Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell

My whole life I believed that focusing on your strengths and following your passion is all you needed to become successful. It wasn’t until I read Outliers, by Malcolm Gladwell, I realized how important seeking opportunities and understanding your background is, as well.

Malcolm studies the elites in athletics, academia, business, etc.. and discovers patterns in their lives that make them who they are today. What he discovers is that everything, in a way, is predefined. He discovers how the most talented and working individuals cannot solely rely on their skills to become successful. Your perception of society and your background plays a huge role in how you interact with others and who you meet. He births the idea of “10,000 hours to become a master at anything.” When looking at it from a macroscale, the elites are who they are because they hit those hours before anyone else. They were given the right opportunities at the right time.

I have mixed feelings about this book. I agree with Malcolm and believe that opportunities and your background play vital roles in determining success. However, I believe we have more control over our lives than we may realize. Talent and skill play a huge role and being able to seek opportunities are just as important. I agree that some opportunities are given to us. However, there are more opportunities that we must seek or earn. Just because you start somewhere different than where you want to end up, doesn’t mean you won’t end up where you want. Overall, I think this is a great read and helped me get a closer look into what it takes to be successful.

Thank you so much for reading this week’s post! I will be doing more book reviews like this. If you plan to read or have read this book, I would love to hear what you learned from it. Tune in next Sunday to read about Failures.


Time Management

Time management can make or break our future. Knowing how to manage one of the most precious resources in the world, plays a vital role in our success. Being able to understand and learn how to properly use it, will give us a feeling of control and a sense of freedom.

I am by far no expert. I still struggle with managing my time properly. I have, however, improved and want to share what I have learned. Being able to manage my time has given me more freedom and control over my life. Here are three things that have made the greatest impact:

Preparing! I was so bad at preparing. I would spend little to no time actually going through the tasks that I had to do or when to do them. Everything would just pile up and I would have to pull some long nights to get everything done. Even if it’s only 10 mins, that is enough time for me to understand what tasks I need to do and when I could do them during the week or the next day. I use a calendar app on my phone or my planner to keep track of my tasks.

Understanding myself! I would see every task as the same. Work is work, right? I realized that I am better at doing certain types of tasks at specific times during the day. For example, I am more productive at doing creating work in the morning. This would be meditating, reading, writing, or listening to a podcast. Any type of work that requires little effort, I would save for when I am with others because I get distracted easily. This would be grading or writing/responding to emails. Finally, I save all of my technical stuff last. This would be my homework or doing work on my research. You have to be patient and try different things to find what works best for you.

Change is inevitable! Understand that everything changes. We can only accept and prepare for it. Every day is not going to be the same and that is okay. I would get really anxious every time things didn’t go as expected or I would spend too much time doing something else. This only makes the situation worse and you pile on some unneeded stress. I can get bored doing the same things again and again, so I have started to actively seek out change in my routines.

These are just a few things that work for me. It is not meant to be easy, nor is this a step-by-step guide on how to manage your time. I would like you to use this as inspiration to find techniques that work best for you. I would love to hear what you currently use to manage your time!

Thank you for reading this week’s post! Tune in next Sunday to read about my favorite book: Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell.



We spend so much of our time trying to be perfect, never realizing that we already are. I believe that perfection is just an illusion that was created to motivate us to keep growing. I realized that happiness doesn’t come from finally achieving “perfection.” It comes from striving for it. It is during the journey we learn more about ourselves. It is during the journey we realize our purpose. However, recently the purpose behind “perfection” has been changed with the influence of social media.

Social media has been revolutionary. You can follow your friends, family, or the famed from your couch no matter where they are in the world. You can learn more about their hobbies, interests, or personality. However, how much of it is actually true? How much of the content you see is truly them?

I recently noticed that a majority of the time we only showcase our “perfect” moments. You have to have the “right” lighting. You have to be with the “right” people. You have to be wearing the “right” clothes. We start believing this false perception of what life should be like. Instead of living our own purpose and ambitions, we start becoming someone else. We believe that if we want to be successful, then we have to act and be a certain way.

I had this same connotation for a long time. More often than not, I was posting not for myself but for others. I was posting to get attention. I was posting to “fit in.” I was posting to be liked. I believed that this is who I’m supposed to be and should follow these steps to achieve it. My happiness and self-worth were based on a number on a screen. It wasn’t until recently I realized that true genuine happiness is found within yourself. You have to find happiness within before you seek for it in the world.

Now, I’m not saying that social media is bad and everyone should delete it. Social media is a great way to share your life and connect with friends and family. It has impacted the communication industry in an ingenious way. All I want is that before you make a post, write a tweet, or add to your story, ask yourself whether it is really you doing it or someone else who you’re pretending to be. In my eyes, real “perfection” is found in the imperfections.

Thank you so much for reading this post! This is something I still struggle with today. The purpose of this whole blog is to relay this message. I am not perfect. I am human and I make mistakes. I use this as a medium to showcase everything I have learned. Let’s keep growing together! I would love to hear your thoughts! Please share with friends and family who would benefit from this. Tune in next Sunday to read about stress!