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The Most Future Proof Jobs: Investing in Life as a YouTuber

Most future proof jobs aren’t as fun as this one

I am a travel YouTuber and all of my belongings make little sounds when I put them on or take them off.


Serious socks and shock-absorbing shoes

I chuckle when I hear my socks creak as I stretch them over my feet. I empathize with their complaining. They have just returned from 4 days of baking soda and boot-use. 

Like the socks, my Vasque boots kind of creak too, but theirs is more of a leathery whipping sound. You know what they remind me of? Old cargo ships raising sails. They are every bit as beaten and dirty but more noble for it, somehow. They were pretty expensive too, for the college budget I was working with at the time.

Practical pants

My pants snap into place. They are my favorite investment so far for living the digital nomad lifestyle. They cost more than a hundred bucks, but the thin, heat-proof, quickly drying material has kept its promise. Thousands of hours have been filmed for my channel, Alejandro Verse with a portable charger snug in these wide weather-beating pockets. 

Bulletproof bags

My 100-lb rucksack clatters and rustles. I can’t sneak up on anybody when I am in full YouTuber mode. Inside I keep clothes, accessories, filming stuff, and a collection of knives — LOL no, I kid. I do keep a multi-use tool at all times, though.

The rucksack holds … well … it holds two smaller bags! These are for everyday use. Think of it like this, rucksacks are for the Greyhound. Daypacks are for the Uber. Other digital Nomads know exactly what I’m talking about. 

My day bag is a Thule; which means it is clever, hardworking, and Swedish. The smallest bag is a fashionable leather satchel that I use when I want to blend in at social events but also film a bit. 

The Most Future-Proof Brands Sell Merch

This blog IS monetized 🙏

Affiliate Marketing

I’m very proud of the gadgets and tools I travel with. I’d recommend them to my brother if he told me he wanted to start traveling full-time. That said, the links in this article are monetized through Amazon using a practice known as affiliate marketing. Amazon sends me a commission through any purchases made via my blog.

Aside from this stream of passive income, I plan on rolling out a my own merchandise in 2022. The name of the store is Cyber Tribe.

Cyber Tribe

My accessories are a critical part of the brand. They provide the only flash in what is otherwise a solid-color “YouTuber uniform.” Like Steve Jobs and Einstein, I trade off between six identical shirts that I call my YouTuber uniform.

Juan Lozano holding cybertribe necklace made by Misak tribe

Good Luck Amulets

Because my personal brand is not a solid-color kind of enterprise, whenever I’m filming, I wear pins, earrings, and beautiful necklaces made by indigenous groups whom I work with.

To best rep the brand, my pins must always be either light blue or purple. Electric blue. Plum purple. These pins, badges, and necklaces that adorn my plain, red YouTuber uniform are vital.

Heady Pins

I have one pin that says ‘Start Today’ in bronze and one that says ‘Amor’ in graffiti style. The third pin is a tape measure.

I keep my earrings embedded into the same three-inch cardboard slip. My favorite among the earrings is a red badge of Gryffindor. 

The reason the accessories (man ornaments) are so important is that I am going to be selling them very soon as part of the brand’s merchandise.

YouTube doesn’t actually pay that much in most cases, did you know that? Many people don’t.

No. What you have to do to make money from YouTube is merchandise. (is that a verb? Can I do that?… doesn’t matter, I guess, because I just did 😉)

Conclusion (and a complementary tour of Bogota’s Graffiti district)

I am a dual citizen of the USA and Colombia currently living in Bogota. My YouTube adventures like the time my cousins and I shot fireworks are each other are how I spend my spare time.

The colorful, lovely people in my life and the unique opportunities I’m lucky to have are the context for my YouTube channel, Alejandro Verse.

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6 Best Things To Do In Your Free Time

Fun dude dapping off a cliff

These are six fun activities and habits substantiated by positive psychology that you can adopt in your free time that will give you the best bang for your buck.

These are meant to:

  • be fun
  • make money
  • help you grow as a person

We all have different preferences, but these are some pretty cool and straightforward things to do with your free time that in theory won’t feel like work. 

Tip #1. Prank Your Friends

Pranking your friends is a great use of your free time. Not everyone has the kind of friends who will be cool about pranking, but if the shoe fits, wear it.

Not only do pranks make great memories, they are also bonding moments for you and your squad. Beware though, the golden rule of pranking is you get what you give. Be prepared for anything and don’t ever EVER be the first one to go to sleep at the hotel. 

Positive psychology support

  • Broaden and build theory
  • Perceived mattering

“You know that nice feeling you get when your grandma asks if you’ve eaten yet, knowing that she would be ready to drop everything to make you a meal if you were even the slightest bit hungry? That’s called perceived mattering, or how much you believe you matter to somebody.” -from Poetry From The Future

Getting a dick doodled on your face might not seem like a means of communicating perceived mattering, but somehow it is. This factor been looked at as the main variable linking strong social ties with happiness.

Tip #2. Play With Your Wealth in Your Free Time

Savings accounts are for suckers. There is no point having a significant part of your capital asleep in a savings account.  

Investing in the stock market has never been cheaper or easier for the average plebeian like you and I. When my father and grandfather started working with the stock market in 1979, it was so dramatically different it is hard to wrap your head around it. Back then, each individual buy and sell order was printed onto cards that had to be transported to and from the bank by a team of guys on bikes.

there were basically no daytraders in the 20th century 

The masses have more access to information than ever. Combine this with one-click buy orders and you have a real solid alternative to a silly savings account that pays you something like $50/year. 

To start your investing journey, begin with this tip: follow the CEO of your company on Twitter. By following the CEO you will actually have the same level of access that journalists get. Welcome to the inner circle.

