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Renungan
“If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I’m about to do today?”


Monday, February 27, 2012

ADB di Poly Pipe


Satu subuh kira-kira dua-dua bulan lalu, aku terima satu sms. Pelik pulak aku, siapa yang sms aku pada subuh itu. Bila aku semak sms itu, rupa-rupanya Bro Santha dari Atmalink memberitahu aku bahawa satu syarikat bernama Poly Pipe ingin melaksanakan modul Anda Dilahirkan Berjaya (ADB) bagi anggota kerja mereka. Aku senyum sendirian dan sebenarnya aku sudah hampir terlupa pertemuan sebelum ini dengan Pengurusan Poly Pipe. Sangka aku, disebabkan sudah lama pertemuan itu, mereka mungkin sudah tidak berminat melaksanakan ADB. Syukur pada Tuhan.
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Bila aku selidiki anggota kerja Poly Pipe (seramai 60 orang) ini sebelum bermulanya ADB ini, aku dapati secara kasarnya mereka boleh dibahagikan kepada dua kumpulan utama, OTAI (All Timers) dan anggota kerja baru yang masih di awal 20an. Walaupun ramai di kalangan mereka tidak berpendidikan tinggi namun aku sedar mereka kaya dengan pengalaman dan keinginan memperbaiki diri. Bagi aku, ini semua bukan masalah sebab aku sedar selagi kita bernama manusia, selagi itu kita punya potensi untuk mempertingkat nilai diri. Apa pun mereka perlu kenal dulu potensi diri mereka.

Berbekalkan rajah ‘Stick Person’ aku telah memberi penumpuan khusus dalam ADB kali ini bagi mereka mengenali potensi diri. Berkali-kali aku syorkan pada awal sessi ADB ini agar mereka beri peluang kepada diri masing-masing untuk memahami siapakah mereka berdasarkan rajah ‘Stick Person’ ini. Aku mesti 'tabik spring' kepada mereka semua kerana mereka sungguh-sungguh beri tumpuan kepada ADB ini. Terharu aku melihat mereka bila mula menyedari potensi diri. Aku nampak muka mereka mulai cerah. Sememangnya ini dijangkakan jika kita benar-benar mahu meningkatkan nilai diri. Adakah apa yang dirasai oleh mereka itu sama dengan apa yang aku rasa semasa aku mula diperkenalkan dengan rajah ‘Stick Person’ kira-kira 20 tahun yang lampau?
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Antara topik yang benar-benar aku tekan dalam ADB kali ini ialah …

Makna masa kepada kehidupan.
Aku kongsi idea apa makna intipati masa. Intipati masa menekankan bahawa sifat masa yang masih ada kepada kita semua adalah makin lama makin pendek masa itu. Hari ini lebih pendek dari semalam dan hari esok lebih pendek dari hari ini. Hal ini tetap benar samada kita masih muda atau sudah lanjut usia. Aku katakan kepada mereka bahawa selagi kita punya masa, selagi itu kita muda dan kita hanya tua bila mana kita telah masuk kubur.

Aku nampak mereka benar-benar terkesan dengan pendekatan sebegini kerana apabila aku mohon mereka kongsi apa yang mereka perolehi dari ADB, ramai yang mengatakan mereka lebih peka dengan masa. Seterusnyam bagi menggunakan masa dengan sewajarnya, aku syorkan kepada mereka agar kenali dan ambil tindakan terhadap empat soalan asas kehidupan berikut;
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Siapa Saya?
Disini aku telah terangkan rajah ‘Stick Person’ tersebut. Secara peribadi, aku sendiri belajar bahawa aku tidak boleh rush menerangkan rajah ini kepada para hadirin. Salah kalau aku menyangka tahap kefahaman aku dan para hadirin terhadap konsep ini pada tahap yang sama. Maka telah aku terangkan ‘Stick Person’ ini satu persatu sambil berkali-kali menyemak kefahaman mereka.

