Give Me the Gray Light

Smallville’s Jonathan Kent told the Man of Steel:

“In the world, things aren’t always black and white. Sometimes you have to wander out into the gray areas and do what you think is right.”

The gray areas don’t mean compromise. Take it from a different viewpoint. Gray areas are what makes a person wise. It’s difficult to apply, but when it is, you’re going to be powerful.

If someone offended you, how will you react? There will be two impulsive responses. One is to confront that person and overpower or dominate his or her offense. Another is to cry and appear weaker. The gray area is to listen to that person and keep your calm. If you are know you’re wrong, the gray area is to apologize and move on.

Gray Area

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6 Tips to Engage to Your Market Online

“You can buy attention (advertising). You can beg for attention from the media (PR). You can bug people one at a time to get attention (sales). Or you can earn attention by creating something interesting and valuable and then publishing it online for free.”
– David Meerman Scott, Best-Selling Author & Speaker

We all have our ways to engage to our market online. These tips can be your working principles to succeed in the competitive tides of your respective industries. Consider them.

Engage Online Market

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MTV EXIT Live in Myanmar: Four Questions

Note: This blog entry was written when I had the opportunity to tour around Myanmar last December 2012. Since I wasn’t able to tap into any internet connection, I didn’t have the chance to post it early on. And yes, it’s kinda late to post it but I’m still doing it. ;)

 

When MTV EXIT briefed me that they might grab me for a short interview during the event (MTV EXIT Live in Myanmar concert), I took my time to can some answers based on their given questions.

MTV EXIT Interview

Here are the four smart questions that were handed over me:

 

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MTV EXIT Live in Myanmar: Day 2

And now, we’ve reached the golden city of Myanmar… Yangon.

Quick history. Yangon is a former capital of Burma (Myanmar) and the capital of Yangon Region. The city was founded as Dagon in the early 11th century (circa 1028–1043) by the Mon, who dominated Lower Burma at that time. Dagon was a small fishing village centred about the Shwedagon Pagoda. In 1755, King Alaungpaya conquered Dagon, renamed it “Yangon”, and added settlements around Dagon. The British captured Yangon during the First Anglo-Burmese War (1824–26), but  returned it to Burmese administration after the war. The city was destroyed by a fire in 1841. (Wikipedia)

And so, here we are.

Arrival

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Life and Shortcuts Don’t Go Together

In life, there are no shortcuts.

Chuck Swindoll writes in Great Days with Great Lives:

“If you don’t learn to live peacefully with obscurity, you will repeat that course until you do. You cannot skip this one and still graduate.”

In order to reach your vision, you should course yourself through inevitable challenges and humps along the way. It’s difficult, but not impossible. When you pass each obstacle, you’re gonna be a better person.

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Five Things to Do with Slow Internet at Work

In this era, the Internet is one of the most important tools in living. If you may notice, it’s even spelled out with a capital letter in order to remind all earthlings that it is King. Test it for yourself via Microsoft Word or OpenOffice if you don’t believe me.

Internet is King

I remember the time when I used to work in a company as a social media manager. I had an über-slow Internet connection. It dragged my work productivity down to the earth’s innermost core. I felt like the day was too long that I could feel every second of it. People breathing, computer keys clicking, air conditioner buzzing, throats clearing, chairs squeaking, and even clock ticking.

What do you do when you have slow internet at work?
How do you get productive in that scenario then?

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