The 6 Traits of the Charismatic Man

Charisma is the combination of power, presence, and warmth -- according to Olivia Fox Cabane  in her book, The Charisma Myth: How Anyone Can Master the Art and Science of Personal Magnetism. However, I went one step further and I argued that charisma is mostly power with a pinch of presence and … [Read more...]

The Mighty Waterfall and the Beautiful Little Fish: Chapter 1

Each waterfall is a magnificent creation, unique with a soul of its own. But even magnificence cannot stand the test of time. From the beginning of creation to now, most falls have dried. But a few have remained strong for the past million years. What separates the waterfall that continues to … [Read more...]

Originality Is So Overrated: Create a Successful Business by Copying the Best

What is up with parents giving their kids the strangest names? And double what's up for people getting pissed off when you mispronounce their unique names? I could understand their frustration if you mispronounced "Jennifer" or "Benjamin." But when the name is Thanapolsk, you deserve some … [Read more...]

How to Write Like a Pro in 3 Simple Steps: Going from Struggling Writer to Master Wordsmith

I may know a thing or two about wordsmithing. For 12 years, I read seriously. For 6 years, I wrote on and off. Nothing to boast about, but my words earn me money long after I inked them onto the blank page. I approach writing like a craftsman. I compare my work to written masterpieces. Not to … [Read more...]

The Four Rooms of “Success”: All That Glitter Is Not Gold

It started out with a girl from my past. It didn't work about between us, but I still cared for her. She came to the US to try to make her dream come true. All she wanted was a secure life -- a good job and a good family. But achieving her dream was expensive, and the payoff was uncertain. She … [Read more...]

The Secret to Revving Up Your Charisma … No Matter Who You Are

My friend isn't much of a looker. Beady eyes, patchy hair, and stout. The total opposite of tall, dark, and handsome. Yet, he draws in people like flies to honey. Girls love him and fly out on their own dime to be with him. He said, "I never had a girlfriend with looks I'm ashamed of." "This is … [Read more...]

Investment Banking vs Medicine: Which Will Make You Richer? Which Will Make You Happier?

Once in a while, during my free time, I would look up people from my past. They are high school classmates, college classmates, and childhood acquaintances. I'm not so concerned about who they're paired up with, if they have kids, the cool places they've visited, or if they are doing well. And I … [Read more...]