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Hate My Job? Absolutely No!

In a casual chat yesterday, my well-respected middle aged Chartered Marketer colleague actually throws in a very simple question that sent me in a very awkward situation without an answer. Impromptu, my mind sent me reviewing very hard in search for a real answer and at that moment, I really gave up. I have searched very hard through my memories, way back to more than eighteen years of recollections; in the speed of light and within a few seconds that’s it, (or probably only three seconds) I cannot recall, let alone answering that simple but yet an elusive one.
‘Emm…I can’t tell you as..,” I remembered responding to him in a shameful way and the words actually came through my mouth as my memories still recollecting, very hard still. But I was glad that I don’t have an answer then, as honestly, I have forgotten the answer! So what was that very important question that has prompted me to blog this post? job

I can’t recall the exact question, but it sounds like this “have you ever hated your job?” In fact, I can’t recall the conversations that we had, yes, all the ten minutes before this question! It was all archived very deep in my mind by now. My mind is still filled with this question, more with the answer actually as I type in these words. What had pursued second later was my response “I can’t recall when was the last time I hated my job; well I have not hated any of those for the past eighteen years!” I can recall that these two wise men (ahem) jubilates with the answer soon after!

I felt that answer was the most honest one and I am still amazed with the answer! I have never for the last eighteen years come across this question or someone asking one to me. I felt relieved and happy that I have been so honest with myself. Yes, I have not hated my job for the last eighteen years, and I can rightfully claim now but word of thank must be given to my wise colleague Brian. I then added that I have not a single day that I dragged myself to work; I have jumped straight into my work each morning with full enthusiasm.

I wonder and I am now more determined to pen down very important reasons why I have not hated my job for so long, after thinking hard for the past fifteen hours. Or something like the whys and the how’s that made up the great feeling inside (feeling liberated actually) feeling proud with the fact.

I felt liberated! Is this the best gift for the perseverance that I have endured? Does that mean that I have truly enjoyed my journey for the past eighteen years? Was it true that the path I have chosen was the correct one? Was this the road less travelled celebrity authors have written on?

I think I have found the right job eighteen years ago and “you don’t have to work a day” as Brian puts it. I think so. When I first started into this job, I have recognized that the success is largely depended on how one would have control over the intended performance. It is still very much an individual affair and I am glad to say that the first few years were indeed challenging as I maneuver and learning the tricks of my new trade. It wasn’t easy but at the same time I began to learn about myself, my strength and most important my objectives. It was really a paradigm shift that I myself have to see into myself so to speak; learning to play a different role altogether while wading through unfamiliar territory.

Soon after, I began to enjoy the new role. I began to accept that the fact that I have a new role that is so much different from my peers at that time; in fact at that time no one else have guessed why I have embarked to the new path, let alone understand my rational. The challenge at that time was to convince myself that I will do well in my new career and it is all about my future, no one else. I did have some success in the third year and I am proud that I have proved to myself that I could do well if I set my priorities well. That had spurred my enthusiasm further, I felt.

As I advance further, coupled with some really good opportunities that I had taken well, I began to see newer challenges and responsibilities. I felt these opportunities were well executed and gain tremendous trusts from superiors and other stakeholders. With good words around by humble people around me I start to believe that I am made out for this career. I began to discover more of my strength from year to year and to be honest, I still do.
I can’t paint all the beautiful and painful things that I had went through all these eighteen years (maybe in book about myself later, no just kidding) in this blog; nevertheless I felt blessed that I had overcome each challenges as they come. My perseverance and my beliefs have pulled me through each time, my honesty and diligence I suspect, have played an important role. I can feel the toil until today but I am not complaining. The satisfaction from the challenges and the many pleasant encounters made it worth the effort. I felt that this career is rewarding, great satisfaction with no financial measure that one can attach.

I am glad over the years I have met people who are truly helpful and have appreciated the small things I did and continue doing. Their appreciations have given me tremendous support over the years and I am blessed that they are still coming in. I guess these motivate anyone in the same role as I am. It makes you wanting to do more and looking back the eighteen years, I am glad to say that it made the difference.

So, are they regrets or hating my job? God blessed, NO! I love every single minute of it because my role let me discover my strengths every day, I can see that expanding. I am glad. Thanks mate for asking this question yesterday. Today I felt liberated as I know the answer.

