I believe that not just me – even you the person who is reading this post have the same concern. Writing and spreading your words to the world is still something very scary. To be honest – it took me three days to write all these things – writing my ideas is harder than I thought. The writing-deleting loop just keep rolling without a sight of hope, and i’m stuck in that. Luckily I have discovered some briliant minds.
In this post, let me tell you some stories about people who are writing, and how their words took effect on me.
#1. I know one man who is one year younger than me – but he is much more intelligent than I am, sadly. His name is Tung Tran, once he used nickname Pumama and owned Pumama.com. Now he is a very successful entrepreneur with a worldwide business, a local cosmetic store, and his name is listed in top international bloggers.
Talking about this man is a long story. I remember his first website: Pumama.com. Despite my English level was still under “Bieber” level – my first three words at the first time I saw his website/blog are:
“WTF.” – You don’t get it wrong. I meant it.
His grammar was horrible, his topics were surprisingly dull, and the website’s design was horribly sucks. But he just kept writing and as I see – that is a right decision which changed his life. Now you can check out what he became now at Cloudliving.com. He dropped out of college to start this project, and it is extremely successful now. Top 40k Alexa, around 4k people are on his email list, tons of loyal readers and fan. Well, those are what I ONCE dreamed about. But he did pay the price – he dropped out of college for it. This is a blog too, where he share his case studies and knowledge but in a much bigger way.
He’s just not afraid of showing his true self to the world. This is a very valuable thing that took me three years to realize. Showing your ideas, showing your words and most importantly, showing your target will keep you going ahead. The feeling of marking something online with your own style is unforgettable and very relaxing. It’s a feeling of getting a new toy and conquering a new challenge at once. And this is the most important thing I have learnt from him so far. ” Blogging changed my life ” – I remember this in one of his statuses but I did not get it at that time.
Part of his life and his success drove me to the person I am now, and I’m very proud to say it. Just keep on writing even when you can not – fake it until you make it.
#2. Political is a very tough topic in this country. It’s not only complicated but also forbidden. Lack of information, bad manner in every online debate and the tradition of hatred on anything new destroy great visions when they were still a seed. And then there was man stood up for that – Huynh Phuoc Sang. No doubt, he is now one of the most hated guys in VietNam right now.
What did I learn from him? His vision and his patience, not his ideas.
At first, he just shared some comments about the news event and his experience. It doesn’t offense anyone, and even bring additional points of view to the crowd. People started to react with his post positively: Writing comments about news – ” OMG this is something I never thought about”; Writing about his experience – ” Thank you for this now I can save tons of time because of you.” To be honest, most of his words are very exciting and stand for a mindset of a successful man. He has a big vision and in-depth knowledge in many fields, and he can see through the mist of information to identify what is going on. This ability is rare in my society. Especially, his main topics are on traditional bad behaviors, social problems, and politics.
The rise of his Facebook profile as a new idol started a new wave – and this is the point that started the ” uglier things”. Vietnamese history is the history of war, and they began a war against him passively – like Avenger’s appearance triggered their enemies.
Some of other influencers started to copy-cat his way – some even struck him back. Negative comments come with negative manner and more F words. And regular people started their own thought too, even though their mindset are not able to understand their own words completely. The thirst of fame consumed them all. Huynh Phuoc Sang was an idol of political readers; then he became a traitor for everybody.
But this man just kept on writing – his tongue is still on – his status just kept being updated. I have to say that seeing a man fighting thousands of his copy-cat is quite entertaining. There is no sight of losing focus on him or number lowering on the copy-cat.
At the current time, the war is still on. I will not take a bet on any side – but the spirit of Huynh Phuoc Sang told me one thing: Keep writing, and trust yourself. He truly inspired thousands of people talking about their society, which is gettng worse and worse day by day.
Whatever, Sang still has tons of mistakes. He doesn’t keep his word fair on some statuses – he was consumed by fame too – that make the copy-cat boys more sense. He put too much of his ego into the words, and sometime it knock him down. But at least his vision is still his greatest weapon and no one can take it away. I will just enjoy this fight and watch them dance. Some say this is not a fight or a war, but an evolution on Vietnamese’s core mindset, I partly agree with it.
In conclusion, just stop the writing-deleting loop because it’s you who rolling it. Be yourself and write what you like. Live freely. Don’t be afraid of anything. Just simple like that. You might not make an evolution, or being listed in any top blogger list – but your words will inspire thousands more, isn’t it cool enough ?