Saturday, January 31, 2009

Done with the Road Less Traveled, now I'm reading this book Becoming A Person of Influence by John C Maxwell.
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Just share some of the inspiring quotes from the book.
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Many succeed momentarily by what they know;
Some succeed temporarily by what they do; but
Few succeed permanently by what they are
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Encouragement
An experiment was conducted years ago to measure people's capacity to endure pain. Psychologists measured how long a barefooted person could stand in a bucket of ice water. They found out that one factor made it possible for some people to stand in the ice water twice as long as others. Can you guess what that factor was? It was encouragement. When another person was present, giving support and encouragement, the sufferers were able to endure the pain much longer than their unencouraged counterparts.
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When a person feels encouraged, he can face the impossible and overcome incredible adversity.
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Hope
Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.
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How you treat people lies in how you think about them.
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Treat a man as he appears to be and you make him worse. But treat a man as if he already were what he potentially could be, and you make him what he should be.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
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There is a boy named Tommy who had a particularly hard time in school. He continually asked questions, and he never could quite keep up. It seemed that he failed every time he tried something. His teacher finally gave up on him and told his mother that he could not learn and would never amount to much. But Tommy's mother was a nurturer. She believed in him. She taught him at home, each time he failed. she gave him hope and encouraged him to keep trying.
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What ever happened to Tommy? He became an inventor, eventually holding more than one thousand patents, including those of the phonograph and the first commercially practical incandescent electric lightbulb. His name is Thomas Edison. When people have hope, there is no telling how far they can go.
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Visualize Their Future Success
We have heard about an experiment performed with laboratory rats to measure their motivation to live under different circumstances. Scientists dropped a rat into a jar of water that had been placed in total darkness, and they timed how long the animal would continue swimming before it gave up and allowed itself to drown. They found that the rat usually lasted little more than three minutes.
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Then they dropped another rat into the same kind of jar, but instead of placing in total darkness, they allowed a ray of light to shine into it. Under those circumstances, the rat kept swimming for thirty-six hours. That's more than seven hundred times longer than the one in the dark! Because the rat can see, it continued to have hope.
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I have added a list of the books that I have read so far, on the left. I dun mean anything as to proclaim that I have read these much of books so I am..... No! I was want to share my knowledge to those who read my blog, esp those who are seeking self-development. Like what Robin Sharma like to say in his seminars I am not a guru and I definitely do not know all the answers.
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Why read books, everyday.... I do not know the rational behind why but someone told me this:
If you eat 3 times a day, you'll be fat,
If you read 3 times a day, you'll be wise.