Dimana Saya?
Disini aku menekankan konsep Zon Selesa. Bagi menerangkan makna Zon Selesa, telah aku ceritakan satu pengalaman masa kecil aku yang bertajuk ’katak rebus’ Aku yakin sampai akhir hayat mereka akan ingat cerita ’katak rebus’ ini. Hehehehe. Akhir kata aku tanyakan kepada mereka samada mereka dalam Zon Selesa atau Zon Tempur?

Kemana Saya?
Disini aku kongsikan kepentingan matlamat kepada kehidupan. Aku katakan kepada mereka bahawa untuk meraikan kehidupan, Fikiran Sedar, Fikiran Separuh Sedar, Fikiran Bawah Sedar dan Tindakan kita mesti fokus kepada matlamat yang telah ditetapkan. Aku harap mereka masih ingat video bertajuk ’Raikan Kehidupan’ itu.

Bagaimana Saya?
Disini aku menekankan mengenai Aktiviti Senipis Kulit Bawang (Aktiviti SKB). Aktiviti SKB amat penting bagi memastikan kita mencapai matlamat yang dihajati. Dalam banyak perkara, Aktiviti SKB berbentuk Penting (Important) tapi Tidak Terdesak (Not Urgent). Aku harap mereka ingat mengenai konsep Matrik Masa. Aktiviti SKB duduk dalam kuadran 2, Matrik Masa.
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Akhir sessi ADB ini, aku puas hati. Aku pun tahu para hadirin puas hati, Pengurusan Poly Pipe puas hati dan Bro Santha juga puas hati. Sudahnya semua puas hati. Aku lega. Memang ADB kali ini banyak yang aku belajar. Satu perkara utama yang aku belajar ialah aku mesti ingat bahawa ADB tidak mampu mengubah kita semua. ADB hanya merupakan alat untuk mengubah diri. Terpulang kepada diri kita sendiri samada mahu menggunakan ADB untuk mengubah diri.

Pilihan Di Tangan Saya!

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Unconditonal Love by Ginger


To define Unconditonal Love, I would like to share here a quote shared by a friend …

Unconditional Love that which sees no barrier to race, color, creed, religion, caste and gender. Accepting the other person for what he or she is without any form of an expectation. Looking for goodness within others. It is through sacrifice and in giving that you make other realize. Creating the win-win situation. Forgiving and forgetting. Unconditional Love is Devine.”

Thinking about Unconditional Love, I can’t help but to remember Ginger, our house cat. He died about a month ago. To us, he is not a cat but simply the 7th member of our family. He has brought joy to our family. Ginger will be forever missed. I would like to share here an excerpt of an article about Ginger written by my daughter, Safia.
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Once there is a family of six that consists of a Master, a Madam and their 4 children: Lady 1, Lady 2, Lady 3 and Young Master. They are a private family. They value their privacy and rarely accept outsiders into their circle for they love each other very much. However when Lady 1 turned 12, she received a kitten as a present. Unbeknownst to her, the kitten would soon grow up as a cat dragon.

Now what is this family of six going to do with this kitten? The Master has a fear of cats, Madam was dreading the future responsibility that would soon fall on her and the children were over the moon. And thus, the great life of Cat Dragon began...

What exactly is this Cat Dragon?

The Cat Dragon is one of a kind. In fact it can be said there is only one in this world. The cat dragon is extremely smart and full of badassery. Don't be fooled by his (yes, it's a HE.) cute and innocent looks for this cat dragon will take you down with its razor sharp claws (all hidden under those fluffy paws). He likes to play rough and will only be nice if he wants something or he's hungry. The Cat Dragon became cat dragon because of his confused upbringing. Living with six humans (who never owned a cat before) certainly damages a cat's natural instincts. The Cat Dragon is confused whether he is a cat or human. (Thus explains why Cat Dragon sometimes display human characteristics. This will be discussed later.)

Ginger is a very special cat. I'm willing to bet all of my money on his talents. Ginger's speciality lies in his unique personality and the human skills he picked up from the family. Seeing that Ginger had never lived with any of his kind, he is kinda weird. Sometimes he shows certain human-like skills.

