‘The worrier is the opposite of a lighthouse’



Worrying can be short-sighted and egotistical. FOMO, or fear of missing out, is a 21st-century problem driven by the use of smartphones. As David Brooks highlights in his article The Epidemic of Worry, ‘the worrier is the opposite of a lighthouse:’

“He doesn’t give out energy for the benefit of others. He absorbs energy at others’ cost.” – Francis O’Gorman, Worrying: A Literary and Cultural History

The voices within tend to silence out the rest. Pro tip: save the worry for later or consider what Mark Twain had to say.

Defining the Creative in the 21st Century, Why Models Never Smile, The Useless Agony of Going Offline, and More

Arts & Culture

Creative Thoughts from Street Etiquette

What do we make of all these writing and photography tools that help us create? What does it even mean to be creative in the 21st century? Street Etiquette offers some insight on Twitter.

Yes. “Creative” is a new occupation held up by our generation. Where there is a diversified route of communicating through photo/writing/etc

A “Creative” takes many forms whether you’re monetizing off of your art, or still figuring it out. We share the same space at some point.

Why Fashion Models Don’t Smile

New year. Same runway face. Models pose with a controlled face to express seriousness and baddassery. It all goes back to photos of 19th century aristocrats that basically said “I am better than you.” The runway is anything but fashion forward.

To be emotionally controlled also suggests elevation above earthly concerns, access to higher knowledge and – in the modern world – an ability to be “unshakeable”.

Philosophy & Productivity

The Useless Agony of Going Offline

The Internet is addicting not just because social media and push notifications trigger dopamine but because the Internet enables us to learn “about new things.” However, it’s still good practice to disconnect regularly to remind ourselves how amazing the Internet actually is.

I was less harried, I suppose, but I was also far less informed, and not as advanced in my understanding of all sorts of things that interested me. I felt as though I were standing still rather than moving forward. And while standing still for a while can be pleasant, it’s not without its drawbacks. Instead of feeling more relaxed, I mainly felt unfulfilled.

Being Happier at Work

Minimize burnout, relax and breathe, and have compassion. These are some of the things you can do be happier at work. And if you’re trying to be more creative in the office:

“Do more of nothing.” – Emma Seppälä

Alternatively, uou can just wait until the Internet goes out.

Social Media & Tech

Age of Abundance: How the Content Explosion will Invert the Media Industry

Content is king. But in a world where everyone creates art using iPhone apps and distributes their work freely on the Internet, it’s ever-harder to get people’s attention. The Internet turns to curators with good taste to find the good stuff for them.

the next evolution in the media value chain will be the rise of decentralized curation – with individual tastemakers building up mass followings and driving enormous consumption by recommending various articles, videos, shows, films, albums, exhibits and so on.

+ Having a smart algorithm that excels in curation is one of the reasons why Facebook has reigned at Twitter’s expense . Read How Facebook Squashed Twitter

New Music

Episode 78 | Tunes of the Week

  1. White Bully – O Lord
  2. DE – Sunrise
  3. KWC – Dreaming of You
  4. KWC – Moon Salon
  5. Basic House – Bouncing Bomb

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Thought of the Week

“I’ve suffered a great many catastrophes in my life. Most of them never happened.”
Mark Twain

Other Cool Stuff

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Doubters can be doers

  • Fear creates indecision and thwarts action.
  • Fear causes anxiety and kills brain cells.
  • Fear constrains freedom and the will to fight or run away.

The only way to face fear is to either accept it or face it again and again so that you become bored of it. Repetition weakens anxiety.

But eradicating fear is impossible and thereby never a goal. Audacity remains the only constant for taking control.

Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear – not absence of fear. – Mark Twain

The Family Leach

Everyone has a famous relative. I’m related to Mark Twain, Dad says.

Some people use lineage as an excuse for work already done, living through the success of somebody else. But inherited fame is a cop-out. People are responsible for their own individual success.

What matters is your own work. You can take inspiration and even steal ideas from others. Combine the past into the present. Do whatever it takes to get started but get started now.

Recognition just happens to people that persist and ship again and again. Be the person who recognizes success and the machine that works even harder to repeat it.

Don’t be afraid to throw your shit out there and see what sticks. The Internet is a great place to publish and get instant feedback. Fame can be a drag anyway.

Be proud of who you are and those that put the effort in before you. Learn and let live.