Project 365

Welcome! This is my own 365 project of creating at least one post per day about the stuff that I learnt, achieved, and found, the stuff that made me happy, or the new thing I did every single day.

The project was started on 21 February 2010. It has stopped for few times but I am determined to continue!

This project is dedicated to myself. I want to feel grateful for every single thing I have. I want to be thankful for my own life. I just want to feel that I have enough.

Tag: TED

8 Secrets of Success

I’m a big fan of TED and I try to watch at least one video per week from the site. It has such informative talks! Anyhoo…

This is a short 3 minutes talk by Richard St. John about 8 secrets of success; after conducting 500 interviews for 7 years! His talk is very useful, entertaining, and funny at the same time. One of the secrets of success is persistance. He said that we need to be persist to failure and CRAP — which is: Criticism, Rejection, Assholes, and Pressure. ROFL!!

After watching this short talk, I found his other TED talk on YouTube and felt reminded once again. It’s indeed true that “success is a continuous journey.” It’s not a one way street. You gotta keep doing the 8 elements of success in order to avoid failure. This is really happening to me right now. I don’t think I’m already successful. But going to and studying in Europe has been my dream since I was in High School. I’ve catched that dream and I feel like I’m on top of my world. But sadly to say that I sit back and relax during the time when I shouldn’t be doing any of that. I have stopped working hard. I have lost my passion. My ideas have been blocked. And I’m on the edge of failure.

I don’t think I feel 100% motivated by this video, but being reminded and “slapped in the face” is all I really need right now. And thank you, my stranger friend, who surely gave me the push to take a one step forward (and even kind enough to be the barking dog 😛 ). I hope I can continue my journey, which has been ceased for as long as I can remember, from this day on.

Science of Motivation

This is a very interesting presentation by Daniel Pink about the science of motivation. He talked about how contigent motivators (e.g. if you do this, then you get that) mostly did not work and even brought a lot of harm. This includes providing bonuses for better performance or quality of work or promoting a staff if an important task can be done well or even threatening someone with a sharp stick if he/she doesn’t get the work done. According to him, this sort of works that involves rewards or threats narrow our focus and concentrate the mind; i.e. it restricts our possibility.

So, what would be the solution? Well, there’s a new approach that are built around the desire to do things because they matter, because we like it, because they’re interesting, and because they are part of something important. This is called an intristic motivation.

This type of motivation is done famously by Google. I’ve read it somewhere few years ago. Basically, the engineers at Google can spend 20 percent of their time building anything they like. What’s the result? About half of the new products are birthed during that 20 percent of time; this includes Gmail. Isn’t this awesome?

Now, this led me into thinking. How can I use the similar approach to my kids later on? How can I motivate them? It’s not something I want to think about now. But it’s certainly something I need to start thinking about from now on. I wanna feel like they do something because they enjoy it. Because they like it. Not because of the pocket money they’re going to receive. The gadgets that they can get. Or something like that. I don’t want to make them feel like they are forced. That’s hard, isn’t it?

Hmm… I should perhaps start reading books about parenting 😀