Author Archives: Christopher Lam

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First Principles: Big Talk

What makes a question “Big Talk” as opposed to “Small Talk”? Universal – Any human could answer it Meaningful – thought provoking Open ended – elicts a story (not just yes or no) Examples of this: What do you spend too much time doing? What is a new habit you want to form? Where do […]

7 ways to Make Conversations with Anyone

Conversations last approximately 20 mins. In 20 mins, I have to convince to excite, to engage, to leave the conversation with a smile on your face. How do you talk to strangers? The First Word Flood Gates: Just say the first words. A simple one will do. ‘Hello’. Who knows what they will say and […]

For those like me who have no idea what to do with their life

Have you ever noticed how some people are practically born knowing what they’d like to do for the rest of their lives? Well, maybe they’re not born knowing, but they know from a very early age. It’s as if they were genetically and instinctively predisposed towards a certain path in life. It just makes sense […]

Australian startup resources – investors, coworking spaces, books

Over the past few weeks, there has been some awesome resources shared by the community. We want to ensure that there is a record so that they can be found, used and maintained by the community. Hat tip to angel investor Rayn Ong for the suggestion. The reason is that we can level up by […]

7 Insights from Love & Responsibility

Utilitarian attitudes weaken the foundation of friendships Utilitarianism affects the way we live out our relationships. We view our relationships in terms of how useful this person in achieving my goals, or in terms of how “fun” I will have. In practice, this means we fail to commit. For example, if we are invited to a […]

Why Chant is good, true and beautiful

“Lo, who has not been startled a thousand times by the accents of this grave music, whose severe char­acter, nevertheless, animates itself with the fires of passion and throws the soul, enlarged, into a reli­gious reverie a thousand times more inebriating than the imposing voices of the great waters of which the Scriptures speak? Who […]