We’ve heard the cliches:
“Dreams don’t work unless you take action.”
“The surest way to make your dreams come true is to live them.”
“Don’t let your dreams be dreams.”
These are all words of wisdom. But all the pondering about dreams, goals, and happiness in general often leads me to one big question: Why?
I’m genuinely asking, why does it matter? Why should I chase my dreams? What if I don’t want to?
After a series of deep contemplations, I’ve figured out the answer is: I shouldn’t. Neither should you. Nobody should.
“Should” is an active form of self-criticism…
The first few weeks I joined this platform, I wrote several dead articles. What I mean by “dead” is, reading them again now, got me thinking like,
“This isn’t real. It has no feeling, no distinctiveness, no single ounce of writing spark. Good lord! I’m the only person in the world who would willingly read this. Will I be able to read more than three paragraphs of this boring crap without cringing my eyes out?”
You got the point. My articles were dull. Unexciting. Uninteresting. Nope.
If you’re an online writer, I’m sure you have experienced it too. …
“I grew up with the 80/20 rule and kind of accepted it for a long time with little thinking. Who could argue with a famous economist?” — Jan-Benedict Steenkamp, Professor of Marketing
When I was in college, our professors had a habitual modus operandi of giving us more homework and assignments each day than one could possibly get done in one evening.
I found some of my friends abandoned a few tasks, at last — for the sake of their mental health and to avoid going crazy. Luckily, it didn’t happen to me, but I’d be lying if all the…
In the realm of social life, we ought to see that life is not black and white, we understand how terribly complex and nuanced most things are. As we grow older — if we put the time to sit and think — the reality of life will usually make us see and understand that most things are in-between shades of grey.
Seeing life in “grey” — or something called “grey-thinking” — means accepting life’s complexity as what it is, not labeling something neatly into our own box of perception.
However, on a scale of “oh yeah it depends” to “oh…
Are you a writer? Do you want to be one?
If the answer is yes, then I bet you’ve already thought about developing a daily writing habit.
You think about how to show up every day, roll your motivation up your sleeves, and gather all the resources to just hit that damn button. Yet we all have our ‘sick and tired of being sick and tired of writing’ days. So you cracked the 58-days writing streak and now you are back to square one.
Many aspiring writers find the habit of daily writing very difficult to maintain. …
“Men build too many walls and not enough bridges.” — Joseph Fort Newton
In college, I had a very religious friend. He is a smart and well-behaved person. It’s not just my opinion, many other people — especially religious people — in my department looked up to him as some kind of “role model”.
Surprisingly, we became closer due to some circumstances.
During our friendship, I found out that he didn’t want to be close friends with people with different religious beliefs. He said he’d still befriend “them” just fine — he just didn’t want to get too close.
I’ve always been that one person in my social circle who would persuade my friends to leave their comfort zone. If not, they would burn their dreams and desires, live a life full of regrets and become worse human beings.
For the most part, it helped. It helped them move into uncharted territory. It helped them grow and become better human beings.
But honestly, deep down, I wasn’t really sure about the concept of “comfort zone” itself.
Goldfish have a bad reputation.
The notoriously ill-focused fish have long been believed to have terrible memories with an attention span of nine seconds. There is even a term called “memory of a goldfish” that translates to “very poor memory.”
Then, thanks to technology, we humans are said to have an even shorter attention span than those little orange aquarium pets — which is eight minuscule seconds.
This well-known “fact” has been repeated for many years now. Unless… it is actually a complete myth that is far, far away from fact”.
No matter what your writing goals are, I believe you want to write interesting content that can be meaningful and have a considerable impact on both yourself and your readers.
I know because I do.
Ahaa! You write so well. First of all, I will need a cat to practice.
And you write so well. Definitely write something about your writing process.
And secondly, I need to make jokes. These four steps are well to the point.
And you are humorous, I did smile reading your article.
In a world full of distractions, we often find it really hard to stay focused.
That glowing screens make us addicted. That computers and the internet eat away at our brains, worsen our attention span, and destroy our ability to focus.
Got distracted by a YouTube video? Of course, it was designed to be that way; time-consuming and mega distracting so it can pull you in for 4 hours nonstop until you remember that you have to take a shower — or eat.
So, if you want to stay focused and avoid distractions, blame that smartphone and its internet connection…