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Pink: Scattered Creative Stories

Pink: Scattered Creative Stories

By Mika Yeap
In this daily show, Mika Yeap reflects on his most unusual and meaningful experiences as a Malaysian writer, poet, and watch collector. Recurring topics include relationships, productivity, and motivation.
Real-life stories form the centerpiece of each episode, making it casual yet authentic. Check out similar stories on Medium: medium.com/@mikayeap
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The Link Between Pain and Creativity
The stereotype of a creative person isn't pretty, but what does sadness have to do with ingenuity? In this episode, we explore how pain can be turned into art. Poetry mentioned in the episode: https://medium.com/changing-the-narrative
17:39
June 3, 2020
Why Creatives Are Never Happy with their Work
A small, little=known fact about creative people turns into a clear message for all. Dissatisfaction is sometimes constructive, but most of the time it indicates time for change. DM me on Instagram @mika.yeap or Twitter @mikayeap to chat about this one!
10:39
May 27, 2020
To Find Something, Lose Yourself
Creativity is a constant thirst for the unexpected, except you need to find things you don't know you're looking for, My favorite way to stay creative is to lose myself since it has always led to me finding things, ironically enough. This episode explores this paradoxical aspect of creating which I feel is largely unknown. DM me on Instagram @mika.yeap or Twitter @mikayeap to chat about this one!
15:59
May 22, 2020
What You're Afraid of Is Important
This episode is about fear and decision making. Creating is all about choosing, but sometimes fear works in the background, causing unexpected results, In this episode, I explore different ways fear has played a role in my journey. Ending thought: Chase fear instead of letting it chase you. DM me on Instagram @mika.yeap or Twitter @mikayeap to chat about this one!
18:03
May 17, 2020
Creativity and Money
People rarely talk about money, and even less so in the context of creative work. In this episode, metaphors like the "starving artist" are explored as we discuss the intersection of creativity and money. DM me on Instagram @mika.yeap or Twitter @mikayeap to chat about this episode!
21:49
May 12, 2020
Curiosity Kills the Cat
Curiosity is an integral part of creativity, but the connection is often misunderstood. This episode is a collection of stories about the thirst for discovery and where it leads. DM me on Instagram @mika.yeap or Twitter @mikayeap to chat about this one!
11:05
May 7, 2020
Creativity Is Chaos
In this episode, I wanted to break down the mysterious process of creation. There's a common assumption that creating is messy business, so I explored that concept. My poem mentioned in this episode: https://medium.com/@mikayeap/chasing-clouds-poem-covid19-quarantine-fc8ba8883a5c?source=friends_link&sk=e65b0b9333f2f8414498656357e2bddc Reach out on Instagram @mika.yeap or Twitter @mikayeap to chat about this one!
15:49
May 3, 2020
Sometimes, You Realize You're Smarter than You Think
Meeting big goals requires focus, and focus has a way of giving you tunnel vision. When you see the world at large again, things can sometimes surprise you. This episode is a compilation of positive surprises. DM me on Instagram @mika.yeap or Twitter @mikayeap to chat about this one!
12:55
April 28, 2020
Where the Best Ideas Come From
One weird thing I discovered when I started this line of work is that you get the best creative juice flowing when switching between work and play. This has implications in the current tense context of the world, so I decided to turn it into an episode. DM me on Instagram @mika.yeap or Twitter @mikayeap to chat about this one!
16:28
April 24, 2020
Finding the Truth about Talent
Talent is usually a big factor in determining the direction we take in life, but in most cases it's irrelevant as a requirement. Real talent is almost nonexistent, thus it's impractical to use it as a guide. This means the ball is in your court. It's not about the chemicals in your brain, it's all in the blood, sweat, and tears you put in. DM me on Instagram @mika.yeap or Twitter @mikayeap to chat about this one!
16:18
April 22, 2020
When You Achieve Peak Focus
Focus is responsible for creative impact, which is something that's difficult to understand from the outside. This episode explores this strange serenity responsible for all the hits. DM me on Instagram @mika.yeap or Twitter @mikayeap to chat about this one!
15:22
April 20, 2020
Realizing You're Strong, But Not Infallible
Challenging yourself is trendy these days, but most of us miss the fact that there's a limit. You're incredibly capable of adapting, but there's a threshold you shouldn't cross. This episode tells the story of a few real stumbles and what they taught me about mortality and weakness. DM me on Instagram @mika.yeap or Twitter @mikayeap to chat about this one!
16:33
April 17, 2020
That Moment When You Realize You're Different
Everyone has quirks of some kind, it's just a matter of finding them. In this episode, I recount several stories of unexpected quirks to inspire you to dig for some of your own. DM me on Instagram @mika.yeap or Twitter @mikayeap to chat about this one!
13:58
April 14, 2020
Traveling and Creatives: What's the Deal?
This casual episode explores the link between a nomadic lifestyle and creativity. Featured in this episode: Living out of a supercar. DM me on Instagram @mika.yeap or Twitter @mikayeap to chat about this one!
18:38
April 13, 2020
Loneliness and Its Cure
Loneliness is clearly a relevant topic right now since billions of people around the world are under some form of quarantine. So in this episode, I recount some tales of loneliness with happy endings. You can overcome it if you play your cards right. DM me on Instagram @mika.yeap or Twitter @mikayeap to chat about this one. Also, check out my writing: https://medium.com/@mikayeap
14:13
April 10, 2020
Wanting a Lot Is Okay, Too
Minimalism is a hot topic on this show, but we hardly talk about wanting more. This episode fills in that gap, building a case for grand aspirations. I shed plenty of light on the "scattered" aspect of my creativity, so you'll certainly like this if you like loopy talk. DM me on Instagram @mika.yeap or Twitter @mikayeap to chat about this episode!
21:37
April 8, 2020
You Don't Need as Much as You Think
Many of us can relate to the struggle of reaching our goals, but is that because they're wrongly placed? This episode explores the concept of enough, prompting you to reflect on your goals. DM me on Instagram @mika.yeap or Twitter @mikayeap to chat about this one!
11:45
April 7, 2020
Studying Your Past Is Useful
The past is the best free source of education available to you, so study it. In this episode, I share some insights I've learned about people by looking back. You'll like this if you look for calmer, more thoughtful episodes with a more open-ended message. DM me on Instagram @mika.yeap or Twitter @mikayeap to chat about this one!
14:46
April 6, 2020
Life Is Short and We All Die
This episode offers reflections on several risky paths I've taken in the past. I mull over several unusual reactions to close encounters. If you like thinking about death, this is certainly an episode for you. DM me on Instagram @mika.yeap or Twitter @mikayeap to chat about this one!
14:09
April 5, 2020
No One Knows What's Going On, And That's Okay
Generally, we fear uncertainty. We face constant pressure to have things figured out, especially things about ourselves. What do you want to do with your life? What is your direction? What are you working on? These are all questions everyone expects you to know yet can't answer themselves. In this episode, I recount several decisions rife with uncertainty which actually turned out well. I also explore the benefits of not knowing. DM me on Instagram @mika.yeap or Twitter @mikayeap to chat about this one!
11:17
April 3, 2020
Do What's Different to Win
We tend to avoid things that are different out of instinct, which leaves a ton of potential upside on the table. In this episode, I recount a couple of times I went against the grain and reflect on its positive impact. DM me on Instagram @mika.yeap or Twitter @mikayeap to chat about this one!
17:23
April 2, 2020
Everything Happens for a Reason
Malaysian personal development author Mika Y. recounts some past tragedies and reflects on their overall positive impacts in the long run. This is the first episode to use stories as the centerpiece in order to bring authentic insights front and center. DM me on Instagram @mika.yeap or Twitter @mikayeap to chat about this one!
16:03
April 1, 2020
The Key to Motivation Is the Past
During these challenging times, motivation is at an all-time low. Few of us are well-equipped to work at home, so I decided to make this episode to address stalling willpower. You'll like this if you enjoy hearing a different take on a common topic. DM me on Instagram @mika.yeap or Twitter @mikayeap to chat about this one.
16:37
March 30, 2020
There's Always a Way Out
Most of us feel trapped sometimes. Some problems just never feel fixable, but in reality we merely inhabit a prison of the mind. This episode delivers a simple message: There's always a solution. DM me on Instagram @mika.yeap or Twitter @mikayeap to chat about this one. Read the written version of these insights: https://medium.com/@mikayeap
09:60
March 28, 2020
Here's Why You Should Seek Comfort
Many of us want an easy life but challenge ourselves anyway because that's what we think is right. However, seeking comfort is actually a viable approach to achieve genuine happiness and fulfillment. In this episode, we break down the stigma against comfort and build a case for the easy path. DM me on Instagram @mika.yeap or Twitter @mikayeap to chat about this one! Read the written version of these insights: https://medium.com/@mikayeap
25:47
March 27, 2020
Being Okay Is Okay
An episode about the obsession with being special. Everyone thinks they have to be extraordinary to accomplish anything. Excellence is the baseline, and unfortunately this mindset leads many astray. In reality, happiness or success is not contingent on being special. You'll like this if you're tired of being "mediocre". DM me on Instagram !mika.yeap or Twitter @mikayeap to chat about this one!
16:31
March 25, 2020
Soak Up All the Sunshine
This is an episode on gratitude, the best path to happiness during these challenging times.
18:32
March 24, 2020
The Validation Conundrum
Everyone wants people to like them, but sometimes seeking approval can be detrimental and painful. In this episode, we explore the roots of this impulse and seek ways to combat it. Self awareness is your best tool to combat the influence of disapproval. You've got to know yourself well enough so that people can't tell lies about yourself. DM me on Instagram @mika.yeap or Twitter @mikayeap to chat about this one. Read the written version of these insights: https://medium.com/@mikayeap
19:11
March 23, 2020
You Should Do What You Like
Everyone wants things, but we spend most of our lives keeping them in. There are many benefits to using you own dreams as a compass, and we explore them in this episode. I think you'll like this if you're a creator trying to narrow down a niche or even just a normal person figuring out how to make life more fulfilling. DM me on Instagram @mika.yeap or Twitter @mikayeap to chat about this one. Read the written insights: https://medium.com/@mikayeap
18:34
March 22, 2020
How to Survive a Quarantine
An absolutely horrid episode I attempted to make about surviving the quarantine. It's more like a comedy than a useful guide, listen at your own risk. Do NOT DM me about this.
28:39
March 21, 2020
What's Wrong with Materialism?
Everyone knows focusing on material possessions to bring joy is bad, right? This episode challenges the negative perception of materialism by explaining its roots and painting an alternative picture of genuine materialism. You'll like this if you enjoy hearing different opinions on mainstream subjects that few people challenge. DM me on Instagram @mika,yeap or Twitter @mikayeap to chat about this one. Read more insights on human nature: https://medium.com/@mikayeap
18:08
March 19, 2020
What Makes You Special?
