A Poem for January 29th, 2023

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This poem is dedicated to

Like the colors of a rainbow,

ranging nationalities live on varying social planes.

Loopholes and the difference in relativity amongst costs and obstacles

make for wonderfully complex scenarios from singular perspectives,

nonetheless, when a person can pierce through the systemic and budgetary limitations to build,

the ball starts rolling up.

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A Poem for January 27th, 2023

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This poem is dedicated to

You taught me that little things become big things,

like the drop of a pebble into still waters,

a tiny action becomes something massive,

so I learned to be wary of my actions,

and whatever impact thereafter.

Now, it makes me dream of being parked in front of a river at sunset,

with my loved ones around,

having dinner with the geese as they honk in happiness.

the sound of laughter and clinking utensils rustles on the evening breeze,

I hope I can bring you there.

[dikt] A Poem for January 15th, 2023

This poem is dedicated to

The Majesty

Before I became a parent,

life was just taking care of myself and my needs,

my wants, my hopes, my dreams,

my experiences, my life

but now, I have learned that my heart grows both from fear and love every day.

The fear comes from the risk and visualization of impending injury to my young,

the love comes from tracking growth and genetic/characteristics throughout a growing personality,

a little person

who came from nowhere

who is now here

wanting your love and attention,

teaching you the core desires of all people,

and foreshadowing how we approach each facet of life.

My wife says,

“I fall more in love with you guys every day.”

This is majestic.

[诗] A Poem for January 13th, 2023

This poem is dedicated to

Nevermind

When you enter an environment,

people will measure you.

They will compare their looks,

brains,

achievements,

styles,

and potential.

Nevermind, nevermind, nevermind

If something is broken, then repaired with a beautiful moment/experience,

then doesn’t that make it more precious — with a greater story behind?

Recognize that you are the operator of your own mind, talents, and art.

There are two kinds of people in this world:

Those that measure themselves in the eyes of others.

And those that measure their self-worth in their deeds.

[บทกวี] A Poem for January 5th, 2022

12 Failures in a Row Make One Success

I have failed so many times in leading my team I have lost actual count.

On our team, we have 11 different nationalities with 11 different types of passports.  

Diversity is…strength.

And I fail every day in leading them…

In our meetings and work, I can imagine that one team member is learning English, another’s improving their Thai, one’s in the bathroom on Instagram, 

and another’s dreaming about being on a beach with no responsibilities — That’s me by the way.  

Sarang HAE YOOOOOOO! 

In a startup, a growing business, and a small work family, 

personal and professional motivations blur.

Sometimes, the line between work and personal identity mix 

and it’s hard to figure out what’s what.

How to synchronize the efforts of 21 different souls?  

Over 40 people depending on my decisions if you start including kids, parents, and grandparents…

From creating a new sign for our street front to negotiating the takeover of an international school campus,

These four elements teach me every day in each of my failures.

Communication.

Integrity.

An open-mind.

Optimism,

And

A constantly evolving growth mindset.

All backed up by

Humility.

In every scenario, it’s important to maintain a healthy, logical 3rd perspective that protects you.

We have so many different types of communication and interaction these days.

Georgy and Betty, my objective PHD rationalists, 

Are protecting me, and reminding me of what’s fair and right.

Because, they say, “hey, yes, most people would agree that’s a good move.”

“I’ll log that into our Gdrive, and we’ll remember it for future reference.”

“This outside perspective says you’re not crazy. You’re fine.”

In all of this, there are a couple things I have learned.

People never like it when you tell them what to do. 

As problems and solutions are inherently married, opposite sides of a way to a positive outcome, 

People need to come up with the solution themselves.

Why?

Because the solution we find ourselves is the most satisfying.

Anything less leads to more stuff you have to deal with eventually. 

So, my failures.

The first way I failed in managing work was a simple paper to-do list. 

How I communicate work impacts how I lead, how I achieve respect, and how we earn trust.

Respect is a two-way street. If I ask for respect from you, you’re getting respect from me, too.

The following 10 failures were a combination of Trello, Japanese KanBan boards, Microsoft Todo… 

To eventually finally write 30,000 words of our company’s bylaws, processes, and procedures,

Which, I am happy to report, is another failure. 

No one reads it. 

But, it’s there!!

So, in summary, here’s what I learned:

People hate to-do lists and management systems that create accountability. 

A leader must guide a team and team members to a solution of their design.

Today, partnership is the best way. 

If you find someone of complementary skill sets, ethics, and a mutual understanding of aims

You both will find a way there.

With each partnership layering inside of a team, you build a system that can accomplish goals small and large. 

And remember, when you fail 12 times, maybe the unlucky 13th is the one that works.

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[คำพูด] A Poem for January 3rd, 2023

Planning and Execution

Hello, everyone. My name is Paul. 

I am a leader, dad, CEO of multiple companies, and executor of long-term projects both small and large.

But, why in the world am I learning about graphic design??

The plan began in Korea, with my very first Macbook Pro. 

It was a cold, snowy day, with snowflakes as large as your thumb. (shows thumb for impact)

I had a full stack of Korean Won in my coat pocket, in a white envelope.

