dare to be different!!

...the reason why most people don't succeed is because of their fear to be different...

(Robert T. Kiyosaki)


My business does not look pretty. I don't play the part...don't act it...When my British partners first met me, they thought I was one of our truck drivers... They looked all over my office, looked at everyone but me. Then, the senior guy of the group said, "Oh, we forgot we were in Texas!" I don't own bug hats, but I have a lot of cattle.

(Texan Buckskin)

financial toothache,..

(adapted from Increase your Financial IQ: Robert Kiyosaki)

"having a money problem is like having a toothache,.. if you do not handle the toothache, the toothache makes you feel bad,.. if you feel bad, you may not do well at work because you are irritable,.. not fixing the toothache can lead to further medical complications because it is easy for germs to breed and spread from your mouth,.. one day, you lose your job because you have been missing work due to your chronic illness,.. without a job, you cannot pay your rent,.. if you fail to solve the rent money, you are on the street, homeless, in poor health, eating out of garbage cans, and you still have the toothache,.."

many people do not solve their financial problems when they are small and at the toothache stage,.. instead of solving the problem, they make it worse by ignoring it or not solving the root of the problem,.. for example, when short of money, many people use their credit cards to cover the shortfall,.. soon, they have credit card bills piling up and creditors hounding them for payment,.. to solve the problem, they take out a home equity loan to pay off their credit cards,.. the problem is they keep using the credit cards,.. now, they have a home equity mortgage to pay off and more credit cards,..

to solve this credit problem, they get new credit cards to pay off the old credit cards,.. feeling depressed because of mounting money problems, they use the new cards to take a vacation,.. soon, they cannot pay their mortgage or their credit cards, and decide to declare bankruptcy,.. the trouble with declaring bankruptcy is that the root of the problem is still there, just like the toothache,..

the root of the problem is a lack of financial intelligence, and the problem caused by a lack of financial intelligence is an inability to solve simple financial problems,.. rather than address the root of the problem - spending habits, in this case -  many ignore the problem,.. if you don't pull a weed up by the root, and only cut off the top, it will come back quicker and bigger,.. the same is true for your financial problems,..

(Robert T. Kiyosaki)
Increase your Financial IQ

employees & self-employed vs. business-owner & investor,..

(adapted from CASHFLOW Quadrant: Robert Kiyosaki)

once upon a time there was this quaint little village,.. it was a great place to live except for one problem,.. the village had no water unless it rained,.. to solve this problem once and for all, the village elders decided to put out to bid the contract to have water delivered to the village on a daily basis,.. two people volunteered to take on the task and the elders awarded the contract to both of them,.. they felt that a little competition would keep prices low and insure a back up supply of water,..

the first of the two people who won the contract, Ed, immediate ran out, bought two galvanized steel buckets and began running back and forth along the trail to the lake which was a mile away,.. he immediately began making money as he labored morning to dusk hauling water from the lake with his two buckets,.. he would empty them into the large concrete holding tank the village had built,.. each morning he had to get up before the rest of the village awoke to make sure there was enough water for the village when they wanted it,.. it was a hard work, but he was very happy to be making money for having one of the two exclusive contracts for this business,..

the second winning contractor, Bill, disappeared for a while,.. he was not seen for months, which made Ed very happy since he had no competition,.. Ed was making all the money,..

instead of buying two buckets to compete with Ed, Bill had written a business plan, created a corporation, found four investors, employed a president to do the work, and returned six months later with a construction crew,.. within a year, his team had built a large volume stainless steel pipeline which connected the village to the lake,..

at the grand opening celebration, Bill announced that his water was cleaner than Ed's water,.. Bill knew that there had been complaints about dirt in Ed's water,.. Bill also announced that he could supply the village with water 24 hours a day, 7 days a week,.. Ed could only deliver water on the weekdays,.. he did not work on weekends,.. then, Bill announced that he would charge 75% less than Ed did for higher quality and more reliable source of water,.. the village cheered and ran immediately for the faucet at the end of Bill's pipeline,..

in order to compete, Ed immediately lowered his rates by 75%, bought two more buckets, added covers to his buckets and began hauling four buckets at each trip,.. in order to provide better service, he hired his two sons to give him a hand for the night shift and on weekends,..

when his boys went off to college, he said to them,
"hurry back because someday this business will belong to you,.."

for some reason, after college, his two sons never returned,.. eventually Ed had employees and union problems,.. the union was demanding higher wages, better benefits, and wanted its members to only haul one bucket at a time,..

