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Share Others’ Burdens: But Don’t Worry About Them

Don't worry about dem worries!The topic of this blog post might sound confusing at first glance. Allow me to explain. For all my life really, I have done very well in school. In fact, I always say that “academics is my specialty”. As a result, I have often found myself helping friends and classmates with school work. Because I love it when others succeed academically, sometimes I go out of my way to help someone out.

For example, one friend from college had to write a paper for her class and she wanted me to proofread it. At the time, I had some assignments that I needed to work on and I was studying for an exam. But I decided to help her, because I just really wanted to help her succeed on the assignment. By helping my friend with the assignment, in a way I was “sharing in her burdens,” her academic burdens that is. 

However, because I was so worried about my friend succeeding in the class, I nearly did not have enough time to study for my exams and complete my assignments. Now, am I saying that you should not help people? No. Am I saying that you need to focus only on your own priorities and not consider others? No. What I am saying is that we each have our own individual lives and at the end of the day, we’re responsible for our own lives. 

Therefore, you already have enough issues and priorities you must address in life, whether that be raising your family, passing a class, or even looking for an apartment or a job. There is nothing wrong with helping a friend or family member sort out whatever they got going on. But don’t allow yourself to worry about others’ issues and burdens (except of course if it’s your children…that’s different). You have enough to worry about.

 

 

 

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Principles of Wise & Healthy Living

  • Pray every morning and night
  • Set out a specific time in the morning or night to spend with God (“Personal Devotion”)
    • Note: Morning/Night is preferable b/c that’s when you have the most control
    • Listen to spiritual songs (praise & worship) and study the Word (bible study)
  • Make a to-do list, planning the day out either in the morning of or the night before
  • Review your goals, dreams, visions, and ambitions daily
  • Workout at least 30-min/day, 5-6 days/week; this can be Monday-Friday (and Sat, if necessary)
    • Stretch before and after workout and take Sunday off
  • On Sundays, go to church to exercise your spirit while allowing your body and mind to rest from the physical training and academic study
    • It’s preferred you go join a congregation, but if you absolutely can’t physically go to a church, stream the service online or watch a another sermon
    • Throughout the following week (Mon-Sat), apply the principles you learned on Sunday to your daily life (work, school, finances, marriage, etc)
  • Make Sunday your “fun-day” as well; after church, go out with the family or friends to eat; or go watch a movie; or go out for ice-cream, etc.
  • Work/Study at a desk for 50-55 min blocks with 5-10 min breaks in between
    • Avoid working/studying on your bed (Bed is for sleeping, not studying)
    • Avoid looking at phone except during breaks
  • Naps should be 15-min, 30-min, or 45-min; Don’t exceed 45-min
  • Be sure to call/talk to at least one friend and/or family member every week
    • Priority should be placed on family members
  • Go for 7-9 hrs of sleep a day
  • Set a certain time at night to stop looking at your phone, laptop, or any devices

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USB Lights

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Hey Guys! For today’s post, I wanted to share with you an interesting and convenient invention: the mini USB LED Light Lamp. 

As you can see in the picture above, a USB light lamp has a USB end that can be plugged into a USB port in your laptop, computer, or power-bank. These small and portable USB lamps may come in handy in several occasions, such as:

  • working on an assignment on your laptop during a power outage (assuming you can use mobile hotspot and your laptop is charged)
  • writing a paper late at night when your roommates are sleeping
  • save energy from the main lamp or office light when you’re studying a document

Of course, on the other end is the light. There is a small metal strip on this end. You DO NOT want to touch this end, especially when you have been using the lamp for over 45 min to an hour, because it will be hot (I know this from experience).

It has been long since I got my USB light lamp. And I can definitely say that it has been useful!

Here’s the link to purchase an 8-pack for $8 on Amazon:

https://amzn.to/2VAoZ1T

And then let me know what you guys think about it.

Because Your Phone is Valuable to You

As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases. For those who may be new, that means I post products here that I recommend and can be bought from Amazon.

Today, I would like to share with you a product you may already know about: a phone wallet. I have been using this product for 3-5 years now and it is very convenient. My brother has misplaced his wallet before and I have friends who have misplaced their credit cards or debit cards often. But never, or very rarely, do you hear about someone misplacing or losing their phone.

What makes the phone wallet so convenient is that it can carry your credit cards, debit cards, business cards, IDs, driver’s license, and even a couple bucks, all on the back of your phone! I know this because I have carried each of these things in my phone wallet!

