Are you competitive?

Are you competitive?

I was recently reminded of how idiotic a corporate interview question, “Are you competitive?”, is. I too was once asked it, years ago, when I was applying for Finance jobs as a graduate. Of course, I accidentally slipped into a philosophical discussion...
Different roads to burnout

Different roads to burnout

People usually think of burnout as something that happens to them due to external circumstances, rather than something they actively create. Yet, it is not at all obvious that we can accept this at face value, particularly in our advanced, modern societies where...
On quiet quitting 

On quiet quitting 

Quiet quitting – where people consciously choose not to go the extra mile at work – is much less about employers. It is much more about achievement-obsessed moderns who cling to careerism for their self-worth, adjusting to reality. Being employed so that you can put...
The Founders’ Curse

The Founders’ Curse

Growth is an inevitable part of founding something that actually works out commercially. Yet, as much as growth is a sign of success, it can also become the founders’ curse. Because growth means that at some point, a founder will have to choose between two...
Freedom can be scary

Freedom can be scary

After years of institutionalised education and employment, it is easy to feel lost without some externally imposed routine. Freedom can be scary and fear of it is a huge barrier to change.   “What else would I do?”  Recently, I’ve been nudging an old friend who has no...