Tuesday, August 15

How Poor We Are

One day, the father of a very wealthy family took his son on a trip to the country side with the intention of showing him how poor people live.  They spent a couple of days and nights on the farm of what would be considered a very poor family.
On returning from their trip, the father asked his son, “How was the trip?”
“It was great, Dad.”
“Did you see how poor people live?” the father asked.
“Oh yeah,” said the son.
“So, tell me, what did you learn from the trip?” asked the father.
The son answered: “I saw that we have one dog and they had four. We have a pool that reaches to the middle of our garden and they have a creek that has no end. We have imported lanterns in our garden and they have the stars at night. Our patio reaches to the front yard and they have the whole horizon.
“We have a small piece of land to live on and they have fields that go beyond our sight.
“We have servants who serve us, but they serve others. We buy our food, but they grow theirs.
“We have walls around our property to protect us, they have friends to protect them.”
The boy’s father was speechless.
Then his son added, “Thanks Dad for showing me how poor we are.”

Monday, August 7

Where's Your Mercedes?

An elderly man was taking a smoke break with his younger non-smoking colleague.

"I have a question to ask, says the colleague. 
"How many packs a day and for how long have you been smoking?" .
"3 packs a day for fifteen years," says the smoker.

“Fifteen years!” the colleague remarked in awe. “That's costs so much money. At $10 a pack of cigarette a day, you’re spending $10,950 a year not accounting for inflation and in 15 years, you would have spent $164,250! If you had invested that money at a respectable interest rate for the past 15 years, you’d have enough to buy a Mercedes!”

The smoker smiles and asks his colleague, "Do you smoke?"
"No!!!" he replied
"So where is your Mercedes?"

This story was adapted from its original "Where's Your Ferrari" version to fit into Singapore's context as a Ferrari would cost well over SGD 1 million to own. 

So where are all our Mercedes?
The truth is, a lot of us eating away our own Mercedes, rather than investing in them.
Many of us are not smoking, but we still don't have our own Mercedes.

A Mercedes can be translated into many things. It could be an investment in real estate, the stock market, our business, our talent and skills, health, or time or whatever that we are FOCUS on.

Friday, August 4

The Cookie Jar

A professor stood before his philosophy class and had some items in front of him.

When the class began, wordlessly, he picked up a very large and empty mayonnaise jar and fills it with golf balls.

He then asked the students if the jar was full. They agreed that it was.

The professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured it into the jar. He shook the jar lightly. The pebbles rolled into the open areas between the golf balls.

He then asked the students again if the jar was full. They agreed it was.

The professor next picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar. Of course, the sand filled up everything else.

He asked once more if the jar was full. The students responded with a unanimous “YES.”

The professor then produced two cups of coffee from under the table and poured the entire contents into the jar, effectively filling the empty space between the sand. The students laughed.

“Now,” said the professor, as the laughter subsided, “I want you to recognize that this jar represents your life. The golf balls are the important things – God, family, children, health, friends, and favorite passions. Things, that if everything else was lost and only they remained, your life would still be full. The pebbles are the things that matter like your job, house, and car. The sand is everything else — the small stuff.” he said.

“If you put the sand into the jar first,” he continued, “There is no room for the pebbles or the golf balls. The same goes for life. If you spend all your time and energy on the small stuff, you will never have room for the things that are important to you…” he told them.

“So… pay attention to the things that are critical to your happiness. Worship with your family. Play with your children. Take your partner out to dinner. Spend time with good friends. There will always be time to clean the house and fix the dripping tap. Take care of the golf balls first — the things that really matter. Set your priorities. The rest is just sand.”

One of the students raised her hand and inquired what the coffee represented.

The professor smiled and said, “I’m glad you asked. It just goes to show you that no matter how full your life may seem, there’s always room for a couple of cups of coffee with a friend.”

Monday, June 12

Being Frugal and Saving the Princess!

A kindergarten teacher spent a few minutes each morning teaching a new word to her class.
One day, the teacher said that the word for the day was “frugal.” She explained that frugal had to do with saving, and a frugal person is one who saves. She then asked the class to come up with a sentence for the word.

Tuesday, June 6

How To Win A Cow!

How To Win A Cow!

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A farmer had a cow which unfortunately died and he was desperately trying to sell it off to recover some of the loss of the cow.  He finally managed to sell it to a young man whom he thought was foolish to buy a dead cow for 10 dollars.