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 truly wish karma existed
Then there would just be an overseeing universal power, called “Karma” that would hold every individual accountable for their actions
More accountability and more responsibility put more weight on our words and actions
Then we start to see how important it is to pause and reflect
To think before we act
To stand up for what we believe in, to feel remorse, and to be better versions of ourselves.
Good thing we don’t need “karma” to hold ourselves accountable
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
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?
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.