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Thursday, July 21, 2016

Are you afraid of other people’s feedbacks and criticisms?

Just recently, I've met a friend of mine and he brought up the issues of “Are you an opiniophobe?“. In our discussion, he talks about people who have this phobia towards opinions from other people. 

 
Let’s face it. Not many people like opinions and even more people don’t like criticisms. Some even reject them without thinking much about them. Their brain will just keep telling them “What do they know about this? They know nothing!” or “What rights do they have to comment me like that!?” etc etc. 
 
So they will just shut themselves out from everything be it positive or negative. 
 
I’ll be honest with you. I used to be like that and will just shut myself out from all forms of opinions. It does sting and it’s not pleasant at all when someone just comes to you and say “whoa, your work sux big time, just give it up!” I’ve experienced it before and it can be very very demotivating. But those kind of opinions are pretty rare (they are out there somewhere, but there are rare). 
 
What we need to do is to continue with our work (and work harder to improve ourselves). Ignore all these destructive opinions which are trying to bring you down instead of helping you. Get more constructive ones. There are still a lot of helpful people out there and they want to help you by telling you what is wrong. They have good intention. 
 
So if you really want to be successful in the things you are doing, you must be willing to accept other people’s opinions. Learn to filter them properly but not shut them out altogether. Believe it or not, your willingness to accept other people’s opinions will dictate how far you go in your life. 
 

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just my 2cents at 1:50 PM |

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Year of Recession and how to prepare for it?

How the recession can hit you, and how to prepare for it? 


 In 1997-1999, there was a global recession that most of the people my age would not remember. We were still students then. So we didn’t care much, but our parents did. 

About a decade later, 2007-2009, another global recession hit us. Last time, some of us experienced it first hand. I did. I was forced to take 2 days of unpaid leave per week…which means 35-40% pay cut. It was difficult as I was barely able to survive. Still, I was more fortunate than few of my friends who lost their jobs completely and were unable to find a new job. But these few friends of mine, and myself, we were but a small group of Malaysians who have experienced the impact of a global recession. 

Fortunately (or unfortunately?), last time Malaysia was not that heavily hit by the recession. This time 2016, we start to feel the heat especially when you see big player in O&G industry like Shell and Exxon-Mobil move out their IT business to India due to cost cutting.. So, most people still do not know the desperation that someone who is jobless can experience. To them, their jobs are safe, and they have the mindset “I won’t be affected by the recession”, or “Malaysia is safe from global recession”, or “My company cannot survive without me”. 

And because of that, most people do not have any form of backup plan (surprised?). They have no contingency plan…no emergency fund…no proper skills which will make them highly sought after in the job market, etc. All they have is optimism that they will not lose their jobs, and the recession will not affect them. 

Sad to say, recession WILL hit them whether they like it or not. It’s just a matter of WHEN and HOW. So if you are one of those optimistic people, perhaps the things below will help you. 

How the recession might hit you: 

• The prices of your daily needs go up. You need more money than usual to stay alive. 
• Your customers stop buying products or services from you. 
• Your multinational company decides to move the whole operation to a cheaper location, outside of the country. 
• Your local company starts to lose customers and might be forced to close down. 
• Your CEO decides to take the money and run, forcing the company to close down. 
• Your spouse loses his/her job. Now you alone have to feed the whole family. 
• Your income is reduced, and you do not have enough money to pay off the monthly debts.
• and the worst… you forgot you are jobless… and you are spending money like you are not!

 So, before any of the above happens, what can you do to prepare yourself for recession? 

