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Please tell us about the time you, seahyc, most successfully hacked some (non-computer) system to your advantage.

I unexpectedly managed to work with my entrepreneur role model Derek Sivers on a book project on startups in Southeast Asia. My friend and I read on his blog that he's contemplating a mega book project covering business practices in all Southeast Asia countries. We couldn't reach out to him directly, so we joined a community of entrepreneurs he's part of, contacted him via this network, and sent him an early draft of what we thought he wanted in the book. He liked our initiative and the perspective we brought in, and signed us on as co-authors.

Please tell us in one or two sentences about the most impressive thing other than this startup that you have built or achieved.

At age 13, I was ordained as one of the youngest Buddhist monks in an adult meditation retreat in Malaysia. I went through weeks of intensive meditation training, which culminated in an overnight meditation at a local Chinese cemetery. The mental and spiritual challenges I overcame there was one of the most formative periods of my life.

Seah Ying Cong

Old soul in an older body.

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