Bryan Choo, Founding Director of The Smart Local, on Broadening World Views Through Books
Inspired by TripAdvisor and Buzzfeed, Bryan created The Smart Local back in 2012. Their editorials and focus on several social media channels have helped the company grow. Today, they reach more than three million Singaporeans every month. They have successfully managed to create campaigns for names such as Panasonic Singapore, Changi Airport, AirAsia and many more.
Bryan talked to us about how some books changed his beliefs in certain areas, how he better understood the interaction between people, and the reads he recommends to everyone interested in having a business mindset.
¿Cuál es tu libro favorito y por qué? Negocios y no negocios, si es posible.
Malcolm Gladwell’s Outliers.
It changed my beliefs in certain areas, like how talent is overrated and how it takes roughly 10,000 hours to get good at something.
¿Hubo algún momento, específicamente, en que algo que leíste en un libro te ayudó? ¿Me puedes decir al respecto?
I read Anthony Robbins’ Unlimited Power when I was a teenager. My favourite section was the meta-programs which people use to perceive the world. It helped me understand myself and people better.
For example, some people are matchers, others are mismatchers. It’s not good to be an extreme of either and I was an extreme mismatcher disagreeing with people all the time just because my brain was wired to spot differences first rather than sameness.
So I fixed that aspect and stopped unnecessarily breaking rapport with people.
Person A: It’s so cold it must be 17 degrees.
Low skill mismatcher: No it’s actually 16.8 degrees according to the thermometer.
High skill mismatcher: Yes it’s so cold! (knows that it isn’t 17 degrees exactly how disagreeing misses the main idea and just annoys people).
It helped tremendously and now I help out some of my colleagues when I realise their mismatching is causing them trouble because this is something that’s just never taught in school.
What five books would you recommend to youngsters interested in your professional path? Why? (no number limit here)
- Anthony Robbins Unlimited Power
- Malcolm Gladwell’s Outliers / The Tipping Point
- Stephen R. Covey’s Los 7 hábitos de las personas altamente efectivas
- Simon Sinek’s Start With Why
- Robert Cialdini’s Influence: Science and Practice
Me interesa saber más sobre sus hábitos de lectura. ¿Con qué frecuencia lees? ¿En qué formato?
I still read a lot, just that they’re in article format which to me are condensed versions of books where ideas are articulated more concisely.
However, some amazing writers only write books so you don’t have access to their level of work if you don’t read books.
¿Cómo haces tiempo para leer?
I am a slow reader so I find it hard to set aside big chunks of time for reading, but I feel it’s super important to be getting inspiration and broadening your views of the world.
So I’ve been listening to audiobooks while driving and reading book summaries when I can commit to more active learning.
And when I play computer games I make sure to run Evan Carmichael in the background so I don’t feel so guilty.
Links where you can follow Bryan Choo or find out more about his projects:
- Bryan Choo on LinkedIn | Instagram
- The Smart Local – Official Website
- The Smart Local on Tech In Asia
- Bryan Choo’s interview on Asian Entrepreneur
All books mentioned by Bryan Choo in this interview:
- Valores atípicos: la historia del éxito de Malcolm Gladwell
- Unlimited Power: The New Science of Personal Achievement by Tony Robbins
- The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference by Malcolm Gladwell
- Los 7 hábitos de la gente altamente efectiva de Stephen R. Covey
- Start with Why by Simon Sinek
- Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion by Robert B. Cialdini