A fun exploration of what makes people distinguished at what they do. Everyone wants to be special, but I push against this by painting an accurate picture of what being special actually means. This episode is meant not to define anything, but rather to point out patterns through many examples so you can draw your own conclusions. You'll enjoy this if you like fun episodes that break the mold a little and stray from the typical format. DM me on Instagram @mika.yeap or Twitter @mikayeap to chat about this one. Read the written version of these insights: https://medium.com/@mikayeap
23:18
March 17, 2020
Dream Bigger to Go Further
We often underestimate ourselves when we set goals, both consciously and subconsciously. So this is an uplifting episode encouraging you to dream bigger. You'll enjoy this if you like casual episodes about simple ideas. DM me on Instagram @mika.yeap or Twitter @mikayeap to chat about this one. Read the written version of these insights: https://medium.com/@mikayeap
16:01
March 16, 2020
Make Your Big Decisions Randomly
We all have choices to make, and early in life we are confronted with many big ones. This is the cause of much angst, so in this episode we'll explore how and why to make decisions swiftly. You'll enjoy this if you struggle under the weight of your choices. DM me on Instagram @mika.yeap or Twitter @mikayeap to chat about this one. Read these insights at: https://medium.com/@mikayeap
21:02
March 15, 2020
Master Uncertainty to Master Your Life
Uncertainty is the spice of life. There’s a great deal we don’t know about a great many things, so dealing with the shaky ground is important. This is a simple episode on uncertainty. DM me on Instagram @mika.yeap or Twitter @mikayeap to chat about this one. Read the written version of these insights: https://medium.com/@mikayeap
12:34
March 14, 2020
Be Lazy to Be Quick
We often neglect the path of least resistance, but it works easily and quickly. You’ll like this casual episode on laziness if you like switching up your habits. DM me on Instagram @mika.yeap or Twitter @mikayeap to chat about this one. Read the written version of these insights: https://medium.com/@mikayeap
13:03
March 13, 2020
How to Win: Fun Episode on Success
This episode takes a detour from the deep content and explores the high-level theory of how to find happiness. Obviously, we keep things pretty general in this one, simply listing several things you likely need to "win". You'll like this if you enjoy calmer, more casual episodes about lighter topics. DM me on Instagram @mika.yeap or Twitter @mikayeap to chat about this episode. Read the written version of these insights: https://medium.com/@mikayeap
24:13
March 11, 2020
What's the Point of Suffering?
Trials and pain are obviously a common element of daily life for everyone listening, but why does it exist? This simple episode inspired by real events explains the value in suffering, showing that it can always become something you can use to your advantage. DM me on Instagram @mika.yeap or Twitter @mikayeap to chat about this one. Read the written version of these insights: https://medium.com/@mikayeap
15:50
March 10, 2020
Dealing with Separation Anxiety
Relationships are obviously a common part of everyday life, but sometimes they can cause stress when separation occurs. Separation anxiety is a common problem marked by unusual discomfort triggered by normal instances of separation. This episode breaks down the simple cause of this issue and offers a solution. You'll like this if you can relate to feeling abnormally nervous about not spending time with people you care about. DM me on Instagram @mika.yeap or Twitter @mikayeap to chat about this episode. Read the written version of these insights: https://medium.com/@mikayeap
17:53
March 9, 2020
Why Is No One Listening?
Few things are as annoying as not being heard, but unfortunately it's a common problem. This episode explores the simple cause of this and offers a straightforward solution. DM me on Instagram @mika.yeap or Twitter @mikayeap to chat about this episode. Read the text version of these insights at: https://medium.com/@mikayeap
14:55
March 8, 2020
You Don’t Have to Have It Figured Out
Everyone thinks they should have it all figured out, but in reality that’s usually a harmful mindset. In this episode, we explore why it’s important to be comfortable with uncertainty, even when it comes to important questions of purpose and desires. DM me on Instagram @mika.yeap or Twitter @mikayeap to chat about this one. Read the written version of these episodes: https://medium.com/@mikayeap
16:29
March 6, 2020
When in Doubt, Choose Less
According to modern culture, harder is better. But in reality, choosing the easy way is a better default if you know how much is enough. Riddled with personal examples and short stories, this episode is the first with an updated format that focuses on solving a specific problem. DM me on Instagram @mika.yeap or Twitter @mikayeap to chat about this one. Read the written version of these insights on Medium: https://medium.com/@mikayeap
18:30
March 5, 2020
Quit Pretending, Be Honest with Yourself
The root of all hypocrisy is fear. Facing yourself is tough since you often find things you aren’t pleased to see, and pretending or faking it is an easy antidote. This episode exposes pretending. DM me on Instagram @mikayeap or Twitter @mika.yeap to chat about this one! Read these insights on Medium: https://medium.com/@mikayeap
10:09
March 4, 2020
Time Solves All Problems
This is a classic episode on patience, the most underrated component of success. In this episode, I reveal the event that inspired yesterday's discussion on risk, as well. You'll like this if you enjoy classic episodes of the show with a regular structure and progression. DM me on Instagram @mika.yeap or Twitter @mikayeap to chat about these episodes!
15:27
March 3, 2020
Risk Is Your Friend
This is a simple, punchy episode exploring risk. I use several personal examples to relate it to success and happiness, showing that it’s not just something to be avoided. DM me on Instagram @mikayeap or Twitter @mika.yeap to chat about this one!
11:43
March 2, 2020
TIme Steals Our Best
This is an unusual episode format where I explain the main message using a poem. Essentially, I go through each verse and explain what it's about to build a complete picture. You'll like this if you enjoy working a little harder to get the message, or if you're interested in poetry. DM me on Instagram @mika.yeap or Twitter @mikayeap to chat about this one! Read the full poem: https://medium.com/@mikayeap/polaroids-of-us-2cb4828c51a4?source=friends_link&sk=c5931e99e8c20ff47a9ff9a9057bc0ba
22:43
February 29, 2020
Ambition Is a Joke
In this episode, we explore the dark side of ambition. Putting the desire for more on a pedestal isn’t just foolish, but also depressing. You’ll like this if you enjoy deeper discussions of common, overwhelmingly positive concepts. DM me on Instagram @mika.yeap or Twitter @mikayeap to chat about this one!
27:59
February 28, 2020
Everyone Starts Out Awful
This episode is an honest account from the trenches to paint a picture of hard work in the real world. It's not just you, the journey towards your goals is meant to be challenging. DM me on Instagram @mika.yeap or Twitter @mikayeap to chat about this one!
13:14
February 26, 2020
We Need Control
This episode is about a core aspect of human nature that I hardly talk about but always use in reasoning. We crave control as human beings, which causes us to act out in odd ways. This is an episode for the more theoretically-inclined. It's meant to be more entertaining than educational. DM me on Instagram @mika.yeap or Twitter @mikayeap to chat about this one!
26:56
February 24, 2020
Do What You Need, Not What You Want
A simple episode revolving around a single story. This one is about choices. You'll enjoy this if you like a slightly different episode format. DM me on Instagram @mika.yeap or Twitter @mikayeap to chat about this one!
16:29
February 23, 2020
Work Ethic is Everything
This is a simple, practical episode on work. Most of us don't understand how much effort it takes to achieve what we want. DM me on Instagram @mika.yeap or Twitter @mikayeap to chat about this one!
12:16
February 22, 2020
How to Stay Energetic and Motivated
A no-nonsense, practical episode on maintaining energy and motivation. Many listeners old and new have requested this topic, so I decided to chip in. You'll certainly like this if you enjoy directly applying these concepts. DM me on Instagram @mika.yeap or Twitter @mikayeap to chat about this episode!
18:04
February 20, 2020
Stack Your Skills to Stand Out
You get to sit in on a very different series of mental exercises with me today on this episode about stacking skills. Essentially this exercise involves finding a combination of skills you have which, in tandem, makes you unique. You'll like this if you enjoy actively exploring yourself. DM me on Instagram @mika.yeap or Twitter @mikayeap to chat about this one!
21:45
February 19, 2020
All Things Move On
This open-ended episode is about the fleeting nature of everything. I certainly think about transience a lot, and this episode contains most of my current thoughts on it. DM me on Instagram @mika.yeap or Twitter @mikayeap to chat about this one!
23:54
February 17, 2020
Riding Horses Showed Me the Meaning of Life
This whimsical episode is centered around a short, real-life story. It's not entirely practical, but the simple story and its honest insights can be entertaining nonetheless. You'll enjoy this if you're looking for a change of pace from the usual episodes. DM me on Instagram @mika.yeap or Twitter @mikayeap to chat about this one!
21:30
February 16, 2020
Do It Yourself to Learn It
This episode is about cold, hard execution. We explore the true value of real world experience for learning things. DM me on Instagram @mika.yeap or Twitter @mikayeap to chat about this one!
18:59
February 15, 2020
Take Risks to Find Meaning
A remake of an old but gold episode, this one is about risk taking, a trendy but highly misunderstood topic in the zeitgeist. I’ve faced risk for a long time as part of daily life, and that’s given me a highly practical outlook on it. You’ll enjoy this if you fancy different perspectives on common concepts. DM me on Instagram @mika.yeap or Twitter @mikayeap to chat about this one!
13:02
February 14, 2020
Check on Yourself Often
This is a practical episode about keeping a temperature gauge on yourself. You’ll enjoy it if you’re interested in simple habits with big implications. DM me on Instagram @mika.yeap or Twitter @mikayeap to chat about this episode.
21:23
February 12, 2020
Choose Your Battles Wisely
This episode explores efficiency in choosing your challenges. It’s a sort of extension to the previous one about focus. DM me on Instagram @mika.yeap or Twitter @mikayeap to chat about this one!
14:25
February 10, 2020
Focus Is Underrated
This episode is a practical one on focus. With plenty of personal experience providing support, I briefly explain the importance of staying aligned on your goals, and also outline a process for achieving better focus. This one has numerous long buildups but also plenty of practical insights. DM me on Instagram @mika.yeap or Twitter @mikayeap to chat about this episode!
26:10
February 10, 2020
Be Ready to Change
This episode explores the common yet painful concept of changing. We all need to adapt at different points, but it's a notoriously challenging thing to do. Follow this simple breakdown of change, riddled with real examples for clarity. DM me on Instagram @mika.yeap or Twitter @mikayeap to chat about this one!
17:43
February 7, 2020
Prepare for the Unexpected
This episode explores the all too familiar sting of uncertainty and how to manage it. I think it'll be relatable for many people since life is full of surprises. DM me on Instagram @mika.yeap or Twitter @mikayeap to chat about this episode!
15:30
February 6, 2020
Resilience Is the Key
This episode was inspired by many real life challenges and the challenges that followed them. DM me on Instagram @mika.yeap or Twitter @mikayeap to chat about this one!
