Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Is it time to make your own decision?

"If you don't design your own life plan, chances are you'll fall into someone else's plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much." - Jim Rohn

A good plan today is better than a perfect plan tomorrow.

"Successful leaders have the courage to take action while others hesitate." - John C. Maxwell

"It's in your moments of decision that your destiny is shaped." - Anthony Robbins

If you put off everything till you're sure of it, you'll get nothing done.

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Hard work? Keep it up!

If the going is real easy, beware, you may be headed down hill.

Dictionary is the only place that success comes before work. Hard work is the price we must pay for success. I think you can accomplish anything if you're willing to pay the price. - Vince Lombardi

"Continuous effort - not strength or intelligence - is the key to unlocking our potential" - Winston Churchill

“Many of the great achievements of the world were accomplished by tired and discouraged men who kept on working.”

Never, never, never give up.

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Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Changes bring forth progress

"Never discourage anyone...who continually makes progress, no matter how slow." - Plato

It is better to take many small steps in the right direction than to make a great leap forward only to stumble backward.

The most damaging phrase in the language is, "It's always been done that way." - Rear Admiral Grace Hopper

"The world hates change, yet it is the only thing that has brought progress." - Charles F. Kettering

"Without deviation from the norm, progress is not possible." - Frank Zappa

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Remember to Serve and Give

“The value of a man resides in what he gives and not in what he is capable of receiving.” - Albert Einstein

He who takes but never gives, may last for years but never lives. Abundant giving brings abundant living. Only one life, 'twill soon be past. Only what's done for others, will last.

Not what we take up, but what we give up, makes us independent.

We make our living by what we get; our life by how we serve and give.

The Bible in Act 20:35 (NKJV) tells us that Jesus said "... It is more blessed to give than to receive."

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Monday, February 26, 2007

Master your mind

"The mind is like the stomach. It not how much you put into it, but how much it digests." - Albert Jay Nock

"What the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve." - Napolean Hill

To sharpen your mind, select a topic and force yourself to keep talking about it for 10 minutes without stopping. That develops concentration, observation, memory, will power and fluency.

My mind is my greatest gift but it is also my worst enemy.

A great improvement can be achieved as long as we spend some time to improve our mental skills and building our mind.

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Be courageous in good deed

Courage is the willingness to do the things you know are right. Do the thing you fear, and fear will disappear.

Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy - Dale Carnegie.

Courage is not the absence of fear; it's the conquest of fear.

Keep your fears to yourself, but share your courage with others.

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Sunday, February 25, 2007

Your Precious Time

“Guard well your spare moments. They are like uncut diamonds. Discard them and their value will never be known. Improve them and they will become the brightest gems in a useful life.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson

A life is Too Precious to Waste - To spend on Anything But the Best.

“Wisdom doesn't automatically come with old age. Nothing does - except wrinkles. It's true, some wines improve with age. But only if the grapes were good in the first place.”

Spend your time wisely!

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The Value of Education

The young think education can replace experience; the old think experience can replace education. Both are wrong. Both are needed. If youth only knew. If age only could.

Education is difficult and expensive. But whatever it costs, it's cheaper than ignorance.

"Education is what remains after one has forgotten everything he learned in school."- Albert Einstein

"It's not what is poured into a student that counts, but what is planted." - Linda Conway.

The only fully educated people are self-educated.

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Saturday, February 24, 2007

Happy Family

“The family you come from isn't as important as the family you're going to have” - Ring Lardner

He is happiest, whether rich or poor, who finds happiness in his own home.

Crystals, carpets and chandeliers make a nice house but only the smiles on the faces of the residents make it a home!

"A man should never neglect his family for business." - Walt Disney

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Making a Difference

An Optimist would say it is half full. A Pessimist would say it is half empty.

"Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference." - Winston Churchill

You can't do things differently until you see things differently. To recognize opportunity is the difference between success and failure.

The truest different between the man and the boy: The man is aiming at a goal; the boy is drifting aimlessly.

"We all have ability. The difference is how we use it." - Stevie Wonder
"It's not what you've got, it's what you use that makes a difference." - Zig Ziglar

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Friday, February 23, 2007

Needs and Wants

Failing to distinguish between the needs and wants keeps many people poor.

A surplus of wants is oftener the cause of poverty than a shortage of income. Many remain poor because they can't resist buying things they don't need.

He is poor - however much he earns - if his expenses exceed his income.

It's tough being poor, but not as tough as being in debt.

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Be Responsible

Accepting responsibility is accepting challenge.

