Vision Quest Learning from Patrick Ryan

Olina in Wonderland

前记:

第一次听说Patrick Ryan是在2012年,朋友告诉我她的一个朋友去了一个为时7天的Vision Quest, 在荒野里寻找自己人生的意义,回来以后强烈推荐,觉得人生改变了很多。做为一个终生学习者,一听到🈶这样的好东西我就非常的向往,尤其听到Patrick 曾经在缅甸当过和尚,更是视其为天人。于是之后的日子Vision Quest 好几次出现在我的新年计划里,但都因为浮沉俗世的总总牵绊,没能成行。今年,当我发现这次的quest 是在我生日的当天,我感觉宇宙好像在呼唤我过来:来吧,Olina,有什么比这个更好的庆祝新的生日的时候呢?于是2016年4月18日,我风风火火的来到了位于Joshua Tree Park 附近的沙漠,开始了我7天的Vision Quest 之旅。

开始:
到达Vision Quest的第一天,我第一次见到了传说中的Patrick, 小老头和蔼可亲,第一次见面拥抱我长达2分钟之久,好像久违的亲人,在这里等了我很久的样子。Patrick 说,人生来就是一个完整的个体,饿了哭,高兴了笑,简单而开心。但在成长的过程中我们会有牵绊,每次经历挫折我们的灵魂都会丢失一些,当我们丢失灵魂以后会常常沮丧,🈶挫败感。同时,当一个人做事失败的时候不是因为他没有能力,而是因为他忘记了做这件事的初心和使命。

开始的头两天Patrick给我们做了很多准备工作,不停的从各个层面激发我们回首自己的过去,找寻生命的意义。并且不停的告诉我们之后会有三天两夜我们需要到沙漠里面独自生存,可以带两加仑的水,两块粘布挡挡风雨,睡袋和足够御寒的衣服。不让带帐篷,不给吃东西,不和外界交流。听到这个我就害怕了,我以为我大老远的从硅谷跑来是听你给我传授人生的真谛,什么?居然三天两夜没有东西吃?还要住在沙漠里,沙漠里面有山狼,有蛇,有各种各样的危险,我被咬了怎么办?晚上这么冷,风那么大,冻坏了怎么办?我发现自己在犹豫。只可惜不是自己开车来的,连偷偷跑掉的可能都没有。就不停的和Patrick 碎碎念,我好害怕,觉得自己坚持不下来。Patrick 倒是很淡定,他说我觉得你是一个非常勇敢的女生,你面对困难不能老躲啊,坚强点,去吧。过了这三天,你这辈子就没有过不去的事情了。我一听,也是,躲也躲不过去了,咱就硬着头皮往前冲吧!

沙漠里的第一天:

终于到了这一天,我们开始荒漠之旅。凌晨5点45,我们出发上路了,像Alice 走进极美世界,我背着前一天晚上小熊帮我准备好的大包,带着我的睡袋,垫子,两块粘布,所有御寒的衣服就出发了。出发的时候倒是没有想那么多,就当郊游了。三天两夜总得找个落脚的地方吧?我背着那么大的行囊和所有的家当在荒野里面走,心里充满恐惧,觉得要找个安全的地方比较重要,挡风御寒的最好。找来找去,犹豫了半天,终于我发现一块大石头的后面不错,下面是软软的沙子,可以挡风,挡太阳,于是决定安营扎寨在这里。但我观察四周的时候,我看到了动物的粪便,就想, 这会不会是野狼的窝呢,就往石头下面的山洞里面仔细看,下面是一堆乱石头,再看,我看到了一个桔红色的小蛇在里面悠悠的爬过。这里居然是蛇窝?我吓的有点发抖,赶快收拾好所有家当,跑回去找Patrick 告状:蛇,这里居然真的有蛇。Patrick 很安静的看着我,说这里是野外,当然什么都有啊,多正常。但是我很害怕啊,我说。Patrick 说不要说我很害怕,是你内心那个三岁的小孩害怕了,但我看到的Olina 是勇敢的坚韧的,是可以承担起这个责任的。你是想让你内心三岁的小孩做主你的人生呢?还是你已经长大的自己。我想想,说的也是,是时候该长大了。自己掌握自己的人生。但是,现在怎么办呢?我还是害怕啊。Patrick 问我,你需要什么?我说我需要你帮忙我找个栖身之处,帮我把粘布支好。他说好吧,就带着我和我所有家当回到了沙漠里面。他帮我找到一个Juniper 树,帮我把粘布用绳子搭在树上,算是有个避风挡雨的窝,就走了。这样折腾了一圈,已近傍晚,我就开始写写日记,玩会儿石头,对着晚霞跳舞,冲着月亮乱叫,叫累了,就钻进我的小窝睡觉了。睡前我好好的把我这颗juniper 树赞美了一番,我说Juniper 呀Juniper, 请你好好保护我吧,不要受到所有的干扰。谢谢啦。就睡了。这一夜,居然一觉睡到天亮,完全忘了我一天没有吃东西的事。

