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The Notion of Expert – as long as you know a little more than others.

Exactly one month ago, I started posting regularly about anything and everything I find interesting about Online Marketing… my aim was to play the expert by sharing my knowledge.

2 weeks later, I got a quotation request for a design job.
Another week later, I got another quotation request for a web developing job.
Today, I got a friend in IT asking me about hosting.

I also started adding mass amounts of people but the contacts above are from known friends, people whom I have more than once and had conversations more than once.

Although these requests are not very relevant to my particular field of interest, but it just shows at which level the Singapore is progressing for the Web / Internet industry. Most companies are still stuck at web development needs. And then after that, they don’t maintain it and do not see the use and need of a website. This is where I come in. I dust your website and bring it out to meet people.

Tim Ferris was right: to be the expert, you don’t need to know everything about a subject, you just need to know a little more than the average person.

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“A man’s gift makes room for him, and brings him before great men.” Proverbs 18:16

Read very anointed books the past few days. And am SO BLESSED by all of them. Truly to know God’s heart is the most enriching curriculum I can plan for myself and my children in future.

Read Boy Meets Girl.
And today read another chapter of Unmerited Favor and my lips quiver, swallowing tears. Not because I am sad, but because He is too good.

Today sorta have a very messed up day, where I start things and not finish them and then my mind is in a confused state, not knowing what to do next. So I prayed. Lord! Help me work with a clarity and be more disciplined in my work, and get things moving in work. I realise I am always stuck on these issues. I end up worrying about things that are not moving and procrastinate on things that need to be attended to. The only verses I could think of were the Proverbs verses about being a sluggard and those who do not work is worse than an infidel. Condemnation and law didn’t help. I knew I needed His Grace. Then I struggled for another few minutes and then I remembered the woman who took her place as a Gentile, and I screamed (in my heart) and said in anguish, “Lord, help me!”

So the Lord showed me on page 309, Unmerited Favor, that my ideas are a gift from the Lord. For He is the one who supplies seed to the sower (2 corin 9:10) to prosper me. So I started listing down all my gifts and immediately receive the strength to be disciplined and to commit to finishing the tasks He gave me to do. Immediately the Lord showed me what to do with these gifts of seed that I have received by pointing me to The Parable of the Talents (Matt 25:14-30), where the servant who received the 5 talents of gold “immediately put his talents to work”.

added 26 jan
LORD I wanna be your faithful servant and steward!

Fresh Revelation on Abrahamic Blessings

So one of my new year/christmas wish is to have a 5-figure cashflow for the company. I dont know why i said that. I think I didn’t. I think God u did right? Cos its like….. we’re kinda in debt right now? Oh well, its complicated. But nothing is impossible to God right? I’m not taking responsibility for making that happen you know…

So then from then on, God has been showing me some amazing stuff on handling finances. That blew the eyeballs out of my sockets. And then proceed to churn my brain juice and flip my brain membranes.

God is amazingly, incomprehensibly good. I was in shock for a few days at how much He has already done for me just by reading 4 chapters in Unmerited Favor. Chapter 15 to 18. And then reading it again. And then highlighting and reading it again. And then reading it again, this time writing notes. Not enough. I make keywords out of these chapters and searched for matching sermons in my iTunes database and turns out 75% of these sermons I have not heard before. So this is where all my blessings have been draining to… by not hearing the Word of God. Even those I have heard I look upon them like fresh manna.

Lord I am having so much fun with You I don’t know what to do with myself. This year started quite differently. I feel I have a new level of closeness with You. I feel Your presence one notch higher like nothing before. I feel You are with me. Right from the very start.

Chapter 15. Good comes along the way of the cursed man but he does not see it. That made me pause and think. And my conclusion is ‘oh that’s why people are thankful to God, because they see God’s blessings in every area of their life. And that makes them the Blessed Man!’ Prayed this during NYE watchnight at sembie, I will be like a tree planted by a river, spreading its roots to the water, and my leaves will be evergreen and i will not cease yielding fruit and providing shade to passerbys. (p226)

Chapter 16. Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us that the blessing of Abraham might come upon ME in Christ Jesus, that I might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith, for the promise that I would be the heir of the world was made not through the law but through the righteousness of faith. The secret to gaining Abraham’s blessing for us Christians is we stop trying to work for it, but instead be righteous-conscious that you are an heir to it!

