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A Simple Pragmatic Guide on Learning to Code


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


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


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


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


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


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


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”


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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