Its A-Ok to fail

Life is not smooth. However, the decisions we make from the challenges we face defines the outcome of our goals.

Min-Liang Tan, CEO and Creative Director of Razer USA provided 3 deviant-like life lessons during his u@live talk in NUS Alumni house.

1) It is okay to waste time

Playing computer games, spending too much time on a hobby rather than doing what you were “supposed” to do such as scheduled school work/tutorials. You are doing something you love and that would help develop your own passion to a career that you love in the future.

2) It is okay to get Fs.

You don’t have to be great at everything. There’s no need to be upset if you’re bad at Mathematics or Arts or Science. It is okay to be terrible at something. Find what you are good at, and make it your niche.

 “Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.”

– Albert Einstein

3) It is okay not to focus on financial growth

Its not about the money. Find a career where you do what you like and create value for others as well as yourself. Min-Liang Tan loved gaming. When creating a design, he puts himself into the shoes of a gamer and how would he enjoyed gaming better with such a design. For example, he created computer mice for “left-handed” gamers, when majority of the gamers were “right-handers”. It made no financial sense to do so, but he did it to improve the experience for the minority “left-handed” gamers. This gives more meaning to what we do.

It is okay to fail. If you love and find meaning in what you’re doing, you’d do whatever it takes to overcome any adversity you face. In fact, you won’t see it as a setback, but a challenge which drives and motivates you to see it conquered.

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