Be The First

Be the best is bad advice today- Be the FIRST instead!

Not long ago, I heard this piece of advice from Jack Ma, the founder of Alibaba and one of China’s richest man: “Don’t be the best. Be the first!” This advice is very profound. But it is also very counterintuitive and goes against the grain of conventional wisdom that we have learnt since we were children. If you want to succeed in today’s hyper-competitive world, you have to be a contrarian. Conventional wisdom will not work anymore.

How to escape from the Google Trap and enter the land of freedom?

I hope that yesterday’s article had brought in some reality check for those who dream of becoming a professional blogger (or a creator of some other types of free content). Indeed, the tyranny of the Google Trap has pushed down the price of content all the way to zero, creating a bonanza for two classes […]

Is blogging a dead way of making money?

Okay, this is going to be a controversial article. There are many passionate bloggers around and I run the risk of creating a stir. But I know there are a lot of bloggers who are asking this question and wonder whether their blog is going to make it or not. To be fair, there are […]