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Don’t Deprive People of Work

Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do. – Pele

Read a newspaper article about make-work.

Would the government do better in giving them a job or just in giving them unemployment package?

Money matters. That much is real. We need money to survive. We need money to buy food. We need money to have a place to stay. We need money to buy for gas and electricity. That much is true.

However, human don’t work just purely for money.

There is the sense of pride. The feeling that we matter. That we can make a difference.

We are capable to contribute. We don’t just wait for people to help. Instead, we are independent. We can make this world a better place.

Which countries have the least crime? The countries where most of its people are working, with sufficient money to support their lifestyles.

People have ego. They want dignity. They don’t want to be fed. They want to earn their rewards through their two bare hands. They want to earn their rewards with their blood and sweat.

Don’t deny them of their dignity. Give them a chance to prove their worth, and you will see a man, or a woman, standing tall, with their chin up, and a smile on their face, capable of facing the world with a belief on their abilities.

 

Meng

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8 hours workday myth

Technological progress has merely provided us with more efficient means for going backwards. – Aldous Huxley

From the industrial era, the 8-hours a day work has been a norm.

It is still a norm now. But do we ever question on its effectiveness?

Reading the article here, our focus only lasts 1 to 3 hours. This should be the time when we focus all of our attention in getting the most out of our work. By putting in all the focus, we are to remove all the distraction. Nothing but the work in the next 3 hours.

It’s all about short-burst of intense activity. Think about HIIT. Getting more done, in a fraction of the time that is usually required.

It’s about going all out, not half-baked effort, as the time allocated is less. We don’t have the time to squander. Therefore, each action taken is with a purpose – the sole purpose of meeting your goals.

Creativity doesn’t come from working long hours. Fatigue rarely leads to creativity, you need rest. You can’t extract any of your creative juice if you are tired.

Understand which part of the day where you are highly energetic. Do all your high-valued work there. Work that needs the highest processing power of your mind.

Don’t check and reply your emails during this golden period. And please, no social media contents.

But they would say – the boss pay you for the 8 hour workday. You can’t just leave your work. Of course I am not telling you to leave your work.

Understand this – do your most valuable work during the 3 hours. Where you would contribute the most to yourself, to your boss, to your company, to your customers. Then, you do the other non-essential, like the paperwork. And from the pocket of time available, do some readings to continuously improve yourself.

Not all time is created equal. It’s up to you to decide how you want to live your life more meaningfully.

 

Meng

 

How to Start a Brand-New Chapter at Any Age

Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything. – George Bernard Shaw

Read an article posted at Inc. with the above title.

That gets me thinking.

It is obvious that one will encounter failures at some stages in their lives. It is also obvious that some will get back on their feet (like phoenix rises from ashes)  and some will fade into darkness of obscurity.

What would one do when one gets stuck? The obvious answer would be to get unstuck.

At any stage of life, do an audit. A life audit. What are you currently doing? What is your life goal? How far away are you from your goals? Be honest and objective in answering these.

Give yourself the permission to forgive, and move on. It doesn’t help you to keep on hanging to the past. The past is not indicative of your future. Your past may lead you to your present. But you have the power to change your future. if you would take actions in your present.

Know what needs to change, and just put in the freaking hard work. You need to know which direction you need to take, and how fast you need to travel. Nothing substitute the work and effort you put in. But you can’t just blindly run without knowing where you are heading to.

Know that it is never too late to start all over again. If you are to start today. You may have wasted decades of your life, please don’t waste any more days. Live your life worth remembering and celebrating for.

What would you do today?

Meng

Feeling Behind in Your Life

The best way a mentor can prepare another leader is to expose him or her to other great people. – John C. Maxwell

You may have felt overwhelmed.

Your peers are doing well in school, and yet you barely understand what is being taught.

Your friends have been promoted to senior posts with high salaries, and yet you remain the same place.

You finally found your passion, and going back to school, only to see your other classmates are much younger and learning much faster.

You felt like you are behind in life. What do you do?

Accept it. Accept the reality. Realize that you are at the place that you currently are. Understand that each masters start as a beginner, ignorant and slow. Don’t give up and don’t beat yourself up. There are many successful late bloomers who didn’t see any results until they are 60s.

Put in the work. Beginners progress to become masters by being focused and putting in the hard work. Remember the 10000 hours rule? Know that the time will past by, whether you are working on improving your trades or not.

Get help. Get advice. Get guidance. You don’t need to work on it alone. Learn from others. Don’t recreate the wheel. Cut down the learning curve by learning from others’ experiences.

It may be a slow and tough battle for you. Don’t give it up. You’ll reap the rewards for all the hard work that you’ve put in. What would you do today, to bring you forward one more step?

Meng

 

7 Simple and Quick Stretching Exercises That Won’t Freak Your Co-Worker Out

To enjoy the glow of good health, you must exercise. – Gene Tunney

A friend shared this video. A video of doing simple exercises at work.

How often do we sit on our chair, doing our work continuously for hours?

It is bad for our back, it is bad for our spine, it is bad for our bum.

We are meant for active lifestyle. We are not meant to be sitting all day long.

Break your work to 20 minutes tasks. Take a break. Take a walk. Walk to the pantry for a cup of water.

Break the monotony. Be more active.

Create a schedule for a healthy lifestyle.

You have but a body. Cherish it. Treasure it. Treat it well.

How would you incorporate this set of exercise in your work today?

 

Meng

 

Mayor Svante Myrick

Yesterday is not ours to recover, but tomorrow is ours to win or lose. – Lyndon B. Johnson

It’s an inspiring story on Upworthy.

A young mayor who is connected to his constituents with social media.

Messages reach him, uncensored.

A guy with a vision for his city.

A story from rag to inspiring others.

His situation is not a disadvantage to him. His poverty doesn’t restrict his potential.

Instead, it inspired him to do good.

Taking up works to support his study.

To be grateful of what the government has done for him, and him back to society, in return.

“We are successful when we take care of each other, when we look out for each other,” – Svante Myrick

Each and everyone of us has a situation that we are facing. Whether it is favorable or not favorable.

We can’t change what has happened to us. But we can change what we think and believe in. And we can change our reaction to it. We choose to respond, instead to react to it using knee-jerk response.

Have a good read of the article in Upworthy.

 

Meng

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.
Meng