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I thank whatever gods may be, For my unconquerable soul – I am the master of my fate, I am the captain of my soul.

Posted: March 8th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Experience, Happy | No Comments »

Over the past few weeks, William Ernest Henley’s poem “Invictus” has kept repeating at the back of my mind. I especially like these four phrases:

I thank whatever gods may be,
For my unconquerable soul.
I am the master of my fate,
I am the captain of my soul.

As I write this, I think about how I’ve been back from Singularity University (SU) for more than a month. It was my decision and a leap of faith to travel 13,000 km away, for the first time, for something I was not entirely sure about. I thank whatever gods there may be that I have been able to meet a group of highly successful friends in both career and personal life. We had an alumni meetup yesterday at Rubato, and it was really great to catch up with my fellow SU friends back in Singapore. We talked about life, work, ideas, trends, etc. However, what dawned on me was the blurry path to my future.

Sometimes, life is about managing risks and uncertainty and being totally responsible for whatever path you choose. I chose to be where I currently am two years ago, and the journey had been full of learning, growth, excitement, depression, anxiety, enlightenment, appreciation, and gratitude. I would not have exposed SU if I hadn’t decided on this journey 2 years back. SU was not the place where I found out my why, but it was the place that has connected those missing pieces within my why. Coupled with what I have learnt at work and my travels, I would like to share them in three quotes below:

  1. In technology, if done right, engineers can save more lives than doctors. I want to make a positive impact on people’s lives. And I believe through technology and engineering, I can achieve that.
  1. Love is what makes humanity worth surviving. Heaven is already all around us: the cry of the baby, the courage your friend shows, and the love a mom gives. Have faith even when there is no hope, for hope is needed when there is none.
  1. The stone age didn’t end because we ran out of stone. Disruptive technologies happened so quickly that the industry that was being disrupted couldn’t make necessary change to the disruptive force. The spice industry, which was a huge industry, was then replaced by the ice industry, which was then replaced by the refrigerator. What industry are you in?

In order to predict the future trend, just look around what had been failing for the past 20-30 years. Future is already here, and I’m glad that I’m part of it. What’s more satisfying is to be one of the pioneers for the future technology, and I know I’m on the right track. Again, I thank whatever Gods may be, for my unconquerable soul, I’m master of my fate, I’m captain of my soul.

Singularity University Campus

At Singularity University Campus at NASA Ames Research Center, Silicon Valley, CA.