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Hurt people hurt people

If you carry a negative attitude and assume the world is out to get you, you are likely to perceive people and events with a threat mindset and react accordingly. Your bad attitude might offend or hurt someone and cause them to react poorly to you, further perpetuating your (now self-fulfilling) prophecy that the world is, indeed, against you.

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I ditched meticulously planning my day and became 10x more happy

I used to meticulously plan every part of my day, tying my happiness to how “productive” I was on any given day. But over the last several months, I’ve completely overhauled how I think about productivity. In fact, I don’t think about productivity at all anymore.

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How do you stay motivated?

Every day, tons of people out there are struggling with motivation - or rather, the lack of motivation. They have a deep desire to do more and be better but they simply lack the motivation to do so. As a result, they end up living mediocre lives...

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Is the future of work remote? I don't buy it.

Remote work is on the rise. Once an obscure topic, this paradigm has now entered the mainstream. And it’s creating a growing divide in the way we get things done. On one side, we have staunch supporters who seem to be poetic about the benefits remote work offers. And...

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Some things never get easier

Practice makes perfect, right?Most things in life get easier with experience. Take lifting weights or running, for example. With a little dedication and practice, anyone can become better at these activities. But some things in life aren’t meant to be easy.

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How do you win a Twitter debate?

Twitter debates are a lot like Game of Thrones — except they’re even more vicious. And there’s no way to win. You honestly have better odds at winning the lottery, going to Mars, or walking on water. I could actually stop this blog post right here. But that would be an unsatisfying ending to this story, right?

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Stop attaching your identity to your ideas

A person’s identity is inseparable from their ideas. This is human nature. We construct our identities around our ideas — we become what we believe.But you know what? All too often, people take this too far. They place themselves in a “bubble” and only listen to ideas that reaffirm their own beliefs.

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Junior hires are not worth it

One night, I was having dinner with one of my investors. And he said something that has stuck with me since: Founders should fire themselves from as many jobs as possible. At the time, I couldn’t have agreed more. After all, as a founder, your job isn’t to be Superman. You can’t do everything on your own.

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Criticism is the easy part

Out of the corner of my eye, I saw the mother whip out the modern-day panacea to all toddler troubles: the iPad. “Ugh, another parent who just shoves an iPad in the child’s face instead of teaching them how to behave,” I thought. With my phone in hand, I realized this insight was too good not to share.

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What I wish I knew about fundraising as a first-time founder

Now that I’ve finished raising the first funding round for my company TruStory, I’m looking back and thinking about all the things I wish I’d known going in… things I had to learn the hard way — and there’s a lot. In this post, I’m going to share some of the most valuable things I’ve learned along the way.

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Who says engineers can’t become entrepreneurs?

A lot of people warned me not to walk away from my great position at Andreessen Horowitz to pursue software engineering.…And now that I’m leaving my dream job engineering at Coinbase to found a startup, you can bet that “a lot of people” have been reminding me how many startups fail.

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Injury is an opportunity

One way to look at injury is as “suffering physical harm or damage to a part of one’s body or mind.” Another way to look at injury is as “an opportunity to strengthen the parts of ourselves that are not injured”. We are always hurting in some regard, and approaching it as an opportunity can have a positive impact every day.

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What happened after I left the best job in the world to become an engineer?

Behind every successful career is a dream that got left behind. For me, that dream was software engineering.It’s been almost a year since I walked away from an amazing job at Andreessen Horowitz to pursue that dream — even though I had no experience in web development or JavaScript. The journey is far from over...

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Don’t spend your life waiting for the weekend

Ever have the Monday blues? Or even worse, the Sunday-in-anticipation-of-Monday blues?If not, I commend and envy you. For the rest of us, let’s admit that the workweek lifestyle sucks — “living for the weekend” may be a good subject for a country song, but it’s a bad way to live your life.

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Why I left the best job in the world

Today was my last day at Andreessen Horowitz. I feel deeply fortunate to have worked with some of the smartest people in technology — people like Marc Andreessen, Ben Horowitz and Chris Dixon among others — and to have learned so much from them while serving the a16z mission of helping entrepreneurs reach their dreams. So why am I leaving?

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Why am I sharing my travel stories?

Founder & CEO of TruStory. I have a passion for understanding things at a fundamental level and sharing it as clearly as possible.

Preethi Kasireddy
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