A brutally honest outlook at how we’ve been brainwashed by consumerism

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It’s no secret that saving is an essential skill when it comes to building wealth. No matter how much money you make, if your spending exceeds your income, you will always remain poor.

I’ve read countless articles that emphasize the importance of saving, but they all gave really generic advice…


Fantastic products don’t need to be marketed.

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Marketing is a lie.

Because without it, products cannot be sold.

Marketers spend a huge amount of budget and energy to educate the population about their product and brand.

Think to yourself — if there was no marketing for a product, would you still buy it?

And if the answer…


This psychological trick is all you need

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Every writer has faced writer’s block before.

When the next word doesn’t come out as you intend to. Or if it doesn’t come out at all.

But it’s all a mind trick. A psychological game.

There is a way to conquer this barrier.

The Problem: The Principle of Loss Aversion

In the field of behavioral economics, loss…


Discipline is not enough.

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When there’s a will, there’s a way.

Or so they say.

Unfortunately, there’s not always a will.

Think of willpower as a mana bar. You have your basic moves (survival tasks such as personal hygiene, consuming food and water, walking), and you have special moves (more intense tasks such as…


No one wants to hear this but everyone needs to

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The road to wealth is not only about how much money we make but how much money we save.

If a person makes $100,000 but spends $100,000, they end up with nothing. On the other hand, if someone makes $30,000 but spends $20,000, they end up with $10,000.

Of course…


How we spend our time defines who we are.

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Time is our most valuable resource.

How we spend our time is a reflection of literally who we are. It’s the perfect measurement because we all get exactly 24 hours in a day, no more, no less.

Wasting time results in less time, which likely results in us making worse…


Wearable tech leaves no excuses for bad health

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Remember back in the day when watches were meant to tell time from the convenient location of your wrist?

Neither do I.

Because now watches do so much more. Almost too much that time is the last thing on our minds, much like the watches in Spy Kids 2 (which…


My lifechanging experience after shifting to a morning schedule

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Most successful people attribute their success to waking up incredibly early.

  • Tim Cook, CEO of Apple, wakes up at 3:45 am.
  • Bill McNabb, Chairman of Vanguard Group, wakes up at 5 am.
  • Bob Ferguson, Attorney General of Washington State, wakes up at 5 am.

But why should they be the…


Willpower is a limited resource.

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Writing is hard.

To do it consistently is even harder.

If we write for the wrong reasons, we will quickly lose motivation and stop altogether.

But writing is rewarding, for both the writer and the reader.

Today, I outline how I stay motivated while writing.

Don’t Write For The Views.

This is a common misconception…

Jerry Zhang

Obsessed with data-driven self-improvement. I write on mindset, habits, productivity, & money. https://newsletter.jerry.blog

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