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10 Wise Old Sayings The World Is Starting To Forget

Wise old sayings the world is starting to forget

Out with the old in with the new…

I used to have, my friends called it the dinosaur, a flip phone. At first I simply did not buy a smart phone because I didn’t find the need for it. Eventually it became a personal statement for me to use a flip phone. It was my way of protesting against “technology pollution.” It became apparent that I needed to upgrade since I am a web developer and cross-device testing is a huge part of web development. Also it would just be silly to never change phones, so I got myself a fairly new smartphone.

It was awesome. Everything is in HD, you can watch everything everywhere anytime and there is literally an app for everything. I was like the baby who discovered his eyebrows for the first time. I would lock and unlock my phone just to marvel at this sleek beautiful piece of technology.

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However, as I found myself becoming more dependent on the phone’s technological capabilities, I realized I was being too dependent on it. Do I really need to download a ruler app to measure something if I have an actual tangible ruler in the next room? The answer to that would obviously be no.

The price of innovation

With technology and advancement, the pacing out of old unadaptive technologies is a natural unfortunate process. Certain things I used to do such as using pencil and paper to make notes is now impractical since I could simply write it down on this device that I have with me at all times.

What I didn’t realize, however, was the incalculable intangible aspects of doing things the slow and possibly “less efficient” way. With technology, it reduces activities to it’s purest practical form. You simply send an email to deliver a message, but what we miss are the small irreplaceable experiences we have to go through if we were to deliver a message in person.

In essence, technology might be efficient and more convenient, but that doesn’t necessarily mean we should abandon the old ways because there are essential human aspects we sometimes are simply unaware of. And in today’s fast paced environment, people forget the roots of things that make being human such an amazing and fulfilling experience. These ten wise old sayings embody many of these human experiences. Their fundamental importance in life are explained by the sayings themselves and their lessons should not be left to fade away. I bring you the 10 wise old saying that world is starting to forget.


African Proverb

Having read something in Wikipedia does not equate to expertise. In a world where you can literally “google” anything, people start to forget the difference between information and wisdom. Wisdom comes with experience. It comes from attempting many different perspectives to solve a problem and making mistakes. Each time a mistake is made, it gives you another piece of the puzzle. Information is simply having pieces of the puzzle dumped in front of you, but you wouldn’t know where to put them. Take your time, stay humble, and learn from your mistakes.


Golden Rule

Do you want people to be fair to you? Then be fair to others. The Golden Rule is plain and simple, yet there are many that seem to forget just how important it is to treat your neighbor how you want to be treated.

The spread of violence, violation of human rights, and disregard for life is not how one can make the world a better place and it is certainly not the way to spread your message to the world. Those who treat others negatively always end up suffering the same fate. It takes courage and strong spirit to find the will to break the cycle of hatred.

If someone hurts you, fight back by helping others and using the pain of your experience to fuel that light that will lead others from a stray path.


Thomas Fuller 1661

Humans are biologically inclined to remember negative stimuli move vividly than positive ones because back then, remembering to avoid a dangerous place is more important to survival than remembering that time when you had the greatest ice cream ever.

Being exposed to negative news and negative content regularly will take it’s toll on your psychological well-being, and information pollution is sneaking it’s way to our subconscious. People nowadays have less peace of mind than those who lived before the age of information technology because we are constantly bombarded with bad news and demands on how things should be, who is at fault, who is this and that, etc.

Give birth to a new enthusiasm for life daily, live your life away from the negative influences of how other people think you should live your life. And when it’s time to let go of something, let it be on your terms because everything in life does eventually pass away, but the experiences and the meanings of those moments stay with you forever. No one and nothing can take that away from you.

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George Herbert 1633

Moderation is perhaps one of the greatest secret to happiness that is right in front of you. It basically means to avoid excess, but you never truly understand how important it is until you have understood the failings of gluttony. Gluttony is the desire to consume in order to chase pleasures.

The problem with this chase is it turns into the desire to escape from pain. Eventually what used to be pleasurable simply becomes the new normal. A new normal that strains the body and strains your finances. Gluttony for food eventually leads to life threatening diseases and the gluttony for luxury leads to financial death. Gluttony for anything will lead to the ultimate death of ones appreciation for the rewards he/she can attain.

That is why moderation is not really a duty, but a gift. It is almost like time travel where you rewind back the clock to the point that you feel satisfied with something you previously had. Instead of living life chained to the impossible pursuit of some addiction you can’t satiate, you find yourself content and in control.



If you want to change the world, you cannot expect to stay where you are. Many people want change the world but they don’t want the inconvenience. Money is a good way to help, but as shown by what happened during the typhoon Haiyan that hit the Philippines, money has it’s limits. Money did not immediately reach the victims and significantly affected the relief efforts because there wasn’t enough man-power to distribute the donations.

Giving your time and effort may be the best thing that you can offer. Many volunteers, not only give their money, time, and effort, they also risk their lives in order to lend a helping hand.



Tinder, Match, OkCupid, etc. are all dating apps designed to make meeting someone more “hassle free.” Despite what most dating applications suggest, great relationships are not formed by some complicated bio-matching algorithm. It is refined by time, emotional investments, and personal sacrifices.

Do not feel the need to find someone just to find someone. Take your time. Learn to love yourself, learn to feel great being by yourself, and if you find someone to share your good times with, that would be awesome.

Time and tribulation will determine whether this awesome time you are having will turn into a life changing revelation that is meant to change your life forever. Rejections and broken hearts are part of the process, so don’t get too bummed when things don’t turn out how you wished. Good things take time.

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Greek Proverb

Beauty is subjective. Each person has a different perception of beauty. Curvy women are beautiful, thin women are beautiful, and athletic women are beautiful. Recently, weight issues have been the target of social engineering campaigns using perceptions of beauty to play with women’s insecurities about their bodies.

