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The Mundanity of Excellence, by Daniel Chambliss

(Visa: Full text available here. I edited this one a little for readability. Left out the footnotes.) “Olympic sports and competitive swimming in particular provide an unusually clear opportunity for studying the nature of excellence. In other fields, it may … Continue reading

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When is “be yourself” not good advice?

I answered this question on Quora and got quite a few upvotes for it, so I thought I’d share it here. TL;DR: The self is dynamic, not static. You are always yourself, even when you’re “fake” or “forced”. Be your best self … Continue reading

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7 Important Things I’ve Learnt

During my 2 years of National Service, I began what I called the 90 Week Project. I had heard many horror stories from men wiser and more mature than myself, and they described how easy it was to lose one’s … Continue reading

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Unconventional Wisdom: Do what you hate.

I used to play in a band called Armchair Critic. Allow me to be honest. I started it because I wanted to be a rock star. Plain and simple. I wanted to be on stage, being a badass, soaking in … Continue reading

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Habits Through Connections

I have been paying lip service to this for the longest time but it’s finally about time- better late then never- that I get around to doing it. I’m talking about consolidating my passions, focusing warm sunshine into the laser … Continue reading

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When Thoughts Finally Become Actions

So today was a normal day. I got a couple more hours of sleep than I usually do (so I was only mildly delirious from sleep deprivation). As I was walking down the jetty at Tekong Ferry Terminal, I bumped … Continue reading

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Gamification: The Power of Chains and Combos

Chains and combos are strings of actions or events that flow smoothly from one into another. Once initiated (in fighting games), we’re looking at a series of attacks that cannot be interrupted. They are impressive to behold, because they typically … Continue reading

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