THE LIFE STARTER
Time quietly slips out through the unchecked items on your to-do list. Chasing productivity turns out to be an unproductive race. Developing a good habit seems to be a near-impossible task. You find it difficult to reason with the critical inner-audience who knows how easily you get swayed by distractions. Trapped in guilt, you make another fresh start but fall back into the same pattern. The cycle repeats itself. You get closer to what you want to run away from. You are stuck at the same place.
Frustrated, you dial the seductive drug: motivation. It gets you temporarily high and leaves you on standby. You desperately crave for more of it and try to find it in quotes, stories, talks, videos. Passionately do you keep on hunting your smartphone's screen to feel another kick. In those insecure moments, you wish it responded to your feelings. When the mind is less irrational, you mentally put together those hours you have spent on seeking pleasure and motivation. You understand how much of your life you have already wasted.
Now that the realization occurred to you, what choice do you have anyway?
You have many: blame your boss, curse luck, order two large pizzas online, badmouth the government, watch a new series at one go, stalk your crush on social media, smoke a packet of cigarettes, masturbate more frequently, play the victim card, read books for the sake of reading books, etc.
The best of all: patiently wait for a magic to happen. Do nothing.
Or, you take complete responsibility of your life. Rather than seeking pleasure and avoiding pain, you seek pain and avoid pleasure.
You start right now, my friend.
Break the self-destructive pattern. Once and for all.
Application to any of the programs follows a two-step process:
1. Essay: Please e-mail a statement of purpose, as a single-spaced PDF, to firstname.lastname@example.org. Limit your story to 800 words.
Be bold. Be original.
If your essay is shortlisted, you move to the interview round.
2. Interview: The purpose of the interview is to understand you and to assess whether you are a good fit for the intensive mentoring sessions, assignments, and social experiments. Interviews are conducted either in person or online. Interviews are conducted in English and last for 30-90 minutes.
The entire process takes three weeks from the date of application.
Next deadline: July 15 2020.