Hey readers 👋

The unfortunate news of Kobe Bryan’s passing precisely 2 weeks ago, at the young age of 41, along with his friends and daughter is a stark reminder of the fragility of life.

Excusing the morbidness of the paragraph above, the point I am trying to make is that life is far too short to be spent on things we’re not enjoying - things that don’t make us happy.

Realising life is too short to be spent being miserable helps us avoid getting ourselves invested in trivialities; which, on the grand scheme of things, really do not matter.

Instead, our time and energy should be channelled towards things that truly matter to us, filling us with heaps of fun and happiness along the way.

Life is whatever we make of it. It can be beautiful, fun and enjoyable if that’s what you choose. It can also be stressful, sad and filled with suffering if we choose - and yes, it is a choice.

The choice is ours.

Have an awesome week 🤩


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I discuss what it means to be a minimalist and some surprising benefits. Minimalism isn’t for everyone, but there are many benefits to adopting minimalist approaches in our everyday lives.

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The minimalist lifestyle has gained popularity over the past few years, thanks to several minimalist bloggers and the minimalism documentary on Netflix.

3 Things I've Enjoyed This Week

  1. Sam Altman: How to invest in startups - Despite the title, it’s a good article written on some key characteristics that make good startups.
  2. Why you should quit the news - We all know there is hardly ever any positivity coming out of the news as the news makes us think the world is all doom and gloom. Switching off the news for good can improve our mental wellbeing.
  3. The Winner’s Curse: Why Success Is More Dangerous Than Failure - With success, we often lose our focus and confidence that helped us reach success in the first place. “The Winner’s Curse:’ a significant decline in performance shortly after success due to increased internal and external expectations.” Always stay hungry, even while you’re ahead.

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This Week's Wisdom

“Life itself is a form of suffering. The rich suffer because of their riches. The poor suffer because of their poverty. People without a family suffer because they have no family. People with a family suffer because of their family. People who pursue worldly pleasures suffer because of their worldly pleasures. People who abstain from worldly pleasures suffer because of their abstention.”

- Mark Manson, in the book: The Subtle Art of Not Giving A F*ck

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