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Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school. – Albert Einstein

In time of uncertainty, there will come a time where you can rely on no one but yourself.

To make yourself future-proof, to prepare yourself for the future, you have to upgrade yourself.

You don’t just blindly go out and choose a learning.

First, identify what is your current knowledge level.

Then, identify what knowledge is required for the future position that you are aiming for.

Thus, the gap of information is what you should seek and learn.

And that’s the basis of this article by NTUC Learning Hub.  Have a read and share your views.


future focused

Vision is the art of seeing what is invisible to others. – Jonathan Swift

To achieve success, one needs to focus on the future. What’s the end goal that he wants to attain?

It’s a balance between future goal and present indulgence. How much would you delay your instant gratification in order to achieve your life goals? These usually are in conflict.

Would you choose eating desserts (current joy) or healthy body (long term goal)?

Would you choose playing computer games (current joy) or studying for exam (long term goal)?

Would you choose buying designer bags (current joy) or saving for safe investment (long term goal)?

Life consists of choices. Choose wisely. Think about your future, and have a vision of how your life should unfold.



Fail, Fail Again, Fail Better

Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better. – Samuel Beckett

Reading a book by Pema Chodron, titled Fail, Fail Again, Fail Better.

The book is a collection of her commencement address to the 2014 graduating class of Naropa University and a Q&A with Tami Simon.

Some thoughts from reading the book.

We do not know what would come next. We will never be able to predict the future. Yet, we must move on. Move forward. Dare to take the action.

No note cards. We can prepare as well as we can, and yet we can’t really control the future. We shouldn’t be too rigid. Let the future takes its course, and we adapt accordingly. Do not limit what the future has in hold for us, simply because we have prepared and follow our “note cards” steadfastly.

We tend to label ourselves as “failures” when things go wrong. When things don’t happen to what we have planned. When the results ain’t something that we are happy with.

When bad things happen. it is not necessarily a bad thing. People would say “It is the worst thing ever.” A wise man would say,”Maybe yes, maybe no.” Do not be swayed by the outer circumstances. An event has no meaning, unless the meaning you have given to it. That’s what Tony Robbins has once said.

You could feel frustrated or feel at raged, for the failures that you encounter. Or… Or, you could try to understand why the failures happen. What contributed to it? What tell-tale signs of it? What did you learn? How did you feel? How could you do better next time?

Failures are like walking at the beach and the waves start knocking you, face down to the sand. Real failures are when you remain lying there, suffocated in the sand. To get up, time after time, that’s living. It is tough, but through time and effort, the waves would be insignificant. The struggle would be less of a hassle. You would be more empowered.

You can’t control what has happened. But you can control on how you react to it. Or rather, you choose on how you respond to it. Remember, every action is a choice. You choose to respond. It’s a responsibility.

There’s more to the book, it’s better when you read it yourself.



Draw Your Future

Logic will get you from A  to B. Imagination will take you everywhere. – Albert Einstein

Patti Dobrowolski  gave a wonderful speech on creating your future.

It is based on a simple concept of making goals – understanding where you currently are and what is your desired goal.

The difference here is that, unlike other gurus, Patti emphasizes more on pictures.

Drawings to be exact.

There is something magical about drawings.

It is artistic. It is creative.

It triggers your right brain to work. Imagination is the key to success.

Imagination is more critical than rational, especially when things look to be impossible.

Impossible things become possible when your imagination rules over the logical side of your brain.

Make the pictures more vivid, more colorful, more emotional. The picture of your desired new reality, that is.

That’s a taking from the NLP teachings.

As long as it works, all methods are highly welcomed.

3 bold steps to change.

See it.

Believe it.

Act on it.

3 bold steps to change one’s reality – yours.

What are your current states? What do you want to change? Imagine of your future self, your future world that you want to live in, set goals and start living it.

A Scar, A History

It is better to be defeated standing for a high principle than to run by committing subterfuge. – Grover Cleveland

You may be thinking about my previous post about my marathon wristband.

Do you think a scar is a bad thing?

Nothing is good nor bad. Unless you give a meaning to it.

A scar can be a constant reminder. A painful reminder. A reminder on the struggle, the pain, and the recovery.

A scar isn’t necessarily bad.

What is a future without a past? What are we humans if we forget on our history?

We should always look forward, to anticipate what bright future that we will enjoy. While we should constantly look back, to appreciate the struggle we once have.

We should forgive, but never to forget.

The wristband. It tells the story of  the efforts that I didn’t put in. The preparation that I was lacking in. The determination that was failing.

We should forgive, but never to forget.


As with everything, we see things through our lens, our understanding, our beliefs.

Do you view the scar as it is? Or do you view the scar as something that you can improve on – for you, for your loved ones, for the society?

Let’s make an informed choice and decide to make the world a better place. And it all starts with you  – We should forgive, but never to forget.