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“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” ― Augustine of Hippo From October 2017 to late January 2018, I traveled through Southeast Asia, which included Myanmar, Thailand, and Vietnam. During my three-month trip, here are the five lessons I was constantly reminded of. Choose Growth “Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.” – Neale Donald...
“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” ― Winston Churchill Stop Giving up on Your Dreams Life can be difficult at times. But it becomes especially more challenging when I go against what my deepest desires. As a kid, my dream was to become an artist, specifically a painter. I enjoyed drawing landscapes, particularly bamboo...
“The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time.” – Mark Twain Life is Long Enough “What is the meaning of life?” That’s something I used to contemplate about all the time. Wanting to find the answer, I started consuming contents related to that topic. In addition, I followed my curiosity...
“I can accept failure, everyone fails at something. But I can’t accept not trying.” – Michael Jordan Success Is Rarely a Straight Line Shortly after graduating from college, I focused on building my professional career. With that sharp laser focus, my drive for monetary gain was at its peak. To make my dream into reality, I prioritized my job as the most...
“The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation.” ― Henry David Thoreau Carve Your Own Path From the moment of birth, I was conditioned with beliefs of how I “should” live my life. Born into a family of farmers, I was exposed to the simple lifestyle. Oblivious to being “poor,” my family and I were content and satisfied with what we had. But...
“Every time you say yes to something you don’t want to do, this will happen: you will resent people, you will do a bad job, you will have less energy for the things you were doing a good job on, you will make less money, and yet another small percentage of your life will be used up, burned up,...
“The hardest part of any important task is getting started on it in the first place. Once you actually begin work on a valuable task, you seem to be naturally motivated to continue.” ― Brian Tracy Emotional Motivation Health is one of my top core values. Therefore, I respect and honor it by exercising regularly, eating nutrient-dense foods, and training my mind....
“Our character is basically a composite of our habits. Because they are consistent, often unconscious patterns, they constantly, daily, express our character.” ― Stephen Covey Focus On Your Wins One of my favorite hobbies is rock climbing, which consists of two types: bouldering and rope-climbing. To have a good balance of technique, endurance and stamina, I incorporate both into my weekly workouts. For...
“Realize deeply that the present moment is all you have. Make the NOW the primary focus of your life.” ― Eckhart Tolle Attention is Zero-Sum To start my day with clear focus, I meditate for sixty minutes. Paying attention to my body sensations, I sometimes get distracted by the numerous thoughts. But as soon as I realize my concentration is diverted, I...
“Do the work, every day, you have to do something you don’t want to do. Every day, challenge yourself to be uncomfortable, push past the apathy, laziness, and fear.” ― Tim S. Grover Do the Necessary Work Growing up, I never liked writing or reading. Reflecting back, the main reason for those negative feelings was because of my lack of interest in...

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