Saturday, May 30, 2009

Last week I was supposed to meet up with one of my friends at Chevron located opposite of International Business Park at Jurong East but last minute she got emergency things to attend. Well, I went to the games room to play arcade and sit around at the couch. That was my first time to Chevron so since I have the chance to be there of cos' I will explore around, right?
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Then I looked up at the ceiling and saw there are many pieces of clouds painted. So I snapped a pic of it. It reminds me of Venetian Hotel at Macau... Inside Venetian, at the roof, there are 20,000 hand-painted clouds. You would think it's daytime 24/7, all year round.



Well, anyway I just hang around there closed to about an hour. You may wonder what am I doing there for close to an hour, alone. Well, besides playing arcade and wondering around, I also visited the gents and left behind (you know what).
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Ok, I've finished reading the book, The Art of Positive Thinking. I shall conclude it with some more sharing I obtained from the book.
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All men dream; but not equally.
Those who dream by night
in the dusty recesses of their mind
wake up in the day to find that it was vanity;
But the dreamers of the day are dangerous men,
for they may act their dreams with eyes wide open,
to make it possible.
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"The dog barks but the caravan moves on"
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Geoff Thompson has written over twenty published books and is known worldwide for his bestselling autobiography Watch My Back, about his nine years working as a nightclub doorman. He currently has a quarter of a million books in print. He holds the rank of 6th Dan black belt in Japanese karate, 1st Dan in Judo and is also qualified to senior instructor level in various other forms of wrestling and martial arts. He has several scripts for stage, screen and TV in development with Destiny Films.
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He has published several articles for GQ magazine, and has also been featured in FHM, Maxim, Arena, Front and Loaded magazines, and appeared many times on mainstream TV.
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Geoff is currently a contributing editor for Men's Fitness magazine.
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He has worked as a floor sweeper, chemical worker, pizza maker, road digger, hod-carrier, marital arts instructor, bricklayer, picture seller, delivery driver and nightclub bouncer before giving up 'proper work' in 1992 to write full time.
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Check it out at his website; www.geoffthompson.com

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Haha, shall blog a bit about momo here...
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Now this little girl knows and want to wear her clothes by herself. She even want to wear her little-cute-hello-kitty panties. She doesn't want you to help her, she wants to wear it herself.
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And the best thing next is, she knows how to keep her table clean. When she is eating or someone else is eating, and food is spilled on the table she will run to the kitchen and get the table cloth. She doesn't really did a good job but she is trying very hard at it.
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And she knows how to wipe her own mouth after eating, and her own tears when she cries, the mucus from her nostrils. I told her to throw the tissue paper into the waste paper bin, and she follow suit.
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Momo is a cute girl, when she is in good mood. Her voice is so cute and soft. But she can really scream and yell loud. Wow..... Next month, momo is going to celebrate her 3rd birthday. I guess this time round she will know what occasion is it. Blow the candles?Well, I think I shall leave it for next year.

