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about Nathan W. Pyle

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Nathan Pyle lives and works in New York, a city with so many different kinds of people and ways of thinking. So, who better to talk about its basic tips and etiquette, its subway and the sidewalks? According to him, writer and cartoonist, the excitement of this city is that you’re constantly surrounded by strangers: “It challenges the way you think, because, even just overhearing conversations, you realize we all think very, very differently. But one of the interesting things about the city is that we can all agree on a lot of these rules — about the way a line is supposed to work, or how an escalator should be walked on. We agree on these things even though we disagree on a lot too”.

Nathan’s girlfriend lives in Brooklyn, so he spends a lot of time on the subway from Manhattan. That’s where he does a lot of his best thinking. His best ideas come from just looking at other people and thinking about what to write. Since for many New Yorkers the question is “should I freelance or should I take a salary job?”, his most difficult decision was whether or not to stop freelancing.

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“As a freelancer you have a lot more risk, but there’s more freedom. With a salary job you have stability, but it also means that you have to turn down a lot of opportunities. Freelancing is less attractive as you get a bit older because you start to think about maybe marrying someone or having a family. In my case, I ended up taking a salary job. I work for BuzzFeed full-time and I haven’t regretted that, because they treat their employees very well. Some companies don’t treat their employees well and some companies do”.

Although he likes New York because of its competing against the best of the best, Nathan always tells people that you have to work hard and you have to be nice to everyone. “It might turn out really well, it might turn out just okay, but, at the end of the day, you can be proud. You don’t want to look back and think, ‘I stepped on everyone on my way to the top’. Being nice to people is more sustainable in the end”.

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