[NOTE: This post is still under construction. So far, I only extracted 50 out of 200. But I will keep working on it over the next few days. Please bear with me.]
After 5 years of writing, reading, researching, and reflecting… I’m proud to say that I’ve published 200 blog posts on this site alone.
Yeah I know it’s crazy.
Looking back, I could say it’s the most rewarding thing I made. While a lot of my posts are terrible, to say the least, I am still proud of what I’ve done as it has opened a lot of doors for me in the past few years.
Seriously, I cringed reading some of my old posts. What in the world was I thinking that time? If there’s one big realization, I would say: We are all growing and changing. And I fully acknowledge that.
Of course all of this wouldn’t be possible without you, my readers.
You (yes you) help me become more accountable. You inspire me to write more and learn more and experiment more. I am forever grateful.
I wish saying thank you is enough. So please, treat this post as my token of gratitude for you.
Here are the 200 (for now 50) main ideas I extracted from 200 blog posts I’ve written in the past 5 years:
1. Don’t Hide Your Art
If you’re a creator, share your creations with the world. Don’t wait for perfection. The point is to get feedback so you can improve your work. Producing a not-so-good art and then improving it is far better than not doing anything.
2. Do What You Love Today
Most of the things that people love to do, they can do it at least 5 minutes a day! If you can’t do it for that short amount of time, it’s time to rethink whether or not you really love it.
3. David Foster Wallace on Self-Awareness
“Learning how to think really means learning how to exercise some control over how and what you think. It means being conscious and aware enough to choose what you pay attention to and to choose how you construct meaning from experience. Because if you cannot exercise this kind of choice in adult life, you will be totally hosed.”
4. Stop Wanting More
The more stuff, responsibilities, ventures, projects, etc. you have… the less time and energy you have for the things that truly matter in your life. If you stop wanting more, you will have more time, more energy, and more money.
5. Be Mindful Even if you’re Washing the Dishes
When you’re thinking of something else while doing something, you’re creating a different thread in your head. You’re not really experiencing it. What you’re doing is imagining or future planning. There’s a place for that for sure. But being one hundred percent present in the moment makes you more efficient.
6. Inspiring Lessons I Learned from Mads Singers
Drop your ego, stay grounded; If you want to be happy, change your mindset; Don’t be afraid to do what you love; Self-education is powerful; If you long for change, consider changing your environment.
7. The Paradox of Our Age
“We have taller buildings, but shorter tempers. Wider freeways, but narrower viewpoints…” Whatever technological advancement or intelligence we achieved, if we can’t treat our planet and our fellowmen the way they should be treated, we miss the whole point.
8. Paul Jun on how Words Shape Life and Improve Humanity
“Words can do anything. They can bring warmth to those who feel discomfort. They can fill people with happiness, encouragement, hope, or even make them fall in love; but they can also do the contrary such as inflict pain, brainwash, destroy whole cities and devour civilizations.”
9. Love, Peace, and Happiness
Go do everything you want. Go earn millions if you want. Go enjoy and travel the world and become who you want to be and acquire all the experiences you want and live life to the fullest. But whatever it may be, everything is pointless if you can’t even live a life filled with love, peace, and happiness. Don’t deny it.
10. Reminders to Help You Overcome Adversities
You are a human being, don’t be afraid to ask for help; If you want to solve whatever you’re trying to solve, focus on the present as much as possible; Most of your greatest fears are just illusion; You can always learn something from any bad experiences; Your present condition doesn’t define your future.
11. Change Starts With You
Broadcasting change on social media and encouraging all people to change their lives is pointless. Yes you can inspire people and raise awareness. But the fact remains: You can’t change people. You don’t control them. The best thing you can do is to live the life you wish for other people.
12. Money is not the Ultimate Goal, Don’t Chase it
Money can solve your money problems — but it’s not the ultimate solution to every problem. Don’t try to make it your ultimate goal for the rest of your life. Otherwise, you’ll spend most of your waking hours chasing money. Go earn money but set a healthy boundary. Know when to stop.
13. The Path to Self-Reinvention
Don’t stick in your old ways. You are a human being capable of changing and improving and adapting. Stretch yourself if you have to. Be a completely different person if you need to. Reinvent. Evolve.
