Saturday, August 31, 2019

How to Get a Team to Work Together

Here is the article I like to read.


Respect individuality

Encourage creativity

Include a mix of genders

Hold trust-building exercises

Define roles

Don’t settle

More detail: 

Encourage creativity

Brainstorming should be seen as a time to throw ideas out without placing judgement. The best ideas can be culled out later.

Hold trust-building exercises

And teams that appear more trustworthy have been shown to perform better then those who lack trust. Trust is a reciprocal feeling and one bad apple can really spoil the bunch.

Define roles

Effective teams require clearly-defined roles so that everyone knows what he or she is responsible for. This creates better team cohesion and productivity.

Don’t settle

The last piece of advice deals with how you staff your team. Know what you want in terms of team members, and keep looking until you find the candidates that are a perfect fit. If one person is wrong for the job, it can throw off the entire team dynamic.

Meet the 23-year-old American having a seismic impact in the US Open

Here is the link.

But with every glow-up, there is a tear-down, and no recent young American prospect has experienced it as harshly as Townsend. Her fitness was questioned publicly, her choices of coaches and training base constantly undermined. The negativity took its toll on the otherwise private teenager, but recently she began to transform those doubts into fuel. 

How to write? 
glow-up <-> tear-down 
take it toll 
transform doubts into fuel

doubts -> fuel


Here is the link.

Despite the versatility in her game, many have been critical of her physical fitness. If Townsend is serious about her goal to reach the top ten and win the majors, she will have to improve her physical fitness. Yet, that is not the only factor holding her back; she, needs a little more sting on her serve and she needs to inject some pace in her groundstrokes more frequently to keep her opponents off balance.

Cori “Coco” Gauff Chats Wimbledon Run And What’s Next | TODAY

Here is the link.

Tennis star Cori 'Coco' Gauff talks Wimbledon debut at 15: 'The sky isn't the limit' I Nightline

Here is the link.

Your composure? Where are they come from? Tennis, being alone? Solo sports.

Break down barriers.

Kobe’s advice to Coco Gauff: Stay focused on the craft | 2019 US Open

Here is the link.

When you retired, you do more things.

There are so many things. Most important is craft. Focus on the most important things. A lot of years ahead.

Long term strategy - how to map to get there?

Constantly negotiate with yourself.

I am not good as I used to be.


Tennis phenom Coco Gauff said she hopes to be 'the greatest of all time' l GMA

Here is the link.

Coco Gauff’s parents know the tennis phenom can be among the best of all time | First Take

Here is the link.

Keep digging. Another point. Do not give up.

Second best - topic, what should be considered? go for best!

Americans Kristie Ahn, Taylor Townsend among underdogs who win at U.S. Open

Here is the link.

Kristie Ahn | US Open 2019 R3 Press Conference

Here is the video.

6:00 - 7:00
Every up and down is worth. Hang up tennis racket several times. I still cannot process what have happened.

Naomi Osaka Osaka makes an incredible action for Coco Gauff and his family

Here is the link.

How do you assess the match tonight?

Taylor Townsend | US Open 2019 R3 Press Conference

Here is the link.

Is Your Thinking Keeping You Poor? Interview - Professional Speaker Douglas Kruger

Here is the link.

Bankrupt - temporary run out of money

It is the desire to help a country to make wealth state.
People struggles to feed the family.

Fifty ways to think regarding to wealth.

Do it again.
My own wealth research - one problem, simple way to solve the problem.

Single solution does not work scenario. 50 ways to manage.

Challenge you on that.

three ways to challenge -
new graduate - 50 ways to keep your poor
parents - shame on talking about money
business owners -

demongraphics - there kind group of people

Become a High Achiever!

Here is the link.

Is your thinking keeping you poor?

Incredibly busy but keep you ...

Keep  your deadline. Simple and critical. Soul search.

Three principles:

All three principles are necessary.

1. Orientation
2. Motivation - get your going
3. Discipline yourself

Orientation - what is ...
Keep you busy - keep from our goals
Interview yourself - what do you want in your life?

Motivation does not last. Be motivated all the time.

what gets you going. Be a political writer.

Writer as an example:
Linear time, ...
7000 words a day.

Initial push - third principle - discipline

Follow your plan is.

Identity - I want to be like that. Really motivation is to look at mom and dad, a child wants like that.

To do list - any do
Store it on a piece of paper - after years of to-do list.
No more than five in to-do list.

Podcast - three things a day to sell the book. He put into Chinese market. Repeatable, ...

Two layers of three things:
1. Certified speaker
2. ...

Actionable Items

I have some problems to follow all conversations. I missed something, context, and .... some of ideas are new to me.

Own Your Industry - How to Position Yourself as an Expert - Professional Speaker Douglas Kruger

Here is the link.

5 Ways the Rich Think Differently

Here is 17 minutes video.

Money does not get ride of poverty. The ability to generate money is to get rid of poverty.

Wealth - Michal Jakson got into debt.

