the downside of “follow your passion” advice in career

If you have ever asked around for career advice, you may have heard something about finding your calling, or going for what you love even if it is unconventional or totally different from your formal education. There seems to be an underlying assumption that if you love something, you will naturally become really good atContinue reading “the downside of “follow your passion” advice in career”

5 ways to make reading books easier for yourself

1. šŸ¤”Why? Why do you want to read books anyway these days? Is it because you want to learn a specific skill like cooking? Then don’t feel guilty about not being able to make time for other books. Is it because you want to get lost in a fantasy world and escape real life forContinue reading “5 ways to make reading books easier for yourself”

šŸ“™Reflection: Laziness Does Not Exist (Pt. 1) – The “Not Enough” Disease

Browsing through books to read, this title caught my attention. It’s a relatively recent book, published in January 2021 by a social psychologist. For Kim, who taught me that if a person’s behaviour doesn’t make sense, it’s because I’m missing a piece of their context. Dedication Few words from the introduction: I have a reputaionContinue reading “šŸ“™Reflection: Laziness Does Not Exist (Pt. 1) – The “Not Enough” Disease”

šŸ“™Reflection: The 5 Love Languages by Gary Chapman

Overview Recently I picked up this book from my library’s recommended list. I had heard of the 5 love languages before and there is also a related online quiz you can take to find out your love language. The main idea is that people have the deep need to feel loved by their closest, andContinue reading “šŸ“™Reflection: The 5 Love Languages by Gary Chapman”

šŸ“˜Reflection: Convenience Store Woman (by Sayaka Murata)

There are some books like this I get to read where I can see parts of myself in the characters and end up feeling much better about life. So I ended up really enjoying this one. Convenience Store Woman is a novel (originally in Japanese) about a 36-year-old woman who is considered unusual, and aContinue reading “šŸ“˜Reflection: Convenience Store Woman (by Sayaka Murata)”

Reflection: šŸ“•Letters to a Young Poet (kinda detailed)

Overall Impression I recently picked up this book by the poet Rainer Maria Rilke, which is a collection of 10 letters he wrote in response to a student (the young poet) named Franz Kappus. [There are spoilers in this post if you haven’t read the book yet] My first favourite thing about this book wasContinue reading “Reflection: šŸ“•Letters to a Young Poet (kinda detailed)”

want to do or to be? a question to ask in your career search

There’s a chapter in the book ‘Ego is the Enemy’ called “To be, or to do?” This concept has been guiding my search for a career direction recently. Do you desire to do something because you want to be that kind of professional, or because you want to do the things that come under thatContinue reading “want to do or to be? a question to ask in your career search”

Reflection on reading ‘Ego is the Enemy’

Overall impressions For the last 3-4 days I’ve been reading the book and I’d like to jot down the thoughts that came up. They are not necessarily a summary of what is written in the book, but the points I learned, and other things I was reminded of as I kept on reading. In thisContinue reading “Reflection on reading ‘Ego is the Enemy’”