To put it simply, people look their best at different weight ranges and people feel their best at different weight ranges. Beauty is not all about how you look, it’s how you move, it’s how you talk, it’s your mind and your body projecting itself to the people you connect with.

These people associate their experiences with your image and they create their own opinion of your beauty. That is why people often have their own “types.” Some people are into skinny, some are into athletic, and some are into curvy. Beauty is never entirely physical, a huge deal of it depends on how the person seeing it perceives it. And a person’s perception of someone’s beauty relies heavily on many different variables beyond the weight on the scale.


Robert A. Heinlein 1966

You think you are getting a good deal with that once in a lifetime offer? Most likely not. This is the golden age of internet scams, so it is best to be smart and know when something seems to be too good to be true.

Like I always say, apply cautious optimism. Optimism doesn’t mean you should jump unto anything remotely enticing and just scream “YOLO” all day. Stay positive but do your due diligence to educate yourself to make sure you are making the best possible decision. Great decisions followed by a great outcome is an awesome stress reliever.


François de Charette 1742

You can be the greatest nicest saint and you will inevitably offend someone. Ever since the internet made it easier for people to connect with other people all over the world with varying opinions and cultures, people have been finding newer and newer ways to be offended. Too much political correctness will not get anything done.

I’m not saying you should never be offended, or that you should never consider other people’s feelings. Often times people are offended because there is something that is actually offensive.

I think if you are trying to make a difference and stepping out of your comfort zone to reach out and make your positive mark on the world, sometimes you will offend someone for reasons unclear to you. And that may not be a bad thing. Don’t let it discourage you. Sometimes you have to take a risk to deliver your message and to make a change. Also some people are just completely bonkers and are impossible to please. Like they often say, sometimes you have to “ignore the haters.”


François de Charette 1742

Imagine yourself floating in the middle of the ocean. You sea the sky, you can feel the gentle kiss of the warm water on your skin, you can smell the sweet scent of mist in the air, and you can hear the world around you. It is an interesting thought, but are you truly there if you just float by and let the currents take you wherever it takes you?

Just thinking about the situation you probably would have the urge to gently play with the water and do some kind of action. Action is the keyword. Just doing anything would send ripples of energy through the water, making waves. These waves make changes – they displace sand underneath, they move leaves floating along the surface. If you decide to start swimming and moving your arms vigorously, you would make an even bigger impact. It’s the action that makes a huge difference.

My point is in a modern world where we are influenced by many different behavior-governing entities including new social norms, political issues and all the various emerging technologies that heavily alter our behaviors and perspective, it is important to know what we truly want as an individual and to do the most essential part – taking action.

And in taking action sometimes these technological advances we depend on will fail – your phone will run out of battery, your WIFI won’t connect, you’re software will be glitching out, etc. And we will have to go back to the good ol’ basics. I think, in essence, this is what these wise old sayings embody – being a complete human being not entirely dependent on the myriad technologies to take action towards our life goals.

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Relaxing Pictures – Photography Adventures in Lake Tahoe

Photography Adventures in Lake Tahoe

Welcome to the first photography adventure with MrCloud in 2015! You can also check my previous one in Clearlake California. This time I went on a short road trip to South Lake Tahoe.

South Lake Tahoe is a popular vacation spot in Northern California during winter months primarily due to skiing. People get the trademark “ski tan” because the snow reflects the sunlight as you stand on it, but of course I didn’t do that because I don’t anything about skiing. What I do have some knowledge of is photography (not by much). And South Lake Tahoe is simply mesmerizing during summer when all the snow melts and it’s natural lush terrain is revealed. It has an amazing landscape specifically the Emerald Bay that is known for having some of the clearest waters in California.

With this in mind, I decided to go there during the early months of 2015 so I could witness it for myself. It was a fun relaxing trip in nature, but me and my friends got a pleasant surprise right before we left, so keep reading to find out what it was.

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Sweetie Pie's Placerville
Sweetie Pies Placerville – We decided to have a stop over to refresh, rehydrate and take care of “personal business” before we go into the stressful winding roads on the way to Lake Tahoe. So I looked up breakfast places in Placerville and found this place called Sweetie Pie’s.

Turns out this place is awesome. It had a very unique atmosphere to it. I’m not sure if its the food, the interior design, or what. But what I do appreciate a lot is the fact that the servers seemed genuinely nice people. Not nice because they risk being written up if they don’t do so, but it felt like they were actually enjoying themselves.

If you have ever been in a crappy restaurant and you see the servers there, you can pretty much tell from the faces of the employees whether the place is being managed correctly. They look like they just donated 10 gallons of blood and they overlook a lot of things because they just don’t care about what they do – its all artificial.

In this place, it felt like I walked into my uncle’s barbecue party and everyone’s just sitting down and hanging out. It was a totally relaxing experience and I’m glad we decided to have breakfast here. Not to mention the food was better than most breakfast places I’ve been too. I don’t know what it is, but this place has something about it.

Also for this photo I used the Canon 50mm 1.8 prime lense which is primarily used for portrait photography. I opened up the aperture to maximum which allowed for the shallow depth of filled and resulted in this silky smooth look. Makes me want to order another Cappuccino Latte Soy Milk with Whip Cream on top in a venti cup. I’m kidding this ain’t Starbucks.

Wandering Trees
Wandering Trees – People despise going on road trips with me not because I’m a horrible travel buddy (or at least I don’t think so), but primarily because I have the bladder of a pregnant woman. Since we just had a few drinks at Sweeties Pie’s I had to make a quick stop over so I could “be one with nature.” This was somewhere in between Placerville and Emerald Bay State Park, and it was surprisingly scenic. I looked up and took a quick photo and it turned out pretty decent so here you go.

