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Starting April 6, for the next 30 days, I’m writing a brief essay every day and posting it to my Medium account in an effort to get off social media and focus on doing something good for me, both personally and professionally. To read my last essay, click here.

Like anyone who fancies themselves an “entrepreneur,” I have a lot of ideas.

From a business — aka money-making — perspective, some of them make a ton of sense. From an ideological perspective, some of them match my beliefs and values, things I want to enact into the world and influence…


Starting April 6, for the next 30 days, I’m writing a brief essay every day and posting it to my Medium account in an effort to get off social media and focus on doing something good for me, both personally and professionally. To read my last essay, click here.

When I was pitching my startup throughout 2019 and bringing in some capital, I kept hearing phrases like “We believe in you!” and “People called you a rockstar!”

In the past, I’ve written about how my feelings during this time period affected my mental state, but the main thing I wanted…


Starting April 6, for the next 30 days, I’m writing a brief essay every day and posting it to my Medium account in an effort to get off social media and focus on doing something good for me, both personally and professionally. To read my last essay, click here.

“I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by.”

One of my favorite quotes comes by way of the late Douglas Adams, famed author of a personal bookshelf staple in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. Most of our culture tells us that in order to…


Starting April 6, for the next 30 days, I’m writing a brief essay every day and posting it to my Medium account in an effort to get off social media and focus on doing something good for me, both personally and professionally. To read my last essay, click here.

One of my favorite string of South Park episodes is the cult classic “Coon and Friends” trilogy, where the gang cosplays as superheroes and somehow find themselves fighting the dark lord Cthulhu.

Along with the banner bout, showrunners Matt Parker and Trey Stone ensure they lay the superhero commentary on thick…


(llustration by Joey Guidone / HBR)

Starting April 6, for the next 30 days, I’m writing a brief essay every day and posting it to my Medium account in an effort to get off social media and focus on doing something good for me, both personally and professionally. To read my last essay, click here.

I came across a great quote from a recent podcast I listened to:

“My sense of capitalism is that it only functions if you have this full-body contact violence at a corporate level that creates competition, innovation, and prosperity. …


Working with a physical therapist to set up a daily slate of hip-strengthening exercises has been huge for both my mobility and overall wellbeing

Starting April 6, for the next 30 days, I’m writing a brief essay every day and posting it to my Medium account in an effort to get off social media and focus on doing something good for me, both personally and professionally. To read my last essay, click here.

If you’ve been around me for the last four years, you’ve probably heard me go on a tangent at some point about how “working for The Man” in the future would be the bane of my existence.

That, and a rant about all the problems of our modern-day College Kid Consulting…


Starting April 6, for the next 30 days, I’m writing a brief essay every day and posting it to my Medium account in an effort to get off social media and focus on doing something good for me, both personally and professionally. To read my last essay, click here.

I always find it funny when people say they want to write, but they have no idea what to write about.

At any given moment, I have something like upwards of 20 working rough drafts of stuff I want to put out onto the interwebs. Some of them have legions of…


Starting April 6, for the next 30 days, I’m writing a brief essay every day and posting it to my Medium account in an effort to get off social media and focus on doing something good for me, both personally and professionally. To read my last essay, click here.

I recently read an article that touched on a recent phenomenon that’s surging: bunker-building.

You may think, Like, the things people hide in due to fear of nuclear blasts? Well, yes…and no. Luxury companies have sprung up to serve the world’s super-rich; along with repurposing old Cold War-era bunkers, they’re building…


A shot of Lake Michigan and the distant Chicago skyline I took on a walk the other day

Starting April 6, for the next 30 days, I’m writing a brief essay every day and posting it to my Medium account in an effort to get off social media and focus on doing something good for me, both personally and professionally. To read my last essay, click here.

In the beginning of 2020, I took a self-imposed break.

I was tired, and burnt out. I was figuring out a lot of things in my life: relationships, mental and physical health, my career goals. …


The beach off of UC Santa Barbara’s campus at sunset, where we played in a tournament

Starting April 6, for the next 30 days, I’m writing a brief essay every day and posting it to my Medium account in an effort to get off social media and focus on doing something good for me, both personally and professionally. To read my last essay, click here.

One of the best things I did during college was something completely against my internal grain: travel.

I never wanted to leave the house growing up. All I wanted was to shoot hoops in the driveway and eat three bowls of cereal a day. Yet I knew I wanted to play…

Nathan Graber-Lipperman

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