Month: March 2016

What is the opposite of “sisu”?

“Sisu” Sisu is a Finnish word that cannot be translated metaphrastically into the English language, loosely translated to mean stoic determination, bravery, guts, resilience, perseverance and hardiness, expressing the historic self-identified Finnish national character. Sisu is about taking action against the odds and displaying courage and resoluteness in the face of adversity. Deciding on a course of action and then sticking to that decision against repeated failures is Sisu. – I’d always pondered about the differences between “sisu” and “being stubborn”, and concluded that the difference lies in whether the results are worth it. For instance, if a Finnish person does a marathon and keeps at it without stopping the run halfway, he has “sisu” and is not “being stubborn”. Because there is a personal growth here. However, if a person who is obviously bad at Mathematics sticks to Mathematics as a major and keeps failing, then he is being stubborn because his true talent might be in Art. So his opportunity cost is high as he spends a lot of time on Math when he could …

Why more Finns should learn business and why more Singaporeans should learn vision. From each other.

Quick post before I go on to a precious friend’s bridal gown fitting. OMG I am so excited! Just now I spoke to a professional wedding decorator, and she’s amazing. At the end of our interview, we concluded that it’s ideal to do something you like, but it’s so important to find a way to make your passion a sustainable business.  Making your passion a sustainable business is not something a lot of people know how to do. In fact, most creative folks just live their lives not being able to monetise their passions, whereas most business folks just live their lives solely focused on profit maximization, and not being able to do something meaningful that contributes to the larger society. I don’t know why, but I was particularly touched when she said that. Her portfolio is amazing, and her vision to be an ideal wedding decorator for the masses just touches my heart. You see, experienced decorators usually end up serving the luxury sector and the super rich in the Singaporean context. She on the …

An illustration of Finland’s “shyness problem”: The story of the perfect Finnish cooking pot.

(Feature picture: Iittala cooking pot) [Update: @juhamac just told me that the above pot is of mid-range pricing, and still on sale. So it’s the wrong pot. The perfect Finnish pot that the Finnish gentleman told me about is discontinued, from Ittala, and priced higher than €2oo+] Hello! Before I start my day, I want to blog briefly about the simple solution to Finland’s “shyness problem”. I don’t have much time today, so I’d hopefully get this written out in 1 hour.  A lot has been said about this Finnish “shyness problem”; for instance read here and here. But not a lot –if at all– has been said about PRACTICAL SOLUTIONS. In my opinion, currently the solutions proposed along the lines of “Finland should just do more marketing” are just talk and cannot be executed in real life, due to mainly the lack of $$$$/ €€€€€€€. For, how do you do “more marketing” when you don’t know: (A) WHO to market to; (B) WHAT these people care about; (C) When you don’t have money?? Yet, recently I think I’d found at …