Rahul is a software engineer based in bangalore, india.

this journal is his manifesto to help people tackle everyday hurdles and live better.

Don't tarnish your integrity

Change is inevitable.

The world around us keeps changing. We change. Change isn't a bad thing. It's what drives us forward.

Beyond change, there lie some qualities which makes up a person. Some qualities, no matter how much you change, remain rooted in you.

These are nothing but some fundamental or moral principles that you stick to, your whole life. Qualities that distinguish you from the rest of the crowd.

If you don’t stand for something you will fall for anything.
— Gordon A. Eadie

For me, one of the principles that I stick to is no drinking or smoking.

Believe me when I say I stick to it, for I've been offered and tried to be tricked into doing both of these. Repeatedly.

Fortunately, I've always managed to turn down all offers, politely.

This doesn't mean that I'm a man who criticizes change.

I've changed. Over and over again, to make myself a better man.

I love to try new things, as well.

However, this doesn't mean that trying to experience something new I'll make my integrity questionable.

I'll never do that.

Drinking isn't totally bad. It's subjective and I don't like the idea.

Therefore, I'll always be a teetotaller. It's who I am.

I'll maintain my integrity. It makes me trustworthy. Dependable. A man of values.

You should too.

There must be something that you follow dearly by heart. Identify that quality or wish or behaviour and stick to it.

Don't let anyone or anything change your inner values. Those values make you who you are. They are your identity.

Don't become faceless in the crowd. Stay unique.

In a world full of tricksters, choose to be genuine and trustworthy.

The inconvenience of selling your soul

Give without expecting