Summary of “Meet the Unfluencers”

Meet the unfluencer, the person who makes me want to do the opposite of whatever she’s doing and throw out whatever I already own that she has posted about.
A friend of mine refuses to wear Nikes, period, after her unfluencer nemesis bought the same shoe in the same colorway she had almost bought.
I have found myself compiling a brief list of things unfluencers have ruined for me, and they include wide-leg pants, most potted plants, Rachel Cusk, Aesop hand balm, the Met Breuer, being “Into Broadway,” the Marlton, all destination weddings, Barry’s Bootcamp, the brand Self-Portrait, rattan, P50 toner, pink mules, the superbloom, paella, and Maine.
I’ve never even been to Maine! A friend of mine refuses to wear Nikes, period, after her unfluencer nemesis bought the same shoe in the same colorway she had almost bought at the Net-a-Porter sale.
Why is the unfluencer posting like it’s her job even when it’s not? Does she think she looks good in all those jumpsuits, or does she keep posing in them because she likes the comments? Is she just angling for free stuff? And then my mind wanders to the macro questions: Does the ubiquity of a certain kind of self-regarding taste water down its appeal?
The breaking point for me always hinges on the unfluencer’s taste’s not being what she thinks it is.
My being provoked probably has less to do with the narcissism I perceive on the unfluencer’s part than with my own: I’m not as original as I wish to be; my taste is not as interesting and refined as I think it is.
The unfluencer makes me dig into my psyche as well as my old analyst did, and she does it all for free.

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Summary of “The Ultimate Guide for Reinventing Yourself”

The wonderful thing about proactively reinventing yourself is that it could serve to prevent the unnecessary and very uncomfortable need for reactive measures.
Now is a good time to consider whether or not there are things going on that call for a big change in your life or business.
For many years ahead, there would be more foreclosures than home purchases; the nosedive that Rebecca’s business took had no foreseeable end.
Rebecca had two choices: change careers or reinvent her current business.
Since the change was deliberate and well-executed, my client quickly became a sought-after expert for members of the press, both local and national.
If your current market is evolving or affected by change it may be wise to stop the struggle and reinvent yourself and your business now.
Our business coaching journey took a turn that Charlotte did not anticipate when I suggested she reinvent her business altogether.
If your business isn’t working out for any reason, examine your other gifts, experience, and knowledge.

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Summary of “The Ultimate Guide for Reinventing Yourself”

The wonderful thing about proactively reinventing yourself is that it could serve to prevent the unnecessary and very uncomfortable need for reactive measures.
Now is a good time to consider whether or not there are things going on that call for a big change in your life or business.
For many years ahead, there would be more foreclosures than home purchases; the nosedive that Rebecca’s business took had no foreseeable end.
Rebecca had two choices: change careers or reinvent her current business.
Since the change was deliberate and well-executed, my client quickly became a sought-after expert for members of the press, both local and national.
If your current market is evolving or affected by change it may be wise to stop the struggle and reinvent yourself and your business now.
Our business coaching journey took a turn that Charlotte did not anticipate when I suggested she reinvent her business altogether.
If your business isn’t working out for any reason, examine your other gifts, experience, and knowledge.

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Summary of “If the World Began Again, Would Life as We Know It Exist?”

“I’ve spent maybe 50 years studying the evolution of tongues in salamanders,” says David Wake, an evolutionary biologist at the University of California, Berkeley, “This is a particularly interesting case because salamanders, who don’t do anything fast, have the fastest vertebrate movement I’m aware of.” Within their lineage, evolution found a better way to accomplish tongue-hunting.
Random mutations and chance extinctions-events Gould called “Historical contingencies”-would build on each other, he suggested, driving the evolution of life down one path or another.
In Gould’s view, the existence of every animal, including humans, was a rare event that would have been unlikely to re-occur if the tape of life were rewound to the Cambrian period and played again.
In Conway Morris’s view, these constraints make it all but inevitable that if the tape of life were replayed, evolution would eventually reproduce organisms similar to what we have today.
Both scholars recognized that convergence and contingency exist in evolution.
The Long-Term Evolution Experiment, as the E. coli project is known, has surpassed 60,000 generations now, giving Lenski a deep data set from which to draw inferences about the interplay of contingency and convergence in evolution.
If extraterrestrial life faces similar evolutionary pressures to life on Earth, future humans may discover aliens that have convergently evolved an intelligence like ours.5 On the other hand, if contingent events build on one another, driving the development of life down unique paths as Gould suggested, extra-terrestrial life may be extraordinarily strange.
Experimental interrogation of the path dependence and stochasticity of protein evolution using phage-assisted continuous evolution.

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Summary of “Goals Don’t Replace Systems -and Vice Versa”

People who claim that setting goals are a bad thing are out of their minds.
I know there’s a lot of confusion about goals and systems these days.
A lot of us share the idea that you either have a system or set goals.
So in this article, I’ll explain why goals and systems complement each other, and why I have both.
Why You Need Goals Every time I read about people who claim you shouldn’t set goals, I get upset.
One thing we must be aware of is that we keep an open mind: Goals and systems change all the time.
Change your goals and systems as your priorities change.
Why You Need Higher Goals We’ve established that we need both goals and systems to live a good life.

