The Alchemy of Adversity

Author’s Note: In sharing this personal capstone reflection, originally penned for my Integrative Studies program, I aim to offer a window into my transformative journey. It’s a narrative meant to encourage and resonate with anyone facing their battles, highlighting the profound impact of education, resilience, and self-renewal. Twenty years ago, the cap and gown felt […]

The Algorithmic Culture Trap

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As a Millennial, I was raised in a world where technology was rapidly advancing and shaping how we consume information. Growing up, I was exposed to an endless stream of pop culture that often distorted my sense of reality and led me to search for meaning in places where there was none. In his seminal […]

The Importance of Intrinsic Values in Our Professional Lives

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Throughout history, philosophers have extolled the importance of purpose, autonomy, and mastery as the core principles of intrinsic value. At the heart of a fulfilling professional life, these values were espoused by the likes of Plato, Aristotle, and Marcus Aurelius. Each of these philosophers believed that a life lived in service of one’s purpose, with […]

How the Triangle of Expectations Model Can Lead to a More Fulfilling Life

As a project manager, I’ve found that the Triangle of Expectations model isn’t just a tool for managing projects, but it can also be applied to making decisions in our personal lives. And let me tell you; it’s a game changer. It has helped me make more informed and thoughtful decisions that align with my […]

Navigating Uncertainty in Contemporary Times

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Living in a world lacking consistency can be overwhelming and negatively impact our mental and emotional well-being. But, by embracing the philosophy of stoicism and Buddhism and focusing on cultivating inner wisdom and peace, we can find a way to navigate the uncertainty and instability that characterizes the contemporary world.

Virtue Signaling or Self-Actualization? The Role of Mid-Life Career Pivots

Virtue signaling is a term that has gained a lot of attention in recent years. It refers to expressing specific values or beliefs to signal others that one is a good, moral person. This can take many forms, such as sharing a particular article on social media, wearing a particular symbol, or making a public […]

Buddhism and Longtermism are not Mutually Exclusive


Many people view Buddhism and Longtermism as two diametrically opposed philosophies. After all, Buddhism is all about living in the present moment, while Longtermism is all about making sacrifices today to improve the future. However, I believe that these two philosophies can work together quite well. Here’s why: first, it’s important to remember that Buddhism […]