Many new challenges ahead.

One thing that always puzzles me is how we all can deal with all these challenges, in that ever-changing world.


One of the most popular videos in YouTube.com is an interview with Bruce Lee made decades ago and he said:

“Empty your mind, be formless, shapeless — like water.
Now you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup,
You put water into a bottle, it becomes the bottle,
You put it in a teapot, it becomes the teapot.
Now water can flow or it can crash!
Be water, my friend.”

Sounds easy, isn’t it ? Just “be water” … In the old days (pre-Internet), work was self-evident. Programs had to be coded, bugs fixed, document updated, system installed, acceptance signed. You knew what work had to be done, and what had finished – you could see it.

Now for many of us, there are no boundaries to most of our projects. We have dozens things to achieve “right now”, we have dozens of mails to reply and many more work later. In addition, there are always queries like “how we can make it better ?”, “how effective was the previous stuff we rolled out ?”, “how functional is the tool we just delivered ?” … it’s never ending.

As many people say, “change is inevitable”. So it is not about how to stop or slow the change, but how to adapt the change … from within ourselves.


All our work is now in a constant morph mode, with changing products, partners, customers, markets, technologies, and project owners. So how can we adapt to all these ? I have no solid solution, but I think one thing we have to do is to keep our mind open.

Open-minded for alternate solutions, timelines, and requirements … and even open-minded for complaints because every complaint means we are not changing fast enough in certain area(s).

Be flexible, and be aggressive to adapt change. Change yourself, it’s probably the most important tool and the only way to survive in this century.


Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do.

– Johann Goethe

Author: Michael Yung

Michael possessed over 30 years of experience in Information Technology with focuses on complex application development, database technologies and IT strategy. He also spent the last 20 years in Internet technology, eCommerce development / operations, web usability, computer security and Public Key Infrastructure technologies.

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