Now, improving yourself is fucking difficult. You set a goal, lets say loose 10 kgs, and you’re super determined. Well. Until you get caught up, and is having food-sex with that amazing Ben & Jerries ice cream. That’s life, and it happens to anyone. However, luckily enough, sometimes we manage to break our patterns and thereby changing our actions until they become habits.
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.
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.
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.
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”.
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.
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
- 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.
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.
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!
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).