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Curiosity needs courage

One of the most courageous people I've ever met is my five year old cousin Max. He has no trouble sprinting across the road when cars speed by, which is why we have to hold his hand everywhere we go. He loves being thrown very high in the air, while I get nauseous just thinking about roller coasters.

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Aim to get rejected often

I get rejected at least one to two times a week. In busier periods, this can often be closer to five to fifteen rejections a week. These rejections come in many shapes and forms: internship applications, fellowship applications, cold-email/DM requests, you name it.

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Playing the internship game: my honest experience

For the past couple of months, I struggled navigating many rejections in search of an internship. In an effort to share my honest experience and not just the highlights, I decided to write this post.

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What it means to be lucky

I've noticed that no one seems to agree on a concrete definition for what we term 'luck.' Colloquially, luck has been adopted to mean many different things in many different contexts. I would like to arrive at some concrete understanding of what it is and to do so, let's look at how it's used in some different contexts

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Distinguishing goals from chores

Recently, I've realized that there is a discrepancy between my goals and my actions. It was only a couple of weeks ago that I managed to acquire some terminology for describing this phenomenon.

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Genius is (mostly) comparative

Some of the best advice I've received has been to turn short-term games into long-term games. In the past, I interpreted this as prioritize actions that further long-term goals over those that generate short-term rewards. After digging a bit deeper and thinking at a different level of abstraction, I now see this piece of advice in a different dimension.

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