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The Benjamin Franklin Method: How to (Actually) Learn to Write

We must become more comfortable with probability and uncertainty. – Nate Silver

Saw an article at Medium, written by Charles Chu regarding Benjamin Franklin’s writings.

To summarize, all it takes is deliberate practice.

Deliberate practice has been mentioned again, and again, and again.

Writing is as much an arts as it is as science.

Grammar and structures follow rules, which can be dissected using scientific methodology.

However, captivating human’s mind and heart takes much more than that. Creativity is an arts, that so few have mastered. Diversify your readings and day-to-day activities to improve upon your creativity.

As for me, it is still a long way to go. I am not a master yet. And I dare not call myself a master. I know where I stand.

And I also know that I won’t be the same this time next year. Because I know that I would put in the effort. The effort to read, to learn and to practise.

Believe in your ability. Believe that you have growth mindset. And you will find success along the way.

 

Meng

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Lukas Graham 7 Years

I learned the value of hard work by working hard. – Margaret Mead

Kept on hearing Lukas Graham’s 7 Years on radio. It was catchy and pleasant to the ears. At least, to my ears.

There’s something about the lyrics that we can learn.

It was a big big world, but we thought we were bigger
Pushing each other to the limits, we were learning quicker

We have to believe in ourselves. Believe in our ability, to learn and to perform. Believe that we are bigger than the problems that we are facing.

Success lies outside of our comfort zone. The more we push, the faster we learn. And it is not an individual journey. We push each other. We push our friends, those who share the same dreams as us. The journey to success is not meant to be climbed by yourself, all alone.

I only see my goals, I don’t believe in failure
Cause I know the smallest voices, they can make it major

We have to be goal oriented. Focused on the things that we want to achieve. There is no way but up. There is no other way but success. Give yourself no room for excuse. Give yourself no excuse for failure.

We should be biased. Biased towards optimism. We have to keep our negativity and self-criticism in check. Once we leave them out, it would unleash a downward-spiral that would be out of control.

Success lies within you. Believe in yourself and keep working on it. Believe in yourself, believe in your ability to figure things out, believe in seeing the rainbow after the rain. Keep working, keep pushing. And keep your like-minded friends with you, by your side, to encourage one another to the end goal.

 

Meng

Setting Goals

You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream. – C. S. Lewis

Adrienne Dorison shared her three steps in setting successful goals.

First, you must make a decision. Be committed in it. Don’t just be merely interested, be committed.

Secondly, you have to believe in it. You have to believe in your capability to achieve your goals within the time line.

Finally, you have to take actions. Actions materialize your intangible goals. Actions, regardless of good or bad, would give you feedback. And from there, you will know whether you should continue doing it, or to change your strategies accordingly.

How would you set your goals effectively?

Meng

When Results are lacking

Patience is not simply the ability to wait – it’s how we behave while we’re waiting. – Joyce Meyer

Saw a post by foundrmagazine on their Instagram :

What do you do when you do not see the results that you want?

You put in effort day in, day out. Weeks pass by. Months pass by. Years pass by.

When do you persist? When do you throw in the towel?

Believe. You must always believe in yourself. Have faith in your capability and believe in things will work out eventually. There is no use doubting and second guessing yourself.

System. Does the system work? Look for hard facts. Did other successful people use the same system? Success leaves clues. Therefore, from the clues, we can reverse-engineer and figure out the system that work. Follow their step-by-step methodological. If the system doesn’t work, change it!

Time. Anything worthwhile takes time. Don’t rush it over. If you are doing things correctly, and with the right intention, the right results will eventually show. Be patience.

What are the things that you have been putting in efforts and still aren’t seeing any results? Stay calm, and remember the three pointers.

 

Meng

Mayor Svante Myrick

Yesterday is not ours to recover, but tomorrow is ours to win or lose. – Lyndon B. Johnson

It’s an inspiring story on Upworthy.

A young mayor who is connected to his constituents with social media.

Messages reach him, uncensored.

A guy with a vision for his city.

A story from rag to inspiring others.

His situation is not a disadvantage to him. His poverty doesn’t restrict his potential.

Instead, it inspired him to do good.

Taking up works to support his study.

To be grateful of what the government has done for him, and him back to society, in return.

“We are successful when we take care of each other, when we look out for each other,” – Svante Myrick

Each and everyone of us has a situation that we are facing. Whether it is favorable or not favorable.

We can’t change what has happened to us. But we can change what we think and believe in. And we can change our reaction to it. We choose to respond, instead to react to it using knee-jerk response.

Have a good read of the article in Upworthy.

 

Meng

New Year Resolution

Let our New Year’s resolution be this: we will be there for one another as fellow members of humanity, in the finest sense of the word. – Goran Persson

It has been days since we celebrated New Year. Are we too late to write down our resolutions now?

Of course not. When there’s a will, there is never a time too late.

But first, let’s see. Why so many people set their new year resolution only to see it fail, year after year after year?

I know how it feels, for I have fallen the same.

But why? Why do we fail?

Because the goal is not a must. It’s something that is good to have, but not something that we must have. It’s good to be rich, but we are still living comfortably. Why bother working for an extra 1 to 2 hours daily when we can still pay our bill?

A new year resolution set based on other people’s expectation. You think studying harder would make your parents happy. You think getting slimmer would make your spouse happy.

It’s just too much of a hassle. Changing habits take time. And effort. It’s tough to put on the running shoes, and go for a run, when there’s a nice drama showing on the TV. Especially if it’s cloudy and going to rain any moment now.

It’s a very big difference with our habits. It’s a big jump from being couch potato to a gym enthusiast. From a shy guy to an outspoken stage-controlling speaker. From an illiterate to a literature best-selling author. The gap alone is overwhelming for us to even begin taking the first step.

You’re just going through the motion. It’s just a process that everyone is doing. If everyone’s doing it, you do it as well. Even if you don’t understand how it would help you. You just do it, for the sake of doing it.

You never believe in yourself. You don’t think it would ever work. You’ll just put in on paper, while thinking it would never work. Why bother? Why put in the effort? Or, you may think to yourself, I’ll do it even if I know it won’t work.

You just couldn’t give up your current lifestyle. How do you expect to wake up at 5am if you still prefer clubbing till 2am? How do you want to go out running, if you still want to watch movies at the same time? How are you going to spend the time reading, when all you thinking about is the good time out window-shopping?

Take stock of how you have been setting your new year resolution all these years. How efficient have they become? What went right? And what went wrong? How much distraction in your life? And how they affect your goals? Think through and you will find the answers within you.

 

Meng

Alissa Sizemore

The only disability in life is a bad attitude. – Scott Hamilton

 

A friend posted this video in his Facebook wall.

Alissa Sizemore is a young lady who dreams nothing more than dancing ballet. A fateful car accident last year costed her, her leg.

An amputee and a dream of dancing ballet. Doesn’t sound very linked, does it?

But…

Physical disabilities doesn’t mean disabled life.

Physical disabilities doesn’t mean we should resign to fate. To give up without fighting.

Yes, you may have all the reasons, all the excuses to give up.

But is that something you have really wanted?

To succeed in life, one must be resourceful.

One must believe in himself or herself.

One must make use of what is available to him or her.

One must change the playing field, think of David vs Goliath.

When the world turns against you, when you are feeling hopelessness, it is then the more utmost important to have faith in yourself that you can weather it through, somehow.

The journey won’t be easy, but it would be definitely worth it.

Be inspired and make a difference today. Make it your goals to make do with what you have.

 

Meng