• Prepare an emergency fund and put them in FD. Preferably 6 months of pay. So that you can survive for 6 months without a job. And don’t put your emergency fund in stocks, mutual funds, or any risky investment types. Just put them in FD. You might need them sooner than you expected. And you won’t want to sell off your stocks at a loss. 
• Skill up! Make sure your skills are not obsolete. Attend courses, take up additional certs or learn a new skill yourself. These skills might prove to be valuable and might even help you fight off the competition if you were to find a new job during recession period. 
• Be more proactive in your job. Take up tasks willingly especially if there are big projects involved. Prove yourself valuable to the company so that if there’s a plan to reduce headcount, you won’t be the first on the list. 
• Learn more DIY stuff. So that in case something breaks and needs fixing, you know how to do it instead of paying people to fix it. I myself is pretty bad in this, but it’s something worth learning. You won’t want to have a leaking roof but not enough money to fix it. 
• Don’t simply quit your job just because you’re frustrated, angry or disappointed. Think and plan properly before you make any quick decision. 
• Ensure you have sufficient insurance coverage. This is not just for yourself, but for your loved ones as well. Just in case something bad happens to you or any of your assets (houses, cars, etc), you still have insurance coverage to help you and your loved ones out. 
• Avoid over-indulging in lifestyle items. If you want, make sure you can afford them and by saying that, I don’t mean paying the bill via installment or flexi-payment. If you plan to buy a 5k item, pay it off at one go. It’s easier for you to estimate your budget that well. True, 5k if divided by 12 months, is only around $400+ per month. Not much. But if you are jobless, that $400 can mean a whole lot more. 
• Always be mentally prepared that the recession might hit you and your family…hard.

Some of you might think that I’m a bit paranoid when it comes to recession and stuff. But trust me, being overly-prepared is better than not preparing for it at all. Because at the end of the day, those 5 things above will help you in one way or another even if there’s no recession….even though I hardly doubt so. 

So, if you have not already done so, maybe it’s a good time to start preparing yourself for it. All the best and hope this article helps. 

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just my 2cents at 4:29 PM |

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Tribute to Hisham Abu Hussein

Tiap-tiap yang bernyawa akan merasai mati, dan bahawasanya pada hari kiamat sahajalah akan disempurnakan balasan kamu. Ketika itu sesiapa yang dijauhkan dari neraka dan dimasukkan ke syurga maka sesungguhnya ia telah berjaya. Dan (ingatlah bahawa) kehidupan di dunia ini (meliputi segala kemewahannya dan pangkat kebesarannya) tidak lain hanyalah kesenangan bagi orang-orang yang terpedaya. (Ali-Imran, 3:185) 



Ketika ini, aku masih lagi runsing dan dalam kesedihan. Bukan kerana aku tidak dapat menerima taqdir Allah dan redha atas segala yang berlaku, tetapi kenangan sejak bersama Al-marhum Hisham Abu Hussein silih berganti datang. Allah sahaja yang tahu betapa sedihnya hati aku, dan sahabat-sahabat karibku yang lain. 

Pagi Ahad lepas, aku dikejutkan dengan beberapa gambar dan message di Whatsapp group tentang satu kemalangan. Salah seorang rakan baik kami telah mengalami kemalangan ketika pulang dari satu majlis meraikan anak yatim di Ipoh anjuran MyS Perak, dan keadaan kemalangan itu sangat menyedihkan. Aku ralat ketika membaca berita itu, dan air mataku bergenang tanpa aku sedari. Aku meraung sendirian kelu tak terkata..

Utama difikiranku ketika itu, aku mengharapkan berita itu tidak benar dan yang terlibat itu bukanlah sahabat baikku, tetapi orang lain yang memandu keretanya. Tapi selepas beberapa ketika, rakan-rakanku mengesahkan itu adalah rakan kami. Allah, sedihnya tidak dapat digambarkan. 

Di Majlis pengkebumian Arwah, setiap dari kami menangis. Kenangannya terlalu banyak. Dan sahabat kami itu adalah yang paling mesra, ramah dan banyak membantu orang. Tidak siapa menjangkakan dia dahulu yang akan pergi meninggalkan kami. 

Berpegang pada ayat cliche di ataslah, aku sedikit demi sedikit mengumpul kekuatan. Kembali kepada kewarasan tentang taqdir Allah dan ketentuanNya yang tidak sedikit pun kita mampu jangkakan. Sesiapa sahaja mampu dijemput pergi tanpa sebarang amaran dan tanda. Allahuakbar! 

Sesungguhnya, pemergian sahabat aku ini membawa kesedihan yang sangat besar. Dan peringatan yang amat keras dan mendalam untuk diriku. Allahuakbar! Ampunkan dosaku ya Allah dan berikanlah aku peluang dan hidayah untuk bertaubat sebelum ajalku. Janganlah engkau ambil nyawakau dalam keadaan aku berhutang, berdosa dan hina! 