Positive psychology support:

Money Actually Can Buy You Happiness

The University of Pennsylvania is the birthplace of positive psychology, but it is also the home of Wharton School of Business. Matt Killingsworth, a senior fellow at Wharton has produced a study that says that the relationship between your bank account and your happiness extends past the $75,000/year mark that has become a staple of pop-psychology over the past 10 years.

The same guy warns that the most important ingredient in this relationship is how a person views money

“What does life look like for someone who doesn’t earn a lot, but says money isn’t important?” He said. “I don’t have a great answer to that, I don’t know. But I know that they’re there and I know they’re enjoying life just about as much as similar people who earn a lot more,” Killingsworth said.

Tip #3: Three Simple Exercises That Give You the Best Bang for Your Buck 

Chris Sommer, a former Olympic gymnastics coach, shares some simple exercises on the Tim Ferriss Show. There are tons of copy and pasted exercise tips that don’t really teach anything new, but these are three easy exercises to do at home that anyone can do. These can actually help you live longer. 

Sommer recommends these three exercises:

  • The Thoracic Bridge
  • Jefferson Curls
  • Shoulder Extensions

Since I first heard about these exercises in 2019, I have tried them all. I like the Jefferson Curl, in particular. It stretches and strengthens the back. Secret confession: I actually have one leg slightly longer than the other, which has given me hip and back problems my whole life. The Thoracic Bridge has actually helped my hips a lot. 

Tip #4: Take the First Step Toward Starting a Business. Seize the Day

One of the best supported findings in developmental psychology is the idea that human beings share a deep need to control our lives. This starts from the time we are tiny infants. It is why we love entrepreneurs so much! These tough men and women represent the side of ourselves that is not afraid to lead, create, and win.

Miami entrepreneur Gomeh Saias is a good friend who has started several ventures. The latest is a tea company called Itomatcha. In our high school gang he was always the guy who loves drinking tea. He is also the founder of an app called Joblite. This app is like Tinder, but for job seekers and employers looking for recruits to hire.

He agreed to sit with me so we could share some sage advice with you guys. Here is how to start a solid, future-proof business: 

Gomeh: Well there are many things we are not born equal with, but most of it is resources. A lot of it has to do with where we live in the world. Many times, our resources might not be something we can easily change, but one thing we can change is our use of these resources, no matter how limited they might seem. 

The first step for any founder should be to build out a resource-map. Don’t fall prey to your own circumstances. Don’t let that be the limiting factor in your own life. 

Tip #5: Find a Hobby You Can Spend All Day Doing

Get a freaking hobby! Everyone needs one! 

There’s this idea in positive psychology called Flow Theory. 


alt: the best things you can do in your free time should trigger flow. (mihaly csikszentmihalyi)

Research by Mihaly Csikscentmihaly (try saying that ten times fast) has resulted in this neat little graph depicting Ability on the x-axis and Challenge on the y-axis. Flow is the feeling of timelessness, control, and wellbeing you get when you are in balance midway between the two relaxation and anxiety. 

When you are in flow, five hours can pass and feel like thirty minutes. 

When you are looking for fun, productive things to do in your free time, feeling Flow should be a big positive sign that you have found something worthwhile!

Conclusion | Positive Psychology-backed Things To Do in Your Free Time

Positive psychology uniquely focuses on the promotion of positive aspects of our lives. These are virtues and goals that religion has studied for thousands of years such as Courage, Wisdom, Humility, and Perseverance, but unfortunately were never taken seriously by science until very recently.

This science also studies Curiosity. I am convinced that Curiosity and Passion are the same exact feeling but in different degrees. To find the best uses of your free time, follow your curiosity and see where it takes you. Comment below what theories, hobbies, or sports make you the most curious.

If you liked this article, you can find more helpful theories and ideas like these in my book, now available for Kindle!

Poetry and positive psychology by Alejandro and Sebastian Lozano

An Antidote to Cultural Appropriation

Latino Culture is Not a Bootleg Version of Black Culture

In December of 2020, fans accused Bad Bunny and Argentinian rapper Rosalia of appropriating African American culture. This conversational stick of dynamite is a perfect ice breaker for you and I to have a chat about the Latin identity. What you are about to hear does not get a lot of media coverage, but it is a conversation that is sorely overdue.

Dear White (and Black) People

As much as it hurts me to say it, the way North Americans of all shades and colors see my Latin identity, or the “Latino brand,” if you will, is a bootleg version of African American clichés. The cholo is often portrayed as a Spanish-speaking “Big Scary Black Guy.”

I’m not saying these human beings don’t exist in real life. I’m saying they do exist in America. In the U.S.A, the Latin image has been pimped out by Hollywood executives for more than 90 years.

I’m fed up with that sh*t.

Who is Bad Bunny? IDK, But He’s Definitely More Black Than Rosalia

Who are these Spanish rappers who find themselves serving as ambassadors for the diverse people of the Spanish world? And if it is not braids and chains like their Black Anglo counterparts, then what the hell are they supposed to be wearing? Instead of angrily Tweeting about cultural appropriation, why is nobody asking these questions?

Let’s start with Bad Bunny. Bunny is from a unique place in the world. Puerto Rico is literally part of the U.S.A. But while it technically boasts both English and Spanish as its official languages on paper, its people speak much more Spanish than English. Puerto Rico is an island full of proud U.S. citizens who cannot speak a sneeze of English.

Puerto Rico THINKS more North American than any of the 19 Spanish-speaking countries in the Americas. PR also has the quirk of being particularly Black — meaning influenced by African culture. So when Bad Bunny interprets African American culture by rocking grills in I Like It ft. Cardi B, he is doing it both as somebody with both African and American “affiliations.”

