Why I’m writing this blog

My name is Anthony based in Hong Kong. I have been doing a lot of reading, writing, thinking, and some speaking for a while but found it increasingly hard to keep track and organize my own thoughts and things that I had learned. Then one day I had a novel idea. Maybe it would be better for me to write articles online regularly because writing is thinking, it forces me to think harder and better. Writing also helps me expand and organize my existing knowledge, reflect on my own thoughts and connect the dots in my life. And hopefully, this blog would help you to better connect the dots in your life as well.

Most of my writings here are based on what I had read, learned, or stolen from others – ideas and insights that others had already figured out rather than my own original thoughts.

As the film director Jim Jarmusch advised, “Nothing is original. Steal from anywhere that resonates with inspiration or fuels your imagination. Devour old films, new films, music, books, paintings, photographs, poems, dreams, random conversations, architecture, bridges, street signs, trees, clouds, bodies of water, light, and shadows. Select only things to steal from that speak directly to your soul. If you do this, your work (and theft) will be authentic. Authenticity is invaluable; originality is non-existent. And don’t bother concealing your thievery—celebrate it if you feel like it. In any case, always remember what Jean-Luc Godard said: ‘It’s not where you take things from—it’s where you take them to.’”

Principles that I have lived for

I believe the greatest power that anyone should inspire and pursue relentlessly is the power to which one exercises over himself. Which is the power to master one’s own thoughts, emotions, and actions in any circumstance.

How to achieve such self-mastery? By making yourself uncomfortable every single day, by doing things that suck – things you hate or fear to do. Because comfortable is like a drug, once you get used to it, it becomes fucking addictive. You will be addicted to enjoying yourself rather than improving yourself. You will be addicted to choosing the easier wrongs over the harder rights. You will be addicted to choosing the path of least resistance rather than pushing yourself to be the very best you can be in every endeavor.

We all know it’s easier said than done. The real challenge is how bad do you want it? Are you willing to pay the price with pain and suffering? Well, I’m committed to taking on this challenge to the best of my ability every single day…

Beating the competition is relatively easy. Beating yourself is a never-ending commitment.

Phil Knight

Contact: You may reach me at: at2345@gmail.com

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