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What Is the Difference Between Perseverance and Stubbornness?

A while back, I was involved in a discussion where this topic came up: When it comes to reaching your vision, what is the difference between perseverance and stubbornness? How do we know whether we are persevering or simply being stubborn? After thinking about it, here is my conclusion: Perseverance is insisting on reaching your vision but staying...

The Two Key Components of Making Good Decisions

How do you make good decisions? What are the key components? The answer to these questions, of course, is important. After all, the quality of your decisions can make or break your life. That’s why we should strive to improve the quality of our decisions. I’ve written about some aspects of decision making before, such as probabilistic thinking and...

Stamina, Not Just Competence: A Key to Winning in Life

A while back, I found a quote that got me thinking: “Amateurs think about tactics. But professionals think about logistics.” I first heard it in an episode of Hardcore History podcast. It talks about how logistics is often the determining factor in wars. You might have superior troops and tactics, but without good logistics, you wouldn’t be able to...

Why I Love to Learn History

I’m learning history more these days than before. While I’m far from being an expert, my interest in it has grown over time. I mainly learn through reading, but sometimes I also listen to podcasts and watch documentaries. What is so interesting about history? Well, here are four reasons why I love to learn history. 1. Learning from the experiences...

How To Manage Risks in Your Life: 4 Lessons Learned

Do you want to reach your full potential? A big part of that, I believe, is managing your risks. There are risks in different parts of your life, and the better you manage them, the better your chance to move forward in life. Not managing your risks well, on the other hand, could cause you a big headache down the road. I’m constantly learning how...

A Key to Being Creative Like Leonardo da Vinci

What is the key to being creative? What is the factor behind it? I believe that the answer to this question is important. After all, being creative is essential in this age of automation. More and more routine tasks are being automated, so your creativity can make the difference between thriving and sinking. I already wrote about creativity before...

Bold and Persistent Experimentation: A Key Tool for Progress

I just finished reading Think Again by Adam Grant. It’s a book about rethinking, both at individual and group levels. Here I’d like to discuss one part of the book. It’s about the importance of experimentation. Here is an excerpt: It was 1932, and the governor of New York was Franklin Delano Roosevelt. He delivered his “try something” message...

How To Be Excited About Your Day

Do you want to be excited about your day? Do you want to go through your day with enthusiasm? While I still have a lot to improve, I can attest that I’m often excited about my day. As a result, I go through it with enthusiasm and end the day feeling fulfilled. How could that happen? Based on my experiences, here is how to be excited about your day...

Being Playful but Resourceful: Two Qualities for an Adventurous Life

I’m currently reading A Man for All Markets, a memoir by Edward O. Thorp. It chronicles his story as a mathematics professor who tried to beat the casinos in gambling games. Later, he did something similar in the financial markets. He eventually became the pioneer of quantitative finance. I enjoyed the book and learned a lot from it. Among others,...

How To Be Prepared for Opportunities

You only get a few opportunities, and you have to grab them aggressively when they come because even in the most favored life, they’re really rare. – Charlie Munger How do you reach your full potential? A big part of that, I believe, is making the most of your opportunities. The more you can capitalize on the opportunities that come your way, the...

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