2 questions from Goodreads

Q: What’s the best thing about being a writer?

A: I didn’t think that I’ll become an author one day like this. The more I write, the more I think I’m suitable for the career. And it needs to go through 20 years or so in the workforce, before I can have an enough depth to write stuff. The great thing for me is that I can write naturally and smoothly turning from thoughts to words.

Q: What’s your advice for aspiring writers?

A: I learned that only 1% of us can finally publish a book. Author career is not suitable for everyone, certainly. So, if you think you want to pursue author career, I would suggest you first to get a lot of experience at work, in life in relevant areas that you want to write about. Secondly, you need to start writing small chunk, regularly, before you can become a real author. Start with journal, blog. Write it regularly on a weekly basis. Your “muscles” would be stronger day by day till it turns you to be an author before you know it.

Refer to my Goodreads profile here for more information: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/19538740.Viet_Hung

My very first English book is available now

Released on Thanksgiving Day 2019 (US time)

Last week, my very first English book called The Happiness Journal, was published on Thanksgiving Day 2019, through Amazon. It’s now available in Kindle format only. The paperback would be out in 1-2 months. I think it would be a great gift to everyone on this occasion of the year, the moments of emotions, the moments of celebration, the moments of family, the moments of wishes, the moments of praying, the moments of planning, and yes, the moments of happiness. Ultimately, we are all seeking for happiness. Yet, are we steering on the right path? I wish we all are.

The more I grow up during the course of my happiness journey, the more I realize that on the theory / concept side, happiness is very simple. Yet it’s so hard to “implement” it into our life. I think that it’s not just me struggling in finding and realizing it… But many of us out there would share with me those challenges on your own happiness journey.

Well, I’m not native English speaker. Much of the content in this book is translated from Vietnamese blog posts, all by myself. I am using a very simple English, as I don’t want it to be complicated with too many complex vocabularies. Sometimes, you would find a few common, simple and repeated grammar issues, usually made by foreigners. I hope you understand why it is so.

I think being my authentic voice is important. I hope it would be like I am having a direct conversation with you, telling you the stories of my life and my happiness. I am a big fan of a book named Mindfulness in plain English, a great book for any meditators. From that book, I have learned the idea that if you can’t use simple and plain English to explain things you know, you fail. As you may not have an in-depth understanding of things. That’s how I would challenge myself to be simple once using vocabularies and wording in this book.

With all of the stories in this book that I’ve written in the past 10 years, sharing about my own life, I hope you would get a lot of inspiration, a lot of suggestions, a lot of energy from reading through the stories of my life and so. All are to be more energetic, more courage, more patient, more discipline, more open, more compassion to move forward with your happiness journey. Thanksgiving time is the great time for you to pause and to think what would make you happy and how you get closer to your happiness, agreed?

Get the book and read https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07XRB7CV4!

#beHATT

This hash tag is from the book. It is “be happy all the time”, a birthday wish for me from my lovely daughter. And now, I use it as the wish for everyone.

P.S. I self-published the book and I’m thankful for the power of technology and flat world nowadays. I really felt it, once a self-publishing author from Vietnam can go global like this.

Choose to become a contributor. Period.

“Society, family, and company, they all really need people who can contribute – contributors. Also, it’s only them, the contributors, who can blow the air of energy and success along with meaningful achievements for society, family, and company that they are with.”

From The Happiness Journal

Be a contributor, fully. Then, success and happiness would follow…

I never thought that I would become an author one day. Surprisingly, the more I sit down and write, the more I find myself very into that career of a writer. The excerpt above is from my very first English book called “The Happiness Journal” which is the English version of Tản mạn về Hạnh phúc, my first ever published book!

I hope I can release “The Happiness Journal” around Thanksgiving time, a meaningful and emotional time of the year… You can find more about the book from this link.
#beHATT

“The myth is stronger than the truth…”

Got this meaningful lyrics once listening on the way to a cafe appointment this morning.

The myth is stronger than the truth, and the truth can sometimes lie

To see it all for what it was, you need an uncorrupted eye

Was the journey worth it, only time will tell

The Beat Hotel | Allan Taylor

What would you say? Yes, we are usually overwhelmed by those myths. They seem much stronger and bigger than the truth. And there comes the fear, deriving from the myth – the unknown. Although, most of the time, it is unreal fear.

It’s like a trap for all of us in this world. Fear comes from what we don’t know, from the truth we haven’t known. And because of the lack of known, it keeps haunting us and building more fear in us. Paradoxically, at the same time, we’re kinda addicted to mysteriousness. Then, it would help to strengthen the trap more and more.

