Philosophy – Chapter 4 – Our Gautama (the Buddha) is also a Philosopher

“The beginning of thought is in disagreement – not only with others but also with ourselves!” _Eric Hoffer

As mentioned in Chapter 2, wonder and curiosity are the thrill to explore things around us. Some of the beliefs and ideas were handed down or forced upon us by society, teacher, religion, etc.,. It starts with disagreement either with yourself or with your environment (your religions, your friends, your partners, etc.,). Even your very existence is questionable. We can have satisfaction by arriving the conclusion with our own individual reasoning. However, in doing so, knowing that you don’t know anything (as in Chapter 2) is important for you to reach out all possible things.

As the book says, “for early societies, the answers to the most fundamental questions were found in religion: the actions of the gods explained the workings of the universe and provided a framework for human civilisations”. However, most of those traditional beliefs based on faith and sometimes inadequate. That’s when philosophers came in looking for logical answers for example Pythagoras, the greek thinker who think with mathematics. The book show followings as the philosophers of the time spectrum. Continue reading


Philosophy -Chapter 3 – Everything starts from Zero

zeroI am not an expert in building up business cases. In my time, there always is someone who help me build up business cases for the projects that I was working. One of them once told me that business cases are not stated as sum total amount  or comparison cases, it starts with zero, “Why is there something rather than nothing under given circumstances?”. If there is this project what it would look like with it, then what it would look like without it. Some businessman may be able to relate this when they cannot just simply kick out some of the products in their product line which doesn’t make much profits but covering fixed cost as small proportion.

This is called metaphysics in philosophy which is the very first reason for philosophers to appear 2,500 years ago. The metaphysics including but not limited toTycoon_mystery_box_icon_original what the universe is made of, the nature of human existence, what the nature of whatever it is that exist now, which give the same impression of “Why is there something rather than nothing?”

Something is sometimes better than nothing while sometimes nothing is better than something. Let’s say you have a kid who long for an expensive toy in which you buy something that is affordable for you. You will definitely try to convince him that at least something is better than nothing. Or you are in a relationship with the wrong person then you are better of alone than being with a wrong one which means nothing is better than something. If we think of this, an obvious question occur “How can we know?”.

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Philosophy- Chapter 2 – Wondering

wonderingThe book said the very first philosophers are those who questioned about religions and customs of their ancient time and sought answers with rational justifications. It reminds me of myself. I am now a pure buddhism which means I became buddhist not just simply because my parents are. I tried to learn as much as possible about other religions before I became a buddhist. I could relate them in terms of this “wondering” factor.

“ Wonder is very much the affection of a philosopher; for there is no other beginning of philosophy than this!” -Plato

Whether it’s management or science, they were born on human curiosity. The curiosity that leads to innovation like Einstein’s Gravity theory in physics or BCG matrix in marketing. We studied Philip Kotler’s marketing books naming him as Guru of today’s marketing just like the ancient philosophers who share their views on ancient customs and religions with one another and ultimately set up “schools” to teach others, not just the conclusions they have come to but also how they came up with the conclusions.

However, there was one famous philosopher who didn’t write any books or had come to any conclusions.

“Socrates, the teacher of Plato, prided himself as the wisest man on earth because he knew he didn’t know anything!” _ The Philosophy Book – big idea simply explained

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Philosophy – Chapter 1 – Encouragement


I was born and raised in Yangon, Myanmar, where education system is, you either become a medical student or your are not proven to be intelligent. Many parents in our country are dying to see their kids going to med school and to be able to boost that “oh my kid is from med school!”. Many people believe subjects like law, philosophy, and even engineering are supposed to be for the kids who aren’t smart enough or get good enough grades to go to med schools which is such a pain in our youths’ ass (pardon my language). Well, anyway I am glad I still have business management to choose which philosophy is of must involve. BM, for parents, seems as another way of being succeed as we made money in short period of time unlike med schools which schooling itself took 6.5 years. So, BM becomes gradually popular these years among parents. Continue reading

At A Glance of Myanmar Current Situation (Part-III) – Digital Services in Myanmar Telecoms


In 2013, Myanmar Granted Licenses to two additional MNOs with huge commitments attached to the licence in order to develop the social and economic welfare of the country and its people. Therefore together with their existing one, it has three MNOs since 2013. The launch of these networks transform the market with greatly improved coverage and a significant reduction in the cost of usage. This cost reduction lead to new untouched market of mobile access in Myanmar: Women. Yes, over 50% of the population in Myanmar are females, most of which are untouched by mobile access.

