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Best way to Make Money November 5, 2007

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The best way to make money is to stop selfishly looking to make money. Instead, be trusted—by being trustworthy.

Charles H. Green

 

Making money just for the sake of making money can make us easily falling to the trap of selfish purpose. The quote above is taken from an article in Slow Leadership, describing another perspective of making money, which is the value of trustworthiness or integrity.

 

The articles emphasizes on the negative sides of sales contest. In the short term it can looks good, considerable as impressive performance, but most likely people will fall into the trap of selling for his/her own benefits.

 

On the other hand, pursue integrity to gain trust from our bosses/customers. That will benefit more in the long-term.

 

For the full article, check here.

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God-given Opportunities November 3, 2007

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It’s really amazing that God can talk to us through various people in many ways and media, His wisdom indeed is calling us.

The post today is inspired from the movie Evan Almighty, especially when the “God” is telling Evan’s wife to return to her husband. It really does reflect how God answers our prayer.

If someone prays for patience, you think God gives them patience? Or does He give them the opportunity to be patient?

If they pray for courage, does God give them courage, or does he give them opportunities to be courageous?

‘God’ @ Evan Almighty

For the full version of this article, check the post in my new blog here.

Declaration vs. Affirmation November 1, 2007

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Do you dream of becoming a better you? Can you start affirming that you have the character that you have dreamed about? It’s okay if you can’t, most of us can’t make affirmation toward ourselves because we know that we are trying to lie to ourselves, deep inside we know that we’re not there yet, and hence our affirmation is kind of in-sincere statements we make towards ourselves.

T. Harv Eker in his book, Secrets of the Millionaire Mind, encourages declaration instead of affirmation, what’s the difference?

The difference between a declaration and an affirmation is slight, but in my mind, powerful. The definition of an affirmation is “a positive statement asserting that a goal you wish to achieve is already happening.” The definition of a declaration is “to state an official intention to undertake a particular course of action or adopt a particular status.

T. Harv Eker

And why does he encourage declaration instead of affirmation?

Check the answer in my new blog here.

Being interesting October 29, 2007

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What makes a person interesting? Not necessarily the topic he/she is talking about. It’s more of ‘how’ than ‘what’, more of how he talk, how he communicate his/her ideas instead of the topic he is speaking about.

Today I want to share from a book I’m reading right now, in fact I’m studying it. It’s not an inspirational book, it is a technical, IT-related book. I’ve been thinking all along, whether anything that I can share about the book I’m reading right now in my blog. Of course I don’t want to share technical stuff in this blog, otherwise this blog will be reason2program or reason2code instead of reason2smile =)

The book is one of the Head First series (can be checked in Amazon here) and I study this book for a certification I plan to take next month. Something very interesting about this book was that how it’s been structured not in a conventional way, a way that the topic becomes very interesting and easier for readers to understand.

Some of the things I learned from the author of the books that I find it might be useful for us to become more interesting:

Available at my new blog, please check the article here.

Yours is A+ October 26, 2007

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If your life is to be evaluated, who will be giving the grade? And how is your grade?

It was 3 years ago, I was studying for my final year at NTU Singapore. I took a course on game development, it was very time consuming where we have to submit 5 assignments, including a complete game for the final assignment. It was a struggle for each assignment, and I submitted each with some ‘imperfection’, some mistakes and incompleteness here and there. No more time, so I just submitted my assignment.

The last 4 assignments’ grade are given only at the end of the semester. On the day where the grade is just released, I bumped into my lecturer before the class. I asked him, what is my grade, and he said, “it’s very good”. Eventually, I checked the net and surprised with the line of A+ that I got for all 5 assignments.

“Hey sir, so generous of you, but don’t you know I made so many mistakes, my submission is very simple, with many errors or bugs here and there, don’t you see that, it’s very obvious?” How would he answer if I asked that to my lecturer? Maybe he will answer “Mmmm, who is the one judging here? it’s not you, it’s me, and I’m giving you A+!”

Similarly, in our life, the one valuing our life is our God, not ourselves nor others. We may see mistake and imperfection in our life, but God’s view will be very different. He values our life despite of our weaknesses. God sees the progress, your love for Him and your willingness to repent and change, not all your mistakes.

And you’re an A+ in front of Him.

“Dolce far niente!” October 13, 2007

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Busy, busy, busy! even on weekend I also feel so busy. A message below is an excerpt of weekly message that I subscribed from www.tripleE.com.sg, reminding us about “Dolce far niente!” In English, that means “It is sweet doing nothing!”.

We are all incredibly busy and our thoughts and worries are ever-present. In order to keep your personal energy at a constant equilibrium, you need to re-charge yourself regularly. A great way of doing that is to simply do NOTHING! …Just 15 minutes of being still, meditating or comfortably sitting with positive thoughts will do wonders for you and will help to re-charge your energy levels so that you are firing on all cylinders again. By incorporating “nothingness” into your day, greater creativity, focus and of course energy will result!

