Late Is Unacceptable

Early is on time. On time is late. Late is unacceptable.

The people closest to me will tell you that I live and die by this principle. I’d rather sit and wait for more than an hour than come in 5 minutes late to an engagement or meeting. It’s something so deeply rooted into the core of my being that I will do anything to not be late. Anything. 

But why though? Why would I sprint to a meeting on a summer day? Why would I pay triple the Uber fare just to be on time for a dinner? The reason is simple.

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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 work hard. Or at least, that’s what I told myself.

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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 there are dozens of monkeys running around our heads — each one representing a negative feeling or thought.

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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 the rest of the batch who didn’t get on stage. Works well for the young and the young at heart!

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What I Am Most Thankful For

“Of course I’ll hurt you. Of course you’ll hurt me. Of course we will hurt each other. But this is the very condition of existence. To become spring, means accepting the risk of winter. To become presence, means accepting the risk of absence.” -Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

I have travelled to many beautiful places. I have learned from the wisest of people. I have chased dream after dream — sometimes achieving them, most times failing to reach them. But among all the opportunities I have been given, there is one thing I am most thankful for.

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