沙漠里的第二天:
早上,天亮我才醒,但感觉好冷,就不想动,主要也不知道这一天在荒野里面要干啥,就蹭着到太阳出来好高了才起床。起床后想起来还有两加仑水在那个大石头那边,没有饭吃,总得喝水吧。就壮起胆子去把自己的水拿回来,顺便也走走,看看周围。这里是古印第安人朝圣的地方,依稀还可以看到大石头🈶各种形态,各种表情。我试着和石头人沟通:石头人你好,我是Olina, 我生命的意义是什么呢?喊了半天,也没见石头人理我,倒是看到奔跑的小兔子,到我面前停了下来,我只好和小兔子说话,兔子你好,你想带我去哪里呢?兔子就这么安静的看了我5分钟,我也没听懂它想说啥,蹲着实在太累,就继续往前流浪。这里石头山太多了,我几乎都找不到昨天呆的地方了,只好大声像石头人求助:我问,可以帮忙我找到昨天的地方吗?我真的需要水。结果喊完我就发现那个地方就在前面。我战战兢兢的走向那个石头,发现我的水还在,但没有蛇在前面,就胆战心惊的过去把水拿着就走了,回到我栖身的地方,日头还不到中午,太阳开始毒了起来,风非常的大,让我没处躲没处藏的。这时候才发现自己也饿了。想吃香蕉,想吃鸡蛋,想我最爱的日本寿司店。我闭上眼睛,假装自己眼前🈶那么多的食物,我一点一点的吃,吃完摸摸自己的肚子,安慰自己说饱了吧。结果一会儿又饿了,这时候沙漠里面的太阳已经毒辣的厉害,狂风四起,我又热又饿又被风吹的难受,实在没有办法了就钻进我的避风港睡觉,睡了一会,起来发现没有那么饿啊。就开始写日记,玩石头,把脑子里面所有想的东西都写了一遍下来。发现没有微信打扰,其实也还好。不久就日落了,我就开始看着日落,看着晚霞满天飞,再看着月亮渐渐升起来。那天晚上的晚霞是我这一生见过的最美的晚霞。我看着自己的全部家当,其实发现就这些就够了,其实人真的需要那么多外在的物质吗?