He sleeps like a human. He loves the aircond and you will find him sleeping on Lady 3's bed with his head on the pillow and have the rest of his body covered with the comforter. He whines if somebody turned off the AC. :)

By some of his description, Ginger is very cunning. He doesn't follow what people say nor he will "layan" you like any other cats would. He is definitely not your average house cat. He will only "manja" to you if he wants something. He's hungry and you will see rubbing against your legs, basically wrapping himself around you or lick you or gives the softest and cutest meow. Also he acts most human in the middle of the night where if you talk to him, he'll respond. It's weird ... but even the Madam admits that she talks to Ginger when it's just the two of them at home.

As he gets older, I noticed that Ginger is getting more fluent with human language. You can ask whether he wants to drink or eat and he'll respond to you. He knows what you're about to do and will follow you if you're about to give him what you want. He knows if you're angry or sad. If you're angry, he'll get angrier than you. If you're sad, he'll get sadder than you. What about if you're happy? Well, he gets annoyed. He doesn't like it if you laugh too loud. You're just disturbing his beauty sleeps. Haha

That's Ginger for you.

Now what happens if Ginger is content? He will flat out ignore you. Seems harsh but that's what it is. He is the epitome of a playa, he plays with you to get what he wants and after all of that, he stomps all over your broken heart. And leaves a couple of scratches while he's at it. Haha.

Many people told us that we have the worst-behaved cat (Trust us, Ginger is banned from a couple of pet shops and vets due to his tantrums. Thus putting him for board can be difficult. But they don't understand the significance of Ginger. You can never find a more unique cat than this. Yes he might not be eligible to enter cat competitions (due to his personality) but he showed the family to be true to yourself. So what if you're spoiled or cunning or evil, the big question is whether you're happy. And I can proudly say that Ginger is the happiest cat that ever lived. :D

Ginger was a huge part of our childhood. Despite his diabolical ways, he was there when all of us needed something. Be it courage, confidence or love. I'm turning 22 this year and no longer a teen. I realized that he needed to go because he realized that the four of us are slowly leaving him. It's hard to admit but none of us are at home anymore. We grew up.

On the way to bury him at our family's estate, my father asked what has he taught us. I said maybe ... unconditional love. He taught us to love unconditionally especially between the seven of us. None of us expected anything from each other. We realized that the bond we share is special.

And it took us one special Cat Dragon to make us realize this.

We love you so much.Have fun in heaven you spoiled orange fur ball. :')

The End.

I dedicate this song as tribute to Ginger for teaching me the meaning of Unconditional Love. This song is performed by Safia’s friends, Zariq and Sylvia.



Saturday, February 18, 2012

My Grandfather Died


I wanna share a story shared by a close friend. Let’s ponder …

My Grandfather Died on Saturday at 6.30pm.
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For my birthday, my Grandfather bought me a compass, yes a compass to go in my car! It pastes on my windshield so I know which direction I am going. On Independence Day he sat with me in my car lining up the poles and checking that my new acquisition was telling the truth. My Grandfather was the most selfless person I know.

In my whole life I cannot ever remember him doing anything for himself. He would always be busy finding something out, working something out, building something - he practically changed the entire floor plan of my Grandparent's house on my Grandmother's command! Until last year aged 88 he would be up my parent's manggo tree for the yearly manggo harvest, and he made the best pancake!

If someone needed something he would be there taking it to them or collecting it for them. At any frenzied family occasion with the house full, my mother baking, cleaning, organizing, my sister fussing with my nephew. My nephew, Adam enjoying the new concept of a wooden spoons, pots, pans and LOUD noise! My Brother-in-law playing with Adam's toys or watching the Simpsons (he is actually a very smart guy, I think he is trying to disguise he intellect!) and my father playing his guitar surrounded by the guitar owners compulsory Eric Clapton/Beatles song books.
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My Grandfather would be the calm in the middle of the storm. He would never ask for anything, the washing up would be done and put away before you could blink, you would turn around and anything that needed fixing would be fixed. If you mentioned you were interested in something he would unassumingly go away, research it and come back with loads of helpful information which would end up being the success of whatever task you were trying to complete

