Give the Gift of Love this Christmas

Christmas, traditionally, has been a religious and cultural holiday where we remember and celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. With the modernisation of society, more of us are also beginning to recognise it as a social holiday. The many gatherings between friends and family that take place around this time of year, coupled with the festive atmosphere, make it a perfect period to appreciate your loved ones and let them know how dear they are to you. That has always been the essence of Christmas, to me. Of course, like any other person, I enjoy giving presents and partake in the revelry of the season....
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Changing the World

I once saw a picture of this old man who was deep in thought. He had this story to tell…    “When I was young, I wanted to change the world. As I got older and wiser, I realised I couldn’t do it. So I thought, let me try changing my community. I got even older and wiser, but I couldn’t do that either. Then, I wanted to change my family – my wife and children. I failed at that too. Now I’m so old and with all this wisdom I’ve gained, I finally understand that the only thing I can actually change is me. Hopefully by this change, I can influence my family members. They can, then,...
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Belief

The upcoming V-Malaysia 2011 event will focus on the topic of “Belief”. The first thing I asked myself when I heard about the theme was, “What is belief? What does it mean to me?” It is such a simple word but it carries a heavy meaning. Understanding and dissecting our belief can be the key to happiness. Belief, itself, is intangible. It usually refers to an opinion or conviction. However, our belief does not necessarily represent the truth. We can believe in something that’s wrong. A long time ago, people believed that the earth was flat. Their conviction in this belief was so strong that...
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Definitive Success

How do you define success? Is it an end result? Is it something you strive for? Or is success a moving target to which you pace yourself? What is success? What is required to ‘be’ a success? When it comes to success, the first thing I tell myself is that it is relative. The benchmarks I set for myself to be successful will be different to that of my neighbour. The second thing about success that I always remember is that the journey to reach the destination of success is paramount. It is interesting to consider that there are six types of ‘opulence’, and each can be regarded as a measurement of...
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Never Fear Your Opportunity to ‘Show Cause’

I’m often approached by people in my business for advice or to share their problems. The thing is, more often than not, these ‘problems’ are actually opportunities – whether an opportunity to better serve their customers and colleagues, or an opportunity to improve themselves. Just the other day, someone came to me quite stressed and worried because he had been given a ‘show cause’ letter. He was almost beside himself. I asked him why he would be worried about being given a ‘show cause’ letter? I told him that he should actually be happy. This letter shows that they respect him, and...
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