Thursday, January 21, 2010


"Remember, the door of opportunity knocks every day, but the handle does not turn by itself."

~ Anonymous;


Here's the link to a very interesting article, 'Move from Intent to Action', by Leo Babauta in the Third Age weblog.

My quick takeaways:

1. Don’t overthink, just do;

2. Forget perfection. Get going;

3. Don’t mistake motion for action. Slow down. Focus;

4. Focus on the important. When you’re done with that, repeat the process;

5. Move slowly, consciously. Be deliberate;

6. Take small steps. And each step is a victory, that will compel you to further victories;

7. Negative thinking gets you nowhere. Positive thinking really works;

8. Meetings aren’t action;

9. Talking (usually) isn’t action. Communication is necessary, but don’t mistake it for actual action;

10. Planning isn’t action. Get to work!

12. Sometimes, inaction is better... if you find yourself spinning your wheels, or you find you’re doing more harm than good...

Come to think of it, the following insightful observation now becomes more resonant to me:

"We have to understand that the world can only be grasped by action, not by contemplation. The hand is more important than the eye... The hand is the cutting edge of the mind."

(by Jacob Bronowski, 1908-1974, Polish-born British mathematician & man of letters who eloquently presented the case for the humanistic aspects of science; was also the presenter of the BBC documentary series, 'The Ascent of Mind', which inspired Carl Sagan's 'Cosmos' series.)


What can I do to develop & sustain the creativity of the people around me?

Wednesday, January 20, 2010


I had just finished watching the hilarious part-comedy, part-crime movie, 'Dragnet', on StarHub cable television. It starred Dan Aykroyd as Sgt Joe Friday, & Tom Hanks as his sidekick, Pep.

I was attracted in the first place because it reminded me of one of my favourite television series during the late sixties, known as 'Dragnet', starring Jack Webb as Sgt Joe Friday.

Apparently, the only "connection" between the two movies was that Sgt Friday in the current movie had assumed the role of nephew to the original character, also Sgt Friday.

Nonetheless, I found that one particular scene in the current movie was quite amusing.

Sgt Friday & his sidekick had visited a playboy's mansion to investigate a burglary case. There were many scantily dressed damsels moving around, & Sgt Friday was accosted by one. His cheeky sidekick began to cajole him to go for it.

Naturally, Sgt Friday didn't take the bait, whether intended or otherwise. They then left the mansion.

That's when Sgt Friday made the somewhat funny remark to his sidekick, which sort of gave me an interesting perspective about human instincts:

"... There are two things that clearly differentiate the human species from animals. One, we use cutlery. Two, we're capable of controlling our sexual urges... "


"Be yourself, because somebody else is already taken."

~ Leesa Barnes, 'Podcasting for Profit: A Proven 7-Step Plan to Help Individuals & Businesses Generate Income Through Audio & Video Podcasting';


"Your ultimate success in business (& life for that matter) is not based on the number of years you have been on this Earth or how much money you have in your pocket at this moment. It's about the opportunities you create (perception), & then conquer for both yourself & others in your network (reality).

If you are successful, in the process of doing this you will make money & influence social change for yourself & everyone that you connect with in your network.

Bottom line, pursuing your dreams & achieving business success starts with recognising & seizing opportunities."

~ Shoniker Proctor, writing in 'Teen Entrepreneur Success Secrets: The Essential Guide to Starting & Growing a Business';

Tuesday, January 19, 2010


I have learned the following principle - the 90:10 Rule - from the work of Stephen Covey.

Understanding - & applying - the 90:10 Rule will change your perspective.

What is this principle?

In a nut shell:

10% of life is made up of what happens to you. 90% of life is decided by how you choose to react.

What does this mean?

We really have no control over 10% of what happens to us.

We cannot stop the car from breaking down. The plane will be delayed, which throws our whole schedule off. A driver may cut us off in traffic.

We have no control over this 10%.

The other 90% is different. You determine the other 90%.

How? By how you choose to react.

You cannot control a red traffic light, but you can control your reaction to it.

Don't let people foul your mood. You can control how you choose to react.

Let's me use a simple example from everyday life.

You are eating morning breakfast with your family. Your kid knocks over a cup of coffee onto your business shirt. You have no control over what has just happened.

What happens next will be determined by how you choose to react.

You curse & swear.

You blow your temper on your kid for knocking the cup over. The kid breaks down in tears.

After scolding your kid, you turn to your spouse & criticize her for placing the cup too close to the edge of the table. A short verbal jujitsu follows.

You storm upstairs & change your shirt.

Back downstairs, you find your kid has been too busy crying to finish breakfast & get ready for school. The kid misses the bus.

Your spouse must leave immediately for work. You rush to the car & drive your kid to school.

Because you are late, you drive 90 km/hr in a 60 km/hr speed limit zone.

How do you react if someone cuts you off in traffic?

Do you lose flare up temper? Pound on the steering wheel? Do you curse & swear?

Does your blood pressure skyrocket? Do you try & bump them?

Who cares if you arrive ten minutes later at work?

Why let the cars & their drivers ruin your day?

Remember the 90:10 Rule, & do not worry about it.

You are told you have lost your job.

Why get irritated & lose sleep over it?

It will work out. Instead of worrying, use your energy & time to explore & find another job.

The plane is delayed; it is going to screw up your schedule for the day.

Why pour your frustration & anger on the flight attendant? She has no control over what is going on.

Use your time to observe & get to know the other passengers. Why get stressed out? It will just make things worse.

Now, you know the 90:10 Rule.

Apply it & you will be amazed at the results.

You will lose nothing if you try it. The 90:10 Rule is incredible. Very few people know & apply this principle.

The result?

Millions of people are suffering from undeserved stresses.

We all must understand - & apply - the 90:10 Rule.

It can change your perspective! Enjoy!


“Man cannot remake himself without suffering for he is both the marble and the sculptor.”

~ Alexis Carrell (1873–1944), French physician & Nobel laureate;

Monday, January 18, 2010


"One man's daydreaming is another man's day."

~Grey Livingston;


The old rules:

"What is my product or service, & how can I sell it to you?"

The new rules:

"Who are you? What do you need? How can I help?"

~ from an article entitled 'The Old Solutions Have Become the New Problems' by Shoshana Zuboff, former professor of Harvard Business School, in BusinessWeek; she is the author of 'The Support Economy: Why Corporations Are Failing Individuals & the Next Episode of Capitalism'; [Here's the link to the original article.]