Saturday, November 29, 2008

It’s not what you do, but how you do it

The title above is one of my favorite sayings. Let me explain what it means. It means that figuring out what to do is not enough, in fact, I think more time and effort must be spent on figuring out how to implement and do what you’re supposed to do, well.

I was planning with a group of my friends to think of a way to promote one of our projects. This friend of mine suggested posters, email, website and etc. Mediocre answers but the truth is even I could not think of a better answer. But what’s wrong is once we identified what we do, we failed to think of how to use posters, emails and website the best way possible. For example, we should ask how to make interesting posters, how to make the email not boring or how to get people to come to the website. These questions are much more important questions because they are relatively harder to answer. Especially, us students who are lacking experience. Too many times, have I seen student leaders explaining the wondrous things they will do during their term. To do this project, that project but ultimately nothing of it will be done. The truth is these people should follow-up their decision by thinking of the specific details needed to do what they plan to do. At the end of the day, it’s not the decision to use the posters that make the difference; it’s how well you use the posters that make the difference. And the best way to learn to do so is stop planning and start doing because that’s better than doing nothing. You need to know when to stop planning. It is when after you have done your planning to a point that there is too much uncertainty that there is nothing more that can be discussed until the uncertainties are certain. After that, prepare for the worst, hope for the best.

This principle also applies in entrepreneurship. See the difference between McDonald and your typical roadside burger stall, what’s the difference? The difference is everything. From how McD promote and advertise them, how they make the burgers and fries, how there is a system that ensures customers get quality food, at the right time at acceptable prices. So you see, selling drinks and kerepek at roadside stalls doesn’t make you an entrepreneur. Yes, you know who I am talking about. So anyone can crap about having new ‘ideas’ but what are they are really doing are repeating mediocre and expected answers that failed during implementation.

Most ideas are influenced from ordinary existing concepts and rarely pure revolutionary ideas come into being, so innovation mostly happen when you are implementing, the need forces you to be creative. Have you realized ideas never come when you want to? Well, they rarely do. So if you cant think of something really revolutionary to do than focus on how to what you’re supposed to do in the best way possible. It’s not what you do, but how you do it.

Monday, November 24, 2008

World Wildlife Federation

I LOVE ANIMALS

taken from deviantart.com, i forgot who was d exact person

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

I Need To Be Special

Have youever experienced the following or seen it happening around you:

• Constantly trying to get approval from your friends and peers
• Being so proud of yourself having a big post in a club
• Being so stubborn not to admit something where you are really wrong

All of these are symptoms of you trying to achieve something in life. It’s not bad on its own but it is if we do it for the wrong reasons.
We all desire love, a sense of belonging and affection from others. We all desire to be desired. But sometimes, we are heartbroken, betrayed and neglected by the people we love for many reasons. We have sacrificed so much but it still happen. We all, more or less faced with this and the experience is not pleasant. How can we be happy if we can easily be hurt? I give you a solution. A friend of mine said a relationship should be where both parties should learn and benefit from each other. He was talking about love, but I think it can be applied to any kind of relationship. So, if you are not learning, enjoying and appreciate with the people you love, maybe that relationship is not really working for you. Strive for the kinds of friends where all parties grow and learn together, I’m sure they’re hard to find, but I think they’re worth it. You won’t find them, if you think your friends should be like angels, like in my previous post, no one’s perfect but go for it anyway.



We all want Status, Power, and Recognition. We want to get Anugerah Diraja, we want to be President of a club and we want to be praised by our peers. We all want to be special. Unfortunately, most of the time, people will get too obsessed with chasing power and status. We become arrogant, ignorant, power hungry and blind to the needs of others. Power corrupts. There are so many cases where leaders become corrupted with power. See the story of Maximilien Robespierre and his history in the French revolution. Also don’t forget what happened to the Vatican, which caused the creation of the Protestant church. No offense for the religious reference, but understand this. We are flawed, not the religion, not the political concepts, it us humans.