Patrick 曾经说过,第二天的晚上尤其重要, 我们不能睡觉,要对着月亮大声说出自己的心愿,也问月亮我的人生的意义是什么。可是今晚的月亮很是诡异,出来一会儿就躲进云层,不再露脸,我等呀等呀,月亮就是不出来。我就好生气啊:我又冷,又饿,又累,挨了两天,就是要等今晚的月亮,但是今晚没有月亮,你让我对着谁叫呢?没有月亮的夜晚,沙漠里面安静的可怕,我要对谁起舞呢?也许我可以去找Patrick, 和他们一起也是个伴。我于是再一次收拾起了我的行囊,把睡袋,垫子,凳子,所有东西都装了起来,就又回到了营地,我对Patrick 大叫:Patrick, 今晚居然没有月亮!Patrick 说,今晚有月亮,它就是暂时被挡住了,很快就会出来,你要有耐心!我说沙漠里面好黑啊,我不想回去了,我可以在这边安营扎寨,等月亮出来吗?Patrick说,Olina,你已经完成了80%了,我很为你骄傲。为什么你不去完成最后的20%呢。你想想,刚来的时候你🈶想过你已经在沙漠里面呆两天一夜了吗?我说,但是没有月亮,又这么冷,我不敢一个人在外面,我估计回去就睡觉了。Patrick 说,就算是回去睡觉,你也是完成了啊。你已经在那个地方积累了你两天的能量,你要就这样抛弃它吗?他用了Abandon 抛弃这个词,我听了吓一跳,很多时候事不如意我们会抛弃这件事,抛弃别人,甚至抛弃自己。抛弃也是一种逃避,但我们要逃避到什么时候呢?我不喜欢逃避。于是我听到自己说,好吧,我回去。我真的不知道自己🈶那么大的胆子,靠着一个头灯,背着那么重的行囊,提着我的水和凳子,又再一次在黑暗中摸索回了沙漠。但是这一次,我找不到自己的地方了,我转啊转,几次来回,都找不到了。我想是因为我抛弃了那颗Juniper树,它不高兴了。但是我需要找到它,我不想抛弃它。于是我大声喊:大地母亲,请你原谅我,我真的想找回我的Juniper Tree,Please, please. 于是,我继续在黑暗里面摸索,仔细寻找,终于找到了我的那颗树。我高兴的要命,马上把粘布铺好,睡垫打开,睡袋放进去,就钻进睡袋了。沙漠里面的天气好冷,今晚的风好大,这个是我唯一可以坚持下来的办法。风一直吹着我的头,我把所有东西盖到了脑袋上去睡觉。这一晚,我偏偏睡不着了,我听到丝丝的响声,我有点害怕,但我想就算是蛇又怎样呢?我又没有踩到它,它不会怎样我的,不怕不怕。我渐渐的睡去了。半夜醒了3次,我看到月亮,于是大声喊:我是Olina, 我生命的意义是什么?月亮还是冲我笑,不讲话。我就又睡去了。

沙漠里的第三天:
等我第三天醒来的时候,天已经亮了。月亮还在,但太阳还没有出来。我看到天亮了好高兴,急忙从我的睡袋里面钻了出来,风依旧大,天依旧冷。但我的心情是不一样的。我开始慢慢收拾我的行囊,一样一样把东西叠好,放进包里面,然后,慢慢的等太阳出来。等啊等,等到日出的那一刹那,我哭了,我从来没有看到过那么美的日出,我也没有看到过如此坚韧的自己。我像一个凯旋的士兵,拿着我的所有东西,一步一步迈向了营地,Patrick 他们早已经在那边等我,他看见我回来,开始给我拍照(亲啊,我已经几天没有梳头,洗脸刷牙了)我顾不上了,上去紧紧抱住Patrick, 说我做到了,如果我可以做这个,我可以做天下所有的事情!Patrick 说是,我在你身上看到了一个坚持,勇敢的Olina, 我为你骄傲!我信心满满,我发现我的眼神,我的步调都坚定了很多。

后:
终于回到了熟悉的营地房间,可以洗澡,有早餐可以吃,我发现我们真的太幸福了。终于不用被风吹日晒了,我心里真的充满对这个世界的感激,觉得这个世界给我们的太多了,太多的爱,但是我还在自己的小世界里面自怨自哀。这次沙漠之旅让我感受到了这个世界的爱。

吃完早餐,我带着手机出去像沙漠里面的所有东西答谢并告别,手机还有44%的电,我觉得够了,于是出发,像我的栖身之地的Junipe树感谢并告别,像所有陪伴过我的石头人,像小兔子,像鸟儿,像蜥蜴,说出我的感激之情,并且照相留念。不知道为啥,照了一会儿像,手机显示电池不够了,我觉得还好,就继续往前走,感谢陪伴我三天两夜的沙漠,走到起初看到蛇的大石头,我刚想照相,突然发现手机一点电都没有了。我笑了,这块石头用这种方法告诉我不要照了,留在记忆中就好。我鞠躬感谢,然后慢慢的拥抱沙漠,拥抱自己。

Patrick 写了三本书了,其中一本就叫Awaken Wisdom, 苏醒的智慧,摆在桌子上面,我于是好奇的翻了翻,他看到我在看他的书,就说,我可以送给你啊。我好高兴,说真的吗?太感谢了!他说你需要我在上面签名吗?我可以给你写些东西。我傻乎乎的还没有想过还有这些好事,连忙说好啊!他就提笔给我写了如下的赠言:

To Olina, the courageous one,

For all the creation of that you are talked to!

Patrick.