What is wealth? Rich implies medium of ...

Not normal - medium

5 things - self-made rich people
Majority of billionaire are self-made.

The people above them. They are not thinking about getting promotion etc.

Quality is more important. - Qualification is ...

Follow conventional ...

Soft skills - leadership, public skills, get people work together
Self-made quality - relentless drive - a lot of push ...

Simply focus on things to do it.

Good news ...

Second quality:
Fascinated by numbers - find magic to work for them.
How many books, how many songs?

Beyond certain level ...
Chase the matrix -
Stop chasing ...
Spot on - compete yourself

Next one
Third one

Fourth one

Work is noble. Focus on work, work hard but still die poor.
Money generated behavior
Writer - local newspaper - chance you are lucky, you get paid.

Raise your value, write one - high level, highly reward - raise your value
Unknown consultant -
Half hour work done by Richard Brandson, add three zero ...

Undervalue themselves

Rich focus on top-line, not bottom-line. Saving, not spending too much money.

Natural way to spend money. You can not save money to rich.


80% energy to generate new income
20% energy to save money

Group of hunters - three bread loaves - bean account -
Hunt for more ...

You CAN Escape Poverty! Do these 2 things

Here is the link.

Divorce the time and value of the work.

Divorce hours of work from pay.
Worth more in every hour of the day.

High level of the idea.

Low level of the idea:
Raise your personal value. University degree. Full time pay job.

Principle No. !.
1. Raise your personal value
University degree
Full time

Trust speeds up business - more people watch other people. Repay the trust with excellence.

Your world gets bigger and bigger. Exponential ...

Gradually next level problems -> you got the problems ... prosperity ...

Actionable items

I do not know how I can escape poverty.

Rutger Bregman - a Dutch popular historian and author

Here is the wiki article. I like to read the article.

Poverty isn't a lack of character; it's a lack of cash | Rutger Bregman

Here is the link.

Poverty is a personality defect.

How To Escape Poverty - 'Is Your Thinking Keeping You Poor?' - Professional Speaker Douglas Kruger

Here is the video. I like to watch the video again. My previous watch is here. I like to take more notes this time.

The wheelbarry way -
How do you do it?

1. To exchange time for money
2. Do not take risk
3. ...

The rich person of you ...

move to your career slowly and gradually. From time to time, one inspiring idea ...

You have to have them, and act on them.

5. Leave the ranks.

Generations of poverty. Thinking is ...

Five people are close to you.

Thinking about work and wealth. Need to associate ourselves to highly successful people. Do not dump your parents.

Average five people are close to you. One policy is to promote poverty, try to help people.

Idea to give money to young mom.

6. Positions determine your pay scale.

You are celebrity of your industry. Take some example, top five chef in the world. She is top 100. She is top 1000? Why she outearn all of them?

Knowledge is everything. But you should give a brand. Bring into humanity.

Do not make a wave.

Billion people do IT. One of talks on TED - economy

World rules by doctor. But those BA, think critically.

8. Do not fix it bottom line

80% of energy save what you have, 20% of energy to make more.

Winter is ...

20% energy to save money. Middle class of people think that saving is most important.

8. Risky
Risky is new way to be safe.
Most dangerous way to do is to put one basket. Also 40 to 50 years and retire safely.

51 days safety. Be entrepreneur is risky.

Try 10 crazy ideas - only 2 ideas work.
Multiple streams income is more safe.

Risk-aversion & permission to fail

Let it mock you. Give them permission to trial and fail.

You are not separate from your goals.

Do not think poor.

Actionable Items

I need to carefully choose five people close to you. Who are those people?

An exclusive look inside Facebook!

Here is the video I like to share.


Here is the link.

The Town That Facebook Built | The B1M

Here is the link.

Creative thinking
driving innovation
encourage movement during the day
encourage collaboration

Every one feels equal

The design of headquarter ...

Opened March 2015

Equal friendly - drive connections between teams.

Headquarter: 1 hacker way

My interview address MPK-27: 162 jefferson drive, Menlo Park, CA 94025

Actionable Items:

1. I like to learn more about the campus, directions from 1 hacker way to 162 jefferson drive, Menlo Park, CA.

Project Management Basics - 47 PMBOK® Guide Processes- PMP Exam video

Here is the link.

Amazon building in Vancouver - 2019

August 31, 2019


I went to Amazon Vancouver onsite on August 15, 2019. I like to write a blog to document my experience inside Amazon building.

Amazon No. 1 building in Seattle

August 31, 2019


I went to Seattle onsite interview for Amazon on June 6, 2018. I like to write a blog to document my interview day and building No. 1.

Building No. 1

Microsoft building 35 - 2008

August 31, 2019


It is my idea to write a blog about Microsoft building 35. I went to onsite back in 2008, over 10 years ago. I like to write down something to celebrate 11 years, I learned the first time the onsite interview, I only had two rounds of interview, and I learned that it was hard for me to survive to last round.

