Happiness and Success: Why You Need to Lower Your Expectations

We label everything that happens in our life into two categories: Good or Bad When we succeed in our businesses, careers, jobs, creative projects, studies, or relationships, we believe it’s good. No doubt it is. But when we fail at them, we convince ourselves that it’s bad — a bad experience. In other words, when our expectations … Continue Reading →

 

Ignore and Move On

Ignore what other people say about you. Ignore what they think about you. Ignore the things that are beyond your control. When you react to these things, you’re only running in circles. It doesn’t lead you anywhere. It ruins your inner peace. It makes you stuck. But when you ignore, you open more time for … Continue Reading →

 

Where Do You Get The Time to Criticize?

How come we have time to criticize someone’s post on Facebook but don’t have time to read books? How come we have time to criticize other people’s works but don’t have time to create our own? How come we have time to criticize our friends’ behaviors, but don’t have time to correct our mistakes and … Continue Reading →

 

Your Reactions Aren’t Helping You, Do Something

Life sucks. And all you want is to make it convenient and fun and interesting and positive. That’s why when something bad — maybe not bad, just something you hate — happens, you react. Here are some examples: You badmouth your neighbors for their lavish lifestyle. You complain because the coffee shop’s Internet connection is … Continue Reading →

 

The Cost of Your Ambitions

Ambitions aren’t free. They come at a price: Your health Your time Your energy Money Your relationships And whether you like it or not, the price is the sacrifice. Sacrifice your health, and you’ll end up unhealthy and ill (even worse dead). Sacrifice all your time, and you’ll end up ignoring your loved ones, or other … Continue Reading →

 

The Most Embarrassing Mistake I Did and What I Learned from a Police Officer

Yesterday, my bicycle was stolen. Maybe the intruder stole it last night or at dawn. Either way, it was unbelievable. We have two dogs. They could have alarmed us. And our landlady — she lives upstairs — assured there wasn’t any burglar cases in her premises throughout her life. Ah, so we were the first … Continue Reading →

 

If You Think Your Idea Is Useless, Then Test It

When you do something different, most people think you’re a fool. You can either: 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 children. Your boss may discourage you for many … 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 →