Recorded once driving through the city of Saigon from Tan Son Nhat International Airport to the heart of District 7. Crowded with too many people, cars and bikes in a cloudy morning of the rainy season. That’s Saigon. I LOVE SAIGON 2020!

Hình ảnh được ghi lại trong đoạn đường từ sân bay Tân Sơn Nhất đi xuyên ngang thành phố về tới Q7. Thật đông đúc với thật nhiều người và xe trong một buổi sáng mù mây của mùa mưa. Saigon là thế! I LOVE SAIGON 2020!

Đi bộ thể dục buổi sáng ở dọc hai bờ sông Hương, thỉnh thoảng dừng lại rút phone ra và đây là cái kết… Lung linh! Quá đẹp!

The photos below were captured by my phone once I took a few morning walks alongside Huong River in Hue. It was so beautiful and peaceful in the early morning.

Anyone who is using email surely know about auto-response email. That’s the email one has to use, once being away from office, from work, taking vacation or some days off. Basically, the content should read like “Thanks for reaching out to me. I’m not here right now. And would be back by… Should there be any urgent matter about …, please contact this number…” It’s usually going like that. Then, whenever a person tries to contact him or her through email, the system would automatically send back the auto-response content right away, without any second of thought. Once you receive the auto-response email, it means that the receiver is not there. He or she is absent.

It clicked me one day, once I got one of those auto-response emails like that. It reminds me that this auto-response is not just happening in email, it’s happening many times in our mind.

We auto-respond a lot, without even a second of thought. Once we see a bike, our feeling is immediately right there, instantly: whether we like the shape or not, whether we like the color or not, whether we like the sound of the exhaust or not, or even whether we like the biker who rides the bike or not. Certainly, we miss the whole process of data processing, step by step, about how the shape, the color, the sound,… are received by our body’s senses and how it is interpreted (based on what we have known, experienced, been biased, …) to the point it yields the feeling of love or hatred. We only know the very end result: the feeling. That process is too automatically happening. It seems like we have very less influence on this auto-response system, inside our body. How powerless is that, don’t you see?

It’s similar to the auto-response email is that we are not there, if the response is auto. We’re there, but we are really not there. As we don’t even know the whole process.

Yeah, most of the time we’re not there with our body and our mind. Our body and our mind run many auto-processes without any awareness of us. That’s how it also runs our life. And that’s why mindfulness, the awareness, can help us to “win” back our life. As we would know more into these auto-processes. And that’s when we can have more options to respond, instead of just the option of auto-response, while we’re not there.

Entrepreneurship is like a way to express freedom… While not all the times, entrepreneurs can enjoy the “fruit”, the journey is worth much beyond that. That’s the journey to grow. That’s those lessons and experiences throughout the journey. In this talk, I had a chance to share my own lessons learned through my entrepreneur journey of starting and growing a software company from 0 to 1000 people, 12 years ago. I hope you, entrepreneurs, can find it useful with many suggestions to have a wonderful entrepreneur journey of yourself, full of energy, full of motivation, and full of inspiration. Gud luck!

P.S. This talk is originally from this post: 8 entrepreneur things.

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As an indie author, I am working on keyword research to promote my book, The Happiness Journal, on Amazon. And during the process, I’ve observed an interesting fact that I’m going to share with you here, based on the data I have. Thanks to Publisher Rocket for helping pulling all these data. And the data itself is powerful. See below.

Basically, my first English book, The Happiness Journal, is to “serve” readers with daily sips of cafe for inspiration and motivation toward happiness. So, I started keyword research with the set of keywords above, addressing both sides of happiness, which the other side is suffering represented by the 8 first keywords in the list. I added three more very prime keywords for happiness as in the last 3. The result is a big surprise for me. While people make a lot of search for these keywords on Google per month, it’s not the same with what happens once people search for ebook on Amazon, the largest ebook store on earth. The numbers between the columns are too contrast. What is going on here? Can you tell?

Continue reading “Books are not where people find life solutions?”

Monday’s thoughts

  • “Flexibility” is always the critical keyword in any situation, especially in the event of crisis or so…
  • I believe that “flexible” is the must-have-quality for building your sustainable business, success, and happiness.
  • I have observed that the more “flexible” one can be, the more mature that one is.
  • “Flexibility” itself doesn’t imply knowledge. And many times, too much of knowledge can prevent people from it. “Flexibility” certainly implies or requires wisdom. That’s you know the right thing to do under a given context. And that has to be harmless to anyone, including yourself. It’s not easy. Life is never easy, I believe. That’s how we have our lifetime to practise, experience and learn from it.
  • Talking about business, flexibility at work, flexibility in the business model, strategy, operations, crisis responses are proven far more critical than ever, given the current Covid storm.

How do we attain that “flexibility”? Minimalism, lean, fully “listening” or enhancing observation, … are a few things to start. And at the end, you’ll get to simpleness, know what the core is for your business and your life. Stick to those cores. As that’s where contains all the answers.

This is the quick summary of what I shared with a group of MBA students from McDonough School of Business | Georgetown University visiting Vietnam early this week. This is more or less what I have experienced throughout my entrepreneur journey to establish KMS Technology Vietnam and grow it up to nearly 1000 people company, before I resigned from the top position early in 2018, to pursue my new journey of spiritual development. Scroll down to read below.

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Everyone does have less or more of qualities for leadership. As I pointed out in my article (7 core qualities of a sustainable leader), those 7 qualities are common for anyone. It’s just that who practice it well for those 7 would naturally earn trust and respect from others. And that’s how they can advance their leadership level.

The great thing doesn’t stop there. Anyone possess those 7 would have a great life at the same time. “Great” doesn’t necessarily mean to be a top position or wealthy. “Great” means that they have a lot of great relationships with people around them and that can serve as the base for their great life and happiness. #beHATT.

On the other note, I believe personal success (either at work and in life) should be more or less personal responsibility, rather than our manager’s responsibility :). If your current manager doesn’t help you, either work with him or her to sort it out or just to find another manager. Or at best, you become the great manager of your own.

Tự nhắc nhở câu “thần chú” được truyền lại từ Thầy: “Đó là một phần tất yếu của cuộc sống.” Mỗi khi khó khăn, khủng hoảng ập đến, nhớ đọc câu này 10, à không, 100 lần là tỉnh lại 🙂.

Sush a great reminder taught by my master: “That’s a necessary part of life.” Every time difficulty or crisis knocks on your door of life, wishper this in your head 10, if not 100 times, you would be awaken 🙂.

#beHATT

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.

“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

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.

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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.

Best Seller on Amazon: The Happiness Journal got to Top 20 of Personal Success & Spirituality and Top 40 of Personal Success in Business.

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!

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.

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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…

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)

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.

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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”

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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”

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?