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QAs Doing Cool Things: Alex Bornstein

First Published: March 23rd, 2018

Welcome to the very first edition of my new series, QAs Doing Cool Things . This series features one of the members of my Super Cool Newsletter for the Quietly Ambitious with what they're up to and what lessons they're learning right now. We've got writers, teachers, moms, software developers, professional musicians, and more on this list, and…

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The Feedback Loop: My #1 Lesson from 2017

First Published: January 20th, 2018

I began 2017 standing at the edge of the Grand Canyon and making a decision to be wildly optimistic and obnoxiously grateful, both publicly and in my own mind. I let that dazzling beauty work its way into my heart and decided to let that moment dictate the rest of the year. It worked - but not just for my own well-being. I received lots of messages…

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13 Lessons I've Learned about Starting a Business from Ramit Sethi

First Published: October 20th, 2017

My friend Justin recently asked me about my experiences with Ramit Sethi and his courses. I was already planning on writing up an article about this stuff, but now I owe it to him to follow through on it. I've been following Ramit Sethi for six years, beginning with reading his book I Will Teach You to Be Rich in 2011. It was targeted at young…

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8 Lessons About Change I Learned from PT

First Published: September 6th, 2017

I've had a dull, aching pain in my right knee for probably a decade. I always figured it was due to being overweight (it was), but I assumed that once I lost all that weight it would just go away (it didn't). I decided to see a doctor about it, and he referred me to a physical therapist. A really effective physical therapist. I've been spending a…

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I've stopped caring about finding my purpose.

First Published: August 17th, 2017

I don't care anymore about finding my purpose, finding "my passion." I don't think there is one monolithic "life work" I'm supposed to accomplish. Instead, I've shifted my focus to building side projects and businesses. Each of these side projects will help people in some different way by providing a service they need. It might be freelance work…

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The Painfully Shy Developer's Guide to Networking for a Better Job (Without Being Creepy)

First Published: July 7th, 2017

Look, I get it. A bunch of web developers, recruiters, and vendors standing around in a room eating pizza or drinking beer and making small talk might sound like complete and utter death for you. There may be a million things you'd rather be doing. "Uhh, don't I have a dentist appointment that day? At least then I won't have to talk." I get it. I…

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Lessons in Rewilding from a Wilderness Immersion Program

First Published: December 17th, 2016

In September, I started a nine month wilderness immersion program to learn more about bushcraft and living outdoors. Once a month, I go camping with about twenty-four other people on a property an hour outside of Portland. The culmination of the program is a week long trip in May where we only bring things we've made or traded for, nothing…

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