3 Interesting Ideas I’m Pondering This Week 50

traveling is great for the soul

This type of posts is inspired by Tim Ferriss’ 5-Bullet Friday. That’s an email he sends to subscribers every Friday with a list of the things he enjoyed and did during the week (an article he read, a useful purchase he made, something interesting he watched and so on). I like it a lot and find it inspiring and helpful. And considering that I’m reading, thinking about and trying to improve different things every week, I decided to do the same.
It’s published on Sunday. You can read all similar posts here.

Traveling helps you grow spiritually.

The benefits of traveling go beyond what comes to mind first.

It’s the best way to get out of your comfort zone physically, but it’s also super beneficial to the mind and soul. And from what I’ve seen, the most valuable learning experiences and adventures in life are things that connect mind, body and soul.

Not everyone can make himself get out of his country, though. It’s more than just booking a trip and getting on the plane.

And I’m not talking about luxury travel here. No expensive hotels, restaurants or a lot of shopping.

I’m talking about experiencing culture shock and letting it help you grow and change on the inside. This infographic pretty much says it all.

Traveling means putting yourself in an unfamiliar environment, having to deal with new things, challenging yourself, seeing and feeling new emotions. It gives you knowledge and experience by doing stuff like communicating with the locals, trying the food, hearing a different language maybe, noticing different habits and etiquette.

All that combined moves your brain. You learn things, expand your horizons and take part in interesting activities.

And if you travel long enough and to different places, you then find yourself being okay with discomfort, getting used to new cultures faster, adapting to changes easily.

And once you get back to real life, these become powerful assets.

I’m thinking a lot about traveling lately. It’s even more practical and much needed for someone like me who’s sometimes an introvert and feels very comfortable with the way things are. Because comfort in this case means that nothing new is happening and I’m not challenging myself. Which leads to no progress.

And because I want to see myself growing and changing all the time, I have to travel more. Moreover, there’s nothing stopping me from doing that at this point. I’m done with university, don’t have a serious relationship, am working for myself and remotely. So it’s the perfect time to explore other countries.

I’ve got a trip around Europe in the beginning of April during which I’ll visit some of my favorite countries, and will also cross 2 more off the list – Sweden and Denmark. I’ve been meaning to visit Scandinavia for a long time now as I’m familiar with their culture and have friends there. So now’s the chance. Even though it will be for a short time.
Then comes July when I’ll go to the Netherlands and this will be my first location independent project. I’ll come to some important conclusions about my life so far, myself and my future after that.

However, the real spiritual growth happens when one visits Thailand, or Indonesia, or Japan, or any other country that’s completely different in every aspect. I’ll do that too eventually. But not now.

Using compassion to improve relationships.

I believe compassion is a universal language. And everyone – regardless of his behavior – is capable of it and seeks it one way or another.

I’m trying to make it a habit now. It’s difficult.

My goal is to show compassion to people – from family to random people – and thus not get angry, annoyed or else that will be bad for both of us.

I’m using it both in personal life and in business.

I always try to imagine what the other person might be going through, to explain to myself why he does what he does (when it’s not the right thing according to me) and to thus understand him and even feel sorry for him.

Truth is everyone’s fighting a battle. A big one – with his own demons.
And I try to be compassionate knowing how hard it might be.

So far that little trick has saved me many arguments and I’ve just felt in peace and without the need to even say anything. I even smile back to the person knowing he’s doing his best, although it may be absolutely wrong and others are hurt.

Try that. It helps.

House Sitting

I’m exploring more options now in terms of my accommodation when moving to Holland for a month this summer.
The most popular and safe thing to do is to just book something I like through AirBnB, of course. But there’s more out there so I had to do my research, and will keep doing it.

Now that I do my best for every dollar I make, I value money more. And believe it can often be invested into something more profitable and enjoyable.

So in this case, instead of giving a few hundred dollars for monthly expenses, plus a high tax for the site, all this can be used for trying out different things in the country and getting to visit every city I haven’t been to there.

So how will I save that money and still have accommodation?

I may turn to house sitting if something tempting comes up and me and the owner answer each other’s expectations.
It’s when people go on a long holiday or else, and want someone to look after their house and pets. That’s when travelers come and it becomes a win-win situation.

So what do you think about any of these 3 ideas?

See also:
8 Reasons to Travel Abroad
The Tao of Travel

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What the Richest People in the World Have in Common 4

What the Richest People in the World Have in Common

Getting rich is something everyone dreams about.

For those facing financial hardships, getting rich seems the only way out to tide over shortage of money. For the bourgeoisie – the working class – getting rich conjures up visions of stuff they want to buy for luxury or higher social status. Millionaires also wish to get rich: they want to become billionaires and enter Forbes List of the world’s wealthiest people.

Unless you inherit a fortune or get lucky at lottery or sweepstakes, getting rich can be quite tough.

Yet, there are countless rags-to-riches stories around the world. Enterprises such as Amazon, KFC, Facebook or SpaceX have become runaway successes within a short span. The reason: their founders have several things in common, which is rare among other people.

Here we look at various traits that the world’s richest and most successful entrepreneurs have in common.

The Common Traits of The World’s Richest People

The Common Traits of The World's Richest People

1. Serving People.

“If your only goal is to become rich, you will never achieve it,” said John D. Rockefeller, who laid the foundation stone for America’s giant petroleum industry and his own enterprise, Standard Oil. The same adage holds good today.