Bunny is not ignorantly appropriating African American culture since he actually does have a claim for being both American and (kinda) “Black”.

Rosalia is a different story. She has no alliance to Black culture. Spain is less than 3% Black. It’s a country rich in original history, style, and fashion. Ironically, Spain is as protective of its culture as African Americans are with theirs.

Her wardrobe in this particular video is OK. It has no relation with African American styles and is actually more reminiscent of the dress worn for Spanish flamenco.

However, none of this matters. Cultural appropriation is a problem, and not a solution. The point of this conversation is proposing a solution to cultural appropriation.

One Characteristic of Gen Z is the Rejection of European Beauty Standards

Internet-educated young people are starting to pick up on the fact that there are millions of styles missing in their world. Millions of fun, beautiful, efficient ideas have been laughed and ignored out of existence since the freaking Renaissance.

European standards of beauty are not the best. Certainly, they are not the only standards in the world.

Flickr search showing a cultural appropriation problem that is not very well known
I typed “Angry African man” into a search engine and literally got images of Central American gangsters. The problem is these are two completely separate cultures that are often lumped together in popular culture.

I’m talking about Latin American styles, West African styles, Asian styles, South African styles, even Aboriginal Australian styles. These are styles of design that have come from places other than Caucasian Europe.

I have one example for you that is near and dear to my heart.

Magical Realism, One Solution to Cultural Appropriation

Magical realism is an Amazonian art movement. It is a standard. It is a non-European standard. It is a pattern of design that we can use going forward as Latin American artists.

Magical realism was made reality in our world through the books of 20th century Colombian author, Gabriel Garcia Marquez.

I can’t tell you what should be beautiful, but I call on trendsetters and those whose business it is to spread good ideas and ask them urgently to not turn away from their own culture when it comes time to design the brand or product.

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What is Positive Psychology and Why is it Important?

Why is positivity important? Until the 21st century, it wasn’t. We have a revolution in our midst. Positive psychology is the new kid on the block, facing off against 100 years of diagnostic psychology.

Science is quantitative. What the science of happiness asks is whether there is one number that will determine if a person is happy? “If you have this much A, you should be happy?”

Think about the dashboard of an airplane, is there one number that tells you how an airplane is doing? Well, it turns out there isn’t for us. There are a whole bunch of gauges, and depending on the mission of the airplane, you pay more attention to one gauge than another. So if you’re trying to fly from Chicago to New York as quickly as possible, then the speedometer is what matters. If you’re trying to get there as comfortably as possible, then the radar is what matters. If you’re trying to get there as economically as possible, then it’s the gas gauge that matters.

This article answers:

  • What is positive psychology
  • The amount of money you need to be happy
  • What will psychology look like in 2050
  • New psychology practices
  • New psychology theories
  • Why this is a big deal

Since 1999, American science has sought to answer stuff like “what is happiness?” “can we change our happiness levels?” and “how much money do I need to be happy?”

Modern psychology lends serious attention to questions such as “what is happiness?” “can we change our happiness levels?” and “how much money do I need to be happy?”

Timeline of Positive psychology showing how positivity became important by asking why Wisdom, Hope, and Creativity matter

Think of positive psychology as the science dedicated to researching how we can live our best life. Positive psychology calls for a switch in focus toward progress, strength, and happiness.

At the same time, it would be unfair to describe traditional psychology as “negative.” There is no such thing as “negative psychology.” “Negative,” in this case, simply refers to focusing on mental disorders and diagnosing the mentally ill.

Amount of money you need to be happy

We have known for over a decade that there is a sort of perfect ‘happiness’ salary, but more recently, a 2018 study from Purdue University used data from the Gallup World Poll to find that the ideal income point for individuals is $95,000 for life satisfaction and $60,000 to $75,000 for emotional well-being

  • Ideal income for life satisfaction: $95,000
  • Ideal income for emotional well-being: $60,000 – $70,000

What will psychology look like in 2050?

Normalization of therapy

A majority of normal people will tell you they go to therapy every week or two without a trace of shame. The future of psychological therapy will be much more “normal.”

The whole point of a psychologist is s/he isn’t supposed to judge you, yet when you walk out of a therapists office in 2020, you often leave with a prescription sheet that describes you to a sharply uncomfortable degree.

Something has to give.

The cool thing about the recent developments in psychology is how ambitious they are. Our generation wants more. Avoiding unhappiness is not enough anymore, and it is not likely to return to being enough in the near-future. Recent developments in psychology have moved away from curing diseases and toward studying happiness, thriving, and satisfaction.

Lifehacks and self-education

Learning psychology doesn’t have to happen in a classroom. It is enough to enroll in an online course.

British thinktank Demos came up with the term “pro am” to describe the surging new demographic of amateurs with professional abilities sourced from the internet.

Think of the guys who learn to build a car from YouTube.

By 2050, there will be millions of psychology pro ams who take their mental wellness into their own hands.

New Psychology Practices | 2020

The most famous “treatment” to come from positive psych has to do with gratitude. We call positive psychology treatments “keychains” since they are like keys that unlock a stronger and happier life.

Keychain benefits include:

  • + Happiness and Spirituality
  • + Intimacy at Home
  • + Productivity in your Routine

+ Happiness and Spirituality | The Gratitude Keychain

Real Life Example

This is a deceptively simple practice. The Oxford Handbook of Positive Psychology says that it leads to six months of increased happiness for both parties, on average.

You just write a one-page thank you note to somebody who wouldn’t expect it and then read it out loud to them.

This practice is reported to disconnect us from toxic, negative emotions. The study found that gratitude keychains also brings both parties an increase in measurable Spirituality.

