History

It’s important for all of us to story history because that is the only real groundwork we have to better understand the future

History rarely repeats, but it often rhymes

All revolutionary thinkers study past revolutionary thinkers

and so if you wish to be revolutionary, first understand the history and the framework of all the past great thinkers

only once you have a groundwork of history can you transcend what has already been done

The greats become greats after they’ve studied and surpassed the greatest before them

Kobe studied MJ, Lebron studied both Kobe and MJ, Kevin Durant studied all of the above

Every economist will have studied Adam Smith, Keynes, Friedman, etc.

All the great thinkers start with Plato, Aristotle, and then move to modern thinkers: Hegel, Kant, Sartre

And every great piece of literature is influenced by T.S. Eliot, Mark Twain, Tolkien…

History will bring us to the future

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Social Gatherings

I don’t often like social gatherings because there is too much “small talk”

I am introverted, so social interaction already drains me

But the conversations I do enjoy are the ones that quickly go through the small talk and get to the deep stuff

The stuff that makes me excited to hear

The conversations that dive deep into life, into philosophy, into what it means to reconnect with people you have not seen in a while

Conversations that go under the surface and allow me to really connect with the person on an intellectual level and allow me to better understand the other individual

Social gatherings are exhausting but can be fun if you know how to position yourself to have these deeper conversations

 

I don’t like grammar

I don’t like grammar

But I love writing beautiful poses of literature

I don’t like doing mundane exercise drills

But I enjoy playing basketball and feeling free with my own physical body

I don’t like writing the same Chinese character 20 times

Yet, there is an ineffable power of communication that comes with knowledge of the language

If you are able to see that grammar leads to something more beautiful, then the mundane becomes less mundane

Instead, you will see the mundane as a path towards your passions

patience

The name of the game is patience

If you approach life with patience, everything becomes more liberating

Forget about getting rich overnight

Abs don’t show up after working out once

And knowledge compounds

When you approach life with a perspective of improvement rather than an urgency to beat everyone else in an arbitrary race, you realize how liberating it can be to live life with this patience approach

So it’s okay to take the weekends off once and a while

Enjoy your vacations, take care of yourself, and don’t burn out. Because if you burn out, you won’t be able to race at all.

But remember that you need to continually keep your foot in the race

It’s okay to be the slow on in the race; don’t we all know the story of the tortoise and the hare?

past time

what you do with your past time will determine your lifestyle.

I like to watch Netflix.

But I also try to do things that I enjoy and also will help me grow as a person.

I write. I read. I exercise. I meditate

If you can add productive habits to your life and slot them into your past time and free time slots, you’ll realize that all that time spent on TV could actually translate into a healthier body, healthier mind, developing a new skill, or more time reading a book you like.

Good Luck

 

Advice for college students

Don’t be in a rush

My first advice is this:

if you are in college, you are probably anywhere from the age of 18–22.

Now imagine this. If you are 20, you could do NOTHING right, and fail at everything you try for the next 10 YEARS. And you’d still be young

So don’t be in a rush.

Next, Find the variance.

I dropped my double major in the business school and opted to pick up a Philosophy major in the College of Liberal Arts near the end of my sophomore year.

Actually, it’s not officially declared, but I intend to do so.

My second piece of advice is simple.

Learn broadly.

Take the courses you are interested in and diversify your knowledge.

Those who are innovative are able to take two interrelated disciplines and build something new.

Just like how Lindt Chocolate combines dark chocolate with chili peppers, learn how to differentiate yourself with two different attributes.

Good Luck.