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Melvyn Tan

Melvyn Tan

Over the last 19 years, I've built a badass one-person enterprise that allowed me to live life on my terms. Here, I write weekly about what I'm thinking and doing running my one-person enterprise.

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The Counterintuitive Path to Freedom

Question: why would anyone want to work longer hours and get paid less? The one-word answer: freedom. But freedom means different things to different people. Origins of freedomFreedom, and its origin, can be traced back to the speech of Pericles: The conception of organized society recognizing freedom of behavior for

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Narrative of The Good Life

Growing up, the narrative of the good life for me has been this—work hard to earn enough so you can do what you want. It was a race against time. With that urgency, the only logical choice was to speed things up. That narrative, unfortunately, is further reinforced by

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The Cost of Status Quo

To increase the take-up rate from 42 percent to 82 percent for their campaign, scientists Eric Johnson and Dan Goldstein made one simple but profound change. Leveraging the concept of defaults, Johnson and Goldstein asked if people would opt out of organ donation, instead of opting in. The pain of

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Having a Purpose Can Save Your Life

It's the tale of two purposeful responses. 85% of respondents from one group agree they can live their purpose in day-to-day work. 85% of another group indicated they disagree they can live their purpose in day-to-day work. The respondents who agreed comprised executives and upper management. The group who did

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Writing as a Creative Outlet

"I’m going to start writing again." That's a promise I’ve broken countless times. But that's not the point. The point is to keep coming back. Here’s why. Writing as therapyWriting is considered a therapeutic activity. According to several studies, writing has been found to be effective in