Building 35

I still remembered the interview day. We had lunch, and also I got a free Microsoft office 2008. I am still using the office version 2008 right now in my home laptop computer.

building 27 Facebook instagram MPK

August 31, 2019


It is my dream place to work for in 2019, less than two months, starting from my phone screen to my onsite interview on August 20, 2019. As an adult, I learn to write story for every building I fall in love to and being part of my life. It is called building 27, MPK.

My impression and memory

It is most challenging place to work, and I like the environment and just could not believe that the place is so exciting to watch people start to rush into the building around 8:30 am. I went to the MPK two hours early, so I can spend time to experience the work place.

I signed in after one hour, and amazed that I can get wi-fi internet service as well. I sent a few pictures to share my wechat group.

Count how many problems to solve

August 31, 2019


It is my personal finance research. I like to look into the issues I have and then figure out how to solve those problems.


I had tooth issues, and then I extracted three teeth early in 2019. I noticed that I had weight issue, my weight came back to 192 lbs in July 2019. I worked hard to lose 8 lbs, now it is 184 lbs. I also had some issues with arm and shoulder starting from January 2019, after more than three months tennis sports, I felt much better right now.

So many problems. I need to fix one by one.

Case study: My Rogers pay as you go mobile phone plan

August 31, 2019


I like to do some research about my mobile phone plan. I did have a trip to San Francisco, and then  I like to pay $5.0 dollar for internet service in San Francisco airport, but there was an issue to get the purchase completed. I need to look into the incident and figure out what I should work on.

Hi, Frugal, should I subscribe Linkedin premium?

August 31, 2019


It is definitely learning process to be frugal. I started to watch all expenses, and think about how to stay frugal. I did spend two hours to study Linkedin premium, and also watched one of courses related to recession. I wonder if I should subscribe monthly service and pay $30/ month.

Two hours study - Linkedin premium version

August 31, 2019


I got a nice gift from a friend met on San Francisco trip, one of them is a Linkedin manager. So I got a gift for six month premium version.

Project planning - Get a software engineer job from Facebook in MPK

August 31, 2019


I started to learn project management through videos, called One thing I like to do is to talk about the project planning. It is almost impossible for me to think about less than 6 months ago. But I had an onsite interview this August 20, 2019 from Facebook instagram. I like to learn how to do a good project planning. Make things happen, starting from small things.

Project management 

It is the most exciting project in the world. I like to work on most challenging job in the world.

There are so many things I have to learn and figure out. First of all, it is the feedback; I went to San Francisco and attended the onsite interview, I met all engineers and managers. Yesterday it is my 10th day to celebrate my first Facebook onsite interview, I sent out all invitations to those interviewers.

Step 1, send out all Linkedin invitations to the interviewers. I need to build my network.

Step 2, study premium version. I need to look into market and learn the basis.

Step 3, take some project management courses

Step 4, solve 200 problems on

Step 5, write discussion post for at least 50 algorithms.

Wealth like tree, start from a seed.

I like to call that project Isaiah 40:31, Soar on Wings like Eagles.

Isaiah 40:31 - But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.

Or I can call the project using Canada tennis star Bianca Andresscu's name. I like to study her more and learn from her how to advance ranking from 127 to top 30 in 2019. So I should call "Bianca 2019"

I also like her interview called "If you believe in yourself you can do big things!". 

Thursday, August 29, 2019

How To Fail Faster -- And Why You Should

Here is the article.

weekly status report - August 18 - August 24, 2019

August 29, 2019


It is a good idea for me to learn how to manage myself as a software programmer. I think that I need to work on more coding, learn how to use a test case to explain my idea and walk through the test case at least once. Another thing is to learn to read a book related to system design, choose a few good videos to watch, and share on my blog as well.

Weekly status report

I like to demonstrate how I build up my curious level as a software engineer, and also remove my bias, and catch up some technology learning as well.

How many things I should put in the check list of weekly status report? 

Here are a list I like to use:

1. Mock interviews on;
2. Code and project I work on for my current full time job;
3. Leetcode algorithms I work on;
4. Books I read
5. Videos I choose to watch

Another list is related to personal finance

Another list is related to project management learning

Another list is related to personal health, weight control, and nutrition

And more

10 practices to write binary search algorithm

August 29, 2019


I like to spend time to write code for rotated sorted array, and I like to write more than 10 solutions. I think that it is better for me to train myself to write code, instead of reading books, and working on other projects.

10 practices

I will write down what I learn through those 10 practices.

33. Search in Rotated Sorted Array - idea 10

33. Search in Rotated Sorted Array - idea 9

33. Search in Rotated Sorted Array - idea 8

33. Search in Rotated Sorted Array - idea 7

33. Search in Rotated Sorted Array - idea 6

33. Search in Rotated Sorted Array - idea 5

33. Search in Rotated Sorted Array - idea 4

33. Search in Rotated Sorted Array - idea 3

I like to study the blog and write some solutions based on the ideas.

