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We all fall into a rut.

Sometimes, we need all the help we can get to crawl out of the black hole.

But the main determinant of your outcome is the next step you’d take to deal with it.

Last week, I felt all sorts of dejection typically experienced by a college student. Failed internship interviews, transfer anxiety (receiving not one, but two! rejection letters from the same college, which also meant I had to forgo my scholarship opportunity), and the thought of moving out of my cozy den in San Francisco. Amidst my disappointments, I stumbled upon one of Red Lemon Club‘s heavily shared article, The Power of The ‘300 Rule’. To put it simply, the article highlights the importance of building an archive of work that may or may not be seen by others. The reason could honestly be interpreted in many different ways –

For me, it meant believing in my own craft enough to keep creating. 

Alex Mathers, the author behind Red Lemon Club, enchanted me with his virtual white room where he stored his prized archives from years ago. In there, I found myself leafing through the old, dusty pages; a wave of calmness washed my anxiety, renewing me.

And it only made sense for me to close the door to his archive by signing up for his free ebook.

Downloaded it. Caressed it. Devoured it.

Now, I’m learning to join the dots better.

I hope I’m making this mini-hype worth it for you. To prove so, here are some personal takeaways in bullet-points (PDF version).

What was one memorable experience you’ve stumbled upon when you were feeling down? I’d love to hear it in the comments below.