For this photo I switched back to my usual landscape lens which is the Canon 10-18mm wide angle focal length. I thought it was pretty cool how the trees were all converging towards the same vanishing point (naturally) and makes for a very geometrically aesthetic look.

First Glimpse
First Glimpse – The drive to Emerald Bay State Park was beautiful and terrifying. The highway (whoever designed this was a genius and a mad man as well) came to a point where you are literally driving on a narrow strip of road that has cliffs on both sides. I would have taken a picture, but I was too busy watching the right side of the car ever since my friend hovered the car tires off the right side of a curved path.

Since it was so narrow you have an amazing view of everything – the lake, the trees, the sky and the mountains. It literally felt like that moment when the scientists got a glimpse of the Jurassic park island. It’s scary, but absolutely breathtaking and totally worth it.

The picture right here was taken once we found a parking spot. After just a few steps off the road into the trees, you get a first glimpse of the blue lake. The water was pristine and this picture doesn’t do justice as to how beautiful the lake is. They weren’t kidding when they said this lake has one of the clearest waters in California.

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Emerald Bay Lake Tahoe VerticalEmerald Bay Lake Tahoe LandscapeEmerald Bay Lake Tahoe Island
Emerald Bay, South Lake Tahoe – These are probably my favorite photos of the trip, though to be honest I was wishing I brought some graduated filters since the sun was extremely bright and it almost washes out the colors (most noticeable in the last photo). Thankfully I brought my ND filters to help with the overexposure problem a little bit.

This was taken at the very top of the trail that leads down to the base of the state park. The island in the middle is apparently a coffee shop. We didn’t go there because you need to pay a boat to go there and we couldn’t find the boat.

Emerald Bay Hiking Trail
Hiking Trail – We started walking down the trail and it’s very funny how you see everyone walking up has a blank look of utter exhaustion. I realized exactly why their faces were like that on my way back up.

One side of the trail you’ll see a view of the bay getting closer and closer as you progress downwards, and the other side you see this view where you can see highway 89. If you study the cliff face carefully, you can see a part of it has smaller younger trees growing and I talked to some other tourists and they say those were because of an avalanche that occurred. I mean avalanches look fluffy on video but they can uproot trees. With that thought in mind, I will probably never go skiing.

Emerald Bay Dock
Emerald Bay Dock Clear Water
Emerald Bay Dock Beach
White Sand Beach and a Dock – All the way down to the bottom of the hiking trail was probably 30 minutes in total. It was totally worth it because the white sand beach is absolutely serene. The water was so clear I could totally see the ducks’ padded paws flapping in the water.

The place is so big that even though there was a good amount of tourists, it didn’t feel crowded. I met a photographer from Daly City who was there with his family. We had small talk and I, like usual, cracked a joke and totally botched the punch line. Things got awkward and I started to pretend to take pictures just to escape from it. He kept talking to me because he was a nice guy. Though to be honest I think he just wanted to show me pictures of his newly born baby.

I took a picture of the dock facing the lake, but the viewfinder was so small I didn’t realize there were people there, so I accidentally took photos of their butts. I apologize whoever you are. I didn’t mean to show your butts to the two people visiting this website.

After this trip into the beautiful core of nature, we decided we also had to visit downtown Tahoe where the grass is green and buildings don’t need ac because it’s freezing cold there. I was wearing a thick hoodie and it still goes through it. If you plan on traveling, always bring a thick jacket just in case.

We ate at a sushi place with a very cool sushi chef. It was difficult interaction, however, since the restaurant was noisy and the sushi bar was so high that it blocked our voices. He kept cracking jokes that I can’t hear. I tried to tell him to say them again, but I still can’t understand it. So I pretended to get the joke and just kept a perpetual smile on so I don’t seem rude.

Kind of totally unexpected

The Definitive Guide to Overcoming Procrastination

The definitive guide to overcoming procrastination

An Interesting Lesson

If you know one thing about me, I’m always behind when it comes to technology. When everyone was playing Playstation 2 I was playing the first console. When people started raving about Iphones I was using a flip phone. And now that everyone has a PS4 I still have a PS2.

I had a rich friend who was the complete opposite of me. He owned the latest gadgets, the coolest phones and he also owned a pretty nice ride. One of his newest toys was his brand new computer rig, so of course he invited me over to his house to show it off. I always wanted to know how it feels to have something top-of-the-line so of course I went over to his place to check it out.

It was custom built and he bought the greatest parts money can buy. It took him 5 thousand dollars to assemble. I didn’t even know desktops can cost that much. Of course I was extremely impressed. Soon he started up the beast and began playing a graphics intensive game to show me just what exactly it can do.

As he started playing the game something interesting happened. The game kept freezing. Every few minutes his computer would just hang. The graphics were amazing, he had a powerful pc, but all of that was pretty much wasted because it just kept stopping for no apparent reason. What is the point of an expensive rig if it cannot accomplish its task with efficiency.

The look on his face was priceless, it was a mixture of embarrassment and irritation. Thankfully he eventually realized it was software problem, and fixed it accordingly. Now, I didn’t tell you that story just to rip on my friend. It’s to show you that procrastination is like being a computer that keeps on freezing.

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Don’t be a faulty gadget

Just like a powerful machine with a software problem, no matter how skilled you are or no matter how talented you are, you will never reach your full potential if you cannot use your skills due to your inability to overcome procrastination. Procrastination is like an anomaly in your psychological programming that is preventing you from performing your tasks efficiently by repeatedly freezing your capability to work. When you are faced with picking between a productive activity and an instantly gratifying activity, you feel a great urge to choose the latter.

