How I Broke the Rules of Success (and Succeeded Anyway)

Today’s post is a guest submission from Leisa Miller, a 20-year-old American currently living in Warsaw, Poland. Leisa is a college drop-out, autodidact, world traveler, polyglot, classically trained violinist, phonetician, and writer with (in her words) “entrepreneur-ish tendencies”. Follow Leisa’s blog Fishing for Failure at leisamichelle.com. If you want to submit a guest post to the…

Stop Trying To Imitate Successful People

“Successful people wake up at 4AM every morning.” “Successful people dress to impress.” “Successful people go to college.” “Successful people read every day.” “Successful people routinely work 60 hours a week.” “Be like this successful person!” This blog post is brought to you by every mutually contradictory and patronizing piece of “Successful people do X”…

Stop Trying to Optimize Your Life

“Some things benefit from shocks; they thrive and grow when exposed to volatility, randomness, disorder, and stressors and love adventure, risk, and uncertainty.” -Nassim Nicolas Taleb, Antifragile Speedreading. Virtual assistants. Mind-enhancing supplements. Ice-cold baths. Soylent diets (*shudders*). These days there are enough lifehacks (and life hack articles) to last a lifetime, and life optimization is the newest craze.…