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Sunday Snippet: Chelsea Handler

May 1st, 2016

“It’s been my experience that people who make proclamations about themselves are usually the opposite of what they claim to be.” In the last few years, we’ve witnessed a significant changing of the guard among late night talk show hosts. Jay Leno is gone. David Letterman is gone. Jon Stewart is gone. Conan O’Brien, John […]

Sunday Snippet: Ruth Chang and Hard Choices

April 24th, 2016

“This response in hard choices is a rational response, but it’s not dictated by reasons given to us. Rather, it’s supported by reasons created by us. When we create reasons for ourselves to become this kind of person rather than that, we wholeheartedly become the people that we are. You might say that we become […]

Sunday Snippet: Adam Grant on Originality and Procrastination

April 17th, 2016

“Procrastinating is a vice when it comes to productivity, but it can be a virtue for creativity. What you see with a lot of great originals is that they are quick to start but they’re slow to finish.” It’s far too easy to get distracted on the Internet. You’re interested in what your friends are […]

Sunday Snippet: Jim Noonan on Marriage

April 10th, 2016

“But in order for a marriage to work, all disputes have to end the same way. They must end with a compromise. For every god-awful romantic comedy she drags me to, she’s more than willing to cozy up and watch some football. That’s marriage, plain and simple. On that particular day, she won.” It’s said […]

Water the Flower or Cultivate the Field?

April 7th, 2016

I’ve been busy catching up with the world of podcasts lately, getting productive with Mike Vardy and wrestling nostalgia with Chris Jericho. On a recent episode of Canadaland, the conversation turned to public arts funding. With Prime Minister Justin Trudeau dedicated to supporting the arts, the question arose as to how this money could be […]

A Simple Freeing Thought

April 5th, 2016

As a freelance writer, I always have the opportunity to work. Assuming that I have projects on the go, either for myself or for my clients, all I have to do is boot up the computer and start typing. People talk about setting hours and having a clearer distinction between work and home, especially for […]

Sunday Snippet: Productivityist Mike Vardy

April 3rd, 2016

“The quality of our lives is much improved by the times we have as opposed to the things we have. I also believe that by working on the things I love for little to no money, I will gradually increase the amount of money I make doing things.” When the topic of life-work balance is […]

A Conflicted Relationship with Kanye West and Uber

March 31st, 2016

If you were to draw a Venn diagram of talented artists, brilliant business professionals, and truly deplorable personalities, you’d quickly discover that these groups are anything but mutually exclusive. And far too often, we find ourselves judging one aspect of a person’s life based on a different aspect of that person’s life. A glowing example […]