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Just finished reading How to Win Friends and Influence People last week, and repeatedly, I have come across situations where it requires me to apply a valuable lesson: to see things in the other person’s perspective. In the first chapter, I really liked the example Dale Carnegie gave of Abraham... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2017 at 300 Days of Practice
The past months I have been battling with the thoughts about work that creep into my mind when they are not supposed to. Being resistant to these thoughts and even outright annoyed when they come up during my time off, it did not help me “let go” of them. It... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2017 at 300 Days of Practice
Earlier this week, I finished reading The Five Love Languages by Dr. Gary Chapman. In this book, Dr. Chapman discusses how everyone has a different way of expressing and wanting to receive love. Like any form of communication, if we communicate in a language or in a way that the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2017 at 300 Days of Practice
You may have heard of the Fundamental Attribution Error in psychology, but how about the Fundamental Assumptions Error? It’s just a fancy term I made up on the top of my head and essential is exactly what it means – the assumptions one makes may or may not be accurate... Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2017 at 300 Days of Practice
It might be a little late for a review of 2016, but let’s just say that the cycle of endings and beginnings is continuous regardless of fiscal years and calendar dates. Endings and beginnings are all the same, as one leads to another. It is more like a question of... Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2017 at 300 Days of Practice
I used to ask people for feedback on things I did, or the work I put in, and always felt there was something inauthentic about it. Not in the sense of the person giving the feedback was being insincere, but I somehow felt that my intention to seek feedback was... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2017 at 300 Days of Practice
Last week I had the privilege to host a meeting at the clubhouse in the apartment complex my parents and I live. The place was usually quiet without much activity going on, but that night was different. Upon arriving at the room at which I was about to set up,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2017 at 300 Days of Practice
A question I started asking myself last year is: how do I want to carry myself? I remember watching figure skaters, dancers, athletes, and admiring them for not just their ability, but for the way they carry themselves. It is not just the lifted chest or tall spine. It is... Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2017 at 300 Days of Practice
Whether you succeed or not initially, when you are growing, others will notice. It doesn’t matter whether you are flying or flopping. If you are flopping, at least it is because you have taken the step forward that you have fallen. Get back up. Keep striving. Others will notice the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 27, 2017 at 300 Days of Practice
I had a great conversation with a leadership coach over the weekend and asked her whether she has run into the scenario of feeling too rigid when educating people about how she would work with them. When it comes to explaining the process of how the working relationship would work,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2017 at 300 Days of Practice
It’s February 21, 2017, two days before my 27th birthday. Despite my upcoming birthday, I had no big parties planned because I was not sure what to do. This morning was one of those mornings when I woke up on the wrong side of the bed, and by midday the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 22, 2017 at 300 Days of Practice
It is not news that the plan of having a full-time job where you work for 40 years and then retire is long gone. I heard a friend comment on how some are lamenting the fact that having a part-time job is her only option, and it is not enough... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2017 at 300 Days of Practice
I was listening to my morning podcast this morning and the speaker was talking about the idea of New Year resolutions. She then asked the question: where were you last year? Looking back on 2016 that seemed to have just passed by in the blink of an eye, I had... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2017 at 300 Days of Practice
Lately, I have been evaluating the relationships around me, particularly who is in my first circle. In the past, I used to want so many friends that when I have a party, the room would overflow with people. I love people and want to be surrounded by many and see... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2017 at 300 Days of Practice
I just listened to a speaker talk about his reflections on Generation Y – about how this generation relies so electronics, not because there is really something of value in the screens we look at, but the fact that we are bored out of our minds and wish to escape... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2017 at 300 Days of Practice
I haven’t written any scripts for presentations or speeches since grade five. Having been someone who would just “wing” presentations, last week I found myself writing out a 1- to 2-minute introduction and totally stressing over what to say to introduce several speakers for a training event. Although it was... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2017 at 300 Days of Practice
I used to think that success is something you arrive at, or become. In reality, success is something that follows from one becoming the best version of themselves he or she can be. Success, is attracted through a person’s dedication to developing character, personal leadership, and perseverance to whatever it... Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2017 at 300 Days of Practice
This week, it appears the theme is around effective communication and boundary-setting. On Wednesday evening after a training session around how to communicate with others, the next day I sat in a meeting that went against what I was taught back in a “How to Run Effective Meetings” workshop. Somewhere... Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2017 at 300 Days of Practice
That’s the questions I found myself wondering about after encountering a group of girls from Brazil this afternoon. I was at a bookstore, browsing through the bin in the front with discounted items ranging from duffle bags to cosmetic pouches. A group of girls were crowding around the stand as... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2017 at 300 Days of Practice
Snow has hit Vancouver this year, and I mean we are getting real snow. After many pauses and starts in the snowfall this afternoon, it seems like we are getting after all. Which means, with Vancouver not being accustomed to this amount of snow, major delays were happening on the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2017 at 300 Days of Practice
I remember during my Brand Marketing class in university, one thing that always intrigued me was the packaging of products. Even before this class, I am attracted by packaging that is different: whether it is with bright colours or a minimalistic monochrome box, my eyes look for something that stands... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2017 at 300 Days of Practice
The pain from not living with purpose is beyond just an ache that nags are you once in a while. It is the burning discomfort that something is wrong and needs to be fixed. It is like a backache that nags at you, but overtime the dull ache becomes an... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2017 at 300 Days of Practice
Three words...that are probably just as difficult to say as the words "I love you". This morning I was having a conversation with a friend about how it is fascinating that oftentimes people would have a (strong) opinion on things they don’t even know about. Instead of admitting the need... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2017 at 300 Days of Practice
Have you experienced the dread of getting up from the couch and dragging your feet to the gym, only to feel better (if not ten times better) after you finish a workout? And once you start that routine for one day, it spills into two days, then a week, and... Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2017 at 300 Days of Practice
The old way of thinking about retirement is that one would work for forty-plus years for likely, one company, and then retire to a life of sipping tea and gardening once the age of sixty-five hits. For some reason, the picture of not “working” never resonated with me. I like... Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2017 at 300 Days of Practice