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Working Tips

Growing up is growing pains. Hurts, but it's necessary to go through. When I first started working, the transition was hard, but I learnt a lot. Here are 3 lessons I found the most invaluable till now. 1) Setting expectations too high. It's true that in order to shine we have to give a 100%, but often times, when we were still young and energetic, we overestimated our measure of 100%. It is usually our 120-150%. Giving this overpowering 100% everyday is not sustainable - eventually you'll reach a burnout point. Reduce what you thought is 100%, not so much, but enough for you to do your job well, make your supervisor happy, and sustain for a much longer period of time. 2) Smile. An often underestimated value in the workplace. Everybody loves people who always smile to them, acknowledging their presence instead of ignoring them. You don't necessarily have to greet them cheerily and ask them sincerely how are they doing (although this is a super good time to practice the …

02/06/2017 Project 2 : Taking Action Towards Action

Less than0.3 Seconds.In a penalty situation in soccer, the ball takes less than 0.3 seconds to travel from the player who kicks the ball to the goal. There is not enough time for the goalkeeper to watch the ball’s trajectory. He must act before the ball is kicked. 1/3 of the time soccer players aim at the middle of the goal, one third at the left and another one third at the right. Surely goalkeepers have spotted this, but what do they do? They dive either to the left or to the right. Rarely do they stay standing in the middle – even though roughly a third of all balls land there. Why on earth would they jeopardize saving these goals? The simple answer: It looks more impressive and feels less embarrassing to dive to the wrong side than to freeze on the spot and watch the ball sail past. This is what we call the action bias: my topic for today, the tendency to do something, to look active, rather than to do nothing, even if it there's no real benefit, or probably, counterproductive…

Need v Want

We walked home to have our dabao-ed dinner after work. On the way to the bus stop that has the bus which will bring us home directly, my boyfriend dragged me to buy a Gong Cha, thinking of completing the meals we brought home. He stood there looking at the menu for 5-6 seconds but decided that he didn't need any.Why? I asked, thinking that now we earn money from work, esentially to spend, money wouldn't become a problem. There are still the fruit juices cartons that we bought the other day, let's just finish those first, I'm changing my mind, he answered. Not an apple to apple comparison between milk tea and juices, but his logic to finish what we still have stands. Buying the drink will be unnecessary.Not long after, we passed a mama shop (convenience store) and he asked me if I'd like to buy the melon milk that I tried once and ended up liking before. Doesn't necessarily have to be finished today, you can keep if for later, I thought. I peered to the store, t…

Getting Used to Chaos

A life well-planned is boring. You are discipline enough to do the same routine every single day to achieve that "accomplishment" down the long run. You don't deviate from your path, you actually stay true to it regardless of what people say. Some say, though, that the single-mindedness is required to be successful.A life not planned at all is a disaster, however. You don't know what do you want to do and will be lost, distracted with too many things for too long, not knowing where you'll end up eventually.But that also means you're flexible or open-minded enough to jump into any kinds of opportunities that come your way, and it is exciting as there is something new to discover every day when you don't walk on the well-trodden path. Well, even if you're an advocate of "If you fail to plan, you plan to fail." you could still live an unplanned life lifestyle, or vice versa. But it really isn't as simple as it seems.

Save as draft

It's a bad habit, ain't it? Writing something and saving it as a draft, revising the draft over and over again to make it perfect before it's being published. Then more drafts are made, piled to one corner, and are never published.Similar to life, waiting for that right moment to come out from the shell, to break free, to start something new. Waiting for that so-called motivation to appear. When do you think it will end, or start in that matter? When you're smart enough, have more resources, have a more stable relationship? When?

19/05/2017 Project 1: The Pursuit of Happiness

Project 1: The Pursuit of Happiness Do what makes you happy. That's what my parents always say. Where does happiness come from, however? Is it that ice cream you have when it is so warm outside? Is it that adrenaline rush when you speak to your crush till late at night? Or is it that medal you clinched after years of training? No matter what your sources of happiness are, nobody could force you to be happy. It is you who'd define it. Toastmaster of the Day, Acting President, Ladies and Gentlemen, my name's Anastasia and my Ice Breaker project for tonight is titled The Pursuit of Happiness. I realized quite early that I was happiest when I could prove to myself that I could achieve something – the happiness, the end goal, is worth the struggle. It all started quite innocently when my schoolmates called me at home asking me questions about homework problems and I couldn't answer. I could hear their disappointment at the other side of the phone, and somehow took it upon my…

