So I had a little bit of time to play chess today. I’m an ok player. The game does force you to think several steps ahead. This is no different than my regular work. For many years, I have been compensated to think years ahead and come up with products and solutions to get there. As a team we work with market researchers, user experience (UX) designers, developers, vendors, and consultants to understand customer needs and requirements, and eventually build out the new product.
This is the best part of my job – to think ahead, to anticipate market demand, to outwit the competitor and be several steps ahead of him. However once in a while I get my butt kicked by the competitor as well! Most of the time he/she was better prepared than I was. Fortunately I have been lucky in my career. Most of the time it was due to planning ahead and doing the best I could to prepare, work hard and outwit. This sort of attitude should also be applied in your personal life.
For many years I was struggling with my own personal journey. It wasn’t that I didn’t plan, but I think it was because of over planning. I had big dreams, big hopes, but lacked many other life skills which was critical fuel for my journey. I soon found out that if you have big hopes and aspirations, you better have some amazing skill-sets to get you there – or else you will be disappointed with the results!
I was a bit torn with the caption to the pic above. I was going to also caption it “What’s your fifth move?” but hesitated on that. Perhaps a bit too pretentious, perhaps an overly “stretched-goal”, and in my personal life, over planning did not result too well in my favor. So now I still have big hopes and dreams, I just realize that if I don’t have the right skills, I will either quickly learn it or find someone who has that expertise and partner with them. I challenge you to re-look at how you plan your career, work and personal life. Strike a good balance between career and personal life.
Miki is a renowned motivational speaker and author. He appeared in the 2015 Oscar nominated film "The Last Days in Vietnam" directed and produced by Rory Kennedy, the youngest daughter of Robert F. Kennedy. He often speaks to others on the ways in which they can better their lives. His history is well documented in the documentary that shares the amazing story of his father Ba Van Nguyen and his bravery during the last few days in the Fall of Saigon. His message is one of enlightenment and courage. Miki has overcome many obstacles as he and his family worked hard to create a life in the United States while their homeland was being torn apart. Through his father’s example of courage and commitment to a better life for his family Miki is inspired to be the best he can be and be of service to others by sharing his and his family’s experiences in an effort to give hope to all refugees who take the enormous risks of leaving everything behind in hopes of a better life.
Miki is available for speaking engagements on a number of topics and also has a new book to be published soon that will offer instruction and inspiration through the recanting of his life and his experiences in this extraordinary world we all call home. For more information visit http://www.mikinguyen.com