I like watching bloopers. It tells me that nobody is perfect and that it took multiple takes to get to that lovely final shot. I am more curious to see the execution. Behind the scenes stuff. Progress updates. The journey. Watching only the end outcome does not excite me as much. Here are some examples:… Continue reading Seeking the Messy Journey
Author: Swapnil Agarwal
Future of Remote Work
It’s July 2022. Remote work is no longer a rare phenomenon. Less commute, access to global opportunities and talent, flexibility to work at your own schedule – the pros outweigh the cons. But the cons cannot be overlooked. Loneliness is one of the major unsolved problems of remote work. There are no water cooler conversations… Continue reading Future of Remote Work
This is a self-reflection post on diving deep into what makes me tick. “I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious.” – Albert Einstein I feel this quote. Strongly. (I had planned to start with another quote in the outline but now I’ll end with that instead.) Going a level deeper than most… Continue reading On Curiosity
Write what you love!
I’ve been struggling with sustaining a writing habit. Not that I haven’t written anything yet, but I’m finding it hard to do it consistently. Consistency is something that I know is important. I want to write more, something, anything. Whenever I do, I like it. But I’m not consistent with it. One of the main… Continue reading Write what you love!
Minimum Viable Goal
People set goals too high and then get disappointed. We should encourage setting small goals and keeping promises to ourselves. Setting the right goal is half the battle won. A minimum viable goal (MVG) is the smallest goal that you have yet to achieve. To arrive at an MVG, I encourage you to use the… Continue reading Minimum Viable Goal
Gaining from Randomness
Change is the only constant. When things go wrong, and they eventually will, there are different ways we deal with them. If something gets easily destroyed when stressed, it’s called fragile. If you can bounce back into shape when stressed, you’re resilient. Imagine the ability to become better with shocks and stress – that’s antifragile… Continue reading Gaining from Randomness
Life is easier with Pronoia
I grew up with a zero-sum mindset. This is the saddest thing about our education system. It teaches that if someone wants to be successful, they need to make others unsuccessful. This always kept me on the lookout for others trying to bring me down. Three years back, I read The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho… Continue reading Life is easier with Pronoia
Why do I keep enrolling in CBCs?
I’m addicted to cohort-based courses. There, I said it. I discovered them in late 2019. I’ve been on a learning spree since then, enrolling in 6 CBCs so far: Startup School by Y Combinator, Entrepreneur First, UI/UX design, Stoa School, Brand Experience design, and now Write of Passage. Yeah, I’m one of those cohort junkies.… Continue reading Why do I keep enrolling in CBCs?
My 12 Favorite Problems
Richard Feynman used this mental framework to give life meaning and purpose. In his own words, “You have to keep a dozen of your favorite problems constantly present in your mind, although by and large they will lay in a dormant state.” Every time you hear a new trick or a new result, test it… Continue reading My 12 Favorite Problems