Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Work Ethic

I didn't plan at all to write a blog post today, but since many motivational quotes are just floating around in my mind right now, thought I'd share some with you guys out there who might need some encouragement as well. It's been a hectic few weeks since the previous blog post, and till date I'm barely even keeping up with the workload that's coming upon me. There seems to be a backlog building up, and I suppose the only reason why I'm on this Blogger page right now (which in itself is a pretty rare occasion) is that I needed to do some self-motivating. Funnily enough, it seems that by just keeping a positive mindset and having a bit of self-motivation, psychologically things get slightly better.

I remember my pastor saying in the past that, "Show me what a person does day after day, and I can tell you his future". Umm don't fault me for misquoting a few words here and there; it's been years since I heard that quote! Haha but I definitely still remember the gist of it. It's just one of the things which he preached about that really sunk into my heart. What the quote is talking about is actually entirely about work ethic. Now, work ethic has nothing to do with ethics or morality. It refers to a person's hard work and diligence that is consistent day after day. I also remember another thing which pastor mentioned; which was that "The only difference between a professional and an amateur is CONSISTENCY". It is most certainly extremely true.

I can't claim to be the most hardworking person in the world, or the smartest, or even the most determined. But I know that if you put me on the same starting grid (similar qualities and opportunities) as another person who is going to do the same venture as I am; then it's either I get ahead, or I die trying. I'm very inspired by Will Smith. You should watch his Youtube video on work ethic. It's outstanding. It is reflected in the movie he starred in as well, The Pursuit of Happyness, which I highly recommend for everyone to watch.

There seems to be so much to do in life, and yet so little time to do it. If you think that 1 year is a long time, you better think again. When you are so absorbed into a particular thing, it just seems near impossible to dig out enough time to complete everything that you want to do.

In work and life in general, you can't just focus on your career and neglect your family; most importantly your spouse and kids. It doesn't matter whether you are a CEO or an admin personnel. You are always a wife/husband/father/mother first, and then your job second. A man or woman who is so self-absorbed in his/her career will never find fulfillment in his/her job, regardless of how much money he/she earns. That is why no matter how busy I am, I always have to make time for my most important relationships. I can forgo my entire social life for now, but I cannot forgo the relationships that will stay with me for the rest of my life.

But this would naturally lead to the next issue; which is that you now have less time for your work! How do you balance everything? I'm no expert in this, and I don't claim to be a good juggler of it all. But my personal opinion is that you have to sacrifice some of your more precious commodities to make more time. One area could be sleep, the other could be money. I don't have much money to talk about; so the other more important thing which I can give up on is sleep. If you have money, you can figuratively exchange it for time. A case in point is by talking about exactly what my whole company is about, which is increasing PRODUCTIVITY. You guys should probably know by now that I'm in the private jet business. What exactly; I'll reveal very soon! But the most important thing which you get from a private jet is not the luxury or the privacy. It is time. No more check-in waits or long security checks. If you are a busy entrepreneur or CEO, time IS your most important asset. That is why I'm such an advocate of being able to exchange a little bit of money to get a lot more time.

People never appreciate the time they have. I also never really did; until I had to work so many hours in a day that I don't know where else I can squeeze out time from. Travel time is a real terror for me. As much as I can, I'd like to drive. But driving into the central parts of Singapore is complete daylight robbery and it makes the rather poor me even poorer. So usually I would have to opt for public transport. Well, hopefully until I can get to that stage whereby money is no issue! :D

The thing is, even an extra 15 min wasted taking public transport is time which I could spend on anything else that adds value to my life rather than standing in the crowded train like an idiot. For those of you who say you can do work in a train where people are packed like sardines, I congratulate you for being either short enough to be at people's knee height whereby you have more space; or that you are so tall you have tons of space there at the top. And all these wasted time accumulates. Money can actually buy you time; contrary to popular belief.

The one thing which one needs to take note of is consistency in work ethic. Work ethic is not simply saying that you are busy when you are not actually that busy. It is not trying to please your friends while you are trying to manage your work. No, it is being so damned focused on creating sufficient volume in your work such that you are so busy; you don't know what time it is or what day it is. Haha I'm a culprit of sometimes forgetting what day it is. It is vital to keep a scheduler/planner on your mobile (unless you still prefer writing it on a notebook). Even if you don't know what day of the week it is, at least you know what you must do in that day itself. However, you also must know what your own human limits are. If you are on the brink of burn-out, then take a frigging break! If you are an entrepreneur, it doesn't matter whether you take a break on a Saturday or a Thursday. You are supposed to be working everyday anyway so you will be able to make up for the 'lost time'. It's better to be able to fight another day, than to bow out of the fight for a few weeks or months.

I personally feel that one way for a person to relieve some stress is to either go exercise (which I don't LOL) or do read/watch some motivational stuffs on Google/Youtube. Just don't be distracted and end up on Youtube for the next few hours hahaha. I don't normally see blogging as a stress reliever method, but at least for today it seems to be working fine. Forgive me for my ranting if you find it useless or offensive (I hope not!).

Anyway I better stop here before I keep going on and on and waste time. In conclusion, just DON'T BE LAZY! Hope that for any of you out there who just so happen to require some sort of motivation to continue trudging on in your phase of life, at least one or two pointers which I mentioned can help you out. Oh, and do feel free to contact me in any way you know how (even in the comments below) if you want to share with me more tips on increasing productivity. I'll share it with everyone else if I think it makes sense! :)

Warmest Love,
Terence

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