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Life Lessons

How to connect in an isolated world

I’ve got a secret that I’ve kept for most of my life. To understand it, let’s travel back to 2012. At the time, I was a baby law professor attending a conference where I was supposed to network with other professors. Networking is as important in academia as in any …

The upside of crisis

Crises bring out the worst and the best in humanity. We all know about the worst: Price-gouging on health essentials. People hoarding soap and toilet paper. Snake oil salesmen peddling myths about miracle cures. Commuters freaking out when someone sneezes on the subway. These actions get disproportionate attention. Outrage sells …

Why fitting in won’t help you belong

To belong. For much of my life, that’s what I wanted most. I was an only child living in Istanbul, a sprawling city of millions. Growing up, I spent most of my time holed up in my room in the small apartment we lived in—my only refuge from the faceless …

How you can live multiple lives

No, I’m not talking about reincarnation. I’m talking about living many different lives in a single lifetime. Most of us assume we’ve got only one life to live. As a result, the career path we devise ends up being a one-way street. Sure, we might switch employers from time to …

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