Relying on the elusiveness of good days sets us up to abandon our best projects

If we are capable of performing at a high standard and enjoy our work, it is all too easy to get carried away.

Some days are just perfect. We are in the right mood, we are in the right space, with the right tools and the right people. The weather…


Lessons from tuskless elephants: when to adapt and when to stay firm.

The Elephant In The War

During Mozambique’s Civil War, which ravaged the country for almost two decades, elephants were driven to the brink of extinction. …


Transactional people aren’t necessarily wrong. I’m just not one of them. What about you?

People who treat everything they do as if it were a transaction tend to do very well in today’s world. I know I’m fighting a lost cause here, but this is one of those times when losing feels good. …


There is too much we ignore because we choose to. I’ve learned to love feeling small.

I remember the first time I watched someone perform in public. I remember thinking I’d never be able to do something like that. A few months down the line I was performing, too.

Today I learned that Ethiopia has speakers of 80 different languages. In fact, I also learned that…


If our message is worth it, it is more important than ever to know how to commit it to people’s memories.

A Traumatic First Experience

The first time I had to present in front of an audience, I was terrified. Who hasn’t been, eh? I was seventeen and my final grade (upon which my access to university depended) would be determined by this public speaking appearance.

I had never presented anything in front of anybody…


And how it helped me fight my own bias against popular shows.

I am one of those people who are reluctant to consume something that has become very popular very fast. You know the type.

Confessions

I was lucky to get into Harry Potter just before the films came out. I got into Lost months before everyone was into Lost. And I had…


What you say is only as important as what you listen to

I love talking. When I’m passionate about something, I can go on about it for hours if the audience is keen. That last part is the key to this article’s key idea: the receiver.

I love harangues, yes, but also everything around them. I love discussing the details of the…


Have you ever wondered how you even managed to survive when you were so shortsighted? It is often unwise to believe we are wise.

It’s easy to look back in awe at our own foolishness. Take any ten-year period in your life and compare both ends. It’s remarkable. How could we be so stupid, so narrow-minded, so unprepared?

I think it is alright for the comparison to make us cringe at that past version…


A true crime story that urges us to question the stories we tell ourselves

The Spree

For sixteen years, from 1993 to 2009, the German authorities chased a serial killer they never managed to apprehend. The murders were simply too spread out: they originated in southwest Germany but expanded to the southeast of France and the northwest of Austria. The modus operandi was too inconsistent: from…


They may be tempting, but I believe we should invest in something else…

Isaac Newton

While there is little doubt that the 2020 pandemic affected students (and everyone else) negatively, I don’t see this as a reason to excuse a lack of future academic brilliance. In fact, these days I must admit academic brilliance sounds more and more like an oxymoron to me, but that…

Marti Purull

I’m a musician, but I think every day. So I write every day. Thoughts. Reflections. Life.

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