The Definitive Guide

In this definite guide I will show you how to overcome your procrastination hurdles so that you can release your true untapped potential and become the success you always knew you could be. This guide will not simply sprinkle you will small little tidbits on how to “maybe” solve your problem, but instead will give you a complete game-plan on how to improve your procrastination situation.


procrastination pleasure vs pain
The first step to solving procrastination is understanding what procrastination truly is. In basic terminology, procrastination is the preference of doing things that are less painful/more pleasurable. For example, watching tv is certainly less painful than solving math equations. Many articles out there promising to get rid of procrastination treat procrastination like its a disease. That may not be a good way of tackling the problem because procrastination is a natural human reaction to stress and varying degrees of motivation.

Temporal Motivation Theory

The scientific study of procrastination was spearheaded by Pier Steele. He formulated a mathematical equation called “temporal motivation theory.” For a detailed analysis of this go and read the article Procrastination: Is it really a bad thing? Basically, this equation suggests that procrastination is a result of the clash between your motivation to do something productive and your motivation to do something more pleasurable.

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The key is impulsiveness

It suggests the primary factor contributing to procrastination is impulsiveness. That is the case because the higher a person’s impulsiveness, the more they prefer instant gratification. The more they prefer instant gratification, the more a productive activity, which would require a long time to get the reward, would look less attractive than a pleasurable activity that rewards you quickly.

Know your goal

So moving forward our aim is to basically find ways to either reduce impulsiveness or use other psychological techniques to use impulsiveness to your advantage.


planning to reduce procrastination
A list of things to do works very well in reducing procrastination. It decreases your impulsiveness by predetermining your tasks. Your mind does not have time to wander about what you will do next as a results you focus more on what need to do rather than what you could do.

Plan your day

Start your day early and do something productive as soon as you can. It gives your productive motivation momentum. Many extremely successful people even go a step further and they set the ball rolling right before they sleep.

Plan your week
Give yourself workdays and rest days. Having a 7 day work week is a bit over-ambitious and will trigger your impulsiveness since your mind will seek relief in response to being overwhelmed. You can start going as low as having a 3 day work week and gradually increasing it to a 5 day work week.

Make deliverables with deadlines

Deliverables is a term in project management to denote tangible or intangible products to be delivered to your client. In this case, your client is yourself. Create a list on a notepad of the things you need to do. You will never remember all of them especially if you are conceptualizing an intricate project.

You need to set a deadline because time is an all-encompassing factor that must be managed carefully. Whether it’s a soft or hard deadline, there needs to be a deadline otherwise the project will never move forward. Once in a while you’ll see someone talk about a project that was “10 years in the making.” That most likely means they did not incorporate deadlines in their projects. Make sure to have daily, weekly and monthly deadlines.

Be consistent

Consistency is the key especially in the early parts of attempting to conquer your procrastination. You are essentially trying to form new habits because habits are extremely powerful tools. For example, a habit of building one block a day will eventually result in a tower that will rise above all because the habit guarantees that it never stops. When you do something productive, you don’t do it for gains you will get for the day, but you are doing it to protect that habit you have formed.


Give Yourself Rewards
You might say succeeding is a reward in and of itself. True, however, it is often times quite a wait before you get that huge reward. That huge delay is what urges procrastination as your mind seeks for other things with more immediate rewards.

Use impulsiveness to your advantage

In the temporal motivation theory, impulsiveness is multiplied by the delay. During days when your impulsiveness is high, it can totally ruin your habit, so what do you about that? You can suck it up and just take it in the chin. Perhaps buy a gag ball and just bite on it until you get over it. Surely there is a smarter way to solve this problem.

Work hard but also work smart

I mentioned earlier that I will show you how to use your impulsiveness to your advantage. It is very simple. Give yourself short term rewards for meeting short term deliverables and deadlines. Use your own weakness to your advantage. Now the more you want to achieve that reward the more you will desire to finish your work.

You can make it as short as you want. For example you give yourself the reward of watching one episode of Game of Thrones whenever you finish one article. The more you want to watch the next episode the more you will want to write more articles. Of course this requires a lot of discipline, but discipline comes in time as it gets programmed into your behavior.

Give yourself all kinds of rewards

Of course you should be giving yourself not only short term, but also long term rewards as you meet your goals and deadlines. This is what will make achieving your goal much more profound which in turn will dramatically reduce your urge to procrastinate.


relieve stress
As I mentioned earlier, impulsiveness is one of the key factors in procrastination. One of the key influences in impulsiveness is stress. The more stressed you are, the higher your impulsiveness because your impulse to leave that stressful situation is high.

Relieving stress short-term

This is the most common culprit for increasing impulsiveness. For example, as you write your essay you become stressed by the difficulty of project. It gets to the point that its so stressful that you finally whip out your phone and browse reddit for 5 hours. There are several ways to relieve stress short-term.

Make sure you are in a comfortable position while you are working. Studying on a comfy couch is a lot more desirable than studying on cold hard concrete.

Give yourself achievable expectations. Don’t try to do something overly ambitious. It will just stress you out. Instead give yourself mediocre expectations and when you finish it ahead of time, do extra modifications to make your work shine.

Relieving stress long term

Giving yourself rest days should help alleviate any burn-out, however, if that is not enough don’t feel bad about cruising through your work for a while. When I say cruise, that doesn’t mean don’t show up. It means you can reduce the intensity of your work to help you recover from the long term stress while still keeping your habit. As I have mentioned earlier, keeping the habit is the most important part. So if you are feeling a little overwhelmed, just take it easy for a little while, but always show up to work.


learn to improve
Referring back to the temporal motivation theory, the two things that are affected by impulsiveness is expectancy and value. Expectancy is the how good you are at what you are trying to do multiplied by the value, which is the reward when you reach your goal. The bigger the products result from the two the better.

