Is What You Have, Not What Others Have

Is What You Have, Not What Others Have

I know I haven’t post in a while, quite a long. But new projects and work load took most of my time. Be sincere, you were happy while having a break from me, don’t lie.

Bad news are, I promise writing more, in Chinese. You want to smash my head, but trust me, its not for the gallery, its simply because I have a Chinese language Band C level exam test. And that would put me in the dark for a while…so I proceed to shut up and talk about today’s post.

I recently saw a video of my nephews that reminded me of something. Something very simple but valuable.

I keep hearing people everywhere saying ‘I want to’, ‘I would like to’, ‘If I had’. Some dream about achieving things but others fall into a desire of having without really knowing ‘why’. [I know why I want my test, and its not to hang it on a wall to take dust].

When talking with clients, many say ‘we still can’t do that because we don’t have’ and then follows either one of these: funds / time / staff and other resources. Then is when I remind them what they have. Then an infinite horizon of opportunities pop-up and turns out that what they though necessary becomes a superficial layer and sometimes an unnecessary layer.

A recent event were I was looking for a light box accessory reminded me of this:

It’s what you have, not what others have, that makes you stronger.

I was looking for a light box and then I found one for US$250. Instead of buying it I just made it myself recycling stuff I have at home -except for the lights (US$14).

I used my tool box, went to the drugstore, search, use my brain, and after trial and error, I made it. I made it! And I saved US$236 on a thing I was considering buying. Best part is not only the money I saved but how I learned about electric circuits and how that’s helping me on other ongoing projects.

Sure, quality might not be as great, it doesn’t fold and it doesn’t look fancy at all -rather chessy- but the thing is I don’t need any of that.

Ok, so cardboard does not make you stronger than the rest but knowing what your skills and resources are is a tremendous lesson you can learn from and have fun with.

Sounds simple and obvious, as a Chinese idiom says 知易行難 (zhī yì xíng nán, easy to understand but difficult to do) but nowadays you just have to take a walk to let yourself be surprised on how many ‘inventions’ and products are out there sold providing ‘smart solutions’ which are completely unnecessary. Unless you are a lazy ass and don’t know which alternatives are still available to waste your money.

And this proves again what a wisdom person once said: ‘Its not the tool what makes the man, its how he uses it’. Which brought to my mind a video.

I know its a terrible way to finish the post, but I couldn’t help but sharing with you something it made me laugh.

Have a nice day!

My Precious Japanese Secret

Last year I did something I’ll not remember.

I went to Japan, specifically to Tokyo, and an opportunity difficult to refuse came up. And here it comes.

The Japan Sumo Association, as you may know, its a legendary association, stepped into Japanese tradition and culture, a place of cult for Japanese people. Generally speaking, people will consider sumo as a cool but outdated sport in terms of how is showcased.

Even this tradition makes it beautiful and admirable, there is the stigma of their wrestlers, association and the whole performance being too serious. Of course, there is a tradition and Japanese reputation behind, but why the wrestlers usually don’t show a more human side? Why they have to glare at their opponents with a straight-serious-poker face? Since when giving a look of complicity to their trainers or just a mid-smile would seen criticallly? Aren’t LeBron or Messi showing their rage, frustration, smiles or joy moments to the public? If a sumo wrestler did the same, why it would be seeing as a lack of professionally, harm to the sport, or even offense to the culture? Wouldn’t at the end make it more human?

After bringing up all this questions, I tried to just change that, and was appointed to contribute to change that, even if its in little and humble way:

If you wonder what was the outcome of it, you better ask the Japan Sumo Association. Nonetheless, I can ensure it was lots of fun and whatever the outcome scale was, I think when it comes from a truth and pure intention it most probably be good.

Wish you a happy April 1st.

我的秘密告白

去年的時候我做過一件我不會忘記的事情。

到日本東京有機會出現了。【日本相撲協会】是個傳奇組織,是日本文化的下邪教。 但一般來說人們會認為是一個落伍的運動。蠻多人覺得這種運動太認真,因為傳統文化跟歷史的關係,在相撲上微笑不質好玩,就算是隨便表現的,沒有專業感,你的聲譽會留下不好的印象。 如何改喜認真的印象但不要失去尊重呢?好困難的問題⋯ 我們的意見:

最後的效果比以前好或不好最好你要問他們,不過我們全力以赴的想辦法,做了很好玩。

祝你4月1日快樂~

Why The Best Strategy Is No Strategy

Yup.

I went to Taichung for the weekend and met there with a good friend.

We met and walked near Nova’s mall, the park and had some Taiwanese dessert. I know, it sounds sissy like a 13th-year old-school girl plan, but if you’ve met Taiwanese man, you’ll know they don’t usually meet for a beer during the afternoon. Plus I like those plans.

Anyways, we were talking about many things -his next holiday trip, Barcelona’s vs P.S.G. scandalous match, and swang by crossculture relationships. Then he started telling me about his future plans, not only with his girlfriend but specially about his work.

He told me what he had in mind for the next three years. He summed it very well, and I was surprised how he even covered many details, nonetheless he was looking like a mixture of confidence but doubtfuly shitiness. He is worried because he’s not sure how it will all work out.

Of course, its normal he is a melting pot of feelings. What it stopped me in my trunks was how he could be that sure about what he was looking for his future.

It surprised me how he put himself on a pile of -shitty- planning and strategies to get his goal.

You may think I’m the one being too naive or foolish, isn’t it?

Maybe.