I have forgotten how to hate my job! And in case you are still figuring what I have enjoyed the last eighteen years, I teach.

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Unconditional Smurf Love

“It doesn’t matter where you came from. It is what you want to be matters” ~ Papa Smurf

Where did you come from?
Long forgotten and it does not matter
Where did you come from?
I know where and I appreciated it,
…but it does not matter

Where did you come from?
Different from mine, noted and does not matter
Where did you come from?
Brown, colored and sounds foreign
…but it does not matter

Where did you come from?
Penny-less, mal-nutrient and does not matter
Where did you come from?
Different religion and beliefs
…but it does not matter

Where did you come from?
Slaved, tortured and it does not matter
Where did you come from?
Closed bars, I repented and noted
…but it does not matter

So what matters?
It is about you becoming
what you want to be

It matters when you realized
Respecting others is important
Helping others is virtue
Sharing with others is a gift
Guiding others is responsibility
and….Loving others is unconditional

And honestly I share.

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Politics and You.

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Believe it or not, this is my second (or third?) post for the year. I have not written for a while (six months!) simply because I was busy keeping up with the local national election, which saw the ruling Government receiving a bashing outside left from the newer coalition. The “opposition” had created a tsunami by clinching the favorite votes overall only to the dismay of the pro-opposition voters that the ruling party retain a simple majority due to some alleged unfair and unjust electoral boundaries; not to mention the alleged frauds that they are going to battle it out in the courts in the coming months. The ruling party, as alleged, seems to have unfair access to the election commission’s power albeit the claim on the fraudulent use of some cheap “indelible” indelible ink (which supposed to prevent fraudulent second round voting!).

The scenes at the courts would be interesting in the coming months.

The reason I am posting here again is that I wanted to write and probably re-emphasize the need for everyone (no age specificity here) to be truly aware of their political environment. Over the last six to seven months I had come across many arguments over political doings in the country. Without too much judgment being made, I tried seeing their rational but yet I must pen down some of my thoughts on the whys, hows, whats of politics. Mainly to share how important is our choice in the ballot boxes.

I guess the common notion of the people here is the need for a better country. It is a fact that the people want to see that they are able to sustain their lives in the country. I am not referring to inflation alone, but the other living factors ranging from freedom of speech to equal opportunities. The people felt that there is a need to be consulted. They hate to see programs by the ruling government to benefit only the privilege few. They felt short changed. Their grouses seem too trivial to the authorities. They felt that the events could be better dealt with, taking out the inappropriate decisions and dealings in between. The people know that they are now better empowered to steer the country to better accountability for one simple reason – making their lives better.

I know that (I wonder “my government” realizes this) the people want their government to satisfy the people’s aspiration, not the government’s aspiration. They have, for too long not being consulted. They have followed too long, with hope that their aspiration would come through. The recent election results don’t favor their hope. They wanted change because they have waited too long. They know the government can do much more and better, they rooted for the government to change their mentality in running the country. We all know that and please don’t ask me what else I want! I want something better than what we have today because it is necessary!

For my younger readers, the government we have elected has the executive power in running the country. They go to the parliament to push through laws (hence they are known as law makers) that gives them the executive powers. These powers will allow them to make policies that govern all aspect of our lives. I hope you don’t take too likely about the policy making and please let me make it clear that I am not a rebel, I just want you to understand that not all policies and laws they made are too favorable to you and me.

They did affect how you had lived and going live in the future. The policies, among others the education policy decides when you go to school, what you learn, where you graduate from, where you can work and of course, when you can retire and how you will receive your pensions! To add on, policies will also affect what we know, what we hear, what we see and how we see things. In reality, in the commerce scene, policies decide how businesses compete, how small business flourished into large conglomerates with unfair advantage and of course how businesses monopolies your economy. These all affect how you consume what you need in your daily life. Mouthful to mention here but I hope you can realize that these policies do affect how you live.

How are we going to achieve these?

I must claim that they are not easy. But I must also stress that it all start from you, your awareness. You must rise to the fact that you need to determine how you and the people around you live. No one of sound mind would want to live in misery. Please don’t accuse me of being not contended. I am, as long as I have misery in my life. I am matured enough to sense correct from wrong, good from bad, moral and immoral; and beneficial to society from those that are not. Only through realization of the people, things can change for the better. Eyes blinkered by the showers of cash and benefits by the government from time to time certainly don’t help in this cause. Think logically, will these ever help? Yes could be your answer but they have turned the national concern into “your” personal short term satisfaction. Will it help how the wider society lives? Think.

