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Over the course of my life, I have always sought to find shortcuts to save time, so that I can go play and do the things I enjoy. Whether it was household chores, washing the dishes, and everyday mundane tasks that we all have to deal with from time to time, I found myself half assing most them.

I did not think much nor give it any amount of thought at the time; we are human after all as no one likes to spend precious time on labours that we deem unfruitful. However, sooner or later as I got to high school, I found myself half assing my homework, my assignments, my studies, my hobbies, and everything else in life as long as I got by. As long as I felt I was doing good enough.



THE REALIZATION

Half of my college years faced a similar fate, although towards the 3rd year of my studies, it was hard not to question everything about my reality as true adulthood greeted me on the horizon. Could I have gone to the Olympics had I stayed in the swim team? Could I really have been an influential engineer? Could I have done more with my life?

Ohhh all the things I could have been, all the missed opportunities, all the better possibilities I could have had. The price I had to pay, and for what? A half assed result I have to live with. It is a little to late to yearn for my teenage days now nonetheless.

RIO 2016 OLYMPICS

Why did Mandakhnaran Ganzorig, a master wrestler lose out on the Rio 2016 medal? Certainly it wasn’t because he lacked skilled. Unfair ruling? Emotional rush of adrenaline? Perhaps… However, had he truly fought til the end and finished the match wholeheartedly, in the last few seconds that counted the most, Mongolians would have been able to proudly see our flag raised for the world to see.

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As much as I want to cry foul for injustice, we still need to take accountability and draw lessons from the important event, as it’s not only a one time thing, but a cultural norm in Mongolia to half ass things. Now no one is perfect and I still struggle with keeping true to my own words, but everytime we say “I’ll do it later”, “It’s good enough”, “It’s too much work”, “No one will notice”, “I don’t get paid enough for this”, everytime we don’t give our full hearts, we reap what we sow. We are not only cheating other people, but ourselves.

Habits have a profound effect on our lives and in a society where everyone else seems apathetic, it is hard to break out, but the actions we take during those so called “mundane” and “boring” moments of our lives determine how likely we are to succeed with our goals. It is when no one is looking, it is when we decide for ourselves to walk the extra mile, do we become champions.

Why is reading important?

If you wish to better your life, reading is one of the most crucial tools that will you help you achieve your goals. You have the opportunity to learn a lifetime of failures, successes, and stories from the person you aspire to be like.

I admit that reading felt like a dreadful experience. Nothing seemed more boring than staring at a group of words trying to decipher what it meant. However, I gave it another chance when turning twenty, and the benefits that I received from the sheer amount of knowledge and information got me hooked. If you wish to live your life to the fullest, YOU HAVE TO READ!

Choosing the right books

It comes down to personal preference, but I mainly suggest books that are related to self-development, autobiographies, training manual, etc, and this is what the article is aimed towards. Some people read for their personal enjoyment, but we’re here to learn, so I won’t talking much about literature. Anyways, let’s get down to business.



Method #1: The Lazyman Method

Do you drive to work? Do you go to the gym? Do you take brisk walks? If you do, put on a pair of headphones or turn on your speaker and try Audible and Get Two Free Audiobooks with 30 day free trial. It’s both enjoyable and fun to soak in information as you perform any physical exercises.

Let’s break down the math.

1 Hour Commute x 5 Days = 5 Hours
45 Minute Workout x 3 Days = 2.25 Hours
45 Minutes of Cooking x 3 Days = 2.25 Hours

That’s almost 10 hours in total. I didn’t even include any other monotonous activities that can add to that. 10 hours of an audiobook read is almost 300 pages worth of material, so with that pace, you’d be finishing one book per week easily. If you have faster comprehension skills, you can speed it up 2x and finish it in half the time.

Method #2: Do Something While I Wait Method

Instead of going to facebook to watch cat videos or youtube to watch epic-fail compilations, download Kindle, Nook Reader, or iBooks, and start reading. You’ll be amazed how much you can read, just by spacing out your reading sessions.

5 minutes = ~5 pages x 3 days (using the bathroom) = 15 pages
10 minutes = ~ 10 pages x 5 days (waiting for class, friend, etc) = 50 pages
30 minutes = ~25 x 3 days (commuting) = 75 pages.

That’s well over half a book, Compile all the minutes you waste waiting for someone to show up or while taking the train & bus, going to the bathroom, etc, and within 2 weeks, an average sized book can be read.

Method # 3: The Grinding Method

I personally never do this often, but if you really want to get the book out of the way. The most effective method proposed by YouTuber Fight Mediocrity, is to speed up your audiobook by 2-3 times while you actually read along your paperback or digital version book. An average book takes 7-8 hours to read on an audiobook, so if you speed your audiobook by 2 times, it will only take 3-4 hours to finish a book.

Final words – it’s more than just bragging rights

There are snobs out there who brag about the amount of books they’ve read, but my main point is to help you learn more by becoming more efficient. You can get a lot done and become more smarter, wiser, and knowledgeable while you perform the most mundane tasks in life.

