“If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I’m about to do today?”

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Bus Driver and Big John

One fine day, a bus driver went to the bus garage, started his bus, and drove off along the route. No problems for the first few stops-a few people got on, a few got off, and things went generally well. At the next stop, however, a big hulk of a guy got on. Six feet eight, built like a wrestler, arms hanging down to the ground. He glared at the driver and said, "Big John doesn't need to pay!" and sat down at the back.

Did I mention that the driver was five feet three, thin, and basically meek? Well, he was. Naturally, he didn't argue with Big John, but he wasn't happy about it. The next day the same thing happened-Big John got on again, made a show of refusing to pay, and sat down. And the next day, and the one after that and so forth.

This grated on the bus driver, who started losing sleep over the way Big John was taking advantage of him. Finally he could stand it no longer. He signed up for body building courses, karate, judo, and all that good stuff.

By the end of the summer, he had become quite strong; what's more, he felt really good about himself. So on the next Monday, when Big John once Again got on the bus and said, "Big John doesn't pay!," The driver stood up, glared back at the passenger, and screamed, "And why not?" With a surprised look on his face, Big John replied, "Big John has a bus pass."

Management Lesson: Be sure! What is a problem in the first place before working hard to solve one!

Saturday, January 26, 2013

The Carpenter

Once upon a time, two brothers who lived on adjoining farms fell into conflict. It was the first serious rift in 40 years of farming side-by-side, sharing machinery and trading labor and goods as needed without a hitch.

Then the long collaboration fell apart. It began with a small misunderstanding and it grew into a major difference and finally, it exploded into an exchange of bitter words followed by weeks of silence.

One morning there was a knock on John's door. He opened it to find a man with a carpenter's toolbox. "I 'm looking for a few days' work," he said. "Perhaps you would have a few small jobs here and there I could help with? Could I help you?"

"Yes," said the older brother. "I do have a job for you. Look across the small river at that farm. That's my neighbour. In fact, it's my younger brother! Last week there was a quarrel between us. He recently took his bulldozer to create a small river between our lands. Well, he may have done this to spite me, but I'll do him one better. See that pile of wood by the barn? I want you to build me a fence an 8-foot fence, so I won't need to see his place or his face anymore."

The carpenter said, "I think I understand the situation. Show me the nails and the post-hole digger and I'll be able to do a job that pleases you."

The older brother had to go to town, so he helped the carpenter get the materials ready and then he was off for the day. The carpenter worked hard all that day, measuring, sawing and nailing. About sunset when the farmer returned, the carpenter had just finished his job.

The farmer's eyes opened wide, his jaw dropped. There was no fence there at all.

It was a bridge. A bridge that stretched from one side of the creek to the other! A fine piece of work, handrails and all! And the neighbour, his younger brother, was coming toward them, his hand outstretched.

"You are quite a fellow to build this bridge after all I've said and done."

The two brothers stood at each end of the bridge, and then they met in middle, taking each other's hand. They turned to see the carpenter hoist his toolbox onto his shoulder.

"No, wait! Stay a few days. I've a lot of other projects for you." said the older brother.

"I'd love to stay on," the carpenter said, "but I have many more bridges to build."

Remember this ...

God won't ask the square footage of your house, but He'll ask how many people you welcomed into your home.

God won't ask about the clothes you had in your closet, but He'll ask how many you helped to clothe.

God won't ask how many friends you had, but He'll ask how many people to whom you were a friend.

God won't ask in what neighborhood you lived, but He'll ask how you treated your neighbours.

God won't ask about the color of your skin, but He'll ask about the content of your character.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Mr Educated and Mr Wisdom

Mr. Salim (The Educated Person) was very famous for his knowledge and good speech. Once he was requested to deliver a lecture in a rural area. Mr. Salim went to his teacher Mr. Jamil (Mr. Wisdom) and informed him that he will be visiting this village for the sermon.

“How will you go the village?” asked Mr Jamil.

“I shall take the bus and then I shall have to walk for 15 minutes in the fields to reach the village where some people will be waiting for me to take me to the rest home.” replied Mr Salim.

“In the fields there might be guard dogs taking care of sheep flock so they might harm you.” said Mr Jamil.

“Then I shall keep a stone with me to scare” answered Mr Salim.

“You wont be able to control them with a stone; only one dog will run away when you throw the stone but rest of the dogs will attack you.” warned Mr Jamil.

“Then I shall take a big wood or tree branches to scare them.” again answered by Mr Salim.

“They might be 4-5 dogs and it will be hard for you to control all of them.” said Mr Jamil.

Now Mr. Salim started pondering to find another solution. Since this was his first such experience so he had no idea about the solution however he didnt want to feel insulted or ashamed in front of his teacher so he kept thinking for quite some time desperately. Then finally he asked Mr Jamil to advice him.

The teacher replied: without disturbing any dog just go to the sheep flock boy and ask him that you want to cross the fields and he will assist you with assurance of no harm to you from any of his dogs.