33. Search in Rotated Sorted Array - idea 2

Sept. 4, 2019

I wrote the algorithm using C#, here is the discussion post with title "C# Find pivot index first and then apply binary search practice in 2019".

It is the challenge task to master binary search algorithm. What I did is to ask how to solve the algorithm in mock interview as an interviewer first on Sept. 2, 2019, and then I spent 30 minutes to learn from the interviewee, and then I wrote the solution by myself after the mock interview.
The interviewee has 10 years experience and very good understanding to test his own code, so he thoroughly tested the code in the mock interview. Here is my blog to show his python code.
I took the same approach and wrote a C# solution.
Here are highlights:
  1. Failed test case [1, 3], target 2, TLE error; Inside while loop, if/ else if is not good design, the clause else if is potential timeout;
  2. Failed test case [], target 5. Array is null or length zero checking is added;
  3. Learn design of pivot index search algorithm from the interviewee.
  4. Default pivot index search return is 0.
Test cases
I like to write down a few test cases I came cross when I practice the algorithm in 2019.
[], 5 - null exception
[3, 1], target is 1, should return 1
[1, 3], target is 2, good test case to test TLE error, dead loop
using System;
using System.Collections.Generic;
using System.Linq;
using System.Text;
using System.Threading.Tasks;

namespace _33_Rotated_Sorted_Array___Sept_2
    class Program
        static void Main(string[] args)
            var TLE = Search(new int[]{1, 3}, 2);
            var result = Search(new int[] { 4, 5, 6, 7, 0, 1, 2, 3 }, 3);
            var result2 = Search(new int[] { 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 }, 3); 
            var result3 = Search(new int[] { 3, 1 }, 1);             

        public static int Search(int[] nums, int target)
            if (nums == null || nums.Length == 0)
                return -1;

            var pivot = findPivotIndex(nums);

            var result = runBinarySearch(nums, 0, pivot - 1, target);
            if (result >= 0)
                return result;
            result = runBinarySearch(nums, pivot, nums.Length - 1, target);
            return result;

        public static int runBinarySearch(int[] nums, int start, int end, int target)
            if (start > end || target < nums[start] || target > nums[end])
                return -1;

            while (start <= end)
                int middle = start + (end - start) / 2;
                int middleValue = nums[middle];
                if (middleValue == target)
                    return middle;

                if (target >= nums[start] && target < nums[middle])
                    end = middle - 1;
                    start = middle + 1;

            return -1;
        /// <summary>
        /// using binary search to find pivot index
        /// For example: 
        /// 4 5 6 7 0 1 2 3
        /// index = 4, pivot value can be determined by two ways
        /// compare to left or right
        /// if there is no pivot value, then return 0
        /// </summary>
        /// <param name="numbers"></param>
        /// <returns></returns>
        private static int findPivotIndex(int[] numbers)
            if (numbers == null || numbers.Length == 0)
                return -1;

            int start = 0;
            int length = numbers.Length;
            int end = length - 1;

            while (start <= end)
                int middle = start + (end - start) / 2;

                // think about pivot index value - possible options: middle, middle + 1
                if (middle + 1 < length && numbers[middle] > numbers[middle + 1])
                    return middle + 1;
                else if (middle - 1 >= 0 && numbers[middle - 1] > numbers[middle])
                    return middle;
                else if (numbers[start] <= numbers[middle])
                    start = middle + 1;
                else if (numbers[middle] <= numbers[end])
                    end = middle - 1;

            return 0;

33. Search in Rotated Sorted Array - idea 1

August 29, 2019


It is a good idea to write as many solution as possible. I like to go over at least five ideas, and then write C# code for each idea.

Idea to write 

I like to choose the idea and then write C# code.

The Coding Interview: What to Expect

Here is the article. I like to spend 30 minutes to read.


To understand the process, difficulty, and best way to prepare for a coding interviews at a top tech company, I talked to people I know who interviewed with and got hired by Facebook and Dropbox. I talked to a few recruiters, including one from Facebook, about the interview process and how to prepare for the phone screen and onsite. Additionally, I reviewed various articles people have written about their coding interview prep:

Health Risks of Being Overweight

Here is the link.

Excess weight may increase the risk for many health problems, including
  • type 2 diabetes
  • high blood pressure
  • heart disease and strokes
  • certain types of cancer
  • sleep apnea
  • osteoarthritis
  • fatty liver disease
  • kidney disease
  • pregnancy problems, such as high blood sugar during pregnancy, high blood pressure, and increased risk for cesarean delivery (C-section)
I like to work on my weight control and learn from my friend Dr. Jin's advice. Stay fit, stay in control of body weight. 

Taylor Townsend | US Open 2019 R2 Press Conference

Here is the link.

15:00 - 16:00/ 18:05

Extended family - my friends, people, cut a lot of people off, shut up, make a extremely small circle.

Bianca Andreescu

It is my reading assignment. I like to read all articles on WTA ranking page. Here is the page.

