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God Meets You Where You Are

September 4, 2017 Leave a comment

Be honest with yourself: Accept who you are and your current status in life. Be genuine; keep it honest and real. And with that acknowledgement, be honest with God, too. Go to Him just as you are, for He accepts you as that, and He meets you where you are.

God doesn’t expect you to be perfect. Now, this doesn’t necessarily give you an excuse to sin. Rather, He accepts the imperfect love you can give for the perfect love that He has for you. It’s enough that you make the effort to love Him with all your heart, soul, and mind.

Come to Him for all your needs and concerns. It’s an act of humility to depend on Him because there’s nothing you can do on your own. Be grateful for all that He gives you, for all that He doesn’t give you, and for the manner and time that He gives you want you truly need and want in life.

Trust God at all times, and most especially during times of trial that He allows to happen in your life, for trust in Him is probably one of the best ways, if not the best way, to express your love for Him.

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Categories: Religion

Just Being Silly: Never Admit You’re Bored

September 2, 2017 Leave a comment

Never, EVER, admit that you’re bored! It’s like asking the question, “What else can go wrong?” – Life’s answer to this question is swift and ruthless. Life is listening, and this bitch has a way of “fixing” your problems, imagined or otherwise; this also includes any sense of boredom you harbor.

Being bored means you’re just not creative enough to pass the time. Find a way to keep yourself busy. If necessary, then pretend to be busy! Some people get so bored that they actually start doing their work; if you’re desperate enough then you can do that too, even on a weekend or holiday.

At the very least, try to appreciate the mood of laziness that comes with boredom, for when the insanity of work in particular and the stress of life in general finally comes, you might end up just laughing maniacally at the same.

Categories: Ideas and Philosophy

The Best Response to Getting Friend Zoned

September 2, 2017 Leave a comment

As has been said before, it’s one thing to react, and it’s another thing to respond. The mature and ultimately more useful approach is to respond to things that happen in your life. After all, you make your life however way you want it based on how you respond to what it throws at you. The same applies if someone puts you in her Friend Zone. It’s obviously painful, but despite that there’s still a constructive way to respond to it.

First of all, don’t be stubborn: If she doesn’t want you, then move on. The love of your life is someone who wants you in the same way that you want her.

It’s said that the best revenge is a life well-lived, looking more handsome / beautiful than usual, going places you’ve never been to, doing things you’ve never done before, meeting new people, learning new things, gaining new experiences, and having the absolute best time of your life! That continues to be true, though rather than framing the thought from a perspective of “vengeance,” in retrospect, I’d like to think of this more along the lines of what you do for yourself for your own best interest.

Be handsome / beautiful; be intelligent; be strong in character; be independent; be confident – in a word: Be COMPLETE. Choose to be happy; make and find your happiness on your own, independent from any expectations to get such from another person. Be the best love of your life!

The best response to getting Friend Zoned is to enjoy your life, and doing so for your own sake. Make yourself too busy enjoying life to have time for people or things that will just depress you, for such isn’t worth your time or effort. Make yourself too busy being happy, content, and grateful for who and what God has given you in your life; be too busy appreciating the blessings He has bestowed on you.

You don’t need to show her how much you’re enjoying life without her. Frankly, there’s a good chance she won’t even care – and neither should you. Ultimately, it’s irrelevant if she ever sees how much better your life is without her in it. You’re not doing this to let her know what she’s missing because she didn’t choose you, and thus regret it; you’re doing this because you’re happy all on your own. And although you may be alone, because you own your own happiness, you’re most definitely not lonely.

For all you know, in the course of enjoying your life, she’ll get to know a little more about you. Obviously this doesn’t necessarily mean that she’ll change her mind about rejecting you. And knowing a little more about you might even have the effect of her solidifying her decision not to accept you; at least she’s now surer about her decision. But it might also happen that she actually changes her mind about you, and develops a sincere interest in having you in her life. Whether you choose to want her back or walk away from her is now up to you. It’s also possible that she realizes that you might be a better fit for someone she knows, and if she’s charitable enough about it, she would even arrange that you meet up with her friend. The point is that one thing can lead to another: A lot of possibilities can open up by simply living your life to the fullest.

A lot of the good things in life are easier said than done. This approach is no exception. Rejection will always be an offensive thing; you will need to forgive her for doing that to you. Thus, get it done and forgive her, then move on with enjoying your life.

