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Saturday, 21 October 2017

My comments re: Joe Wicks: the man with the (body) plan | The Times Magazine | The Times

Interesting Infomercial



Joe Wicks: the man with the (body) plan | The Times Magazine | The Times:





  ;-) there could have been only 3 outcomes of your venture with Joe:


1.) with your info-news promotion: the gullible that think buying such a plan would work for everyone & contribute to the possible wealth of Joe.  Let's face it, with a common-sense plan, for those that are determined & with long-term grit, one could not only lose weight (some Mainly want to look great or get pecks) but also stop smoking, detox, even rehab from heroin addictions. 

2.) you try "something extraordinary" out and found that it worked and become the next guru and write a book about it, and become next Neil Strauss & or Scott Carney, sadly exercise & diet is not rocket science, it's a numbers game, need a good number of credulous public to buy the book/seminar/ or pay with their attention/mind-share/admirations; sounds to me there is no shortage of them already based on your article (I've never heard of Joe nor will I seek him out, just like Jamie the Olive.)

3.) you get paid for your article, write something interesting (this article), and investigate about something/someone else later.  OR you self-challenge (just like you mentioned nudge) and devise something great in the line of PUA or WimHof methods and be the next focus of the article (& be adored by women & be next paper millionaire) by another journalist completing the circle. 

everyone has their own challenge/journey; for those that can afford it, get someone to tell you what you need to do.  For other successful people that a self-determined, its very simple a go/no-go decision= Once made, no hmm or ahhs..  and 'JUST DO IT'! 

Think we have spent enough time on Joe and my comments already. 

have a brilliant weekend. 


Wednesday, 8 February 2017

My comments re: The psychologist leading the backlash against self‑help | Times2 | The Times & The Sunday Times

The psychologist leading the backlash against self‑help | Times2 | The Times & The Sunday Times:



Erm, is this NOT also a 'self-help' book (although contrarian)?



I wonder how he managed NOT to navel gaze & still managed to write/edit/publish & even now make time to travel to UK & beyond to promote the book?


& would his kids survive adopting his view & prosper competitively outside of welfare state of Denmark?


Just content with status quo led world finance market to credit crunch (which also affect Denmark btw.).   Even with mass movement like Occupy Wall Street (no need to use brain, just turn up) who dwell in the past & complain (without the intellect of devising a workable solution) meant nothing got fixed.  Now Trump is aiming to even repeal the Wall street reform & Consumer protection act (also called Dodd Frank).


Guess US citizen should just "read a novel" & feel "neutral about it" & practice defensive pessimism? :-)


Very curious about this but I won't join in person despite having a ticket (can't be bothered, why make an effort?) but will watch the live stream of the talk (if I feel like it when I have a moment away from "dwelling in the past").

However, I would agreed that people need to develop enough self-confidence so that he/she is not swayed by others' views/pressure/opinions, but how could one achieve that? as Daoism teaches, is to learn, practice & find the balance or WuWei 無爲 (Just be). If so  道德經 - Dao De Jing already was encouraging this waaay back [Warring States (475 BC - 221 BC)], which was 100yrs+ before Zeno of Citium (c. 334 – c. 262 BC, founder of Stoicism) was born? am not Philosophy major though. "Dao De Jing" is free here: http://ctext.org/dao-de-jing

No doubt the developed western world will be better for following this book, as hard working guys & girls (no matter where they come from) can take over. Well done for your contribution, no doubt those parents who complain about too much homework for their children will be worshiping Svend soon.


Skål!

Friday, 23 December 2016

My Comments re Stoking Tensions With China - The New York Times vs previous Chinese Emperors

Stoking Tensions With China - The New York Times:



The Biggest challenge of our time is not lack of access to education (esp. 4 western world in MOOC era of EDX, Coursera etc.), it is sadly Ignorance, Stupidity & the Inability to #AskTheRightQuestion.



In our super connected (physical+informational+digital+economical ) world, the disconnect of cultural understanding & politician's like TrumpElect's previous peddling of racial/demographic/nationalism/ xenophobic hatred whilst ignoring human's existential risk is the biggest folly.



2017 will never be a zero sum era, especially if people exhibit Gorilla Silverbacks' Chest beating and ground thumping behaviour.



The Real danger for our world is illustrated perfectly in the brilliant DocuFilm by John Pilger http://thecomingwarmovie.com/,as once Nuclear nukes flies, it will not be the end of one nation but the World! Apparently we will NOT see the sun again for 1-3yrs (10yrs for fruit to grow again). Climate changed!



