Everyone needs a Walkabout

A spontaneous journey through the wilderness of one’s choosing in an effort to satisfy one’s itchy feet, a need to be elsewhere, the craving for the open road, that space over the horizon… you can’t quite touch it so you have to go find it because you just know it’s there…Or maybe it just feels good to go walking around. This is the description given by Crocodile Dundee.

On a more serious tone, the term Walkabout comes from the Australian Aboriginal. The idea is that a person can get so caught up in one’s work, obligations and duties that the truly important parts of one’s self become lost. From there it is a downward spiral as one gets farther and farther from the true self. A crisis situation usually develops that awakens the wayward to the absent true self. It is at this time that one must go on walkabout.

It is time for me to go walkabout, to a land so far over the horizon that it will take several long haul flights to get there.

An experiment in work and life integration


My full name is Yee-Ming Tan, and I prefer to be called Ming.

I wear many hats and this site attempts to pull together all my various interests and passion in one place.

I have a coaching and consultancy practice called Third Thinking where we offer services relating to my three key specialization: coaching, authentic leadership and positive practices for the workplace.

Happier Retreat offers stressed out professionals in need of an R&R (retreat and recharge) a chance to recalibrate their life and learn to live happier each day.  As one of the first Asians to study Master of Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) under Martin Seligman (the founder of positive psychology) at the University of Pennsylvania, I introduce the science of happiness and wellbeing through my writing and offering corporate training programs.

I authored a book named “Start Your Own Ripple Effect” and write a column for Amazing magazine in Taiwan. I also publish a series of RippleCards tools for those who are serious in developing their own positive rippling effect.

As an entrepreneur with a lifestyle business, Nonzero is a social experiment in cultivating a positive eco-system, from the employees to the suppliers to the customers. We are in this sustainable community together, operating with a non-zero sum game mentality. Nonzero farm in Dulan is where I connect with the land and nature, and learn about incorporating sustainable practices in our modern living.

As the co-founder of Ripplemaker Foundation, I take the learning from my own business, to help young entrepreneurs realize their dream.


Third Thinking:

Happier Retreat/ Ripple Products, 

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