+ Intimacy at Home | The Response Keychain

creds @Frank McKenna on Unsplash

Do you and your partner sleep together less than you used to? Does fighting seem unavoidable? Believe it or not, there’s an easy trick that is EVEN MORE effective at solving these problems than roses and chocolates (although a little romance doesn’t hurt!)

It is called active constructive responding or the Response Keychain

This is a technique for being a better listener.

When our partner comes to us with good news, it turns out that getting excited for her and responding with enthusiasm is only the SECOND best way to respond. The FIRST BEST way to respond is by bringing her back to that exciting moment.

For example, if your boyfriend tells you he wrecked a top-ranked player on Call of Duty, your goal should be make him feel as close to the initial feeling of triumph as possible. I might say: “What map was it on? What guns were you guys using? You should make a Twitch account and get a milli subscribers!”

+ Productivity in your Routine | The Laughter Keychain

Positive psychology in the workplace is important because it leads to happier and more productive workers, among many other benefits
creds @Austin Distel on Unsplash

Corporate team-building events don’t have to be like pulling teeth. Laughter Games with your office mates can bring everyone closer and bring physical benefits for the entire office’s well-being. The Laughter Keychain consists of a new kind of office games designed to disinhibit colleagues and bring teams closer together.

Laughter is the physical manifestation of joy and well-being. It’s a discharge of raw positive energy that can be defined as a psycho-physical reaction.

A few ways of using the Laughter Keychain are balloon fights, office video game squads, and office social events.

Laughter facts:

  • It uses up to 50 facial muscles
  • It uses around 300 muscles in your entire body
  • Fake smiles are called Duchenne Smiles, and they don’t use the eyes as much as real smiles

New Psychology Theories | 2020

The definition of optimism and pessimism
from Poetry from The Future

Expect a ton of research into how positivity affects the brain. The science of the mind will enhance positivity in the workplace

According to former APA President Martin Seligman, subjective well-being is made up of three balances that we must maintain to develop deep, lasting satisfaction and to thrive in general. 

  1. The Pleasant Life 

refers to basic pleasures that come from the senses.

Examples: Eating good food, living an exciting life, and being mindful. 

2. The Good Life 

refers to discovering and routinely using your personal strengths and virtues to enhance your life.

Example: A depressed cashier who scores very high on Social Intelligence rearranges his priorities and habits so that his personal goal becomes making every customers’ interaction with him the highlight of that person’s day.

3. The Meaningful Life 

refers to the deep satisfaction that comes from feeling you are a part of something greater than yourself

Examples: Music festivals, religion, family, sports teams


Have you heard of these theories before? Drop a comment and let us know.

Many psychology aficionados like myself get too hung up on fallacies and disorders. This way of looking at the science of the mind makes it easier for us to accept ourselves as we are — equally equipped with Strengths and weaknesses.

New Quantum App Will Make You Wonder: “Do We Live in a Simulation??”

Fun Fact: Did you know there are three free, public access quantum computers in America?

The first app I’ve ever downloaded that harnesses the power of these prodigious machines is called Randonautica. The app uses IBM’s quantum computers to generate a random location near you. It gets kinda wild from there.

The talk at the office watering hole is that the app “reads your mind” and sends you to a location related to whatever your intention was when you hit Go. There are hundreds of unexplained coincidences happening on this thing all over the world. They say the app causes “glitches in the matrix.”

The law of attraction meets GPS

These are some of the stories

Videos for these stories are included at the end of this article 👇:

#1. A guy whose intention was “surprise” was taken to a location where he saw a hang glider come flying out of the sky right in front of him.

#2. A couple whose intention was “something out of place” was taken to a house with a freaky garden gnome placed on the porch

#3. A guy whose intention was “God” was taken to a plaque that said “Mediante Dio” or “Through God.”

Randonautica has a dark side though.

It initially went viral on TikTok after some young users posted a video arriving at a site with human remains in a suitcase. This was not an isolated incident. Other videos can be seen bringing people to what could be seen as sites of cult sacrifices and other … unusual events. The app calls them “anomalies.”

Is It Dangerous?

The Randonautica team is composed of about 9 individuals. The two developers on their team receive anonymous GPS information from your phone that is neither linked to any sensitive information nor is it stored anywhere.

The locations are not manipulated by anybody, so there is no danger of lurkers in the shadows. However, it is strongly recommended that “Randonauts” follow the buddy system.

As a digital nomad living in Bogota, my own experience with Randonautica took me deep within a favela. And yes, we did experience an anomaly. No, we did not get mugged.

Randonauting in the El Dorado barrio of Bogota
Some friends and I went Randonauting

How It Works | Mind-Machine Interface (MMI)

In physics, the “Observer Effect” refers to the theory that observing an object or event alters it. They mention it all the time on Big Bang Theory and other shows.

Randonauting is a particularly adventurous example of this theory within emerging technology.

The strangest version of the “Observer Effect” happens in quantum mechanics. An experiment done in 1998 by the Weizmann institute showed that electrons passing through openings can behave as particles AND waves when not observed, but when a researcher is conscious of their existence and activity, they can ONLY behave as particles.

Today, there are many applied cases of Mind-Machine Interface including Musk’s infamous Neuralink and even mind-controlled drones.

To me, Randonautica is an example of society itself acting as the researcher, in the same way that ASMR became a scientifically validated idea as a direct result of thousands of videos on YouTube that demonstrated its existence and “put it under the microscope”.

Did you know there are three free, public access quantum computers in America? The internet has become the ultimate tool for research. Social experiments like Randonautica can be started by anybody with drive and curiosity

Whether we like it or not, our minds are powerful engines fueled by mysterious juice.

