A Year of Life-Changing Ideas
As Forge turns one, we look back at the stories that helped us make sense of the last 12 months — and provide a blueprint for your future
One year ago, we introduced our new publication, and characterized its world like this:
“Self help” has come a long way, and in its current iteration we talk more about progress, bravery, and mindfulness; doing more, and being more creative. The field has become less gendered, more universal and global, and a whole lot more interesting than it once was.
Here at Forge, we’re all obsessed with the individual’s engagement with the world. What we didn’t know in June 2019 was how crucial that engagement would become. The pandemic, the ongoing fight against racial injustice, and the financial crisis are forcing us all to understand that self-improvement can’t happen without collective improvement. Personal growth can’t be achieved without communal growth.
These stories stand out to us in particular — because they are self-help stories that address something much bigger than the self. Implicitly or explicitly, they express certain truths about how to engage. And while they reflect the turbulence of the past year, they also provide a blueprint for a future that will be defined by those who are reimagining and recreating themselves for a new world.
It’s never too late to create a new normal.
Real advocacy and comfort rarely go hand in hand.
When you’re too busy aiming for it, you miss the important moments in front of you.
No one should have to hide their competence.
An inclusive social media feed fundamentally changes your view of the world.
We can reverse the damage the attention economy has done to our brains.
“Other-care” is more likely to make us happy.
It takes patience and kindness, but it can be done.
When the world is unfair, sometimes the best thing to be is difficult.
People will only value your time as much as you tell them to.
Our thinking brains sometimes mislead us.
Identifying as “good” can be a way to avoid accountability.
To mature is to accept one’s role as both a person with pain and one with strength to endure it.
Boredom is the context in which our most surprising, transformative ideas are sparked.
The most valuable skill in a crisis is being comfortable with uncertainty.
Obsessing over goals is the opposite of self-improvement.
Life is a lot like a long plane ride with screaming children.