Thursday, April 30, 2009

Check it out!! John C. Maxwell is coming here in Singapore on the 4th July. Simply not to be missed!!! "LIVE" in person...
Have you got your seatings already? Did you see the exclaimation "Definitely FULL HOUSE"?

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Our greatest weakness lies in giving up.
Thoman Edison
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Ninety-nine percent of the failures come from people who have the habit of making excuses
George Washington
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Make a decision to be succesful right now. Most people never decide to be wealthy and that is
why they retire poor."
Brian Tracy
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A failure establishes only this, that our determination to succeed was not strong enough."
Christian Nestell Bovée
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Maintaining Honesty and Integrity by Jim Rohn (excerpted from Cultivating an Unshakable Character)
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For a leader, honesty and integrity are absolutely essential to survival. A lot of business people don't realize how closely they're being watched by their subordinates. Remember when you were a kid in grammar school, how you used to sit there staring at your teacher all day? By the end of the school year, you could do a perfect imitation of all your teacher's mannerisms. You were aware of the slightest nuances in your teacher's voice - all the little clues that distinguished levels of meaning that told you the difference between bluff and "now I mean business".
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And you were able to do that after eight or nine months of observation. Suppose you had five or 10 years. Do you think there would have been anything about your teacher you didn't know?
Now fast forward and use that analogy as a manager. Do you think there's anything your people don't know about you right this minute? If you haven't been totally aboveboard and honest with them, do you really think you've gotten away with it? Not too likely. But if you've been led to believe that you've gotten away with it, there might be a good probability that people are afraid of you, and that's a problem in its own right.
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But there is another side of this coin. In any organization, people want to believe in their leaders. If you give them reason to trust you, they're not going to go looking for reasons to think otherwise, and they'll be just as perceptive about your positive qualities as they are about the negative ones.
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A situation that happened some years ago at a company in the Midwest illustrates this perfectly. The wife of a new employee experienced complications in the delivery of a baby. There was a medical bill of more than $10,000, and the health insurance company didn't want to cover it. The employee hadn't been on the payroll long enough, the pregnancy was a preexisting condition, etc, etc,..
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In any case, the employee was desperate. He approached the company CEO and asked him to talk to the insurance people. The CEO agreed, and the next thing the employee knew, the bill was gone and the charges were rescinded.
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Then he told some colleagues about the way the CEO had so readily used his influence with the insurance company, they just shook their heads and smiled. The CEO had paid the bill out of his own pocket, and everybody knew it, no matter how quietly it had been done.
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Now an act of dishonesty can't be hidden either, and it will instantly undermine the authority of a leader. But an act of integrity and kindness like the example above is just as obvious to all concerned. When you're in a leadership position, you have the choice of how you will be seen, but you will be seen one way or the other, make no mistake about it.
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One of the most challenging areas of leadership is your family. Leadership of a family demands even higher standards of honesty and integrity, and the stakes are higher too. You can replace disgruntled employees and start over. You can even get a new job for yourself, if it comes to that. But your family can't be shuffled like a deck of cards. If you haven't noticed, kids are great moral philosophers, especially as they get into adolescence. They're determined to discover and expose any kind of hypocrisy, phoniness, or lack of integrity on the part of authority figures, and if we're parents, that means us. It's frightening how unforgiving kids can be about this, but it really isn't a conscious decision on their part; it's just a necessary phase of growing up.
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They're testing everything, especially their parents.
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As a person of integrity yourself, you'll find it easy to teach integrity to your kids, and they in turn will find it easy to accept you as a teacher. This is a great opportunity and also a supreme responsibility, because kids simply must be taught to tell the truth: to mean what they say and to say what they mean.
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Praise is one of the world's most effective teaching and leadership tools. Criticism and blame, even if deserved, are counterproductive unless all other approaches have failed.
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Now for the other side of the equation, we all know people who have gotten ahead as a result of dishonest or unethical behavior. When you're a kid, you might naively think that never happens, but when you get older, you realize that it does. Then you think you've really wised up. But that's not the real end of it. When you get older, you see the long-term consequences of dishonest gain, and you realize that in the end it doesn't pay.
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Hope of dishonest gain is the beginning of loss.’ I don't think that old saying refers to loss of money. I think it actually means loss of self-respect. You can have all the material things in the world, but if you've lost respect for yourself, what do you really have? The only way to ever attain success and enjoy it is to achieve it honestly with pride in what you've done.
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This isn't just a sermon, it's very practical advice. Not only can you take it to heart - you can take it to the bank.
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There are no new fundamentals. You've got to be a little suspicious of someone who says, "I've got a new fundamental." That's like someone inviting you to tour a factory where they are manufacturing antiques.
Jim Rohn
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Some things you have to do every day. Eating seven apples on Saturday night instead of one a day just isn't going to get the job done.
Jim Rohn
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Success is nothing more than a few simple disciplines, practiced every day; while failure is simply a few errors in judgment, repeated every day. It is the accumulative weight of our disciplines and our judgments that leads us to either fortune or failure.
Jim Rohn

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Guess what, guess what? I got my shoes fixed, spending only a mere $6. And if you were to actually calculated by the facts that the whole tube of adhesives costs $6 and I only used like less than 50% of the contents, it will only costs me like a $3 or so.

