In my “younger days” I have been used to things happening fast. Didn’t realize that out of ten things I did, only less than half succeeded. Half is good. Actually, perhaps one in ten was a “good” success factor. Speak to those who are seen to have succeeded and who are honest with you. One in ten is pretty good. I’m not talking about financial investment proportions, where you lose $10 to gain $1. That will beg bad if even the successful one was a one off event. Even in business type events, there is a situation where you eventually get prolonged returns will give you more than ten times your initial investment.
What I’m trying to do here is to tell those of you who are tired, and who are frustrated by failures, or by non-results to not lose heart.
At the same time, to find some time and space to observe and analyze. And here’s another strange thing in life. When you’re really busy and running fast, full of hope and enthusiasm, you have no time to sit and think. So, when you do have the time, meaning you are not in the midst of a rush, do find time to sit and think. Even if the think is nothing to do with what you’re trying to do today, this week or this month. Think. Find time for yourself to spend with yourself. Think through some business ideas whether you get any positive endings in the thoughts. Practice.
I can’t put this in more attractive ways. But that’s just the nature of truth. It’s you get it or you don’t. Nothing romantically attractive about it. But just a few words that inspire you, ha!
The past decade has seen a proliferation of certification programmes. Some are better and some are ****.
There as a time when I had friends who sought out any and every certificate they can collect. I think there is a slowing down. One reason is the economic recession that makes people and employers more careful here they put their money. Another is the realisation that jobs depend on more substation life things than just certificates.
Certificates are still useful. But you better be good in the subject that you are certified in. I think the days of getting jobs based on certificates of subject matter that one has no knowledge beyond the exams is largely over. And that’s a good thing, for employers and also for genuine training providers and certification bodies’ reputation.
There seems to be a continuous conflict between the business side people and the technical side people of the same organisation. While most people do see it as a problem, it is not really so. The two sides need different minds and attitudes to perform well in their respective jobs. (Though here we are simplifying things a lot since it is usually not so straightforward to place everybody in an organisation in either camp).
The flowing diagram illustrates the issue. It may be two or more, or less points of common views, but there will always be ;positions and views that are different. These stress points need proper management because otherwise, when one side makes all the decisions without taking into consideration the other sides views, then things will be inefficient and the organisation will perform far below its potential.
I am in Taiwan for a while. A month already. Really nice people. Do not see the dog eat dog attitude I have found in some other places. What surprised me initially, was the cost of food. It’s high for what I expect, given the slower development here. Thigh it depends on where you eat, I tend to go for the mixed rice shops where common worker types go. I paid about 60 to 90 Taiwan new dollar. (100 NT is about US$3.30 or Malaysian RM13.20). Soup and tea usually thrown in. I found in my travels that our Malaysian/Singapore etc environment of always (almost) trying to upsell you drinks when you buy a meal not so common here. Made me realise the types of pressure we are subject to daily, where we no longer even recognise that it is a pressure that’s forces you to decide one way or another.
Back to prices. Cheapest mixed rice I had recently in Malaysia was RM3+.. Leaving aside the plain nasi lemak or roti Chennai and tosai which can go for two ringgit.
Sorry. Bloody ipad is a real pain when i try to resize pictures to let them be small enough to fit in a web blog. Why, Apple, Why? I thought Apple’s speaciality was to make it easy for humans who dont need to get into the techie stuff. Now???
I have come to the conclusion that there is just too many blogs, and among them, food blogs. Not criticizing the empowerment of the masses to publish. It’s that I’m learning now that “equality” of opportunity to be heard also quickly goes full circle and that only those with the means can be heard above the din. Witness the plethora of offered to improve your web search ranking, for a fee.
So, what has happened? It has just been a short term shift from “freedom” (which applies to the minority with the knowledge) from the money rich to the technical rich (some which were not the top money strata, but non were really at the bottom either). Mooney always win in the end. And we have seen how money buys the best (almost best) web development and promotion skills.
So, like out or not we are back where we started, in terms of the classes within society. Animal Farm.
Oh, back to the title of this blog. Yesterday I was really surprised that I could have a meal for all of 4 ringgit. Which in todays exchange rate is about US$1. It snot a charity establishment as well. Just one of these new meal chains that cater to the less well heeled office worker in town. IO must admit though, that at my age, my food needs are modest. Still, you can take as much hot soup (the watery Chinese type, not the starchy type), chinese tea, water (yes, most places charge you for this nowadays), four ringgit!
I was in the famous Nanjing Lu yesterday. Went for dinner in a smallish and not so expensive looking restaurant just off the main glitzy area. Had the jiao Ji and a small soup. Barely edible meal. Around 70RMB. (No, I didn’t take any picture of it). Contrast to todays early lunch in the suburbs, (still on the metro line). 28RMB and you see what I mean. Guess I cant complain, as worldwide that’s what the situation is.