If You Think Your Idea Is Useless, Then Test It

When you do something different, most people think you’re a fool. Some may laugh or say something discouraging. You have two choices:  Believe what they say, be like them, and forget your idea. Or trust your idea, decide for yourself, and give it a try. Most parents may disagree because it feels unsafe for their … Continue Reading →

 

“The Story of the Chinese Farmer” by Alan Watts

Alan Watts was an influential philosopher who gave lectures at universities across the United States. We’re lucky most of these lectures can be found on YouTube — one of these is “The Story of the Chinese Farmer,” which is my favorite. I read somewhere it’s originally a Chinese fable. But I think it doesn’t really … Continue Reading →

 

100 Insights on Living a Good Life

1. Ideas without execution are worthless. 2. Find that one thing that makes you excited. Pursue even if there’s no money in it. 3. Don’t learn everything. Instead, learn intentionally the things relevant to your goals. 4. Improvise but learn when to stop. 5. Let your actions speak for yourself, not your words. 6. To master one thing, give … Continue Reading →

 

You Become What You Consume

To become the person you want to be, consume the right information. For example, you want to become a jazz musician. By all means, study everything about jazz music — songwriting, theory, techniques, melodies, jazz musicians, and so on. If you want to be an actor, then study everything about acting — the fundamentals of acting, … Continue Reading →

 

Your Standards Are Making You Miserable

“What does it mean by being a Christian?” I asked him. He hesitated. One of my bandmates tried to answer with bomb-carpeting definitions. Dissatisfied, I asked again, “No. I mean what’s the simplest definition of being a Christian?” He hesitated, “It means follower of Christ.” “So what’s wrong if we just let our audience decide whether … Continue Reading →

 

22 Books and 350 Blogs Read in 2018

Last 2018, I opened 22 books and finished reading 14 of them. (Twenty eBooks and two audiobooks; a variety of fiction and non-fiction — philosophy, psychology, art, business, self-improvement, and guides). I’m still shuffling the other 7. Yes I would like to finish reading them hopefully. But I don’t feel the pressure anymore. If the … Continue Reading →

 

It’s Not Other People’s Job to Make You Happy

People will hurt you. They’ll bring you down. Even if you care for them, they will not care back. Even if you love and admire them, they will not love or admire you back. And what makes it even worse is that nobody will truly know about what you feel. You family, your coworkers, your friends, … Continue Reading →

 

Why is My Life Miserable?

I compare myself to other people. When I see how successful others, I feel bad not having that kind of success. I want it badly. I want to be famous and rich. Why can’t I be like them? I always play as the victim. Look. I don’t have a decent job because I don’t have a college … Continue Reading →