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Body (Goal / Strategy / Tactics recap)

The essence of who I want to become is simple: a person at a heightened state of mind and body.

In terms of the ‘body’ aspect of this journey/transformation, I had always been on a wrong path. I had forgotten about my goal, and had my focus set on aesthetics of the body.

Aesthetics should be a by-product in achieving my goal, not the other way around.

Not anymore! I re-aligned my tactics to match my strategy and ultimately, the goal:

Goal: To become a person at a heightened state of ‘body’ (translation: to have a body with above average endurance, strength, agility, and range of motion)

Strategy: Start with foundation…, developing stronger core muscles.


(At home) turkish get-ups, ab wheel roller exercises, bent-over dumbbell rows (mb planche push ups)

(At gyms) add other compound exercises: dead lifts, squats, pull ups

More quantifiable milestones to come! In the meanwhile, I did my first TGU with dumbbell at home, trying to master the proper form. Much harder than it looks!

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Posted by on 2012/12/25 in Body


[book review] 아프니까 청춘이다 – 김난도

– the gallery includes, the cover of the book as well as a screenshot of his lifeclock app available for iPhone/iTouch/iPad

Title: 아프니까 청춘이다
Author: 김난도

Review in Three Bullets:

* I’ve felt that this prof. does understand his audience despite the age gap.
* Definitely an encouraging piece
* Although, two days after reading it, not too many points stick, except for the 24hr life-clock.

Here are some memorable points/quotes:

“젊음은 젊은이에게 주기에는 너무 아깝다” – George Bernard Shaw

* Life clock:

– If expected life of 80 years is scaled down to just 24 hours, 1 year becomes 18 minutes. Therefore, at age 25, one is at 7:30 in the morning. It is now my time to eat breakfast, and live life.

* Passion:

– “미래가 이끄는 삶, 꿈이 이끄는 삶, 열망이 이끄는 삶을 살아야 한다. 열망을 뜻하는 영단어 ‘passion’은 아픔이라는 의미의 ‘passio’를 어원으로 한다. 그렇다. 열망에는 아픔이 따른다. 그 아픔이란 눈 앞에 당장 보이는 달콤함을 미래의 꿈을 위해 포기해야 하는 데서 온다.”

* “아직 재태크 시작하지 마라.”
– Surprisingly, this is against what most financial advisors, and Finance text books in universities and colleges will tell you. After all, the power of compound interest is undeniable.
– However, this is a recurring advice from both “업무를 효율화하는 시간단축기술 – 나가타 도요시” and now this book. They are both saying the time and money spent analyzing and investing vs. the risk and the opportunity costs – it’s just not worth it for most young people.
– Also, this book suggests that too much such income will change you – usually for the worse

* “모든 일을 하기에 앞서 ‘왜 이 일을 해야 하는지’ 목표의식을 확고히 해야 한다. ‘무조건’ 열심히 하겠다고 덤빌 게 아니라 그 일을 생산적으로 수행하기 위한 역량을 먼저 길러야 한다.”

* 아무리 독한 슬픔과 슬럼프 속에서라도, 여전히 너는 너야. 조금 구겨졌다고 만 원이 천 원 되겠어? 자학하지 마, 그 어떤 경우에도, 절,대,로.”

* 포기가 항상 비겁한 것은 아니다. 실낱같이 부여잡은 목표가 너무 벅차거든, 자신 있게 줄을 놓아라.

* 정작 실천이 필요한 시점에서는 나태와 타성으로 포기하기 일쑤다. 늘 그렇듯 중요한 것은 실천이요, 용기다. 그것이 혁명이다.

* 오답노트

* 혼자놀지 말아라

* 15분은 길다.