14. Breaking the Old Pattern
Your beliefs, biases, and worldview are influenced by the people you grow up with. Your life is mostly unexamined and unexplored. You’re following the standards of society that are set upon you. But you can break it. And forge a different path.
15. Timeless Lessons I Learned from Damon Burton
Don’t overthink; Communicate candidly; Simplify; Be proactive; Family comes first. On happiness: “If you can’t be happy then the people you love around you won’t be happy and everything else gets worse.” “The best thing to do is to do what makes you happy, and be happy for others, even if they’re not happy back.”
16. The Present Society
You keep following your parents, your boss, and the government but can’t even follow your heart.
17. Why You’re Unhappy
You want everything to be perfect. You expect too much. You want to be the best among the best. You want to compete. You compare yourself to others. You wish for a different life.
18. Help Somebody
Do good things even if others don’t. And be human, even if others don’t.
19. Life-Changing Lessons from Steve Jobs’ Commencement Speech
“Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything — all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure — these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.”
20. Self-Awareness and Switching Perspectives
Knowing what’s happening inside of you is a crucial skill (yes it’s a skill that can be learned). And seeing what others are seeing and understanding it… is life-changing. If you aren’t cultivating self-awareness, you’re missing a lot. Big time.
21. Inspiring Poem: Promise Yourself by Christian D. Larson
“Promise yourself… to give so much time to the improvement of yourself that you have no time to criticize others. To be too large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong for fear, and too happy to permit the presence of trouble…”
22. Listen, Someone’s Talking
Most of the time, you’re not listening — you’re waiting to respond. But listening is a great opportunity to learn and grow. Practice listening more. Be fully present during a conversation. Don’t think about anything else.
23. Practice What You Preach
If you’re not doing it, don’t say you’re doing it. Hypocrisy will never lead to inner peace and happiness.
24. Maria Popova on Scarcity of Wisdom in the Age of Information
Having access to information doesn’t always guarantee knowledge or wisdom. While you can read blogs or watch any videos all day, it’s pointless if you only take something out of context. Maria Popova said, “More and more information without the proper context and interpretation only muddles our understanding of the world rather than enriching it.”
25. Why Please People?
Doing something for others’ happiness is great. But if it doesn’t make you feel good, then it’s pointless. You’re just pleasing them. Do it not because you want to please people, but because you know it’s the right thing to do.
26. Life is Like a Wheel (Always Turning)
If money and material possessions are the things you value today, once the wheel turns and you lose everything you have, you’ll realize there are more things valuable than money and material possessions.
27. Why You Can’t Focus Creating
The reason you can’t focus creating is because you jumble creating, consuming, and communicating. The mind is designed to focus on a single thing alone. If you’re creating, create. Separate creating, consuming, and communicating.
28. Brené Brown on Empathy & Sympathy
In the words of Brené Brown: “Empathy fuels connection while sympathy drives disconnection.” “Empathy is I’m feeling with you. Sympathy, I’m feeling for you.”
29. You Have Everything You Need
It’s incredibly powerful to realize that you have everything you need right now. Open your eyes and be grateful for the things you have right now. If you can read this, that means you have a functioning mind and body. Don’t take them for granted.
30. Praying Without Action Cannot Change Yourself
Whatever your religious beliefs, when it comes to changing yourself, your prayers are pointless if you don’t take the right action. Don’t rely on praying. You have to do what needs to be done if you really want to change for better.
31. Elle Luna on the Crossroads of Should and Must
You should do that vs You must do that. Many people will expect you to do things even though you don’t like them. But you should do them anyway for the benefit of others. On the other hand, you know intuitively that there are things you must do to make yourself proud, happy, and fulfilled. These things are your must — these things are worth figuring out.
32. You Created the Problem
Instead of complaining why you’re always having unwanted problems, find the root cause instead. Maybe your financial problems are the result of your consumerism. Maybe your diseases are the result of an unhealthy lifestyle. There are problems that you created but you never realize them. That’s why they keep coming back.
33. Just Do Something
If you find yourself bored or don’t know what to do, just do something randomly. Get your blood flowing. There are many activities you can try. And you don’t need to spend money on them. We’ll see what happens next.
34. What Makes You Busy
Are you busy following others’ lives on social media? Are you busy gossiping? Are you busy playing video games? Truth is, you’re not actually busy. You are distracted. If you think you’re really busy, ask yourself whether or not those things are worth of your time, energy, and attention.
