Young and old me

When I was younger, I wanted to change the world. Now that I am older, I try to change myself. When I was younger, I wanted to be better than everyone. Now that I am older, I try to be better than the me yesterday. When...

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Happiness mean reversion theory

It is not acceptable for someone to laugh loudly in the library. But most were empathetic when someone cried loudly. There’s an average level of happiness in a group. When someone is too happy, we want to bring...

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3 things I knew about medicine that were wrong

I always thought that doctors know exactly what was wrong with me and could definitely give me the right treatment. It was when I was older that I realised diagnosis is never 100% accurate or sure. Many illnesses have...

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Easy and hard things

Giving ideas is easy, executing is hard. Taking on new projects is easy, completing them is hard. Giving promises is easy, keeping them is hard. Publishing books is easy, selling them is hard. Reading is easy, applying...

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What Heliocentrism can teach us about business

My elder son loves astronomy and I am forced to read books on this topic before he sleeps. I was reminded of Copernicus, who was known to defy the convention and said the Earth revolves around the Sun (heliocentrism)...

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Leaders shouldn’t delegate communications

Delegation is a form of leverage. A leverage of labour, time and expertise of others. This is a repeated mantra of many leaders and the constant emphasis on getting the best people you can. Recently I realised that...

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Idealism isn’t enough. Realism gets results.

I believe everyone has a friend who talks about his grand dreams but never really take action to fulfil those dreams. He has been talking about it for years but there’s no progress or any achievement to show. You...

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How to be a learning machine in 2020

If you felt you have wasted too much time on entertainment in the last decade, and you want to learn a new skill or deepen your knowledge in a particular area, this might interest you. There are two roles when it comes...

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2019

My goal each year is to smash my most well-held idea. So it isn’t about review of successes and failures, but going deeper to identify the wrong perspective I can smash so I can get closer to reality to achieve better...

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Book of the Year 2019

I love books. You can tell by the construct of this site. At the end of each year, it is common to see many people share their list of best books for the year. I am going to do the same but the difference is that I’m...

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