You see, in the digital world, people tend to say that Apple is the best brand for creators.

I had to see.

But, I was too busy teaching to use it to its full potential.

And then, it died.

This is it right here. (shows old Mac)

But, before it died, this computer served its purpose for the plan.

In China: imagine thousands of photos, efforts, and events of migrant schools in China

In

One

Epic 

Project

To 

DEPICT how they only study Chinese and…Math.

Nothing else.

My one and only graphic design project on this computer.

With its death, the lack of the cloud, and the passing of yet another unreliable external hard drive,

Those shining faces remain somewhere on the internet in China.

My plan requires experience, intricate systems, and people. So, we organized sports, English, art, music, and activities for them.

I learned to plan by organizing 300 volunteers and 1,500 student souls through 15 different locations throughout Greater Beijing (which by the way, one district is bigger than most metropolitan cities),

Documenting it all as a journalist, an artist, and a graphic designer to emerge before you today as a hopeful executive creative director.

So, here was the plan: 

Start a Youtube channel in 2017

Learn as much as I can about visual, spoken, and written story-telling in education 

as I build a school where one day, 

I won’t have to teach 40 hours a week.

Treat it like an external hard drive and make use of cloud systems to keep footage from the past and the future.

Build businesses and passive income until I can afford the best tools and have the skills necessary to write, edit, beautify, and present stories.

When ready, test.

So, we recently tested.

We ran a Google ad for Laemthong Toastmasters for 50 THB a day.

It generated 308 impressions in three days.

Then, with the help of Khun Pipat and honorable Khun Chooluck, we created a recruitment video I would love to show to the group later.

Upon posting, we just wanted feedback.

After three days, the impressions from the Google Ad are 3,110 as of this morning.

A video led to engagement and will ultimately convert to phone calls and inquiries.

To be frank, this is but one example of many examples where visual storytelling leads to actionable impact.

In conclusion, in 2022, graphic design, for me personally, has evolved into every way a person uses their mind:

People CREATE something that leads directly to revenue that supports their lives, hopes, and goals.

Success in a digital ecosystem (with direct ties to this physical space) necessitates more beauty…presentation

Leading to action or inspiration.

And, as we grow here together in learning how to speak our minds,

the desire for self-expression

Remains

Incredibly

Powerful

In my 

Heart, mind, and soul.

We are never too old to learn.

Never too old to try.

I can honestly say it was all worth it.

Build a skill. You’ll find many more beneath.

For me, I will be a filmmaker (and something).

Thank you.

[บทกวี] A Poem for December 26th, 2022 [Who Am I?]

This poem is dedicated to

Who are you?

This was a homework assignment I gave to a student.

No, not one of the deepest questions known to people, but just a simple grammar assignment:

to construct one question.

The student produced three words:

Who are you?

This was my response:

“Who are you?” is actually not a simple, easy question at all. You have found one of the most important questions we all know.

We ask this question, but convert it to:

“Who am I?”

And then, this question is directly connected to:

“What is the meaning of life?”

“Who am I?” is a question we ask ourselves in the deepest and darkest times. The answers to it come in bits and pieces when we are happy. It is those challenging times where prove our mettle, our worth, and the value of our deeds. People find what they are made of when a storm swirls around us,

where,

we

seek

a way out.

“In the midst of chaos, there is also opportunity.”

Sun Tzu

[บทกวี] A Poem for December 24th, 2022

I believe that learning how to effectively incorporate feedback is an important skill for personal and professional development.

Understand that feedback can come from a variety of sources and motivations, and approach it with the humility of a lifelong learner, recognizing that others may have knowledge or perspectives that we do not currently possess.

As a person, I aspire to make a positive impact on the world through my work. To achieve this goal, it is essential for me to continue developing my skills and expertise.

In modern culture, there is often a societal expectation that demonstrating one’s capabilities and determination is a source of pride. However, for me, this pursuit is simply a necessary requirement for the process of mentoring effectively.

My dream is to work with global technology companies and contribute to the development of people through collaboration. I believe that obtaining funding is an important step towards achieving these goals and making a positive impact on each student’s (every student’s) future. While others may not always understand or appreciate one’s motivations and aspirations, evidence of one’s efforts and accomplishments can be a powerful way to communicate and demonstrate one’s capabilities…and how they relate to a person’s growth — someone figured it out and now it’s your turn to expand and develop.

My ultimate goal is to bring my ideas and designs to fruition in a way that benefits and helps real people. I recognize that I cannot achieve this on my own and that working collaboratively with others can lead to enhanced learning and development. In addition to the practical benefits of collaboration, I also find that the process of proposing and adapting ideas through creation brings joy to myself and those around me.

In my life, I have developed a range of techniques and approaches to improve art and design.

I am eager to share these insights with my peers and support them in exploring and advancing their own goals.

And so, a poem for today.

This poem is

As a writing exercise, remember that each poem is written to a person.

“To be or not to be, that is the question.”

To be great or to not.

To be happy or to not.

To be [any adjective in the English language], or not be [any adjective in a human language]

To be successful or go see about love.

To run or to walk or to crawl.

To lay down all that you value,

to rebuild it anew for a life.

I think that’s what Shakespeare was trying to say.