Gratitude Day

I like to make my Sundays a gratitude day.

Have no daunting commitments, and just spend the day with a sense of appreciation for what I have.

Today I wanted to say a thank you to my readers of this blog, particularly to my readers from India. I’ve had a huge surge of readers from that region in that past few weeks and wanted to extend a warm thank you.

It baffles me that when I first started this blog, that I had 2 readers. One of them being myself.

Now I’ll get thousands of views per month on the 500+ posts I’ve made, from people around the world that I will most likely never meet.

And I’m just getting started.

Things like my Podcast, and my Finance Blog, all reach people I might never meet. And it’s amazing how much power I have in terms of influence.

And I am grateful for that.

Grateful for people who support my content.

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High thrill

Diminishing sensitivity

It’s a concept that’s quite intuitive but also great to understand

We become numb to emotions

Both good and bad

And it’s important to keep track of them

It’s why they say life is a roller coaster

Without the lows, the highs aren’t as fun

self-contradictions

Our real Instagrams are fake

Our finstas (fake Instagrams) are real… at least more real

We are all self-contradictions

Heroes wearing a thousand masks

Are we meant to reveal our private self?

Our public self?

Our true self?

Does anyone really know who they are?

I think maybe not. Self-identity is constantly expanding. We are constantly changing.

How can we truly know something that is ever-changing?

2 + 2 will always equal 4, given basic math principles.

But the Jeff Wang of yesterday is different from the Jeff Wang of now from the Jeff Wang of 10 seconds ago.

Even as I write this post, I’ve changed, I’ve changed the direction of how I wanted to present this post, this very sentence as I write it. Self-contradictions.

Who am I, truly?

Maybe I don’t know

And maybe the sooner I realize that I don’t know who I am, the sooner I can get towards the path of self-revelation

Homophobic Slurs and Freedom

New podcast episode out!: Homophobic Slurs and Freedom

“The other weekend while I was in New York some random man said a homophobic slur at me for no reason. But I am not offended. In fact, I want to liberate him from his own oppression.

In this podcast I talk about Simone de Beauvoir’s concept of genuine freedom and how we can all approach life with a perspective of a common good.”

Click the link below OR listen on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or your favorite app and search “Grok This!”

https://anchor.fm/grokthis/episodes/Homophobic-Slurs-and-Freedom-e3mq1e

movies

i love movies

i think there’s a certain mystery behind every movie

who wrote the script? how did they get the idea?

how did the actors/actresses interpret the script?

how did the director convey the message?

editor?

music?

stage crew?

everyone plays a part in making a movie

it’s a team effort, using skills from every discipline

each person have their own distinct role

in fact, ‘movies’ is just another term for building a project through extensive teamwork

let’s make more movies (hopefully good ones)

ahhhhhh

writing is difficult for me

but a professor once told me that difficult writing makes for easy reading

difficult writing means I’ve shifted the responsibility from the reader to myself

so that way I may build a bridge–from my mind to the reader’s mind

and all bridges are difficult to cross

 

Genuine Happiness

I think I can genuinely say I am at the happiest point in my life right now

And not because I am exorbitantly happy–no, I fully expect myself to experience higher points of happiness.

I am happy because I see myself going up. Up this rollercoaster called life, and up towards something I don’t even know what it looks like but it’s something I am building towards.

Magic. Investing. Writing. Podcasting. Living

Everything I’ve done is to create something meaningful

And the shape I’ve created is blurry, but I can already see it’s beautiful.

And I hope when it’s finally finished, when my creation is done, I’ll see happiness.

Simone de Beauvoir says that genuine freedom means willing freedom for all of humanity, not just yourself.

I think genuine happiness is the same.

Until I can be genuinely and completely happy, I want to share this happiness with other people first.

So let me get back into my workshop, and let me create. Let me work. Let me build happiness and cut it up into small chunks. Let me share it with you.

Thank you for everyone who comes to watch me perform magic. Especially today.

A lot of people tell me that when I perform magic, it lights up there day. What my audience doesn’t realize is that they do the same for me.

When one person’s happiness becomes your happiness–that’s genuine happiness. That’s what de Beauvoir was talking about, and I think I finally understand a little bit about her amazing philosophy.