My 10 Personal Favorite Articles from Rat Race Running

Last Updated on: September 21, 2023 and the Rat Race Running Facebook Page recently celebrated their second anniversary. Though I started writing this blog in 2018, I consider 2020 its anniversary since that was the turning point for the blog.

I have written 141 posts in the past years, with more posts currently in draft. Some posts took off, while others did not. There are also posts that I thought would hit but did not. On the other hand, there are posts I wrote overnight that turned out to be more relatable for my audience.

While I share the most-read articles every December or after a significant milestone, I also want to share some of my favorite posts, regardless of their readership. Here are my ten favorite articles from the blog.

1. A Life-Changing Journey Through Quarter-Life Crisis

This post is my favorite article. It summarizes what it is like to feel lost in the sea of uncertainty and doubt about adulthood.

It briefly describes the importance of the little things, good friends, a healthy body and mind, and having a purpose larger than yourself.

2. Running in the Rat Race

When I started this blog, it was initially intended for running, as seen in the first post. One day after getting out of the bath, I suddenly felt inspired to write in a ‘feature writing’-style and summarize what the rat race is.

That was the turning point of Rat Race Running and my desire to explore more about the rat race and its other components.

3. A Funny Thing About Regret

I learned that regret is one of the most painful experiences anyone can have. Regret lingers and can even stay with you forever if you’re not careful.

In this post, I tried to motivate myself and others to act so that they can minimize the possibility of regret in the future.

Nothing can transform a happy young man into a grumpy old man faster than regret.

4. Personalize Your Personal Finance

Since personal finance is unique to every situation, treating it as it is important. Everyone has responsibilities and opportunities, and depending on their current status, the approach to personal finance may change. That is why there is no one-size-fits-all approach to personal finance.

It is essential to understand that what works for someone may not work for you and vice versa.

5. The Biggest Lie We’re Told About Engineering

I am an engineer, and one of the frustrations of the young, newly-minted engineer is the low starting salary. Though understandably, you need to start from the bottom to the top, students and fresh graduates may be culture-shocked to know that an engineer doesn’t earn as much at the start of their careers. 

6. Where Do You See Yourself in Five Years

Maybe this is one of those posts that I love re-reading. I learned that five years is near, yet so far into the future, and it isn’t easy to predict what will happen in the next half-decade. Just do your job, trust the process, and believe that God will point you in the direction you need to go.

7. Life is a Constant Tug-of-War

Modern life is a tug-of-war between multiple activities, responsibilities, and desires. And though we’re blessed with more abundance than the previous generations, we struggle to prioritize all that’s happening in our lives.

8. Your Degree (or lack of it) Should Not Dictate Your Future.

Though a college degree is essential in some aspects, it should not be the final determinant of a person’s success or failure. We are now living in a time where anything and anyone can earn a living – thanks to the Internet.

With proper skills, an unwavering desire to improve, and a lot of faith, you can learn almost anything. But never think that success will be easy.

9. Minimalism and Beauty of Simple Living

Minimalism and simple living is the lifestyle I have been working to achieve since I learned about them. Though it is counterintuitive to aim for less in a world where almost everyone wants more, there is a freeing feeling that goes with it. 

10. Who are we if we remove our ‘suit of armor?’

Many people want to be known through their titles and accolades, but that is not enough for me. We need to have something that can describe what we do if we are removed from our precious positions.

Ask yourself, who are you if you are not in your position? Can you tell me who you are and what you do?

Final Thought

These are some of my favorite posts. I know there were some biases when I chose these ten, but I believe they need to be read more.

I also hope that as I continue to write in this blog, more and more people will also have the desire to establish their plan to escape the rat race.

Escape the rat race! God bless.

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