It’s About Your “Why”

When pursuing a creative career, the temptation to achieve greatness or excellence can be alluring we can’t resist. Nothing’s wrong with that, though. Seriously. I’d be happy if I become a great writer and musician. Anyone would be happy, I guess. But that’s not the problem. The problem is we don’t really understand why we … Continue Reading →

 

How Freelancing Helps Progress My Craft

Year 2014, I was working as a full-time ghostwriter in an online marketing company when I read Elle Luna’s life-changing essay, The Crossroads of Should and Must. I recommended it to a friend and he felt the same way, too. But then, I realized reading is pointless if I don’t take actions to pursue my dream — my Must. Action … Continue Reading →

 

What if Society Has No Money (And That’s Real Society Supposed to be)

I don’t buy the idea that people should work hard to earn money and pay the bills, save for retirement, buy the things they want, travel and have fun. Working hard, I mean, there’s nothing wrong with it. We spend almost all our waking hours working. And if you love what you do, great. But let’s … Continue Reading →

 

You Work For Money and Prestige, What About the Things You Love to Do?

If you work for a company at least 8 hours day, you’re in good position. If you, however, spend almost all your waking hours working for them, hey, it’s time to step back and reassess your dedication. You should never forget that it’s just a job. It’s not your (only) life. It’s the company’s life. … Continue Reading →

 

If You Want to Make the World a Better Place, Don’t Follow Everything

There are people who always follow traditional rules and never question the status quo. And there are people, on the other hand, who do the opposite — they don’t follow rules and they challenge the status quo. They can’t stand the rules because they want to do something extraordinary. They want to leave a legacy. They … Continue Reading →

 

Morrie Schwartz on Living a Meaningful Life

If there’s one book that changed my life in ways I never thought, it was Mitch Albom’s Tuesdays with Morrie. As far as I can remember, it was the first book that reshifted my perspective about living a meaningful life — it’s not getting rich, not being famous, and not the material possessions. Most people would … Continue Reading →

 

Follow the Rules or Live Life Your Own Way?

Just because the norm is to finish college → land a good job → loan a house and car → and pay that house for 25 years, doesn’t mean it’s the only way to live a good life. Just because you didn’t go to college and you don’t have the genes of Elon Musk or Bill Gates … Continue Reading →

 

The One Lesson I Learned from My First (Real) Job

After graduating college, my parents are in debt for many reasons I didn’t know. But I wanted to help. I wanted to pay back. I wanted to rescue them, and they would be proud of me. So I applied to different companies, brandishing my skills and diploma. “Hey, look, this is what I’ve got.” But it … Continue Reading →