Sunday, June 28, 2009

I Thank My God Every Time I Remember You


There's a true story of a little boy whose sister needed a blood transfusion. The doctor explained she had the same disease that he'd recovered from two years earlier. Her only chance of recovery was a transfusion from someone who'd conquered it, so the boy was an ideal donor.


"Would you give your blood to Mary?" the doctor asked. Johnny hesitated, his lower lip trembled, and then he smiled and said, "Sure, for my sister." Soon the two children were wheeled into the hospital room - Mary, pale and thin; Johnny, robust and healthy. Neither spoke, but when their eyes met Johnny grinned.


As the nurse inserted the needle into his arm Johnny's smile faded. He watched the blood flow through the tube. With the ordeal almost over Johnny's voice, slightly shaky, broke the silence. "Doctor, when do I die?"


Only then did the doctor realise why little Johnny had hesitated, why his lips trembled when he agreed to donate his blood. He thought giving his blood to his sister meant giving up his life. In that brief moment he had made his great decision.



Who would give their life for you? Those are the people you want to invest your life in. Those are the ones you need to show your appreciation for - now, while you still can. They are irreplaceable!


When they're gone you'll realise that. Some of the things you're striving for now will seem empty then. Some of the things you're upset over now will seem insignificant then.


So squeeze the most out of every moment. Create memories you'll treasure. Be wise, build your life around those who matter!



Thursday, June 25, 2009

The Secrets About Money That You Don't Learn in School!

First of all, let's get one thing straight:


You are smart! I wanted to make sure you know that from the very beginning. When I was growing up, my dad always told me that everyone is born smart—that every child has a special kind of genius. I loved that idea. Even though I didn't always do well in school, I kind of knew the reason didn't have to do with me. I wasn't stupid. I just learned in a different way than the way teachers in school expected me to.


My father taught me to have a good attitude about learning. He taught me to find my best way of learning. If I hadn't done that, I might have flunked out of high school or college. I probably wouldn't have been prepared for my financial life. And I wouldn't have had the confidence to be who I am today.


We all learn differently. The trick is to find the way you learn best. When you do that, you'll discover your own personal genius.



A genius is someone who excels at something. But a genius isn't necessarily good at everything. In fact, a genius usually has a special ability in one area while being pretty average in others.


Did you know that Albert Einstein, who thought up the theory of relativity (E=mc²), never did well in school? He wasn't good at memorizing things, yet he grew up to become one of the greatest mathematical thinkers of all time. His brain focused on ideas rather than facts. Facts, he said, could be found in books, so he never felt the need to keep facts in his head. He wanted his head clear to think creatively.


School asks us to keep facts in our head, but when we're out of school, we usually just need to know where the facts are kept so we can look them up or know whom to call when we need them!


The way our performance is measured in school has very little to do with how intelligent we really are or how successful we can be. The way we perform in school is usually just a measure of how well we take tests! It's not a true measure of the genius you were born with.



Everyone Is Born a Genius
Take out your notebook again and write a list of people you know. Try to get to twenty names. Include people from school, family members, even teachers. Put your name at the top of the list. Next to each name write down what that person is good at, no matter what it is. Do you have a friend who can't sit still and is always tapping his foot to some beat that's inside his head? Write that down. Can your sister do the crossword puzzle in ten minutes using a pen without even once glancing at the dictionary? Write that down, too. Can you fix almost any computer problem? Put it in the book.


This exercise helps you do a couple of things. It's the first time in your financial journey where you'll be asked to try to see something that you didn't see before, to look at something in a new way. Seeing talents in others you hadn't really recognized leads you to see your own talents. Knowing what your strengths are is one step toward success. Knowing how to detect other people's strengths is also a great skill, since creating a solid, reliable team is critical if you plan to build a business or be an investor someday.



The Myth of IQ and Intelligence


I remember that every once in a while in school, we'd have days when we were given all sorts of tests. The tests were described as "standardized." I was always puzzled by that idea. Every person is unique, so why were we all being evaluated in a cookie-cutter kind of way? The truth is that no two people are alike.


Later I found out that the tests were measuring our IQ, which stands for "intelligence quotient." An IQ number is supposed to represent a person's ability to learn facts, skills, and ideas. But a person's IQ really boils down to this: It's a number that shows the relationship between a person's "mental age" (as measured on a standardized test) and his or her chronological (real) age. Then this number is multiplied by 100 and the result is your IQ. When I was growing up, people thought that an IQ stayed the same for a person's whole life. How limiting! Fortunately, that thinking is changing.


