Can You Sacrifice for the Greater Good?

To be a hero, we have to make choices that many are not willing to make. We have to make the sacrifice that many are unwilling to do.

In the 90s, Dr Shuping Wang has sacrifice job, her marriage, her happiness and her home to expose an HIV scandal in China.

Dr Shuping_Wang
Dr Shuping Wang

The local blood bank of Henan was trying to hide the epidemic of HIV cases. She found that as high as 13% of the donated blood was HIV positive. She reported the case to the central government. Due to the crack-down by the government, her colleagues were not happy. Eventually, her marriage broke down due to her husband was also ostracised by his colleague in the Ministry of Health.

In 2001, she left for the US and never went back to China. She left everything back in China. Her action has saved thousands of lives, especially the poor and those who are at risk.

Dr Wang died on 21 September during a hike with her friends. She was 59 years of age.

The measurement of life is not through time but how we have lived life. For Dr Wang, she may have died young. Her action has helped more people than many of us do in a lifetime.

She took the most difficult path of her life. She did the right thing at the cost of her everything. Not many can do what she did. She is not famous in her home country. The people who were saved by her action will never know her. They will never know her sacrifice.

Are you willing to do the right thing and sacrifice everything? And you probably be forgotten by history.

We may not have the chance to do something as great as dr Wang. We can live a life of truth, kindness and justice. Listen to your heart and you will know what you need to do. Start today and is a life that is worth living.

Gain More By Sharing

For those who want to have a quality network or quality audience. LinkedIn is the perfect platform to get connected with professionals who are like you.
How do you stand out from a noisy and large crowd? In fact, how do you attract the correct group of people’s attention?

The keyword is “sharing”.

In LinkedIn, I would share technology news, productivity ideas and lifehacks that I find interesting.

I would use a tool called Buffer to schedule my postings. This tool helps me to stay engaged with my audience, especially on days where I am busy and could not do any postings.

Lately, I have participated in LinkedIn’s Daily Rundown. The editors share a daily writeup that made up of three pieces of news and a quote from a business leader.

I would take part in the discussion and share comments that I believe I can contribute to the writeup. I have been contributing to the writeup for four days.

Linkedin view
Linkedin view

The result is obvious. The number of views of my profile increased by 25%. I have also gained two new connections.

Does the increase in views and connections bring me immediate rewards? Probably not. However, by keeping myself relevant and taking part in the discussion, it helps me to keep studying and stay relevant to the industry.

If I never needed help or contact. I know I can to rely on my LinkedIn connections.

Does sharing work outside of LinkedIn? Yes! The act of sharing is the greatest gift. You can share your time by helping out at the local community hall. You can share your expertise on Quora. You can share knowledge with colleagues or classmates.

Through sharing, you know your knowledge gaps and you can improve on it.

The world does not owe anyone anything. We have to fight for what we want. Before we can receive what we want. We got to share it. Through sharing, we get recognition. We become the go-to person. By being the go-to person, opportunities will come our way.

See the world in abundance, and you will receive far more than you gave.

Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff

Amor Fati
Amor Fati

Hundred years from today, who will remember us? Probably no one. A rude driver cuts into your lane, does it matter one year from today?

Don’t sweat the small stuff.

Life will frustrate you. Life will throw a curveball at you during the most inconvenient time. If you get upset with everything that is not going well in your life, you live a miserable life. 

German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche used the term “Amor fati“. In Latin, it means “love of one’s fate”. To love life is to accept life in its entirety. Loving life means accepting all the suffering and challenges. 

Human life is not short, nor is long. It is about how we manage life, to be productive, to be mindful, to live a life of loving-kindness. 

If you ever feel challenged or frustrated. Ask yourself, is it preventing you from living your full potential? If not, let it be. Don’t sweat the small stuff. 

Stop The Negative Labelling

label
label

Do you ever call yourself a procrastinator?
Do you ever call yourself a cheater?
The self-talk and labelling have prevented you from moving ahead in life.
You may have procrastinated but you are NOT a procrastinator.
You may have cheated but you are NOT a cheater.
By recognizing the labelling that you put on yourself. You will be on your way to recovery and change.
You are a go-getter. You are an honest person.

You cannot Control Life

God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,

Courage to change the things I can,

And wisdom to know the difference.

It is the Serenity Prayer.

Life is never under our control. The only thing that we can control is our actions. The action to give up. The action to keep going. The action to accept.

The first feature of life is suffering. Without suffering we do not appreciate the moments of happiness. Life is filled with disappointments, sufferings, sickness, accident, deaths. To live life is to face disappointments.

Appreciate the good moments of life. Be ready for the bad moments of life. Do not be paralysed when life strikes at you.

Remind yourself, nothing is permanent. Happiness is not permanent. Suffering is not permanent.

May the Serenity Prayer brings you the courage to take action and accept life’s uncertainty. 