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Summary of “Hermann Hesse on Solitude, the Value of Hardship, the Courage to Be Yourself, and How to Find Your Destiny”

When destiny comes to a man from within, from his innermost being, it makes him strong, it makes him into a god A man who has recognized his destiny never tries to change it.
The endeavor to change destiny is a childish pursuit that makes men quarrel and kill one another All sorrow, poison, and death are alien, imposed destiny.
Solitude is the path over which destiny endeavors to lead man to himself.
A path fraught with terrors, where snakes and toads lie in wait Without solitude there is no suffering, without solitude there is no heroism.
A man must be indifferent to the possibility of falling, if he wants to taste of solitude and to face up to his own destiny.
Solitude is not chosen, any more than destiny is chosen.
Solitude comes to us if we have within us the magic stone that attracts destiny.
A century later, the entire piece remains a spectacular and deeply insightful read, as does the whole of Hesse’s If the War Goes On. Complement this particular fragment with Ursula K. Le Guin on suffering and the other side of pain, Louise Bourgeois on how solitude enriches creative work and Elizabeth Bishop on why everyone should experience at least one long period of solitude in life, then revisit Hesse on the discipline of savoring life’s little joys, why books will survive all future technology, the three types of readers, and what trees teach us about belonging and life.

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Summary of “My Perfect Pictures and the Pain Behind Them”

“You’re a naughty girl,” he writes and says over the phone, his voice hissing like oil heated in a pan.
“You deserve to be punished. I can see you better than others can. You think you’re ‘Little Miss Perfect.’ The smile. The body. Perfect grades, too. Well, you need to make me happy then.”
Perhaps you see a lovely, young girl; I see a woman exposed, drowning in the slipstream of her husband’s shadow.
I’ve taken the world’s whippings for being born a girl as reason to believe I deserve only punishment and degradation, inflicted on myself, accepted toward myself.
Leave him, the coffin we call a home, the life of smallness I know as mine.
Initially, the news of my leaving acting and modeling to become a writer was met with resistance ranging from disbelief, worry, outrage, scorn, to laughter, from nearly every friend and relative, each unsolicited opinion preceded with the phrase we women know so well: “I love you, but”.
If all young girls and women committed such treason, patriarchy would collapse.
In addition to being a writer, I’m now a public speaker – in tonight’s performance I’ll be speaking purely as myself.

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Summary of “How Two Words Can Change Your Life”

“Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for.”
Why do we always desire what we don’t have? Desiring things you don’t have is not necessarily a bad thing.
If we didn’t desire unattainable stuff, the world probably wouldn’t advance one bit.
When I read about historical figures such as Christopher Columbus, the Wright Brothers, or Nikola Tesla, they used that desire for good things.
They didn’t complain and had an innate desire to achieve things.
Or you can go with a casual “Thanks.” You can say it to people, but more importantly, you can also say it to random things.
Appreciation is an important aspect of a happy life.
“Appreciation is a wonderful thing. It makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well.”

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Summary of “Stop Apologizing For Being Yourself”

Because let’s face it, you and I both know that we all have two personalities, who live two different lives.
There’s the life we want to live, and then there’s the life we’re actually living.
“Hey Darius, do you think I should stop being silly so that people take me seriously?”.
Look, you’re not going to die alone when you become yourself 24/7. It’s not only a waste of energy, but it’s also a waste of LIFE, if you’re not living it on your terms.
Because what’s the alternative? Do you want to shut down your true personality and become some robot that’s programmed by society or other people?
Over the past few years, I’ve been gradually living life on my terms.
If you’re an artist, you don’t have to be like Van Gogh.You’ll get what you want when you are yourself.
I can tell you from personal experience that being yourself is the most liberating thing in life.

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Summary of “The Search for Alien Life Begins in Earth’s Oldest Desert”

In many places in the Atacama, such hardy creatures are the only life forms, and Wilhelm and other scientists think that they might be similar to the last surviving life on Mars-if Martian life ever existed.
In the Atacama, whose waterless, wind-worn landscapes mimic the surface of Mars, Wilhelm and her sunburned crew are mapping the edges of life’s domain, learning what life needs to survive, form communities, and produce future generations.
Journey to the Atacama, the density of life dropped as the heat intensified.
The Atacama is one reason that Chile has become a haven for astrobiologists and astronomers: Its pristine dark skies offer an unparalleled view of the stars, and its depleted desert offers a peerless lab for studying the dry limits of life, including how life might survive among those stars.
“These are the last outposts of life in the Atacama,” Davila said.
We do know that there is one planet with life, and on this planet, life is everywhere; because of us, we can be sure life in the universe is possible.
It’s the type that matters: Some organic molecules come in mirror varieties, like our hands; on Earth, life uses all left-handed amino acids and right-handed sugars to build proteins and DNA. If we sift the sands of an alien world and find an abundance of certain hydrocarbons, amino acids, and lefty sugars, then things could get interesting.
If life took hold on Mars in its watery past, or if microscopic life persists on the moons of Jupiter or Saturn, it is not going to be easy to find its exhalations, or its remains.

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