Jeremy Au HF: Pay It Forward

Hello friends! I run across intriguing thoughts everyday - which center on a better life through business, social change, and personal improvement. I hope that we will be informed, inspired and even challenged together. These posts are also not my personal opinions on any particular issue. Happy Reading!


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    Don’t be the Leader who Cried Wolf

    What is the point of the story? Sure, it’s simple. Don’t pretend you’re being attacked by a wolf or eventually no one will believe you. And one day, you might just encoutner a wolf. A hungry one. So we try and teach our children at an early age to be honest. Honesty prevails.”


    After being refused treatment, Li Mengnan stabbed the first doctor he saw. Much of the Chinese public sympathized with the killer.


    A cartoon by Carolita Johnson. For more cartoons from the magazine this week:

    The haptic and tactile feedback of a Kindle does not provide the same support for mental reconstruction of a story as a print pocket book does.

    Researchers at Norway’s Stavanger University say that you’re less likely to remember stuff reading it from a Kindle than you are a book, and the fact that you don’t have to turn the page may be part of the reason. (via fastcompany)

    Reading the comments section of this article is great - my first time watching paper and kindle fanboys pull out the knives on each other online :)

    (via fastcompany)

    Four things


    I get asked with regular frequently what I look for as an early stage investor.

    For me it’s four things.

    1. Are the founders extraordinary
    2. Do I love the product
    3. Is the vision compelling
    4. If I wasn’t a VC, would I want to work for the founders at the startup

    That’s basically it.

    These four things have served me well. The times I’ve made mistakes in this business is when I’ve wandered from it.


    You can unplug the Internet and pull the shades—or you can phone a friend.

    You’re reaching the frayed ends of over-caffeinated overtime and if your inbox pings one more time, you might throw your laptop at a wall. If you had the time to read a whole self-help book on being overwhelmed, well, you wouldn’t need it, would you?

    study published in the Journal of Occupational Health Psychology looks at your options for bailing out of a burnout, before the meltdown starts.

    Using a psychology model of coping mechanisms called selection, optimization, and compensation, the researchers tested each method with a sample of 294 employees and their supervisors. Only one of these strategies actually worked. But first, a review of their definitions:

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    Too high a price: Parts from some endangered species are worth more than gold or cocaine


    You might be rocking headphones while you read this—but does what’s playing make you better at your job?

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    Earpiece gives anyone super-human hearing abilities

    Hearing loss affects a huge number of people, and not just the elderly. Those who often attend rock concerts or listen to music at a loud volume on their headphones can often lose aural dexterity, making hard to hear in certain situations. Soundhawk is a device designed for anyone to improve their hearing in loud environments by helping them to tune into the sounds they want to hear. READ MORE…


    "It’s a good job."

    (via ashng)


    To build a future, you have to know the past - Otto Frank, 1967.
    Although I was exhausted today from the weekend’s trip, I am really glad I went to the Anne Frank Huis in Amsterdam despite having to wait 2 hours. The human race keeps making the same mistakes…we can have hope that the future would be better only if we learn from the lessons of the past. Hurting for the places of despair, but so proud that I work for one of the few organizations that insists on breaking through the darkness, even if constrained, even if a little late, even with insufficient supplies. (at Anne Frank House)


    Breathing monitor helps users track their state of mind

    Stress is typically thought of as having negative health consequences, but it can be difficult to know when or why we become stressed. While tools such as the handheldPIP sensor have previously aimed to let users know when they should relax, Spire is a wearable device that continuously tracks users’ respiration and other metrics, letting them know when they need to take a deep breath. READ MORE…


    Superheroes and headstands, tough questions and good books—we’re definitely not sorry for how great this month was.

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    "It’s not what I have been through in my life that defines who I am, it’s how I got through it that has made me the person I am Today." 

    (via Live Life Happy) 


    "The most empowering thing you can do in your own life is know yourself. Self-awareness is the key to everything." –HSN, Inc. CEO Mindy Grossman

    In this video, Grossman shares more insights on personal and professional success: 

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