Math grad. Writer.

Slay it to get to the treasure room.

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What stands in your way of stardom and success is not your loud, incapable boss at the office or the lack of money and opportunities. Nor is it your parents’ fault, the country you were born at, or the absence of talents you were born with.

Most of the time, your archenemy is the one that has been living between your own two ears — your mindset. Your fixed mindset.

Your Mindset is a Double-Edged Sword

What is a mindset?

To put it simply, a mindset is a way of thinking. It’s a collection of beliefs that helps…

I was supposed to graduate in three.

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To this day, I still remember what my high school teacher had said to me in front of the class:

College will be the best years of your life.

They were the worst years of my life.

Why? Well, let’s take a look:

  • I attended less than twenty percent of the total lectures in college. Paid for those classes with a student loan.
  • I’ve failed eight exams; three of those I didn’t even bother to sit for.
  • It took me five years to complete a three-year bachelor’s program. I’m the last one to graduate in my batch.
  • Total friends made…

Shaving your head is optional.

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What comes up to your mind when you see a man with unkempt hair, wearing tattered clothes — sleeping in a cardboard box on the street?

A homeless?

An addict?

A failure?

Labels. We put labels on others and ourselves all the time. It helps us to compartmentalize situations and behaviors — a defense mechanism so we know how to act (or react) when a situation arises.

In psychology, this is known as .

Labeling theory is the theory of how your identity and behavior are influenced by the terms (labels) you use to describe or classify yourself.

Labeling is a Double-Edged Sword


There’s a cheat code for the lazies.

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Have you ever start practicing a life-changing habit for a week, only to find yourself not doing it at all on the eighth day?

Then, you start to get angry at yourself for not doing it even if you want to.

And then you get angry at yourself for getting angry at yourself.

Now you’re Mad Max.


Come on, what’s the magic word to make all this disappear?

Oh yes.

That’s it.


I’ll do it later.

Ah, everyone’s favorite word.

Let me tell you what later is.

The Neverland

Later is an enemy…

It’s by continuous self-reflection. Always has been.

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We’re almost at the end of the year. I know — you can’t wait for this year to be over. The year that feels like you were forced to sit through the cult classic, Manos: The Hands of Fate on loop (hey it’s not that bad).

You probably have already heard of your friends’ declarations of their new year resolutions — their hopes and dreams. And, you might already have one as well.

Your list of what you want to do (and keep doing) probably look something like this:

  • I’ll read every day…

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