Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Today is 30th Dec. 2 more days and it's 2009. What is your New Year Resolution? Today I went to the library again. I'm done with Failing Forward and I loaned another book from John Maxwell, Your Road Map For Success.

Before I returned the previous book back to the library, I want to share some motivation from the book.
There are three things extremely hard:steel, diamond, and to know one's self.
Ben Franklin
Not realising what you want is a problem of knowledge.
Not pursuing what you want is a problem of motivation.
Not achieving what you want is a problem of persistence.
While one person hesitates because he feels inferior,
the other is busy making mistakes and becoming superior.
Henry C. Link
The essence or the best is always at the last. These true stories are especially for those who faced many failures in life, just when you think that you're a complete failure as all the others brand you with, read the following before branding yourself a complete failure.
John Creasey received 743 rejections slips from publishers before one word was ever published - he eventually published 560 books, which sold more than 60 million copies.
Eddy Arcaro lost 250 consecutive races before he won his first.
Albert Einstein, Edgar Allan Poe, and John Shelley were all expelled from school for being mentally slow.
So where do you stand if NOW you compare yourself with them?
1. Realize there is one major difference between average people and achieving people.
2. Learn a new definition of failure.
3 .Remove the "you" from failure.
4. Take action and reduce your fear.
5. Change your response to failure by accepting responsibility.
6. Don't let the failure from outside get inside you.
7. Say goodbye to yesterday.
8. Change yourself, and your world changes.
9. Get over yourself and start giving yourself.
10. Find the benefit in every bad experience.
11. If at first you do succeed, try something harder.
12. Learn from a bad experience and make it a good experience.
13. Work on the weakness that weakens you.
14. Understand there's not much difference between failure and success.
15. Get up, get over it, get going.

Thursday, December 25, 2008

For the past few weeks, I went for a tour to many places, took lots of pics around the Europe so I just want to share with you the wonderful photos I took... Take your time and enjoy....
Salzburg, Austria
Prince Edward Island, Canada
Prague, Czech Republic
Paris, France
Island of Sicily, Italy
Island of Malta, Malta
Honfleur, France
Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany
Dublin, Ireland
Crete, Greece
Albi, France
Boston, USA
How you find my photographic skills? Not bad, huh? Of cos' they are... I snap them myself... No, I didn't went for a tour to Europe, but all these pics are really snapped by me. I got this calendar from my company and I just want to share with you all these nice scenery pics which I like them very much. I took them from the calendar with my camera. ...
Today is Christmas Day... Didn't go out, stay at home.
Today momo slept till about 12 pm then she wakes up. She was walking around the house with her hair messy and her pants so lowly cut.... haha....
Now she is a tall lass.
After lunch, I took her to Jurong Point, the newly built extension one.... It was a challenge for me cos' there are so many ppl there and momo isn't easy to handle single-handedly... She tried out some clothes at Fox Baby, went to Kiddy Palace to play with the soft toys, went to Starbucks, went to Gramaphone...
Maybe next time, if the crowd subsides, I will take her to New York New York for cakes.
Today while momo is sleeping like a baby I was reading Failing Forward by John Maxwell. I think I can't share with you whatever I read cos' every single page is worth pondering. Every page there is something that worth reading and digesting.
The whole book can be described in just 4 words.... You go read it.
Nevertheless I just share some that I bookmarked.
The process of exiting the failure freeway:
Chapter 1. I walked down the street. There is a deep hole in the sidewalk. I fall in. I am lost. I am hopeless. It isn't my fault. It takes forever to find a way out.
Chapter 2. I walk down the street. There is a deep hole in the sidewalk. I pretend I didn't see it. I fall in again. I can't believe I am in the same place, but it isn't my fault. It still takes a long time to get out.
Chapter 3. I walk down the same street. There is a deep hole in the sidewalk. I see it is there. I still fall in. It's a habit. My eyes are open. I know where I am. It is my fault. I get out immediately.
Chapter 4. I walk down the same street. There is a deep hole in the sidewalk. I walk around it.
Chapter 5. I walk down another street.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

I shall share with you a really meaningful story I come across while reading this book... It's a African parable"

Every morning in Africa, a gazelle wakes up. It knows that it must run faster than the fastest lion or it will be killed. Every morning a lion wakes up. It knows that it must outrun the slowest gazelle or it will starve to death.

It doesn't matter whether you are a lion or a gazelle: When the sun comes up you had better be running.

There are more than just a few meaningful verses and stories. Like we always used to hear, a picture tells a thousand words...

A story will change people lives.

Steps to Success

....Successful Entrepreneur
..................Looks like a Fool
..........Afraid of Being a Fool

Many of life's failures are people who did not realise how close they were to success when they give up.
Thomas Edison
Failure isn't so bad if it doesn't attack the heart.
Success is all right if it doesn't go to the head.
Grantland Rice
Forget to upload this 2 pages I want to share with you... This was actually taken right from the book, Who Cry When You Die. I mean instead of typing it word by word, I just snap a pic of it and post it here.

