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잘 해서 하는 것인가?


잘 해서 하는 것이 아니라 잘 하기 위해서 하는 거지.

I don’t know how most people feel, but I don’t just do things that I’m good in. Obviously this doesn’t mean that I go around doing things that I’m horrible in, but rather things that are challenging. A common reaction to my decision is “어려울 텐테, 할 수 있겠어?” (It’s likely to be difficult, can you do it?) /What’s with that doubting tone?/

I think most people will do things that they are already good / confident in and yeah it does seem like I’m not really qualified to do a Masters degree in Korean with ease. But the whole point of me doing this is to become “good enough”. This has always been my approach. I don’t wait until I’m good enough to start reading Japanese or Korean novels; I read them to become good.

I enjoy a steep learning curve and I believe the fastest way to achieve things is to constantly go out of your comfort zone and daring to believe.

So I’ll be spending the next 2 years of my life working hard to become good in Korean and get masters degree at the same time, instead of waiting to become good enough in Korean to attempt a masters degree.

So yeah. Please stop telling me that I’m not qualified. Because I’ll become qualified.

On a side note, I envision myself getting more busy with …. Watching dramas. Pft. Heartbroken that I’m done with 무정도시 but there are quite a good number of shows on my to watch list.

GOOD DOCTOR (굿닥터) was surprisingly good and I’m sooooooo happy that Joo Won found another (potentially) good drama after thedramathatshallnotbenamed. At first I was worried that it’s gonna be another typical k-medical drama but I’m glad there are at least some differences. Like how the the director is a female and not one of those “earning money is more important” kind of character. Well you still get that kind of people around in the drama but at least the stereotypes are broken. As a layperson watching the drama, I find it well made, even though they still like to make use of the medical drama cliches.

I wonder why medical dramas always have the “I cannot find something sharp. Let me use a pen instead” scene. I seem to remember that from God’s Quiz and the Japanese Iryu drama. -.-

I shall not comment on whether autism or savant syndrome is realistically portrayed or any of the medical stuff. For someone who knows nothing, I think it’s a good drama and Joo Won acts well. ^^

I kept my eyes shut whenever they are cutting something or when there are blood and organs. ><

I know I’ll be tuning it to Ep 2!

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  • Reply
    Clayton Wong
    7 August, 2013 at 11:38 AM

    When you work on your weaknesses you become stronger, more powerful. When someone tells you you cannot do something, that serves to strengthen one’s resolve to try harder, make it so. Go for it – I, for one, am proud of you for what you have done, are doing, and will be doing in the near future 🙂

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      9 August, 2013 at 6:17 PM

      Thank you!! 😀 Yup I’m gonna try hard and enjoy the process too!! It does make a lot of difference when you are doing something that you truly enjoy (:

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    Curioser and Curiosor
    8 August, 2013 at 8:15 PM

    I like your philosophy about the importance of making an effort in order to become good at something rather than just doing only the things you are already good at doing. Two thumbs up!

    And I know how you feel about. Here is something to help ease the withdrawal pangs! 🙂

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      9 August, 2013 at 6:16 PM

      I think the withdrawal pangs got worse :/ hehe wow I like your writing! That drama made me think a lot and lots of good material and issue to debate and talk about! 😀 I seldom feel so deeply about a drama and most of the time it’s just a watch-enjoy-forget about it kinda routine but I find myself thinking about 무정도시 time and again ><

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        Curioser and Curiosor
        11 August, 2013 at 5:31 AM

        Oh, dear me! They got worse! Well, I am glad that you enjoyed the writing at least. Hopefully the saying that pain sometimes has to get worse before it get better will prove true in this case. 🙂

        Anyway, I’ll repeat my admiration for your enterprising attitude/ Hwaiting!

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    10 August, 2013 at 12:31 PM

    I’ve always admired that about you. You welcome challenges and you don’t wait until you’re ready to take something on. If we wait and wait until we feel ready to do something, we’ll probably never do it. Even if we do get up and do it, we may lose interest at that point because there’s not enough of a challenge to keep our interest. It’s all really about working hard to become good enough one day. Most of us are afraid of failure if we try something that we may not feel ready for, but it’s not all about a good result. The journey is the true result.

    YES! Apparently pens are the tool of the gods or something. XD I thought I was the only one who noticed.

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