Aziz Ansari’s Secret to Success at Work Is One You’ll Want to Share With Your HR Dept
By now, if you haven’t torn straight through the entire first season of Master of None on Netflix in one sitting, then do yourself a favor and fix that immediately. Written, directed by and starring Aziz Ansari (and featuring his own parents), the show is by no means just another of Tom Haverford’s get-rich-quick schemes. In fact, it’s an earnest, honest look at the life of a thirtysomething in the modern age, and it touches on all sorts of topics that hit close to home for lots of viewers.
Aziz spent some time on the topic of burnout when he spoke with Fast Company to discuss his latest project since his bestselling book, Modern Romance, hit shelves earlier this year. Asked about his take on productivity and how to achieve it, he said, “While we were writing [Master of None], we would work until 6 or 7pm, and then we’d be done. There are other writers’ rooms where people spend nights in the office. I can’t imagine you’re doing your best work then. You’ve got to be a person and do other stuff, or you’re not going to be inspired to write.”
Wait, what? One of the most successful working writers and comedians today says the secret to success (well, one of them, anyway) is to stop worrying about burning so much midnight oil and cut ourselves a break every now and then? If that’s not the ultimate #TreatYoSelf permission slip, we’re not sure what is.
What do you think of Aziz’s advice? Tweet us your thoughts @BritandCo.
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Back in January, we introduced you to a feel-good cause to inspire your New Year's resolution: a walking challenge to help raise funds for the amazing cancer fighters at The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. I took part in the challenge with the Brit + Co team and ended up walking 105+ miles in January — it was awesome.
This spring, there's a new challenge on the horizon, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Big Climb. The ask: On May 15, 2021, you can step up to take cancer down by committing to climb 1,311 steps, walking 3.2 miles, or doing 440 chair step-ups at home as part of the Big Climb. If you need some motivation to bring movement back into your daily routine — look no further!
As always, it's free to sign up, but climbers are encouraged to set a fundraising goal to help beat cancer. We'll be organizing another Brit + Co team to step up, and I hope you'll join us too! Keep scrolling for a peek at where I'll be completing the challenge in my Los Angeles neighborhood around the hidden Silver Lake Stairs. Happy climbing!
Never underestimate the power of an accountability buddy! I asked my in-laws, my partner, and a few friends to join me so we can keep each other motivated and accountable in completing the challenge — virtual high-fives all around! Also, my dog Fox is a great climber, too.
An aesthetically pleasing backdrop is a huge motivator for me! I'm fortunate to have all sorts of painted steps around my neighborhood to keep the challenge interesting, but you can also keep cool inside with at-home chair step-ups.
Don't forget to share your progress on social — #BigClimb!
Feel free to break the challenge up if you need to by tackling half the distance in the AM and half at sunset. Here's me 1,311 steps later and ready for a break — but, think I earned this one!