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
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
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
I am 19, and I am fortunate enough to have already come to the conclusion that life is not worth living if I do not strive to do what I want in life and fight for my passions
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.
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.
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.
I truly believe that judgment of others is oftentimes just a self-projected judgment.
That is, when you judge others, you actually learn more about your internal self rather than the person you are attempting to judge.
He’s so fat
The way he walks is weird
When you project these feelings onto other people, it’s a self-reflection of your own insecurities and contempt
Too much contempt, too much hatred being held within, and you end up projecting it on to others out of fear of letting it eat yourself up.
So cleanse your soul of this contempt and try to understand that humanity is beautiful