35. When Will You Realize That…
You only have one life and each day YOU ARE DYING.
36. Why Are You Doing It?
It can be helpful to ask ourselves once in a while, “Why are we doing what we’re doing?” There’s no right or wrong answer. The purpose is to become crystal clear about our intention. Knowing our true reason can help us overcome problems we might encounter while doing that thing.
37. Everything Happens for a Reason
Your past is already the past. It already happened. And there’s nothing you can do about it. If you’re disappointed about what happened and you’re now wishing things to be different, it’s clear that you’ve lost perspective — you’re only seeing things from a negative place. Remember that any good things you have right wouldn’t be here if your past was different.
38. His Name is Fear
There’s a force that keeps you from doing something. His name is fear. And he is slowly killing your dreams. Don’t wait for him to leave. Instead, practice doing something while with him — because he won’t go away after all. Take small steps day by day. It surely is uncomfortable. But soon you’ll get used to it. Keep going.
39. Whatever Your Priorities, Be Like Water
Set your priorities, but don’t fixate on your projected outcome. When things go haywire and ruin your schedule, be flexible, adapt, and quickly — or slowly — pivot towards the direction you intend to be. Flow like water.
40. Let Go of Negative People
There’s no need to defend yourself from people who keep you down. All you need to do is ignore them and stay away from them. And just focus on improving yourself and pursuing your dreams. Once you let go of these people, positive ones will appear.
41. Truths I Realized at 27
Success is Relative; It’s Okay to Be Different; Change is Hard; We Can’t Control Everything; Dreams Keep Changing; You Can’t Have Everything; Our Parents are Imperfect
42. What is Best for You?
Nobody knows what’s really best for everyone. Every person has different desires, different aspirations. If one thing is best for a group of people don’t automatically mean the best thing for you. While you can always ask others’ opinions and try to see the lens they’re viewing, at the end of the day, it’s only you and your decision matters.
43. Four Stories of Generosity from Strangers
(1) If you’re an artist, don’t stick to your talent fee. Be flexible; (2) Observe the people around and try to understand what they need. If you can provide, go make it happen; (3) If you find someone who badly needs help, be generous of your time. (4) Be considerate. Empathize and move on.
44. You’re Alive, Don’t Waste It
Every time you complain, every time you feel regretful of your past, and every time you hate someone, you waste a small fraction of your time on earth. This is your present life. What do you have right now that you should be thankful for?
45. Things I Don’t Understand
Many people spend so much time earning money only to spend it on entertainment, material possessions, and properties they don’t really need; People hate a simple life they find it boring; People compete to become the best or number one they’re ready to hurt others for their own benefit; Competent people don’t unite together to solve world problems (why?)… there’s more.
46. Why Fear Failure? Give it a Try
Just like any other inspiring stories, the only way to actualize our dreams is to try the unknown. To experiment. Embrace change. Give up security. Keep learning. And execute despite the circumstances.
47. Nine Lessons I Learned From Vacation with Coworkers
Be proactive; Be considerate; Be an optimist; Give it a try; Be grateful; Be generous; Adapt; Make the most of it; Enjoy the ride.
48. Two Words That Help Me Continue My Craft
“Who cares?” If you think your art is not good enough, who cares? If your newly invented product sucks, who cares? If your project looks weird, who cares? Nobody cares. Just do it.
49. Perfection: The Reason You Hide Your Art
Aiming for perfection can hinder production. Perfection is subjective. An art doesn’t need to be perfect. An artist improves through experimenting, shipping, and then hearing feedback. Leonardo Da Vinci said, “Art is never finished, only abandoned.”
50. Stop Complaining
Complaining is wasting time. Not just time, also energy. It doesn’t lead to any solution. It doesn’t change anything. When you’re complaining, you’re just unleashing your anger or disappointments. But nobody cares. If you don’t like where you are right now, either do something about it or just accept it for what it is. Acceptance is always a good place to start.
(I’m still working on this. Hopefully I can finish this in the next few days/weeks. It won’t be long. For now, you can check my archive for the remaining 150 blog posts. Thank you.)
51. You Have a Choice
It’s fine doing things you dislike for the sake of the greater good. But you have to keep on reflecting. Be alone and figure out how to make things happen for you. It’s not always true that you have no other choices. Most of the time you’re just afraid to take risks.