Also, when you put so much effort on something, when you do reach the top what would you do? You feel empty. This happens to some of the really rich people, chasing so much money only to wonder what they will use the money for. So what is our salvation?


Observe the top most section of the Maslow’s hierarchy of needs. Self-actualization: Personal Growth and Fulfillment. That is the answer. We just need to focus our time and efforts in developing ourselves. Don’t care about having no friends. I’m sure you will find great people as your friends, on your journey on self-improvement. You don’t need to care about recognition, getting ‘apex university’ title or a ‘datukship’, just focus on growing. Anyway, I’m sure you get titles and recognition along the way. Heck, just look at Shah Rukh Khan, he got a title from a country that I wonder have he ever heard of. We must be passionate in developing ourselves. This is the noblest cause. This is what I mean as ‘Doing Things for right reasons’ not money, not status, not shallow friends but the lifelong pursuit of knowledge and wisdom.

So, I know what it takes to be special, what do you need to be special?

PS: The pictures are for aesthetic purposes only, no negative association intended

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

To all those who are sad, depressed or momentarily lost in life

People are often unreasonable,

illogical, and self-centered,

Forgive them anyway.


If you are kind, people may accuse

you of selfish, ulterior motives,


Be kind anyway.


If you are successful, you will win some false friends

and some true enemies


Succeed anyway.


If you are

honest a

nd frank,

people may cheat you,


Be honest and frank anyway.


What you spend years building;

someone could destroy it overnight,


Build anyway.


If you find serenity and happiness,

they may be jealous,


Be happy anyway.


The good you do today,

people will often forget tomorrow,


Do good anyway.


Give the world the best you have,

and it may never be enough,


Give the world the best you got anyway.


You see in the final analysis,

it is between you and god,


It is never between you and them anyway.


Thank you Randall, Randall inserted the picture and made them look better. I wanted to do the same thing but malas lar...lol

About Me



Mohd Firdaus Bin Mohd Johari
http://www.facebook.com/mohdfirdaus.johari





Personal Information

Nationality : Malaysian
Date of Birth : 29th September 1987
Age : 21
Sex : Male

Education
Qualification : Bachelor of Business Administration,
Major : Marketing Major
Universiti : Universiti Putra Malaysia
Current CGPA : 3.25
Core Competencies : Management, Economics, Marketing

Experience
Malaysian Leadership Development Seminar (MyLDS) Marketing Executive
• Responsible to find sponsorships and in-kind to support the national level conference financially or in any other way
• Brainstorm, create and propose promotion/branding opportunities to potential sponsors and partners
• Constant communication with our partners and sponsors before and after the conference
Miracle Youth Conference ’08 Facilitator
• Design the program flow for the whole 5-day 4-nights conference which considers timing, session content, the audience and etc.
• Facilitating and managing a session to a group of 150 delegates
• Research prior to the conference about the theme which was about entrepreneurship and environmental awareness.
Vice President of Administration, AIESEC Universiti Putra Malaysia
• Responsible for all communications between the student organization and the student affairs department; and the relevant work of proposals, document processing and etc.
• Responsible to meet all logistical needs of the organization which includes equipments, venues for activities, resources and etc.
• Responsible for documentation and management of the Knowledge and Information in the organization.

Miracle ’07 Interactive School Program Director
• Responsible to find secondary schools to participate in the program
• Responsible to get all necessary letters and approvals from the relevant ministries
• Facilitated and managed the smooth interaction between school teachers, students and foreign participators of the project.

Skills and Proficiencies
Information Technology
Administrative : Microsoft Word, Excel
Presentation/Multimedia : Microsoft Power point, Windows Movie Maker
Communications : Mozilla Firefox, Internet, e-mail, instant messengers

Language
English : Spoken and written
Band 5, Malaysian University English Test. (Highest level is Band 6)
Bahasa Malaysia : Spoken and Written
Facilitating : Experienced in creating, and conduction sessions with the following topics, Personality test, Goal Setting & Expectation Setting, Time Management, Leadership & Management, Critical Thinking, Effective Brainstorming, Communication and Presentation skills.