Continue reading ““The myth is stronger than the truth…””

The Happiness Journal

Synopsis

This self-help book is a daily guide to happiness. Author Viet Hung shares life experiences with suggestions to thrive and to be happy. What is the meaning of life? Are we living, or just existing? Are we living for ourselves or only for others? What would make you happy? Each day, choose a short inspirational piece to read from this journal to improve positive thinking, mindfulness, and your own future outcomes to thrive in life.

#2 in Personal Success & Spirituality

#3 in Person Success in Bussiness

Amazon Best Seller Rank

Editorial Reviews

The Happiness Journal is designed to be savored in small doses. It’s a simple book that will leave readers feeling refreshed and uplifted with every “sip.”

Blueink Review

Incisive observations on happiness drawn from Eastern philosophy.

Kirkus Reviews

Author Viet Hung’s perspective as a Vietnamese businessman adds a unique spin to THE HAPPINESS JOURNAL, and his earnest and easy to engage with writing style and use of QR codes to expand the impact of the book is both inventive and effective.

Indie Reader

An engaging collection of astute observations. The cumulative effect is feeling a sense of peace and hope – if not outright happiness than a real sense of potential for appreciating what life has to offer, and avoiding those things that bring it down, so the book is successful in its intent. Anyone seeking advice and comfort, whether for currently arising challenges or a general sense of longing for a more peaceful path, will benefit from Hung’s well-considered, sensible, and stimulating selections.

Self-Publishing Review

“The Happiness Journal” by Viet Hung is definitely the most reliable source of warding off all the burdens of a depressed and worried mind. It acts like a tranquilizer and heals the mind more than a prescribed dose of a tranquilizer might ever do. The book in itself is a well-established rehabilitation center, it shows us the way towards a life full of all the meanings that we wouldn’t be able to explore otherwise.

Reedsy Discovery

Get one copy for yourself and start reading. You can read in any order. Every “sip” have its own meaning. Good luck!

Audio Book

You can listen to my book from one of the following stores:

Dedication

This book is for anyone who is burdened by worries, fears, or insecure feelings that may be blocking their path toward happiness. I hope my experiences during the past twenty years, as both a professional and an entrepreneur will bring you inspiration and useful suggestions. 

You can use these thoughts to find your own direction and live a noble, confident, and fulfilling life to the fullest extent –  a happy life.

Continue reading “The Happiness Journal”

Birthday wishes from Nhon to Mom in 2018

It’s amazingly surprised reading through the words from a 9 years old girl, our lovely Nhon, writing to mom on her birthday. I can’t say much, but to learn a lot from the sentences and to respect my little girl…

Teaching That Changes Lives: 12 Mindset Tools for Igniting the Love of Learning

I have read Change the question, change your life before and even bough quite a few paperback copies to use as gifts for my friend. And now, I read this book. I would agree that this simple yet powerful Choice map can change lives, not just for students, but also for adults. I myself many time run into Judger mode and if I don’t get out soon enough, it creates more troubles for me later on. The same principles can apply for building great corporate culture which I’m very keen on to share with everyone from that perspective. Certainly, I’ll ask my 10 year old daughter to read this book and I’m sure she’ll grow herself into a better person and can use Choice map as a base for her growth in the future as well.

Happiness Journey: A Balanced Life, A Happy Life

For quite awhile, I didn’t write any blog post in English. Here comes one… Also, for years, I haven’t published any new slide to Slideshare. And here comes the one.

I believe the ultimate goal of any one of us is happiness pursuit. However, we usually lose that goal once we live through our lives. A happy life is quite simple, yet need a lot of courage, discipline, wisdom to “attain” that happy life. By sharing my thoughts here, I hope it can help you to live a happier life. Good luck!

This talk was recorded last year, once I came out and shared my thoughts at a public HR event in Saigon.

Oops… forgot to mention that there are too many laws of nature that certainly we can’t learn all. The most important one for happiness is how our mind is working. Focusing on the right one matters.

P.S. Be warned though… Many people felt stressed after listening to this. As my thoughts are quite different from them. I do hope it can give you more of suggestion that way.

P.S.1. You can find the audio only version below.

Hãy thư giãn | Let’s relax!

Hãy tự thưởng cho bạn những phút giây bình yên quí giá. Đơn giản là bạn chỉ cần tìm một nơi yên tĩnh và theo hướng dẫn trong đoạn thu âm sau.

Tiếng Việt

Reward yourself those peaceful moments which are invaluable for free. Simply find a quiet place and follow the script here.