Saturday, January 24, 2009

"The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who cannot read them."
Mark Twain
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"Never, never, never, never give up."
Winston Churchill
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"Most people are just trying to get through the day. Sophisticated people learn how to get from the day."
Jim Rohn
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"If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude. Don't complain."
Maya Angelou
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"Good judgment comes from experience, and often experience comes from bad judgment."
Rita Mae Brown
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Personal Development - Nine Things More Important than Capital by Jim Rohn
When starting any enterprise or business, whether it is full-time or part-time, we all know the value of having plenty of capital (money). But I bet we both know or at least have heard of people who started with no capital who went on to make fortunes. How? You may ask.
Well, I believe there are actually some things that are more valuable than capital that can lead to your entrepreneurial success. Let me give you the list.
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1. Time.
Time is more valuable than capital. The time you set aside not to be wasted, not to be given away. Time you set aside to be invested in an enterprise that brings value to the marketplace with the hope of making a profit. Now we have capital time.
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How valuable is time? Time properly invested is worth a fortune. Time wasted can be devastation. Time invested can perform miracles, so you invest your time.
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2. Desperation.
I have a friend Lydia, whose first major investment in her new enterprise was desperation. She said, "My kids are hungry, I gotta make this work. If this doesn't work, what will I do?" So she invested $1 in her enterprise selling a product she believed in. The $1 was to buy a few fliers so she could make a sale at retail, collect the money and then buy the product wholesale to deliver back to the customer.
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My friend Bill Bailey went to Chicago as a teenager after he got out of high school. And the first job he got was as a night janitor. Someone said, "Bill, why would you settle for night janitor?" He said, "Malnutrition." You work at whatever you can possibly get when you get hungry. You go to work somewhere -- night janitor, it doesn't matter where it is. Years later, now Bill is a recipient of the Horatio Alger award, rich and powerful and one of the great examples of lifestyle that I know. But, his first job -- night janitor. Desperation can be a powerful incentive. When you say - I must.
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3. Determination.
Determination says I will. First Lydia said, "I must find a customer." Desperation. Second, she said, "I will find someone before this first day is over." Sure enough, she found someone. She said, "If it works once, it will work again." But then the next person said, "No." Now what must you invest?
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4. Courage.
Courage is more valuable than capital. If you've only got $1 and a lot of courage, I'm telling you, you've got a good future ahead of you. Courage in spite of the circumstances. Humans can do the most incredible things no matter what happens. Haven't we heard the stories? There are some recent ones from Kosovo that are some of the most classic, unbelievable stories of being in the depths of hell and finally making it out. It's humans. You can't sell humans short. Courage in spite of, not because of, but in spite of. Now once Lydia has made 3 or 4 sales and gotten going, here's what now takes over.
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5. Ambition.
"Wow! If I can sell 3, I can sell 33. If I can sell 33, I can sell 103." Wow. Lydia is now dazzled by her own dreams of the future.
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6. Faith.
Now she begins to believe she's got a good product. This is probably a good company. And she then starts to believe in herself. Lydia, single mother, 2 kids, no job. "My gosh, I'm going to pull it off!" Her self-esteem starts to soar. These are investments that are unmatched. Money can't touch it. What if you had a million dollars and no faith? You'd be poor. You wouldn't be rich. Now here is the next one, the reason why she's a millionaire today.
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7. Ingenuity.
