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LEARN: Competitor Watch


I have been following this site for almost a year now and there is honestly not a day where I don’t learn anything. So I am sharing this with you,

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“There’s a story of two explorers walking through the jungle. Suddenly they hear a tiger roar.

One explorer sits down and takes a pair of running shoes out of his backpack.

‘You’re crazy, you’ll never outrun a tiger’, says the other explorer.

‘I don’t have to outrun the tiger’, he replies. ‘I just have to outrun you.'”

 

Monitoring, bench marking and understanding your competitors isn’t a nice to have. It’s fundamental to your business. Trott goes beyond saying you have to monitor your competitors. Instead, you have to adopt a different mindset.

A mindset that obsessively looks for weaknesses and jumps on any available advantage. And one that never assumes you can’t get an edge.

Predatory Thinking involves looking at a challenge you can’t solve and getting upstream of it – changing it into a challenge you can solve.

LEARN: STALWART


It is marked by an outstanding vigor and strength of body and mind. 

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And I immediately thought of the warriors in Game of Thrones or a Superhero Character.

LEARN: DOVE


It is an economic policy advisor who promotes monetary policies that involve the maintenance of low interest rates, believing that inflation and its negative effects will have a minimal impact on the society.

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As a Branch Marketing Officer, I should be in direct hatred with the Dove — as in my opinion, Tetangco.
It’s already hard to convince client to place their funds with you and with the continuous decrease in Interest Rates,
a huge possibility of irate clients tend to pull out their funds.

Whew. But there will be no problem if I become the Dove here in the Philippines.
Wishful Thinking.

LEARN: MALARKEY


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An Informal speech designed to mislead or impress.

All of the things you told me ever since we met are full of Malarkey.
You are one big bowl of Malarkey, boss.

LEARN: CORPORATE MANSLAUGHTER


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Corporate Manslaughter is a crime. It enables a corporation to be punished and censured for culpable conduct that leads to a person’s death. It extends beyond any compensation that might be awarded in civil litigation or any criminal prosecution of an individual.

The Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act 2007 was passed in UK last April 2008. It’s been a crime in England and Hong Kong.

It is every corporations’ responsibility to provide its employee’s a safe and healthy environment.

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LEARN: BELIE


It means to misrepresent or contradict.

His trembling hands belied his calming voice.

BOOK: THE GIFT OF ACABAR BY OG MANDINO


For his Christmas Gift, Roumel gave me a book, stated above.

From the site of Goodreads, ”All Tulo had wanted was some light and warmth to sustain him and his tiny sister through the terrible storm. But the star which he caught in the folds of his red kite promised far from more than that. Here is the shining, joyful message meant not only for the boy but for all those who dream of changing their lives for the better.”

Some things that you might want to think about from the book:

  1. One can always find a seed of happiness in every adversity if one looks for it.
  2. It is possible not only to survive but also to grow tall and flourish, even under the worst of conditions.
  3. Always seek an explanation to everything. (Question anything and everything)
  4. Great minds need books on which to feed as much as the reindeer need the moss to survive or winters.
  5. The opportunity and challenge to work with a gifted child rarely comes to a teacher. (which is sad, right?)
  6. There is nothing in the world so much admired as a man who knows how to bear unhappiness with courage.
  7. Magic will only work with those who are ready to help themselves.
  8. We can make any dream come true if we work hard, ask for god’s help and never give up.
  9. We are all caught in the same trap and e gave no one to blame but ourselves for this helpless condition we are in.
  10. We have traded our heredity for silly luxuries.
  11. Of all the planets with life in the entire universe, earth is the only one where people have been given a very special power: the power of choice. Only here, no matter how desperate your circumstances may be, are you allowed to influence your own destiny through the choices you make. Here, you can choose to be kind, or hateful, courageous, cowardly, rich or poor, lazy or industrious, sinful or holy.. and of course suffer the consequences or reap the rewards of your actions.
  12. No accuser lives who is as powerful as the conscience which dwells within us.
  13. It is not necessary that you be wealthy or famous or genius in order to fulfil your own destiny. All that is asked is that you use whatever gifts you have to the best of your ability.
  14. To struggle is the only certain way to reach your full potential.
  15. Wealth and fame area as fleeting as the wind, and those things doomed to perish bring pleasure to no one. Whatever you want from life, never forget that any goal is futile if you must work hard to get it – and harder to keep it.
  16. The greatest lie that has ever circulated is that money can make you happy. The second greatest lie is that success and fame are worth any sacrifice.
  17. We are rich only through what we give and poor only through what we keep.

And according to the star Acabar, below is the Credenda that we should live by:

Turn away from the crowd & its fruitless pursuit of fame & gold. Never look back as you close your door to the sorry tumult of greed and ambition. Wipe away your tears of failure & misfortune. Lay aside your heavy load and rest until your heart is still. Be at peace. Be unafraid. Nothing here can harm you except yourself. Do that which you dread & cherish those victories with pride. Concentrate your energy. To be everywhere is to be nowhere. Be jealous of your time since it is your greatest treasure. Reconsider your goals. Before you set your heart too much on anything, examine first how happy they are who already possess what you desire. Love your family & count your blessings. Reflect how eagerly they would be sought if you did not have them. Put aside your impossible dreams and complete the task at hand no matter how distasteful. All great achievements come from working and waiting. Be patient. God’s delays are never God’s denials. What you sow, good or evil, that you will reap. Never blame your condition on others. You are what you are through your choice alone. Learn to live with honest poverty. Never meet trouble halfway. Always learn from others. Do not overload your conscience. Avoid boasting. Be wise. Realize that not all men are created equal, for there is no equality in nature, yet no man was ever born whose work was not born with him. Love everyone, even those who deny you, for hate is a luxury  you cannot afford. Seek out those in need. Be of good cheer. Above all, remember that very little is needed to make a happy life. Look up. Reach out. Cling siply to God & journey quietly on your pathway to forever with charity and smile. 

