An Immigrant Story

We come to this land with nothing but clothes on our backs.
Driven by a dream to create a better life for ourselves and our kin.
The struggles we bare are nothing, compared to the failure should we run from it.
We know what lies behind us, so we trudge forward.
Breaking any wall that stands between us and our purpose.
Sacrifice is not our chore, but our reward.
We savor for the chance to give ourselves for a greater calling.

As we know nothing, we cluster together, creating bonds and communities.
An effort to create a sense of familiarity.
Of homes, we hope to never forget.
Out paths converges with others and they too share our story. So, we learn from one another.
Together, creating bigger wholes than our individual parts.

Time passes by and we grow older. We grow proud, but not from our success,
but of our children’s. We share in their laughter and joy. A priceless gift we received
from hard work and fortitude. The knowledge  we’ve escaped from certain death should we stayed.

We ask not for handouts or a free meal,
but an opportunity to create opportunities.
When we are done, preparing to leave, we sit and we envy. As the next generation joins and begins their journey.

This is America, this is our story.

Blue Ocean

When they zig, you zag.

In business, Blue Ocean is a strategic concept that focuses on finding uncontested market space and make competition irrelevant. A great example of a Blue Ocean strategy comes from Nintendo. In the late 90s as the video game industry was becoming more and more competitive, Nintendo, the once leader of the pack began losing to longtime rival Sony Playstation and newcomer Microsoft Xbox. As a result, to regain market share, they started to focus on a different audience that was generally not targeted due to social norms. They shifted their focus from the predominate gaming demographic which includes teenage and young adult males, to women, children, and elderly people with their new Nintendo Wii and fitness sports games. At a price point of 200 dollars per Wii console, it was more targeted towards the less hardcore gamers and focused on those who enjoy short challenges without having to invest in long hours. Additionally, they started the trend of fitness tracking with their Wii Fitness and became vastly successful until other companies like FitBit overtook them. However, the success from Nintendo provides a great example of how existing companies can still find opportunities in a hyper competitive market.

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Worry

We’re Jammin

The most unnecessary feeling that affects everything we do. We worry about all the things in our lives and do everything we can to keep that worry to a minimum. Yet, despite our efforts, we still worry even when we’ve prepared to the best of our abilities. We worry if people like us, if people accept us, if people even know we exist. We worry if what we said will get us a job or lose it, we hope and wish, analyze and reanalyze in our head situations that never happen but could potentially happen. Our worries cause stress and anxiety. What can we do to stop worrying forever?

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The Last Inch

when we add up all those inches
that’s going to make the fucking difference
between WINNING and LOSING
between LIVING and DYING.

“Almost to the finish line, time to slow it down and finish the race.” This is what we often think when we’re about to finish whatever it is we set out to accomplished. Whether it’s the last problem on a homework assignment, the last chapter to read before the book finishes, or the last bite of pizza before its done. We often think that because we’re so close and we’re almost done, that we can relax. Wrong. The last anything, is probably the hardest thing to do. As we near our personal finish lines, we need to realized that we have to finish strong.

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Limitless

We have failed to uphold Brannigan’s Law. However I did make it with a hot alien babe. And in the end, is that not what man has dreamt of since first he looked up at the stars?
-Captain Zapp Brannigan

The only way to progress in life is to push past our limits. The notion that we can be better than who we are today, is the driving force that enables humanity to advance further. In the movie, Limitless, we see the main character achieving superior results from taking a pill that allowed him to expand his capabilities to extraordinary lengths. While the movie is fiction and there’s no magic pill that will give us super brain capacities (not yet anyways), the ability to surpass are limits are very real. With enough effort, we can push ourselves past ourselves.

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Overthinking

Left a good job in the city,
Working for The Man every night and day,
And I never lost one minute of sleeping,
Worrying ’bout the way things might have been.

As mentioned before in my blogs, life is random and nothing is really 100% guaranteed. There may be things that have high probabilities of happening such as the Sun raising again tomorrow or the moon continually its orbiting around our Earth, but even these things are not absolute. A comet can hit our Sun or Earth and blow everything up tomorrow or aliens might wipe our planet and its inhabitants for their highway (Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy).

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iPhone 7 : Beginning of the End

Don’t stop saving the world Google.

With Apple’s recent announcement of the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, one has to wonder if Apple is still at all following in Steve Job’s path towards creating a more perfect machine or if everything is simply a ploy to grab money.

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