We want long term solution to issues. We want solutions that work for all and for the country, not those short term fixes that silence the issues or for the sake of gaining political mileages. I know this may sound provocative but aren’t solutions that we want?

A country that is well developed, strong bargaining power, strong currency, strong trading term, resilient to economic challenges; wouldn’t you think all these would improve our lives? It all boils down to determine how much we pay for our goods and services that necessitate our living hood! I am not over exaggerating the issue here but I want to challenge you to compare prices of goods on a dollar to dollar basis across the globe. Our policies have something to do with this issue here. (Please don’t compare my country with the one ones that you have not objectively chosen)

I have travelled abroad and I have seen good policies that benefited the people. It ranges from social benefits to medical and insurances; education, trade and sports policies. Coming from an East Asian country and too long blinkered for most part of my growing up years, now I tend to think that the western policies would have more edge in protecting the general society as opposed to the more “regimented” ones that protect the powerful and respected few – my opinion as a result of western exposure in my education and maturity in my thinking.

I am not comparing too much and you cannot accuse me of not being loyal to my own country. I am loyal to my country. I love my country. We can do better if we remove some unwanted variables from the good equation. I have seen some good ones in my country. I must tell you also that my country do have some good and sound policies, but perhaps been too long molded in the culture that I sometimes think they are outdated (and needed some fine tuning).

I wanted to see more done into our education policies (that have change beyond focus every few years) and hope we can know that we are less than competitive in many aspects. It is time to focus on the quality (not just self-measurements!) on our human capital in the country, more on the how rather than what (very much technology driven) and more on their contribution to the GDP in the future. Teach the children with the best available methodologies, which currently only available in private schools for those that can afford? Are we not missing out the best for the country, settling for the second best for the masses? I am not being unreasonable! There is a disparity between government, half funded government, religious school, vernacular schools and yes, private and international schools. Are we happy with the second best technologies in our public schools? Why should we?

We still, in year 2013 see depilated school buildings and ill-equipped schools. I am not complaining too much I hope but why is this still happening? The machinery in the education department is obviously not functioning well not to realize the short comings in these schools. Is there a separate agenda, sorry, just speculating? (Policies :P)

I made it a point not to open another debate over meritocracy and university entrance in my country.

I am concluding with the question of “Policies vs Excuses?”. The choice is ours but it start with your awareness, not through rebellious means.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                                                                                 

 

  

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getting things done early in the year (requires a new recipe!)

Today is the ninth day of the brand new year. Getting one thing done out of the long list of resolutions, really need a lot of courage! You just need courage! (Get out of the lazy chair man! You have been sitting there since Thanksgiving!). Here I try to share with you a new recipe called “sopa de éxito”.

You will need the following:

2 teaspoon of imagination (wild ones)
6 oz. of ideas (preferably fresh ones, not those from shops)
3 cups of planning (blended well, remove residue)
1 great effort
6 packs of determinations
Mix all of them and bake with perseverance (240 C, years sometimes)
After cooling for 15 minutes, enjoy and taste your success

Tools:

1. Oven

2. One large salad bowl

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You will first of all need 2 teaspoons of imagination. It must be wild ones which you yourself would probably laugh at in the first instant it pops up your mind (and followed by others when you tells them). Wild imaginations are good for your mind, it has a lot of vitamins for your brain. Use two teaspoons to zap up enough energy the soup will need later in the oven. Add more imagination to taste if required.

Next is 6 oz. of ideas. Clean them thoroughly and stare at them individually before cutting them in strips. Wear a different hat when you look at them one by one, as suggested by Edward De Bono. These ideas are full of enthusiasm, some nutrition required by your healthy heart. Add more according to taste but beware of  devils and devils advocates. (They will tell you to ignore these ideas, don’t because it adds contour to the soup.

You will also need 3 cups of planning for the soup. Use brands such as TQM, JIT and SIX SIGMA which you can find them easily on supermarket shelves. They consists of good Costs, Time and Quality dimensions required to give the right aroma for your soup. Don’t compromise on these as they may be expensive but essential. Your soup will taste terribly bitter without them. Keep to 3 cups, other wise your soup will be too diluted.