52. Complain by Making Something
Instead of complaining, use your frustration or anger as your fuel to solve the problem. Focus immediately on making things better. If you don’t like the product, build a better one. Creating something is always a better alternative than just rambling or whining.
53. Different Dreams, Different Perspectives, Different Journeys
Don’t insist on your beliefs. Don’t force people to follow what you believe is right. Instead, respect whatever they decide to do in life. Respect them if they want their life different. Avoid thinking that you’re always right others are wrong. Everyone sees the world differently.
54. Your Life is Yours, Not Theirs
Most people will say your business or career will result in nothing. They will discourage you from whatever you want to pursue. It can be disheartening sometimes. But if you want to live life to the fullest, you must cultivate the skill of ignoring what other people say. After all, it’s your life.
55. Learn From People You Admire
Those iconic extraordinary people in the past (Albert Einstein and Jimi Hendrix) didn’t become extraordinary by themselves. They learned from other people they look up to. And they did it without the Internet. That means, you now have a huge advantage. Anyone you admire for their great work is just one click away. You can check their works online or even better email them. Don’t waste this privilege.
56. It’s Normal to be Afraid
It’s likely you’re afraid of the uncertainties, the unknown, and the things that are hard to understand. Perhaps you haven’t put the time to figure out all of them yet. It’s time to face them. It’s your responsibility to understand them and acknowledge what they are. Being aware of your fears is a huge advantage. Start there.
57. Our Love for Excuses
Excuses are fears in disguise. If you always make excuses why you can’t do that or you can’t have that, that’s a sign you’re not truly ready to pay the price. Opportunities abound in the modern world. Things that seem impossible before are now possible thanks to the Internet. There’s no excuse you can’t pursue your dreams. Stop making excuses. You have the resources. Go do it. Make it happen.
58. The One Lesson I Learned from My First (Real) Job
Evaluate yourself before looking for a job. Ask yourself what do you really want to do with your life. Get clear. Don’t just try to gain “experience” because that’s how it should be. Question it. Do you really need that kind of experience? Do you have any other choices? There’s no right or wrong. The point is that you are aware of what you really want to do in life. Now you have a target to aim for.
59. Follow the Rules or Live Life Your Own Way?
People (or society) will impose rules on you. Sure, you can follow them. But you have a choice. If you follow all the rules, you might miss exploring other options. Life is meant to be experimented using your curiosity, intuition, and wisdom. Now it’s up to you what to follow.
60. Morrie Schwartz on Living a Meaningful Life
Love always wins; Change how you see things; Family matters; Money and material possessions aren’t the goal; If you don’t believe what you see, believe what you feel; Don’t chase the wrong things; Detach from your emotions; Be fully present; Life is a series of back and forth; Build your own subculture; Forgive.
61. If You Want to Make the World a Better Place, Don’t Follow Everything
If you want to do something great or something that sounds impossible, stop following what other people say or do. Instead, trust your intuition and try your ideas. Consider their perspectives, of course. But you should not be trapped by what works for them. Only you can find what will work for you.
62. You Work For Money and Prestige, What About the Things You Love to Do?
If you only work for money and prestige, you won’t get that far. Sooner or later you’ll get burned out. On the other hand, working on the things you love can energize you. Nothing’s inherently wrong with working for money or prestige. Sure, it has its own benefits. The point is to always make time to do the things you love. If you love it, you will always find a way.
63. What if Society Has No Money (And That’s Real Society Supposed to be)
It’s likely that if there’s no money, more and more people will use their time for the things they really love doing. Imagine a society like that. Yes, sounds impossible in the modern age. But it’s a great reminder that money is just a piece of paper. And you should not become a slave to it. Sure. Money can solve your money problems. But spending your whole life trying to earn more and more is never worth it.
64. How Freelancing Helps Progress Your Craft
Being a freelance worker is great for those who want more freedom, especially those who are trying to master a creative skill — music, visual arts, dancing, etc. One of the advantages is that you don’t need to spend all your time working for someone, which means you can have more time for your craft. The disadvantage is that it lacks financial stability. There are pros and cons. Do what works for you.