Personality

According to the Myer-Briggs Test Indicator, the description below shows the relevant details of my personality:

Warmly, Enthusiastic and imaginative. See life as full of possibilities. Make connections between events and information very quickly, and confidently proceed based on the patterns they see. Want a lot of affirmation from others, and readily give appreciation and support. Spontaneous and flexible, often rely on their ability to improvise and their verbal fluency.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

U THINK I CARE!!!

I'm not good looking...U THINK I CARE!!!
Everybody using my tagline...u think i care?


YES I DO!!!

lol, what la u guys...

For you who don't know it happened when immy, weewee, mei shan, may and me went to eat at murni. We were watching Nivea's 'Ultimate Prom King an Queen' show, forgot the exact show's name. And all the contestants were promoting themselves how handsome, beatiful and sexy they were. And i just said as if i'm pretending i'm a contestant, "I'm not good looking...U THINK I CARE!!!"


Not really a real post...lol, maybe tomorrow would have one

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Top 10 Ways to Stay Energized



Even if you're a hyper-organized, task-oriented worker with an expansive mind and endless ambition, you won't get a lot done if your mind and body are demanding you curl up and doze off. Luckily, you can overcome a late night of net surfing, a rough morning, or just the post-lunch stupor without becoming an over-wired mess. We've put together 10 of the best ways to jumpstart your brain and get back into a productive groove, and all of them are tricks you can put to work this Monday. Photo by neps.




10. Make your own energy products.


If you're going to resort to a brick of grains and protein to give you short-term "power" or "energy," you may as well have it be cheap—and tastier than those foil-wrapped roofing tiles. Same goes for re-hydrating drinks, which can be easily mixed at home. Foodie extraordinaire Alton Brown has recipes for three different home-baked bars, as does About.com's Sports Medicine section. Of course, there's always the free stuff flowing from the tap for true replenishment.


9. Listen to brain-stretching music.



Among other tips offered up by software programmer Brad Isaac for beating "brain drain," the exhaustion that comes from sustained concentration, is working a little Mozart or Bach into your playlist. There's no overly hook-y melody to pull your mind away, and the harmony of so many instruments together relaxes your mind. Strings and brass not your thing? Try the non-intrusive, up-tempo ambient of Groove Salad.


8. Deal with job burnout.


Even if you're generally happy with your job, the people you work with, and the work you're doing, small annoyances and responsibilities can build up over time, until a dark, angry cloud hangs over you seven and a half hours per day. Seriously—feeling overwhelmed by your tasks was the second most frequent response in our poll on energy zappers. The Simple Dollar blog recommends scheduling an immediate vacation to take care of piling-up home stuff and set your mind free. Web Worker Daily suggests finding a new project. However you handle burnout, keeping an even head about your job gives you a lot more energy to spend on stuff that's a lot more fun.



7. Schedule around your energy peaks.


Writer and speaker Michelle Dunn describes herself as "very organized," but there are times of the day she just can't be productive. So when she's about to hit a lull—like right after lunch—she schedules errands and tackles non-thinking tasks, and otherwise schedules around her energy. Of course, not everybody can just run off to Target whenever they're feeling blah, so 43 Folders honcho Merlin Mann explains subtle ways to work inside your schedule.


6. Get outside—even if it's cloudy.


Even if you live in one of those areas with perma-gray skies for two-thirds of the year, getting outside every day can give you a vitamin D boost and the resulting mood and energy improvements. The National Institutes of Health recommends getting 10 to 15 minutes of sun each day, and a layer of sunscreen if you're getting more. Even better, you get away from the screens, voicemails, and low-level humming of the office.