Facebook, for example, was launched by Mark Zuckerberg and his roommate, Eduardo Saverin to allow Harvard University students to share profiles and pictures

There are countless such examples of ordinary people striking rich. However, they share one thing in common: serving people. The main objective of launching these enterprises was to make life easier or enjoyable for people rather than earning money.

2. Reading Books.

Microsoft founder Bill Gates, celebrity TV show host Oprah Winfrey, SpaceX and Tesla CEO Elon Musk, Berkshire-Hathaway CEO Warren Buffet and several other extremely rich people of the world have one more thing in common: they are avid readers.

Bill Gates reads at least 50 books every year – an average of nearly four and a half books per month.

Elon Musk owes his success at SpaceX, the project to open space tourism to his love for books and the knowledge he gained from them about rocketry. Oprah Winfrey attributes her success to dozens of books, including some 70 top titles she read on her way to success while Warren Buffet spends about 80 percent of his day reading books.

3. Long-Term Financial Strategies.

A report by CNBC states, all wealthy people depend upon long-term financial strategies rather than short-term gains. They utilized their earnings and savings to invest in safe stocks that would assure gains in the long run rather than indulging in risky trading that can offer high returns.

Such financial planning and decisions ensured they do not lose money. Further, they invested money in their enterprises without the hope of immediate returns.

These wealthy people first focused on building a brand, offering value for people to identify with the brand. And later, popularize the brand through word-of-mouth publicity, which is more effective than traditional advertising.

4. Never Say Die.

Yet another common character trait shared by the world’s richest people is, they are not quitters.

Like every other human on Earth, these wealthy folks also witnessed ups and downs in life. Some of these were so overwhelming most ordinary people would have called it quits and gone in search of easier ventures.

Brian Chesky, Joe Gebbia and Nathan Bleckharczyk, founders of Airbnb, the world’s largest hotels and accommodations aggregator were plagued with financial problems.


Heavily encumbered with debts, bankruptcy was staring at these entrepreneurs in the very eye. Yet, they did not budge. They innovated their service that made Airbnb the world leader in its field today.

Another excellent example is Colonel Harland Sanders, whose recipe for fried chicken was rejected as many as 1,009 times before it was accepted. Col. Sanders is the founder of global chain Kentucky Fried Chicken or KFC.

5. Accepting Criticism.

Most people flee from criticism of any sort. Rather than learning from negative comments arising out of their behavior or work, they take umbrage rather quickly. Yet, they do not bother to amend their behavior or work pattern.

All wealthy people, however, are different. They are willing to be criticized for introducing new ideas or thoughts.

Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon, rightly says that those who will try and do something new must be willing to draw criticism.

Steve Jobs, founder, Apple, Inc. puts it in even stronger words: “If you want to make everyone happy, do not become a leader; sell ice cream instead.”

The success of Amazon and Apple proves their founders were right when it came to accepting criticism.

6. Out of The Box Thinking.

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Thinking outside of the ‘box’ or a typical mindset is often impossible for most people. Understandably, because everyone draws their mindset from factors and circumstances they are raised and educated in.

This mindset eventually becomes a formidable fetter for anyone wanting to become an entrepreneur. Generally, most people follow the flock and take professions they falsely believe as best suited for their skills. Others try to follow footsteps of their parents.

The wealthiest people in the world never followed flock or took lucrative professions of their parents.

Mark Zuckerberg’s father was a dentist and mom – a psychiatrist. Bill Gates’ dad was a banker father while his mother was a lawyer.

Despite coming from wealthy families, they chose to follow their passion rather than confine their thinking to the proverbial boxed mindset. Col. Sanders had lost his parents at a young age of six years and had to shoulder responsibilities of his siblings.

Other Examples of What The Wealthiest People Have in Common

As we can see, these qualities or personality traits are common to the world’s richest people. It sets them apart from others. Most of them launched small enterprises with the sole purpose of bettering the lives of people. Their products or services gained popularity because money was never their consideration. Widespread use of their technology, products, and services eventually led them to become wealthy.

These traits are not typical to the US or the western world, as one may mistakenly come to believe. A glance at some richest people in India and elsewhere also reveals, they share the same characteristics with their American counterparts. This amply proves that richest people around the world share something in common, regardless of where they live and flourish.

Another common trait that all rich people share in common is philanthropy.

Since childhood, they believe in giving back to the society and helping the underprivileged. They practiced charity when they were not so rich and continue to donate money for the betterment of the society even after becoming billionaires.

These richest people on the planet never waited to become wealthy. Instead, they were philanthropists since childhood – a trait most other people pathetically lack or try to foist upon themselves to gain popularity.

In Conclusion

It is not easy to become wealthy. Or everyone would become a millionaire. People who do make it to the top have a different way of thinking combined with an undying zest for learning new things and educating themselves.

They do not consider conventional learning at universities as the end of their education. Instead, they try and acquire new skills every day and find ways and means to become better humans rather than focusing on fattening their purses.

The world’s wealthiest people also share one common trait: they are not people pleasers, despite their generosity and willingness to serve the society. Because they know, trying to please everyone will get them nowhere and could mean possible failure.