65. It’s About Your “Why”
In everything you do, it’s the “why” that matters. Ask yourself, why you want to do it in the first place. What’s the point? Get real. This is important because when you’re pursuing something great, there are so many things that might distract you believing those are important, too. As a result, you can’t focus. If you find yourself in this situation, go back to the core reason why you’re doing what you’re doing. Focus on it. Anything that happens next is just a byproduct.
66. The Two Groups of People
Try to be the person who: Choose what information they consume; Continuously learn what they need to learn; Apply to real life what they’ve learned; And share their wisdom to help. Unfortunately, there are more people doing the opposite of this. Don’t be like them.
67. Let People Feel What You Feel
What did you feel after watching an inspiring movie? Or reading a life-changing book? Or listening to mellow music? Did you feel energize? Does it make you think you can create those masterpieces as well? Why not? Go do it so you can help people feel the same way.
68. You Don’t Have to Prove Something on Facebook, So Don’t be a Jerk
Proving something on Facebook, debating about politics, or pretending to be knowledgeable is wasting time. Stop acting like you know the whole thing. The truth is, you just want attention, you want to be heard, and you want to act smarter than your friends. Don’t waste your time. Go do something meaningful.
69. Don’t be the Self-Centered Bossy Leader/Employer
If you are leading a group or running a company, remember your people are your asset. You need them to accomplish what you want to accomplish. You are a team. So treat them as human beings. Respect them. Help them thrive. And don’t force them to do things that can lower their morale. And please don’t forget: Care
70. Life is Short
Your life is impermanent. Anytime you might die. So make every second count. Forgive more. Love more. Smile more. Help more. Spend more time doing the things you truly love. And stop (or at least minimize) doing things you hate. If you’re not happy with your life right now, figure out what makes you unhappy, then remove it from your life (gradually or drastically, whatever works for you).
71. There Are More Things To Learn, It Never Ends
Even if you think you’re knowledgeable enough or an expert, there is still more to learn. Time changes everything. Technology keeps evolving. The things you think you fully know about might change. Your knowledge might become outdated. So keep learning what you need to learn. Update your thoughts.
72. People Will Think You’re Crazy, But That’s Okay
When you’re honest or when you voice out your worldview, or when you show your true self, people may think you’re crazy. That’s OK. That means you’re being you. That means you’re not pleasing people. There’s nothing to worry about as long as you’re not hurting others or the environment.
73. Don’t Follow Their Advice
Sometimes advice is there to keep you safe, but sometimes, it holds you back from reaching your goals. If you want to pursue something even though others advise you to stop… listen. But don’t forget to trust your instincts. What if something bad happens? Then at least you tried. Because sometimes, trying is all that matters. But please, don’t follow my advice. 🙂
74. You’re Different. What’s the Matter?
If you think you’re alone because of your weird preferences, no problem. Always remind yourself it’s OK to be different. To be weird. In fact, there are many people out there who probably like what you also like. Maybe find them and be friends with them? One thing to remember: People will always hate you for being your true self.
75. You Don’t Have to Compete.
Competition is always there. It won’t go away no matter what. But wouldn’t it be nice if you can do your own thing without the drive to compete? Without treating others as competitors? Without the desire to be the best of all the best? You can choose not to join the competition. And instead, focus on improving yourself and providing value to others. It’s possible.
76. You May Be Confused, That’s Fine.
With so many choices out there, it’s common to get confused. It happens to most people — confused whether or not they should start a business or make art. Your time is limited. You can’t have or be everything. Focus on one thing or two things first. If you know what you truly want right now, you’ll never get confused.
77. You Work Hard to Become Rich But You Forget to Live Life
Life is not about earning a lot of money. Sometimes though, it’s the right thing to do so you can solve your money problems. Spending all your waking time, however, to become super-rich is a trap. Work hard and earn what you need to earn, but don’t forget to have fun. Don’t forget to do the things you love. Don’t forget to relax and spend time with your loved ones. Don’t forget to live life.
78. Sometimes It’s Just Hard to Be Honest
Honesty is a virtue. And everyone is expected to be honest at all times. But in reality, it’s hard. Sometimes you don’t want to say anything or the whole truth to protect yourself or someone you love. If you really want to be honest, make sure it’s for the right situation and for the right people.
79. Care, Is it Hard?
To care for someone is thinking beyond yourself. You’re not just doing something for your own benefit, but also for others. You’re being a hero. And even if you think you’re getting nothing out of it, that’s not true. Because every time you care for someone, it makes you feel good. That’s a win-win.