Setiap dari kita pasti akan menemui ajal. Sama ada kita mahu bersedia atau tidak, diri sendiri sahaja yang mampu menjawabnya. Peringatan ada disekeliling. Jangan kata yang memiliki hadiah Allah seperti aku ini lebih tinggi kebarangkalian untuk mati, yang sihat walafiat pun tidak dapat lari dan menjangka bila akan tiba waktunya. Bersedia sahajalah! 

Berehatlah mu di SANA wahai sahabat & tenanglah dirimu di sisi Penciptamu.. kami juga akan menyusulmu nanti. Semoga dirimu ditempatkan dalam kalangan para solehin... Amin. 

Di mana jua kamu berada, maut akan mendapatkan kamu (bila sampai ajal), sekalipun kamu berada dalam benteng-benteng yang tinggi lagi kukuh. (petikan An-Nisa', 4:78)

just my 2cents at 11:16 AM |

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Ramadhan Kareem

Assalamu'alaikum wbt. 

Alhamdulillah. Thumma alhamdulillah. ALLAH izinkan kita semua bertemu lagi dengan Ramadhan 1435H pada tahun ini. Semoga ALLAH izinkan kita untuk berpesta ibadah selama sebulan bulan Ramadhan ini. Insya-ALLAH. Mudah-mudahan.


Di kesempatan ini saya ingin memohon ampun dan maaf atas segala kekhilafan dan kesalahan baik dari segi perbuatan, perkataan mahupun penulisan. 

Bersama kita mengejar redha-NYA. Bersama berlumba mengejar redha Ilahi. Bersama berlumba mengejar syurga-NYA. Bersama kita berusaha meraih rahmat dan maghfirah-NYA pada Ramadhan kali ini.

Insya-ALLAH.

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just my 2cents at 12:42 PM |

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Most bosses will say they have good employee retainment policy

But how true is that? I can say that most bosses do not have proper self awareness or perhaps, they choose to be oblivious. They are not aware that their companies, in actual fact, do not have the proper employee retainment policy. Some don’t even have ANY form of retainment policy. And some, worse, they have employee ‘let go’ policy. 


One of my friends is a consultant for company A. He has resigned 1 month ago but he is very close with Client B. Last week, he and his boss went to the Client B office to have a meeting and also to announce his resignation. The client suddenly asked the boss whether his company has any proper employee retainment policy. The boss replied by saying that the company has a very good employee retainment policy and the turnover rate is very low. My friend kept quiet. But the client suddenly turned to face my friend and asked “Why do you want to leave then?” 

My friend was stunned and speechless. My friend is also one of top people in that company. 

The fact is, the boss is (or was) in a state of denial. According to my friend, more and more people are leaving and yet, the boss insists that the company’s retainment policy is one of the best in the industry. Maybe he will only realize the actual situation when his entire company becomes empty. 

Fortunately for me, my direct boss is not like that. He knows the situation pretty well, and so is my HR. Boss, are you reading this? hahaha. 

In my opinion, bosses should be aware of the situation his company is in – not just the business & sales side, but also the internal side. Are his employees happy or at least content? Or are most of them preparing to leave? If they are preparing to leave, why do they want to leave? 

The bosses might not be able to fix all problems, but if he really cares, he can at least solve 50-70% of them. That is still better than nothing.  :)

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just my 2cents at 4:25 PM |

Sunday, January 12, 2014

SKVE Trauma

Apa yang kita akan lakukan jika orang dengan SENGAJA melanggar kereta kita dari belakang??

Memang kita akan berasa geram, marah atau bengang sebab yang dilanggar itu adalah sebuah kenderaan yang kita bayar setiap bulan. Tetapi pertimbangan juga WAJAR diberikan kepada keselamatan nyawa sendiri dan keluarga tersayang.

Semoga kisah yang terjadi pada kami menjadi iktibar dan ingatan buat kita semua.

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Kisah ini terjadi sekitar jam 10 malam semalam (Jumaat, 10/1/2014) sebaik sahaja kami sekeluarga dalam perjalanan pulang ke Puchong dari Serdang (melalui SKVE). 



