To: Aspiring Leaders of Tomorrow,

It is election season. Some of you have found your resolve to step up. Some of you are still thinking about it. Some of you wonder if you are up for the task. No matter who you are, I wish to tell you, your thoughts and hopes are all valid. In this letter to you, I wish to convey some thinking pointers you as an aspiring leader might wish to consider in your pitch to lead the team to greater heights. When you sign up for the jobs in the team, you are signing up…

Sleep was hard to come by in the evening as I breathed heavily to capture as much oxygen into my lungs. I was still adjusting to altitude. At 3am, the first batch of climbers began leaving the bunks to begin their summit push. I walked into the dining area, meditating, wondering what my push would be like in a few hours. At 7am, I had my breakfast with Giovanni and the other group from my climb —father-son pair, John and Joe. We strapped on our gear and walked out the hut gingerly ready for come what may. …

We got off the bus at Chamonix, greeted by bright sunshine and the magnificent Mont Blanc. From the bottom, you can spot the massive crevasses in the glacier formations leading up to a puffy white top. Glancing down at my Mont Blanc watched inscribed with 4810, my heart filled up with a quiet joy. This was not a deliberate pilgrimage by any means though. In May, when my mate Richard texted me and proposed that we embark on a Mont Blanc expedition, I agreed readily. For to see Mont Blanc in real life and challenge it was like a dream…

University is a formative time. I think many of my peers came thinking that they were exchanging their time and gold for a piece of paper that functioned as a ticket to the good life. However, not many in my encounters have defined what is the good life for themselves. Each person has unique preferences and gifts, this naturally means what is a good life is different for each of us. Its shape and form is up to us to define. Therefore, the definition of the good life has been something that I have working on to define for myself…

A Photo Essay Part One: 4 Years in London, United Kingdom (Culture & Home)

I first came to London in 2015, all starry eyed. I was here for university. I came not knowing what King’s College London was and what English culture might be. I was under the false impression that I would be living amongst a predominantly white culture whose primary diet composed of scones, tea and fish & chips. To learn that London is a vibrant international melting pot came as a huge culture shock. I came to learn about the ways of enterprise design through my course…

Finding quality ideas is my business as an aspiring entrepreneur. This means that the insight I derive from my readings need to be different from the ordinary person. For greatness is often hidden in plain sight, and innovation is just right around the corner. This article is a meditation on finding a method on how to sift quality ideas from the noise.

How we feel most of the time

Anyone reading the news would have had this feeling at one point or another. We might be reading news, but, none of it is new. We are no better off than we were before. We are not gaining…

Meditations — In Defence of Philosophy Training through the lens of Building Teams

As a philosophy student, we often get asked what is the value of our training? Is this air fairy cotton candy? Why should an employer value a philosophy student? Why do some teams make it to greatness and others don’t?

In this meditation, I shall use the force of logic to explain how we use values as axioms to build complex models of coordination that enable teams to go beyond their initial smallness. A key secret, which I have also learnt is that most people never discover…

Recently, I completed my final university exam. With it came with a couple days of celebration, and also my entry into adulting. At the centre of my journey thus far is the the quest for purpose. It is journey that you and I have been on. Some find it faster than others, while some never find it at all. It affects the quality of our lives and influences how we live it.

Purpose is the WHY that guides our action, that functions as the yardstick to measure personal success and failure, that sustains our energy driving us towards tomorrow. It…

Its the morning of Friday 24 April 2019, the team received an email from the competition organisers that our google slides were not working. A minor setback. I arrived at the competition venue at 2pm to run through the works and set up for the 3pm start. As it drew closer, our competition began to stream in from New York and take their places in the London office. I flipped the team sheets that described each teams idea and member bios. My heart was pumped. The other teams were made of excellent people. The MBAs had work experience at major…

KCL Blockchain was founded by Jun Ming Yong, Aleksi Halttunen and Pablo Solanas Martin in 2017. It was built as a way for students to get involved with emerging technology — Blockchain. Where relevant, the team should consider expanding the emerging technology mandate.

Through iteration and evolution — the current vision of the entire team is to enable each student, regardless of interest or background, to discover their interests to a high level. This is accomplished by two things. Firstly, the team helps students build portfolio to share with employers. …

Yong Jun Ming

Aspiring Entrepreneur/Blockchain Enthusiast/Friend

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