CREATING a Problem Artificially, Then Offering the ONLY Solution = Monopoly

Yesterday I bought Peter Thiel’s book Zero to One per my friend’s (strong) recommendation. Thiel certainly spews a lot of cool insights in it, and one of his most interesting points from what I’ve read so far is this:

The only true way to succeed as a business is to achieve monopoly (contrary to basic economics, which states that the ideal situation for any business is absolute competition/equilibrium).

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The CHILL Lifestyle™ Theory

Today I got in a car accident. I was stopped at a stoplight in downtown Chicago with my whole family in the car when an SUV blindly hit the back of our sedan. It wasn’t a huge accident and didn’t cause too much car damage, but it was enough to give my mom a whiplash and hurt my back.

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Brainjacking: A Step Beyond VR, A Step Too Early

One of the most memorable things that I learned from Psych 1 class my freshman year was the concept of perception and how our brain manages to turn everyday sensory input into thoughts and emotions. If I were to take whatever I learned and try to fit it into a new (probably not, but I’d like to think so haha) context of objectiveness and subjectiveness, we get the following:

Our memories and emotions are the result of raw objective sensory input (sight, sound, touch, etc.) after they’ve been processed through a subjective perception filter.

To express more visually:

Objective sensory input –> Subjective perception filter –> Thoughts, opinions, memories, emotions

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5 Steps of Learning Any Skill in the World

[Migrated & extended from a personal entry in my Evernote from 12/23/2015]
I believe that the average human has the ability to learn and do anything in the world. It’s uncommon for people to fully exercise this power and truly learn anything (skills, etc.) in the world because 0) they don’t realize this potential (REALIZATION), 1) they don’t find it necessary to exhaust the attention/time/money/effort in order to do so (MOTIVATION), and 2) because they lack the proper/efficient training to learning new skills (EDUCATION).

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Hello World!

I’ve been getting into writing (essays, journals, random thoughts) for a while now, but haven’t really published anything publicly. I’ve found that writing is a great way to record memories/emotions/thoughts/goals/etc in a way that pictures or even videos can’t.

Anyways, I wanted to start an actual public-facing blog to dump some of my thoughts and musings onto. To start it off, I’ll just migrate some of my previous essays from my personal Evernote as individual posts.

It was partly inspired by recent events when I stumbled upon other people’s blogs and realized I could learn so much about that stranger through their writing.

Anyways, here goes.

Side note: I chose to host this blog on my own domain/server instead of using Medium/Tumblr/etc. because I think there’s something special and extra-personal about self-hosted blogs. Medium has its own benefits such as better exposure, but hosting it myself makes me feel like it’s truly *mine* and there’s definitely something very nostalgic/romantic about self-published WordPress blogs (like, it’s so 2006!).