* 시간이란 ‘있느냐 없느냐’ 가 아니라 내가 그것을 제대로 사용하느냐 못하느냐의 문제이다

* Malcolm Gladwell’s ‘Outlier’ = 1만 시간의 법칙

* 마케팅의 핵심은 자기를 자랑하는 것이 아니라, 소비자가 그것을 구매할 이유를 딱 한 가지라도 제대로 알리는 것이다. 그 이유가 제품에 제대로 녹아들었을 때, 그게 바로 제대로 된 ‘브랜드’가 된다. 취업도 똑같다. 내가 얼마나 열심히 살았는가를 구구절절 알리는 것은 의미 없다. 기업이 왜 자기를 뽑아야 하는지, 단 한 가지 이유라도 제대로 전달하는 것이 중요하다.
– 스토리 텔링!
– 브랜드의 핵심은 ‘하나의’ 초점이다. 그대가 가장 잘하는 것. 그 한가지에 집중해 그대만의 이야기를 들려주어라.

* 젊은 그대는 일의 가치를 당장의 수입으로 환산해 평가해서는 안 된다. 대신 그대를 어떤 사람으로 만들어줄 수 있는가를 기준으로 일의 가치를 매겨라. 돈보다 소중한 것. 바로 그대의 미래다.

* If you don’t know where you are going. Just go.

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Posted by on 2012/02/13 in Self-induced Learning, The Pursuit


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[book review] 업무를 효율화하는 시간단축기술 – 나가타 도요시

Title: 업무를 효율화하는 시간단축기술
Author: 나가타 도요시
Translator: 정지영

Review in Three Bullets:

* A typical productivity book with recurring lessons in many other modern age productivity books (프랭클린 플래너를 쓰는 사람의 시간은 다르다, 4 hour work week, etc.)
* Written from the author’s more personal perspective – definitely a few tricks to learn
* A relatively easy read compared to other productivity books

Chapter by Chapter Review:

1) 1교시: 인생의 남은 시간을 가치 있게 보낸다:

– Highlights the fact that our time is only finite; and that we should get the best bang for the buck
– You do this by (a) Determine the set of values/principles that are most important to you; (b) Determine the actions you need to take that are in line with your values and principles (getting more of the value) (c) Then, you allocate the -time- resource into the actions

* Prioritizing:


– One tends to do more of “C” than “B,” that’s one should always allocate a regular time slot for “B” and work C & D around your remaining time


2) 2교시: 일과 인생을 풍요롭게 만드는 이상적인 시간표:

– 인생의 전반에는 시간을 팔고, 인생 후반에는 타인의 시간을 산다
– 중요성의 순서에 따라 짜는 가장 이상적인 시간표
(a) 기초 영역(운동, 휴식, 식사 등)
(b) 부가가치영역 (독서, 공부)
(c) 업무영역

할일 리스트를 작성해야하기전에 체크해야 할 사항:

Check 1: 가치를 실현하기 위한 일인가?
Check 2: 완료의 기준이 무었인가? 기간과 목표 수준이 구체적인가?
Check 3: 하루에 완료 할 수 있는 분량인가? 도중에 질리지 않는가?
Check 4: 한 번만 하는 일인가? 나중에 다시 할 일인가? (create a check list or template, to save time later on)
Check 5: 나만이 할 수 있는 일인가? Or is it possible to delegate / outsource

3) 3교시: 최소 노력으로 최대의 성과를 내는 지적 생산의 방정식:

(a) increase quality (b) increase quantity (c) decrease time/resource input

– spend $$ and resources to increase your productivity (allocate 5~10% of your income)
– determine what to skip/throw away (activities, etc), select well, and focus your resources
– specify your tasks and allocate/divide
– preparation is key
– multitasking (multitask activities that do not require does not require focus with those that do)
– use and apply IT
– create a habitual routines
– work in team (synergy)

4) 4교시:일과 스케줄을 관리하여 목표를 실현한다

– set a goal to finish 80% with 20% of time
– set interim goals in between goals
– set aside 20% of free/cushion time
– share schedules/goals with those around you
– breakdown large tasks into smaller ones
– focus/make use of short, but free time (even 5/10minutes)
– estimate the time it’ll take to complete each task
– focus on items that would take the longest and must be completed first
– check the status everyday, and attempt to resolve any items prone to delays