"The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil, but because of those who look on and do nothing." - Albert Einstein

"Ninety-nine percent of all failures come from people who have a habit of making excuses." - George Washington Carver

I would like to illustrate this with the story about four people: Everybody, Somebody, Anybody and Nobody.

"There was an important job to be done and
Everybody was asked to do it.
Everybody was sure that Somebody would do it.
Anybody could have done it, but Nobody did.
Somebody got angry (about that) because
it was Everybody's job.
Everybody knew that Anybody could do it,
but Nobody realised that Somebody wouldn't do it.
And Everybody blamed Somebody
because Nobody did what Anybody could have done."

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Thursday, February 22, 2007

Customer is your Boss

"There is only one boss. The customer. And he can fire everybody in the company from the chairman on down, simply by spending his money somewhere else." - Sam Walton

The basic philosophy of any business, particularly a service business, is to do two things: get and keep customers.

A Satisfied Customer Is Your Best Advertisement.

"People expect good service but few are willing to give it." - Robert Gately

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Learn from Wise Sayings

“Never mistake knowledge for wisdom. One helps you make a living; the other helps you make a life.” - Sandra Carey

A short saying often contains much wisdom.

"Wisdom is not the product of schooling but the lifelong attempt to acquire it." - Albert Einstein

"Every man like myself, who never went to college, can largely make up for that lack by reading the wise sayings of the great men of the past, who gladly left their wisdom and experience in proverbs for us who follow them." - Winston Churchill

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Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Learn to be happy

People are not born happy, people learns to be happy.

We have to learn to seek happiness by limiting our desires, rather than in attempting to satisfy them.

It is not how much we have, but how much we enjoy, that makes happiness. Happiness never decreases by being shared.

"Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful" - Herman Cain

The root of happiness is helpfulness. Some pursue happiness - others create it.

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Keep going

A man rarely succeeds at anything unless he has fun doing it.

Your success, and how quickly you'll realize your goal, will depend on how long you can keep your enthusiasm up. Some have enthusiasm for a few minutes, others for a few days, some for a few weeks, or months. But the real winners are the ones who keep it up for years.

Even if you're on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there. - Will Rogers

“Winning is not everything, but the effort to win is.” - Zig Ziglar

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Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Good Communication Skill

The ability to speak is a short cut to distinction.

Studies have shown that only 7% of what is communicated between people is transmitted through the WORDS themselves. 38% comes through the TONE of voice. 55% of communication, the largest part is the result of physiology or body language.

“First learn the meaning of what you say, and then speak.” - Epictetus

A wise man speaks when others have exhausted their words. If you do not know how to speak, better learn how to keep quiet.

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Don't wait! - Start now

A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step. - Lao-Tsu

To win, BEGIN. All winning starts with beginning. The hardest part is always the start. A thing begun is more than half done.

Beginning - taking the first step, generates momentum, the emotional energy, the inner urge - motivates you to take another step, then another, and another. That momentum, once started will continued until your task is done."

Most failures are caused by not realizing the power of momentum -- getting started.

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Monday, February 19, 2007

Growing Old Gracefully

Like a tree, we each must find a place to grow and branch out.

Growth comes from attempting tasks more difficult than our usual ones. Routine tasks are necessary, but they don't develop growth.

No one stops growing until he stops asking questions, either of others or of himself.

We never grow old. We get old when we stop growing. Keeping useful keeps us youthful.

Never regret growing old; not everyone has that privilege.

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Have a meaningful life

No horse gets anywhere until he is harnessed. No steam or gas drives any machine until it is confined, and no man gets anything until he is committed to a goal.

The poorest of all men is not the one without gold, but without a goal. Life to him has no meaning -- no reason for living.

"If you don't know where you are going, you will probably end up somewhere else." - Lawrence J. Peter

You got to be careful if you don't know where you're going, because you might not get there.

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Sunday, February 18, 2007

Happy Chinese New Year 2007

I wishes you Health, Wisdom and Wealth for the New Year!.

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Think and Grow Rich

The average person could increase his income 20% by increasing his thinking 1%. One percent of your day is 14 minutes. Is that too much time to spend to increase your income 20%? Every day ask yourself: What one thing can I do today to increase my income? Asking yourself a question impels you to think to find the answer.

With every rising of the sun, think of your life as just begun. A strong conviction spurs the mind to think up ways to get the thing done.

No matter how hard times are some are getting rich. Think. Why?

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Saturday, February 17, 2007

Health is Wealth

“Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity”

It takes many people a lifetime to learn that health is more important than money, fun and fame.

