Articles by Ozan Varol
Why imperfect is more beautiful than perfect
Perfect and beautiful aren’t the same. Perfect often degrades. It’s the flaws, the imperfections, the roughness around the edges that generate the beauty.
Simplify your life with the mental model known as Occam’s razor
As Einstein put it, everything should be made “as simple and as few as possible.” This principle has become known as Occam’s razor.
Why you should let your children fail more often
You have the best of intentions, but resist that natural parental instinct. By shielding children from failure, we’re doing them a serious disservice.
Here’s why you should stop looking for a mentor
Will you be my mentor? This question makes me cringe. It’s just that when someone asks me to be their mentor, I don’t know what I’m signing up for.
Here’s why you can’t hit home runs every time
Life isn’t about repeatedly hitting home runs. Rather, it’s about strikeouts, singles, and doubles, until we slowly, but steadily, reach home base.
The reason why ‘quiet your inner critic’ is bad advice
Much like the fellow human beings around us, once you start respecting your inner critic, you’ll find that it respects you back.
Why you should allow yourself to get bored more often
The next time you are feelingbored, resist the temptation to reach for your phone. Instead, do what you did as a six-year-old: Begin daydreaming.
Facts don’t change people’s minds. Here’s what does
In the end, it takes courage and determination to see the truth instead of the convenient. But it’s well worth the effort.
Here’s the most dangerous proverb in the English language
Curiosity requires an admission of ignorance. Asking a question means that we don’t know the answer, and that’s an admission that few of us are willing to make. For fear of sounding “dumb,” we assume most questions are too basic to ask, so we don’t ask them.
The problem with mimicking successful people
You’ve fallen victim to the survival bias. You’re seeing only the winners, not the losers (and with a large enough population, you can always find winners). For every successful Branson, Jobs, and Zuckerberg, there’s a hapless person who made a terrible mistake. But those people don’t make the news.
The 4 reasons to stop setting goals (and focus on process, instead)
The word “process” might be better reserved for an assembly line, but don’t let its unsexiness distract you from the dramatic changes this shift can unleash in your life.
How to say ‘no’ to your boss
Saying "no" is about embracing quality over quantity.