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I’m currently in my final year of undergrad studying Business Enterprise at the University of Strathclyde. As with all penultimate year courses, my final year is accompanied by the dreaded ‘Dissertation’.

I’d heard about Dissertations before. The anxiety and panic surrounding them. The breakdowns are something you witness first-hand in the uni library. It’s not pretty.

For me, anxiety, panic and mental break-downs didn't sound appetising so i chose to focus my dissertation on something i’m genuinely interested in. Novel idea that, eh?

My Study

I wanted to learn more about Medium Writers (MW’s) and how the successful ones had managed to…

Interviews with 5 top Medium writers left me confused, questioning and naked.

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Most students centre their dissertations on the macro-economic effects of who-gives-a-fuck-factor on X-Y-Z-country. Instead, i chose to focus on something that i, and all you reading, find interesting and engaging. I chose Medium.

I’ve been writing haphazardly on Medium for the better part of a year, and my sloth-like approach to producing content has yielded less than mediocre results. To combat my laziness, and kill two birds with one stone, i decided to write my dissertation on Medium writers. This way, i’d simultaneously get a degree and produce content.

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I’d always imagined the completion of my degree would be marked with an American Pie esque celebration of booze, drugs, tits, uncomprehensible screaming, and general shithousery. Instead, i sat entirely alone, on a dreary Tuesday afternoon and hesitantly submitted a decidedly average dissertation to the sound of internal screams.

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Throughout your formative years, higher education is chronicled as the logical next step. After high school, university/college is a must. It’s not a want or a choice, but an absolute essential, like water without the thirst-quenching abilities. The supposed choice of higher education is institutionally forced upon teenagers by a myriad of well-meaning, but ultimately deluded, adults.

I’m sure we all remember your guidance counselor covering every aspect of applying to university/college but only briefly (if at all) describing the lucrative opportunities offered by modern apprenticeships, trades, and other such career routes.

College is the way to go, so do…

The trend of automation, AI and robots is good for all things productivity, but what if I don’t give a fuck about productivity? What if i want genuine, in-the-flesh human connection? What if i want real?

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The Trend of Artificiality

If you’ve been paying attention then you’ll have noticed that the worlds becoming more artificial. Social interaction has been reduced to Instagram comments and dishonest expressions of friendship. High street stores are being replaced by monolithic organisations such as Amazon. Your favourite cashier has been replaced by a self-serving robot that refuses to accept your crumpled £5 notes.

It only makes sense, in our capitalistic society robots equal efficiency and profits. They streamline interactions, reduce the possibility of human error and cost far less in the long run. …

A sausage disguised as a sausage dispelled my beliefs that eating the wrong sausage would make me a sausage.

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A New Years Resolution

My decision to go vegetarian was facilitated by a naive understanding of the potential benefits. I’d witnessed countless friends turn vegetarian and exclaim the astounding results:

“I feel better every day. I have super powers.”

They’d laugh joyously atop their moral high-ground. It seemed like a pleasant enough affair, thus with minimal research and maximum enthusiasm i dove head first in to the land of oat milk and honey.

I proclaimed my love for all things vegetable, told my loved ones that meat was strictly off the table and started building my superiority complex. …

When asked about the meaning of life, the answer’s often ‘Happiness’ but this may be some fundamentally flawed logic.

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Man stands with his arms widespread overlooking a vast oasis
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The Happy Paradox

Hollywood movies, traditional media and general consensus has long dictated that happiness is the ultimate goal. To live a good life, you must achieve happiness. Put your own happiness first. Be happy. Make others happy. Happy?

On the surface this seems foolproof. Most objectives we pursue are in the name of happiness. We go to university, to get a degree, to get a job, to be happy. We start a side hustle to earn extra money, to grant ourselves financial freedom, to be happy. We travel, to experience, for happiness.

How can i possibly object to happiness? Big smiles, a…

In a world dominated by connectivity, digital technology and blue light emanating from artificial screens, it can be beneficial to take a step back and question our relationship with our smartphones.

Women scrolls through mobile phone and laptop simultaneously
Women scrolls through mobile phone and laptop simultaneously
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For most individuals in our technology-dominated culture, we spend large parts of our day glued to smartphones, tablets and laptops. These mediums help connect us with others, complete projects for work and sometimes, just drift off in an entertainment utopia.

The capabilities are endless; from communicating with someone 3000+ miles away to revelling in a 20 kill-streak in Call of Duty. We truly can do everything and anything.

Unfortunately, these capabilities also come with a price. Designers, UI experts and massive technology conglomerates have spent billions of dollars in R&D ensuring that we’re glued to their device, app and website…

The last 10% is always way harder than the first 90%. Why do we slow down as we get near completion?

The word PROJECTS in bold letter indented against a wall
The word PROJECTS in bold letter indented against a wall
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I’m going to split this article into 2 parts: my personal experience and others/academics perspective. I’m taking this approach because i always strive to bring a personal aspect to my writing. If anyone reads this, they know that someone else out there has went through the same experiences.

In the first chapter i’ll simply summarise my thoughts, feelings and opinions on this phenomenon before beginning to research. With this approach i can remain completely unbiased and without external influence, thus my writing remains more personal and less likely to degrade into scientific regurgitation.

I also love the idea that my…

It’s not a given that your birth country is intrinsically perfect for your personality. It’d be madness to simply accept the status quo.

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Personality Diversity

Let me start off by explaining something everyone knows and agrees about. We all have different personalities, some are more extroverted, some are agreeable, some have short-fuses and some are fans of extreme sports. Some just want a comfortable job, a roof over their head and food for their family.

This is something we can all agree on, we know personality types vary massively. …

Liam Lawson

A/B tester of lifestyle approaches. Young, Naive, Hopeful, Honest. Chasing fulfilment, learning while doing so.

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