Bianca Andreescu on victory over Serena Williams, what's next

Here is the link.


Here is the article I like to read. I also look for good and top players in the world to work together for my algorithm and data structure practice.

I worked with a few engineers who joined Facebook in 2019. I practiced so many engineers and then they joined Google or Amazon or Facebook.

How to change mindset?

I like to look into the video from the topic called how to change mindset.

I like the video from 7:40 - 8:30, the video is here.
You know how strong you are, mentally and physically. Go out there to compete every point.

Anxious, nervous, tired.
Stupid voice in your head saying that you cannot.
I work on so many years. I work on psychologist before.
Focus on things you can control.

The video starts from 10:00 - 12:00, the video is here.

Drama queen

anxious -> mindset change
work on so many years
last long match

Canadian Bianca Andreescu enjoys star treatment in run-up to first U.S. Open

Here is the link.

After starting the year with a small support team, Bianca’s Bunch is now a full-fledged platoon: Bruneau, physical trainer Virginie Tremblay, hitting partner Hugo di Feo and new physio/osteopath Kirstin Bauer. In the background are a sports psychologist and a physician.

How good taste of Facebook onsite interview?

August 29, 2019


It is my personal finance research. It costed more than $1500 dollar for airline tickets, hotel and also rental car for two days, parking, and three meals a day. I also like to write something about how good taste of Facebook onsite interview. It is 7 days to celebrate my first Facebook onsite interview.

How good taste of Facebook onsite interview?

I had an international trip and it only took me less than three hours to fly to San Francisco international airport. The rental car was super efficient, and the distance from international airport to the hotel and Menlo park is less than 20 miles. 

I just enjoyed the flight on August 18, Sunday afternoon, and then rented a car, drove to San Mateo Chinese restaurant to meet all my friends at 6:30 PM. I arrived on time, even though my GPS is too old to help me find the right place, I figured out by driving on the same route a few times. Let me call this sweat memory to meet friends, and also learn from those friendship lasting more than 18 years. 

I checked in best hotel called Pullman hotel, which is high standard and luxury one. I enjoyed the swimming pool from 10:00 PM to 11:10 PM. I like the workout, and really enjoy the weather. It just brought me back those memory to swim in Florida. 

I will add more content here later. 

How do I learn English and work on communications?

August 29, 2019


It is my drill to work on English study, one thing I can do is to play the same video again and write down new words I like to learn, and how the professional tennis star express themselves. I like to learn from Bianca Andreescu and also like to take a break to learn how to interview and be interviewed.

One more learning

This is the fourth time I watched the video. I have to push myself to write down some notes, and see how many new things I can observe this time.

Here is the video link called "The rise of Canadian tennis sensation Bianca Andreescu | The National Interview".

stun everybody
ranking jump
we have been watching you
ample up
I do not have much pressure on my shoulder. What things I can control...
Broadcast - frank
I am all round player
drop shot here and there
I am moving very well on the court.

Give me taste how good WTA tour.
Really good desert

I work on psychologist before. I have to work on something I can control.
We kindly spoke about it and ...

Coding blog to personal finance, and then project management

August 29, 2019


I am thinking about adding another topic on my coding blog, which is project management. I like to figure out how to make thing happen, in this business world.

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Case study: System design two week study

August 28, 2019


I like to put together a short blog how I conduct system design study in two week range, how I learn so well and start to develop strong interest to continue the study.

Case study

I started to push myself to learn so many topics from August, 2019. I took one week vacation (August 12 to August 20) to prepare two onsite interviews, Amazon and Facebook. I just could not believe that I learned so well this year from August 10 to August 20, 2019.

Case study: Small project using CSS, Javascript and Jquery

August 28, 2019


It is the first time I like to push myself at work to work better on project management. I like to review carefully what I do this past week, so I can figure out what to do next.

CSS and JavaScript

It is tough life to be a software programmer. I can run a website without writing a lot of code for long time. But I choose to push myself to work on basics, write code every day, and hold strong belief that hard work beats talent. Today  I like to write a case study how I solve problems to add features on website.

I got a small assignment from my team, a market team member likes to redesign the website. I spend this week to refresh myself about CSS, html and JavaScript. Today I wrote some JavaScript and I enjoyed so much to write code.

I like to write a case study and explain why a programmer needs to be a strong problem solver first, and then he/ she can do the job so quickly.

Stay tuned. I will add some content here later.

I have to be very patient to observe anything new in terms of problem solving. I like to demonstrate how I solve a small task to add some content to the website.

How I approach some assignment?

How I prepare myself for problem solving?

How I write code to solve the problems?

Can I qualify to be a web designer?

I like to record my problem solving process, and see if I should work on improvement or not.

Here is the github repository I like to share.

Extra 30 lb weight

August 28, 2019


It is my health research. I like to take the advice from my friend Dr. Jin, and then work on my weight control. Last weekend I started to learn to be a fan of tennis star Bianca, and I like to keep the same weight as Bianca, Bianca's height is 170 cm.