Lesson learned: For most of our problems we, the educated people, start making our own assumptions and logics to find the solutions. Sometimes we find good solution but in reality better solutions also exist for the same problem but we are not aware of those because of less knowledge or experience. Also we do not consider the real root of the issue, nor we consider taking advice from the relevant people.

So in summary:

1. Asking questions or taking advice is not a bad thing at all as long as you are asking from your well wisher or from a stranger who is harmless.

2. For a decision having big impact in life, it is recommended to seek advice from multiple people. This will increase your horizon and expose you to wider angle of the situation and would give you more vision to consider multiple options for better decisions.

3. Developing Analytical Skills helps a lot. You can breakdown the big problem into smaller problems and then address them one by one, although this comment not applicable to this story

4. Sometimes it is wise to behave like Mr. Jamil to give advice to someone if you have good one. Mr.Jamil empathic approach explored the mind of Mr. Salim first and then gave him advice. He didnt impose his comments all of a sudden instead he followed slow approach to understand the perspective of Mr Salim and then shared his knowledge.

5. Gaining knowledge is equally good but without experience, the knowledge may not be helpful. The wise approach will be to learn things (knowledge) and then analyze from multiple angles in order to have an insightful understanding of things (wisdom).

Friday, January 18, 2013

Kawan - Satu Pemberian.

Saya masih ingat, ada seorang senior saya semasa saya mula bekerja dahulu menekankan bahawa dalam kita membina karier, kita seharusnya mempertingkatkan ilmu, kemahiran dan kawan (networking). Tiga perkara ini jika ada dalam diri kita akan memudahkan kita senang dalam hidup ini. Masih fresh kata-kata beliau ini dalam fikiran saya.

Namun artikel ini ingin memfokuskan kepada erti kawan dalam hidup kita. Kadang-kadang saya fikir, selepas apa yang berlaku dalam hidup saya ini, seharusnya saya perlu lebih memberi penekanan untuk membina dan menjaga kawan yang ada. Bukan apa, ramai disekeliling saya merasakan saya punya ramai kawan tetapi hakikatnya tidak begitu. Kadang-kadang datang rasa menyesal kerana tidak memberi penekanan untuk membina kawan ini.

Saya fikir, kalau mahu menyesal, sampai bila? Selagi saya masih hidup, saya masih punya masa. Kita hanya tidak akan ada masa bila kita meninggalkan dunia ini. Saya perlu usaha untuk mempertingkatkan kawan-kawan yang ada. Untuk itu, saya perlu mulakan hasrat ini dengan memperbetulkan cara pandang saya terhadap apa erti kawan.

Apa cara pandang yang mahu saya pegang?

Nak jadi cerita, satu ketika itu, semasa saya memandu kereta di Lebuh Raya Persekutuan, saya terdengar satu lagu di radio. Saya perhatikan makna lirik lagu tersebut dan sememangnya lirik lagu itu penuh makna bila dikaitkan dengan cara pandang terhadap seorang kawan. Saya sukakan lagu tersebut tetapi saya tidak tahu apa nama lagu itu. Saya teringatkan apps ‘Sound Hound’ dalam smart phone saya tu, dan cepat-cepat saya ‘Sound Hound’ lagu tersebut.

‘Sound Hound’ kata lagu tersebut bernama 'Gift of a Friend’. Saya senyum sendirian. Dipendekkan cerita, saya telah menjadikan lagu tersebut satu presentation seperti apa yang dipaparkan dalam presentation dibawah ini. Mulai sekarang, saya akan cuba pandang kawan-kawan saya seperti apa yang dinyatakan dalam lirik lagu ini. Mari sama-sama kita perhatikan dan amalkan lirik lagu ini ...  

Monday, January 14, 2013

Big Monk, Small Monk

Once upon a time a big monk and a little monk were traveling together. They came to the bank of a river and found the bridge was damaged. They had to wade across the river.

There was a pretty lady who was stuck at the damaged bridge and couldn't cross the river. The big monk offered to carry her across the river on his back to which the lady accepted. The little monk was shocked by the move of the big monk and was thinking "How can big brother carry a lady when we are supposed to avoid all intimacy with females?" But he kept quiet.

The big monk carried the lady across the river and the small monk followed unhappily. When they crossed the river, the big monk let the lady down and they parted ways with her.

All along the way for several miles, the little monk was very unhappy with the act of the big monk. He was making up all kinds of accusations about big monk in his head. This got him madder and madder. But he still kept quiet. And the big monk had no inclination to explain his situation.

Finally, at a rest point many hours later, the little monk could not stand it any further, he burst out angrily at the big monk. "How can you claim yourself a devout monk, when you seize the first opportunity to touch a female, especially when she is very pretty?"

"All your teachings to me make you a big hypocrite."

The big monk looked surprised and said, "I had put down the pretty lady at the river bank many hours ago, how come you are still carrying her along?"

Moral: This story reflects the thinking of many people today. We encounter many unpleasant things in our life, they irritate us and they make us angry. But like the little monk, we are not willing to let them go away.

There is no point in remaining hurt by the unpleasant event after it is over. Learn to move on in life.