And best of all, it sticks to the back of your phone! And NEVER falls off! Of course, the phone wallet is for phones with a flat back, without any stands on the back. So basically why should you buy the phone wallet?

Two reasons:

  1. Because it keeps your most important cards and IDs all in the same place and you are not likely going to lose your phone.
  2. Because your phone is valuable to you.

Here’s the link:

https://amzn.to/2ILRyDi

You can thank me later in the comments! And be sure to share!download

Book Recommendation

In this post, Inap-collage-forhomepage-small would like to recommend an amazing book, given to me by one of my great friends. This book that I have read and loved is titled: “Think and Grow Rich,” by Napoleon Hill.

Napoleon Hill was one of the best motivational authors of his century. His content is read and admired to this day. 

Not to reveal too much of this fantastic novel, the book basically reveals 13 steps to reaching success; that is, 13 essential principles to follow that will help you achieve your definite goals in life. 

In order to put this book together, Napoleon interviewed hundreds of the most successful people in his time, including millionaires like Henry Ford, Andrew Carnegie, and Thomas Edison. He was in a quest to figure out how these successful people earned their fortune. He essentially wanted to discover the “Law of Success,” which is the theme of all of his books and is so beautifully summarized in this one. 

In an effort not to spoil the rich contents of the book for you, I will end it here and post the link below: 

https://amzn.to/2XuWUpK

You can thank me later!

Humility vs. Timidity

What I am about to tell you now is something I have learned from experience:

Being humble is not the same as being timid. 

For example: I consider myself an introvert. That basically means I like to be alone and I can be shy around people. I used to think that in order for me to be “humble,” I should not speak up. I thought that being too talkative or just speaking up sometimes is a little prideful. So basically, while being timid and shy, I was actually convinced that I was being humble.

However, what life has taught me is that to be humble does not mean you have to talk less. It does not necessarily mean shy away from the spotlight or avoid taking over conversations. Extraverted and talkative individuals can still be humble. Some of the most well-known leaders and successful people are the most humble people you will meet, such as Warren Buffet and Bill Gates. jesus-washing-apostles-feet1

To learn what it really means to be humble and how it looks like, why don’t we refer to one of the most humble leaders to ever walk the face of the earth: Jesus Christ.

While walking in the mist of his disciples and all who met him, Jesus was this ordinary carpenter from Nazarene. However, what many people did not know was that he also carried the extraordinary power of God inside of him. He was literally God in the flesh. 

All the disciples (well only some really understood it) knew this to be true. Jesus, the Messiah. But yet, with all this power in him, Jesus hung out with some of the most despised and condemned people, including tax collectors and sinners. He kindly preached to and fed thousands of people and healed lepers, crippled, blind, and more. And in the picture above, he is washing his disciples’ feet. This is one of the truest images that display Christ’s humility. 

Jesus was the definition of an ideal servant. To be humble really means to have a heart of service. Check out these three verses on humility: 

“Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of others.” – Philippians 2:3-4

For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgement, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you.” – Romans 12:3

Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited.” – Romans 12:16

All of these verses help explain what humility really is. Being humble doesn’t mean you act shy. Rather, being humble means that you value others above yourself. And notice, it didn’t say “put” others above yourself. Being humble means you “value” others, or “consider” others’ interests above your own.

Being humble means simply to not be so prideful; to not think too highly of yourself. Like Jesus, Mother Theresa, and many other humble individuals in the world have done, being humble means to be willing to associate with people of a lower position than you. Being humble is going in a medical mission trip to serve in Nigerian prisons and villages, which I did in December 2017. 

Basically, being humble has nothing to do with how timid or quiet you are. But it has everything to do with how confident you are in yourself and while realizing your shortcomings, recognizing that you are unique just like everybody else. 

Same Goal, with New Method

Hello WordPress audience members! I recently became an Amazon Associate. As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases. With that being said, some of my blogs will be promoting some products that can be purchased from Amazon. Some of these products include books, water bottles, and Ensure nutrition shakes! 

Now, just to be clear, my main goal has not changed. I still want to help you become the best version of yourself. However, now I am just trying to share with you all some of the products I use on a daily basis that is helping me (to some degree) do just that.

In this blog, I will be promoting two products that help facilitate a healthy lifestyle: the SubZero Tritan Series water bottle and Abbott’s Original Ensure Nutrition shake. 

