Tag: personal reflections
Uncover untold treasures by diving more deeply (courtesy of Daily Mail)
“If it’s not all on one page, I’m not going to read it.”
“Hey, is there a 2 minute video to show me how it’s done?”
Goldilocks certainly knows what moderation is! (courtesy of E-books)
We are living in extreme times. And this calls for extreme measures.
We are extremely hard working. With hot desks, blackberries and mobile offices, we can work anywhere we want, 24/7, on any continent.
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.
Every once in a while, I make it a point to take a step back from what I’m doing and to reflect upon where I’m headed to. This involves asking myself some honest questions such as the following:
Am I progressing in all fronts of my life – work, family, social, physical and spiritual?
What is your idea of a job well done? Is it that golden moment when you can proudly tick off the box on your “To Do” list? Would completion alone be equated to success?
While some may argue that one should just “do whatever it takes to get there”, I believe that the process of reaching that goal is often just as important as breasting the finish line. The path which we take – the way in which things were done, the people whom we worked with, the relationships forged, the kicks that we get along the way – play a far stronger role in influencing its eventual outcome than we imagine.
One of the things I’ve gone gaga over during my recent trip to the Canadian Rockies was photography. Wielding a new Olympus PEN EPL1 camera, I’ve taken tonnes of amateurish photos and videos of every imaginable living or unliving thing.
Courtesy of Naked Singapore
After a long and tiring day at work, I had my dinner at a coffeeshop in Chinatown and was waiting for my usual buses back home. The bus stop was pretty crowded with weary commuters.
While waiting for my bus, I noticed something unusual.
Courtesy of Dot Connector Blog
I remembered how my Dad used to tell me that I should “Make hay while the Sun shines” – a saying that seems to ring immortally true, especially in this day and age of multiple digital distractions.
The seat of human emotions is not the heart but the pair of almond-sized amygdala in the brain (courtesy of In.com)
As a fairly prosaic person who thinks more than he feels, I am not naturally given to bursts of extreme joy, anger or sorrow. Adopting a rather Zen-like philosophy in life, I try to stick to the middle path. If a particularly contentious issue comes my way, I normally try to resolve it in the most amicable and least conflicting manner.
Lately, however, I find that my heart starts to get in the way more often. I find that I cannot just sit back and use a purely logical approach to resolve them. Fortunately, I haven’t exploded in a truly un-dignified manner and chose to find a solution to an emotionally distressing situation rather than to just grin and bear it.
I am not sure if I have shared this before, but my ultimate career goal is to be a consultant one day. It is my wish to be an advisor to businesses, companies and individuals, assisting them to improve their odds in the finicky arena of the marketplace. Of course, that may be many years in the future or even a retirement job.
Having said that, I am also leery of the kind of advice given by consultants to solve all kinds of managerial maladies. If you browse through the thousands of tomes penned by management “gurus”, you will inevitably stumble across some ludicrous ideas that are so far-fetched that they read like fiction (or even fantasy).