Tension of Opposites

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There’s tranquility in between every two opposites, and both are needed. Good is meaningless if bad didn’t exist. Virtue is empty without vice. For every two opposites, there’s some healthy balance in between. I call that the tension of opposites. Working hard is good, but if not coupled with some leisure, burnout occurs. Everyone wants to be happy, but without … Read More

On Money

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Here, I put down all my thoughts and principles around money. These are principles I wish someone had taught me. Money Money is a resource; a made up one. Money doesn’t exist in nature. It is a tool we developed to make it easier to transfer value while conducting trade. Instead of trading items and services directly, we get to … Read More

On the Value of One’s Time

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Having been in the US for the past few months, I’ve been hearing arguments on hourly minimum wage and how it’s “not enough” for low-skill labor jobs. I found that to be quite an interesting argument considering that the average American is paid at least 10x of what their Asian or African counterparts are paid for doing the exact same … Read More

Fitting One’s Narrative

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If you’re doing anything in life, then you’re selling. Your work to a customer, your self to a partner, or your idea to an investor. In any case, I have come to believe that you can approach anyone in the world and sell them anything if you fit their narrative. Everyone has a narrative; that is, the story of their … Read More

On Mental Health & Suffering

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Out of all the problems I’ve been researching, mental health seems to be the single most complex problem to solve, and at the same time, in my opinion, the single most important one. Mental Health describes the efficiency of the operating system that we run through. Just how your computer runs macOS, or Linux, your mental framework has to set … Read More

Immersion

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Immersion

Have you been so immersed in something that you lost sense of time? Dipped in an idea so deep that you see nothing else? Driven in a world full of potential that you don’t know which end to pursue first? Well, I’ve been there too, at multiple stops in my life. And I, my friend, am a sucker for immersion. … Read More

On Productivity

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The environment you’re in strongly dictates how productive you are. You must control for: Morning routine what do you do when you wake up? building habits of doing things as simple as taking a shower and making breakfast could change your whole day due to its kick-start do you have a thing you’re waking up for? you need to know … Read More

Thought: Living Life with a Sense of Urgency

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A year ago, I stumbled upon a thought provoking question that has had quite an impact on how I think: What are your 10 year goals? How can you achieve them in 6 months? The point here is not necessarily to end up achieving your 10 year goals in 6 months, but the exercise of thinking of an answer itself … Read More

60 Years of Diaries: an Update

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A couple of weeks ago, my sister visited my grandmothers’ house for the first time in about 20 years. She ended up finding a drawer full of her diaries from 1956 until present day, organized year by year. She sent me pictures and I was amazed. I tweeted about them, and the tweet sort of went viral. So my sister … Read More

Principles

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[this is work in progress] I stumble upon numerous pieces of wisdom or philosophy every now and then that I end up applying on my everyday life. With time, however, I tend to forget some of them and feel like I’m re-learning some lessons when I find them again. Hence, inspired by my friend Fahad, I decided to jot down all … Read More