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Dipercayai (Trusted)

Jika kita perhatikan hidup ini, ada satu perkara yang membuatkan seseorang itu rasa bahagia. Rasa bahagia akan timbul bilamana orang lain atau diri kita sendiri ’trust’ dengan diri kita sendiri. Fikirkan apa yang dimaksudkan ini. Mungkin kita pernah saksikan orang yang tidak memandang berat hal ini tetapi dalam diam itulah yang menjadi keluh kesah mereka. Fikirkan ...

Trust dicapai bila kita ada kredibiliti di mata orang atau di mata kita sendiri. Kredibiliti itu apa? Kredibiliti boleh disukat dalam dua kriteria. Dua kriteria tersebut ialah dari segi karekter kita dan kompetensi kita.

Karekter disukat berdasarkan kepada integriti yang ada  pada diri kita dan niat yang kita ada. Manakala kompetensi pula disukat berdasarkan kepada keupayaan (capability) dan hasil (results) yang telah kita capai sebelum ini.


Jika kita perhatikan apa yang dijelaskan di atas mengenai kredibiliti ini, semestinya kredibiliti kita ini berbeza-beza bergantung kepada cabang hidup yang kita fokuskan. Sebagai contoh, mungkin dala mcabang hidup masayarakat, kita punya kredibiliti yang tinggi tetapi dalam cabang hidup kewangan peribadi kita punya kredibilti yang rendah. Fikirkan ...

Soalnya sekarang bagaimana kita harus mempertingkatkan kredebiliti kita dalam semua cabang hidup kita agar kita dipercayai (trusted) oleh orang lain atau diri kita sendiri?

Berdasarkan rajah di atas, bagi menwujudkan satu darjah integriti dan niat yang yang baik dalam diri kita, sebagai seorang Islam, kita perlu berpegang teguh kepada adanya hari pembalasan yang akan menimbang dan membalas segala amal kita. Jika kita lihat dunia ini, dunia ini tidak mungkin boleh berlaku adil seadilnya. Tetapi bilamana kita gabungkan cerita dunia ini dan cerita hari pembalasan, barulah kita nampak betapa adilnya hidup ini.

Kita sangka kita boleh terlepas di muka bumi ini tetapi yakinlah akan adanya hari pembalasan yang akan menimbang dan membalas apa yang kita terlepas dari hidup atas dunia ini. Dalam kata lain, lagi tinggi keyakinan kepada wujudnya hari pembalasan ini, lagi tinggi integiriti dan niat yang baik dalam diri kita.  

Bagi menwujudkan keupayaan (capability) dan hasil yang tinggi nilainya, kita perlu yakin bahawa setiap dari kita manusia ini adalah unik dan telah dianugerahkan oleh Tuhan pada kita semua kepandaian dan kemahiran yang tersendiri. Ada di kalangan kita yang punya kemahiran menjahit, memimpin, mengubati penyakit dan sebagainya. Jika seseorang manusia itu memfokuskan usaha beliau untuk mengenalpasti dan mempertingkatkan kepandaian dan kemahiran masing-masing, pasti dalam satu jangkamasa yang singkat kita mampu memepertingkatkan keupayaan dan menjana hasil yang sangat baik dalam hidup masing-masing. Fikirkan ...

Jadi, itulah dia rahsia membina kredibiliti diri dan seterusnya membina trust orang atau diri kita sendiri kepada diri kita sendiri. Bila kita dipercayai (being trusted), hidup kita jadi mudah dan bahagia. Cerita ini mudah tetapi ramai yang tidak menyedarinya.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Are we World Class?

World Class; definition:

Goods, services and processes that are ranked by customers and industry-experts to be among the best of the best. This designation denotes standard-setting excellence in terms of design, performance, quality and customer satisfaction and value when compared with all similar items from anywhere in the world.

Are we World Class? What does it takes to be World Class? Ponder on this video …

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Happiness Revealed.

This video is truly inspiring. Just to make sure everybody understand the messages in this video, I inserted the meaning of the messages in Bahasa Malaysia. May it reveals the meaning of happiness!

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Puzzles of Life

I came not knowing from where, but I came.
And I saw a pathway in front of me, so I walked.
And I will remain walking, whether I want this or not.
How did I come? How did I see my pathway?
I do not know!

Am I new or am I old in this existence?
Am I free and unrestrained, or do I walk in chains?
Do I lead myself in my life, or am I being led?
I wish I know, but…
I do not know!

And my path, oh what is my path? Is it long or is it short?
Am I ascending in it, or am I going down and sinking?
Am I the one who is walking on the road,or is it the road that is moving?
Or are we both standing, but it is the time that is running?
I do not know!

Before I became a full human, do you see
if I were nothing, impossible? Or do you see that I was something?
Is there an answer to this puzzle, or will it remain eternal?
I do not know ... and why do I not know?
I do not know!

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Welcome to Year 2013.

So much has been said about 2012… pre-eminent doom, the Earth to collide with another planet, Armageddon…And yet we are still here.

God is Truly Great.

What is installed for us this 2013? New resolution? New hope? New beginning?  You decide! Why don’t you ponder these random thoughts …

May we all be blessed!