Life in The Time of Coronavirus

I don’t usually post my personal views on current events or popular topics, because I:

  1. usually don’t watch TV. At all.
  2. live in my own little world and keep focusing on the things that I have to do.

That being said, I thought I should address a few things that I’ve noticed in the past couple of weeks.

Number one… the sheer amount of misinformation.

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Eight Undeniable Truths That Are Going to Change Your Life

The truth does not change based on your ability to accept it.

I do my best to live life in a way that I am aware of what I do, while also trying not to chase things that are outside of my control.

Here are some of those truths that help me stay in control of my life.

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Fight for Your Dreams

Alexander the Great. Even though he lived on this Earth for only 33 years, some 2,300 years ago, we have yet to forget his name and legendary battles.

During his short life, nothing stopped him.  Nothing. Huge armies with elephants, impregnable fortresses, vast distances over mountains and rivers and deserts, hunger, thirst, the sea itself, the uttermost extremes of physical hardship and war.  His body was littered with scars; everywhere that is, except his back.  That’s because the world’s greatest commander never retreated, and he never lost a battle.

Most of his portraits, sculptures, and coins reflect a kind of upward gaze as if he were staring into the very heavens, yearning for something unreachable.

He dedicated his life to the struggle against insurmountable odds. And he became great because he surmounted them all.

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What I Learned from Years of High Functioning Depression, Anxiety, and Low Self-Esteem

Disclaimer: this is going to be a long and (somewhat) harsh post about certain realities of life most of us are trying to evade by all means possible.

I am not writing this post out of empathy. I am not writing this post because I read some articles and now I am trying to pass along the knowledge.

I am writing this article because I understand.

I understand the difference between the burning pain of suffering deeply and the general apathy and hopelessness of depression. The emptiness. The lack of interest, joy, passion. I understand the despair, the loneliness, the reluctance to discuss about it all, the very fatiguing job of hiding it all behind a smile, or an “I’m fine” delivered in the worst way possible. Continue reading

How to Use Failure to Your Advantage

People often think of success as a singular moment. It’s not.

Think of it this way. One day you get sick and tired of always being sick and tired by the way you look. You can’t stand seeing yourself in the mirror, so you decide it’s time to go to the gym.

You work out for a day or two. What happens after that? Do you see any results? Do the people around you?

If nothing changed, are you a failure? What happened?

Do a lot of people give up because after one, two, twenty workouts, there’s still no visible change? There’s no one to acknowledge their work? What if they quit, and then start over, and then quit again, and then start again… and one day, they just keep going?

If they keep working out, going to the gym, day after day after day, and then, one day, they look in the mirror and they go like, “Wow.” And all their friends and family congratulate them on what they achieved.

Is that the moment when they became successful? Or did everything before that moment lead to the moment when everyone else acknowledged their success?

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Book Review: Innocent Controversies by Yuriko M.

Why do we do what we do?

Why do we dream the dreams that we dream? Or think the thoughts that we think?

What inner workings compel us to make certain decisions?

Inner Controversies is a a book about those mechanisms of the mind, about the way we construct reality based on a sort-of dialogue with ourselves.

And this is the most intriguing part about this book.

The Ancient Greeks believed that our thoughts were not our own, and to some degree, we can agree to them.

What are our thoughts? Impulses? Feelings?

Do they belong to us or do they belong to everyone else?

Read Innocent Controversies by Yuriko M. to find out.

We’re Now Ad-FREE

Hey guys,

As of today, there are no more ads on the blog.

It’s my plan as of the past couple of months to do my best to provide you with the best possible content, which is why I decided to stop selling ads and to stop showing ads on my blog.

That being said, there are a lot of cool new features coming, including a learning platform for self-improvement and personal development that I am sure you are going to love.

5 Quotes From Marcus Aurelius to Help You During These Troubling Times

“You have power over your mind – not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength.”

Marcus Aurelius, Meditations

Most people know about Marcus Aurelius from the movie Gladiator, starring Russell Crowe.

But that portrayal of the philosopher-emperor is but a glimpse of what the actual figure was like in real-life.

When he was only seventeen, then emperor Hadrian would come to respect and admire Marcus, calling him verissimus, meaning most true and truthful.

Despite all the stress and turmoil he must have faced as the most powerful man during some of history’s most turbulent times, he somehow managed to live a life of virtue.

He did not only write philosophy. He embodied it. If Socrates was the wisest man to ever live, then Marcus Aurelius was the most virtuous.

And his advice can helps us all during these troubling times that we must face right now.

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Psychology, manipulation and the coronavirus.

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Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs Why do I use a graphic of Maslow’s Hierarchy of needs so often in my articles? Because it informs us of a reality key to a successful life as a person and as a culture.

I began studying psychology in 1969, as a Freshman in college. I had a predisposition to being interested in human behavior. I felt the same about psychology as I imagine a lot of people do about chemistry, engineering, nutrition, or medicine. I felt psychology held the keys to understanding and improving the quality of life for everyone. During my Sophomore year I changed my major to psychology (it had been music).

As time went on, I found myself in a wide range of environments, exposed to just about the full gamut of human behaviors. All through this time I have had the good fortune to be exposed to instruction ranging from the cutting edge, the…

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How has the Covid-19 Pandemic Impacted my Blogging Income?

This pandemic is turning into a recession.

The recent coronavirus pandemic is taking its toll on every single aspect of our lives, blogging included.

That being said, here’s how things have been going for me in the past couple of weeks.

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