Advice

I’ve noticed that I don’t accept advice if I didn’t ask for it. I’ve also noticed that I often give advice although I wasn’t asked. It only means that I need to stop giving advice because others were doing just as well without my advice. Advice works only if being asked for.

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Ninety Percent

One of the sentences which hang on the wall above my desk says that 90% of what I write is shit. Once I write something down, that sentence prevents me from upsetting too much while editing my work. When I turn some shit into something that’s good enough, then it’s time to publish it. Even then, more than 50% of my work is below average, but to reach something above average I need to write

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On Writing Dark Stories

December 19th, St. Nicolas, patron saint of my wife, then girlfriend. Her relatives and friends are sitting at the dining table. They either don’t know me or barely know me. All they know about me is that I’m someone who doesn’t talk much. Even when they ask him something, his answer is concise and not open for discussion. In 2015, I published my novel. It was perhaps the second time I met all these people.

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How Creative Are We?

According to Jordan Peterson only a small portion of people are truly creative. To be creative means creating something unique and useful at the same time. Those who are truly creative must create or they will feel miserable. Creativity, on the one hand, can be seen as a curse because it is hard enough to create something new, but it’s only 5% of the job and most of the creatives need to find a source

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Email and DM vs NEws Feed

If you publish something on social networks, it is more likely that your message is going to reach many people. However, email and direct messages are more personal and due to its private nature it is more likely that your message will be read if you send it directly to a person you want to reach. If you have something important to say, instead of publishing it on the wall, try sending it to people

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How Much Does A Lie Cost?

This morning, another teacher and I went to a nearby Wenzhou to have a medical checkup. A local teacher went with us to help us with the form filling and overall communication. It was all paid by the school, including the transportation.  We took an Uber to there because it’s faster. Uber from Rui’an  to Wenzhou coast about 120 RMB ($17.39). Highway is an additional 15 RMB ($2.17), but it’s a much faster way. We

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Words are the source of misunderstandings

… said the Fox to Little Prince. The main proof of inefficiency of words is the fact that we feel emotion more easily if words are followed by visual, tactile and sound experience. Watching a theater play or movie is richer experience than reading a screenplay. Words are efficient only if they create mental images in readers or listeners mind. A hug speaks more than 1000 words, just like an image. Word transfer is slow

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How to eat an Elephant?

The answer is obvious – one bite at a time. Most often, we are good at planning, but inefficient at execution. Planning is easy, what’s hard is to deliver a finished product, especially when no one can guarantee a success. Having a plan is not enough, you must have a strategy for execution. One of the strategies is to define a smallest building units of the project. If you could deliver a single unit each

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