Do We Actually Live in a Simulation Though? WTF. How Real is This?

Do you remember watching sci-fi as a kid and wishing you could have those cool toys? There was Princess Leia’s hologram, Captain Kirk’s 3D printer, and The Jetsons’ flying car … Notice anything funny about these three “impossible technologies?”

They’ve all been invented in the last ten years. Literally all of them.

So is it possible for an app to change its output based on the intentions of the user? If there is one thing we should learn from the 21st century thus far it’s that anything is possible.

There are about 20 stories of strange coincidences being posted online every day on the Randonautica Reddit community and my own belief is that they can’t all be lying. Whether you believe these accounts or not comes down to your personal philosophy.

I repeat: if there is a single thing we should learn from the 21st century thus far it’s that anything is possible.


Would you dare to try the app? … Or is it all rubbish?




4 Clever Ways to Get Offended Less and Get Respect More

Which is my philosophy? | Difference between insult and offense

Not everything that offends us is an insult and not every insult has to offend us. 

Have you ever seen a small child bump his head and look to you for a reaction before seemingly making the decision to burst into tears? That’s us. The dynamics of getting offended doesn’t change much from the time we’re toddlers. You could say the process just gets streamlined.

Believe it or not, science says that feeling offended is a choice. It’s more interesting than just a blow to our honor. We must interpret an event before we are offended by it. 


We have control over this process. It is possible to plan ahead right now and decide what will and won’t offend you.


The trouble is that unlike a toddler, we decide to be offended in milliseconds. It is a very very fast choice we generally leave to the subconscious, especially as we get older. Doing this automatically can be a problem for obvious reasons.

The Most Normal And Most Destructive Miscommunication in Relationships

Positivity is a choice, and the first step to making that choice is wanting to change. Tweaking your definition of insult and offense can act as a springboard for the rest of your personal development plan. The difference between being ‘offended’ and being ‘insulted’ is this:

If I insult you, I am doing something.

If I offend you, you are doing something.

This mix up is probably one of the most normal and most destructive miscommunications in English, but if you want to get more respect and improve your relationships, we recommend you start by addressing this seemingly tiny confusion. It is actually a massive massive trap.

You can’t do anything about somebody insulting you, but you have control over whether you will take offense.

What to do

We “take” offense. A paper by Sagu University says a good way to visualize offense is as something we can choose to leave or take. 

1. Clip Your Heuristics

In psychology, the choice to feel offended could be called a product of heuristics. Heuristics are like mental shortcuts we use to organize our thoughts quickly. The link above goes to a whole TED Talk that will make you question whether free will does exist.

Your mighty mind can use biofeedback to overpower even the most entrenched heuristics. The rest of these tactics are actual practices to help you accomplish this strategy.

2. Plan Ahead

The only way to do this is to plan ahead. To avoid getting offended in the future by something you know is a waste of your time and energy, you can plan right now and decide what kinds of things you are okay getting offended by and which you’d like to change.

3. Look For Common Ground. Be Empathetic

Egos and miscommunications have been causing tragedies since the dawn of mankind. Pretty much every religion ever has tackled this problem with rules that help believers speak the same language. 

Isabella Poggi says that when we think the person offending us has the same beliefs as us, we are less offended. 

4. Be Humble

Arrogance and offendedness go hand-in-hand. The way I got interested in offendedness was at a speaking event by Mickey Singer, where he made a point that stuck with me. I still use this trick to this day. 

No matter how terrible you feel, your offendedness will pale when you frame it within the vast spans of the universe. 

Conclusion | Positivity is a Choice

Ask your friends about their pet peeves. Have them ask you about yours. Do these ever keep you from living the life you want? 

Knowledge is power. We hope you will use this stuff wisely in order to captain your life in the direction you actually want.

Zander (1976) defined the feeling of offense by describing three chronological phases. These phases describe how a person expresses feeling offended in the real world. A person has already chosen to take offense when s/he begins to go through these phases: 

  1. The offended person identifies the cause of the offense and works to develop some sort of interpretation.
  2. The offended person attempts to determine the intensity of the feeling of the offense which is based on one’s belief of self and whether the offender holds those same beliefs.
  3. The offended person has some sort of reaction to the offense that is based on a number of factors. 

5 Easy TikTok Life Hacks for Content Creators in School

Is it so wrong to think you can use lifehacks in school to take world-class photos using just your cellphone from the “comfort” of your desk?

Is TikTok a Good Place to Scout Lifehacks?

Tiktok is the latest expression of the spirit of the internet, aka the Gen Z spirit. It is probably the most polarizing platform you know. TikTok often gets pegged as a posterboy for social media vapidity.

Critics do have a point. The whole point of TikTok isn’t to connect with friends, but to strike fame. Unapologetic fame-seeking is actually one of the characteristics of Gen Z.

TikTok has risen to infamy on the back of thousands of trends that could be described as vapid or even straight-up stupid.

“the whole point of TikTok isn’t to connect with friends, but to strike fame

There are two main points I’d like to make in TikTok’s defense:

  1. Play isn’t a bad thing as long as nobody is getting hurt
  2. There is amazing educational content on there

The platform’s management team seems acutely aware of its reputation. It has recently launched a massive initiative intended to pivot how it is seen. For the entire month of August, TikTok will be boosting the visibility of videos with the hashtag #learnonTikTok

These lifehacks are sourced from photography channels and TikTok creators. They mostly consist of crafty filters and clever angles.

Lifehack #1: The Frozen Filter

This was the favorite photo hack of YouTubers Alex and Alan Stokes. My personal opinion is that it looks really cool (pun unavoidable).

