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How Pain Prompted Me To Be A Lifelong Learner

I was awake until 5 AM, this Saturday morning. I was reading a book entitled “Principles” by Ray Dalio, founder of Bridgewater, an American billionaire investor, hedge fund manager, and philanthropist. In the earlier sections of “Where I’m Coming From,” he said that “there is nothing to prompt learning like pain and necessity, and this gave me plenty of both.”  This is based on his personal narrative on how he bravely faced failures and pains while building his company over the years, along with his struggles with family and friends. I paused my reading for a while to reflect and I…

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My Journey in Reading and the Joy I Found in Books

Fresh out of college, I moved to Cebu City in September 2009 after a few months break. I really wanted to move to Cebu because I do not want to deal again with the prior experience I had in Metro Manila — the traffic, expensive costs of living, and the fast-moving life. I thought Cebu will be a little less of that — manageable, relax, and more close to home. I was hired by a local IT outsourcing company as a web developer. Fast forward to 2011, I resigned and I started a small software outsourcing company since one of…


The Quest for Joy

My friend, Cristine, and I had a quick catch-up last weekend. She’s back in Asia (and spending quality time with her family and friends in the Philippines) from the USA for the term-break. She’s currently talking her MA in Psychology; she’s passionate about helping people succeed in life without sacrificing mental health. And she is in the right direction of being a Personal Development Coach. During our conversation over coffee, we exchanged stories and asked questions like how’s life in general. But this one surprised me – “What is your word for 2019?” I responded promptly without hesitation — “It’s…

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