 

LEARN: CORPORATE GLASS CEILING


As I was answering some tests at Odesk — (which by the way you should check out if you are in need of extra cash.) I stumbled upon the word Glass Ceiling — which in my case having a uterus, I think it’s preposterous.

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In a layman’s term, a ceiling is the overhead interior surface of a room. In another point of view, it is seen as a LIMIT. It implies that there is a limit to how far someone can climb it.

The term is most often applied in business situations in which women feel, either accurately or not, that men are deeply entrenched in the upper echelons of power, and women, try as they might, find it nearly impossible to break through.

”Aim for the sky and you’ll reach the ceiling. Aim for the ceiling and you’ll stay on the floor.” Bill Shankly

LEARN: The Butterfly Effect


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The word was coined by Edward Lorenz.
It is described as the sensitive dependence on initial conditions in which a small change in one state of a deterministic nonlinear system can result in large differences in a later state.
Got that? He named it the butterfly effect because his studies show that the single flapping wings of a distant butterlfy has affected a hurricane at a later date.  

Simply put, A very small change in initial conditions has created a significantly different outcome.

Wouldn’t you love being dubbed as the Butterfly Effect of a certain big deal at where you work? or how you changed someone’s life dramatically?
One person, One phrase, One Act can change so much.

So what was your butterfly effect act?

LEARN: MISANTHROPY


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Misanthrophy is described as the general hatred, distrust or disdain of the human species. 

This, I guess is the perfect word to describe how I am most of the time. This is exactly why I don’t like small talks or dislike having to talk to other people in general or attend gatherings I have to pleasantly smile to other people and pretend to be interested on what they have to say. Haha. Sorry, but seriously. This best describes me.

From the book, The Misanthrope by Moliere: My hate is general, I detest all men. 

or by Charles Bukowski – “I don’t hate people. I just feel better when they aren’t around.”

LEARN: POLLYANA SYNDROME


Nowadays, it’s so easy to find something that will piss you off. Initially, you go out of the house, and boom! Traffic is everywhere. A mud in the street, the scorching heat of the sun, an annoying colleague, etc.

According to Paulo Coelho, Considering the way the world is, one happy day is almost a miracle.

But this: Pollyanna Principle.

It is the tendency for people to remember pleasant items more accurately than unpleasant ones.

It is also described as the unrealistic optimism and having an excessive (and even harmful) belief that all things will have positive outcomes, no matter what.

LEARN: Crapehanger


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A person who sees the gloomy side of things.

In the 1920s, it’s been a customary practice to hang a crepe paper as a sign f mourning.

This workplace and this kind of work pushes me to essentially be a crapehanger. Not for long, I hope.

LEARN: Om Gam Ganapatayae Namaha


I’m about 20 pages away from finishing For One Year by Gayle Forman. And I kept running head on to this mantra.

OM GAM GANAPATAYAE NAMAHA. 

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In the book, it only says that you recite this mantra over and over if you’re praying for New Beginnings.

It is said that reciting this mantra means that you are willing to release all the negativity and all the obstacles in your life. When you choose this mantra, it is focusing on your goals and forgetting the challenges presented.

LEARN: Bride Kidnapping


Ala Kachuu – to take and flee

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I just learned about this custom / practice in my Ethics Class. This disturbing.

Bride kidnapping, also known as marriage by abduction or marriage by capture, is a practice in which a man abducts the woman he wishes to marry. Bride kidnapping has been practiced throughout history around the world and continues to occur.

In many cases, society encourages the family of the bride to accept the marriage.

In Kyrgyztan,  as rural migrants flood into the city, young men too poor to afford the pageantry of a traditional wedding opt instead to kidnap a bride.

Bowing to social pressure, parents of a kidnapping victim often do not take their daughter back because, the thinking goes, a kidnapping suggests the woman has somehow been sullied. Many kidnapping victims are raped and a daughter’s virginity is prized in conservative Kyrgyz households.

This should be stopped. Every person has hisher own rights and that includes a woman’s freedom to choose who to marry. It’s as if the government allows the men in their society to objectify women.

EVERYDAY: A whole day of studying ended up in frustration mixed with alcohol.


Yesterday was my dreaded day. Too many chapters all mixed in. Plus, the one who made the exam wasn’t even our professor. We also learned that the other professor gave the other students the advantage since he gave them excels with formulas already and a practice exam alike the one that we will all be taking. God dammit. Why cant our professor facilitate and make the exam? How unfortunate.

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At this hour, I thought I knew the chapters already. I THOUGHT. but Prof Chan has a doctorate degree of making the lives of the students a hell. He had honors. So our frustration led to. . Yep! Alcohol. 

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Rich, Migo and Rod. 

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Mel, Alex and I. We were pretty much alone at 9:30 in the evening. The place filled up only at 11:30. 

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Edward and his friend Lance arrived at around 11:30 already. 

 

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A friend of Migo also arrived. I don’t even know his name. But they were HS friends. And they’re both gay. 

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Everyone in the picture? Gay. Haha. The one beside me? I also forgot his name. He is a friend of Rod’s. And he is way too funny too. 

 

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Mel is actually quiet that night. 

 

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She’s a friend of Rod’s too. 

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The one beside Migo? Is Ron – Rod’s Bestfriend.

A very fun night. I just hope that it pays off in our grades. I really did study for this exam, you know. I’ll live it all up to you, Lord. 🙂