17:52
February 4, 2020
Sacrifice and Relationships
This episode explores the concept of sacrificing for the sake of your relationships. Every connection involves some compromise, but where do you draw the line? You’ll enjoy this one if you like a more thoughtful episode. DM me on Instagram @mika.yeap or Twitter @mikayeap to chat about this episode!
19:04
February 3, 2020
It's Not Just You, Failure Sucks
This episode explores a popular concept on this show: Failure. Although, I think this might be one of the most meaningful episodes I've ever made on the subject since it's the first time I approach it from this realistic angle. You'll like this if you're in the mood for a thinker. DM me on Instagram @mika.yeap or Twitter @mikayeap to chat about this episode!
17:09
February 2, 2020
Belonging Is Really Hard
This episode explores a concept we can all relate to: The search for purpose. Its insights are honest, vulnerable, and refreshing, I think this is a perfect example of what the show is about. DM me on Instagram @mika.yeap or Twitter @mikayeap to chat about this one.
21:52
February 1, 2020
Being Present, Simply
This fan-suggested episode explores the concept of living in the moment. First, I break down the trendiness of mindfulness, then segue into my practical understanding of it and suggest some steps you can take to be more present. You'll enjoy this if you crave practical concepts which you can directly apply to your life. DM me on Instagram @mika.yeap or Twitter @mikayeap to chat about this one!
18:08
January 31, 2020
Being Ahead Is Risky
This episode is an exploration of taking shortcuts. I skipped several steps in life that most of my peers go through, which landed me where I am today. This episode is a breakdown of what this expedited is and what it isn’t. DM me on Instagram @mika.yeap or Twitter @mikayeap to chat about this one!
24:13
January 30, 2020
An Honest Account of Creativity
This special episode builds an honest picture of creativity. Most of the content on this falls short of the mark, I believe, so I decided to make my own. You’ll like this if you like inspiring episodes which prompt thought more than give practical advice. DM me on Instagram @mika.yeap or Twitter @mikayeap to chat about this one!
16:33
January 28, 2020
Commitment Is More Harm than Good
The notion of committing to something is common, but in this episode we question commitment. Because commitment is so cheap these days, we tend to sign up for it without knowing what it entails, which makes it dangerous. You'll like this one if you like dismantling simple concepts with a different perspective. DM me on Instagram @mika.yeap or Twitter @mikayeap to chat about this one!
14:15
January 27, 2020
Where You Start Doesn't Matter
This episode is about beginnings. Namely, your beginnings don't matter. It's the decisions you make now that largely determine your outcome. You'll like this one if you like inspiring concepts, or firework noises in the background. DM me on Instagram @mika.yeap or Twitter @mikayeap to chat about this one!
17:41
January 26, 2020
Routines: Boring but Necessary
This episode explores routines, ironic given that I'm the most anti-routine person you'll meet. Nevertheless, routines are useful when used properly. You'll like this if you enjoy simple episodes about practical habits. DM me on Instagram @mika.yeap or Twitter @mikayeap to chat about this one!
14:45
January 25, 2020
Good Habits Matter Later
In this episode, we explore habits. Although self-help content on habits is slightly cliché, habits actually have a big impact over a long period of time. You’ll like this if you enjoy simple, practical episodes. DM me on Instagram @mika.yeap or Twitter @mikayeap to chat about this one.
16:47
January 24, 2020
It's All About You
In this episode, we rebut the common negative connotation around selfishness. Working on the self is actually super important for solving many other problems. You'll like this if you're into personal development or just want a unique concept to play with in your head. DM me on Instagram @mika.yeap or Twitter @mikayeap to chat about this one!
16:04
January 22, 2020
Empathy Is Power
This episode explores a universal language: Empathy. This coveted trait is difficult for many to pull off naturally, so I included some starter steps you can try at the end of the episode. DM me on Instagram @mika.yeap or Twitter @mikayeap to chat about this one!
14:15
January 22, 2020
Myths about Quitting Your Job
Adapted from a recent Medium article, this episode breaks down some common myths about quitting your job. You'll like this if you're looking for a more fun episode. DM me on Instagram @mika.yeap or Twitter @mikayeap to chat about this one!
15:15
January 21, 2020
Do You Know What You Want?
Knowing what you want is a rare privilege, believe it or not. This episode is about desires and their effect on your decision making, stress, and happiness. You’ll enjoy this relatable, simple episode regardless of what you like, most likely. DM me on Instagram @mika.yeap or Twitter @mikayeap to chat about this one!
14:13
January 20, 2020
Weakness Isn't a Weakness
This episode explores a different way to think about flaws. My highly unconventional acceptance of weaknesses influences many of my choices and values, so if you’re interested in seeing the core of a creative high-performer, check this one out. DM me on Instagram @mika.yeap or Twitter @mikayeap to chat about this episode.
10:32
January 18, 2020
Everything Is Fragile
This is a more abstract episode on the fragility of life and it’s side effects. It sounds pointless on the surface, but I think it’s actually one of my favorite episodes this week. DM me on Instagram @mika.yeap or Twitter @mikayeap to chat about this one.
23:32
January 17, 2020
Acceptance Is a Valuable Skill
In this episode, we explore the concept of acceptance for the sake of efficiency. Our inability to accept reality creates unnecessary friction all the time, making it harder to solve the actual problem. DM me on Instagram @mika.yeap or Twitter @mikayeap to chat about this one!
13:13
January 16, 2020
Win Life by Being Present
An episode inspired by my 20th birthday, this one is about being present to create the highest chance of success. You'll like this if you enjoy straightforward concepts you can easily implement. DM me on Instagram @mika.yeap or Twitter @mikayeap to chat about this one!
13:05
January 15, 2020
Get a Hobby
This brief episode explores hobbies, which are mostly downplayed when discussed alongside work. In reality, they play a key role in maintaining balance and counteracting the intensity of work. DM me on Instagram @mika.yeap and Twitter @mikayeap to chat about this episode!
11:33
January 13, 2020
Mindfulness Can Be A Scam
In this episode, we break down a trendy movement my ideas are commonly mistaken as being a part of: Mindfulness. I've questioned the absence of practicality in mindfulness practice since the beginning, learn more about why I discount this popular philosophy and wouldn't recommend it. DM me on Instagram @mika.,yeap or Twitter @mikayeap to chat about this episode!
21:01
January 13, 2020
It's All On You
This break in the regular episode structure is a more reflective session on ownership. Taking personal responsibility for your problems is the quickest way to solve them, though it's really difficult to do in real life. You'll enjoy this if you miss the less structured, more run-and-gun episodes of yore. DM me on Instagram @mika.yeap or Twitter @mikayeap to chat about this episode!
22:17
January 12, 2020
Productivity Isn't Always the Answer
This episode explores the dark side of productivity, which is placed unfairly on a pedestal by modern culture. Being a highly productive person myself, I recount experiences and turning points when I realized how silly the pursuit of doing more can be. I think you'll enjoy this if you're interested in productivity even a little, since this isn't a message you often hear about it. DM me on Instagram @mika.yeap or Twitter @mikayeap to chat about this episode!
14:06
January 12, 2020
Having Everything Isn't Ideal
Most of us are caught in a constant pursuit of more, but this episode sheds light on the pursuit of less. What if you could get more from less, and learn to enjoy things on a smaller scale? This is actually a huge part of my personality, in addition to being a tool I use all the time in my career. You'll enjoy this if you like hearing concepts to directly apply to your life given that this is pretty universal. DM me on Instagram @mika.yeap or Twitter @mikayeap to chat about this episode!
26:01
January 11, 2020
Guidelines Are Dangerous
In this episode inspired by a thread of mine on Twitter, we explore the dark side of guidelines. In a way, it's a corollary to the previous episode about the benefits of rules for creativity. DM me on Instagram @mika.yeap or Twitter @mikayeap to chat about this one!
24:03
January 11, 2020
Rules Are Good for Creativity
In this episode, we break down the simple concept of using constraints to foster creativity. Rules are necessary to act as guidelines when it comes to being creative, as counterintuitive as it sounds. You might like this one if you're interested in the creative process. DM me on Instagram @mika.yeap or Twitter @mikayeap to chat about this episode!
13:37
January 10, 2020
Think for Yourself
Inspired by my first encounter with a similar podcast, this episode is about crafting your own way of looking at the world. It’s definitely a more casual episode so you’ll enjoy it if you’re down for some less practical, more conceptual chatter. DM me on Instagram @mika.yeap or Twitter @mikayeap to chat about this episode!
20:38
January 8, 2020
The Power of Baselines
This episode is about one of the core concepts in my framework: Baselines. The idea is to intentionally decide on principles which you always uphold in order to stay centered when things shake you up. You'll like this if you enjoy learning about systems you can draw inspiration from to create your own. DM me on Instagram @mika.yeap or Twitter @mikayeap to chat about this episode!
25:32
January 7, 2020
No One Actually Knows What They're Doing
This episode is about obscurity of purpose. In general, most people don't actually know what they're doing. Rather than pointing fingers, though, this episode is a reflection on the side effects of this phenomenon. You'll enjoy this if you like more casual episodes with less practicality. DM me on Instagram @mika.yeap or Twitter @mikayeap to chat about this one!
16:28
January 4, 2020
It's Harder Than It Looks
This episode provides an inside look to a real-life challenging journey. You'll enjoy this if you're interested in an accurate portrayal of challenges we hear about all too often. DM me on Instagram @mika.yeap or Twitter @mikayeap to chat about this episode!
19:55
January 3, 2020
New Year's Resolutions: A Quick Guide
An episode right in time for the festive season, this one is a quick and simple guide to making big changes in 2020. I detail how to make and keep your New Year's resolutions here, so this might be helpful if you're making some this year. DM me on Instagram @mika.yeap or Twitter @mikayeap to chat about this!
19:13
January 2, 2020
Love Your Flaws
This episode is about weaknesses and how to deal with them. Several of you have noticed my slightly aggressive stance on flaws, so I thought I'd expand on it. In my view, accepting your flaws is the best way to deal with them. DM me on Instagram @mika.yeap or Twitter @mikayeap to chat about this episode!
14:58
January 1, 2020
Giving Is Underrated
This New Year's Eve special is about one of my cornerstone virtues: Giving without expectation. DM me on Instagram @mika.yeap or Twitter @mikayeap to chat about this episode! And, Happy 2020.
25:22
December 31, 2019
Why Your Life Is Hard (And Why That's Good)
In this episode based on a highly popular Medium article, we break down certain traits which commonly cause friction or hardship. If you find yourself in difficult circumstances for no apparent reason, this might clear things up. DM me on Instagram @mikayeap or Twitter @mika.yeap to chat about this episode!