He was gentle and kind, thoughtful, caring, considerate, practical and productive. A true gentleman at all times, and was the only person in the world I could describe as Stoic (Tabah). He was always busy completing a job, and making sure it was done properly. Everything he did, he did wholeheartedly, properly and with true care. His life took him to many different places but he made sure he got the best of all those places and that they got his best too.
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So yesterday, sitting in my car, I realized that he had left me with a piece of plastic called a compass that told me whether I was going North or South, but now, every time I am in my car it reminds me if my life is going in the direction I want? If I am the person I wanted to be? And if not, that I can change direction at any time and hopefully ensure I make a difference in the world in the same way he did.

I think you can buy a compass in your local stores and I highly recommend purchasing one.

Always make sure your life is going in the direction you want, whether in fitness, work, or any aspect of your world. And, if it isn't, with confidence, determination and excitement, change direction.

End of the story.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

You Have Life


Even if you have nothing else, you have something more precious than the purest gold, more rare and desirable than the brightest diamond.

You have life.
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You can sense, you can think and you can reason. You can make decisions and then act on them.

You can make a difference, no matter what. Even if you were to lose everything else, you would still retain the ability to become the person you decide to become and to live, in the way you have determined to live.
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At times it may seem that the whole world is against you. But that assessment is based on past history, and the past does not equal the future.

That's because you stand solidly in the present. You're able to break free of whatever has happened in the past and to create your future in the way you desire.
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Today, in this moment, in this place, you have life, and the countless possibilities it brings. Truly appreciate what you have, and with it you can do spectacular things.

Friday, February 10, 2012

Beri Saja


Satu petang, sedang aku menghadiri satu mesyuarat, aku terima satu panggilan telefon dari seorang sahabat. Dia nak jumpa aku. Bunyinya macam urgent. Aku kata datanglah. Pelik jugak aku apa yang urgent sangatnya. Walaupun ada banyak perkara yang perlu aku tumpukan dalam mesyuarat petang itu, tetapi di belakang pemikiran aku asyik terpikir-pikir apa hajat sahabat aku yang seorang ini.

Tepat jam 4 petang, dia muncul di pejabat aku. Dia asyik tersengih-sengih sambil mata dia merenung aku penuh harapan. Lagilah aku ingin tahu apa hajat dia. Mula-mula kami bertanya khabar. Selepas itu baru beliau kemukakan hajatnya. Beliau berhajat mahu menjemput aku berkongsi idea dengan orang-orang bawahannya mengenai bagaimana mahu bina suasana kerja yang positif.
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Aku katakan boleh dan terus aku tanya bila beliau mahu aku kongsi idea tersebut. Dia jawab malam itu juga jam 8.30 malam dan tempatnya ialah kira-kira 150 km dari pejabat aku. Aku sengih. Hati aku terus berkata mana mungkin. Aku mahu saja mengatakan aku tidak berupaya bila beliau terus-terang menyatakan bahawa beliau berhajat sangat-sangat agar aku katakan boleh. Dia berterus terang mahu aku membantu beliau. Susah betul kalau aku nak kata tidak.

Sudahnya, aku katakan ok. Aku tak tahu mengapa aku katakan ok tapi hati aku kata ... ”Assist beliau. Mana tahu Tuhan akan beri banyak faedah jika aku bantu beliau?” Dia nampak happy. Aku sengih walau aku still wonder mengapa aku menyetujuinya. Pendekkan cerita, aku berjanji pada beliau bahawa akan aku cuba untuk sampai di tempat perjumpaan tersebut jam 8.30 mlm itu. Kepala aku ligat mengatur apa yang aku nak kongsi malam ini.

