Travel Forever

Jokulsarlon in Iceland taken by Huawei P9

You travel once, you travel forever because you relive the wandering moments every day.

I’m not complaining, but working at a startup is darn hard. You are constantly brainstorming and figuring it out.

Then you lose you.

Business is all about building a relationship with partners and customers. Character is what moves a person. But if you lose yourself, your business has no personality. There’s no fun it that.

Business is growing. That’s great. To make it grow even bigger, you have to find yourself.

So just go.

Unknown location in Bruges taken by Huawei P9

Let It Go
Walking along the endless canal of Bruges, I looked up and all was blue. I spotted a jet up in the sky. Time flew, but the plane could not go far because the sky was forever.

God! I felt free and it was heavenly. Since I work in a small company, there is always fear that your mistake will turn into something big. It’s difficult to forgive yourself for the flaws.

But the sky told me to be more forgiving to myself and also others so I can move on quickly. No more overthinking. No more putting too much meaning into everything.

I agreed.

Be Fearless
Walk. Explore. Talk to people. Walk some more. Take chances. Be fluent in being alone.

None of my travels were planned and I was travelling solo. This made me fearless.

I started talking to new people who had good ideas of where I should head to and that’s where I would be the next day.

Being alone allowed me to go anywhere on a whim and it was daring. The bolder I was, I was able to see more.

There were times when I hit a snag. I had to go to Antwerp from Brussels but I did not have my ticket printed and the machines at the print shops were all broken. I was amazing at how much I stayed calm and carefully looked for solutions. Luckily, I made it to Antwerp and had the best tiramisu that Europe can offer.

Central Station in Amsterdam taken by Huawei P9

In the moment
Leaving your hectic life behind allows you to appreciate the world more. I wanted to live in the moment to the fullest so I paid attention to everything big and small.

Time and money will never be enough in travelling. The list of places to go never ends. I will always feel like I could add one more stop.

But everything is nothing.

So I decided to believe where I am now is the best place and who I am with now is the best person in the world.

Unknown location in Iceland taken by Huawei P9

Whether we’re chasing the northern lights in Iceland or our dreams in reality, we are always travelling. But to make this journey beautiful, we have to remember to say focused, independent, fearless, calm and easy-going.

So let’s go.

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On Emotional Intelligence

© 1997 Miramax Pictures- all rights reserved

© 1997 Miramax Pictures- all rights reserved

I feel like we talk less about getting through a bad day. Life actually passes by one day at a time. We interact with people and even ourselves all the time.

Focusing mostly on the big picture, our system teaches us more about skills to be productive, but less on how to build a good relationship or find out what we want.

Some people have a hard time connecting with people and themselves. Like Professor Sean Maguire said, it’s not your fault. He can say it a million times; It’s not your fault. So it should be okay to take your time, but the real world doesn’t wait for anyone.  The system is tailored mainly for extroverts and resilient people.

What school never teaches us is how to grow emotionally and to digest life slowly one day at a time. I guess, this is why it took so long for everyone to actually notice the importance of emotional intelligence.

Emotional intelligence is composed of being aware of your emotions and using what you are aware of to navigate the way you act. It also consists of understanding emotions of other people and using what you picked up to effectively interact with them, according to Travis Bradberry.

Unlike your ability to learn which mainly stays constant throughout your life, you can enhance emotional intelligence with practice. Emotional intelligence helps us in our professional life.

An experiment by TalentSmart found out that emotional intelligence is the strongest indicator of performance, out of 33 other job skills. It accounted for a full 58% of success in all types of career.

It is something that influences your every day. The study shows that 90 percent of the top performers were emotionally intelligent. The study claims that people who are highly intelligent in this area make much more money than those who aren’t– an average of $29,000 more annually.

So how do different people boost their emotional intelligence? I asked a few of my friends who are all in the startup scene.

“College was exciting because you could be friends with anyone! I spent a lot of my time meeting people and just talk. I would then talk about myself too. I think this is how I understood myself better.”

