Saturday, August 28, 2010

Lesson from Da Vinci

Earlier today, I was reading a Malaysian Magazine backdated on Feb issue. Even the issue was backdated, never do the lessons. On a column by Rajen Devadason, he shares 5 'Money and Life' Ideas from Da Vinci. Leonardo Da Vinci, was also well-known with his greatest masterpiece named Mona Lisa. Past few years, he again was made well-known on the Da Vinci Code movie and novel. Here are the 5 Lessons:

1. 'One can have no smaller or greater mastery than mastery of oneself.'
In order for you to become the 'bigger' you, or to achieve what you want to be, you need to master yourself first. The level you are now is depends on what you have mastered. My easiest example is, Aminah, a clerk could never become a CEO of a large corporation, basically because she have never had mastered herself. Unless he grow and master herself, only he can made it to the top, regardless which approach she might take. Same goes to Tun Dr. Mahathir, cannot go small because his 'kasta' was high. It simply means, he has successfully master himself.

2. 'I have been impressed with the urgency of doing. Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Being willing is not enough; we must do.'
The magic word here is 'ACTION'. Everybody can talk but very less can take action. I took this small action of writing this blog to share with you, the reader, immediately after reading this because I was motivated by this point. In other words, Da Vinci wants to explain that Knowledge is not Power. Knowledge is just a potential power.

3. 'He who wishes to be rich in a day will be hanged in a year'
As my earlier post, the keywords: "Delay Gratification". If you able to master this, your financial future is almost guaranteed.

4. 'Water us the driving force of all nature.'
In the article, Rajan mentioned that Da Vinci has deepest interest with water. The point here is, we were made 70% out of water. If majority of our part is water, doesn't it make sense to take more of it, rather than solid food?

5. 'It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things.'
Like I heard before, the world is made out of 3 types of person:
i. People who make things happened.
ii. People who watch things happened.
iii. People are wondering, what had happened???

Which of the above categories you want to be at?

You can benefits more of Rajan articles and stuffs at

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Turn Desires Into Gold

I would like to share the six steps recommended by Napoleon Hill inside "Think and Grow Rich" Chapter 2: Desire.

He clearly mentioned a method that can easily be applied to anybody who desire to become rich and wealthy.

"6 Ways To Turn Desires Into Gold"

1st: Fix in your mind the exact amount of money you desire. It is not sufficient merely to say "I want plenty of money." Be definite as to the amount. (There is a psychological reason for definiteness which he described in other chapter of the book).

2nd: Determine exactly what you intend to give in return for the money you desire. (There is no such reality as "something for nothing").

3rd: Establish a definite date when you intend to possess the money you desire.

4th: Create a definite plan for carrying out you desire, and begin at once, whether you are ready or not, to put this plan into action.

5th: Write out a clear, concise statement of the amount of money you intend to acquire, name the time limit for its acquisition, state what you intend to give in return for the money, and describe clearly the plan through which you intend to accumulate it.

6th: Read your written statement aloud, twice daily, once just before retiring at night, and once after arising in the morning. As you read-see and feel and believe yourself already in possession of the money. It is important that you follow the instructions described in these 6 steps.