Month: February 2008

What if you had complete control over tomorrow?

What would you do?

Who would you meet?

Now try this.

Blog about tomorrow, as though you’ve experienced it yesterday. (Example)

Seriously.

Blog about tomorrow in vivid detail, as though it happened yesterday… The goal here, is to force yourself to actively visualize what you would like tomorrow to be.

Will this affect your life in any way?

There’s only one way to find out.

preblog

Get involved in my latest open source social experiment… PREBLOG

Mike Williams and I, who launched the “Making08” Facebook experiment now bring you yet another mind bending, reality altering project. If we can get 10,000 people actively preblogging, everyday, blogging about tomorrow as though it happened yesterday… do you think we would have more control over tomorrow?

Before I started preblogging, I had many questions… like:

  • What if I didn’t want control over tomorrow?
  • What If I want to “see what happens”
  • Or am I really going to up tomorrow knowing exactly what I need to do to make it great?

Mike and I have tried preblogging privately for a while now, and I can’t wait to report my results to you.

But I will only share my results with those who have joined the experiment.

So you know what you need to do….

How One Small Tweak Can Change Your Life Completely

What are the top 3 activities you enjoy?

I realize I have been spending most of my life chasing the activities I enjoy. And this really paved the path I have followed thus far.

If only I enjoyed different activities, I would be a completely different person today.

So here’s my hypothesis:

If you want to completely change your life, one way is to change what you enjoy most.

To test this hypothesis, I will conduct this experiment.

Follow me for a moment to see what I mean.

At the end of the post, I will invite you to conduct this experiment… well see if it completely changes your life.

STEP ONE: List the top 3 activities you enjoy most.

Here are my top 3, as of 2 months ago.

  1. I enjoy being absorbed in purposeful creation.

    Heck it doesn’t have to be too purposeful sometimes. I get so happy when I’m drawn into writing a new song, designing a new website, or developing a new idea, even though the purpose may not be initially apparent to me.

  2. I enjoy chasing my curiosity.

    Mostly, this means, flipping through the bookstore, or spending hours online reading and surfing and clicking, researching a topic, or looking for answers.

  3. I enjoy laughing.

    I love puns, random jokes in real situations, and laughing with people. My favorite set of jokers are Jeff, the MindValley guys, and myself. You have no idea how often I make myself laugh.

Okay, those are the top 3 activities I enjoy most. I know this because I spend 90% of my waking hours doing creating things, learning things, and laughing at my own jokes.

3 simple things make me a happy camper 🙂

But it looks like some changes will be made…

STEP TWO: Change your top 3 list

Now, my life would be quite different if I told you the top 3 things I enjoy is

  1. Watching TV
  2. Sleeping
  3. Eating junk food

I might be speaking to you now as a napping godzilla. Hence, I will not enjoy any of those.

Picture this instead….

openWhat if I enjoyed making money more than chasing curiosity, creating new things, and laughing?

For the most part of my life, making money has never been a top priority. ‘Enough’ money always came to me, through the stuff I did.

And I never really saw a pressing need for loads of money, anyway. I’m not a big spender, and I end up with plenty of savings.

However, in December 2007… Continue reading

Protect The Fat Kids From Getting Punished During Chinese New Year

Poor fat kids.

cny In my extended Chinese family, the annual exodus back to the village for Chinese New Year is pure hell for fat kids.

Pure. Hell.

My relatives have no mercy on fat kids.

Maybe it’s just my relatives. Or maybe all Malaysian families, not just Chinese ones like mine.

I don’t know. You tell me.

Imagine for a moment…

  1. You are related to me
  2. You put on weight since last year
  3. You came to my village

Are you imagining that?

Scary eh. It is just the beginning.

