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Luck Matters

Posted by C Moon on April 11, 2008

Mine Sweeper

I enjoy playing mine sweeper whenever I have some free time, even having recorded 110 seconds at the expert level (whose typical records are in the 130-140 range). Playing this game, you can learn one lesson: Luck matters. Even when one locates all the mines except one and faces the situation to choose between the last two boxes, one can slip at the last step, guessing the wrong one. The result is simple: one may fail to complete the game. Sadly, the same applies to our daily lives. Luck matters. But remember, taking a shot, even when it seems impossible, also matters. Even if one tries hard, one can be unlucky and meet with a failure. But if one does not try in the first place, one already failed in that task without even trying. Most college admission results have come out, and some may have been disappointing. Now it is time to get over them, saying that they were only bad lucks. At least, we were brave to take those challenges under uncertainty and won’t regret of not having attempted.

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Photo Credits: (1) “Mine Sweeper” by myself

(2) “good luck to you!” by cloud_nine on Flickr

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Choosing a Way of Life

Posted by C Moon on January 6, 2008

Recently, I’ve found this finance blog Mind Your Decisions by Presh Talwalkar, and am reading through its archives. Weirdly, the part that first grabbed my attention was not related to financing but the career decision of Mr. Talwalkar’s friend.

His current job had great compensation, good networking opportunities, and a promising career path with salary jumps roughly every five years. It would be hard to find a better paying job. On the other hand, the job was so demanding my friend found little time to exercise or even sleep. Ultimately, he chose to switch to a lower-paying job with a better lifestyle. What matters is not only the money he made, but his satisfaction at the end of the day. He made the right choice because did not only focus on money.

Over the summer, as an AP Literature assignment, I read Dr. Samuel Johnson’s The History of Rasselas, exploring true happiness. Well, maybe that is the reason why I got attracted to the text above. Money definitely “helps” one pursue his dreams, but money at a cost of life or humanity may not be worthwhile. If one has enough money to lead a comfortable and enjoyable life, why should one waste time in trying to earn more? Unless that is one’s ultimate goal, it will not give “happiness” to him. The career decision of Mr. Talwalkar’s friend makes us realize that we should be careful not to confuse the means with the goal.

The text above also makes me think about education. Education is a means to one’s ultimate goal. But, unfortunately, many seem to confuse one with the other. Many people aim to enter prestigious colleges with no consideration for their career goals, or their life dreams. In Korea, one cannot change his major once he declares it when applying to the college. It is not hard to hear about students who initially entered prestigious colleges with pre-declared majors unrelated to their interests, and later re-took Korean SAT again to enter colleges with pre-declared majors of their interests. (In Korea, one has to declare major or college at the time of university application. Oddly, most applicants select their majors and colleges, considering the selection ratio or the chances of being admitted to the “university” of their choice rather than the “major” or “college” of their choice.)

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Photo Credits: “This Way” by hlkljgk on Flickr

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