What stars really mean.

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Art by Karinne Villette

It was a breezy warm day, the type that makes you restless waiting for work to end.

For Cooper though, work wasn’t a concern yet, as he had just entered summer break.

With excitement running through his veins, eager to make the most out of the months that followed, he and his friends went to a new amusement park that was passing by the town.

What followed was a day filled with high emotions and tons of sugar, the type that you’ll remember when you’re eventually stuck at an office, reminiscent of better times.

For how good of a day it was, it had one last surprise held for Cooper. …


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“With great achievements comes equally great effort” — Likely said a parallel universe Spiderman’s uncle.

Great effort meaning, a lot of effort… Right?

In theory that would make sense. The more you work the more you achieve.

“Work while others sleep.”

“I’ve got a dream worth more than my sleep.”

“Hustle until your haters ask f you’re hiring.”

Those are but a few of the posts you can find if you go looking for motivation online. They are exciting, thrilling, and give a sense that the world is yours to conquer if you do nothing but work.

With most of the content gaining traction being like those above, what comes next may not make too much sense at first. …


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Fulfillment.

Hard to translate into words, however, for the mast part, a destination we are all trying to reach.

For how much the temptation for a life of comfort and care-freeness, there seems to always be the internal pull towards something more.

Personally, I strongly believe this to be achieved when striving for a goal we deem worthy.

As Albert Camus put it:

The struggle itself towards the heights is enough to fill a man’s heart. One must imagine Sisyphus happy.

The big problem with this, and the reason why so many of us are miserably pushing our “boulder”, one that I felt in the past, is because the choice of the burden didn’t seem like ours. Sure, you graduated, went to the job interview, and are now pursuing a career in that field… But is that what you truly wanted? …


The clock is ticking

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Socrates, Jimi Hendrix, Steve Jobs, Alexandre The Great, Sigmund Freud, Bruce Lee, Frida Kahalo, Marcus Aurelius, etc.

All of the above, for how different from one another, all have one thing in common.

It’s not how much money, success, fame, or recognition they were able to attain during their lives, not at all.

What they all share is a fate destined for you and me soon enough.

One shared between everyone that has and will ever live.

Death.

This end of life as we know it, is, to say the least, an overwhelming idea to come to acceptance to, after all, life is all we know. …


#2 — It’s OK To Feel Bad

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Me in Germany, 2017

At the ripe age of 18, I traveled on my own for the first time.

With only a briefcase, a book under my arm, a pair of John Lenon sunglasses, and with excitement running through my veins, I headed to Madrid for a year of volunteering.

This is when I would experience my first true sense of freedom.

Following this experience, a few years later, I got hired for what you could call a “dream job”, with all expenses paid to travel around the world as a videographer/assistant under a self-help coach.

Doing so, I traveled to over 16 countries in under a year, an experience that would push me to the limits of the amount of discomfort I can handle. …


Especially when no one is watching

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We’ve all followed through on an action we believe is wrong, especially when no one is watching.

You know the ones I’m talking about.

Keeping the extra change the cashier mistakenly gave us, fill up a super big gulp at a gas station when we’re on a diet, or simply procrastinate on the habits we know we should be attacking.

We’ve all succumbed to some form of it.

Before they happen, the justification in our minds always sounds bullet-proof, however, after the fact, they get exposed for what they really are: excuses.

“Why did I do that” — You may find yourself wondering — “This is the last time I ever allow it to happen!” …


Why you need it to be happy, but how you’ll be miserable if that’s all you chase.

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92% of the money that circulates nowadays is digital. You can’t touch it, stack it, or smell it, however, the importance it carries remains the same.

In many ways, it’s the gatekeeper who holds all the freedom and pleasure we work 8 hours a day for.

We need it to pay rent, gas, buy food, and as research has shown, to make us happy.

Yes, you read that right.

“What?”

You may have just instinctively questioned.

“Money doesn’t bring happiness, we all know plenty of rich people who are depressed.”

While there are countless examples of wealthy individuals succumbing to the tragedy inside their minds, we have much more of the…


Why motivation is not enough, and what to do instead

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Art by Mira Maia

Have you ever had a burst of sudden motivation?

One that made you rush to do something, an activity you were really excited about, only to find yourself wondering where to even start when you got there?

Could be starting a youtube channel, getting rid of your pot belly, or even writing a book.

A confusion that, in my case, tends to turn to overwhelm quite quickly, and for most people, tends to evolve into avoiding a task that minutes ago seemed of maximum excitement.

We end up procrastinating on a pursuit which just seconds ago deeply motivated us.

Meanwhile, with a quick glance through social media, we can find ourselves being riddled with guilt when we see Jocko Willink waking up at 4:30 Am every day, or David Goggins running 200-mile marathons. …


Please Sit. Why don’t you enjoy a cup of calming jasmine tea?

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Art From “Avatar: The Last Airbender”

Throughout the history of entertainment, whether in movies or tv shows, we have been blessed with a handful of characters that elevated themselves to standards of what it means to be someone of wisdom.

We have Yoda riding on Luke’s backpack, teaching him the ways of the force in a way only a true master could.

Mr. Myiagi, forcing a young Daniel to do his household tasks, with no apparent reason, only for him to find these same chores were teaching him the martial arts skills he so desperately craved.

You could even make the argument for Gandalf, who when Frodo complained — “I wish it need not have happened in my time,” — referring to the terrible evil happening around them, the wise wizard replied with one of my favorite lines of all…


Hint: you have to use momentum in your favor.

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Art by Eiko Ojala

There is a silent war going on.

A battle that started as soon as man became conscious of itself, one fought by every generation since then, by the poor and the rich, the naturally gifted and the not so much, a war waged by a threat that does not discriminate based on sex, race, religion, or anything we are accustomed as an igniter of conflict.

A war that every single person since then has fought, and one that is now happening within you.

The enemy responsible has many names: Procrastination, Laziness, Stalling, Postponing, even Dilly-dallying.

In other words, “Resistance”

As Steven Pressfield originally described it in his book “The War of…

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