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Chinese – Week 2

Quick update as I’m wrapping up my 2nd week of formal Chinese study. Technology I drastically narrowed the mobile apps I’m using to the following: -Pleco – dictionary, stroke order, Live OCR add-on-Translator app: Google Translate or Microsoft Translate–Anki – spaced repetition, flash cards If you don’t have a tutor or course book, I would […]

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Chinese – Self Study Week 2

I’m two weeks into my Chinese study and have made a lot of progress. I’ve also gathered a lot of useful tips and some lessons learned over my studying during my first week. Goal For starters, I’ve landed on an objective goal for 2019. I want to pass (minimally) the HSK 1 and hopefully the […]

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Chinese – Self Study Week 1

I just officially wrapped up my first week of self-study on Chinese. We’ll call this Self Study Week 1. 🙂 Here are some thoughts and lessons learned. This week I tried to focus on just getting familiar with Chinese, resources, pinyin rules/exceptions and not really worrying too much about vocab or Chinese characters. As I […]

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Learning Chinese

As I’m working through my 2019 goal to learn Chinese, I am planning to gather some thoughts on my preparation and progress throughout the year. ChallengeLike any foreign language, the key (and biggest challenge) to fluency, will be immersion. This is going to be especially difficult for a guy that doesn’t live in a native-Chinese […]

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Book: Subtle Art of Not Giving

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F_ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life I’ll admit it, the title of this book and the assumption that a lot of cursing would be involved drew me to make the purchase. I didn’t expect the content to be revolutionary, but a different spin on the […]

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Life Principles

Inspired by two of my favorite books: Principles by Ray Dalio and Benjamin Franklin: An American Life by Walter Isaacson, I am documenting my own Life Principles and Virtues. This will be a constant work in progress, but am sharing them [before perfect] as a public commitment and reminder to myself.   1. Never do harm […]

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100 Books in 2018

I have set a rather ambitious goal for the remainder of 2018…  Better late then never, right? For 2018, I am embarking on a journey of learning as much as I can. I am encouraged by a friend who is doing a similar challenge… So, I have set a goal to read 100 books in […]

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2018 Goals

One of the best ways to accomplish your goals is to hold yourself publicly accountable. For some, it’s as simple as telling people about what you’re trying to achieve.  For others, it’s about building engagement on the journey. I’m hoping this inspires others to do the same (be public with your goals) as well as […]

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Size Matters – The Best Problems to Have

“A big opportunity is better than a small one, but a small problem is better than a big one.” – The ONE Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results. <br /> One of the reasons we have challenges starting work is that we can’t visualize what success looks like in the short-term. As humans, we often don’t […]

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