(Work Less & Earn More = Live Smarter)

My Credentials: — I am one month and ten blogs old on Medium now. What I have earned, after investing, about 30 hours writing, is less than what I earn in 30 mins in my regular 7AM–7PM contract job ( yes, 7–7 is the new 9–5)! But I have no regrets. The STAR Blogger Ayodeji Awosika says — “if you are consistent in terms of quality and quantity, the financial returns would eventually increase — exponentially”. I am not there yet; but I am applying my learnings, and it is working. And it can work for you. …


How to smoothly transition into a career in UX?

UX is a growing field and reasonably lucrative one. As the world experiences a continuous flux in terms of the professions that are lost to AI, border restrictions and to unprecedented catastrophes like the current pandemic, there are new professions that emerge and grow faster than ever to replace the disappearing ones. In such a scenario the Luddites will perish, while those who can adapt change and learn fast, will survive and prosper.

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The Career Hopper ( Image: Pixabay)

The Israeli historian Yuval Noah Harari, in his deeply thoughtful and fascinating non-fiction best-sellers Sapiens and Homo Deus…


I have recently been getting a lot of posts in my LinkedIn feed on AI taking over design jobs.

Ever since AI defeated Kasparov in 1997, there have been newsbytes of AI’s new achievement every now and then — DeepMind’s AlphaGo that defeated the human world champion in the game of Go mastering it just over a weekend (and this is much more unpredictable than chess), AI that plays piano better than the best human pianist, AI that drives a car faster and safer than the best human driver and so on …. …


A hilarious but alarming trend

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Illustration by Arup Roy ( author)

My Observation: I have been on Medium for about two and half months now and I have noticed a hilarious yet alarming trend.

The trend is that the top grossing writers are those that advice others write better and make more money on Medium and most new writers are following them.

Here is why it is hilarious…

Consider there are four writers on Medium — A, B, C & D.

A writes about how to write better and earn more on Medium.

B writes about how to write better and earn more on Medium.

C writes about how to write better and earn more on Medium.


Learning from the best

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Illustration by the author

Medium is a writers platform. A platform for writers experienced and new alike to express themselves through the craft they love and are most comfortable with. Keeping this in mind, I thought, it would be be great if I could devote one short and punchy blog to learning from those who are at the top of their game.

In the past, I have written blogs on learning from Shakespeare and another that attempts to decode factors that go into writing a viral blog on Medium. Links to both are shared in the end.

In this blog let me share with…


Lessons from Dan Brown and other tips …

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If there was a set formula for writing a viral story, then there would never be a viral story!!!

The Mathematics and the Logic behind it …

Let me explain the above sentence in detail, by breaking it down using commonsense logic and mathematics.

Viral is a relative term. If we all knew and followed a formula for success and achieved that success then, relatively speaking none of us would have a viral story. Medium is a zero-sum game and your success is at the cost of someone else’s failure.

This is because there are only a limited number of paid members, and that means only limited funds…


Learning from the Bard…

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Since Medium is a platform to express ourselves through writing, one can not help but think, about Shakespeare.

What if a 20-year-old Shakespeare could time-travel to 2021? Would he even consider joining Medium? And if yes, then what would his strategy be?

Let us, in this blog, try to throw questions at this metaphorical Shakespeare, and see if our take on things passes the Shakespeare test!

Q. Would he even consider being a blogger on Medium?

A. To begin with, I think there would be very little chance that Shakespeare would be on Medium in the first place. Even as a young lad in Stratford Upon Avon, he was extremely…


[AI driven robots] vs. {their Human Masters}

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Images from Google search ( Creative Common Licensed). Images assembled by the author.

I have recently been getting a lot of posts in my LinkedIn feed on AI taking over design jobs.

Ever since AI defeated Kasparov in 1997, there have been newsbytes of AI’s new achievement every now and then — DeepMind’s AlphaGo that defeated the human world champion in the game of Go mastering it just over a weekend (and this is much more unpredictable than chess), AI that plays piano better than the best human pianist, AI that drives a car faster and safer than the best human driver and so on …. …


Case Study — “An empathetic walk through Dr. Priti’s life”

“There is a reason why professional super heavyweight boxers, only box, with other professional super heavyweight boxers” — Jordan Peterson (world-famous Canadian Psychologist and bestselling author)

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In real life, you would not take on an Anthony Joshua or a Mike Tyson. In the real world, you would not see a cat take on a lion. It would be a very different world, if it was as easy as in the image above, to upgrade a cat into a lion!!!

By “world”, I mean, the real world. The world with a tactile feel, taste, and smell. I do not mean the…


Learning from the story of Mickey & Donald

Once upon a time, there lived two friends — Mickey and Donald.

Both grew up in the same town, went to the same school, then to the same university and then to the same job in the same company. Obviously, both had always been comparable when it came to IQ, as well as socio-economic opportunities.

In spite of all those commonalities, they did not, however, retire at a similar position, nor with similar fortunes. Mickey retired much higher up in the organization they worked for, had far more wealth and far more friends and well-wishers than did Donald.

Mickey knew…

Arup Roy

Top Writer, Creative Empath, Global Nomad. I blog on Art & Design, UX, Psychology, AI, Philosophy, Society & Culture, Lifehacks…

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