Being home after all this

Some thoughts about Hong Kong and myself

All discombobulated but probably somewhat related. I may piece them together at a later point, but don’t have a thesis yet.

  • It was time to leave my last company. Compared to what I did at my last place, I’m much more interested in what I do now. I may have been more consumed by my previous work, but I’m much more interested in the content of my current work
  • I’m much more interested in breadth than depth. I find much more inspiration from the cross-pollination of breadth than the search for truth and understanding in depth-based approach
  • Somehow moving home has felt right, for a lot of reasons I don’t seem to understand and am trying to post-process. I’ve felt like I’ve been at home a lot longer than I have actually been here.
  • I’m an empirical learner, learn best by doing. I think a lot about the things I do, but is that everyone else as well? I know people who read and remember everything, but I don’t. Is that a problem?
  • I overthink a lot, which leads to a unnecessary focus on the result, rather than the process. Turning 25 and moving home has taught me to let things go a little, and let life take you where it wants.
  • I’m trying to be more honest with myself and with people I talk to. I think some of the unhappiness that I had on the other side of the world stemmed from me trying to pretend to be someone else, and now being back home, you can’t pretend in front of people who have known you their whole life.
  • Small quirks about one’s personality are a direct response to the environment when you were growing up. (I do know believe some of the ideas about personality differences between being the oldest, middle and youngest child)

Hong Kong Economics

  • Hong Kong relying on China for economic relevance is certain. Hong Kong, unfortunately due to poor investment into education and infrastructure, has now no other industry to rely on as our core services of finance and law are being chewed up by our Chinese counterparts. We were all too busy making money.
  • The question is how do we manage this balance, the modicum of quasi-independence that China has given to us, and how do we maintain our self-respect and identity while slowly becoming more and more reliant on the Chinese economy?
  • I’ve felt a very strong sense of complacency among the youth of Hong Kong. It’s some combination of fatalism, of feeling that there is no development left possible in Hong Kong, and that life itself is and will be good enough.
  • I can’t fault that. Yet, for someone who has just returned from a place where everything is disruptive, it’s an attitude that is hard to adjust to
  • Because if anything, you can’t fault the silicon valley type for being complacent. There’s a kind of energy that is hard to replicate.
  • I would like to say that I need that desire to grow, a growth mindset to be motivated and be positive. Otherwise, you can stuck in this mode, not having something that motivates you to improve. You need to believe in a better future.
  • I read a quote that the world is changing rapidly. To be a VC, you have to embrace that change and learn how to manage it, instead of fighting it.
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