Friday, January 13, 2006

No Such Thing As Losing or Gaining Time

There is no such thing as losing or gaining time as if time is a commodity that can be bought or sold or accumulated.

Time cannot be seen or held or felt or even measured! (Yes, it cannot be measured, we "measure time" in relation to the vibrations of a caesium atom).

Time is actually a measure of the rate of change.

And everyone on this earth moves through (in relation to one another) at the same rate through time.

Therefore when we speak of losing time, we actually mean lost opportunities to change our state whether it be financial, social, etc.

Therefore in order to "gain time" it is not time that we are adding, rather, it is the rate of our state change. Whether it be working or making decisions, how fast we do it and how fast we are able to accomplish our intended state changes.

If we need "more time" it is not time that is given, rather it is an extension of a deadline to a later time that is wanted.

Everything in life is dynamic, we should not see things as a static snapshot in time, because nothing remains static.

Having a million dollars is nothing if there is nothing to increase the wealth holding. Even wealth follows the laws of thermodynamics, in which it loses it value over time.

Real wealth as alluded by Kiyosaki and which I would paraphrase is having a rate of increase of wealth that is greater than the forces decreasing our wealth.

Perhaps a good measure of a leap in thinking is not in thinking of things in static manner but rather looking at everything dynamically, things over time. Don't think of getting a million dollars, think of cashflow. Don't think that a person is good/bad, but rather improving/degrading, don't think of an asset as a fixed value, but an object that increases in value or decreases in value.

Therefore perhaps, real wealth and goodness are state changes. Doing good is a state change that lowers entropy. That is why God commends good deeds. I would think through observation that even morality undergoes entropy increases unless something is done. Even our knowledge increases in entropy, we forget, grow old, may suffer strokes, etc.

This is the secret to a lot of successful people, because they have digested that the universe is not just space but a space/time continuum.

Thursday, January 12, 2006

2006 Goals Day 12

This is the day when your goal setting starts hitting the wall.

Needed to push myself out of bed. Didn't have a good reason in my brain to get out. The only thought that got me out was that I needed to jog to get my blood rushing through my veins.

Therefore, sometimes it isn't when we have no reason or meaning to motivate us that we have no reason, it's just that we've forgotten it.

Whilst jogging, I kept going over my mind, that my day hasn't come yet. That all of this that I'm going through is preparation for some special thing that He has waiting for me, even my struggles can be used by Him for me to encourage and teach others.

Mental and vocational goals are just like physical goals. You start out in the beginning with enthusiasm, but then your body starts complaining and you forget what is the reason you started doing this.

Remember, everything has a logos associated with it. Anything and everything can be used by the one great Logos for His purpose.



It's All About Human Beings

After reading biographies and what-not. I realize that life is all about managing humans, either ourselves or others, 50-89 percent of our lives is involved in working with humans.

So, if there is one skill that is important in life, it's in understanding humans.

Whether it's ourselves, in how to understand what makes us angry, or sad, or motivated.

Or when we are dealing with others, in requesting information, favours, commanding, understanding trends, it's all about humanity.

I wonder noone told us this when we grew up? Or at least noone told me.

It's been do this, do that, be this, be that, but no-one said to me, "understand human beings, for that is (for most of us) 80% of what life is all about."

Don't go into work thinking, it's about machines, or tasks, it's about serving others human beings.

When someone asks you for something, it's not that something she's asking for, it's that something that meets her own human needs.

Machines, etc. everything is about meeting needs for human beings. Even science and space exploration is about the human need to understand or to make our lives better.

When I go on stage, it isn't about putting up just a performance, it's a performance that moves and touches other human beings hearts.

Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Biblical Principles In Building Brand Name

Meet needs and be reliable. (Proverbs 3:3-4)

Make people remember you. (Proverbs 10:7)

Build the reputation that provides security. When people need you, they will run to you. (Proverbs 18:10)

Set out to build your brand on the outset, profit will come later, don't worry that you don't have funds now. When it comes to a choice between profits and reputation, choose reputation first. (Proverbs 22:1)

Brand is more important than freebies or gifts or even a good product. (Ecclesiastes 7:1)

There are only two competitive advantages a company can have, and that is either in cost or brand.
Cost advantages belong to China and India. So that makes my choice easy, I have to build brand.
Building brand is important both for a company and an individual. If you want to win the heart of a woman, build your own brand, your own reputation to woo her.

Caveman

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No matter what, we are still cavemen in suits, looking to hunt our woolly mammoth to feed ourselves or gathering enough grain from the fields.

It's just that instead of fur coats, replace them with business suits, instead of spears, replace them with pen, paper and a PC or in other cases a podium with a mike, a powerpoint presentation all these are the modern age tools for hunting.

It's no wonder that our emotions go through the same feeling, that of fear or anger when doing business.

For example, some salesmen are fearful of going to their next prospect, the fear still lingers, we're built like that. God put that in for a reason to protect us.

However, instead of hunting animals, it's the resources that other humans provide.

Monday, January 09, 2006

Verse of the Week (Happy New Year!)

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!

(2 Cor 5:17)


Sunday, January 08, 2006

God's Will

Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed--not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence--continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose.

(Phil 2:12-13)


I think that God's will at most times are really principles, attitudes and values that we must take.

In fact for most times, His will are principles of righteousness, justice, love and mercy.

Very rarely does He specifically intervene for the execution of His specific will. We will know when he wants something done. And we should not be afraid then, because can God's plan be thwarted?

Yet, a lot of times, we as Christians think too much about what job to take or which person to marry. Issues very, very important to us, yet it might not be that important to Him. He gives us the free will to choose. Its our attitude that's more important to Him in how we choose our vocation and work it out and how we choose our life partner and how we interact with him/her.

If God really wanted us to marry X, he will make sure that we marry X. (Now we are treading in the realm of predestination vs. free will and that's an area that I can't delve in here.)

However, we will not now it will be X. Most of the times, we can't see the future, so we do our best based on our wisdom and judgement. The only thing I can say is, don't worry who you will marry, use wisdom, use your heart, because God didn't reveal it to us, he will let our heart and soul choose X.

Its difficult to explain and even I can't describe a mystery I hardly have scratched the surface of.

But in other words, use heart, soul, strength and mind to make His will be done in you. Remember, in Him we live and move and have our being.

If you're really going to make a super-duper mistake (don't worry as long as you made it according to righteous principles and God's word and with all your wisdom available to you), he will send an angel to make sure you don't. In most cases, he gives us the privilege of free-will and the privilege of learning from mistakes.

Yes, it is a privilege to make mistakes. Think how boring it would be if everything we did turned out rosy, we would be robots living in a Utopia without free-will, with no surprises at all, with no evil thoughts. Impossible. Mistakes are inevitable for beings without access to knowledge of the future.


Live as free men, but do not use your freedom as a cover-up for evil; live as servants of God.
(1 Peter 2:16)


He gave us commandments, not micro code. He doesn't micro-manage us. He allows us to be autonomous beings with free will, not robots.