Fear does not yield power without permission

Zaid Ismail
(Own Your Sh!t)

Sometimes when things feel like they’re falling apart, they may actually be falling into place

Zaid Ismail
(The Egosystem)
In Pursuit of Joy

If you’re chasing to find joy, chances are, you’re chasing your tail. Joy is something we leave behind when we pursue something else to pacify our ego. If this resonates with you, you need a copy of the book. � It is not what we do that prevents us from experiencing happiness but what we...

Psssst, guess what?

The universe is not waiting to serve you. It’s time to own your shit. “Expecting life to treat you well because you’re a good person is like expecting a bull not to charge at you because you’re a vegetarian.” (Unknown) This is my favourite quote whenever I come across someone that feels defeated because they...

Trappings of Entitlement

Ingratitude seeps in when you look for evidence of deliberate kindness despite there being no evidence of cruelty from others. We’re so conditioned to find goodness against the backdrop of evil, or generosity in the midst of selfishness, that we’ve grown to believe that only the evidence of deliberate kindness is an indication of care...

Believing in yourself

Confidence comes from caring less about what others think of you, and caring more about what you think of yourself. The question is, do you know yourself well enough to have an informed opinion of yourself? When we rely on others for more than just feedback and instead allow them to validate who we are,...

Delusions of Godliness

The delusion of godliness diminishes our capacity to connect with the divine. When we assume ourselves to be above those that behave worse than us, or we assume that we hold within us the capacity and means to punish others, or withhold their reward, be it in this world, or the hereafter, we assume to...

Live, Laugh, Love, and leave a Legacy

Live to love, to laugh, and to leave a legacy. Your material success will only be celebrated after your death if it is of benefit to others. Accumulation of wealth to stroke your ego not only deprives you of the joy of human connection, it also denies you the bonds of beauty that feeds your...

The absence of gratitude

It’s easier to assume that someone is ungrateful rather than to invest time in discovering what it is that distracts them. If we work with the assumption (if not the truth) that one is in search of the same joy and peace that we are, seeking to understand each other will be easier than wanting...

It’s time to rethink mental health

The human experience is not an illness. Protect your mental health. Don’t allow your reality to be labelled as something other than what it is. It is your experience of the ups and downs in your life. When you find yourself with more bad days than good days, it’s because you need to do something...

In search of home

Gratitude lays the foundation of the home. Respect builds its walls. Love and compassion provides the roof that protects you from the storm. And passion gives you the windows to allow your soul to breathe. As for faith…faith is the door that opens the path to all of it. Virtues have limited effect or value...

You give what you have

I’ve had many interesting discussions with my kids about this topic recently. If they are dishonest about something, I make them aware of the fact that they will only find reason to be honest with others if they find it unacceptable to be dishonest with themselves. What we tolerate by ourselves towards ourselves is what...

She got chills just hearing about the book
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Depression became my voice when I gave up my right to be me.

Zaid Ismail
(The Egosystem)

Truths inspire confidence, while doubts inspire fear.

Zaid Ismail
(Own Your Sh!t)

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