Have a sense of urgency for not just the next event or project, but the things that truly matter in the long term.
There’s bound to be dirt. You have got to figure out how to follow your principles and values in a rigged game and still win. You’ve got to be creative.
Ask no questions. Make statements .
Remember, Be the Board.
Check the urge to express your thoughts and feelings. Listen, learn, assess, position.
When in doubt, shut up and listen.
Read and listen. Not to the words, the underlying currents.
The best advice has zero value until it is acted upon.
Initiate the communication.
Most of the things that drive you mad or break your heart today will not matter in a few months / years time.
Be the person that you are proud of no matter where, who or how.
Adapt you not. Hold your frame and firm your stance.
Be literal not. The majority in the real world do not care about sincere exchange of content. It the communication of status and underlying intent that matters.
Fear you not. Challenge the authority.
Assume the role of the teacher, the wise elder , not the complaining student or hurt victim.
The steel-like “self-belief”. Earn it.
Act boldly, or act you not.
How do you deal with the people who like to talk like experts (but are not) on the areas of your specialization?
Talk not about the problems, but your solutions to them.
If you look close enough, you would find your life experience / memories richer than previously realized .
Attitude over experience. Resilience over skills. Resourcefulness over knowledge.
Cultivation of personal agility and resilience is much, much more important than acquisition of technical skills.
The most important part of the writing process is not in the act of writing itself .
Be tough in a calm, relaxed manner.
Compete in a principled manner in the rigged games. It’s the hard way towards genuine happiness, and if lucky ,towards a change to the games.
How do you inject Zen into everything you do?
Have a realistic evaluation of your position in the competition. More importantly , have a realistic evaluation of its prospect.
At the end of the day, you’ve got to resort to realistic arithmetic in allocating your time and financial resources .
Mastery of emotions would be a lifelong practice .
Take the indirect approach . Figure out the underlying reason to create a win-win situation.
Take a positive twist mentally, and you notice positive changes in the physical world around you.
Anything is possible in a soccer game (and in many other things in life).
Create a good life for your children (but not too comfortable). More importantly, be the role models that give them inspirations and pride.
Quiet authority. Be humble , yet grandeur.
Face the difficult situations head-on. It grows your self-respect as well as your strength.
Balance and harmony. People and solitude. Laser focus and big picture.
Preserve time for reflection on your daily life.
Hit the points. Working smart means achieving those kpi targets (both explicit and implicit ones) that truly matter, not “finishing ” all your work, which can’t be finished anyway .
What makes you proud of yourself? Why are you not doing more of it?
Are you learning, stretching, growing everyday at your workplace? If not, do something about it.
Dedicate yourself totally to something and make it great.
Check your ego. Restrain from the urge to talk and boast, seek to listen and really understand .
Being nice is good. More importantly establish yourself as a mature, firm professional who stands by his / her principles and values.
Interact with people from all walks of life. It gives you perspective.
Adjust your state before going into any negotiation. Then negotiate hard, push the boundaries .
Fast every once in a while.
Helping people solve their problems pays more than helping people prevent them.
Real communication starts with listening attentively, with your heart .
Master your emotions . Practise.
Life’s a journey . It rains sometimes. And that could make it a good day.
Live your mission, fulfil your duty.
Use your strengths to help the people you care about.
A small, crude action that gets things moving is better than the perfect plan that remains a plan.
Shut the world out and focus on the most important things to complete.
Sometimes it’s not so much the choice you make but the level of commitment to follow through (your choice) that matters.
It’s not so much the person you choose but the commitment to go through this journey with him/her, that makes lasting partnership.
“Winners focus, losers spray.” Remember this.
Spray you not. Rotate / switch your deep focus across directions.
Master versatility is but rotating deep focus.
What’s your edge? Asked Jim Chanos. What are the things (between reality and perception of reality) you manage to see that others can’t?
If something (e.g. certain shuttle service ) is structurally / fundamentally unreliable, do not count on it at all. Do not be fooled by short-term record or small sample size.
And the difficulty to “express yourself honestly “.
The role of relationships in your overall happiness.
Choppy waters create good sailors. Easy path leads to nowhere worthy…
“Be water, my friend. ” – Bruce Lee
The commonality with Attack!Mindset principle in the approach to life.
A reminder to live your life to the fullest.