Any pressies for momo?
Master Your Sales Technique
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Zig Ziglar, renowned expert in sales and human potential, says he has met entrepreneurs who believe they can be successful without having any true sales skills. “I’m sure there are some who happen to have such an innovative product that they achieve a level of success never dreamed possible, but I ask, what could they have achieved had they understood how to truly help people get what they want and need?”
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If you want to master your sales skills, follow Ziglar’s lead:
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“Sales are what you do for people, not to people. Prospecting becomes second nature when you can implement my quote: ‘You can have everything in life you want if you will just help enough other people get what they want. When you are truly interested in other people you will learn what they want and if they have a need for your product.’ ”
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“Honesty and integrity are by far the most important assets of an entrepreneur. My mother always said, ‘Son, if a man’s word is no good, eventually he’ll be no good.’ ”
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“Listening is so basic it is often overlooked. If you are so busy thinking of what you are going to say next that you can’t hear what your prospect is saying, you’re going to miss your opportunity to connect to their felt need. If you don’t know what their perception is, you can’t address their felt need. Slow down, focus and pay sincere attention.”
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“Every conversation you have with customers is of monumental importance.”
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Follow some important sales tenets: “Be able to easily explain what you sell and who buys it. Believe in what you sell. You will sell more when people like you. People like you when you show an interest in them.”
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Now I was reading this book, The Art of Positive Thinking, by Geoff Thompson.
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As in before, I shall share some insights from this great book.
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Have you ever heard of the story of The Elephant and The Twig? In India they train obedience in young elephants (to stop them from escaping) by tying them to a huge immovable object, like a tree, when they are still very young. The tree is so large that no matter how hard they pulls and tugs it cannot break free. This develops what is known as 'learned helplessness' in the creature. After trying so hard and for so long to break the hold, only to be thwarted time and again, it eventually believes that, no matter what is does, it cannot escape. Ultimately, as a fully grown adult weighing several tons, they can tie it to a twig and it won't escape, in fact, it won't even try.
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"You need a goal to shoot at". Otherwise you're not playing football, you're just kicking a ball aimlessly around the park.
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Tenacity is the one thing that bridges the gap between those that want and those that have. If you want a crop, plant your seeds, and the more seeds you have, the more crop you'll get, and the more crop you get to the seeds it brings.
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History is full of so-called no-hopers who went on to change the world. William Wallace was only one man but after witnessing an atrocity - a village of women and children being raped and slaughtered - he decided to do extraordinary things. And he did, he changed the course of history by gathering an army and fighting against an oppressive and bullying enemy. He became so legendary, even in his own lifetime, that people thought he must be a seven foot tall monster that ate babies for breakfast. But he wasn't. He was a rather ordinary man of average build and intelligence who used every sinew of his being to change his mind and fight his cause. Now, many years after his death, they've even made a Hollywood movie about him (Braveheart, starring Mel Gibson).
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Wow, I didn't know that this movie is of such great cause. I want to watch it.
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Colonel Sanders (Kentucky Fried Chicken) wanted to change a world dominated by steak restaurants into a world containing chicken-only restaurants. Over a thousand different companies told him that his idea, his dream, would not work and that he would never become the king of fowl. Many told him that his idea was naive, some even laughed at the premise when he went to them for finance. Did he allow their lack of insight to kill his dreams; did he give up, hand over his power and blame others; did he lie down and die after yet another rejection letter and say 'maybe they're right'? No chance, they never even put a dent in the fender. He knew what he had, he believed in it emphatically, and if he believed in it, if he could see it he knew that there must be others out there who would believe in it and see it also. He just kept knocking doors until he met that certain someone. He felt that each door he knocked on that gave a 'no' was one door closer to the one that would give a 'yes'. It took over a thousand rejections to get to that 'yes'. He finally got the backing he desired; now there is a Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant in almost city.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

