You Will Never Know Unless You Try

Posted on November 25, 2007 by Hye

Do you agree?

I can't exactly remember the first person who quoted me the quote above. It could be my mom, grandpa, a friend, or a teacher. I dunno (shrug). Whoever that person was, I owe him or her. The line above served as one of my mottos in life. Whenever I want to try something but I have second thoughts, I just remind myself "You'll never know unless you try". It made me optimistic toward something.

It made me try and give my best to whatever I do. And when I fail to that something, I just say "At least I tried".

I know there are a lot of people who are scared to try something because they are afraid of failure. Or maybe, they are afraid of the word "no". But how can you know how something feels like if you don't try.

How could you know the feeling of being successful if you don't give a try?

How could you know that a person loves you if you don't ask him or her?

How could you know the answer if you won't seek for it?

How could you...? etc... etc...

Life is a risk. I think we all know that. So what's keeping us from not doing what we want to do? Life is too short to waste that for having second thoughts. Who knows? Maybe that thing is the best for you. You will never know unless you try, right? :D

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What Money Can't Buy

Posted on November 23, 2007 by Hye

Last week, I discussed on one of my post that life is not only about money. Today, I want to give my opinion about the things money can't buy.

We know that money is a necessity. It is a necessary part of our life. Without it, I admit we will not survive nor have the luxuries we wanted.

Most people say that money can buy everything. It can make the world go round. One can have everything he wanted as long as he has the money.

Most people may agree with this. Maybe you do, too.

Well, I don't :D

I don't agree that money can buy EVERYTHING because I know there are some things that money can't buy. Money can only buy the material things in this world but it can never buy the spiritual and emotional aspects of life.

Money can't buy real joy and happiness. Money can't buy love. Money can't buy life. Money can't buy real friends and family. Money can't buy eternity.

I guess the real and exact statement should be “Money can almost buy everything”, not “Money can buy everything” :D

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A Simple or True Friend?

Posted on November 21, 2007 by Hye

A simple friend thinks the friendship is over when you have an argument.
A real friend calls you after you had a fight.
A simple friend expects you to always be there for them.
A real friend expects to always be there for you!
A simple friend reads this message and deletes it.
A real friend passes it on and sends it back to you!

Pass this on to anyone you care about......if you get it back you have no beginning, no end. It keeps us together, like our Circle of Friends. Today I pass the friendship ball to you. Pass it on.

I receive this chain message months ago. It was sent by a close friend. I am not into chain messaging but, I sent the message to all people close to me. It's not because I am "threatened" by the sentence "A simple friend reads this message and deletes it. A real friend passes it on and sends it back to you!". I know in my heart that I am a real friend to my friends. The reason I sent this chain message is because I wanted my friends to read this.

If you were to receive this message, will you send it to your friends and back to the person who sent you? Do you think, this message will affect your affection or feeling for your friend?

In my opinion even if you send this message to your friends or not, your affection for them will not be affected. What matters is when you are at their side when they needed you. You trust, respect, and value them. You give your best without expecting anything in return. You laugh with them. You cry with them.

That's what friendship means. It's not because you did not send the message above to your friends, you are already a "simple", not "real" friend. Friendship is measured on how deep is your commitment to your friends, not by this chain message :D

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Practice Before Your Job Interview

Posted on November 20, 2007 by Hye

"Practice makes perfect"

I used to hear this from my parents, friends, and school teachers. I still hear this until now, especially when I do something I am not used to.

I remember when I had my first job interview. My friends keep on reminding me that I should keep on practicing in front of a mirror, pretending as if my reflection was my interviewer. I did, and it helped me a lot to be composed and confident during the real interview.

Practice makes perfect indeed.

Here are several pointers I can share on how to practice before your job interview, which really helped me. Hope they will worked for you, too. These tips were actually intended for my sister, but I decided posting it here hoping that someone who is afraid of job interviews may happen to read this post ;D

1. If you're nervous about speaking up, practice with good friends, with a family member, or in front of a mirror.
2. While practicing, don't twirl your hair, bite your nails, or rock back and forth. Sit back straight. Relax.
3. Try to be professional and serious while having your practice. Pretend that it was a real interview and observe yourself.
4. If you practice with a friend or a family member, ask them your points of improvement, and then work it out.
5. Watch the local news and observe how the anchor talks. Try to imitate her or him, but not too hard.

Most importantly, while having your "real" interview, remember these:

1. Before entering the room, breathe deeply. Relax.
2. Look the interviewer in the eye.
3. Hold your head up with confidence.
4. Avoid mumbling and saying "um" and "uh" when you speak.
5. When you state your answer or opinion, speak clearly, calmly, and confidently.