When Jealousy Strike

Jealousy
Jealousy

I used to get jealous of other people’s success and achievement. The use of social media has released the green-eyed monster within me. I get jealous of all sorts of reasons. Someone is getting a new car? I am jealous. Someone is going on a nice holiday? I am jealous.

Jealousy has paralyzed me. I did not take action. I blame bad luck. I blame my job. I blame everyone except myself.

Jealousy can be useful. Jealousy can be a tool to help you.

Jealousy can make you take action. Channel the negative energy into something useful. Instead of blaming others, take ownership of your life and take action.

Cut back on social media. People put the best part on social media. Sometimes they manufacture their happiness on social media. You never know the sweat and tears behind those smile. Feeling awful about yourself because of someone’s holiday? It is time to cut back on social media.

Be grateful. Write down 10 things that went well from the last 24 hours. By spending time what went well in your life. You will see that your life is not as bad as you imagined.

Jealous is normal. It is a human emotion. Let jealousy drive you in the right direction. Accept it. Let it go. Take action.

Your Life is like a Bus Ride

Bus ride
Bus ride

Imagine yourself boarding a bus. You do not know where you are heading. There is no driver.

In the bus, you meet people who care about you. You will also meet people who behave badly towards you.

You cannot get off the bus.

The bus will go through traffic jam and breakdown. The bus will also go through beautiful places.

The bus only travels at a constant speed. It will not go faster or slower.

During the journey, the passengers will board the bus and get off the bus. Every passenger has their stops. You have your stop.

Welcome to the bus of life.

In this journey, you will face life’s challenges. Those challenges will come and go. Be assured, none of it is permanent.

You will also face good times and happiness. These are not permanent as well.

The bus will just keep going. When it reaches your stop, you will have to get off the bus. The bus will continue its journey without you.

During this journey, you will learn that life is not permanent. Besides your action and thoughts. Nothing is under your control.

Whatever life throws at you. Manage each moment with your best effort. Surrender to life but never take each moment for granted. If you have to play, play hard. If you have to work, work hard. If you have to rest, rest hard.

Let your action fill the world with loving-kindness. Then, it is a life that is worth living.

Do This When You are Stuck for Ideas

ideas
ideas

Ideas keep the world moving. James Altucher encourages his readers to write 10 ideas everyday. The practice is to strengthen the muscle idea. Let the bad ideas come out before picking the good ones.

Writing 10 ideas a day is not easy. Finding ideas to write is not easy.

I find myself getting stuck with problems all the time.

Whenever I feel I am stuck, I would clean up my environment.

If I am at my study desk, I will clean up my desk or the room. If I am at the cafe, I will clear the table and only leave what is important on the table.

Soon, ideas will start flowing.

If it still does not work? At least, I have a clean environment to work on. It works most of the time.

Nobody Gives a Fuck About Your Dream

Middle Finger
Middle Finger

Read this again, “Nobody gives a fuck about your dream”.

Everyone has their dream to chase. They have no obligation to support your dream.

Stop complaining about nobody cares. You are right that nobody cares.

If you want others to care about your dream. You have to sell the dream to them. Make the dream to be part of their dream. Two persons chasing the same dream is better than one. Three persons chasing the same dream is better than two. Leverage other’s strength to attain your goal.

Instead of complaining, you have to sell your dream. Take ownership of your dream. That’s how you start and that’s how you will finish.

How to Kill Time

Hour Glass
Stop killing time, hour glass

There are moments in a day where you have too much time to waste but too little time to do anything productive. So some ask, “How to kill time?”.

The short answer is never to kill time. Time is a resource that is not renewable. You may think that you have all the time in the world. Time is never enough and it is not predictable.

If you find yourself wanting to kill time. Ask yourself what you can do to make yourself better or the world better?

Here are some quick ideas. Here is a hint, checking social media is not on the list.

Meditate. Take a moment and be aware of your breathing. Imagine yourself carrying to huge bags. One of the bags is called “Past”, the other bag is called “Future”. Put down the two bags and be aware of your breath. You are now in the present moment.

Nap. There are 70 million adults in the United States suffered one or several kinds of sleep disorder. For myself, I do not get enough sleep. If there is time, I will nap for 20 minutes. It helps the body to rest and to stay focused. This is far better than drinking coffee.

Get moving. Get down and start doing some push-ups. If push-ups are too difficult, do some stretching. Simple exercise gets the blood flowing. It also brings attention to your body and breathing.

Call someone. When is the last time you talk to your loved ones? Give that person a call. There is no such thing as spending too much time with someone that you care.

Journal. When is the last time you had a chat with yourself? Sit down and quietly reflect on your life. Write down whatever that comes to your mind. Let your finger do the talking. The purpose is just to put down your thoughts on paper. Magically, you will soon gain insight into yourself.

Killing time is killing yourself. There is always something worthwhile to do.