Over the years I've done a lot of reading and research about intelligence, especially about the way people learn. IQ can relate to academics, but it can also relate to other things, like sports. When I was young, I had a high baseball IQ. My friend Andy had a very high academic IQ. Andy had an easier time learning in school because he learned by reading. I learned by doing something first and reading about it later. One formula worked for Andy, and another one worked for me. We each developed our own winning formula.




Everyone Has a Special Learning Style


In those IQ tests in school, only one type of intelligence was being measured: a person's aptitude, or talent, for words. But what if someone's not a word person? I don't especially like to read, so does that mean that I am stuck with a low IQ? Today, the answer is no. In 1983, a psychologist named Howard Gardner published a book called Frames of Mind (Basic Books). In it, he describes seven different types of intelligence, not just one. He also argues that people's IQ can change.


Dr. Gardner's list of intelligences, which he also calls learning styles, has created a new road map for learning new skills and information, whether it's rocket science, threading a needle, or financial literacy.




What's Your Learning Style?


Take a look at this list. As you read it, think about what methods best describe your learning style. Circle the number that matches up for each of the learning styles: 1 is least like you and 5 is most like you.


This is not a test. I repeat: This is not a test! There's no good or bad answer or high or low score. This is just a way to think about how you learn most comfortably.

ooo Verbal-linguistic intelligence

If you always have a book tucked in your backpack, circle 5. This type of intelligence has to do with reading, writing, and language. It's also called being "word smart."
1 2 3 4 5

ooo Numerical intelligence

If you're one of those people who can do a math problem in your head, circle 5. This intelligence is found in people who easily grasp data and numbers. They're also usually calm and rational thinkers.
1 2 3 4 5

ooo Spatial intelligence

If doodling helps you listen in class, or if you're always seeing things that you'd like to photograph, circle 5. This intelligence is used to see patterns, designs, and space—and is found in many artists, architects, and choreographers who can visualize a two- or three-dimensional object or event and make it real.
1 2 3 4 5

ooo Musical intelligence

Are you tapping a pencil or drumming your fingers right now? Head for the number 5. This type of intelligence is especially tuned in to sounds, rhythm, and rhymes.
1 2 3 4 5

ooo Physical intelligence

If you love PE in school, or if your room looks like a sporting-goods store, you're physically intelligent—someone with awareness of how to use your body well, like many athletes and dancers.
1 2 3 4 5

ooo Interpersonal intelligence

Do friendships seem effortless to you (mark 5) or endlessly complicated (mark 1)? Do you always (or never) know what your friends are thinking—or are you somewhere in between? Mark it down. This intelligence refers to the way someone gets along with other people, which is also called "being people smart."
1 2 3 4 5

ooo Intrapersonal intelligence

If interpersonal intelligence is "being people smart," intrapersonal intelligence is "being self-smart," or self-aware. It's also called emotional intelligence, because it relates to the way you handle your emotions, such as fear and anger. Do you understand your own reactions to difficult situations and can you control them? Do you think before you talk back? Are you patient with your own shortcomings and do you take care of your self-esteem?
1 2 3 4 5

Recently Dr. Gardner has come up with an eighth intelligence:

ooo Natural Intelligence

describes a person's sensitivity to the world around him or her. If you enjoy being outdoors every weekend or are involved in school or community groups working for the environment, circle 5.
1 2 3 4 5

I've talked a lot with a psychologist who taught innovative learning at Arizona State University about various learning styles and how they help us achieve personal and financial success. Listening to her thoughts, I've added one more intelligence:

ooo Vision is what determines who will be a leader and who will be a follower. Great leaders can see how a situation will play out and take action in response. Winston Churchill, Prime Minister of England during World War II, was one of the world leaders who was against the Nazis from the start. It's as if he could see the terrible things that would happen if they stayed in power. Those of you with crystal balls, mark 5.
1 2 3 4 5



Robert Kiyosaki says that poor dads and middle class dads teach their kids to get a good education and work 40-60 hours a week at a good job with benefits.

Rich dads teach their kids to spend their 40-60 hours a week getting involved as early as they can with either building up or participating in any kind of income producing asset something that, after it's built up, continues to produce an income.



courtesy of Robert T. Kiyosaki and Sharon L. Lechter






Wednesday, June 24, 2009

How To Increase Job Security During Recession?

What can I do to increase my job security in an uncertain job market?
With all the layoffs and financial troubles, how can I avoid unemployment and decrease my money worries?


