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A Hacker’s Mindset

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg introduced “The Hacker Way” in a letter to investors:

The Hacker Way is an approach to building that involves continuous improvement and iteration. Hackers believe that something can always be better, and that nothing is ever complete. They just have to go fix it – often in the face of people who say it’s impossible or are content with the status quo. Instead of debating for days whether a new idea is possible or what the best way to build something is, hackers would rather just prototype something and see what works.

I think most of us more or less have a hacker’s mindset – moving around obstacles and taking the quickest path to reach our destination. We run with our full strength while others are walking on the road. We drive round the back streets to avoid the traffic in the main roads. We try to please everyone around us even they have conflicted interests. In work, how many times had we worked around the clock under pressure and lost ourselves in completing those projects before the dead lines? We break the rules to get a job done in time and cover up afterwards to avoid any troubles. We comfort people that everything is fine although we know there are some problems. We didn’t lie; they just didn’t ask for the whole truth.

We replace our traditional mindset in doing things with a more flexible one due to the rapid changing of everything. However, I would say this agile attitude is built-in in our instinct. Without being taught, this is our philosophy to survive. We learn from failures to get the knowledge and wisdom to bend, throw out or rewrite the rules and make them better one day. We work harder and faster so that we can achieve more and sustain a secured income.

We all dream of adding time to our lives, but an extra day is just another day caught up on our to-do list. We spend time to save time. But there will never be enough time for us to clean up our backlog. Why not just leave those issues to the daily joy of problem solving, and uses the gift of extra time for excursions into novelty?

Independent of your stage in life or level of accomplishment, you can take time for what is important to you. Consciously spend time alone or with others. Be intentional in your actions for one day. You’ll learn much more about yourself. Time can be a priceless gift. A spark of inspiration can arrive in a second. You can give a smile, or receive one, in a second. So, first use that extra second, then use the other thousands of seconds that you have today to focus on what your priorities really are. Take today and think great thoughts – or even better, do something really great.


Morning Has Broken

Morning has broken, like the first morning
Blackbird has spoken, like the first bird
Praise for the singing, praise for the morning
Praise for the springing fresh from the world

I have a special feeling to Cat Stevens’s song “Morning Has Broken”. Although I’m not a Christian, I feel peace, relax and comfort when hearing this song. This is the first song I learned from the high school music class. I still remember our music teacher Miss Tang playing the piano and leading the whole class of boys to sing this song. I guess some of us were day-dreaming of having a girlfriend like Miss Tang one day.

Sweet the rain’s new fall, sunlit from heaven
Like the first dewfall, on the first grass
Praise for the sweetness of the wet garden
Sprung in completeness where his feet pass

I normally run in the morning around the neighborhood. I like the fresh air, the early sunlight, the singing of birds, the quiet environment and the aroma of breakfast from people’s homes. On the road, I may come across other runners, people having their morning walk or walking their dogs. I usually give them a polite nod and smile, and they may return a smile back. A little interaction between strangers cross path in life.

Mine is the sunlight, mine is the morning
Born of the one light, Eden saw play
Praise with elation, praise every morning
God’s recreation of the new day

In this 24/7 city, the border between night and day becomes blurred. However, no matter how you had spent the night before – sleeping peacefully, suffering insomnia, working night shift, getting drunk in the pub; you always look forward to the following morning as it brings along a brand new start. Not everyone can move forward in the journey, life may not be what you expect. But we at least should be proud that we have the courage to set off again each morning. A life is simply a lot of days put together. Live one day at a time and make every day count.

Relationship Jokes


Ruth met her husband while she was working in a science library. Her husband came in every week to read the latest journals and eventually decided to take out the librarian instead of the books. After a year and a half of dating, he showed up at the library and started rummaging through Ruth’s desk. Ruth asked what he was looking for, but he didn’t answer. Finally he unearthed one of the rubber stamps Ruth used to identify reference books. “Since I couldn’t find the right engagement ring,” he said, “this will have to do,” and he firmly stamped her hand. Across Ruth’s knuckles, in capital letters, it read “NOT FOR CIRCULATION.”

Anne and Hans met online and they’d been dating for over a year. Anne introduced Hans to her uncle, who was fascinated by the fact that they met over the Internet. He asked Hans what kind of line he had used to pick Anne up. Ever the geek, Hans naively replied, “I just used a regular ADSL2+ broadband.”

About a year had passed since Pat’s amicable divorce, and she decided it was time to start dating again. Unsure how to begin, she thought she’d scan the personals column of the local newspaper. She came across three men who seemed like they’d be promising candidates. A couple of days later, she was checking her answering machine and discovered a message from her ex-husband. “I was over visiting the kids yesterday,” he said. “While I was there I happened to notice you had circled some ads in the paper. Don’t bother calling the guy in the second column. I can tell you right now it won’t work out. That guy is me.”

Every Valentine’s Day the campus newspaper has a section for student messages. This year Scott surprised his girlfriend with roses and dinner at a fancy restaurant. When they returned from their date, his girlfriend leafed through the paper to see if he had written a note to her. Near the bottom of one page she found: “Bonnie – What are you looking here for? Aren’t dinner and flowers enough? Love, Scott.”

Acres of Diamonds

An African farmer heard that others had made millions by discovering diamond mines. He sold his property and traveled the continent for many years in search of diamonds until at last he was old, weary and discouraged, he threw himself into a river and drowned.

