Happy New Year of the Tiger

We are lucky in this part of the world, as every year we have two New Years – one Gregorian New Year and one Lunar New Year.

In other words, we have two year ends, such that we can reflect on our works two times and also two chances to plan ahead for the coming year. In fact, we can even prepare two New Year’s resolutions, if the first one didn’t work out.

So let’s start a new journey !

What Are You Selling ?

Examples :

If you own a dessert stand, you’re not selling ice cream. You’re selling a first date.

If you own a luxury car dealership, you’re not selling a Ferrari. You’re selling status.

If you own an outdoors shop, you’re not selling fishing rods. You’re selling lasting family memories.

Exercise :

If you own a , you’re not selling . You’re selling _.

One Book At A Time – 2021

Second year of COVID-19 but another year of good Kindle readings. 15 books I read this year with the device and here are those one-line comments.

For me, the best read this year goes to book #10.

  1. Life 3.0 : Being Human in the Age of Artificial Intelligence – Before AI, let’s have some hard thinking.
  2. Block Kong : 21 Entrepreneurs and Financiers Leading Blockchain in Hong Kong – 21 interesting interviews of Hong Kong’s Blockchain pioneers.
  3. The Right it : Why So Many Ideas Fail and How to Make Sure Yours Succeed – Techniques to validate your bright ideas.
  4. AI 2041 : Ten Visions for Our Future – 10 amazing AI Scientific (not Science) Fictions with great explanations.
  5. The Innovation Stack : Building an Unbeatable Business One Crazy Idea at a Time – Basically it’s about vertical integration, with Square as the example.
  6. The Almanack of Naval Ravikant : A Guide to Wealth and Happiness – Self-learning book for IT professionals … be happy.
  7. Indistractable : How to Control Your Attention and Choose Your Life – A great follow up to the previous book “Hooked”.
  8. The Unicorn Project – Stories about Development environment, Data Warehouse, QA, Operations, Security, Functional Programming, Digital Marketing.
  9. The Data Detective : Ten Easy Rules to Make Sense of Statistics – Be curious, to your data.
  10. Leonardo Da Vinci – The real Da Vinci Code, decoded by Walter Isaacson
  11. Think Again : The Power of Knowing What You Don’t Know – Individual Rethinking, Interpersonal Rethinking, Collective Rethinking.
  12. Think Like a Rocket Scientist : Simple Strategies You Can Use to Make Giant Leaps in Work and Life – Nothing succeeds like failure.
  13. Experimentation Works : The Surprising Power of Business Experiments – What business experiments really are.
  14. Invent & Wander : The Collected Writings of Jeff Bezos, With an Introduction by Walter Isaacson – Day 1 mindset, Long term mindset, and Customer obsessed.
  15. How to DeFi : Beginner – DeFi guide for dummies, but you are not dummy.