Health

  1. My dad often jokes with me and my brothers that we won’t look nearly as good as him at the age of 67. I admire his passion for exercise and well-being. I now take that as a personal challenge.   
  2. The best book I’ve read on health is called “The Mind-Gut Connection: How the Hidden Conversation Within Our Bodies Impacts Our Mood, Our Choices, and Our Overall Health” by Dr. Emeran Mayer.
  3. How can you be so busy in life that you forget to exercise?
  4. There are a lot of people who feel lonely and struggle with anxiety and depression. Be that person who includes them in your conversations and activities. That’s what I consider being “cool”.
  5. Dr. Jordan Peterson has really facilitated my psychological development (not political). His Youtube videos on Nietzche and Yung are awesome!

Family & Friends

  1. Waking up every morning knowing that your family loves and respects you is a far greater pleasure than any accomplishment.
  2. Keep those friends who genuinely care about you. You can tell them the bad news and they will listen to you without derailing the conversation. You can tell them the good news and they will help you celebrate. These are people who assist in your moral, intellectual, spiritual development. They want the best for you and always try to make you better.
  3. You don’t want to have any regrets when you grow old. Enjoy your time with family and always check up on them.
  4. When other people admire your friendships, that says a lot.
  5. My Mom is my most favourite person in the world.

Love

  1. Loving someone by appraising their properties will lead to disaster. I can only think of people appraising a house before buying it.
  2. My favourite quote about love: “Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it” – Rumi
  3. Bouncing back from a heartbreak or a failed relationship can teach you a lot about the balance between order and chaos.  
  4. Falling in love when you’re older is different and perhaps harder compared to when you’re younger.
  5. It frustrates me when people love their pets or movie stars more than themselves.

Success

  1. People can cheat their way to success. When it’s all over, the hardest workers will always be the most admired and respected.
  2. Learning how to extract signal from noise is a skill that is needed today and for the future.
  3. I’m grateful to wake up every day and do what I love. Passion is everything. It’s hard to inspire others if you don’t love what you do.
  4. In my opinion, the easiest way to upward mobility is to get a quality education.
  5. Three successful people I would want to have dinner with: Barack Obama, Sam Harris, Derek Jeter.

Politics

  1. I wouldn’t rule out running for a political position one day.
  2. When Mitt Romney voted to convict Donald Trump on the first article of impeachment (abuse of power), I hope it helped people realize that intelligence, competence, track record, and so on, all fade away if clinging to party lines eclipses objective truth and evidence.
  3. I’ve noticed how people who know very little about politics are super confident in their convictions, and people who know a lot are not that confident. It’s otherwise known as the Dunning-Kruger effect. The people who actually know a lot are not that confident because they are well informed, so much so that they know how much more they need to know to construct a strong argument.
  4. In the words of Bill Mahr, “instead of giving a I Voted sticker to the people who did vote, let’s make the people who didn’t vote wear one that says, I couldn’t be bothered”.
  5. My favourite book on politics: “21 lessons for the 21st century” by Yuval Noah Harari.

By Vinu Selvaratnam

The views expressed in this article are my own and do not represent any institution.