How Fast Time Flew

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We say this probably a lot of times. And a lot more as we get older. I feel we underestimate it. I feel generally we underestimated time as well. Just because we are not paying or not getting paid for our time spent outside work, we spend it mindlessly.

The last post I did in this blog was more than a month ago. And it feels just like yesterday. I actually feel disappointed at myself for not being able to commit to write. I always am and wanted to feel as a writer and so not being able to commit to writing frustrates me.

In the world where all we do is consume content, whether it’s meme from 9gag or imgur, Instagram Stories, clickbait from a cheap news story. I’m trying to consume less content and just let my mind rest more nowadays.

I hope I can do more post this month

Consistency

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I find it hard to consistently churning out blog posts even if it’s just at a 100 words length or two paragraph length on a regular basis. I realized it might be me expecting some kind of ‘reward’ – such as comments or tweets, validating that someone read my posts.

I used to write more often for Tech in Asia, obviously for the money as a reward. I also have managed to switch my lifestyle almost dramatically this year, I never hold my hand up if anyone asked “Are you a morning person?” — yet I’ve been waking up at 6-6.30, slept at 10pm, and did a morning walk to clear my mind and focus on what I’m gonna do that day.

I have also managed to do intermittent fasting on weekdays, and I feel the reason I have managed to do it more consistent than writing is that I feel the effect right away. My sleep quality and my effort to fall to sleep increased by far.

I’m trying to push myself to do more personal posts but also launching a professional blog regarding SaaS/subscription soon enough. Hopefully with my career on the line, that can push me a bit further. Here’s to another awesome week!

Refocus

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January went by like a whirlwind. Despite a lot of nice things that I got in the first month of January, I’m super not productive outside work, I think I only read less than 20 pages all month. My weekends are even worse. I also felt that instead of living in a proper Christian way, I kept sinning against Him (won’t go into details).

The only ‘achievement’ is probably better lifestyle, I managed to sleep earlier (9.30-10.30 window) and wake up around 6-7am and then do morning walk. I have also did intermittent fasting 75% of January.

February is time to re-focus on my goals for 2018, break time is over, and I need to read and write more. I’m also exploring possibilities of helping/doing an ICO — hope to make this a reality.

Ending January

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Wow, 2 weeks went by just like that and we are at the end of January already. I felt the past 2 weeks just flew by and I didn’t do much, or as much as I would have wanted to. My weekends are not productive at all and I didn’t read at all for the past 2 weeks.

3 positive things though that happened in this January:

1) Got another chance to visit Australia this year, but gonna go there to learn this time around. Sponsored by Australian government to learn more about startups for 2 weeks. Another traveling opportunity: got invited to speak in Madrid on September!

2) After covered by the magazine Gatra, I got covered, quite literally, by Kontan. Despite we are still far away from Halloween, we are tasked into wearing superheroes suits, I picked Batman because I look slimmer vs the other costumes.

3) Crypto is a win. I’m bullish on crypto and blockchain generally. Despite not trading (I’m hodling on ETH, XLM, XRP), doing arbitrage has been profitable especially the first 2 weeks of January. (Kimchi Premium)

I didn’t skip any Sunday sermons too so that’s another positive thing. Blessings that I have got this month, I believe, contributes directly from me following tithing. Thank You God for your blessing(s).

Here’s hoping for an even better February! (Month of money and love!)

Second Week of 2018

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Aaaaaand just like that the second week of 2018 is ending. I can’t believe that it’s that easy to actually slump back into a routine and disturbing my new year resolution. I haven’t read 30 pages a day of book.

At the same time, my morning run has also been paused a little bit because of a flu i caught from my dad. I also had quite a fattening weekend with multiple glasses of coffee and hefty dinners.

I’m going to try to have a better and productive week! God bless you all.

Reading the Bible

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For the past few months, other than reading the Bible at church on Sunday, I have been reading few verses every night with my girlfriend. Don’t worry the point of this post isn’t to brag but actually I’m quite in an awe.

I have been reading the bible since I was in elementary school, obviously when you’re little — you have to, since it’s a Christian school. I grew up reading it that I remember the famous verses growing up, but has small meaning to my life.

As I seriously put more effort into reading the bible in a more continuous and constant way, I realized that I had found more verses that might not be as famous but much more relatable to what I had faced, what I’m facing, and probably what I’m about to face.

I realized that when my pastor said “the Bible, the words of God, is the key to life” what he meant by that is in the same permanent words of God, lies different meaning as you grew up and go through different phases of your life. When I came to this conclusion, I feel like I had a change of mindset from “why should I read the same verses again and again” to “wow, how i love the bible can be the answer despite no change of words at all”

Thank You God, for helping me and directing me and my girlfriend to continue studying Your words.

First Week of 2018

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Just like that we have “cleared” first week of 2018. Nothing extra-ordinary so far for me except that I have:

1) Started to get into crypto-trading. Not necessarily Bitcoin but more towards altcoins and ICOs

2) Changed my lifestyle, for the past 3 working days I didn’t eat dinner and slept at 10pm. Woke up at 6.30 and jogs for 30 minutes.

I actually feel awesome and didn’t dread the fact that I’m “fasting” for 18 hours. (One of the things that influence me is Tim Ferriss’ new book Tools of Titans)

How about you?