Extra 30 lbs weight

I do believe that weight control is a good research topic for me to look into. I like to look into all kinds of issues related to obesity weight, and I also like to look into project management issues, and see how I can reduce the stress from my full time work, and push myself to stay healthy weight, normal weight first.

I do think that once I can master data structure and algorithm problem solving, I should work on other research area as well. Weight control is perfect for me to work on.

Compared to Dr. Jin, I have at least 30 lbs more in weight. Do I need those extra 30 lbs? I wrote a blog on this issue.

Advice from my friend Dr. Jin

August 28, 2019


It is most important advice from my friend Dr. Jin, weight control and stay healthy. I met Dr. Jin on August 19 and we spent one hour to have short conversation.

Advice from my friend

I told my friend that I came to California and had an onsite interview from Facebook. She was so surprised. 

Dr. Jin told me that there are three stages to plan, 52 years to 60 years, 60 years old to 67 years old, 67 years old and beyond.

Here are some facts about weight.

Dr. Jin, 165 cm, weight is around 140 lb.
Julia, 167 cm, weight is around 184 lb.

I weigh 40 lbs more.

How to save to prepare for retirement?

It is topic we discussed together. How can we save money in order to be able to retire?

Dr. Jin is a project manager for Johnson and Johnson. Compared to her job, her income and her job experience, I am the real player to challenge the game. She got Ph.D. degree back in 2003 from University of Michigan, but I did not make it even though I spent more years on Florida Atlantic university graduate study from 2002 to 2012.

I like the challenge and that is the reason I was so excited to meet instgram team in Meno Park campus.

From 2001 to 2019

We met back in 2001, and we attended the same church. We used to be roommates more than 10 months.

Dr. Jin left Florida around in 2004, and I left Florida in 2010.

Four meetings together

I visited San Francisco in 2008 when Dr. Jin invited me to stay at her house, and we went together to visit Google and Yahoo campus together. She also invited a lot of Chinese friends to have lunch together who used to study or work in Florida.

I went back to China and F1 visa in Shanghai. Here is the blog.

My friend and I stopped by Pleasant in 2010 April when we drove from Florida to Vancouver, 4500 miles road trip.

I met Dr. Jin in 2014 when I visited my sister and my nephew.

Now it is the fourth time we met together last 10 years. We used to be roommate from 2000 to 2001 in the city of Boca Raton, Florida.

Project Management Simplified: Learn The Fundamentals of PMI's Framework

Here is the link.

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Strategy Development Simplified: What Is Strategy & How To Develop One?

Here is the link.


Corporate strategy
Business strategy
Function strategy

Two million dollar fund -> real estate
What business in?

Operation strategy
Finance strategy
Pay everything in cash

offering level -> key competing factors

Be prepared for what could be a messy next few months: United Capital founder

Here is the link.

Monday, August 26, 2019

How To Pass a Job Interview - Interview Preparation MasterClass

Here is the link.

Strong differentiate -

determined person

3 - 5 months to find a job - 6 months unemployment

Unwritten requirements

Relevant experience - overall experience

The Slice Take-out: Arriving in MTL + a day in the gym

Here is the link.

I am thinking about losing weight and one of ideas is to learn how to do workout in the gym.

Fitness model to fitness coach of Bianca Andreescu

Here is the page to look up.

Virginie Tremblay - HOT Woman Advising Bianca Andreescu in Auckland

Here is the link.

I need a conditioning coach as Bianca has. I like to learn how she helped Bianca.

Virginie Tremblay, the woman who appears in the tennis stands supporting Bianca Andreescu

Sunday, August 25, 2019

Your Career Will Never Be The Same Again! Learn The Hidden Secrets of a Successful Career

Here is 50 minutes talk.

Project Management Simplified: Learn The Fundamentals of PMI's Framework

Here is one hour course.

How to Deal with Micromanagers - Project Management Training

Here is the link.

Confront individual
Adjust your workstyle

High level

Interview Tips for a Project Manager

Here is the link.

How to interview the project team

3 types of interviews
. technical
. behavior
. reference

. typical flow of the interview

Know what you need
. intro
. skills
. experience
. KPIs
. work
. $
. special conditions
. questions

More detail

. intro  - relax, and let the person show who he is
. skills -
. experience - take some time to tell the stories
. qualifications - how commit to deliver quality product
. KPIs - do not be measured or monitored, not a team member/ perform as a team or an individual
. work -
. $
. special conditions
. questions

Project Management Career - Is it Right For Me? (Let's be Real)

Here is the link.

The Role of the Project Manager

Here is the link.

How to Attend a Job Interview - Project Management

Here is the link.

1. Attitude
2. Samples
3. Dress
4. Participate
5. Genuine

2. Samples - specificity - credibility

Why Projects Fail: Top 10 Reasons For Project Failure

Here is the link.

