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Change your life

The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page. – Saint Augustine

Life is about finding inspiration, sparks that would change your life for the better. What better inspirations out there than good books?

There are plenty of good books around.  Which one would change your world?

Do you realize how many books out there? Which one would be the one that would change your life?

There are so many books of the same genre, are there any differences between them?

In reality, not all books are created equal. Some books are well written, some are not.

At the end of the day, it is the perception of the readers that matters.

As the saying goes, “when the student is ready, the teacher appears.

Which book would change your world? It would be the one book that you decided to read, once you have made the determination to change. To make the effect lasting, the book has to be of a certain quality.

Right now, you may not have any motivation to change. It is fine, it is alright. Get a list of books that are bestsellers. Choose those with good reviews, those that resonate well with readers worldwide.

Find the top 3 books within each genre that you may want to improve. When the need arises, or when you see it fit, you will choose the one book that would change your life.

Books are fabulous in changing your life. When you decided to go all in, read with intention of getting the most out of it. Have faith that all will go well.




Amazing Story of Keanu Reeves

There was never a night or a problem that could defeat sunrise or hope. – Bernard Williams

Keanu Reeves is one of the most inspiring Hollywood actors.

Like other successful people, he had a disadvantage start in his life. Yet, he never let it becomes an excuse for him to blame the government, to blame his parent, to blame his school. Instead he works hard at it. He has the grit to win and the persistence to stay on, just a little bit longer, until he has success.

Life may be unfair to him. Tragedies after tragedies fall upon him. He has the options to feel bitter and shun himself from the world. Instead, he carries on with his life, achieving wonder and inspiring others.

He is down to earth. He is not flashy with his wealth. He is generous with his money and time. He respects others and knows what it means to be courteous to one and all.

Let his actions inspire us to achieve greatness in our lives, while keeping in tact the goodness within us.

Have a great TGIF and strive to excellence!



7 Lessons from This Year’s Oscar Nominated Movies

Question everything. Learn something. Answer nothing. – Euripides

Saw an article by Entrepreneur on lessons learnt from Oscar-nominated movies.

Movies do inspire us. They teach us to be resilient. To be strong. To stand up for what is right. To chase after our dreams.

It’s not about what we can do individually. It’s about team-work. It’s about cooperation. It’s about synergy, creating a better world together.

It’s about empathy. To understand how others feel. To communicate effectively. To show our love.

It’s about the impermanence of time. But an everlasting legacy. Material wealth doesn’t last. Wealth in spiritual and love does.

It’s about getting your priorities right. And going all out to make them happen. Not to be distracted by other temptations or shiny objects along the way. Be focused of the things that you need to do.

At the end of the day, you have but one life. Make it count. Let it burn like a selfless candle, lighting up the dark room.

Movies are great way to inspire us, to teach us of values that we have long forgotten amidst the busyness of time.

What movies are you looking forward to? Take some time to watch movies that would inspire you.



Book of Hope

My life has been a blessing. I’m grateful for everything I do have and the places I’m going and the things I’ve seen. – Leah LaBelle

A personal mentor of mine, Cayden Chang, has just launched his latest book.

The Book of Hope is a candid autobiography of his life. There were many accounts of his childhood and school life, things that I didn’t know of.

A remarkable story of how hardship drives him to become a successful person today.

A true story of how he fought back in his own cancer episodes, not once, but twice.

A book of hope and inspiration. Not giving up hope when disaster strikes. When one is hopeful, all is not lost yet.

If you are interested in reading his life story, get a copy now. From what I know, it is currently selling at Kinokuniya @ Takashimaya. That is where I bought my copy. All sales proceeds of the book would go to National Cancer Center for research.

Also, he would be having a book launch on 14 January 2006 at Chen Fu Ji Restaurant, with the aim of raising $10,000 for Singapore Cord Blood Bank. If you are interested of attending the book launch, you can reserve a seat via http://bit.ly/1NtRLGf . It would be a $200 per seat.

Reading his life story is inspirational. Reminding me that obstacles at my workplace is something that I can conquer. Whatever obstacle that I have at work is incomparable to his. His is a matter of life and death, while mine is just work. If he can overcome his, why couldn’t I?

It’s all about being hopeful and resilient when things look bleak. How do you remain optimistic?




Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see a shadow. – Helen Keller


In a world where negativity spreads like wildfire, we need something to turn to.

Something to brighten our lives.

Something to hold faith.

That there is always goodness in humankind.

That there is always hope, regardless how unlikely it seems.

That we can make a difference, one small step at a time.

Which is why, I like to read posts from Upworthy.

It helps to keep my sanity in this crazy world.

It gives me hope and courage to make a dent in this world, leaving it a little better for tomorrow.

What is your daily dose of positive posts? Constantly read up on it. Be inspired to make a difference.


Work Towards Inspiration

I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination. – Jimmy Dean

When will I be inspired to write an article? When would I be inspired to create the next big post?

In reality, it’s not like I have to wait for the durian to fall. Things don’t work like that.

If I were to wait, it would have been forever before I can get a single post out.

I would have come up with nothing.

Instead of waiting, I should actively pursue.

I should just keep writing. And writing. And writing.

Once I’ve started to warm up, inspiration comes to me.

Just like driving a car. You would turn on the engine, let it warm up before you speed it off.

Why do we have to wait for inspiration?

Because it is easy to do so. Waiting is justifiable. We wouldn’t be punished if we can’t come up with any ideas.

We are still waiting.

But waiting is a crime. Waiting is procrastination. Waiting steals us of our time, of our energy, of our motivation.

Let’s stop waiting. And start doing.

Even a doodle. Or even a mindless post like this.

Just keep writing. And start doing. And inspiration would come to you.

Have you ever found yourself waiting for inspiration? Why not just start doing?

Consider yourself doing some preparation work. A prep exercise of perhaps a 5 to 10 minute drill.

Once you are fully accustomed to it, you will be more relaxed and ideas would be overflowing to you.

Give it a try. Life is all about experimenting and finding the best approach for you.

Oz The Great and Powerful

Magic is believing in yourself, if you can do that, you can make anything happen. – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

The movie was on Channel 5 last Sunday. It’s a story of a con-man who was selfish and greedy and finally realized the prophecy of becoming the Wizard of Oz.

There are many memorable moment in this movie – well, at least to me. Just sharing three of them here.

Glinda: I knew it all along that you had it.
Oz: Greatness?
Glinda: No, better than that – goodness.
In our quest to become someone of a true potential, someone to rule the world, someone to be respected, someone with success – we should not forget our true selves. Someone with goodness in our heart.

Oz: I may not be the wizard you have expected. But I may just be the wizard that you need.
In life, we have expectation of how we should live our life. Expectation of what kind of a person we should be. Expectation of how things work. While expectation fuels our aspiration, the reality may be totally different. Something that we need may be wildly different – all because we have never thought of its possibility. Have an open mind.

Oz: I may not be the real wizard.
Glinda: Yes, but they don’t know.
It’ all about white lies.  Give others inspiration, give others motivation, give others hope – give others the means to stand up and face another sunrise.

Have you watched this movie? What is the most memorable scene for you?