Ask Vinni

Longer, well researched posts primarily focused on philosophy, psychology and self improvement. Topics I've mulled over for weeks. Irregularly updated.


Essays and other writings

Shorter, weekly articles on principles and thoughts that have been in my mind for a couple of days. Contradictory and rough, evolving as I do.

Drive by Daniel H. Pink

DriveWhy am I writing all of these posts, anyway? Last I checked I never received a single cent for any of them. More so, why did I go through the trouble of migrating everything from Medium to my personal website? Well, Drive explains. I am doing it for myself, I am doing it because it is meaningful to me, and when that is at play, money takes the backseat. Why do I volunteer and lead intercultural seminars at every opportunity, spend so much of my time when I could instead be making money? I choose how I spend my free time and it just so happens to be that reading and writing about such books, or being an intercultural trainer, is something I deem worthy enough.

A Primer on Philosophy

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“I’ll get to that book in one or two weeks, but I need some philosophy now.”

I said those exact words recently and people seemed taken aback, as usually happens when I say that I “need some philosophy.” Nowadays the image we have of philosophers is that they are people who sit down and think, think and eventually come up with a new theory. “Maybe this is how the world works!” Some people even have a negative view of the subject. They think that philosophy is nothing but a waste of time, and instead we should be moving and working and definitely not trying to find subjective answers to subjective questions. Science is already a foolproof method to discover new things, right?

How I keep a commonplace book

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This post is a shortened, bare-bones version of a longer post I am writing for Ask Vinni, subscribe to the newsletter if you don’t wanna miss it!

I have, for a long time, heard people singing the praises of commonplace books. Many of the most important and intelligent people in history have kept those and I figured I should as well (Marcus Aurelius’ Meditations is one of them). For most of this year (starting around March), I have highlighted passages on my kindle (I do prefer paperbacks but since I still don’t have a very stable place to live, I’ve had to do with e-readers) and written them out on index cards a few days after finishing the book. Lately I’ve tried yet another method and what I will do here is outline both, since I have been using them side by side and I have been extremely happy with my results.

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