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1. Just Because You’re Contrarian Doesn’t Mean You're Smart - Many years ago, when I was a newbie blogger, I discovered something fascinating—the more I trashed on conventional self-help advice and showed how it was full of shit, the more my work got shared on social media and the more traffic I got.
Once I discovered this button, I kept pushing it. In 2013 and 2014, almost everything I wrote was designed to murder some sacred cow or another. It was during this period that I published such gems as Being Special Isn’t So Special, Stop Trying to Be Happy, and Why Some Dreams Should Not Be Pursued.
On the one hand, this time was quite formative for me in developing my own personal philosophy. It was only by rejecting conventional wisdom that I was forced to develop my own.
But on the other hand, occasionally I became a bit of a troll—someone talking shit for the sake of a few more clicks. I wrote some dumb stuff that was unnecessarily incendiary. Most of it has since been removed from the site.
Looking back, I think I discovered earlier than most that being contrarian wins on social media. But, at the …
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