  • Everyone will take turns to point at you with comments and questions. Like “Wow, you are so fat now! What happened?” or “Putting on weight? Very prosperous! Hehe!”
  • They will even pit you against other fat relatives… “Look at kor-kor (means brother in Chinese dialect), if you don’t watch out your belly will be as big as his!”
  • They will do this, a couple of times, even if you smile politely in return, or ignore them.
  • They might even throw you some rude accusations cum weight-loss advice… “Exercise! You never exercise!”
  • And yes, they do all of the above, even if they are fatter than you.

In some other context, or culture, this is called bullying. But for my relatives, this is Chinese New Year.

Sigh. I can’t help but feel bad for the fat kids in my family.

But to be very honest with you, sometimes, I’m tempted to join in the fun.

Hey bro, it’s not the year of the pig!

2005Pig

Haha. Ok, that was mean. But you have to understand, I was keeping that in all day.

For the record I am not a fat kid.

I’m fortunate to have an athletic figure. I probably don’t know what it feels like to be fat (and I intend to keep things this way).

However, my older brother, who has long ago decided being fat was no big deal (pun), has to endure this.

Good thing he developed a few defense mechanisms against my extended family. The most powerful being “Wall of ignorance”. It’s almost as though he puts on an invisible cloak, as he goes for the next plate of rice.

Why does it have to be like this?

It’s not like fat kids go up to the elderly and go “Wow! You’re so old!”

I’m guessing, either…

  • My relatives are mean! They get kicks out of laughing at fat kids.
  • Or, my family members mean well, and believe taunting will drive a fat kid to shed the pounds.

Anyway, I just wanted to highlight this issue to other Chinese families out there to see if it makes a difference. I’m not doing this to make my relatives look bad. I like them, they are generally nice people, who contribute to society meaningfully.

It’s great to have family to celebrate with, even though some members come in different sizes 🙂

Here’s to a healthy, happy new year everyone!

Things Are Finally Clicking Into Place

Just had dinner with Mike and Vishen, the founders of MindValley.

I’m still recovering ;p

They have impressed me once again with a combination of fierce sincerity, intense will and action-taking to create greatness… the kind of juice I would want to see in any leader.

Just look at them.

 

Well, It’s official now – we’re rebuilding MindValley to become the entrepreneur breeding business incubator automator thingy we always imagined.

We haven’t got the right buzzwords yet, but notice I’m using the word WE.

That’s right.

I’m getting back on board MindValley in a new arrangement, which is SERIOUSLY going to give me the life of my dreams, and make 2008 the best year of my life.

In light of all this new crazy shit I wish I could tell the world about (soon!) I’ve made my decision, and I’m sticking with them for the long haul. The people in MindValley are truly revolutionary and it’s only a matter of time before we realize our potential, and change the world.

Update: I left MindValley in May 2nd 2008 as life is full of surprises! They’re still very close to my heart and I’m sure our paths will cross someday soon.

Are you living someone else's dream?

The author of my favorite online comic, Wondermark!, shares some reflections on his life’s focus…

Nearly a year on, I’m finding myself turning down work-for-hire gigs more and more often so I can have time to focus on the comic and other personal projects. Like Tuesday’s comic expressed (in a fashion), I don’t want to waste or give away any more of my own personal calendar-squares than I have to. Often that means that I walk away from decent paychecks or even potential career opportunities — but in doing so, I’ve realized with growing clarity how important it is to spend my finite energy in pursuit of my own goals, rather than those of an advertising agency, movie studio, or corporate client.

As for me… I’ve been very fortunate to have worked on exciting things with exciting people since day 1. I owe it to my ability to have big dreams in the first place, and doing whatever it takes to realize them.

2008But I’ve got HUGE dreams, and I’ve got to work a whole lot harder (and smarter). I only have a couple years more before my metabolic rate slows, and I realize how mortal I am.

Hence, for 2008, I’m kicking it into high gear.

For starters, I spent a whole day today kick starting a new venture with Joel. More to come. Keep track of my plans and progress here, and remember to update the group about your progress.

P/S – Check out my friend Amir’s new blog. PassionBasedLearning.com