What’s The Fundamental Quality To Be Succeed In Work, Business and Life

If someone ask this question around, I bet there are answers like “Consistency”, “Knowledge”, “Experience”, “Intuitive”, “Vision”, “Communication”, “Professional”, “Intelligence”, “Creativity”, “Discipline”, “Team Work”, and a lot of other good quality we know of.  But for me, only one single  quality stand out, and that is “Honesty”.

To me, honesty is the testing stone for no matter what work or business you do, big or small, and is the most crucial and fundamental characteristic in getting all that good qualities mentioned on the first paragraph.

People say that a good company should be one that have a good team, a good product and good execution.  It’s very true.  A good team means you have the best person suitable for his roll in the team, a good product means you design it to help solve a big problem or meet the need of a specific crowd, with great attention on the minor details, and offer the best quality of it with the most reasonable price which others need to charge a much higher premium for the same thing.  And good execution means no BS or bureaucratic inside the organization, good ideas are allowed and appreciated, problems can be pointed out and solved, and refactoring on every aspect of the business is on-going.  So you’ll notice, without Honesty to yourself and to your team, to the product and to the execution, you cannot have the good company.

So if you like me, wanted to be succeed in work, business and life, keep asking yourself, may be several times a day, that are you being honesty, to yourself, to the others, and to the work, business and life you are on.  If you are doing a comparison on your product and the competitors’, ask if you are being honesty on the pros and cons you found on all products, are you trying make the others look bad while treating your with bias.  If you are estimating the potential market for your business, ask if you are being honesty on estimating the potential client number and income, could you be too optimistic without data support.  If you are planning to get hold of a new hobby or interests, are you being honesty that you are putting one hour or two each day on learning and working on it.

Be honesty, then you shall succeed.

Install ruby 2.0.0, rails 4.0.0 with rbenv on Ubuntu 12.04 LTS

I use rbenv instead of rvm siimply because rails recommended it.  If you had set up rails/ruby/rvm on your machine before, remember to uninstall them first.

To uninstall ruby

$ sudo apt-get remove ruby

To uninstall rvm

$ rvm implode

also remember to clear rvm reference in .profile .bashrc .bash_profile (hope I don’t miss any).

Let’s get started, assuming git is installed.

Update your ubuntu

$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get upgrade

Install common libraries: (though I’m not sure whether all are necessary)

$ sudo apt-get install build-essential libreadline-dev libssl-dev zlib1g-dev libxml2-dev libxslt-dev

Install javascript runtime

$ sudo apt-add-repository -y ppa:chris-lea/node.js
$ sudo apt-get -y update
$ sudo apt-get -y install nodejs

Install rbenv

$ git clone https://github.com/sstephenson/rbenv.git ~/.rbenv
$ echo 'export PATH="$HOME/.rbenv/bin:$PATH"' >> ~/.profile
$ echo 'eval "$(rbenv init -)"' >> ~/.profile
$ exec $SHELL -l$ source ~/.profile

check rbenv

$ rbenv

Install ruby-build

$ git clone https://github.com/sstephenson/ruby-build.git ~/.rbenv/plugins/ruby-build

Install ruby

$ rbenv install 2.0.0-p247
$ rbenv global 2.0.0-p247
$ rbenv rehash

check ruby

$ ruby -v

Install rails

$ gem install rails --version 4.0.0 --no-ri --no-rdoc
$ rbenv rehash

check rails

$ rails -v

Credit:  I want to thank Tim Abell as I borrow his steps from installing rails. I spent quite sometime on figuring out to use the rbenv rehash after gem install rails. You can check Tim’s post at: http://timwise.blogspot.hk/2013/05/installing-ruby-2-rails-4-on-ubuntu.html.



昨天早上第一次成功实践了早点起床去健身房运动。 7点刚过就到了健身房推了40多分钟,感觉很好。 早上运动比平时稍感疲倦,感觉力量不足,应该是因为身体还没睡醒,需要时间慢慢适应。 但是运动之后一整天都很精神,即使没喝咖啡都很亢奋,尤其到了下午,身体的疲劳感完全消失。 晚上十点不到就困了,不过最后还是熬到了12点才睡。


昨天公司琐事很多,下班忘了一早说好的出去吃饭,到了家发现黑灯瞎火的才记起来人都出去了,赶紧又出了门赶去旺角。 还好回家早,到了饭店居然比他们还早一点。 吃饭的餐厅叫100 bites,是满记甜品集团开的法式私房菜,水准很高,招呼周到。 老婆大人很爱吃他们的牛面珠,肉质的确很独到,牛腱的模样牛尾的味道,配合他们的法式做法效果很好。 我更爱吃他们的法式烤鸭,皮脆肉嫩,一定会有下次。


CE Election gets more fun

Yesterday Fanny Law, the director of the campaign office of CY Leung referred a saying of an officer from the central government that both Henry Tang and CY Leung are acceptable candidates to the 2012 CE election.  It is really a good move and I thought it just changed everything.

With this news from the central government publicized, I expect the new round of PO survey will show a larger difference between the 2 candidates.

About the movie

Just watched it last Sunday, and I think David Fincher did a great job adapting the novel onto the large screen.

I’ve read the novel two weeks ago (If you have followed my blog you should know that,  but I know you didn’t).  The novel itself is good, focusing in details and never lack of twists.  But to someone who had watched tons of movie/TV drama that are full of blood / gun / blade / and body parts, it is just OK.  However, the movie tighten the loose part, delete  the unnecessary characters and even change the original story, and everything just make sense and exciting!

If you haven’t watched the movie yet, I would recommend you go and give it a shot.  There’s no need to read the novel first.  However, if you do want to read the original, I would assume you will feel the same way as I did.


STELLA ARTOIS by Anheuser–Busch InBev, origin from Belgium

Rate: ★★★☆☆

Comment:  The beer on TV ad these days in HK.  But I think fame is a bit over flavor.  It’s a bit bitter than I expected and I’m not quite used to its taste.