Welcome to the internet

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Source: Traf

Traf is a designer who has made over $100,000 in six days from selling iPhone icons. A process which, as he admits, barely took him two hours.

The right place, at the right time

On September 16th, Apple officially released iOS 14, opening an entirely new world of home screen customizations to millions of iPhone users. Just five days later, designer Traf went on Twitter to share a picture of his home screen setup, and, it instantly caught the attention of plenty of Apple fans.

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Photo by bady abbas on Unsplash

“Inspiration is for amateurs, the rest of us just show up and get to work. And the belief that things will grow out of the activity itself and that you will, through work, bump into other possibilities and kick open other doors that you would never have dreamt of if you were just sitting around looking for a great ‘art idea.’ If you hang in there, you will get somewhere.” — Chuck Close

I remember a similar quote from Steven Pressfield's ‘The War of Art’. He says, “The most important thing about art is to work. Nothing else matters except sitting down every day and trying.” I’d like to add “Show Your Work’ — which’s also the title of a wonderful book by Austin Kleon. You just might attract luck by sharing your work publicly.

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Photo by Kari Shea on Unsplash

Doesn’t it make perfect sense for the world’s largest search engine to build a shopping guide? They already know what your loved ones are looking for. They literally do. Anyway. The Google Shopping Gift Guide is actually a pretty neat tool that lists this year’s top 100 trending gifts based on search trends. And it does cover a lot.

From coffee makers to the iPhone 12, and even the latest PS5 console from Sony, that’s, if you can manage to get your hands around one. In fact, Google might be right in claiming that their list covers everyone — it includes boots, makeup, a Christmas tree, even lego. There’s so much to it. And you might want to check it out even if you’re only curious about what’s trending.

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When writer Anne Lamott’s older brother was in fourth grade, he had a term paper on birds due the next day, and he hadn’t even started on it. He was close to tears, immobilized by the hugeness of the task ahead.

Anne’s father sat down beside his son, put his arm around him, and said, “Bird by bird, buddy. Just take it bird by bird. Just read about pelicans and then write about pelicans in your own voice. And then find out about chickadees, and tell us about them in your own voice. And then geese.”

Writing involves a lot of overthinking. And the only way to get out of your head is to get your thoughts down on paper.

Just write that first goddamn sentence.

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“We all spend so much time not saying what we want because we know we can’t have it. And because it sounds ungracious, or ungrateful, or disloyal, or childish, or banal. Or because we’re so desperate to pretend that things are OK, really, that confessing to ourselves they’re not, looks like a bad move. Go on, say what you want. … Whatever it is, say it to yourself. The truth will set you free. Either that or it’ll get you a punch in the nose. Surviving in whatever life you’re living means lying, and lying corrodes the soul, so take a break from the lies for just one minute.” — Nick Hornby

Failure isn’t always about not winning. Failure is not taking a chance. It’s staying put where you don’t belong. Stop surviving and start living.

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“It’s lonely at the top. Ninety-nine percent of people in the world are convinced they are incapable of achieving great things, so they aim for the mediocre. The level of competition is thus fiercest for “realistic” goals, paradoxically making them the most time and energy-consuming. It is easier to raise $1,000,000 than it is $100,000. It is easier to pick up the one perfect 10 in the bar than the five 8s. If you are insecure, guess what? The rest of the world is, too. Do not overestimate the competition and underestimate yourself. You are better than you think.” — Tim Ferriss, The 4-Hour Work Week

Stop restricting your ambitions to the lowly average of your surroundings. If you can dream it, you can take your first steps towards it, and, you can most definitely achieve it.

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Read to lead — “In an age where almost nobody reads, you can be forgiven for thinking that the simple act of picking up a book is revolutionary. It may be, but it’s not enough. Reading to lead means pushing yourself — reading books that are above your level. The books where words blur together and you can’t understand what’s happening? Those are the books a leader needs to read. Reading to lead requires that you treat your brain like the muscle that it is — lifting the subjects with the most tension and weight,” writes Ryan. And he explains exactly how anyone can do that.

It also means you can stop counting the number of books you’re going to read within a particular time frame, and instead check them for their worth.

Yeah, like Fleets weren’t enough

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Source: Spotify

While most of the world’s still having a hard time making sense of ‘Fleets’— Twitter’s latest adaptation of the famous Snapchat stories, Spotify has just confirmed that they are now testing their own version of stories.

From Snapchat to Instagram, to Twitter, and now Spotify? It doesn’t even make sense anymore. And I can’t help but imagine what’s next — maybe we could watch people unboxing their packages on Amazon stories. Or speaking out their resumes on Linkedin, or maybe read pick-up lines on Tinder?

Seriously, what the hell is wrong with the world?

And I don't know if it’s already true, but, in the end, I believe, most users will anyhow prefer to stick with multiple apps. Where each app is known for its one specific and most distinctive feature. …

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Source: Visualize Value

“You do something all day long, don’t you? Everyone does. If you get up at seven o’clock and go to bed at eleven, you have put in sixteen good hours, and it is certain with most men, that they have been doing something all the time. They have been either walking, or reading, or writing, or thinking. The only trouble is that they do it about a great many things and I do it about one. If they took the time in question and applied it in one direction, to one object, they would succeed.” — Thomas Edison

Also, it was Carl Rogers who said, “The good life is a direction, not a destination.” A lack of direction is what holds most people back in life. Especially, the ones with a lot of varied interests. Be wise. Pick one.

We’ve come a long way.

This is exactly the point I’ve been making for a while now. An absolutely wonderful video from Arun Maini. It might not appear like a big deal, especially when we keep comparing the latest flagships with that of the last generation. But smartphones have come a long way.

And what matters more is where they are headed right now — rollable phones, real telephoto cameras, invisible front cameras, and whatnot. Just check out the video. Smartphone manufactures have made certain that never before existed a more interesting time in terms of experimentation. The next-gen smartphones are now rolling.” And they are anything but boring.


Sumit Garg

Indian writer with words in OneZero, Debugger, The Quint, and more.

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