23:34
December 31, 2019
Stay Away from Perfection
This episode explores an extremely relevant topic for this audience: Perfectionism. I've met perfectionists in droves despite being the polar opposite, funnily enough. So in this episode I draw from that experience to break down what perfectionism really is, and how to move on without it. I think most of you will even enjoy this for the humor, if not for the serious content. DM me on Instagram @mika.yeap or Twitter @mikayeap to chat about this one!
27:34
December 29, 2019
Don't Underestimate Freedom
In this irregular episode, we explore the influence of freedom on happiness. In my experience, having options is massively influential. We could talk about how to create those options in a different episode, but this one is simply the backstory of how this became such a central part of my life. You'll enjoy this if you like more indirect episodes that indicate a general direction instead of flashing an explicit message. DM me on Instagram @mika.yeap or Twitter @mikayeap to chat about this one!
13:49
December 28, 2019
Dealing with Difficult People
In another fan-suggested episode, we break down difficult people. As an extreme extrovert, I've encountered all sorts of people. And believe me, sometimes learning to work with people you'd rather not mesh with can be tremendously valuable. You might be surprised at what I have to say about this, so I wouldn't miss this episode no matter what kind of listener you are. DM me on Instagram @mika.yeap or Twitter @mikayeap to chat about this episode!
21:50
December 28, 2019
Ambition Is Overrated
This is an episode I never dreamed I'd make. In this 20-minute segment, I push against the general positive view of ambition. Most of the time, if you really get down to it we need less than we think we need in order to be happy. This changes everything, because in one area where we always want more, we can actually want less, making happiness much easier to obtain. Shoot me a DM on Instagram @mika.yeap or Twitter @mikayeap to chat about this one!
18:40
December 26, 2019
The Case for Optimism
Expecting the best of things is a well-known strategy for success and happiness, and in this episode I break down why. Optimism has a big impact on what actually happens, which is why it's powerful. I think you'll enjoy this wholesome episode in the thick of the holiday season. DM me on Instagram @mika.yeap or Twitter @mikayeap to chat about this one!
15:17
December 25, 2019
Rejection Is Useful
This episode explores a different way to approach rejection. After all, it can actually indicate that you're moving in the right direction. I think you'll enjoy this episode if you're invested in your own journey to reach lofty goals, as many ambitious listeners of this podcast are. DM me on Instagram @mika.yeap or Twitter @mikayeap to chat about this one!
21:07
December 24, 2019
Why Don't You Have Free Time?
This episode breaks down some simple reasons why you might not have much free time. It's a constant puzzle for most of us, so you might find these simple reasons helpful to diagnose your problem. DM me on Instagram @mika.yeap or Twitter @mikayeap to chat about this episode!
13:50
December 22, 2019
Distraction: The Key to Success
This episode explores the concept of using distraction as a tool in reaching your goals. I break down the concrete ways this unusual strategy plays out in my journey, so you'll probably find this helpful if you're looking for ways to switch up your daily grind. DM me on Instagram @mika.yeap or Twitter @mikayeap to chat about this episode!
18:05
December 22, 2019
Let’s Talk Procrastination
In another fan-suggested episode, we explore procrastination. Some of you may remember that procrastination is a staple of my highly productive daily routine, so I thought it would be fun to give my take on this typically negative thing. I think you’ll enjoy this fast-paced episode if you’re a productivity nerd, or if you just like hearing unusual perspectives. DM me on Instagram @mikayeap or Twitter @mika.yeap to chat about this episode!
12:22
December 20, 2019
Age isn't Just a Number
This episodes explores the concept of age and maturity and why it's an important topic to think about. You might enjoy the slightly different tone of this fan-suggested topic for the show. DM me on Instagram @mika.yeap or Twitter @mikayeap to start a conversation on this.
20:56
December 19, 2019
Be Part of Something Bigger
This episode explores purpose in simple terms. In other words, we break down the concept of being a part of something greater than yourself. I think you'd enjoy this if you like discussions on mindset from a different light. DM me on Instagram @mika.yeap or Twitter @mikayeap to chat about this episode!
18:04
December 17, 2019
Productivity Hacks: More Harm Than Good
In this brief, light episode, we explore the dark side of productivity hacks. In reality, we usually spend more effort trying to do the hacks than doing the actual work they're supposed to help with. I think you'd enjoy this episode if you're trying to smoothen your work and optimize your time. DM me on Instagram @mika.yeap or Twitter @mikayeap to chat about this episode!
12:08
December 16, 2019
Predict the Unpredictable
Because we're human, we're unpredictable. This episode proposes the concept of preparing for the irrational aspects of life by maintaining freedom and openness. I think most people would enjoy this lighter episode which acknowledges something we can all relate to: Our humanity. DM me on Instagram @mikayeap or Twitter @mika.yeap to chat about this episode!
15:36
December 15, 2019
Choose Your Weaknesses
This episode explores a core concept in my personal framework for life: Strategically choosing your weakness in order to master it. When you choose how you break, you have more control and practice when you inevitably snap. I think you'd enjoy this if you cherish more niche episodes. DM me on Instagram @mikayeap or Twitter @mika.yeap to chat about this one!
20:22
December 15, 2019
Pay Now, Save Later
A more relaxed episode about playing the long term game. It's certainly not everything you need to know, just a glancing summary of the strategy in general. You'll enjoy this episode if you like more actionable insights. DM me on Instagram @mika.yeap or Twitter @mikayeap to chat about this episode!
13:55
December 13, 2019
Maintain Your Own Escape
In this episode, we explore a simple trick to dealing with tricky mental hurdles: Escaping. I don't really talk about this a lot, though it's implied all the time. So this might be an interesting episode. DM me on Instagram @mika.yeap or Twitter @mikayeap to chat about this episode!
15:27
December 12, 2019
Not As Hard As It Looks
This regular episode explores the fact that most challenges aren't as challenging as we think. After clearing a few hurdles, you realize they're not as high as they look before you jump them. I think you'd enjoy this episode if you're working on something, anything, difficult and you sometimes feel stuck. DM me on Instagram @mika.yeap or Twitter @mikayeap to chat about this episode!
30:21
December 11, 2019
Learn to Deal with Imperfect
An irregular episode recorded in Heathrow airport. (Just tune in I’m too tired to write a description.)
14:41
December 10, 2019
Cherish the Times When You're Wrong
This episode is tremendously meaningful to me. It's inspired by one of the biggest mistakes I've learned from in recent history. Thus it's only fitting that this is about cherishing the times when you're wrong. I think anyone would benefit from this episode, it's a staple of this podcast. DM me on Instagram @mika.yeap or Twitter at @mikayeap to chat about this episode!
26:15
December 8, 2019
People See Time Differently
This is a fun episode exploring the way we each perceive time differently. This highly personal way we feel time pass influences a lot of our values and ideas, so it's something to be mindful of. DM me on Instagram @mika.yeap or Twitter @mikayeap to chat about this episode!
20:41
December 7, 2019
Some Things Don't Matter
This episode is about letting go when you realize things don't matter as much as you thought they did. You'll enjoy this if you enjoy hearing me stumble on words and fail to piece sentences together. DM me on Instagram @mika.yeap or Twitter @mikayeap to chat about this episode!
19:58
December 6, 2019
Things Are Hard for a Reason
This episode explores what could be my favorite idea among all the episodes in the past month: Hardship has a purpose and is not always meant to be chipped away. I think this one has something for everyone. You've got a fascinating mental concept, plenty of stories from my life, and a good serving of humor. DM me on Instagram @mika.yeap or Twitter @mikayeap to chat about this episode!
27:28
December 5, 2019
Stop Pretending to Be Good
We explore the notion of doing what you're naturally good at in this episode. It's not huge, but this small change can have a drastic impact on your happiness and performance in the long term. DM me on Instagram @mika.yeap or Twitter @mikayeap to chat about this episode!
25:34
December 4, 2019
It's Okay to Not Be Okay
This episode breaks down the simple concept of accepting the situation when you're in a slump. It's easy to create unnecessary pressure by feeling bad that we're feeling bad, when in reality being down occasionally is part of the game. DM me on Instagram @mika.yeap or Twitter @mikayeap to chat about this episode!
17:42
December 4, 2019
We Suck at Sensing Scale
This episode explores something we all know but rarely notice: Our tendency to inflate problems. It can be difficult to realize the true scale of our issues while they're still hot, but over time you realize they usually don't matter as much as you felt like they did. DM me on Instagram @mika.yeap or Twitter @mikayeap to chat about this episode!
24:51
December 2, 2019
The Best Are Usually Broken
In this explore, we break down a simple concept that you might find interesting: People who are good at what they do are often deeply flawed. If you enjoy something less light and more clear-cut, this is for you. I apologize for the distraction in the middle, something urgent came you when I was recording so I had to cut it off early. DM me on Instagram @mika.yeap or Twitter @mikayeap to chat about this one!
12:37
December 1, 2019
Everyone Needs A Lie
In this episode, we explore a concept which all of us know but rarely think about: The lies we tell ourselves to survive. I shine the spotlight deep this time, so if you're not ready for introspection skip this slightly heavy one. DM me on Instagram @mika.yeap or Twitter @mikayeap to chat about this episode.
23:39
December 1, 2019
Being Blank Is Okay
If you’re willing to work a little harder to enjoy a casual episode, this might be for you. This is about blanking out, which I’m sure everyone can relate to. It’s a rare instance when I’m blank enough myself to talk about it, so I think this makes a unique episode. DM me on Instagram @mika.yeap or Twitter @mikayeap to chat about this episode.
13:26
November 29, 2019
Have the Courage To Feel Things
A short and simple episode exploring the concept of being present. We tend to lie to ourselves out of instinct because facing what's real can be hard, but feeling things as they are is much better for actually solving problems. DM me on Instagram @mika.yeap or Twitter @mikayeap to chat about this one!
11:35
November 28, 2019
You Never Know What'll Change You
In this episode, we explore an obvious but difficult truth: We never really know how things will play out. Drawing from many recent personal examples, I explain how this concept solidified in my mind and how it shaped my future thinking. You'll like this if you enjoy super honest, real episodes. DM me on Instagram @mika.yeap or Twitter @mikayeap to chat about this!
22:26
November 28, 2019
Seize What Matters Because No One Else Will
In this bite-sized episode, we explore the concept of taking responsibility for what you care about. I think this is a message most people will benefit from. DM me on Instagram @mika.yeap or Twitter at @mikayeap to chat about this episode!
16:36
November 26, 2019
Sacrifice Is Always Necessary
This is a simple episode about a simple concept: Getting what you want requires sacrifice. I try really hard to break this down in a way that doesn't sound cliche. I think you'll like this if you're just starting out, because it's not something you'll learn from mainstream content. DM me on Instagram @mika.yeap or Twitter @mikayeap to chat about this episode!
19:48
November 25, 2019
Underestimation Is Killing Your Progress
A classic episode format talking about underestimating yourself. The goals you set have a large impact on your performance, so if you set them too low you might be sabotaging yourself for no reason. If you're working hard to achieve something, you might enjoy this. DM me on Instagram @mika.yeap or on Twitter @mikayeap to chat about this episode.