Books give you a shortcut to learning the things that took over a lifetime to master by others. However, we only retain 7-10% of what we read unless we apply it to our every-day life. As soon as you finish a book, write down the most important points you’ve learned and start implementing it to create the life you want.

What is Karma?

You don’t have to be a religious or spiritual person to understand the concept of Karma. The principle goes, the more good you do, good shall follow or the more bad you do, bad shall follow. It’s a philosophy that dates back thousands of years into Buddhism, but every major religion has it’s own version of Karma.

Although it sounds pretty straightforward and a principle you can easily live by if you choose, my only problem with the definition above is how Karma is only dictated by our actions or our deeds.

I am sure you know of relatives and friends who are good people who do good things, but just can’t seem to stop attracting misfortune and bad luck onto their lives. This leads me to believe that Karma is not necessarily defined by the good deeds we do.



Karma in Action

Karma is a way of thought and a view of the world. A lot of us give, give, and give with the intent of being seen as a good person or in some instances we give to bargain with the universe and karma to deliver/return our favours.

However, just by having an expectation or an agenda for giving, we are actually building bad karma. As mentioned, karma is a way of thought and the feelings we receive from the good deeds we do.

When we give from our hearts without expectations and the appreciation for making someone else feel just a little bit happier, that’s when we truly build good karma, and goodness shall follow.

According to science this is labeled as Reticular Activating System or confirmation bias, but either way, just by focusing on the happy feelings and the goodness in the world, we are attracting/noticing experiences that allow karma to work in your life.

So Is Karma Actually Real?

Well that depends… How do you see the world? What is your definition of life and why we are here? Personally for me, ABSOLUTELY! Karma is real. We are the creators of our realities, and our willingness to provide value for others is a reflection of the lives we shall live; not just materialistically, but also mentally. Our biases, desires, fears, and beliefs all shape how we view the world, and that in turn shape how we act in this world.

If you’re serious about making a difference within yourself and for others, my best recommendation is to research Tony Robbins, Dr. Wayne Dyer, Abraham Hicks, Eckhart Tolle, and many more.

It’s a quiet Saturday evening. I have a water bottle next to my side and a few sheets of paper. Sheets of paper that give a glimpse into the interests of the newer generation of Mongolian youths.

I have been blessed with higher level education and the opportunity to learn, which many of us take for granted or dream about. As I go through these sheets, I am amazed and inspired to see the diversity of different majors each student wants to pursue here at Albion College.

Almost 5 years ago, when I started thinking of what I wanted to do with my life after high school graduation, a prestigious university or college was all the craze. My parents and teachers, having lived through a socialist era, had a different kind of mindset. Reputation of a school name and hard work got them through life, so they advised me to apply for respectable schools and bigger universities.



Most Mongolians only hear about Harvard, Princeton, etc. Some of my friends applied and got accepted into the Ivy Leagues. It is a great feat and something to praise, but I always wanted to venture into the unknown. Albion College was barely ever mentioned there. I hadn’t even heard of it nor would have ever considered even applying had it not been for Lewis Cardenas, the former Albion College recruiter. I am forever grateful until this day that I applied. My heart has always belonged in a smaller school that challenged me to think, a school that allowed for excellence of education and creativity. The relationships that I have developed with people over the years have been wonderful.

Anyways, enough about my story, but most often in our country, majors in business, economics, and finance are encouraged when studying abroad. As a developing country it makes sense to root for practical majors that will be of use in the future for development. I don’t argue against that, but if that’s all we emphasize on, our country will crumble. What about the scientists? What about the engineers? What about the architects? Teachers? Philosophers and so much more? Where is the encouragement for the younger generation to create and to build? However, I am more than excited to realize there is a shift in paradigm!

As I read through the forms of potential Brits, I see students interested in majoring in:

Biochemistry, Biology, Psychology, Environmental Sciences, Arts, History etc, and this gives me immense joy. I can’t wait to connect with them and guide them through their application process. The future of Mongolia depends on us and the younger generation. We have been fighting hard to remain as an independent nation from China for over 90 years, but if all we can do is business and sell out of our country to foreign influence, we’re headed towards a dark path.

To all my Mongolian brothers and sisters, I say go against the traditional norms and create a path for yourself. Do what you feel is right and purposeful to you and your country. Some will say there are no jobs back home where you are going to be majoring in or how are you going to make money with that degree? But, let me ask you something; something to think about. Why can’t we create those jobs? Why can’t we be the first to open doors for many to come? We need thinkers, builders, innovators; we need a diversity of people majoring in different things with higher degrees of education for the betterment of our country.

All I am asking is for you to consider the possibilities. Be rational to a point; do listen to your teachers, do listen to your family members, do listen to your friends, BUT MOST OF ALL, listen to YOURSELF even more!

What do you want to do?