The Mighty Waterfall and the Beautiful Little Fish: Chapter 4

There was a silent witness to the whole event. A soft wind carried his message, "It is such a shame." The weak Waterfall looked up and saw a small, white, and harmless-looking puff. "You speak! I've seen you since the beginning of my existence and I've never heard you speak." "The wise is … [Read more...]

Advice to My 18-Year-Old Self

Sometimes, I imagine the hands of time rewinded, starting over on a blank slate. If I was 18 again but knew everything I know now, what would I do? What would life be like? Would I travel the same journey or choose a different path? There has to be a couple rules, which can be summed up as no … [Read more...]

The Mighty Waterfall and the Beautiful Little Fish: Chapter 3

The weak Waterfall ceased all activity and the beautiful little Fish was content. Quietness permeated through the lagoon. But too much of a good thing eventually turns bad. Stagnated water tends to grow stale. So over time, the lagoon did not smell as nice. It started with specks of algae coating … [Read more...]

Alex’s Proven System for Writing Quality Content

I made the greatest discovery of my life in the middle of 2016. This discovery will propel me past the top 1% and into the top 0.1% -- pushing my success into the stratosphere. What did I find? Systems. "What's a system?" you ask. Basically, it is a predetermined series of actions. These … [Read more...]

The Mighty Waterfall and the Beautiful Little Fish: Chapter 2

For a few months, the beautiful little Fish was content. She swam around the lagoon without having to turn blue, enjoying the water lilies and luscious vegetation. She was happy and that made the mighty Waterfall happy. Happiness filled the place ... for a while. Time wore down happiness and … [Read more...]

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...]