The hardest part so far — Politely saying NO.

At the time of writing this article, it has been 3 months since I have attempted to not consume any alcohol. If I am being honest, it’s been easier than expected.

Perhaps some additional context would help you understand why it’s been easier than expected, or why I choose to be involved in a challenge like this.

As a 24-year-old, I am part of an age bracket I would consider the consumption of alcohol to be part of the norm. Family events, professional networking, and catching up with friends.

Most events…

As we try to return to a state of normality, our daily routines and habits may be in a state of disarray. So let’s do something about that.

Perhaps you had a great routine prior to a global pandemic, you spent your time getting things done. Perhaps the pandemic didn't affect your morning routine but another irregular variable did.

Is there no better opportunity than a challenge, or barrier present to reflect on our habits? To shake the foundation and exposes the structures that collapse under pressure?

So if like myself you found daily challenges left your mornings feeling unstructured…

If you were told that a twenty per cent investment could yield an eighty per cent return, would you think its a high risk-high reward scenario?

Or perhaps that it's too good to be true? Initially, those are the thoughts that occurred to me. How could someone devout a marginal amount of effort into an area of their life and expect a significant return?

The 80/20 rule or the Pareto principle, dictates that an approximate eighty per cent of outcomes stem from twenty per cent of causes.

At the start of 2020, I read “Living the 80/20 Way” by Richard…

Cultivate the ability to be consistent and maybe you can achieve mastery.

The Hard Truths.

People don't want to hear the hard truths in life.

How can we blame them? These truths are usually boring and straight to the point.

When confronted with the truth, a harsh light is forced upon us.

It exposes us.

We can choose to stand strong and endure. Perhaps try to change things, increase our awareness of our shortcomings, and be more consistent.

Or as most do, we scurry away towards the shelter of darkness. The path of least resistance, where we are comfortable with everything happening.


Yes, I know it’s not the end of the year yet.

Regardless, we shouldn't wait for an impending sense of dread to think of our future goals.

Time will continue to tick away, it waits for no-one.

Quite simply this truth should scare more people into action by building positive habits.

Realistically it doesn't, so here is a few ways to combat that.


It’s already been 10 months into the year, and what a year it has been. 2020 has been eventful, full of surprises, but you already know that.

Yet that's not the point, you have had approximately 300…

Throughout the restrictions and changes posed by COVID-19, people have had an influx of time forced to stay home and dwell on the undeniable uncertainty of what the future may hold. This situation has provided an opportunity for many to reflect and address areas of personal growth.

I have identified 5 major themes that align with personal growth I wish to share, in hopes that you, the reader will find this of value.

1. Negative and positive cycles.

Growth is in a state of constant flow. Like the tides of the ocean, moving in and out. This flow yields positive and negative cycles, something Eckhart…

David Yaqub

Life long student, trying to create a community. Curious, creative and a little crazy.

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