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Everyone is lucky. It’s whether you see it, how much of it you make, and what you make of it.

Without intelligence, you can’t even recognize luck. And with enough, you learn to generate your own.

Too many smart people don’t look at it this way, but if they did, they’d understand more about what it truly means to be lucky and how to get some. And by smart people, I mean everyone with a working brain.

Dumb luck is an opportunity. If you won the lottery but went broke, you didn’t know what to do with it. And if you knew, you wouldn’t be wasting your money on the lottery to begin with.

There is no luck involved when you can roll the dice as many times as you want. How many opportunities have you passed up? How many opportunities have you not even noticed? How many opportunities have you created for yourself? When’s the last time you asked for one?

We are all capable of luck, and we are all smart. You just need to know how it works if you plan on getting some.

"Intelligence VS Luck" by Keinosuke Miyanaga

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TODAY’S WORDS OF WISDOM FROM DAD

  • No matter how hard it rains, a glass that is placed upside down on the street in the rain will never be full. Just like close-minded people - no matter how many smart people they surround themselves with, they will never get any smarter. 
  • Whoever lets themselves become a victim of anger will never  fall asleep happy even on the most expensive bed with the most comfortable sheet. 
  • Don’t just teach your kids to become “rich”, but teach them to understand “happiness" so that when they grow up, they know the "value" of things, not just the "price" of things.
  • Smart people don’t date the most beautiful. They date someone who makes their world seem most beautiful when being with them. 

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WHY WE TRAVEL (by Pico Iyer)

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"We travel, initially, to lose ourselves; and we travel, next, to find ourselves. We travel to open our hearts and eyes and learn more about the world than our newspapers will accommodate. We travel to bring what little we can, in our ignorance and knowledge, to those parts of the globe whose riches are differently dispersed. And we travel, in essence, to become young fools again — to slow time down and get taken in, and fall in love once more. 

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People think it’s hard to change. That is because the moment you decide to change you let go of your comfort zone. It’s scary. You gather up all your courage and fight against the fear. But it’s that moment - that moment that you make up your mind that you are going to fight through the uncomfortable feeling and make it become comfortable - is powerful.
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6 SIGNS YOU’RE A BORN MARKETER

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Some of us wake up everyday to do something that we love — something that we feel like we were born to do. 

It feels like the elements required at work come to us naturally — from the way we think to the way we communicate and interact with others. We enjoy it deliberately and crave the challenge because it means that we get to push ourselves forward and become better and better. Learning has never been more fun and stimulating. We just can’t live it any other way.

And if you’re a marketer like me, I’m sure you have recognised some of these signs in yourself from when you were little up until now. 

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HOW TO FOCUS WHEN THERE SEEMS TO BE A MILLION THINGS ON YOUR PLATE

Are you feeling overwhelmed with all the work that you’ve got to do?

There seems to be a million different things that need to be done. We feel overwhelmed and out of control because we don’t know where to start. Should I start with project A? What about project B and C that need to be done as well? 

We all know that focus is incredibly important to productivity. But it’s almost impossible to be working on just one thing and one task in a given month or week or even just day.

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From being a student to a professional working in the corporate world or a freelancer, you will find that there’s no difference in juggling tasks. Some of us are better than others. Some suffer from it even more as a scattered brain. 

Here’s what I’ve learned for the past twenty years in how to reshape my focus when working on several things at once. 

(This trick has helped me successfully lose 20 kg in 5 months, scored A’s in exams, and won several competitions.)

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Work on something that matters to you more than money. Create more value than you capture. And take the long view.
Tim O’Reilly

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TRUST AS A CURRENCY

Over the past few months I have been on the road. I went back to my hometown to realise how much things have changed and how fast things are moving.

There’s something romantic about leaving a place and returning to it years later I must say - the unfamiliar, yet, recognisable surroundings; the familiar faces that seem distant enough for friendships to be rekindled; the joy of seeing how everyone has grown and changed over time; and the realisation that something is of the most valuable - trust. 

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BE IRREPLACEABLE

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Having met different people from all parts of the world, I have broadened my perspective on things - mostly on the concept of "what matters" and what doesn’t. 

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Happy people know that everything is fleeting. They know that the struggles they face will pass, but at the same time, they also know that the great things that are in their lives will also pass as well.

Happy people live in the moment. They define happiness as a sense of peacefulness and contentment mixed with pursuing their deepest passions.

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