That’ll remind you of life’s magic.

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The Alchemist is not a book. It’s the meaning of life condensed into 163 pages.

The book has sold over 65 million copies in 67 languages. It holds the Guinness World Record for the most translated book by a living author.

When I started reading it this year, I didn’t know what to expect. I heard about the book years ago, but I’ve always prioritized non-fiction. Then I came across my wife’s 15-year-old copy and decided to give it a shot.

And I’m glad I did.

I found it brought me closer to God. It felt magical, mystical, and biblical…


You don’t have a bad memory.

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We no longer rely on our memories the way we used to.

Everything is easily googleable.

Can’t remember that restaurant you went to last week? Google.
Can’t remember the directions to your in-laws’ place? Google.
Can’t remember the recipe for mac and cheese? Google.

But, I would say, having a good memory is essential to overall success. Don’t you think?

In this post, I will outline the strategies recommended by Dale Carnegie in his book, How to Develop Self-Confidence and Influence People by Public Speaking, first published in 1957!

I found them timeless and practical! I hope you do, too.


Money Making Tricks on Medium

There’s hope for shitty writing!

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Okay, I’ve been stalking a couple of accounts on Medium who claim to make over $100 a month on Medium. Meaning, they are in the top 6% of writers on Medium!

I’m happy for them, I really am. But I can’t get over how bad their writing is. Weak language. Poor grammar. Vague content. It’s what you would call shitty writing. I’m actually surprised at the number of publications who are OK with this level of writing.

Yet, they are making over $100 a month, and I believe them. Here are four tricks they have been using:

1. Write about Medium

Most of their…


Thank you, Medium, for yet another curation!

Tons of writers complain about the new Medium curation — that it no longer has the impact it once had. That it’s a…


Self Improvement: Atomic Habits

So why do you expect overnight success?

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Many of us are aware of the compounding power of making tiny improvements, or Atomic Habits, popularized by James Clear.

A 1% improvement each day, or a tiny bit better, will lead to a 3778% improvement by the end of the year. That is almost 38x better than where you started.

But it’s easy to lose sight of your goals. When you make tiny changes, you won’t see immediate results. Who knows what 1% is, anyway? When can I see real change?

It wasn’t until I read Clear’s ice cube analogy that I truly got it.

It isn’t just about…


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Thank you, Lucy Dan 蛋小姐 (she/her/她) for the prompts that get us thinking and writing!

Here are my responses.

[1] What did you like to do most when you were 10? They say that this hobby is likely what brings you the most joy in life — is this something you still do?

When I was ten, I rode my bike for hours every evening, and I practiced Karate three times a week. I do none of these now and haven’t in years.

I’m still active, in a sense. I do enjoy working out four or five times a week. It brings me joy and sore muscles.

[2] What genres do you write? Why do you choose to write with these types of structures? What’s attractive about them?

I focus on non-fiction articles on personal growth, self-improvement, life purpose, and parenting. I’ve never tried poetry or fiction.

I enjoy reading non-fiction, and I like to…


That’s 33%, and I wasn’t even trying.

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What a beautiful surprise!

I wasn’t planning for this nor checking for this.

I’ve been away from Medium the past couple of months. The usual excuses, busy with work, exercise, life, with a sprinkle of imposter syndrome, the not good enough, and the insecurities writers tend to experience.

So I haven’t been active. I haven’t checked stats. I haven’t done much, really.

I recently got back to writing after an internal struggle, and I’ve been enjoying the process. I had no expectations.

I was scrolling through Medium last night when I decided to check my stats. I haven’t visited this…


Take time to reflect.

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Reflection is the key to learning.

You can have an experience and repeat the same mistakes. You may not know what your weaknesses are, so you repeat.

We all have countless experiences, but we don’t learn from each one. We learn when we pause, reflect, and evaluate.

“If someone is going down the wrong road, he doesn’t need the motivation to speed up. He needs to stop, reflect, and change course.” — John C. Maxwell

Take writing as one example. If you simply write whatever comes to mind every single day, you would have lots of experience writing. But would…


As above, so below.

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“As within, so without: If humans clear inner pollution, then they will also cease to create outer pollution.” — Eckhart Tolle

Our outside world is a reflection of our inner world. We manifest our reality.

Whether you believe in this or not, think about this for a second.

When we’re happy, we’re contagious. We smile at strangers; we accept mistakes; we ignore traffic. People smile back. We arrive on time with time to spare.

But start your day off with negative emotions, and the world responds the same way.

How do you behave when you’re angry, frustrated, scared, stressed? Do…

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