“DOCUMENT, DON’T CREATE.”
Those are the exact words from the one and only, Gary Vaynerchuk. (Watch his video on ‘Document, Don’t Create’ here – To understand fully what it means) And those words are, in short, an inspiration for starting this blog.
DOCUMENT WHAT AND WHY?
So, what are we documenting, and why do we need to document? To answer that question, let me first introduce myself:
My name is Jonah de Leon, 20 years old and straight out of the Lioncity – Singapore. I’m currently pursuing a diploma in ‘Business Intelligence & Analytics’ at Temasek Polytechnic. My ambition is to be an entrepreneur. (Additionally, I consider myself a quasi Star Wars, Marvel, and DC geek.) I believe the journey to be an entrepreneur is not going to be easy, but one thing’s for sure: it will definitely be a memorable one. Experiences, people, self-improvement, self-discovery, and hustling – these are all part of the journey and the process to get closer toward my ambition. This blog will serve the purpose of documenting the process of learning and hustling.
The blog will touch on subjects like business, marketing, programming, data-science, technology, blockchain & cryptocurrency (possibly), self-development and snippets on student life.
In short, you can treat this blog like reading a diary of a hustler. (It’s my blog anyway, so I do what I want.)
WHAT’S IN IT FOR YOU?
So how can my writings bring value to you? Firstly, if you are a student, you might be interested or be able to relate to my student-life content. If you are a developer/data analyst or am aspiring to be one of those, you could learn some things from my findings, or teach me something along the way during my documented learning process. If you are a hustler, you might enjoy my content related to running businesses, opinions on cryptocurrencies, and self-development. For everyone else, you guys might be interested in my opinions on geeky hobbies.
Don’t get me wrong, I do not aim to teach anyone anything. I’m just documenting my journey with the interest of exchanging information to better each other individually. I do not aim to tell you what to do, I may not even be right on certain things. I’m just young, learning, and would wish to share my thoughts on certain subjects and ideas. Additionally, I’m more than glad to discuss and connect with people on content that I write about (Just hit me up on my social networks or my email in the ‘about’ page.).
MY GREATEST DESIRE
My biggest hope for this blog is that as you read it and observe my journey, it will get you thinking, reflecting, and inspired to be aware of the person you want to be, and the ambitions you want to pursue. As a millennial myself. I feel like I’ve seen too many of us wasting away the good in our lives. There is too much untapped potential and dreams that were not cultivated well enough. We waste time doing or worrying about things that will not benefit our future or our collective society; too many of us are bothered by the number of likes on Instagram, or chase after news on the Kardashians stealing each other’s maternity fashion styles. Even worst, we have generations trying to portray themselves as someone that they are not on social media just for attention.
Or maybe, we are scared. Scared to chase our dreams because we do not believe in ourselves. Maybe we blindly chase a goal not properly thought through because we feel the need to impress our grandmother’s cousin during Chinese New Year who told us we weren’t good enough in our life’s endeavors. Or maybe it’s not all that complicated – Maybe because we as millennials are too “simple and chill”. Without achieving anything, we hit the bars and the clubs on a weekly basis as though we had already earned our first million.
Do not misunderstand me, I’m young and love having fun too. However, I’m not going to say that I would wish to achieve my dreams and ambitions but spend all my time not investing in the skills needed to achieve them. If we truly want to get that above 3.8 GPA, that first million, or to simply do well in the things we love, I believe it will take discipline, hardwork, and sacrifices. We, as millennials, should not be a generation that rest our laurels on being born on the silver and golden plates of our parents. We need to learn to work hard and work smart.
To conclude, my wish for everyone reading the posts from here on out is to be self-aware; to be better people, and be happy with life. I believe everyone has a talent that can be groomed well to – not just benefit yourself – but the people around you. I am amidst writing my own story just like you and will be sharing them with you. I hope this story-in-progress will benefit you in any way possible. #stayhustling
As you become more clear about who you really are, you’ll be better able to decide what is best for you the first time around.
Shoutout to Arman from The Everyday People Of Singapore & my Uncle Joey, for their guidance, help, and for being my blog mentors.