I drink the Milk Chocolate Ensure everyday to basically gain weight (and I do also supplement it with 30-min workouts at least 3x week in case you were wondering) and it works! Last year, after drinking every day for the whole month of November, I gained about 5lbs! I could have gained more, but I had to really focus on my business program, which was very hectic (moreso than now) at the time.  Here is the link, go and check it out! You can thank me later: https://amzn.to/2GlowXK

The other product I recommend, especially for you health advocates like myself, is the SubZero Tritan Series water bottle! It has a nice, easy grip, replaceable straw, and is fairly durable! I’ve been using for months now and I love it! Here’s the link: https://amzn.to/2GsAeB0

Let me know in the comments what you guys think of them, if necessary. And share with others!

 

 

Pursue Self-Development!

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I am a college graduate, MBA seeker, and incoming medical student. On top of that, I am a current tutor. Now, I am not telling you all these things to brag about my accomplishments. Rather, I am telling you these things to show you that I  am actually practicing what I am about to tell you: Pursue self-development!

From my past experiences in life, I have learned that there are opportunities around you, if you are willing to do two things: (1) Look for them and (2) But first, put yourself in the right position to take advantage of the oppotunities. If I never worked on my test-taking skills and my confidence, I would not have succeeded on the MCAT, the admissions exam for medical school.

If my parents did not get to know themselves first and work on their own characters, they probably would not have been the great parents they are today. You see, self-development means first learning about who you are–your strengths, weaknesses, interests, gifts, etc..–and then improving your self to become a better person.

I practice five habits every day to improve myself intellectually, physically, spiriturally, and mentally. So many successful individuals like Fergie, Oprah Winfrey and Michael Phelps attribute their success to daily habits they used to develop themselves. However, there is one important thing I want to say about this topic of self-development.

Do not confuse pursuing self-development with pursuing your own self-interests. The ultimate purpose of self-development is for you to use your gifts, strengths, and talents to bless others and contribute to society, no matter how small the impact. Living to primarily pursue your self-interests means that you are only focused on gaining whatever you need to please ONLY you.

Now, do not get me wrong; nothing is wrong with trying to pursue what makes you happy in life. But I believe the best way to do that is to develop your self in all aspects constantly in order to feel better about yourself and learn what you enjoy. Doing this can help ensure that you do not seek satisfaction in solely materialistic things in life.

Be Consistent, not Legalistic

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Most people, if you ask them about what they truly want in life, they will tell you their goals and dreams. I am no exception. I have many goals and dreams that I would like to accomplish in life, such as writing a book, speaking at a TEDx talk, and traveling around the world.

However, to achieve these goals, it will not only take hard work, planning, and motivation. It will also take faith. Faith in my ability to communicate my ideas both on print and on stage; faith to overcome the fear of criticism and failure; and faith to trust in where my intuition takes me.

As motivational author Napoleon Hill explained in his book, Think and Grow Rich, this intuition actually comes from within, from that inner voice inside you. That inner voice is from “Infinite Intelligence.” Other names for this entity include God, or the creator of the universe.

I have come to realize that in order to not only become a success but live a fulfilled life, more than anything, I must work on my relationship with God. In other words, I must engage in the development of my spirit, which is the medium of contact between me and God, who ultimately reveals one’s purpose. 

As a strong believer in this truth, I used to engage in many spiritual exercises. Attending college and living on campus at the time, I would sometimes leave my dorm to take the train and travel to late night prayer meetings every week. I would make it a habit to pray for an hour every day.

If I missed a day or two of prayer, I began to get a little upset with myself and force myself to try to make it up the next day by praying twice as long. Applying this same practice to my physical development, I would plan to workout for 30 min daily. If I missed a day, I would double it the next day.

While I thought these practices were acts of consistency, I began to realize that they were not. They were really examples of legalism. That same legalism that the ancient Pharisees and other religious leaders practiced in biblical times, which transformed them into cold individuals who would scorn an individual (AKA Jesus) for healing a man on the Sabbath.

When it comes to spiritual development or any goals you’re striving for, there is a fine line between consistency and legalism. Consistency arises out of discipline while legalism is more a result of guilt and a feeling of inadequacy. What am I saying? I am saying that having discipline and consistency in life is very much needed and required if you want to achieve any dream or goal, whether spiritual, financial, or relational.

However, as speaker and author Terri Savelle Foy said in her book titled 5 Things Successful People Do Before 8AM, you must be “gentle, but firm.” If you are striving for your goals and dreams and commit to do things daily to develop yourself, don’t be so hard on yourself if you miss a day or two. But keep to your word, stay committed, and keep looking to what the future holds for you if you stay on that path to success.