“It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver.” - Mahatma Gandhi

“So many people spend their health gaining wealth, and then have to spend their wealth to regain their health.” - A. J. Reb Materi

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Be Patient

"The key to everything is patience. You get the chicken by hatching the egg, not by smashing it." - Arnold H. Glasgow

Patience is bitter, but its fruit is sweet - sometimes a fortune builder.

First try seldom wins great success.

No one ever fails. They just quit trying. Many of our greatest men tried and failed so often they decided to quit - but tried once more - and won.

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Do you know the Truth?

Believe those who are seeking the truth; doubt those who find it

"A man with a watch knows what time it is. A man with two watches is never sure." - Segal's Law

"Many people scramble frantically to climb the ladder of success, only to find that it is leaning against the wrong building." - Brian Tracy

The bible tells us in John 14:6 (NKJV) that Jesus said ..., "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.

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Friday, February 16, 2007

Mischievous "Only"

Only he said that he loved her
He only said that he loved her
He said only that he loved her
He said that only he loved her
He said that he only loved her
He said that he loved only her
He said that he loved her only

"A little learning is a dangerous thing." - Alexander Pope.

What you said sometimes cannot be accurately understood because the hearer unconsciously translates what he hears into something he can understand.

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Stop Taking Things for Granted

Once upon a time, there was a non-conforming sparrow who decided not to fly south for the winter. However, when the weather turned very cold he reluctantly started to fly southwards. In a short time ice began to form on his wings and he fell to earth in a farmyard, almost frozen to death. A cow passed by and crapped on the little sparrow. The sparrow thought it was the end. But the manure warmed him and defrosted his wings. Warm and happy, able to breath, he started to sing. Just then a large cat came by and hearing the chirping, found out where it was coming from, clawed away the manure, found the chirping bird and promptly ate him.

The moral of the story is:

  1. Everyone who shits on you is not necessarily your enemy
  2. Everyone who gets you out of the shits is not necessarily your friend
  3. And if you're warm and happy in a pile of shit, keep your mouth shut.
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Thursday, February 15, 2007

The Powers of Words

Do not underestimate the powers of words.

Confucius was once asked what he would do if he were to be made the Emperor of China. Without hesitation, he said, "I would teach my people with great inspiring words, so that by the use and application of these words, they shall grow strong."

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Speak Wisely

You are judged by the way you speak.

First think, and then speak. Once you open your mouth and start talking, your customer starts dissecting you!

Train your salesmen to talk to the customers in the customers' language. With annoyed customers, the policy of "I will try" has done wonders.

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Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Happy Valentine's Day

"Love is not finding someone to live with. It's finding someone you can't live without." - Rafael Ortiz

Loving is not just looking at each other, it's looking in the same direction.

"May this Valentine's Day be filled with Love, Understanding, and Contentment as you journey through life with those you hold dear." - Darly Henerson

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Good Friend

Books and friends should be few and good. He is a good friend that speaks well of us behind our backs.

Your friend is the man who knows all about you and still likes you!

Don't walk in front of me, I may not follow. Don't walk behind me, I may not lead. Walk beside me and just be my friend.

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Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Don't be afraid to make mistakes

If you do not make mistakes, it only means you are not trying 100 percent.

"All men make mistakes, but only wise men learn from their mistakes." - Winston Churchill.

Those who never make mistakes lose a great many chances to learn something.

Mistakes are the best teachers. The minor mistake is sometimes a major improvement.

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Be smart but not overconfident

"Success is a lousy teacher. It seduces smart people into thinking they can't lose." - Bill Gates

Managers tend to make their biggest mistakes in things they've previously done best.

Admit your mistakes gracefully.

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Monday, February 12, 2007

Classes of people

"People can be divided into three groups: Those who make things happen, those who watch things happen and those who wonder what happened." - John W. Newbern.

Great minds discuss ideas; Average minds, events and happenings; Small minds, people and things.

Make sure you join the right group!

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Renew your mind

Your mind is a "Thoughts Factory". You are the production manager. It can produce either positive or negative thoughts. Ideas of others are your raw materials.

Let new thoughts make you a new man. Be ye renewed by the renewing of your mind.

Changing our thoughts and attitudes requires effort. But anything that doesn't require effort isn't worth having.

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Sunday, February 11, 2007

Never Give Up!