The means justify the end

It means that the better you are at something, the less likely you are to procrastinate because the likeliness of you getting the reward is higher. Psychologically speaking, it makes your goal seem easier to attain i.e. a an elite runner would be more motivated to win a sprinting competition than a total newbie simply because he knows it is within his grasp. So basically, the more you improve yourself in relation to the goals you are trying to attain, the less your urge will be to procrastinate.


Technology for Productivity
Recently, technology has been guilty of encouraging us to procrastinate more with the availability of mobile phones and internet accessibility. We can easily distract ourselves from the task at hand and find ourselves wasting several hours playing a bubble popping game, or just browsing randomly. It’s time to use this same technology to combat procrastination.

The Pomodoro Technique

The Pomodoro technique was long invented during the 1980s by Francesco Cirillo. It is essentially a time management tool where you are given 25 minutes to get your task done. One 25 minute session is a “pomodoro.” For each pomodoro you complete, you get a 5 minute short break. After 4 pomodoros, you are then given a long break ranging from 15 to 30 minutes.

You would previously need to manually keep track of your pomodoros with a timer, a pencil and a paper, but mobile phone apps have recently started coming out with some very useful apps centered around the pomodoro technique. I highly suggest you visit your App Store or Play Store and search the word pomodoro. There are varieties of free and paid iterations of the pomodoro technique. There are also web based applications such as Tomato Timer.

At first, it would seem like it’s such a simple concept that can’t possibly yield significant results. It draws from the concept of timeboxing which is used in project management, but on a much shorter duration. The consequent deadlines keeps you from getting too distracted, and some applications that have a “time tick” sound effect somewhat gives you a visceral reminder that you can’t procrastinate during a pomodoro. Short burst of work is psychologically relieving since you know a break is not too far from reach, and the periodic breaks increase the quality and focus of the work.


Are you destined for success
This definitive guide is designed to use behavioral psychology to your advantage in order to control procrastination, however, you should not completely rule pure strength of will out of the equation.

Challenge yourself

There would simply be days when you feel like you can’t take it anymore. Take that as challenge and as an opportunity to rise to the occasion. If success was easy, everyone would be doing it. We would all have our own castles and kingdoms.

There are doors you would need to go through to achieve success. This definitive guide is the master key, but there are times that even a master key may not work. Your will is the bulwark that will break through that door no matter what.

The question is will you break or will you solidify your resolve like gold through fire that purifies itself. The fires of burns away all of the pretense, all of the glitz and the glamor, and everything that you hide behind. Life has a way of pushing us to the very edge of our capabilities.

In order to achieve your goals, you need to take action. Interestingly that is the primary struggle in procrastination – will you keep doing what you are doing and let yourself by swept in the waves of failure, or will you get up and take action for a better future and your ultimate success? Only you can answer that.

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Procrastination: Is it really a bad thing?

How to stop procrastination

We hear it everywhere, read it everywhere, and we even feel that procrastination is a bad thing. However, is it really detrimental to our well being and personal development?

From personal experience

I’m not gonna lie, I procrastinate. Just before I wrote this paragraph I went to r/jokes and chuckled a bit. I then went on YouTube and searched some Louis CK clips until I realized I’m supposed to be writing. If you look at it from a productivity perspective, procrastination is a bad thing since I spent time just fooling around on the internet. But is that really all I gained? One thing I’ve learned about the human mind is that many of our natural reactions to stimuli have a purpose. To really be sure, we need to understand what procrastination is.

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So what is procrastination

In layman terms, procrastination is basically doing things that are relatively fun instead of stressful activities such as writing a research paper or getting your chores done. Psychologically speaking, it gets a bit more complex than that. In 2010 Peir Steele wrote “The Procrastination Equation.

Temporal Motivation Theory

In this book he mentioned the strong connection between impulsiveness and procrastination. Steele and Cornelius J. König formulated a mathematical equation called temporal motivation theory. Now don’t get a heart attack, the equation below may look more complicated than it actually is.

Temporal Motivational Theory
Now I will tell what each of the variables mean before I explain to you the meaning behind the equation and how its related to procrastination.

Motivation is the desire for the outcome. Expectancy is the probability of you succeeding in what you are motivated to achieve. Basically, it’s how easy it is to achieve the outcome. Value is the reward you get for achieving the outcome. I believe the number 1 is just there as a mathematical rationalization, so don’t even worry about that for now. Impulsiveness is the person’s need for instant gratification. And Delay is the perceived time it takes to achieve the outcome.

What the equation means

So if you touch up on your math division skills, the number on top is divided by the number at the bottom. That means the bigger your Expectancy and Value is, aka the easier it is to achieve the outcome and the greater the reward, the more motivated you will be.

Now the bigger the bottom number is, the greater it divides the top. The bigger the Impulsiveness and Delay, aka the more you want instant gratification and the greater delay it takes to achieve what you are trying to achieve, then the more it will divide the product of Expectancy and Value thus decreasing your overall Motivation.

How it applies to procrastination

In reality you are actually dealing with several of these equations. You basically assess how motivated you are to do the productive activity or how motivated you are to do something more pleasurable. Productive things obviously have greater rewards but the time it takes and the effort it takes to achieve them are often more difficult than pleasurable easily accessible activities. If your need for instant gratification (impulsiveness) is high, then it just destroys any of your motivation for the productive activity.

Simply speaking if your impulsiveness is always high, you will continually opt for doing the more pleasurable activities resulting in chronic procrastination.

So is procrastination really bad for you?

From this perspective its pretty obvious that procrastination is destructive. I’m not just doing the whole “Is procrastination really a bad thing” to create some artificial controversy in this article.

