Your 2 Greatest Teachers In Life

There are, really, only two great teachers in your life. First, is WISDOM. The other is CONSEQUENCE. Neither of them come cheap, but we can learn a great deal from both.

While WISDOM can delight and amaze us, CONSEQUENCE can leave us breathless, but usually not in a good way. We can have either WISDOM or CONSEQUENCE as our teacher at any one time, not both. If we do not choose WISDOM, CONSEQUENCE will be chosen for us by default, and it is by far the tougher of the two, and much costlier.

Now, what are the differences between the two great teachers?

 

The Price Of The Two Teachers

WISDOM teaches us the lessons before we make a mistake. He shows us the mistakes of others who had walked down the paths we’re walking. He warns us where there are dangers ahead. We may not like it but he protects us from harm.

On the other hand, CONSEQUENCE demands our mistakes before he gives us his lessons. And when we do make mistakes, then we’d learned our lessons. Yes, we need to pay a steep price to learn from this teacher. His teachings ring loud and clear, and you’ll not miss the learning, only after you’ve been hurt!

Make no mistake about it, both are extremely effective teachers. Choose this day, which will be your teacher. I’ve learned from CONSEQUENCE that WISDOM is the better teacher for me in the long run. I just cannot afford to pay CONSEQUENCE tuition fees too many times!

As you walk down your journey of continual life-learning, choose wisely who would be your great teacher.

 

 

The Power of Identity (Part 2) – What’s Your Story?

In Part 1, I wrote about the story of the sheep-lion who experienced a profound paradigm shift after he discovered who he really was. A paradigm shift is like exchanging an old, outdated map for a new, accurate one. It’s like a sudden “revelation”, and finally the fogginess disappears and the blur turns into clarity for you.

Have you discovered who you are? How would you redefine your self-identity and rewrite your story to get to where you want to go?

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The Power of Identity (Part 1)

In my previous post “Who You Choose To Be?”, I wrote that Po, the main hero in Kung Fu Panda 2, needed a shift at his self-identity before his total transformation of “awesomeness” was complete.

It’s the same with us. Our true potential can only be realized and real lasting change takes place when we do not just make a change at the cognitive, emotional or behavioral level, but all the way at the self-identity level. It’s like a paradigm shift.

What’s a paradigm shift? There are quite a number of explanations, but the one I like best is like this: Imagine you’re given a map to travel a long distance from point A to B. You can make changes and improvements along your journey in many ways: You can walk faster, you can run, you can take fewer breaks and rests in between, or you can hire a vehicle. You can work harder and smarter, but none of these is as big a change as a paradigm shift. A paradigm shift is like exchanging an old (wrong) map with a new (accurate) one.

A paradigm shift changes everything. A change at the level of self-identity is like that.

 

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The shift happens when self-identity changes

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Choosing The Path of Personal Power (Part 4) – “Who You Choose To be?”

I watched Kung Fu Panda 2 earlier this week and thoroughly enjoyed it. In the midst fun-filled, fast-paced action animation, there are heart-warming lessons to inspire both children and adults alike too.

At the start of Kung Fu Panda 2, Po was living his dream of fighting alongside the famous Furious Five, legendary kung fu masters. As the The Dragon Warrior, Po was protecting the Valley of Peace daily against the bad guys. But Po’s new life of awesomeness was threatened by the emergence of a new formidable villain, who planned to use a secret, unstoppable weapon to conquer China and destroy kung fu forever. Po must look to his past and uncover the secrets of his mysterious origins; only then would he be able to unlock the strength he needs to succeed. Ultimately, Po had to deal with his self-identity, and the person who he’d choose to be.

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Do You Often Wonder What Others Think Of You?

Quite some time ago, I posted this quote on my Facebook status which got many of my friends talking and commenting:

“When you’re 18, you worry what others think about you. When you’re 40, you don’t give a darn what others think about you. When you’re 60, you realize that nobody has been thinking about you at all”. ~ Daniel Amen

I learned of this 18/40/60 rule from one of Jack Canfield’s audio programs. It brought a few chuckles just by thinking about the quote, but hey, it’s probably true! Do you realize how many times you’ve wasted precious time thinking about the opinions of our parents, partners, friends and colleagues when surprise, surprise, they’ve also been busy thinking about what you think of them all these while!



Thinking of You Do You Often Wonder What Others Think Of You?

Oh, really??

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