I understand the importance of planning and a clear objective, but
I also understand how easy it is that your plan falls a part or blows away easily. Sure, you can say that’s because I didn’t do my ‘homework’ well, but that’s not the reason. No matter how many backups or plan B’s you have, there is always something that can influence or endanger your strategy. Third party forces not under lur control. Then what we’re up for?

The best strategy, is no strategy.

‘WTF?…’ I heard murmuring in the back?

Yeah, no strategy.

After all we are not descendats of machines, are we?

That doesn’t imply ignoring the agenda to be met, but it does mean to do things at your bestest.

Can we keep aspirations? yes!
Desires? yup.
Joyfullness? Hell, yeah!

Terminator mode? no, please.

I got plans, things to learn, things to share, people to meet and an ass to move quicker, but doing them under the ‘tick-tack’ seconds of the clock as the only measure of the outcome will not make it any better.

So what better than knowing your oneself’s flaws, virtues and get out there?

I planned to work in Singapore and Shanghai, and even it become true not turned out as I expected. Basically because there are things that can’t be anticipated.

I came to Taiwan planning to stay no longer than 6 months or 1 year to learn the language. Here I’am, 3 years later, very happy and unexpectatly being able to not only ‘speak’ the language, but even appearing on TV, working, meeting wonderful people and forging life friendship bonds with them. And after all, feeling like home, a a place +13,000 km away from my homecountry.

A Church Does Better Marketing Than You

Early this week Gianny and I were meeting after a while. We met at Jingmei’s district, near the night market. And then we bump into this building.

Jingmei’s church, March 2017, valentinoliver.com ©

Seems a mall but it’s not, it’s a church! Ok, that’s not that impressive, but it’s not all.

People at mass time, singing and praying while watching the projector’s screen, March 2017, valentinoliver.com ©

The people inside were at mass time and using a projector! You can read ‘Jesus loves me‘ 「耶穌愛你」(in blue font) on the screen. Despite my surprise about them using such an advanced equipment, that’s not -as marketer hypers say- the ‘disruption’.

‘Jesus Loves You’ book store, expecting to expand over Apple’s stores, March 2017, valentinoliver.com ©

So this is a freaking book store next to the church entrance. Although I’m not affiliated to catholicism or christianize, I really admire how a millennial religion is pushing boundaries to rejuvenate its image and the way they use to predicate their endangered religion in today’s science and skeptic world.

Moreover, serving themselves with marketing techniques. And by that I refer to that book store full of religion-related items.

That’s good merchandising.

Good lesson to be learned, and not from Nike this time.

Never it’s too late to start.

Bravo.

Strategy It’s Everywhere: Champions League

First, I’m going to talk about football BUT I promise the ending can help you, at least to not miss good chances.

About 2 days ago F.C. Barcelona and P.S.G. (Paris Saint Germain) -two of the legendary European football teams- played a match. To be specific, the ‘Round of 16’ of the Champions League competition.

At this stage of the competition there are two games to be played: each one in each team’s stadium. Game 1 was in Paris:  P.S.G. vs. F.C.Barcelona, where the second team shamefully lose 4-0.

4-0!! That’s embarrassing.

Anyways, Game 2 was played this week in Barcelona: F.C.Barcelona vs. P.S.G. And besides Barça fans and the media made the typical show of pressing and motivation to foster Barça’s self-esteem to achieve the impossible, most of the people already knew how difficult it is to reassemble a 4-0. Specially if you laid Champions League history results over the table and observe there is not even a single team that had reassemble such a dispair result in such a tough competition.

The match day arrived, and people gathered, cheered, screamed. Barça was on its way, scored 3 goals but then P.S.G. scored one goal that felt as a ice bucket.

Only after 88 mins. of the game being played (total game lasts 90 mins.) the 4th goal went up in the score for Barça. But things don’t end here. To pass to the next round you not only have to win the game, you have to score more goals than your opponent.

By that time the score was F.C.Barcelona 4 vs. P.S.G. 6

Then, within the scramble of the time left 2 more goals where scored by Barça!! Completely insane.

Crazy result of the F.C.Barcelona vs. P.S.G.

Ok, I’m not going to talk more about if it was a glorious feat done by  Barça, neither show you a video of the highlights or praise F.C.Barcelona. That’s what everyone is doing, isn’t it?

Instead I’ld like to rise a little question to you.


‘What if P.S.G. didn’t show up for the match?’


Well, the answer is, according to the competition rules, it will be considered as a lost game for P.S.G. giving 3 goals to the local team: F.C.B 3 vs. P.S.G. 0

And that means, as you are thinking, P.S.G. could pass to the next round without even flying out of Paris, just not showing up for the game.

Again strategy, is everywhere. Knowing how to wisely use the resources cannot only avoid wasting them and your time, but even let you win the match.

When Reality Surpasses Fiction: Belgium

Chinese personality Guan Han Qing, knew better than anyone about drama ValentinOliver.com ©

Have you ever thought if you are really living your life or perhaps you are just part of a movie setting?

Nowadays is nothing new stating technology progresses with a speed and precision to replicate reality to a certain degree beyond to what we’ve never had imagine.

Technology influences everything and that includes advertising. Even I’m always curious about what’s the next camera, music gadget, software, laptop, interactive game and even industrial machinery; at some point I prefer reality, real ‘drama’.

If you’ve ever seen a movie series before the first complete animation movie was released and afterwards, you’ll know what I mean. If not check the first 3 volumes of Star Wars and the other trilogy released during the 90s and 00s. You’ll know what I’m talking about.

And below its ‘real drama’.

What’s better to advertise drama than actually using drama? The guys at TNT knew it very well.

Best part of the copy?

‘We know drama.’

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