Sorrie, got no pics to show here. In the past I like to take pics and post them here but now I'm getting lazier. Is it when a person gets older, he will show symptoms indirectly?
Seeds of Greatness by Denis Waitley

If You Think You Can, You Can (This excerpt was taken from Denis Waitley's Seeds of Greatness Treasury)

You can be a total winner, even if you're a beginner
If you think you can you can, if you think you can you can
You can wear the gold medallion, you can ride your own black stallion
If you think you can you can, if you think you can you can

It's not your talent or the gifted birth
It's not your bank book that determines worth
It isn't in your gender or the color of your skin
It's your attitude that lets you win

You can live with "coulds" or "shoulds," or be like Tiger Woods
If you think you can you can, if you think you can you can
Even if you're hesitant, you can be a woman President
If you think you can you can, if you think you can you can

It doesn't matter what you've done before
It makes no difference what the halftime score
It's never over 'til the final gun
So keep on trying and you'll find you've won

Just grab your dream and then believe it
Go out and work, and you'll achieve it
If you think you can, you can
If you think you can, you can

-- Denis Waitley

Monday, April 20, 2009

Momo is sick.... She got sore throat cos' she likes to scream and shout at home. I dun know if that's the reason why she got sore throat but we assume that is the cause. Anyway, now momo is fine now. She is still so noti, so nosy. When I was changing in the room, she will quietly opens the door and peep inside. Once I caught her red-handed and I grabbed her by the singlet into the room... and you wouldn't want to know how I deal with her... (evil grin).

Today I went to Jurong Point. I planned to go there alone, leaving momo at home but when I wanted to leave, she was clinging onto me and crying. I tried to tell her to stay at home but she doesn't want to. So my mum told me to take her along since nowadays she started "defecting" to me. In the past, she just wouldn't want to stick onto me. When she is drinking her milk, she doesn't want me to be in the room, she will pushed me out with her 2 hands... but now time has changed. She wants to stick onto me, so let the little princess has her day.

I wanted to have my shoes fixed. The soles are going to fall off. The cobbler at Jurong Point charged me $35 for both soles. When I told him it's too expensive, he readily reduced it to $25. Wow... that's $10 reduction. But still I doesn't want to get it fixed there. Cos' when I bought it, it only cost me less than $25, or maybe more, I dun remember. This pair of shoes is the one that I wore for my driving test for almost 2 years and I passed my TP test with it. So it's a memorial for me. In the end, I went to the DIY shop and bought the adhesives home and glued it myself. I wanted to do it for a long time but I assume it doesn't cost a lot to engage the professional for the job but since it turned out to be the other way so I changed my plans.

Today I made momo walking a lot at Jurong Point so I guess tonite she will have an early night. Tomorrow she needs to wake up early for her childcare school. It wasn't that near so the time need for travelling needs to take into consideration.

We had Long John Silver's for breakfast. I told her to sit put at the chair while i queue up and she actually sit all the way there. You know I was constantly looking back at her to check if she is still there. I even have to stand in the way such that I need to face sideways at the counter. And there she is, with her petite head sticking above the table. Earlier on, she already had her milk before we left home so I just feed her a bit of the sandwich and the iced milo. She likes iced milo and that explains for the spill stain on her pants.

We went home after getting chicken rice from Boon Lay MRT. Pretty cheap, only $1.50 per pack.

So that's the outing I have with momo today. Shall have more advantages when I got free time.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership.... if you got only the money enough to get one book, just one book, this must be the one you gotta buy. Irregardless your occupation is, so long you work together with people, so long you want to go higher, so long you want to be a leader, so long you doesn't want to be just a follower; you have to read this book.

