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eNewsletter September 2012

Dear Everyone,

Hi! And how are you all? August was a great month. Firstly, Hari Raya Aidil Fitri is always a special occasion and I, like most Malaysians took the opportunity to go to the open houses of my Muslim friends. As much as I told myself to be in control of how much I eat, I can honestly say that I always lost the battle i.e. I ate much more than what I should. My only form of solace is that it is only once a year (strangely, I say that for Chinese New Year and Deepavali too!!!)

I was glued to my television for the whole month watching all the sporting events especially the Olympics. It was awesome!!! It was emotional, exciting and electrifying at times! My family and I were so caught up with the events that we were at times screaming and cheering so loudly for our favorite athletes, that even neighbors inquired if everything was okay. And when the athletes we supported did not win, we would all have that sense of disappointment and a little bit of sadness. There was also drama from the Korean fencer who was robbed of a gold medal because of a time correction to the final dive of our own Pandelela. In that sense we were on a roller coaster of highs and lows and we loved every minute of it!!



As I was watching the athletes, I could not help but also look at it from a management perspective i.e. what can we learn from them. Two main things stand out clearly.

a. Definition of Success - There were different interpretations of the meaning of success to different athletes. Some considered taking part in the Olympics as success, some considered winning a medal as success, some considered only winning gold as success. In that context, we will all have to define success in our own individual perspective. There is no common one for everyone. But importantly, whatever our definition of success is, we will always have to strive and persevere before we are able to achieve it. Success is not something that comes automatically or casually into our lives, we will always have to work for it. Even the athletes who considered taking part in the Olympics as success had to put in a lot of work and effort in order to achieve this. It was not something put on a platter for them.

b. The Law of Sacrifice. Irrespective of what your definition of success is, another thing that was clear from the athletes at the Olympics was that they all had to put in a lot of effort and time into achieving success. They had to make many, many sacrifices. Some of the swimmers and gymnasts for example, had to sacrifice their whole teenage-hood just to ensure that they achieved success in their particular discipline. How many of us would want and be willing to do that? Not many, I am sure. This is what I term as the law of sacrifice i.e. you cannot get something you want, without giving up something in return. To achieve success, you will have to give up things that are of lower value as compared to the achievement of your goal.

If you want to be the best, then you are going to have to do more than what others do. For example, Kobe Bryant, in the off season, practices and shoots a basketball 2000 times a day and that's why he is one of the best basketballers in the world. Not many basketballers are willing to do that and therefore they remain 'ordinary'. Any person can remain ordinary, but those who will work hard, and be willing to make sacrifices will become extraordinary people. As someone said, "The road to success is narrow, and many will miss it because the road to failure is broad and easy". In that context, most people yearn for success, but always try to take the 'easy' way out ie using the broad and easy road.

I really do hope that you will make the decision to become extraordinary today!! Thank you for taking the time to read this newsletter. I do hope it has made you reflect a little bit on your life and career. Do have a great month in September!

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Heera Singh
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HEERA Training and Management Consultancy
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