"Swim your own races. Do not let others do your thinking for you." - Jim Rogers

What inspires me to write essays? Well for one reason, I wanted to share a few things that I've learned over the years and perhaps have a positive influence on others. Writing is an art. Poets, philosophers, and writers all share their art through writing. A painter paints his writings on canvas. Musicians writes through music. Writing marks the beginning of human civilization. Without it, our history would be lost.

In "What Is Man?", Mark Twain writes, "The chance reading of a book or of a paragraph in a newspaper, can start a man on a new track and make him renounce his old associations and seek new ones that are in sympathy with his new ideal; and the result for that man, can be an entire change of his way of life." This is more than any sensible writer should expect, of course. Yet some of us remain insensible.

More than anything, I wanted to pass along a few ideas that I believe are essential. To my loved ones. To my future children. To my friends. And to all of you. We all live for a purpose. We learn and make mistakes along the way. But I dislike the thought of everyone learning these lessons the hard way. When I have enough essays to fill an entire book, I will write one and share it with all of you. Out of all the places in the world I came across in search of wisdom, teaching children gave me the most of what I've uphold today. I hope that you will be inspired to share these essays with your children, as I will do so with mine.

Confucius once said, "Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising everytime we fall". We should not be afraid of mistakes. Instead, we should learn from them. We should not be afraid of change and uncertainty. We should embrace them.