Photograph courtesy of Maxine Moss: Diane Athill OBE, 2011. The other day I finished reading my first memoir. It was quite an exciting experience. Since watching Legend with Tom Hardy and seeing my East London neighbourhood restored to the 1960s on film, I was curious about the life of Londoners before the house prices rose. … Read more Diana Athill and what you remember when you are almost 100
Svetlana loves learning. She is fascinated by people who know a lot and share that knowledge. She is very smart, but a most introvert person. She loves 5 things – traveling, CrossFit, photography, her family and her job. Svetlana has a great life and is successful in her career. For her, balance is everything. She is … Read more Svetlana and EUMETSAT
I’m going to be blunt here. Creativity should be something that people disagree about. It is not just one thing, or just one area, or just one process. It is the basic means for the human mind to do its work. Whether you are a mathematician trying to prove a theory, a chemist trying to synthesize … Read more On creative careers
I like reading non-fiction, especially books that summarise peer-reviewed research on a particular topic. The authors, normally academics, make some really good conclusions about how life is better if you are part of that group of people that does a particular thing. We all know that non-fiction is perfect for self-improvement and can help us … Read more How can novels help with career decisions?
This is not a post about discovering other people’s talents. That’s pretty easy. Some even do it as a job. I mean, how do you think football players get discovered? This is a post about discovering your own talents. How do you know if you are good at something? If you are like me and … Read more On discovering talents
The other day a friend of mine was offered a new role while she had just been promoted in her team. She asked me how she should decide. She loves her current role, is passionate about the topic, has plenty ideas to progress her projects, has been promoted to team leader, but is unhappy with the management … Read more How to decide between job offers?
Beside the opportunity to learn a few new words from Brennan, I like watching Bones because it is one of the most empowering shows for women. If this is what Kathy Reichs’s life is like, than I am really happy to know so many women work in forensic science! The main character in the FOX … Read more Why I like watching Bones!
As cheesy as it sounds, I just watched “Legally Blonde”, the movies. And to my surprise, it had more real life lessons than I expected. I picked up on 4 points that stood out for me: Tipping point Whilst many believe that an event in our lives cannot singly determine the direction that we take … Read more Life lessons from Legally Blonde
Jordan Ellenberg put it best in his practical math book “How not to be wrong”: …For most people, opening a business is a bad bet. It doesn’t matter how delicious you believe your barbecue sauce to be, how disruptively innovative you expect your app to be, how ruthless and borderline felonious you intend your business … Read more On being your own boss
If you have a choice, then go to a liberal arts college in the US. Yes, I am biased because you can pursue an undergraduate degree only so many times before it looks weird on your CV. And I did mine at Lafayette College in Pennsylvania. As a benchmark, unfortunately, I can only use my … Read more On going to university