Putting your brains to work. Probably up until now, you've put about 1/10 of your brainpower to work. What if you employed the other 9/10? You can't believe what can happen. Humans can come up with the most intriguing things to do. Ingenuity. What's ingenuity worth? A fortune. It is more valuable than money. All you need is a $1 and plenty of ingenuity. Figuring out a way to make it work, make it work, make it work.
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8. Heart and Soul.
What is a substitute for heart and soul? It's not money. Money can't buy heart and soul. Heart and soul is more valuable than a million dollars. A million dollars without heart and soul, you have no life. You are ineffective. But, heart and soul is like the unseen magic that moves people, moves people to buy, moves people to make decisions, moves people to act, moves people to respond.
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9. Personality.
You've just got to spruce up and sharpen up your own personality. You've got plenty of personality. Just get it developed to where it is effective every day, it's effective no matter who you talk to - whether it is a child or whether it is a business person - whether it is a rich person or a poor person. A unique personality that is at home anywhere. One of my mentors, Bill Bailey, taught me, "You've got to learn to be just as comfortable, Mr. Rohn, whether it is in a little shack in Kentucky having a beer and watching the fights with Winfred, my old friend or in a Georgian mansion in Washington, DC as the Senator's guest." Move with ease whether it is with the rich or whether it is with the poor. And it makes no difference to you who is rich or who is poor. A chance to have a unique relationship with whomever. The kind of personality that's comfortable. The kind of personality that's not bent out of shape.
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And lastly, let's not forget charisma and sophistication. Charisma with a touch of humility. This entire list is more valuable than money. With one dollar and the list I just gave you, the world is yours. It belongs to you, whatever piece of it you desire whatever development you wish for your life. I've given you the secret. Capital. The kind of capital that is more valuable than money and that can secure your future and fortune. Remember that you lack not the resources.
Every day, every week, and every month will take you closer to your goals IF you are planning your action and then putting action to your plan. These three steps will help you reach your goals:
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Step One: MONTHLY PLANNING
-- Reserve one hour at the end of each month to plan for the coming month. (This can be a quick review if you plan in 90-day cycles.)
-- Survey your goals for the year/quarter and your progress on them.
-- Break goals and projects down into steps you can accomplish each week.
-- Designate specific due dates for completing these interim steps.
-- If what you plan will take several months, divide it into steps so that you can accomplish a little each month.
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Step Two: WEEKLY PLANNING
-- Set aside half an hour every Friday afternoon or Monday morning to plan for the upcoming week.
-- Look over the goals you've set for the week, and consider any additional tasks that you need to accomplish.
-- Divide tasks planned into steps, and choose a day to work on each step.
-- Make note of previously scheduled meetings and appointments.
-- Be sure that your weekly routine includes activities that are directly related to your goals.
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Step Three: DAILY PLANNING
-- At the beginning of each day, review your progress on yesterday's work, and note any pending items.
-- Spend a few minutes deciding what tasks to work on today.
-- Order the day's tasks by priority level with "must do" items first.
-- If possible, schedule items that will require more concentration for the time of day that you work best.
-- Leave roughly 20 percent of your time unscheduled to make room for new items, delays, etc.
-- If appropriate, start with your top-priority item and work on it as long as you can or until it's completed. Once you've tackled your #1 job, move on to the next highest priority on your list.
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When you put daily action to your plan, your goals will quickly come to pass!
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"Good service leads to multiple sales. If you take good care of your customers, they will open doors you could never open by yourself."
Jim Rohn

