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English literature & creative writing grad. Editor @ Start it up (Medium’s largest active publication) + Curious (all things self-help)

When we all use a different yardstick.

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What It Truly Means to Play a Small Part in Something Bigger


“We only get to play this game one time…one life.” — Gary Vee

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The 50/50 Rule: Why Hard Work Is Ruining Your Chances of Success


It’s about definition, delimitation, and prioritization. Not about the alarm clock.

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Stream of Consciousness Work, Enabled by Flow States, Is an Entirely Different Way to Work


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As part of our rebrand from The Startup to Start it up we’re on a mission to be a more transparent and relational publication.

So, if the submission and editing process has ever felt like a mystery to you then join me for the day as I reveal exactly what happens behind the scenes as Editor-in-Chief at Start it up, including:

  • How your submission is assessed and what kinds of articles we’re looking for as part of our rebrand;
  • How we choose who makes it into our Newsletters and Editor’s Picks;
  • A sneak peek at our stats;
  • A look at…


Leonardo DiCaprio once said, “Every next level of your life will demand a different you.”

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You’re Not Going Through a “Phase”, You’re Just Doing Life


Some choices are too important to make with your short-term self in mind.

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Building Habits: A Reality Check


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“This is the beginning of your new life.”

These are the words uttered in the film Bliss, right after Bjorn has fired Greg for spending too much time drawing pictures of his dream house instead of doing his job — answering phones.

Like Greg, many of us spend our days dreaming of a different life. Yet, rarely do we take steps towards really living the life we want. Whether we’re held back by fear, conventions, expectations, imposter syndrome or something else; it all equates to another day lost on a life we’re not happy with.

Often, it takes something big…


It’s far more nuanced than many of us realize.

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4 Most Unexpected Productivity Tips, Backed by Science


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“Aren’t you worried?” My friend said, wide-eyed and open-mouthed.

I’d received the same response from everyone I’d spoken to since losing my coveted job at London’s top university days before, right in the middle of the pandemic.

In truth, I felt liberated. I’d been an employee of one company or another since I was fifteen years old. Coming from a working-class family I’d worked my way up the career ladder through sheer hard work and persistence.

Now, at the age of thirty-five, I had a moral dilemma —

I wanted a job I was passionate about, not one that just…


What We’re Looking For

Curious is a self-improvement publication for those who are eager to find out what others have already figured out. With this in mind, we accept two types of stories:

  • Personal stories: First-hand experience. What have you figured out that our readers would be interested to hear about and learn from? A great productivity routine? An important life lesson? Relationship advice?
  • Research pieces: Second-hand experience. What eye-opening insights can you pass onto our readers that you’ve thoroughly researched? We’re looking for journalistic style pieces: information presented in an accessible way that is objective and based on facts. …

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