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As you know, I like studying success and all the behaviors and practices for achieving success in life. In this email, I want to cover a fascinating documentary by Leah Rimini on Scientology. You may have heard of it and heard of this celebrity. She very publicly withdrew from the Church of Scientology many years ago.

Her documentary has multiple seasons and she exposes the dangers and tragedies that this cult produces. …

My sibling’s pet died. I didn’t realize it would, but it made me sad.

Pets can teach you a lot about living a respectable, peaceful, happy, simple life. All her life, Lizzy was quiet, never made a fuss, never complained, and ate only vegetables.
She always seemed happy with living in her tiny, plastic house and popping out to eat some lettuce and drink some water. The only times she made noise were when she got excited since she wanted more food.
One time during Christmas, she made noise because the Christmas outfit we gave her was distressing her skin, and we took it off quickly when we heard the noise.
She had a lame leg. She seemed to have trouble walking on that leg, but she did what she could to walk. She never knew any other guinea pigs and probably didn’t even know she was different or that there were others like her.
She lived a simple existence that I respect. Content, humble, not getting in anyone’s way. Even when she was covered in water during bath time, it didn’t seem like she complained or got scared.
Lizzie has taught me just by living her life that we humans, with all our intelligence and skills, still have something to learn from animals.
Rob Thomas, lead singer of Matchbox 20 wrote a song for the movie Meet the Robinsons called Little Wonders. He said the song, which I loved and used to play a lot, was inspired by when he took a walk with his dog. His mind was filled with all these problems and struggles, but when he looked at his dog and how happy and present his dog was, he realized that he had something to learn from this dog. You can enjoy the moment now no matter how simple it is.
Lizzy lived her best life, in a simple way, happy, living in peace and well-being while I struggled and focused on negative thoughts despite how smart and capable I am. We humans love to over-complicate things and live in complexity. We think we have the game mastered or we’ve come a long way, but it often only leads to more anxieties, worries, and unhappiness.
Maybe we already have all we need. Maybe we should be grateful for what we have. Maybe we can live a simple, happy life that others respect, that you respect, and that brings you happiness.
The last week of Lizzy’s life was painful. Although she lived a healthy, painless life for the most part, she got really sick and had trouble even moving. A lot was done to try and make a recovery, including Epson salt bathes and healthy vitamin-infused food.
Nonetheless, she still suffered and that sucked to have to go out in such a painful way.
In Buddhism, life is suffering. That doesn’t mean all of life is suffering, it means that if you live, at some point, you will suffer. Happiness and joy does not come from trying to avoid suffering or pursuing pleasure, but in acknowledging that there will be suffering and being at peace and happy with the suffering when it happens.
I don’t know if Lizzie actually understood the philosophy consciously but she lived it. Maybe if she could talk during her last week, she would be complaining too. Nonetheless, her silent passing tacked on to her story of a peaceful, simple living where you soldiered on as well as you could through happy times and suffering.
The one tiny moment I regret is when some family friends came over and they were playing with Lizzy. One of them pulled up her entire plastic home off, something that she hides in, to see what she would do. I should’ve chimed in and told the friend not to do that. She didn’t mean anything bad by it, but I felt like it wasn’t comfortable and may be a bit disrespectful for Lizzy since that home with her entire existence and it probably didn’t feel good to her. But the friend didn’t do it again, so that was the positive side.
Any type of death of someone close to you can’t help but to remind you that we’re all going to die. Maybe it’s still so far in the future that it doesn’t really affect you. But I think it all affects us on some level, and although some people see death as a bad thing, I see it as a way that gives life meaning.
Without death, we won’t value life. Without death, we may not get anything done because without a time limit, we would just put off most things to the next day because we have forever. Without death, the excesses of life would run amok. The richest people and the most corrupt would get richer and maintain their power forever, preventing younger generations from rising.
Some believe in an afterlife, and if that’s the case, there is no real death. There is only a “see you later.” …

I was blown away by the show, so I had to write something to the world as my little gift / thank you to the universe. All of this should be spoiler free until the tiny spoiler discussion section at the end.

Overall, I really liked the show. I will mention constructive criticism later, but I don’t want that to overshadow that overall, they did a great job with the plot flow, acting, characters, dialogue, and nostalgia. They did a great job playing on nostalgia, just like Stranger Things.

Usually, films or shows fail by getting the dialogue or realism of the setting/plot wrong. I usually always pick up on this, but this time, I didn’t notice any major issues, which was impressive. There were some minor things with very few scenes where I didn’t think high school kids would act or behave in a way or be invited or rise in the social hierarchy so quickly or react in that way but I was able to let it slide. …

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I thought it’d be valuable to examine the common behaviors of the “Tiger” Asian parenting style that most Asian 1st generation youth are familiar with. In this article, I will cross-reference each behavior with my years of studying successful people, including my wisdom from hundreds of books, videos, films, articles, and events.

