Reading: A 21st-Century Migrant’s Essentials: Food, Shelter, Smartphone

I joked 3 weeks ago on Instagram that all you really need is ‘wifi and water.' But it's not far from the truth for migrants in today's world.

“Every time I go to a new country, I buy a SIM card and activate the Internet and download the map to locate myself.”

Today's migrants are bypassing traffickers and instead choosing to travel on their own, using tips from others shared on social media.

Migrants are a microcosm of what Westerners do locally, every day: check Google Maps, share their experiences online, and learn from each other so they can navigate life themselves. We're all DIY digital nomads.

New York Times:  “A 21st-Century Migrant’s Essentials: Food, Shelter, Smartphone


Speaking of learning things online, a “Kenyan won the gold medal in javelin after learning how to throw on YouTube.”

“My coach is me, and the YouTube videos,” Yego said. Why? “Everybody in Kenya is a runner.”


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Weary of Knowledge

Good knowledge is half-baked. It’s fragile enough to manipulate yet purposeful enough to help make decisions.

A world of facts is too predictable. Facts affirm the right way to go yet impede the will to experiment and try something different.

Why repeat the same old things even if they work? The canvass starts blank because everything deserves to be explored.


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Mastery > Passion

When’s the last time you were excited about something you were bad at?

Mastery leads to passion.

Instead of looking for something you love, which tends to change the older you get any way, look and do things you’re naturally or already good at. If you continue to harness those skills you’ll become scarce and therefore highly valued.

Summary: Don’t look for passion. Ride the skills that make you unique. That’s what creates passion.


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The Best Way To Remember Something? Take Notes By Hand

The researchers postulate that the effect might stem from the fact that while typing, it’s easy to write down verbatim what the speaker is saying, without really thinking about it. Taking notes by hand requires listening to the information being said, processing it and then summarizing it in your own words.

Less is more. Writing notes down in your own words helps you recall more information than if you type them out.

Note-taking is all about succeeding slowly.


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When you go off into the real world, you need to find a way to stay a student. Continue to learn and surround yourself with those who want to learn.

Allan Comport

Never stop learning.


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Badges? We Don’t Need No LinkedIn Badges

there’s less premium for your learning, say, biochemistry at Harvard rather than Swindon Polytechnic: as long as you know the biochemistry, my hiring decision will be tied to your social graph, not the hack of institutional badges.

Interesting thoughts on social media (Quora, Twitter, et al.) credibility outweighing the college degree. The degree may just provide extra context to a person's job application.


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To all those who declared our experiment a failure, you have to understand how innovation works. Few ideas work on the first try. Iteration is key to innovation.

— The Godfather of MOOCs, Sebastian Thrun

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“They don’t know any better.”

They don’t know any better because they’re disconnected from the world.

They don’t know any better because they’re not exposed to what you are.

They don’t know any better because they’re taught to serve rather than to question.

The knowledge gap between people that know better and know nothing widens every day. Education and Internet access help bridge the gap, but so does merely learning how to think.

The human mind is naturally curious. It’s only when we begin to accept the way things are that we defy progress. Some say ignorance is the key to happiness but I think knowledge is really bliss.


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