We are infinite

The one with Percy Jackson, Hermione Granger and The Flash 🙂 Still one of my favorite movie endings. With a song from one of my favorite music artists, David Bowie.

“I don’t know if I will have the time to write any more letters because I might be too busy trying to participate. So if this does end up being the last letter, I just want you to know that I was in a bad place before I started high school, and you helped me. Even if you didn’t know what I was talking about or know someone who’s gone through it, you made me not feel alone. Because I know there are people who say all these things don’t happen. And there are people who forget what it’s like to be 16 when they turn 17. I know these will all be stories someday. And our pictures will become old photographs. We’ll all become somebody’s mom or dad. But right now these moments are not stories. This is happening. I am here and I am looking at her. And she is so beautiful. I can see it. This one moment when you know you’re not a sad story. You are alive, and you stand up and see the lights on the buildings and everything that makes you wonder. And you’re listening to that song on that drive with the people you love most in this world. And in this moment, I swear, we are infinite.”

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We are infinite

Choose happiness

Life will never be perfect. You don’t find happiness. You choose it.

You don't find happiness. You choose it.
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This is a great reminder from Becoming Minimalist’s Joshua Becker in his post 9 Places Unhappy People Look for Happiness.

“Happy people know that happiness is a choice. They know it is not a reaction to present circumstances. Instead, happiness is an available decision despite them. They have removed the thinking that waits for everything to be perfect before joy in life is experienced.”

You don’t have to wait. Be happy now.

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Choose happiness

Say hello to ShopBack Malaysia COO Sharmeen Looi

In the 5 Fun Facts series of articles for e27.co, we try to get startup founders and executives to show their lighter side.

5 Fun Facts about ShopBack Malaysia COO Sharmeen Looi

As you can see, my latest story features ShopBack Malaysia COO Sharmeen Looi, who confessed her love for Edward Scissorhands.

“When I was 6 I fell in love with Edward (not Johnny Depp) and I got my first heartbreak when my mom told me Edward is a fictional character and that I couldn’t marry him. First cut is the deepest. Heartbreak aside, I love the movie because it taught me to embrace uniqueness and individuality, which I am preaching until today. Everyone is created differently and each individual has a special gift that they can offer to the world. And Tim Burton of course, is the king of imagination (salute).”

Poor six-year-old Sharmeen!

Oh, and in case you’ve been living under a rock and have no idea who Edward Scissorhands is, here you go.

Thanks, Sharmeen, for answering the questions and supporting the e27 Community!

Say hello to ShopBack Malaysia COO Sharmeen Looi

The one with the Yahoo! swag bag

Seven years ago today was my first day at Yahoo! This was my swag bag — a Case Logic Yahoo! Southeast Asia backpack containing Yahoo! shirts and other goodies, with my Yahoo! star taped to the bag.

Thankfully the company wasn’t called Altaba back then — try yodeling that! 😀

Life is filled with ups and downs. While what happened to Yahoo! is sad, it doesn’t take away from the things we accomplished, the friendships we forged, and the difference the company made in the lives of many people for so many years.

Everything ends, even internet giants, but the important thing is to enjoy the memories and learn the lessons from what you experienced, both good and bad. It’s no use wishing things were different, or that you can change the past.

You just move on, and move forward. Remaining grateful that you were fortunate to be part of something great.

The one with the Yahoo! swag bag

Pursue meaning instead of happiness

My wife always reminds me that our mindset determines what our life will become.

It’s a lesson I’m still learning, and the universe sent this article, “In 2017, Pursue Meaning Instead of Happiness,” my way to reinforce what she always tells me.

Pursue meaning instead of happiness
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So that’s what I will do this year, one day at a time. Instead of being obsessed with pursuing happiness, which ironically makes us unhappier, let’s focus on living a meaningful life.

“Research by the two of us shows that the happy life and the meaningful life differ — and that the surest path to true happiness lies in chasing not just happiness but also a meaningful life. Psychologists have started to look more closely at how seeking happiness affects people, and unearthed some unsettling trends. The pursuit of happiness, it turns out, negatively affects our well-being.”

Have a meaningful 2017, everyone!

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Pursue meaning instead of happiness