(English script)

Forget the 80 million, start with one | Maggie Doyne

Bumped into this moving and inspirational story today through LinkedIn. Suggest you must learn this story, not so that you can be like her (to build orphan house, which I don’t have any rejection if you can do it), but at least you start to find a wakeup inner calling for yourself. To bring you to the place where you want to be, in this very life. Her suggestion is very very valid. And her story is the proof, great proof of her suggestion. My tear started bursting out at 1:19 with her. Thanks for a great, beautiful story, Maggie. And wish you all the best with your children, Maggie Doyne.

Enjoy the weekend, everyone.

Hai con chó sói

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Image source: https://wolvesonline.com/tag/breeding-pair/

Tôi tình cờ đọc được câu chuyện dân gian của người Cherokee (một tộc người thổ dân Bắc Mỹ) đầy ý nghĩa này. Thấy câu chuyện quá ý nghĩa, nên tôi dịch sang tiếng Việt ở đây để có thể chia sẻ đến với mọi người. Phiên bản gốc tiếng Anh ở bên dưới nhé.

Hai con chó sói

Một cụ già người Cherokee dạy người cháu của cụ về cuộc sống. “Có một trận chiến đang diễn ra ở bên trong con người của ông”, cụ nói với người cháu trai.

“Một cuộc chiến kinh khủng con ạ, giữa hai con chó sói. Một bên là con chó sói của quỉ dữ… đó là hiện thân của giận dữ, sự thèm muốn, đố kị, sự khổ đau, nuối tiếc, lòng tham, sự kiêu ngạo, tự ti, cảm giác tội lỗi, sự thấp kém, dối trá, sự tự hào một cách giả dối, tự cao, tự đại và hiện thân của một cái tôi (tự ngã) to lớn.” Ông tiếp tục: “Con sói kia là một con sói tử tế. Nó là hiện thân của niềm vui, sự bình an, sự yêu thương, hy vọng, sự thanh thản, khiêm tốn, sự tử tế, tấm lòng nhân từ, rộng lượng, sự cảm thông, rộng rãi, chân lý, lòng trắc ẩn, và niềm tin.

Ở bên trong con người con cũng như bao người khác, ai cũng có cùng một cuộc chiến như thế đang xảy ra trong mỗi một giây phút.”

Người cháu suy nghĩ về lời dạy trong chốc lát và sau đó hỏi ông: “Vậy thì con sói nào sẽ chiến thắng?”

Người ông đáp một cách đơn giản: “Con sói mà con cho nó ăn.”

Vâng, chúng ta không thể đổ lỗi cho ai trong cuộc sống này về những gì chúng ta đang phải gánh chịu hoặc tận hưởng. Chính thức ăn tâm hồn mà chúng ta nạp vào hàng ngày là yếu tố quyết định cho những gì mỗi một chúng ta xứng đáng được hưởng ngay tại thời điểm bây giờ cũng như mai sau. Continue reading “Hai con chó sói”

Happiness starts with the definition of it

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After starting to viral this question “What would make you happy?“, I have received quite many answers on the first day. It’s very exciting reading all the answers. One young person has responded as below.
“Be, just be, being myself, be a part of this universe… Just be, nothing more, nothing less… So then I can experience everything that life can / has to offer.”
From a young person between 22-30.

Wonderful, don’t you agree? Do you have your own answer? If you do, fill in the form as  commitment for your own happiness. There are a few notes here:

  • There is no such right or wrong answer to this question. The answer is for yourself to experience, for your own happiness.
  • If you haven’t had the answer, start searching one for yourself and start stepping on your happiness journey.
  • Being able to articulate the answer to this question is really a great step to commit to live up to the values that you think it would bring you happiness. Continue reading “Happiness starts with the definition of it”

What would make you happy?

I’m curious to learn about what would make you happy? From everyone in this world, every continent, every ethnic, every country. I’m curious to see the data that can come out from that. So, I put the survey here, a simple one. And hope you can be open, comfortable enough to submit the answer of what would make you happy.

By just answering this question, I am positive that you’re steering one step forward to your real happiness in this life. If you don’t ask (for your happiness), there is no answer, I would say.

I would firstly aim to get 10k responses and find out from what I can see from the data and would present it to you in another post.

What would make you happy, tell me?

Great book: 13 things mentally strong people don’t do

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In order to become a great manager with effective leadership, we certainly need to invest a lot of time to… improve and develop ourselves first. I would say that’s always true. Whenever you stay still, not advancing yourself, that’s the moment you are really moving backward. As people are keep moving advance, once you stay still. As a leader, it’s even more critical for you to learn and experience more things to advance yourselves each and everyday. While it may sound a bit stressful, I believe this will give you more rewards than anything else can give you.

