October 3, 2020
What habits compound?
The first thing that comes to mind is reading.
“The foundation of learning is reading.” - Naval
Compound interest: Compound interest (or compounding interest) is the interest on a loan or deposit calculated based on both the initial principal and the accumulated interest from previous periods. Compound returns often cause exponential growth.
The act of reading compounds overtime.
Reading for 15 mins will probably feel insignificant. Over a large period of time though, consistently reading for 15 minutes everyday will heed exponential returns.
The fundamentals that you base your knowledge upon on will grow, and eventually you will be able to derive things from first principles.
Connecting The Dots
Steve Jobs famously took a typography class in college. 10 years later, that class inspired him to add different font faces to the first Macintosh.
What you learn now might not be useful in the moment. But eventually, it will all come together.
“Believing the dots will connect down the road will give you the confidence to follow your curiosities” - Steve Jobs
I’ve been reading a lot of Charlie Munger, Naval, and Farnam Street lately so kudos to them for inspiration.
September 25, 2020
Be You: Some Thoughts On Self Improvement
A problem I had with self improvement is that I kept searching for the best way to do something, not the best thing for me.
I struggled with this for a while. I felt the need to mimic others because I saw their results. For example, I used to force myself to wake up at 5am. At first I felt “productive”, however, I quickly realized that my social life consists of late nights.
The hard part of living in the digital age is that we see everyone all around us in instant time.
TLDR: Be you. Recognize when things don’t align with your lifestyle and personality.
September 13, 2020
Self Belief: Achievement vs Honesty
Instead of attaching my self-belief to achievement, attach it to being honest with yourself.
If I acknowledge yourself for who I am, then I won’t be upset.
Then I won’t lie to myself. Then I won’t be arrogant. You think you’re already good enough when you’re arrogant. If I’m not good enough then why be bitter?
September 6, 2020
“You must never confuse faith that you will prevail in the end — which you can never afford to lose — with the discipline to confront the most brutal facts of your current reality, whatever they might be.” - Jim Stockdale
The Best Way to Take in Information
This upcoming term I’m taking a few online courses.
Something I’ve learned is that I understand information faster when I read. To read something, I have to be fully focused. Videos, on the other hand, can be lazily watched.
August 29, 2020
Seeing The World in Grey
I feel that I’ve been conditioned to see the world in black and white. I’m either good or terrible. Life is either amazing or awful. A country is either good or evil.
The world is a grey place. There are many factors to consider when analyzing a situation, person, or decision.
August 23, 2020
Growth is admitting where one is wrong.
August 22, 2020
Growth is changing your beliefs.
Growth is challenging your beliefs.
Growth is rewriting your narrative.
Growth is unlearning.
Meeting New People
I used to be afraid of approaching new people. Now it’s different—I don’t have a hard time approaching new people.
I realized that everyone wants to have good conversations, so be the vessel and provide them.
August 17, 2020
Feeling Too Late
I’m too late to start this. Other people have been doing this for years, why should I start now?
Feeling like I’m too late to start is a bad habit. I thought that I was too late to get into tech because I saw people who started when they were in grade school. It wasn’t until I met someone who was pivoting into data science at 33 when I realized that I wasn’t late at all.
But is anyone ever late to anything to start something?
I never learned an instrument during my childhood. Am I too late if I start now? Should I even bother learning to play guitar if John Mayer exists?
So many people who are interested in trying something new, but already feel like they are too late.
Feeling too late is the excuse we like to give ourselves to do nothing. It’s easy to feel too late. It’s hard to start.
August 9, 2020
8 Billion Perspectives
The global population as of right now is approaching 8 billion.
8 Billion perspectives. 8 billion ways of living. 8 billion priorities.
Recently I’ve been trying to detach myself from my North American values—to try and understand how different people live. The world is massive, yet I contain myself to what I know and see around me.
August 8, 2020
We are all going to die. That is the reality of the world. Yet, we choose to avoid that reality. It could never be me.
“Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything — all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure — these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.” - Steve Jobs
I thought living each day as if it’s your last was akin to nihilism. However, it really means to avoid doing things that don’t matter.