We have to start appreciating all that we bring to our own lives. Because the ironic truth is, you are most attractive when you’re not worried about who you’re attracting. When you’re living your life confidently, freely and without restraint, you emit the kind of energy that it just isn’t possible to fake. The kind of energy that’s capable of transforming not just your own life, but the lives of people around you. – Read This If You’re Worried That You’ll Never Find ‘The One’

For all you know, the day might come when someone will actually want you. At this point, it’s irrelevant if that day ever comes. But if it does, then it’s because she’ll want you for who you are. She’ll be attracted because of the happiness, the sense of “completeness” that you exude in your life. And she will want to be a special part of your life, as she would want you to be a special part in hers. If you happen to want her in the same way, too, then this is the best “bonus” you can ever get from responding to all the rejections you have ever experienced. Should that day ever come, know that you have finally found the Right One for you.

Categories: Personal

Remaining Relevant

August 27, 2017 Leave a comment

Times and expectations are changing, and the need to adapt to continue to remain relevant is now more crucial than ever. Regarding this matter, I’d like to think that I’ve learned a few lessons over the years. There are things we need to do as leaders of our own small niches in this world, and as individual contributors, too, in the pursuit of continuing relevance.

As a leader, we need to have a point-of-view or a plan on what we should do and what we want to do. Of course it’s important to know the organization’s overall goals and objectives. We make our plans based on that, and the particular role we’re asked to play. Don’t depend on upper management to define and detail the plan for you. There’s a good chance that they also have no idea themselves; they don’t always know everything, and that’s supposedly why they have leaders like you to own and figure out things for them. And that also includes what you’re supposed to do, or at least what you want to do, for them.

Plan to do something disruptive / innovative for the month. If you think about it, “disruption” doesn’t realistically happen overnight. It’s something that will take some time and a lot of planning. But the important thing here is to have a plan in the first place, and start executing on the same. My thought on planning for something for a month’s duration is so that you can act and adjust quickly. Basically, it’s the “fail fast, fail quickly” concept: If it doesn’t work, then stop doing it as soon as possible rather than invest and waste more time on it. If it works, then you can plan to continue and / or tweak it further for the next month.

The following are a few things to consider when thinking about something disruptive:

  • Think of something specific that you can drive differently.
  • Think of a creative idea to make work more efficient (more digital, if you will).
  • Do something independently, which contributes to the overall goals and objectives of the organization, that hasn’t been a directive given to you.
  • Look for something to “lead” vs. just having something to “deliver.”

On the matter of innovation, you don’t have to look that far for inspiration and ideas. Look at the current problems that beset your organization and start from there. And when we speak of “problems,” it can also mean something that actually works – but things can and should be done to still make it better, faster, efficient, consistent, etc. Challenge the “if it isn’t broken don’t fix it” mentality. You can say that something is truly innovative if it has a positive impact to how things are done.

Note: “Fail fast, fail quickly” isn’t intended so that we should plan to fail. It’s more along the lines of being resilient and able to adapt and learn quickly from any mistakes.

Break down the plan into tasks that can be scheduled and executed within feasible slices of time. With the overall plan for the month in mind, look at what can be done for the week that will get you closer to completing what you want. From there, look at what can be done each day so that you slowly get to complete the target you want to achieve for that particular week. If you have a dependency on another person or team to get something done, then call it out in your plan. Basically, define actions, owners of the actions, and targets. If you’re unable to define a target to get something done for whatever reason, then at least define a target on when you’ll be in a position to determine a target to get it done.

It wouldn’t hurt to do something proactive each day, too. Learn a lesson from the movie “Saving Private Ryan”: In the movie, the mission of the Captain and his team was to find and bring home a soldier named Private Ryan. However, an opportunity unrelated to the mission came up where the team could contribute further in winning the war. At the end of the day, the overall objective was to win the war, and with that in mind, they took advantage of the opportunity that presented itself. Ideally the proactive task you do should be something that’s aligned to what you want to accomplish for the week, to help you get closer to completing your disruptive goal. But if there’s a tactical opportunity to do something that will help further the overall goals and objectives of the organization, then act on it immediately.

