Baby steps

Baby steps

It’s all about baby steps

I still remember these words from

my grade 8-9 basketball coach

1% better every day

Whether that be personal life, academics, career, health, or basketball

1% better every day

Don’t worry about being a millionaire overnight

Celebrities aren’t made by one movie (they usually did several crappy movies before the star in the movie that “makes” their career)

Rome wasn’t built in one day

It’s not a lot, but baby steps eventually turn into strides, and before you even realize it, you will be running fast towards your goals

why studying abroad is so great

I have studied abroad in Singapore (4 months), Shanghai (6 weeks), Hong Kong now (7 weeks), and will be in England next year for 6 months. I am technically studying abroad by attending university in Philadelphia as well, but let’s count that out due to a technicality

There are numerous reasons why studying abroad has been amazing for me

Making new friends, learning new cultures, languages, new food, sightseeing, meeting new friends, and seeing the world

As someone who wants to study both global economics and humanities, it seems obvious to me that I would love traveling and love the idea of seeing the entire world.

I’ve found a new goal for myself and it’s called 30 by 30

30 countries by the time I turn 30

I’ve been to 12, and I have so many more places I want to visit

looking to the past and future

i keep looking to the past: what my life used to be, how great it used to be

i keep looking to the future: when will i meet “the one,” when will i reach my life goals?

they say that when we are too caught up in the past or dreaming too often in the future, we do these things so that we may escape the present moment

the present moment sucks

but i can’t keep looking back

i cant keep wishing

it’s time to be here and now, and to make the most out of the present moment

self-pity

There was a great quote I saw today in a recent anime I’ve been watching

“The words of your past are fundamentally unrelated to who you are now”

I still need some time to ponder this

But I think I understand it at a very basic level:

Each of us, at any given moment, is constantly changing

Who I was 10 years ago is different from who I am now

Even who I was 10 seconds ago is different

Each thought, each word, each action changes as time moves forward

To be static is to fail at life

Do not allow your past self to hold you back

 

Money

Modern money has no intrinsic value

and I think that makes it the most fascinating case study ever

The USD is the global reserve currency and 60% of world transactions are dealt in USD

That’s crazy

The USD is backed by US.

But if the country’s economy fails, like Venezuela, Ecuador, or Zimbabwe, then the currency also fails. Zimbabwe now uses the USD after their currency fell to a value of zero. Now you can get 100 trillion dollar Zimbabwe bills on eBay for roughly $80

Money has value not intrinsically, but universally is accepted as valuable because of a universal trust

This is the reason a lot of things in our world exists

Communities, religions, brands, Bitcoin and all cryptocurrencies

Even the local bar you go to, which might not intrinsically be better than the pub two doors over, will garner more people if there is a higher perceived trust of value

Certain parts of India don’t accept the 10 rupee coin because it is perceived as non-legit, despite being fully and legitimately backed by the Central Bank of India

psychologically, we want to tag along on what everyone else uses

and that’s why money is valuable: because we all deem it to be

But what if one day we don’t?

That is why money is so interesting. It is a platform for power, but also a platform subject to collapse

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

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