I’ve heard that journaling is rocket fuel for self-improvement, which is why I tried to start the habit while I was unemployed during the pandemic. One night, I brought out a small notebook and jotted down my thoughts. I will never forget what happened the next morning: I woke up in an extraordinarily good mood!
It was easy for me to journal religiously — until I started my new job. My days quickly filled up with work, chores, exercise, and writing. With less time and energy, it became difficult for me to take the time to sit and reflect. …
Our family moved out of our house in the middle of a pandemic. It was a big, beautiful home in an expansive neighborhood. I’d wake up to the first rays of sunlight seeping through the curtains of my bedroom’s veranda, the open sky changing its hues. I really loved watching that sunrise.
We moved to a condominium in a commercial suburb. And my view now looks a lot like the stock photo above. The second tower of the condominium sits right in front of my face. Then beside it are more buildings of varying sizes. Shades of gray fuse with…
I recently moved into my own place. For my 27-year old self, it’s a milestone. But do you know what makes me even more proud?
I wake up every day with a smile on my face.
Like most twenty-somethings, I have a lot to figure out. Is this really the career that I want? Where do I see myself in five, ten years? How do I get there?
But despite all these questions about tomorrow, I can genuinely say that I love where I am today. …
I’m a firm believer in the power of making lists. At the very least, a list can provide you with some semblance of having your shit together.
And at the dawn of the pandemic, that was exactly what I was trying to do. I had just quit my job and the weight of a year-long burn-out finally came crashing down on me.
I welcomed the quarantine downtime with arms wide open. “Look at all this time”, a voice whispered mockingly, “to save whatever is left of your sense of self.”
So, I decided to start with a list. I brought…
When most people think of Nike, the words “Just do it” come to mind. But this isn’t the only advertising campaign worth noting from the well-loved shoe brand.
A few years ago, as I was walking along the train station underpass in Barcelona, something caught my eye. On the sides of the tunnel, about an arm’s length from the wall, Nike created “fast lanes” for the commuters who were in a hurry.
At the time, I was still in college. The fast lanes struck me as an awesome marketing stunt. Today, however, I’m five years into the corporate world. And…
We’re all capable of changing our minds. But there are certain changes that drastically affect our lives.
Such are what I call the inflection mindsets— a shift in fundamental beliefs or thought patterns that alter who we are and how we live. In business, an inflection point is “an event that changes the way we think and act.” But to use “point” in this context would paint an unfair picture; Changes in mindset are a lot more nuanced.
I look back at those moments where “it just hit me” — the flash of lightning or the rude awakening — …
And while I have a long way to go, I’d like to think that I have, at the very least, armed myself with the discernment to know when my story is at its “publishing state.”
I’ve developed these 6-point criteria as quality assurance. Feel free to use it as your guide, too!
For a headline to be effective, it must achieve at least one of three things. Hence, a combination would make it more powerful:
Life isn’t about living more, but living deeply. This is what I’ve learned from reading the powerful memoirs of unique and remarkable people.
A dying Carnegie Mellon professor.
The CEO of the Happiest Place on Earth.
Our first black FLOTUS.
A neurosurgeon-neuroscientist-turned-terminal patient.
These are the four people whose life stories have had a tremendous impact on how I live mine. They’ve taught me to live a life of passion, principle, and purpose.
And it is with pleasure that I introduce them to you.
Is it Christmas? Is that snow outside my window?
Is that really not one, but two e-mails on Medium payday — telling me I was getting a whopping $500 dollars on top of last month’s earnings (Okay, technically it’s $425 because of international tax. But as with any job offer, the face value makes it feel so much nicer)?
The Medium gang on Whatsapp were flipping the whole night while I slept (Screw these timezones!)
But yes, it’s real. Not the snow, sadly (I suddenly remembered I lived in a tropical country). …
“Y.O.L.O!”, rallied the wide-eyed millennial generation.
We only live once. And we all just want to live that one life to the hilt. Yet, ironically, we seldom recognize, much less address the one behavior that keeps us from achieving that: overconsumption.
The urge to overconsume pervades our daily lives in different forms. A half-slice of cake turns into half the cake. Another online sale! You can finally get those cute athleisure sets you couldn’t buy in last week’s haul! Life is short, after all.
At least for eating and shopping, the costs are obvious. But there are other forms of…