Love it or hate it, market research and public opinion polls are necessary for many businesses to succeed and for governments to gain valuable insights. What should you do when you receive one of those phone calls from a company asking you to do a survey? Most people hang up without saying anything. But is that the right way to do it?
It's been three years since I left Japan to return to my home country of Canada. I lived in Japan for eleven years, more than a quarter of my life. That's a long time to live outside your home country. I got married in Japan, had a child in Japan, and had a job I loved in Japan. But why did I move back to Canada? There are several reasons, which I'll briefly touch, but it was a very difficult decision. It's a decision I still live with, and I've changed a lot as a person.
A few years ago, I'd heard about the new phenomenon called Minecraft that had become incredibly popular with children. It was a game where you could build, explore, and adventure. You could build your own house, dig in a mine, or make enchanted weapons. It's basically a fantasy world where you can do anything you like. But what caught my eye was how everything was made of blocks. It's like Lego. It turned me off the game, and I thought it would be great if there were something like this that looked more realistic. I didn't think much of the game.
Ever since I was a child, I've been an introvert. Scientific studies have shown that the brain of an introvert is quite different than that of an extrovert. It's not something that can be changed. It's hardwired. Introverts are often accused of being shy, antisocial, or withdrawn like it's something that needs to be fixed. Well, there is nothing wrong with being an introvert.