Shake It Off

One day a farmer’s donkey fell down into a well. The animal cried piteously for hours as the farmer tried to figure out what to do

Finally he decided the animal was old and the well needed to be covered up anyway; it just wasn’t worth it to retrieve the donkey. He invited all his neighbors to come over and help him. They all grabbed a shovel and began to shovel dirt into the well.

At first, the donkey realized what was happening and cried horribly.

Then, to everyone’s amazement, he quieted down.

A few shovel loads later,the farmer finally looked down the well and was astonished at what he saw.

With every shovel of dirt that hit his back, the donkey was doing something amazing. He would shake it off and take a step up.

As the farmer’s neighbors continued to shovel dirt on top of the animal, he would shake it off and take a step up. Pretty soon, everyone was amazed as the donkey stepped up over the edge of the well and trotted off!

Life is going to shovel dirt on you, all kinds of dirt. The trick to getting out of the well is to shake it off and take a step up. Each of our troubles is a stepping stone. We can get out of the deepest wells just by not stopping, never giving up! Shake it off and take a step up!

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Bagong Luma: The Mountain Story

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Helping Others Grow Good Corn

James Bender, in his book How to Talk Well (New York: McGraw-HillBook Company, Inc., 1994) relates the story of a farmer who grew award-winning corn. Each year he entered his corn in the state fair where it won a blue ribbon.

One year a newspaper reporter interviewed him and learned something interesting about how he grew it.

The reporter discovered that the farmer shared his seed corn with his neighbors. “How can you afford to share your best seed corn with your neighbors when they are entering corn in competition with yours each year?” the reporter asked. “Why sir,” said the farmer, “didn’t you know? The wind picks up pollen from the ripening corn and swirls it from field to field.

If my neighbors grow inferior corn, cross-pollination will steadily degrade the quality of my corn. If I am to grow good corn, I must help my neighbors grow good corn.”

He is very much aware of the connectedness of life. His corn cannot improve unless his neighbor’s corn also improves. So it is in other dimensions. Those who choose to be at peace must help their neighbors to be at peace. Those who choose to live well must help others to live well, for the value of a life is measured by the lives it touches. And those who choose to be happy must help others to find happiness, for the welfare of each is bound up with the welfare of all.

The lesson for each of us is this:

if we are to grow good corn, we must help our neighbors grow good corn.

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Bagong Luma: What is Recession?

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Bagong Luma

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Fail Whale

The way you react to failures determines the quality of experience your life would bring. Failure is a natural occurrence while in pursuit of worthwhile goals such as your drive to achieve success in business or career. But as we all know, things don’t always go as planned. To some its not much of a big deal, but to most of us, the experience could be mortifying. So if failure is just part of the process, what can you do to ensure success in the face of setbacks?

You must learn how to face failure, the Jedi way.

To become a master dealing with failures, one must be aware of the three natural reactions. Awareness of these reactions is important because it gives you conscious control over how you process in the face of failure.

The 3 Ways People React to Failure

1. Give Up

Out of the three, giving up is the most common and easiest to do. This is what most people do when faced with challenges that causes them to fall short of their goals. Another term for giving up is making excuses, blaming circumstances and other people for their failures.

Getting back up and keep moving forward after falling is difficult. Blaming and justifying why you failed is easy, that is why a lot of people choose to react this way. Ignore the fact that you are 100% responsible for your failures and you are bound to fail every time you set up a goal.

2. Persist

Another common reaction we’ve all heard about. When everything’s in the shits, we must persist, we must keep pushing, and never give up. The problem with this is that you can put a huge amount of energy and effort in doing the wrong things, resulting in the same failures.

Albert Einstein once said, “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result.” Even though you persist, you get up each time you fall, but still doing the wrong things, you’ll still end up failing in achieving your goals.

There are two things can happen with this scenario: 1. you’ll just get frustrated and either give up from exhaustion and discouraged or 2. spend the rest of your life falling and getting back up but never achieving your goals.

So what does a Jedi do instead?

3. Re-strategize

Habitually successful people believe that failure is just a feedback mechanism. If you try something and fail, learn from it, and ONLY then do you try again. Not only should you take action continuously, but also figure out what’s working and what’s not. Experience is the key to this endeavor and the more you fail, the more experience you gain which results in better re-evaluation of your next move, increasing your chance of success.

So how long do you restrategize and keep taking different approach? Until you succeed. This is a sure-fire way of achieving success that you set for yourself. Pushing and being persistent is great, but if you push and persist on the wrong things, you’ll be pushing and persisting for the rest of your life.

If you want to speed up this process, find a mentor who has already achieved what you wanted to achieved. Ask them about their experience with dealing with the same failures. Using someone else’ experience will save you the hassle of going through too many trials and errors. Have the right attitude and action when it comes to failure and success is just be a matter of time.

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Moving In

Alrighty, Ive got a few more “boxes” to open before I could call this place my new home. But what we got here is pretty much a fully operating site. So, welcome. Feel free to look around. As you would notice I’ve tweaked the format of this site a wee bit. You can now find previous and upcoming comics post as down-loadable pdf files here. So expect more updates to come in the next couple of weeks.

cheers 🙂