Meanwhile back at his old farm the new owner found a large brilliant rough diamond in the creek. A friend told him he’d found one of the largest diamonds ever. His creek was filled with such diamonds. The first farmer had owned free and clear acres of diamonds. He should have searched his own property thoroughly before moving on. He hadn’t even looked.

Each of us is standing in our own acres of diamonds at this moment. Explore the pasture you are in. Don’t run from one thing to another forever looking for the pot of gold. Stay where you are until you find what you seek. Let your mind thoroughly explore the possibilities in what you are presently doing.

There were good reasons why you chose your present job in the beginning. Find acres of diamonds hiding in your work. The diamonds of opportunity are there but they cannot shout. Our job is to find them. We must think of better ways to serve, right where we are. Leave no stone unturned. There are better ways to do what you are presently doing. Keep things stirred up. Overcome! Prevail right where you are. Stay and get rid of your problems. Think every day of a way to mine your own acres of diamonds.

Path to Serenity

Fame or integrity: which is more important?

Money or happiness: which is more valuable?

Success of failure: which is more destructive?

If you look to others for fulfillment, you will never truly be fulfilled.

If your happiness depends on money, you will never be happy with yourself.

Be content with what you have; rejoice in the way things are.

When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you.

Fill your bowl to the brim and it will spill.

Keep sharpening your knife and it will blunt.

Chase after money and security and your heart will never unclench.

Care about people’s approval and you will be their prisoner.

Do your work, then step back.

The only path to serenity.

Live Your Own Life

We’ve been told to obey the rules and behave ourselves from childhood. To get a good exam result, we need to memorize those formulas and read those chapters. Our grades determine how good we are and our future prospect. We are trained to eat the same food, listen to the same music, watch the same TV dramas, play the same games and follow the same trend. All the scolds discourage us to raise different opinions, take adventures and think out of the box.

We also follow the same path of life: graduate from college, get a job and work hard to climb the corporate ladder. Our positions and salaries measure how successful we are. We start counting the number of uncompleted tasks instead of sheep when we cannot sleep in the middle of the night. We try hard to get to that far away destiny while our loved ones just waiting beside us. We are not aware of our parents are growing old, the boredom of our partners, what happen to our closed friends and even our own health is getting worse.

Do we really need that position and money? Yes, so we can pay our mortgages, the vacations and other needs for living. We work hard to get a life out of work, but at the end we sacrifice our life for work. We wait until some wake up calls – a serious illness, a bereavement, a break up, a faded friendship – to make us know what is important in life.

We all have the journey from birth to the day leaving this world, but what happen in between is up to us. There are no fix patterns to follow. Don’t sit around and accept what are given, be brave to explore ideas, have contrary opinions and take unexpected paths. Do something new out of your comfort zone; otherwise, you will never grow.

It’s never too late to plan and design your life. Find something you are passionate about and this may be the legacy you can contribute and leave behind. Spend quality time with your family, your loved ones and your friends as much as you can. Don’t expect everything can wait and have a second chance.

Kung Fu Panda

I watched the animated movie “Kung Fu Panda 2” the other night and really like it. In the first movie, panda Po was accidentally chosen as the Dragon Warrior to fulfill an ancient prophecy. He joined his idols, the legendary Furious Five – Tigress, Crane, Mantis, Viper and Monke; under the leadership of their guru, Master Shifu; to fight against the vengeful snow leopard Tai Lung.

In this second movie, Po’s new life is threatened by the emergence of a formidable peacock villain, Shen, who plans to use an unstoppable weapon to conquer China and destroy kung fu. Po must look to his past and unlock the strength he needs to defeat Shen.

Other than the funny characters, interesting story line, well designed action scenes and top class animation, some of the dialogues are full of humor and modern philosophy. Below are some memorable quotes from the movies.

Master Oogway: Your mind is like the water. When it is agitated it becomes difficult to see, but when you let it settle, the answer becomes clear.

Master Oogway: You are too concerned with what was and what will be. There’s a saying: “Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, but today is a gift. That is why it is called the present.”

Tai Lung: You can’t defeat me! You … you’re just a big … fat … panda!
Po: I’m not a big fat panda. I’m THE big fat panda.

Master Oogway: One often meets his destiny on the road he takes to avoid it.

Tai Lung: Finally … oh, yes … at last, the power of the Dragon Scroll shall be mine!
 [He opens the scroll – and stares at it]
Tai Lung: It’s … it’s nothing!
Po: It’s okay. I didn’t get it the first time either.
Tai Lung: What?
Po: There is no secret ingredient. It’s just you.

Po: How can kung fu stop something that stops kung fu?
Master Shifu: Remember, Dragon Warrior, anything is possible when you have inner peace.

The Soothsayer: Your story may not have such a happy beginning, but that doesn’t make you who you are, it is the rest of your story, who you choose to be.

Po: Nothing’s unstoppable except for me when I’m stopping you from telling me something’s unstoppable!

Po: I just found out that my dad, might not really be my dad.
Tigress: Your dad, the goose?
[Po nods]

Shen: How did you find peace? I took away your parents, everything, I scarred you for life …
Po: See that’s the thing, Shen, scars heal.
Shen: No they don’t … “wounds” heal.
Po: Oh, yeah … what do scars do? They fade, I guess.
Shen: I don’t care what scars do!
Po: You should, Shen. You got to let go of the stuff from past – because it just doesn’t matter! The only thing that matters is what you choose to be now.