The Merriam-Webster online dictionary defines a “hypocrite” as a person who acts in contradiction to his or her stated beliefs or feelings. In this respect, I often feel deep pangs of hypocrisy during my self-improvement journey. I don’t mean this in the traditional way our society calls out hypocrisy. For example, a married, conservative politician who … Continue reading I Am a Hypocrite
After countless hours of self-improvement Youtube consumption, I can stumble upon contradictions. I remember that personal growth is not one-size-fits-all. One such contradiction contrasts deep work with the Pomodoro technique. Deep work, as explained by Dr. Cal Newport, calls for sustained, uninterrupted blocks of time for profound productivity. Multitasking is inefficient. Rather than processing multiple tasks … Continue reading Deep Work or Frequent Breaks?
In some respects, 2019 has not been the best start. I’ve done very little writing, I haven’t produced a video in several weeks, and I’m still prone to emotional ruts. But two aspects of my life have taken positive turns - I spend more time socializing and I don’t binge eat nearly as often as … Continue reading Trading Calories for Conversations
I gleaned many of these insights from Atomic Habits by James Clear. It’s a short read sardine-packed with golden behavior change wisdom. As 2019 dawns, the leaf-littered ground makes way for snow, and I slowly grow more layers of clothing until I resemble a waddling Michelin man, I imagine millions of people enacting New Year's resolutions. … Continue reading The Benefits of Systems Over Goals
I am very grateful for my life here in Korea. Students' effort, kindness, and sincerity give me so much to smile about. I live in a fast-growing city with many amenities. My employer pays my rent, and I'm financially comfortable. In many ways, I am truly spoiled. However, not all days can be amazing. Sometimes … Continue reading Bouncing Back
One book I really appreciated - a book that combines ancient wisdom with practical application - explores the Japanese concept of kaizen. The author, Robert Maurer, describes kaizen as follows: Kaizen has two definitions: using very small steps to improve a habit, a process, or product using very small moments to inspire new products and … Continue reading Kaizen – Small Changes for Big Effects
Is willpower a finite resource? Those familiar with Roy Baumeister's research would likely agree. They would advise people to eat breakfast and prioritize difficult tasks in the morning when willpower reserves are high. Others like Jocko Willink would object, positing that spending willpower creates an upward spiral of momentum. In other words, self-control begets more … Continue reading Is Willpower a Finite Resource?