It’s been months…somewhere amongst the chaos, I forgot how beautiful words are. How they are formed to bring something magical, enlightening. Words are powerful. Use it with care and it’ll evoke the most powerful emotion. Use it recklessly and it’ll get …

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Here’s a great, short, sharp & succinct commencement speech from Dale Heydlauff that gets to the point. Tips:

  • A strong work ethic;
  • Polished communication skills matter;
  • Always keep an open mind and embrace life long learning;
  • Always respect what others can deliver;
  • Learn to focus – be here now;
  • Know thyself – your strength and weakness;
  • Find and follow your passion;
  • Cultivate a network of mentors and never hesitate to ask for advice; and
  • Remember the serenity prayer.
Start Doing

I want to provide a different perspective on a successful career and hopefully get people to think differently about their own careers. Remember when you were little, and you might have been this kid, or that girl or maybe this …

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Like Father, Like Son

Initial release: September 17, 2013 (Tokyo) Director: Hirokazu Koreeda Running time: 130 minutes Screenplay: Hirokazu Koreeda Awards: Japan Academy Prize for Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role   I went to watch an independent Japanese film called Like Father, Like Son ((そして父になる Soshite Chichi …

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I’ve started reading a few books in the past week. The first book I’ve finished reading while the latter two I’ve only just started. If you can get a copy of the second one, I’d love to hear what you think. Comment below.

1. The Fine Art of Success: How Learning Great Art Can Create Great Business

A great book that compares the art/show biz world to real business and how you can still be a creative artist in a corporation . I love some of the analogies in there especially the ones focusing on comparative advantage. The first chapter about Madonna also shows great insight why girl bands-boy bands  like Spice Girls decline but solo singers like Christina Aguilera and Beyonce are still around.

2. The Hard Thing About Hard Things

I’ve only started reading this one but I do enjoy the story of how Ben Horowitz met the 22 year old Marc Andreesen. That’s as far as I got to but it seems to have some very useful insights for startup entrepreneurs. I will do a more comprehensive review later on.

3. Why Most Things Fail: Evolution,  Extinction & Economics

Again, I’ve started this one because it’s one of the physical books I have at home. It’s good so far because I agree with his non-mainstream economics view point but we will see whether the evidence is convincing enough.

Christopher Doyle is the genius cinematographer behind Chungking Express. He has an interesting philosophy on art & life, check out the video.

If you’re just another cog in the wheel then you’re replaceable

- Christopher Doyle

 

Rach’s weekly readings is starting to become fortnightly as I didn’t do much reading at all last week. For this week, I have:

1. The new age of crony capitalism

A great short article from The Economist about rent-seeking and a few examples of how it’s bad for the economy.

2. Morning Manifesto

Some simple tips to get you focused and start a great day.

3. Meanwhile: An Illustrated Love Letter to the Living Fabric of a City and Our Shared Human Longing to Be Understood

Great illustrations and observations of the different people living in San Fran. I love it!