"A new chapter arrives"
2017 was definitely a year with big steps. Today I spent some time reflecting on the past year, about First Code, about myself, and about what I could do better.
2017 was a year full of sharing. I spoke at multiple events such as EdTech Asia 2017 in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam, a pre-Rise event in Hong Kong, Slush Singapore, and a bunch of in-house First Code events. All I want at these events is that the auidence has something to take away from my presentation, and so each time I make sure to pick 3 clear points and build my talk around them. I respect speakers who appear well prepared and who care about the audience.
Pleasure to be at @slushsingapore talking about the next generation of tech natives. I always love to share how 6yo can learn coding because people always find it surprising. The truth is coding is just a method, ultimately it is about developing child's logical thinking, problem solving, and independent thinking! 👶🏼🙌🏻🎉 #firstcode #appjamming #entrepreneurship #startup #slushsingapore #happening
First Code Academy
I’m extremely proud of First Code this year. Not only were we able to make a huge progress in building a sustainable company, we also developed a number of new leaders on the team and a lot of good practices that will take us far. Although there are many, many challenges to overcome in the near future, I want to be grateful for what we have right now. Being thankful should be a requirement as we continue to strive for excellence.
Things I’m happy about:
- Nurturing new leaders on the team and providing the right coaching and support for them to lead
- Becoming more data-oriented, having an end goal in mind all the time
- Having more time dedicated to big picture thinking and planning
Happy 4yo Birthday to @first_code !! Every year, we have the same reaction, “Woh! A lot has changed this year!” Things change, people change, plans change, and experience change. One thing stays the same, though, which is our desire to make an impact to our next generations! 😝 Big thanks to everyone who has been part of this journey!
An annual review cannot be done without a list of books. I didn’t manage to read a lot this year (compared to 26 books in 2016), but a couple books really stood out.
- The E-Myth Revisited: Why Most Small Businesses Don't Work and What to Do About It
- Extreme Ownership: How U.S. Navy SEALs Lead and Win
- Principles: Life and Work
- Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind
- The Monk and the Riddle: The Art of Creating a Life While Making a Living
- Behind Closed Doors: Secrets of Great Management (Pragmatic Programmers)
I can feel a huge change in me this year. Long story short, it is a feeling of giving extra care to the people around me, listening first before I speak, and paying attention to things around me. To me, this is a feeling of empowerment.
What I Could Do Better
- In a startup environment, there are a lot to do and sometimes responsibilities are not clear. A few times I found myself being distracted from my core responsibilities. I hope that I could catch myself in time and get back on track.
- People who know me know that I'm introverted. I'm a believer in doing rather than meeting people and talking. While I'm thankful that I have a few friends who I could reach out to talk about achivements and challenges, it is time to branch out to meet more like-minded people.