With the current state of the world's economy, the unpleasant questions of job security and financial troubles are likely to be unwelcome visitors in the minds of many. The following tips, adapted from an article by Joann S. Lublin in the Wall Street Journal in December 2002 with biblical support added, could help you increase the longevity of your job.


Don't splurge, save.


Struggle to get yourself into a solvent financial position so that you are not threatened by every change of the financial wind. You may need to save money and tighten your belt to do that. We are bombarded with ads telling us how much we deserve a vacation in some exotic place, a new car, a new house or new furniture. Credit cards can make our financial controls difficult to handle. Fight the temptation to overspend.


Avoid anger, paralysis and panic.



Don't curse those over us or say negative things because a "bird" may take your words to the boss. Fear and anxiety can lead to comments that make an employee expendable. "Jittery employees often quit at the first sign of an upcoming layoff. That may be a mistake," warns Linda R. Dominguez.


Give it your all.


Put time and effort into concentrating on the important tasks that will show you can adapt and are a valuable employee. Be sure your work is on time and well done. Go above and beyond. For example, a young man was hired for a job that took him around the company's property. He also made it his personal work to pick up litter that was lying around. Someone in charge saw this action and he was promoted. He now holds an important job with the firm.


Seek to improve.


Examine yourself to see if you are wasting time or effort in your job. Talking too much with others and taking extended coffee breaks are noticed by bosses who are concerned about efficiency. Take a good look at your dress and working habits—can you improve? Psalm 26:2 reveals David's request for God to examine him and test him. David wanted to know where he could improve. Paul tells us to examine ourselves (2 Corinthians 13:5). The principles that apply spiritually also work physically.


Explore alternate career paths.



This may seem like a contradiction to working hard for a company, but the advice, when taken properly, is a sign of a person who is thinking. Hope and plans for the future are vital to performance. Further education and training could make you more valuable in your present career or job, and it can open new doors for you when you are ready.


The Wall Street Journal article says, "Plot out a contingency plan." Of course, this planning must be done outside of work time and in a confidential way. But planning for the future does not mean you are disloyal. Mental health is enhanced by hopes and dreams of a future we want.


Intensify your networking efforts.

"Get involved with your professional organization right now—before you get laid off," suggests Lara Nolen. We need to know people and have contacts all over.


Exercise and maintain a positive attitude.


The comic tells it all.


These points are not guaranteed, surefire ways to keep from ever losing your job. Unexpected changes in life can throw a monkey wrench into our plans and instantly change whatever course we had charted out.




Sunday, June 21, 2009

A Wise Man Listens To Advice

Just about everybody recognizes the little man with the tiny black mustache carrying a cane, sporting baggy pants, clumsy shoes and a Derby hat.


In fact, in the l920's Charlie Chaplin was the most famous person on the planet. Born into poverty, he worked on stage to support himself and by age 17 he was a veteran performer. Then in 1918 he did something unheard of: at 29 he signed the entertainment industry's first million-dollar contract!


But Chaplin was successful not just because he had talent and drive, he was also teachable. He kept learning and perfecting his gift. Even when he was at the height of his popularity, the highest paid performer in the world didn't rest on his laurels. No, he said,
When I watch one of my pictures I pay attention to what the audience doesn't laugh at. If several audiences don't laugh at a stunt I tear it apart and try to discover what's wrong. On the other hand, if I hear laughter I hadn't expected, I ask myself why that particular thing rang the bell with the audience.




You'll never become a great leader until you become a great learner. Learning requires submission, and submission ain't something we're comfortable with. We think submission is just for "those other people who need to be led." This is especially true in our early years when we're sure we already know it all, and use every opportunity to prove it.


Engaging a leadership coach requires a willingness to submit to others. If you're not teachable, you're not reachable. The more you think you know, the less likely you are to place yourself under the influence of those who really know and can help you. This is especially true when you view yourself as more capable, passionate or talented than the folks around you.


Wisdom always seeks counsel! A wise man knows his limitations, only a fool believes he has none. Only the naive or arrogant operate under the assumption that they can make all the right calls without input from others.


It's not what your coach knows, it's what he sees that makes him valuable to you. He's an extra pair of eyes. So why be without them?


So what exactly does a leadership coach do? Observe, instruct, inspire. At first, the thought of having someone evaluate you may be intimidating. But think about it, people are watching you anyway, so why not plant a coach amongst the crowd.



Look for an environment where you'll be coached, not just paid. In your early years what you learn is more important than what you earn. Actually, what you learn early determines what you earn later. What you don't know can hurt you, it can put a lid on your potential. You owe it to yourself and those who depend on you, to open the doors of evaluation.