Top 10 project management responsibilities

A day in the life

1. email
2. Calls
3. Meetings
4. Dashboard
5. Daily project status
6. Team
7. Issues/
8. Time sheets
9. Daily checklist
10. Budget/ expenditure

weekly project status
overall project status
Stakeholder summary
Timesheet appraisals
Weekly kick-off
             wrap up

. Make meeting productive and fun
. Make calls personable and intentional
. Leave meeting with closure and action items
. Resolve issues
. Clarifying ambiguity
. Ask questions
. Inform stakeholder

Risk Analysis How to Analyze Risks on Your Project - Project Management Training

Here is the link.

Analyze = examine methodically in detail

Why analyze risk?

1. Avoid litigation
2. Address regulatory issues
3. C...
4. Reduce expense
5 Minimize impact

What is Project Risk Control?

Here is the link.

What is project risk control?

Scope, time, cost
Triple constant


risk control

Identifying risks

Documenting risks, evaluating risks, planning risk

Project Risk Management: Turning High Risk Projects Into High Success Stories

Here is the link.

Project Management: How to Manage Multiple Projects

Here is the link.

Managing multiple projects

3 tips for successful project planning
1. Defined in detail & resources as required
2. Setup for tracking progress
3. Managed for dependencies


1. Not tracking dependencies
2. Resources milestones critical resources
3. Overlapping milestones of critical resources
3. Shifting critical resources to higher priority projects
4. Unrealistic deadlines
5. Updating & rebaselining plans
6. Conflicting priorities of incentives

How to Motivate Your Project Management Team

Here is the link.

How to motivate your team

4 tips
1. See realistic targets
2. Measure performance
3. Celebrate success
4. Know your team

Improving Your Project Management Communication

Here is the link.

Project Communication Plan: Key To Effective Communication In Projects

Here is the link.

How to Be a Great Leader: Project Management

Here is the link.

1. Current centered
2. Aware & mindful
3. Create solutions
4. Analyze facts
5. Evaluate risks
6. Generate urgency
7. Use insights
8. Motivate people
9. Achieve results

7 Work Habits You Need to Succeed - Project Management Training

Here is the link.

Direct impact on your chances of career success

What you read
Whether you exercise
How you communicate
How you organize
How you eat
Who you associate

1. Be coachable - take cristicism well
2. Don't gossip or blame
3. Be a problem solver
4. Be dependable
5. Build in a buffer to allow time
6. Be prepared not to know everything
7. Use your phone accordingly

A few helpful tips
1. Treat as a habit - set a goal, measure & track 21 days
2. Use checklist
3. Track tasks with software
4. Engage an accountability partner
5. Check-in
6. Use apps (Breathe)
7. Cancel distractions ()

5 Reasons Why You Should Get Into Project Management

Here is the link.

1. Lead people
2. Influence others
3. Drive results
4. Effect change
5. Impact causes

Success keys:
1. Love learn
2. Trust yourself
3. Respect others
4. Seek progress

1. Advance career
2. Increase pay
3. Change a perspective
4. Change a life

If "You" are good at
- Managing projects & leading teams
- Getting results & work with people

Idiot's Guide To Project Management (For Dummies As Well)

Here is the link.

Should do

1. Create task list
2. Identify dependencies
3. Assign people
4. Set due date
5. Document
6. Track time/ budget

How to Deliver a Great Presentation: Project Management

Here is the link.

How to deliver a great presentation

Preparation -> presentation -> Follow-up
"Before"          "During"           "After"

1. Expectations
2. Research
3. Professional material

Project Management: How to Manage Team's Performance

Here is the link.

Managing your team's performance

7 tips to set everyone for success

1. Set targets
2. Conduct reviews - regular, scheduled
3. Provide feedback - two way, how can I support
4. Track performance - Metrics, measure what you want to improve
5. Celebrate success - milestones, special,
6. Reward team -   Behavior - team vs hero, team members and coach (not hero)
7. Release / Bench poor performance - bad apple

Managing - supporting, fuel, energize ...

How to Write a Business Case - Project Managment Training

Here is the link.

Business case

Business case not a briefcase

Strategy, goals - business acuman

Business cases

What steps to put one together

1. Research market, competition
2. Compare & Finalize & Approach
3. Compile data & present strategies,
4. Document


Execute summary

How to Carry Out a Project Without Wasting Time

Here is the link.

Your work

Top 3 Business Skills for Project Managers

Here is the link.


an ability and capacity

Top 3

Business acumen
Strategic planning

Secrets to a Great Project Management Resume - Project Management Training

Here is the link.

Job opening


1. make it easy for the resume ...
2. Highlight "Their needs'
3. Demonstrate how you help your customer - 'your brand'
4. Keep resum (and, linkedin) up to date
5. Use keywords (Their language)
6. Be short, clear & concise (Get to the point)
7. Quantify your impact of size of projects
8. Include awards & unique interests
9. ...

Leadership Challenges - Project Management Training

Here is the link.


Led a group of people towards achieving a common goal.


