This is a personal blog and should be taken as such. So don't sue me if what I write pisses you off. Or if I write lies. Or if I give maladvice. Or if you fail to read through my sarcasm. Et cetera.
I like stalkers.
Is it in bad taste to quote one's self?
"The greatest of debaters are not only the most eloquent -- they are the most bruised, the most resilient, the strongest of heart." -- Andrew Loh
Quotes "How many times have you chickened out?" - Qu Hsueh Ming
"Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds." - Albert Einstein
"An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile - hoping it will eat him last." - Sir Winston Churchill
"Affirmative action is something the good don't need and the bad don't deserve" - A wise man
"The men who create power make an indispensable contribution to the Nation's greatness, but the men who question power make a contribution just as indispensable, especially when that questioning is disinterested, for they determine whether we use power or power uses us." - John F. Kennedy
"The problems of the world cannot possibly be solved by skeptics or cynics whose horizons are limited by the obvious realities. We need men who can dream of things that never were." - John F. Kennedy
"I love America more than any other country in this world, and, exactly for this reason, I insist on the right to criticize her perpetually." - James A. Baldwin
"Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is but a broken winged bird that cannot fly." - Langston Hughes
"Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference." - Sir Winston Churchill
"Dreams are true while they last, and do we not live in dreams?" - Alfred Lord Tennyson
"Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education alone will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan "press on" has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race." - John Calvin Coolidge
"We will either find a way or make one." - Hannibal
"Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake." - Napoleon Bonaparte
"For evil to triumph, it is only necessary for good men to do nothing." - Edmund Burke
"War begins in the minds of men, and it is in the minds of men that the defenses of peace must first be constructed." - UNESCO Constitution
"The proper study of mankind is man." - Alexander Pope
"My kind of loyalty was loyalty to one's country, not to its institutions or its officeholders. The country is the real thing, the substantial thing, the eternal thing; it is the thing to watch over, and care for, and be loyal to; institutions are extraneous, they are its mere clothing, and clothing can wear out, become ragged, cease to be comfortable, cease to protect the body from winter, disease, and death." - Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens): A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court
"Patriotism is to support your country all the time and your government when it deserves it" - Mark Twain
"The reasonable man adapts himself to the world. The unreasonable man persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore, all progress depends on the unreasonable man." - George Bernard Shaw
"The power of accurate observation is commonly called cynicism by those who have not got it." - George Bernard Shaw
"Democracy is a system ensuring that the people are governed no better than they deserve." - George Bernard Shaw
"If we don't believe in freedom of expression for people we despise, we don't believe in it at all." -- Noam Chomsky
"During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act." - George Orwell
"When the people fear the government, you have tyranny. When the government fears the people, you have freedom." - Thomas Paine
"I sense a learning: that much dumber people than you end up in charge. Look at the way things are. I'm no fucken genius or anything, but these spazzos are in charge of my every twitch. What I'm starting to think is maybe only the dumb are safe in this world, the ones who roam with the herd, without thinking about every little thing. But see me? I have to think about every little fucken thing." - Vernon God Little, Act II
I went in with the low, low expectation of just to meet people and to be inspired by them.
And that I did lah. They people there very cool one! Especially the internationals. We had our Chinese-speaking bunch which included students from Kenya and Louisiana :)
Tuck was intense. They tried to cram like a semester's worth of work into four weeks -- accounting, finance, economics, marketing, strategy. We had 6 hours of classes per day, and lots of homework for after.
But sometime around my second week I realized that as crazy as Tuck was, Swarthmore is crazier. ;) Serious.
This is the Dartmouth Green, which is the "social heart of the college."
Dartmouth is very pretty.
But Swarthmore is prettier :)
My favourite part of Dartmouth is the Connecticut River, which separates New Hampshire from Vermont. It is but a five-minute walk from Tuck, and has canoe and kayak rentals for only USD 10 per hour!
Kayaking (which I did only on my last day at Tuck) is much better, much easier to maneuver, and more of a balanced work out.
No pictures though. Which is one of my biggest regrets from Dartmouth. I was afraid that I'd either drop it into the river or capsize my boat, thus dropping it into the river. :(
All in all, the most salient take-away, for me, was an appreciation of the importance of accounting as the basis for finance.
A = L + E!!!
Whereas before I would subconsciously skim through news about the
business world, now I find myself able to digest and understand
Quite exhilarating, but also quite saddening, as people have observed: I'm selling out... or am I?
dcf wacc terminal value capm capx ebitda discount rate mashaallah
One of the most fulfilling activities was a company valuation of
Domino's Pizza, and a subsequent presentation to "investors" from JP
Morgan. I was struck by how much I was actually enjoying firstly
knowing stuff about the company and the industry (after doing so much
research) and secondly being able to articulate recommendations to
investors. Might've been the novelty of it all.