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A Simple Pragmatic Guide on Learning to Code

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These days, everyone and their dogs want to learn to code – that’s fine, as long as you understand what you’re about to take on. Since I’ve been getting this question a lot lately, here’s my response. First an important point, sites like codeacademy, treehouse, etc. give a false sense of progress, skip those. If you want to really learn to code, you need 3 things: Focus, Determination and a...

Getting Up and Going in Life

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One day you will wake up and it might seem like you’re up against a brick wall, it might seem all bleak. You’re not alone. Here’s some relieve: Every night, think of two things you’re grateful for, write them down. Even better, if they involve people, thank them; over the phone, via email, or in person. Try meditation. It relaxes your waring mind. If you have trouble...

How to Live Large even if you have Very Little

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Here what you might not know about me: I’m very cheap frugal. I’v slept at subways, traveled around the world on practically nothing, paid cheap cash for living expenses, hustled free meals; if there’s a free way, you can bet, I might not be caught paying for it. I should add an important disclaimer, if you can afford it, always treat others and yourself, see why on point #17. Yup...

How to Be A Genius: Keep Showing Up

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We often think that blockbuster successes are luck. Maybe it’s easier to explain success that way—as a chance happening, a fortunate outlier. No doubt, there is always some element of luck involved in every success story. But Markus Zusak [author of The Book Thief] is proof that if you revise your work 200 times—if you find 200 ways to reinvent yourself, to get better at your craft—then...

As the Man Deceives the Woman

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I’ve broken up twice this year, but that’s a story for another article. Don’t fall for the title or the content of this poem [1. This poem is a heavily modified variation of a similar one I put together for a friend]; I really don’t want to break the third heart before this year is over — I’m I just mean? Or I’m just a joker? Let’s start straight. Woman. This daughters of the most high —...

On Music, Software and Honest Stupidity

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There is a honest truth about a dishonesty. I will leave that details to another post. Meanwhile, I’m continuing to force my brain to be honestly stupid, which ironically lends to some creativity — through playing music. How? Watch this video, and think about it for a minute. [youtube=”;] When you’re done watching that video, here’s some honesty about...

45 Life Lessons I Want to Learn, from a 90 year Old

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Let me start with this metaphor I shared with some friends. Imagine you’re trying to build a skyscraper with 90 stories. You will approach laying the foundation differently than if you’re trying to build one that is 5, or 20, or 40 stories. Think about that for a second. “…be wise, be truthful, strain the wine, and scale back your long hopes to a short period. While we speak, envious time will...

How to Start Living your Life and Stop Caring about other “Crap”

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My friend confessed to me something we all face everyday: she’s too worried about what people will say, or how people will perceive her if she does something seh really wants to do. She’s not living her life. I was once there, and sometime still face the perils. This piece changed how I approached “…but they’d say about me”. This piece is almost verbatim, I...

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