being satisfied

Economics teaches me to have unlimited desires

These desires drive me to be more productive, to be more efficient, to never settle

Philosophy teaches me to be more satisfied with what I have

Not a complacency, but an understanding

I am at a constant tension between wanting to do more, have more, give more, and with my inner self that simply wants to be happy and satisfied.

Does balance exist?

weekends

I have a love-hate relationship with weekends

I love them because it’s a time for me to rest

But I hate them because I am extremely unproductive when I don’t have obligations

I find it hard to efficiently do anything without some sort of order or commitment

Finding a balance will be key to future success

trying to do too much

I often feel like I am trying to do too much

  1. Teaching assistant for microeconomics
  2. Trying to write a book
  3. running two blogs
  4. a podcast
  5. 19 credits semester
  6. one independent study class
  7. side research for Upenn Wharton conference

Today I added two more things:

I am now trying to start a Pan-Asian Chapter at Villanova, and I am also now signed up to tutor the executive MBA class in introductory economics.

Other days, when I am sitting on the couch watching Netflix, I feel like I am not doing enough.

It’s a weird balance. Does balance exist for me?

on my mind

There’s been a lot on my mind recently

And I feel bad because I’ve not been as consistent with my daily writings as I’d like to be

I’ve realized that this blog is truly an outlet for me to release my thoughts so I don’t have to bear them

So here they are:

  1. Life is unfair
  2. But the unfairness of life is also, in a weird way, essential
  3. In life, we need to make a tradeoff between freedom and equality
  4. I would like to find a happy medium

Baby steps

You can’t start running before you learn how to crawl

You can’t see step 2 from step 0

You can’t jump rungs when climbing a ladder (or you can but you’ll have a higher chance of falling)

Sometimes no matter how excellent you are, things will just take time

Time moves slower

Time moves slower when you are:

1) in pain

2) looking forward to the future

3) looking too much back into the past

We can’t really control when we are in pain. That’s up to the universe

However, we can control our mindset and not dwell too much on the past or seek too much into the future, neither of which we can truly control

Time will always move regardless if you move with it

Best to live in the moment while you still can

Acquire

We acquire things justly by acquiriing something without infringing on the liberty of others

We trade labor for money

Money for goods

But when humanity realized that labor was part of the production function of goods, those in power abused the labor of others

Infringing on other people’s liberty produces injustice

To create a just economy, we need to acquire things in the fruits of our own labor