20:55
November 24, 2019
Just Take Your Chances
WARNING: Sound quality below average. A very unconventional episode to add to this week’s string of irregular ones: This is a casual exploration of seizing opportunity. Really devoted fans might enjoy this, but if you’re not super familiar with my style you might wanna pass on this since it’s pretty out there. DM me on Instagram @mika.yeap to chat about this episode!
17:10
November 23, 2019
The Future Is Never Certain
This is a slightly chaotic episode where I break down a slightly way I think of the future. Although it might not be a particularly "useful" episode, I think it's still an interesting listen because it contains such weird ideas. I can't really explain it very well in words. DM me on Instagram @mika.yeap to chat about this episode!
15:40
November 22, 2019
Fear What You Don't Know
The only thing you should fear is what you don't know. In this episode, I explore one of the cornerstone values of my lifestyle and character: Discovery. You'll enjoy this one if you like a slightly more abstract/brain-food kind of episode. DM me on Instagram @mika.yeap to chat about this one!
18:08
November 21, 2019
Do It for Someone Else
A bite-sized episode exploring the concept of using relationships as motivation. This is a rare episode inspired by one of those singular moments when something just clicked. I think you'll enjoy this if you're working hard on anything because it's one of the best motivation techniques I know of. DM me on Instagram @mika.yeap to chat about this episode.
15:57
November 21, 2019
You're Doing Better Than You Think
This is an episode about a rare external thought that penetrated my mind: We're usually doing better than we give ourselves credit for. Nothing crazy here, this is just a casual, reflective episode. I think you'll enjoy it if you've been longing for a slower-paced one that's still thoughtful. DM me on Instagram @mika.yeap to talk about this episode!
15:53
November 19, 2019
Spontaneity Is Strength
WARNING: Lighter episode. This is a breakdown of a trivial/fun aspect of my daily life: Randomness. I explain how the simple habit of staying fluid can allow you to seize opportunities and gain an edge, but really this is about widening your playing field in general. I think you'll enjoy this if you like episodes in a slightly different format.
12:54
November 18, 2019
Do What Others Won't
In this light episode, I propose the idea of doing what others wouldn't as a way to get rare outcomes. Think of this more as a habit than as a path towards a goal, although I do mention many goal-oriented examples. You'll enjoy this more lazy Sunday episode if you're in the mood for something not as serious. DM me @mika.yeap on Instagram or @mikayeap on Twitter to talk about this episode!
22:37
November 17, 2019
Be Selfish to Be Selfless
In this episode, I break down a concept which is counterintuitive but immensely important: Altruism starts with caring about yourself. This is the grander version of "secure your own oxygen mask before assisting others", and it leads me to go very deep explaining why I push myself so hard. Overall, I think this is a fantastic episode to both learn more about deeper aspects of my drive and learn an important lesson about serving others.
29:51
November 16, 2019
Focus on the Worst Days
Continuing the theme of less explored topics, this episode breaks down the concept of focusing on your worst times instead of your best. The truth is being able to perform when the odds aren't in your favor matters more than being able to do it when everything is peachy. Overall, I think this would be an uplifting/encouraging message for anyone working hard towards something meaningful. DM me @mika.yeap to talk about this episode!
21:48
November 15, 2019
It's Okay To Choose Less
This episode explores the concept of being less. We often forget that less is an option in our constant quest for more, so I think this is a meaningful thought to ponder. DM me on Instagram @mika.yeap to talk about this episode!
20:57
November 14, 2019
Always Be Ready
An episode inspired by a slightly shocking event, this one is about appreciating what you have before you lose it. It might sound like I'm playing the same tune again with this message, but I think over time I get a better and better angle on these topics, so it should still be meaningful. You'll probably enjoy this if you enjoy a solid, serious episode.
18:19
November 13, 2019
Work to Afford Humanity
In this unusually slow episode, I break down an aspect of hard work I've hardly touched on before: Working for the sake of people you care about. I think this will be valuable to anyone working hard since it talks about a unique aspect of motivation. (Bonus fun segment at the end on skateboarding and its deep connection to my happiness.)
30:43
November 12, 2019
Fighting for Identity feat. BK (& Mosquitoes)
WARNING: Impatient listeners should avoid this episode since it's a guest episode which means things aren't as direct as you might be used to. Nevertheless, this is a valuable discussion exploring identity from a lens that's quite unique to this podcast. I brought in a guest who could provide some more relatable perspective on individuality, I think you'll enjoy our chat (if you can tolerate the excessive banter about mosquitoes and nachos).
26:53
November 11, 2019
The Clarity After Conflict
In this episode, I explore a somewhat "advanced" concept: The clarity that can come after taking a big risk. You might enjoy this if you enjoy hearing a rare perspective about a rare lifestyle. This is an idea that's still authentic to this podcast, yet presented in a slightly different light.
17:11
November 10, 2019
The Joy of Being Wrong
In this light and happy episode, we explore a key component of taking risk: Knowing how to take a hit. Though the notion could've been quite serious and depressing, I painted it in a super happy and uplifting light since the episode was inspired by a cool new friend I'm excited to have. All in all, I think this is a classic episode of The Color Pink that both old and new listeners will enjoy. DM me on Instagram @mika.yeap to talk about this episode!
19:33
November 9, 2019
People Are the Great Unlock
This episode is a compilation of insights that stem from my deep interest in people. I first explain how prioritizing relationships isn't always an obvious thing to strive for, then give many examples of how I apply this value in real life. I think you'll enjoy this if you like learning about people, because these insights are heavily intwined with my personality.
27:55
November 8, 2019
We Suck at Thinking Bigger
This episodes takes a bit of an opposite approach to success, it highlights the problem with reaching goals that you set too low. I talk about the common pitfall of setting big markers too early and propose an alternative framework of shooting higher while leaving room for exploration along the way. If you're in the mood for a thinker, I think this could be an excellent episode for you. DM me on Instagram @mika.yeap to talk about this episode!
18:10
November 7, 2019
Your World Isn't Everything
In this episode, I explore some of my thoughts behind diversity. This one has less of an actionable message behind it, but it could still be helpful to point your attention at something you might not think about very often.
19:44
November 6, 2019
Being Yourself Is Underrated
WARNING: Non-serious episode! Deep down, past the motivation and confidence and hard work, I'm really just a goof. This episode is purely a fun one proving exactly that fact, that I am a goof. Reach out to me on Instagram @mika.yeap to send me memes.
13:37
November 5, 2019
How to Harness Negativity
In another fan-suggested episode, we explore the concept of using negativity to your advantage. This is a general episode that doesn't go too deep since negativity can vary wildly from person to person, but it's probably useful to gain a fresh perspective, anyway. DM me on Instagram @mika.yeap to talk about this episode!
25:44
November 4, 2019
The Power of Curiosity
In this chill episode, I explore the why, what, and how of curiosity. I start off explaining why I find it so powerful, then move on to some techniques I use to keep naturally asking questions. I think most people will enjoy this casual episode with plenty of light examples which hint at something much bigger. Also, you should check out the video version of this episode, if even for a couple seconds, because the lighting was excellent. It was an accident, but I was very impressed: https://youtu.be/qb09Fd2U8MY
27:26
November 3, 2019
Focus on Patterns, Not Actions
In this episode, I explain that building habit is a more powerful way to achieve your goals compared to focusing on individual actions. I tie this back into the long-term nature of doing anything challenging to show you how our patterns largely determine the outcome. This will probably be interesting to the "hustlers" in the audience, or the people who are more inclined to practicality.
28:07
November 2, 2019
Never Ignore Your Humanity
In this episode, we explore the concept of being yourself. I start off by pointing out that we often stop ourselves from being genuine because it's hard. I also break down some of the ways I harness my personality to take my creating further. I think most of you would really enjoy this light and easy episode that gives you something to think about.
30:25
November 1, 2019
Life is a Long Game
Super casual, light episode today inspired by a moment of clarity I had on time. Most of the time, we think in the short term and can't conceptualize how much time we actually have left for things to play out. I think this will contain some valuable perspective for almost anyone, unlike some of the more "serious" mindset episodes on this podcast.
17:60
October 31, 2019
Don't Give Up On Your Dreams
In this episode, I talk about wanting things and question the taboo around dreaming. I think this episode will be helpful to lots of people because we could all do with more wishful thinking. For starters, it's practical because keeping your own dreams in check can keep you aligned in your work. DM me @mika.yeap on Instagram to talk about this episode!
31:34
October 30, 2019
It's All About You
Continuing the recent theme of painting the opposite side of common beliefs, in this episode we explore selfishness. I break down my thoughts which are often perceived as "selfish" and dissect the components of selfishness to show that it's not all bad. This episode features an unusual recording setup (wait until roughly 27:00 to hear about it), so that slight boost in quality might be enough to propel this podcast into your list of daily listens.
31:45
October 29, 2019
Everything Costs You Opportunity
In another fan-suggested episode, we explore the concept of playing offence vs defence. I was slightly giddy from some positive developments in this podcast, so the mood was extra weird. Overall, I think this ended up becoming a fun and lighthearted yet still valuable episode.
24:49
October 28, 2019
Questioning is a Double-edged Sword
This episode was heavily inspired by a personal moment of confusion. It's quite fitting, then, that it's about the dark side of asking questions. This one takes a while to unfold, but I think it could be valuable for some of you because we hardly think about the potential side effects of asking too much before we're ready for the answers.
33:45
October 27, 2019
Power is Responsibility, You Should Stop Wanting More Of It
I think of power like work: Useful in small quantities but harmful when you have too much. In this episode, I break down this stance on power. The thought process will likely be more entertaining than educational, since I really am in the early stages of this thought, but I suppose it could be an interesting break from the intense introspection of the past few episodes.
17:51
October 26, 2019
A Reminder to Live
A casual episode to show the humanity behind this podcast. The message is short and simple: Live.
18:09
October 25, 2019
Weakness is a Strength
Continuing the theme of shedding light on the lesser-discussed side of common beliefs, this episode explores weakness. It's a simple one which proposes the idea of being optimistic about our flaws. After all, weaknesses can become strengths when you accept them and understand how they work.
18:13
October 24, 2019
The Confusion of Getting What You Want
This episode explores an important question to ask yourself about what you want. I begin by painting a picture of the "dark side" of achieving your dreams but quickly transition into the main point: You end up wondering where else the road takes you upon arriving at the destination, rather than celebrating getting there.
20:51
October 23, 2019
Motivation Isn't Always Natural
A longtime listener contributed the idea for this practical episode on forced motivation. In other words, what does determination feel like when you have to summon it for something you don't want to do? The message of this one is pretty simple: Simply place the thing you have to do in a framework where it has a purpose, but I think it's practical enough that a simple discussion around it will still be valuable.
