Perfect or working solution?

“I’m not aiming for a perfect solution but I’d rather have a working solution” is what my colleague told me based on his past experience, when I was discussing about project I’m leading. 

In my personal life context, I have to say that being a perfectionist (to some extent), I usually did a thorough research and compared different approach or products. But I also realize that often I called it off because I can’t accept available options, whether they are not good enough or far from what I imagine. 

The other key deciding factor for me is the learning cost. While time is something we can control, money is the tricky part. If the money factor to get it is not huge, I’ll probably just going to get it. 

He added, even if it’s not perfect solution to solve the entire situation, it could be a perfect solution for one thing we need at that point of time. If we need more in the future, we can always add something to it. 

For me, I like to minimize the number of touch point (or product) I have because I don’t want to spend a lot of time to maintain them one by one. 

However lately, my decision is influenced whether I’m going to regret for not doing it than aiming for perfection. What my colleague told me is kind of reiterate that sometimes we don’t need a perfect solution, do enough and go with it. Take the learning and improve. 

So, what is your approach? 

Do you remember why you started something?

I went to another art class yesterday and this time is about learning watercoloring. And in the classroom there is a quote which was teacher Nat‘s work, 

Remember why you started

It was beautifully written and decorated with her floral watercolor around it. 

I immediately withdrawn to it.
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Awareness (continue)

In my swimming class, my coaches always asked what did I do and how did I do it or how I feel after some drills. 

They will still tell me if I couldn’t tell them maybe because I wasn’t aware or preoccupied with other things while doing it. 

They always emphasize that we need to be aware about what we do and remember the feel of it. When we remember it, we are conscious and as we practice more, the muscle has better memory about the activity we do and we will transform from conscious competent to be unconscious competent. 

And to form a new habit it will take around 21 days (or so lots of people say, no wonder it’s 21 days challenge). So, when you’re keep practicing it correctly after sometime, you’ll (and your muscle) get the hang of it. 

And because of this, I also started to apply it when I run. I asked my running buddy for this and that, and ask myself, did I land my foot correctly, did I hunch, did I dehydrated and so on. As a result, I notice more things which I didn’t before. I used to think that I just run, to the finish line. 

Also when I do my brush lettering drills. 

Sometimes the basic is the same and when you apply it across other area, you’ll be able to make it better. 

So, lesson of this week is still about awareness. 

May Favorite Actor: Hiroshi Tamaki

First blog post in May after series of miss in April is about Hiroshi Tamaki (玉木宏) or Tamakin.

I was having dorama-rathon “Career” end of April while waiting to start my new role in a new place.

It’s been awhile I haven’t been watching his drama. However, when I looked at his drama/movie list, I realised that I watched his work for quite many.

It somehow reminds me 2 things

  • although you were doing quite well in different areas or things, people around you probably will remember more on the things you’re good at.
  • sometimes you just need to keep going. do your best, and whatever the result is, learn from it and move on. it’s okay to have bad results too. (some of his drama is so cheesy till I cringe :p I really enjoy his Career drama, he’s getting better)

Anyway, below are some of his photo from his works. Can you guess what was the title of his work from the photo below?

(image cr https://usagitoneko.wordpress.com)

To me, he would still be Chiaki Shinichi, Nodame’s senpai. ne..

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Rushing

I was desperately trying to get things one after another in my life.

I was holding on to something which had hurt me although my friends have been telling me to let it go. It was good to let it go. I should have done it sooner.

Sometimes I just need to be patient and remember that life doesn’t always go with plan A. When it doesn’t happen, don’t sulk. Something better will come.

Are you ready?

I’m going to have my first run in 2017 and it is 21km. Yes.. half marathon. Usually I like to start slow (aka, shorter distance) but last year I received notification from 2XU about loyalty rates and their finisher tee in 2016 was nice, so, without further ado, I signed up for 21km. 

I haven’t been running more than 15km before the actual day, and has been traveling as well. Doomed. I thought. Plus, 2 days before the race, there was a discomfort on my right leg.. 

There was a little hope that the run might be cancelled because of thunderstorm passing from the day before. (But someone might work hard doing no-rain dance)

Nevertheless, I still did carbo loading and prepare my gears and sleep earlier. Gels (checked), bib (checked), attire (checked) 


I woke up 1 hour earlier before the bus pick up time to settle my tummy. To my surprise, I felt good when I woke up without much time needed to gather my soul. And, my tummy was very cooperative too. 

My brother who is happened in town made a comment as I’m about to leave the house. Seems like today is made for you to run. 

Despite my heart is not ready for this run.

Turns out, it was a good run! 

So, good reminder for myself is, whether you’re ready or not, just waltz in.. don’t think too much and enjoy it.. If you completed it, then good. If you don’t, then do prepare better for the next run. 

Looking forward to more good runs in 2017. 

Which role do you play in MMORPG? 

tanking

comes from mmorpgs, where you would have a healer in your party and a person with high defense. (i.e. meat sack-o-shield warriors). the warrior rush an opponent and the monk would do their best to keep the warrior alive with healing and stat bonuses. then, the other members could
a) fight and hit hard
b) run away like scared little girls

so, in essence, it is a big distraction to open opportunites for attack or to run away, like a sacrifice but to keepp it alive.

Example:
Chaos Deity had the best plan to win by tanking the enemy patrol and having his team run away.

Urbandictionary

I’m a big fan of Fire Emblem series after I had my 3DS and played Fire Emblem Awakening. So, when they announced that they are launching mobile game Fire Emblem Heroes, I downloaded it immediately. Just nice, after I (kinda) finished my Pokémon Sun. 

The gameplay is almost the same, I find it they have done a good job in bringing the experience to mobile. 

Anyway, playing this game reminds me that in a team, usually there will be someone or who will be the tank of the team so that the rest of the members can attack the enemy safely. And the ace who will safe the day. 

In which also co-relates to our situation in life, isn’t it? That sometimes someone (or you) in your team be the tank, so that others can do their work. And the “tank” doesn’t necessarily mean the leader too. 

Besides the “tank”, another role I respect is the base defender because without a safe base, the team couldn’t come home. Or has no home. 

While some people like more flashy role, but remember, a team needs everyone to function differently, and most of all, appreciate and respect everyone in your team. 

My role back then in Ragnarok Online was Acolyte, the healer. That time Monk, fighting healer, wasn’t exist yet. But if if I’m gonna play MMORPG game again, I’ll choose to be a hybrid role like that. Because I like to keep things together. 

And I think, it’s quite similar to how I function at work too. 

Ah, I must have missed those days hey.. so much thought I gave for this.. 

So! What role do you play in your team? Is it similar between your game life and your real life? 

My adventure so far

is filled with people who taught me something. Some did it in kind and gentle manner while some did it with stronger impact (good or bad :p)

makes me meet many new good friends who feels like brothers or sisters to me.

Today I’d like to dedicate this post to everyone who has been helping me to grow. Thank you!