80. Because You Compare
Comparing yourself to others is the worst. It makes you think you have nothing and you are nothing. It’s the reason you’re not satisfied with your life. It’s the source of unhappiness. When you compare yourself to anyone, it robs the joy you could have experienced with what you already have. Instead of comparing, just focus on improving yourself. Get busy improving that you have no time to compare.
81. Maybe You’re Not Aware, But Facebook is Making You Unhappy
When you scroll on your Facebook newsfeed, you can’t help but compare your life to others’ lives. Not mentioning the negative news you accidentally read. These things, obviously, don’t enrich your life. They don’t make you happy at all. Set a boundary. Mind your Facebook activity.
82. Failure Teaches us More Things Than Success
When you fail at something, life is sending you a message. It’s telling you there’s something you need to do. There’s something you need to improve or change or let go or accept. Success, on the other hand, boosts your ego. Failures are what you need to learn something new.
83. You Are Not Someone Else
You’ve been told that for you to look presentable; you need to wear a certain outfit; you need to style your hair, you need to own that stuf; and on and on. Society wants to make you someone you really are not. For them, your preferences are wrong. But that’s just the norm. As long as you’re not causing harm to yourself, to others, and the environment, nothing’s wrong with your preferences. You have a choice.
84. You Always Criticize Their Content, Why?
Everytime you find yourself criticizing others’ content online, make sure you fully understand the context and you fully know the creator of the content. Make sure you have read everything and contemplated why they have that belief or how they got that perspective. If you don’t, then you just want to prove you’re right others are wrong.
85. Misleading “Advice” From Our Parents
Your parents are not always right and they don’t always know what’s best for you. Of course consider their advice in life or career. But pay attention to what you really love. If they want you to pursue things you don’t desire, you have a choice not to follow them. But what if you’re wrong? Then you learn.
86. In 352 Words, Here’s What I’ve Learned in Life
(1) The most invaluable things in life are free: Love, Inner Peace, Happiness — love yourself, make peace with yourself, be happy with what you have. (2) Happiness isn’t always about feeling good. It’s about accepting what you have, where you are, and what the world did to you — contentment. Read more here.
87. Thank You, Life
Being alive is a miracle. Be grateful for any kind experience — whether good or bad. Good experiences enrich your life. The bad experiences teach you new things, make you resilient, and make you appreciate the good ones.
88. 3 Lessons I Learned From a 72 Year Old Japanese Marine Engineer
(1) There’s no shortcut. Be patient. You have to build your foundation and put together the pieces needed to become a better individual; (2) Be Humble Despite Your Success. Let your actions and body of work speak for you; (3) You Don’t Have to Master a Foreign Language to Communicate. If they can’t understand you, try a different medium. Write or draw what you want to say.
89. Life is Unpredictable, Yet We Chase Security and Stability
It’s OK to have some security and stability. If you already have that, good for you. But if you’re still chasing it, be careful as it could rob your time living in the moment. Go plan for your future, but don’t fixate on it. Because whether or not you achieve it, life will always be imperfect and unpredictable.
90. A “Not So Good” Decision
Deciding can be tedious. You have to consider different factors. When making a decision, always think about the things you don’t want to compromise. Is that decision aligned with your true self? Is that decision aligned with who you really want to be? Is that decision the right thing to do for you? Your decisions are a reflection of the values you live by.
91. Remembering Your Painful Experiences, Why It’s Important?
Remembering your painful experience can remind you that life is not in constant euphoria. If you’re in a better situation right now, don’t waste it. Don’t take it for granted. Always be grateful. And don’t forget to be proactive.
92. Truths I Learned at 28
Most of our Leaders are Just Like Us — Confused; Most of the Time, We Create Our Own Money Problems; Religions Divide Humanity; Life is Not a Competition; Experiences are Better Than Material Possessions; No Matter How Careful We Are, We Still Make Mistakes; It’s Okay to Be Average; Love is the Greatest Power of Humankind; Everyone Knows They Will Die, But They’re Not Living the Life They Wanted to Live
93. It’s Not Enough to Risk. Ask Yourself, “Is it Worth the Risk?”
Don’t risk on a whim. Just because it’s your dream and you see an opportunity doesn’t mean it’s always OK to jump in right away. It’s better to figure out the alternatives. And test them. The alternatives aren’t the answer. They only provide different routes to take. In some cases however, the alternative turns out as the right thing.