“I watched a lot of movies and read a lot of books. It’s a way to learn new culture and mindset and it really gives you time to reflect on yourself and others.”

“My mother. She was a nurse so she spent a lot of her time with people. I would complain to her about work and relationships. She would always give me the best advice ever.”

“I ask a lot of questions to my colleagues at work. I would make suggestions and ask their advice. They would tell me what they wanted and thought and I always asked, ‘Why?’ It helps.”

“My relationship with my parents and teachers from school since young played an important part. They were always understanding and considerate.”

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3 films that deal with repression, lethargy, restlessness

Let’s talk about the elephant in the room.

The startup world mostly talks about the blitz and glamour. They talk about how ‘cool’ it is to have beer or a pool table in the office. They go on and on about their flexible working hours and how they will be the next ‘Uber’ of something.

Yeah, that’s all great. But what gets you through are the dark parts. It is full of sleepless nights where the question of “Did I make the right choice?” echoes in your head. We are only human. Things are going great, but there are other times that are difficult.

You are not always in the position of power and there are so many ways to find your rock. Sparing two to three hours for a good old film can really help you through the day. It sure works for me.

Here are three brilliant films that explore the feeling of repression, lethargy and restlessness.

  1. Repression: Carrie, 1976
Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images - © 2011 Getty Images

Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images – © 2011 Getty Images

Rage is actually a good mechanism to protect yourself. We think too much of what others feel that it makes us blind to realize how much we get hurt. Sometimes we want to explode and scream on the top of our lungs, “What’s going on!” It’s okay to be angry at the world when things don’t work out. But we can’t go crazy uncontrollably. We have our social life to keep.

Let Carrie do that for you. Based on the Stephen King’s beloved novel, this movie tells a story about a repressed fragile girl. She is abused by her disturbed mother and treated poorly by the other kids. They are so cruel they dump a bucket of pig’s blood on her at the prom after they maliciously vote her as prom queen. Then she goes telekinetically psycho on everyone.

It’s so pleasing and rewarding that the anger and stress mounted inside of you are cleansed out when the credits are rolling. The King himself loved this film so much that when he was asked what he thought about the upcoming 2013 remake, he said, “The real question is why, when the original was so good?”

  1. Lethargy: While We’re Young, 2014
Photo by Jon Pack

Photo by Jon Pack

We have to stop living in the past. That way we are forever young.

This comedy takes a look into a childless couple Josh and Cornelia, brilliantly played by Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts, who are in their forties and can’t remember the last time they had a ‘fun, spontaneous’ night out. The real stories begin after the two meet a young couple in their mid-twenties. The two are so spirited and energetic the older couple wants to spend more time together doing silly stuff like wearing a hippie hat or attending a hip-hop dance class.

The film compares one vibrant couple to another couple who clings onto youth as if it has gone away. But I like how Josh and Cornelia come to realize that youth is here to stay and the past time they have spent being ‘adults’ has given them wisdom. The balance in everything is always the key.

As George Bernard Shaw perfectly puts it, “We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.” So let’s keep playing.

  1. Restlessness: Take Shelter, 2013
© 2011 - Sony Pictures Classics

© 2011 – Sony Pictures Classics

You feel like no one believes you, but your guts tell you otherwise. You know you are right, but it’s hard to explain why. You are restless. You need just one person to believe in you and tell you that you are good enough. These emotions are explored in this movie.

The main character Curtis, beautifully portrayed by Michael Shannon, has these bad, vivid dreams: The storm destroys his home or his car is attacked by a horde of unknown people who eventually snatches his daughter away from him. He takes his warnings seriously and does what he can to guard his family. He goes far lengths to build a shelter in his backyard and people start to talk about how unstable he has become.

The very talented director Jeff Nichols subtly builds suspense slowly throughout the film leaving audiences at the edge of their seats. The story is so driven with the power of love, belief, commitment, terror and dread.