  1. Find a table with a glass top
  2. Get a bag of ice
  3. Model goes under the table
  4. Ice goes on top of the table
  5. Arrange the ice to surround your model’s face
  6. Sport a blue filter when you shoot
  7. Go nuts

This effect comes out looking borderline cinematic. The trick gets you special effects pictures that will do well on social media and have your followers wondering if they need to call 911. Little do they know …

Lifehack #2: The Contortionist

This trick is an optical illusion based on angles. Unlike lifehack number one, there are no props involved … Unless you count your friend’s legs as a prop. In a nutshell, you lie on your belly looking at the camera while your buddy lies on his back on top of you.

  1. Find a friend with legs that look like they could be yours
  2. Lie on the floor on your belly
  3. Ask your friend to lie on top of you with his head facing your feet
  4. S/he should be face up
  5. Place your camera about 2 feet away from you, also on the ground
  6. Make a constipated face for the full effect

This optical illusion is a simple, fun way to get a unique picture and uhm … bond with your friend.

Lifehack #3: The Instant Uyuni

The Instant Uyuni is named after the famous Uyuni salt desert in Bolivia. That link goes to an awesome music video by FKJ that was filmed there. This natural wonder of the world is literally a 500-mile mirror. People flock there from all over the world to take pictures just like this one.

Being the smart life-hacking individual you are, you can use this life hack to save the money your dear, sweet grandma would spend buying plane tickets to Bolivia.

  1. Get a second phone
  2. Place it directly under your camera with the long side facing your model
  3. Lock the screen
  4. Angle the two phones
  5. Tell your friends about the magnificent salt desert you visited in Bolivia

Life Hack #4: The Phantom

Did somebody call Bloody Mary three times in the dark? This creepy effect can be produced using the panoramic tool on your phone. It might involve a little finessing, but you will be impressed with the results. This is also one of my favorites.

  1. Get a friend
  2. Set your phone on panoramic mode
  3. Model should be facing you with her back to the mirror
  4. Pause while scanning horizontally AFTER the camera captures your model, but BEFORE it captures your model’s reflection
  5. The model should turn to face the mirror
  6. Finish the panoramic by scanning your model’s altered reflection
  7. Call a priest

Life Hack #5: The CD Flare

If you or your family has any CDs lying around, this is one way to put that wonderful shininess of theirs to good use. Solar flares are for beginners.

  1. Grab a flashlight and a CD
  2. Place them both near the camera
  3. Leave a tiny piece of the CD in the corner of the frame
  4. Adjust the angles so the flashlight is hitting the reflective surface of the CD
  5. Snap away

This one might take a few tries to get the angles just right, but it gives a striking effect that will be liked by all your friends and stalkers.


These photographic life hacks can be done at school or at home. They are beautiful and fun. Maybe you can even build a following by using these tips. How many likes did you get by using this article?

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How Knowing Philosophy Made Me $331 in Five Days

Knowledge of Memetics + Stock trading account with $1,000 = $300+ 🥱💲

For the entire month of March, 2020, the stock market was in the sh*tter. It was a month of uncertainty and fear.

So why on earth, heaven, and hell did I spent $400 as a broke blogger on some shell company I heard about on TikTok? A company that literally had $0 in earnings, by the way.

The answer can be found in philosophy. Laugh all you want, but understanding the concept of memetics is what turned those $400 into $731.

How I Married My Philosophy with the Stock Market

The company I bought into, VectoIQ, was a shell company that literally only had one purpose, to buy another company. It didn’t produce anything valuable by itself. On March 3, it announced it had found its prey. The company it would be purchasing was to be Nikola Motors.

Nobody was actually interested in VectoIQ, but those of us who heard about the merger announcement were very excited about the “prey”.

The philosophy part has to do with what the name of the company is, by the way.

Nikola Motors, aka $NKLA, is one of the first major hydrogen vehicle companies. It has a deal with Anheuser-Busch for 800 zero-emission 18-wheelers. For context, Tesla’s deal with the beer company is only 40 trucks.

In March, I was one of only about 12,000 investors who had heard of the merger deal. The price was only about $10. By the time I bought in May, the trading price for VectoIQ was $20. The price after the merger in July reached $78 per share.

All told, I made $331 in profit.

(It takes 1.5 months for me to nut up 😁)

What is My Philosophy and How Did it Make Me $331?

Created by u/TheMountainIII on Reddit

The logic behind my willingness to buy this stock comes down to a branch of philosophy that studies memes. Yes, really.

I first read about this idea in The Game by Neil Strauss. Mystery mentions it in passing at one point while blacked out on a couch in Vegas. It’s called memetics.

Memetics describes how an idea can propagate successfully, but doesn’t necessarily imply a concept is factual.


Memes are much deeper and more powerful than we realize. As we casually fling cat videos everywhere, we don’t understand that we are actually engaging in a form of cultural natural selection.

What is a meme? It’s a slice of culture that is characterized by reproducing very very effectively. Memes are the cultural equivalent of rats (not casting judgement here. I’m just saying rats can make 1,250 babies in one year)

The Practical Application of Memetics

Since Tesla came on the scene, everyone who knows about the 20th century inventor Nikola Tesla is already associating his name with electric vehicles.

I knew this would mean that another company that makes a similar product to Tesla could easily go viral with a name like Nikola. Turns out, I was right.

Today, NKLA is literally called a meme stock within certain Reddit communities (ahem /r/wsb). They’re not wrong. They just don’t know exactly how right they are.

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Gira Mundo Gira Mundo

This poem was inspired by a song by Manu Chao. It is about the phase of globalization we are in, and how culture is evolving.

Under us,

tectonic plate writhe.

Bad blood clumps among some.

Relationships shatter.

Old friends never speak again.

