Happy New Year, 2005!
by Chief Alchemist a.k.a Wiley Chin - January 3, 2005 Posted: 4:54:59 PM EDT

This is it! 2005. I am 40 now. I was 14 a few days ago! Honest! '-)

A lecturer of mine, Edward Dorall (he taught us drama, super guy with a wicked sense of humor), once told us that life gets better as you grow in years. I was 24 then. And he looked 104 to me then. (OK no, he was 54, I think) But I didn't buy what he said then.

I had this idea that you go down hill after you hit 30. Why? Because when I was a kid growing up in a small town in Johor, anyone who's more than 25 years old will look worn out and scarred by life. In retrospection, I think it was because of the hardship they had to endure. The menial works, the stress of making just enough to feed a family of 8.

Now I am 40 and I feel great. I read a book by Gail Sheeny, I forgot the name. In it she calls the 40s 'The Age of Plenty'. Or something like that. I'll go check if you really want to know.

Now here I am. 40, 2 kids, 1 wife (same one throughout). Happy! Challenged! Inspired! All ready to slay dragons!

I am ready to take on the world with my team at XiMnet! We are heading for Langkawi for a retreat this Thursday to Saturday. (6th-8th Jan, 2005).

Oh and I've bought Covey's The 8th Habit. What do I think of it? Here's what I thought of it.


It's got to be one of those books that will make a difference in my journey ahead. And I am going to share this with everyone at XiMnet

The 8th Habit: From Effectiveness to Greatness. Stephen R. Covey

Happy New Year 2005!

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XiMnet Malaysia Sdn. Bhd.

An alchemist of the Internet and marketing strategies, leading the charge to put our creative and software talents into serving companies who are out to slay the global giants. Also known as Chief of Caffeine Consumption and hallucinates between projects. Yes, that accounts for his “giant slaying” stuff.

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