94. Stop Spending All Your Time For Money. Create Something For People
Spending majority of your waking hours working for money is stressful. People don’t always want your money. What they want instead are your creations. Yes, go earn money to support yourself and your loved ones, but make sure you also make time to create something useful (wherever you are, whatever you do). That is your legacy.
95. The One Trick You Can Do to Make Your Life Better
Change your negative reaction into a positive response.
96. A Short Letter to All Worried People
If you’re always worried about things you don’t have control over, you’re wasting a lot of time. Your worries are toxic. They kill you slowly. They make you paranoid. What percentage of your worries come true? Nothing. All your worries are just fears. They are illusions.
97. Do You Really Need Money to Be Happy, Solve All Your Problems, and Live a Better Life?
On Happiness: Happiness is accepting who you are, what you have, what you can do, what you can’t do, and what the world did to you. Acceptance, gratitude, and contentment don’t need money at all. On Solving Problems: Not all problems need money to be solved. Sometimes you just need to see the problem from a different point of view (money then comes after). On Improving Life: The first step to improve your life is to change your mind. Then take the necessary actions. You don’t need money to do that.
98. A Practical Guide to Solving Life Problems
How to find time to do what you love? Figure out what you really love doing in life and prioritize it, and remove — or at least minimize — the things that don’t serve a purpose. How to quit the job you hate? Build a bridge or develop a new skill. Read more tips here.
99. You Have a Power, And That is to Take Full Responsibility
You can argue all day about who ought to rule our nation. Or how people should treat you. Or who ought to give you opportunities. Or how your parents should raise you. But in the end, nothing will have changed. Rather than pointing a finger at someone else, take full responsibility of your own life. Don’t rely on others.
100. Your Happiness Or Other People’s Happiness? (Try the Middle Path)
When making big decisions in life, you often end up with two paths to choose: (1) For your happiness; (2) For others’ happiness. What to do? Position yourself in the “middle path.” This means, test all the options available. Spend time experiencing option 1. Then go back to the middle (reflect). And then another time for option 2, go back to the middle again. And then decide.
101. How to Add More Years to Your Life? Maybe 5 Years More
Figure out the things that don’t really add value to your life, or things that aren’t aligned with what you’re trying to accomplish or things that don’t really matter to you. These could be social media, watching TV, or bar hopping. Once you’ve figured them out. Try to remove them from your life, or if you can’t, minimize doing them. Now you have more years to live the life you dream for yourself.
102. Important Questions to Ask Yourself if You Want to Live a Good Life
What if money were no object, will I still do what I do? Am I building the foundation I need to become the person I want to be? What makes me excited or fascinated or curious? What are the things I worship? Am I living the life I want for myself? More here.
103. The Side Effect of Regularly Consuming Mainstream Media
Mainstream news is designed to make you anxious and confused. Facebook news feed is designed to make you feel envious. Anything about mainstream is either to entertain or scare you so you’ll buy their agenda. And that’s not the life you want to live.
104. Don’t tell Everything. Some People Want Easy to Understand Answers
You don’t need to detail every single thing unless people are looking for it. Go straight to your point. Share what they need to know. Just the right amount. Wait if they ask for more questions.
105. A Reminder to People Planning to Start a Creative Project
Ask yourself, “Why?” Why do you want to start a creative project? It’s fine if you don’t know your reason yet. The key is to be aware about your “why” or “why you don’t have a why”. However, when you know your why, you will figure out the “how” in the process. That’s it.
106. Some People Say They’re Rich and Financially Free, The Next Thing They Do is Start a Cult
Beware of those people who make a following using their promises and visions. You’ll see that they’ve become super rich through their words, promises, beliefs, and so-called programs. Don’t just blindly follow them. Be skeptic. Do your own research.
107. The Pursuit of Status: Why We Keep Doing Things to Be Liked and Accepted
At some point, you will try to elevate your social status. That’s human nature. You want to feel seen, safe, and secure. Nothing’s evil with that. But you have to tame it, control it, minimize it, and even stop at some point. Otherwise, you’ll end up in your deathbed full of regrets. Because there are other more important things you should have done.
