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Life

I love collecting (and sometimes even coming up with) snippets of advice about how to live a ‘better’ life. Here are some that I’ve written about over the years.

Hedonic Adaptation

Hedonic Adaptation
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Hedonic adaptation is (according to Wikipedia) as follows: Hedonic adaptation is the observed tendency of humans to quickly return to a relatively stable level of happiness despite major positive or negative events or life changes. I think hedonic adaptation is probably the single most important (and somewhat unintuitive) part of

Ali Abdaal
Ali Abdaal
Happiness
Why and how you should learn to code

Why and how you should learn to code
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This is the first in a series of posts where I’ll be sharing stuff I’ve learned from 5 years of running a pretty successful medical education startup whilst being a medical student at Cambridge University. Quick background - my company (6med) has been running since 2013, and averages

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Ali Abdaal
Tools & Tech
The secret to success

The secret to success
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The secret to success is to pick something, and work on it for 10 years. I came across this quote in a Y Combinator interview with Courtland Allen, who made an amazing website/community called Indie Hackers. I think he attributed the quote to ‘some guy on Twitter’, and that’

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Ali Abdaal
Life
Seventy excuses

Seventy excuses
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I was having dinner with a friend recently (let’s call her Annie), when conversation turned briefly to a mutual acquaintance (let’s call her Jane). Annie voiced an issue she had with Jane, paraphrased loosely as: I don’t like Jane. I saw her in the corridor the other

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Ali Abdaal
Life
Time vs Money

Time vs Money
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A business can’t stay the same. It’s either growing or declining. A small business that is declining is already dead many months, even a year, before its employees know it. - James Altucher There’s something that’s been playing on my mind for the past few months,

Ali Abdaal
Ali Abdaal
Entrepreneurship
Expectations/Hopes vs Training

Expectations/Hopes vs Training
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We don't rise to the level of our expectations/hopes, we fall to the level of our training. - Archilochus I came across this quote a few days ago, and it really resonated with me, so I thought I'd write this. I tend to come across quotes/cliches like this

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Ali Abdaal
Life
Dealing with Competitor Anxiety

Dealing with Competitor Anxiety
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By the grace of God, 6med is doing alright. Without going into the specifics, we’re at a point where we could potentially make it a full-time thing. We wouldn’t want to, of course, as ‘dropping out of medical school to run a company that does courses for people

Ali Abdaal
Ali Abdaal
Entrepreneurship
Getting over the fear of personal blogging

Getting over the fear of personal blogging
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The idea of setting up a personal blog has been swirling around in my head for some time, but I’ve never before managed to shake the nagging suspicion that to write about my own experiences, ideas, life etc, would be unbelievably narcissistic and should therefore be avoided at all

Ali Abdaal
Ali Abdaal
Life