Tameem Rahman

A short story on how I walked away with $5000.

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Photo by Alex Kotliarskyi on Unsplash

You’re probably wondering, what was I thinking?

Well, I was still a youngin in high school.

Maybe I’m hoping that excuses my seemingly stupid and irrational decision. But, in retrospect, I don’t think it was stupid at all. Crazy? Absolutely.

If I were to summarize my story in six words, do crazy things — it builds confidence.

The majority of you reading this are probably are like me.

You have zero programming experience.

To us, Python is nothing but a snake in the Amazon. To the computer nerds at my hackathon, it was a coding language of the gods.

But my friends and I wanted to try new things, be open to new perspectives, and strengthen our résumé — at least, that’s what our parents thought. …

The science behind Zoom-fatigue and what we can do about it.

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Ironic, isn’t it? The “logical” assumption points to real-life meetings being more tiring. I mean, the physical labor… makes sense, right?

I’ve never been more exhausted sitting on my chair staring at a screen. (Only in 2020–21 will you see a sentence like that.)

But why? Good question. You’re about to find out.

“Long Day of Staring at a Screen, I Have It So Hard😔”

Back-to-back video calls require more focus than a face-to-face chat. It has to do with our subconscious. We work harder to process non-verbal cues like the tone and pitch of the voice, facial expressions, and body language all through the screen.

See, our minds may be connected, but our bodies are not. Studies show that your words account for only 7% of the message you convey. The remaining 93% is non-verbal. 55% of communication is based on what people see and the other 38% is transmitted through tone of voice.

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What goes through “Xx_ROUGE69_xX”’s mind when they call you stupid?

Did you know that 100 million people watched the League of Legends world finals compared to the 98.2 at the Superbowl? Search for “lol” on Google and what you won’t find is “laugh out loud”. No, no, that would be absurd. Instead, you’ll find a digital game of chess, on steroids.

A brief intro for the uninitiated

You drop into a 5v5 match to compete over resources (gold, levels, magic items) that make you stronger for the ultimate goal of destroying the enemy Nexus (headquarters).

Let’s face it, screen limits don’t work.

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Photo Courtesy of Taylor Tames

You’ve been stuck at home with all this extra time. Your phone is your best friend. Fair enough.

But, things are slowly going back to normal. Whether it’s online or real-life, your daily routine is climbing its way back to relevance but one problem: you acquired some bad habits. Your daily phone usage went from 2–3 to 6–8 hrs.

No? Just me? It increased — probably significantly, that's my point.

Here are three ways I’ve been decreasing my times and increasing productivity:

1. Add The Screen Time Widget To Your Home Screen

I cannot tell you in words how helpful this is. I don’t know if android users already had/have this but with iOS 14 came the widgets. …

They screwed up, so they said “FCK”

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Photo by Shaik Shaad

Why did the chicken cross the road? It didn’t. Hell, it wasn’t leaving the storehouse as far as KFC was concerned.

I remember it like it was yesterday (3 years ago, yesterday). Arguably one of the worst days of my chicken-loving life. I decided to treat myself to a good ol’ bucket of KFC chicken the other day. I laughed with my buddies as the flashback hit. The company ran out of goddamn chicken. At the time, it was the end of the world. In retrospect, it’s a valuable marketing lesson and frankly, a priceless life lesson.

In 2017, KFC fell in favour of a finger-lickin’ contract proposed by DHL that prompted them to cut ties with Bidvest Logistics, their loyal, trustworthy food delivery specialists. Just like that, DHL reminded everyone of KFC’s, and any other restaurant chains, Achilles heel: the supply chain. See, technically, KFC never “ran out of chicken.” DHL just failed to get it to the 900 branches on time from its single operations centre in Rugby, England. …

It hurts when they think you’re an idiot

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Photo by Siavash Ghanbari

It’s always nice to see advice on how to better market our product — it teaches us what to do and how to do it. We become smarter.

Sometimes, though, it’s just as important to be given examples of what not to do. Learning from other’s mistakes means that we won’t have to share their burden. Plus, we enjoy a good laugh examining them — as you’ll come to see.

Yesterday, I was scrolling through Instagram and I come across this post:

Global warming is revealing deadly viruses trapped under the ice

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Photo by Alain Frechette

Things finally seem to be calming down — at least in Canada.

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You’re letting someone else control your knowledge

Why, oh why do we read book reviews?

Why do we contaminate the purity of our decision with an irrelevant view?

It’s funny, really, how a couple of words can deter us from reading thousands, and in turn, deprive us of knowledge that could change our lives.

I cannot tell you the number of times I’ve been turned off by a book because of the reviews I read on them from others.

Recently, Sapiens (by Yuval Noah Harari) and Think Like A Freak (Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner) caught my attention. The first thing stupid me did was visit amazon and goodreads.com …

They acknowledged that no one likes to be pressured

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One day, Brian Mullaney (founder of Smile Train) was on the subway on the way to work. Often, his appointment times with clients coincided with after-school hours, so he would ride with lots of kids.

He noticed that many of these kids had facial marks, like scars, moles, blotches, and other “misshapen” features.

(Enter the billion-dollar idea.)

Then it hit him. After some thought, he decided to start a charity that offers free corrective surgery to public school kids in New York. He would call it Operation Smile.

Turns out, a charity with the same name and similar mission already existed, except they sent medical teams comprised of surgeons and nurses to poor countries to help underprivileged children. …

No, I’m not talking about the Porn industry — keep the libido inside-o

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Success = Achieving your goals

That is why I can’t tell you how to attain success, I don’t know enough about you and frankly, I’m unqualified. But, I can share with you a way to perhaps make the process easier.

It’s an absurd, yet apparently (according to Napoleon Hill) effective mechanism to becoming successful, i.e. achieving your goals.

So, I want to share with my fellow earthlings who are subject to horniness and sexual pleasantry (in other words, everyone) this principle. Stop blushing, we’re biologically engineered to be that way, they’re called hormones.

*Fair warning: this may or may not get your partner angry at you — speaking from personal experience. …


Tameem Rahman

Toronto copywriter, student & entrepreneur on tech, business, and self-discovery.

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