1. The Law of The Lip
Leadership Ability Determines A Person's Level of Effectiveness
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2. The Law of Influence
The True Measure of Leadership Is Influence - Nothing More, Nothing Less
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3. The Law of Process
Leadership Develops Daily, Not In A Day
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4. The Law of Navigation
Anyone Can Steer A Ship, But It Takes A Leader To Chart The Course
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5. The Law of E. F. Hutton
When The Real Leader Speaks, People Listen
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6. The Law of Solid Ground
Trust Is The Foundation of Leadership
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7. The Law of Respect
People Naturally Follow Leaders Stronger Than Themselves
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8. The Law of Intuition
Leaders Evaluates Everything With A Leadership Bias
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9. The Law of Magnetism
Who You Are Is Who You Attract
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10. The Law of Connection
Leaders Touch A Heart Before They Ask For A Hand
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11. The Law of The Inner Circle
A Leader's Potential Is Determined By Those Closest To Him
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12. The Law of Empowerment
Only Secure Leaders Gives Power To Others
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13. The Law of Reproduction
It Takes A Leader To Raise Up A Leader
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14. The Law of Buy-In
People Buy Into The Leader, Then The Vision
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15. The Law of Victory
Leaders Find A Way For The Team To Win
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16. The Law of The Big Mo
Momentum Is A Leader's Best Friend
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17. The Law of Priorities
Leaders Understand That Activity Is Not Necessarily Accomplishment
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18. The Law of Sacrifice
A Leader Must Give Up To Go Up
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19. The Law of Timing
When To Lead Is As Important As What To Do And Where To Go
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20. The Law of Explosive Growth
To Add Growth, Lead Followers - To Multiply, Lead Leaders
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21. The Law of Legacy
A Leader's Lasting Value Is Measured By Succession


You know what, now momo is attending childcare school. In fact, she is rather late attending one. She should be in childcare when she was 18th months old. Today, 19th Apr, momo is 33 months old. Soon she will be a 3 yr old kid...

Can you guess how does momo look like in her uniform? I almost wanted to post her pics here, in uniform, but I got a gut feeling it shouldn't happen. Then everyone will know which school she is attending, right? So it's a no-no...

She is so cute!!! Her legs are so skinny in her baggy pants. When momo is walking, and the wind blows... hoho....

Now at this moment, momo is sleeping like a baby. She will wakes up like a tiger tomorrow morning. Nowadays she will cling onto me when I'm going to work. So I just spend a good 5 mins to hug her and planted kisses all over her face, she will kiss me back when I ask her to... Doesn't know how long this will last. Anyway, it's late now so I need to sleep oso.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Finding Your Magic Investing Formula by Robert Kiyosaki
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People often ask me, "How do you find great investments?" My standard reply is, "You have to train your brain to see them. Great investments are all around you."
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I know that's not a very satisfying answer. Most people want something more specific and concrete. But my reply is as accurate as possible. If we could've seen all the great investments just in the past decade, we'd all be multi-billionaires.

