Great talk by ”Oprah Winfrey on Career, Life and Leadership”.
Some insights from her:
The way to end poverty is through education.
You must change the way a person thinks and sees themselves. So, you’ve got to create a sense of aspiration, a sense of hopefulness. A person can see and have a vision for a better life.
Gratitude is the single greatest treasure, I will take this with me from this experience.
Align your personality with your purpose.
Your real job is to figure our why you are here (on earth) and where your power bases are.
Work on your self and keep your cup full, feel honored to sense a full self, like yourself, let yourself become a person with more than a full cup of water, that way you can offer more to anybody.
There are no mistakes, because you have supreme destiny. If you made a mistake, feel that, hear that, know that, if you don’t listen to your inner voice, you won’t wake up by your mistakes.
Treat your life as something bigger than things that occur to your life, don’t be distracted by things that frustrates you. Failure or felt off the course, is a moment waking yourself. The way to get through the challenge is to get still, and ask yourself what’s the next move.
Your life is bigger than that moment, don’t be defined by what others say.
100 shortcuts to get into American/Chinese culture
Having lived in the U.S. for 4 years, I am still amazed by those culture differences Chinese and Americans have. Those details exist in every days living.After the first illustrated project I did 3 years ago, I want to start this new version of project talking about American and Chinese culture through everyday life.
Reading is part of our life. We read to develop our understanding of the outer world, to increase our knowledge of how things work and to gain imagination of our own life. The more we read, the better we will be in communicating with others, both in written and verbal ways. We may find important inspirations that can change our life in an inexpensive book. a few dollar book. Reading constantly definitely helps us live an inspirational life. The important thing, however, is to apply the knowledge we gain from books to real life. Gaining from experience is rather vital than reading from books.
Heard of this great talk by philosopher Ruth Chang. Hard choices cannot be quantified, it’s a judgement from our own heart. If we believe it’s right, it will be. All we need are enough reasons to push ourselves to become the person who we want to be, no matter what kind of choices we make in life.
What can culture, art and craft do for Chinese small villages?
This summer, me and my friend visited a touristy place: Phenix in Xiangxi, a well-preserved old town in Hunan Province, China. With the intention of looking for inspirations and collecting Miao embroider from traditional women crafter, we found more than what we expected.
What is the difference between marketing and graphic design?
After being trained as a graphic designer for years, I started to realize that this industry has many overlaps with business areas in marketing and managing. People sometimes treat graphic designers as the ones who only deals with craft ( How it looks), which we don’t really liked. And there are also people who think that graphic designers can help them to create a complete marketing plan, which we don’t really do. There is a conflict between how other people define graphic designer and how we would be willing to be titled.
Some great words from Paul Rand, really enjoyed reading it. Here are some notes that inspired me.
Good design adds value of some kind, gives meaning, and, not incidentally, can be sheer pleasure to behold; it respects the viewer’s sensibilities and rewards the entrepreneur.
The roots of good design lie in aesthetics: painting, drawing , and architecture, while those of business and market research are in demographics and statistics; aesthetics and business are traditionally incompatible disciplines.
One of my primary school (from 1997-2000) classmates - Yuting Liu at Hongqilu elementry school in Zhuzhou, is working on her PHD at Yale University, and not to mentioned she graduated from one of the most prestigious school from China - Beijing University for her undergraduate. I came across an article she wrote for her high school and thought a lot about the definition of diligence and excellence.
I am teaching a class only have 6 students. Most of them are quiet and shy. Whenever we start critique, seemed only I was the one who talks. I was always thinking that I am pretty good at motivating, I used to share a lot of my own experience and teach Chinese students specific ways to be motivated. However, I have to say that culturally it’s so different, as everyone’s purpose to be in class is different. I talked to another teacher, he said that it is definitely hard to ensure everyone in the class the same level of involvement, since they have diverse background, personality, and ability to handle things. However, when I talk to another professor in our department who seemed very good at motivating students, I learned several possible ways that will somehow work.