21:44
October 22, 2019
History is Made from Chances You Take
This episode is essentially a call to execute/do things. I explore a nuance of practicality which isn't often talked about: Timing. This was inspired by true, shocking events, and in my experience events like these make the best episodes.
26:21
October 21, 2019
The Case for Pain
Hardship can be good for you, as cliche as it sounds. In this episode, I establish the importance of pain in the context of ambition. It's a purely pragmatic, reasonable message that's not toxic at all, I promise.
14:46
October 20, 2019
Habits are Dangerous (Even Good Ones)
Continuing our theme of scrutinizing commonly-held positive beliefs, this episode reveals the dark side of habit. Consistency is without question one of the major reasons I'm here today, but it has a dark side. No click bait, here's the gist of it: Habit is dangerous because 1) we can end up mistaken focusing on the habit rather than the purpose of the habit, and 2) habits can change us in unexpected ways when we stick with it too long.
28:55
October 19, 2019
3 Crucial Components of Hustle
Trying out a modified format which is more lighthearted and probably more suitable for casual listening. These are 3 things I think are absolutely crucial for a hard journey/hustling. I'm not a fan of click baiting, so here are the 3 tips: 1) positive reinforcement (from yourself), 2) consistent recalibration (knowing "the why"), and 3) hard resets (regular rest).
26:49
October 18, 2019
Everyone Needs a Dream
In this lighthearted (and slightly lightheaded) episode, I break down the concept of having a failsafe, AKA a dream, to keep yourself going strong in daily life. I've never really talked about this before, so this should be an interesting one for listeners both old and new.
24:18
October 17, 2019
Pay Attention To Your Fun
In this light episode, I break down the importance of leisure in my mind and reveal some of the tactics I use to make sure I have fun fun and not un-fun fun. Overall, I think this episode is a fun one on fun that will be fun for most of you.
22:38
October 16, 2019
The Case for Laziness
In this simple episode, I talk about how laziness can be used for good. I explain how being lazy is linked to being efficient, and in general build a case for it, all the while contradicting the general assumption that being lazy is bad for you.
15:12
October 15, 2019
Distraction is a Good Thing
In this fun episode, I explain how I use distraction to be creative sustainably. I pitch the idea that distracting yourself is a healthy habit to preserve your mind and improve the quality of your work. (And I also get distracted along the way talking about mechanical watches.) TED talk about procrastination mentioned in this episode: https://youtu.be/fxbCHn6gE3U
23:26
October 14, 2019
Starting is the Hardest Part
In this episode, I address the hesitation many of us face when starting something. In general terms, I explain a high-level list of tips to start and mention a couple pitfalls I've observed in people on the brink of starting.
20:18
October 13, 2019
Pay Attention to Talent
This calm episode explores the concept of being naturally good at things (talent) and how it's often overlooked. It argues that we're not all equal, having different strengths fresh out of the gate compared to others, and that we should pay attention to these benefits.
28:44
October 12, 2019
Recovery is More Important than Performance
I break down an insight I learned from failing for a while: It's better to focus on your ability to get back up than your ability to not fall. I think this will be interesting for most people because it's not very obvious from the outside. Enjoy the episode!
19:40
October 11, 2019
Things You Learn Growing Up Rich
This is a fun episode based on a highly popular article I wrote recently. I break down a few interesting things I learned growing up around wealth without having to work much for it. It should be interesting to anyone because it’s not something we often talk about. Medium article this is based on: https://link.medium.com/ZltFfGurF0
15:23
October 10, 2019
Truly Listening is Hard, But Powerful
In this episode, I paint listening as an essential component of creation and a healthy lifestyle habit. This could be useful for almost anyone since we’re all involved in communication, some way or another. Medium article mentioned in this episode: https://link.medium.com/vjkiR0GQD0
11:59
October 9, 2019
Difficult Doesn’t Mean Good
In this bite-sized episode, I push back on the common adage that doing hard things is inherently good for you. I bring self awareness and purpose into the light instead to make the point that difficult things are a means to an end, not a virtue in itself.
08:17
October 8, 2019
Selfishness is a Good Thing
Another controversial insight: Thinking about yourself is a good thing. In this episode, I explore the concept of self awareness, which is often mistaken as selfishness (hence the click bait title).
17:60
October 7, 2019
The Process is the Key to Happiness
In this simple episode, I explore the connection between the day-to-day life and happiness in the big picture. The unlock for happiness lies in the things you do on a daily basis - doesn’t get simpler than that. The challenge comes when you try and manage your daily routine.
12:60
October 6, 2019
Doing is Knowing
In this simple episode, I talk about how doing things leads to knowing things. We often use lack of knowledge as an excuse to not execute. In these 12 minutes, I squash that excuse.
11:34
October 5, 2019
We Owe It to Someone Else to Be Happy
In this episode, I break down a core part of my happiness: Perspective. It’s not as sexy as it could be, but it’s certainly real.
16:44
October 4, 2019
Timing is a Useful Talent
In this episode, I explain a component of building something other time which is often implicit: Timing. In reality, timing is a product of understanding and freedom, and it helps with climbing efficiently.
19:27
October 3, 2019
The Secret to Consistent Motivation
Motivation is so cryptic for a lot of you, so I decided to break down how I maintain such high levels of it. In this episode, I tell the truth about my motivation the way few people dare to, since it’s likely not something people will like hearing. Catch this if you want a brutally realistic picture of where motivation really comes from.
28:01
October 2, 2019
Go Slow to Go Fast
Seems counterintuitive, but sometimes it’s necessary to ease off to increase intensity. This brief episode is a breakdown of a recent experiment with my work schedule. You might find this helpful if you feel stuck trying to raise the bar of your productivity.
15:24
October 1, 2019
No Time for Relationships
We don’t prioritize relationships as much as we should, and I think most of us will regret it. In this episode, I reveal the unconventional way in which I think about human connection. I explain some of my framework which allows me to consistently invest in relationships and treat them with a diligence that reflects their value.
22:60
September 30, 2019
Mistakes Are Overrated
Mistakes are calculated risks, and I think they’re valued so highly it’s dangerous. In this episode, I reveal how mistakes fit into my framework of ambition, debunking common misconceptions in an attempt to paint a more accurate picture of failure.
19:20
September 29, 2019
Dreams Can Be Crippling
Dreaming can be a harmful habit if not kept in check as a compass. This marks the first time I’m talking about ambition painted in this light, which I’m pretty excited about since it’s likely not something you‘ve heard before. Listen to this if you want to be something or get somewhere. Medium article mentioned at the end: https://link.medium.com/1AuGnF1Al0
19:57
September 28, 2019
Keeping Things Real (How to Stay Woke)
Maintaining perspective is probably one of the most important things you can do. In this episode, I give lots of practical example of how I stay focused on what matters to me, relationships. You’ll appreciate this if you want a real picture of how someone might live this common advice, rather than just the theory.
18:25
September 27, 2019
Do Weird Sh*t
Challenging yourself is a powerful habit which can lead to consistent growth. This is the most authentic episode I’ve ever made, talking about a key pillar of my identity: Exploration. I think I did a good job of painting a holistic picture of my personality so you can see how all the traits play together to create a driven, purposeful character.
29:49
September 26, 2019
Forgetting What Matters Is Easy
Losing sight of what really matters is all too easy - this episode is a short reminder to focus on what counts, while you still can.
12:38
September 25, 2019
To Be Creative, Be Yourself
Creating what you want to create is massively helpful if you’re trying to be creative. In this episode, I discuss the role of authenticity in powerful creation from my perspective. It’s a little abstract, but should stimulate productive thinking in your mind.
17:53
September 24, 2019
Don’t Banish The Dragons
Adversity is a chance to create meaning, so we should cherish it. This episode explores the concept of appreciating hardship, a framework which helps you enjoy life a lot more. I think this message will be useful for anyone. TED talk mentioned in this episode: https://youtu.be/RiM5a-vaNkg
19:10
September 23, 2019
Determination Can Be Bad For You
Going hard on things is only good when you know why, because if you don’t you’re probably not getting the best return on your invested energy/time/effort. In this episode, I explore a recent insight I gained from going hard on both my day job and my content creation for a while now. The main takeaway: Figuring out why you’re striving for something and liking that reason is just as important as never giving up on it.
20:24
September 22, 2019
The Pursuit of Less
Aiming for less can actually drive you to achieve more. And if you’re not achieving much anyway, you don’t have anything to lose by trying this. In this episode, I discuss how the concept of less exists in my thought process. I also give practical examples of how this strategy has streamlined my life.
22:26
September 21, 2019
Your Social Environment is Powerful
Your social condition is highly influential to your happiness and habits, so start paying attention to it. In this episode, I explore a tremendously disruptive social transition I went through and use this as a basis for the lessons I learned about socializing.
25:35
September 20, 2019
Distraction is Good For You
Distraction is underrated, you should make it a habit. In this episode, I explore my intentional habit of rapidly switching focus to preserve my mental health in the long haul.
20:56
September 19, 2019
Judging Too Early Is a Mistake
An exploration of giving things time to play out, rather than stopping something before its potential upside.
23:31
September 19, 2019
Thank You. (Unusual Episode)
A break from the regular content.
10:27
September 17, 2019
Dissent and Dreams
Disapproval and negativity is something all of us face, so I decided to discuss my framework for dealing with it. Inspired by my unusual ambitions, my take on dissent could seem quite radical for people hearing it for the first time. I explore my thought process of harnessing the friction instead of letting it slow me down.
23:22
September 16, 2019
Focus on the Process, Not the Goal
I explore a topic I’m all too familiar with. In this episode, I discuss the concept of optimizing for happiness in the journey, not the destination. I propose this idea of loving what you do rather than doing something you don’t enjoy hoping that where it takes you will bring the missing happiness. It’s a little counterintuitive, so I use plenty of stories as examples.
25:36
September 15, 2019
Learn This Before It’s Too Late
In this episode, I talk about knowing yourself as the ultimate challenge that, when cracked, leads to a much stronger character. The spirit of this episode is such a great summary of my character, which makes it hard to pick out amongst all the stories, but I think it’ll inspire you to ask some important questions about your own life, which is also useful.
23:48
September 14, 2019
Start Thinking about Regret
Inspired by the song 8TEEN by Khalid, this episode is an exploration of my regrets during my teenage years. I think this might be a relatable episode to the older segment of the audience, for once, so it should be an interesting shift in tone. To wrap things up, I propose the idea that minimizing regret should be your guiding framework for living.
13:50
September 13, 2019
Loneliness Kills, Fix It
Loneliness has been bugging me a long time, so I recently decided to pick it apart and find out why. In this episode, I first explore some background info on loneliness both in theory and in my journey. I then talk about strategies to deal with it.