Setibanya di persimpangan Hospital Serdang, saya mula menyedari sebuah lori 3 tan asyik mengekori kereta kami dari jarak yang terlalu dekat sedangkan jalan pada waktu tidak sibuk dan lori itu boleh memotong. Tanpa mengesyaki sesuatu benda buruk, saya memecut sedikit untuk menjarakkan kereta kami ke hadapan sedikit tetapi lori itu masih tetap mengekori kami dengan amat rapat. 


Lebih kurang dalam 500m sebelum sampai Petronas SKVE (laluan menghala ke Shah Alam/Banting), mungkin disebabkan terlalu lama mengekori di belakang dan saya tetap memecut untuk memastikan jarak kereta tidak terlalu rapat.. lori itu memotong ke kiri sambil pemandu lori seorang lelaki berbangsa India melambai2 tangan menunjukkan sesuatu ke arah belakang kereta kami. Terus saya terfikir, tayar kereta pancit ke? Serba salah.. antara mahu turun dan lihat atau teruskan memandu dan berada di dalam kereta. 


Menyedari banyak kes samun dan juga teringat kisah-kisah 'langgar dan samun' sebegini. saya terus memecut kenderaan menuju ke arah Cyberjaya memandangkan keadaan yang agak gelap di lebuhraya tersebut sambil lori tersebut kelihatan cuba untuk mengejar. Saya agak bernasib baik kerana dapat melepaskan diri dengan menggunakan jalan ‘shortcut’ ke rumah kami. 


Sejurus sampai di rumah, saya turun dan terus memeriksa belakang kereta dan keadaan tayar. Apa yang saya dapati ialah TIADA LANGSUNG SEBARANG KEROSAKAN! 


Sungguh tidak kami sangka benda yang hanya selama ini di baca dari laman sosial akhirnya betul2 kami alami sebentar tadi. Tak dapat saya bayangkan, kalau saya berhenti dan apa yang akan tejadi selepas itu.. Nauzubillah min zalik 


Walau bagaimanapun saya tetap bersyukur.. tiada sebarang perkara yang buruk terjadi pada kami sekeluaraga. 


Kepada rakan-rakan, semoga kisah ini menjadi pengajaran kepada kita termasuk saya sendiri. Nyawa lebih penting dari kerosakan kereta yang tidak seberapa. Dengan kehimpitan hidup pada masa ini, manusia semakin terdesak dan sanggup untuk melakukan apa saja demi mendapatkan duit. 


Semoga kita semua sentiasa selamat dan dilindungi Allah SWT

just my 2cents at 1:01 PM |

Monday, December 30, 2013

Recruit people carefully or you might end up regret

A friend of mine complained to me about her idiotic colleague few days ago. She’s the HR executive in her company. This idiot is a loner in the office due to his unique characteristics – tai chi master, boastful (quite extreme, according to her), childish, loves to laugh at people’s weaknesses, love to stalk people's FB and other things you would expect from an idiot. 


 
To be honest, I pity her because I have quite a similar experience as well. 

I then threw her one question “Why don’t you find a way to force him out?” 

She replied “My colleagues and I have tried isolating him. But he’s still the same! Our HR policy does not allow us to terminate someone due to their idiotic behavior. And so far, he didn’t do anything which is against the policy of the company (aka misconduct).” 

She’s right. If there’s such an employee in your company who doesn’t do anything against the policy of the company and still do his job (pretty good too), there’s no good reason for you to terminate him unless you want the company reputation to go down the drain. 

But the fact that this guy is bothering nearly every single employee (except the bosses) in my friend’s company doesn’t help either. I’ve seen such cases before in my previous companies and the idiots actually left soon after the isolation. Guess the case with my friend’s company is that the idiot does not want to leave. There are already few good people who left because of him and this is not good for the company. 

And to be honest with you, I can’t think of anything to handle this guy – except for isolation from colleagues and if possible, bosses. 

Maybe that’s why people always say prevention is better than cure. Always recruit people carefully. It’s true that it’s never easy to recruit good people, but I feel that it’s even harder NOT to recruit idiots. Reference checks? Those are useful but they are not 100% accurate. But it’s better than nothing at all. 

If I were the boss, I will take in an average guy as my new employee rather than an idiot – all the time. No point ruining the spirit of the entire company because of one person.

 Remember, no one person is bigger than the company. 

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just my 2cents at 4:16 PM |