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Cloud mountain

“If you always put limit on everything you do, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.”
-Bruce Lee

Most people view life as a mountain they have to climb. Their hope is that once they’ve reached the top, they can then take it easy, forever. For most, the summit promises a wife and kids, a stable job, and a big house where they can just relax for the rest of their days. After they have “made it,” there is an expectation that nothing will change. They cling to this expectation, but when it is smashed to pieces by reality, they are thrown into an emotional whirlwind. However, for the few that choose to take the journey to mastery, to excellence, to a lifetime of learning, the path bestows growth, happiness, and purpose. The world always moves, always changes, always evolves. As it does, those who have chosen to seek mastery will move, change, and evolve with it.

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Be a Good Friend

Handshake

When your perceived situation is much better than your friend’s, it is easy to be generous. You can give him abundant support because doing so does not threaten your sense of security. You may even willingly lower yourself to lift your friend from below. So it is no surprise when a married woman is eager to set up her single friends, or when a successful entrepreneur is enthusiastic about training his protégé.

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Page Update

Hey all,

I just wanted to let everyone know that I have updated my mission statement, which is now called “My Journey.”  You can access it through the navigation menu, or if you are in a lazy mood, you can just click here.

I spent a lot of time writing it and a ton of time thinking about it.  I hope you enjoy reading it.  I think if you’ve had a similar experience, you’ll definitely find it worth your while.

Love

A. T. Bui

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Pages of a book

Many of my best thoughts have come from my intuition, but in at least one case (I’m sure there are many others), I was embarrassingly wrong. What I’m talking about is how one should approach perseverance.

When your eyes grow weary from reading a long book or your legs grow weak from a long jog, I had originally thought that you should become shortsighted if you needed to find the will to continue. That is, only focus on the next immediate milestone in front of you, whether that be the end of the chapter or the end of the street block. Even though you will be able to push yourself a little further this way, it’s not likely you will be breaking any personal records.

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Staring down a gun barrel

One of my favorite scenes in the movie “Fight Club” is when Tyler Durden drags a convenience store clerk out into the back parking lot and holds him at gunpoint. When the store clerk divulges his abandoned passion to become a veterinarian, Tyler decides to let him go on the condition that he fulfill his dream, or else face certain death. What is so great about this scene is that anyone who can imagine himself in the store clerk’s shoes will know that he will succeed at becoming a veterinarian come hell or high water.

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Infoholics Anonymous

The last drop of alcohol

Hi everyone. My name is A. T. Bui and I am an infoholic. I would like to share my story for the benefit of other infoholics here today.

For 4 years, I imbibed useless information into my mind for hours each day. I chugged the daily news and took shots of random trivia. I guzzled detailed analyses of the stock market when I had not the money to invest. I drank hearsay of subversive conspiracies when I had neither sufficient ability nor sufficient desire to halt them even if proven to be true. I tossed back tutorials on a hundred new hobbies when I had not even enough time for the few hobbies I already had.

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Resolving Paradoxes

Walk, Don't Walk sign

On your journey to self-mastery, you will sooner or later encounter paradoxes. The contradictory nature of a paradox often leads to frustration and confusion. You will be tempted to “choose a side” as it were and reject new conflicting information. That’s because to hold conflicting ideas in your head requires a good deal of mental effort and concentration, but if you can keep those thoughts in your head long enough to resolve the paradox, the reward is nothing short of an epiphany. In my own journey, I’ve found that most paradoxes can be resolved by one of the following 3 paradigm shifts. I’ll start by giving an example situation for each one.

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