With nearly 20 years in the field, I would suggest that for whatever you do, you need to find the core principles underneath of what things are happening. Once you can see those core principles underneath, you will also see things clearer. I’ll take this chance to share the 13 principles that I’m currently reading from a book named 13 things mentally strong people don’t do. By just listing them here, I do hope it sparks some suggestions in you for how you would perceive this world and what is happening to you and around you:

  1. They don’t waste time feeling sorry for themselves
  2. They don’t give away their power
  3. They don’t shy away from change
  4. They don’t focus on things they can’t control
  5. They don’t worry about pleasing everyone
  6. They don’t fear taking calculated risks
  7. They don’t dwell on the past
  8. They don’t make the same mistakes over and over
  9. They don’t resent other people’s success
  10. They don’t give up after the first failure
  11. They don’t fear alone time
  12. They don’t feel the world owes them anything
  13. They don’t expect immediate results

Hope this is a meaningful gift for the new year, 2018. Happy New Year!

The word “family”

 

Last week, once being interviewed for a video we made for KMS, I was asked to say one word that I like the most about KMS? Immediately, I popped out the word “family”. And also immediately, the guy responded that if I can pick another word.

Disappointedly, I told him that “So, I am one of the co-founders of the company 9 years ago. And now I cannot pick a word for KMS. For me, it is all about family, friendship?” Continue reading “The word “family””

Con chó và khúc xương

Bắt gặp anh cún ni đang rất chăm chú chuyên môn và nhớ lại một bài học từ Sư Ajahn Chah. Chỉ là cục xương, không còn gì thực sự bổ béo nữa, nhưng ảnh rất chăm chú mần việc. Rất lâu.
Chúng ta cũng thế. Thường hay nhìn thấy bản thân cute / dễ thương như con cún này, đắm say, đam mê và mất rất nhiều thời gian cho những thú vui vô bổ, không có tác dụng gì cho việc trưởng thành và tăng trưởng về trí tuệ. Vậy mà cứ tưởng “ăn” được nhiều. Hãy chú ý…

English version

A dog and a bone

Bumping into this little one dog who is very focusing on what he does and it reminds me a lesson from Monk Ajahn Chah. It is only the bone, nothing left, but the dog is still working very hard on it. Spend a lot of time on it.

We find ourselves in that picture. We usually see ourselves cute like the image of this dog, very into it, passionate and waste a lot of time for those meaningless things which don’t help us for becoming more mature and advance ourselves. But we thought that we are “eating” a lot. Be aware of that.

Do you need great public speaking skills to speak to the public?

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I’m a shy person, not being comfortable to meet with strangers. That’s really the hidden part inside of me. I’m not a public speaker or any kinda that. But but… people usually see me confident like this to do speech in public, to talk with people that I don’t know. How do I do that?

I’ve realized that once I can be myself and once I can talk about the things I’m passionate about with the depth in real experience through my life, I don’t need to have that great public speaking skills. I will talk naturally from my heart with passion and with confidence. People would buy in my passion, I believe. Then, I just need to focus on sharing what I know deeply and what I’m passionate about. That’s the secret that I believe it works for you as well.

Guided meditation scripts – Theravada tradition

This is the first time I tried this. It is for my two newly met friends, who wanted to meditate in Vietnam. As they are foreigners, I can’t send them the original scripts in Vietnamese of my master, Su Tam Phap. What I did was to translate the script to English and record them by my voice. And here it is. While it is still not the perfect version or translation or such those things, I hope it’s useful and usable to my foreigner friends. Try and let me know… Continue reading “Guided meditation scripts – Theravada tradition”

Are you proud of what you are doing?

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In my trip to US early December, I had a chance to dine in a 176-year-old restaurant. What an impressing number. The restaurant is a family-run business with 5-6 generations on it already. The food was great and I liked it a lot with fresh and delicious seafood, well-served in a cold night outside, but warm inside.

The food is good, no surprise. Yet, my surprise was not the food itself, it was another one. It came to my interest once I overheard the main waiter, who hosted us, introduced about the restaurant and what they are proud of.

He stood there right behind my back, with his voice full of energy, talking about the food, the restaurant and his recommendation to us about wine and food for the night. You can’t miss the passion through his voice. Continue reading “Are you proud of what you are doing?”

Who can bother me?

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At the lobby of KMS office, on the way back from lunch, I met up with one of my old friends. We said hello and exchanged some joking questions… “What are you doing here?” I asked. And my friend returned: “To bother you…”

Just a joke and so… But it did spark a thought in my mind. At that moment, I replied “Who can bother me?” That’s an interesting thought. In an absolute reality, the only one can bother you is yourself, your mind. Why? Continue reading “Who can bother me?”