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My name is Jonathon Hawkins. At 22 years old, I’ve just finished studying Philosophy at the University of Nottingham, and I’m currently navigating the world as a Freelance Writer.
I live in a small town just outside of Worcester (UK) with my family. …
It’s Monday evening, I’ve got my hairbrush in one hand, and I’m looking in the mirror, screaming the words to my favorite song. The imaginary crowd goes wild, and I feel a gush of positive energy run over me.
Whether you’re a metalhead, a jazz enthusiast, or an opera lover, we all have our favorite artists. But why are we drawn to different types of music? Why do some of us love the thought of aggressively smashing a guitar while others yearn for relaxing coffeehouse jazz sessions?
Psychologists have suggested that the music we love reflects our personality. They also…
I never felt confident going into school exams. That’s not to say I was underprepared; I always revised. But my inconfidence was self-inflicted. When I sat down in the exam hall and my heart was racing, I would over-complicate the questions.
I assumed the examiner was trying to trip me up with trick questions. “It can’t be that simple, can it?” I was repeatedly told that “if I had just taken the questions at face value,” my grades would have been significantly better.
Life can be pretty simple if we want it to be. Should we choose, we can cruise…
“Why do you write?” When someone asks me what motivates me, they expect one of two answers:
Most people assume the two are mutually exclusive, that if I want to make money it can’t be doing what I love. When you write for clients, you lose a lot of creative freedom — you have to write what they want when they want — and that gives rise to a completely different persona than the “author” lifestyle we dream about as children.
A lot of professional writers working on content mills lose their passion…
The world is is in chaos and disarray right now, with the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic underpinning major threats to humanity:
How do I communicate my worth to future employers? When they have fifty résumés on their desk; what's going to stop them from throwing mine in the bin?
Your employer manages the gates to your dream job. It’s your job to ensure your CV is the key that swings those gates open.
This isn’t just a challenge for conventional jobs office jobs. As a freelancer who’s constantly on the lookout for opportunities; I’ve had to spend time refining and adapting my résumé to communicate my experiences in a way that gets results.
At a glance, most look the same. Here’s…
We’re all picky at some point in our lives. As children, for example, we experience “neophobia” — a fear of trying new foods. Evolutionary speaking, this pickiness keeps us safe and protects us from eating dangerous foods.
Fussiness can manifest itself in many areas of life. From the big decisions: like picking our relationships, or choosing a job. To pointless and inconsequential things: like pinpointing faults on the things we buy, or sending our food back at a restaurant.
In some respects, being picky is a good thing. It helps us strive for our best, rather than settling for less…
When someone annoys us, we resist the urge to hit them. When we want something we can’t afford, we don’t just steal it, and we don’t kill people to make our lives easier.
We don’t do these things because we perceive them as morally wrong. But why do we strive to do good?
Most of us believe we would do the right thing in any situation. But there’s a real question of whether we just want to appear moral to avoid social sanctions and punishments. …
I’ve always been quietly confident. I work damn hard to get the results I want and create plans to reach my goals. But until I’ve had confirmation that I’ve managed to pull them off, very few people know about them.
On the day of my driving test, I told everyone I was ill to explain my absence from work. On the morning of school results day, I told everyone I thought I’d failed; it was only after I got the result I wanted that I proudly told my friends and family.
I don’t like to count my eggs until they’ve…
Picture this. It’s 2016, and I’m in a Business Studies lesson learning about Herzberg’s Two Factor Theory of Motivation. I’m struggling to see how it would play out in the real world. How does an employer identify what motivates their employees? So I put my hand up and ask. To which my teacher responds:
“…I’m not really sure… I’ve never worked in a business.”
That’s when it dawned on me. Most of my school teachers spent their entire lives in education, with no real-life experience in their field.