I used to believe that money had been the reason why a corporation would stop to innovate, a politician would become corrupted, and how a family would break apart. During my studies of great innovators and leaders, I saw a different pattern on how important people of this world use money — they'd give the more they earn. I wondered then, could money adopt different attributes based on who utilizes it. It taunts on me that money is simply a reflection of our own integrity and our opinions of ourselves. Money is not evil nor a vehicle for self-fulfillment; it can be a way of life, and it is life.
To Evna, my daughter:
Today marks your first year of being on this earth. I'm extremely grateful you're finally now in my life. You've taught me so much on being kind, gentle, grateful, and happy. You've warmed the hearts of those around you. That of which is your greatest strength. And for that, you must use it for the goodness of others.
A star in the sky is perceived as one dimensional — a dot. A closer heavenly body would be acknowledged as 2 dimensional being a circle. Approaching one even closer, it could finally be seen as 3 dimensional. Orbiting around the star or planet would make it a 4-dimensional object since we can start to see it rotates and moves through time. Evolutionary theories allow me to speculate that our senses are only as effective to a point where our survival is ensured. We don't really need to see Andromeda in the sky at night, but we need to see the moon or the north star to navigate in the dark.
Our environment constantly changes, and we constantly change. Reading is like eating in a sense that we always tend to buy more food at a grocery store when we're hungry. Say we lack motivations now, so we buy all the good audiobooks on motivations. After reading 2 of those books do we realize we're ready to put what we know to practice and need to read about how to start a company for example. Do we continue to finish all those motivational books?
I spend almost every waking hours thinking about how I can help members of my family to live a better life. How I can resolve conflicts, how I can inspire them to have a goal in life, how I can share my knowledge I gain from listening to all those audiobooks. I'm doing all those things to make people around me stronger and better than I am. I want to see them live a great life and thrive; their lives are more important than mine. I'm doing all those things just so I can have a great life, so I can live happily with respect, fame, and money. Does that make sense?
What would I wish to have achieved if I could live for eternity? In this mindset, wether or not we could finish that goal within our lifetime isn’t important anymore, so what’s more important is what is it we want to accomplish or contribute in a grander scale. We always know we are going to die some point yet it is covered up by some psychological barriers. It is that fear we will die someday dictates our day-to-day.
What I learned about fear from most recognized leaders is that it is one of the worst traits to possess if you want succeed in any aspect of life. I noticed too that indeed everything and every decision I've ever made based on fear ended up unfavorably. Fear is about focus. Whenever a negative outcome is focused to be avoided, it is achieved. In that sense, we should always do something not because we want to avoid a certain outcome, but because we want to attain a certain outcome. To be fearless is a hard mindset to adopt: Most of the time, I would say “Let’s not do this because I fear it would…”. When it really should be “Let’s do that instead because it would help us to…”. That's a big difference.
“A man is but the product of his thoughts. What he thinks, he becomes.” —Mahatma Gandhi
The technology of AI achieves major advancement in recent years. Our question about its future has slowly become more philosophical than technical. Creators believe it will be inherently good while Steven Hawkins, Bill Gates and others apprehend its existence.
“Successful people are simply those with successful habits.” —Brian Tracy
When I first learned the habits of successful people, I was astounded — they lead such inspiring lives, which makes their success seem rather reasonable as a result of their lifestyle and discipline. I was anxious to adopt many of their habits thinking even if I don’t achieve success in my life and career, I’d live a better life regardless.
Quotes, understood through life experiences, can serve as one of the most inspired form of communication with immense knowledge. We all want to start each year with a new hope, and I guess what that really means is bringing changes to our lives, but what does that really mean? And why are “exercise” related search results extremely popular only in January and then slowly dies out the following months. Doesn’t that kind of defeat the whole purpose of change if it cannot sustain?