China will not push the button first as can be seen by the constraint shown the return of the drone. UNLIKE the USA/west, despite not having the universal form of democracy west pushing China 'to' adopt (Must Read book by Francis Fukuyama's book on why might not work).



Good Chinese emperors exhibited moral duty (if they have mandate from heaven) & take cautious & long term views, with hidden threats of harsh Nine familial exterminations 誅九族 sentence by next dynasty. Sadly Trump is not afraid of anything/anyone now and world will have to sadly accept the consequences

My Comments re Stoking Tensions With China - The New York Times vs previous Chinese Emperors

Stoking Tensions With China - The New York Times:



The Biggest challenge of our time is not lack of access to education (esp. 4 western world in MOOC era of EDX, Coursera etc.), it is sadly Ignorance, Stupidity & the Inability to #AskTheRightQuestion.



In our super connected (physical+informational+digital+economical ) world, the disconnect of cultural understanding & politician's like TrumpElect's previous peddling of racial/demographic/nationalism/ xenophobic hatred whilst ignoring human's existential risk is the biggest folly.



2017 will never be a zero sum era, especially if people exhibit Gorilla Silverbacks' Chest beating and ground thumping behaviour.



The Real danger for our world is illustrated perfectly in the brilliant DocuFilm by John Pilger http://thecomingwarmovie.com/,as once Nuclear nukes flies, it will not be the end of one nation but the World! Apparently we will NOT see the sun again for 1-3yrs (10yrs for fruit to grow again). Climate changed!



China will not push the button first as can be seen by the constraint shown the return of the drone. UNLIKE the USA/west, despite not having the universal form of democracy west pushing China 'to' adopt (Must Read book by Francis Fukuyama's book on why might not work).



Good Chinese emperors exhibited moral duty (if they have mandate from heaven) & take cautious & long term views, with hidden threats of harsh Nine familial exterminations 誅九族 sentence by next dynasty. Sadly Trump is not afraid of anything/anyone now and world will have to sadly accept the consequences

Monday, 5 December 2016

My comments re #SelfChallenge #TakeResponsiblity & #AskTheRightQuestion, re Google, democracy and the truth about internet search | Technology | The Guardian


Interesting Article on Guardian:

RT @M_Heffernan Time 4 Bing?? @carolecadwalla #TruthAboutSearch @martinjemoore @d1gi @dannysullivan

My comments on Guardian:

reposted below:

++++

Well pointed out indeed.

Internet however is still a tool, if search engines like Google proposes inappropriate 'nudges', and promote bad 'results' that influence people's thought/habit formation, it will bring about Brexit & Trumps (or worst help ISIS to recruit new members).

However, people will also have to take personal responsibility (or take heed of good guidance from parents/guardians), where if people were to 'ask' the right question, they would not be persuaded by the 'nudge' by Google's auto-fill question, nor would they be stupidly trusting any answers that come through the first search results page.

IMHO, your good article raising the fact, but solution might lies with people taking on a #SelfChallenge to #Self-Educate so they would #AskTheRightQuestion (like how to fix the world, rather than only changing it or how to hate others), and be able to discern the right answers from fake info. And maybe, a few of them will take the appropriate answer(s) and translate them into actions that will bring about positive impact and meaningful co-existence.

Sadly majority of the Brexit & Trump voters are not avid readers (if the allegations of the press is correct), therefore, your article & our comments are just another coexisting but distinct echo-chamber. We need everyone to be mobilised towards a directional & concrete goals, wonder whom might be the catalyst to bring that positive change? Do anyone know?

+++ I've further clarified:

Very much so, Just to clarify, I also agree that this is a HUGE & the Fundamental problem of our world, people not care, or care about the wrong thing, or worst don't think for themselves & choose to be influenced readily as it is the 'easier' option.

It is sadly the wicked problem of individualism, putting unchecked greed, lack of ethics/family value, blinded democracy & neoliberalism as ultimate panacea, the consequence?: we now have an empowered potentially Alt-Right nationalistic nuclear warhead holding president elect Trump that might still do deals to benefit his own empire.

Maybe in 15 years, the apparently previously bad guy of China might be the best 'model' that might be able to take leadership (especially re aspect of investing in renewable energy that might help delay climate change effect).

