Tag Archives: Entrepreneurship


Focus on the 1% of the Activities that Matter

You might have heard about the Pareto Principle that says 20% of the actions produce 80% of the results. Some people take the Pareto Principle to the extreme. For example, Gary Vaynerchuk says that 99% of the things don’t matter. The art of success is finding that 20 % or in Vaynerchuk’s case finding those […]


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 […]


Game Theory, Relationships, Entrepreneurship

Let’s divide games into two categories for the sake of this discussion, games with perfect information and games with imperfect information. Chess is an example of games with perfect information. You can see all the squares and pieces, all the time. Texas Hold’em Poker is an example of games with imperfect information. Each hand involves […]


Why Do Your Side Projects Fail? And What Does It Take to Succeed at Them?

Have you ever started a side project and failed at it? You’re not alone. Why do so many people fail at their side projects while they are doing perfectly fine in their day jobs? I’ll provide my answers to that question. I also encourage you to join the discussion and write your answers in the […]


Dealing with the Frustration of Failure

In yesterday’s post, I argued that there’s nothing worthwhile in the domain of known. You need to get into uncharted waters to find something valuable and bring it back to the domain of known. If you get into the domain of unknown, there’s a good chance that most of your actions won’t produce the results […]


We’re All Sitting on Immense Value

Yesterday, I wrote a post about setting being goals and cultivating personality traits to achieve our doing and having goals. I shared the big five personality traits, the 13 virtues of Benjamin Franklin, and a link to 600+ primary personality traits. One of the personality traits that I want to develop is resourcefulness. When I […]

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.