5. Crank out some morning exercises.


You know those mornings where you have to get right up and do something with a deadline? The groans about coffee and sleep fall away, and you usually get it done. Give yourself a now-now-now pushup cycle right after your breakfast, and you might just shake off your sluggish self-doubt and get moving. If you're looking to get more out of your morning time, personal trainer Dan Boyle offers a two and a half minute core routine that'll definitely leave you aware that you're awake. Photo by whyld.



4. Eat the right nutrition mix.


Sugar and bread give you a quick jolt of energy, but ultimately result in an insulin-powered crash later in the day. Too much meat doesn't give you enough of the quick-firing stuff. Balancing out your lunch, instead of just eating leftover pasta, can have a big impact on your day, according to the Harvard School of Public Health Nutrition Source. As Lifehacker guest editor (and current io9 editor) Annalee Newitz puts it:


Remember, carbs come in fruits and veggies as well as grains. And you can get protein from meat, dairy, fish, eggs and beans (like soy or pinto). The perfect lunch might be veggies with fish (mmm, nicoise salad, anyone?), and the best snack an apple with a little cheese.

It's also not a bad idea to keep the heavy meals for morning to ensure better sleeping patterns.


3. Put your senses to work.



If you're stuck at work after a rough night, chances are you'll be staring at a hypnotizing screen or look-alike paperwork and finding it hard to stay awake. WikiHow suggests a multi-sensory assault on your tired self. Try scenting yourself awake with some essential oils of (or just strong scent of) peppermint or rosemary, or target the alertness-sparking stress points like your earlobes and the skin between your thumb and forefinger. Keep yourself a little chilly, and try to move around a bit—it's your best shot at not having the boss notice you haven't said a word since 9AM. Photo by cote.


2. Switch from venti to smaller caffeine doses.


Slamming half a carafe of coffee to get alert and productive is kind of like pounding a six-pack to get social and funny—you're going to miss your mark, in often painful ways. Research suggests that small, frequent doses of caffeine—like tea breaks, caffeinated mints, and even chocolate—do a better job of keeping your brain from feeling fatigued than jitter-inducing java. Of course, if you've got the willpower and patience, you could also just drink half-cups of coffee more frequently. Photo by ToOb.



1. Master the power nap.


Taking a nap isn't calling it quits on getting energized—it's just running a quick defrag on your neural drive and rebooting. We've covered the ins and outs of napping pretty thoroughly here, but if you need a quick take-away, try the Boston Globe's comprehensive cheat sheet. If shut-eye alone can't bring you back, try a coffee-charged caffeine nap.



9:00 AM on Sat Sep 27 2008
By Kevin Purdy
http://lifehacker.com/5054947/top-10-ways-to-stay-energized
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Sunday, November 2, 2008

Doing Things for the Right Reasons


Everything you do must do, must be for the right reasons, understand? Talk only can lard…lol. But anyway, I will give my perspective of this issue. Hopefully, at the end of this post we can identify why we do things for the wrong reasons, and how to identify the ‘right’ reasons.

Why do we make mistakes in relationships, academics, careers and etc? Is it because of lack of information? Maybe, but that is more technical in nature, we can always find information, it’s just of matter is it accurate or enough for us to make the decision. But what determines how much you are willing to sacrifice to get the information? Is it passion, determination and willpower? What I’m trying to say is that our emotion is the controlling factor not information. For example, there’s that your boyfriend is dating someone else, depending on HOW you see it or the TRUST you have together would determine your actions. If you do not trust your boyfriend what will you do, and if not it would be different, right? We must be objective in analyzing information and making our decisions. Imagine if you let your emotion cloud your Judgment about the rumor of your relationships, you would be ruining a good relationship. Other emotions would include greed (corruption), lust (infidelity) and arrogance (power hungry)

We have expectations of many things. Remember my previous post about ‘how to say no’? In it, it says we cannot say no because we don’t want to disappoint people or need to live up to people’s expectation of you. A lot of people crave from other people’s approval and recognition, and would let that get in the way of making good decisions. I’m not talking about friends. If you NEED recognition and approval from your ‘friends’, then, they’re not friends. Friends accept you, strong and weak points, and learn and grow together. I’m not asking you to stop, having such relationship. I’m just saying the only person you need approval and recognition, is yourself. Like what a guru said in Mike Myer’s The Love Guru said, “Self love, is more important than being loved by others” or another way of saying, you can’t get others love you until you learn to love and appreciate yourself.

