Stop reading the same f*cking Elon Musk quotes.

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Disclaimer: I really don’t care what Jeff Bezos does at 5AM anymore.

Please spare me from another Deep Work or The 48 Rules of Power or The 4 Hour Workweek recommendation. I want to hear something realer.

Something weird, inspiring, honest, brutal, original.

To that end: I’m sharing resources I believe embody and inspire that mindset — creating something unique.

Places on the Internet to refill the creative well. Creators who are doing something different in an exciting way.

Here are 3 Internet resources I’ve found and personally engaged with that provide useful, thought-provoking, and original content. …

How my sick cat led me to question entropy, consciousness, and why our model of the Universe isn’t adding up.

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The vet says my cat may have a heart murmur, and a rotten tooth.

They want to check her blood to make sure her kidneys are okay. We forget she’s old — 15 means 77 in human years.

When I first heard, I cried. Now I feel calm.

She’s loved and knows we love her. Whatever happens will be okay.

So I’m thinking about that — the mortality of a cat I’ve grown up with since I was 7 — plus the sticky, ridiculous, omnipresent heat.

Specifically, the way this cold glass of water in front of me eventually warms…

Being a young startup founder is rewarding but rarely pretty.

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At the age of 22, I am objectively young.

I’m channeling a background in Psychology towards building a mental health platform for Gen Z, by Gen Z. And in 2021, I’ve decided to do this full-time for no pay.

Depending on your perspective, that might make me brave or lucky or crazy.

In short, it makes me a Founder.

If you’re reading this, you probably feel a similar itch to build and create, whatever your age. But where to start? How hard is it actually? What are the myths?

At 22 years old, here are the 7 most important lessons…

Research shows not all motivation is created equal. Meet self-determination theory.

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What drives you?

It can sound like a simple question: it isn’t. For hundreds of different activities in our lives — from choosing a job, to spending time with our partner, to writing an article — we can all have very different motivations for the same action.

People are fond of reporting vague, huge, and morally sweet drives. To support my children/ageing parents. To provide for my community. To save the local ecosystem.

These are all great as an overarching “why”: a north star that adds structure and purpose to your life.

But let’s be real, they don’t drive every…

Only know her as Elon Musk’s partner? Let’s change that.

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Claire Boucher (b. 1988) has been putting out music for over a decade. During that time, she’s built up a steady cult following, received critical acclaim, and been deemed Best New Music by Pitchfork multiple times.

Since 2018, she’s also dating Elon Musk.

In 2020 they had a child together — you know, the one with the name like a Star Wars spaceship, X Æ A-12.

In a world where celebrity and money is king, this prompted a massive surge of new interest into Claire Boucher: more commonly known as the artist Grimes.

Namely, who the hell “Grimes” is. Why…

Embracing neuroplasticity in a pandemic.

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We’ve all laughed about going crazy from isolation. “My last braincell,” “smooth brain,” “brain worms,” etc., popped up a lot. As ever, humor copes with fear.

Legitimate fears, in a year of lockdown limbo.

Early on in the pandemic — mindlessly playing a Nintendo Switch through government announcements of stricter lockdowns, more death — I was worried about regressing to a teenager. Getting dumber, forgetting words, how to socialize, losing independence as a young adult, or having my mental well-being eroded in lockdown.

Instead, my brain genuinely feels more peaceful in December 2020 than in December 2019. …

Don’t beat yourself up just yet.

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Have you seen that Vanessa Hudgens clip where she says “People will die. And it’s sad, but inevitable!” I could never be like that, I understand COVID is still out there, and it sounds so horrible, but…you know?

In an Instagram voice message, my friend expresses frustration: then guilt. We miss eachother. We want to meet up. We know we can’t.

We’ve both been working, eating, sleeping and studying in our bedrooms with very little human contact for 7 months.

I do know.

Increasingly this autumn, the phrase “pandemic fatigue” has been bandied around. Pandemic fatigue isn’t referring to a…

The reason it survived two millennia

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As a psychologist, my favourite philosophy is Stoicism.

A lot of other philosophies can be interesting to muse over. Like pointing out clusters of stars, and wondering what shape they form. Beyond intellectual fancy, though, -isms rarely strengthen us.

Stoicism is practical and it works.

Philosophy can get so caught up in whether or not God’s dead, it forgets that most of the time we can’t spare a thought for metaphysics because we’re busy being a human — which is to say, a mess.

Stoicism never forgot.

In this story, we’re going to look at how Stoicism shaped psychology —…

“Real” jobs don’t exist.

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I graduated from a university consistently ranked as one of the top 50 in the world.

You know how many uni friends I have who graduated into the life we’re “supposed” to have? Who have already landed a full-time graduate job in 2020, moved to London, and fall into the landlord category of young professional?


Renting the top flat of a terrace that two roommates have already evacuated. Both lost their London jobs in the pandemic and suddenly couldn’t afford to live there anymore.

For every friend I have in a full-time city job, I have three that are…

Learn from a University of Missouri study.

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Heartbreak is defined as a state of “devastating emotional loss”.

Almost all of us will be heartbroken by the loss of a romantic partner at some point in our lives. It’s as universal and fundamental as love.

That doesn’t make it any less painful.

Based on the strength of the relationship lost, heartbreak varies in severity and duration.

A study by the Journal of Positive Psychology found it takes 11 weeks, on average, to feel better after the loss of a romantic partner. This was regardless of being the dumper or dumpee. Those with secure parental attachments recovered faster.


Hannah Davies

Psychologist. Gen Z. Writer of words.

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