Five Things Every Teacher Struggles With

I’m just about about to wrap up my second year of teaching. I’m happy to say that it is still what I want to do for the rest of my life. However, just because I love it doesn’t mean it comes easy. Like many other professions, teaching has its own set of challenges — many of whichContinue reading “Five Things Every Teacher Struggles With”

The Privilege of Chasing Your Dreams

“Go and chase your dreams” is a popular piece of advice heard in many toasts, workshops, and speeches. It is also reckless and disconnected with the reality of life.  We all aspire to be or do something extraordinary. We all want to make our own money, win a championship, or perform and live out anContinue reading “The Privilege of Chasing Your Dreams”

The Mobile Apps I Use For Optimal Productivity

You are the average of the five apps you spend the most time with. Yes, it’s the wrong quote but it still makes a lot of sense! There are millions of apps available at your disposal. Having the right ones can help you live a more productive life. Here are my favorite ones: FOR WORK Asana – MyContinue reading “The Mobile Apps I Use For Optimal Productivity”

Your Long Hours Don’t Impress Me

Back in college, I found myself in an environment where sleeping less than six hours a day was a source of pride. I thought studying longer meant increasing my chances of success. I happily paraded my ability to study or write a paper until after midnight because hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t workContinue reading “Your Long Hours Don’t Impress Me”

How To Clear Your Monkey Mind

One of the most profound concepts I picked up last year was the “monkey mind”. It is a Buddhist term coined over 2000 years ago but is still relevant today. The “monkey mind” came from the observation that our minds’ natural state is one that is unsettled, indecisive, and easily distracted. Buddha said that thereContinue reading “How To Clear Your Monkey Mind”

Advice I Wish I Had In High School

Today I had the honor of speaking at the Ateneo Senior High School’s Reading of Honors ceremony. It was particularly significant for me because I never got an academic award in high school. My younger self is out there somewhere laughing his ass off at the irony. Below is the speech I gave to the awardees AND theContinue reading “Advice I Wish I Had In High School”