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I’m Andrew, a physics student curious about one too many things. Documenting my learning process in my youtube channel and here.

Building DreamSquad.Club in 2 weeks

Objective The purpose of this piece is not to guide on our tech-stack or how we were able to get from mere ideation to 50 sign-ups in 2 weeks without any paid marketing or paid to launch. All this piece does is a documentation of what we did and the ultimate objective. The journey Week 1 Ideation I’ve always stored a list of random ideas for startups that just pop up....

March 8, 2021 · 4 min · Andrew Siah

The Moral Imperative to Show our Work

Impostor Syndrome I struggle with impostor syndrome. Through this blog, youtube, and meeting others, I’ve always felt that it’s not in my place to contribute. “Who am I to speak here? There are better people out there who are more qualified, more helpful, and more charismatic than me.” The plot twist Recently, I stumbled upon an argument on why it’s our moral imperative to actually show our work. The premises are there...

January 24, 2021 · 2 min · Andrew Siah

Passion is a Woodfire

Passion is a woodfire Passion is hot, fiery hot. Passion is buildable, one just needs to assemble the wood and ignite a spark. When passion is lit, and with care and effort, passion stays lit. Without care and effort, passion will die after some time. Passion is romantic love, hobbies, careers, interests and anything inviting and fresh....

October 21, 2021 · 1 min · Andrew Siah

Why I keep a List of my Failures

What is a Failure CV? A failure CV is an inverse of the stereotypical CV. In a typical CV, we: Hide all our failures Demonstrate our strengths, curated based on what we believe the interviewer is looking for Use actionable verbs to highlight our achievements to make them more impressive Conversely, in a failure CV, we: Show all our failures Demonstrate the reason why we did what we did and what we were aiming for initially Use explicit terms to highlight how and why we failed Here’s my Failure CV, which I keep updated regularly....

April 16, 2021 · 5 min · Andrew Siah

Adding P to SMART goals

The importance of setting goals Fail to plan, plan to fail. When I was in high school, I first heard the above quote when I was 13. It sounded like a truism, then again, one that I intuitively related with. We don’t achieve goals we didn’t set out for. Running on the premises that: Life is filled with temptations and short-term candies Forgoing short-term temptations to put in effort takes conscious effort Any goals that are worth achieving requires effort and investment Then, planning or setting goals is the battleplan to success....

January 25, 2021 · 4 min · Andrew Siah

Habits or Passion

Preface It’s been 2 months since I last published here and on youtube. What happened in that timeframe? I met great friends in ipoh, went to Jing Wei’s marriage, started developing my work site, and played chess (Loads of chess). Am I happy? Is that enough?...

January 6, 2021 · 1 min · Andrew Siah

On Marriage. What it simply is & what it takes.

The story As I stood on the side of the altar, observing my best friend stare down the aisle. Pianist starts playing Canon in D, and the bridesmaid leads the bride, gently and slowly, down the aisle. The bride and groom’s locks gaze, a pleasant smile hangs on their face. As the bride and the bride’s cousin reached the groom, the cousin hands the hand of the bride over to the groom....

November 28, 2020 · 2 min · Andrew Siah

Fear Setting (A Model on Tim Ferriss's Framework)

Introduction Our decision-making process is often irrational. Because we usually only have a method of rationalizing the costs and benefits but no technique for rationalizing fear. For example, assume you want to explore asking an opposite gender out. The benefit, if successful, is being able to go out with the girl and know her better. The cost, if unsuccessful, is shame and time wasted from the rejection. Shame is temporal, exists larger in your imagination....

October 5, 2020 · 3 min · Andrew Siah

Why You Should Show Your Work

My experience Through my two years of studying at university, I have been graced with many opportunities. Friends who I scored Hackathons with; mentors who guided me on professional and private life matters; gracious recommendation letters that I received for my work; and interviews for jobs and scholarships that I’ve gotten from mutual friends. What is the commonality above? That I have substance. Maybe not; I’m 100% sure there are many more out there who are more knowledgeable, with better GPA and a CV 10,000 lumen brighter than mine....

September 4, 2020 · 3 min · Andrew Siah

Reimagining an affordable Blockchain-based Insurance

Insurance Origin of Insurance You’re a sailor in 17th century Great Britain. Sailing the 7 seas for gold, gospel, and glory. Yet with all the treasures and adventure of sailing, it came with significant risks. With pirates lurking around for booties, lousy hygiene on board, terrible treatment to most sailors, unpredictable storms, and little to no healthcare on board, it’s not far-fetch to say a significant amount of sailors don’t return alive....

April 16, 2021 · 8 min · Andrew Siah