29:57
September 12, 2019
Stay Focused on the Prize
Today, I explain that a concrete goal is usually behind success and break down my own success framework. The discussion also veered into many general topics about ambition, mindset, and the daily hustle.
20:26
September 11, 2019
You Need to Get Uncomfortable
I explain my logic behind challenging yourself, and tell a few stories about my own grind and how it has paid off. This is probably a message you’ve heard before, but I think it’s important to really understand it if you’ve got any ambition at all.
24:02
September 10, 2019
Sacrifice is Dangerous
An exploration of sacrifice as I see it, after making many big bets since I was very young. KEY TAKEAWAY: Sacrifice is a risk, not a guarantee. I think many people forget this as they desperately throw things into the fire for the sake of their dream, not realizing that playing your cards right, not making big bets, is the reason you win the game. Super high-energy episode, I think this is a winner.
13:51
September 9, 2019
In Search of Future Winners
A super fun episode where I discuss one of the biggest things I’ve been curious about recently: Finding the winners of the future in the present, before they’re winners. This is a documentation of my exciting thought process while grappling with this question, a journey which ends in perhaps the most central tenet of my life. At the end, this question leads back to a concept responsible for my extreme purpose, happiness, and growth. I highly recommend this episode not just because it’s an uncommon piece of advice/perspective on success, but also because I paint a clear picture of who I am as a person to give the abstract information real-life grounding.
27:44
September 8, 2019
Do Something You’re Bad At
A lighthearted episode where I talk about my most memorable ventures into the unknown. I break down my thought process when approaching uncertainty, and distill the lessons I’ve learned from many years of taking big chances. I think this will be interesting to anyone trying new things now or in the future, especially young people like me who feel pressured to make the right decisions.
18:15
September 7, 2019
Relationships Are Important
Inspired by thoughts about loss, I explore my perspective on relationships and pose some questions I think we should all be thinking about more often. This is a slightly less work-oriented episode, but rather one intended to prompt you to focus on things that really matter.
13:56
September 6, 2019
Know What You Don’t Know
A recent episode of immense challenge with my new fashion brand, inspired this episode about the unknowns we encounter in daily life. The message behind this episode is one of my most earnest, because it’s something I’m incredibly familiar with. I think it would resonate with my young audience quite well, too. Brand mentioned in this episode: alpaca-apparel.tika.io
16:46
September 5, 2019
Missing School as a College Dropout
An unusual episode where I recount some parts of my experience in academia which I miss. I also extrapolate from this experience and propose the idea that any experience has potential to be looked back on fondly, even if they’re less than ideal.
13:29
September 4, 2019
Staying Real
I break down my pragmatism, explaining its importance and methodologies. This is a simple episode about living in real life - runs the risk of being too obvious, but maybe it’s something you don’t think about very often.
14:01
September 3, 2019
Most Important Thing You Can Be
I first discuss the importance of knowing and being yourself using a couple personal accounts, then talk about why this could be important with respect to risk-taking. Overall, I truly believe knowing who you are puts you in a better position to take chances, which is incredibly important to live a fulfilling life.
19:52
September 2, 2019
Overcoming Loneliness While Working Hard
When you’re working hard and squeezing more and more time out of your day, it’s hard to get your dose of socializing. This can make you feel isolated, as it did for me. In this episode, we’re exploring my journey of overcoming loneliness. I drop tactics for you to stay happy/connected and productive at the same time.
25:13
September 1, 2019
Patience to a Gen-Z’er
This is an exploration of my unique perspective on time and patience as a 19-year-old. In this episode, I relate my packed lifestyle to my understanding of time, and my house cat makes an unrelated cameo.
14:04
August 31, 2019
Happiness is Misunderstood
This episode contains several deeply personal stories to illustrate the immensely personal nature of happiness, and explain why it’s often misunderstood. Hit me on social media to give me your thoughts on this episode: @mika_yeap on Insta, @mikayeap on TikTok, @curlyalpaca on Snap.
20:28
August 30, 2019
Readiness is an Illusion
I use a rare incident when I actually planned something to explore the concept of readiness. This is more of a food for thought episode where I hopefully prompt thought, rather than deliver a concrete lesson.
13:56
August 29, 2019
Experimentation is the Key to Growth
In this episode, I talk about many of the real world examples of my experimentation and explain my thought process behind it.
20:10
August 28, 2019
Dealing with Disappointment
A real, recent low inspired this episode where I talk about flourishing in the midst of challenges. This one was a bit too real for me, to be honest, but you get to enjoy an episode where I have even less of a filter, if there ever was one.
14:53
August 27, 2019
Make Your Life Look Small
I reveal a tactic I use to overcome the biggest challenges in my life. This episode was inspire by a movie called About Time - it made me think about what actually matters in the long run. After seeing this story, I connected the dots and saw how I’d been unconsciously using this strategy of getting fresh perspective to surmount challenges.
15:38
August 26, 2019
Comfort is a Red Flag
The inspiration for this episode was a series of recent weighty decisions in my own life that made me realize how important challenges were to my happiness. Interview mentioned in this episode (with Kith founder): https://youtu.be/zGWLlLP-TLs
15:49
August 25, 2019
Perks of Being a Generalist
Take a peek into my mind of general facts and lazy thinking. I explore the way I think in terms of universal systems rather than contextual facts - this one might be interesting to most people since I haven’t met anyone like this before.
14:56
August 24, 2019
Troubles with Finding Identity
This episode provides an unusual inside look at one of my current struggles. I try my best to lay the scene and establish context to illustrate the problem - hopefully seeing how I dissect things in my mind will bring you value.
08:56
August 23, 2019
The Thing about Success
I explore a topic I would have wanted to hear about a few years ago: The reality behind success. I think most people will benefit from hearing this because it’s not often discussed alongside the perks of achieving goals and having things happen.
15:13
August 22, 2019
The Hard Truth about Trauma
A slightly controversial episode where I discuss a lesson I learned from dealing with past scars and being around people who deal with them, too. This one was probably made to my detriment but I figured if one person took it the right way, it would be worth it.
08:37
August 21, 2019
Healthy Delusions: Lies I Tell Myself
An unusual episode where I explore the concept of healthy delusions. Using example from my experience, I discuss the positive impact they can have on mental agility and happiness.
16:17
August 20, 2019
The Unknown is Hard
I explore many incidents where I’ve encountered uncertainty in my life and break down my thought process of thriving through them. In the process, I talk about many life events I’ve never mentioned before on this podcast.
14:22
August 19, 2019
Nobody Cares Unless You Do
In this unusual episode of the podcast, I talk about toxic dependence on external sources to create happiness. It’s a little bit of a difficult episode for me to do, but I think it contains stuff that many people need to hear.
07:59
August 18, 2019
Know Why You Talk
A slightly more abstract episode where I explore the different states from which communication grows: a place of desperation or a place of purpose. This might be a little too specific to creators, but it could prompt your own important thoughts.
15:30
August 17, 2019
Most Important Trait for Happiness
In this fast-paced episode, I explore the concept of creating your own version of happiness by manipulating certain things that affect you especially. Of course, I bring up numerous examples from my own experience along the way.
18:10
August 16, 2019
Know Your Best (Even If It’s Bad)
A recent and sudden conflict made me realize that one of my most deep-rooted sources of anxiety was actually rooted in external opinions. This episode is a short warning about finding the source of our biggest worries.
09:13
August 15, 2019
The Pressure to Have It Figured Out
I dissect the cultural and societal assumption that people my age should have things set in stone and explain why I believe this assumption can be harmful. At the end of the episode, I even give a detailed account of the past few eventful months to illustrate a point.
17:10
August 14, 2019
Positivity Can Be Toxic
I bring up something that’s seldom discussed about positivity: The fact that it can come from a place of insecurity, just like any other trait. This episode contains controversial opinions, but also sheds light on an important aspect of something that is often misunderstood.
17:04
August 13, 2019
Thoughts on Time AKA My Deepest Secrets
I spill some of the secrets written on the inside of my skin: They’re related to my fundamentally different perception of time and how that influences my lifestyle.
09:29
August 12, 2019
Losing Comes in Many Forms
A shorter episode where I discuss a recent realization that it’s possible to lose things when you have the wrong metrics. Stay focused on the right goal, otherwise you go nowhere.
08:45
August 11, 2019
Listening is Hard
A string of shocking events leaves me pondering the role I play in relationships and social situations. This is a slightly longer episode with a slightly different mood.
23:59
August 10, 2019
The Pressure to Be Singular
Using examples of my character changes over time, I explore the concept of being willing to change as a person, an intent which is usually at odds with the ubiquitous pressure to be the same.
14:30
August 9, 2019
Treat Others As You Want To Be Treated
I recount a recent interaction where I finally discovered the meaning of this famous advice. Warning: this episode contains discussions about suicide, and more tangents than a geometry textbook.
15:42
August 8, 2019
Sacrifices for Longevity
I recount some experiences in my life as a content creator to explain that goals take sacrifice. In particular, I talk about the sacrifices in terms of relationships that I’ve made in the process of prioritizing my own goals.
11:02
August 7, 2019
I Suddenly Discovered Patience
You won’t want to miss this one: I recount a raw moment that hit me in the middle of the day, a moment where I was made viscerally aware of the massive possibility of life. I suddenly became super glad that I can play each day, not knowing how things will turn out.
10:44
August 6, 2019
The Courage to Want Things
I discuss a recent exploring sessions where I revisited some dormant aspirations. In this episode, I don’t spill any groundbreaking truths, but just say what all of us know, deep down.
05:53
August 5, 2019
Stability is a Double-edged Sword
Inspired by a recent interaction I had with an old friend, this episode discusses the contradictory effects of stability on quality of life, as I’ve observed it. I challenge the idea that uncertainty is inherently bad, and give some examples of how staying lean, not staying grounded, has been beneficial for me.
08:51
August 4, 2019
Success is the Framework, Not the Goal
I discuss a truth I encountered a while ago, back when I was just starting to pursue content creation seriously. This is a short, punchy episode that I know all too well.
06:51
August 3, 2019
The Perspective of Time
I recount a recent story of triumph in my life to discuss the perspective it gave me on time. It sounds like a boring concept, but it’s actually pretty wild: I’m simply talking about the way time feels to us, and how we can change it.
15:03
August 2, 2019
Distrusting Ambition
I reflect on my own sense of ambition and explore how it can be perceived cynically from the outside. This is an aspect of ambition that is not often discussed, I think. So I took this opportunity to hate on myself before it gets cool :D
12:60
August 1, 2019
Lessons from Rejection
I recount stories from a lifetime’s worth of experience with not fitting in socially, and extract lessons from my struggles. In this episode, my ruined sore throat voice rears its ugly head once more. Warning: Bass of the episode clip (from my low sore throat voice) might be disturbing.
