When I was a kid I used to be able to play videogames up until six in the morning and it wouldn’t phase me one bit! Contrast that to doing homework and I’d pass out after just five minutes.
There are four categories I’d put on a love scale:
Going back to videogames and homework, I’d place them into the categories: Love and Hate, respectively.
It’s generally easy to determine if you could do the things you love all night long or hate it and fall asleep after five minutes in. Given there are things in between, they’d be categorized into things I like and despise.
A caveat to that is everything I love, hate, like, and despise could change over time. Hence, I don’t love videogames much anymore and have come to just like them.
You might be thinking, “Great, now that I’ve categorized everything, what’s the use?”. Well, I’m pretty sure the majority of you have asked yourselves, “What do I want to do with my life?”.
Now you know…naturally, I’d start from the top down.
Over the weekend I got some time to chat with my business partner, Vidiu. We talked about life and all sorts of things. One thing in particular that stuck in my head was our discussion about relationships. That discussion had me analyzing all the decisions I’ve made as an investor (sounds off topic, but stick with me).
When I say investor, I don’t mean investing in stocks or businesses, I’m talking about investing in everyday decisions. Every decision in life provides a reward, big or small. Being a business major, I understand the basic principles of profit involving risk: Higher Risk = Higher Return. I realized throughout my whole life, I haven’t really taken much risk.
I’ve been pretty conservative even when starting up Contour. Whenever I’m presented with a choice I make calculated decisions, sometimes too calculated….
The reason I’m writing this is because I think it’s time I break out of this routine and try something that will put me at huge risks in hopes of higher return….
When I was a kid I used to have a shoebox where I’d have my dad donate $1 everyday from the tips he’d earn from working at his restaurant. This was 300 days before the release of the PlayStation 2 (PS2) and I figured we’d accumulate a total of $300 just in time for it’s release.
Translating what I did as a kid to what I do today, it becomes a bit more complex, but I still build upon the same principal for setting and achieving my goals.
For example, let’s say instead of saving up $300 for a PS2, I want to make $100 selling shirts:
First, I’ll find out the initial investment (X)
Let’s say each shirt costs $10 (X)
Second, I’ll determine the market price for each shirt (Y)
Let’s say I’ll sell each shirt for $15 (Y)
Third, I’ll find the profit margin (Z), I just add (X + Y) :
X + Y = Z
-$10 + $15 = $5
Finally, recall how much I want to make ($100) and divide it by the profit margin to find out how many shirts I need to sell:
$100/$5 = 20 shirts
That means if I want to make $100, I just need to sell 20 shirts!
The point of this post is not really about how to make money, but to explain how simple it can be to achieve your goals. No matter what your goal is, you’re going to have to find the steps (X, Y, Z) to achieve it.
Keep in mind these three things:
Strive to attain long-term goals (they’ll dictate your short-term goals automatically)
Always work smarter, not harder (this saves you about half the time off executing)
“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” –Thomas Edison (this basically means there’s always a solution to everything, don’t give up after the first attempt. Drill it down until you find the light, pun intended)
They sound cliche, but these particular tidbits really helped me get where I am today.
Now, go out there and set your own goals! You’ll find the steps to achieve them along the way.
Alrighty, I think it’s time for my next post. I was pretty busy this weekend so I’ll fit this in on the quickness.
In school we wrote papers. Lots of them. It just occurred to me that the majority of them could have been just a waste of time! Basically, it’s the teachers’ way of making you teach yourself and then grading you on how well you taught yourself. If they really wanted us to teach ourselves we should be placed in jobs or even better yet, start up our own businesses! I find lectures are more insightful and educational when the information is brought to you straightforward. For example, TED lectures (all of which I find 10 times more interesting than a whole quarter/semester full of lectures in a single class) are way more valuable hence their $1000 admission fee.
Just check out this TED lecture about motivation by Daniel Pink (transcribed into pictures and words) > mediocre classroom lecture…simply brilliant:
Hello world, I begin this blog to share my thoughts and produce an archive of my history.
I’ll begin with this introduction 1) about myself and 2) where I want to go with all of this. After that, you could probably decide if reading this will be worth your five minutes.
The first thing you’ll notice is I’m very structured (some, say it’s perfectionism, some say, “That’s nice…”), therefore this information will be presented in an easy to digest structure:
About Myself (in the form of an exciting interview discussion!)
So, what’s your name? My name is Christopher Ha, but I usually just go by Chris.
How old are you now? I’m 23, I just graduated from Cal Poly Pomona.
That’s awesome man, so what do you do now? Well, aside from writing a kick ass blog (jk…sort of…I hope?), I busy myself with a clothing line I started with a couple buddies. I also put in regular hours at TBWA\Chiat\Day.
Cool, aside from work, what piques your interest? Technology intrigues me, the limitless interactions (socializing, sharing, collaboration, etc.) that are created by it interests me. I love design; anything and everything involving great design turns me on. I also have a passion for photography and videography, they’re like drugs. You can find my work on YouTube and flickr. I also enjoy dancing (danced in teams in high school and college), snowboarding (Dad got me into it in 8th grade), and biking (let’s just say I just picked up a bike that’s worth as much as my laptop).
Sounds fun! I think that’s about all the questions we have today, thanks for your time! Anytime! :D
Where I Want to Go with All This
I’ve pondered starting this blog up for a while but I wanted to make sure it had a purpose (I’ve started up blogs before and posted random stuff I found on the Internet, but I thought, “That’s what I have facebook for.”). Much like everyone in this world, I’m looking to achieve happiness. I think I’ll make that the theme for this blog: My search for happiness.
Here are some topics I hope to cover in the future (please, feel free to comment what you’d like for me to discuss)
How to Solve Any Problem – The solution is actually quite simple if you think about it
Diversity – How it’s promoted (especially at school) unspectacularly….
Welp, that’ll conclude my introductory post. I have too many ideas rummaging (just bought me a new MacBook Pro) and I’ll never get this done so I’ll save everything for later. WOOP!