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.

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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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