Here are some of my journal entries that I accidentally discovered recently – I realized that I wrote down some interesting musings when I was on an international trip a few years ago.

  • My musings on the truth behind burnout, business and productivity:

Because the competition is increasingly stiff in the society, many people suffer from burnout these days. But overworking doesn’t make you more content; it only makes you more tired.

Nowadays a business isn’t necessarily a building called XYZ Company. Instead, it’s usually a team or a system. The effectiveness and efficiency of this team or system determine whether the business owner can spend enough time working on the business instead of working in the business.

You should do the most challenging task first thing in the morning. In this way, you will feel motivated and energized throughout the day, knowing that the hardest task has been done already.

Before you go to bed at night, you can create a to-do list for the next day so that when you wake up in the morning, you will have no decision to make! This is a great way to minimize the activation energy when you start to work in the morning.

If someone is worldly and knowledgeable, people automatically associate them with attractiveness.  That means life-long learners are more likely to be attractive.

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  • How to reduce stress in life (apart from having an international trip):

Having too much to do is overwhelming, but you can write down everything that needs to be done in your diary. Now you simply focus on one detail at a time to reduce the stress.

Don’t let your past define your future. If you have things to work on, do it now.

What’s relevant today might become obsolete tomorrow, so it’s really important to keep learning new skills.

A person of integrity doesn’t compromise what they believe in merely in order to seek approval from other people, nor do they allow bad behavior slide so as to try and fit in.

Usually, what you love doing is also what you are good at. But not everyone can specify what they are actually passionate about. However, everyone knows what they are curious about & what they enjoyed doing when they were 6 years old.

Instead of figuring out how to monetize your passion, I’ll ask you this question – What can you keep talking about all day? That’s what you actually love.

The real secret to finding your passion is to bring passion to everything you do.

Your passion, your talent and what the market would pay for – the intersection of these three areas is your calling.

Working hard is important. You can work twice as hard as others, but you can’t work ten times harder than others. That’s why you must work smarter.

Nine times out of ten, when good luck happens, it has something to do with certain people in my life because they bring good luck to me. That means good luck results from a powerful network. Also, as Seneca famously said, “Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.”

“International trips have helped me to feel less stressed. I’m very grateful!”