Letters to Selfby@keni

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Reminders for me-self


Aug 12, 2020

Re: The second wave is already here

In his thought provocking post yesterday, @jasonleow asked us ... What can we do as individuals to respond and adapt to these uncharted waters? Seth Godin talks about being a Purple Cow in his book with the same title. In a world where purple cows don't exist - you will add value by being differen...

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Dec 25, 2019


I have tried a few different things when it comes to business.. I tried most of them on my own or with my family. But I did my best to avoid including other people..even friends from working with me. My belief was that I need to work on most of the things on my own. Alone. I figured that if I plann...

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Dec 24, 2019


I came across a few people in the few days that have been teaching at some point in their career. I was a Math and English tutor back in my college days and I liked it. The idea of being a teacher in college is appealing to me. First and foremost, I think teaching is a very fulfilling career. T...

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Sep 4, 2019

A beautiful gift

Yesterday I spoke at a toastmaster's competition. An advanced toastmasters that meets once a month. I am not a member of that club yet. Someone from the club asked if I could be a test speaker for a contest. It was a competition for how well a person evaluated a speech. Toastmasters valued giving ...

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Aug 2, 2019


There wasn't anything interesting on my mind today. I thought today's post will be unremarkable. Then I get a call from my real estate agent. She says, 'I have some bad news.' Yesterday, I pre-signed on a house that I was selling. My first property flip that I bought with my family in April. F...

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Jul 23, 2019


After listening to various definitions of luck through the years, I am very curious about luck. Apparently, optimistic people are lucky because they expect to be. This is similar to the placebo effect, affirmations, visualization and similar mindset theories. After @jasonleow started to write the su...

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Jul 10, 2019

The immigrant

When working on my first kickstarter - I didn't want to reveal that I am an immigrant. It was 2017. The state of the American politics was troubling. I didn't think that revealing that information would be good for business. I shared that view with a few people who urged me to share my story. Being ...

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Jul 7, 2019

So far

July is turning out to be intense. For some reason - there is a lot of activity this month. At my job, my boss of the last few years - one that I loved, just quit the company. I am not certain how things will change around me. I have to prepare myself for a brand new character who may influence t...

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Jul 4, 2019


I have tried a few businesses the last few years. 1) My first attempt was YouTube. I took a Udemy course on creating videos from copyright-free content. The number of views is used in calculating the payment for creators. So the focus was: - Thumbnail - Title - Keywords - Likability - Becoming ...

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Jun 27, 2019

The urge to preach

I got a mentor when I first joined toastmasters. The first piece of advice he gave me was - Please do not preach! I smiled to myself - I hate speeches where anyone comes of preachy so that advice make sense. Despite that - I found myself gravitating towards preaching for my first few speeches. I...

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Jun 26, 2019

Re: 3 things you can do in any situation

I have recently discovered an affinity to simplicity. Jason discusses these 3 options for any situation.. Change it. Accept it. Leave it. I like it. Instead of asking myself the dreaded questions that don't help me into action. Just focusing on the 3 possible options in front of me - is time and...

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Jun 24, 2019


I am a bionic woman. I have an insulin pump and a continuous glucose monitoring system at all times on me. Then there is the phone with all the apps we use daily. There is the GPS. A Fitbit detailing various health and sleep matrix. A food tracker. A Intermittent Fasting tracker. Amazon's kindle an...

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Jun 28, 2019

Relationship Mentors

How many of you have a relationship mentor? A fascinating speaker called Esther Perez asked this question at a talk.. The concept of looking for a career mentor is famous. Many people are actively looking for one. But when it comes to relationships - few want to admit they want or need a mentor. ...

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Jun 20, 2019


RAM - Random Access Memory. Our brain has something similar. If you are like me - it is overflowing and could use an upgrade. Or NZT pill. Recently, I tried a new project. The goal is to clear the mind of "STUFF". Famously introduced bu David Allen in Getting Things Done. I stumbled on it while l...

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Jun 18, 2019

Peer Pressure

Can be good... If you have the right PEER. I heard this in an interview. What an idea. The idea of surrounding yourself with the types of people you want to be like - is based on this peer pressure idea. Here are some good examples - #TeamStreak - This is a form of peer pressure. It helps push/p...

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Jun 17, 2019


I find that I like people who are not egotistical. All of us have ego so I believe that it takes work to suppress it. I want to do that work and be the type of person who has more control over me. I observe people - particularly at work, who are very talented and intelligent. But just when there...

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Jun 16, 2019

A case for affirmations

I recently publicly announced that I wanted to do affirmations. @brianball asked for more details.. I think affirmation is a bridge between wanting something and taking action. Since making the declaration of my affirmation, I find that I am constantly asking myself what I need to do to achieve ...

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Jun 19, 2019

Searching for Systems

One of the lessons I learnt lately is the need to have systems. Books, podcasts and interviews seem to all talk about the idea of systems being supreme. A few folks here on 200 words have also written about systems. I am sold on the idea. Yes systems are good. My question is - HOW. How to you cre...

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Jun 14, 2019

I don't need people

Someone close once said to me. > I am just fine by myself. I like my own company and unlike most people - I do not feel lonely. I call BS on anyone that says that and is not a psychopath. I think being alone - by choice or circumstance - has a deep negative impact. I have observed people.... be...

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Jun 13, 2019

On Failing

Listen to this one and half minute video of a billionaire talk about failure When I saw the video, my first thoughts were - this is not how I grew up. It could be a cultural thing but failure is NOT celebrated in many parts of the world. You are always reminded of the community. So if you fail at...

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Jun 12, 2019

Affirmations - An inquiry

I am working on an experiment to apply three books for the rest of 2019. One of books is - How to fail at everything and still win big. The author, Scott Adams talks about affirmations. He explains it in details in podcasts and live interviews. He got me curious and I decided to read more on it. ...

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Jun 4, 2019

How to fail at everything and still win big - Summary

Experiment to apply 3 books continues... This is a 10 step actionable items summary of the book - How to fail at everything and still win big - by Scott Adams. 1. Have systems for your goals. Continuously look for better ways to tweak and improve your process/system of things you do on a regular...

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Jun 3, 2019

Diabetes Solution - Summary

The experiment to apply three books continues. I finished reading 2/3 books I picked. 1) Diabetes Solution 2) How to fail at everything and still win big The main things from Diabetes Solution that I will apply are: - Meals - Increase Insulin Sensitivity 1) Meals The book recommends to eat ...

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May 26, 2019

3 - Part 2

A couple of days, I wrote a post about finding three books that I could apply before the end of this year. I started to do deep research to find the best three books. I already knew the areas that I needed to focus on to create change. The goal is read and re-read the 3 books until I completely ...

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