The grass is always greener on the other side

  • 最討厭的聲響: 鬧鐘
  • 週五和週一拿了annual leave,假期拿得正好。本來對於手上的project已經是零興趣,誰知project突然泡湯。令我更加沒有任何動力上班。motivation = salary + creation + meaning, 現在只剩下其中之一。
  • 週五去了修眉,週一去了剪頭髮。剪頭髮地點在銅鑼灣。由地鐵行樓梯到地面,一見光就是最近香港熟悉的場面,兩群人面目猙獰互相指罵,高叫口號,高舉iPhone互相貼面拍攝。記得曾經何時香港人還對這種「巴士呀叔」式指罵還覺得新奇,現在成為了常態。社會越走越荒誕,越走越兩極分化,難怪兩邊人也無法再理性處理了。
  • 最近也在準備job interview,準備的時候才發現自己的嚴重不足。
  • 越來越肥,越來越寒背,大概想像到未來的自己會長成什麼可怕的模樣。
  • 原來日本internship已經是十年前的事。光陰似箭。
  • 優惠碼快賺到已賺到HK19,350, 到達HK$20,000的時候我會celebrate一下。

Forming my own opinion

發現最近喪失了forming my own judgement的能力。每次都是左邊聽到點資料,右邊聽到點資料,之後再左抄抄、右抄抄、把堆砌起來假裝是自己的opinion。久而久之,我發現我的腦袋原來空空如也,只剩下quote這個cite那個的copy and paste機器。 也許resources太多的時候,就會變得懶惰,之後便變成了思想模式的習慣。難怪被caught off guard 的時候,總會變得啞口無言。退步了的critical thinking,慘。





You only live once, 食嘢嘅時候係最direct帶來開心感覺嘅時刻。平時人生壓力已經這麼大了,why not fully embrace the joy of eating呢?


The Ride of a Lifetime 閱後感

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繼Homo Deus後 終於完成了2020年的第二本書 – Disney CEO Bob Iger的自傳 “The Ride of A Lifetime”. 最近放工後不乏娛樂 – Netflix “Breaking Bad“完成了5個seasons、然後現在在看”Better Call Saul” ,還有最近pick up的老人界board game Rummikub 

Bob Iger在15年間將Disney transform成為一個global media giant – 他就是4大重量級acquisitions的mastermind – Pixar, Marvel, Lucasfilm, 21st Century Fox。當中他也推出了破天荒的Black Panther,也為uphold integrity而做出了各項人事上的決定,也造就上海迪士尼開幕(開幕日當天他更要deal with鱷魚意外!)

讀後感:看完這本書,我覺得內容寫得有一點太brieffast-forward了,r明明這麼legendary/almost dreamlike,還真的想知道他多一點內心的感受/motivation,內容再deep diver會更好!他的career就順風順水,非常lucky。而且字裡行間也覺得他有點自負,這麼多驕人的成就,真的是他一個人的功勞嗎?另外覺得似乎Shoe Dog更精彩更film-like,可能是因為Shoe Dog 是關於building a new brand from scratch,而Bob Iger是一個executive在navigating the corporate ladder吧?所以少一點颶風巨浪。

雖然他是在creative/media/entertainment industry,跟我這種傳統行業不太一樣,當中我也highlight了不少points。

  • Innovate or die, and there’s no innovation if you operate out of the new or untested. “Innovate or die”在書中多次出現。其實我自己就是那種reluctant to change (或者是reluctant to drive changes吧)的人,但一方面都理解必須要embrace disruptions。特別是2020年的世界。
  • Create an environment in which you refuse to accept mediocrityYou instinctively push back against the urge to say “There’s not enough time”, or “I don’t have the energy,” … , or any of the many other ways we can convince ourselves that “good enough” is good enough. 呢個point都好中,因為我就係hea底/鍾意找藉口嘅人。當然找到鍾意做嘅時時我會好精益求精,但最近好似都lost咗呢一份追求。
  • The importance of taking responsibility when you screw up.
  • Be decent to people. Treat everyone with fairness and empathy.
  • Excellence and fairness don’t have to be mutually exclusive….I was instinctively aware of both the need to strive for perfection and the pitfalls of caring only about the product and never the people. 
  • The need for optimism – look at the situation not as a catastrophe but as a puzzle we needed to solve…only way through was to stay laser-focused and to exude as much calmness as possible to the people around me. 
  • “Bet on brains” – value ability more than experience 
  • Your inexperience can’t be an excuse for failure. Can’t let humility prevent you from leading – it’s a fine line. Ask the questions you need to ask, admit without apology what you don’t understand, and do the work to learn what you need to learn as quickly as you can. True authority and true leadership come from knowing who you are and not pretending to be anything else.
  • I never start small – people will focus on little details as a way of masking a lack of any clear, coherent, big thoughts. If you start petty, you seem petty. And if the big picture is a mess, then the small things don’t matter anyway, and you shouldn’t spend time focusing on them.
  • Good leadership isn’t about being indispensable – it’s about helping others be prepared to possibly step into your shoes – giving them access to your own decision making, identifying the skills they need to develop and helping them improve.
  • No one wants to follow a pessimist. It’s ruinous to morale. It saps energy and inspiration. Projecting your anxiety onto your team is counterproductive.
  • If something doesn’t feel right to you, then it’s probably not right for you.
  • It’s tradition. Tradition generates so much friction, every step of the way.
  • Company’s integrity depends on the integrity of its people. Demand quality and integrity of your people and products.
  • Embrace technology and disruption rather than fear it.