What I learn from this message is about taking time to relax, put your thought to the positive things that happens on your life, instead of the to-do lists. Take time from your busyness to praise thanksgiving to God instead of praying for a list of requests.

Will you take time to do that?

Overcoming Shyness October 12, 2007

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A very good article on overcoming shyness from PickTheBrain blog:

A key to overcoming shyness is recognizing these perceived slights for what they are–meaningless. When someone reacts to you negatively, don’t take it personally. Imagine the other person’s perspective. Is there something that may have put them in a bad mood? Are they trying to cover up their own inadequacy? Considering the perspective of the other person makes it easier to put their reaction in the proper context.

Many times we don’t want to speak up because we think that we have nothing to contribute, and therefore, to avoid embarrassment, we better keep in silence.

To get over this you need to recognize the merit of your own thoughts and the value they present to others. It’s ironic that the people most inclined towards shyness are often the most thoughtful. To reach your potential, you need to share yourself with the world. Your brilliant insights don’t hold any value until they’ve enlightened someone else.

Some of the practices that the article suggest, is the practice of sharing, sharing your insights, speak up even when you don’t want to. And more importantly, it’s how you can contribute to the society.

For the full article, click here.

Don’t take yourself too seriously October 11, 2007

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Back to the book I’m reading right now, Be A People Person by John Maxwell, there is one of the ten tips he mentioned on handling criticism, which is

Don’t take yourself too seriously. If you can develop ability to laugh at yourself, you will be much more relaxed when given or giving criticism… Blessed is he who can enjoy his blunders.

John C. Maxwell

Often we criticize ourselves too much for the mistakes we made. Now what you can do is laugh at your weakness, as what John Maxwell said, enjoy your blunders. Enjoying doesn’t mean that we don’t change or fix our mistakes, that means we accept ourselves on not being perfect while we are in the progress of changing to become better and better. Another important point for us is that…

We are approved by God, we don’t have to win the approval of others and look good in their eyes. We are not perfect people. Too many of us take ourselves too seriously and God not seriously enough.

John C. Maxwell

Productivity: Being productive by being yourself October 10, 2007

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Have you ever tried very hard to be productive? A blogger on blogging Michael Martine has a message on blogging productivity that we can apply to anything that we are doing.

The key to being productive is not to try and be productive… it is to understand and be yourself. If a “productivity guru” said that, he would be laughed off the stage, because productivity gurus make their money by selling you formulas—science without the art. Don’t try to be productive! Try to be yourself. Expressing yourself is the art. Productivity naturally follows.

Michael Martine*

So… be yourself! That means follow your passion and calling in life! Share with others and you will be productive!

*Michael Martine’s blog can be checked here.

Seek wisdom but not to lean on it October 9, 2007

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Inspired by my devotional* today, taken from Proverbs chapter 2 to 3. Inspired by the point stated by John C. Maxwell on the passage, which is entitled The Irony of Spiritual Leadership:

As a spiritual leader, …

We are to get wisdom and understanding (2:1-5**), yet we are not to lean on it apart from the Lord (3:5,6***).

John Maxwell

It’s an irony isn’t it, if you see a bookstore, so many books and audios talk about wisdom, mindset, inspiring success stories, etc. It’s just similar like what Proverbs 1: 20-22 **** mentioned, wisdom calls aloud outside, raises her voice in open squares, and so on.

Sometimes I questioned, is it the right one, so many self-help books, and inspiring success stories being published and advertised, but will it contradict my Christian faith?

From the devotional today, I’m taking a conclusion that we are as a spiritual leaders or called-to-be leaders, we are asked to seek wisdom, from God Himself, from bible and from various experts and successful people that has learned the wisdom and knowledge throughout his life. Each of them may not perfect, but they have some value that God wants us to learn from.

Yet, we are asked to make use of the wisdom, making use of them without contradicting our faith, and the more important thing is that not to rely to our wisdom, the knowledge that we have been gathered around the years. Our trust still comes from God and God only, not human understanding nor wisdom.

*My devotional is taken from NKJV bible, specifically the Maxwell Leadership Bible, further info can be checked here.

** 1 My son, if you receive my words,
And treasure my commands within you,
2 So that you incline your ear to wisdom,
And apply your heart to understanding;
3 Yes, if you cry out for discernment,
And lift up your voice for understanding,

4 If you seek her as silver,
And search for her as for hidden treasures;
5 Then you will understand the fear of the LORD,
And find the knowledge of God.

King Solomon (Proverbs 2:1-5 NKJV)

*** 5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart,
And lean not on your own understanding;

6 In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He shall direct[a] your paths.

King Solomon (Proverbs 3:5-6 NKJV)

**** 20 Wisdom calls aloud outside;
She raises her voice in the open squares.

21 She cries out in the chief concourses,[b]
At the openings of the gates in the city
She speaks her words:
22 “ How long, you simple ones, will you love simplicity?
For scorners delight in their scorning,
And fools hate knowledge.

King Solomon (Proverbs 1:20-22 NKJV)