And don't let it stop with you. Pass on what you've been given to somebody else. Freely you have received, freely give. "But I'm too young, nobody's going to take me seriously." Forget all of that. You're not responsible for knowing everything. You're just responsible for sharing what you know with others. As you pour into their cup what others have poured into yours, they'll go farther, faster too. So, get a coach and be blessed. Become a coach and be a blessing to others!



Saturday, June 20, 2009

The Real Story Of How Fathers Day Began

When I stumbled on this video today, I thought to myself, such a good reason to celebrate Father's Day. Somewhere in this world there are kids who refuse to mention or remember this day. Perhaps they never had a father. Little do they know however, that there's a heavenly Father watching over them the entire time, caring just like an earthly father.




This is what a father would do:

Walk beside you, to befriend you.
Walk behind you, to encourage you.
Walk in front of you, to guide your way.
Walk above you, to look after you.

If you're living away from your dad right now, why don't pay him a visit today? Otherwise a simple phone call would suffice to make his day! :)

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Surefire Way To Lose Stress At Work



A Great Office War between Sales and IT Department.



CS anyone? What a way to call it a day! I definitely want a job like this. Full of fun-filled environment and crazily sporting people. In time like this, especially during recession, do you think employees should create something like this to eliminate stress? Poor janitor, though. LOL.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

9 Amazing Facts About Bill Gates

I came across this article one day while reading my mails and thought it might be interesting to share it here. Everyone knows this guys and I'm probably the last to be astounded by these facts...or myths?


1. Bill Gates earns US$250 every SECOND, that’s about US$20 Million a DAY and US$7.8 Billion a YEAR!


2. If he drops a thousand dollar, he won’t even bother to pick it up because the 4 seconds he picks it, he would’ve already earned it back.


3. The US national debt is about 5.62 trillion, if Bill Gates were to pay the debt by himself; he will finish it in less then 10 years.


4. He can donate US$15 to everyone on earth but still be left with US $5 Million for his pocket money.


5. Michael Jordan is the highest paid athlete in US. If he doesn’t drink and eat, and keeps up his annual income i.e. US$30 Million, he’ll have to wait for 277 years to become as rich as Bill Gates is now.


6. If Bill Gates was a country, he would be the 37th richest country on earth.


7. If you change all of Bill Gate’s money to US$1 notes, you can make a road from earth to moon, 14 times back and forth. But you have to make that road non-stop for 1,400 years, and use a total of 713 BOEING 747 planes to transport all the money.


8. Bill Gates is 54 this year. If we assume that he will live for another 35 years, he has to spend US$6.78 Million per day to finish all his money before he can go to heaven or hell.

9. If Microsoft Windows’ users can claim US$1 for every time their computers hang because of Microsoft Windows, Bill Gates will be bankrupt in 3 days!


Monday, June 15, 2009

Show Social Bookmarks In Single Post Only For Blogger

If you haven't notice, there's a slight change at the bottom of each post in the main homepage, now the social bookmarks are hidden until you click the "Read More" button to view the full post. Oh, and the little happy sharing text before the icons too.:D


THIS IS NOT A TUTORIAL.


I'm no pro coder but here's the magic that worked for my blog, pals.



< b:if cond="data:blog.pageType == " item="" >

YOUR SOCIAL ICON CODES GO HERE

</b:if >




That's about it!


If you need the full tutorial on Adding Social Bookmark, please go here or here.


Cheers! :)

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Shake It Off, And Take A Step Up!

Have you heard the story of the farmer's donkey that fell down into a well? The animal cried pitifully for hours as the farmer tried to figure out what to do.


Finally he decided since the animal was old, and the well needed to be covered up anyway, it just wasn't worth it to retrieve the donkey. So, the farmer invited all his neighbors to come over and help him. They all grabbed shovels, and began to shovel dirt into the well.


At first, when the donkey realized what was happening, he cried horribly. Then, to everyone's amazement, he quieted down. A few shovel loads later, the farmer finally looked down the well, and was astonished at what he saw.





With every shovel of dirt that hit his back, the donkey was doing something amazing. He would shake it off, and take a step up on the dirt as it piled up. As they continued to shovel dirt on top of the animal, he would shake it off and take a step up. Pretty soon, everyone was amazed as the donkey stepped up over the edge of the well, and trotted off!


Here's the lesson: Life is going to shovel dirt on you, all kinds of dirt. But each trial, each trouble, every challenge can be a stepping stone.