You can find one great effort, the base material for this soup underneath your couch if you were to get your ass up and running. They don’t sell this in the supermarket, but occasionally can be found in smaller stores such as CarreFAIL, TesCONNED, GiantFLOP or MyDINNED. Once you found it, give it a thorough cleansing (it was probably there since you were a kid), soak them in Reality sauce for four hours until it is fully marinated. It should be a little glowing in color, depending on which one you have found.

The six packs of determination can be found in most libraries and they are required to give the color of the soup as well as its taste. Put in as many as possible if required or according to the serving required. They are the know how of the soup and feel free to experiment with the various determinations as determination comes in various shapes and sizes. Choose those with fire as it fuels the cooking process while the soup is in the oven.

Once all the ingredients are ready, plunge them in a large salad bowl and mix them evenly. Should you need a larger bowl due to the size of determination you have used, do so with the washing machine. Once they are evenly rolled out, place them in the pre-heated oven at 240 degrees Celsius. You will need the heat to keep your soup melting with the determinations, which in turn will give you the best taste and texture for your soup. However do not go beyond 240 degrees as the soup will be well burnt-out! It will take a long time in the oven but it all depends on the quality of the materials used, especially the base material “effort” and the determination. I advise you not to get the cheaper ones!

Once it is cooked, let it cool for 15 minutes before serving. It should taste good It is known as the sopa de éxito.

Happy Cooking and don’t forget to switch off the oven. Adios.

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The New Movie “2013”

Not enough of “2012”? Why not try this “2013”! It isn’t about another doomsday that tearing apart New York, Shanghai, London and everywhere else. It will not be about the three gigantic ships that saves the human species, although I strongly against the fact that the wealthy (and lucky) ones got to ride in them. neither it is one that shows how strong the earth moves, again!

I am talking about a movie where the story line that is going to be more interactive, more engagement between the viewers and the directors; and one that is more result oriented. This movie is going to be released in winter 2013, 31 December 2013 that is. The casts of this movie will be determined by the directors but without scripts to guide them, mainly because it is going to be super-interactive one!

I am talking about the movie of your own life.

Do you want to make the movie with the best ending ever? The hero is director him or herself? Or do you want to someone else a hero? How would you want the ending to be, the hero walking proudly on the stage to collect his or her Degree or MBA for instance? Do you want to have a story that the hero defies all odds to marry the right one or would it be the hero successfully build the foundation of his or her career?

I would certainly want a fairy tale ending for my movie, with a lot of achievements; both in my private life as well as in my profession. I want sequel to that, laying success stories one after another for many years to come. I want my casts to be heroes too in the movie (or my future movies). No bad guys, only weak actors whom I believe will have equal opportunities for success. Sounds good with a lot of surprises I am sure, a lot of suspense and sweet memories (I hope).

But I am not dreaming. I am the director and I am going to make my own movie. I want to control my story line, I have some ideas yet I do not know the ending. I am some ideas about how my other casts could help me to write this beautiful story. Writing this story requires my constant vigilant, the nerve of steel (to try newer things), perseverance to weather the storms and patience to defeat my restless soul. It is going to a building block process from day to day and month to month; but I have my plans in my head from the beginning. I will not tell you now to keep you suspense watching my movie.

I hope you too can make your own movie so that I can enjoy and share it with other, to share the joy by clicking “like” in Mark Zuckerberg’s already famed movie. Mark like other of his peers have shown us the way how a movie were made. Through perseverance, bravery, hard work, relationships, humbleness and non-exhaustive good behaviours; all that we could learn from to make a good movie. I for one will definitely use these simple principles and hoping for the best.

Come join me in making my movie a success and in return I will be your cast next year to make yours looks good!

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We have misinterpreted the Mayans!

Doomsday or not on 21-12-2012?

Let me tell you that we have misunderstood the Mayans! The misinterpretation has caused so much anxiety and unnecessary stress and restlessness among those who choose to believe it. Just to reduce the worries, I think the Mayans then tries very hard to figure out why 2012 is significantly shorter in terms of days. That could be the main reason why the calendar has stood there, ending on 21-december 2012! Obviously they have not found the solution.

Maybe the best way to put that to rest is to declare that 2013 will come in earlier than expected! Don’t worry, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Cheers.

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