A Lifelong Love Affair With Books

by Patrick Liew on June 6, 2016

In an increasingly digitized and fast-moving society, there are many distractions, and communications are frequently reduced to sound bites.

As a result, reading as a habit has taken a beating and if this trend continues, we will not be any wiser or healthier as a people.

We should inculcate a lifelong love affair with books because reading is one of the basic building blocks to achieving success and living a great life.

Reading can help us to not only find out about life. It can bring forth life.

Reading is like having a ticket to board a special vehicle, a cheap way to go on an amazing journey to discover more knowledge, events, and experiences. An exploratory trip to discover truths and realities and in the process, help us find our purpose and place under the sun.

The beauty of reading is that we can go on the trip for as long and as intensive as we want, and do it from the comfort and security of our home.

Reading can transport us out of the world. It can give us freedom to roam the expanse of space, time, and history and offer a helicopter and deeper view of almost every idea, concept, emotion, and body of knowledge.

Reading can help us probe the smartest minds and learn from the wisest beings. We can walk where they have walked and go where they have gone. Learn virtually from their failures and build on their successes.

We can also live through their lives and leverage lessons from them to enrich ourselves and others.

Books are like stars that can help to navigate our lives. They trigger ideas and stretch our imagination so that we can see more clearly on our journey.

Reading can show us who we are and who we should be. It can teach us how to live our lives from the start to the end, and help us go from where we are right now to our rightful destination.

We need to find time to read or we may up end up wasting more time because books can teach us how to make full use of our time and lives.

The more we read, the more we can only learn. The more we learn, the more we can improve and achieve better results.

What oxygen is to life, words of wisdom are to our soul. These words of wisdom are like bolts and nuts to help us build strong structures and scaffolds in life.

Words of wisdom are tools to help us respond to the complex and ever-changing currents of life.

In that sense, a good book continues forever. The final “chapter” of the book is about how we have applied the lessons from the book.

The best “ending” of a book is how we have leverage on the lessons to make a positive difference to the people and environment around us.

Go4It!

I hope this message will find a place in your heart.

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Judging Others

by Patrick Liew on June 6, 2016

After my last “retirement,” I invested a lot of time to help SMEs grow their business.

I realised many of the CEOs are fond of criticizing others and throwing mud at their competitors.

Why do they do it?

Let me hazard the following guesses:

1. It makes them feel that they are better than others. They are therefore in a position to pass judgements on them.

They feel good and superior about themselves.

2. They do it as a way to escape from themselves. Instead of confronting their own weaknesses and feeling bad about their weaknesses, they redirect their attention on others

3. They do it as a revenge and to spite others. They don’t have the courage to straighten things out with the other parties and they consciously or unconsciously decide to bring the others down.

4. It is also possible that they have good intentions to help others to change and to become a better person.

They have a mistaken notion that the more they criticise others, the more and faster these people will improve their lives.

What are the consequences of being judgemental?

1. If you are a judgemental person, you will eventually paint a poorer image of yourself than the person you are criticizing.

In fact, you may already have unknowingly built up a negative reputation for complaining, criticizing and condemning others.

2. Nobody likes a self-righteous person. People will avoid you if you continue to play ‘god’ or ‘judge’ in their lives.

If you persist, eventually there will be nobody to judge as your friends would have abandoned you.

3. When you judge others, you will have no space in your heart and mind to see the good in others and build a positive relationship with them.

You may end up living a lonely life and the only person left to criticise is yourself.

4. When you pass judgements on others, you are also inviting others to pass judgements on you. It’s fair game.

If you expect others to be perfect or to set a high standard, others will also expect you to be perfect and to set a high standard in your life too.

5. People will hold you to your yardsticks in life and are inclined to expose you if you don’t walk your talk. In fact, they may become more conscious about the downsides in your life.

As a result, you may bring unnecessary attention to your weaknesses and magnify them for the world to see.

6. When you point a finger at others, not only will four fingers be pointing back at you, people will soon notice that your fingers are not entirely clean and innocent too.

7. When you judge others in their absence, they may also judge you in your absence. They may also not give you a chance to defend yourself if you don’t give them a chance to defend themselves.

8. Soon the people who genuinely want to help you will stay away from you for fear of being judged by you.

As we are all frogs in the well to different degrees, you will suffer the Johari Window syndrome. Nobody will help you see your downsides and help you improve yourself.

You’ll be none the healthier, wiser and better as a person.

Hopefully, judgmental persons will soon realize that throwing mud at one other will only make each other muddy.

Spewing poison at one another will only cause each other to die of poison.

Go4It!

I hope this message will find a place in your heart.

By the way, I have also recorded other reflections.

Please ‘Like’ me on https://m.facebook.com/patrickliewsg

Visit my Inspiration blog at http://liewinspiration.wordpress.com/

For my opinions on social affairs, please visit my Transformation blog at http://hsrpatrickliew.wordpress.com/

Please visit my website, http://www.patrickliew.net

Let’s connect on instagram.com/patrickliewsg
– via @patrickliewsg

https://twitter.com/patrickliew77

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My LinkedIn

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Please read my reflections and continue to teach me.

Life is FUNtastic!

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In an increasingly digitized and fast-moving society, there are many distractions, and communications are frequently reduced to sound bites. As a result, reading as a habit has taken a beating and if this trend continues, we will not be any wiser or healthier as a people We need to inculcate a lifelong love affair with […]

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