Bill, on the other hand, realized that if this village needed water then other villages must need water too,.. he wrote his business plan and went off to sell his high speed, high volume, low cost and clean water delivery system to villages throughout the world,.. he only makes a penny per bucket delivered, but he deliverers billions of buckets of water everyday,.. regardless if he works or not, billions of people consume billions of buckets of water, and all that money pours into his bank account,.. Bill had developed a pipeline to deliver money to himself as well as water to the villages,..

Bill lived happily ever after and Ed worked hard for the rest of his life and had financial problems forever after,..


(Robert T. Kiyosaki)

dare to fail,..

the test of a man is the fight he makes,
    the grit that he daily shows;
the way he stands on his feet and takes
    fate's numerous bumps and blows,
a coward can smile when there's naught to fear,
    when nothing his progress bars;
but it takes a man to stand up and cheer
    while some other fellow stars,..

it isn't the victory, after all,
    but the fight that a brother makes;
the man who, driven against the wall,
    still stands up erect and takes
the blows of fate with his head held high;
    bleeding, and bruished, and pale,
is the man who'll win in the by and by,
for he is the one who DARES TO FAIL,..


every failure is a lesson that drives a person to try a new approach never tried before,..

(Billy Lim)
Dare to Fail 4th Ed.

be the best,..

if you can't be a highway, then just be a trail,..
if you can't be the sun, be a star,..
it isn't by size that you win or fail,
be the best of whatever you are!!
(Douglas Mallock)

a real competition,..

(adapted from Dare to Fail 4th Ed.: Billy Lim)

to be competitive is good but with whom are we competing? in the field of competition, there are always winners and losers,.. for every winner, there is always a number of losers,.. how do you take it when you lose? what if your friends are getting ahead of you? what if you failed to succeed? what if you left behind?

it all boils down to who you are competing against,.. many people get caught and their lives become miserable,.. we shouldn't be competing with others, we should be co-operating with others and competing with ourselves,.. the others are for us to use as a yard-stick and nothing more than that,..

"for every winner, there is always a loser,.. if we compete with ourselves and we lose, WHO WINS? think about it,.."

(photo taken from www.fitnessessentials.ca)

many people have been trained to equate success with victory, to equate doing well with beating someone,.. it leads people to assume that only competing against others can lead to achievement and that only by putting one's own-interest first can one become successful,.. Dr Robert Helmreich (psychologist, University of Texas) shows that co-operation with others is much more productive than competition against others,.. to make one person's success dependent on another person's failure (win/lose syndrome) is naturally disruptive and counter productive,..

yes, you are your own greatest competitor,.. but the wrong sense of competing with others has made many people so worried that they begin to think that they just cannot afford to fail,..

failure and achiever,..

contrary to normal perception,
achievers actually fail more times than non-achievers,..
simply because they try more times than non-achievers,..

(Billy Lim)
Dare to Fail 4th Ed.

struggle and hardship,..

the great characters of the world have been those who had struggle against all kinds of hardships,.. if you are not having a hard time, you are not developing your character,.. if things are going easy for you, you are not amounting anything,.. you can never be anything because you are not doing anything,..

(Billy Lim)
Dare to Fail 4th Ed.

battle of life,..

the battle of life, in most cases is fought uphill, and to win it without a struggle is almost like winning without honour,.. if there were no difficulties, there would be nothing to struggle for, there would be nothing to be achieved,.. difficulties may intimidate the weak, but they act only as a wholesome stimulus to men of resolution and valor,.. all experience of life, indeed serves to prove that the impediments thrown in the way of human advancement may, for the most part, be overcome by steady good conduct, honest zeal, activity, perseverance, and by a determination to overcome difficulties,..

