We are the future.

This past weekend, I attended an event held by The News Lens called “Becoming Aces” where 30 Taiwanese under 30 shared their stories and experiences: from how they got started to their plans for the future. This event came at a good time because I was losing hope in Taiwan (from the rising cost of living to wages that remain relatively unchanged, among many other things), but like Woody said: “it’s always easier to complain rather than getting to the root of the problem, so if you’re unhappy about your current situation, then do something to change the world“.

What I learned from Becoming Aces:

  • On jobs: You don’t need to work for a “great” company – work for a place that has similar values to yours.
  • On startups: Sometimes “good enough” is enough, give up the things that aren’t important to your core value, the start is always the hardest – remember the reason for doing what you do, and everything will become possible.
  • On crowd-funding: The majority of people in Taiwan don’t believe in crowd-funding, so entrepreneurs who want their projects to do well require really good marketing. These promotions are to let others know about you; not everyone will support what you want to do, but at least those who want to now have a chance – because now they know about your existence.
  • On having more faith in others: Don’t try to take over and do all the work, because by doing that, you are taking away other people’s opportunity to learn.
  • On grey areas: Sometimes there are no perfect solutions, but the best solutions. E.g. building a dam would bring economic value to a country, but also destroy an aboriginal tribe’s way of life.
  • On being ready: If you have a plan or an idea, don’t wait until you are “ready” before you start, because by the time that you’re ready, it will be too late.

Be the change that you want to see in this world.

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