My Latest Song: Out of this Mould

Mar 24, 2010

As some of you may already know, I play guitar and keyboard, and am very much a music person. Most of you probably don’t know, though, that I do some songwriting as well. And well, I just wrote a song over the past week, a message to myself which I feel fits in well with the theme of this blog, so I thought I’d share it here.

No recording yet, though, but that’ll come in time. In the meantime, here are the lyrics to one of my latest songs. Let me know what you think?

Out of this Mould

I stare blankly at this page before me
Every word I think of just seems so cliche
It’s a striking image of my own life
Where there’s nothing new, and everyday just seems to be the same

I’m tired of the same old story
The same old excuses and worries
And I know, that it’s time to make a change

I’ve got to break out of this mould
Step out of this comfort that I’ve been trained to live in
Got to break out of my routine
Follow my heart, and start pursuing my dreams
Can’t just keep doing what I’m told, no, no,
I’ve got to break out of this mould

I take two steps forward,
Then one step back
Struggling to find my way
On this brand new track
I search for a sign, or a path that I can follow
But there’s none,
And I’ve got to go on my own

I’m tired of being just another face in the crowd
It’s time for me to stand up up and finally be myself

So yeah, that’s it. A reminder to myself to be true to myself and not let anyone else dictate my life. If you have any comments/suggestions, I’d love to hear them. =).

Coming Soon to Singapore: GenJuice

Feb 19, 2010

Earlier this year, Arielle Patrice Scott (an awesome young lady who you should definitely check out) gathered a group of driven young people, fora meetup where they talked about their personal brands. It’s since evolved into a meetup for them to support each other and help each other achieve what they want to do. That meet-up has since become GenJuice, a meetup for young driven people to help each other reach specific professional goals.

Arielle explains more about GenJuice in this video:

When she first told me about it, I was really excited about the idea. Using social media to help young people achieve their dreams – that’s something I really believe in and want to be a part of. That’s what I love the most about social media. For me social media is not really about helping big companies market their products (don’t get me wrong, it’s useful for that, but that’s not where my passion lies). To me, social media is a great platform for individuals to achieve their dreams.

So, I’ve decided to start a GenJuice in Singapore. I think it’s something that could be really great for young people here, and I’m really looking forward to it.

If it sounds like something that you’d be interested in, I’d love to have you come. You can view the event details (and RSVP) on the Facebook event, but basically, it’s on 6 March, 6pm, at Hackerspace Singapore.

Looking forward to seeing you there. =).

Friday Flip-Through: The Butterfly Hunter

Dec 14, 2007

A common theme (at least an intended common theme) in this blog has always been about pursuing your dreams, and your own passions. To not just settle for what others do, or what society expects, but to chase after what you believe in, and to find your own meaning in life.

And that’s why I love The Butterfly Hunter by Chris Ballard, the subject of today’s Friday Flip-Through. In his book, Chris talks to 10 people who have found their life’s calling, doing really unusual jobs. These are people who have beaten the odds, pursuing a career that few even consider. But it’s a career that they love. They love what they do. More than just “what they do”, their jobs are who they are. It’s a part of them.

10 people. Among them a lady lumberjack, a train geek, a building climber, a NFL kicking coach. 10 very different professions. But one thing in common. They are doing what they do best. They are living their dreams. And most importantly – to me, at least – they are fulfilling their passions.

These 10 people show us the value of doing what you love. It’s the passion for what they do that drive them and keep them going. And that passion is something we would all do well to have.

This book won’t give you a formulaic guide on how to achieve your dream job. What it will do is inspire you in the value of pursuing it. There are people out there living their passions, doing what they love. You can be one of them too.

Yes, it’s a risk. But as these 10 people show, it’s worth the risk. After all, as Chris says, that “is the one thing that can give… life meaning.”

If you like this book, check out my other recommendations at my aStore.

Guinness World Record Seekers

Nov 17, 2007

I’m not really a fan of the Guinness book of records, in that I personally would never attempt to get into it. Plainly because, most of the time, the things seem really meaningless to me.

But I do have to give credit to these people who are pursuing the records. They’re putting their time and energy into something that they believe in. It’s something that others might think pointless (like getting in a bathtub full of snakes), but they’re pursuing it anyway, regardless of how crazy others might think they are. It’s something that others might think impossible (after all, for it to be a World Record, it must mean it hadn’t been done before), but they believed in themselves, and had faith that they could do it.

So while I don’t particularly see much of a point in the book itself, I have a lot of respect for the people in it. They’ve gone through great lengths and taken a lot of chances in order to pursue their dreams (as crazy as others might think they are), and being in the record books – having their name recorded for future generations – is just reward.

How far are you willing to go to pursue your dreams?