Consider it a sheer gift, friends, when tests and challenges come at you from all sides. You know that under pressure, your faith is forced into the open and shows its true colors. So don't try to get out of anything prematurely. Let it do its work so you become mature and well-developed, not deficient in any way. (James 1:2-4 MSG)

Life will happen. But whatever happens to you isn't nearly as important as how you react to it. God blesses those who patiently endure testing and temptation. Afterward they will receive the crown of life that He has promised to those who love him. (James 1:12 NLT)


No matter what challenge you face, you can get out of the deepest well by turning to God and never giving up! Remember, shake it off, and take a step up!


Thursday, June 4, 2009

Stem Cell Contact Lenses Cure Blindness in Less Than a Month

The blind can finally see!

Here's something that people with poor or no vision will be excited about: three patients had their sight restored in less than a month by contact lenses cultured with stem cells.

All three patients were blind in one eye. The researchers extracted stem cells from their working eyes, cultured them in contact lenses for 10 days, and gave them to the patients. Within 10 to 14 days of use, the stem cells began recolonizing and repairing the cornea.




Of the three patients, two were legally blind but can now read the big letters on an eye chart, while the third, who could previously read the top few rows of the chart, is now able to pass the vision test for a driver's license. The research team isn't getting over excited, still remaining unsure as to whether the correction will remain stable, but the fact that the three test patients have been enjoying restored sight for the last 18 months is definitely encouraging. The simplicity and low cost of the technique also means that it could be carried out in poorer countries.

Full article via The Australian.


A House Divided Against Itself Cannot Stand

Just watched an awesome movie recently. I f*cking liked it when Mr.President Lincoln made an incredible clay cameo in Night At The Museum:Battle of the Smithsonian. The 19-foot-tall moving statue humiliates, rendering all the kings and "gods" powerless, especially the Egyptian ruler Kahmunrah. Hank Azaria was amazingly funny, not to mention he's actually the voice guy for Abraham Lincoln, whose statue comes to life, and Rodin’s The Thinker. I don't care how much people criticized the movie, to me...great plot, cool casts, and ultimately, godly message to all mankind.



Kahmunrah threatened to exchange Jedediah's life for a tablet.


Hank Azaria

Good job Hank! You made me lol so much in the cinema like a retard.


Now what strikes a chord on my head is this.

In this scene, Prez.Lincoln told Larry the golden rule of thumb.

Larry tried to create disunity among the baddies by asking "Who's the boss?".

Prez.Lincoln kicked some asses to teach them a lesson.


In a nutshell, the golden message of the movie ain't what's the key to happiness, as in how the story ended with Larry Daley found a real Amelia Earhart look-a-like woman with vagina. It's rather what Abraham Lincoln quoted, the same gimmick Larry used to defeat the enemies.


A House Divided Against Itself Cannot Stand


Look at the world we're living in today. No matter where you're from or which country you're living in, where there is multi-racial, multi-skin-color and multi-belief, there is discrimination, racism and biased distinction. Where is the unity among mankind? For the record, in human history there is no implementation of such word as a whole. It's time to cultivate why nations divide. Please don't ask me why, you can ask your grandfather (If he's still alive, otherwise go Bing yourself!). O.o

To end this post, I have an awesome MV to share. A masterpiece by a young composer, rapper, singer:NameWee. Dedicated to all Malaysian, especially the government and Barisan Nasional. =X




Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Dock Your Applications The Mac Way

Today, I've found something cool and very useful to enhance my desktop applications. Looking more efficient and organised now, with RocketDock.

It's a smoothly animated, alpha blended application launcher. It provides a nice clean interface to drop shortcuts on for easy access and organization. With each item completely customizable there is no end to what you can add and launch from the dock.


Now with added Taskbar support your minimized windows can appear as icons on the dock. This allows for better productivity and accessibility.


System Requirements:

* Windows 2000/XP/Vista
* 500Mhz or faster CPU
* 10MB RAM free


Features:

* Minimize windows to the dock
* Real-time window previews in Vista
* Running application indicators
* Simple drag-n-drop interface
* Multi-monitor support
* Supports alpha-blended PNG and ICO icons
* Icons zoom and transition smoothly
* Auto-hide and Popup on mouse over
* Positioning and layering options
* Fully customizable
* Completely Portable
* ObjectDock Docklet support
* Compatible with MobyDock, ObjectDock, RK Launcher, and Y'z Dock skins
* Runs great on slower computers
* Unicode compliant
* Supports many languages and can easily be translated
* A friendly user base :)
* And best of all... its FREE!!!


Download the latest version 1.3.5 it here:




Stacks Docklet Add-On:




Enjoy! :D