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“Happiness is not something you postpone for the future; it is something you design for the present.” ― Jim Rohn Happiness Is a Choice In October of 2017, I went to Southeast Asia for three months. My first stop was in Myanmar. One of my highlights of the trip was riding the circular train in Yangon. Feeling carefree, I sat in the open doorway of...
“We must do our work for its own sake, not for fortune or attention or applause.” ― Steven Pressfield Learn to Do What Is Not Easy Often times, I’m challenged with distractions. Whether is doing mundane tasks such as cleaning my living space or wasting time on watching movies, these activities aren’t serving me because I’m using them as ways to keep...
“Feelings are just visitors. Let them come and go.” ― Mooji Nothing Lasts Forever The only constant in life is change. No matter where I am life, everything around me is continually altering. When I go outside, the temperature is different from when I ran in the morning to the time I walked in the afternoon. This type of change applies to everything in...
“The price of greatness is responsibility.” ― Winston S. Churchill Take Full Responsibility for Your Life By taking full responsibility, I take extreme ownership of the following: Embracing my past Planning for the future Treasuring the present moment Whatever has occurred in the past is final. There’s nothing I can do to change it. All I can do is to fully accept it. I...
“Some of the best lessons we ever learn are learned from past mistakes. The error of the past is the wisdom and success of the future.” – Dale Turner Redefine Your Past With Empowerment I can't change my past, however, I can change the meaning that I give to any event. At age seven, I nearly drowned to death. It was a bright and sunny...
  “Men do not attract what they want, but who they are.” – James Allen Choose Empowering Thoughts My thoughts are the seedlings of my reality. Oblivious to the power of my thoughts, I was easily persuaded and influenced by society and those around me. This included information taught in school, my friends’ stories and marketing messages seen on television. Those influences caused me...
“Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it.” – Howard Thurman Life-Transformative Moment Passion isn’t innately bestowed upon, but rather a skill that you can learn to cultivate. Immersed in rural China’ simple lifestyle, my family and I met our basic survival needs with our own rice fields, vegetable garden, and farm animals. Ignorant of...
“The way we do anything is the way we do everything.” – Martha Beck The Pillars of Life My life philosophy is to always do my best. This translates to taking care of myself and those around me. However, before providing for others, I must first be able to supply for myself. And how I treat myself indicates how I will do for others. That's because...
“Accountability breeds response-ability.” – Stephen Covey Personal Accountability Personal accountability creates excellence. Every one of my goals is important to me because they give guidance and direction in my life. Here are some of my current daily goals. Deliberately practice swimming Meet two attractive women Write a minimum of 500 words Answer one Quora question Although achieving these goals are important, I don’t...
“Self-discipline is when your highest desire rules your lesser desires, not through resistance, but through loving action grounded in understanding and compassion.” ― David Deida Choose Delayed Gratification Growing up in China, I was forced to be “disciplined” out of fear, the fear of physical punishment. After breaking free from communism in the early 1990’s, China still allowed acts of physical punishment in...

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