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Start towards a year of meaning, fulfillment, creativity, and much more.

I first stepped into the world of personal development when I was 18.

At the time, I was a high school kid, confused, lost, torn between fitting in, and being myself. On my five-year journey of self-discovery, change, and growth which was a roller coaster, I consumed a lot of self-help books. Most of these books said the same thing in different ways. Very few actually made a difference in my life.

What I’ve learned from reading a lot is that you don’t need to read fifty books each year like Bill Gates to truly make a difference in your…


Save your blog from becoming a total flop

Fancy bloggers making six figures love to feed you all sorts of lies. They love keeping you in the dark instead of telling you the reality of things because that’s what keeps dollar bills pouring into their bank accounts.

I know this because I happily subscribed to their lies before I started my WordPress blog three years ago. Some of these lies looked like the following:

“If you’re passionate about writing and want to make six figures from it, start a blog.”

“A blog is really easy to start.”

“Blogging is completely free!”

“Anyone can make $100,000 per month blogging.”


From a top-rated freelancer on Upwork

Upwork gets a bad rap from so-called six-figure freelancer-turned-coaches who’ve made it their mission to advocate against content mills.

But actually, the platform is a goldmine for freelancers, especially those at the beginning of their careers.

Here’s why:

  • It helps you (literally) start from your scratch — no portfolio, no website, no prior experience needed.
  • It helps you build a portfolio.
  • It helps you figure out your niche.
  • It helps you learn how to deal with clients.
  • It helps you gain confidence so you can go after big shots later in your career.

That said, a lot of freelancers fail…


A 50,000-year-old Chinese philosophy.

Modern hustle culture is toxic. And I think you wouldn’t disagree.

As much as I’ve worshipped it during the last five years, I can’t help but conclude that it’s skewed in a lot of ways.

When you’re not being productive, you’re being unproductive. (What if I’m simply enjoying the moment?)

When you’re not in doing-mode, you’re being lazy. (What if I’m spending some quality time with my friends and family? Or self-care?)

When you’re grieving, angry, sad, envious, or experiencing any emotion, you’re being ‘negative’? (So the absence of positivity is negativity?)

If you don’t have your life figured out…


Even if you’re a beginner with no experience

I landed my first $50 writing job on Upwork within an hour of creating my Upwork account. Within four months I earned the top-rated status.

The secret? Killer cover letters.

On Upwork, your cover letter can make or break you. It’s the first thing clients notice; your samples come next. Given that Upwork is a highly competitive marketplace, a job posting can receive as many as fifty proposals out of which the client picks one freelancer. In most cases, this is the most experienced freelancer with good job history and excellent ratings on their profile.


Tiny efforts can save your relationships

One of the most important lessons I’ve learned during COVID-19 is that relationships matter. More than our jobs, more than our businesses, more than the latest thing in the market, and more than the trivial things that consume our minds and energy every day.

During the lockdown, we felt lonely, suffocated, scared, and craved human connection. Even the most introverted among us began wishing we could socialize, even for a little while. And a lot of us watched hopelessly as our loved ones lost their lives. It was a trying time and we learned just how much we need each…


Tips, tools, and best practices to become pro

I’m a non-native English speaker. My complete schooling happened in my native country. I grew up in a family where everybody spoke my native language. But today, I’m a professional writer. I’ve won international essay writing competitions in school, been published in an anthology and top Medium publications, and make side money as a freelance writer.

Why am I telling you all of this? Because I want you to know that I haven’t had any advantage over other non-native English speakers. I’m completely self-taught. I honed my English writing skills over the years using just a few tips and tools…


And several mini psychological exercises.

People always told me I was a calm person. And I thought the same.

I’m one of those people in the room who stay silent and composed no matter how heated the situation gets instead of losing control. Until my therapist revealed to me that I had internalized my anger. This meant I was turning my anger inward, consequently indulging in self-harm, self-loathing, and self-criticism, rather than turning it outward. It wasn’t that I never got angry, it’s that I never showed that I was angry. …


They’re (probably) why clients keep rejecting you on Upwork

You can be the best freelancer out there, have the fanciest website and blog, and still not get clients.

You see clients don’t care about your website, your blog, or who you are. What they do care about is what you can do for them. Whether you can help solve their problem or not. Period. And they make this decision within seconds. They pick the one freelancer from a list of more than 50 who they think can solve their problem and save their time and ignore the rest.

The question is how do you ensure you’re not the one…


How to level up your life and career while still in college.

Most people’s trajectory of life looks like this:

  1. Be born (without wanting to)
  2. Grow up a little
  3. Go to school
  4. Go to college
  5. Get a job
  6. Stay at the job
  7. (Maybe) get married
  8. Die (without wanting to)

But the fun part is you don’t have to follow this exact trajectory, you just think you do. There’s a lot you can do in the middle. In this article, I’ll tell you what you can do when you’re on #4 i.e in college.

Keep in mind, though, if you’ve graduated already you might regret reading this because you probably never thought you…

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