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January 2, 2020

No.  I'm not talking about "big" data here.  It is personal data that we have not been claiming enough ownership of.  While it is important to protect it from its misuse, we don't want to miss opportunities to use it in our favor.  Unknowingly, I hired my own data five years ago for the first time to improve my finance.  It has become my life coach ever since. 

Often, we underestimate how much...

October 27, 2019

When life throws things at us, it is easy for us to focus on things that are not going well.  Because we are so busy in getting things done, we tend to take it for granted what others are willing to do for us.

When we ask someone to do us a favor, we may not be aware of their prior commitments to other things.  Without meaning to do so, we pile up more things on their plate that is already full.

When I was working...

August 18, 2019

If you are in your twenties or early thirties, it may never occur to you that you will stop receiving a paycheck at some point in your life. It can be temporary-like when you change your jobs. Or it can be permanent if you decide to retire.

For anyone who started their career in academia and still holds temporary positions (graduate students and postdoctoral fellows, for example), it may seem pointless to even think about plann...

June 19, 2019

In his TED talk, Alain de Botton wakes us up to a seemingly brutal reality, where there is no such thing as "meant-to-be-perfect" relationship.  His logic is surprisingly intuitive.  Because everyone is a "work in progress", it is supposed to be difficult to be with anyone despite the fact that we have fallen in love with them.  To be with someone, we need to recognize that, from time to time, we may love and hate them at the...

June 9, 2019

When I left academia two years ago, I did not know what my next job was going to be and how soon I would go back to work.  Everything was up in the air.  I went back to the drawing board and brainstormed possible jobs that would require problem-solving and/or critical thinking skills of a biochemist: research scientist, grant writer, editor, consultant?

I got my first job offer from Springer Nature in a month, bu...

January 6, 2019

Do you ever wonder why you need a vacation from work? Perhaps your spirit is drained by your endless job responsibilities, some of which may be outside your interest.

During my break, I spend more time doing what I enjoy: reading books/articles, watching TED talks, writing blog posts, dancing, and hiking. And I often wonder how great it would be if I get to do more of these things at work.

Steven Tomlinson thinks it is within...

December 21, 2018

It was the convenience of carrying a genie in my pocket that eventually convinced me to buy a mobile phone. You make a wish in the search box. Voila! You get answers.

We rely on the discoverability of useful information on the internet. Scientists learn the advance of their fields from the published results and use them to push the boundary. Investors closely follow analysts' opinion to make their investment decision. Most pe...

December 21, 2018

In his TED talk, Leon Taylor suggests physical activity as an intervention to keep our stress from encroaching our mental health. His argument is well supported by science: When we move our body, it produces brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) that promotes neurogenesis in the hippocampus. Our body also generates more endorphins, which is also triggered by laughter. End results of physical activity? We feel refreshed and...

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