Tag: motivation

The Power of Diplomacy

February 3rd, 2013   •   no comments   


Jesus was the ultimate example of diplomacy (courtesy of Jesus Good Father)

Difficult people are the bane of our professional and personal lives. You meet them everywhere.

On the buses. At the neighbourhood coffee shops. In the office. At a family gathering. Heck, even in the peaceful surrounds of a park.
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Are You Keeping White Elephants?

January 3rd, 2013   •   1 comment   

Do you know what a “white elephant” is?

Well, it is an idiom representing a valued possession where its costs far outweigh its usefulness. The phrase originated from age-old traditions in Indochina (Thailand, Myanmar). Back then, monarchs kept these rare (and burdensome) animals for the purposes of showcasing their wealth and power.

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Internal Drive Theory – Book Review

December 31st, 2012   •   no comments   

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Image of girl courtesy of Children’s Education Zone

Life as a parent of schooling kids isn’t a bed of roses.

After a hard day’s work, you’ve got to become teacher, coach and mentor to your precious ones. You need to find ways and means to nurture in him or her the joy of learning while fighting fatigue. Exams. Tests. Music. Dance. Sports. CCAs. The list appear to never end.
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The 12 Leadership Principles of Jesus

December 24th, 2012   •   no comments   

Nativity of Jesus
The Nativity Cusco School from Brooklyn Museum (source: Wikimedia Commons)

Christmas is a most wonderful time of the year.

For some, it is a time of feasting, partying and making merry. 
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7 Lessons from the Life of Pi

December 21st, 2012   •   no comments   

7 Lessons from the Life of Pi

Few movies have impacted me as much as Life of Pi directed by Oscar winning Lee Ang based on the novel of the same name by Yann Martel.

With breathtaking cinematography, hyper realistic CGI and compelling acting, the movie was a visually spectacular work of art.
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Start With Why: A Book Review

October 21st, 2012   •   1 comment   

Start with Why

We’ve seen it happen time and time again.

A company starts off with great fanfare, led by a charismatic and visionary leader. She or he brings it to new heights. Growth is healthy and flourishing – year after year.

There is crystal clarity in what the company does. It attracts a loyal tribe of customers and fans.
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Finding Your Muse

September 25th, 2012   •   no comments   


The nine muses of Greek mythology (courtesy of Greek Myths and Mythology)

Inspiration often comes in the most unlikely and inconvenient places.

For example, I may be sitting in front of my computer all ready to write a “change the world” blog post. I strain my brain. I close my eyes. I try to create. Unfortunately, I end up watching Youtube videos, responding to an oh so witty tweet, or comment ad nauseum on my friends’ Facebook updates.

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The 4-Hour Workweek: Book Review

August 18th, 2012   •   no comments   

To many of us, Timothy Ferriss is living the dream life. Touting himself as a “serial entrepreneur” and “ultra-vagabond”, the author of the uber bestseller “The 4-Hour Workweek” works from anywhere around the world, pursuing activities as varied as skiing in the Andes, tango dancing in Buenos Aires, or racing motorcycles in Europe.

How does he do it?

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Embrace the 9 Rules of Self Discipline

July 12th, 2012   •   2 comments   

Embrace the 9 Rules of Self Discipline

Ever wondered why some people seem to have it all made while others simply drift by?

What is the difference between successful CEOs, political and religious leaders, and the rest of us who may lead more mundane and ordinary lives?

The secret, according to motivational speaker and author Brian Tracy, is that successful people run their lives according to the principles of self-discipline.
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Extreme Focus: A Book Review

May 8th, 2012   •   no comments   

Michael Jordan an exemplar of Extreme Focus

Michael Jordan: a proponent of Extreme Focus (source of image)

How does one truly achieve one’s dreams? What are the secrets behind ultra-successful folks who make a “dent in the Universe”?

The answer according to NBA Orlando Magic’s Senior Vice President Pat Williams and author Jim Denney is “Extreme Focus”.
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