Missing Out on Millions
There have never been more opportunities to become rich than in the last 10 years. And there'll be even more opportunities in the next 10. Let me explain. Like many investors, I didn't see the power of eBay almost a decade ago. If I had, I'd be a billionaire today. Nor did I see the power of YouTube, or Google, or MySpace. Being an old guy, my brain isn't trained to see investing opportunities in cyberspace. So I missed them.
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Thirty years ago, when my business career was just starting at Xerox, I was introduced to a new type of computer. I wasn't tuned into computers at the time, so little did I know that I was looking at the early version of what was to become the Macintosh. So I also missed that billion-dollar opportunity, too. How many billion-dollar opportunities have I missed? Maybe millions.
If I've missed so many million- and billion-dollar opportunities, why am I writing articles and speaking worldwide about financial independence? That's a valid question, and the answer has to do with helping you find great investments.
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Perseverance Pays Off
I took my first real estate investment course in 1974 in Honolulu. The cost was $385, and I believe it was two or three days long. Toward the end of the class, the instructor said something I've never forgotten: "Now you know the difference between good real estate investments and bad real estate investments. Now you all know what to look for."
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He paused and then added, "The problem is, most people will tell you such investments don't exist. Your friends will tell you so, and so will real estate agents." Truer words were never spoken. For the next few months, I went from real estate office to real estate office, looking for investments. As promised, the real estate agents told me what I was looking for didn't exist. My friends and co-workers at Xerox told me the same thing, and said I was either dreaming or smoking funny cigarettes.
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Finally, in a small, obscure real estate office in downtown Waikiki, I met a scruffy little broker who said, "I have what you want." The next weekend I was on a plane to Maui, where he'd found an entire condominium development that was in foreclosure.
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I purchased my first piece of investment real estate for $18,000, putting the $2,000 down payment on my credit card. The one-bedroom/one-bath condo paid me a positive cash flow, even after all the expenses and mortgage payments. My investment career had begun. More important, I was training my brain to see what most people don't see. That $385 real estate course has made me millions of dollars over the years.
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Keep an Open mind
Earlier this year, around tax time, I wrote an article, "Think Rich to Lower Your Taxes." It was about an investment strategy known as the "velocity of money," and how I use it to invest, make a lot of money, and then legally use the tax laws to minimize my own taxes. I suspected it would spark some controversy, and it did.
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For a couple of weeks, I kept track of responses. Some of the less-complimentary comments reminded me of what those real estate agents and my friends at Xerox said to me back in 1974.
You see, our brains are either our greatest assets or our greatest liabilities. As I said, when it comes to investment opportunities in technology, my brain is a liability; I just don't get it. When it comes to investment opportunities in real estate, gold, oil, and silver I'm above average, but not great. And that's because I've trained my brain to see opportunities in those areas.
So, instead of criticizing the readers who were close-minded (or even mean-spirited) about my advice, I encourage them to keep an open mind and find their own way of seeing investments most people miss. That's how you get rich. People who refuse to open their minds to new strategies seldom become rich -- which I guess is why there are more critics in the world than rich people.
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Finding Your Magic Formula
One of the most important things my rich dad taught me was to never say, "I can't do it" or "I can't afford it." Those thoughts are self-limiting, and it's hard to find great investments when you're basing your behavior on limitations. In today's world, there are more investing opportunities than ever before. Why would anyone want limited financial results in an unlimited world?
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One of the reasons I write about financial independence is so I can put forth ideas that challenge the way people think about investing. If you want the same old financial-planning dogma of "work hard, save money, live below your means, get out of debt, and invest in a well-diversified portfolio of mutual funds," then my philosophies are obviously not for you.
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My job is to stimulate your thinking, inform you about why rich people get richer, and encourage you to find the magic financial formula that works for you. I found mine, and I want you to find yours.
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Robert Kiyosaki
Killer Secrets for Closing the Sale by Brian Tracy
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"Inherently, each one of us has the substance within to achieve whatever our goals and dreams define. What is missing from each of us is the training, education, knowledge and insight to utilize what we already have." --Mark Twain
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FACT: Selling is the only profession wherein your potential earnings are beyond what 95% of the world's population could ever earn - but only if you know how to close the sale.
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Selling is a wonderful profession -- but because it is oftentimes difficult to become successful at it, it is also considered one of the toughest professions in the world.
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As a salesperson, you need to be thankful that making the sale is so difficult, because if it were easy, the field would be flooded with amateurs -- and the amount of money you could earn would be greatly reduced. Your job is to find ways to make the sales process easier so that you can become one of the highest paid people in your field, if not the world.
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The Major Challenge in Selling
Closing the sale is perhaps the most stressful and challenging part of the sales process. This is where the rubber meets the proverbial road.
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There are secrets I know that can unlock the real firepower that lies dormant in your very own selling skills, and these secrets will change the course of your sales career forever.
