Happiness is a just discrimination between what is necessary, destructive, neither necessary nor destructive, and what is necessary and destructive
We need the necessary essentials: food water shelter
We should avoid the destrutcgive: violence hatred and corruption
There are things that are necessary but also can be destructive: the oil industry, corporations, and burning the Amazon forest (for economic growth for Brazil)
But happiness is having a surplus of things that are neither necessary nor destructive because those things are often the best
Air conditioning is neither necessary nor destructive, but I often find myself the happiest when I am able to sit on a comfy couch in a well-AC’d room in the summer, eating take-out sushi and watching Netflix with my dear friends and family i care most avout
Today I had to say farewell to my co-workers as I leave for Hong Kong tomorrow
Because I switched departments half-way through my internship, I essentially had to say goodbye to two departments of people
Although short-lived, 3-weeks, I still got to know these people
And I’d be lying if I said I didn’t get a little sentimental
It’s the realization that people, humanity, all around the world, is beautiful
All of us, each living these lives, each pursuing individual goals, but together forming a community with other people doing their own sh*t
Hong Kong culture is not something I can say I am fully familiar with. And because I wasn’t sure of the etiquette, I didn’t get the feeling that a hug was appropriate.
But I wish I hugged them
I don’t know if I’ll ever see these people again.
But it’s the same as when I had to leave Singapore last year (where I did get to hug my co-workers before leaving)
3-weeks and I formed genuine connections. Doing this around the world makes me truly and fully love humanity.
This life is so beautiful.
Just make sure you hug the people you care about.
Add Oil, Hong Kong.
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
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 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
The Upside is a cute heart-felt comedy movie starring Bryan Cranston, Kevin Hart & Nicole Kidman.
It truly does show the upside of life.
Inspired by a true story, it shows the life of a quadriplegic who is able to find beauty in life, despite being paralyzed.
And if that’s any solace, I think we can all look on the Upside once and a while.
Learn to love life.
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.
What college you attend is almost Not important at all.
Instead, you should be the type of person who could attend a prestigious college.
In fact, it was two professors, one from Princeton, who actually released a paper in 2002 that detailed why attending super-selective colleges had no impact on future career salaries (economic benefits)
How did the study work?
Well, it tracked students who 1) went to prestigious colleges
And then for the control group, 2) students who were admitted but did not attend top prestigious colleges (either due to $$$ or personal reasons, which is not apparently important in this study).
After extensive research, there showed absolutely no difference in the economic long-term benefits of attending a top college.
The salary boost was “generally indistinguishable from zero”
Top universities are not so good at developing students’ potential as they are at spotting future potential and offering spots to these bright students.
That’s not to say that prestigious colleges don’t offer much better resources and networking. They do and will surely add a kickstart to your career. But in the long-run, it doesn’t matter so much as where you went as a student as much as what type of hard-working student you are.
Also, I need to note that salary is definitively not the best measure of future success; however, when you ask most college students these days why they are attending college, the most common response you’ll receive is “for a job/money.” So, I am sure this answer should offer a lot of solace to students who are still worried about not attending Harvard.
Source: Estimating the Payoff to Attending a More Selective College: An Application of Selection on Observables and Unobservables
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
The semester is almost done and of course, I am overwhelmed with a sense of bittersweetness.
Sweet in all the memories I’ve made; bitter in all the stupid tests and stress caused by examination when I want to simply pursue knowledge.
Sweet in all the fun moments I’ve had with my friends over dinner; bitter in all the pain, rejection, fails I’ve had to endure–but in an odd way, those moments are sweet too.
I’ll miss this
I’ll miss being young. I still am young, don’t get me wrong.
But as time fade, it’s a wonder why time only moves forward and not backward. If I could travel back in time, I’d travel back to these days that I am currently living because I know I am happy. I wish I knew when the “good old days” were as I am living them. Actually, every day is one of those days, I just need to make the best of them.
Writing is fun. Writing calms me.
So does meditate.
I can’t wait for the future. But I also want to preserve the past and the present.
It’s good to enjoy the moment as it comes though. And I’m trying to do that more
“Each of us is looking for a path back to the present: We are trying to find good enough reasons to be satisfied now”