How to capture attention the right way

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It was a normal Wednesday afternoon when the postman knocked on the door. These days you don’t actually greet anyone at the door so once I’d made it to the door the postman was already on his way to his next house. Pandemic or no pandemic, I get it, the guy has got a lot of houses to go to.

So I picked up the post as I usually would and sifted through the rubbish. Let’s be honest, most of us don’t pay attention to letters these days. …


Lessons from the biggest writers on Medium

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If you’ve been on this platform for a while, you’ll know it’s littered with articles promising the best writing advice out there. From how to make a fortune to how to come up with a million ideas a minute. Of course, I succumbed every time to the clickbait. But after reading the same generic content over and over I decided something needed to change. Instead of reading endless streams of ‘okay’ advice, I made the decision to go on a hunt.

A writing advice hunt.

The goal was to find the best writing advice out there and put it all in one place. One place so you wouldn’t need to go searching, instead, you’d come to this one-stop-shop and then spend your other precious time doing that one thing you’re avoiding. …


The reality of living life as a full-fledged human adult

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When I was 16 I had great ambitions of being the inevitable, an adult. When I was 17 things got desperate. I wanted to go out, to be able to buy alcohol, to live in the real world free from my child shackles.

I was striving for the eventual.

Somehow, life has happened between now and then, all of a sudden I have at my fingertips the things that I longed for. The keys to my car, the work clothes in my closet, the alcohol on the shelf and yet, somehow, things seem less shiny. Somehow, I feel betrayed and misguided by my former self. …


How to relax the structure of your life to improve the creative flow

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Productivity is a little bit addictive and productivity’s best friend is structure. The self-help world is full of articles about structure, routine and habits. Often, after a few too many productivity articles and not enough sunlight, the allure of being an ultra-productive gets the best of you. You conclude what any natural human would do after reading 23 productivity articles without much sleep.

Your life needs structure.

You need set times and clear guidelines for work. You need to embed the Pomodoro techniques to be sure your output is optimal. And so you open up your calendar and you start colour-coding. Purple for personal development, green for workouts, pink of intense work. You write an extensive list for your morning routine. You fill up a bottle of water to go next to your bedside table. …


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500 views.

That’s how many views I’d expect to see in an average week on my 127 (ish) articles. Yep, 500. A modest number. A respectable, slow-burning, but a none-the-less encouraging number. Yet, in the last 7 days, I’ve had 134,000 views. No, I’ve not accidentally added an extra zero to that number. It’s a 22,000% increase.

So I thought, as I more frequently do these days, ‘this would make a good story’…

‘Viral’ is a word we are all far too familiar with. Luckily for me, this was the good sense of viral, this was the sense of virality that we all seem to chase. 7 days ago things got a little weird.


Harnessing the power of the growth mindset.

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“All you need to do is find your passion” — Everyone ever.

It was the advice I subscribed to for the longest time. Years. It was amongst the chaos of figuring out what I wanted to do with my life, that I realised that this was some of the most misleading advice out there. By following this advice I was on a fast-track to never find my passion.

Mostly because ‘passion’ is not something you find. The word ‘find’ insinuates this idea that it’s hiding somewhere and if you just look hard enough, you’ll come across your passion. Like a lost set of car keys. But that’s not what passion is. …


How to stop striving for perfection and why that’s a good thing

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Have you ever spent 25 minutes restructuring a sentence? I mean you’ve paid so much attention to this sentence that at this point you’ve started to wonder what a sentence even is. You find your internal dialogue pacing, wondering where the word sentence ever comes from and why we write in sentences anyway. Yeah, it all becomes a bit odd so you decide to move on and work on something else for a while.

“Understanding the difference between healthy striving and perfectionism is critical to laying down the shield and picking up your life. Research shows that perfectionism hampers success. In fact, it’s often the path to depression, anxiety, addiction, and life paralysis.”―


There is a science to the art of reading

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With the age of the internet, every question you have, at any given moment of your life can be answered with the simplicity of a quick Google search. This incredible gift of the 21st century means that we have at our fingertips more information than we’ve ever had before.

“Intelligence is not the ability to store information, but to know where to find it.” — Albert Einstein

And when we find it, information that is, it’s perhaps more important that we know what to do with it. That we know how to process the words in front of us in the way the author intended and if not in the way they intended, at least with the sense they intended them. …


How to find your own fire within.

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In the midst of searching for a quote for another article, something happened as it infrequently does. A quote stood out as if a glow of yellow light was bestowed upon it it’s entire life. That quote was this:

“A great fire burns within me, but no one stops to warm themselves at it, and passers-by only see a wisp of smoke” ― Vincent Van Gogh

A quote that makes so much sense it feels like it was destined to be found all these years later and for me to write this story. Or it might be the fact it is 6 am and I’ve had 2 coffees already. …


The benefits of not taking yourself too seriously

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The idea that there is such a thing as your ‘true self’ is an odd one. It’s odd because if you think about it, you are you. How could you be anything other than your true self? Who could possibly be better at playing you, then you?

“There is but one cause of human failure. And that is man’s lack of faith in his true Self.”- William James

But the fact that we all know too well the advice “just be yourself” or as Janis Joplin says “Don’t compromise yourself. You are all you’ve got” tells us that often people live a life outside of their true self. …

About

Eve Arnold

BSc Biomedical Science, studying MSc Behavioural Science. Essays exploring a happy self. www.millennialcareerhealth.com

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