(Edmund Burke)

700th failure,..

once two dejected assistants of Thomas Edison said: "we've just completed our seven hundredth experiment and we still don't have the answer. we have failed,.."

"no, my friends, you haven't failed,.." replied Mr. Edison. "it's just that we know more about this subject than anyone else alive. and we are closer to finding the answer because now we know seven hundred things not to do. don't call it a mistake. call it an 'education'.

(Billy Lim)
Dare to Fail 4th Ed.

annoying people,..

there is neither picture nor word could explain on what i feel towards people that are annoying,.. i did never not feeling angry and discomfort in socializing with this guy,.. haaha, it was my fault since i am the one who started the conversation at facebook just now,..

i spent my time online at community sites and reading my favourite blog since i planned to free my mind tonight, from all those notes on fish diseases and feed culture,.. and, i really wished that this time could be used to keep in touch with my friends, knowing what's the latest happening,..

this particular guy was a dearly best friend of mine, long time ago,.. it was really good to be together, mixing with different ethnic groups and cultures,.. however, i began to feel annoyed with his behaviour once he started to disrespect others,.. speaking without thinking, not concern about others people feeling,..

actually, at that time i thought i am the one who was problematic, because my feeling of being annoyed had turned into hatred,.. but, most of my coursemates seemed like to have joined my ship,.. this feeling reached its climax once he moved to my apartment, expressing his annoyance, now in a daily regime,.. that moment never failed in enriching my life with stress and discomfort,..

graduation day should marked the end of everything,.. during my time here in terengganu, i always flashed back most of the memory of the undergraduates,.. i opened the old picture album, and screen through all of it,.. it was really an unforgettable moment!! of sweet and sour of life,..

suatu malam,..

suatu malam yang sepi, hatiku yang telah lama terlena ini tiba-tiba tersedar dari mimpinya,.. seringkali kuinginkan perasaan ini, perasaan yang kurasai ketika di tingkatan empat di kolej abdillah,.. perasaan yang tidak kenal erti kegagalan, yang sentiasa ingin maju ke hadapan,.. perasaan yang sentiasa meniup semangatku,..

sebentar tadi,..
aku berbual dengan ezai, juniorku dari kolej,.. dia masih melayanku seakan-akan masa silam tidak langsung meninggalkan kami, dia masih melayanku seperti aku seperti dulu,..

ingin kuabadikan perasaanku ini, agar aku sentiasa memilikinya,.. dahulu, aku sentiasa positif,.. aku memandang tinggi pada diriku seperti seorang yang telah menempa kejayaan yang besar dalam hidupnya,.. seorang yang sentiasa memimpin, yang dipercayai, sentiasa merendah diri, berprasangka baik dan sentiasa selesa didampingi rakan di sekeliling,..

sebentar tadi,..
aku menelefon ibuku yang berada jauh dariku,.. merasakan diri lamaku ada dalam diriku kini,.. sungguh gembira rasanya dapat berbual dengan keluargaku,..

aku sedang berusaha menyiapkan laporan makmalku,.. sudah banyak yang telah kutaip, kulakukan dengan penuh teliti dan teratur - itulah prinsip hidupku,..

idea realization,..

it's not how many idea you have,
it's how many you make happen,..
(Nurfadhilah Rahim)

speech nervousness,..

"loose yourself, be relaxed and natural during your presentation speech"

enjoy your presentation because it is very brief, chance like this not always come to you,.. take a deep breath, speak slowly and clearly,.. look at all your audience, observe each one of them,.. enjoy this very brief moment, the moment of the point of view of a presentation speaker,.. and most importantly, deliver your speech with confidence and ease,..
(Aman Fathur)

failure and success,..

what people see of my success is only one percent but what they don't see is the 99 percent which are my failure,..
(Soichiro Honda)

angin dan hujan,..

angin mula bertiup kencang, awan hitam mula berhimpun,.. kebelakangan ini, hujan lebat turun hampir setiap petang di bumi Kuala Terengganu menandakan musim tengkujuh yang bakal tiba,.. kebiasaannya, dentuman guruh sentiasa berjaya menarik keresahanku,..

