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Thom Gallet
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Every day I will wake up with a warm cup of coffee, open my laptop, and begin my morning ritual of grieving my twenties. While they say a watched pot never boils, it seems that growing older works in a completely opposite manner.

For me, the time for living a mistake-free life is coming, and like 90% of my generation, I am not ready. Soon will be gone my carefree twenties, where messing up felt like a natural part of life, and two-day hangovers didn’t exist.

Sure, I’m being overdramatic, but c’mon, this is what turning 30 does to you…


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Everywhere we look, we see people spouting trendy productivity hacks, informing us how to optimize every single minute of our lives. We read articles about how to read a book in a day and hear people bragging about finishing their to-do lists in record time.

We embrace this insane productivity culture because we assume the more things we do, the happier we become. If we’re happy when we finish one book, then we rationalize that finishing thirty books will make us thirty times as happy.

However, this way of thinking fails to recognize why finishing a book, brings us joy…


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Since I started writing online, I have surrounded myself with the voices of industry experts. From them, I’ve learned that online writing is a constantly changing game, and it’s paramount to stay on top of emerging trends if you want to see success in this field.

So whether it’s advice in Nicolas Cole’s latest book or from Casey Newton’s Twitter feed, there is a common message I keep hearing, again and again.

Writers should pay serious attention to the new platform, Substack.

This is probably a good time to mention I’m not being paid by Substack to write this post…


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When you’re in a relationship, it’s easy to feel guilty about relying on your partner. Whether it’s emotionally, through acts of service, or financially, we all need our partner’s support at one point or another. When it comes to money, however, we can find ourselves dealing with old expectations and resentments — emotional hurdles we must clear to keep our relationship healthy.

Feeling financially dependent can lead us to convince ourselves we are cheap, manipulative people for needing our partner’s financial support, and it flat out sucks.

I know because I’ve been there. Working as a writer and in the…


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For tech investors, last week was one for the books for tech investors, as two highly anticipated companies hosted overwhelmingly successful IPO’s.

The meal delivery service, DoorDash, went public, selling 33 million shares at $102 US, creating an initial value of 39 billion dollars. But the start-up didn’t stop there, as shares then surged 92%, coming close to valuing the company at $200 US per share.

Happy with their results, DoorDash quickly left the spotlight. Still, tech investors continued to furiously wave their money and chant for an encore.

So with the stage set, Airbnb, the hospitality start-up, held its…


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It’s easy to be fooled by today’s trendy workplace environments. The standing desks option, the daily gratitude huddles and Taco Tuesdays all work to convince us that this job will be an amazing experience.

However, many workplaces are highly skilled in covering up their toxic environments. They lure you in with a hip modern atmosphere, and by the time you realize your mental health is suffering, it’s too late. The workplace culture has convinced you that they are not the problem; you are.

I’m here to tell you that for the majority of people, this isn’t the case. While many…


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When I went from casually blogging to consistently writing online, the biggest hurdle in front of me was getting published.

One year later I have permanently conquered my fear of submitting, and now, my articles are published on a weekly basis. It feels awesome to have this confidence, but it was a long trek to get here, and it all started with getting over that first hurdle.

So if you’re struggling right now in the online writing game, I want you to understand getting published is totally within your reach. …


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Alright, let’s get one thing straight; I’m coming at this topic with a lot of privilege. Not only in my race, but in my gender, wealth, and basically everything else that being a straight white male affords me.

I have no intention to represent people of colour or speak on their behalf. I’m writing from my perspective on why I believe this is an issue and should be addressed.

I firmly think it is our, the privileged individuals' job, to amplify the message that our society is failing marginalized people.

“We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never…


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When I think about mundane everyday tasks that stress me out, little compares to the chore of scrubbing and rinsing the dishes currently soaking in my sink. The bitter reality of constantly needing to do the dishes is quick to greet us when we begin living independently and never seems to let up, ever.

If you’re reading this, nodding along, maybe even glancing over to your sink in disgust, understand that you’re not alone. Research has shown that clutter and mess can create anxiety, leaving us uncharacteristically depressed. …


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Unfortunately, as many of us have learned, workplace cultures never truly live up to their hype.

HR will tell us they are one big happy drama-free family, where everyone is beyond excited to attend the 8:30 AM huddles. It’s unrealistic, but we believe them because most of the time, our judgment is clouded by the thrill of a new career.

As a new employee, you’re eager and ready to prove yourself to this trendy company and will do whatever it takes, which, unknowingly, puts you in a very vulnerable spot.

I know because I’ve been there.

My Culture Shock

After graduation, I chased…

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