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Entries from December 2009

Don’t set new year resolutions because they don’t work

December 25th, 2009 · No Comments

Don’t set new year resolutions. For most people, it’s a waste of time. New year resolutions is like the annual planning processes in some companies. You set a number of grand goals. You’re gong-ho about the goals for a few weeks. Then, you get distracted and stop working toward the goals. Try something new and […]

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Tags: Learning and Growing

BloggerTalks Interview

December 23rd, 2009 · No Comments

I was recently interviewed by BloggertTalks. If you’re curious to learn more about this blog and “the secret person” behind the blog, please check out  GeekMBA360: Career Advice From The Trenches.

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Tags: Blogging

You’re too sensitive!

December 22nd, 2009 · 2 Comments

Has someone told you in the past that "you’re too sensitive"? Have you ever told someone that he or she was too sensitive? Between seventh grade and my first year after college, I was frequently labeled as "overly sensitive". I absolutely hated it. 🙂 Growing up, I knew I was different from a lot of […]

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Tags: Learning and Growing

What are your Minimum Requirements for Happiness?

December 19th, 2009 · 1 Comment

Is Happiness elusive? Are some people genetically predisposed to be happy while others will never find happiness? What really make you happy? A few years I visited a small town near Chicago. Most of my Silicon Valley friends told me that It would be freezing in the winter.  It’d be boring. After all, it’s the […]

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Tags: Work/Life Balance

Seizing the enemy without fighting is the most skillful

December 18th, 2009 · 4 Comments

"Therefore one hundred victories in one hundred battles is not the most skillful. Seizing the enemy without fighting is the most skillful." — The Art of War, Sun Tzu. Jack is a hard working software developer. Like many of us, he works for a highly dysfunctional organization. He is part of a major software project […]

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Tags: Frustration@Work

Continue or drop sponsorship with Tiger Wood?

December 14th, 2009 · 3 Comments

It’s interesting to watch how large corporate advertisers react to the Tiger Wood saga. Nike chairman Phil Knight stands by Tiger Wood: "When his career is over, you’ll look back on these indiscretions as a minor blip, but the media is making a big deal out of it right now." On the other hand, consulting […]

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Tags: Company Analysis

Where do you get your information from?

December 14th, 2009 · No Comments

I read a lot of blogs. Blogs might have some grammatical or spelling errors, but a lot of bloggers really know their stuff. They are subject matter experts. They are authentic, insightful, and prolific. I trust well-known bloggers more than most journalists. A lot of journalists don’t know what they’re talking about. They’re simply a […]

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Tags: Blogging · Learning and Growing · Tools & Tips

Do you know your cash burn rate?

December 7th, 2009 · 1 Comment

An aspiring entrepreneur is going to quit his job, and start a business. According to his business plan, he will need to survive 12 to 18 months without a regular paycheck. He wants to maintain his current life style. How much money does he need to save before he makes the jump to entrepreneurship? John […]

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Tags: Personal Finance

Should parents pay for the full amount of their kids’ college education expenses?

December 7th, 2009 · 11 Comments

Personal finance blogger The Baglady had an interesting comment on this issue: "I don’t think parents should pay the full amount of their kid’s education expenses. They can get scholarships and loans for their education, but we will not be able to get scholarships and loans for our retirement." Looking around me, I know several […]

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Tags: Personal Finance

Bob Stroller and Platform

December 2nd, 2009 · No Comments

One thing about being a dad of two little ones is that I have learned a lot about strollers. Let me tell you: there are a lot of similarities between the stroller world and the car market. The low-end of stroller market is like Honda Civics: reliable, sturdy, and plain. (Disclaimer: I have nothing against […]

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Tags: Innovation · Product Management · Start-up Success