Simplify Life Say No to Drama

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“Simplify life” is one big agenda me and many of my friends have for 2017. Perhaps, the chaos in the past years have finally convinced us of the importance of prioritizing? Or maybe the generally negative outlook of 2017 economy forced us to subconsciously want to tone down to better embrace the impact?

For me, it was to save my sanity.

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Why I Stop Having New Year’s Resolution

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My vision board created in September 2015.

New year, new hope. It’s the season of setting new year’s resolutions again! Had you taken some time to review your own achievements in 2016? How was it?

New Year Resolution Isn’t Useful

I actually stopped having a new year’s resolution after seeing pretty much the same list year after year. I’m sure some of you can relate. We always wrote things like exercise more, read more, spend more time with family blah blah blah. But we kind of ditch the plan when life gets busy. And by the time we re-visit the resolution again, the year is ending. We put our hope in the new year again, only to have the same cycle repeats itself.

Or was I the only one that has this issue?

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Learning How to Learn from My Grandmother

children-learning-from-great-grandmaThe kids learning how to prepare the sweet potato leaves for cooking.

Can you see yourself learning how to operate new technology being illiterate when you are in your seventies?

Well, my grandma was born in a time when girls weren’t allowed to go to school. It was also a time when the computer hasn’t been invented yet. But now she has an iPad which she uses to stay connected with her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren all over the world! By the way, she has never used a computer before. But yes, she has an active Facebook account!

Don’t you wonder how she manages?

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Forgive Without Betraying Yourself

forgiveness sets us free

“You have many wonderful things happening in your life. Aren’t you contented?”

Forgive and you will be freed.

If you had known me earlier, you’d probably find me as a resentful and whiny person. I used to hate my past, the many unpleasant events, and the people associated with those memories. And when I told my stories, I usually feel heated. Not from enthusiasm or excitement, but from anger and disappointment.

Then one day, as I was repeating a hurtful story to a group of close friends, they reminded me that I had told them the same thing 4 years ago.

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Malaysia Property Investment Lookout 2017

(This post is translated with permission from Master Tan Ji Yi. Please note that everything in this post is the personal opinion and the experiences of the Fengshui Master. This is NOT a sponsored post. If you find a better way to translate any part of the original article, feel free to feedback. I appreciate all help!)

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2017 The Year of Fire Rooster bring stagnation but there are many opportunities in real estate

Investing in real estate has been the focus of many Malaysians in recent years up until 2015 when the investment trend started to decline. 2016 proved to be slower than 2015 with even fewer trades in the property market. For the interested investor who seeks advice for 2017, the science of prediction can assist, making us a shrewd investor. However, the investor should fully understand his or her own financials to start with.

The Prediction

In the year of “Fire Rooster”, the real estate property of Southern, Mid, and Northern regions of Peninsular Malaysia are valuable for investments.

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Passion Does Not Guarantee Success

passion could be a bubble

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What are you passionate about?

Is there anything that you love doing so much that you don’t mind how much time is spent?

My work, I thought, was the answer to these questions. After all, I have always been quite a workaholic, passionate about ways to improve the company. Even when I’m not working, I love discussing topics related to business and exchanging business stories with fellow business people and entrepreneurs. I can never get tired of reading material related business and startups!

Media Portrayal of Passion 

It was not until recently when I attempted filling out a passion questionnaire (which was designed to help one like myself find their passion) that I became aware that I may not have a passion at all. What a depressing self-discovery?! Hell, do I feel bad about myself for not being passionate about having a passion! I must be the odd one out (again). *sad face*

We were told by successful entrepreneurs time and again that passion was what contributed to their “accidental” business empires. And the media, both online and offline, have articles after articles covered on how passion makes one successful. Thus it was not surprising that over the years, the branding for “passion” has become so successful that people my age and younger believe that no one should “waste time” doing things they’re not passionate about. It’s a #YOLO concept if you will. They wholeheartedly trust that focusing on passion itself will make them successful. Haven’t you heard? It’s the law of attraction magic. If you feel good doing the things you’re doing, you can only attract what you desire, and be successful.

The Confused Passionalities

I’m concerned, not because I do not have a passion, but because the struggles my friends with passions are going through is real. They stay unemployed because they haven’t found a worthy job that they are passionate about. Job offers that come their ways were rejected in the name of passion. Still, there are others who are forever unhappy with their jobs, changing from one to another hoping the new “passion” can bring them happiness…

And you thought why in the world people design passion questionnaire?

Earlier this year we were offered an opportunity to work with an incredibly talented team full of members who are absolutely passionate about what they do. However, the collaboration deal was eventually called off because the team was not able to execute their plan as scheduled. The team has a company fueled solely by passions and money sponsored from other people. They weren’t actively managing the company, causing absurd losses months after months. But passion promised success, right? They have convinced themselves that it’s just a tough phase all entrepreneurs have to go through. They ignored the problems, not addressing to any.

They think as long as they were working on their passion, everything else will fall into places themselves.

But passion is not magic.

passion is love what you do and do what you love

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Passion Is A Force

Passion is the drive that motivates you and allows you to get into action mode. It is the primary force that makes you want to be better and keeps improving. It’s an unexplained and uncontrollable feeling. That is what passion is.

If passion is all the ingredient needed to bake business success, then everyone in the world just got to find something that they like to do and go do it and everyone will be successful. Clearly, it isn’t the case. It takes more than just passion for people to achieve their desires! I think it’s time we understand that passion does not guarantee success. Instead, we need to attribute success to discipline, perseverance, and lots of hard work.

If you only live once, wouldn’t you want to try your hands (and your best) on all the good opportunities presented to you?

What if your real passion is not a subject-matter, but being successful at whatever you do?

Can we simply love what we do, and do what we love?