I feel undervalued by society
whether or not I am justified in that feeling is for discussion another time
but in general value investing theory, you are taught to invest in undervalued stocks and companies
so now is the time for me to dive deep into personal investments
academics, career, physical & mental health, passions, creativity, knowledge
time for me to invest as much as I can into myself
undervalued investments pay the biggest dividends
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 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
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.
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
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