Here are 3 closing secrets that can easily triple your sales in the next 90 days.
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Killer Closing Secret #1: The Preference Close
The first technique is the Alternative Close -- also called the Preference Close. It is based on the fact that people like to have choices. They don't like to be given what may sound like an ultimatum to either buy it or not buy it.
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To apply this technique, you simply structure your close by saying, "Which of these would you prefer, A or B?"
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With the alternative close, whichever one the customer selects, you would have made a sale either way. You should always try to give the customer two choices. Even if you are selling a single product, you can give him two choices with regard to payment, or delivery. For example, "Would you like this delivered to your office or to your home address?" "Will that be MasterCard or Visa?" "Would you like the ATM 26 or the ATM 30?" And so on.
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Killer Closing Secret #2: The Secondary Close
The second closing technique is the Secondary Close. This is extremely popular. It is a way of helping the customer make a big decision by having him make a small decision that infers the big decision. Instead of asking the customer to go ahead with the product or service, you ask a question about a peripheral detail, the acceptance of which means that he has decided to buy the larger product.
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For example, you could ask, "Would you want this shipped in a wooden crate, or would cardboard be all right?" "Would you like us to include the drapes and rods in the offer?" "Did you want the standard rims or would you like the customized racing rims on your car?"
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In each case, if the customer agrees to or chooses the smaller item, he has indirectly said, "yes" to the entire offering. People often find it easier to agree to small details than they do to making a larger commitment. That's why this is sometimes called the Incremental Close, where you get commitment bit by bit to the entire offer.
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Killer Closing Secret #3: The Authorization Close
The third closing technique is the Authorization Close, which is often used to conclude multimillion-dollar transactions. At the end of the sales conversation, the salesperson simply asks if the prospect has any questions or concerns that haven't been covered.
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If the prospect has no further questions or concerns, the salesperson takes out the contract, opens it up to the signature page, places a check mark where the customer has to sign, and pushes it over to him saying, "Well then, if you will just authorize this, we'll get started on it right away." The word "authorize" is better than the word "sign." A check mark is better than an X. Offering to "get started right away" is better than sitting there hoping for the best.
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However you do it, be prepared to ask for the order in whichever ways seem appropriate at the moment.
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Brian Tracy
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"Motivation alone is not enough. If you have an idiot and you motivate him, now you have a motivated idiot."
Jim Rohn
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Dreams are Magic Sparks by Vic Johnson (excerpted from Day by Day with James Allen)
"Dreams are the seedlings of realities." - As A Man Thinketh
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Look slowly around you. All that you see at this moment was one day but someone's dream - a "seedling of the reality" it was to become. In our lifetime we have benefited greatly from the dreams of so many.
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Mandela, Mother Teresa, Einstein, Gandhi, Spielberg, Disney, Gates and the list could go on and on and on -- all began with a dream. Who could forget one of the most powerful speeches of all time by Dr. Martin Luther King, "I Have a Dream". While we haven't become the color-blind society we should be, go back and read the speech and see how far we've come since Dr. King first spoke those "seedlings" into reality.
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At the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, Celine Dion performed a song called The Power of the Dream.
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"Deep within each heart,
There lies a magic spark,
That lights the fire of our imagination&
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Your mind will take you far
The rest is just pure heart,
You'll find your fate is all your own creation."
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Sounds a lot like James Allen, doesn't it?
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So maybe you don't see yourself as a Mandela or Mother Teresa. But if you haven't already discovered it, deep inside you there is a dream. It was put there by the one who created you, as we are told in Jeremiah 29:11, "For I know the plans I have for you, plans to give you hope and a future."
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Ralph Marston, whose Daily Motivator has brightened my day for some time now, writes, "On a regular basis, take time to imagine the very best that life can be. Step aside for a moment from the day-to-day concerns of life. Re-establish contact with your highest goals and most treasured dreams. Remind yourself of the beautiful possibilities that life holds for you. Renew your determination to bring them to fruition.
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"Spend some quality time with your dreams. They are real to the extent that you value them. To the extent that you commit to them and work for them, they will come true."
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The final verse of Celine's song ends with:
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"There's so much strength in all of us,
Every woman, child and man,
It's the moment that you think you can't,
You'll discover that you can."
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And that's worth thinking about.
I just bought my 2nd personal development book, The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership by John C. Maxwell. There are so many books that I want to buy... so many of them.... I can't possibly bought them all in one go, right? So I choose this book. BTW, John Maxwell is coming to Singapore soon, on 4th July, at the Shangri-la Hotel. He got a lot to share with his audiences