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Great Time Management by Jim Rohn

From Brian Tracy:
I always give the principle of: Begin the day by "Eating That Frog." It basically says that if the first thing you do in the morning is eat a live frog, then you will have the satisfaction of knowing it is probably the worst thing that is going to happen to you all day long. And your "live frog" is your most important task. Now there's two corollaries to that. The first one is if you have two frogs to eat, eat the ugliest one first and the second corollary to that is if you have to eat a frog at all, it doesn't pay to sit and look at it too long.
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So the key to high performance is to plan every day the night before, in advance, and set priorities for it. And then say, "If I can only complete one task on this list before I was to be called out of town for a month, which one task would it be?" And whatever that is, it becomes your frog and the next morning discipline yourself to start in on that task, the most important thing on your list, and do only that until it is complete.
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If you can develop that habit, you can double and triple your productivity, you'll take full control of your life, you'll eventually become wealthy, and the personal feeling of pride, accomplishment, discipline and achievement you get will be absolutely extraordinary. It is one of the most important of all lessons to learn, and one of the hardest things to implement if anybody has tried to do it.
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From Denis Waitley:
Stop watching in prime time and start living in prime time. Prime time is 7-11 p.m. EST, when all of America is watching other people making money and having fun in their professions. So if you want to watch other people making money, having fun in their professions, which gets their ratings up so they make more money, go ahead and do things that are tension relieving, instead of goal achieving. But if you truly want to live YOUR life in prime time, then write in prime time, have intimacy in prime time, talk with your children in prime time, live and do in prime time instead of unhooking and engaging in tension relieving activities. Every book I've written has been written 7-11 p.m. weekly and on Saturdays. And why? Because I am earning money the rest of the time, and I don't have time to write a book except in prime time.
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So stop watching and use the television set as an appliance. It has doors on it. Close the doors and use it like an iron. When you need to iron your clothes, bring out the TV set.
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From Jim Rohn:
Regarding the television, I knew a guy who wasn't doing too well and he wanted some advice from me. I knew he had a television set and knew he watched a lot of television, so I asked, "How much did that television cost you?"
He said, "About $400."
I said, "No, you're mistaken."
He said, "No, this television set cost me $400."
I said, "Well, that's to buy it. To watch it, I am sure it is costing you about $40,000 a year to watch." He finally got the message and he called his brother-in-law, who had a pickup, and he and his brother-in-law hauled his television out of the house. His brother-in-law did say, "Well, you can just shut it off."And he said, "No, for now I don't trust myself, Jim Rohn is right. I'm not going to let this television set cost me $40,000 a year anymore."
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From Vic Johnson:
My biggest tip would be in an area in which I struggle a lot. About 15 years ago, I heard someone say to never handle the items in your inbox more than one time. So I adopted that for email. Now I get over 300 emails every day, even though I have all kinds of filters, some of them going to other people, etc. My biggest challenge is to touch that email only one time. Either I forward the email, I return the email and delete it or drag it to a folder for action by someone else or delete it. If you continue to have to go back and revisit that email over and over trying to make a decision, that's time -- that's wasted time -- plus it's on your mind until you get rid of it. So if you are in a profession and you handle a lot of emails and you're still getting a lot of items in your inbox, only touch them one time.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Done with the book, Your Road Map For Success, a few days ago. Later in the afternoon I'm going to return it to the library. In the meantime, I shall share a couple of stories here.
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Face Your Fears
60% of our fears are actually unwarranted, they never come to pass.
20% of our fears are focused on our past, which is completely out of our control.
10% of our fears are based on things so petty that they make no difference in our lifes.
Of the remaining 10%, only 4 to 5% could considered justifiable.
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Sel Not Spel
It said that a recently hired salesman wrote his first sales report to the home office after working in his territory the first week. It shocked the sales manager because he suddenly realized that he had hired someone who was illiterate. Here's what the report said : "I went and seen this outfit which ain't never bot nothin from us befour and I sole em a good order. Now I'm movin on to Nu Yourk."
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The manager was in a panic. But before he could get hold of the salesman to fire him, he received a second report. It said : "I done been hear fer too days and sole them haff a millyon."
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Then the manager was really confused. He couldn't keep an illiterate salesman, but he couldn't fire a salesman who had outsold everyone else on the sales force. So he did what every good middle manager does. He dumped the problem in the lap of the company's president.
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The next morning, everyone in the sales department was amazed to see the salesman's two letters on the bulletin board along with the following memo from the president : "We bin spendin weigh two much time tryin to spel in stead of tryin to sel. Lets all try to get our sails up. Reed these too letters from hour best salesman. He's doin a grate job and all you shud go out and do like he done."
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Even under the worst of circumstances - or with major disabilities - people with potential make things happen.


"There is no future in any job. The future lies in the person who holds the job"
Dr George W. Crane


Lately I was doing a job that most of the people wouldn't want to, valet service. It wasn't paid good but I enjoy it pretty much, not bcos' of the tips but bcos' I got the chance to drive many cars a day. I like cars very much and guess what, I now have the chance to test-drive cars like:
-BMW 3 and 5 series,
-Skoda,
-Lexus,
-Saab,
-Audi,
-Toyota Mark X,
-Toyota Camry,
-Toyota Harrier,
-Volvo
-Subaru WRX,


Not to mention those common cars like Nissan Sunny, Toyota Altis, Honda Stream, Nissan March, etc....

So in future, anyone who wants to buy a car, can feel free to ask me which car is good, which car is powerful. Oh yes, almost forget the most powerful, most performance car I ever drive so far in this job is this Nissan GTR. Want to know how does it look like?




It was so stressed when parking this car. Just a tap on the gas, and it goes Voooom!!!
I am looking forward to park a Ferarri, red Ferarri. My favourite Chairman's Club member, Pedro Cardoso, the Portuguese guy from Brazil got a red Ferarri. Oh yes, btw my blog's song is his walk-in song.

Saturday, January 10, 2009

You pay a price for getting stronger.
You pay a price for getting faster.
You pay a price for jumping higher.
(But also) you pay a price for staying just the same.
H. Jackson Brown, author of Life's Little Instruction Book