Good Luck!

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Don't Waste Time Waiting For a Perfect Job

Posted on November 17, 2007 by Hye

Yesterday, my sister and I had a conversation about her "future" job. She asked my opinion on what job best suits her. As her elder sister, I said "It's up to you. Go for something you are passionate about. Go for something that will make you happy".

My sister answered back "Maybe I will just wait for a perfect job for me."

Her reply really hit me. I wonder how many people around the world thinks like her, believing that a perfect job is worth waiting. How many of them believe that a great opportunity will come for them, not the other way around.

Again, I answered back "You should not be waiting for a perfect job. Instead, you should be searching for it. You will never know that it's the perfect job for you, unless you already got it."

I don't know if my sister was enlightened with these words. I am hoping so.

Maybe some will argue that they became successful because a great chance knocks by their door while they were waiting for it. Well, I say, they must be lucky. Very, very lucky. But life is not only about luck. Not everyone is fortunate like them.

I am not saying that we should not wait for a perfect job because I believe that a perfect job will come to us on its perfect time. Sometimes, it will just knock on your door while you are not expecting it. But it seldom does. My point is, instead of waiting for a perfect job to come for you, then why not go out and search for what's best for you. Maybe the great job is waiting for you.

Remember, life is too short and time is gold. Don't waste your life and time for waiting. Instead, use them to explore.

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Life Is Not Only About Money

Posted on November 15, 2007 by Hye

In this world, I admit that money is a necessity. Without it, no one will ever survive. You need money to live. This is why we strive to earn money everyday - to live and to survive.

Often, many people believe that money makes the world go around. Others even believe that money buys happiness. Well, I agree. Money indeed will give you access to limitless sources of happiness.

However, if money can buy almost everything, then why are there rich people who aren't happy with their possessions? Is it because of misery? I am not saying that rich people are miserable because I can see most of them are contented with what they have. All I am pointing is, if money can buy everything, which includes happiness, then why are there some rich people who aren't happy or should I say, contented?

From what I observed, some people waste their time looking for money because they believe that money will make them happy. In their journey of making money, they often forget about love and family. They forget to smile and have fun. They are too serious to earn money. In the end, when it's too late, they realize that life is not only about money. Life is about enjoying what you have and having fun with the people around you.

While it's not yet too late for me, I realized that I don't have to waste my time just for finding money. I have to have fun too while making a living. Living is fun especially when you are with the people you love and who love you back. Remember, we only have one lifetime in this world. The point is, don't just concentrate on making a living. Instead, live life and enjoy.

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Respect Others' Views and Opinions

Posted on November 13, 2007 by Hye

Since I've discussed recently about speaking up my mind, I would like to take this chance to speak up what is bothering me today. Right now, I am bothered about other peoples' opinion and how they are being respected by others.

I wonder why there are some close-minded people who only listen to their own side. They don't care about what other's say about something. They only believe on what they wanted to believe and hear what they wanted to hear.

Well, I’m not saying that they should agree to everyone's opinion because this is not possible. It is a reality that in a certain facet of life, there come black or white, true or false, positive or negative, etc. As the saying goes, a coin has two sides. It is up to us on which side we choose to go.

All I am saying is, whichever side we are, either in bad or good side, in my opinion, we should also listen to the opposing side. They too have their own point of view. We should also pay attention to what other think and believe. It is up to us if we will agree or not. The important thing is that, we listened and respected their opinions.

This is my opinion, what's yours? :D

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Speak Up Your Mind, Let The World Know!

Posted on November 11, 2007 by Hye

Have you ever experienced knowing the answer to a question yet you hesitated to answer because you fear that it may be wrong? Did it ever happen wherein you were in a conversation and you have something to say but you faltered because you dread someone may get hurt?

I am sure all of us do.

Letting others know what you think is not really easy, you may argue. Sometimes, it is better to keep "something" by yourself and be in silence than speaking up your mind and hurting someone afterwards.

However, it may not be as easy as it may seem, I believe it is still better to speak up your mind. Not everyone may agree with you or no one will believe you. So what? At least you let them know what you think and let them realize that you exist.

If you have a lot of ideas flowing in your mind, then c'mon, speak it up, let others know it, and make it count. No one will ever know what you think and believe if you won't say it. Who knows, it will change the world positively.

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Don't Just Exist. Live Life To The Fullest

Posted on November 9, 2007 by Hye

Live life to the fullest. Life is short so we should live life to the fullest. We only get one chance to live so make it the best. We should live life in the moment. The only thing that is assured in life is this moment and death. So cherish every second of life and make it worthwhile.