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It has a purpose

Procrastination actually has a purpose. It is our minds way of escaping stress and comforting ourselves by subconsciously choosing to delay our action. Imagine how frightening it would be if we can’t procrastinate while doing something that gives us a lot of mental stress.

It would be the definition of mind forged manacles. A physical example would be similar to not being able to instinctively move your hand away when your arm starts to get burned.

Procrastination is one of our coping mechanisms that allow us to move away from what we find psychologically painful. So taking from that not all procrastination should be seen as a bad thing.

When is it bad

In psychology, they used to group people under “personality disorders” such as borderline personality disorder, narcissistic personality disorder, histrionic personality disorder etc. They found that it is not exactly accurate to label these personality characteristics as disorder when they are merely traits.

Each person has a certain level of narcissism, certain level of having a borderline personality, certain level of histrionism because we all have different life experiences. It is only considered a “disorder” when it prevents you from normal functioning.

It applies to procrastination as well. Some procrastination may in fact be helping us function because it keeps us psychologically sane. However, there are situations when procrastination is keeping us from doing normal functioning such as staying in bed for hours everyday playing Candy Crush because the thought of getting up and doing important day to day things such as eating and showering is too stressful.

So what is the correct way to control procrastination

With all that said, to truly reduce procrastination, we should stop looking at it like its a bad thing, but rather look at procrastination as a natural reaction.

I will tell you the correct way of reducing procrastination by teaching you how to live with it in a way that will allow you to maximize productivity but still allowing yourself enough psychological relief that you don’t end up getting overwhelmed. I’ve written The Definitive Guide to Overcoming Procrastination.

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10 Conversation Secrets Everyone Should Know About

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Conversations are one of the greatest simple pleasures in life. It helps us connect and it helps us express our feelings. Sometimes they go well and our lives are changed forever, and sometimes they go horribly wrong, and well, our lives are also changed forever.

I was an awkward kid

A long long time ago when I was in grade school I had one of the most awkward social interactions of my entire life. It was shaping up to be a good day because we finished our in-class homework early so me and my best friend decided to take a stroll.

Overwhelmed with the amazing feeling of being out of class early, I was literally galloping along like a fawn in a Disney movie. It was then that I caught sight of my crush, and more importantly she initiated a conversation with me. It was the best day ever, or so I thought.

So a cute girl said hi to me, it was a great day, but guess what – I did not know what to say. I just stood there staring at her looking like a weirdo. Eventually something came to my mind and I tried cracking a witty joke. The joke was okay. Unfortunately, I was so tense that I made the huge mistake of laughing through my nose instead of my mouth. It just so happened that I had a heavy cold that day, so my runny nose made itself known like a firework on new year’s eve.

Looking back, I remember her face went from ecstatic to utter fear in an instant. The funny thing was she didn’t even pretend to not see that, she just saw and left and we never talked again. It’s funny to me now, but it was an extremely embarrassing moment for me back then. My best friend was laughing and I just laughed along with my tail in between my legs.

Awkward interactions always happen

We all have had awkward conversations, most of them not as extreme as my experience above, but most of them could be avoided if we simply knew the important aspects of a good conversation and a genuine connection. Just like what happened to me, we often times gets so tense that we do something stupid. I have come a long way from that awkward kid, not because I am “Mr.Smooth” but because I have made many more embarrassing mistakes that they have literally been carved into my memory.

Mistakes help you learn

Wouldn’t it be nice if we were taught the secrets to a great conversation by our parents or in school. Well here I am to save you all the trouble. You won’t have to go through all the awkward silences, bad jokes and face palms I had to go through. Just kidding, you probably still have to, but at least not as much. So here are the 10 conversation secrets everyone should know about.

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It is true that relaxing is easier said than done. When we are faced with a person we like, we tense up because we don’t want to make a mistake. This makes us self-conscious and all the pressure dramatically increases anxiety. Anxiety that inhibits our judgement. It also affects our body in many ways such as involuntary stuttering, uncontrollable sweating, panic farting etc. We all know those things can lead to embarrassing results that can haunt you for years, especially if its so bad you become a meme.

Secret: Instead of focusing on yourself, focus on the person you are talking to. Instead of being insecure about your self-worth flip the switch and see if you truly find something unique about the person you are talking to. It works similar to a technique used by people with social phobia. Instead of looking and thinking about people around them, they focus on other things such as counting the tiles on the floor, browsing through their phone, looking at passing cars, and many more things that distract you from what may trigger your anxiety.

The thing about these things is they are merely crutches and hinder your ability to connect with other people. I mean it would be pretty weird if you just suddenly start counting tiles on the floor while in the middle of a sentence. The best way to deal with anxiety during a conversation is to remove the focus from yourself and focus understanding the personality and situation of the person you are talking to. It builds connection and reduces anxiety – a win win situation.


There is a time and place for deep heart felt conversations. Meeting new people is not the place for them. Unless it’s a special circumstance, people will often be overwhelmed by the sudden rush of intimate conversation and pull away. Being easily offended will equally repel people from you. Being too stiff is just no fun, and makes for an unrewarding interaction.

Secret: Don’t take things too seriously. Joke around and roll with the punches. It will make for more interesting non-committal conversations that will make someone more comfortable to stick around and chat. It’s not what you say that matters, its how you say it.


There are minute facial reactions that occur when we are interested in someone or when we are genuinely happy i.e. raised eyebrows, wider eyes, better posture, dilated pupils etc. that we can’t fake. People pick up on those tiny body languages subconsciously and emotionally react to it. When we become dishonest, the discomfort shows in our body language and people instinctively react to it and the conversation becomes awkward.