Overhead is a new day.

As the last had its heralds

so too today may.


jotting on his phone as he skates

around the shaft of the Americas,

a handsome son-of-Adam

writes some modern poetry 💪:

Eye muscle clenches🧐

What to say about times as these?

I guess, in a word:


What was once magic—

now science, now creed.

What was once creed—

now magic,

and as always the preachers spew heavy:

🗣📢 “this, to me, is blasphemy.”

Peer away dude,

from your boring microscope.

Analysis is different. Just different.

Today we come together

all of the people

in our Babel of Ideas.

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Wim Hof and the Rise of Real Life Superpowers

This is a quick post about personal development and life hacking.

Three real life human superpowers

  • Super Stamina: Human beings have developed to be able to run without stopping for thousands, yes thousands, of miles.
  • Spidey Senses: One in 2,000 people has a condition called synesthesia. These people are able to mix senses like sight, smell, and sound. Some report being able to taste music. The condition is linked to savantism.
  • Cold Control: Using breathing techniques and the power of the mind, extreme athlete Wim Hof was able to climb Mt. Everest shirtless and in shorts. He says you can learn to control the cold as well.

Super Stamina

Human beings can outrun any animal on Earth. That is the title of a Business Insider article about the first superpower on this list. It is one we actually all possess.

I remember being 6 years old and feeling utterly disappointed when I saw a chart showing the top speeds of different animals, the humans almost dead last, right between turtle and iguana.

What nobody told me as a little boy is that walking on two legs and sweating means we can absolutely wreck a cheetah over any distance over a couple of miles. When it comes to running long distances, humans can outrun almost any animal.

Forrest Gump’s thousand-mile marathon was not impossible. Humans are actually capable of achieving this feat.

If we’re built to run though, how come so many runners injure themselves?

The New York Times reports “a combination of factors is likely to play a role, experts say. Exercise early in life can affect the development of tendons and muscles, but many people don’t start running until adulthood, so their bodies may not be as well developed for distance. Running on only artificial surfaces and in high-tech shoes can change the biomechanics of running, increasing the risks of injury.

What’s the solution? Slower, easier training over a long period would most likely help; so would brief walk breaks, which mimic the behavior of the persistence hunter. And running on a variety of surfaces and in simpler shoes with less cushioning can restore natural running form.”

But superpowers don’t actually exist in real life … do they?

After seeing Donald Trump become president of the country and seeing Elon Musk name his child X Æ A-12, it is difficult to make the case for what is and isn’t possible. 

@Citizens of the Distant Future: This gentleman is Mr. Elon Musk, the current richest man in the world

Is nothing impossible for human beings, then? Well, we all have our limits. The important thing to realize is how mutable and downright bizarre these limits often are. Often, we are limited by our mind and our training, rather than our physical capability.

Personally, I have found this to be true in skateboarding and parcour. Doing a backflip over a ledge onto a roof is physically doable for most people, same as a cheeky kickflip, but are you about to run out and do either? Hell no! The reason why can be found in your deep mind. We call it the subconscious.

The subconscious is always in your thoughts, whether you like it or not.

John Harold

Do you know how your subconscious works? This is the powerful mechanism for unlocking every one of the three real-life superpowers in this article.

Sadly, most people have no idea how their subconscious works or how to make friends with it.

Your unconscious mind is basically like an appliance in your brain that extracts and packages enormous chunks of memory, feelings, and intuition instantly. It warms them up. Then, much like the toaster in your kitchen, it pops out a fresh, hot answer to life’s questions.

These questions can be as mundane as “how much milk should I drink with this pastry?” or as complex as “should I ask her to marry me?”

Could these superpowers be somehow obtainable? One way it arises is through a condition called synesthesia. Synesthesia is reported to develop in adulthood through the use of psychedelics.

Spidey Senses

This is when your senses get jumbled together and you “smell” a color or “taste” a sound. It happens with brains that have above average neural connections. It is also reported to have an association with savantism.

This dramatic trait that is more common than you might imagine. Billie Eilish has it. Stevie Wonder did too.

Ironically, it means the only thing Stevie Wonder could see was his music.

Synesthesia is not exclusively a product of hard genetics. I can personally attest to experiencing it for years following the use of psychedelics, anecdotal evidence that was later unexpectedly corroborated by scientific findings.

Our brains have a nifty feature called neuroplasticity. They change. They can change themselves. It’s pretty incredible. Our life experiences and the way we live form a feedback loop. Smithsonian’s online magazine reports that we can actually teach ourselves synesthesia. (Mine manifests itself as occasional 3D visions of abstract ideas such as “how the poor look at the rich”)

Some of the common types of synesthesia include:

  • Color-to-sound: Some hear sounds when they see colors, others see colors when they hear sounds. They are consistently the same pairings, but the pairings are not necessarily the same for everyone, although there are significant similarities.
  • Visio-spacial: Numbers, letters, months, and dates will occupy physical points in space. A might be farther away than B and perhaps lower than C. Sometimes they are arranged in circles. Studies show these synesthetes have a superior ability to recall events.
  • Mirror-touch: They feel the sensations of people they see. They can’t watch violent movies because they feel as if they are being shot and chased themselves.
  • Sound-gustatory: They taste sound. I once heard a report on Snapchat News about a synesthete with this type who said that hiphop was sour and pop was sweet.

Cold Control

Wim Hof is not your ordinary extreme athlete. He has mastered his body and mind to the point that he can literally be injected with toxic e.Coli bacteria and beat it by overriding his automatic nervous system with his brain.

