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Technical Debt, IRL.

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In IT, taking on technical debt means foregoing the best method to implement something, and instead choosing the easy solution that sort of solves the problem and can be implemented quickly. Hence...

Adversity Is A Filter.

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Adversity always comes uninvited, but for what it’s worth… there are some gifts that come along with it. For one, adversity has the potential to build your character. It might just end up...

Reset.

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Sit still and look around you. What does life look like for you at this very moment? What makes you happy? What makes you sad? Look back at the path that brought you here. Are you here because of...

A River Called Society.

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Sacrifice nothing in order to fit in with society and your life will be a struggle, like trying to keep your head above the water while swimming upstream. Sacrifice everything to fit in with society...

Daydreams.

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The only dreams I remember, the only dreams that matter… are the ones that keep me up at night. While my body is in the present, my mind is set on the future. A future in which the doors...

What If It Works Out?

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When we try something new we often ask ourselves: what if things don’t work out the way I want them to work out? The answer can paralyze us. It can prevent us from taking action. Ask yourself...

Creation.

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When you create something, the most important thing is to make it an honest reflection of where you’re at in this moment of time. It doesn’t have to be your best work ever, it can be your...

Destiny.

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Your destiny is not something that happens to you. It’s something you create. Your destiny is the direct outcome of your day-to-day actions. Don’t sit back and wait to see what life has...

Open Loops.

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Open loops are projects, problems and general things to do that haven’t been ticked off. As you go through life, open loops will present themselves to you whether you like it or not. Some might...

Limiting Beliefs.

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What you repeatedly say to yourself, becomes part of your identity. If you tell yourself you’re not good enough, you’ll feel the need to proof yourself no matter how successful you become. If you...

(R)evolve.

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Life is about evolving yourself to get one step closer to the person you want to ultimately become. Most adults get to a point in life where they stop evolving and start revolving. For the majority...

New Horizons.

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Expanding the comfort zone is expanding your horizon. Beyond this horizon lies opportunity. Opportunity for growth, a boost in confidence, new connections. An opportunity to witness unseen beauty and...

Multitasking Is A Lie.

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Multitasking is a lie. The brain can only handle one task at the time. It can quickly switch between several tasks, which might feel like you’re doing multiple things at the same time, but it...

On Making Mistakes.

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Making a mistake once is a learning. Only when you make the same mistake repeatedly, it’s considered failure. Stop being afraid of making a mistake when trying something new. You either succeed...

Sort Your Mind Out.

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The mind is a dumping ground. It’s full of all things weird and wonderful that were perceived by the senses. The things you’ve seen, heard, felt, smelled and tasted. There is no filter...

Living A Good Life.

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What does it mean to live a good life? Everyone will have their own interpretation and I think everyone is entitled to one. In this article I’ll share you mine. As simple as it is, it took me...

Lost In The Forest.

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This is for the people who feel lost, working within a larger organization. For the people who feel unseen by their superiors, and their superiors. Stop sleepwalking towards your destiny. The destiny...

Work Like A Human.

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When the search for people who are able to work like machines, changes into the search for machines who are able to work like humans… how do we make sure we’re not replaced? When our...

Top 10%.

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Become part of the top 10% of any field as a knowledge worker, and money will enter your pockets with relative ease. The great news is… the people who are part of the top 10% right now, all...

A Life, Unlived.

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Ahhh… the untapped potential. IF I had changed my diet and started working out daily five years ago, I’d look like the statue of David right now (minus the curly hairdo and microscopic...

Hitting The Breaks.

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Sometimes you need to pause in order to go further. Stop, reflect and refuel. Coming December, allow yourself some time off, so you don’t wear yourself out. Start fresh in January. It’s...

Boredom Is A Sin.

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‘I am so bored…’ Boredom is a complete disregard for the precious life that has been given to you. Not because there’s something wrong with doing nothing or wasting time...

Anxiety.

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Anxiety does not come from thinking about the past, it comes from wanting to change it. Let the past be what it is. Anxiety does not come from thinking about the future, it comes from wanting to...

The Scientist.

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To live a good life is to live life like a scientist. To live a good life is to treat life as if it is a continuous experiment. Try new things all the time: discover a new place, immerse yourself in...

Redefining Success.

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What I used to think success looks like: Fat bank account, ripped body, climbing the career ladder, living on a tropical island, driving a Porsche, having a big following on social media. Most...

Healing.

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In many cases, healing is not about returning to the former self. It is not about returning to your state prior to your loss. More often than not, it is about finding quality of life living alongside...

#100

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Hip hip hooray! We’re 100 blog posts in. Let’s celebrate by looking back. I reread every blog post I wrote, and selected the Wisdom For Goldfish articles I am most proud of: The SINGLE...

A Better Place.

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To make a judgement about any society, you’ll only have to look at its idols. Attention is scarce, and those who have it, are powerful. This makes it incredibly important to be thoughtful who...

Slaying Dragons.

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One of the great benefits of setting and chasing personal goals is that it makes you focus and spend energy on the challenges that matter to you. You’ll start to ignore the small battles other...

The Erosion Of Dreams.

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Normally dreams don’t just fall apart. They erode. One small bit at the time. Most people fail because they give up what they want most, for what they want now. You want to have an amazing...

Always Travel Light.

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Hoarding possessions will weigh you down when moving to another place. Hoarding financial commitments will weigh down your net income. Hoarding unfortunate events from the past and doom scenarios of...

Your Mind On A Diet.

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We’re all aware how diet has an impact on the fitness of the body. You eat fat, you get fat. You eat healthy, you get healthy. Input equals output. The same accounts for your mind. Instead of...

Develop Your Gifts.

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Most people go through life never developing their gift. They do what’s necessary to pay the bills and seek for entertainment in the hours that are left over. To me, that’s not living...

On The Passing Of Time.

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Life seems endless when you’re young.  There are no worries about time slipping away, as it seems like there’s an abundance. Make no mistake, however. Even the people who were lucky enough...