I was talking the need of approval on a personal level, but it also happen on a higher level. It’s not a surprise; after all, Maslow’s hierarchy of needs puts the need of affiliation and status quite high up there. Even as university students we see many clubs and student organization want to big projects. They want to invite VIPs, opening dinner at high class place that does not add value to their members. Even we see management they doing the same thing. They want name and status, like apex-university status, for example. Anugerah ini, anugerah itu. Buy fancy expensive cars, too much branded clothing; too show off, that kinda thing. Bottom-line, a lot of people do it ‘for show’ only.

So how do you know whether you are doing the ‘right’ things? Make sure you have sincerity and transparency when you make that decision. How do you know you are sincere? Only you yourself can answer that. If you are not transparent and honest with the decision you make, that means you have a conflict of interest. You don’t want to tell the whole story because you want things to go your way. This is wrong. If you’re a club president, the choices you make must benefit your club not just you. If the decision is personal, you must do it sincerely and do not expect anything in return.

How many times we have seen people making wrong or even worse corrupt choices. These are the people who let emotion and unjust expectations cloud they’re judgment. Emotions are not easy to control; though they are what make us humans. There are many grey areas of discussions in the world, but as long we have sincerity and honesty in our choices, then we don’t need to worry because that time, it will be a choice between two good things and just a matter of choosing the better alternative. All is well.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

How To Say No

  • We say "yes"to others because we want to please them. But when eventually we can't continue, we let them down and we feel guilty. Both parties suffer. Recognize that a desire to please often prevents us from saying no.
  • Stick to your plan. If you have a written set of goals and strategies, this gives you a reason to stick to your course. ("Thanks, but I already have an investment plan, so you don't need to send me a newsletter about stocks.")
  • When someone persists, repeat your position, perhaps in a slightly different way. ("As I already said, our policy is to donate to charities that help children only.")
  • Make sure you understand exactly what is being asked of you before you respond. Perhaps the task is more time consuming than you thought. On the other hand, it may not take much effort at all.
  • Excel at just a few things, rather than being just average at many. Don't try to do everything.
  • You have a right to say no. Remember that others may take you for granted and even lose respect for you if you don't.
  • Be polite, but firm in saying no. You only build false hopes with wishy-washy responses. For instance, the phrase "I'll try to be there" in response to a party invitation is giving yourself an excuse to avoid a commitment. It doesn't do anyone any favours.

  • When a superior asks you to do a new urgent task;
  • Remind her that you are working on other projects that she has already identified as top priorities
  • Ask for help in deciding where the new task should fall on the list of priorities
  • Point out that you might be able to do everything, but not to the usual high standards that are expected.
  • Some experts recommend keeping your answer short. This way, you can say no without feeling the need for a lengthy justification. ("I'm sorry, I'm not available that night.") On the other hand, others say that giving a longer answer with reasons reinforces your credibility. Let the situation decide.
  • Provide suggestions or alternatives to the person who is asking. ("I can't do that task today, but how about next week," or "How about asking John instead?")
  • When in doubt, it's easier to say no now, then change your mind to a yes later, rather than the other way around.

When You Have to Say Yes

  • Sometimes, saying no is simply unavoidable. Here are some techniques to use:
  • Tell the person you can agree to their request this time, but ask how the two of you might plan better for the next time.
  • Tell them yes, but remind them they owe you one. For example, they might cover you for a shift next time you need time off.
  • Tell them yes, but take control by saying you'll come back to them with a timetable. For instance, say, "I expect I'll be able to do that for you by the end of the week."
  • Put a tough condition on your agreement. "If it would only take an hour, I'd be able to help, but I can't give you more than that."




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