Neo-Confucianism and the Art of Self-Development

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This past semester, I took a history course on Traditional East Asian Civilization, only to fulfill my Humanities General Education requirement. I was not really interested in the content of the class that much, due to the fact that there were too much readings and dry lectures. However, I managed to write the final research paper on a topic that I found particularly interesting: “Neo-Confucianism.” It is a philosophical movement to revive various strands of Confucian philosophy and political culture that began in the middle of the 9th century and reached new levels of intellectual and social creativity in the 11th century in the Northern Song Dynasty.

Neo-Confucianism and Floating Worlds in Japan

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How to Program It

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This past weekend, I was having coffee with a friend in dowtown Chicago, and was just talking with him about my deep interest for entrepreneurship which has grown over the past summer. He asked me to define what entrepreneurship is and what it really means to me. After pondering for a while, I replied that, in my opinion, entrepreneurship is all about solving problems – from a minicule level to global / multinational issues that currently exist in the world. Although for most of you, that sounds very cliché, but I want to stress that an entrepreneur solves a problem logically, from a rational perspective and in the most creative way as possible.

This semester, I am taking CS 110 – Computing Through Digital Media, one of the three intro classes for Computer Science majors in Denison, with Dr. Ashwin Lall. The class is fun and I have learnt a lot about programming in Python, which is super helpful for a complete novice like me. Nonetheless, what I am getting more out of the class is the concept of designing algorithms to solve problems. The process of actually coming up with the algorithm is way more important than the result you get. Continue reading

CEO 2014: Day 1

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Lucky enough to have the opportunity the attend CEO National 2014, I am able to sit in sessions and listen to multiple renowned entrepreneurs and inspirational speakers over this weekend. The first day was packed with breakout sessions and networking opportunities; and here are some of my takeaways from the speakers during the first day: Continue reading

Success Skill #2: How to Find Great Mentors and Teachers, Connect with Powerful and Influential People and Build a World-Class Network

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My dad always says: “The top successful people in a society, in whichever environment, is the one with lots of connections and business networks.” I can’t help but agree with that, because you all know that a person is shaped by the influence coming from others surrounding him. That makes networking a pivotal part for anyone who wants to succeed in life/business. So what are the secrets for successful networking? Especially when you want to network with people who are more powerful, more influential, and richer than you both in terms of life experiences and social status? Michael Ellsberg focuses his 2nd chapter on this: “How to Find Great Mentors and Teachers, Connect with Powerful and Influential People and Build a World-Class Network.”Networking-Success Continue reading

Success Skill #1: How to Make Your Work Meaningful and Your Meaning Work

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Welcome back avid readers! If you read my previous post on the Intro section of “The Education of Millionaire” then you must have been waiting anxiously for this second post. Here we go: the first success skill in which Michael Ellsberg mentions is “How to Make Your Work Meaningful and Your Meaning Work” (or, How to Make a Difference in the World Without Going Broke).life-meaningful-quotes-witty-sayings-live-your-life

What comes to your mind when thinking about “Living a Meaningful Life”? Personally, it prompts me to think about this catchy phrase “Follow Your Passion.” I’ve been talking to renowned speakers from various networking conferences, reading a lot of literatures from successful people, and researching information to learn what passion is and how to turn passion into a career. Nevertheless, it’s still kind of a hard-to-write-about topic since each person has his/her own unique opinion about the concept of passion. Michael Ellsberg talks about “The Art of Earning a Living” (in which he presents a case study of Anthony Sandberg, founder and president of OCSC Sailing) and gives 4 steps to “aligning your money and your meaning.” The basic premiere being, once you aren’t worried about paying your bills, you can create more time to focus on meaning. Continue reading

Intro: Why Practical Knowledge Always Beat Out Academic Knowledge

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I have to admit that I haven’t spent time reading a non-academic book for such a long time. A whole year full of academic works and activities made me lose that reading habit I used to have. So I’m forever grateful for this summer with much more free time to do something else, something for fun, like reading a self-help book. And I encounter this one by Michael Ellsberg, “The Education of Millionaires”, that I found very inspiring – that I actually want to write blog posts about it. The book basically outlines 7 skills you won’t learn in college that will make you succeed in the real life. For this book, the author interviewed millionaires and billionaires who do not have college degrees (including Matt Mullenweg, Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour, Sean Parker, and Marc Ecko). The book really makes me rethink about my current education and what I need to learn to be able to achieve professional success. Michael Ellsberg

Now there are 7 skills that Michael Ellsberg wants the readers to know; therefore, I will spread out my cover of this book into 7 different posts with each focusing on one particular skill. For this first post, I am highlighting the intro section, titled “Why Practical Knowledge Always Beat Out Academic Knowledge”, and also adding my critical comment about it: Continue reading