Note to Self
by Chief Alchemist a.k.a Wiley Chin - September 25, 2006 Posted: 7:49:51 PM EDT


Abraham Sacrificing Isaac, 1650, Oil on canvas, Musée Saint-Denis, Reims

Nothing fails like success
~ Gerald Nachman

Business is like riding a bicycle. Either you keep moving or you fall down.
~ John D. Wright

Unless you try to do something beyond what, you have already mastered, you will never grow.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

It is our nature to cling on to what we know. It is hard to give up something we can depend on to work and move on, against our instincts, to leap into another dimension. But if you think a little and try to recall, you will remember the myths of the world clearly communicate that Life is a constant flux. Change bubbles froth and sometimes rip asunder the crusted shells that wrap the core of our human consciousness.

Like they say, only change in permanent. Nothing stays the same.

Therein lies the paradox that see so many of us fail in our journey in Life. We need to constantly change to stay alive.

We seldom are able to understand completely that a person's growth is really an interminable journey of expanding consciousness. Well, not on a day to day basis. Not when you have so many promises to keep and deadlines to meet. Tonight I realise again the expansion of our consciousness can be compared to the increase in the intensity of Light as we walk closer and closer to the source of Light. It helps us see clearly. Sometimes too clearly, so clearly that we flinch at our own ugliness.

The more Light seeps into our consciousness, the clearer we see our own imperfections.

With that, comes Pain.

The pain of knowing can be excruciating.

But I believe, it is good and necessary because if the Pain is properly suffered, it brings knowledge. And with knowledge comes growth and a new level of harmony between our world and the eternal Realities that surround us. The tension is always there and we are always learning to pull at the strings that connect us within and without.

But suffering Pain properly isn't as simple as it sounds.

We often deny our path to growth by running away. We hide and turn our faces from light. Denial can seemingly bring short-term relief but it will over the longer term, it may carry a force of destructiveness many times its original state. Also, running away from the light of an unfolding awareness will ultimately stunt your growth. If we do not wilt in our darkness, we will be hunted out of our holes into a blinding burst of light. 

Life is, again, a journey into Light. A spiritual pilgrimage of Self-knowledge guided by our Creator. The holy books are full of instances of people journeying from an old place into a new world. And in these journeys, they are confronted by moments when they are tested.

Severe testing that can break the shell of our flinching souls.

Some pass the tests and their names live on in our minds. Many others failed. Those who come out of the unfolding light understand the price they have to pay and sacrificed a part of themselves to move to another realm of awareness and growth.

Many cling on to the 'Egypts' of their worlds and are destroyed in their dance of self-destruction.

Nothing stays the same.  Nothing stays the same.

Datta.
Dayadhvam.
Damyata.

Shantih. shantih. shantih. 1

 

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FORBES : Top 5 Riches Man in AMERICA.
by Chief Alchemist a.k.a Wiley Chin - September 22, 2006 Posted: 6:48:28 PM EDT

I am looking at the list below and I am beginning to wonder if I should at all save for my children's education. It is quite apparent to me that I shouldn't worry about giving them the 'best education' if my sole purpose is that they should live a comfortable life, making enough money for themselves to spend.

No. 1: Bill Gates
Net worth ($bil): 53.0 (up)
Source: Microsoft, software
Age: 50; Marital status: Married, three children
Residence: Medina, Wash.
Education: Harvard University, dropout

No. 2: Warren Buffett
Net worth ($bil): 46.0 (up)
Source: Berkshire Hathaway, Investments
Age: 76; Marital status: Widowed, remarried, three children
Residence: Omaha, Neb.
Education: University of Nebraska Lincoln, Bachelor of Arts/Science; Columbia University, Master of Science

No. 3: Sheldon Adelson
Net worth ($bil): 20.5 (up)
Source: Casinos, hotels
Age: 73; Marital status: Married, five children, one divorce
Residence: Las Vegas
Education: City College of New York, dropout

No. 4: Lawrence J. Ellison
Net worth ($bil): 19.5 (up)
Source: Oracle Corporation, Software
Age: 62; Marital status: Married, two children, three divorces
Residence: Redwood City, Calif.
Education: University of Illinois, dropout

No. 5: Paul G. Allen
Net worth ($bil): 16.0 (down)
Source: Microsoft, software
Age: 53; Marital status: Single
Residence: Seattle
Education: Washington State University, dropout

NOTE: I hope you do not doubt the merits of making enough money to live a life without financial worries. I am certain you know all parents want their kids to not suffer in life. But beyond that, I believe getting listed as Top 10 Richest Man isn't something anyone should aspire for and I am quite certain those up there did not have that in mind when they build their business empire.

'And there's more to life than making money', did you say?

OF COURSE! 

:p

 

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Who are we not to be?
by Chief Alchemist a.k.a Wiley Chin - September 20, 2006 Posted: 12:14:12 PM EDT

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, georgeous, talented, fabulous?   Actually who are we not to be?   You are the child of God. Your playing small doesn't serve the world. There's nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We are born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in all of us. And as we let our light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we're liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.

