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《the dip》let me think… and think deep

“A Dip is a temporary goal setback that you will overcome if you keep pushing.”

“Too often, we get stuck in a situation where quitting seems too painful, so we just stay with it, choosing not to quit because it’s easier than quitting. That choice—- to stick with it in the absence of forward progress—- is a waste. It’s a waste because of the opportunity cost—- you could be doing something far better, and far more pleasurable, with your time.”

“Quitting is difficult. Quitting requires you to acknowledge that you’re never going to be #1 in the world. At least not at this. So it’s easier just to put it off, not admit it, settle for mediocre.

What a waste.”

“If you’re considering quitting, it’s almost certainly because you’re not being successful at your current attempt at influence.”

“If you are making a decision based on how you feel at that moment, you will probably make the wrong decision.”

“Never quit something with great long-term potential just because you can’t deal with the stress of the moment.”

“Seven Reasons You Might Fail to Become the Best in the World

You run out of time (and quit).

You run out of money (and quit).

You get scared (and quit).

You’re not serious about it (and quit).

You lose interest or enthusiasm or settle for being mediocre (and quit).

You focus on the short term instead of the long (and quit when the short term gets too hard).

You pick the wrong thing at which to be the best in the world (because you don’t have the talent).”

—- Seth Godin 《the dip》


Eating at home

A month ago, I was interviewed and observed by a journalist of the Dutch newspaper Het Parool about making dumplings (饺子jiǎo zi) for the column “Thuiseten” (eating at home) of the Saturday Edition. I got this opportunity from the manager of Dun Yong supermarket, which is the oldest Chinese family business in Amsterdam’s China Town.

Making dumplings is not very complicated unless you make the dough. I’ve never really had a chance to learn how to make dumpling dough because my mother always did it as she is efficient and my father kneaded the dough. So I bought the dough from the package at the Chinese supermarket when I settled the time with the journalist for the interview. The dumpling pastry from package is well made, but they need to be defrosted before being used and need to be pressed hard while folding. The rest I made by myself including the forcemeat and the spicy sauce. The journalist watched the whole making and cooking processes, and we ate together at the end. We talked a lot while making those dumplings such as the life here and in China. She was curious and surprised to hear my stories, and thought I’ve experienced a lot in my entire life. Yes, it’s true.

At the end of the interview, I had some leftovers. Of course, she took a doggy bag when she left my place. This whole interview, talking and making dumplings reminded me my parents who are still living in China, reminded me my joyful childhood. We used to fold the dumplings together with three of us after the doughs are made by my mother. The funny thing is that each of us has our own style. I didn’t learn my way of folding dumplings from neither my mother nor my father. I learned a complicated way of making dumplings from the father of my childhood friend when I stayed overnight at her place.

I didn’t receive the draft of this article before it’s published on last Saturday, January 2 because the journalist was too busy so that she forgot the whole thing. There are actually type mistakes about the name jiǎo zi, but it’s now too late to correct them.  Anyway, I think it’s a worthwhile article to be read.

Click here to read the article (in Dutch).

dàjiāhǎo 大家好!

Weblog? It sounds so 2008 to me;-) I’d had no intention to setting up my own weblog until my teacher of the minor study MMCI (Management of Creativity and Innovation) gave us the assignment. The intention of this assignment is try to promote ourselves on the web by using the knowledge he taught us yesterday on his lecture “Personal Branding”. Obviously, the name of this minor says enough to you. Yeah, right! We are gonna be creative and innovative on the web. I chose using twitter instead of making a weblog on the purpose of its short, saving time, convenient to post wherever you are and whenever you are. In order to accomplish the assignment at school I decided to give the weblog a try as an experiment.