The Golden Hour by Brian Tracy
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You become wat you think about most of the time. And the most important part of each day is what you think about at the beginning of that day.
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Start Your Day Right
Take 30 minutes each morning to sit quietly and to reflect on your goals. You'll find when you read the biographies and autobiographies of successful men and women that almost every one of them began their upward trajectory to success when they began getting up early in the morning and spending time with themselves.
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Feed Your Mind with Positive Ideas
This is called the Golden Hour. The first hour sets the tone for the day. The things that you do in the first hour prepare your mind and set you up for the entire day. During the first thirty to sixty minutes, take time to think and review your plans for the future.
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Use Your Quiet Time Effectively
Here are four things that you can do during that quiet time in the morning.
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Number one is to review your plans for accomplishing your goals and change your plans if necessary.
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Number two is to think of better ways to accomplish your goals. As an exercise, assume that the way you're going about it is totally wrong and imagine going about it totally differently. What would you do different from what you're doing right now?
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Number three, reflect on the valuable lessons that you have learned and are learning as you move toward your goals.
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Number four is to practice daily visualization. Calmly visualize your goal as a reality. Close your eyes, relax, smile, and see your goal as though it were already a reality. Rewrite your major goals every day in the present tense. Rewrite them as though they already existed. Write "I earn X dollars." "I have a net worth of X." "I weigh a certain number of pounds." This exercise of writing and rewriting your goals every day is one of the most powerful you will ever learn.
Fasten Your SeatbeltYour life will start to take off at such a speed that you'll have to put on your seatbelt. Remember, the starting point for achieving financial success is the development of an attitude of unshakable confidence in yourself and in your ability to reach your goals. Everything we've talked about is a way of building up and developing your belief system until you finally reach the point where you are absolutely convinced that nothing can stop you from achieving what you set out to achieve.
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Everything Counts
No one starts out with this kind of an attitude, but you can develop it using the law of accumulation. Everything counts. No efforts are ever lost. Every extraordinary accomplishment is the result of thousands of ordinary accomplishments that no one recognizes or appreciates. The greatest challenge of all is for you to concentrate your thinking single-mindedly on your goal and by the law of attraction, you will, you must inevitably draw into your life the people, circumstances and opportunities you need to achieve your goals.
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Become a Living Magnet
Once you've mastered yourself and your thinking, you will become a living magnet for ideas and opportunities to become wealthy. It's worked for me and for every successful person I know. It will work for you if you'll begin today, now, this very minute, to think and talk about your dreams and goals as though they were already a reality. When you change your thinking, you will change your life. You will put yourself firmly on the road to financial independence.
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Action Exercises
Now, here are two things you can do every single day to keep your mind focused on your financial goals:
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First, get up every morning a little bit earlier and plan your day in advance. Take some time to think about your goals and how you can best achieve them. This sets the tone for the whole day.
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Second, reflect on the valuable lessons you are learning each day as you work toward your goals. Be prepared to correct your course and adjust your actions. Be absolutely convinced that you are moving rapidly toward your goals, no matter what happens temporarily on the outside. Just hang in there!
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5 Reasons Why Dreams Don't Take Flight by Dr. John C. Maxwell
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Most of us never see our dreams come true. Instead of soaring through the clouds, our dreams languish like a broken-down airplane confined to its hangar. Through life, I have come to identify five common reasons why dreams don't take flight.
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#1 We Have Been Discouraged from Dreaming by Others
We have to pilot our own dreams; we cannot entrust them to anyone else. People who aren't following their own dreams resent us pursuing ours. Such people feel inadequate when we succeed, so they try to drag us down.
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If we listen to external voices, then we allow our dreams to be hijacked. At some point, other people will place limitations on us by doubting our abilities. When surrounded by the turbulence of criticism, we have to grasp the controls tightly to keep from being knocked off course.
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#2 We Are Hindered by Past Disappointments and Hurts
In the movie Top Gun, Tom Cruise plays Maverick, a young, talented, and cocky aviator who dreams of being the premier pilot in the U.S. Navy. In the film's opening scenes, Maverick showcases his flying ability but also displays a knack for pushing the envelope with regards to safety. Midway through the movie, Maverick's characteristic aggression spells disaster. His plane crashes, killing his best friend and co-pilot.
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Although cleared of wrongdoing, the painful memory of the accident haunts Maverick. He quits taking risks and loses his edge. Struggling to regain his poise, he considers giving up on his dream. Although the incident nearly wrecks Maverick's career, he eventually reaches within to find the strength to return to the sky.
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Like Maverick, many of us live with the memory of failure embedded in our psyche. Perhaps a business we started went broke, or we were fired from a position of leadership. Disappointment is the gap that exists between expectation and reality, and all of us have encountered that gap. Failure is a necessary and natural part of life, but if we're going to attain our dreams, then, like Maverick, we have to summon the courage to deal with past hurts.
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#3 We Fall into the Habit of Settling for Average
Average is the norm for a reason. Being exceptional demands extra effort, sustained inspiration, and uncommon discipline. When we attempt to give flight to our dreams, we have to overcome the weight of opposition. Like gravity, life's circumstances constantly pull on our dreams, tugging us down to mediocrity.
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Most of us don't pay the price to overcome the opposition to our dreams. We may start out inspired, but through time we fatigue. Although never intending to abandon our dreams, we begin to make concessions here and there. Through time, our lives become mundane, and our dreams slip away.
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#4 We Lack the Confidence Needed to Pursue Our Dreams
Dreams are fragile. They will be buffeted by assaults from all sides. As such, they must be supplied with the extra strength of self-confidence.
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In Amelia Earhart's day, women were not supposed to fly airplanes. If she had lacked self-assurance, she never would have even attempted to be a pilot. Instead, Earhart confidently chased after her dream, and she was rewarded with both fulfillment and fame.
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#5 We Lack the Imagination to Dream
For thousands of years, mankind traveled along the ground: by foot, by horse-and-buggy, by locomotive, and eventually by automobile. Thanks to the dreams of Orville and Wilbur Wright, we now hop across oceans in a matter of hours. The imaginative brothers overcame ridicule and doubt to pioneer human flight, and the world has never been the same.
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Many of us play small because we do not allow ourselves to dream. We trap ourselves in reality and never dare to go beyond what we can see with our eyes. Imagination lifts us beyond average by giving us a vision of life that surpasses what we are experiencing currently. Dreams infuse our spirit with energy and spur us on to greatness.
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"You don't have to fear defeat if you believe it may reveal powers that you didn't know you possessed."

