A few weeks ago I came across what just might be one of my favourite Quora threads ever: What is the most unfair advantage a person can have?
I tend to agree with #2 answer – not needing a lot of sleep – as someone who is a fairly low-energy person most of the time. I’ve always been someone who needs a minimum of 8 hours a night and gets stressed out if I have more than a couple of things on (outside of work) in a week.
What do you reckon?
This week’s links
Blast from the past: This time last year we were heading down towards the Mediterranean, having covered Berlin, Munich, Prague and stopping in Switzerland too.
A lovely post about a couple struggling to compromise on what city to live in; her description of her partner struck me as being a lot like me (perhaps why I felt like New York and me clicked right away). “She is the kind of introvert that likes being around a lot of acquaintances and activity partners while doing a lot of not-talking to them, and New York works pretty well for that.”
Oh, how this Billfold piece on pillows cracked me up. Ours always get disgusting in a matter of months, so I am committing to replacing ours at the one-year mark (they’re about 6 months old right now) – how often do you buy new ones?
Here is a really insightful piece on selling yourself as a job candidate and how much social status counts for
From Tiny Apartment: Playing parents for two weeks is overwhelming
Sometimes wealthy people are seriously out of touch, as Donna Freedman writes
Seriously helpful: How to nab international clients, over at Make a Living Writing
A confession at Makeup and Mirtazapine: I used to be a bad feminist
Nicole and Maggie tackle the other side of the tiny housing movement
My Pretty Pennies’ best tips for travelling with a partner (and here are mine)
A few things a wife should just let go, at Newlyweds on a Budget
For real: An interview with a computer engineer who’s also a poet
I think it’s nothing short of awesome that writers are starting to talk about what they earn
Ira Glass is everything. Here he is on writing, work and creativity
I also find that somehow, the way I’m built, the hardest part of my job is simply to shift from one task to the next. The new task is like icy water you have to dive into. The old task is a warm bath. It’s especially hard when I know the new task is going to be really difficult, as half of them are. I always have to brace myself.
thanks for featuring me! I think having nurturing parents is a really big advantage. While not everyone who has screwed up parents ends up screwed up themselves, I have seen the effects that crappy parents can have and I am SO grateful for my parents. I mean, I hated them growing up, but they did a pretty good job
What is the most unfair advantage a person can have? Nepotism without doubt! Especially when it involves a “relative” being promoted beyond their capabilities and at the expense of others better qualified!