With over 5.2 million books sold, John C. Maxwell is nationally recognized as the authority on bringing together biblical principles and personal objectives that unlock an individual's potential and result in life-changing decisions. In addition to his success as an author, Maxwell reaches a quarter-million people each year through highly anticipated appearances at conferences and other events. As the founder of INJOY Group, Maxwell is considered America's expert on leadership and maximizing potential.Dr. John C. Maxwell is a gifted authority on leadership and mentor to thousands as he continues to shape and accelerate the careers of business people around the world.
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"Leadership Develops Daily, Not in a Day" -- John C. Maxwell
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John C. Maxwell has done exactly that in The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership. He has combined insights learned from his thirty-plus years of leadership successes and mistakes with observations from the worlds of business, politics, sports, religion, and military conduct. The result is a revealing study of leadership delivered as only a communicator like Maxwell can.
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Last nite I was browsing through momo's photos since she is born until present. She really changed a lot in her facial features, esp in her length. When she is born, she is only so small. Now she is already so tall. The other day she was playing in my room, I got a measuring tape pasted outside my room and I called upon her to come and take her height. She came to me and stand right at the spot I told her to stand. The amazing thing is she actually stood still there, smiling at me while I take her height. Such phenomenon couldn't be happening a few months ago... Well, momo can be quite adorable and liking when she is in good mood.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Thoughts on Successful People by Chris Widener
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I was hired to do some training for a sales team from one of the largest companies in America. There were 16 people on this team. That year their sales (for the 16 of them) were close to 250 million - that's right, a quarter of a billion - dollars! Needless to say, it was an excellent and fascinating time. I decided to learn a little bit myself, so I watched them closely to see what kind of people they were and to see what common denominators they shared. Below is what I found. I think you will find the elements applicable to your own life.The first thing I noticed about this successful sales team was that they had a sense of humor! They simply weren't a terribly serious bunch of people. Instead, they saw that life was to be enjoyed and that means they were able to laugh a little bit. Sure, there were varying levels in this but they all had a sense of humor. They were able to laugh at circumstances, and they were able to laugh at themselves. It was quite refreshing and a core element of their success, I'm sure.
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The second thing I found out about this group was that they did not achieve their success through pedigree, but through hard work. They didn't come from families that gave them a free pass into the upper echelon of the corporate world and they didn't get a head start from upper crust universities. What got them to where they are now? Hard work! That's right, another example that if you put your mind to it, work hard and get in the right situation, you can achieve great things! These folks work long hours and are disciplined in the work they do. And it is paying off.
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The third thing I noticed about this team is that they are learners. They were always engaged in the learning process. During my sessions they were engaged and listening. You could see their minds processing the information. They were asking questions and applying the material to their work and their lives. They wanted to improve in any way that they could. It was also interesting to watch them in their team meetings led by their sales manager. They were very interactive and were learning from one another. None of them was above learning from a peer.
What did I see in these successful people? The same things that can make you a success as you apply the principles to your own life: A sense of humor, hard work, and a desire to learn at every turn.
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Chris Widener
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"Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow."
Albert Einstein
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"Learn how to separate the majors and the minors. A lot of people don't do well simply because they major in minor things."
Jim Rohn
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"Don't mistake movement for achievement. It's easy to get faked out by being busy. The question is: Busy doing what?"
Jim Rohn
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"Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending."
Maria Robinson
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Nurturing Your Children in the Form of Roots and Wings
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It is far better to give your children your time and nurturing in the form of Roots and Wings instead of trying to buy their affection with Loot and Things. What do we mean by Roots and Wings? We must have roots in order to grow strong and weather the buffeting winds of unforeseen storms and the challenges of weeds and droughts. These are character traits fundamental to long-term success, regardless of future environmental conditions. By wings, we mean the motivation, goal orientation and optimism to soar and fly, becoming independent, high achieving adults who make a positive difference in life.
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With solid roots, children are prepared to leave their parents' gardens. The planting of the seeds of greatness in kids takes patience and persistence. Character growth is not always immediate or obvious. If, for example, you were to plant the seed of a Chinese bamboo tree, and water and nurture the seed consistently, you could become frustrated and even discouraged, unless you knew the growth cycle of the tree. There is no visible growth the first, second, third, or fourth year. But during the fifth year, the tree will grow about ninety feet in six weeks! Did the tree really wait five years to begin growing? Of course not. The nurturing of the first four years allowed the tree to develop a strong root system which could accommodate the tremendous, visible growth that fifth year.
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It is often the same in raising children. Values and character traits are not instilled overnight or by preaching. They are formed over time through modeling and repetition. Values are more often caught, than taught. Although we don't often see the immediate consequences or rewards of the thoughts planted in our children's minds, in due time, they will reap what has been sown.
Invest in your children's lives by taking the thought, time and nurturing to give them Roots and Wings that allow them to soar in life!
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-- Denis Waitley

