Have you ever thought something should really change, but doubted you could do it?
Well Guan Wei came to share how he made a change in 3 Awesome ways — helping to found the Orchestra of the Music Makers, setting up Conjunct Consulting’s NUS chapter, and doing official sports and music photography.
Before that Awesomeness totally intimidates you, never fear — here’s what kept him going! (Engineers out there will delight that they come in pithy engineering terms! For the not… don’t worry we had no idea either.)
Don’t be useless!
1. 2nd Law of Thermodynamics: Guan Wei gave us a Physics refresher to explain that it’s all about entropy — everything tends to falls apart. If you don’t keep pumping energy into an Awesome project you really care about, it’s going to take its natural course towards chaos.
2. Path Dependency: An honest piece of advice was pulled out of Chaos Theory — that where you are now is influenced by past circumstances. OMM arose through his network of musicians, and his involvement in Conjunct, from a serendipitous encounter with an old friend. Take note of what you can leverage!
3. Go and Be Useful: No Physics needed in this truism — what has always driven Guan Wei is using what skills we have to be as useful as possible to the world around us. And to juggle all our responsibilities, it’s a matter of not just deciding to be useful, but where you can be the most useful.
4. Pursue Excellence, Not Success: Don’t chase something Awesome looking for successes along the way! Instead concentrate on just pursuing excellence — doing the best job you can of what you’re doing. Successes just happen to be a side effect of that, and will come when they will.
All of us went on to discuss the problems we’d seen and had tried to solve, and what was fulfilling about it; and the problems we’d seen but hadn’t tried to solve, for which we traded quick tips on how to approach them!
Our brand new gorgeous venue really got the ideas flowing, and so did the yummy tidbits. A billion thank yous to DBS for generously hosting us!
Gorging ourselves on tartlets and ideas
In other news, AA TURNED ONE last weekend too! Back on June 2 2012, we had our inaugural gathering among friends who wanted to keep each other going on our amazing ideas. We had sensed our passions starting to peter out, and AA became a way to keep us conscious about fanning the flames before they died out all together.
6 months into it we got official and turned a nice shade of powder blue, and here we stand ever ever-enthusiastic to BE the change that empowers the people around us to be their best selves, and live the lives we’ve always imagined. Thanks for taking the journey with us!!