Note to self #1

I’m not much of a good reader. I’m slow and if the sentences are too complicated, I get lost easily. There are books I have at home that start out great in my head and are left to sit in the cold now because I got bored 30% into the book.

But I often crave to learn more and books are a great way to do so. So I’ve learnt that I am most inspired by personal stories and biographies by people who truly changed the world (not by people who write books for their ego).

I’m only 20% into the book by Blake Mycoskie, the creator of Toms and I’ve found that the things I’ve had on my mind for awhile are not weird. After reading 59 pages, I’ve discovered the following things about myself:

  • I will, in the future, definitely create a brand that goes beyond fashion. Fashion is beautiful but clothes and designs are superficial unless you attach a meaning to them. Design, to me, is made for a greater purpose of giving back to society while being a profitable enterprise.
  • I can be naive to say that I hate it when people are selfish. Our modern lives revolve around what we do daily, instead of how we have changed other people too. We take selfies, record and collect memories and tell ourselves that we only have one life, so live it to the fullest (for yourself). We start to act out of our own interest (survival of the fittest) instead of realising how blessed we are when our lives are put in perspective against others. I believe in team work and working together for the same cause for the greater good. What benefit is there when you step on other people to get ahead, when you can join forces to achieve more?
  • Ideas are precious but execution matters more. I used to think that the first mover advantage is important, because you don’t want to come off as being a copycat. But an idea can be executed very differently from person to person. If your execution is terrible, your idea won’t fly anymore. And this reminds me not to be protective of my ideas. Back home in Singapore, I get the sense of protectiveness over something because I don’t want someone else to steal the idea. But if you don’t discuss it, the idea will never grow into something better or you won’t know if you should kill it. And that’s perhaps why we aren’t gaining big steps as a creative society but are copying a lot, when business models prove to be successful.

Let’s see what else I learn from this book!

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