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Why a Passion for Learning Is Essential

What do you think is a key trait for thriving in this age? A good answer, I believe, is a passion for learning. Let me explain. I recently read Money: The True Story of a Made-Up Thing by Jacob Goldstein. It’s an insightful book about the history of finance. It covers topics such as the origin of paper money, the stock market,...

The Importance of Building Mental Models and How to Do It

I’m currently re-reading The Personal MBA by Josh Kaufman. I’ve read the book years ago, but I recently felt the need to read it again. The book summarizes important principles for businesses that it calls “mental models”. The term “mental model” was popularized by Charlie Munger, the investment partner of Warren Buffett. In short, mental...

Thriving Despite Adversity: A Lesson From Leonhard Euler

Leonhard Euler is one of the greatest mathematicians who have ever lived. Living in the 18th century, he contributed to many fields of mathematics. He was very prolific; when he passed away at the age of 76, he had more than 850 publications! Many of the mathematical notations that we use today were first introduced by Euler. But I found...

Being Creative: Four Keys From a Great Game Designer

I loved playing computer games. In fact, that’s how I first learned to code: by making simple games. Though I no longer spend much time on games these days, I’m still interested in the field. That’s why I was excited when I found the memoir of Sid Meier. You might never hear of him, but he is a legendary game designer! His most famous creation...

3 Ways to Make Your Life More Fulfilling

What do you think is a defining characteristic of a good life? Well, I believe it’s fulfillment. The more you feel fulfilled, the better your life is. In fact, that’s the mission of Life Optimizer: helping you live a fulfilling life.  So how can we live fulfilling lives? We can answer this question from multiple perspectives, but...

Habit Ace 3.0 Is Now Available!

After working on it for a few months, I’m happy to announce that Habit Ace 3.0 is now available! Habit Ace is an iOS app I develop that helps you build purposeful habits. It’s the app that I’ve been using to optimize my life. This new version adds support for Apple Watch. That means you can view your progress on your watch. You can also mark...

Antifragile: More Than Being Resilient

One interesting concept that I read in Skip the Line is the difference between being resilient and being antifragile. The term “antifragile” comes from a book by Nassim Taleb but I read about it in Skip the Line by James Altucher. I always thought that being resilient is good, but it turns out that being antifragile is better. What’s the...

Feel Fulfilled by Cultivating Your Portfolio of Passions

If you want to live a fulfilling life, you should cultivate your portfolio of passions. What I mean is that you should make room for different passions of yours and nurture them. Why is this important? Because reaching your full potential will make you feel fulfilled. The keyword here is full. Reaching your potential in one or two areas of...

Upgrading Your Life Through Virtual Mentors

A book that I’m reading is Skip the Line by James Altucher. It has many interesting ideas, but here I’d like to share just one of them with you: reading books can give you virtual mentors. In fact, the author wrote that reading is a “superpower” because of it! You see, we need mentors to get ahead in life. But in real life, your options are...

Three Simple Things You Might Want to Do This Year

We are now in 2022! To be honest, I’m excited about this year. I believe it’s a year of possibilities. There could be many challenges ahead, but I’m sure there are also many opportunities. It’s up to you and me to make the most of those opportunities. To help you make the most of 2022, here are three simple things that you might want to do...

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