Streets of Sapporo

Streets of Sapporo

I tripped over to Japan for the third time in February of this year; yes I know this is a few months late. Besides just needing a holiday in general, I wanted to check out a new part of Japan, the island of Hokkaido, as well as see some new …

Book Review - Start With Why

In the past I've been dismissive of people who watch a lot of TED talks and then treat them as gospel. Last time I quizzed someone on a point they learned from a TED talk, they couldn't remember much beyond the main point the video was making (and I can't …

New Years Resolutions 2018

I set goals at the beginning of each year, to help keep some direction and track my progress. In this post I'm going to evaluate how I went for 2017 while setting new goals for the next year. Looking back on 2017 Travel to at least one new country - …

Learning Japanese - 1 Year In

Learning Japanese - 1 Year In

Previously I spoke about my experience after studying Japanese for 6 months. It's been a little over a year now, so I'm writing this update to reflect on my progress so far, what I've learned since the last post, and my plans for year 2. This is a long post, …

Grades don't matter

I've often heard - and said - that grades don't matter. What's interesting about this is that two people can both say 'Grades don't matter' and mean completely different things. What different things could they mean? This comes down to a distinction that I've only recently grasped in terms of …