Don’t Give Up

 

“When the going gets tough, put one foot in front of the other and just keep going. Don’t give up.” 
― Roy T. Bennett

Even though I couldn’t afford a gym membership, fancy training equipment, the right supplements and vitamins, and I struggled to afford to eat the proper number of meals a day, I was in the best physical shape of my life.

I used to weigh only 121 pounds at a height of 5 feet eight inches. Fast forward three years, and my weight is 159 pounds. Little body fat. Just the way I like it.

How did I do it?

By sheer power of will. By just going after it with what I have.

Two 7 pound dumbbells and one of those ab rollers. The number of exercises you can do with just those three things is quite amazing. A few hundred pushups a day, a 2 mile run first thing in the morning, and quite a bit of shadow boxing every now and then.

Don’t we waste so much time waiting for the ideal conditions? Continue reading

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The Pursuit of Happiness

What is happiness? How can we obtain it? How can we keep it? Why is it so important for us to be happy?

Questions we all asked ourselves at certain points in life. Continue reading

A Lesson: On Depression, Emotional Resilience, and Heartbreaks

“Heard joke once: Man goes to doctor. Says he’s depressed. Says life seems harsh and cruel. Says he feels all alone in a threatening world where what lies ahead is vague and uncertain. Doctor says, “Treatment is simple. Great clown Pagliacci is in town tonight. Go and see him. That should pick you up.” Man bursts into tears. Says, “But doctor…I am Pagliacci.” ― Alan Moore

You know the saying, “Don’t judge a book by its cover?”

Well, it’s true.

Oftentimes there’s a big difference between what we’re able to decipher about a person, what we see at the surface, and what lies underneath it all. There’s a big difference between appearance and essence.

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Do Your Own Bit of Saving

“Don’t ask for guarantees. And don’t look to be saved in any one thing, person, machine, or library. Do your own bit of saving, and if you drown, at least die knowing you were heading for shore.” – Ray Bradbury

Even though it doesn’t feel like it, we spend most of our lives waiting. We find ourselves at one end of a dark tunnel and we wait for someone or something to take by the hand and lead us toward the light on the other side.

We spend our days wishing for better ones. Continue reading

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?

How to best spend the money? Continue reading

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.

More. More. More. Continue reading