Important things in life don’t come easy. Nor should they. Education, self-learning, staying fit, staying financially stable, mentally sane and acute, etc. — all of these things require friction. They require work.
The hours to put in. The struggle of not knowing where to go next. The thrill of finding a solution. The discipline to push yourself.
That’s why all education is, really, self-education. (As Maria Popova said, knowledge has to be claimed.)
And that is why we must not shy away from doing hard things.
Doing hard things brings freedom we can’t buy otherwise.
The modern agenda in a…
Exactly three months ago, I drank every day. I went to bed no earlier than 4 AM and ate fast food for breakfast. Oh, I also watched endless porn.
As a result of such a *healthy* lifestyle, I got myself in such a hole of low energy, lack of motivation, and no hope that even antidepressants didn’t help. (Looking back, I wonder how I managed to keep my job and keep making any money at all.)
Typing this, I feel 10x better than I felt a month ago and 100x better than I felt two months ago (1,000x better than…
I was a very competitive child. At 8, I remember riding in the back seat of my dad’s car, after a swimming competition, where I scored third. I was crying. My mom was just on a call with the coach. My team-mate — who, as I assumed, was also a friend — scored first.
“He got a gold medal and broke the record for kids his age,” mom said, handing me a McDonald’s bag with my favorite pack: large fries, six McNuggets, and a BBQ sauce. “Don’t worry, you’ll get it next time.”
My mom seemed to be more proud…
Two years ago, I read a book by Alex Banayan called The Third Door.
In this book, Alex describes his journey of figuring his life out by talking to world-class celebrities, businesspeople, and gurus — ranging from Lady Gaga to Bill Gates. It’s an exhilarating read, and I highly recommend it.
The title of the book comes from its main thesis, which I’ll rephrase as:
“There are three doors you can take in life. If you imagine a club, you have the main entrance, which is what 95% of people take. You have the VIP entrance for the 4.9%. And…
I am just 23, and I’ve already had some great mentors in my life. They usually — as they always do — came from unexpected places. Places you’d never expect.
My first mentor was my father. I’ve learned a lot from him about the value of discipline, rigorous work ethic, and the value of high-quality education. He introduced me to many books on life, business, and personal growth, which in turn helped me find remote mentors — so-called “heroes”. Following his footsteps, I applied to a business college.
My second mentor came at college. He was an Entrepreneur-In-Residence who also…
This is not going to be a piece on how the world is about to change.
Instead, I want to show you exactly how the world has already changed so that you can make the most of it. Because changes and opportunities always come silently — and only a few lucky (and persistent) ones actually act on them.
With Patreon raising $155M at a $4B valuation, Twitter introducing super follows, TikTok pushing its creators' fund, and Silicon Valley investors betting big on the “passion economy,” it’s now obvious that (in Patreon CEO Jack Conte’s words, not mine), the “second Renaissance”…
We were at a family event when I approached my ten-year-old cousin and asked him, “So, who do you want to be when you grow up?”
He stared at me blankly as if I asked the wrong question. I probably did. When he didn’t respond, I decided to come from a different place, “Well, what do you enjoy doing?”
“Speedrunning,” he replied.
He could probably see the puzzled look on my face because he continued by saying, “Paul and I like to speedrun. You know, in Minecraft.”
I turned my head around to look at my other cousin, a…
When people say that creative work is easy, don’t trust them. They lie. Creative work is hard. Sometimes, excruciating.
It’s the doubts, the anxieties, the lack of money, the need for approval, the longing for attention. Everyone experiences these things.
The goods news is — you’re not alone. There are about 7,600 in my network right now. And counting.
The best thing we can do for ourselves on this journey is to arm ourselves with the right tools, community, and content, that would help us and inspire us.
Don’t think. Rational thought will only lead you to self-doubt, hesitation, and lack of movement. There are a million and more reasons why you shouldn’t be doing what you’re about to do. Think of Steve Jobs. The biggest geniuses were also the craziest folks. Everyone told them they were doing the wrong thing, heck, they thought they were doing the wrong thing — but had the ignorance and naïveté and stupidity to keep pursuing what they’ve started. So don’t think, do.
Steven Pressfield says that ‘stubbornness’ is better than ‘discipline’ or ‘perseverance’ because it’s less lofty. You don’t have to…
The lights dim, the music starts playing, and I immediately know what’s happening. Behind me, three waitresses start singing.
“HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOUUUUU…HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOUUUU…HAPPY BIRTHDAY HAPPY BIRTHDAY HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOUUUUUUUU…”
That last youuu was a prolonged one after which everyone — even the other guests start clapping. I feel myself blush and look at the cake in front of me. It’s a beautiful cake, chocolate biscuit — the way I like it! — and has 5 candles. I hesitate for a moment, feeling the pressure of the moment, thinking about the wish. …