The Runaways (Fiction/Business Idea)

I often think of business ideas and inventions that I know I will never make. Either it’s because I don’t have the scientific knowledge to create the invention, or, I’m just not that into it to actualize the idea. Instead of letting the idea rot, I write about them in my inventions and ideas category. A part of me is hoping that someone will just take the idea and make it real (but still hopefully credit me for the idea or give me a shout-out). So I’ll benefit from my idea as a customer of that cool product. Or maybe my blog category will just be a repository of ideas, and someday I’ll find an opportunity to make them real.

I also thought about using these invention ideas to create a short story. I had my issues with writing fiction, so I thought, maybe it will be good to write fictional stories around the business/invention ideas that I have.  So here’s one of those ideas. It’s called The Runaways.

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Facebook and YouTube Detox Week (Nov 2017)

I am glad to announce that I have successfully completed a one-week Facebook and YouTube detox. From Nov. 20, 2017 to Nov. 26, 2017, I wasn’t allowed to check my Facebook and watch YouTube videos. Recently, I noticed that I’ve been overly checking Facebook and watching too many YouTube videos especially of the show Friends. In this post, I will tell you how I came up with this idea, the rules of the detox week, my progress, and my realizations.

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Fiction Ideas: Incremental Success, Positive World

We are always treated to rags to riches stories, and they are often presented as though they are overnight success stories. I want to read and write fiction or non fiction stories about incremental success–how little things slowly built up to trigger wild success. I want stories about hard work, about defeat and getting back up again, then stumbling down and bouncing back yet again. I want stories that are slow. I want stories that are about the boring process of building success and yet these stories would somehow still be interesting enough to hold our attention. It will be a television series that will run for several seasons, so the show can really go into the nitty gritty details of success.

The viewers will be inspired by this show. So whenever we are steadily climbing up the ladder of success or meeting the seemingly unsurmountable task of changing the world, we won’t feel defeated when it takes years, or even beyond our lifetime, to achieve the goals or the societal changes that we want. Instead, we will stay with it, trust the process, and know that if it’s not our battle to win, we did our part, we went on a journey, and whatever that is, it would be worth it.

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Project Runway Realization: People Who Like You Will Like You

I love watching Project Runway (see Georgina Chapman Talks about Creative Breakdowns5 Self-Help Lessons I Learned from Reality TV) not just for the awesome clothes but also for the lessons about human behavior and human relationships. Recently, I caught up with season 14, and at first I thought the life lesson was along the lines of hell is other people, but then I realized something a little more inspirational. People who hate you will hate you, and people who like you will like you. That’s inspirational? Let me explain.

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Boredom–The Cure To Your Facebook Addiction

The other day I read this article I kicked my smartphone addiction by retraining my brain to enjoy being boredI posted about it in my Reader Takes Notes BlogBasically, the article talks about how important it is to experience boredom. If you always obliterate boredom by going online or playing games, you decrease your ability to think creativity. You never get to space out, let your mind wander, and discover original ideas. What the article doesn’t talk about is the how. How can we learn to get bored again? So here are a few things I came up with:

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No Facebook Weekends

I would like to announce that I have successfully completed a no-Facebook weekend. This was my first attempt, and I was surprised that I was able to do it. I’ve always heard people saying that there are negative effects to doing too much Facebook, but I’ve always dismissed it (see In Defense of Facebook: 5 Reasons Why I Love Facebook). I thought that these warnings were mere gripes of old people who were being closed-minded about the advances of technology.

My opinion changed when I watched a Ted Talk by Simon Sinek (which I discussed in my post Nothing has changed since the last time you checked Facebook). I realized that as much as Facebook has been a useful tool to communicate with others and to share information, it can also be an addicting thing that can make you crave for constant social approval. So I decided to kick my Facebook addiction.

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Nothing has changed since the last time you checked Facebook

Ever since I watched this video where Simon Sinek talked about Millenials and our relationship with social media, I realized that I’m addicted to Facebook and it’s bad. In the past, I really did not understand the criticisms against social media. I even eagerly professed my love for Facebook. When I watched this video though, I was convinced that excessive use of Facebook can be detrimental. Aside from the obvious reason that it’s a time-waster, it also makes people addicted and dependent on social praise. In the long run, this can degrade one’s resilience against failure. Before I discuss those points, you can watch the video here:

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