Why I Don’t Allow My Cellphone In My Bedroom

About a year ago, I came across an interview with Simon Sinek in which he spoke (as he passionately does) about cellphone addiction; not necessarily social media addiction but addiction to the device itself. I pondered my own relationship to my device and, upon speaking at a few high schools, took note of the increasing connected behaviours between teens and their phones. Using the advice offered by Sinek, I decided to leave my phone out of my bedroom. This meant not using it as an alarm, not keeping it by my bedside, not using it as an e-reader. Nothing. It … Continue reading Why I Don’t Allow My Cellphone In My Bedroom

A New Era of Public Creativity

As many of us were quietly (or perhaps loudly) ringing in the New Year on January 1st, an unprecedented plethora of creative works (films, music, books and more) fell into the public domain for the first time in 20 years. The amount of works that had fallen into the public domain is so substantial, some referred to January 1st as “Public Domain Day 2019”. What is the public domain? According to Wikipedia, the public domain consists of all creative works to which no exclusive intellectual property rights apply. Those rights may have expired, been forfeited, expressly waived, or may be … Continue reading A New Era of Public Creativity

Be Aggressive With Your Ambition

So often, when we encounter failure, we think to ourselves: “must. aim lower“, “must lower my expectations“, “must lower the bar!“ I’d like to propose an alternative. “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again” William Edward Hickson Aggressive Ambition is something often overlooked for fear of failing again. Indeed, what could be worse than failing not just but once but a second time too? The natural inclination after having gone through a misstep of sorts — however traumatizing — is to aim lower. You failed at that one thing — time to choose something easier; something more within … Continue reading Be Aggressive With Your Ambition