“It’s almost as if science said, “Give me one free miracle, and from there the entire thing will proceed with a seamless, causal explanation.”’ The one free miracle was the sudden appearance of all the matter and energy in the universe, with all the laws that govern it.”
According to what we call science today, the Universe appeared out of nowhere. Everything fell perfectly into its place — the matter, the energies, and all the laws that govern them.
While only a few of us take time to question this hypothesis, it’s worth contemplating. …
When it comes to training in the gym, I’m a minimalist. Who has the time to spare an hour every day?
I know you too have a lot on your plate. We all have things to do. We have families to take care of, businesses to run, jobs to go to, and an endless list of skills to learn.
But there’s also a deep-rooted desire in all of us to look good. But even though you want it, you think you cannot have it.
“Where’s the time to think about building muscle?” you think.
But I’m here to tell you, that you can have it all. …
No matter how many get-rich-quick blogs you read on making money on Medium, there’s only one thing that can guarantee success.
Oh wait, nothing guarantees success here. But the only thing that can increase your chances of success is this:
Write as often as you can and as good as you can
Content creators around the globe love to debate about what’s more important — quality or quantity? I say both.
And as a writer, my job is to balance them.
Here’s something to consider: quality increases with quantity up to a certain limit, when it starts to decrease.
So the number is different for anyone. I can currently write two articles in the morning without any problem. But tell me to cram a third one and I’ll cry like a baby. …
Have you ever wondered what the “ego” is?
Chances are you have. We all use phrases like “He has a big ego” and “He has a huge ego problem.”
This means we do have an idea about what it means. Yet, when asked, we fail to explain it.
Many of us refer to Freud’s work on the Ego. He classified the human psyche into three parts — Id, the Ego, and the Superego.
But the reason they’re so difficult to understand is twofold:
“Ego is a social institution with no physical reality. The ego is simply your symbol of yourself. Just as the word “water” is a noise that symbolizes a certain liquid without being it, so too the idea of ego symbolizes the role you play, who you are, but it is not the same as your living organism.”
If there’s one thing that has helped me overcome the darkest days it has to be a routine.
Sooner or later, life hits us in the face. And in those moments of adversity, a routine is what we rely on to get a sense of stability in our lives. When everything is going wrong, we can take refuge in the fact that we still can go to the gym in the morning, journal to count our blessings, and have a cup of joe.
Before you know it, your routine gets converted into a ritual. It becomes sacred.
But that dear, sacred routine of yours is fragile. Yes, I said that. Your strongest routine can turn into your biggest enemy if you can’t follow it for some reason. …
Have you ever found yourself in a situation where someone else comes to you for advice and you put your Yoda-cap on to unleash fires of wisdom?
I know. That feeling is wonderful
But when you find yourself in the same situation, you seek others’ advice on the matter? All of a sudden, you’re not so sure about what to do.
Well, one reason is that you’re drowned deep enough in the problem to have any clarity. But there’s a subtler reason. And the reason is a lack of detachment.
The reason behind your lack of clarity is your emotional attachment to the outcome. …
In June 2019, everything was going well for me. The future of my startup was looking glamorous.
I was in Bangkok, attending conferences and meeting with people. I met investors, potential customers, founders, and friends. We were already incubated and were in talks to raise a round of funding to move to Berlin. The goal was to get clients and grow our business there.
But, with time, things started to get a little tense. Our existing and new investors had troubles with our cap table (equity split). …
If a genie someday came out of a bottle that I accidentally rubbed, and said, “Your wish is my command,”, I’d say give me the strongest willpower in the world.
I’d rather have the meta-skill that helps me perform at the highest level in any activity than go for fleeting wishes like riches, fame, etc.
The reason is simple — willpower fuels success. There’s no doubt about that. Willpower is also a part of the trinity of skills that I like to pay the most attention to.
But I can’t afford to wait for the genie to come out of the bottle. …
I first bought The Power of Positive Thinking when I was 16 years old. The book was great and one of the entry-level readings into the world of personal development (along with Think and Grow Rich, of course).
That is the experience of most people as well. When they step into the world of self-help, they feel pulled towards the positive books. They tell you things are going to be great if you “have faith,” “stay positive,” “wither the storms,” and “believe in yourself.”
A few days ago Tim Denning wrote about the lie of the digital nomad life and how being a human means doing things.
I completely agree with that. Humans are designed to work, not all the time, but yes, most of the time. And that too on something meaningful.
Yet, that’s not all he says that struck a chord with me. He writes “Freedom was simple: I wanted the ability to have choices.”
That’s the core idea I want to focus on. You see, if you focus on only one thing in life as your true meaning, you’ll be like the drug addict who wants to get more every time. …