Napoleon Hill

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Obstacles are the Stepping Stones of Success by Harvey Mackay
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A man was walking in the park one day when he came upon a cocoon with a small opening. He sat and watched the butterfly for several hours as it struggled to force its body through the little hole. Then it seemed to stop making any progress. It looked like it had gotten as far as it could, so the man decided to help the butterfly. He used his pocketknife and snipped the remaining bit of the cocoon.
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The butterfly then emerged easily, but something was strange. The butterfly had a swollen body and shriveled wings. The man continued to watch the butterfly because he expected at any moment the wings would enlarge and expand to be able to support the body, which would contract in time. Neither happened. In fact, the butterfly spent the rest of its life crawling around with a swollen body and deformed wings. It was never able to fly.
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What the man in his kindness and haste did not understand was that the restricting cocoon and the struggle required for the butterfly to emerge was natural. It was nature's way of forcing fluid from its body into its wings so that it would be ready for flight once it achieved its freedom. Sometimes struggles are exactly what we need in our lives.
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If we were allowed to go through life without any obstacles, we would be crippled. We would not be as strong as what we could have been. And we could never fly.
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History has shown us that the most celebrated winners usually encountered heartbreaking obstacles before they triumphed. They won because they refused to become discouraged by their defeats.
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My good friend, Lou Holtz, football coach of the University of South Carolina, once told me, "Show me someone who has done something worthwhile, and I'll show you someone who has overcome adversity."
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Beethoven composed his greatest works after becoming deaf. George Washington was snowed in through a treacherous winter at Valley Forge. Abraham Lincoln was raised in poverty. Albert Einstein was called a slow learner, retarded and uneducable. If Christopher Columbus had turned back, no one could have blamed him, considering the constant adversity he endured.
As an elementary student, actor James Earl Jones (a.k.a. Darth Vader) stuttered so badly he communicated with friends and teachers using written notes.
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Itzhak Perlman, the incomparable concert violinist, was born to parents who survived a Nazi concentration camp and has been paralyzed from the waist down since the age of four.
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Chester Carlson, a young inventor, took his idea to 20 big corporations in the 1940s. After seven years of rejections, he was able to persuade Haloid, a small company in Rochester, N.Y., to purchase the rights to his electrostatic paper- copying process. Haloid has since become Xerox Corporation.
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Thomas Edison tried over 2,000 experiments before he was able to get his light bulb to work. Upon being asked how he felt about failing so many times, he replied, "I never failed once. I invented the light bulb. It just happened to be a 2,000-step process."
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Franklin Delano Roosevelt, elected President of the United States for four terms, had been stricken with polio at the age of 39.
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Persistence paid off for General Douglas MacArthur. After applying for admission to West Point twice, he applied a third time and was accepted. The rest is history.
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In 1927 the head instructor of the John Murray Anderson Drama School, instructed student Lucille Ball, to "Try any other profession. Any other."
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Buddy Holly was fired from the Decca record label in 1956 by Paul Cohen, Nashville "Artists and Repertoire Man." Cohen called Holly "the biggest no-talent I ever worked with."
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Academy Award-winning writer, producer and director Woody Allen failed motion picture production at New York University (NYU) and City College of New York. He also flunked English at NYU.
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Helen Keller, the famous blind author and speaker, said: "Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, vision cleared, ambition inspired and success achieved. Silver is purified in fire and so are we. It is in the most trying times that our real character is shaped and revealed."
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Mackay's Moral: There is no education like the university of adversity.

