Note to self. Things I wanna try to manage time to learn in 2017
Learn to : https://tour.golang.org/welcome/1
Learn HTML & CSS: Part 1
Human Anatomy and Physiology
Advanced Nervous System Physiology
Displaying and Describing Data
Describing Relationships in Quantitative Data
Lab Values and Concentration
Investment Vehicles, Insurance, and Retirement
Advanced JS: Games & Visualizations
HTML/JS: Making Webpages Interactive
Python for Security Professionals
Computer and Hacking Forensics
Web App Penetration Testing
This is not my post, but I found it from Khailee Ng (Managing Partner, 500 Startups). It is so inspiring and I want to keep it here.
Again, it is not my post. But hope you find it inspiring too 🙂
Original link – https://goo.gl/RBAiQU
‘Extreme’ Personal Transformation: My 2016 Year in Review
by Khailee Ng, on December 30th, 2016.
“Mid-life crisis, Khailee?” My friends had many questions. Some thought my changes were a bit extreme. But I’ve never felt better about making them. This post may be a bit too personal, but I want to share it with you, in case you are thinking about making some changes in your life. Something in here may help you with your “mid-life renaissance”.
March: Started on a ‘shopping detox’ only buying necessities. Then kept it that way.
May: Packed up one suitcase, gave away 80% of my wardrobe, rented out my apartment (am currently trying to sell it) and officially have no home. Living out of a minimalist wardrobe in different countries.
June: Evolved from a fish-only diet, to vegetarian, then to vegan. And kept it that way. This means no meat, egg, milk, honey, cream, any animal products… while maintaining a strong body.
July: Got rid of my ‘signature look’ (had longer hair for 18 years, and glasses for 25 years), that really was just an ego-feeder for me.
All year: Zero consumption of adult material and onanism all year. Kept it that way.
I went to war with habits built over 31 years. Food, shopping, validation-seeking, and distractions from things which really mattered:
2 – Relationships
I feel closer to my parents than I have ever felt in my entire adult life.
I spent the most time with my best friend compared to previous years in my adult life.
Currently developing a deeply ‘conscious’ and loving romantic relationship with an amazing woman that I admire.
My relationship with myself is way healthier. Growing self-love, self-acceptance and self-awareness.
Underneath all these changes were a fundamental transformation of my mindset.
3 – Mindset
I lived my early adulthood feeling like I had no limits, that anything was possible. I believed that I was capable of getting everything I dreamt of. Sounds like a pretty positive mindset, right? It was. It helped me build and sell 2 companies before 30 and build my startup investment practice.
However, something was missing.
By mid 2015, I was physically at an all-time low. Mentally, I was plagued with internal conflict and dissatisfaction. I kept comparing myself to Mark Zuckerberg and felt shitty about my own achievements. I didn’t feel I had ‘enough’. I was at my most distant from friends and family. A long-term relationship came to an end. I doubled down on work, partying, and ‘living it up’. I started writing out even bigger goals for myself. Taking on more new projects, more things, more experiences…
Something was still missing.
I still felt like I did not have enough.
What is ‘enough’? How much clothes is enough? What level of nett worth is enough? How much external attention and validation is enough? How many new experiences in life is enough?
The more I got in life, the more I wanted. This cycle fed into itself. It was endless. This cycle feeds modern consumerism, and pushes people to exploit other people, other species, and our own earth.
2016 was my big F.U. to this cycle.
I drew the line of what ‘enough’ meant to me. If I could give myself enough love and validation, I would be less inclined to seek for it externally. I wouldn’t need the products, experiences and desires peddled to me. I would invest less time in ego-stroking activities. I would grow more contentment, and I wouldn’t need more…
All this freed up time, resources and ambition that could instead be used to serve themes and people that I cared about. This impacted my work in ways I didn’t expect.
4 – Work
For once, I started to say no to new projects. I had large amounts of capital placed in front of me to take on exciting new endeavors, but I said no. I stayed focused on making good on my core commitments.
By the end of 2016, I achieved more in my investment career that I had in previous years. Our portfolio grew to 120 companies, many now Southeast Asia’s most prominent ones. Aside from Grab, 47 of them raised more than USD $300 million, and they continue to grow. I built a solid team that I fully trust, and we’re now in our second fund.
I wake up every day working with exceptional individuals (both on my team, and the entrepreneurs I meet and invest in). They inspire me to further serve more entrepreneurs as they build game-changing companies in every part of the world.
My work with 500 Startups grew. And so did my sense of purpose.
5 – Purpose
Last week, I chose some words which would describe the overarching theme of why I do what I do: I help people realize their creative ability, with a focus on entrepreneurs. On my social media profiles I use the call-to-arms, “Weapons of mass creation for all!” Maybe I’ll make a t-shirt out of this.
2017, Bring it on
So there you have it, 2016! I’m back to work – ongoing work in progress. To continue well into 2017 and beyond. To serve the people and issues I care about. For this, I will have plenty more habits to dismantle and mind shifts to make. I’m so lucky I’m supported by so many sweet people (list below) in the process.
