Never Apologize for Who You Are

You might be intelligent, good-looking, rich, or successful, but you might tend to hide those qualities. You might think that you’re humble and don’t like to show off. Think about it. Are you really hiding your positive qualities out of humility? Or is there something else under your behavior? Are you afraid of drawing unwanted […]

You Can Transform Your Life, But Do You Want to?

When something doesn’t work in your life, you might complain about it. You might even say that you want to change it. But that’s all on the conscious level. On an unconscious level, you’re likely holding a belief that is causing the dysfunctional condition in your life. I read a blog post by a person […]

It’s OK to Have a Belief System

Yesterday, I was listening to an audio program by David Hawkins. He said something like “everything you think is wrong.” All of your thoughts are a part of your belief system, which limits your reality. I agree with him on that. Everything you think is wrong. All of your thoughts are a part of your […]

Three Steps to Transform Your Life with Personal Development

There are 300+ posts in my blog. Reading one of those posts and applying it in your life is much more beneficial than reading all of them just to forget them the next month. The writer in me would prefer you reading all of my posts, but at the end of the day, those posts […]

Waking Up Early Can Make the Difference between Success and Failure

But there’s a catch… Waking up early is common advice in the personal development literature. “Join the 5:00 am club.” “I woke up at 4:30 am, and my life changed.” “Ex-seal wakes up at 4:00 am every day.” These are the headlines you come across frequently. I believe I have the credits to write about […]

Self-Esteem Isn’t What You Think It Is

I heard about the book the Six Pillars of Self-Esteem almost a decade ago. Unfortunately, I judged it by its name and cover and passed it. The name and cover of the book struck me as old-fashioned back then. This was to be expected because the book was published in 1994. I thought The Six […]

Success, Sacrifice, Happiness, Work-Life Balance, Integration

When it comes to happiness and success, there isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution. You have to find out what makes you happy and what success means to you. In this post, I’ll give you three main directions. It’s up to you to choose the path you want to go. Sacrifice The first direction is the good […]

Zugzwang and the Cult of Doing

If you read the term personal development carefully, it is obvious that it’s about becoming someone rather than doing something. But after a while, those two words lose their meaning. They become just a pointer to the meaning that we assign to them. What comes to your mind when you hear the term personal development? […]

Here’s Why Your Online Marketing Doesn’t Work

And what to do about it. When we are producing and marketing, we tend to look at our craft from our own perspective. Unless you build something for yourself and market it to yourself, that’s a mistake. That’s a typical mistake that software engineers do. As a result, they end up with overcomplicated software that […]

Burak Bilgin

Software developer with a Ph.D. and 15 years of experience. I write daily on personal development and life lessons. Sign up to my email newsletter to receive a weekly overview of my latest content on personal development and life lessons.