Instead of one single mission, I would like to think of my “passions” as many possible futures that I want to live in. Here is a list of them:
Digital Healthcare architect Building a data-driven healthcare system integrating multi-omic, clinical, and lifestyle data, in a privacy-preserving way, to improve medical research and patient outcome. We have the individual components now, but we still need to build the operating system.
My first paper is now published. It has been more than four years since I started on this project and I am thrilled to see its fruition.
I remember asking myself this question in the year leading up to A levels: if I have only one year of life left, would I still want to work on this project? The answer was yes. As workaholic as it may sound, I hope my life could be part of some bigger cause - like improving the diagnosis of genetic diseases in this case.
I divide history reading into two categories: micro and macro.
The best example of macro history books is Homo Sapiens which is full of mental models applicable to different historical contexts and therefore our times.
Microhistory include books that focus on individual experiences (like fictions), and they are used as wisdom-training tools. When reading these books, I pause and reflect: given the existing data, what would my next action be if I were the protagonist.
This is an important mental model that I have been building over the past few years.
Interesting means attention-capturing. Attention is the currency that we are trading in the information age. Thus, the value of almost everything can be assessed on whether they are interesting.
Being interesting has two components: relevance and uniqueness.
To me, a film star’s divorce is unique but not relevant; medical school applications from a student with straight-A grades but nothing else is relevant but not unique.