As for you, what is the most ‘extreme’ change you want to see in your life? What makes you want to transform? Comment below, I’d love to know. All this comes together to be your unique story. My story is just one story of many. It can happen for anyone, it can happen faster than you think, and it can very well happen for you in 2017.
Appendix : Some people who played a notable role in my 2016. In no particular order.
My 500 Durians II partner Vishal Harnal for so, so much personal and professional support
Jenny Maggard for giving me such a practical and powerful paradigm for fitness for life
I went to hospital the other day. And the morning after, I got bitten by a scorpion. In that moment, my mind deluded myself that I was going to die. But hey! It was just a baby scorpion, Tiktok! Don’t be such an annoying drama queen!
OK! I am not dying. And the first half of 2016 has passed. 52% of UK voted Brexit. Horrible violence is spreading everywhere. Bill Gates commented on Thailand’s messy wires. Military Junta and our BELOVED PM are doing really FINE (because they hold on to GT200, I guess). And someone has just walked away from my life, and I felt really great.
OK. Here comes the drama queen part.
Well… He’s not a lover. His name is Kaye. He once was a prisoner, an due to my current work, I have to deal with prisoners and also villagers in the Northeastern Thailand. Kaye was one of them. He was about to get out of jail when we met. It was my second day at work, alone, in the far far away land. I lived in the temple at that time. Every weekday, around 9 o’clock, 20 prisoners would arrive at the temple and use their skills to construct a new & temporary prison, well, in the temple area. Kaye worked at the kitchen, where I visited quite often (of course). He called me as “Pi Tiktok” since we first met, which means “Older Tiktok”. I am still curious until these days about how he knows that I am older than him.
I can’t say we were close. Also I can’t say that we created strong friendship bond. I was just working in the temple (and villages), and Kaye was just working in the kitchen, waiting for his last day in prison. Sometimes I was mad at what he said to me and I would be silent for a while. Many times he and his technician skill helped me fixed my 6-year old motorcycle. No need to talk about food. His cooking was excellent. And he was a good listener. And then one day he spoke up that he would be out of jail, soon. “Tomorrow”, he said. “Tomorrow?” I repeated. At that time I have moved out to live in the nearby village, and rarely hang out (work, actually) in the temple anymore.
So it means, “tomorrow” was the last day that I could see him.
On that day, I rode motorcycle, hoping to go to temple. And then the villagers I know asked me to stop by. I visited their house. They served the dessert. We talked for a while and I totally forgot about Kaye. Then one motorcycle was passing by, and Kaye was on the back. I didn’t even recognize him, but fortunately enough that he did. Kaye shouted out my name, “Pi Tiktok”. He waved goodbye from the back of the motorcycle. And then I asked him to stop by.
“Are you leaving?”, I said. He nodded. I didn’t even know where he came from.
“Where do you live?” was my question. He mentioned some place which I never heard of. And then, in the very last moment of goodbye, I gave him cash as a goodbye present. Not much, but enough for his journey home, I guess.
“I am fine.”, he refused to take that cash.
“Take it. It is a gift for your new journey. And please do not revisit your old path.” Actually, I didn’t even know what kind of crime he committed in the past.
“I won’t. Someone contacted me to become the drug dealer again, but I have denied. I won’t go back there.” I think it was not a promise to me, it was a promise to himself.
Then Kaye left. Gone. And that was a month and a half ago.
In life, I know some people who were out of jail and then committed a crime, many crimes, and walked to the prison again. Real life is not simply easy. We all know that the world is not a perfect place full of equal opportunity for everyone. And in the word of my friend; “Not all can be wise.”
I know nothing about Kaye’s life.
But I hope, that I won’t see him again.
It might sound a bit mean, but I seriously hope to not see him again,
…as a prisoner in the temple, where I currently work for.
More than a hundred of ‘cultural activists’ issued the open letter to Gwangju’s exhibition organizers in South Korea asking selection process of Thai artist’s work on the PDRC protest in 2013-2014 Bangkok by Another Word is Possible – AWP Monday May 16, 2016 118 Thai cultural activists collectively named “Cultural Activists for Democracy (or CAD)” […]
ฉันสูดกลิ่นแดดอบอุ่นของฤดูใบไม้ผลิเข้าปอด ขณะเริ่มกดปุ่มเพลย์เพลง Little Lou, Prophet Jack, Ugly John ที่ Norah Jones ร้องคู่กับ Belle & Sebastian
ฉันฟังเพลงนี้ซ้ำไปซ้ำมาตลอดภาคการศึกษานี้ ท่อนเริ่มต้นที่ร้องว่า “What a waste, I could have been your lover. What a waste, I could have been your friend.” น็อกฉันเสียอยู่หมัด ส่วนท่อนถัดมาที่ร้องว่า “Perfect love is like a blossom that fades so quick. When it’s blowing up a storm in May.” ก็ทำให้ฉันรู้สึกว่าพายุเดือนพฤษภาคมที่โหมถล่มโตเกียวดูโรแมนติกดี
ภาคการศึกษานั้น ฉันอายุ 33 ปี และฉันมักคิดถึงคำว่า “What a waste” อยู่บ่อยๆ