Category Archives: Motivational



breakthrough.pngHow one teen innovator is changing the world (2015)

I think it is pretty impressive for a teenage at 15 years old in his high school years to win on several science competitions and garnered international attention for his fast and easy way to detect pancreatic, ovarian and lung cancers using a 4 cent strip of paper.

Although he is openly gay, but I guess with lesser distraction, that’s why he is able to focus on science and creativity matters.

He even wrote his own book, which I find that at a young age, he has achieved much more things than many people in their lives.

After reading this book, it occurred to me that going forward, science and creativity will be more important than ever.








The Achievement Habit


achievementhabit.pngBy Bernard Roth (2015)

This book gives ideas in area of design thinking to control our intentions to create habits that make our lives better.

Idea of design thinking principle :
1. Empathize : Whether you design, you are not primarily doing it for yourself. You are doing it with other people’s needs and desires in mind. Figure out the user’s experience and how to help.

2. Define the problem. Narrow down which problem you are going to solve or question you want to answer.

3. Ideate. Generate possible solutions using any means you like – brainstorming, mind mapping, sketching on napkins… however you work best.

4. Prototype. Without going crazy to make anything perfect (or even close to it), build your project in physical form, or develop the plans for what you’re going to enact.

5. Test and feedback.

Some other areas of thinking :
1. Nothing is what you think it is . You give everything its meaning.

2. Reasons are bullshit. You need to have bias towards action.

3. Getting unstuck. If you get stuck, try putting it aside for a while. Or take the time to explain exactly why you can’t solve the problem. The author’s friend created a handout, listing 22 things to try if you find yourself hitting the lamp post.





4. Find assistance. If you want people to assist you, you should ask them and be a decent human being.

5. Doing is everything. Notice the difference between intention and attention, between trying to do something and actually building it.


6. Watch your language. Successful communication takes both intention and attention. It requires the explicit intention that the meaning be shared and also it takes the explicit attention to be sure it has been shared. Acknowledge other people’s issues. People want to know you heard them.


7. Group Habits. An effective group icebreaker is to divide class into pairs in which each tells the other what type of person she is; this provides good experience in both talking and listening. The more you reveal about yourself, the more people like you. It is ironic that we hide aspects of ourselves because we fear rejection. It is the hiding, not the revealing, that leads to rejection.

Apply these same ideas in a private conversation. Next time you are having a leisurely conversation, tell your acquaintance what type of person you think you are and then ask her to tell you about herself. Then go on to share the last time you could not sleep all night and ask your partner when that happened to her. From there start trading stories about the last time you had a good laugh, the last time you made a bad mistake, and so on. At the end notice how your relationship with the other person has been altered by the details you shared.

8. Self image by design. Make a list of your attributes. Ask yourself “Who are you”
Who am I in terms of what I have?
Who am I in terms of what I do?
Who am I in terms of my being?

You can use guided fantasy to assist you in examining who you are really are. Imagine getting off the plane and making your way to a bus. Take a short bus ride, and then imagine getting off the bus. Now, imagine a house in the distance, and walk towards that house. When you get to the house, explore the outside and then the inside, examining the details carefully. In speaking for the house and its possessions, you are describing yourself. This is an excellent way to look at yourself, because it is nonthreatening. It produces candid insights that might otherwise not be available from examination of one’s own self image.


9. Big picture – Insanity in individuals is something rare – but in groups, parties, nations and epochs it is the rule.


10. Make achievement your habit – The next time you are asked to do something, don’t spend too much time thinking. Simply charge ahead. Do this by taking the first idea that comes into your head and make a quick prototype.






Dare to be different Part 1


Daretobedifferent By Sandro Forte (2008)

We live in an ever-changing environment and nothing changes more than life itself. To cope with this change and to capitalise on it, we must, above all else, be consistent and persistent.
-> Understand the nature and art of being consistent.

-> Being able to deflect any thought that’s likely to make you stop being consistent.

-> Having “inside” knowledge around the best tools and techniques needed to make being consistent easy to achieve.

-> Having an all-consuming passion to be consistent about your primary goal That is often the number one reason why you are alive.


You need to have a specific and credible Primary Goal. You need to adopt MindChangers, which is a set of tools emerged from the world’s number one business associated with winning- the World of Sports.

MindChanger tool called Fast Forward

I’d like you to talk to yourself. In a moment, set this book aside and talk to yourself. Talk about what you expect to achieve. Do this now for a couple of minutes before reading on..

This time, I want you to do the same thing but assume it’s a year into the future and you’re looking back, reminding yourself what’s already happened – as if it has. So put the book down and do this again but now talk in the past tense..

If you were to do fast forward regularly – and it’s more fun with someone else- you would start to change your beliefs automatically.

