Archive for July, 2012


 

LUCK is the consistent ability to capitalise on events over which you have no control.

VISION is talented people thinking the unthinkable and attempting the impossible.

COMMITMENT is the willingness to pay the price necessary to cause luck and vision to happen.

 

Lifestyle

 

Lifestyle is the art of discovering ways to live uniquely. Some people have learned to earn well, but they haven’t learned to live well.

                                     Age has its own privileges

“Having said all that, your Grandma kissed the old man on his forehead and left the dining room. For about five minutes none of us uttered a word. We all tried to be stoic about your Grandma’s statements, but as soon as we left the dinner table and returned to my bedroom, we all began to cry and bang our foreheads on the floor. For about ten minutes none of us could look into one another’s face.

We felt so ashamed of ourselves that we just slipped unnoticed through a back door of our house and left. The old lady was right.”  Mama concluded. Turning to Cecelia, the eldest of us, Mama said: “Age has its privileges, not least among them the opportunity to distill whatever wisdom come from a long life of experience.”

At this point, Mama started weeping uncontrollably. Mama’s speech was so filled with pathos that there wasn’t a dry eye in the house. At this time the log-fire was getting dimmer and coldness began to set in. It was already mid-night and the city was becoming quiet. I could see how Cecelia and my other sister tried in vain to calm Mama.

It seemed to me that she’d regretted for a mistake she did in the past, and was now trying to advice us against falling into the same pit. What was unusual about Mama is her now pathetic mood. I have grown to recognize her as a firm and resolute woman who was always as steadfast as an Old Testament Prophet in facing adversities.

To be continued…

The richest people in the world look for and build NETWORKS. Everyone else looks for WORK.

The Pinstriped Suit

A friend of mine hates the word “networking”. And with good cause. Networking has gotten a bad rap over the years as it has changed from making genuine connections with people to collecting business cards. How many times have you been to an event where you’ve meant to follow up with the contacts you met but instead left the business cards in a big pile on your desk? Or worse, you added them on Linkedin and never spoke to them again. (I admit, I’ve definitely done this before)

There are tons of books and speakers out there that will tell you different tips and tactics on how to network effectively. Most of these ideas are based on increasing the size of your network as opposed to the robustness.

I think the idea of networking is really quite simple and can be summed up in these steps:

1) Put yourself out…

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