I often feel like I am trying to do too much
- Teaching assistant for microeconomics
- Trying to write a book
- running two blogs
- a podcast
- 19 credits semester
- one independent study class
- side research for Upenn Wharton conference
Today I added two more things:
I am now trying to start a Pan-Asian Chapter at Villanova, and I am also now signed up to tutor the executive MBA class in introductory economics.
Other days, when I am sitting on the couch watching Netflix, I feel like I am not doing enough.
It’s a weird balance. Does balance exist for me?
I’ve considered myself a hard worker for a while now
I remember getting up at 4:30 AM to practice two hours of basketball before school started because after school I would have 2-hours of rehearsal for musical theatre and I’d be too tired to play basketball then.
I wanted to balance both basketball and theatre as well as maintain top grades.
At Villanova, I’ve constantly taken a full-credit load because I want to learn as much as possible given the fixed costs of my semester tuition.
But I have not necessarily been seeing the results of my ‘hard work’
Which makes me come to two conclusions:
- I am either unlucky / the universe is unfair, or:
- I need to work harder
Option 1 I can’t control.
Option 2 I can, which means it’s time to amp it up and keep going. I haven’t burned out yet, I’m just getting started.
Happiness is a just discrimination between what is necessary, destructive, neither necessary nor destructive, and what is necessary and destructive
We need the necessary essentials: food water shelter
We should avoid the destrutcgive: violence hatred and corruption
There are things that are necessary but also can be destructive: the oil industry, corporations, and burning the Amazon forest (for economic growth for Brazil)
But happiness is having a surplus of things that are neither necessary nor destructive because those things are often the best
Air conditioning is neither necessary nor destructive, but I often find myself the happiest when I am able to sit on a comfy couch in a well-AC’d room in the summer, eating take-out sushi and watching Netflix with my dear friends and family i care most avout
In Sweden, cash retail transactions have fallen 80%
Digital transactions in China have risen from 4% in the past 20 years to 34% in 2017.
A cashless society provides many benefits to society
Countries spend roughly 0.5% of their GDP managing physical cash
Consumers have better tracking of their money in digital forms, more convenience, and quicker and easier access to payments
Black market transactions dealt in cash will be strapped down
But consumers who value data privacy will also lose, as governments will likely use digital transactions as data
The poor and unbanked will lose out if cash is phased out
And society may become less democratic, with more power funneling towards institutions, governments, and financial corporations who control the digital system
We make calculated risks every day – intuitively
How quickly can I jaywalk without getting hit by a car?
What if I run through a yellow light?
Eating spicy food
As I learn more about investing and trading, I’ve tried to apply those skills to life in terms of making calculated risks.
But not just intuitively. I love the idea of making decision matrices or weighing the options at hand.
My senior English thesis in High School was about the Paradox of Choice and how too many options in this world can put us in a state of paralysis of analysis. I found it interesting because I’ve used that knowledge to better my understanding of making – and going through with – certain decisions I make.
Of course, life offers many options. I chose Villanova over Toronto. I chose Economics over Finance. Every choice I make, I have to forsake something else due to opportunity cost.
But being too focused on opportunity cost may make your completely paralyzed and fail to actually make a decision.
And so there are two parts to being a great decision-maker: taking calculated risks (intuitively and planned), and making decisions and going through with them.
Being a great decision-maker. That is a strong skill to have.
Today I had to say farewell to my co-workers as I leave for Hong Kong tomorrow
Because I switched departments half-way through my internship, I essentially had to say goodbye to two departments of people
Although short-lived, 3-weeks, I still got to know these people
And I’d be lying if I said I didn’t get a little sentimental
It’s the realization that people, humanity, all around the world, is beautiful
All of us, each living these lives, each pursuing individual goals, but together forming a community with other people doing their own sh*t
Hong Kong culture is not something I can say I am fully familiar with. And because I wasn’t sure of the etiquette, I didn’t get the feeling that a hug was appropriate.
But I wish I hugged them
I don’t know if I’ll ever see these people again.
But it’s the same as when I had to leave Singapore last year (where I did get to hug my co-workers before leaving)
3-weeks and I formed genuine connections. Doing this around the world makes me truly and fully love humanity.
This life is so beautiful.
Just make sure you hug the people you care about.
Add Oil, Hong Kong.
Going your own path is always difficult and it always will be
Those that forge their own path are either crazy or maybe just crazy enough to succeed
But if you’re not willing to break the societal mold that we’ve fabricated, then you won’t survive on that arduous path
The path is meant for people who don’t care about what others think
I’m still trying to learn how to foster that type of mindset
Then I can truly live life on my own terms