Secret: Its best to be honest. I’m not saying wear your heart out on your sleeve, since that can be overwhelming especially for people you just recently met. But if you are feeling down, let someone know in a subtle way such as “Sorry if I seem a bit down today, I’m just having a bad day so anyways what were you saying?” There are polite ways to say sensitive topics for the sake of being honest. Doing so will make you feel better which in turn will make the person you are talking to reciprocate the positive attitude.


It can be draining to talk someone who is always negative. If all you talk about is bad news and negativity, you become associated with it and people will develop an aversion towards you.

Secret: Its best to look at the bright side of things. You become a beacon of excitement and fun, and people gravitate towards positivity. That being said, it is not a good thing to feel like you should keep things bottled in, and you should always be “Miss Perfect.” There are ways to discuss negative aspects of life in a positive way, so don’t think for a second that you have to be fake. We are all human, we all have flaws. Those flaws make you unique and you should not see them in a negative way, but in a positive way. See, you even become a better friend to yourself.


A lot of people have the common misconception that they have to show others how “cool” they are by talking about the “cool” stuff that they do. That is by far the most boring thing you can do when meeting people. Ask about them, talk about their amazing experiences and relate those to your experiences creating a connection between their experiences and yours. That “Me Too!” moment is the eureka where a simple conversation blossoms into a so-close-ill-fart-even-when-your-around type of friendship.

Secret: Avoid asking too many “interview questions” that require only one answer. Instead throw in some open-ended questions. Let’s say your friend talked about her recent trip to India, ask them a question that requires them to think creatively like “What was the most exciting part of your trip?” or “Did you experience anything unexpected?”


The most captivating people are people who know how to tell an amazing story. You’re capability to tell a good story will highlight your personality. It helps the people you meet get to know you better and makes them want to know more about your experiences because the way you share your experience makes people care about you, makes them sympathize with your struggles, makes them feel your joy when you accomplish what you have attained. Basically if you know to how to tell a good story, you are basically taking someone on a journey with you not using your feet but using your words and expressions.

Secret: Talk about your story with emotion. Tell them how you felt about what you saw, heard, or experienced. Adding some physical gestures into it will certain increase the impact. A story with no emotion is like a 4th of July with no fireworks or a Christmas with no gifts. For a more detailed analysis Andrew Stanton, the writer and director of Pixar, talks about how to tell a great story on his TED talk.


People become uncomfortable when they feel like they are trapped in a conversation even if they like the person they are talking to. It’s some kind of social pressure that tends show up once in a while and takes you off guard.

Secret: If you are in a party or gathering, exit politely by going to the bathroom or getting some food if you think the conversation is going stale. It’s also nice to give someone opportunities to exit a conversation just in case they have to get going. People have stuff to do, don’t stress about it if they to leave prematurely there is always a next time.


This is by far one of the most overlooked aspect of connecting with people. If you talk to someone who doesn’t give you enough eye contact, they seem either distant or awkward. Too much and it becomes intimidating.

Secret: Don’t be afraid to make facial expressions with your eyes. A creepy stare is often times a blank emotionless stare.


Talking too fast is a common reaction when nervous. When people don’t understand you, they can’t relate to you and they will often end up just cruising through the conversation.

Secret: Take out your mobile phone and record yourself telling a story. It should give you a very good indication of what you need to work on.


Every person has something amazing to offer and it is an amazing feeling when someone acknowledges that. Don’t forget that after getting to know someone, its best to give someone a little bit of genuine compliment. Something like “You’re pretty smart” or “You’re having a good hair day” can go a long way.

Secret: A genuine compliment about someone’s uniqueness helps establish a deep connection because people often times give generalized compliments. People like to be appreciated for who they really are.

Enjoy yourself

It’s easy to get lost in your own head when it comes to dealing with social matters. We feel vulnerable when we feel like we are being rejected. Don’t feel like there is something wrong with you when someone you like doesn’t reciprocate. If things don’t work out then simply move on. Don’t obsessed over it because the reason for things not working out can be one in a million reasons. Just relax and enjoy the ride.

Enjoy the little things, enjoy the small conversations, even enjoy your mistakes and the funny anecdotes. Simply enjoy meeting all kinds of people because we live in a golden age of inter-connectivity. It used to be that you’d need to ride a camel 10 days just to say hi to someone new. It’s a whole world out there, meet friends, build positive relationships and ignore the haters.

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The 18 Most Memorable Steve Jobs Quotes of All Time

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One of the biggest companies in the world, Apple, is responsible for the current tidal wave of mobile technology (iphone, ipad, mac). Like a sudden mole that appears out of nowhere, unless you laser that thing it won’t go away, mobile technology is here to stay. The visionary mind behind this is none other than Steve Jobs.

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Despite the fact he has passed away, his legacy remains. He has changed the world and his masterpiece is still being experienced by billions of people around the world and will continue to be experienced many years into the future.

Even though some would not approve of his personal approach, there is no doubt he has achieved something amazing due to his sheer determination to succeed. Here are the 18 most memorable Steve Jobs quotes of all time.

1. “Everyone here has the sense that right now is one of those moments when we are influencing the future.”

2. “Sometimes life hits you in the head with a brick. Don’t lose faith.”

3. “Do you want to spend the rest of your life selling sugared water or do you want a chance to change the world?”

4. “Simple can be harder than complex: You have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple. But it’s worth it in the end because once you get there, you can move mountains.”

5. “Being the richest man in the cemetery doesn’t matter to me … Going to bed at night saying we’ve done something wonderful… that’s what matters to me.”

6. “No one wants to die. Even people who want to go to heaven don’t want to die to get there. And yet death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it. And that is as it should be, because Death is very likely the single best invention of Life. It is Life’s change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new.”