感谢Patrick, 感谢此次Vision Quest 的所有充满爱的人们,感谢这沙漠里的万事万物。人说万物有灵,我在这次行程中看到了他们的灵魂,也找到了自己的灵魂。

Learning from Landmark Power to Create!

接触到Landmark 培训其实是个很偶然的机会,有天下午一个朋友到我家玩,我就随口问句,你们周末做什么啊,他说,我要去参加Landmark Forum, 作为一个终身学习者,我对任何好的课程是没有抵抗力的,就也跟着人家一起去学了一个周末,他们的课程及其残忍,早9晚11,连学三天,学到那个周末我都快吐血了,当然那个周末也有了很多的突破,所以半年以后,当Landmark有个志愿者的机会向我招手的时候,我好了伤疤忘了痛,坚定的说,Yes.

我这次做志愿者的课程名字叫做Power To Create, 是Landmark 一个有名的沟通课程。 经历了两天早7晚11的魔鬼训练,这里是我的学习笔记,写出来大家分享:

1 人与人之间最重要的是沟通,最好的沟通是每次谈完我们双方都感觉被moved touched inspired, 这个翻译有点难度,我猜是感动,触摸,点醒。

2 我们每个人都有与生俱来的很大的影响力,只要我们立足于现在,行动起来,生命会有无限的可能和潜质。每天都是一个机会开拓你新的潜能。

3 沟通的本质是integrity 和 authenticity, 守信与真诚,我们每个人都要忠于自己。

4 当事情和预想不一样的时候,我们要及时清理,当我们和别人善始善终,我们也对自己有了很好的交代,然后继续迎接新的生活

5 对话分为自己对别人,别人对自己,别人对别人。当我们没有安全感,在求生状态,我们习惯于控制,说服,解释。当我们做自己命运的主人,我们真正学会放弃该放弃的,真正原谅别人,原谅自己,接受一切,活在当下,放低姿态,鼓舞别人,带着真诚,,勇于承担责任,有涵养的去沟通,我们就在创造生命无限的可能。沟通法则是:integrity, responsibility, generosity, stay in power, being in communication, resolve in communication

6 真正的沟通开始于我们走进对方的世界,真正的倾听他的感受。

7 我们每天的谈话很多都是重复的,重复自己的模式,而这个模式是因为我们从小的教育,经历都有很大关系,我自己最大的得着是当我很小的时候,我和姥姥要吃的,我说我饿了,当时她在忙,就随口说了一句你乐了就唱吧,我当时感觉很受伤,觉得自己不够好,不配得到自己想要,觉得自己不被人喜欢,接纳,于是就开始封闭自己,把自己保护起来,接受我的要求不会得到满足的现状,自己躲起来生气而不是鼓起勇气进一步沟通自己的需求,以后,每每当我感觉到谈话中有一点点别人不愿意满足我的愿望的时候,我都会躲起来而不是积极有效的沟通。其实,我当时完全可以不带情绪的说,姥姥,我不是乐了,我只是饿了,可以给我一点吃的吗?面包就行。这样真诚的去说,至于得不得到,那是别人的事情,我们要做的功课是自己要完整表达出自己的愿望,不带情绪,去倾听。

8 最大的收获是,在遇到挫折的时候,不要逃避,不要气馁,试着平静的说出下面的话:

我知道你在说什么,我接受你所有已经说的和没有说的,我接受你已经做的和没有做的,我接受你现在的样子和你不会成为的样子,我愿意全心的去倾听你的谈话。

当我们放下自我,活着当下,勇于接受,勇敢面对,保持开放的心态,真正的沟通会再次发生。

9 我们每次谈话都是一个机会,让我们去创造自己的生活,开拓无限的可能,所以每次谈话我们都在塑造自己,用自己的语言去塑造别人,然后别人再来塑造自己,语言真的是太重要了。

10 总结:因为我自己也做培训,所以这次去做志愿者,我是以学习的态度去的,学习他们的运作方式和他们的规则。我发现他们把每项工作真的做的很细,分工明确,规则清楚,其实两天半的课程我觉得安排一天内容就可以讲完,但他们把学习和现实生活有效结合起来,让大家每学一样东西,就和自己的家人或者朋友把之前没有沟通好的事情去沟通,和别人和解,对自己也有个交代,然后回来和大家分享成功经验或者失败教训。这种分享因为是真实的,所以很有鼓动力,会鼓舞更多的人去行动,然后分享,就像一个涟漪,波纹产生共振,然后影响更多人。之后他们鼓励你在之后的半天课程中邀请你的朋友来,再请大家分享,所以又会有新的学员进来,这样这个培训学院就是一个正循环,有了造血功能,变成对双方都有益处。 很值得学习。

Starup Tips from Entrepreneur meetup

I missed the meetup yesterday, but luckily I received the following note from Peter, the organizer. I found it is very userful! What do you think?

