Saturday, February 5, 2011

Ageing Wisely

Some ways to live life more useful and possibly improve your prospect in the year of rabbit 2011:

Some feel that we should get less on the virtual internet and more real networking with professionals and "people on the street". Engage with them and networking in the real world will do far more good if you are into some business than networking in the virtual social networld. Most of the activities in virtual networking will likely not get you into any kind of productive or "economic" benefits, so to speak, unless you have that much free time to spare. Office seniors or executives often face issues they can’t discuss with others at the company. Sometimes they just need an outside perspective from another management executive. Example, some of Oracle CEO Larry Ellison’s friends are Apple CEO Steve Jobs and Mark Hurd ( HP ex-CEO). They met and discussed. I cannot imagine what happen when Bill Gates or Warren Buffet meets. A huge component of any manager’s success is their ability to anticipate significant changes or innovations. While nobody could really glaze at the crystal ball and predict, if you get enough anecdotal data from enough sources, you can get a pretty good idea of what’s going on. You don’t know what you don’t know. While there are exceptions, know-it-alls don’t typically get ahead. Managers know what they don’t know and do not try to be smart and fool themselves. It means they depend very much on comparing notes with others in their networking.

Whether 2010 was the best "recovery" year on record or a "lull and dull" year waiting for another few more unexpected world crisis to happen, learn what you can from the numerous events happened around the globe and move on. We all probably will be better off living in and focusing on the present and plan out what we should do in the coming future, be it with some risks, no risk at all.

Whether it is your lousy job, your unreasonable boss, or your a**hole colleagues, either do something about it or suck it up. Whining does not help but make everyone around your office as miserable as you are. It just dampen the office spirit further. If you need to spoonfeed your staff, give it to them bit by bit and tell them it is time now for them to "swim by themselves". Whatever it is that has you all wound up, if you actually bite the bullet and deal with it, it’ll free your mind for what really matters.

Put the E-gadgets down. Safe advice for pretty much all of us in this gadget-crazy world. You’ll be more productive and have more to look out for in life than what you think you have achieved so far.

If all else does not seem to work on your end, try changing it. We all faced with thing or issue at times we know aren’t working on our side. Whether it’s your job, your marriage, or your investment portfolio, once you know for sure, the sooner you change it, the likelihood you will work around it better.

Take care of yourself and not be hard on yourself. Just do the best you can and then, be good to yourself and those around your family members. Spend time with yourself and your love ones. Work out, eat right, meditate, get out and have fun. 

Try new things, take on some challenges, even if they might seem a bit of risky. Don’t take dumb risks but reasonable, calculated ones. Most people are too risk averse for their own good.

We all spend a good deal of time on "bs". You know what this is - mindless distraction. If it’s fun or with colleagues and friends, that’s great. But if you sit around for hours with your eyes glued to your LCD TV or notebook, you’ve likely got some problem and need to re-assess yourself. Keep away your laptop for a while, check your I-phone no more than once a day. Go for a walk every day and think about one of the issues on your list. Don’t worry about conclusions. Just think and think and you may realise you have been missing the point.

It maybe true that every chinese new year’s resolutions don’t really work except psychologically in your own mind. The start of a english or chinese lunar new year is as good a time as any to take stock of what is and isn’t working in your life and doing something about it. Do not look back and try to "search your soul" for what doesn’t exist and, instead, just do something worth about it. Simple said than doing it but with a little bit of push and commitment, you should be able to see some "light at the end of the tunnel", as they say.

People when asked how they feel about getting older, and they will probably reply : “Old age isn’t so bad when you consider the alternative.” Stiffening joints, weakening muscles, fading eyesight ( these are what my parents are now going through at the seventies ) and the clouding of memory, coupled with the modern world’s careless contempt for the old, seem a fearful prospect—better than death, perhaps, but not much. Life is not a long slow decline from sunlit uplands towards the valley of death. It is probably a U-turn and how you personally going to deal with it positively.

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