Let me start with a confession.
I got myself into a flux.
I cannot write yet I do. What attracted me wasn’t the act of writing. I wanted an avenue to extract the mess from my head. Writing helps, or so I thought.
Writing did not clear the mental mess without creating new ones. Great. Now, I have 2 problems. The never-ending mental mess created by writing and a new one which is an addiction to write.
Whoever recommended me to write ought to be shot.
I write, but I cannot.
My tenses are odd. I have an overriding preference…
Writing is tough. I salute everyone who writes for a living. It requires a monumental effort to extract that little idea in our heads and give birth to them in visible form. This effort goes beyond the use of alphabets, sentences, paragraphs, and expressions. Beyond that, coherence matters.
I struggled a lot in school when it comes to languages. In Singapore, we had to slog through the first 10 years of our education learning 2 languages. The first one is the national working language, and that is English. The second one is our Mother Tongue, which is Chinese for me.
I learned a lot from my Aunt during my growing-up years. She is very different from my Mum. So different, in fact, that I doubted their sisterhood many times. My Mum embraced the narrative of the average. My Aunt did not. My Mum believed in being contented with life. My Aunt pushes the envelope of possibility.
I was drawn to my Aunt because I was never happy with what I had. I wanted more. I wanted to prove that I am a cut above the rest, and I wanted people to recognize me for it. …
It is easy to mistake one for the other. They appear alike, especially from the perspective of a third party. However, there is a difference between temporary retreating from the noisy surroundings and not wanting anyone else to enter into our world.
I have been accused of anti-social behavior for the longest time. That is a third-party view that is inaccurate. Let me explain why.
I do find the world outside my personal space to be noisy. And I think that is so by default. I like to think, read, and observe. …
I am writing this story for myself because I needed it. I wanted to experience the freedom of writing what I want to, without receiving any private notes from editors. And for that matter, rejection emails. I understand that it is necessary to improve my craft daily, though there are times where I needed to do things my way.
We work for our keep. We write to grow a side income, and in the process, getting to know people in the circle and carve a niche for ourselves. …
Nothing beats a good run after a difficult day at work and at home.
Of course, I am biased towards running. I love running. I see myself as a runner exploring the world in my running shoes. One day, perhaps. One day.
I almost immediately feel light the moment I start. It feels incredible knowing that I am traveling fast with no load on my shoulders. That will be true for the next hour of forward movement and relentless progress.
“Never underestimate the power that one good workout can have on your mind. …
“Read, read, read. Read everything — trash, classics, good and bad, and see how they do it. Just like a carpenter who works as an apprentice and studies the master. Read! You’ll absorb it. Then write. If it’s good, you’ll find out. If it’s not, throw it out of the window.”
Reading is enjoyable. Your eyes perform the heavy lifting while your mind engages with the unbelievable.
Writing is hard work. Tremendous effort is required to give birth to the words nestling in your head. We hit the backspace button more than we press enter or spacebar.
“Even well-meaning gatekeepers slow innovation. When a platform is self-service, even the improbable ideas can get tried, because there is no expert gatekeeper ready to say, “That will never work!” And guess what — many of those improbable ideas do work, and society is the beneficiary of that diversity.”
I have to admit. I love this paragraph because it is simple and elegant.
There are well-meaning gatekeepers in the office, in business, and at home. And I appreciate their feedback. At the same time, the best test indeed comes from the market.
No experts or gatekeepers…
If you are like me, you believe salespersons are obsessed with securing their commissions and nothing else.
This line of thinking stuck with me since I started working. It is an accumulation of first-hand experience working beside incentive-driven colleagues.
One day, Shirley entered my workplace. She left a deep, direct impression on me on Day 1. Shirley came over to my desk, shook my hand, introduced herself with confidence, and got interested in what I do before she continued her office tour.
Hours later, I would receive her email addressed directly to me. …
Web 3.0. represents the next stage evolution of the World Wide Web.
And that invites the following questions:
Because Web 3.0. is a constantly evolving concept-in-motion, understanding it requires both research and practitionership. Painting the big picture first is necessary to understand Web 3.0.
Treat it like The Lord of The Rings trilogy, if you will. We have to start reading the classic from Book 1 to comprehend the complicated web of developments leading to Sauron’s demise in Book 3.
Let us begin with an appreciation of the…