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A step-by-step guide to creating your first digital asset

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After selling his artwork for $69mil as an NFT, Mike Winkelmann, aka Beeple, became one of the most valuable living artists in the world. Before this sale broke the internet, a GIF of a cat with a pop-tart body was sold for $600,000. Twitter founder Jack Dorsey sold his tweet for $2.9 million as NFT. Kings of Leon are releasing their album as NFT. Even an Oscar-nominated movie will be auctioned as an NFT.

What is NFT?

NFT stands for Non Fungible Token. …

There is a reason why offices exist

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Before the pandemic became a buzzword, our offices were not only a place to slog, they were also a source of pride. Employees felt regal as soon as they stepped inside their cathedrals of innovation. Clicking selfies of the various drool-worthy corners in the office and gloating about them on social media gave them the much-needed dopamine shots.

It’s not surprising that 78% of millennials consider workplace quality as a criterion before choosing an employer. Or 69% of them will give up other perks to work in a well-designed place.

Contemporary workplace designs increase employee productivity without freaking them out…

Creative Nonfiction Contest Finalist

What does my love for the airports tell me about myself?

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Have you ever felt satisfied and restless at the same time?

Say right after you cracked a tough interview. You might be satisfied because you got the job, but you will also be restless to celebrate.

Similarly, a melange of emotions stirs within me every time I am at the airport. I feel satisfied because I am traveling to a new place, leaving behind all the worries. Restless, because one, the thought of missing the flight keeps me on my toes. Second, I love to scan the whole place, relish the imposing architecture, buy a new book, watch the planes…

Living in the future is not as bad as it is made to look.

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Like how we used to get excited thinking about the future as kids, now cooped up at home, we have found refuge in the future again. The thought of a vacation when a lockdown is over, or of sipping coffee in your favorite cafe is refreshing. The exciting thoughts of the future are blowing the dark clouds of the present away.

Mindfulness is the key to happiness. Live in the present, they say.

On the contrary, can thinking about the future make us happier than living in the present? Is the anticipation of a trip much better than the trip…

It’s the only thing that no one else in this world has

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Economists will tell you that the value of anything is inversely proportional to its scarcity. If you have something rare that adds value to other people’s lives, you’ll be rich pretty soon. So as a writer, what is the one unique thing that only you have, and no one else in this world has? Let me make it easier for you to answer this question by asking another question.

When you see a lotus, do you see a beautiful flower, or the swamp it was born in? Or do you get reminded of the embarrassment you had to suffer when…

There is no light at the end of a gun’s barrel

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“… The human race is divided into ordinary and the extraordinary. The ordinary must live in obedience and do not have the right to break the law. The extraordinary, on the other hand, have the right to commit all sorts of crimes and break the law in all sorts of ways…” says Raskolnikov, the protagonist in Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment.

In other words, some great people can murder without the noose of their conscience strangling their neck. People like Napoleon, or the Roman emperors. People who enjoy impunity over their crimes.

The loudspeaker echoed, followed by someone clearing his throat.

Do you have the traits to become a money minting machine?

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Can you speak in front of a buzzing audience of 1000 people for five minutes, every day, for a month?

I would. But only on half of those days. I am not confident enough to feel the pressure of thousands of eyeballs every day for a month without blowing my brains apart.

And that pretty much sums up my personality. I am an ambivert, always hovering around the averages.

But when I asked my friend, he got excited at the thought of being in the spotlight. “Please tell me there is such an event,” he begged me.

And then there…

And how they can help you too

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Pablo Picasso famously said, “Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.”

Adulting can be a hassle. Juggling office and personal life while keeping your eyes glued to the phone has sucked the creative juices of many. The more rational we become, the less interesting life seems to be.

I feel exhausted at the end of every day. I used to read myself to sleep as a kid, but now as soon as I open my book in my bed, I conk out.

But that is how it is. We can…

Uncovering the thoughts that make you quit

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I have been involved in multiple sports since my childhood; played martial arts at the national level and basketball at the state level. Now when I am working full time as an analyst, I made it to the national championships again. But this time in table tennis.

And all through my childhood be it in sweat reeking gyms, on frosty hard courts, or dew blanketed grass, I would have heard the phrase “don’t quit” a million times.

But what I could not see at that time, maybe because of my immaturity, I can see now. When I recall the matches…

They wan’t to find themselves again

My friend called and said triumphantly that she finally will be able to try her new work outfit. Her office had partially opened.

If it was 2019, I would have zoned out. I never enjoyed conversations that circled around sartorial choices.

But this time, I felt a tinge of envy in my heart. In a fraction of a second, my thoughts jumped from her, in a brand new chick outfit going to the office with a big smile on her face, to me, sitting in a dingy room wearing my old pair of boxers and a tattered shirt, trying to…

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