We can talk about disruption / innovation all we want, but at the end of the day what’s key to remaining relevant is our ability to provide something that people need. Technology by itself isn’t disruptive; it becomes so because it provides a better way to address an existing need. If you’re not able to do “something new,” then the very least you can do is continue to do a good job with what you’re currently doing so that people won’t be in dire need to look for something better.

We live in times where business is no longer usual, and the nature of our work is changing. How you manage to keep up with the times will determine how much further you can go and how much more you can achieve and succeed. Do what you need to do, just do something and get things done.

In summary, to remain relevant:

  • Define what you want to do as a leader in your organization.
  • Plan for the disruption / innovation you want to do, and break it down into actions, owners, and targets.
  • Do something proactive that contributes to achieving your goal in particular or your organization’s goal in general.
  • At the very least, do a good job with your current role.
Categories: Ideas and Philosophy

Social Media: Leave Something Nice

August 26, 2017 Leave a comment

One hundred years from now, most of us who are alive today will be dead. However there will be artifacts of us that we’ll leave behind, that will survive us long after we’re gone. These are the numerous thoughts and insights we share in social media. If the only things you leave behind are angry and nasty comments, then the only thing future generations will see and know of you is that you were someone who was miserable in life.

A few counter-arguments are in order:

  • You would be correct to say that you don’t have to care. One hundred years from now, peoples’ opinion and perception of you won’t make you any happier or sadder in death.
  • You would be correct to say that it’s more important to be honest with yourself by just being yourself. What that means in this situation is that it’s better, and more real, to be a sincere jerk, expressing a lot of the toxicity that’s in one’s heart, than to project an always cheerful, positive, and pleasing personality, but such is a complete fake. Besides, you’re under absolutely no obligation to please anyone; if people don’t like you then that’s ultimately their problem.

The world as we know it isn’t in black and white. The world is tinted in more than 50 shades of gray and then some. I’m not disputing the counter-arguments; I think these are valid. I’m just saying that it wouldn’t hurt to leave behind something nice as well to balance out any negativity. After all, even though life isn’t perfect (no one’s life is anyway!), it doesn’t have to be perfect to be happy. And no matter how disillusioned you are with your life, good things still happen in it regardless. Give that side of goodness a chance to be remembered, too.

Life isn’t all that bad. The world isn’t as dark as you want people and yourself to believe. If you don’t hesitate to be honest about what’s rotten in the world, then don’t hesitate to be honest with what’s beautiful with it, too.

For your legacy, it wouldn’t hurt to leave something nice on social media for the generations that will come across and meet your online persona in the future; give them a balanced perspective of your life.

Attraction and Pain in Proportion

August 21, 2017 Leave a comment

The sense of attraction for someone, and the pain from rejection, comes in certain proportions.

Attraction is directly proportional to perceived availability. Someone is at her most attractive when she’s still single. To put it bluntly, a pretty face becomes gorgeous when she isn’t married or in a relationship yet. This gives the admirer a sense of hope because the chance to pursue and win her is still there. Such attraction diminishes when she’s in a relationship, because it’s harder to compete and win her over when her heart already belongs to someone. And in a way, attraction can (and probably should) cease to exist if she’s already married, because it means she’s committed to no longer entertain anyone else in her life.

Conversely, the pain experienced from rejection is indirectly proportional to perceived availability. The less available a person is, the less painful it is when she rejects you. Rejection feels bad when she’s already married because it means, by virtue of her commitment, you already have no chance; by default you’re already rejected. And such rejection is only proper because actually, if she really loves her husband, then she should reject you. Rejection feels worse when she’s in a relationship because, although she’s not yet finally committed to someone, she already loves someone else who is not you. For these two cases, it feels awful. However unfaithfulness, especially in a marriage, is unacceptable, thus, any rejection is understandable and even acceptable. But rejection feels the worst when, even if she’s still single and thus the opportunity to have her in your life is there, she still rejects you because she just isn’t interested in you.

Anyway, these are just a few things I’ve observed in my journey in life.

Categories: Personal

Leadership: Success When Approachable, Correctable

August 21, 2017 1 comment

A leader is only successful because of his followers. If a leader is able to get anything done, then usually it’s not because he was able to do it himself, but because he was able to do it through others. Therefore, a leader is only as effective as the people under him who choose to respect his authority and follow him. Treat people right and half the battle is already won; a leader is on his way to success. However when you’re lousy to those you need, expect failure.