Monday, April 13, 2009

Seven Qualities of Master Achievers by Brian Tracy (excerpted from The Success Mastery Academy)
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If you think the way successful people think and adopt their success habits, you too can be successful. Here are seven qualities of the top 1% of successful people.
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1) They are Ambitious.
They see themselves capable of being the best. They see themselves with the capacity of being really good at what they do. This was a really big thought for me. It held me back for many years. When I saw people who were doing better than I was, I naturally assumed they were better than I was. And if they were better than I was, then I must be worse than them, so that would mean they were superior and I was inferior. That is a big problem in our society. We have feelings of inferiority, and these feelings of inferiority are often translated into feelings of undeservedness. We don't feel we deserve to be a big success. The word "deserve" comes from two Latin words meaning "from service." You deserve 100% of everything you make and enjoy as long as you get it from serving other people. Your rewards are in direct proportion to your service. If you serve better and serve more and serve at a higher level and serve more enthusiastically and serve a higher quality, then you'll have a wonderful income you'll deserve every penny of it. You must see yourself capable of being the best.
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2) They are Courageous.
They work to confront the fears that hold most people back. The two biggest enemies to yours and my success is fear and doubt. Eliminating fear and doubt is the key. The key to eliminating fear: If you want to develop courage, then simply act courageously when it's called for. When you do something repeatedly, you develop a habit. Make a habit throughout your life of doing the things you fear. If you do the thing you fear, the death of fear is certain. To overcome fear of rejection in prospecting, you must realize that rejection in selling is not personal. Top salespeople do not fear prospecting. Face your fear. Do the things you fear. The ability to confront your fear is the mark of the superior person. If you have high ambition and you decide to be in the top 10%, and you can confront your fears and do the things that are holding you back, those two things alone will make you a great success.
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3) They are Committed.
The top people in every field, especially the top salespeople, are completely committed. They believe in themselves; they believe in their companies; they believe in their products and services; they believe in their customers; they have an intense belief. We know that there is a one-to-one relationship between the depth of your belief and what happens in your reality. And if you absolutely believe in the rightness and the goodness of what you're doing, you become like a catalyst. You create what is called a transfer, like an electrical transfer of enthusiasm. People like to buy from people who truly believe in what they are doing. People who are not committed to what they do lead very empty lives. The second part is that caring is the critical element in modern selling. Caring is a critical element in life, as well. All men and women who enjoy great lives care about what they do! They have passion about what they do. They love what they do.
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4) They are Professional.
Top salespeople see themselves as consultants rather than as salespeople. When you think of the word "consultant," what words come to mind? When do you call a consultant? A consultant is a problem-solver. What word does not appear when you think of a consultant--the word "salesperson". We don't think of consultants as salespeople. The most successful consultants in America are the very best salespeople of their services. When a person is positioned as a consultant in the mind and heart of the customer, he is not seen as a salesperson. Do people like to be sold? Do people like to be helped to improve their lives and work? So they look upon a salesperson as someone who sells them. Selling is something you do "to" someone, and people don't like to be done "to". So when you think of being a consultant, here is the key. How do you position yourself as a consultant with your customers? Of course, you act like a consultant, but even before you get the chance to act like a consultant, you build a rapport. And the most simple answer of all, and this is the most profound principle: People accept you at your own evaluation of yourself. Consultants come in and have a cup of coffee. Salespeople wait in the waiting room and have a glass of water. If you say you're a consultant, your customer will accept you as a consultant. >From now on, position yourself as a consultant. Think of yourself as a consultant. Remember, 80% of what you accomplish on the outside is determined by who you are on the inside. How you see yourself determines how the customer responds to you. The customer's perception of you determines how much they buy and how much they recommend you to other customers.
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5) They are Prepared.
They review every detail in advance. To be in the top 10% requires additional efforts. It requires doing things that the average person is not willing to do. It requires making sacrifices the average person is not willing to make. It requires reviewing every detail of every call or situation before every business meeting. But the difference it makes is extraordinary. Before you go into a meeting, do your homework. Successful people are more concerned about pleasing results than they are about pleasing methods. When you sit down with a client, there is nothing more complimentary to a client than the feeling that you have prepared for the meeting.
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6) They are Continuous Learners.
They recognize that if they're not continually getting better, they're getting worse. They read, they listen to CDs and they take additional training. The professional never stops learning. So read, listen to CDs, take continuous training.
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7) They are Responsible.
They see themselves as President of their own personal services corporation. The top people in our society have an attitude of self-employed. 100% of us are self-employed. We are presidents of our own personal services corporation. You work for yourself. The biggest mistake we can ever make is to think we work for anyone else. We work for ourselves. The person who signs our paycheck may change; our jobs may change, but we are always the same. We are the one constant--we are always self-employed. The fact of the matter is -- this is not optional, it is mandatory -- you are the president of your own company, you're the president of your own career, your own life, your own finances, your own body, your own family, your own health. You are totally responsible. We are responsible. No one will ever do it for us. It's the most liberating and exhilarating thought of all, to think that you're the president of your own life.
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-- Brian Tracy

Monday, April 06, 2009

Think things through - then follow through
Eddie Rickenbacker, WWI flying ace
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The truth is that you can spend your life any way you want, but you can spend it only once.
French essayist Michel Eyquem de Montaigne
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You've to got to think about "big things" while you're doing small things, so that all the small things go in to right direction.
Alvin Toffler
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An optimist looks at a glass and says the glass is half full. A pessimist looks at a glass and says it is half empty. An engineer looks at a glass and says that the glass is twice as big as it needs to be.
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Keep your mind off the things you don't want by keeping it on the things you do want
W. Clement Stone
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I believe goals are important. The mind will not focus until it has clear objectives. But the purpose of goals is to focus your attention and give you direction, not to identify a final destination. As you think about your goals, note that they should be
-Clear enough to be kept in focus
-Close enough to be achieved
-Helpful enough to change lives
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"Because of my workload, I also have to skip doing many things that i would love to do. For example, every week I hand off projects that I think would be fun to do myself. I practice the 10-80-10 principle with the people to whom I'm delegating a task. I help with the first 10% by casting vision, laying down parameters, providing resources, and giving encouragement. Then once they've done the middle 80%, I come alongside them again and help them take whatever it is the rest of the way, if I can. I call it putting the cherry on top."
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Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up
Pablo Picasso
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Creativity requires a willingness to look stupid. It means getting out on a limb - knowing that the limb often breaks! Creative people know these things and still keep searching for new ideas. They just don't let the ideas that don't work prevent then form coming up with more ideas that do work.
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Develop Your Plan
Level 1: Effectiveness - Doing the right things
Level 2: Efficiency - Doing the right things better
Level 3: Improving - Doing things better
Level 4: Cutting - Doing away with things
Level 5: Adapting - Doing things other people are doing
Level 6: Different - Doing things no one else is doing
Level 7: Impossible - Doing things that can't be done
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Strategic thinking is like showering, you have to keep doing it
Olan Hendrix
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The will to win is worthless if you do not have the will to prepare
Thane Yost
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Sunday, April 05, 2009