namun, aku masih lagi duduk di mejaku di bilik postgrad AQUATROP di UMT,.. hari ini aku tidak perlu risau akan hujan kerana rakanku waiho ada di sini,.. maksudnya, aku tidak perlu berjalan kaki bersama hafiz pulang ke rumah,.. hanya duduk di kerusi empuk kereta fazhan yang gagah meredah hujan,..

buku motivasi yang kupinjam di PSNZ dua minggu lalu telahpun kuhabiskan hari ini,.. ia telah membuka mindaku dan memberikanku sumber inspirasi,.. banyak yang dapat kupelajari darinya, tetapi lebih banyak lagi yang kupelajari dari diri ini,..

skill improvement,..

skill is required for us to complete our task successfully,.. and, efficiently,.. efficient here means that the job is done with acceptable level of quality and within short period of time,.. due to this, skill improvement can be considered as very important,.. izu (2008) suggested in his book that we should locate most of our time for skill improvement rather than competing the task, itself,..

"if i've been given 9 hours to chop down trees, i will use 6 hours of it to sharpen my axe" (Abraham Lincoln)

however, we can also improve our skill even during the completion of the task,.. school assignments, for instance,.. can be used as a platform for us to improve our typing skill,.. but, before that, we need to study the correct technique in typing from books or software for us to determine our current level of typing and for us to construct the skill's development,.. from that, we will not only able to complete our assignment but also improve our typing skill,..

remember, jobs you performed if you have the right attitude, always provide learning experience and skill improvement,.. it is only up to you to discover and take the best from it,.. doesn't it better for you to improve yourself rather than for the sake of making it done only?

work and job,..

"work to learn, not to earn"

everything you do, no matter how small and boring, offers learning opportunities,.. think deeper the meaning of cleaning your room, taking out the trash, or stacking cans on shelves,..
(Robert Kiyosaki)

science and ideas,..

science always need good ideas and good ways of proving those ideas,..
(Sydney Brenner)

menggenggam masa,..

masa seperti kian berlari jauh meninggalkan diriku yang alpa,.. kurang dari seminggu lagi peperiksaan akhir akan tiba, lima hari kemudiannya adalah tarikh pembentangan kertas cadangan projek kajian yang akan kujalankan,.. setiap hari yang berlalu, seakan-akan terlalu sedikit produktiviti yang kulakukan,.. persediaan untuk peperiksaan akhir belum lagi kukuh,.. kertas cadangan belum lagi lengkap, padahal ianya melibatkan dua bidang yang kritikal dalam akuakultur,.. bakteriologi untuk penyakit ikan dan kultur makanan hidup, dua bidang yang sangat asing bagiku,..

kusediakan dua topik untuk projek kajianku kerana jika boleh, aku ingin menjalankan salah satunya di kampung halamanku, kuching sarawak,.. secara khususnya, Institut Penyelidikan Perikanan Cawangan Sarawak (IPPCS),.. projek kajian ini melibatkan kajian ke atas kaedah diagnostik dalam mengesan profil bakteria yang wujud dalam produk akuakultur yang mungkin membawa kepada penularan sesuatu penyakit,.. kit diagnostik komersial, tindakbalas rantai enzim polimer (PCR) dan ujiam biokimia akan kugunakan untukku mencapai objektif kajianku,..

sebagai langkah berjaga-jaga, aku telah sediakan satu lagi topik untukku jalankan di UMT,.. 'aplikasi bioreaktor cahaya ringkas aliran udara sebagai alternatif kepada sistem konvensional pengkulturan mikroalga', itulah tajuk kajian keduaku,.. kajian ini akan kujalankan hanya jika aku tidak berjaya menjalankan topik kajian yang kucadangkan di atas,.. kemahiran dan pengetahuan yang kugunakan dalam penyediaan kertas cadangan kajian ini adalah berasa daripada projek tahun akhirku, secara khususnya fermentasi,.. ini kerana, kedua-dua topik ini melibatkan kultur organisma,..

semoga aku dapat menggenggam masa dengan lebih kuat, agar ia tidak terus meninggalkanku,.. detik ini, aku amat memerlukan masa untuk memastikan aku terus bergerak ke hadapan,..