The world IMHO need a new movement that will be even more expansive (but with a direction & goal) than #OccupyWallStreet, and indeed, likes of Facebook, Google, Apple can and MUST all play a major role in aiding people to #AskTheRightQuestion (& hopefully #DoTheRightThing) individually, if everyone take a small step in the right direction, we can then all play a major role in fixing our world's wicked problem!

NB: do not forget, a community movement that fixed major long term problems of Central Park New York may provide a blue print of a bipartisan way of Fixing a systemic problem as long as the movement has the right 'goal' & right people/business/entities engaged, see http://stfi.re/zzwodok

Monday, 3 October 2016

My Comments re Colombia’s Brexit moment as politicians misjudge popular anger at Farc amnesty | World news | The Guardian

Colombia’s Brexit moment as politicians misjudge popular anger at Farc amnesty | World news | The Guardian:



we must design better ways of running a country especially in a democracy which has been pushed by the west as the 'gold standard', which I hope is the case, but given Brexit, PossibleTrumpfGate and now 'democratic rejection of FARC' agreement, maybe most of us might not be asking the right question.



Could the right question be, we must empower and HOLD personally accountable the politicians for their actions focusing on delivering:



1.) Rule of law/Peace not war

2.) Safe & Secure Home

3.) enough food

4.) ways for populations to work hard to improve their lives and protecting their fruits of labour

5.) deliver appropriate regulations/punishments/enforcement for those that disrupt/threaten 1-4 above.



Agreement with FARC is sadly the only first step and sadly when framed incorrectly, by government that people might not have best trust, I guess we cannot blame the people to 'vote' NO..



Lets send our good wishes for the populations of Columbia, at least maybe in a tragic way, they are fairing much better than in Syria?



Friday, 13 May 2016

My short comments on Cracks are appearing in fintech lenders — FT.com

Cracks are appearing in fintech lenders — FT.com:



 IMHO, it is very difficult and dangerous to 'band' all FinTech firms together as a single category.
Features of the "Elephant in the room" are these: 
1.) no agreed definitions of 'FinTech' from P2P to Bitcoin (or latest 'hot cake' of Blockchain disciples)
2.) ALL FinTech firms claims to be doing something better/different, indeed, most try, but ALL still use banks other financial institutions (major to small players) to 'empower' them to 'disrupt' the industry
3.) almost all have been created with an exit in mind (to be bought in 3/5yrs or less, or exit via IPOs and become Unicorn)
4.) most investors/VCs and even Hedge-funds are friendly lambs with habit of shifting into Bison herding behaviour 
5.) due to competition & scarcity of good deals, cross investments by star investors/VC firms means most firms, FinTech especially are likely to be me-too variety and none are created to truly fix nor disrupt anything, let alone the key plumbings of Finance. 
If the above statements are true, then I can totally understand why Larry Fink created the annual CEO letter tradition as he is crying out for more good firms so he can invest in them (not only for those BlackRock already owns).
In short, we will keep on having these discussions (next will be about blockchain investments in 1-2yrs time), unless and until someone with true firepower dare to truly disrupt and fix finance. 
My analogy for my senior C-level friends (from all industry) is this, Roman and Mongol Empire might have had the best 'Tech' of the day (Roman's had armour, spears, chariots, Mongols were great riders on fast horses,with special blades) but they had become great because they developed the right ecosystem & business model (new roads/infrastructure from Rome to all conquered countries, coins/currency to unify Roman empire economically, or adopt a counter-intuitive "Religiously Tolerant", Multi-faith stance across the Mongol empire despite Genghis Khan allegedly killed 40million people as he created the largest contiguous land empire in history).
Therefore, question is not about whether cracks are forming in FinTech.  We should take a step back & #AskTheRightQuestion, namely is the present FinTech a new 'Gold-Rush'? If so, maybe it is by design, that it is suppose to attract everyone, and once the rush takes hold, those that pivoted well and moved from "selling shuffles" to become speculators will all be making money.  (a good piece on gold mine here: http://priceonomics.com/how-epic-fortunes-were-created-during-the/ ) No doubt however many will fall on the wayside and lose from money/job to repulations (hopefully not their lives like in the old days).
Given how connected our world is so far, and our many billionaires world, I would like to take a more optimistic view, maybe it is time we all should #AskTheRightQuestion & thus #DoTheRightThing, why not challenge the top guys like Paypal Mafia to work together and develop a viable solution? (see my long blog post in 2014: http://garethcxo.blogspot.co.uk/2014/10/asktherightquestion-my-challenge-to.html )
we can only hope. 
BR
@GarethWong 
PS: Don't listen to me, if you are fellow City/Cass MBA Alumni, you are welcome to join our next non profit E/MBA club 27May free of charge (30th since started in 2005) focusing on "Truth of FinTech" with Samee Zafar of Edgar Dunn & Co. ( http://embaclubq2.eventbrite.co.uk )