The guy is so incredible that hearing his accomplishments without seeing the evidence isn’t enough for most people. That is why I’m going to include this little video.

an example of real life superpowers, no way around it 😲

Through his app, Wim has actually taught thousands of people how to be stronger, happier, and healthier. He attributes his discoveries to basically spending the 80s doing hardcore vigilante research on deep vedic meditation. His powerful commitment to his practices are a major reason he has been so successful.

There’s really too much to say about this guy. He’s a superhuman with an identical twin who is just a dude living in Italy–basically tells you everything you need to know, right?

Joshua Waitzkin, another guy who figured out how to hack the simulation

Joshua Waitzkin has a really powerful subconscious.

He was 16 years old when he received the title of International Chess Master. He is also a Tai Chi world champion and the inspiration for the book “Chasing Bobby Fischer.” More than anything else though, Josh is a bold bold lifehacker. 

Take, for example, his claim that he translates the essence of chess into the language of Tai Chi.

Waitzkin says he does not like the word prodigy. He claims we can all harness incredible superpowers if we just learn to learn. 

Conclusion: these are three examples of real life superpowers

In conclusion, you and everybody around you has access to superpowers. That is, human beings are naturally able to run thousands of miles without stopping, we are naturally able to breathe fine at freezing temperatures, and some of us are even able to see sounds.

Which of these real life superpowers would you pick if you could only choose one?

What is and isn’t possible? The truth is that the answer to that is changing right in front of our eyes.

The superpowers in this article have been used and practiced by human beings for thousands of years. It is only our own Western culture that is getting to know them for the first time thanks to the interference of the internet. 

The internet has created obsessive self-improvers like myself, and it has enabled us to hunt down the blueprints to eye-popping phenomena like Wim Hof method and synesthesia.

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This is not a paid post. Good.co Can Get You a Future Proof Job

Find the Most Satisfying Future Proof Jobs With Good.co

College grads across the world are on edge about the future they face. I’ve even heard rumors of AI lawyers terminating the profession of attorney.

If you are looking for the most future proof jobs out there, a good place to start might be “human resources companies” like Good.co. This platform is a hub of relevant information and networking capability for job seekers.

platforms are like factories for services.

Kevin Kelly, author of The Inevitable

Ford’s assembly line changed the world in the early 20th century. This revolution produced millions of jobs. Today, we live in a world populated with both different sorts of factories and different kinds of jobs.

To figure out how you fit into this brave new world of ours, ask yourself what your priorities are. According to Good.co, a platform that makes job-seeking easier and funner, these priorities usually come in three flavors.

  • Compensation
  • Career
  • Culture

What makes Good.co better than Linkedin or whatever?

Being happy at work is all about matching your psychology to a routine that fulfills your emotional needs. Different company cultures express this in different ways.

This toughest of all business responsibilities is the domain of the human resources department. Human resources is all about psychology!

High-quality applied psychology

It is the quality of the psychology in their value proposition that makes Good.co such an interesting platform to play with.

High-quality psychology makes Good.co an interesting platform to play with.

Juan Lozano

Good.co’s UX actually feels like playing a game because it is so clean, dynamic, and colorful. As a fan of good design as well as practical psychology, this website stands out from other professional development companies to me.

This awesome career connections company produces archetypes that describe both individuals and companies as well as fun quizzes that let you find where you fit best.

Their blog is full of tools and tricks

This website offers EXTENSIVE resources for job seekers. It doesn’t stop at just direct job profiles and applications. Their blog, created by (profession professionals?) has an insightful tip for everyone—data analyst to graphic designer.

They seem to have close ties with a website that specializes in startups called Angel List. This startup forum, whether owned by them or simply associated, provides a great email newsletter for anybody seeking startups to apply to.

Angel List and the Good.co blog have extensive blog entries with useful content such as 30 questions to ask before joining a startup

A few of their coolest blog posts

Is Google Still Competitive With Microsoft, Yahoo And Facebook In The War For Talent?

Google has built a reputation as a supportive and innovative pioneer, but the New York Times wrote an article about how they could be overtaken in public perception by potential talent by companies such as Amazon and Facebook.

This article describes pre-2014 Google’s company culture as “Commando” style and new Google as “Collaborative Intergalactic Explorer” style.

 Link to article

Take These 7 Career and Lifestyle Risks in Your 20s and 30s

The gist of this article is that you are only 25 once. This is the best possible time for most people to move for work and learn new skills. It’s honestly kind of a fluffy article, but inspiring and more informative than you might think just because Good.co has a great writing team

Link to article

6 Reasons Why You Should Discover Your Personality Type

This article is made a lot stronger by the fact that Good.co hires psychologists to devise practical employee and company archetypes. This isn’t the point of this article however. The point of this article are actually more traditional personality tests such as the Meyers Briggs. Learning about your personality and striving for personal development can take you deep into the all-important search for meaning and motivation that matters much much more than money

Link to article


Does the flurry of technology thrown in your face every day feel like an assault on society? If it does, you are not alone. In a way, that is exactly what it is.

Imagine you lived in 1903. You are looking for the most future proof jobs during the second industrial revolution, and you are having little luck. All of the rules are being rewritten by Mr. Henry Ford and his conveyor belt.

The setting for your “future proof” career would have probably been a dense factory. The set of qualities demanded of you might have been mechanical pragmatism, assembly line speed, and a close tie to the community. Today’s future proof jobs require a different employee. Kevin Kelly, the founder of Techcrunch magazine and author of The Inevitable, Understanding the 12 Technological Forces that will Shape our Future, has a theory about how these new jobs might look.

He says that the nature of our industrial revolution can be found in cheap, ubiquitous copying.

In the spirit of cheap and ubiquitous copies, why don’t you hit that share button? Any friends or family looking for a future-proof job will be sure to appreciate it.

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