A message from my friend Minji

Daily post 349

Today, Jeff said he lost his phone. Here is the story.

Jeff: “Hey, I lost my phone. Can you call it?”

Me: “I’m not getting your number, Jeff.”

Jeff thinks he’s smooth. I guess he is, but improvements are needed.

Especially his magic tricks, like the Queen of Hearts? You’re the Queen of my Heart?



A little inspiration

Spending time with people who are years ahead of you in a skill you personally are trying to improve is one of the greatest things you can do as an artist

I watched two magicians do their magic today at the famous Fantasma Magic store in NYC

People who are literally years ahead of me (maybe decades) in terms of magic.

A little inspiration is always good

Learning from success

When we fail, we learn what NOT to do next time. We use that as feedback to improve ourselves.

But we are missing out on our success.

When we succeed, we often just say “thank you” and move on

Instead, when you succeed, take a humility approach and ask: what did I do differently that made me do well this time?

Learning from your failures AND successes will ensure that you amplify your development x2

When should you start investing?

This post was originally posted on my finance & economy blog: Down to Finance

Albert Einstein is often quoted as saying “Compound Interest is the 8th wonder of the world; it is the most powerful force.”

The reason investing is powerful is because of compound interest. For the past ~80 years, the stock market has averaged an annual return of roughly 10%, without accounting for inflation. This figure varies depending on who you ask, so let’s be conservative and use just 8%.

If you start investing at the age of 22 and manage to put in just $500 into the stock market every month for the next 8 years and simply just STOP, you will retire with over $1.1 million dollars (assuming you retire at 65).

Now $500 a month is quite manageable, and in this scenario, you only have to save and invest your money from the ages 22-30 and just STOP, then you are set to retire with over a million dollars. Your total investments (the actual money you contribute) totals $48,000.

Now let’s say you start putting aside money at the age of 30 instead of 22. In this scenario, you’ll have to save $500 every month for the next 35 YEARS to retire with roughly the same amount of money. The total principal would be $210,000.

So, when should you start investing?

As EARLY as possible!

(even if the market is a bit rough right now. Buy things on discount!

Changing who you are for “love”

“The concept that ‘If your partner doesn’t love 100% of who you are, change who you are so they do’ is utter BS”

That was one of the greatest lines I’ve ever heard in a stand-up comedy show. Yes. Stand-up comedy show by Daniel Sloss (available on Netflix “Jigsaw”).

Somehow, society has made that above sentence… acceptable…normal…”usual”

But that’s not how relationships work, is it?

What’s the point of changing who you are to become this romanticized version of yourself to please your significant other when in reality, you are not that person?

What’s the secret to a happy relationship? What’s the secret to being a good partner?


It should be simple. It should be easy. Everything about them should make you love them and everything about yourself should be equally great to them.

Both partners should be comfortable. It’s a two-way street.

DISCLAIMER: Even though I’ve never been in a relationship, I still like commenting about it because I feel like a pretentious arsehole 😉