JJ, an Associate of 5 Star Startup Services, talked about his experiences of starting 10 companies in the past 30 years. Among the gems he divulged were:

Don’t quit your Day Job, because you’ll need the income while you’re trying to form your company. It always takes longer than you expect to get revenue flowing. Have some contingency plans, so that if your 1st plan doesn’t work you have options.

–I like the first point already. It is always good to have some contingency plans.

Vision: have a significant purpose & passion for your product, then the money will follow.

Even if you haven’t completed development, get a Foundation Customer, so you can develop and test your concept on them, to see if it works and if they like it. Listen to their feedback.

It’s better to have good Functionality, than a product that looks good.

Focus your Energies on one product. Once you have a little extra bandwidth, experiment on ideas where you can be the best.

Choosing a Partner is extremely critical to your success. You should get to know them well, to determine if you’re compatible and you can work well together BEFORE making a partnership. Draw up a good contract, doing business on a MoU is a No-No, do a Non-binding Trial Partnership at arms length for at least 6 months and see how it works. Before discussing “binding partnerships”.

Look for Leverage Opportunities with other organizations, (ie, Reseller channels), so that you can multiply your efforts.

Hiring: Use written questions to be more objective in your interview process. Use due diligence in all your actions & decisions. Don’t hire anyone that is not passionate about your product. Get good Marketing & Sales personnel (who can close deals). Never settle for “less than the best” when hiring.

Don’t try to be too “friendly” with your Staff, because you have to be objective to make the best decisions.

You can’t startup new Staff in a remote location. Make sure the staff is working well before you put distance between you.

Direct help or support of your significant other is important to building your business, because they must share some of your passion and understand all the time that you spend with your other love.

Tips for Star up from Sillion Valley Pitch Meetup.

Mint CEO Aaron Patzer on Startups from Techcrunch on Vimeo.

The information below is from a talk by Adryenn Ashley, WowIsMe.com at Silicon Valley Startup Funding Meetup/1720 on 4/01/10. Significantly enhanced by Peter, Organizer.(Peter@Engr-Net.com). I felt that those are very valuable information, what you do think?

1. Have a clear Mission, Vision & Goals. Resolve to make the time to write the most important reasons you are in business [Mission], where you want to go [Vision] and what impact you want to have in the world. Now plan your Smart Goals:

S – specific, significant, stretching
M – measurable, meaningful, motivational
A – achievable, agreed upon, action-oriented
R – realistic, relevant, rewarding, results-oriented
T – timely, tangible, trackable

2. An attention-getting Marketing Message. Make your marketing message about the Client, not you. Convey a message about their problems, challenges, or pain. You want them to think, “That’s my prob-lem”. Now that you got their attention, tell them how you can solve their problem/s. Have a passion for your biz and your Clients will catch your enthusiasm and buy you.

3. Compelling Marketing Materials (including Web-Site & Blog). Your marketing information should be in this order:

a) State the problem Prospects are having, so that you show you understand what they are going thru.
b) Tell them how you will “solve” their Problem, and what it will be like when the problem is resolved.
c) Prove to them how it works from the experience of other Clients or even the Beta Testers.
d) Ask them to take Action to find out more about your Product or Services.

4. Visibility for yourself or your Business. Network with and talk to possible Clients as much as possible. Ask them if they think your solution will solve their problem. Do talks at groups. Host a mini Seminar or Webinar to explain your product.

5. A Mailing List to keep in touch with those interested on a regular basis (ie, once a month). Tell them about new features, success stories. They’re open and want to be convinced.

6. Communication. Ideally, have a standard list of questions, that you ask Prospects to find out their needs. Then listen and take notes. Once they have identified their most important problems, explain how your product/service can solve it (if it can). Then, ask for the Order.

