“Do nothing that is of no use.”

“Study strategy over the years and achieve the spirit of the warrior. Today is victory over yourself of yesterday; tomorrow is your victory over lesser men.”

— Miyamoto Musashi, The Book of Five Rings

I’ve been writing about a samurai named Miyamoto Musashi a lot recently, but I can’t seem…

Find peace in nothingness.

In the West, feeling empty is viewed as a negative condition. Emptiness is often associated with dark terms like depression, apatheia, or nihilism. In Asia though, things are a little different.

The Chinese word for emptiness is kōng (空); devoid, the void, the space between breaths, between lines, between lives…

Success tips from Achilles, Augustus, and Alexander the Great.

I’m a history buff, and the more I read about the towering figures of history, the more I noticed that many great men from the past had this one singular thing in common: they had an equally great friend supporting them.

Augustus, the first Emperor of Rome, had a right-hand…

From 2018 to late 2019, Medium was a goldmine.

From 2018 to late 2019, Medium was a goldmine.

I’ve never seen anything like it before. Top Writers were making 5-figures a month here. Even mediocre, burgeoning writers like myself were making a few hundred to a thousand dollars every month, easy. It was a veritable career path. …

5 business lessons from the pornstar, provocateur— and marketing genius.

Belle Delphin is a pornstar, expert provocateur — and dare I say it, marketing genius.

Belle first appeared in the public eye in 2015, posting make-up and cosplay tutorials on Instagram and YouTube. Through these videos, she managed to gain a respectable following of five thousand followers across both platforms.

My heart says no but my head screams yes.

If you’ve been reading my work for any length of time, you’ll know I am a vocal critic of Medium’s relational model.

I, as well as a score of other writers, have seen our views divebomb off a cliff when Medium’s algorithm changed. It’s gotten so bad that plenty of…

Alvin Ang

👑 Former contestant on “The Apprentice.” Current Top Writer on Medium. Reach me at 📧: sgbjjopen@gmail.com

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