Robin Sharma very first self-published book, The Monk Who Sold His Ferarri. He send 100 copies of it to 100 CEOs and only one CEO acknowledged it. Out of 100 CEOs only one CEO has the courtesy of returning his favour.

And this CEO, his name is Mark Hughes.

Friday, December 19, 2008

Just finished reading the book, Discover Your Destiny, by Robin Sharma... I would like to share with you one story from this book.

There is this mountain climber who reached the summit of the peak he was scaling at midday. The challenge then became getting back down, to a place of safety before the sun had set. As he descended, he noticed that sun getting lower and lower. He quickened his pace but, as the hours slipped away, the light faded and the sun sank lower on the horizon. He began to grow frightened and many fears began to surface. He felt that if he did not get to the bottom of the mountain, he would be caught midway and be placed in an extremely dangerous position, perhaps even falling to his death.

Finally, the sun set and the climber found himself in utter darkness. Desperate, he fumbled to find something he could hold to, eventually clinging to a branch that grew from a crevice in the stone face of the mountain. The climber spent the night hanging on to that branch, frozen with fear, believing that if he let go of it, he would fall to his death on the rocks below. The night was a nightmare for him - pure terror.

But when the first ray of the morning cast light once again, he began to laugh. He could not believe what he saw. His fear was only an illusion. Only six inches below him rested a ledge. In the darkness, he could not see it. But in the light, he realized that all he had to do was to go six inches lower and he could have spent the entire night in safety and relative comfort. His fear were unfounded. His terror had no basis in reality. And fears, I have learned, are like that. They keep us small, shackled; they spoil our lives. And yet every single one of the fears that limit us is truly only six inches deep.

Do not let the fears own you. Do not let them spoil your life.

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

"Don't become a victim of yourself. Forget about the thief waiting in the alley; what about the thief in your mind?"
Jim Rohn
Currently I was reading this another wonderful book by Robin Sharma, Discover Your Destiny with the Monk Who Sold His Ferrari. I come across some really inspiriting verse..
The greatest treasures are the treasures that lie within.
There is but one failure in life and that is failure to try.
The past is a grave and it makes no sense to spend your life living in a grave. Every ending represents a new beginning. Or to put it another way, you cannot move forward in life if you're stuck looking in the rearview mirror.
More quotes by Jim Rohn
One of the best places to start to turn your life around is by doing whatever appears on your mental "I should" list.
Indecision is the thief of opportunity.
Every life form seems to strive to its maximum except human beings. How tall will a tree grow?
As tall as it possibly can. Human beings, on the other hand, have been given the dignity of choice.
You can choose to be all or you can choose to be less. Why not stretch up to the full measure of the challenge and see what all you can do?
You cannot change your destination overnight, but you can change your direction overnight.
Decision making can sometimes seem like inner civil war.
I used to say, "I sure hope things will change." Then I learned that the only way things are going to change for me is when I change.
Don't say, "If I could, I would." Say, "If I can, I will."
It doesn't matter which side of the fence you get off on sometimes. What matters most is getting off! You cannot make progress without making decisions.
We generally change ourselves for one of two reasons: inspiration or desperation.
If you don't like how things are, change it! You're not a tree.

Thursday, December 04, 2008

Last week I loaned this book written by Robin Sharma from Jurong library, Who Will Cry When You Die. The same author who wrote the book I was reading the last time, The Monk Who Sold His Ferarri.

I just share with you some of the inspirations I obtained:

On your deathbed, in the twilight of your life, it will not be all the risks you took that you will regret the most. Rather, what will fill your heart with the greatest amount of regret and sadness will be those risks that you did not take, all the opportunities you did not seize, and all those fears you did not face. Remember that on the other side fear lies freedom. And stay focused on the timeless success principle that says:"Life is nothing more than a game of numbers - the more risks you take, the more rewards you will receive."

To get more from life, you need to be more in life.

"When my son was growing up, he constantly asked me to give him piggyrides. Though I knew how much he loved them I was always too busy to play with him. I had reports to read or meetings to attend or calls to make. Now that he has grown up and left our home, I have realized one thing: I would give anything in the world to give that little boy a piggyback ride."

The heights by great men reached and kept
Were not attained by sudden flight
But they, while their companions slept
Were toiling upward in the night

"It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare; it is because we do not dare that they are difficult"

On Father's Day, my son, Colby, brought home a handmade card from school. On the front of it was his small handprint and inside the card, above a little photograph of my child, were these words:
Sometimes you get discouraged because I am so small and always leave my fingerprints on furnitures and walls.
But every day I'm growing - I'll be grown up someday and all those tiny handprints will surely fade away.
So here's a final handprint, just so that you can recall exactly how my fingers looked, when I was very small.

This I think it's the best story in this book, that's why I leave it to the last...

Mahatma Gandhi was travelling across India by train. As he left the car he had been riding in, one of his shoes fell to a place on the tracks well beyond his reach. Rather than worrying about getting it back, he did something that startled his travelling companions. He removed his other shoe and threw it to where the first one rested. When asked why he did this, Gandhi smiled and replied:"Now the poor soul who finds the first one will have a pair that he can wear."