One thing I learned from MBA

Reflecting what I had actually learned throughout my MBA courses… there’s one thing that strikes me quite hard, and that is… I may not be able to fit in the corporate world.

Everyday, you will see people “acting” as someone else, either pleasing their bosses to the max while neglecting their peers or direct reports, only work for self interest and not the company’s best interest, or finding ways to make themselves look better than the rest.

Sorry but I can’t do any of those, and I can’t force myself to work with people of such. At some point along the way I will get pissed and confront them. Some say I’m not mature, some say I should just follow the flow, some say I should be part of them. But I just can’t, I simply can’t go against my basic human principle.

Bureaucracy, ass kissing, politics. Hated them to the max, and yet that’s how most people got to climb to the top, and that culture will then spread and instil in the company just like cancer. But as people choose to embrace it, the whole company will become rotten and those who don’t play by their rules will eventually leave.

There are two ways for me to distill this situation. Either I remain as a nobody, don’t rise to the top in my career, just do my job and do it very well and don’t get me involve in any of those shits as I’m not interested in it; or I make it to the top and start to make a change? It will probably be hard as I never play by their rules.

Perhaps leaving the corporate world is the best solution for me? I wonder…

It’s finally the end… or perhaps a new beginning

Yes, finally the classes for my part time MBA course has ended. A sense of relief for sure, after 18 months of intense & tiring program, I’m glad that it’s finally came to an end. “I’ve made it through!” is what I would like to shout out loud in my heart, but I think I’m so exhausted that I can only just trying my best to catch my breath. Anyway, I still have elective class and that will only officially end in January.

So after 18 months, what had I learned? A little bit of everything, to be precise. I was really hoping for a little more than that for sure, but it is what it is. Now the important part is to take some time and reflect back all that I learned, making sense from them, and hopefully put some of the knowledge and skills into good use in the future.

So what’s next? Well, I’m not expecting MBA to change a whole lot of things. It’s not like now I’m much better than others or can straight away become manager or CEO to lead a company. MBA will not provide that to you despite what the marketing material said. Although classes have ended, I will probably still be busy for the next couple of months as I try to relook into my career and decide what to do next.

Of course it’s not all stressful, finally I have the time to start reading more, catching up on all the movies and series I missed, head out and shoot pictures, hangout with friends and so on. Recharge, reform, regroup and getting myself ready for the next challenge, that’s probably it. Wish me luck. Till then.

There’s an app for that!

Yup, there’s an app to measure the length, an app for compass, an app to check level and so on. This has been the selling point for both Apple and Google when it comes to pushing for people to adopt their mobile platform (iOS and Android). Apps… millions of apps for people to buy, to download, to use them to enhance their daily life, to improve efficiency… the list goes on.

But I feel like there are just too many apps that does single purpose, and they are very messy, making my phone cluttered with apps. So many apps, so many storage space used, but do they really make your life better? Are there apps that are right there in you phone but yet you have never use them before?

I used to use a few apps to edit photos with my phone. I’ll use VSCO for applying colour preset as a base, then I’ll go to Snapseed to do other adjustment, then maybe to other apps for other purposes. Along the way, these apps do add in additional features borrowed from other apps, hence I’m using less apps in my workflow. Eventually, I had deleted all the other apps and only left using Lightroom CC on my mobile devices, especially after the recent update with custom preset included.

I felt that there’re certainly a lot can be done in order to streamline the user experience of using apps. For example, measuring app, level, compass, unit conversion etc. can be grouped into one app, as all of them serve literally the same purpose: to measure something. Same goes for photography related apps, a lot functions can be consolidated into the same app, hence reducing the need to hop around different apps to get things done.

Streamlining things… an approach for minimalist, and something I preferred. Hopefully one day I can have a phone with little clutter on screen, thanks to the developers for consolidating and simplify the apps.

The constant change

I can still recall when I was young, I’m poor and can’t afford a lot of things. Despite frequently checking out on the latest technology related to PC, I still can’t own one. When finally there’s a PC in my home, I immediately stripped it off, look for things I can add to it to “enhance” it. Things like graphic card or audio card were easy target, but because I’m poor, I will settle for lower end stuffs and be happy with it.

As time passed by, I started working and at least I have a little more freedom financially. At this point of time, my mindset has changed a little. “Good enough” or “cheaper replacement” were no longer an option. If I’m going to buy something, it’s going to be “the best”, it’s going to be a complete package that I can just use out of the box. That’s the period where I will save hard to buy pricey items and gears.

Fast forward to now, something about me has changed once again. Do I still look for the best? Well, yes and no. Now it’s more important whether something can complement into my life or lifestyle than say… whether it’s the latest and the best. Now, more often than ever, I will think twice or thrice before making a purchase even though it’s something that I can afford. I wonder why, but I guess there’s something to do with myself, my mindset, as I aged, as I changed, as I lived, something within me has changed slowly and steadily.

When I look back and compare, it’s funny to see how I have changed so far. Am I getting better or worse? Well, I’m not so sure, perhaps only time will tell. Maybe this is part of my discovery journey to become a minimalist myself. Who knows?

On “Spraying” and “Backup”

Had a good chat the other day with this old man who bought over one of my lens. He has a shooting style that’s similar to me. We shoot mainly landscape and streets, and we chatted about the lenses, the locations, the setups and so on.

We talked about the habit of spray and pray. “Come to think of it, it’s crazy when I saw my friends just shoot 10 frames on the same subject, same composition, and then go home and pick the one “decisive moment” picture… for which they looked the same to me anyway.” There will always be those who just spray, well, technically speaking if you are shooting sports or actions, is kinda unavoidable to shoot in burst just to make sure you get both focus and composition right for one of the frame, even more so if it’s a paid shoot. But for hobbyists like you and me… it’s indeed a little too much.

The other thing we chatted about is on backup. “Do you backup everything from your memory card and keep storing them like forever, and then giving reasons saying that one day you might come back and re-edit some of those?” I must admit I’m sort of guilty on this. When I get pictures imported into lightroom, I’ll edit whatever pictures that I wanted and just leave the rest as it is and dumped them into my backup drive. Perhaps I should really start looking into improving my workflow, rate pictures accordingly and delete those that are not rated. There’s really no point for keeping pictures that you know is not good to begin with.

It’s nice to talk to others once awhile to learn about how they manage their workflow and how they view photography. Now I’ll need to take some of those best practices and incorporate them into my habit. Till then.