If you have a Service or long term Product delivery schedule, use the below.

7. Contract. Draft an Agreement of what the Prospect will get if they work with you (ie, Deliverables), milestones, & terms. Keep it short & simple. Negotiate the Terms, if you have to.

8. Capability. Set up mile-stones of what you plan to achieve at each stage. Ask for their cooperation to keep on shedule.

9. Celebrate your Victory when you have: a) product installed, b) a happy Customer, c) meet Sales Goals or have finished the Project.

10. Bust your butt giving good service to support your Customer. Ask them what they think; how you could improve.

Do we need to leave everything behind?

I recently had a great talk with a friend. During our conversation, he shared with me some of his recent reflections:

When we were young, we have a big goal. In order to achieve that goal, we kept on runing, we left lots of things behind. But once we achieved our goal, we will find out that we lost lots of things.

There are lots things around us we thought they are in the ‘either or’ mode, actually it can be ‘both and’ mode. Which means, in order to achieve our goal, we actually don’t need to throw lots of things away or left them behind. We can adjust them and bring them with us in the journey.

In my previous blogpost, I mentioned about there are three stages of life: Survival mode, success mode and significant mode. It is no doubt that my friend is in his success mode, but he felt that there are so many things he left behind that he should bring on his journey. I will take it as ‘grow together’. You want to bring your friends and your family on your journey. Because–To go faster, you go by yourself, to go further, you go as a team. So I hope this blogpost can bring you some reflections and maybe think of some people who you want to bring on the success journey.

Oh, you asked me what the defination of success again? Let me share a joke with you:

When you are three, success means not pee in your pants.

When you are sixteen, success means have a driver license.

When you are twenty, success means have sex.

When you are thirty-five, success means have a great job!

When you are fifty-five, success means have money!

When you are sixty-five, success means have sex.

When you are seventy, success means have a driver license.

When you are ninty, success means not pee in your pants.

Keep your dream alive!

We had a great CINA event last night in Fenwick, the topic is keep your dream alive. We had about 60 attendees, and everyone had three minutes to talk about their passion, their dream and their new year resolutions.

I arrived Fenwick about 6:20pm last night, with two bottles of red wines and two bottles of white wines and three pack of cheeses. Incidentally Yesterday was also Simon Ma’s Son’s one month anniversary. So Vicki also prepared a big cake for him. Simon has been a great volunteer for CINA for long time, we appreciate his dedication and happy to see his son coming.

We started around 7pm. Vicki opened the session, she suggested us each used three minutes to talk about our dreams and hopes, then she turned the microphone to me, asked me to moderate the event. Without much preparation, I happily took this task and started with my dreams.

I first quickly introduced about myself and what I am working on. Then I associated the dreams with success. Since everyone wants to become successful, but what really does success means. First, it is a procedure, not a destination. Then, you need to find the purpose you come to this world, grow to the maxium of your potentials and sowing the benefit for the other people. Since it is not about what you can get from this world, it is about what you can give to this world.

Then everyone got three minutes to talk about there dreams. I found the following people are very interesting.

Vincent Yip, a Stanford professor, will start a course in Stanford about Entrepreneurship and Doing Business in China. He seems very knowledgable about what he is talking about. So pity that I need to coach Dale Carnegie Course every Thursday night, or else, I’d like to check out his class.

Angela Chou, CINA’s former president, she talked about career switch from Engineer to Executive assistant. And she suggested that do things you passionate about, it is very important.

Angelika? , when Vincent mentioned that the future of this world is US, Indian and China. Angelika said, I think the future of world is in China. Angelika will do some lecture in Vincent’s course too, and she is a branding expert. I like the way she present herself.

Michael Lu, I know Michael Lu about one year already, and I was deeply impressed about his presentation last night. He is passionate about the green tech industry and wish to contribute his part in it. I connected him to some of my friends who works in this industry today and if you happens to be in Green Tech and wants to find some partner, Michael can be a great candidate.

Victor Huang, he mentioned about there is a Gene inside of everyone. Did he read the book ‘The secret’? I think it is very true.

Kevin Wang, he is working on a Pubsubnetworks, pubsubnetwork.com (or p11k.com) is a web service to publish your messages to anyone who subscribed to your topic. Sounds really interesting to me.