Ever wonder what do they do correctly? What do they do wrong? Now, you’ll know (or at least we’ll get closer to the truth).

Hyper-focus on academics — Let’s be clear; some emphasis on getting into a good college is valuable. Kevin Hart failed to apply for college because his parents and friends never mentioned it to him. Getting into a good school can set you up with the skills and credentials to succeed in life. Nowadays, successful people have been claiming college doesn’t provide a return on investment for most people and isn’t worth it. A lot of what you’d need for a skill can be learned through the internet. But a lot of jobs (doctor, engineer, physical therapist) still require education. Most second and third-world countries still depend on getting into a great school to change their lives. And even if you live in a developed country, college is an experience and rite of passage that young people usually don’t want to skip. …

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Copywriting is a vital skill towards optimizing your sales pages and web copy to make sales online. It’s the art of selling through your words.

Yet I couldn’t find one modern list of all the recent copywriting courses out there.

Few people know I’ve followed Taylor Swift’s music since You Belong With Me came out. That song played everywhere I went in high school, and it was so catchy and relatable.

Since then, Taylor has continued to exceed everyone’s expectations and reach higher and higher levels of success in the entertainment industry. I see her as one of the top songwriters of the century, rivalling Michael Jackson.

So when Taylor’s Netflix documentary Miss Americana came out, I immediately watched it. This article will lay out the main points the documentary was trying to deliver and my thoughts on them.

She had struggled with happiness because she has always been programmed to get that happiness from other people’s approval. I was surprised at first to see that Taylor struggled with this issue since part of me assumed A-list entertainers have a grasp of succeeding in all areas of life better than the average person. But I quickly realized that we’re all human and have our struggles. I wasn’t expecting her to have this issue, and the documentary did a great job of explaining it. …

Now that the dust has settled with Alita Battle Angel, I can give my honest review. We know that the critics gave it a 61% on Rotten Tomatoes. The Audience Score is a 93%, which is much better than 61%, but I feel it had the potential to get a 90% on both categories. With a great cast, Robert Rodriguez directing, and James Cameron producing, why did it do so bad?

To give you my thoughts on why it bombed, I have to mention a lot of spoilers, so be prepared.

First, I liked the movie. There was a lot I didn’t like, but the graphics, fight scenes, good attempt at a plot, and world-building just made up for that. …

The case for obsessively protecting potential downside

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Imagine you are a native tribesman. Each time you go into the nearby forest, there is a one in a thousand chance that you will die when a tree falls on you as you sleep under it. It doesn’t seem likely that it will happen, right?

Well, consider the fact that you’ll be going into this forest at least 100 times a year for the next 30 years. All of a sudden, the chances that you will die increase drastically almost to a guarantee if you don’t avoid sleeping under big trees.

This thought experiment is an actual life scenario that tribespeople of New Guinea still have to face every day. I discovered the situation in a book called “The World Until Yesterday” by Jared Diamond, the popular author behind the history classic “Guns, Germs, and Steel”. The tribesmen urged Jared to avoid sleeping under a tree because it may kill him. He had a hard time understanding the danger until the tribespeople explained the math. …

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One topic that is mentioned fairly often in the personal development world is that your thoughts are your reality. Now some of you may be skeptical about this idea and think of it as woo-woo law of attraction bull crap. I am in the minority of extreme skeptics, but in this case, I have an example that makes this clear and obvious. Fashion.

We all have internal thoughts and beliefs about different areas of life. While some women feel amazing dressing up and looking good just for themselves, regardless of the other see it, I get little to no enjoyment out of it. I only seem to get a payoff when I believe others are looking. The one similarity I have with some women is that it depends on who is looking. And it depends on if I’m comfortable with what I’m wearing. If it is something that is slightly outside my comfort zone and even something I’m moderately comfortable with, but something that makes me stand out or look better dressed than the average person there, I’m scared my peers would pick on me or get jealous and tear me down. …

Unhealthy standards, spinning your wheels, and losing patience

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Huh? An article on five ways personal development is bad for you from a blogger who is the biggest fan-boy for personal development?

This is more than just a clickbait topic to grab your attention. These are real struggles I have come across after becoming obsessed with personal development.

If you’re wondering why I’m revealing them: it’s important to be honest, and Charlie Munger recommends the principle of inversion. He says you should be able to argue the other side of anything better than anyone before you take a side.

So, let’s peel back the curtain and show you what creepy crawlies lie behind…


Bill C

I help people achieve their big dreams around wealth, happiness, and relationships

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