3 texts I loved reading before I’ve started my work day (and you will, too!)

“We are all apprentices in a craft no one masters” — Hemingway.

Nice quote, isn’t it? I’ve just read it today at work, but it wasn’t directly from Hemingway (unless you’re a publisher is kind of unusual to read books while working!). Anyway, I found it by following a professional writer on Medium who had quoted him.

If you’re passionate about reading but don’t have enough time, like me, I think we can help each other. My advice is: try reading a little bit every day on the Internet. Choose 5 or 10 min-read insightful articles and I’m sure you will start your day in a better rhythm.

Let’s pretend I’m this lady in the photo

Here are 3 great (and quick) texts I’d read right now if I were you:

1) The 7 Differences Between Professionals and Amateurs — by JeffGoins

“If you want to be a pro in your field, you’re going to have to break this terrible amateur habit of looking at what people have without paying attention to what they did to get it.”

This text opened my eyes to understand that sometimes we just focus on where we want to be in the future but we forget that everybody had a long journey to get where they’re now. And that’s not what professionals do!

2) Going Viral On LinkedIn: How I Got 40,000+ Views In 24 Hours — by Austin Belcak

“If my connection Jane likes someone’s post, that post is going to show up in my Pulse feed, along with the feeds of every other connection Jane has. This is really powerful because networks are the foundation that virality is built on.”

If you want to become viral on LinkedIn you have to do more than just posting and waiting for your text to become magically popular. You have to work hard. Big news, right? The thing is that this is a really successful case, told by its author with a list of How To’s for those who want to rock on LinkedIn. It’s a really interesting guide, not only for content writers, but for all those who want to be seen in the platform (hello, jobseekers!).

3) F*ck impostor syndrome — I’m finally learning to code

“My mind had created an impenetrable block that forever deemed myself ‘not a realcoder’, and so no matter how many men I outperformed on the test curve or project scores, I always felt inferior.”

This is a very personal and strong story written by a woman whose dream was to become a software developer. She talks about how she got over the impostor syndrome, which, in her words, “often reflects the reality of an environment that tells marginalized groups that we shouldn’t be confident, that our skills aren’t enough, that we won’t succeed — and when we do, our accomplishments won’t even be attributed to us. Yet imposter syndrome is treated as a personal problem to be overcome, a distortion in processing rather than a realistic reflection of the hostility, discrimination, and stereotyping that pervades tech culture.”

I strongly recommend the reading for both women and men. After all, most of us women had experienced it before - and men can be very helpful by just trying to understand what’s going on!

Would you have any other recommendations?

Or do you have any other passion in life that you managed to adapt into your routine? Tell me more! :)

About me: I’m Jessica Kilpp, Content and Digital Marketing Intern at HUB Controls, an Irish startup that created a smart thermostat to help you control your spends, not just the temperature. Read more: thehubcontroller.com

Feel free to e-mail me at jessica-kilpp@thehubcontroller.com