The film ends with an ambiguous ending which were interpreted in many different ways. The master of storytelling Nichols reflected that he had a “strict idea of what the end of Take Shelter was.” But the ‘beautiful part’ is that the audiences are “also telling you something about themselves too through their reactions.”

Have you watched this film? How did you react?

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用現有規格創造出更多的商機

會當凌絕頂,一覽眾山小

會當凌絕頂,一覽眾山小

竞争促使企业进步,但是我们同样需要彼此合作以求平衡,创建战略协同效益。最终,合作将会带来超乎想象的好效果。不再需要每天枕戈待旦,时刻保持警惕,让我们活出自我!

我们创建的易智行车辆管理系统(简称EMS)即将面世,有了它,租车公司之间将能够实现互惠双赢。

通过EMS,租车公司可以追踪管理订单,安排司机与车辆,更好为订单服务。简而言之,它是一个用来简化日常工作的工具。

熠熠生辉的珍宝潜藏其中,你懂得……

因为种种原因,订单得不到很好的安排时。这时,你可以添加你的合作供应商,简单的将订单交给值得你信任的供应商,坐收佣金。当你供不应求时,你可以充分借用他们的可用资源。没有人会对额外资金说no。

换单能保证租车公司在不扩大规模的同时服务更多的订单。

在中国,换单是每天的必修课。需要时,租车公司之间会彼此互助。调度们通过微信联系他们的竞争者也可以说是合作者来寻找可使用的车辆和司机。

我们所做的就是将这样的规则带入集成式平台,在这个平台,同行换单只需点击几下就能轻松搞定。并且,资金往来也能实现数据化,不再需要人工用纸笔记录。

我们相信,这种由中小型租车公司互相合作形成的联合,能够得到快速发展,并成为中国汽车租赁市场中举重若轻的一员。

租车公司提供优质的服务。已预订了行程? 不必担心,他们的司机将会准时出现在您要求的地点为您服务。乘坐体验?放心,他们保证服务质量。我们易智顺顺公司正在做的就是将这些供应商和其他的供应商,以及他们雇佣的司机和有价值的客户连接起来。可以通过易路app预订车辆。

我们倾听他们的心声:他们觉得几乎没有赢得胜利的机会,现在身体的一半以上已经沉入水底,只剩下脸部露出水面。我们希望供应商们可以加入这个联合,携手共进,创造更大的商机。

我们相信竞争与合作的平衡将会创造出更加健康有序的市场。

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用现有规格创造出更多的商机

会当凌绝顶,一览众山小

会当凌绝顶,一览众山小

竞争促使企业进步,但是我们同样需要彼此合作以求平衡,创建战略协同效益。最终,合作将会带来超乎想象的好效果。不再需要每天枕戈待旦,时刻保持警惕,让我们活出自我!

我们创建的易智行车辆管理系统(简称EMS)即将面世,有了它,租车公司之间将能够实现互惠双赢。

通过EMS,租车公司可以追踪管理订单,安排司机与车辆,更好为订单服务。简而言之,它是一个用来简化日常工作的工具。

熠熠生辉的珍宝潜藏其中,你懂得……

因为种种原因,订单得不到很好的安排时。这时,你可以添加你的合作供应商,简单的将订单交给值得你信任的供应商,坐收佣金。当你供不应求时,你可以充分借用他们的可用资源。没有人会对额外资金说no。

换单能保证租车公司在不扩大规模的同时服务更多的订单。

在中国,换单是每天的必修课。需要时,租车公司之间会彼此互助。调度们通过微信联系他们的竞争者也可以说是合作者来寻找可使用的车辆和司机。

我们所做的就是将这样的规则带入集成式平台,在这个平台,同行换单只需点击几下就能轻松搞定。并且,资金往来也能实现数据化,不再需要人工用纸笔记录。

我们相信,这种由中小型租车公司互相合作形成的联合,能够得到快速发展,并成为中国汽车租赁市场中举重若轻的一员。

租车公司提供优质的服务。已预订了行程? 不必担心,他们的司机将会准时出现在您要求的地点为您服务。乘坐体验?放心,他们保证服务质量。我们易智顺顺公司正在做的就是将这些供应商和其他的供应商,以及他们雇佣的司机和有价值的客户连接起来。可以通过易路app预订车辆。

