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“Look
If you had
One shot
Or one opportunity
To seize everything you ever wanted
In one moment
Would you capture it
Or just let it slip?”

- Lose Yourself, Eminem

Had it not been for Dr. Dre’s belief in Eminem, we may never have heard this song.

Don’t know the story? Watch this…

Dr. Dre discovers Eminem

For those who know me, I don’t listen to much music. Though recently, I’ve started listening to a lot of rap. I enjoy listening to the stories of an artist’s “come up” and the truth of their pain in the music. …


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Today, it’s easier than ever to feel like you’re not good enough. Just go on any one of the social media apps you’re on for your daily dose of, “I’m not good enough.”

I find myself feeling like this quite often. Despite limiting my use of social media, just being around other people in hyper-competitive environments makes me feel this way.

I’ve learned that recognizing the value I have comes from action. Not from reading, hypothesizing, or romanticizing about the things I want to do.

There was once a time when we were all young when we did things without…


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As a second semester senior, I’ve been thinking a lot about what’s next. To do so, it’s important to recount the experiences I’ve had thus far.

Recently I’ve been reading a lot on early career decision making by people I admire, see links in my newsletter.

While reading Paul Graham’s essay, in particular, I realized the source of a lot of my angst over the past few months. I’ll get back to this later.

First, a quick recap for those who aren’t that close to me. At the end of last spring, I was in a committed relationship with someone…


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Last night, I visited a night club close to my campus for the first time.

As someone who doesn’t drink for personal reasons, it was beyond an interesting experience.

I didn’t fully understand what people were referring to when they said college is a 4-year long party until last night.

Not to disparage those who find ‘going out’ a fun experience, I found it to be the opposite. After talking to some friends who frequent these social gatherings more often I learned, they don’t either.

Naturally, I asked them why they do it?

Their answer was two-fold:

  1. what’s the alternative?


AngelList is adding fuel to the fire

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Credit: AngelList.co

AngelList is a platform that connects startups to the resources it needs. It helps new technology companies with fundraising, recruiting, and getting exposure via Product Hunt. Despite playing a prominent role in the technology ecosystem, it’s mostly behind the scenes.

I firmly believe a company’s success is in its ability to stand for something greater than itself. This is often more than just the mission statement of an organization — it’s the ethos.

I used to be President of the entrepreneurship society at my university. …


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While standing in line on the day of high school graduation, I asked a friend standing in front of me,

“What do you wish you did more of?”

His answer astonished me,

“Nothing.”

I asked, “why?”

He said something along the lines of,

“I wasn’t worried about my rank, I did well in my classes, and gave myself the time to do the things I wanted to. ”

I wished I could say the same but I couldn’t.

I was a mess in high school. I worried too much about my grades, my rank, and getting into college. I didn’t…


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Making life look effortless…

Where does impatience come from?

na·ive·té — (n) lack of experience, wisdom, or judgment.

When I’m impatient I feel like I should have something I don’t have right now. It can be a materialistic good, a job, or a physical attribute. It can also be internal attributes like peace of mind, charisma, or humor.

Over the past few months, I’ve painstakingly learned that nothing comes easy in life.

The people who play pianos in hotel lobbies were practicing for 8 years before they got there.

That entrepreneur who just sold his business for x million dollars had been working on startups since he was 10.


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Thinking for yourself is unintuitive.

On February 6th, 2018 I tweeted:

Ever since making the change from pre-med to business I’ve been on a non-linear growth trajectory.

Switching majors at the end of freshman year is one of the first decisions I made myself. Never before had I decided that the people around me did not agree with.

This feeling is all too common for people who think for themselves. Your parents, peers, and friends don’t understand what you’re doing and why you’re doing it. They start to question you and think you’re unfocused. They start saying, “you don’t…


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The one thing that matters: doing what I say I’m going to do when I said I would. Surprisingly, it is incredibly difficult to do this without discipline or meticulously choosing the things I want to do.

There are a few things to take into consideration when making this decision:

  • Why should I do X?
  • How long will it take me to do X?
  • What am I willing to give up to do X? (opportunity cost)

As a human being, I naturally lack discipline and focus. Let’s call this lack of discipline and focus resistance. In physics, we learned an…


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What do you think about when you’re alone?

Are your thoughts positive? Negative? Do you get bored?

Something I’ve been thinking a lot about recently is what happens when you have the freedom to do the things you want to do when you want to do them.

Sure there’s always going to be some sort of limitation: time, money, health.

Generally speaking, let’s say you have the ability to do the things that you want to be doing when you want to.

What do you do?

For me, it’s to read, write, share stories, and build communities.

Over the past…

Abhi Vyas

Learning to be present. Find me @ abhi.nyc

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