Why you can have millions in the bank and still be poor

ok. ok.

I know what you’re thinking. I could go ahead and preach about love and relationships and happiness, etc…

But I won’t. I just want to share a story. Every time I read it, my perspective is refreshed and my direction is challenged.

Here it is: The story of the Fisherman and the Investment Banker.

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My resolution: Living out Loud

In connection to my previous post about new year’s resolutions, I want to share mine:

I’m going to live out loud.

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Why your New Year’s resolution could be doomed to failure

Every year, people all over the world make new year’s resolutions. Some resolutions sound like this:

  • I will get into better shape this year.
  • I will read through the whole Bible this year.
  • I will floss my teeth more often this year.
  • I will spend more time with my family
  • <insert yours here>

Unfortunately, experience has shown, people making resolutions like these are doomed to failure. Here’s why. They each commit at least one of these fatal mistakes.

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Starting Slow

Starting slow is better than doing nothing.

Hi! Haven’t been writing much since August. My attention has been focused on other things, such as fitness, my wife’s pregnancy, etc…

Now, I’m trying to get back in the swing of things. 🙂

No full blown article right now. Just a few quotes to lift our spirits (and to get me started 😛 )

Starting slow, is better than not starting.

  • Stop being negative.  No one wants to hear it.  Be different and focus on the positive.  Remember, there are many people who are happy with much less than you have.
  • Fear is a liar.
  • Jump out of bed and crush the floor boards every morning by smashing your feet down and defiantly take on each and every day.
  • Don’t be jealous… Be INSPIRED.
  • Progress, not perfection.  Stop beating yourself up for not being perfect and focus on small changes that make you 1% better everyday.

I got them from this article which i tweeted recently:  50 Ways to Achieve Greatness in Your Life

I regularly tweet interesting articles that i read. So if you want to see what I’m reading, follow me on twitter. 🙂

Watch out for my next post too. I think it’ll be about “the dangers of perfectionism”

Till then.

How to get better at ANYTHING


Just recently I’ve listened to a podcast by Michael Hyatt about 3 Strategies for taking your life to the next level. It’s a great listen! I learned a lot.

Basically, he outlined three ways to improve in something, ordered from the cheapest to most expensive.

1. Read – There’s google, Wikipedia, blogs, ebooks, books.

2. Enroll in a class – There are some things that cannot be learned just by reading. It has to be experienced. A formal class is meant to bring you through specific problems / learning experiences.

3. Get Hire a personal coach – Personal coaching is one of the most powerful ways to improve.

Here are my notes/thoughts from the podcast:

  • We all want to grow. No body just wants to stay the same.
  • Listening to this really made me ask if I am really serious in the things I want. We all want things… but to get to the point where we’re serious enough to really do something about it requires a leap of faith, or at least a conscious decision.
  • A given to getting better at anything is devoting time.
  • Focus is important. It is very difficult to be trying to grow in too many things at once. It is better to take on one project at a time. Once that is established, you can try something new. We live in seasons. Nothing is permanent.
  • If you are already overcommitted, it might be time to re-evaluate all your commitments before taking on some new thing. Learning to say no is one of the hardest things to do.
  • Don’t try to reinvent the wheel. You can save a lot of time by leveraging on the experiences and mistakes of others. We are never meant to stand on our own. Instead, envision yourself standing on the shoulders of other great men and women, doing greater things than they did.


Are you well rested?

Have you ever come home from a vacation still feeling tired, as if you needed to take a vacation from your vacation? Or how about the feeling that its sunday night and you still don’t feel rested… like you’re not yet ready for the week. Maybe you don’t know how to rest. True rest, doesn’t just happen. It needs to be intentional.

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Floods in Manila. We’re safe, but others need help.

We’re safe and dry… just a little stranded. Thankfully we were able to by food yesterday morning. The petrol delivery service was still able to bring us a new can of petrol for our stove yesterday too. So we’re well stocked… just semi stranded. 🙂 God is good to us. 🙂

But there are a lot of people who really do need help.

Here are some photo slideshows of the recent events:



Friends from around the world, our country could use your help!

If you have PayPal, you can send donations via the Philippine Red Cross. RT @philredcross: The email address that we are using for Paypal is fundgeneration@redcross.org.ph

I fasted 47 hours last week

Well not all at once. If you read my previous post, you’ll see my what my plan to start fasting was. I also wrote why I wanted to start fasting, as well as the initial research I did about it.

All in all, my first week was a good experience, and I’m gonna do it again this week. Here’s a rough story of my fasting experience last week.

I’m gonna try some fasting

Last Sunday at church, the pastor talked about Spiritual Fasting. I knew I wanted to experience the spiritual benefits. But still, I’ve been eating 6x a day since March! I was unsure how it would fit into my workout / fitness regime. So I did some research about how other people do it. Here’s what I found out:

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