Big Sam, Big Mind

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He suffered from dyslexia since childhood.

He is passionate for sports science and statistical performance.

He is an English football manager who has taken charge of 7 Premier League clubs.

He has given more to football than some might suggest.

Here, we introduce Sam Allardyce.

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The Red Devils From Newton Heath

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Happy Chinese New Year! May the Year of the Dog be filled with joy, prosperity, and faith!

Red, the official color of CNY, is considered to bring good luck and fortune to everyone and ward off evil spirits. Red is also the home color of Manchester United. With Manchester City’s lead at the top of the Premier League table stretched to 16 points, it is certainly a lot of work for Jose Mourinho’s side to close the gap (is it possible?) and recover from the defeat at Newcastle before clashing with Sevilla in the Champions League next week.

20 years ago, United won a treble of trophies in the 1998/99 campaign, marking their success in domestic and European history. Credit went to the players and of course, Sir Alex Ferguson and his tactical acumen too.

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If You Are Mature Enough


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Millennials Premier League fans like Keith and myself would probably perceive Chelsea, Manchester United, Arsenal, and Liverpool as the traditional Big 4. As the world of modern football evolves, the rise of Manchester City, Tottenham Hotspurs, and most recently Leicester City, who improbably lifted the Club’s first League title in 2015/16, have intensified the competitiveness and dynamics in the League like never before.

If you have been watching the League since its start, you wouldn’t be surprised to hear that Kenny Dalglish‘s Blackburn Rovers in 1994/95 and Kevin Keegan‘s Newcastle United in 1995/96 were once at the top of the table and dominated the Legaue by acquiring famous players and adopting simple footballing approach.

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A Whole New Ball Game


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Happy New Year! May 2018 be blessed with joy, love, health, and many many goals in the football games!

We are kicking off the new year with The Mixer, which outlines the history and tactics of the world’s most popular professional football league. The Prem was founded in 1992, during which a new goalkeeping rule was introduced the same year and had a transformational effect on the game tactics and role of goalkeeper in modern football since then. Without further ado, let’s get the ball rolling.

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The Five Mindsets (Pt 2)


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The cover photo in my last post in 2017 is a roller coaster not because I like this amusement ride (not at all!), but this precisely described how I felt this past week. Why? Story time….

Whilst I enjoy what I am doing now in consulting, I am always open to opportunities outside even if I am not actively looking. Recently, a headhunter approached me with a promising opportunity working for a very prestigious global firm. I found the job description and the firm itself stood out from all the other Linkedin messages I received so I thought there was no harm to give it a tab and test myself.

Then, the dilemma began. After going through interviews, they liked me and I soon received an offer from this firm with a very competitive compensation package…. something that I would be dumb to reject in monetary terms. What to do now? While tons of considerations and numbers were running on my head, I tried to be as rational as possible and did a risk analysis on either staying at my current firm or making a leap to a new firm. The following five mindsets also did their part in helping me make this decision.

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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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