Graciousness

When you smiled to any bus driver every morning and one remembers you the next week when she saw you running to catch the bus and stopped for you. When the car was speeding up and you're scared of crossing, or rather wait for the car to cross because the driver might be in a rush, but he still stops his car to let you cross. When you nod in respect to the trash collector for doing their jobs every single day without fail. When somebody holds the door for you in front and you're paying it forward to the person behind you. When it is a narrow road and there's only room for one person to pass, and the other person with the dog waited for you to pass first with a cheery smile. When you hold the lift for a stranger who was running towards it and he was being super thankful for it, and later found out that he is a visiting partner of the other department in your company.When you greeted the security guard of the apartment of your friend once and the next month when you came back…

KFC

Kentucky Fried Chicken, or Korean Fried Chicken?Nothing to do with either, unfortunately.KFC, as narrated by a friend whom I've recently met, stands for:
1) Knowing where you are,
2) Finding where you'd like to go, and
3) ChangingKnowing where you are gives you a sense on whether you're on track to whatever goals you've set for yourself. Even when you don't have any goals, constantly and consciously knowing where you are shows that you are aware which direction you are heading to. How much better I am now with my running timing than I was previously? Am I making progress or do I keep telling myself that "Things will be fine even if I cheat once or twice"? Is the reason why I am not at my optimum performance in the office my late night sleeping habit?Finding where you'd like to go is not easy, but it gives you a glimpse on what actually matters to you. It is a constant refinement throughout the stages of your life as circumstances might change, i.e. W…

Experiments

Statistically significant variable doesn't always necessarily show any impact it may bring upon to others. A statistically insignificant variable, on the other hand, may bring upon a huge impact to its environment. But whichever may be true, we might identify the variables wrongly. The error in the estimation is, unfortunately, another variable which we might have missed to identify. A result, eventually, will only be as good as the model itself. Theoretical experiments could only tell you so much.

Being Grateful

Things we take for granted, that couldn't be bought with money: a lot,  i.e. health, family, friends, job, opportunities... When we lose them we would break down and cry, regretting it as if we lose our dear life itself. Yet as a human, having an exceptional adaptive ability we continue doing this. Once we've achieved what we've aimed for (having a girlfriend, having a job, etc.) which is better than our previous, we quickly adapt the new status quo as our new minimum standard and become dissatisfied, aiming for more. When you're feeling discontented and nothing in life seems right or going according to plan, take a moment and look around: you have so many things (non-material) to be grateful for that keeps you going in life. Or, if you still can't feel better, look down and realize how lucky you are.

The Other Half

How does one live without another half? A question I often ponder. Being single is very liberating, so they say. They could do whatever they want, whenever they want. They don't need to wait for things to happen, but simply making it happen without needing anybody's permission.That is true.For introverts who enjoys spending time alone (but not lonely, there's a difference), solitude is a way to fully focus on (developing) their passion or simply enjoying what they'd like to do. As they say, you don't be an expert in something by 9 to 5 - a lot of effort and time needs to be put into it. And many times, the time to search and find and develop that relationship isn't really on their side. Take J.K.Rowling for example. She carried on without another half, and eventually become successful. Although she did have a husband before (they got divorced).We human beings are not created an island, however, how long could we keep that solitude? That need to feel belonged do…

05/05/2017 Public Speaking

My Table Topic: "Loving"Improved version: Hard for me to relate, because although every parents intended to raise their children that way, I didn't feel it, that love. My parents are not divorced, but I grew up learning that emotion, being loving, is pricey. It interferes with your decision making. But as I grew up, I learnt that this is not always necessarily the case. And that being loving actually helps in improving my relationship with people. (There were a lot of pauses, that's why I managed to reach a minute)Improvement from the previous: I managed to slow down and actually think of something to say (although I did freeze out for a few seconds) instead of rushing through my speech and rambling aimlessly. For future improvement: Have a conclusion.Others today: Roger's First IceBreaker project, Putu's project: Bringing Jobs Back to U.S., Farah's storytelling project: Ginger Bread Man. Melvin's Table Topic Master: Character traits.

Good Profit

Koch Industry has grown from a valuation of $21 million in 1969 to 100 billion in 2016.
A massively profitable conglomerate, the empire has been run with the customers' (changing) needs as its focus. This is hardly surprising. Kodak, the first to invent a camera, was quickly eliminated by its competitors who are more alert to the changing needs of its customers. Amazon decoded book shopping, breaking the brick and mortar bookshops. Apple created new lifestyle, although Nokia, Ericsson were among the pioneer batch of smartphone. The ground is always crumbling beneath your feet when you have a company to run, there's no resting on your laurels.
In order to fulfill the customers' needs, however, internally, Koch employees are the centre of its business. If the people are not taken care of properly, they wouldn't stay, let alone give their 110%, Charles says in his interview. Koch industries had accidents which impaired their employees permanently, but they took respons…