The only constant in life is change, and the rate of change is increasing. With today's pace of change, there is an increasing need and demand for us to embrace agility, flexibility and adaptiveness in our professional lives. What are these characteristics in actuality? Agility Ability to move quickly and easily.Ability to think and understand quickly. Flexibility Ability to be easily modified.Ability and willingness to change or compromise. Adaptiveness Ability to adjust to new conditions.Ability to be modified for a new use or purpose.
When I turned 13, I enrolled in the Royal Military College. Being an innocent young boy, I had zero expectations of the reality I was about to face for the next 4 years. Little did I know, this was a key tipping point in my life. Nevertheless, I distinctly remember my first day as a Putera or "New Boy" as we were fondly called. It was the day when the pace of change in my life accelerated evidently in contrast to everything I've experienc…
You've probably read an article or heard someone voicing out their opinion on the performance of Millennials (a.k.a. Gen-Y) in the workforce. Most of them share a common message, about how Millennials need soft-skills which are necessary to progress and climb the corporate ladder or survive in the world of business. Yet, year-on-year we also hear of a different theme of "Top Skills for the Year" and we flock to learn more about them... when history has again-and-again proved to all of us that the only constant in the world is change.
Earlier this year, Caroline Beaton penned a piece for Forbes titled "Top Employers Say Millennials Need These 4 Skills in 2017" which inspired me to do a write-up based on my final slide shared during my "Why Corporate Finance?" presentation at Sunway University and Brickfields Asia College (pic related). In my final slide, I had coincidentally shared on 4 traits necessary for Millennials drawn from my experience of bein…
As I'm writing this, 2017 is coming to an end and soon we'll be ushering in the New Year 2018. A New Year for new beginnings and of course - New Year's resolutions.
Reflecting on the past year, I grew as an individual - physically, mentally and spiritually.
And the reasons? There are no reasons. Who needs reasons when you've got habits?
"We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act, but a habit"
With the digital revolution, I'd like to share on my personal journey of making and breaking habits - with lifehacks and tools which you may use to your advantage too!
Firstly, start with asking the right questions to prime your mind in looking at the world in a different way, in a different future, in a different life. Josh Kaufman, the #1 bestselling business author of the Personal MBA has laid out 49 Questions to Improve Your Results:
Do I use my body optimally? What is the quality of my current diet?Do I get enough sleep?Am I managing my en…
Ahhh.... Life, the physical, mental, and spiritual experiences that constitute existence. Beautiful yet confusing. A good life is a main argument. And with a lil' research, I've compiled a few ways people define life in general: Career - Studying your ass off, getting good grades, later a good job at a good company with a good paycheck, getting married, having kids and finally dying. Perhaps this is the most famous way of defining life. I find it really pretty "interesting". And the best part of this life, is that you're constantly in an unstable battle to reach financial stability. It's really a struggle most part, but I suppose that's the beauty of it. Life is difficult after all.Money - I suppose this one's really pretty popular in today's world. This one's really confusing though as there really is like two ways people look at it. Some will be like, money is everything in today's world, whereas others say money can't buy you everyth…
Pollutants from more than five million civil and nearly 2,800 military flights each year are destroying Earth’s protective ozone layer and stealing blue skies, while accounting for more than 10% of global greenhouse warming.
But wait. Isn’t wild weather happening everywhere? And isn’t jet travel responsible for significant global warming? Aren’t sky-high aircraft emissions destroying the ozone layer? What about the effects of radiation exposure and lack of oxygen on humans as captive as astronauts on long haul flights? Is zooming through thin air more than two miles above the Earth worth the risk to planet and passengers? Or should we be booking with passenger-accommodating freighters, taking the train, or staying home instead?
More than 4% of all CO2 emissions are emitted by high-flying aircraft.
What can you do? Reduce usage of aircraft by using other methods of transport Support world peace as wars can be avoided and usage of fighter jets can be reducedSpread the word We all play a role…
Hi there. I was recently given the opportunity to share 5 chapters of my story of life. Proceeded to write the below article.
1. Chance & Choice Things always happen either by chance or by choice. It is by chance that you are born of a certain race, religion, skin colour and social class. Some get lucky in the genetic lottery, some do not. Tough luck, but you can make choices in your life to make things happen. Take a chance, be bold in your choices and may lady luck be in your favour. 2. Always Outnumbered, Never Outgunned If you have principles, never break them for anyone - not even everyone at all at once. Stand by your beliefs, show strength and warmth - you will be admired. This doesn't mean being ignorant - always take advice when given, but think for yourself. It's your life. 3. Ambition, Hardwork, Destiny A simple framework to achieving in life. Ambition is literally your mind in action, you could set a goal of achieving anything you want at this very moment - it's …
That's LA2D, "Let's Agree To Disagree". It's a show which will soon air on TV2. And yeah, I'm one of the "artists" which will star in the show. Why I used the word "artist"? I don't really know either, it states "artist" on my appointment letter.
Well, during the shootings, I actually learnt quite a lot. Firstly, it would be that pink is actually not that bad. It's awesome really. I also learnt to listen to others opinions and also accept them when they're found worthy. I've managed to refute, dispute and disagree more effectively. Not forgetting, I've also learnt to agree to disagree. =)
We are face to face here with the sometimes confusing role of paradox in our lives. An example is the well-known advice to "be careful what you wish for". The longing and loves of our youth, so ardently pursued, often lead us toward some combination of amusement and regret in our later lives. Where is that girl we …
Let's take a moment to stroll through your thoughts, the very first ones you had today... the particular thoughts you had when you woke up from your deep slumbering state of sleep.
Now, why did you wake up today? What is this urge that drove you out of bed?
The Japanese call this "Ikigai" which translates to a reason for being or more specifically, a reason for getting up in the morning. The French have a similar word, your "raison d’être".
This fundamental question to answer will set you on a journey for a life of meaning. The journey itself is the point, in the same way, you don't go to a musical concert or a play just to see the ending.
Ask yourself: What do you expect from life? Feel your innermost desires and compulsion for being, and why does this matter to you.
Then ponder upon this: What does life expect of you? Your ups and downs, trials and tribulations, successes and failures have led you to this unique moment in your life.
I fully embraced diversity and cultural differences by choice and by chance in weathering through 4 years in the Royal Military College, where about 90% of student demographic are Muslim, whereas I am a Hindu.
A choice was made when I decided to enrol at the Royal Military College. Barely a teenager at the time, I survived and did my best in the 7-day interview of which we were told that only 150 students will be enrolled from around 20,000 candidates from all around Malaysia.
By chance, I received an acceptance letter to be enrolled. Given the odds, chance had definitely favoured me in making the cut. Again by chance, I was born a Hindu – allowing me to embrace life as a non-Muslim in a Muslim majority environment.
4 years of strict upbringing, discipline and being ragged with other Malaysians is a mix of choice and chance. The different upbringing and genetics of friends exposed me to different personalities and traits. I met them by chance but made a choice to befriend them.