Good things…

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“Things may come to those who wait, but only the things that are left by those who hustle.”

I’m terribly sorry, but there’s no substitute for hard work. No shortcuts, no step-by-step guide. No secret routine, no magic potion, nothing of the sorts.

It doesn’t matter if you like or not this arrangement, because this is law; one that applies to everything you do: your work, your passions, your body, your relationships, your beliefs, your virtues.

Life is war. Continue reading

One more time…

tumblr_nr6q9gBwN91uogaq2o1_1280In January 2011 I self-published a novel. It was badly written, badly edited, and I had absolutely no idea how to sell it. I had no online presence: no blog, no Facebook page, no Twitter.

So I sold 4 copies in 4 months. It was a disaster. I received a 2 star review on Goodreads, and then I decided to un-publish the damn thing.

And I gave up writing. For a few months, that is. Continue reading

Belief

ff4277021994bc17c6f7b9b54657efed1“Believe that you can run farther or faster. Believe that you’re young enough, old enough, strong enough, and so on to accomplish everything you want to do. Don’t let worn-out beliefs stop you from moving beyond yourself.” – John Bingham

All that we are requires faith. Not just in a religious sense, but also… self-confidence, trust, power, courage, perseverance, ambition. We must believe that we are doing the right thing. We must believe in our actions, in our thoughts, in our feelings, in our destiny.

You are what you believe in. I am what I believe in. We all are the by-products of our beliefs.

This is extremely important. What you believe in is going to determine how your future will look like. Your thoughts will shape your world for you. There is no reality other than the one we interpret ourselves.

That is all.

Believe that you are good enough.

Believe that you can do better.

Believe that you can…

And you WILL.

What’s your purpose?

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“Clarify your purpose. What is the why behind everything you do? When we know this in life or design it is very empowering and the path is clear.” – Jack Canfield

I often tell people that the few months I spent writing and posting my stories on Wattpad were the happiest I have yet to live. I have made the decision to see only the nostalgic beauty of those moments and not the absurd struggle.

Don’t you feel that sometimes we try so hard to turn real life into art? To turn our past into a story that could never be true? A story that is either better or worse than anything “real”? Continue reading

You gotta dream


“​Take the crumbs from starving soldiers, they won’t die.

Take the bread from hungry children, they won’t cry.

But without dreams, we’ll all die.”

A dream is a vision created by our imagination and stored in our minds for when we need motivation. For those mornings when we don’t feel like getting out of bed. Or when the nights feel unusually long.

To dream is to spend midnight hours dreaming about the dawn.

If you do not see what isn’t there, how can you ever create it? Achieve it? Conquer it?

Think about it.

Dream big. Don’t be afraid to dream. Don’t be afraid to dare greatly.

The only thing worse than dreaming of things that will never come is to not dream at all.

A hopeless future, going through the motion day in and day out…

Imagine that.

Now imagine having a dream so great that it just wakes you up in the morning…

You can’t wait to work on it, to make it real.

You want to, because you have a lot of reasons to do so.

You want to, because you want to prove to yourself that you can.

You want to, because if you don’t work on your dreams, they’ll wither and die.

Every defeat…

I’m sure you know what failure means, but what you don’t know is that, whether life changing or not, every defeat carries with it enormous potential. Somewhere hidden, of course.

We often choose to deny it, but  failure is an integral part of who we are as humans.

That’s why we like success stories so much. That’s why we love to believe that brilliant writers come up with wonderful first drafts. Everything they write is gold. The bitter alternative to this is that we have to work hard all our lives and still be haunted by the monster of failure.

We all want to become so good at what we love doing that it becomes effortless. We want to stroll our fingers across the keyboard and win the Pulitzer.

But it’s not like that.

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Wake Your Ass Up!

The alarm goes off. You cry a little bit inside. You don’t want to get out of bed. Not again. Not this.

Anything but this.

You want to go back to sleep, back to the comfortable warmth of dreams that make sense only to you.

But you do get up. You have to.

Unfortunately, you left a part of yourself wrapped in the blanket…

You walk around like a zombie. You get angry at minor things. People’s only purpose is to annoy you.

Why does it have to be this hard?

Can’t you just stay in bed all day and watch funny Youtube videos?

This is how your whole life flies by you.

Most people never wake up.

They never fully understand that here and now is all we ever get.

Step outside your comfort zone. Get outside your head. Welcome the grind.

Here and now is where you make your dreams come true.

Day in and day out.

One step at a time…

Do this over and over again, one day the alarm won’t startle you in the morning.

For you’ll already be up, excited about working on your dreams.