"People who stop trying after one failure are actually being unfair to themselves. They are actually saying that life is made up of only a single event. If you can't make it, that's it!" - Billi Lim

Just like on a journey, we may encounter traffic jams, tire puncture, animals passing, train crossing, rain, strong winds, fallen trees, etc... so too we will meet obstacles along our way to reach our goals.

Failure, like a headache, warns us that something has gone wrong. If we are intelligent we look for the cause and profit by the experience.

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Wrong way of making Money

Gambling is getting nothing for something - picking our own pocket. It's also habit forming and like cancer, seldom cured. The only remedy: Don't start.

No horse can go as fast as the money you bet on him.

"The safest way to double your money is to fold it over once and put it in your pocket." - Kin Hubbard

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Saturday, February 10, 2007

Be Humble

Those never admits wrong loves pride more than facts.

The Bible tell us in Proverbs 16:18 (NKJV)
"Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall."

"Talent is God given. Be humble. Fame is man-given. Be grateful. Conceit is self-given. Be careful." - John Wooden

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Don't be greedy

There is enough in the world for everyone's need, but not enough for everyone's greed. - Frank Buchman

Needs can be met, greeds never.

The measure of success we achieve is not dependent on how much we possess, but how much we utilize.

A love of quick gain has turned rich men into paupers.

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Friday, February 09, 2007

Think, Decide and Delegate

The surest way for an executive to kill himself is to refuse to learn how, and when, and to whom to delegate work.

Don't keep a dog and bark yourself. (Think, Decide, Delegate). Delegate but don't forget.

The speed of the boss is the speed of the team.

A manager succeeds or fails not so much because of what he does, but because of what he is able to get someone else to do.

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Home-made degree D.I.N.

That home-made degree D.I.N. (do it now) has turned more little shots into big shots than any college degree. And that self-made habit, P.T.O. (putting things off) holds more people back than sickness, lack of brains, lack of capital and opportunities combined.

Do important jobs now before they become urgent.

A good slogan: Learn how and do now.

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Thursday, February 08, 2007

Life's Greatest Waste

Life's greatest waste: Not knowing early in life what we want most out of life.

Everyone's responsibility is to make the most of his best talents.

Change yourself, and your life will change on its own.

Try to be the best of what you are, even if what you are is no good. Short as life is, we make it shorter by wasting time.

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Be kind to one another

A coin to a beggar deserves a credit; a kind word, two.

Kindness is a language the blind can see and the deaf can hear.

A kind and courteous "no" hurts less than a rude "yes".

Lincoln said: "You're not very smart if you're not a little kinder and wiser than yesterday".

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Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Did you really use your eyes?

"The eye sees only what the mind is prepared to comprehend." - Henri Bergson

The eyes are not responsible when the mind does the seeing. There are none so blind as those, that will not see.

"The only thing worse than being blind is having sight but no vision." - Helen Keller

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Is it really Impossible?

"What we can or cannot do, what we consider possible or impossible, is rarely a function of our true capability. It is more likely a function of our beliefs about who we are." - Anthony Robbins

Match-stick is a transportable and pocketable fire. Before it was invented, people laughed at the idea just as they do if someone today suggests to have an air-conditioner of a pen size.

Knock the T off the can't and you can get it done!

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Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Do you really know?

It ain't the things you don't know that gets you into trouble; it's the things you know for sure that ain't so.

It's so much easier to suggest solutions when you don't know too much about the problem.

"Know where to find the information and how to use it - That's the Secret of Success" - Albert Einstein

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Be a Winner

Most of us think we're not lazy because we're always busy. Too often we're busy doing useless things -- forgetting our main goal in life.

Everyone likes to do what he likes and not what should be done.

The most valuable education is that which trains us to do what should be done, when it should be done, whether we feel like it or not. That is what we called "Will Power". - Huxley

Winners develop the habit of doing the things that losers don't like to do.

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Monday, February 05, 2007

Quality Wins

Wise men know not many things, but useful things. You don't need to know many things to succeed, and get rich, if you know the few things that are important.

Keen observation is a quality of all men wise. The ultimate sin of the mind is the failure to pay attention. Wise men always observe aspects others miss.

"Associate yourself with people of good quality, for it is better to be alone than in bad company." - Booker T. Washington

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Acquire Good Habits

Guard your habits - bad ones will destroy you. Good habits are hard to acquire but easy to live with. Bad habits are easy to acquire but hard to live with.

Force the habits you consider best for you. Time will make them natural and easy. Most harmful habits are too weak to be noticed until they're too strong to be broken.

Guard against getting into the habit of mere reading. Promote yourself to more doing.

The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People is one of those books that can be helpful in this area.

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