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Why are you doing this?

This week's highlight is the Golden Circle, an idea inspires us to think about WHY before proceeding to HOW and WHAT.

It is easy to get lost if we only focus on what we are doing, how to do something but forget the reason why we are doing something. Great leaders think from inside out, while the others do the other way around. "People don't buy what you do, they buy why you do it."--Simon Sinek

One of the weakness some leaders have is that they don't believe sth strong enough. I pitched an idea on a mobile hospitality app which helps hotel admin to create promotional contents to the hotel guests. I wasn't clear enough about why I intended to make this app and I didn't successfully deliver my idea to the audience. In fact, I ended up identifying the wrong problem and presented quite badly during the pitching.

I went back and rethought about the reason. WHY are you trying to make that app?
There are three main reasons.

Firstly, it helps those small and med…

Quite Good

Submitted the problem set(PS) 4 on time. Indeed, it's the best PS I've done so far. I made the physics engine working on Friday and the design pattern is much more beautiful than the PS3. I was about to give up when I haven't started the problem set before the Chinese New Year ended on Tuesday. Thanks to Yujing and Prof.Ben who gave me a hand when I was about to fall. It is more about learning than grading.I cannot believe that I made the program working in 3 days when even the easiest problem set(PS1 and PS2) took me the last minute to struggle.

One great secret is to "ASK".  I was a bit too lazy to ask questions before things became disasters. Gratefully, I did ask a lot of questions this week on Forums/Emails/Persons/Classes. People are generous to answer your questions even the questions may sound silly. Actually, I am well-recognised by many groups of people as a man who asks a lot of questions.  I shall make it a habit even in classes where everyone seems t…

A Week for the Love Ones

I picked my high school English teacher, her college schoolmate and my parents last Monday morning. Since I was rushing for the problem set 3 deadline, I asked them to travel by themselves on the first day. My mum was too tired to travel after taking an overnight flight, thus she stayed in the school and took a short snap in an air-con room. I continued doing the assignment when she was sleeping. My teachers and my father went to gardens by the bay for sight-seeing. However, my father was also too tired. Thus, they three came back very early in the afternoon. We had a very traditional hometown dinner together in a PGP(Prince George's Park) kitchen which was made by my mum. The bamboo shoots with  salty vege was really delicious.

On Tuesday morning, I guided my teachers, parents and my best friend's girl friend(TingTing)'s mum to the Botanic Garden. Botanic Garden is my favorite place in SG. We had a great time there, taking photos and enjoying the fresh air. Then I introdu…

Dying with MVC

The deadline for the MVC assignment has been extended to tomorrow. However, I'm still struggling with it now.

My original design mixes the view and the model too much. The UIImageView frame contains the core location data of the objects, thus it is convenient to treat the view frame as a model. However, that's a bad design when models contains more sophisticated data like some physical properties. Thus I need to redesign it again, to abstract the model class from the view data. Two useful entry level delegation examples to help better understand delegation and MVC. http://www.raywenderlich.com/6567/uigesturerecognizer-tutorial-in-ios-5-pinches-pans-and-more http://dvisagie.blogspot.sg/2012/04/using-delegates-in-objective-c-why-use.html
I feel the way how I deal with stress is really bad. Instead of trying very hard to solve the problem, I tend to spend quite too much time on stress-free tasks(like watching funny videos) to release the stress. It turns out to be a bad idea since …