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Design and Constraints

Melvyn Tan
Melvyn Tan
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Design is about identifying and working within given constraints to arrive at new and better solutions.

Ayse Birsel

Let’s face it.

We all face constraints of one form or another. It could be location, intellectual, financial, or time.

As an economics major, I know a thing or two about constraints. In order to achieve a specific outcome, we have to decide on the allocation of resources.

Sometimes that decision involves trade-offs.

I want to travel. But that would mean having no income as I am away from work.

I want to be with my family. But that would mean less time for my business.

Life is full of options

Faced with these trade-offs, I could accept them.

Or I could push the boundaries by asking, is there a possibility where they coexist?

Is it possible to travel and yet earn an income?

Is it possible to be with my family and yet build a 7-figure business?

Is it possible to, as they said, have my cake and eat it?

Design thinking

I know it is possible.

But that would require a shift in the way I think.

They called this design thinking.

Melvyn Tan

Despite living the good life at midlife, I was diagnosed with depression and anxiety. My aim here is to reinvent midlife, learn new skills, and understand how the world works post-COVID.