108. Lurking on Social Media isn’t the Solution if you Want to Make Things Happen
109. For Content Creators: What Are We Doing?
110. You May Think You’re Stuck, But the World Keeps Moving
111. Life in 3 Hours (Everyone is Trying to Survive)
112. The Regular Guy: In Defense of Being a Regular Person
113. Because It’s Not the End of the World
114. It Starts With How We Think
115. What Happens if We Always Think We’re Certain?
116. 3 Daily Mantras I’m Trying to Live By
117. Sometimes Your Opinion is Totally Irrelevant to Reality
118. Rewire Your Brain
119. Beware of Fake People
120. You Will Die
121. Will it Still Matter Next Month?
122. It’s Okay to Change What You Think or Believe
123. Stop Fantasizing About the Results, Instead Focus on the Real Work
124. What to Learn From People We Don’t Like
125. Does it Make You Feel Good Inside?
126. Anger Will Destroy You
127. Why is My Life Miserable?
128. It’s Not Other People’s Job to Make You Happy
129. 22 Books and 350 Blogs Read in 2018
130. Your Standards Are Making You Miserable
131. You Become What You Consume
132. 100 Insights on Living a Good Life
133. “The Story of the Chinese Farmer” by Alan Watts
134. If You Think Your Idea Is Useless, Then Test It
135. The Most Embarrassing Mistake I Did and What I Learned from a Police Officer
136. The Cost of Your Ambitions
137. Your Reactions Aren’t Helping You, Do Something
138. Where Do You Get The Time to Criticize?
139. Ignore and Move On
141. Do You Really Need it? It’s Just FOMO
142. Is What We’re Doing Worth the Time and Energy?
143. You’re Not Doing It, Because It’s Not What You Really Want
144. Drop Your Excuses: Get Inspired or Be an Inspiration
145. It’s Not About What You Know, But What You Do
146. Stop Talking, Start Doing
147. 9 Truths I Learned at 29
148. When Things are Okay, Prepare for the Worst
149. What is Meaningful to You?
150. Isn’t it a Miracle That We’re Still Alive?
151. To Live a Peaceful Life, Ignore Others’ Drama
152. Get Some Perspective
153. The World Doesn’t Always Work Your Way
154. Try to Be Less Judgmental
155. Share Your Ideas
156.The Instant Happiness Pill?
157. Slow Down, You’re Not in a Race
158. Some Problems You Think Are Not Actually Problems
159. Less Consumption, More Action
160. Who Are You? Be Careful What You Say to Others
161. You Are Not There Yet, Keep Going
162. Focus on What Matters Now
163. Positivity, Hope, and Faith
164. The Internet is Made of People — Connect
165. Pandemic Crisis: When Criticizing Becomes a Priority
166. So You Want to Escape the Pandemic? Let’s Time Travel
167. Snow Inside a Shot Glass, Flew Across the Pacific
168. 19 Reminders for Myself to Help Me Live a Fulfilled Life (Maybe You Can Try it)
169. Why I Don’t Own a Smartphone
170. Every Tiny Progress Counts
171. There Are More Interesting Things Outside Your Work
172. The Participants of Chaos
173. 17 Books and 198 Blog Posts Read in 2019
174. The Seeker and The Righteous
175. Brain Scans to Solve World Problems?
176. The One Tiny Sand
177. What’s Your Advantage?
178. It Doesn’t Have to be Perfect
179. A Journey to the 2 Different Worlds
180. A Work in Progress
181. Do You Really Need a Bachelor’s Degree?
182. Others’ Agendas
183. Extracts from Motivational Speeches
184. Nobody Wants to Suffer, But That’s What We Need (Sometimes)
185. Change it, Leave it, Accept it
186. It’s Not Their Fault
187. My Happiness Formula
188. It’s Happening Right Now
189. You are “You”
190. 10 Truths I Learned at 30
191. Money or Time? Awareness and Boundary
192. Old Belief, New Belief
193. Flush Them Out
194. Not the Best, But Useful
195. The Art of Catching Yourself
196. Creating with Less Stress
197. Your Most Important Mission
198. 10 Unexpected Lessons From Our Second Company Trip
199. Knowing Without Understanding
200. Welcome to the “Land of Learning Process”
As usual, email me your thoughts. Email is still the best way to communicate with me. I’m still not very active on Facebook and Twitter. But who knows, I might experiment with them in the future. We’ll see.