Sunday, 8 May 2016

MY short comments on men should #Engage, find #Purpose #Mission and #SelfChallenge How to be a 21st-century caveman | The Sunday Times Magazine | The Times & The Sunday Times

How to be a 21st-century caveman | The Sunday Times Magazine | The Times & The Sunday Times:



Brilliant work Tim & Matt, for trying! 

Look likes a must read for all modern day men, look forward to reading the book sometime soon. 

I would like to argue and hope the book already cover 'the purpose' and 'mission' that one must have (especially men). 

as most do not engage actively (mind, body, spirit), as it is much easier to just follow the crowd and sit in front of the sofa. 

First task for men therefore is to #Care, #AskTheRightQuestion, engage with self, probably thinking about this is already too much hard work! 

Therefore #SelfChallenge is key! 

For those that cannot afford YogaBox classes, finding their own purpose and just walking would be a great & easy start! Some might not want to move, literally, if so, even standing would help. why no try 'standing like a tree' TaiJi /TaiChi #KungFu. YUP! no need to move.. believe me, it is a challenge, especially if you dare to stand for 60minutes plus! (HealthWarning: its recommended that you only start with few minutes or 10/15min max, please check with your doctor first!)

don't worry about not belonging to tribes as once you started a true hobby (especially martial arts) you will have many reasons (& peer pressure) to join the pack, mini-big-tribe activities (family is a must for sure!).  

And find your personal mission so that collecting #WeeklySpears will become a doddle.. 

For those that likes a challenge, I would like to refer you a rare long blog post I made on 1 common lesson we can learn from Jim Marshall, Charles Darwin, Sir Winston Churchill , US presidents like JFK & FDR.

What do others think? 



Sunday, 20 March 2016

My comments re Berkshire's Disintermediation: Warren Buffett's New Managerial Model …

Berkshire's Disintermediation: Warren Buffett's New Managerial Model …:





Well spotted & shared, many thanks Guy!



yes, indeed. Brilliant & must read paper by Prof Lawrence Cunningham @cunninghamprof.

This Berkshire kingdom status quo will persists until there is a true alternative that promote long term profitable (not profiteering) firms that can truly bridge B2B & B2C client's trust. this can only be arrived when there is a better way to be rated, audited and listed, 

The Sage of Omaha use of insurance float & deferred tax for cross financing is legendary but many family offices/Asian dynasties also adopt variations of the strategies mentioned. 

Key difference is Warren's Berkshire shares are traded and not most of the Asian dynasties' holdings. 

It would hopefully be many more years to come that Warren & Charlie will be our world's Sage (fingers crossed), question is, why is there not many other that 'truly emulate' them? 

Tuesday, 15 March 2016

My Short blog on: Ideas Help No One on a Shelf. Take Them to the World. - The New York Times

Ideas Help No One on a Shelf. Take Them to the World. - The New York Times:



Well said.

Distribution of rubbish solution is also dangerous. Give people a well that they don't use or give solution to Diarrhea but not fixing the cause is also not good.



Our world is so connected & challenges we individually faced with are already overwhelming, reading this article or this comment of mine is already a lot for most, let alone investing time & effort to understand & 'truly' fix anything (esp those on our personal To-Do list).



We need therefore something stupid simple for EVERYONE to take part, I suggest people use 20% of their own leisure time to #SelfChallenge to do anything (ideally not stupid running on the spot or marathon watching kardashian's behind).



The more important you are, take on a bigger challenge (especially if you have influence, wealth, or followings), and coordinate with others, or challenge your peers to do more, please don't just donate to charity.. unless the charity's aim is to make itself redundant with a definite time-frame (10/20years?).



What we need is a call to action that will lead key people towards the right direction, in 2016, maybe it is time to adopt #FixTheWorld instead of non directional ChangeTheWorld which sadly has not fixed much so far?


I would recommend watching the video about philanthropy by 3 Buffetts on my blog post on LinkedIn: Tomorrowland Today.Must take opportunity to #Activate & #FixTheWorld ! http://bit.ly/24OlYaD *


My 2013 Short blog re challenge between Billionaires! http://bit.ly/1MlhOvx