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 →

 

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 →