Alt-paths Archives - Grace Conyers

With Power Comes Responsibility

I’ve been thinking about this phrase “with power comes responsibility” a lot lately. Perhaps it’s because it’s political hunting season in the US. As I scan the feelings of the crowed, I realise no one here really likes our choices. Yet this is the bed we lie in after decades of apathy built this craziness. I […]

Silver lining is found in the innocent, opportunistic, and optimistic places of the mind.

Finding the silver lining in (almost) anything

The silver lining is the magical part of life. It shows you all the things you could experience if only you open your eyes in failure. We all have those things that start out with great intentions — then they blow up in our faces. Of course, when that starts happening, there’s a domino effect […]

Are you willing?

There are a lot of things going on in the world, and a lot of choices we make daily. Some things are simple, like what route to take to our familiar work places, how to dress that morning, or even what to eat. There are variables, but in the end, they aren’t that difficult of decisions. […]

The Humanity of Business

As I’m sitting here in my home office, I’m consoling a friend that lost an auntie in the Brussel’s terrorist attack. Later that morning, I’m trying to soothe another friend’s nerves because they work at Heathrow airport, and they can’t get it through passenger’s heads about tightened security. Both need more right now in terms […]

You suffer when you have lots of busy “work”

We all dream of doing something more with our lives. You, in particular, probably plan on saving the world with your inventions, creative ideas, and research. And it would all happen, too, if you weren’t so busy. Let’s get something out in the open first: You are only as busy as you decide to be. That’s […]

Little to no progress in your path?

Everyone wishes that things were different. Sadly, many people never get past these wishes into planning. Even fewer get past the planning stages and into moving forward. Many people will try to sell you secret recipes for success, but there are really not any. It takes just two “secret” weapons and they are completely free to you. […]

The difference between public policy and a coffee table

As the political climate in America comes to a boiling point, I’m finally taking some time out to dissect the argument of the candidates to see which ones I think might do a decent job running this country. Some of these people can’t tell the difference between public policy and a coffee table. One is […]

When yearly planning goes too far

Every year I have this bizarre ritual of making my own calendar pages for my day planner, planning out a year in course detail, and leaving large chunks of time blank. Think, adding birthdays and dates I have to remember, then jotting down a note like “Q1 goal: get systems organised”, then not actually breaking […]

Have a little faith

The title sounds odd coming from an atheist, doesn’t it? Bear with me for a few moments and hear me out before you hit the exit button. Since dropping off into depression due to my father dying, things have not been the same. Then, as I was bouncing back, I came down with the worst flu […]

Thoughts on Universities Acting as VCs

In January, 2015 University of California made some ripples in the Venture Capitalist pond when they announced their decision to toss out their long-standing notions that the university would not get involved in outside ventures and replace it with a new ruling stating that they would have a $250 million fund for new ventures that […]