The 7 Cardinal Rules of Life

Plus, what's going on with Nik and Empty Your Cup?

Heyo, Nik here - I know, it’s been forever!

The first thing I’d like to say is: Thank you! Thank you for supporting Empty Your Cup.

It’s been nothing but humbling to see so many people react, share, and express their love for this project. Even though I stopped sending daily posts in late August, people still sign up for this newsletter every day.

We’re over 5,000 people now, and I have no words for how amazing that is.

Except these two: Thank you!

A lot has been going on in my life, both inside and outside my head. For one, I graduated college with a Master’s degree in Management & Technology from Technical University of Munich! Woop woop! 🙌🏼

I had my official graduation ceremony on Nov 29 (but I looked a lot better in the suit than the gown, hence the pic above, say hi to my parents!) and am formally done with school.

I’ve been spending a lot of time thinking about 2020 and what I want to do going forward. Like, a lot. I’ve been doing this for the last 3 months of the year for about 3 years now, and it’s been paying a lot of dividends.

I’m lucky to have a lot of freedom in designing my life but, ironically, that is often a lot harder to process than being locked into something you know you want to break out of. I’m not complaining, but I want you to know what’s going on, and I hope to unravel some of the behind-the-scenes for you in the coming weeks and keep you in the loop.

This includes but isn’t limited to what’s going to happen with Empty Your Cup.

I love everything about this project. What it stands for, how it feels to work on it, and how much of a difference it seems to make in your and your fellow readers’ lives.

However, I also love not having to work 60, 70 hours a week for once. The past 3 years of full-time work + full-time studying have been intense - too intense at times - and that’s not a pace I want to maintain for the rest of my life.

I don’t want to just share the message of Bruce Lee, I want to live up to it and set a good example:

“Only sober moderation lasts, and that persists through all time. Only the midpart of anything is preserved because the pendulum of life must have balance, and the midpart is the balance.” - Bruce Lee

I’m not yet sure what that means for Empty Your Cup right now. I do know that the book is 100% going to happen - I just don’t know when yet. I’ll share more details around my current projects and ideas on how everything could fit together in a future email, but for now, I want you to know: Empty Your Cup is not dead - and I hope it won’t be for a long time.

Most of all, what I want to do is write things for you that matter. That will make a positive difference in your life. Of course, I never stopped writing those. Right now, they just haven’t been in the usual Empty Your Cup format.

If it’s okay with you, I’d like to share the occasional essay over the next few weeks and months. Sometimes, it might be a 2-3 min read, sometimes, it may be 6-7, but it’ll always be something I really believe in, am proud of, and have already gotten some great responses to.

You might not know this, but I’ve been writing essays on Medium for over five years now. I was one of the first people to adopt their Partner Program, in which all posts are part of a metered paywall and writers get paid based on how posts perform.

While I do think the $5/month are a great deal for getting access to thousands of well-crafted articles, I don’t expect you to pay for something that wasn’t originally part of the Empty Your Cup deal.

Therefore, all links to Medium posts I share with you will be free.

Today, that link is going to a post titled The 7 Cardinal Rules of Life.

It’s a post about being 18 and not knowing who you want to be in this world.

It’s also about the difference between rules and principles, and how, together, the two form a system that allows us to live better.

Finally, it’s about a 25-year-old movie in which I found some of the most valuable rules I still live by to this day.

As with anything I write, I hope it’ll help you find balance. And I promise to talk to you again soon.

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Thanks for going on this journey with me. I know we’ve already come far, but we have a lot further to go. Our adventure has only just begun.


PS: What do you think I should do with Empty Your Cup? How could I sustainably continue sharing our usual micro-posts with you? I’m always open to new ideas. If you have one, please hit reply.