Saturday, May 12, 2007

Thought for the Day: On Winning

Early this year I made a list of things I should accomplish this year and part of that is reading a couple of books. I'm currently reading "Winning", written by Jack Welch with Suzy Welch. I heard about the book from a previous boss and he said I should read it. I got the book from my favorite bookstore, Kinokuniya (so very hard to pronounce!) in Singapore, a few months ago and only managed to start reading it over the weekend. Going through it I realized that the points taken up by Mr. Welch are the principles behind the progressive stance my previous boss is taking with his business.

I'm going through something really "showbiz" now and it really pains me. I've been pondering for the past few days what to do about it, but found this line from Jack Welch very useful in dealing with this problem:

"You don't need to be preachy or particularly somber about your errors. In fact the more humorous and lighthearted you can be about them, the more people will get the message that mistakes aren't fatal."

I hope my friends will understand the decision I've made towards the transgressor. And for those who are being manipulated to forward his cause to realize the real truth in the matter.

It's just another day in my life, and as William Thacker (Hugh Grant) said to Anna Scott (Julia Roberts) in the movie "Notting Hill" -

You're right: of course, you're right. It's just that I've dealt with this garbage for ten years now -- you've had it for ten minutes. Our perspectives are different.

I mean -- today's newspapers will be lining tomorrow's waste paper bins.

Excuse me?

Well, you know -- it's just one day. Today's papers will all have been thrown away tomorrow.

You really don't get it. This story gets filed. Every time anyone writes anything about me -- they'll dig up these photos. Newspapers last forever. I'll regret this forever.

Of course, Anna didn't take William's advise well, but I think he's right. At the end of the day, it's all about seeing things in proper perspective.