– I saw this email signature today that had a quote of Teddy Roosevelt – “It is not the critic who counts, not the one who points out how the doer of deeds might have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions”. I found it inspiring but it also made me think and wonder if it was not for the critic would people really strive to achieve their goals. If someone was to do an analysis of what motivated them to be successful people, I have a gut feel the answer would be adversity or negative motivation. I could be wrong but sometimes wanting to prove your critics wrong can be a strong motivator to get your goals. So if you find a strong critic to your work, thank them because they give you one more reason to pursue your dream with more enthusiasm.
– I really liked this quote in Forbes Asia March edition by Robert Benchley – “It took me 15 years to discover that I had no talent for writing, but I couldn’t give it up because by that time I was too famous”. I so identify with the statement with one possible correction – but I couldn’t give it up because I couldn’t think of anything which I can be better at”
– Our front office receptionist quit work last month and the moment it was common knowledge everyone wanted her number and email to stay in touch with. Most agree she was extremely friendly and always ready to help. Even all my frequent visitors were troubled when they knew she was going. I never saw this kind of reaction when some of our senior managers quit. Its so true it really doesn’t matter what you do or how high up you are in the corporate ladder, it’s about how you comfortable you make others feel which is important.
– Recently some people in office have been getting to my nerves. Even though their positions demand them to be decisive and take a stand they decide to be wishy-washy in the name of being politically correct. Sometimes I wonder how these people sleep at night. What is more important? The organization and its goals or fearing backlash on your career for the brave decisions you take. What a whole bunch of wussy’s.
– My girlfriend and I finished a marriage preparation course last week. We went for six sessions and we really enjoyed the experience. A lot of people get into marriage without thinking too much about their roles and responsibilities. I hope this preparation has prepared both of us for one of the most important journeys of our life. Wish us all the luck.
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