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Know your Why, Think different

How to know the root core of a difficult problem?

The road to self-discovery is as long as a lifetime. We grow, we learn, we change every day. Sometimes, a couple of years have passed and the old concepts for us have no longer been suitable. It is usual when each of us occasionally feels that we do not understand ourselves, or have acted as if we were a different person. Therefore, sometimes revisiting the values ​​of life is a must.

During that revisit, there are questions that suddenly pop up. Those questions may have been chasing you for a while but you still don’t have the answer.

Often these are difficult questions for which answers will not easily surface. Such questions may be related to philosophical reflection, religious beliefs, or elusive emotions. In regards to such questions, there are two types: one that you don’t have the answer, and the other is that your answer is still on the surface without touching the root core of the problem. Whichsoever, if the core of the problem has not been touched, there will be no adequate measures to resolve it at all. So how do you know the root core of a difficult problem?

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Know your Why, Think different

The person you want to become?

Each of us once has an idol in our heart. It maybe your father, your mother, or a relative that you always admired in your childhood. Growing up a little to the dreaming age, it could be the excellent artists or actors on screen. After graduation, your idol can be Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, or some famous and rich start-ups. At this point of time, who would that person be?

After thinking a little about the person you want to become, I’ll tell you why this is so important.

We are often told, “Be yourself,” but if you take one moment to think about this, “being yourself” sometimes doesn’t bring you any lasting benefits.

Being ourselves comforts our differences, makes us feel less guilty and embraces the norms. Sometimes we give up a difficult task or a struggle, by telling ourselves that we are different from the other person and no one will understand us. At other times, we reject opportunities because they are not within our expertise, interests or focus.

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Do new things, Draw, Workshops

WORKSHOP: Watercolour for beginners

My dear readers,

My second workshop – “Watercolour for beginners” was held on July 14th, 2019, in a warm and cozy co-working place – QSpace, located at the centre of District 1, Ho Chi Minh city. It was a 2 hour workshop with full of joy, surprise and experience. It was meant to serve my big topic of “Try new things”. The purposes of this workshop were to:

  1. Get used to the flow and transparency of watercolours
  2. Get used to and have fun with watercolour’s mediums: salt, alcohol, masking liquid and others
  3. See watercolour as a mean to relax, ease and free.
  4. Ensure each student to have their own type of drawing(s) to take home with.

Guess what, it was so fun when we had a lot of surprises using mediums, lots of laughs and relaxation. I got a cute 6 year old student who created fun and colourful paintings herself. She was so polite and charming saying thank to me and told me she would love to join my next workshops. I also got a warm hearted postcard from another student telling me that she just got a beautiful learning experience. And yeah everyone got different colourful drawings to keep for themselves even though they have never drawn anything before, which is great achievements for them, and for me!

Pictures from my workshop below:

Craft, Do new things, Workshops

WORKSHOP: Making bracelet your own style

My dear readers,

My fifth workshop in 2019 – “Making bracelet your own style” was held on December 29th in QSpace, a warm and cozy co-working place at the center of District 1, Saigon. It was a 2 hour workshop with full of colors, sharing and loving. 

The workshop was meant to serve my big topic of “Try new things”. We tried new things together, we shared our emotions and inner thoughts freely. We created and relaxed at the same time. We had fun and connected with each other, by making same-style bracelets with our friends and by giving our design as a gift to our loved ones. 

This workshop will be hosted again in the new year, January 12nd, 2020, we hope to see you soon. Together, we will blow all of the shining colors to welcome this new meaningful year.

Have a wonderful year end.

Pictures from my workshop below:

Do new things, Read

One new thing about my reading (I’ve read 27 books in 2019)

Early 2019 I made a resolution to read as many books as I can. This is one of my 100 new little things. 

Some of you who know me may ask: Why is it a new thing because you have been reading your whole life? 

Yes but well, my reading pace is very slow. In some years I only finished 4 to 5 books, which I suddenly realized that it’s never enough!

So I devised a new tactic to read differently (I wrote a whole article about this tactic, you can check it here)

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How to read differently

Yea you may say: “We all know how to read” :))

But somehow the way we read as a habit will not help us in the long run. We come to a bookstore, choose just the books that we wanted to read, or we knew the authors, or we love the genres. Imagine you travel to a different country, wander on strange streets yet find to eat only your hometown dishes? Reading the same genre is similar to having the same dish. Yet a small bookstore could represent the whole world, not just a different nation, so please don’t choose your everyday habit, or your familiar genre!

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Do new things, Know your Why, Think different

ONISM: The awareness of how little in the world you will experience

Have you ever wondered about how little you are, and how little in the world you will experience in your short lifespan? Especially with ones who love to travel, this pain may touch you not just once, that you have to decide between mountains and beaches, Europe and Asia, with an aching thought that even until you have to say your last goodbye, you still never really know your whole country, your whole world, your whole universe?

The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows explains this very well using the word “Onism”.

onism – n. the frustration of being stuck in just one body, that inhabits only one place at a time, which is like standing in front of the departures screen at an airport, flickering over with strange place names like other people’s passwords, each representing one more thing you’ll never get to see before you die-and all because, as the arrow on the map helpfully points out, you are here.

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