Does The Past Matter?

If you applied for a job, you would be asked to go through a process – submit your resume/CV, go for an interview or a few, answer questions along the line of “why should we hire you?”, “what have you done to deserve this role?” Sounds familiar? Similar to a job application process, we look…

How a Cheesecake Helped Me Figure Out My “Why” and “How”

“Find your why, and the how will follow” – That’s what was conveyed during a regular catch-up with one of my good friends, Jane. But why are people still wrecking their brains on the how? It was a regular weekend, and a rather lazy one – I lazed in bed after a late night gathering…

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…

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…

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…

Trust Issues: Why Is It So Hard?

Trust and respect –┬áMany things in life are earned, and they can be much harder to obtain than the running numbers in your bank account. Relationships, be it between partners, men and women, friends and peers, colleagues and employers, or even within extended family members, rely on the fundamentals of trust. Making someone place their…

Do You Seek Acceptance?

The crave for inclusion and acceptance is probably one of the underlying cause of one’s struggle with happiness. As we grow, one faces a constant need to be accepted, varying from family, friends, workplace, employer, love, spouse, spouse’s family and even kids. We have all been there – looking at the cool kids in the…

What is the Quality of Life You Seek?

We often chase after someone else’s life, hoping to make that the purpose of ours – wanting what they have, envying what they got, wishing we have it all. But sometimes, their life may not be what you want after all. If you are not careful, you may find all that you are chasing after,…

“I Am Bored…”

8, is the average time people access their FaceBook account, with 76% of their users reportedly accessing it daily. This does not include the other internet channels or social media sites such as Twitter, Instagram, WhatsApp or the more popular WeChat and Line in Asia Pacific. How did everyone end up spending so much time…

How to Start Having Meaningful, Loving Relationships?

Another advertisement, another campaign has been put up on getting young couples together, building up their love’s nest and ultimately, having children. A major concern for many developed countries – increasing population growth to complement the nation’s building efforts. Yet, there has been little or no improvements… The OECD’s report on average age for marriage…