The strategy of leapfrogging traditional 2G mobile usage to 3G and 4G network has been an opportunity in a market like Myanmar where consumers see the value of a smart phone and mobile data over cheap feature phone, however, being said, growing mobile data penetration among low-income population is a challenge for mobile operators in developing countries.

Most challenges come with incredible opportunities for those who grab.With the digital economy still in its infancy, it is unclear which global advances in Digital Services and technologies will be adopted by Myanmar and which require local development. In this context, identifying how, where and with whom to work with in this market can be very challenging.

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Herzberg’s Two-Factor Theory and Relationships

Have you ever come across the Two-Factor theory in your academic. The two-factor theory is developed by Herzberg in 1959 and is widely used in management field and psychological field. According to the theory, whatever you do to please another person, it can be “motivators” or just “hygiene factors”. “Hygiene Factors” are those essentials but not regarded as motivators. If you are a boss and you want your employees to have motivation to work, you have to make sure you give them motivators and not just hygiene factors. Please see the diagram below for more understanding:

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So here, what should be really aware is that STAGE _1 Dissatisfaction is not the same as STAGE_2 No Dissatisfaction. Stage 1 is normally the worst stage that you can imagine but by giving hygiene factor one cannot be at the level for satisfactory but you can prevent Stage 1 from happening which I will call Stage-2 no dissatisfaction. Motivators only can give you the word “satisfaction” which here I will call STAGE_4 but there is one stage in between which is STAGE _3 NO Satisfaction. Let’s say, as an employee, you expect to be paid regularly and correctly. This is hygiene factor. Doing so, the employee will have no dissatisfaction but that alone will not give you a motivated salesman. So, let’s say you give annual bonus, so you started a motivator and based on that you might prevent the situation of “no satisfaction” but there is no grantees that they will be satisfied. Satisfaction really depends on individual.

Well, I am not writing this to tell you some theory that you might already know. I am explaining this as a reminder to what I am going to write in here.

Guys normally have problems dealing with a girl’s expectations meaning to say guys normally complaint girls as complicated. Well, there were some kind of girls who they thought as “COOL Girl” but most of the time, their own girlfriend tends to be “uncool” even if other people think she is.

Well, I do agree there are different types of girls with different levels of expectation. Most of the complaints such as “I can’t understand her. I am doing nothing wrong” or “I do trust her but she don’t trust me”, etc., that I heard from my guy friends are mostly because they might not understand the two-factor theory in their girl. Most of the time, I see guys sitting in the safe zone of “they are doing nothing wrong”, which ultimately is the hygiene factors for most relationship. Well, these are important to keep the relationship but in order to have a healthy one, “motivation and feeling secure” is the most important thing for a girl (well like me). If you are serious about your relationship and wanted to treat her special, you need to think of motivators, going out from your safe zone. For example: “Not having affairs with any other girls but your girlfriend”, could be hygiene factor which will give “not dissatisfaction” level but this doesn’t mean that she is satisfied. She will never be able to feel secure unless you satisfied her.

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Thought of the Day

When you say you’re in the relationship, it is obvious both need to work out and scarifice certain things if necessary in order to maintain it. Who’s doing more is another story!!
This includes those who were crushing on you!!
There will be gals crushing on your boy and there will be boys crushing on you!
You sometimes float into the attention dat you got on other boys or gals while you were in relationship!

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If you do, ask yourself this:

People say there are tons of fish in the sea why bother one! But you did choose one already. If you’re still longing the tons, why you choose one. You can stay in your sea and seek many attention if you are Mr or Miss popular. Obviously, having one person attention beside you is a lot less helpful than many waiting to help you and give you attention right?? (I wouldn’t agree it personally bcoz i have seen one person giving attention enough for all others but this kind of person is really rare so i will keep it this way)

If you are originally not Mr or Miss popular but still seeking attention, there is another possibility:

Another possibility is dat may be your sea is without fish before you got into relationship. Other fish started to know dat your sea is avaiable to survive only after dat one special fish prove it. Nobody dere to take risk before dat. Do you still want to float with others by ignoring dat one fish who proves you?? I won’t if I were you bcoz no one will able to know your value more than dat one who came first.

Well, my heartfelt advice: if you at least feel sorry for your other half, don’t try to get others’ attention. So choose,you want either relationship or just drop your relartionship and be Mr or Miss popular.