A late happy new year!
Already half of January is gone.
It’s up to you whether you think “1/24 is gone already” or “there are still 23/24 left”.
I am in between, since you have to push yourself, but you should not rush to achieve something big in a long term.
My resolutions for 2017 will be mainly on 3 things: 1. Health 2. Learning 3. Creation
Below, as I have done in the last 3 yeas, let me briefly explain my analysis on how I came up with this (and I will explain why I bolded only number 3 above).
For many people, January is a great month to reflect previous year(s) and make new goals.
But along the time, it’s easy to forget the passion we had in January, and even feel guilty for not doing what we decided to do (that’s also why I think SMART-F approach I mentioned in the previous blog is important).
Then I wondered if we can keep ourselves constantly motivated somehow, maybe we can consider every month as January and remind us of the passion we had in that month. One of the best ways to do so is to keep looking at good quotes every day.
We tend to think that the opposite of “Success” is “Failure”. But is it so black and white?
Please take a look at the following three quotes to think about the question:
“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10000 ways that won’t work.”ーThomas Edison
“We learn from failure, not from success.”ーBram Stoker (author of Dracula)
“If you’re not prepared to be wrong, you’ll never come up with anything original.”ーKen Robinson (educator)
I think most of us, if not everyone, can agree with those quotes from their own experiences.
The word “failure” sounds so negative whereas “learning” is quite positive. But those two are actually very much connected as shown in the quotes, so if we could change the way we see the failure, things might be different in a good way.
This is just very important. It’s something which makes you smarter, creative, sociable, healthier and happier. And we adults used to have this much more, and as we age, we tend to lose it.
It’s a playful mind.
I really missed you. You just disappeared without any notice or clue. You didn’t even say when you would come back, so I had to find alliterative to replace you.
Now I am just glad to have you back after 3 weeks of absence, and I hope you will stay with me every day.
Dear hot water.
What do you think about when you hear the word, “Presentation”? Nowadays, we have many opportunities to present things. In short, presentation is to explain your products (be it tangible or intangible) and it could be through PowerPoint, arts, joke, foods, idea, etc.
From my artistic, educational, academic and professional experience,I came to understand that there are 5 common things which make good or bad presentation (from my perspective), about which I will talk in this entry.
Have you purchased something through Duty free? The one you come across in an airplane or airport when you travel.
Actually, I had never done that in my life, until just one month ago, because for me, the less stuff you have, the easier to move around. So compared to the extra burden that you would carry in you journey, the discount rate was not that attractive to me.
But this time, the evolution of Duty free blew my mind, since I saw a lot of stores which adapted Duty free system not in “air XXX” but in my home townーOsaka, Japanーand I could save around 20,000 jPY (around 160 USD) just with Duty Free.
Honestly, I didn’t think I was eligible for Duty Free in Japan, and I assume that I am not the only one. Therefore, I hope this can be of any help not only for foreigners who travel to Japan (maybe other countries, too), but also for Japanese who live abroad and return temporarily.