balance the record
and provide some perspective.
I’m always under the impression that many people mix being
empathic and emotional. Oxford dictionary states:
- having the ability to understand another person’s feelings,
- causing people to feel strong emotions
- (sometimes disapproving) showing strong emotions, some in a
way that other people think is unnecessary
One can exist without the other or at least be less prominent.
A self-absorbed movie celebrity can have excessive public
displays of emotions in response to critic reviews, but have
no consideration for colleagues on a movie set, friends, or
family. On the other hand, a grandmother that lived a harsh
life dulled her emotions to cope, but can pull from that
experience to understand how people feel in complex situations.
From Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi’s book Flow:
Not so long ago, it was acceptable to be an amateur poet or
essayist. Nowadays if one does not make some money (however
pitifully little) out of writing, it’s considered to be a
waste of time. It is taken as downright shameful for a man
past twenty to indulge in versification unless he receives a
check to show for it. And unless one has great talent it is
indeed useless to write hoping to achieve great profit or
fame. But it is never a waste to write for intrinsic reasons.
First of all, writing gives the mind a disciplined means of
expression. It allows one to record events and experiences so
that they can be easily recalled, and relived in the future.
It is a way to analyze and understand experiences, a
self-communication that brings order to them.
Note: I’m not implying any conspiracy theories or ill-doing
here. I was just intrigued by the parallels between recent
events in the real world and a fictional plot. Many big tech
companies and startups work in VR today. Consider this a fun
I started to read Ready Player One, a science fiction and
dystopian novel by Ernest Cline. It’s about a teenager being
pulled into an adventure in a digital world accessed through
VR goggles and haptic feedback gloves.
I’d heard of Halliday, of course. Everyone had. He was the
videogame designer responsible for creating the OASIS, a
massively multiplayer online game that had gradually evolved
into the globally networked virtual reality most of humanity
now used on a daily basis.
The OASIS would ultimately change the way people around the
world lived, worked, and communicated. It would transform
entertainment, social networking, and even global politics.
Even though it was initially marketed as a new kind of
massively multiplayer online game, the OASIS quickly evolved
into a new way of life.
But the most interesting thing happens outside of the book, in
our own real world.
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