7. “You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something — your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.”

8. “Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on. So keep looking until you find it. Don’t settle.”

9. “Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.”

10. “My favorite things in life don’t cost any money. It’s really clear that the most precious resource we all have is time.”

11. “Sometimes when you innovate, you make mistakes. It is best to admit them quickly, and get on with improving your other innovations.”

12. “Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while. That’s because they were able to connect experiences they’ve had and synthesize new things.”

13. “Bottom line is, I didn’t return to Apple to make a fortune. I’ve been very lucky in my life and already have one. When I was 25, my net worth was $100 million or so. I decided then that I wasn’t going to let it ruin my life. There’s no way you could ever spend it all, and I don’t view wealth as something that validates my intelligence.”

14. “Things don’t have to change the world to be important.”

15. “Design is a funny word. Some people think design means how it looks. But of course, if you dig deeper, it’s really how it works.”

16. “Computers themselves, and software yet to be developed, will revolutionize the way we learn.”

17. “I have a great respect for incremental improvement, and I’ve done that sort of thing in my life, but I’ve always been attracted to the more revolutionary changes. I don’t know why. Because they’re harder. They’re much more stressful emotionally. And you usually go through a period where everybody tells you that you’ve completely failed.”

18. “I think if you do something and it turns out pretty good, then you should go do something else wonderful, not dwell on it for too long. Just figure out what’s next.”

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34 Inspirational Quotes About True Friendship

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When I was younger I always wondered why my best friend wasn’t my brother. We always did things together, went everywhere together and it was always a ton of fun. Though I’m sure my young mind wouldn’t be able to comprehend the profound meanings of true friendship, I didn’t know back then that a friend is simply a family you get to choose.

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Friends make everything better, and they make the world become a much more interesting place. But of course not all friend are true friends. True friends are people who deserve a special place in hearts and a special tab in our contacts folder. Today I bring you 34 inspirational quotes about true friendship.

1. “Don’t walk behind me, I may not lead. Don’t walk in front of me, I may not follow. Just walk beside me and be my friend.” by Albert Camus
2. “A friend is someone who knows all about you and still loves you” by Elbert Hubbard
3. “It is not a lack of love, but a lack of friendship that makes unhappy marriages.” by Friedrich Nietzsche
4. “Friendship is born at that moment when one man says to another: ‘What! You too? I thought that no one but myself . . .'” by C.S. Lewis
5. “Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art…. It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things which give value to survival.” by C.S. Lewis
6. “I would rather walk with a friend in the dark, than alone in the light.” by Hellen Keller
7. “We’ll be Friends Forever, won’t we, Pooh?’ asked Piglet.Even longer,’ Pooh answered.” by A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh
8. “True friendship is when you walk into their house and your WiFi connects automatically.” by Unknown
9. “True friendship multiplies the good in life and divides its evils. Strive to have friends, for life without friends is like life on a desert island… to find one real friend in a lifetime is good fortune; to keep him is a blessing.” by Unknown
10. “True friendship comes when the silence between two people is comfortable.” by David Tyson Gentry
11. “Friendship consists in forgetting what one gives and remembering what one receives.” by Alexander Dumas
12. “Be slow to fall into friendship; but when thou art in, continue firm & constant.” by Socrates
13. “Friendship is like money, easier made than kept.” by Samuel Butler
14. “A friend is one that knows you as you are, understands where you have been, accepts what you have become, and still, gently allows you to grow.” by William Shakespeare
15. “Anybody can sympathize with the sufferings of a friend, but it requires a very fine nature to sympathise with a friend’s success.” by Oscar Wilde
16. “I don’t need a friend who changes when I change and who nods when I nod; my shadow does that much better.” by Plutarch
17. “Life is an awful, ugly place to not have a best friend.” by Sarah Dessen
18. “It’s the friends you can call up at 4 a.m. that matter.” by Marlene Dietrich
19. “When someone loves you, the way they talk about you is different. You feel safe and comfortable.” by Jess C. Scott
20. “There is nothing I would not do for those who are really my friends. I have no notion of loving people by halves, it is not my nature” by Jane Austen
21. “If I had a flower for every time I thought of you…I could walk through my garden forever.” by Alfred Tennyson
22. “The truth is, everyone is going to hurt you. You just got to find the ones worth suffering for.” by Bob Marley
23. “Lots of people want to ride with you in the limo, but what you want is someone who will take the bus with you when the limo breaks down.” by Oprah Winfrey
24. “Do I not destroy my enemies when I make them my friends?” by Abraham Lincoln
25. “An insincere and evil friend is more to be feared than a wild beast; a wild beast may wound your body, but an evil friend will wound your mind.” by Buddha
26. “Friendship is the hardest thing in the world to explain. It’s not something you learn in school. But if you haven’t learned the meaning of friendship, you really haven’t learned anything.” by Muhammad Ali
27. “There is a magnet in your heart that will attract true friends. That magnet is unselfishness, thinking of others first; when you learn to live for others, they will live for you.” by Paramahansa Yogananda
28. “Love is blind; friendship closes its eyes.” by Friedrich Nietzsche
29. “No person is your friend who demands your silence, or denies your right to grow.” by Alice Walker
30. “Friends are the family you choose.” by Jess C. Scott
31. “You can always tell a real friend: when you’ve made a fool of yourself he doesn’t feel you’ve done a permanent job.” by Laurence J. Peter
32. “The real test of friendship is can you literally do nothing with the other person? Can you enjoy those moments of life that are utterly simple?” by Eugene Kennedy
33. “Friendship improves happiness, and abates misery, by doubling our joys, and dividing our grief.” by Marcus Tullius Cicero
34. “In prosperity our friends know us; in adversity we know our friends.” by John Churton Collins

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