How different countries affect you emotionally and mentally – and a self-improvement followup

Today I learned something new.

I have traveled a lot before. I’ve spent months travelling. I have lived in Hong Kong for 3 months, before spending 3 months in Manila. I would say I am quite a seasoned traveler and know my way around. Yet, I still learned something critical after arriving in Hong Kong yesterday.

In order to explain better, let me explain a bit about myself:
I see myself as a “high performer”. I don’t try to be Elon Musk and work myself tirelessly 20 hours a day to save the planet (even though I probably should… later in life), but I do try to get the most out of life.

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Review of Amazon Machine learning – first experience with machine learning

 

I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Software Engineering from the best technical university in Denmark. I have a Master’s Degree in Business.

I see myself as quite a technical person. My job is to make sure that the developers in my company make great code, and that we pick the right architectural decisions. We do a good job, and our customers seem to love us (well, they keep buying stuff!).

But I am a business guy. From a business perspective, I am totally hyped about machine learning and artificial intelligence (which for some reason is the same in my mind – well, let us say – was). I believe it’s the future, and I totally want to build the next “machine-learning”-applied product that will conquer the world.

But I have no experience with machine learning, artificial intelligence, deep learning or any of the other fancy words I’ve read.

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Today’s startups should seek to change the physical world

Uber. Airbnb. Tesla. Xiaomi. SpaceX.

We hear about these tech “unicorns” all the time: Uber, the 40 million USD transport company, without owning any taxis. Airbnb the biggest hotelier, without owning any hotels.

It’s easy to get caught up in a discussion about their value, and how awesome they are.

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Personal reflections: Avoid decisions and default to mastery

I believe that a human being can only handle so many decisions in a day. I am very inspired by the actions of personalities like Barack Obama, who doesn’t make decisions about clothes (apparently he only owns 2 type of suits), food (every meal is made for him) or anything practical of the sort.

The thing is, decision-making comes down to a range of parameters such as emotional state, willpower and focus at the given time. This ultimately leads to bad, unhealthy, unproductive and regrettable decisions.

That’s why I want to make an attempt to avoid as many decisions as possible, and then default to “mastery”.

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Review of co-working spaces HUBBA (Bangkok) and Punspace (Chiang Mai)

I’ve now been living outside Denmark for nearly two weeks. To me having a great space to work is essential, as I am an entrepreneur doing a lot of stuff online.

As I’ve started in Thailand, I’ve had the experience of working in three different locations:

  • HUBBA, Bangkok (a co-working space in Bangkok city)
  • The two Punspace offices in Chiang Mai (also a co-working space)

I thought I’d give a quick review for anyone interesting in that matter.

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What is the most powerful technology of 2015?

It’s funny. When you look at popular tech media or tweets from important tech people, you’ll find a lot of hype about:

  • Artificial intelligence
  • Autonomous cars
  • Virtual reality
  • Stem cells
  • Cancer treatments
  • 3D printers
  • Quantum computers
  • Drones
  • Cryptocurrency
  • Nanotechnology
  • DNA sequencing
  • Personalized medicine

I am just as hyped about these technologies as everyone else.

I totally believe in strong artificial intelligence, being driven to the office in a robot car (or just going there in virtual reality). I also believe in defying death, and that should be one of the most important goals of humanity.

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Mrs Pa smoothie in 2015 (Chiang Mai) – where is it (map) ?

When I was in Chiang Mai the first time back in 2014, I went on the quest for finding the world famous Mrs. Pa smoothies.

I went to the south gate by around 7pm, to find the very busy night market. I walked and walked, and couldn’t find it! Just as I was about to give up, I found it – Mrs Pa’s smoothies. I said hi and was surprised she spoke very nice English, and I got a really, really nice smoothie.

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The first days as a digital nomad living in Thailand

Sunday morning at 7am I arrived in Bangkok airport. Tired after forgetting to sleep in the plane (who can sleep at 3pm???), I was in a good mood and wanted to get into the city.

First I had the pleasant surprise of finding out sim cards are VERY easy accessible. Around 15 USD poorer, I had 3gb of 4G data and unlimited 3G. Hello connected world!

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Preparing to become a digital nomad

After an amazing Workaway trip to Morocco back in January, I decided to become a digital nomad. It’s a dream I had had since I read the “Four Hour Work Week” by Timothy Ferris back in 2010.

However, in reality the concept is a bit more difficult. The key issue is finding a way to have a stable income while working remotely, which is very difficult while being an employee (possible, but ridiculously complicated in some industries at least).

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Hold kæft hvor er Uber godt…

Nu har jeg ikke skrevet på bloggen i lang tid, men synes i dag jeg noget at dele.

Jeg har hele mit liv været nærig, og forsøge at spare penge. Men over de sidste par år har jeg fået mere og mere travlt, og er begyndt at købe flere og flere luksuser. Normalt kigger jeg altid på min egen timeløn, og sammenligner med hvad jeg kan “outsource” opgaven for.

En luksus jeg har været ekstremt glad for er ugentlig rengøring, som sparer mig for virkelig meget tid.

I januar måned er der dog åbnet en løsning, som har overrasket mig fuldstændig.

Jeg bruger mere og mere tid på transport, især når jeg skal rundt til kunder. Det tager sindssygt lang tid: lige meget om det er cykel eller transport.
Jeg begyndte at overveje at købe en billig bil, men det virkede som en vanvittig investering, selvom det kunne spare mig for rigtig meget tid.

En eftermiddag blev jeg introduceret til at appen “Uber”, var åbnet i Danmark, og faktisk fungerede. Uber er en “taxa app”, hvor du billigt kan komme fra A-Z. Som dansker er jeg ekstremt bekymret for taxa, fordi jeg ved det næsten koster 100kr bare at kigge på en taxa…

Men…

En fredag morgen, kl, 4, skulle jeg ud i lufthavnen til en forretningsrejse. Busserne kørte ikke på dette tidspunkt. Jeg åbnede min Uber app, sagde “request uber”. Jeg fik efter 5s “Hassan” som chauffør, og jeg kunne se han holdte inde ved Rådhuspladsen. 5 Min efter var han nået ud på Amager (hvor jeg ventede i varmen), jeg fik ned og direkte ind i bilen og kørte ud i lufthavnen…. Og det kostede…. 72kr for 15 minutters kørsel.

Siden er jeg begyndt at bruge det mange gange om ugen. Kundemøder, hjem fra byen og hurtig transport.

Det er vildt. Det virker SÅ godt.

Det her er “næste skridt” indenfor transport. Bor du i byen har du IKKE brug for en bil: du kan leve med metro og Uber.

Nå – jeg beklager fan-sangen. Det er bare sjældent at jeg oplever et produkt, som virkelig kan spare tid og penge i mit liv – og det her Uber gjort mere end noget andet produkt har gjort i år. Vil du gerne selv prøve det, har jeg lavet en fin hjemmeside hvor du kan prøve det: Uber rabatkoder.