5) 5교시: 틈세 작업과 집중 작업으로 집중력을 극도로 향상시킨다

– focus in 15 minutes time intervals
– know how long you take to complete a certain task (make use of timers)
– distinguish the tasks that requires focus, and those that do not (do simple/trivial tasks that do not require focus, on your short free time periods)
– have a meeting with your self before a workday, in the middle, and at the end of the workday (preview/review/amend your to-do lists)
– use cloud/online productivity tools
– make use of short/frequent rest periods (detach + anchors, etc)

6) 6교시: 시간 단축의 전문가에게 배우는 생산성을 높이는 사소한 습관
– add labels to computer files than organizing by folders (make use of desktop search function)
– take memo in diagrams (Flow charts)
– practice elevator pitch (talking in 250 words or less)
– think in others perspectives (clients, other stakeholders, etc)
– network with people who have what you don’t have (network by associating/doing an activity rather than social/party circumstances)

7) 7교시: IT을 멀리하면 생산성 전쟁에서 이길 수 없다:
– check out “Type Pilot” & “Jitbit AutoText”
– Check out “Texter” for frequently used long sentences/phrases
– make use of windows short cuts

몇 초까지 아끼는 것은 바보같은 짓일까?

어떤 경영자는 돈에는 살아 있는 돈과 죽은 돈이 있다고 자주 말했다.
“볼펜처럼 아무거나 써도 제구실만 하면 되는 것은 1엔이라도 싼 것을 찾는다. 그러나 우수한 인재 채용, 장래 가능성이 있는 상품 개발, 인맥을 만들기 위한 교류비…, 이런 배용은 아끼면 안 된다. 돈과 노력을 들이는 방법에 따라 미래가 바뀐다.”
나는 당사 “볼펜 살 돈을 아낀다고 해도 12개에 12엔밖에 줄이지 못하는데 인재 모집 광고에 몇 백만씩 들이는 것은 이해를 못하겠다.”라고 반론했지만 이제는 그 경영자의 마음을 이해하게 되었다.
돈의 가치는 무엇을 위해 쓰는가에 따라 결정된다. 잠깐의 쾌락이나 귀찮음 때문에 헛되어 지불하는 돈은 모두 죽은 돈이다. 그러나 미래를 위한 투자는 전부 살아 있는 돈이다. 경영자는 항상 살아 있는 돈을 서야 한다. 돈의 절대치만으로 그 가치를 비교해서는 안 된다.
시간도 마찬가지다. 시간은 단순히 길이로 놀할 수는 없다. 어디까지나 어디에 쓴느지에 따라 시간의 가치가 결정된다.

8) 8교시: 최 단 시간에 문제를 해결하는 시간 단축 사고
– when researching, carry it out so it’s “mutually exclusive, and collectively exhaustive”
– create/use frameworks/templates/check lists, etc (initially time-consuming, but increases efficiency)
– pest, 3Cs, SWOT
– plan, do, check, action
– be analytical, and be able to use/manipulate “data”/numbers

9) 9교시: 회의 시간을 단축하여 팀의 생산성을 높인다
– make sure every meeting participants share the same level of consciousness on “time” and its management
– have shorter/more frequent meetings. Even if an intensive meeting is required – keep it short at 30min to 1hr
– do not have a meeting without an agenda
– if brainstorming is required, have frameworks ready
– use tele-meeting

* Learning from GOOGLE’s meeting culture:
– every agenda item has a estimated time duration pre-set
– meeting notes and timer are both projected
– higher ups have ‘office hours’ like universities
– they have many short meetings/discussions

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[book review] Talk Less, Say More – Connie Dieken

I’m currently doing the one book/mth-thing.

I read “Talk Less, Say More” by Connie Dieken, a communications guru.

