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The Best Articles I have Ever Read and Why You Need to Read Them Now

There are a lot of articles on the internet.

The number of terrible articles on the internet far surpasses the fantastic articles.

Here are a few that are worth your time, and why you need to read them NOW.

The Tail End — Tim Urban

Time. A construct created by humans to track our progress through life.

Tim’s article on the blog Wait but Why scares the shit out of me. By the time you are old enough to wrap your head around the finite-ness of “The Tail End,” you will feel like you’re already running out of time.

This article was a wake-up call for me to stop spending all of my time planning for the future, and start spending my time living my damn life.

The three key takeaways he highlights are as follows

1) Living in the same place as the people you love matters. I probably have 10X the time left with the people who live in my city as I do with the people who live somewhere else.

2) Priorities matter. Your remaining face time with any person depends largely on where that person falls on your list of life priorities. Make sure this list is set by you — not by unconscious inertia.

3) Quality time matters. If you’re in your last 10% of time with someone you love, keep that fact in the front of your mind when you’re with them and treat that time as what it actually is: precious.

Read the damn article. It is well worth your “time.”

How To Do What You Love — Paul Graham

Paul writes essays. He writes well thought out essays.

This essay is so good it is translated into 13 other languages, and is still relevant 11 years after it was written.

The key take away here for me is that tasks or duties that are “prestigious” are only made that way because they are boring, so to get people to do them they were made to seem “prestigious” and honor.

Paul calls out that bullshit eloquently.

If you are living a life where you are doing stuff you hate doing, I suggest you read this essay.

Maybe tomorrow you will stop doing what you hate.

1,000 True Fans — Kevin Kelly

I’m not sure I have come across a more recommended article that doubles as a concept, a rule, a way to do marketing.

This one article has inspired millions of people to build better products, craft cleaner marketing, and just be more human.


Because all a business, artist, brand, product, etc really need to succeed long-term is 1,000 true fans.

Fans that will support you in everything that you create. You are gold to them.

If you are struggling to attract a few raving fans, perhaps you are doing something wrong?

I suggest you read the article, and then take action. The world will be better for it.

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