Don’t break the chain

You get many advices in life. From books, from people, from TV… Most are junk but there are some true jewels in all these mess. I am going to start posting some here that I actually follow:

Here’s one from Jerry Seinfeld:

Seinfeld explained his method for success: each January, he hangs a large year-at-a-glance calendar on his wall and, for every day he wrote new material, he had the exquisite pleasure that can only come from drawing a big red “X” over that day.

Drawing those Xs got to be pretty fun and rewarding, so he kept doing it. Eventually, he began to create a chain of red Xs.

The idea was to never break that chain.

Best Advice: Protect the Downside

Saw this on linked in today and I think it’s a great article. Thinking back when I decided to leave my comfy full time job to start a business, my strategy certainly aligned with this. I knew exactly the risks that I’d face, and I know what could happen if things don’t go the way I want and I know how to handle those situations.

Here’s the original article:

20 things to let go of before the new year

Super busy working on new products, haven’t touched this blog since forever! Saw something good today and I figure this is a good place to share it and remind myself later. Here’s the original link from

1. Let go of all thoughts that don’t make you feel empowered and strong.

2. Let go of feeling guilty for doing what you truly want to do.

3. Let go of the fear of the unknown; take one small step and watch the path reveal itself.

4. Let go of regrets; at one point in your life, that “whatever” was exactly what you wanted.

5. Let go of worrying; worrying is like praying for what you don’t want.

6. Let go of blaming anyone for anything; be accountable for your own life. If you don’t like something, you have two choices, accept it or change it.

7. Let go of thinking you are damaged; you matter, and the world needs you just as you are.

8. Let go of thinking your dreams are not important; always follow your heart.

9. Let go of being the “go-to person” for everyone, all the time; stop blowing yourself off and take care of yourself first … because you matter.

10. Let go of thinking everyone else is happier, more successful or better off than you. You are right where you need to be. Your journey is unfolding perfectly for you.

11. Let go of thinking there’s a right and wrong way to do things or to see the world. Enjoy the contrast and celebrate the diversity and richness of life.

12. Let go of cheating on your future with your past. It’s time to move on and tell a new story.

13. Let go of thinking you are not where you should be. You are right where you need to be to get to where you want to go, so start asking yourself where you want to go.

14. Let go of anger toward ex lovers and family. We all deserve happiness and love; just because it is over doesn’t mean the love was wrong.

15. Let go of the need to do more and be more; for today, you’ve done the best you can, and that’s enough.

16. Let go of thinking you have to know how to make it happen; we learn the way on the way.

17. Let go of your money woes — make a plan to pay off debt and focus on your abundance.

18. Let go of trying to save or change people. Everyone has her own path, and the best thing you can do is work on yourself and stop focusing on others.

19. Let go of trying to fit in and be accepted by everyone. Your uniqueness is what makes you outstanding.

20. Let go of self-hate. You are not the shape of your body or the number on the scale. Who you are matters, and the world needs you as you are. Celebrate you!

Sometimes I really wonder how people get anything done before there’s the internet and Google. Every now and then I have a problem that could get me stuck for who knows how long, and then one quick search on Google finds the perfect solution, solves the problem right away, and it’s FREE!!!

Just want to give a plug to! Saved me at least a couple hours today.

Tuesday with Morrie

Haven’t posted for awhile, cause I’ve been busy working on new products! It’s certainly is stressful, and the only way to keep myself going is the belief that there’s light at the end of the tunnel. I have to remind myself to enjoy the journey sometimes too…

Just want to share a quote in this post, from the really great (and short!) book Tuesdays with Morrie:

“So many people walk around with a meaningless life. They seem half-asleep, even when they’re busy doing things they think are important. This is because they’re chasing the wrong things. The way you get meaning into your life is to devote yourself to loving others, devote yourself to your community around you, and devote yourself to creating something that gives you purpose and meaning.”
-Mitch Albom, Tuesdays With Morrie

Revmob 4

About a month of testing with Revmob, and the results are in. ~14000 impressions, ~5000 clicks, with ~20 actual installs. For Revmob, unless it gets to the actual installs, it really doesn’t pay much. The eCPM ended up to be about $2.60, which for a full screen display ad is a bit on the lower side. Will try another network later and see.

What’s eCPM? Check out this article:

What prize motivates you?

In an earlier posts, I mentioned that there are 3 components to motivation, one which is the “prize”. Money and material things could be one targeted prize. How about this dream car?

2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray

Though something else could be a much more attractive prize; The right to prove everyone who doubted you wrong. Here’s a very interesting article about Michael Jordan saying what motivates him and how it relates to starting a new business:

Simple productivity trick

Long time ago, I learned a very simple yet effective productivity trick. It was either from a book or a class, I tried googling and I can’t figure out the source. If anyone knows please add it to the comment! The story goes something like this. Some company has some productivity issue, and they hired a prominent consultant to take a look. The consultant simply said this:

“Tell all your employees to do this. Every day first thing in the morning, write down 5 tasks that you want to achieve today. By the end of the day, if you can’t finish it, put it on tomorrow’s list. ”

And that was it! The consultant then said, don’t pay me now, pay me when it starts to work. And it certainly did, the company paid him a couple hundred thousand dollars.

I follow this routine and I find it to be very effective. Every morning I write down the five things to do for the day either in a Google doc that I keep open all day, or I put it in the “Stickies” app on my Mac. This list of things basically stares at me all the time until they get done. As simple as it is, it helps you focus on the things that you really needed to get done today.