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

Super Job Finding Tips (Pt 2)

 

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We have all gone through the stage of applying for entry-level jobs. Doubtful, stressful, nervous, tedious…. you name it! Looking back, it’s just a mandatory process that improves your maturity and prepares you for the reality in the corporate world. Everything will turn out fine.

In Chapter 7, Bill and Dave exposed a few job-finding tips that I wish I knew before applying for jobs at my Senior year.

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Rapid Prototyping Life Experience (Pt 1)

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If you are waiting for Keith’s posts, you might be disappointed again this week. At the moment, I am still hijacking our blog (with the full consent of my other half). This week, we return to Designing Your Life and continue to explore different possibilities in our lives.

Some time ago, we shared three possible life paths that we can potentially pursue and the authors asked us to start prototyping these options. As such, I conducted some serious desktop research and envisioned the likelihood of living out my second and third alternate life respectively. Follow me!

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On Our Bookshelves (Pt 2)

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Aloha everyone! Since Keith shared how he’s inspired by Sir Anthony Kenny’s A New History of Western Philosophy a couple months ago, we’ve been quiet in this category (yes we know that). Before you wonder why, it’s now my time to disclose what’s on my bookshelves!

As Designing Your Life is my regular reading this year, I also read other books in my leisure time. My most recently completed one is Option B by Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant. You will not be surprised by the first name if you have been following my posts closely.

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Prototyping Your Life (Pt 2)

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As much as I respect and believe in Bill and Daves’ life design methodology, one thing that they probably can not/ did not teach us is when life hits us hard with unexpected surprises. While sometimes things might not go as what we planned, we got to learn to live with it and embrace it with love, hope, and most importantly God’s blessings.

As we are making strides in life design, prototyping is what we will experiment next.  We may hear this word a lot in a work context but what exactly is it about when it comes to life design? Let’s find out.

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