It was a great event that I felt there are so many positive energies in this room. Our event finished around 9pm, and people started to do networking. The chat went so well that they don’t want to leave until 10:30pm. Yes, I believe everyone has something he passionate about. But there is not much chance that we can talk about our hopes and dreams. Thanks for Vicki Young who brough us together and gave us this great opportunity share our passion and our dreams. I did enjoy the session, I am impressed by each and everyone of their dreams and I wish all those dreams can come true for them.

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A path leads to career happiness!

I came cross this presentation online from June Dershewitz . She give this presentation at eMetrics. The whole contents make perfect sense for me, so I’d like to share it with you in this beautiful winter morning.

It just stopped rainning outside, lots of the leaves are blown away by the wind. The air is clean and crispy. I just finished my morning Yoga session. I took several deep breaths in the parking lot. Looking around the beautiful houses in the neighborhood, I feel that this world is so peaceful and wonderful. Oh, life is so beautiful.

What I love the most of this presenation is the ‘Knowing yourself’ part! It categorized it by Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow. I love the way she put it and I believe everyone comes to this world for a mission. We just need to keep exploring, find out our mission, know more about ourselves, understand the outside world, then we can come up the self awareness of what you are good at doing, what you should stay away, what can be changed in your life, what can not be changed, or you should not even touch, then you can enjoy the journey. After all, you know yourself the best and it is you who cares about your future the most.

Hope you find your path leads to your career happiness, furthermore, life happiness! Sooner the better!

Oh, last but not least, here is another interesting Zen Habbit article I’d like to share with you today. I love it when one lady asked authors: My hubby lacks interest in anything except boating. How can I motivate him to get off the sofa? (via @organizedsandra)

The authors replies: I don’t think you can motivate others — if they want to do something, they’ll do it. If they don’t, then don’t make them.

However, you can influence others in positive ways. I’d recommend setting an example by doing, and sharing how great it is, without judgment for what he’s doing. If he’s happy doing what he’s doing, then that’s great. If he’d like to do more, then be there for support — but don’t push.

You can ask for his help, as well, in your efforts. Sometimes spouses love to help, and that can rub off on them and get them thinking about trying it themselves. Or maybe not.

In the end, worry more about what you’re doing and less about what he’s doing — he’s living his life and you’re living yours. People don’t like to be pushed or judged or badgered, but like to be loved and accepted.

Little off topic, huh? I guess what I want to say is–take control of your own life, work on the things we need to work on. But, never try to control or change others, even people you love the most or love you the most.

What you don’t Measure, you can’t Improve!

I met Kiran Jethwa in SIPACON. He seems a very knowledgable person. So we did a catch up yesterday. I got lots of interesting concepts from him and feel like to share with you.

For example: Triple bottom lines. It is Profit, People and Environment.  Profit refers the basement for Entrepreneurs and business. People refers to what value you can bring to other people or society. Environment refers to what’s the impact do you bring to environment. I think most Entrepreneurs focus on the first two lines. But with the environment getting worse, it is timeto think about what we can do for our children on everything we do now.

Carbon Footprint, I’ve never heard this term before either. It refers to how many carbon you consume per year , means you impact to the enviroment as a person. Here is an interesting website to calcuate it. Very interesting calculation!

Also, he mentioned that most high tech companies are focus on profits and productivity. There are actually three types of products in the world: Cancer Killer, Ispirin and Sugar Candy. Cancer killer is something people need definitely. Since without it, they will die. Ispirin helps to kill the pain, but doesn’t solve the problem. Sugar Candy refers to something funcy or makes your happy, like Luxary products. We all agree that social media falls into this category too. But being a startup, maybe it is more valuable to make Cancer killer or at least Ispirin, don’t focus on sugar candy.

Green Tech is a buzz recent years, but I am too dummy to figure out what’s really included. Finally I got it clarified by Kiran, it includes Energy Efficiency, Engergy management, Energy Storage, Renewable Energy and Smart Grid. Sounds interesting! I fell like that’s the direction I should go next step.

I like Kiran’s thought on Education, he said Education makes your mind think structurely, knows how to solve problem. That’s really true. Think about how many knowledges you learned in school and how many you are really using today! Guess what we learn is not important, how we learn it make a difference!

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