moments of doubt…

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After paying tribute to my mom for being a supportive parent in my previous article (in Chinese), I’d like to be fair and also mention the ways in which she contributes to my many moments of doubt in the course of pursuing a career in film and as a startup founder.

Film director Derek Kwok (郭子健) shared a story during his talk with fellow director Barbara Wong (黃真真) at the CoCoon CASE Conference that really resonated with me. When he told his mom about the possibility of transitioning to filmmaking from a stable job as a print graphic designer, her mom replied:

“So, about my allowance… Well… If you must… But, better not if you don’t HAVE to…”

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just another restart…

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Yes, I know that blogging is important for startups. After listening to the talk by Mr. Jamie at the CoCoon CASE Conference this past weekend, I’m once again inspired to take some action.

Since I digest a lot of information everyday, having an outlet to express and communicate myself daily always seemed like a good idea. I know this isn’t the first time I’ve made this sort of declaration committing to a writing project, but frankly I’m sick and tired of my own excuses.

In order to have a meaningful target for myself that I can stick to, I’ll set some reasonable ground rules for myself to follow:

  1. Length of blog posts will be between 250 words to 1000 words.
  2. 5 blog posts per week across 3 outlets:

Topics I plan to cover include: Technology, Startup Life, Storytelling, and Visual Stuff.

While I can’t claim to be an expert in these areas mostly because I’m such an expert on modesty, and also sarcasm, I do feel especially connected to these topics.

I’m once again embarking on the startup life with FilmSkout, which is a platform aimed at communicating visual stories through the use of technology.

Looking forward to accomplishing something through this restart. I will need your help to keep me accountable and allow us to grow together. Please share with me thoughts about your own writing projects and how you’ve managed to stay disciplined.

Be right back…

in the numbers…

Blog Stats graphSince I’m now in the finance industry, numbers have started to occupy a good amount of my daily thought process. Before it’s all about the ideas and the creative explosions, but now, quantifiable data is starting to make more and more sense to me. This is why my recent blog stats is so upsetting to me.

For someone who claims to be a social media specialist, the amount of inactivity I manage to accumulate is staggering. Sure, I’ve been busy with meetings, setting up blogs for clients, exploring various channels of income, advocating the importance of financial health, and immersing myself in my new company, etc…

If I were here to come up with excuses, I could go on all day long. But what I want to emphasize more is the simple truth that traffic comes from a sustained presence in multiple channels. In other words, if you show up enough, eventually someone is going to take a look and maybe you’ll have something they want.

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i am YOUR IFA, mofos!

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No, seriously. I mean, seriously!

So what exactly is an IFA?

IFA stands for independent financial adviser, feel free to read up on it here. Financial planning, asset management, investment, all that Jazz.

I’ve been approached numerous times by the insurance industry urging me to join their ranks. While I’m flattered by their confidence in my ability to peddle policies, I know better. I’ve never been too keen on being a salesman and I know I’m bound for greater things.

No, I’m not a stock broker, nor do I work for a bank. Clearly I do not sell insurance.

So what’s the difference with the IFA field? Isn’t it basically glorified sales anyways?

Well, no.

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i’m not a comedian but…

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Some people find me hilarious, or maybe I just think they do. Regardless of which, I think I’m capable of bringing joy and laughter to the masses if given the right viechle, the right opportunity, the right stage.

(Something tells me this isn’t it, blogging that is.)

I may not be a comedian, but I can say rather funny things to entertain those around me. Those who know me well may have experienced this. Those who haven’t yet can expect it tomorrow. Those who read this blog may find yourselves giggling at times for no apparent reason.

Entertainment is my life’s purpose, the movies especially. To entertain is to give people something to think about, laugh about, cry about.

If my words here don’t touch you in one way or another, then I’m not doing it right.

If you don’t care, no one can make you.

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about my old job (a review)…

First of all, my boss was terrible. I was overworked, underpaid, and most importantly, I wasn’t satisfied that all my hard work resulted in one ginormous goose-egg in the bank.

For those who don’t already know, you guessed right. For the past year or so, I’ve been working for myself in my own company. (yeah, the pictures don’t show up.) I’ve managed to squander a good sum of my dad’s hard earned money, not to mention some of my own. I’ve made a mess of both my personal and professional life and learned a great deal about humility.

This is, however not a letter of surrender.

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