Thursday, May 22, 2008

The True Essence of Success

Ecclesiastes 4:4 "I observed that the basic motives for success is the driving force of envy and jealousy!"

Someone sent this message to me... I think it's quoted from the Bible... well, I don't believe in this saying.
Why?
Well, of course at a first glance and at the superficial level this seems to be true... and this is actually true for most people. Most people in reality and in fact strive for success because of the driving force of envy and jealousy... But, there's also this quote that says "Success is a personal standard. Reaching for the best of what we can be."... and this I believe, is the true essence of success.
Personal standard. Meaning, one don't seek his standards of success on other people. So one doesn't think "My neighbors are rich that's why I am driven to be rich. I also want to be successful."... True success is not measured with the successes of others.
That is why if we look at the truely successful men in history, they have chosen and followed their own path. Their own vision. Their own standard.
I do believe though that psychologically speaking, the drive for success is also the drive to be of significance. But not of envy and jealousy. Remember, true success.
Tuesday, April 29, 2008

The Case of Getting Abs

Right now I've completely and radically lessened my rice intake.. lunch -- i only eat vegetables most of the time from Bodhi, a vegetarian health food fast food outlet, it's great. their dishes are simply great and delicious. not to mention very healthy, which is very appropriate for me. I only eat less than half of the rice serving. eat like only 1/4 or less of it sometimes. Then in the evening, or sometimes morning i do ab exercises. Currently I've been doing basic crunches, modified crunches, bicycle crunches, double crunches, leg pushes, leg raises, squatting, push-ups with feet raised (for my chest muscle). I know I've been getting results already since i started this program of mine 3 months ago (January 2008), the mirror tells me. but i'm like far from my goal yet. i mean, it's a long journey for me to achieve my dream physique. but it's ok. patience is virtue, not to mention commitment (not obsession, which is a totally different thing with goals)... besides, this is my lifestyle now. when i have achieved my physique goal i will still do these exercises and diet habit of mine. So, good luck to me! I'm enjoying this journey in part of my life right now indeed.