A Well-designed Life (Pt 2)


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I am very honored to be writing the 100th post on A Booking For Two so it took me a bit longer than usual to publish it. Hopefully it’s worth the wait!

December is the last month we work on this book, but this doesn’t mean our life design stops here. Instead of giving a boring summary of the key elements in all chapters, Bill and Dave make it easy for us by introducing simply five mindsets that will constitute and drive our life design forward.

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Building A Team (Pt 2)

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Along the course of life design, one person’s power is not enough to get you where you want to be. At work, we often collaborate with supervisors and colleagues to deliver the tasks. At home, the biggest support team is right there to get our back. At leisure, we have a group of close friends to laugh and chill with. All these contexts involve people who are incremental in supporting and adding color to our lives.

You probably have some ideas about who these people are but what role does each of them play? Bill and Dave came up with the following…

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Fail-proofing (Pt 2)

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Whenever people think of Virgo, the first few words coming to their minds are perfectionist, analytical, and responsible. Thank you for saying that! As a typical Virgo, I absolutely agree. Knowing myself, this personality has been instilled in me for almost a quarter of a century and has shaped my character in school, work, and personal life. At the same time, I have identified an improvement area in one of these traits…

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Failure Immunity (Pt 2)

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Failure is often regarded as a negative attribute. No one welcomes the feeling of losing or being defeated. Yet, experiencing some sort of minor and non-fatal failure when we have the capacity to afford so can help us become less vulnerable when bigger challenges hit our lives. In this chapter, a three-step exercise is introduced to achieve failure immunity. Let’s take a closer look…

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Choices and Happiness (Pt 2)


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As I reflect on the biggest decisions I’ve ever made being a twenty-something-years-old young adult, education and work are top of the list and they directly contribute to my happiness level. I believe my peers in similar age would agree as well. Friends who know me well would have heard the below for many many times. For those who is clueless, welcome to revisit my decision making journey.

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Learning To Choose (Pt 2)


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As an Economics major, this is no doubt my favorite chapter so far. Why? It talks about choices.

I have been a long time believer that everything is a choice. Yes and No. Of course, all things innate are not by choice. You can not change your biological parents or choose your gender. But it’s true that we choose and make decisions, no matter how big or small, in our everyday lives. Just look at your countless options for lunch today. I opted for pho.

The technique of choice making applies to life design too in a macro sense. Our authors know the pain of making decisions, hence they illustrate four essential steps in this process…

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The Power of Networks (Pt 2)


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Starting a conversation isn’t hard, but starting a conversation with strangers is and so does closing. It requires natural way to exit a conversation with appropriate and professional closer. Sometimes, networking can be as tedious as it seems to be.

Without further ado, let’s see what my key takeaways from two networking experiences are.

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Designing Your Dream Job (Pt 2)


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What is a dream job?

As much as I wish to crown a universal definition on it, it’s challenging. My interpretation of a dream job is certainly going to be different from yours, given the mindset, career path, and personal needs vary from person to person. But if there is one thing that I know at the minimum, it will be to work hard and smart to get where I want to be. There’s no free lunch after all.

In this chapter, Bill and Dave shared a few tidbits as we navigate dream jobs in real life.

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How We Got Hired (Pt 2)


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How did I get hired? My company’s HR might be in better position to answer this question doubtful emoji.jpgshades emoji.png ….. Besides the joke, I am grateful to share my job-seeking and interview experience before landing a graduate job at my current company.

The idea that management consulting practitioners use their expertise and tools to help corporate solve problems and improve their performance always fascinated me since Junior year. In addition, I always planned to stay and work in the States where management consulting is highly respected and flourish in my early twenties before moving back to Hong Kong (or not at all), as it gives me the capacity to explore the glimmer of many possibilities at work and simply see more things. Hence, I knew clearly what and where to pursue after college.

Looking back almost three years later, I still got my job in management consulting but started off in a different location. People who know me have heard this story already, here you go if you are interested… Continue reading