It’s obviously important to have core competencies to actually do the work. It’s important to work hard to gain experience (even from failures) that will further one’s confidence and expertise in doing work.

But at the end of the day, no one person can succeed alone. Even if you have the drive to get somewhere far, you still need people to help you get to where you want to be. And of course, the last thing you want to be is a jerk to the people who can build you up; screw with them, though, and don’t be surprised if they tear you down.

Be humble enough to recognize that you need help to get anywhere in life. And because you need help, you need to work with the people around you that can make such possible. It’s therefore important to build a healthy rapport with them.

Be Approachable

Success in leadership involves being approachable to the people who work for you. Note that this isn’t something superficial: You should have a genuine and sincere connection to them. Of course there’s such a thing as professional distance, but that’s beside the point. They should be able to connect to you during “the good times” so that they’d also be comfortable reaching out to you during “the bad times,” which is just as crucial if not more so.

Being approachable also means you’re available to them when they need you. Find time for your team, even if it’s at least being available to them online once in a while. If you’re always busy and your calendar is always booked with back-to-back appointments, then you become USELESS to them. Even worse is if they no longer bother to reach out to you (or even try), for whatever reason. A leader who has no time for his team isn’t one who is approachable.

You’re “relatable” to your people if they see who you are. At the end of the day, this means they see that you’re just like them, too, which you are, actually. Consequently, you also allow them to be themselves.

You will not be able to appropriately reach out and engage people if you don’t allow them to freely express themselves. You have a serious problem if people feel the need to censor themselves or tell you only what you want to hear because they fear your reaction. And if people actually do that then it also shows you’re NOT the kind of person they can trust. – Me

Failure to be approachable means your team will only do work for you at the bare minimum that’s professionally required from them to do. Now, strictly speaking you shouldn’t expect more than that, and that’s precisely only what you’ll get. However if people see that you’re someone reachable, approachable, and relatable, then they will be willing to go beyond just that.

Be Correctable

Success in leadership involves being correctable. Be humble enough to accept that you don’t know everything and you’re not always right. It’s important to be approachable to your people because oftentimes they would be in a good position to tell you what you’re doing wrong. And if you’re someone who’s approachable then they won’t be afraid to speak up and call-out something wrong.

Those who know you have a tendency to tolerate your bad behavior, while those who don’t will call you out for the same. It’s an interesting twist that, in the long run, it’s those who don’t know you who are the ones unwittingly acting more in your best interest, because they’re the ones giving you the corrective feedback you need to hear, painful as it might be. On the other hand, sometimes, for fear of rocking the boat, those who know you allow you to continue to remain an idiot; perhaps a few might even find it entertaining to keep you that way. It’s ironic that those who don’t like you (“enemies” is too strong a word in this context) turn out to be your best friends sometimes. Real friends are the ones who aren’t afraid to constructively criticize you for your crap. – Me again

The people under you should have what I call a “healthy disrespect for authority.” This means they fight for what they know is right, and they even outright disagree and raise their concerns. The people under you should be able to make a stand and do the needful: They resist what they see is monumentally wrong and stupid. Oftentimes this is also the only way for the truth of the matter to come to the surface and get wider visibility. They show no fear or hesitation challenging the prevailing authority when they know there’s something wrong, even if in this case the “authority” is you.

As a leader, it can actually work for you when the people under you challenge you:

1. If you’re wrong, then you immediately know you’re wrong. You can then take the appropriate corrective actions to get back on the right track. And the sooner this happens, the better, because the last thing you want is to find out you’re wrong when it’s already too late.

2. At the very least, challenges to your idea can help solidify your position concerning it. Criticism can become an opportunity for you to confirm that you’re on the right track. If you’re able to revalidate that your decision is the right thing to do then you strengthen your position further.

Frankly, beware of those who don’t point out what you’re doing wrong, because those are the people who want you to fail.

As a leader, be open to correction whenever you get it and from whoever you get it, even from the people under you, even if how such is delivered to you is rude and painful. Use criticism to your advantage to improve yourself. At the very least, use that to avoid making a huge mistake.

In summary, as a leader, be approachable and correctable, for such virtues will help you succeed.

Categories: Ideas and Philosophy