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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. …
Rewind twenty-odd years, and the news we saw was covered by well-established media outlets. Sure, what we read in newspapers wasn’t always 100% accurate. But these outlets abided by media regulation and legislation. When they deceived us, we were usually made aware of it.
But here in 2021, social media platforms have created a culture where anyone can contribute. We don’t get our information from newspapers anymore, we get it through word of mouth — and with enough agreement, we seem to accept anything. That’s why we’re so quick to believe viral news.
What constitutes “a good life?” What would need to happen for you to believe that your life was worthwhile?
Some of the world’s greatest thinkers have been grappling with this question for years:
Naturally, most of us think that happiness defines a good life. For those that commit to certain versions of Utilitarianism, happiness is the only intrinsic good — and anything else is only worthwhile in so far as it leads to it.
Freelancing is a bit like navigating a ship. You can plan out your journey across the sea, but there are some things that are beyond your control. An unexpected storm, or for the Titanic, an Iceberg, is enough to create a turbulent journey that could make you sink.
Life as a freelance is very similar. You can plan ahead but at one point or another, you’re going to face a challenge or hurdle you could never have accounted for.
Some months you’ll be cruising. Others, you could feel like your career is sinking.
One minute you could be smashing it…
Spotting other people's faults and downfalls is fairly straightforward. As we look upon others' actions, we can adopt an objective perspective, free from any biases. With this additional knowledge, it’s easy to “see things clearly.”
It’s this impartial attitude that I carry when researching and writing. I often tell my readers how they could or should live. Like me, I’m sure you consider yourself good at spotting others' mistakes — and are keen to help them where you can.
What’s ironic, is that either knowingly or unknowingly, a lot of us fail to practice the words we preach. We can…
Things move so fast, don’t they? The world around us is moving quicker than ever before. In more ways than one:
Seneca is an ancient thinker like no other, and it’s rare that words spoken thousands of years ago remain so relevant today.
As a key-figure of the Roman Imperial Period, Lucius Annaeus Seneca (also known as “Seneca the young” (c. 4 BC-AD 65)) made a permanent impression on the teachings of Stoicism. He did so by letting his experiences and vulnerabilities guide his teachings — frequently reflecting on his violent emotions along with the negative impacts of his ambition and desires.
As a creator, what is your process? Do you fully flesh out your ideas before you start writing, or build and adapt them as you go?
Whether you’re a creative, marketer, or writer: content is king. That’s what we’re told by Bill Gates. It’s become a trend to tell us that if we want to successfully grow an audience and make money, we have to produce content. A lot of it. “Every day, if you can.”
I don’t write every day. If I did, I would quickly exhaust all and every idea, and nothing I produce would be of value…
My name is _______ and I help Digital Marketers to strengthen their Personal Brand to get more High-Ticket Clients using Organic & Paid Methods.
What about you? Would you also like to get more High-Ticket Clients?
If yes, let’s chat.”
This is just one of many generic, mass-sent messages I received in my Linkedin inbox this week. It was immediately deleted. If the sender can’t be bothered to spend 2 minutes writing a unique message, why should I give it the time of day?
We interpret smiling as an indication of someone’s mood. When doing so, they are generally perceived as happy and content. But what if we were to look at their behavior in a different light — not as a sign of mood, but a cause of it.
What if we have it all wrong? We aren’t smiling because we are happy. Rather, we are happy because we are smiling.
We all know the famous saying from Louis Armstrong:
“When you’re smiling, the whole world smiles with you.”
According to psychologist and author Meg Selig, smiles really are contagious. By smiling, you’re…