Key insights and mental models: 1. The power of being an outsider 2. Balancing between being liked and being a contrarian 3. The process of research, story-building and writing 4. Making your weirdness work for you Olga Khazan is a staff writer for The Atlantic, covering health, gender, and science. Prior to that, she was The Atlantic’s Global editor. She has also written for the Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post, Forbes, and other publications. She is a two-time recipient of the International Reporting Project’s Journalism Fellowship and winner of the 2017 National Headliner Awards for Magazine Online Writing.