Being Young

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Having a Korean as a girlfriend, we talk a lot about age as Korea has a very Confucian culture where even one year of age differences matter. Starting my career at 19 with Tech in Asia and also with East Ventures, I have heard a lot of

“Wow, you’re so young!”

“At your age, I’m still like playing games and shit”

“I envy your age!”

Which I of course taken it as a compliment and pushes me even more to do and learn greater things as you are not young forever. This hits me (gradually) harder as I get older. I’m hitting 26 this year, just 4 more years before the big 3.

Although I did win Forbes Asia 30 under 30, or I was mentioned by Tech in Asia as “5 Very Young Entrepreneur in Asia to Watch” and recently was also featured at Gatra Magazine in Indonesia as “Tech disruptor millennials”

It didn’t effect the fact that I’m getting older. I realize that I won’t be able to make so much mistakes anymore, I learned that I wasn’t as enthusiastic or positive as I used to be, with experience comes cynicism.

Being young does have its positives, but in my industry, not so much. People tend to underestimate Talenta, definitely earlier in our startup years, just because I don’t have 10 years at BCG or McKinsey or I didn’t graduate from any top schools in the US. Yet as we progresses, age is becoming more irrelevant.

Nowadays, in tech, that is becoming more and more true, people are getting bigger success at younger age. I recently got in a meeting and pitched Talenta and our achievements so far with a Korean PE manager, who asked me:

“How old are you?

“25, I’m born in 1992″

“Beautiful”

“Umm, sorry?”

“Being young is so beautiful”

I couldn’t agree more, especially as I leave this state but hopefully not its mindset/soul.

2018 Resolutions

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As I grew older (I’m getting used to the way my girlfriend – or practically all Koreans – of adding one year of age once the year turns new) and looking at my past New Year Resolutions: 2012, 2013, 2015, and 2016 — it has a consistent theme. I somehow forgot to create one this year but one thing for sure: I traveled a lot this year.

So here goes my goals (not resolutions) next year:

1) Read 25 books a year – or roughly 1 book in 2 weeks. How? By reading 25-30 pages a day for whole 365 days.

2) Write at least 1 post a day for multiple blogs/projects that I’m going to do next year

3) Start doing Digital Sabbath - No electronics or screens from Friday night to Saturday night. Less social media (I’ve deleted Facebook and Instagram from my phone, blocked its access from my web/mobile browser)

4) Travel more, but to places that I’ve never been. I traveled a lot this year, but the only new place I’ve been is Manila and Boracay.

5) Be more healthy and disciplined. I’m trying to not have dinner after 6, no fast food, no coffee (only weekend). I’m also creating a more disciplined schedule (from waking up to sleeping) — I realized that actually my school days are better since I have a routine I can just follow (and you basically can’t be late for school)

6) Starting a non-profit, God/church related movement. I realized that ever since I was baptized there’s one wish I have for God and what God has been fulfilling: how I can be a platform where God’s name is exalted. How can I convince or inspire people to follow God through my personal and professional life. I want to do more next year in this regard

7) Committing to my love life. I believe that I am super lucky to have found someone that: understands me, saw my worst yet still accept me, I can feel at ease with her, supports me in my hard journey of entrepreneurship, and the best thing: she’s the one who pushed me to start tithing (8 years of new life and I only did like 1% instead of full tithing) and to really read bible.

8) Getting Talenta to where it should be. We’ve had probably one of the worst thing that can happened to a startup in early 2017, our co-founder left, and we sacked our sales manager. Yet, God has different plan for us. We hired an awesome Sales Manager who led Talenta turnaround and managed to triple our sales. Here’s hoping to tripling that again next year.

9) Spend less. I’ve been trying to track my spending yet the effort is half-assed and so I kept feeling that I’ve been spending more than I earn. I bought new PC and TV this year (of which I’m still paying its installments), I traveled way too often because of my long-distance relationship. I aim to spend less and invest more this 2018 year.

I’m sure 2018 is going to be another better and more awesome year blessed by God. Amen!

Achievement in 2017

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As the year comes to close (Merry Christmas to those who celebrate!) especially on my 25th (quarter life crisis, anyone?) – I’m spending this long weekend reviewing 2017 especially on a personal level.

And so when @arisetyo tweeted “What achievement from 2017 that you are proud?” – most people would probably guess my answer will be related to my work/company: Talenta. Yet, despite that, I instinctively replied:

I got into a (long distance) relationship sometimes around September 2016. She’s Korean, lives in Seoul, speak little to no English.

I have been preaching to most of my friends that long distance relationship wouldn’t work. I mean, even couple who live close by would fight all the time, how would a relationship survive hours of flights away, nevermind culture differences, and whatnots.

Yet, here I am, 15 months into the relationship, and I couldn’t be more happier with who I am with. No matter how tiring it is to fly 7 hours for both me and her. No matter how big our fight is when we meet. She’s the right match for me and I feel super comfortable with her, whenever I’m with her I feel at home.

Thank You God, for letting me meet her and to help us stay committed in this relationship under your blessing. Also, she’s the one who got me back on track in Jesus and after all this years, I finally gave a tithe because of what she said “Your money, is not yours, it is God’s”