How to cool down and understand negative feelings

Did it ever occur to you why people get angry? frustrated? feel helpless and all these other negative emotions? It is mostly because of certain factors, at that time, that invoked those emotions. We all understand that, but most commonly people get trapped in those emotions that result in negative situations, and thus a negative … Continue reading How to cool down and understand negative feelings

Things you want to observe and learn as a foreign new grad in a Japanese company

One of my dear friends in Japan is graduating this April, and is seeking some advice on what to do and what to learn after entering the company he'll work for after his graduation. My general advice is to observe, engage, and learn. We can separate the learning process into two categories; tangibles and non-tangibles. Hence, … Continue reading Things you want to observe and learn as a foreign new grad in a Japanese company

Why I won the speech contest

"次はアーリフ・ムタズさんです。「名前珍しいですね!」というタイトルです" (Next up is Mutaz Arif, the title is "your name is pretty rare!") The hall went silent. More than 100 pair of eyes are starring at me as I steadily walk toward the podium. I momentarily give no shit about the audience and setup my iPad and the mic so I can have a … Continue reading Why I won the speech contest

Thoughts about the get better mindset – My experience in High School in the US

I wrote this article after I just got off watching this great and important video for Heidi Grant Halvorson in 99u. (that was back in March 2015) Heidi Grant Halvorson: The Incredible Benefits of a "Get Better" Mindset She was talking about “be good mindsets” and “get better mindset”. Summarizing those will be as follow: - be good … Continue reading Thoughts about the get better mindset – My experience in High School in the US