Here’s the summary of her key points, to help me retain the lessons learnt:

The game of communicating comes down to three simple blocks: “connecting, conveying, and convincing”



1) Stay in the moment:
– pay attention to the people who are with you in the moment

2) Frontload:
– be more direct; reduce the clutter and drive your point home; choose their preferred method of communication; defuse defensiveness

3) Goldilocks candor:
– don’t demoralize; don’t sugarcoat; create a candid culture



1) The eyes trump the ears
– Show contrast

2) Talk in triplets:
– Preload three choices; desired choice first (second most desired choice last)

3) Tell stories:
– Stories that feature a positive future; think simple and spry; delivery with planned spontaneity



1)Sound decisive
– stop tagging and hedging; voice your opinions with sincereity

2)Transfer of ownership
– use peer power (testimonial); review your reasoning (intent); let it flow(reach out encouragement; respond; reinforce urgency; use thoughtful gestures)

3) Adjust your energy
– add warmth to your voice; add energy to your face; powerful body language



  • Connect to what others want and value to grab their attention
    Convey with portion control to create clarity, not confusion
    Convince them to personally commit and take a specific action
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    Posted by on 2012/02/07 in Self-induced Learning, The Pursuit


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    Exercise Log: May

    It’s been awhile. But I’ve been good since I last logged about my exercises.

    Of course, I could do better on tracking and recording. I honestly need a some sort of a workout binder for it.

    For about 3 weeks or so, I’ve been doing my own half-assed “foundation stage.”

    And then I’ve been following one of the personal trainer’s pre-designed 29-week program.

    I just finished 1-3 weeks of his program.

    I swear the instruction on “rest” period between sets and exercises are confusing.

    BUT!!! I’ve gained about 6~8 pounds.


    But I also went up about 2% in body fat percentage. The idea is that I’m going to increase about 30 more pounds, and then cut out excess fat to return to my 10~11% body fat percentage, with about 20lbs of lean muscle.

    Gimme a year…a year…


    Posted by on 2011/05/08 in Body


    Exercise Log: January

    이 카테고리의 전 포스트를 보니 작년 1월쯤 적은거 같다. 물론 계획의 6/7days workout은 오래가지 못했다.
    제발 “꾸준히” 한달하고 두달 쉬는게 아니라. “꾸준히” 계속 합시다. 0_ov

    어제 Gym 가기 귀찮아서 Men’s Health 1000 exercises라는 아이폰 어플을 다운 받아서

    “Best Body-Weight Workout #1″을 했다

    For each exercise I did 3 sets of 8 reps:

    Bodyweight Squat
    Hip Raise
    Side Plank
    Floor Y Raise
    Floor T Raise
    Floor I Raise


    Jan 10 2011

    * Tried out a spinning class for the first time
    * Apparently the instructor is a guy who once held a world’s record for time in crossing Africa on a bicycle. It never crossed my mind that someone would do that (crossing a continent on a bike)

    Jan 12, 2011

    I did 1 hour of Les Mills – Body Attack class:


    Jan 14,2011

    Half-assed 20 minute work out. No time! I swear 😮


    Jan 17,2011

    Primal movements (push;pull;twist;bend;squat;lunge;gait) work out usually seen in the foundation stage. (the workout was part of my product knowledge training, but it was still enough to get my body to sweat; purely body weight)


    Jan 18, 2011

    Again the work out was a typical “Building” stage workout. With a partner, worked on two (3 sets of 8-10 reps) pulls and two pushes.
    The personal trainer, Joe, which by the way looks like Commander Sheppard (see below) killed my chest!!! They call it “Muscle Success a.k.a muscle failure,” where he pushed me to the point where (1) I obviously couldn’t lift anymore so he did it for me; but (2) he didn’t help out in slowing the barbell down to my chest…sounds easy?? speak to my screaming Pectoral Major + Minor


    Jan 20,2011

    Did a Fit-fix (got the certification to conduct Fit-Fix certification) work out: 20 min

    Tomorrow is the “Strength” phase workout…i shouldn’t be alive on Saturday morning. Happily so…

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    Posted by on 2011/01/10 in Body