Top 3 Articles I Read This Week #3

Top 3 Articles I read this week! #3

 

This week I have some articles that I want to share with you with the encompassing theme of self-development. All of these articles contain tips and tricks to motivate yourself throughout the day to Hustle and get things done!

8 Things Every Person Should Do Before 8 A.M. – Benjamin Hardy

Do you always wake up tired and groggy? Do you always feel unmotivated and sick of the day even before it started? Do you dread the thought of waking up and preparing for work every morning? If so, I have a few questions to ask you.

Do you have a ritual every morning? Do you feel energised as you prepare for work? If your answer is no, then it is about time you start adopting rituals.

So, what are rituals? Rituals are basically daily practices that a person does every single day which begins from the moment they wake up. It can be super simple like having a shower, do some light exercises/stretching and having a hearty breakfast. It is a set of tasks that you do to keep you moving and motivated. It calms your mind and prepares it to tackle the day ahead. It has to be something that is familiar to you and does not require much mental effort. If you have problems thinking about what should be included in a ritual, you can read this article as it suggests certain activities that you can adopt and include into your daily ritual.

For me, I’ve adopted to have cold showers in the morning and darn is it refreshing!

Read it here: https://medium.com/life-learning/8-things-every-person-should-do-before-8-a-m-cc0233e15c8d#.e61f2v52c

Get Sh*t Done – Jasky Singh

The last time I remember being super productive is when I was editing a video a few months back and I’ve been trying to find ways to relive those moments of intense productivity. If you’re like me, you’ll be searching and trying out countless techniques that promise high productivity but to no avail. However, when I read this article just this week, it amazes me how a simple change in mindset can increase productivity.

I’m sure all of us tried the ‘removal of distractions’ method where we all chuck our phones, computer and any other forms of distractions from our working space. However, we retrieve those distractions back countless times. Why? It is because the distractions are easily accessible. However, imagine you’re on a plane to some far away land and with all your gadgets unable to function with only work left accessible, what would you do? You would do the work unless you’re able to withstand boredom. Therefore, this article introduces just that. A change in mindset from on land to on the plane.

I will adopt this technique and share with you guys my experiences.

Read it here: https://medium.com/life-tips/get-sh-t-done-one-hashtag-that-ll-10x-your-output-it-did-for-me-3d3923527960#.4vtqp1nw8

How to Have More Ideas – Ben Noble

All of us experience moments of mental-block where we can’t seem to get new ideas for a project or a schoolwork that we’re working on. I experience that too. However, this article is here to save all of us from ever experiencing that block ever again. It is simple, just think and brainstorm of 10 new ideas every day even if it is a horrible one.

I am definitely adopting this on top of my all day every day writing.

Read it here: https://medium.com/i-m-making-all-this-up/how-to-have-more-ideas-c154147b2b37#.okbodvv98

 

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Top 3 Articles I Read This Week #2

Top 3 Articles I read this week! #2

 

This week, I’ve read some interesting articles that will make you ponder about a lot of things.

Multiculturalism & Muslims Belonging In the West – Usaama al-Azami via Huffington Post

Due to the increase in terrorist threats all over the world, people are becoming more afraid. They are afraid to the point where they associate any Muslims with terrorism. This has brought out a question on whether multiculturalism itself is a threat to the safety of a country.

In the article, Usaama al-Azami was trying to find the answer to the question of, “how can a greater sense of belonging for Muslims in the West be engendered?” After researching, he found the works of Tariq Modood who wrote about Multiculturalism before the rise of ISIS with proposals that can be effective today.

I personally think that multiculturalism has become something that other countries are hesitant to adopt because of the possible terrorist threats. However, I believe that the opposite happens instead. Due to alienation by their own community, Western Muslims become segregated and the ideology of terrorism becomes more enticing.

Read this to have a brief understanding of the position of Muslims in the West and how Multiculturalism might be the answer to terrorism.

Read it here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/usaama-alazami/multiculturalism-and-muslim-belonging-in-the-west_b_8987956.html

Shut Up and Be Patient – Mark Manson

Another article by the hilarious Mark Manson. Let me tell you this, I was reading this article on the way to work while commuting and I totally laughed by myself. It is such a hilarious article.