kisah cintaku,..

di malam yang sunyi ini, aku bersendirian,.. tiada seorang pun yang menemani diriku ini, membuatkanku kembali ke masa silam mengenangkan kembali kisah cintaku ketika aku berada dalam tingkatan 4, kolej datu patinggi abang haji abdillah, kuching,.. detik di mana cinta pertamaku pergi meninggalkan diriku,.. hanya dirimu yang kucinta dan kukenang, kekasihku,.. aku masih tak percaya, kau telah tiada,..

namun, akhirnya kini kusedari kau telah pergi tinggalkan diriku,.. dengan kecewa, aku bertanya kepada diriku adakah semua ini akan terulang lagi, kisah cintaku yang seperti dulu? kekasihku, hanya dirimu yang kicinta dan kukenang,.. di dalam hatiku takkan pernah hilang bayangan dirimu, untuk selamanya,..


setelah kau pergi, hilang semua cahaya dalam hidupku,.. aku hilang punca,.. aku teruskan hidupku walaupun semuanya kelihatan semakin kelam dan gelap,.. kukumpulkan cebisan-cebisan semangat yang masih kumiliki untuk kupujuk diri ini,.. aku bukan lagi seorang pelajar yang aktif dan ceria, hanya seorang yang diselubungi kesedihan dan kehampaan,.. disekitarku, aku hanya dapat mentafsir kegelapan semata-mata,..

rakan-rakan karibku, fakhri, zakia dan shifah, menghampiriku dan menanyakanku  sebab sebenarnya yang membelengguku,.. buat pertama kalinya setelah 3 bulan, aku mengukir senyuman,.. aku tidak menyangka masih ada yang mengambil berat terhadap diriku ini,.. namun, aku menafikan segalanya dan menyatakan tiada sebarang masalah pun,.. kerana bagiku, kisah cintaku adalah rahsia,..

waktu petangku, aku luangkan untuk membaca kembali semua surat cinta yang diutus oleh kekasihku,.. hatiku sebak dan terluka,.. ingin sahaja aku koyakkan dadaku, dan kukeluarkan hatiku yang sakit,.. kerana, tidak mampu lagi aku menanggung segala kesedihan ini,..

akhirnya aku kecundang juga,..

kekasihku, kaulah semangatku kaulah nyawaku,.. di dalam hatiku, sentiasa ada dirimu ke mana sahaja kakiku melangkah,.. namun, kini kosong,.. kuhilang segala gelak tawa dan senyumanku,.. haruskah kupergi tinggalkan dunia agar aku dapat kembali ke masa silamku? agar kita dapat kembali bersama lagi, kekasihku?

awan hitam mula berhimpun di suatu petang menandakan ribut akan tiba,.. aku menetapkan pendirianku, aku nekad,.. tidak mampu lagi kuteruskan degupan jantungku ini, sekali-kali tanpa dirimu, kekasihku,.. aku tunaikan solat yang kusangka solat terakhir dalam hidupku,.. aku memohon segala keampunan atas keputusanku, aku juga berdoa agar pemergianku ini tidak mendatangkan sebarang kesusahan kepada keluargaku,.. akhirnya, aku pengsan akibat pengambilan sejenis ubat melebihi tahap yang dibenarkan,..


aku telah pergi meninggalkan dunia ini, meninggalkan segala-galanya,..

agar aku dapat berjumpa denganmu,..

rumah panjang,..

dua puluh tiga hari lagi aku akan kembali ke kampung halamanku,.. tiga minggu dan dua hari, akan kutunggu hari itu tiba,.. hari ini cuaca di kuala terengganu mendung sahaja, sekarang hujan turun membasahi bumi,.. sejuk dan nyaman sekali suasana, menyelesakan diriku yang diselubungi sakit,.. bilakah akan sembuh sakit di dadaku ini? esok ahad, semua penduduk pantai timur akan kembali bekerja,.. semoga minggu yang akan datang ini akan menjanjikan produktiviti yang lebih tinggi untuk diriku,..

petang yang indah,..