Saturday, May 09, 2009

Just finished reading this book, The Greatness Guide by Robin Sharma.
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It's amazing how far you will get by just staying with something long enough. Most people give up too early. Their fears are bigger than their faith.
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Big idea: Personal - and organizational - greatness is not about revolution but about evolution, those small but consistent wins.
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Sam Walton began with a single store. Founder of Wal-Mart.


Richard Branson began with his first little record shop. Founder of Virgin.


Steve Jobs started out of his garage. Founder of Apple.

The Seven forms of Wealth
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Inner Wealth
This includes a positive mindset, high self-respect, internal peace and a strong spiritual connection.
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Physical Wealth
Your health is your health. What's the point of getting to a great place in your career if you get sick doing it? Why be the best businessperson in the hospital ward? Why be the richest person in the gaveyard?
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Family and Social Wealth
When your family life is happy, you will perform better at work. No one gets to the end of their life and regrets making their family their first priority. Related to this is the imperative of forging deep connections with friends and members of your personal community (including mentors, role models and trusted advisors).
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Career Wealth
Actualizing your highest potential by reaching for your best in your career in incredibly important. Getting to greatness in your profession brings a feeling of satisfaction on a job well done. It helps you make your work. Being world class in your work is so good for your self-respect.
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Economic Wealth
Yes, money is important. Not the most important thing in life but very important. It absolutely makes life easier and better. Money allows you to live in a nice home, take beautiful vacations and provide well for those you love. And Yvon Chouinard, the founder of the outdoor gear company Patagonia, has said: "The more I make, the more I can give away."
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Advanture Wealth
To be fulfilled, each of us needs mystery in our lives. Challenge is necessary for happiness. The human brain craves novelty. and we are creative beings so we need to be creating constantly if we hope to feel joy. Lots of advanture (ranging from meeting new people to visiting new places) is an essential element of authentic wealth.
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Impact Wealth
Perhaps the deepest longing of the human heart is to live for something greater than itself. Each of us craves to be significant. To make a difference. To know that the world has somehow been better because we have walked the planet. Think of what Richard Bach once wrote: "Here is the test to find whether your mission on earth is finished: If you're alive, it isn't."
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Investing in learning and getting your skill to world class is the smartest investment you'll ever make.
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Greatness in business as well in life comes by being an inspirational human being.
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We can curse the darkness or we can light a candle.

Friday, May 08, 2009



Check it out, One Vision One World.
Zig Ziglar on Survival Tactics
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The giraffe is the largest mammal that gives birth while standing up. I don't speak "giraffe," but I can imagine what the baby giraffe must think when he bounces on the ground from that great height. He just left warm, cushioned quarters in which all his needs, comforts and security were provided. Now he finds himself bouncing off (comparatively speaking) hard, cold, unwelcoming ground.
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Almost immediately thereafter, a new trauma occurs in the baby giraffe's life. As he struggles to his knees, Mama Giraffe gets busy "persuading" him to stand up. She does this as he wobbles to his feet by giving him a swift kick to prod him to faster action. No sooner does he reach his feet than Mama delivers a booming kick that knocks the baby giraffe back down. . . . I can well imagine the baby giraffe thinking, "Well, make up your mind, Mom! First you kicked me to make me stand up. Then you kicked me back down!" . . .
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That process is repeated several times because Mama Giraffe loves her baby. . . . Mama Giraffe knows that the only chance for survival her baby has is to be able to quickly get up and move out of harm's way. Yes, kicking the baby up and down seems like a strange way to show love. But for a baby giraffe it is the ultimate _expression of love.
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Caution: That approach definitely won't work in the "people" world, but the principle will. Real love is evidenced when you do what is best for the other person, whether or not they appreciate it at that moment. Think about it and I'll SEE YOU AT THE TOP!
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-- Zig Ziglar

"Failure should be our teacher, not our undertaker."
John Maxwell