Antara jam 4.30 ptg hingga 5.00 ptg aku sebok susun idea dalam notebook aku. Syukur. Aku mampu siapkan persembahan aku itu. Hati aku sekali lagi bersuara, ”Itulah faedahnya selama ini, aku telah menyediakan bahan-bahan PPB3K ini. Aku tidak perlu spend masa yang lama untuk menyusun sebarang persembahan.” Syukur sekali lagi.
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Malam itu, tepat jam 6.45 ptg, ditemani oleh rakan baik aku, Ajid, kami bertolak ke sana. Hujan turun dengan cukup lebat. Cukup lebat hinggakan rasa nak pecah wind shield kereta aku itu. Sudahnya kami lewat sampai. Hampir jam 9.30 baru kami sampai. Tetapi tidak mengapa kerana perjumpaan sahabat aku itu dan orang-orangnya baru saja bermula. Aku merasa teruja melihat sahabat aku ini dengan orang-orangnya. Walaupun perjumpaan mereka itu dibuat dalam keadaan yang daif tetapi semangat yang ditunjukkan oleh orang-orang sahabat aku itu cukup tinggi. Tabik untuk mereka.

Jam 10.30 malam baru aku mula kongsi idea. Terlintas dalam pemikiran aku pada masa itu bahawa tidak pernah aku mulakan talk aku pada waktu-waktu begini. Biasanya waktu begini aku dah mula nak tamatkan talk aku. Hati aku kata, ”Tak apalah. Ini satu pengalaman baru. Ambil saja pelajaran dari pengalaman ini!” Jadi malam itu aku just give my best. Talk aku tamat malam itu melewati jam 12 tgh malam. Hasilnya? Aku puas. Audience aku puas. Sahabat aku pun puas. What a feeling …

Apa yang aku dapat? Hanya satu yang aku mahu coretkan disini. Bila kita memberi sesuatu tanpa mengharap sebarang balasan, perasaan bahagia yang aku rasakan cukup nikmat. Susah nak cakapkan atau tuliskan. Yang pastinya, perasaan sebegini bukan senang nak dapat. Bagaimana Tuhan akan membalas benda baik yang aku buat ini, aku serahkan bulat-bulat pada Tuhan. Yang aku yakini, Tuhan pasti akan menunaikan janjiNya. Memang benar. Selang beberapa hari, aku dapat satu berita gembira. Anak lelaki bongsu aku mendapat keputusan yang amat cemerlang dalam peperiksaan PMR. Maha Hebat Tuhan!
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Aku beri sedikit … Aku terima sedikit
Aku beri banyak ... Aku terima banyak
Aku beri negatif ... Aku terima negatif
Aku beri positif ... Aku terima positif
Aku tak beri apa-apa ... Jangan harap aku terima apa-apa!

Monday, February 6, 2012

George Carlin


Isn't it amazing that George Carlin - comedian of the 70's and 80's - could write something so very eloquent and so very appropriate! These are his messages ...


The paradox of our time in history is that we have …

Taller buildings but shorter tempers.
Wider Freeways, but narrower viewpoints.
We spend more, but have less.
We buy more, but enjoy less
We have bigger houses and smaller families.

More conveniences, but less time.
We have more degrees but less sense.
More knowledge, but less judgment.
More experts, yet more problems.
More medicine, but less wellness.

We have multiplied our possessions, but reduced our values.
We talk too much, love too seldom, and hate too often.
We've learned how to make a living, but not a life.
We've added years to life not life to years.

We conquered outer space but not inner space.
We've done larger things, but not better things.
We've cleaned up the air, but polluted the soul.
We've conquered the atom, but not our prejudice.

We write more, but learn less.
We plan more, but accomplish less.
We've learned to rush, but not to wait.

These are the times of fast foods and slow digestion.
These are the times of big men and small character.
These are the times of steep profits and shallow relationships.

These are the days of two incomes but more divorce, fancier houses, but broken homes.

These are days of quick trips, disposable diapers, throwaway morality, one night stands, overweight bodies, and pills that do everything from cheer, to quiet, to kill.

We drink too much, smoke too much, spend too recklessly, laugh too little, drive too fast, get too angry, stay up too late, get up too tired, read too little, watch TV too much, and pray too seldom.