terima kasih kepada keluarga Che Rah dari wakaf mempelam kerana menjemputku dan rakan serumah datang untuk makan tengah hari,.. sedap sekali masakan Che Rah, buat kali pertama aku merasai nasi bukhari,.. suasana petang diambil di kawasan tambakan Lapangan Terbang Sultan Mahmud, ke arah pantai Tok Jembal,.. matahari yang terbenam menenangkan hati yang gundah gulana,..

kehijauan hutan,..

pemandangan di atas merupakan suasana yang diambil dari puncak F12 santubong,.. gambar tersebut diambil oleh rakanku, raymond yeo semasa ekspedisi mendaki yang kami lakukan ketika di UNIMAS dulu,.. kadang-kala aku terfikir aku seakan-akan tidak bersyukur berpeluang belajar di UMT, kerana aku asyik teringatkan kampung halamanku,.. aku sentiasa ingin pulang,.. tetapi, kegembiraan rakan-rakan sekelasku membuatkan aku terfikir sejenak,.. tidakkah mereka rindu akan kampung halaman mereka? maafkanku atas tindakanku ini, aku memang ingin pulang,..

kampung halamanku,..

tiada apa yang kulakukan hari ini, hanya berehat di rumah sahaja memandangkan aku tidak ke kampus,.. petangnya aku pun membuat keputusan untuk berjalan kaki ke kawasan tambakan pantai berdekatan dengan Lapangan Terbang Sultan Mahmud,.. bandaraya Kuala Terengganu kelihatan dengan jelas,.. mengikut anggaran GPS, bandaraya Kuching terletak dalam garis lurus 900km di sebelah seberang kawasan laut dalam gambar di atas,.. jika dapat kurenangi, mahu sahaja aku kembali ke kampung halamanku,..

urusan diselesaikan,..

akhirnya, setelah enam bulan aku berjaya mendermakan darahku,.. aku pernah diarahkan balik tanpa dapat menderma kerana arteriku terlalu susah untuk dijejak,.. walau bagaimanapun, dengan kepakaran yang tinggi serta pengalaman yang mendalam, staf perubatan hospital sultanah nur zahirah telah membuktikan semuanya,.. transkrip asli ijazah sarjana muda yang kuterima semasa sesi konvokesyen unimas ke-13 yang lalu juga telah kuserahkan ke sekolah siswazah UMT, urusan yang telah kutangguh sejak dua bulan yang lalu,..

menghitung hari,..

sudahpun dipastikan tarikh untukku kembali ke sarawak adalah pada 3hb november ini,.. setelah berbincang dengan senior-senior berkenaan aktiviti yang mungkin akan dilakukan setelah peperiksaan akhir, aku dan hafiz akhirnya dapat membuat keputusan untuk menempah tiket balik ke sarawak,.. sekarang ini aku telahpun mempunyai matlamat serta hari yang dinanti sebagai pencetus semangat untukku berjuang mengejar ilmu di tanah terengganu ini,..

projek kajian msc,..

dr zaleha sudah mengerah anak-anak buahnya untuk menghantar kertas cadangan untuk projek kajian sarjana akuakultur mod kerja kursus agar mudah perbincangan serta penetapan penyelia dilakukan,.. ini memberikan aku dan rakanku, hafiz idea untuk melakukan projek kajian kami di sarawak,.. ada juga peluang untuk kembali sambil bekerja memandangkan tempoh cuti sebulan setengah yang panjang,.. insyaAllah, jika segalanya dalam rancangan dapatlah kami melakukan projek kajian kami di kuching, sarawak,..

perjalanan ilmuku,..

walaupun dah beberapa bulan berlalu, unimas tetap di hatiku,.. tapi, perjuangan mengejar ilmu harus diteruskan walau ke manapun,.. daripada peringkat sarjana muda dalam bioteknologi, aku meneruskan perjalanan ilmuku dalam bidang akuakultur di universiti malaysia terengganu,.. ternyata kehidupan prasiswazah berbeza sekali dengan pascasiswazah,.. namun, inilah yang harus dihadapi semua,.. perjalanan tidak harus terhenti di situ saja,..
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