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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Different circumstances

Today I went to Milton Herschel School and man this school is the coolest thing I’ve ever seen

It must be over 4 times as big as Vilanova’s 250 acre campus

Children lived in mansions which houses up to 14 kids

The school where they took classes looked more like a tiny college

And there was just so much free land and greenery

But the students at MHS all come from underprivileged communities

Which is good and bad

Good because it allows kids without the right circumstances to flourish through support and education

Bad because some times the circumstances of a child isn’t where they go to school or how much money you throw at them

The graduating classes of MHS often have huge disparity in terms of where the children end up

My friend who goes to Villanova has friends at Princeton, UPenn, Georgetown and other esteemed universities

But out of his 200 graduating class, he notes several who have dropped out of college after one or few semesters and maybe 15 have ended up starting families already before they’ve turned 20, which also forces them to leave school

It’s an interesting case study of whether or not it’s possible to “help” people through institutions like MHS

How can we truly help people besides simply financially and educationally? I think personal life and EQ skills are just as important to teach besides a good education and scholarships for school

Not everyone is fit for school

But everyone is fit for life. And I think life skills is something we need to better teach future generations

Power of introversion

Modern society has deemed “outgoing” to be a positive trait, while “quiet” seems to be looked down upon.

But in a world where everyone has something to say, a world where everyone just wants to talk, there is an unbounded potential in those who know how to be quiet and listen.

The power of introversion lies in the ability to step back and scan the battleground.

There is power in action; there is equally a power in thought.

So before you start being loud, maybe try being quiet for once, and use the power of thought

 

Big fish, small pond

When granted the opportunity, it’s much better for your own self-esteem and personal success if you choose to be a big fish in a small pond, rather than a small fish in a big pond.

Here’s the issue with being a small fish in a big pond. Sure, you’re in the big pond now, but you’ll get eaten.

It’s as simple as that.

If you are, instead, the big fish, you have the perfect little pond for you to grow, nurture your abilities. You have the flexibility to fail. This is your opportunity to make big mistakes, make big strides, and try to dominate your little pond.

Then you’ll be prepared for the ocean of life. And life is the biggest pond in the world.

Here’s the thing: we don’t compare ourselves to the entire world. We compare ourselves to our neighbors—our friends in the same pond.

If you choose to be an average Harvard student, you best have a lot of grit, discipline, and determination. Because you will be attacked. You will feel lesser. And it’ll be tough. The chances of survival are less, but if you do survive, you’ll have gone through the tough aspects of a big pond already.

Take a look at this chart. The bottom third SAT scores at Harvard STILL beat the TOP third at an average school. But the graduation rate is still symmetrical to that of the average school. If you are average or below average in a big pond, be prepared to be eaten.

I’d choose to be a stellar student at a lesser-known university. This is because I don’t think I’d have the emotional capacity to handle being “average” at Harvard. Everyone is “average” when compared to the entire world; I’d like to feel a little special at least for a few more years before I enter the big ocean of life.

YouTue Video: Does your school matter?

Another podcast episode

Hey guys. So I did another podcast episode because Tuesdays are for podcasting and I plan to stick to my schedule! (Be a DISCIPLINED half-ass, NOT a lazy perfectionist). It still feels very weird but I think I’m getting better at this…
 
Anyways, I spent my spring break in Switzerland, and besides noticing how beautiful and hellishly expensive Switzerland is, I also spent a lot of time traveling on the train almost through the entire country. And if you are like me, you can only do two things while on the train: listen to music, and THINK.
 
So I did a lot of thinking. And in this podcast, I talk about the philosophical questions I’ve been battling recently and how I’ve just felt lost. Camels, Nietzsche, and Deserts are also included in this episode!
 
You can listen to the podcast with the link below or search “The Jawesome Life” on Spotify/Apple Podcasts/Overcast/Wherever you listen to podcasts.
 
Thanks and have a great life!

Here

I wrote a poem. “Here”

I hope you like it


When the ghosts of my past have left my body

When my dreams no longer keep me up at night

I will notice

That I

Am here

Here

The human sound we make is everywhere

I hear it at the restaurant I go to every year on my birthday, the same mundanely beautiful human noise

I hear it as I walk through the streets

The human noise is familiar in Switzerland, in New York, in Singapore, in Hong Kong, in Toronto

I hear it at school, at parks, at the local grocery store when the mother beside me is telling her son that they can’t buy too much candy. Even if I don’t understand her, because she is speaking German, I can hear the human noise

It’s a universal language, this human noise

I’ve spent most of my days wondering how life could be better if I only did this

If I were only somewhere anywhere else besides here

I shoulda

I coulda

If I only…

These thoughts will disappear and then rear its head again every time I realize that life is unfair

I walk and walk and walk over many zebras

Thinking that the next street will be better

Not realizing that sometimes life is a one way street

And even if the other side of the street looks better, I wonder what they are thinking about my street

The bus doesn’t stop for me, and neither should I stop for these ugly thoughts

On the nights I am alone and meditate, I see so much clearer

I am here

The human noise I make, I hear it

And it’s screaming: “I exist”

“I am here”

And so I spend more time appreciating the beauty of the present moment

Even if I don’t know why yet

Even if I don’t know how

Even if I don’t believe anything else

At the very least, I know that I am

Here

Condoms

I listened to an interesting podcast today about the many different uses of condoms in Cuba.

That’s right.

Because of how poor the country is and the deficiencies they have in many resources, many savvy Cubans have found alternative uses for condoms to perform other tasks.

Blowing up the condoms with air to ask as a buoy for fishing. Yes. There are floating condoms in the water.

Some people use the lubricant of the condoms to help polish their cars.

The elasticity and durability of the condoms can help repair certain plumbing-type issues.

Condoms are so cheap in Cuba because they are subsidized by the government. Savvy Cubans have thus found numerous ways to take advantage of these rubber products.

But still, when an interviewer asked a male Cuban what his favorite use of the condom is, he still replied: “the original use”

“It has never been so cheap to perform the country’s national sport”