Be like Atticus Finch

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“To Kill a Mockingbird” was on my to-read list for a long time. Thus when I got a copy as a Christmas gift, I read it immediately. “To Kill a Mockingbird” is a novel by Harper Lee published in 1960, today it is regarded as a masterpiece of American Literature.

Atticus Finch, the main character, is a man of great integrity and intelligence. He represents a black defendant in a highly publicized criminal trial. Even that winning the case is impossible due to racism, Atticus stands firm in his beliefs. Here are my three life lessons from “To Kill a Mockingbird”:

Sapiens and Homo Deus by Yuval Noah Harari

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If someone had said to me a year ago, “you’ll be reading books on anthropology, philosophy, history, and writing blog post about it” I would have laughed. A few months ago many influencers recommended Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari as a must-read. The moment I started reading the book I got hooked. I couldn’t wait to get back from work and continue exploring stories of my ancestors. Here are my 9 key takeaways from “Sapiens” and “Homo Deus”.

Don't be a donkey!

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I’ve stumbled upon a brilliant blog post by Derek Sivers titled Trying to pursue many different directions at once. The writing aims to showcase the importance of long-term over short-term thinking by comparing it to Buridan’s ass paradox.

Office politics: you can ignore it, but it won't go away

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Being sneaky, advancing at the expense of others, starting conflicts - this is how many describe a devil, an ancient angry god, or a politician. Even if you are not an exorcist, not a member of a parliament, you can always encounter such personas in your office. Or even worse, maybe it’s you who make people around you feel horrible.

Anxious or excited? It's up to you!

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Tim Urban, the author of the blog Wait But Why, is probably one of the most captivating writers. In 2015 he got invited to do a TED talk, which ended up being one of the best humorous TED talks so far.

However, the whole preparation process was not as smooth as he’d expected. Tim had struggled A LOT and described all that in his blog post Doing a TED Talk: The Full Story. His brilliant blog entry reminded me of my first bigger speaking gig - an internal IT summit for 300 participants.

Saying NO

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I regularly end up saying YES to initiatives that I should have declined. A colleague of mine recently compared me to the main character in “Yes Man”. I enjoyed the comedy, but signing up for everything means lack of priorities, no distinction between what is essential and what is not. Or having too much time.

Netlify, an alternative to GitHub Pages

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I’ve decided to migrate my blog to Jekyll. The majority of Jekyll tutorials recommend using GitHub Pages to host static websites. But what about deployment, site migrations or hosting multiple sites?

Weekly Chatter 16 & 17

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My list of what I’m enjoying or pondering - Weekly Chatter 16 & 17.

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