True Balance CEO says while golf is 'almost meditative', chess helps him de-stress
Morning lark Cheolwon Charlie Lee starts his day at 4 am with a quick half-hour walk.
“I am a morning lark; I start my day at around 4 am usually. I believe that starting the day with a quick half-hour walk helps give it a positive start. It’s also a time when I can reflect and plan my day by myself.
“On weekends, I like to play some golf. To quote Bobby Jones, one of the most influential figures from the sport, ‘Golf is the closest game to the game we call life. You get bad breaks from good shots; you get good breaks from bad shots; but you have to play the ball where it lies’. These words have had a deep impact on me. So, while I play the sport with utmost concentration on weekends, it also helps me clear my head. It’s almost meditative in nature.
“I am crazy about Indian food — everything from gulab jamun to lal maans — my palate has had a feast since I moved to India.”
“I am inspired by stories of isolated individuals overcoming their challenges and finding meaning in their lives. One of my all-time favourite movies is Good Will Hunting. Stories like these remind me that obstacles serve a role other than just causing emotional distress. Successful people look at problems differently.
“Chess is also a sport I am extremely fond of. Just like golf, I find chess de-stressing and stimulating at the same time. It requires me to put other thoughts at the far edge of my mind, and focus on the game, like nothing else can.
“Some of my favourite books are about disruptive theories, about displacing established rules of the game. Clayton M Christensen has written extensively on the subject in his fascinating books, Seeing What’s Next and The Innovator’s Dilemma. These books provide some excellent insights into the multiple approaches that a startup could employ and how or why most companies miss out on new waves of innovation.”
“I took up meditation around five years ago, and it has helped me enormously. I studied the art and science of meditation from a Buddhist Institute in Korea. The habitual practice of training one’s mind to focus and redirecting one’s thoughts has a long reaching impact on both the personal and professional fronts. From the ability to tide over troubled waters, the ability to apply oneself to a given task, easier decision-making and making peace with one’s decisions, meditation helps in addressing all aspects.
“I find that when your everyday work aligns with your personal goals, there is the least amount of physical and mental stress. The nature of my work is also a source of motivation and personal enrichment.
“When all else fails, there will always be soulful music to lift your spirits. Jazz never fails to do this part for me.”.