Category: Hit the Books

Satisfaction Guaranteed

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As described in his book Outliers, Malcolm Gladwell explains how there are three things that your work should have for it to be truly satisfying. Those three things are:

1.) Autonomy

2.) Complexity

3.) A relationship between effort and reward

Flip through Outliers for a take on the ecology of success.

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Keep Your Cool

Don't forget where you came from!

Never one who is too cool to dumpster dive for a bagel, Sophia Amoruso is the ultimate cool girl in SG’s book. She reminds me of the upperclassmen who I would shyly look up to as a youngster. Honest, widely-aware, open-minded, but more than anything, kind. And she cemented this image of herself in my mind as she explains what cool means to her in #Girlboss

My definition of what’s cool may be a rare one. It’s not about being popular, or waking up with a pizza spinning on the turntable like an ’80s teen movie. Being mean won’t make you cool, being rich won’t make you cool, and having the right clothes, while it may help, won’t make you cool. It’s cool to be kind. It’s cool to be weird. It’s cool to be honest and to be secure with yourself. Cool is the girl at a party who strikes up a conversation with you when she notices you don’t seem to know many people there.”

It’s this down-to-earth and all-accepting mentality that I admire. She also pays the utmost care and attention to detail, whether writing product descriptions or editing photos. Amoruso also maintains that no-fluff attitude to hard work. Driven, dedicated, and ducky? There’s no other high schooler my younger self would desire to look up to than Amoruso.

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It’s All in the Fine Details

NYLON is one of my beloved magazines from my high school days and I’ve watched it grow over the years. While religiously reading their blog and the letter from the editor, one thing that has both amused and baffled me was the quirky and obscure phrases typed out along the spines.

Founded in April 1999, this month marks the magazine’s 15th anniversary. In this month’s issue, they explain the origins of the mysterious spine lines.

Some favorites that they explained:

WE ARE THE GOON SQUAD AND WE’RE COMING TO TOWN. BEEP BEPP!
(David Bowie lyrics)

ALWAYS REMEMBER TO NEVER FORGET YOUR GOOFINESS
(An editor’s nephew wisely uttered these seemingly contradictory words.)

SOMEONE STOLE OUR BOOM BOX
(If found, please return to their SoHo office.)

NYLON girls and hoarders unite!

NYLON girls and hoarders unite!

To get your healthy dose of the mag, check out here!

The World’s Greatest Lie

“What’s the world’s greatest lie? It’s this: that at a certain point in our lives, we lose control of what’s happening to us, and our lives become controlled by fate.”

Live a life not predetermined. Define it for yourself.

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Picture of The Alchemist from here.