  1. Write down your primary goal
  2. Write down a list of other goals – short, medium and long-term
  3. Commit at least 10 of these goals to Mindchanger flip cards and read them briefly each day. Create one Mindchanger flipcard for each goal.
  4. If you don’t already have one, design an introductory script format which you will use at every first meeting. Learn it by heart.
  5. Make 10 calls using the Dynamic Phone Path and make every third call a social call to a friend, old client or contact.dynamic.jpg

    Step 1 : Apology
    Hello, is that Michael? Michael Turner?
    Hello.. I’m so very sorry to be ringing you out of the lue like this.
    (Who is it?)
    My name is Sandro, Sandro Forte from the Forte Group. Is this a good time to speak with you?

    Step 2: Promise
    I’ve recently taken on Mary West as a client and your name came up in conversation a couple of times, hence the promise to call to offer you my help, given I make it a professional business practice to work with the friends and families of my clients before anyone else.

    Step 3: The Message – core reason for the call.

    “I am currently helping individuals to improve their personal wealth in ways which realise more disposable income. Would more funds for you to spend or retain as you choose to be useful?” It’s useful to note the phrase ” That’s exactly why I am calling” when faced with any objection.

    Step 4 : “Meeting place” Do you know the Axis Office building? May I suggest we meet there next week so that I may have the opportunity of introducing myself and sharing some beneficial ideas as I have already done with your friend Mary? What time of the day suits you best?

  6. Find out the best credit card, loan and mortgage offers available and carry a few application forms with you. Hand them to your clients where appropriate. Better still, build relationships with a bank manager, lawyer, accountant and the other professionals who could add value by offering discounts on their services, without committing you to any work.
  7. Call your top 20 clients and ask them to help you build your business by introducing you to other people like them.


One Word that will change your life


oneword.jpg By Dan Britton, Jimmy Page and Jon Gordon (2013)

87% of us make New Year’s resolutions every year. While these resolutions are meant to be good and well-intentioned, they are built on a flawed foundation. The most important part of life change is a change of the heart.

The authors discovered that the solution to failed resolutions and unrealized goals, is to find a single word that would be the driving force for the year. No goals. No resolutions. Just One Word! You developed a One world theme for the year, it became a one word vision for everything.

One word creates laser like focus that last. There are 3 steps to provide an easy framework for finding the One Word :

  1. Prepare your heart by looking in.
  2. Discover your word by looking up.
  3. Live your word by looking out.


Prepare your heart : Look in.

Failing to prepare is preparing to fail. Take the time to sharpen the axe makes the task successful. Detach yourself from the business and stress of life to prepare.  Find a place with no distractions or interruptions. Out of silence comes power.

Ask 1) What do I need? 2)What’s in my way? 3)What needs to go?

Too often, we focus so much time on getting our One Word that we miss the real power – the why behind the word. Discovering the why happens when we look at the past, present and future?


Discover your word : Look Up

Prayer should be your first response – not last resort. Get a God word, not just a good word. Boldly ask God for the word; be open and willing to listen for that still, small voice and wait for God to reveal your word to you.


Live your word : Look out

Step outside your comfort zone. You may immediately see some areas of opportunity in which you could improve. That is the low hanging fruit. You may be tempted to think that this is going to be easy. Yet the difficult areas of life change are often revealed later.

First, post your word in prominent places so that you can see it on a regular basis. You can share it with others – you ensure your growth. What gets your attention gets your focus. You don’t win or lose with One Word. Whatever you experience throughout the year, that’s what is meant for you.




The Seed


TheSeed.jpg By Jon Gordon (2011)

Josh lost his passion at work. Challenged by his boss to take two weeks and decide if he really wants to work there, Josh takes off for the country, where he meets a wise farmer who gives him some sources of wisdom and encouragement in his work and life.


“Where do I start?” Josh asked curiously.


Begin where all knowing exists. Begin with your heart. And be careful of your mind. It will often play tricks on you and deceive you on your quest. But your heart never lies. It knows your why. It knows where you are meant to go and what are you meant to do. You just have to listen to it. And while you are following your heart, also look for the signs.


“What signs?” Josh asked, knowing his heart certainly wasn’t forthcoming with information lately.


The signs of grace that guide you through life. These signs help you decide which roads to take. They come in many forms : advice from a stranger, dreams, eureka moments, songs, television shows, books, and even big signs on the side of the road. God uses all means to communicate with us to guide us on our journey.


In life, your past leads to your future, and your future is connected to your past. Think about your past and you’ll find clues to create your future.


It’s not the job you do that matters. It’s the energy and mind-set that you bring to your job that truly matters. Burnout is more often caused by purpose deficiency.


