Month: December 2007

A Facebook Group with a Purpose

Yes. I’m dead serious about making a big whoop about next year.

I know it’s getting a bit freaky. But it’s freaky and I like it.

Check out the new FaceBook Group:

Who is this group for?

  1. You are optimistic, positive, and excited to be alive.
  2. You have control over the story of your life.
  3. You want to make 2008 the best year of your life.

Sounds like you? Maybe? Read on.

Members of this group are encouraged to

  1. TAKE ACTION

    … to make 2008 the best year of your life – even if you take small steps. Do something!

  2. REPORT WHAT YOU DID

    … by writing on the wall – or posting your blog post as “items”… posting a video, and image etc..”Yesterday I broke up with my smelly boyfriend!” or “I quit smoking”… anything you do to make 2008 the best year of your life.. report it.

The outcome?

Every time you visit the group page, you will see what millions of people worldwide are doing to make 2008 the best year of their lives.

Kinda like “post secret” except you’re posting the good stuff you do to improve your life. Why does this rock your socks?

  • Sharing your positive vibes can give someone that little nudge to action.
  • Reporting your life as you change it may inspire a stranger to change his life.

Will this change the world?

In some way, it probably will. It’s all up to you – Do you want to make 2008 the best year of your life?

Explore the group to find out

2008 Will Be the Best Year of my Life: Part 1

2008 When I was 19, I stopped watching TV, and decided I didn’t need to catch every next movie. Since then, my life went on without seeing advertisements, MTV, and harry potter.

Drastic move? Maybe not. Guess what happened half an hour ago.

Note: “2008 Will Be The Best Year Of My Life” is a series of blog posts detailing all the things I am doing to break old patterns and start new habits. This is part 1 of many.

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"Going Behind The Brain Of…"

This is a short and exciting game I play with myself. I play it when I feel like some rapid learning.

Playing this game once a week might make you go crazy, I’m not sure, I don’t play it that often. But I allow myself this pleasure once in a while, and I’d like to think it helps me grow as a person. Curious?

Here are the rules to the game
  • Choose someone you either admire, or someone totally strange to you
  • Immerse yourself in blog posts/ articles/ books they wrote/ related to them
  • Observe and note down new ideas, mental notes, and thoughts worth sharing.
  • Blog about it (might as well share the learning with others)

I have been sub-consciously doing this for a while now, minus the blogging bit. It usually starts with reading one thing cool about one person, then craving for more… My past victims include

Jeff Bezos

Founder and CEO of Amazon.com, I admire him because it’s a mean feat to transform yourself from startup cowboy all the way to big name CEO of a solid dot-com definer.

Henry Ford

A thinker way ahead of his time.

Not that I was born in the 40’s but you know what I mean.

I used to just get lost in reading whatever I could find online about them. Pity I didn’t take down notes I can share.

So really, today is the first time I’m going through the process, and blogging about it.

And for you to see how I play this game…

Going Behind The Brain Of… Tim Ferriss

The man behind “The 4 Hour Workweek”, a book which really jives with me and how I want to lead my life.

Over the past 3 weeks, I’ve been reading articles about him, as well as his book. But for this game, I’ve spent the last 4 hours consuming all his blog posts.

Here are some notes I taken down…

From Tim Ferriss’s blog

Achievement VS Appreciation

If we define “achievement” as obtaining things we desire (whether raises, relationships, cars, pets, or otherwise) that have the potential to give us pleasure, let’s define “appreciation” as our ability to get pleasure out of those things. To focus on the former to the exclusion of the latter is like valuing cooking over eating.

Time without attention is worthless, so value attention over time.

Most people spend more time planning their weekends than their relationships. Don’t make that mistake. You are the average of the 5 or so people you associate with most.

My own notes…

  1. I have have learnt the hard way (through being one of those kids who must ACE every subject in uni) that time management is BS. What I needed to manage was my energy, attention, and awareness. It’s good to know Tim Ferriss preaches the same.
  2. I noticed I rarely allow myself to be too content with what I have. My impatience and hunger for chaos has always driven me to do crazy things, sooner. I like it this way. But in light of not turning into a mean, greedy, crazy dude, I will learn to include more “appreciation” and “gratitude” into my daily experience for a healthier equation.
  3. I’m glad my experiments in being selective with who I spend my time with has paid off. Life is even more fun given my new social cliques. But this is only the beginning. I’ve always found myself the happiest when surrounded by the right people – and I’m going to take it to the next level in 2008 with my new, yet-to-be-revealed projects… 😉

Future victims of “Going Behind The Brain Of…”

  • Paul Graham, founder of Y Combinator
  • Einstein – the forgotten Ninja Turtle I think you know this guy?
  • Who else should I go behind the brains of? I want to an “unusual suspect” – I want to pick someone very different from me…

Now that I’ve revealed my game to you – you are forced to

  • Tell me who you would  “Go Behind The Brains Of…”
  • And leave a comment here if you decide to blog about it!

Social Experiment In Kuala Lumpur : 100 Groups Needed

 I’m about to unleash some chaos in Klang Valley’s social scene – and I need you to tell me if I’m crazy or what…!!!

Here’s what’s happening…. noticed how the Klang Valley can be a bit “clique-ish” and anti social sometimes.? I mean, KL is a great place don’t get me wrong.. but if you’re a fabulous person, with your own friends, hobbies, quirky interests etc… how easy it is to find a similar group of friends to meet up with?

Now, imagine if it’s dead-easy to browse a whole directory full of GROUPS OF FRIENDS, describing what they’re like… all of them, keen to meet up in the Klang Valley with other like-minds.

Wouldn’t it make it easier for everyone to shop around and choose new interesting people to hang out with? I imagine the Klang Valley would be a pretty exciting place. This isn’t just about dating – it’s about meeting up with new people you actually like.

Okay. So I think this is possible. I really do. But the experiment is, would other people believe in too?

( Side note: Bunchout.com is the international site. The Klang Valley version is http://kl.bunchout.com )

Here’s the deal: If 100 people sign up to this social experiment – I have proof that there is demand – and I will spend the rest of 2008 making this happen, and before you know it, your social life will never be the same again.

If you think something like this is worth a shot… even if it excites you, just a little, I hope you’ll take part, and maybe tell other people, and get more people so we can more quickly reach 100… see http://kl.bunchout.com to see what I mean.

The pseudo science of group vibes

By “amplify each other” I mean how we feel at the time gets amplified.

Sort of explains how I feel when

  • I’m dancing in a room full of people who are really into dancing VS dancing amongst people who just stand around half-dancing
  • I’m amongst people with wild jokes and laughter
  • I’m having delightful conversation with people “on the same wavelength” VS people “from another planet”
  • I meet people with “good vibes” 🙂
  • I’m in a work meeting and experience the group phenomenon also known as “Groupshift”: Where group decisions exaggerate the initial position of the individual members. Not necessarily a good thing ;p
  • I listen to music which suits my “mood”. In this case the music is complementing my vibes.

I kinda operate at many different wavelengths depending on the context and time of day, and I’m really happy I’ve got people I can “resonate” with at all levels!

Shoutout to good friends and all the great people I’ve met over the past few weeks. More good times ahead! 😉