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INTJ. Startups. Infinitely Curious

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on habits, MVPs & drafts: start small.

What do habits, Minimum Viable Products and first drafts have in common? They are the first iteration of a concept that will likely go through many changes. When working on a project you are strongly attached to, there is a grandiose desire to have it be perfect when you launch. We become so attached to […]

writing is like a startup: fuck it, ship it.

When we form an idea we’re passionate about, our mind starts playing countless scenarios and plans of what it’s final form could be. This is one of the biggest virtues of the human mind. The evolutionary development of our brains allows creativity, we are unique in our power to imagine. This is what happens when […]

hi there, i’m yina 👋

Before embarking on this daily essay challenge, I’d like to introduce myself. Firstly, who I am, and who I hope to be at the end of this experience. Who I am is a shy girl filled with stage fright and major imposter syndrome about to perform her first solo on stage, squinting against the spotlight […]

revelations on writing: fin.

It’s always fun to find new mediums of expression, to explore new ways of thinking. For the past ten days, I’ve truly enjoyed thinking and expanding my mind more on the subject of writing. Creating this constraint of a mini essay helps me focus on a singular topic and wring out ten different ideas on […]

revelations on writing: building civilizations.

All species have their ways of communicating. However it is our ability to use words and language to communicate that sets us apart. It’s an indispensable part of our species, and how we as humans — weak in stature compared to other apex predators, have come to populate the world. Words are the foundation of […]

revelations on writing: to learn, we must re-write

If we are looking for an effective way to learn, we must write. What I am describing is essentially re-writing. To paraphrase someone else’s knowledge applied to our own context, our world view and emotions When we rewrite knowledge in our own words, it becomes a transformation: Instead of a carbon copy of someone else’s […]

Revelations on Writing: To Learn, You Must Write

When I was in college, I was often taught that the best way to learn is to teach someone else. Now that I’m no longer in the classroom, I’ve learned that a shortcut to both — and to maximize effectiveness of your teaching, is to write. When I write for the purpose of taking notes, […]

Revelations on Writing: Writing is Shapeshifting

The more I write, the more I realize writing is akin to shapeshifting. Writing has many reasons to change it forms — your writing style and format changes depending on medium it is shared on, the audience you speak to, the platform you share, the relationship you have with the person. But they all represent […]

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