Rule 9: Be Fucking Precise

Today marks a happy day as I just started working after a long break from 2018 Lunar New Year. It’s the year of the dog and the accompanying element is earth. And I have found something so important that I intend to add this rule to my Top 10 List. Recall that Top 10 List (click here for Rule 8) is my attempt to summarize everything in life that I deem important. The project started in 2011 (first post back then). And this will be the 9th rule. My game plan is to further refine the rules after gathering 10 rules. I might change/enhance the rules along the way. Hopefully by the time I’m 70 years old these 10 rules will be as solid as gold.

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Reimagining the Future

I have wanted to write something about three card poker and how to ace the game since Chinese New Year is around the corner but I guess not on second thought, since we have talked about baccarat and three player mahjong previously.

Instead I want to share something on how we think we think about the future [think again], a great idea I discovered from Daniel Gilbert. In fact I would happily list it as the 7th great idea I have discovered to date.**

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The Elephant and The Rider

I first read about the concept of the rider and the elephant in Switch by Chip and Dan Heath. From that book I traced the source back to a guy called Jonathan Haidt, the author of The Happiness Hypothesis. He has been teaching psychology using this concept for more than a decade now.

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Cracking Life’s Code – Understanding Anthony Robbins’ Master System

It must seem like ages ago since I last updated this blog, for which I sincerely apologize. Anyway, technology has indeed shrunk space (removing geographical limitations), expanded time and eased the flow of knowledge. Alvin Toffler identified these 3 deep fundamentals like 30 over years ago. (click here for the post).

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A Great Man Is Also One Question

The reason I thought Patricia Madson is fantastic is because her writing is exceptionally inspiring. If you can, get her book called Improv Wisdom, her one and only book I think. Click here for the previous post.

Consolidating her experience into a mere 13 maxims or rules, she teaches us how to paint outside the lines.  

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A great man is one sentence

I find this extremely inspiring. From the book Drive, pp. 154-155, Daniel Pink wrote:

In 1962, Clare Boothe Luce, one of the first women to serve in the U.S. Congress, offered some advice to President John F. Kennedy. ‘A great man,’ she told him, ‘is one sentence.’ Abraham Lincoln’s sentence was: ‘He preserved the union and freed the slaves.’ Franklin Roosevelt’s was: ‘He lifted us out of a great depression and helped us win a world war.’ Luce feared that Kennedy’s attention was so splintered among different priorities that his sentence risked becoming a muddled paragraph. …

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