Going to return the book, Thinking For A Change, tomorrow and I realised that I still haven't share some quotes from the book, so I shall get the job done tonite...


Whatever is true, whatever is honorable,whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about there things.
Apostle Paul
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Major premise: I can control my thoughts.
Minor premise: My feelings come from my thoughts.
Conclusion: I can control my feelings by controlling my thoughts.
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If you are willing to change your thinking, you can change your feelings. If you change your feelings, you can change your actions. And changing your actions - based on good thinking - can change your life.
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I am your constant companion. I am your greatest helper or heaviest burden. I will push you onward or drag you down to failure. I am completely at your command. Half of the things you do you might just as well turn over to me and I will be able to do them quickly and correctly. I am easily managed - you must merely be firm with me. Show me exactly how you want something done and after a few lessons I will do it automatically.
I am the servant of all great men, and alas, of all failures as well. Those who are great, I have made great. Those who are failures, I have made failures. I am not a machine, though I work with all the precision of a machine plus the intelligence of a man. You may run me for profit or run me for ruin - it makes no difference to me. Take me, train me, be firm with me, and I will place the world at your feet. Be easy with me and I will destroy you.
Who am I? I am habit!
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Don't ever be too impressed with goal setting, be impressed with goal getting.
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Friday, April 03, 2009

The 4 Skills of Disciplined Leaders
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#1. Protect Your Thinking. Fear-mongerers have come out to play amidst the meltdown of the global economic markets. The news is mostly negative. The water-cooler chat is mostly bad. The word on the street focuses on the worst that is. But what's the truth? Yes, I'll agree that these are challenging times. But I'll also say there's never been a better opportunity for you to be an excellent leader. Stay focused on the opportunities that have presented themselves to add more value to even more customers. Train your brain to block out the negative and work amidst the positive. Turn off the TV. Put away the paper. And get to work on presenting the genius that you are meant to be to the world around you.
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#2. Take the long view. You will never go wrong in doing what's right. With the turmoil out there, it's easy to let go of your closely-held values and cut corners when it comes to ethics. The fast buck might look like an easy way out. A quick deal with the wrong person might look like a solution. Cutting corners on a product or service might look a little attractive. And yet, you will never regret sticking to your business and personal values - being the most ethical person you know. This tough cycle will pass. And your customers will love you for staying true to you.
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#3. Outwork your competition. Hard work and constant forward movement is the formula for leveraging the difficult conditions into opportunities for greatness. I know that sounds a little "motivationalspeakerish" but I do believe it's true. Few things get you to BIW (Best in World) in the work you do as working really hard and standing for brilliance in your chosen career. Leadership is all about doing what's right rather than what's easy. And what's right is an honest day's work for an honest day's pay.
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#4. Stay Strong. No point in letting the stress and challenge of these interesting days ruin your health-or break your spirit. Tough times make great leaders. Maintain the champion's mindset by reading uplifting books, associating with excellent people and making time each day to renew your self. Oh, and take good care of your health. Please. Now isn't the time to neglect daily exercise. And those who don't make time for fitness must eventually make time for illness.
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6 Ways to Boost Energy in Difficult Times
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Leaders get that high energy is a prized currency. You can have big goals and boundless opportunities, but if you have no energy nothing gets done. The best athletes manage their energy superbly. So should you. Here are 6 ways to elevate your energy levels during stressful times:
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1. Do something physical daily (i.e., walk, swim, run, stretch).
2. Drink lots of water
3. Eat lighter, smaller meals (and stop eating when you've had enough-not when you are full)
4. Consciously breathe more deeply
5. Read inspirational books, listen to motivating audio programs and talk to positive people
6. Listen to great music