Basically, the article talks about how most of us are wishing for change and expect them to come instantly but failed to realise that we are complex creatures. Mark compared us to a moving Titanic where a lot of time and effort are required to steer it away from an iceberg. Being human, we are a complex being made of habits, experiences and emotions. It will take a lot of time and effort for us to change even a small part of ourselves.

Sometimes, we want to change our own perceptions. However, countless years of environmental pressures such as being bullied because of being fat, being told that they are dumb by their teachers and so on had made them incapable of seeing themselves in a positive light and will continue to do so even if they lost a lot of weight or get a PhD.

It is easy to change the physical aspects of ourselves but the mental perceptions that have been drilled into us will take patience.

This article is amazing and I totally recommend this to everyone.

Read it here: http://markmanson.net/be-patient

Why I Chose a Life of Travel Over a Career – Aly (Psychotraveller)

I was actually researching on travel and I found this Youtube Video and I realised that this is a question that people thought about before in their life. The thought of travelling crossed my mind before but I had no idea at all how it would be like and this article answered my questions.

We all might think that travelling requires a lot of money and therefore, requires us to work for a few months and then go travelling for another few, however, that is not how it should be. If you want to live a life of travel, you have to work on the go.

Also, some of us might think that by living a life of travel, you are having luxuries upon luxuries but this is not true. Travelling requires effort and you have to sacrifice luxury for it. People live a life of travel for the exhilaration they get from experiencing the world, not for the luxury.

We need to understand that living a life of travel is not easy. It requires discipline, perseverance and sacrifice.

I recommend you to read this article if you are interested in finding out more about living a life of travel and how to go about doing it.

Read it here: http://www.psychotraveller.com/why-i-chose-a-life-of-travel-over-a-career/

 

 

Top 3 Articles I Read This Week #1

Top 3 Articles I read this week! #1

 

T his is the first of many posts listing my top article reads for the week. It will encompass a huge range of topics from politics to entrepreneurship.

The only similarity between the articles is that they are articles that interest me.

The Entrepreneurial Spirit: Are Entrepreneurs Born or Made? – Gary Vaynerchuk

In a world full of people calling themselves ‘entrepreneurs’, it becomes important to highlight who is and isn’t one. In this article, Gary wanted to confront the fake ‘entrepreneurs’ once and for all. He highlighted that no one can be an entrepreneur because one has to be born to be one. I was a bit taken aback by that comment but by reading further, I realised that he made sense. He compared entrepreneurship to basketball. He said that by maximising a skill set, it does not make you a great entrepreneur just like how being short but highly skilful does not make you an awesome NBA player. You have to be tall, big and strong. Therefore, the same reasoning applies for entrepreneurship. One has to be patient and have an independent spirit just to name a few.

I highly recommend checking this article out (https://www.garyvaynerchuk.com/the-entrepreneurial-spirit-are-entrepreneurs-born-or-made-2/) for someone who wants to know whether they have the potential to succeed as an entrepreneur. Also, check out his website www.garyvaynerchuk.com

Why I have a Potty Mouth – Mark Manson

I personally do not use vulgarities as a way of expressing myself however, I found this article highly captivating and interesting. I appreciate the angle that he took in explaining the importance of vulgarities and their place in this world.

Vulgarities are deemed offensive due to the culture of the time they are in. Over time, vulgarities achieve different meanings and levels of offensiveness. This highly volatile nature is normal because we humans define the word after all. Mark brought forth the idea that swear words are usually used to create a shocking effect unlike any other words available.

I recommend you to read this article because vulgarities is a part of everyday life. One has to understand the functions vulgarities can play. Basically, what I’m trying to say is STOP using vulgarities freely. Appreciate the function they have in the language and only use them when appropriate.

Read it here: http://markmanson.net/potty-mouth

It is Time to Forgive Yourself – Sulaiman Bholat via lifehack.org

Life is never easy and every single day, we encounter people who will put us down no matter what we do. We can do ourselves a favour by not contributing to our own emotional stability. We need to stop putting ourselves down. We need to start to forgive ourselves and get closure.

This article is for those who is going through a bad time and for those who want to love themselves more.

Read it here: http://www.lifehack.org/353552/time-forgive-yourself