In making your decision, don’t choose where you will be happiest – choose where you will learn the most. Choose where you can grow into your full potential. If you’ve grown all you can grow where you are and it’s time to grow higher somewhere else, then leave. But don’t leave because of challenges.


When you experience resistance, you find the lessons that you are meant to learn. People often run where they face resistance, but to grow you must face it and learn from it. We often have to go through things at work and in life that don’t make us happy, but they teach us lessons that lead to our happiness in the future.


Every job, good or bad, trains us for the work we are meant to do in the future. Challenges only make you stronger.

The Shark and the Goldfish


sharkandgoldfish.jpg By Jon Gordon (2009)

This is a fable about a goldfish who has always been fed, a nice shark teaches him to find food and a wave of change that brings them together. I was very impressed after I read Jon Gordon’s carpenter. Sad to say, this book “The Shark and the Goldfish” is not so interesting and it kind of teach similar things I read from other books.

Things I learnt from the book :

  1. You have more control than you think you do.
  2.  Positive Shark Formula :
    Events (E) + Positive Response (P) = Outcome (O)
  3. To thrive, you must embrace and ride the waves of changes.
  4. Adversity is not the end, but the beginning of something better.
  5. If you think your best days are behind you, they are.
  6. If you think your best days are ahead of you, they are.
  7. Your belief must be greater than all of the negativity and doubt.
  8. Positive fish find more food.
  9. Choose faith over fear.
  10. Your faith and belief in a positive future leads to powerful actions today.
  11. When you expect to find food you do.
  12. Expect success and you will find it.
  13. Don’t let your past determine your future.
  14. Instead of being disappointed about where you are, be optimistic about where you are going.
  15. There is no substitute for hard work.
  16. Focus on finding food, tune out distractions.
  17. You won’t find food sleeping under a rock.
  18. Know what you want, work hard, and focus on getting it.
  19. Learn from others and model their success.
  20. Don’t settle.


Million Dollar Habits Part 2

Million Dollar Habits Part 2


Another key habit of thinking and acting practiced by top people is growth orientation. It is the high road to excellent performance and essential to developing the habit of optimism. This method of thinking and living is the foundation of excellence orientation and is essential for you to develop if you want to move into the top 10% of your field.


3 Steps onto the Fast Track

There are three parts of the continuous learning process. By practicing these activities daily, weekly and monthly, you will increase your productivity, performance and output by 1/10th of 1% per day compounded. You will eventually become one of the highest paid and most successful people in your field.

1. Read each day

Arise each morning and read 30-60 minutes in your field. Underline and take notes. Think of how you can apply what you are learning to your day-to-day work. Throughout the day, think of how you can use what you read to be more effective.  At the end of each day, review the day based on your new knowledge and skills and evaluate your results and progress. This is called the “Hawthorne effect.”

When you read in your field for 30-60 minutes each day and think throughout the day how you could apply what you have learned, you will tend to become better and better at what you do, both consciously and unconsciously. The improved results you get will accumulate and compound over time. You will become better and better at what you do almost without being aware of it.

If you read 30-60 minutes each day, you should complete about one book per week. The average American reads less than one book per year. If you read one book per week, you should finish at least 50 books each year. If you continued reading at this level, 50 books per year, you would read 500 books in the next 10 years. If you were to read 500 books in your field, in a world where the average person reads less than one book per year, do you think you might gain an edge?

The fact is, you would become one of the best-read, most knowledgeable, most expert, and highest paid practitioners in your field if you were to simply develop the habit of reading in your field each morning for 30-60 minutes. The author mentioned that he has never met anyone, who has not transformed their lives and careers by the habit of daily reading.


2. Learn from the experts

The second habit you need for continuous learning is the habit of attending every seminar and course you possibly can. Do not make the mistake of waiting for courses and seminars to come to you or waiting for your company to organize and pay for additional training. You are completely responsible for your own life, which includes your own personal and professional development. No one cares as much about your future and your career as you do.

Make it a habit to seek out and attend at least four seminar programs per year in your field. Eagerly seek out and sit in on the most important talks and lectures at each of these workshops or annual meetings. Sometimes, one good idea from an expert in your field can transform your entire career.



3. Attend University on Wheels

The third habit you need for continuous learning is the habit of listening to audio programs in your car and as you walk or exercise. If you are continually learning and upgrading your skills, somewhere, someone else is. And when you meet that person, you will lose.



An average person who develops the habit of lifelong learning will eventually run circles around a genius who goes home and watches television each night. There is perhaps no habit that will guarantee your success in life than the habit of continuous personal and professional improvement.  You will become more positive and optimistic. You will have more energy, be more creative and be a happier person as you continue to grow and grow towards the realization of your full potential.