Chinese Education and Learning as a Process

Learning is the process of generalizing.

I can’t think of how much damage the Chinese education has dealt to me over the years as how I treat and view knowledge overall.

I was constantly tormented by the reality of tests and getting higher scores.

The reality of the academia in China is that they have formed an approach specifically towards academic excellency, a certain way of getting high scores without the applying of knowledge. Well, I’d coin this academic excellency in China as, communist academic excellency, it’s an abomination. ...READ MORE

Stability VS Risk

When I was in my high school, most of the time I felt this strange feeling of living inside a vacuum.

At that time,  I was smoothly on my way to prestigious and famous universities in China. I was well fed, well slept, well equipped. I got everything I ever needed and I never realized how hard it was for others to obtain that sort of status–studying in one of the top high schools in a second-tier city (just neighbored first-tier cities), having fairly good grades and knew nothing. ...READ MORE

Worker Mentality and Underdog Model

Worker Mentality

Alex had this keen observation that most people are workers, and workers are just workers for life.

People are born workers, and such status is simply inherited from their parents.

A few percentage of the population are well-born, and such status is also inherited.

In this case, in our world, the simple dichotomy is obvious. The workers, and the wellborn.

Workers are born to work, and they usually start from bottom. Workers sell their labor to accumulate capitals. ...READ MORE

Frame of Reference

Eistein’s general relativity theory is indeed a groundbreaking theory in physics and astronomy.

Considering, a planet is orbiting a star.

Generally, we look at them like this, from top down.

As you can see, the small planet orbits around the star clockwise. But that is set the frame of reference at the center of the star. Or the center of mass of the star.

If you set the frame of reference at the planet: ...READ MORE

On Time Management

If you cherish time, time cherish you.

I find that, no matter what we do, there is a universal problem that pertains to us all–time.

And when we look at the practicality side of human problems, it’s always about time.

How to utilize time effectively, or how to manage time, has been a historical set of knowledge for all high-end workers, or managers, or rulers.

No matter the scale, the range or the complexity of a project, in the end, we are dealing with time. We are looking at those seconds and how we can spend them. You can make a big plan with something, but when you actually look at the time, you’ll see your capabilities and limitations. ...READ MORE

Management Inertia

I think management, overall, is the subject that tackles how to change people.

As I see it, you can’t believe how reluctant people can be when they are asked to change.

I call it management inertia, or to-be-changed inertia.

People carry their habits and life styles in ways that are hardly changeable.

For managers, your job is to make these people move and change themselves.

The core idea of management is to make changes on people, then if changes can be made, then problems are solved. ...READ MORE

What Alex Told Me

“It’s a real pain that there are so many obstacles to progress and opportunities. I’ve felt this pain acutely many times myself. It is not enough to crave success; success must be negotiated with others who will want some part of it. ”

I looked through the window into the streets, sitting inside a cubicle of a high-rise, I felt this far distance between me and success.

I know doing so is far from enough, my journey has just started, however it already feels extremely hard to comb through such a process. ...READ MORE