I would not be who I am today if I had listened to what people have preached to be the "right thing".

When I was 15, my mom caned me for using the computer all day. I would run home right after school so I could play Diablo 2. My parents would lock the door, hide the mouse, not pay the internet bill because apparently, I was addicted to the computer. Little did they know that I was learning how to "hack" the game, which inevitably led to me learning to code.

I didn't listen to my mother. I learned to jam the door's lock, bought my mouse, figured out how to make money on the internet so I can pay for the internet bills by myself. Today, I own an internet business and am in one of the hottest industries.


When I was 24, the Media Authority of Singapore (MDA) blocked porn. That very weekend, very much inspired by the lack of porn; I sought out my girlfriend's opinion on whether I should build and release a VPN product that will allow people to bypass MDA's firewall. I was worried that I would get into legal trouble for circumventing the state government's firewall.

Gom VPN (which was a typo from GAM which meant Go away MDA) ended up going viral and became my very first profitable product.


Yesterday, I wrote a controversial story about how I got fucked over, and I spared no details. The right thing to do is to not air my dirty laundry in public, let alone with such intimate details.

There will always be someone out there telling you what you ought not to do

My post had 1500+ views today. Not bad for my 6th blog post that was done in the name of marketing.


You can never please everyone. Risk aversion will doom you to a life of mediocrity. Every successful outcome I had in life was a result of a non-conventional bet. So take a swing, offend people, do something controversial. It is liberating and many a times, much more rewarding.