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These habits will help you be, think and do better.

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Very often, what stands in the way between your journey to success and you is you — your mindset, your habits, your actions, and your attitude.

And it’s only when you fully grasp the notion of what Will Durant famously said: “We are what we repeatedly do”, that you begin to appreciate Rumi’s words:

“Yesterday I was clever so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise so I am changing myself.”

Here are the 10 daily habits I’ve since integrated. …

Here’s what no one tells you about entrepreneurship

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I quit the job, killed the income, gave up the expatriate lifestyle, moved back in with my parents, slipped right into my childhood bedroom in the suburbs, and invested every penny I had to my name.

I gave up everything good I had for this dream, and it only took me six months into that journey to realizing how foolish I had been.

Two years ago, I quit my job at Google without a plan in mind. I just knew two things: First, I wanted to take some time off and travel, and second, I wanted to build my own…

They will open your heart and mind to the beauty that lies within you.

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Rumi was a Persian poet and scholar from the 13th century.

His words and wisdom have crossed all borders and continue to stand the test of time. There is great beauty in the words he spoke, and it’s no wonder he has influenced and inspired many artists throughout the years.

His quotes stand to transform your life for the better by inviting more hope, love, and awakening. Here are 13 quotes that will open your heart and mind to the beauty that lies within you and, in doing so, change the way you think.

“Yesterday I was clever so I…

Choose simplicity, not multiplicity

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A few days ago I spent the afternoon relaxing by the beach.

It was a real joy to let time fill its sails with wind and flow right past me. It was a joy to let the saltwater kiss the bare souls of my feet as I crouched across the stretch of sand to pick up some seashells–tritons, tellins, cowries, and conches in the many shades of peach, plum, and pink.

But an hour later, I found myself staring at a fast-sinking sun, weighed heavy by a load of shells in my pocket. …

You can do something you love, just because you love it.

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Earlier this week, I received an email from a reader who’s at a crossroads in her creative path. She had recently followed her heart’s calling and started publishing her writing online. And while she’s thoroughly enjoying the writing process itself, she’s paralyzed by the confusion of what to do next.

To capitalize on a creative hobby that brings her joy?

Or to keep it for what it is, a soulful conduit for radical self-expression?

“But even though I thoroughly enjoy writing, there are moments when I feel completely lost and wonder where is my writing taking me. Is it okay…

There is great beauty in imperfection

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In a world that is riddled with high-stress levels, fast-paced living, unrealistic pursuits of perfection, and a damaging affliction with materialistic wealth, there’s an ancient Japanese way of life that can be just what we need right now, to save us from our total demise.

Wabi-sabi is an elegant philosophy that denotes a more connected way of living — a lifestyle, where we are deeply connected to nature, and thus, better connected to our truest inner-selves.

Wabi-sabi is a concept that motions us to constantly search for the beauty in imperfection and accept the more natural cycle of life. It…

Learn how to thrive in the creator economy.

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Welcome to the 21st century.

You’re now living in a digital-first world where there are two main players: Creators and consumers. Everyone is a consumer by default, but anyone can be a creator by choice.

If you choose to create, then as the game goes on, so will you be actively weaving into it a thread that is your own. As Walt Whitman wrote in his poem, “O Me! O Life!”:

“The powerful play goes on,
and you may contribute a verse.”

As a writer, I’ve been contributing my verse in the game of content creation for 18 months now…

Guide your daily life.

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Whenever I’m asked the question of “if there’s one dead person you can revive and meet again in your life, who would it be,” I never hesitate to answer: “My grandfather.”

He was a self-made man who emanated an infectious larger-than-life spirit. And although he only graced my life with his presence for a short 15 years, I still remember him very fondly: A resilient businessman who rose every morning at 5.00 …

#2. Read with Your Finger

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There’s real magic to reading.

The moment we open up a new book and slide our fingers across its pages, we’re on the cusp of entering a new world. If it’s a novel, we’re invited to walk the thin line between the real world and the imagined one. If it’s non-fiction, we’re invited to oscillate between the knowledge that we already know and that which we’re about to delve into.

Either way, there’s magic to reading books, because reading expands our mind. Just as with friendships, every new book implores us to further discover a part of us that we…

You’re a human being, not a human doing

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When was the last time you did nothing?

By doing nothing, I don’t mean lounging on your couch and scrolling through social media content or watching a show on Netflix, or going for a walk while listening to a podcast. No. By “doing nothing” I mean sitting down and doing absolutely nothing.

Last week, I took a few days off and did, well, exactly that — nothing.

I spent some time reading, but that was probably the most “productive work” I did. I didn’t write or publish any articles. Instead, I opted for long quiet walks in nature, under the…

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