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What actually defines success — views, money, followers? All of these?

It’s 2021.

As technology continues to evolve and develop, it is creating and destroying many jobs and industries. Increasingly fewer people are looking for long-term employment as more and more people look for independent or temporary roles in a growing gig economy.

2020 exacerbated this process in the wake of, well, COVID-19. Global lockdowns and work from home operations made it obvious to many people that sitting around in an office isn’t fun, nor even essential. …


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You see a lot of articles, posts and videos all over the web about what it takes to be successful. Whether that be the 12 things successful people do differently or 17 tips from the world’s greatest, but do these things actually help?

My biggest problem is, since this information is literally all over the internet, how come everyone hasn’t made it yet? If everyone has access to this information and everyone tries to follow this advice, how come so few people actually make it?

After hours of research, I finally found an answer…

One of my earliest YouTube videos…


There is nothing more fascinatingly scary than a blank page. A front of unlimited potential, but also limitless doubt.

Will I ever be able to fill this page? Where will the magical idea come from that’ll take me from no words to a thousand?

I was going to make this a long post about how important it is to stop trying to fill a page and to start trying to empty your mind, clear out all the stress and clutter, leaving behind, well, the good stuff.

Instead, let me leave this as more of a placeholder. A call to action.

Do you have a page that you’ve yet to fill? A project you’ve yet to start or a mission you’ve yet to complete?

Take a step back, drop all the nonsense and get the job done.


What does the future hold for the Undergraduate Survival Guide?

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Context: Before starting the Ultimate Student Handbook, under the UGSG umbrella, I sat alone in my room wondering why I struggled to connect with people. I’d never been shy or hard to communicate with, so I thought taking to the internet was the best short-term solution. From there begins The Sophisticated Monkey and The Ultimate Student Handbook.

As you know, TUSH has grown into quite a community of readers and writers, driven to provide value through sharing our university and related experiences with the wider community. However, some readers may not be aware of the fact that our long term…


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I don’t know how to start this…

In fact, I don’t know how to start many of my stories.

In life, I feel like 70% of the things I do, I do for others. Whether that be to make others smile or to make others cry, or even just to start my stories, the vast majority of the things I do in life is driven by other people.

Driven by looking good to people I don’t like.

Driven by looking happy by the people I do like.

Driven by being accepted by the people that won’t accept me.

Driven by…


And how understanding critical analysis can make you a better writer

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I just completed a 15-page report… And I study engineering.

There’s a common misconception that writing and argument facilitation are themes only addressed in Arts subjects, but this isn’t true.

Referencing is, sadly, something which us engineers have to come to terms with too, and knowing how to convince an audience that we actually know what we’re talking about is a trait which many of us which we had adopted at a younger age.

Stories are simple, but telling a simple story is impossible

Having an understanding of critical analysis, and being able to read and understand academic and technical…


And how I’ll pass 1000 this time next year

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10.11.19

I love creating.

I love it so much that sometimes, I just can’t stop.

A video of me passing 100 subscribers! (YouTube)

As you can see from the video above, I recently passed 100 subscribers one YouTube (yay, me)!

While it was all good and well to share my moment with my community on that platform, I think there are some important lessons to be learned and some very big takeaways for cross-platform growth.

Getting straight into it, by far the biggest takeaway from my journey is that everything, and I mean, everything, takes time.

Loving the process

The truth is that…


And how they help me develop consistency

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Do you ever just look around at your life and realise you have SO much to do?

That’s been me for the last decade, and I’ve realised that enough is enough.

Having things to do is only a natural for driven and ambitious individuals like us, but the difference between successful people and idealistic ones is our ability to execute. To do things while others think about them.

On the topic of being productive, I’m going to gloss over all the qualifying sentences and jump right into two powerful methods I use to get things done consistently…


According to my 16-year-old self

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07.11.19

When I finally turned 16, five years ago, one of the first things I did was purchase a scratch card. Why, you ask? I don’t really know. I guess it was just cool at the time to finally have the power to waste a pound on something that wasn’t Haribo Tangfastics.

After I bought a scratch card or lottery ticket, it was only natural to think about all the wonderful things I was about to spend all my potential winnings on.

Be it a car, a house or a holiday, I always knew exactly how the money would be…


Through the eyes of a broke student

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05.11.19

So, we’ve done Singapore… Let’s talk about Bali.

Where Singapore for me was special because of its Instagramability and attention to detail, Bali was cool for being cheap, and, well, that’s it.

Personally, I didn’t like Bali for a bunch of reasons.

Before I go into it, I admit that Bali is a great place for people looking to hop around hostels and take in the greenery. There really is a lot to see and quite a bit to do if you don’t mind the awkward travel.

It’s also very cheap, so assuming you book flights and accommodation early…

Jordan Ebert

A guy with a laptop and a stable internet connection. Student of Engineering, Player of FIFA. I make stuff to see what happens. Find me on YouTube

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