11:18
July 31, 2019
Podcast Takeover feat. BK
A sore throat left me - literally - speechless. Thus I did the only thing I could: Bring my roommate/sister onto the podcast. In this episode, she talks about the psychology of attraction and relationships.
05:56
July 30, 2019
Let’s Talk about Death Notes
A random life event inspired this episode discussing closure after death - I try to explain my point of view on leaving notes to people for after you’re gone.
06:13
July 29, 2019
People Can’t Afford Time
I reflect on my experience with content creation with regards to time: Patience is the more underrated requirement for achieving goals in general. In this longer episode, I recount my discovery of this truth.
18:05
July 28, 2019
Always Be Ready To Go
I’ve been working towards an agenda for a few years of my life, now, so much so that it’s sort of become a part of my adult identity. This is a lesson I extracted from all these years of hustling - sounds simple on the surface, but I explain the value of this concept, in my own thought process.
09:38
July 27, 2019
No One and Everyone Is Watching
Recent hangouts with younger friends inspired this episode on opinions. I explore the self-contradicting nature of listening while ignoring - super unrefined thoughts, still might prompt valuable thoughts.
08:56
July 26, 2019
Friends Take Time
I reflect on some recent friendships and distill lessons on time and patience from the experience. This is a quick, punchy episode.
04:50
July 23, 2019
Doing the Right Thing
I recount a story of an unusual act of kindness to explain my thought process behind doing the right thing.
14:33
July 22, 2019
My Encounter with Suicide
I’m operating at a different tempo in this episode, so bear with me: I recount a story of near-loss from recent months and explain how it literally changed my life. Facing death in the ranks of loved ones showed me what really matters. Medium story mentioned in this episode: https://link.medium.com/7LuJsmFqwY
10:39
July 21, 2019
Personal Purpose is The Key
Using recent examples of challenges from the past few days, I explain my battle-tested strategy for surviving with optimism intact.
07:03
July 20, 2019
Forgetting Who You Are
In this episode, I explore how recent challenges led me to question long-established parts of my identity.
06:27
July 19, 2019
Opposites Attract feat. BK
The second instalment of TCP starring my sister, BK, is a live explanation of her character. In this episode, we discover that our common roots bred similar traits that manifest in radically different ways. Link to Medium article mentioned: https://link.medium.com/vl4UJiASnY
15:51
July 18, 2019
Finding Identity feat. BK
My sister and I spent many years together through distinct stages of our character development, so we have unmatched perspective on each other’s growth. In this episode, we explore how a sixteen year old in a troubled family found herself and bloomed as an adult. Medium article mentioned: https://link.medium.com/ZCjv23hSnY
18:28
July 17, 2019
Adversity in Hindsight
I break down a recent week-long hellish travel experience and explore how I turned it into a fun, valuable chunk of life, rather than a hurdle. Useful for anyone who wants perspective on navigating challenges, and those who are curious about the ambient noises of Southeast Asia.
08:40
July 16, 2019
Consistency Equals Results
Following a recent period of intense instability, I break down one of my strategies for staying grounded and focused. Might be useful for the unexpected life events that hit you when you’re not ready.
07:13
July 12, 2019
The Unexpected Real Test
A recent unexpected visa issue has sent me all over the world, sleep-deprived and weary. I explore my thought process when dealing with such an interruption, and how I use such a time to deploy authenticity.
18:58
July 11, 2019
Stability is an Attitude
I use the context of saying goodbye to good friends to discuss my strategy for dealing with instability. I talk about how a purely mental shift can do wonders to an ailing psyche, and try to distill my thought process so that you can draw inspiration from it.
08:20
July 8, 2019
An Underrated Skill
I explore patience in this episode, starting within the context of content creation, a highly relevant area in 2019. Things covered include the power of a sense of perspective (with respect to time).
06:38
July 5, 2019
Prune Your Social Tree
I explore the concept of tuning your social circle for maximum future value - essentially treating the people you spend time with like an investment rather than a casual element of your life.
06:02
July 3, 2019
Reset Days: Productivity Booster
I talk about how letting go periodically helps me stay energetic and creative.
05:56
July 1, 2019
Happiness Takes Time
A recent transit in Iceland transformed my perspective on happiness. Listen on to see how all the pressure to achieve happiness in my life was lifted after one fortuitous journey home.
08:45
June 30, 2019
Don’t Underestimate Home
A trip back to a favorite cafe in Canada reminds me of the powerful grounding effect of home. I explore the changes in mindset that occurs when you’re comfortable in a physical place, and discuss how I harness this potential to boost creativity, productivity, and happiness.
09:13
June 29, 2019
Gratitude is a Paradox
Recent events related to departure prompt thinking on appreciation - I explore the relationships between deadlines and gratitude, and reflect on why we only miss what we have when it’s gone.
16:34
June 27, 2019
The Limit of Strength
A period that required intense mental resilience led me to discover that my limits are not where I believed them to be. I explore my thought process in overcoming my presumed limits and consistently grow in the process.
08:08
June 25, 2019
Overworking is Weird
A harsh weekend of hustling provides an epiphany moment where I discover the power of working smart vs working hard. Warning: tangents are everywhere, but I still felt like this episode was authentically entertaining.
13:39
June 23, 2019
Risk and Love
A more quirky episode about a habit I recently discovered related to my relationships. In this episode, find out why I risk things so confidently and often - the answer might surprise you.
08:20
June 22, 2019
The Power of a Reset
A recent bout of fatigue which forced me to take a break inspired this episode. In this hot take, find out how watching Billie Eilish taught me to dream again, which reenergized my daily practicality.
07:33
June 21, 2019
Being Healthy is Weird
We’re usually so concerned about reaching success that we don’t think about what to do when we get there. In this episode, I describe a recent shift in lifestyle as a result of becoming more emotionally stable. I talk about the effects of reaching goals on daily thinking - a topic I think many people don’t ever touch.
07:06
June 19, 2019
Your Challenges Are Smaller Than You Think
A weekend of surprising growth in my personal brand led to a reflection on success. In this episode, I discuss how I learned that the biggest goals we have are actually tiny, and distill my strategy of breaking down large hurdles into smaller pieces.
11:50
June 18, 2019
Determination is Key
You’ll have to read between the lines a little in this episode: I explore one of the traits I’ve always been attributed to, which is determination. I break down my thought process which allows me to consistently show up and perform.
06:56
June 15, 2019
Freedom is Scary
I discuss a weird artifact of putting something on a pedestal and expecting it to bring happiness: disappointment. In this episode, I recount one of the most challenging yet fortuitous events in my life to extract a major lesson on happiness.
10:24
June 14, 2019
Patience is Underrated
I was about to take a shower this morning, but a roommate was using the bathroom, so I had to wait. This single event inspired an episode on patience: the most underrated tool to achieve happiness, in my opinion.
06:36
June 13, 2019
Perspective: The Secret Weapon
Billie Eilish inspires an episode about fresh perspective and gratitude. In this hot take, I give my hot takes on practical positivity.
09:51
June 12, 2019
Let Yourself Go
I use a comical example to kick off an exploration of a strategy I use to accomplish many of the most meaningful things I plan to get done on a daily basis. In this episode, find out how being late is actually my easy way to stay productive.
08:53
June 11, 2019
The Importance of Laziness
I discuss one of my misunderstood traits: laziness. Dispelling some laziness stereotypes along the way, I explore how this trait allows me to stay lean and highly productive.
09:42
June 10, 2019
When Motivation Dies, Let It Go
A recent period of unmotivated creation and low creativity inspired this episode exploring the death of motivation - a common lament among empire builders everywhere.
10:25
June 8, 2019
Opinions are the Enemy of Happiness
In this extended series of tangents, I explain how certain opinions and judgements still affect me, to this day. I also go through my thought process of getting over these judgements and realizing they have no significance.
17:29
June 7, 2019
The Constant Nature of Success
This condensed episode simply explains the constant nature of success, as I have experienced it so far. It dispels the common myth of ‘making it’, and gives a more realistic testimony of consistently performing well.
05:30
June 6, 2019
Sacrifice is Hard
Inspired by my broken microphone, this episode is an exploration of my understanding of sacrifice. I talk about sacrifice in my life and run over my process of evaluating and dealing with hard choices on a daily basis.
16:31
June 4, 2019
I Make Promises I Can’t Keep
An exploration of a more fresh problem: I tend to make little promises in my mind beyond my means - it’s been bothering me. In this episode, take an inside peek at my thought process when navigating a rare unsolved issue.
08:16
June 3, 2019
Seeking Criticism is Always a Good Thing
I start off with a note of appreciation for the supportive people who have been tuning in, then launch into a tangent-ridden discussion about criticism as a content creator.
17:25
June 1, 2019
Your Kindness Can Go a Long Way
Fresh out of an amazing day of productivity, I mention a single tiny act of kindness I received which set a positive tone for my entire day.
15:15
May 30, 2019
The Struggle of Letting Go
Using a fresh example of my recent period of letting go, I go through my thought process of using practicality to deal with separation. In this episode, I give some details on my day-to-day content creation job - but I can certainly talk more about it if y’all want, in its own dedicated episode.
09:08
May 29, 2019
Always Be Yourself, People are Watching
Using a recent humorous experience related to authenticity, I talk about my thought process when it comes to being myself, then list some benefits I’ve experienced of maintaining this honesty. Interview mentioned in this episode: https://youtu.be/jTTvsNkQRAY
10:20
May 27, 2019
My Little Actions Made a Difference
First, I tell the story of an incident where I provided tremendous value for a close friend in her time of need simply with a small, simple action. Then, I reflect on the impact that any of the little things we do can have, just to highlight the importance of paying attention to them, too.
09:22
May 26, 2019
We don’t know anything about anyone.
I give some history of the judging I’ve faced in the past and illustrate the fact that most of it was made with no context. Using this concept, I explore my thought process of expecting the best of people instead of criticizing everything about them.
09:59
May 24, 2019
Caring about People is an Advantage
Using the example of some fresh relationships, I explore my realization that caring deeply about people is actually an advantage for me because of its timely entry - I still have a lifetime to chase what really matters.
08:19
May 22, 2019
The day I woke up and hated my life.
In this episode, I reflect on how far I’ve come in three short years. I shed light on a time when I was much weaker to say that growth is possible from anywhere, for anyone.
10:17
May 20, 2019
My Discovery of Empathy
I introduce a recent new relationship I had the chance to experience to lay context for an exploration of empathy. In this episode, I briefly recount my initial rediscovery that people are perceptive beyond our expectation, and use that to state the importance of our awareness of their feelings.
12:45
May 19, 2019
It’s not what you know, it’s who you know.
In this episode, I highlight some of the fantastic relationships I’ve experienced in the past few days and talk about some of the ‘returns’ they have brought me. Even though this sounds transactional, I assure you that the journey of experiencing these connections on a daily basis is my prime motivator to keep pursuing them, not any returns I get.
14:08
May 16, 2019