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Nothing is more fatiguing than the lingering thought of an uncompleted task!

“The dread of doing a task uses up more time and energy than doing the task itself.” — Rita Emmett, author of The Procrastinator’s Handbook.

I was dreading putting new flooring in my basement. I theorized it could take forever. I thought about getting help, but I didn’t want to hire anyone due to the expense. So I was on my own. I had supplies, and I knew how to do it — after all, that’s what Youtube is for.

However, I let procrastination get me. In fact…


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I am not going to lie. At the outset of the pandemic, early 2020, I naively thought this virus would have run its course by the beginning of 2021. It was more optimism than logic dominating my thoughts.

Truthfully you can never tell how long a pandemic can last. The best you can do is weather the storm and survive.

Take these examples from history;

The Antonine Plague: A.D. 165–180


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“I just need to learn ___________, in order to for me to ___________, then things will really take off.”

Does that phrase sound familiar?

Whatever you fill in the blanks, the outcome is still the same.

If you delay on your business/side business, skill development, or hustle, you will find yourself in perpetual learning mode only.

All your ideas may be solid. But you have to EXECUTE on them for them to matter.

I have gone through several analysis paralysis phases my whole life.

When I was an apprentice steamfitter, I thought I needed to know a piping system’s entire…


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With the abundance of new technology in our interconnected world, now is the best time to start a business. Either full time or on the side. It has never been easier than the present.

There is so much to learn when you bet on yourself or give yourself the challenge of creating your income source(s), as Nassim Nicholas Taleb would describe it as becoming Antifragile.

Being “fragile” in this world is only having one income source that can get shut off by the whims of a boss or tough economy. …


And my method for reading a book a week with comprehension.

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“You will be the same person in five years as you are today except for the people you meet and the books you read.” — Charlie Tremendous Jones

2020 was by far my most productive year in terms of reading and absorbing content, largely due to the lockdown in the earlier part of the year. It was effortless for me to enjoy Netflix marathons of shows I wanted to catch up on during that time.

While I did partake in a few shows such as “The Wire,” “Contagion,” and my kids’ favorite, “Kobra Kai,” I quickly realized I cannot continue…


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If you look at a caterpillar, you would never know that a butterfly will soon form with time — the same goes for your creations — the more time you put into it, eventually, something beautiful will emerge.

Have you ever gazed upon a piece of artwork and thought to yourself, “I wish I could do that?”

Or witnessed someone draw a sketch and be awe-inspired?

Or seen someone’s unforgettable post and quickly reshared?

If you have, in either case, you were touched by creativity.

What is creativity?

Simply put, creativity is the ability to generate and refine ideas, which


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What if I succeed?

Such a powerful question to ask.

How easy it is to doubt yourself.

We sometimes fail to realize we are more capable than we imagine.

Many people work hard, but few people work on the highest and best thing to ensure success.

Usually, it takes no more effort to work on high leverage tasks than to work on low leverage ones.

It’s just a matter of directing your energy.

If you direct your energy towards your own success, you will be astonished by what you can accomplish.

I guess this is why I love the movie “The Matrix” so much.

When Neo finally believed in himself, he was able to overcome anything.
He literally bent the world to his will.

The same is capably for us if we are willing.

Food for thought today.

Thanks for reading.

Take care.


“The thing about life, no matter how hard you try, you never make it out alive.” — Les Brown.

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Sooner or later, death is something we all have to face. Most people live in fear of the inevitable. Depending on your belief, you either go to heaven, reincarnate, transcend to another plane, or nothing.

Death has mystified and scared us — well, literally to death at times. Throughout the ages as well as now.

So a great question to ask is; Why do we fear death?

Especially if you have a strong belief system — you should be okay. Right?


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I recently came across Stoic philosophy in the last few months and realized the benefits of Stoicism in general.

I believe Stoicism can play a role in one’s mental discipline by helping achieve spiritual maturity, especially in these unique times. For some, belief in God is enough, but I believe embodying the wise counsel of those who have once lived before is also helpful.

I have heard vaguely about figures such as Marcus Aurelius, Seneca, Epictetus, etc., in earlier years, but to be honest, I didn’t care about them at all.

Who they were seemed unimportant until I came across…


And how it can help you read more as well.

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“The ability to read awoke inside of me some long dormant craving to be mentally alive.” — Malcolm X.

For as long as I can remember, I was always into books. The first book that inspired me was “Animal Farm” by George Orwell. I read this fascinating book in the 7th grade (I still have that same book at home).

Animal Farm kindled my flame to read, but it wasn’t until I got to college that I maintained a reading habit.

My older brother Richard recommended Robert Kiyosaki’s “Rich Dad, Poor Dad,” and once I read that, it was like…

Teronie Donaldson

Toronto Born, Brooklyn Raised, Family Man, Writer, Tradesman, Reading Coach & Student of Life. I love good books. Check out my content https://linktr.ee/Teronie

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