We should not let problems hinder our happiness. Troubles are there to spice up our life. Life would be boring without obstacles. Don't give up so easily. Take risk. Don’t destroy your life just because of challenges. Don’t be weak. Be optimistic and strong.

Live Life To The FullestBe comfortable with yourself. Know who you are. Love and accept yourself, even if others don't. Don’t be a people-pleaser. Remember, nobody can please everyone. Just be true to yourself.

Enjoy life. Be happy. Smile. Don't just exist. Live life to the fullest.

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Love Does Not Discriminate

Posted on November 7, 2007 by Hye

Love does not discriminate. Do you agree with this statement? Why or why not?

In my own belief, it is true that love does not discriminate. If you love a person, it should be unconditional. You are willing to love someone not caring nor minding his or her physical looks or social standing. If you love that person, no matter who he or she is, you will not let his or her feelings down. You are willing to accept whoever who he or she is.

Love Does Not DiscriminateLove is a very profound word and sometimes its meaning is misinterpreted. Someone often say “I love him” but after breaking up, they swear each other thinking it was a mistake loving each other. If they do that, I think it wasn’t love afterall. Maybe it was lust, infatuation, or something related.

I believe that if you love each other, you will remain loving and respecting each other, no matter what.

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Poverty Is A Choice, Not Fate

Posted on November 6, 2007 by Hye

First, let's define poverty. From my own point of view, it is the insufficiency of the material necessities to life such as food, clothing, and shelter. Being poor means you lack your needs, not your wants. I am not to discuss here the environmental or global poverty, which I think is a very deep and complicated topic. I am to converse here poverty in one's self.

In my opinion, one is poor because it is his or her decision. It is neither fate nor curse. In my country, most of the people are deprived or should I say, poorer than poor. They often mutter they are poor because it is their curse and fate. They argue that they remain poor because they have no choice.

Povery is a choice not fateIf that is the case then why are there some poor people who struggled just to get away from being poor? If poverty is fate or curse, then why are there poor people who stepped up and became rich? Was it because of decision?

I think the main factor that caused this belief is the lack of knowledge. When a poor person limits himself from knowledge, he or she will remain stagnant in his or her place or belief. He will not move up or fly higher. Poverty is not only a problem of the government. Poverty starts from one's self. If we free ourselves from poverty by choosing to, then we will be free - from being poor.

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Being Intelligent Guarantees Success

Posted on November 4, 2007 by Hye

I often hear the saying "If you are intelligent, then you will be successful". When I was young, I used to believe it because my mother and some of my grade school teachers often told me so.

But then, as I grow up I realized that being intelligent alone will not actually guarantee your success. I learned that it is only one of the ingredients to attain success. To be successful, you must apply passion, hard work, positive thinking, determination, motivation, and confidence. Without these, even though you are intelligent, you cannot be successful.

I know some people who have high IQ but remain jobless or career-less because they lack confidence. They remain losers because they are afraid to take risk. I know some people with stagnant career because they lack motivation and determination. If one is determined, confident, and motivated, he can be successful to what ever career path he or she may take.

Being Intelligent Guarantees SuccessYou may argue that luck is also part of success. Well, I agree that it really is. But we must remember that not everyone is lucky. There are some people who are fortunate while most are unfortunate. We should not wait to be lucky just be successful. If there are people who became successful because they were lucky, then they are lucky.

But we should remember too that there are most people who became successful because of their passion, hard work, positive thinking, determination, motivation, intelligence, and confidence.

Remember, if those successful people were able to do it, then why can’t we?

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Prayer Uplifts One's Soul

Posted on November 2, 2007 by Hye

I used to ask myself why people pray? Is it for forgiveness of sins? Or thanksgiving? Or guidance? I believe everyone have their own reasons to pray - either for personal or family-related or both.

I often wonder if God hear every prayer uttered by each person. But then I realized that if God will answer all prayers, then everyone will be satisfied with their life. But knowing the fact that not all prayers were answered, why are still some people who pray? Is it because of faith? If I were to ask you why you pray, what will you reason out? Or should I ask you if you pray at all? If not, then why?

Prayer Uplifts Ones SoulAs for me, I pray because praying to God uplifts my soul. Talking to Him clears my mind and eases my pain. Prayer does not only establishes my relationship with God, it is vital in maintaining my relationship with Him. Though I know that God will not literally answer my prayer, I know deep in my heart that He heard me.

I believe it is all about FAITH after all.

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