Four pillars - Issue #22

Hey guys, I hope you enjoyed last week’s Madness. There’s a lot more in store this week.

Good morning guys,

Someone asked me this question last week - What are your pillar’s in life? It dwelled on me whether I could identify any individuals that I relied on as my pillars. I could name a few, but I wanted to explore areas in my life that I constituted as my pillars. So, I cascaded into thinking about my foundation that I could use to define what matters most to me. And, I took time to reflect on this - I’ve narrowed down on four categories of my life that I consider as my foundation.

  1. Money

  2. Relationship

  3. Health (mental and physical)

  4. Continuous learning

I see these pillars as my foundation if one starts to crack - I need to be ‘on go-mode’ to begin amending the pillar.

Why? Well, one pillar supports the other. If one fails, the others would start to crumble.

During COVID-19, I’ve become complacent in looking after my physical health - paying a lot less attention to my workouts, not eating correctly. And, as a result of this, I’ve started to notice the effects in my other pillars. I’ve noticed I feel depleted in my energy levels when I return from work, which puts me in the mood of 'I can’t be asked to do this today’ affecting my overall mood. To an extreme, I would fight this feeling and continue to work till 2 am because I would have procrastinated my time between (19:00-22:00), which I often use to work on my projects to learn, write and create.

I’ve acquired clarity in understanding the imbalances in my foundation. With small changes, living to improve 1% each day - I shall work to find my balance again.

Let me know in the comments below - what do you constitute as your pillar’s in life?

Well, that’s all for this week. I’ll catch you next time.

Yours truly,


Stuff, I enjoyed last week

  1. Article - Against Ambition, this article highlights ambition as a word holds ambiguity. It’s our intention that drives us to succeed in our endeavor. I recommend checking this blog post.

  2. Article - With my recent acceleration in reading - I’ve started to experiment with the idea of providing reflective thoughts on the books I’ve read. Click here to find out more. Coming across this article, Tiago breaks down his process of summarising books in such meticulous detail. It puts my process to shame. However, it also provides me with the opportunity to experiment with his process and see the value out of it. If you’re an avid reader, I recommend checking this article out.

  3. What I’m reading now - Your music and people by Derek Sivers.

Kindle Highlight

The difference between success and failure can be as simple as keeping in touch.

By Derek Sivers author of Your music and people

Blog post

Zettelkasten Method: Taking smart notes – Abhishek Nair

In the 1960s, the origin of the Zettelkasten method was established by a German sociologist Niklas Luhmann. He took the initiative of implementing his ideas and notes in an analogue-based system that relied on index cards. Stored within a physical slip-box called (Zettel translates to slip and Kasten to box). Through this, Luhmann compounded his…