American Football Coach/Personal Trainer/English Teacher/Writer

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Bio

I’m a 30 something-year-old Filipino-American who was born and raised in Southern California.

I got my B.S. in Mathematics from the University of Redlands. (A small liberal arts college in Southern California)

My plan was to become a High School Math Teacher after graduation. Like most of my plans, things did not work out like I originally planned.

American Football

Instead of becoming a teacher immediately after university, I decided to play American Football in Europe for one year first.

As usual, things did not go according to plan.

I ended up playing for three seasons in Europe (2 in Serbia, 1…


Free your mind from social norms

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“Reality is largely negotiable.”

Tim Ferriss

I picked up Tim Ferriss’s free 19-page ebook, “17 Questions That Changed my Life,” on a whim. I was hooked after the above quote.

It got me thinking.

Is reality negotiable?

Yes, it absolutely is.

A huge reason why it’s negotiable is because of the social norms we blindly accept.

Our schools, our universities, our parents, our peers, everyone pushes social norms at us that we blindly accept.

But what if we didn’t?

I’m not talking about blindly disagreeing with all “conventional wisdom.” …


How the internet makes the Dunning-Kruger effect worse

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Have you ever noticed that the internet is filled with “experts?”

Based on all the social media debates, the country is overflowing with experts in:

  • epidemiology
  • public policy
  • sports
  • economics
  • personal finance
  • psychology
  • fitness
  • and any other field

It’s hard to believe America has any problems at all, being such a “smart” country and all.

Ok, I’m being sarcastic. Obviously, America isn’t overflowing with people who are experts at everything. But, people sure act that way.

Why do so many people act like they know it all?

My guess is that it’s the Dunning-Kruger Effect at work.

What Is the Dunning-Kruger Effect?

According to Psychology…


Take more shots

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If you want to be successful in life, you need to get a little lucky. There is no way around it.

Most people understand that luck plays a role in success. But, it’s easy to forget that you can make your own luck to an extent.

Ok, technically, you can’t make luck. But you can put yourself in a better position to get lucky.

Here are three ways how.

1. Protect Against the Downside

It’s important to protect yourself against the worst-case scenario. For most people, being homeless or having no food would be the “worst case.”

The best way to avoid the worst-case scenario…


Consistency > Intensity

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Every year countless people start chasing new goals. It could be a New Year’s resolution, a new career goal, a financial goal, a fitness goal, or something else.

And every year, people start strong, then fizzle out. Or they accomplish their goal but later backslide to where they started.

This all comes down to people forgetting one fundamental truth.

It doesn’t matter what goal you are trying to achieve.

Consistency matters more than intensity.

How hard you work is not nearly as important as making consistent progress, no matter how small.

Start by setting a minimum daily goal. This goal…


A good math education makes you better at everything

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When people hear that I studied math in university, the response is usually negative. Most of the time, people respond with some version of, “I hated math in school.”

That reaction makes people think my next bit of advice is crazy.

If someone is going to university with no idea of what job they want, they should study math.

Why I Think Math is so Valuable

Most people who work in education agree that math is a valuable subject. But I have a slightly different reason why.

I have learned firsthand that math skills transfer to most things. They transfer especially well to problem-solving.

Math, at its…


From “Harry Potter and the Order of the Pheonix”

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How accurate is your version of reality?

Yes, I’m saying that there are multiple versions of reality. We are bombarded with countless forms of bias every day, whether we notice it or not. Our personal biases create our unique version of reality.

I try to keep in mind that the person with the most accurate version of reality usually wins. This simple idea applies to everything.

Whatever your goal is, you are more likely to achieve it with an accurate version of reality.

While it’s not possible to eliminate all bias, it’s worth the effort to limit it. …


Save yourself the psychological torture

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The following was one of my favorite scenes from “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.”

Newt Scamander and Jacob Kowalski were searching Central Park in the middle of the night. They were looking for a dangerous beast that got loose.

Newt nonchalantly slipped a helmet and body armor on Jacob. He then proceeds to tell him there is nothing to worry about.

Jacob is not reassured. He asked Newt if anyone believes him when he says things like that.

Newt’s response quickly became one of my favorite quotes of all time.

“My philosophy is that worrying means you suffer…


A Book’s Value Has Nothing to Do With Its Length

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I have long thought of reading as the best way to learn.

Unlike learning in a classroom, reading is self-paced. It is also completely pressure-free. There is no test at the end of the book to check if you learned the “right” things from it. You can pick and choose which parts are most important to you.

One of the most recent lessons I learned from a book is that size doesn’t matter. In school, all our textbooks were 800+ page monsters packed to the brim with information. But, sometimes, you can learn just as much from a much smaller…

Eugene Albano

American Football Coach | Certified Personal Trainer | Former ESL Teacher | I write about a little bit of everything.

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