We've been all the way to the moon and back, but have trouble crossing the street to meet a new neighbour.

We build more computers to hold more information, to produce more copies than ever, but we communicate less and less.

Remember, spend some time with your loved ones, because they are not going to be around forever.

Remember, say a kind word to someone who looks up to you in awe, because that little person soon will grow up and leave your side.

Remember, to give a warm hug to the one next to you, because that is the only treasure you can give with your heart and it doesn't cost a cent.

Remember, to say, 'I love you' to your partner and your loved ones, but most of all mean it.

Remember to hold hands and cherish the moment for someday that person will not be there again.

Remember to give time to love, give time to speak! And give time to share the precious thoughts in your mind.

Remember that Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.

George Carlin.

Saturday, February 4, 2012

My Life Story

Aku terserempak dengan lagu ini semasa sedang browse the internet. Bila aku perhatikan kata-kata dalam lagu ini, aku senyum sendirian. Cerita lagu ini benar-benar mewakilli cerita jalan hidup aku. Satu hidup yang penuh dengan dugaan dan cabaran. Memang pernah aku jadi marah, geram dan segala macam perkara negatif yang hinggap dalam hidup aku. Tetapi pada setiap ketika itu, aku sedar Tuhan tidak pernah lupakan aku. Hayati kata-kata lagu ini ...


Salah satu dari apa yang aku pelajari dari hidup ini ialah bila aku diperkenalkan kepada konsep 'Stick Person' iaitu satu cara untuk kenal diri dan mengenali bagaimana diri beroperasi. Memang aku banyak-banyak syukur pada Tuhan kerana beri aku kefahaman ini. Sudahnya lebih mudah untuk aku mengendali hidup ini.

Disamping itu, aku merasakan aku harus berkongsi idea ini dengan sahabat-sahabat yang lain. Kenapa? Jika idea ini baik untuk aku, sudah semestinya ianaya baik untuk mereka. Aku jadikan ini salah satu tujuan utama hidup aku. Maka hasil daripada idea 'Stick Person' ini, telah berkembang menjadi apa yang tuan puan lihat dalam Program Produktiviti Bersepadu 3K (PPB3K). Apa itu PPB3K, sila rujuk kepada artikel PPB3K disebelah kanan atas laman ini.

Aku amat puashati jika ada sesiapa yang dapat menafaat dari idea-idea ini. Aku tahu sesiapa yang benar-benar mahu melaksanakan perubahan dalam hidup mereka, idea-idea ini amat membantu. Itulah, aku terkesan bila ada seorang jurutera di TNB itu menyatakan beliau mendapat banyak faedah dari 'Stick Person' ini. Berikut ialah email beliau ...


From: Arulnathan a/l Gynasegaran
Sent: Friday, February 03, 2012 9:01 AM
To: Mior Azli Bin Mior Md. Isa
Subject: RE: SALAM G 15

En. Mior,

Thank you for sharing with us the Stick Person method. I have actually started using it even in my relationships at home and with people around me. And surprisingly, things are so much smoother. Realising that peoples actions are affected by their emotions and thinking, I now feel different when handling people who are upset or unhappy with me. People around me realise that I am quite different now. And I feel good because I am getting a very nice response now from people around me. Thank you so much. =)

"All for One & One for All "

Regards,

Arulnathan Gynasegaran
Engineer
Engineering Department
TNB Transmission

End Note: How Sweet ... :)

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

THE TALISMAN LETTERS – Part 1


Nine Lessons Learned from ‘The Secret Letters of The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari’
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Lesson 1: The Power of Authenticity

The most important gift we can give ourselves is the commitment to living our authentic life. To be true to ourselves however, is not an easy task. We must break free of the seductions of society and live life on our terms, under our own values and aligned with our original dreams. We must tap our hidden selves; explore the deep-seated, unseen hopes, desires, strengths and weaknesses that make us who we are. We have to understand where we have been and know where we are going. Every decision we make, every step we take, must be informed by our commitment to living a life that is true and honest and authentic to ourselves and ourselves alone. And as we proceed, we are certain to experience fortune well beyond our highest imagination.

