Let me start by saying this: consistency is boring. It’s dull, frustrating even, to do the same thing day in and day out. It will suck. However, consistently performing small actions accumulates incredible results over time. This is known as the compound effect.
However, what if we knew the power behind the compound effect? What if we knew that putting in a little effort every day builds momentum until suddenly, you’re putting the same effort in yet achieving 2x or 3x the results.
We have to understand this and show up day in and day out. What is the alternative…
As Picasso said, “Good artists copy. Great artists steal.” How can we become more creative? How can we improve our skills and become better? For that, we must “stand on the shoulders of giants” as Isaac Newton said. We must use the past, the wit, experiences, and skills of others to our advantage. Time is precious and life is short. We must be smart.
Bismarck said, “Fools say that they can learn by experience. I prefer to profit by others’ experience.” Shakespeare took whole dialogues from Plutarch. Most politicians do not write their own speeches. …
I decided to take part in this challenge as part of fundraising for the Meningitis Research Foundation and to learn and write more about the timeless lessons of life. Here’s a summary:
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I somehow managed to do it, to write an article every day, for a month.
The topics ranged from Eisenhower’s decision matrix, a summary of the history of our species, why you should speak less, achieving your goals, to even Stoicism!
Some days have been tough, spending…
“If we did all the things we are capable of, we would literally astound ourselves” — Thomas Edison
You are on your journey of life, your journey to achieving your goals and contributing to your community and society. To fully realise your potential and become the best version of yourself, you must learn about self-actualisation and Maslow’s hierarchy of needs. You must be the best you can in every moment, not just in some abstract future.
Self-actualisation is the realisation of that which one is capable of accomplishing.
Kurt Goldstein viewed self-actualisation as the ultimate goal of every organism, not…
Most of you reading this have one valuable quality: you are young and full of potential. But time passes and life goes on. We will not be young forever. I do not want to be 35 years old thinking to myself, “I’m just as I was clueless 15 years ago.”
A child is all potential — they could be anything, but they’re not anything. Likewise, we have to sacrifice our potential for actuality. We have to choose a path, a craft. We have to develop ourselves, become independent and capable of helping others and contributing to society, not merely appearing…
The book, Lives of the Stoics, by Ryan Holiday and Stephen Hanselman, will change me forever. There were so many remarkable moments: the build up to the philosopher king Marcus Aurelius, the history behind the Nero I had so often heard about in Church (for his persecution of Christians), the realisation that there is a grand misconception about those who lived millennia ago: they were not all barbarians but some of the most astute, intelligent, and practical minds to have ever lived. …
What if you had direct access to the greatest minds of history? What if you were to converse with the wisest people to have ever lived? What if they passed down the most important tips from their lifetimes of struggle, pain and toil? What if, in the space of a few weeks, you could learn a generation’s worth of lessons? What if instead of learning everything the hard way you stood on the shoulders of giants and learnt from the stories of others?
Well, you can.
You can learn to live.
You can learn to become more confident.
The purpose of this article is to provide a sense of the incredible ability of humans to push themselves and humanity forward, even when there is seemingly no prospect of success. Most importantly, it intends to demonstrate that you are no different from the greats, the legends; it is all about believing in yourself, adopting habits, beliefs and routines that will, slowly but surely, realise your dreams and goals. Along the way, are snippets of quotes, poetry, and passages that I hope bring these words to life and create a broader perspective of this certainly non-exhaustive exploration.
These are difficult…
Mind and clock time flow at different rates. Our perception of time shifts constantly. As children, days were long, 5-minutes felt like 5 hours, but as adults, time passes by frighteningly fast. The global pandemic has only exacerbated this, days, weeks, and months merging into one.
Our lives are more productive than ever. We can find even the most obscure knowledge in seconds. We multitask and communicate with people across the world. All of these save us time.
“Except we work more than ever. When we’re not working, we’re thinking about work. …
Starting your day on the right foot, on the right side of the bed, is a magical feeling. Your first action sets you up for the day. You start the day with a few small wins. You accumulate confidence and momentum to push even harder. It gives you the time you need to mobilise your brain, time for the fogginess to wear away. It sets you up for the day. It means you start the day acting, rather than reacting to events.
This was the trick that I’d been searching for.
For years I struggled with understanding why my emotions…
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