我们倾听他们的心声:他们觉得几乎没有赢得胜利的机会,现在身体的一半以上已经沉入水底,只剩下脸部露出水面。我们希望供应商们可以加入这个联合,携手共进,创造更大的商机。

我们相信竞争与合作的平衡将会创造出更加健康有序的市场。

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Easiway’s epicenter

It's a metaphor.

It’s a metaphor.

 

Let’s say you want to run a kick-ass hot dog stand. The hot dogs are your epicenter. Your hot dog stand is not a hot dog stand without the hot dogs. You may not have ketchup, mustard, relishes or crunchy onions, but it will still be a hot dog stand with those hot dogs.

So what would Easiway’s hot dog be?

When customers book a ride, professional drivers pick them up at their requested time and date. We want to get them where they need to go on their schedule. Delivering this simple, assuring experience is Easiway’s hot dog.

We roll up our sleeves and interact with each vendors that provide such services. We spend days or even months to make sure they will handle each order seriously.

There are no tricks involved. It’s the tone that comes from us.

Okay. We got the vendors on board. So how do we make sure they will continue to provide good service? Our answer is the soon-to-be-launched Easishare Management System, or EMS.

Simply put, it is a fleet management system customized for rental car companies in China.

With it, ride managers know which driver and vehicle are the best match to serve your order.

They know where the drivers are real-time to make sure they are punctual.

They can easily get available drivers from their trusting partners to serve your order when their drivers are all booked.

They can monitor if additional charges are transparently requested to customers.

They track the status of vehicles and driver’s rating to maintain quality service for customers.

So yeah, we can proudly say we are working to keep our hot dogs juicy. Better yet, this effort will keep going on. We have a long way to go. But we want all the players in this market to be happy.

Happy riding. Happy serving.

(This content is inspired by Rework. Thank you, 37singals team, for the wonders your book do.)

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More business with same fleet size

Easiway

Think Big

Competition motivates companies to improve, but we also need cooperation to bring balance that creates strategic synergy. At the end of the day, cooperation substantially can bring better results. There should be days when you don’t have to sleep with one eye open. Let’s live a little, shall we?

We have created soon-to-be-launched Easishare Management System, or EMS, that allows rental car companies to be committed to a win-win sense of mission.

EMS allows rental car companies to track, manage and assign drivers and vehicle to serve orders. It’s basically a tool to make their daily duties easy.

There’s a gem hidden inside, you see.

You can add your partnering supplier and when there is an order that you can’t serve, you can simply toss it to your trustworthy partnering supplier and gain commission. It’s borrowing their available resources when you are out of supply. How can you say no to extra cash?

Exchanging orders enable rental car companies to serve more orders without increasing their fleet size.

In China, such exchange happen on a daily basis. In the time of need, rental car companies help each other out. Dispatchers reach their competitors-slash-cooperators to seek available cars and drivers through WeChat.

All we did was bring this norm to an integrated platform where trading order is only few clicks away. Plus, the monetary issues can be taken care of digitally. No pen and paper needed.

We believe such a union of small- and mid-sized rental companies can cooperate to gain momentum in China’s car-booking market dominated by heavyweights.

What these rental companies are offering is quality service. Booked a ride? Their drivers will pick you up at your requested time and place. The rides? They are kept in pristine quality. And what we at Easi6 Limited are doing is connecting these service providers with other providers, their hired proffessional drivers and valued customers. Bookings can be made through Easiway app.

We have heard their voices. They feel like they have no chance in winning. They are barely keeping their faces above water. We want the providers to join this union and create bigger business by working together.

We believe that the balance of competition and cooperation will make a healthier market.

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