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Just Average

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Be the average man, the one if randomly picked from a group of identically average people, could represent just anybody.
Let each day pass under its own circumstances, today, just the same as yesterday, letting the sole change setter, if any, be the minor perturbations life may bring. Don't actively think-ahead, plan in detail what you'd like to have achieved by the end of each week. Be tolerant, be just okay, with every new hardship. Settle, don't struggle too hard, be just okay if you can't achieve your already not-so-high aspirations.

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I did a small experiment with myself. For 2 weeks, I spent each day without planning ahead. I met all friends that invited me, I made all the easy decisions, slept for longer hours, didn't complain of not being able to do as much as I'd planned; because I'd planned nothing in the first place. I printed a calendar and wrote down what I did at the end of each day.

I conclude it's far too easy being average. If we let o…

How to be a good startup

This is something I wrote in Aug 2016 when I was looking for a job at a startup, having already turned down working at Oracle. Read the Zoo of Jobs for context!

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This post assumes the startup has an idea of what they're building, has about 10-50 employees and is not necessarily funded yet. Most of these have been written with a tech startup in mind, but apply to businesses/established companies/institutions as well.

I've been job hunting for the last month or so now, and have spent a good deal of time looking for internships last winter, summer, and the year before that. As of now, I don't have the liberty to pick and choose which startup's idea I like, and so have been going through hundreds of websites. Here's a list of things I realized during this period:

All a company is a group of people who have come together to create a product or perform a service.
State clearly what you do
In the simplest of words, explain to me like I'm 5 what you do. All those fancy…