To be inventive, we must first position ourselves in the environment to be inventive. An inspiring environment is one that inspires us unconsciously: How the pedestrians are dressed, what the radio station is broadcasting, is there enough exposure to nature, does the sun brighten the room in the morning, or what your friends are sharing on Twitter will all affect our behaviors and thoughts in the most unconscious manner that makes us who we are.
I had always thought horoscope was a myth celebrated only by the popular culture. The accuracy of the system though was astounding indeed, so that eventually led me on a quest to understand the subject through a series of empirical research. Believing in the stars’ gravitational force or any mystical force could could alter our behaviors just seem unrealistic comparing to the force of a storm for example. Immediate earthly environmental influence seems to be the way to understand how ancient people came up with this sophisticated system that predetermines human personalities.
Our consciousness is based on our subconsciousness the way our earth’s surface is based on its molten core. It is hard to imagine something as concrete and beautiful as the surface could be floating on something that is fluid and dangerous. I’m a believer of the kind of evolutionary theory that explains the way we look and behave are based on the environment we come from. A recent personal experiment led me to believe that our minds may indeed be working in a similar way our earth does.
We don’t level up the way game characters do: It’s not a steady progression. In real life, we progress, and then we regress the next day. It is such regression discourages commitments. I slowly started to notice when I began working out at 30. I would look strong one day and flabby the next. Only when I understand I'm working out for my health and to listen to audiobooks did I slowly make it a prevailing habit. Having a setback is unavoidable and is necessary to push us to mastery.
I try to learn about everything from anything. I never wanted to believe my life could ever be wasted even when dealing with mundane activities — I guess I could use the time and energy to complain how boring something is or to figure out why it is boring and learn about life that way. I'd choose the latter. To me, things learned are lessons that I can apply to other aspects of my life. And just recently, I have discovered a potent effective learning practice — diversity.
Innovation is not about perfection on the surface but on areas where no one can see. Having started a company, I’ve finally come to acknowledge the concept that a product is the reflection of its creator, and we are the reflection of our subconscious. I began to understand that we must first develop an inspired subconscious with experiences and knowledge before we are able to create something that’s meaningful to others while being true to ourselves.
Starting a company is exciting but can be hard and life-shortening. When I started my company back in 2011, I had a lot of drive and passion believing anything was possible. Our product aimed to introduce a portable competitive gaming experience called MoAR. We developed a prototype and launched a Kickstarter campaign hoping to bring the product to its next level. Regretfully, the campaign failed. Many things went wrong then, and I was eager to tackle them and move forward. Slowly, however, I began to get a feeling, being skeptical for the first time in my startup journey, how far can I go?
By Walter Isaacson
★★★★★ (Highly Recommended) Read from August 31 to September 15, 2014
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The life of Steve Jobs is just as innovative as his company and products. The book is very well written covering every details about his personal life as well as his work. Isaacson unveils the process, bureaucracy and conflicts of Jobs' effort in creating each Apple products, starting Pixar and Next. It is refreshing to witness and learn the process from a genius realizing visions that affect the lives up to millions. There's only one downside, and it is Steve Jobs himself. He is, in my opinion, setting a very bad example for future generation on the style of management. He is promoting everyone to be brutally honest (tyrannical) if the vision deserves light. I think vision is the key to greatness, and personality has little to do with it. There are a lot of historical figures who didn't impose Steve's hysterical management style and still achieved greatness. For example, Gandhi, Einstein, Lincoln, or Confucius. I think the personality works for Steve Jobs only because of his childhood, where he grew up, plus many other small factors that position him in an advantageous state where adopting this brutal personality becomes a plus. Overall, the book is highly recommended for any entrepreneurs or anyone who's curious to learn the life of a great mind.
The level of faith on any subject differs with each person. A scientist would have more faith believing a new discoveries than someone who’s not familiar in the field. A biologist who sees bacterias under a microscope will have more faith believing in such an organism’s existence than someone who’s never seen through a microscope. An engineer who builds microscopes in this sense, would have more faith than this biologist who uses it everyday.