~ Marianne Williamson.   


Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our happiness.

~ Viktor E. Frankl  

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Fiery Food for Thoughts
by Chief Alchemist a.k.a Wiley Chin - September 4, 2006 Posted: 11:22:04 AM EDT

I bought a brilliant book yesterday at MPH Subang Parade. 

It is called 'World On Fire : How Exporting Free Market Democracy Breeds Ethnic Hatred & Global Instability'. The person below is Amy Chua. She is the author of the book. 


Chua, Amy; Professor of Law, Yale University; Author of World on Fire: 'The Myths of Globalization, Markets, Democracy, and Ethnic Hatred,' 

Below is a segment of her Introduction to the book.
 
'One morning in September 1994, I received a call from my mother in California. In a hushed voice, she told me that my Aunt Leona, my father's twin sister, had been murdered in her home in the Philippines, her throat slit by her chauffeur. My mother broke the news to me in our Hokkien Chinese dialect. But the word 'murder' she said in English, as if to wall off the act from the family through language.

The murder of a relative is horrible for anyone, anywhere. My father's grief was impenetrable; to this day, he has not broken his silence on the subject. For the rest of the family, though, there was an added element of disgrace. For the Chinese, luck is a moral attribute, and a lucky person would never be murdered. Like having a birth defect, or marrying a Filipino, being murdered is shameful.

My three younger sisters and I were very fond of my Aunt Leona, who was petite and quirky and had never married. Like many wealthy Filipino Chinese she had multiple bank accounts, in Honolulu, San Francisco and Chicago. She visited us in the US regularly. Having no children of her own, she doted on her nieces and showered us with trinkets. As we grew older, the trinkets became treasures. On my tenth birthday she gave me ten small diamonds, wrapped in toilet paper. My aunt loved diamonds and bought them by the dozen, concealing them in empty Elizabeth Arden moisturiser jars. She liked accumulating things. When we ate at McDonald's, she stuffed her Gucci purse with free packets of ketchup.

According to the police report, my Aunt Leona, 'a 58-year-old single woman,' was killed in her living room with a 'butcher's knife' at 8pm on 12th September 1994. Two of her maids were questioned, and they confessed that Nilo Abique, my aunt's chauffeur, had planned and executed the murder with their assistance. But Abique, the report went on to say, had 'disappeared.' The two maids were later released.

My relatives arranged a funeral for my aunt in the prestigious Chinese cemetery in Manila where many of my ancestors are buried. After the funeral, I asked one of my uncles whether there had been any developments in the murder investigation. He replied tersely that the killer had not been found. His wife added that the police had essentially closed the case.

I could not understand my relatives' almost indifferent attitude. Why were they not more shocked that my aunt had been killed by people who worked for her, lived with her, saw her every day? Why were they not outraged that the maids had been released? When I pressed my uncle, he was short with me. 'That's the way things are here,' he said...'

Read the rest of the Introduction to the book reproduced on Prospect Magazine UK.

Vengeful Majorities
In many poor countries, markets concentrate wealth in the hands of prosperous ethnic minorities. In these places, democracy can be an engine of vengeance. 

Go to full article on Prospect Magazine >>> Click here 

Some good links to Amy Chua:

Conversations with Amy Chua: Institute of International Studies, UC Berkeley>>
http://globetrotter.berkeley.edu/people4/Chua/chua-con0.html 

Watch the video here (RealPlayer needed) >>
http://webcast.ucsd.edu:8080/ramgen/UCSD_TV/8639.rm 

Salon : 'World On Fire' by Amy Chua >>
http://dir.salon.com/story/books/review/2003/01/13/democracy/print.html 

Amy Chua on Wikipedia >>
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amy_Chua 

Amy Chua - Homepage @ Yale
http://www.law.yale.edu/faculty/chuacurriculumvitae.htm 

 

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The Secrets of a Head-Hunter
by Chief Alchemist a.k.a Wiley Chin - September 1, 2006 Posted: 1:17:46 PM EDT

I stumbled on this, enjoy!  '-)

Scrap your Psychometric Tests, Here's the Real World Guide to Recruitment!

Put about 100 bricks in some particular order in a closed room with an open window. Then send 2 or 3 candidates in the room and close the door. Leave them alone and come back after 6 hours and then analyze the situation:

If they are counting the bricks.
Put them in the accounts department.

If they are recounting them.
Put them in auditing.

If they have messed up the whole place with the bricks.
Put them in engineering.

If they are arranging the bricks in some strange order.
Put them in planning.

If they are throwing the bricks at each other.
Put them in operations.

If they are sleeping.
Put them in security.

If they have broken the bricks into pieces.
Put them in information technology.

If they are sitting idle.
Put them in human resources.

If they say they have tried different combinations, yet not a brick has been moved. Put them in sales.

If they have already left for the day.
Put them in marketing.

If they are staring out of the window.
Put them on strategic planning.

And then last but not least.

If they are talking to each other and not a single brick has been moved. Congratulate them and put them in board of directors and top management.

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