Starting with Why

Ok, there is no particular reason why I decided to do a blog. I used this title only because it sounded smart.

I always read as a kid. I read all types of books and loved the encyclopedia collection at my house. I read all the children’s psychology books my parents bought so I could out-smart them. In college, I read to improve my English. During my first 10 years at work I read because I REALLY needed to improve my English working with the US team, plus there was so much to learn, plus my boss was a verocious reader and I hate to lose (the competition was in my head).

Since 2014 I started to post these reads more systematically on facebook. After all these years I constantly get questions like
“Why don’t you start a book club?”
“Why don’t you write a blog?”


However, I love it when someone says that the post inspires them, when it gives them a new perspective, when it challenges their thoughts, when it motivates them to read, or when someone asks me to recommend certain books. I noticed that there are a lots of good books that aren’t translated into Chinese. I thought translation was the answer but kept on failing to get a first book to translate.

After the last failed attempt to win the translation rights of a book by an awesome business person. The author asked me “Why don’t you start your own bookclub or podcast?”

His enthusiasm made me realize that I have already over 400 posts. The content is there and I just have to keep sharing like I always did.

So here we are.

I’m starting the site with around 300 old posts and hopefully organized that it’s easy to find articles. The posts are bilingual but mostly in Chinese. Maybe more English content in the future when my writing gets better.

I don’t know know where this will lead to.

Then, this quote from one of my top 10 reads of 2016 came to mind

“So that morning in 1962 I told myself: Let everyone else call your idea crazy . . . just keep going. Don’t stop. Don’t even think about stopping until you get there, and don’t give much thought to where “there” is. Whatever comes, just don’t stop.” — Phil Knight, Shoe Dog

Just do it.

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