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How to Connect Past Smalltalk

Awesome email here -

Hi Sebastian!

One of the 900 here -- and this is my FIRST time ever emailing a Blog. I was a little hesitant to write this actually, in part because I so enjoy your blog that I almost didn't want to "burst the bubble". But after reading a lot of posts and already having spent quite a bit of time previously ( and constantly ) in introspection, I would really appreciate your input on a major stumbling block....


My short question is: How do you connect with someone? And, secondly, based on your preference of doing away with pleasantries / small talk, how do you connect with someone without the seemingly required "pleasantry" stage of a conversation?

Work advice via Jim Carrey and George Clooney

On betternotstop

I watched The Truman Show yesterday. If you haven’t seen it yet (where have you been? its 15 years old!) then be prepared for some spoilers in this post.

It’s the story of a 30 year old man initially unaware his life is a reality TV show who then begins to question things and embarks on a quest to uncover the truth. One of the best parts of the film for me is when the Producer of the show is interviewed and asked ‘Why do you think Truman has never come close to discovering the true nature of his world until now’ to which his reply is ‘We accept the reality of the world in which live in’. Surprisingly deep for a Jim Carrey film…

The reason this resonated so much with me this week is as I received some great responses from my last post about dating. I even had someone private message asking if I was being satirical! (For the record, it was all me being completely honest.) The most thought provoking was a text from a friend who asked if my next article could be about my thoughts on the whole life to work / work to live balance using some of my previous advice.

How the hell does this relate to The Truman Show I hear you ask? Well it’s pretty simple. The film reminded me that a lot of people accept the world in which they live in, whereas actually there is a whole world of possibilities out there if we just took some time to believe in ourselves.

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