Life Lessons

Category for looking back to understand who, what, where and how people, events, places, ideas and books that have shaped me into who I am today and my approach to life, parenting, teaching, … and to share the lessons learnt with the hope that something here may help illuminate your own path ahead.


Details to come in future posts, but here is an initial list of “mentors” – must say its rather eclectic, looking back:

From MOE/School Leaders – Mr Kwek HC, Mrs Chan KG, Mdm Choy WY, Mrs Chua YC
Influential Authors  (click on hyperlinked author’s name to go to my blog post; click other links to go to book/article/media)

  • Shunryu Suzuki – Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind (pdf) (youtube audio reading)
  • Charles Handy  – The Elephant and the Flea (thoughts on the “portfolio life” i.e. freelancing; flea as  individual, elephants as large organisations )
  • Peter Drucker – Managing oneself (HBR article available here) and his other books
  • Gabarro and Kotter – Managing your boss (click here for pdf)
  •  Dalai Lama – The Art of Happiness
  • Benjamin Zander – The Art of Possibility (pdf summary)
  • Benjamin Graham – The Intelligent Investor (the book in pdf) (pdf summary)
  • Max DePree – Leadership is an Art
  • Peter Senge – The Fifth Discipline
  • Donald Schon – The Reflective Practitioner
  • Sharon Salzberg – Faith – trusting your own deepest experience
  • Stephen Covey – The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
  • Peter Vaill – Learning as a way of Being
  • Krisnamurthi – Freedom from the known (and his other books)
  • Thich Nhat Hanh – Going Home : Jesus and Buddha as brothers
  • Paulo Coelho – Like the flowing river
  • Lao Tze – Tao Te Ching (pdf)
  • Albert Einstein – his quotes and books
  • Bertrand Russell  – In Praise of Idleness

Quotes and proverbs

  • “Before enlightenment; chop wood, carry water. After enlightenment; chop wood, carry water.”
    “When hungry, eat. When tired, sleep.”
    “Move and the way will open.”                                                                              Zen proverbs
  • “There are two ways to live: you can live as if nothing is a miracle; you can live as if everything is a miracle”
    “Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.”
    “Everything should be as simple as it is, but not simpler.”                              Einstein
  • “Whatever you do may seem insignificant, but it is most important that you do it.”    Gandhi

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