86,400

566d116199aa67ccImagine someone deposits $86,400 in your account. You can do with the money as you please. No questions asked. But at midnight, all the money you didn’t spend disappears, but you receive another $86.400.

The thing about this mysterious deal is that you never know when you’ll stop receiving the money.

So what do you do?

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Ambition: Good or Bad?

Defined as “a burning desire to create,” ambition has been considered for a long time as one of the most important ingredients for success.

But is it enough to just want something?

The universe is indifferent. It doesn’t give you what you want. It doesn’t satisfy your obsessions. Thoughts don’t magically materialize.

Effort. Sacrifice. Discipline. Patience.

Words to be tied to “ambition.”

The desire, however burning, has to direct actions. Decisions.

We need to keep the flame burning, but successful people also know that ambition is also going on in spite of failure, pain, or fatigue.

It’s not about how bad you want it. Most people want it just as bad as you do. It’s about how hard you’re willing to work for it. How much time and effort are you willing to put in. Continue reading

Do More, Be More

“Unless a man undertakes more than he possibly can do, he will never do all he can do.”– Henry Drummond

To push oneself to the limit. And beyond. In a way, this is what living a meaningful life is all about. The struggle, the desire to achieve more than seems possible.

Our potential is endless, our capacity for expansion exceeds our imagination.

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Hope. Pain. Strength.

hope“I’m not saying that everything is survivable. Just that everything except the last thing is.” John Green

Most of us don’t realize how strong we are. It seems as if we start off as being invincible. Or at least feeling as if we are. And life starts to happen, and we fail, time and time again, and suddenly we grow afraid of failure, oftentimes afraid of success just as much.

The trick is not to hide your pain behind a smile. Continue reading

If Only

The saddest words in the English language. If only.

If only I’d known what I know now, if only I had done this or that, if only…

Regret comes in all shapes and sizes. And time passes and heals wounds, and, in the end, regret is the only thing that ties us to our past. Or to a better version of it. Continue reading

Even Angels Have their Demons

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The truth is that at some deep unconscious level we’re all broken. The sad truth of this world is that we’ve all been broken, lied to, cheated, or left behind. We’ve all lost something and we all miss people we’ve never even met. We all attach a certain melancholic beauty to memories that never even happened.

There’s good and bad in every person you meet. There’s beauty in searching for the good parts, there’s something noble about pretending that their light is all you see. Continue reading

Everything I Write Was Once Real Life

One of my favorite opening lines goes like this, “Everything I write was once real life.”

It’s from Max Blecher’s last novel, The Shinning Burrow.

How do you turn real life into art? Into stories? How do you write about all the things you’d never have the courage to say out loud?

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