Asking for What You Want

“One reason people struggle to gain influence in their personal and professional lives is that they simply don’t ask for what they want” – Brendon Burchard I looked around the room, noticing how everyone is staring at their screens with such concentration that could shatter the monitor’s glass. A sense of uneasiness rose from inside…

The Case of “Should” vs “Need To”

The meeting began with the head of department, Hans, sitting at the front of the table, looking sternly at the slides sent over to him earlier that day. Clearly, a storm is brewing… “Peter, what happened to company A? Why didn’t we get that order?” “They decided that they needed a faster lead time and…

What Do Your Eyes See?

Your eyes are the windows to your soul – They take in all the beautiful colours and designs around you, generous actions of people and the marvels of the world. But what it is, is what it is (sounds annoying I know). Yet, we often give our own meaning to what is… It was a…

The Chase: Are You Overdoing It?

Is it true that persistence pays off? Or are you too focused on getting what you want and neglected what’s around? Being in a relationship or the start of a relationship (ok more of the start of the relationship), we may think that being the determined and persistent party will eventually win the other party…

Beautiful Traditions: The Good Old Days and Now

Today is the first day of the Lunar New Year – A traditional celebration of the new year of the lunar calendar, mostly celebrated by Asian Chinese or of Chinese heritage. The amazing part of which, is the different practices adopted by the various dialect groups and family traditions, which gives the variety even through…

Valentine’s Day: A Hyped-Up Day of Proclaimed Love?

So today is the day… The day where you see ladies carrying hand bouquets of flowers, heart-shaped helium balloons or cute cuddly teddy bears. And you start wondering: “Why don’t I see them as often as today?” The truth is, you don’t. Valentine’s Day, is a day of the year to spend huge to express…

Happiness Report: Should We Start Ranking Happiness?

We all love rankings. We all want to rank ourselves, benchmark against others, compare against the others. Now we even have a global ranking table based on Happiness. Is that helpful? Or is that detrimental? Norway topped the 2017’s global happiness rankings, with Denmark, Iceland and Switzerland in the next few places with the World…

3 Best Books I Read in 2017

The year of 2017 has officially passed and without much notice (except for some thunderous countdown with fireworks), we are in a brand new year! How exciting! Last year, I’ve made an attempt to continuously read. That also includes clearing some space for new books by donating a few to the library. Now I’ve compiled…

The Season of Giving – Should This be Seasonal?

In less than 10 days, we would be celebrating perhaps the greatest celebrations of the year. One that involves a whole lot of joy, laughter, gathering, sharing and of course, giving. But why wait for Christmas, when this can be done throughout the year? I spoke to a friend from Switzerland and he said his…

Gut Feeling vs Positive Thinking

It has been a long while since I last wrote my post. Many things have taken place and different times may have called in different measures. Amidst all of those, it is also what we often call, a writer’s block – one that sees myself looking at a blank sheet of paper or a computer…

Limiting Word Series 2: “Why Me?”

Sometimes when you look at what others have and you start envying, thinking “how lucky or fortunate they are!“. You wanted the good things in life, or at least be fair. You thought that people who work hard should deserve a good pay check or a good, blessed life. You see yourself as the good…

Limiting Words Series 1 – “I Don’t Know”

In this Limiting Words Series, I shall explore some of the words and phrases that I have came across, be it of myself or others I have interacted with. These words or phrases, have got a limiting behaviour to the majority. Minimising or changing to more empowering words and phrases, will have much positive impact…