Why believing matters

We dream bigger
We act bolder
We work harder
We get out of bed easier
We speak with more conviction
We can't help but share with everyone
We are more patient

For the most important things in life, believing really matters.

Because what we believe is what we'll be living.

2020 - it's not easy, but could it be the best?

2020 hasn't been easy
We've been challenged to our limits
Some of us have thrived
While others have tilted
But this is a needful season
The air is getting cleaner
The forests less ravaged
Silly ideas for startups thrown away
The return to fundamentals of driving value
Tech adoption by the boomers - who are now evangelists
We stay home - and have more time to reflect
And these moments are what make us better
As human beings and as caretakers of our planet
2020, it hasn't been easy, but could this be our best year yet?


Getting Good is NOT an Accident

A close friend and colleague(Greg) recently wrote about learning, and how most of us think that the act of consuming content makes us better each day(full post here  - def check it out, it's great).

TLDR; it doesn't.

I've been a gamer all my life. And have competed in all kinds of tournaments. And one thing's clear, we don't get good from just playing. We get good from all the time spent watching our replays, analysing our games, getting coached. And the best competitors just do it more diligently than everyone else who simply plays mindlessly.

I've never been that good at chess, but I grew up around some really strong national players in Singapore during secondary school. So I got really excited when I discovered a cool feature on recently(few days ago). There is a sophisticated system that provides a detailed post-game analysis on every move - with an ELO/ranking that exceeds grandmasters. It tells you which of your or your opponent's moves are 'best', 'okay' or plain 'bad'. By analysing every game, and every opening, and committing to not repeating the same mistake in the same situation the next time it occurs, the improvements happened really quickly. It's like the perfect coach that never tires, never falters and gives world-class advice every single time.

Now how do I do this for everything else in life?


Popular wisdom is overrated

Follow your passion rarely lasts.
Never give up doesn’t apply to everything.
You can be anything you want as long as you believe/work hard enough is simply false.

The truth is
Passion is a great starter, but success is what keeps us going.
There are some things we should give up, fast. Dysfunctional relationships, Negative people, Insecurities.
Our genetics, geography, family affluence are greater predictors of where we end up - not everyone can become a Roger Federer or Lebron James just because we want to.

Too confronting?
Truth is a much stronger foundation to build meaningful lives on.



Our best choices
In dire circumstances
Don’t come from absolute strength
But rather a willingness to walk
In spite of the absolute certainty
Of the pain of failure
Because of the joy and hope of success

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