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 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
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.
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
Today I checked my Quora account and I now have 1000 follows and over 1.2 million views on my answers
It’s a small achievement compared to where I want to be in terms of my personal brand, but I remember how difficult it was to even reach 100 follows
I’ve been writing on Quora for over 2 years and writing on my daily blog here for over 500+ daily posts.
Slow progress. But progress nonetheless