Challenges of the leader

Leadership vs management

Lack of development

Lack of support

Challenging environment

Personal limitations
- Fear of failure
- Lack of confidence


. MicroManage
. Fail to support
. Unable to make decisions
. Avoid hard conversations
. Get defensive

How to adjust
. Clarify or Adjust Role
. Embrace feedback
. Know what value you bring to the table
. Create a development plan
. Set goals
. Role play
. Set a vision for your group
. Delegate

Leadership vs Management, What's the Difference? - Project Management Training

Here is the link.

Top 10 leadership skills

1. communication
2. motivation
3. delegation
4. positivity
5. trustworthy
6. creativity
7. feedback
8. responsible
9. commitment
10. flexibility


What is measured get improved - Peter F, Druker

top 10 management skills

1. interpersonal skills
2. communication
3. motivation
4. organization
5. delegation
6. forward planning
7. strategic thinking
8. problem solving
9. commercial awareness
10. mentoring

Top 5 Leadership Theories - Project Management Training

Here is the link.

1. Transformational

2. Leader-member exchange
. In-group member
. Out-group members

3. Adaptive
- leader
- adaptive challenges

4. Strengths - based

5. Servant

How To Know When It's Time To Quit Your Job - Project Management Training

Here is the link.

If you are asking
1. Reset
2. New options
3. A plan
4. An advocate

What happens?
. Bored
. Lost
. No enthusiasm
. Depressed
. Stuck
. Frustrated
. Stagnant

What are some signs?

What stops us from Action?
- Fear
- Lack of vision
- Lack of goals of plan to get there

How to move forward?
- use a process

Where are you now -> path -> where to go next

1. Create a vision (picture)
2. Set goals (what by when)
3. Make a plan
4. Take action

What are success keys?

. Accountability partner
. Monitor & track progress
. Celebrate milestone

Things to caution?
- Don't repeat the same thing
Do more of what you love

Project Management: How to Run Team Meetings

Here is the link.

Top Deliverables in Project Management

Here is the link.

What To Do When Your Project Is Over Budget

Here is the link.

Your First Step as a Project Manager - Project Management

Here is the link.

1. Get organized
2. Solicit support
3. Identify Go To People
4. Know your team/ stakeholders/ Customers
5. Set expectations
6. Get involved
    Linkedin groups
    Project mgmt groups
7. Implement systems - tools, templates

Mobilize/ Socialize / Globalize

Good vs Bad Project Managers - Project Management

Here is the link.

Good vs Bad project managers

13 ares to evaluate of yourself

1. professional development/ certifications
2. Conscious & Aware
3. Mentors/ Mentees
4. Rleationships
5. Social -> online/ offline
6. Mobile
8. Collabortive
9. Decisive
10. Resolvte


"Project management" is tablestakes

You are using Baseline
- Best practices
. Tools
. Templates
. Training

Top 10 Project Management Responsibilities - Project Management Training

Here is the link.

Weekly project status
Overall project status
Stakeholder summary


. Make meeting productive and fun
. Make calls personable and intentional
. Leave meetings with closure and action items
. Resolve issues
. Clarify ambiguity
. Ask questions
. Inform stake holders

Business Ethics 101: What is It & Why Does it Matter? - Project Management Training

Here is the link.

Business ethics 101: What is it & why does it matter?


How this can be applied to project management for high probability of successful project:
  Characteristic of values that most people associate w/ ethical behavior:
1. Honesty - do not deliberately mislead/ device.
2. Integrity - are not unscrupulous
3. Promise keeping - do not create justifications foreseeing ...
Plan -> Execute -> Monitor -> Control -> stop

Tips to include:

Saturday, August 24, 2019

Why Projects Fail: Top 10 Reasons For Project Failure

Here is the link.

1. Unaligned expectations
2. Implemented before project approved / based lined
3. Inexperienced or untrained resources
4. Inadequate systems
5. Unaccessible systems
6. Team conflict
7. "Us" vs "Them" mentality
8. Misaligned resources
9. Switching priorities
10. Uncontrolled scope

Solution -> project management software

9 Project Management Time Wasters

Here is the link.

9 "Time waters" that kill time management and derail projects


"Add" up

1. Discipline
2. Priorities
3. Tools

Time wasters

- Internet, email,
- Distractions
- Calls
- Unplanned meetings
- Administration
- Travel

1. Discipline
2. Priorities
3. Tools

How to Work Smarter Not Harder

Here is the link.

. Abilities
. Boundaries
. Calendar
. Mentors/ mentees
. Processes
. Question


How to Improve Your Emotional Intelligence at Work - Project Management Training

Here is the link.

Domain and competencies

Social awareness
Relationship management


Leads to ___
1. Increase leadership ability & improve decision making

How to improve
1. Self
Improve emotional self-control
. Don't explode when things don't go your way
. Don't take credit for everything
. Don't brag about how good you are.

2. Others
Improve empathy
. Be aware of other's emotions
. Detect when someone is shutdown or upset
. Leverage when resolving team conflict.