Lesson 2: Embrace Your Fears

What holds us back in life is the invisible architecture of fear. It keeps us in our comfort zones, which are, in truth, the least safe places in which to live. Indeed, the greatest risk in life is taking no risks. But every time we do that which we fear, we take back the power that fear has stolen from us—for on the other side of our fears lives our strength. Every time we step into the discomfort of growth and progress, we become more free. The more fears we walk through, the more power we reclaim. In this way, we grow both fearless and powerful, and thus are able to live the lives of our dreams.

Lesson 3: Live with Kindness

It is important to remember that just as our words are our thoughts verbalized, so our deeds are our beliefs actualized. No action, no matter how small, is insignificant—how we treat someone defines how we treat everyone, including ourselves. If we disrespect another, we disrespect ourselves. If we are mistrustful of others, we are distrustful of ourselves. If we are cruel to another, we will be cruel to ourselves. If we can’t appreciate those around us, we won’t appreciate ourselves. With every person we engage, in everything we do, we must be kinder than expected, more generous than anticipated, more positive than we thought possible. Every moment in front of another human being is an opportunity to express our highest values and to influence someone with our humanity. We can make the world better, one person at a time.


Lesson 4: Make Small Daily Progress

The way we do small things determines the way we do everything. If we execute our minor tasks well, we will also excel at our larger efforts. Mastery then becomes our way of being. But more than this—each tiny effort builds on the next, so that brick by brick, magnificent things can be created, great confidence grows and uncommon dreams are realised. The truly wise recognize that small daily improvements always lead to exceptional results over time.

To be continued ...

THE TALISMAN LETTERS – Part 2


Nine Lessons Learned from ‘The Secret Letters of The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari’ – Continued
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Lesson 5: To Lead Your Best Life, Do Your Best Work

There is no insignificant work in the world. All labor is a chance to express personal talents, to create our art and to realize the genius we are built to be. We must work like Picasso painted: with devotion, passion, energy, and excellence. In this way, our productivity will not only become a source of inspiration to others, but it will have an impact—making a difference in the lives around us. One of the greatest secrets to a life beautifully lived is to do work that matters. And to ascend to such a state of mastery in it that people can’t take their eyes off you.

Lesson 6: Choose Your Influences Well

We do not move through our days alone or apart from the world around us. And so we must always be aware of the things and the people we allow into our lives. It’s a mark of wisdom to choose to spend time in those places that inspire and energize you and associate with those people who elevate and uplift you. Whether in our work or within our personal lives, these most positive friends and peers will inspire us to be our greatest selves and to lead our largest lives.


Lesson 7: Life’s Simplest Pleasures Are Life’s Greatest Joys

Most people don’t discover what’s most important in life until they are too old to do anything about it. They spend many of their best years pursuing things that matter little in the end. While society invites us to fill our lives with material objects, the best part of us knows that the more basic pleasures are the ones that enrich and sustain us. No matter how easy or hard our current conditions, we all have a wealth of simple blessings around us—waiting to be counted. As we do, our happiness grows. Our gratitude expands. And each day becomes a breath taking gift.


Lesson 8: The Purpose of Life Is to Love

How well you live comes down to how much you love. The heart is wiser than the head. Honour it. Trust it. Follow it.


Lesson 9: Stand for Something Bigger than Yourself

There are no extra people alive today. Every single one of us is here for a reason, a special purpose—a mission. Yes, build a beautiful life for yourself and those you love. Yes, be happy and have a lot of fun. And yes, become successful, on your own terms rather than on those suggested to you by society. But—above all else—be significant. Make your life matter—be of use. And be of service to as many people as possible. This is how each of us can shift from the realm of the ordinary into the heights of the extraordinary. And walk among the best who have ever lived.

End note: I do hope that we can learn from this nine lessons in order to make our life 'Sejahtera-Bahagia-Kaya'!