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20 Things I Am Grateful For

I am starting a new year. In this post, I will be looking only at the things in my life I am grateful for. One time watching the GaryVee show on Youtube, he did a thought experiment that brought things into perspective. It went like this: imagine that one day you come home to meet […]

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POLITICAL HOPELESSNESS

I don’t believe despair is always useless. It can sometimes lead to change. When you offend someone you ask for forgiveness as a result of despair. The despair I think isn’t useful is the political atheism among my fellow youth.  The Buddha teaches that before we speak our words should pass through three filters. 1. […]

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ON SLEEP

The commencement speaker when I graduated from university was Mr. Daniel McCauley of McDan Shipping. He said something to the effect that if you weren’t sleeping for four hours you are not working hard enough. This fetish of sleeping for few hours is problematic. It could also be that I am saying this because I […]

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THE NECESSITY OF DATA

Have you ever waited on someone for what you thought were hours till he reminded you that you have only been waiting for fifteen minutes ? This is why having a way of checking what you believe is important. We can be fooled into unnecessary exaggeration, and in other times underestimation. I propose that the […]

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THE LOVE OF BUREAUCRACY

This is an observation I have made. People love bureaucracy. Most people like complicated things. They want to talk about nothing. I don’t mean small talk. I find no problem with small talk where we are all being silly, are happy and have a conversation with no clear goal. Rather, I am saying that people […]

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FOLLOW YOUR BLISS

This title is taken from Joseph Campbell. He uttered the phrase in one of his series of interviews which come under the title Power of Myth. I loved the phrase so much that I couldn’t get it out of my head. I also think that it is a useful idea. I am not sure, but […]

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THE GOOD BOY MENTALITY

I am uncomfortable about this title. I will be talking about a character trait I share. What does good boy even mean? I don’t like to think of myself as a good person, because thinking thus is proud, and one can never be humble enough. The second problem is connected with Cato’s position that he […]

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THE DELIBERATE AND THE EMERGENT

These two concepts are well explained in How Will You Measure Your Life by Clay Christensen and his co-authors. The book is an extension of a lecture Clay used to give at the end of his university course. Clay passed away a few years ago. He was however able to finish the book before he […]

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PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY

I like that Booker T. Washington was a practical man. His legacy seems to me to have been this- be responsible. His school the Tuskegee Institute taught practical subjects, which were in the most part things one could do with the hands. I think deep down he thought that it would be difficult for black […]

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ESSENTIALISM by Greg McKeown

I became familiar with this book through Tim Ferris. I have heard him talk about it a few times. Unbeknownst to me then, the writer and I attend the same church. We are both latter-day saints. As I was reading the book, I got to a part where he said as part of his morning […]

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