This Abraham series was preached in 2007, and 2005, I feel like God is jingling a bell infront of me, “Hellooooooooo, where have you been?” Ok in all honesty, I was only saved in 2007. 😛 Sometimes its true the mind can only take what the seed can endure. I wanted to read the entire book, but the mind says, “Oh okay, that’s it.”

I like that in the next chapter Joseph Prince warned that “if we go into the realm of the law, faith is made void and the promise (Abraham’s inheritance) made of no effect.” I like this kind of boundaries.

Chapter 17. Pastor challenges us to “take a closer look at the areas of your life where the blessing of Abraham seems to be void and of no effect.” I did an experiment on myself. I took my weakest part : finances. And put it under the experiment of God’s Word. Steps explained below:

Step 1. Chase after the Kingdom of God. (righteousness, peace, joy)
Step 2. Chase after it ESPECIALLY and immediately after you have failed, or feel any minuscule pinch of lousy feeling creeping up.
Step 3. Speak it. That you are still the righteousness of God. “Lord Jesus, I thank You that I have the blessing of Abraham, who is very rich in silver and gold, even though in the natural I have a ton of credit card bills that are unpaid. Amen.”
Squeeze in one more. “And even when I have not paid my workers…”
Now I could think of 2 more. “And even when I am spending more than I earn.”
“And even when my earthly dad is still paying for me.”
4. Sit still for a while. Ears open big big for God’s voice. Felt balance restored to me. No more sin consciousness and no more hopelessness. Then it hit me, OH YES You are still blessed even though you xxx the above! (Now it hit me I was speaking by faith.) Clear head to make objective decisions. Yep, go ahead with those research plans of yours, yep go ahead and convert your workers to full-time. Yep go ahead and make full use of what your earthly dad can provide. Because your promise is in me (God).

Chapter 18. As He is, so are we in this world! He is… seated at the Father’s right hand in the heavenly places, far above all principality and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come. Ephesians 1:20-23. So are we!!! My fifth new year/christmas wish is to be rooted in Christ. Sista gave me a keychain with my name on it and it says “The Lord is before me, I shall not be moved!” On page 262, My loving heavenly Father tells me He wants me rooted, established and anchored in His unwavering love for me. “rooted” “established” “anchored” “unwavering” — 4 times He tells me He wants me to be solid rock in Christ. And the 5th is sista’s keychain.

Deuteronomy 28:3-6

Blessed shall I be at home, and blessed shall I be in the city. Blessed shall be the fruit of my body, the produce of my computer, and the increase of my online sales and customers, the increase of good teammates and the produce of their quality work. Blessed shall be my websites and my webstores. Blessed shall I be when I come in, and blessed shall I be when I go out!!!!

How I would describe myself

I am an entrepreneur having a lil bit of a trouble differentiating between daytime in US and daytime in Singapore such that I not know what to do next because shops closes by the time I wake up. And shops just started by the time I am ready to sleep. I hate catching the time before the shops closes. I hate that I can’t spend a full day doing ONE time zone’s thing. I hate this nagging thought to wake up earlier tomorrow, so I can actually spend time doing ONE FULL DAY’S WORK.

Damn I shall worship.

My Typical Week settling into something like that

Mon: off to a slow start. Prioritise rest. wake up anytime i want. spend the time in the word until i feel im ready to go work. don’t like to contact people or be contacted or be out. usually by evening i will start maintenance work again aka ordering supplies (to be outsourced too), and get an overview that everyone in the team is in touch. and if theres time left, i think and write out the agenda for the week.

Tue: start socializing. sometimes spend more time in the word until i feel the prompting to dive into work. Because when i dive into work this is what happens: work a whole 24 hours day and night.

Wed: tue’s work spills over. when i can catch a breather, i start to prioritize the less important work OR making sure project that started gets completed OR certain milestones are met, as the week draws to a close. (The most important work are assumed to be done by tue/mon OR an agenda would have been drawn up by tue/mon) Sometimes have choir pract.

Thur/Fri: chill. relook at the past few days to see whether i have or have not gone offtrack. this is the time to “save the week” aka get started on the really important stuff if i have not get it done yet or have not started it on or have not managed to get anywhere near to completing it. if i cant complete the ‘really important work’, then it would be put on priority for next week as ‘really important work’. Also, give some tots to what milestones to complete for the next week. maybe using also this fri night time to do the lesser (nuisance?) important stuff or some last minute liasing with the US people on fri night.

Sat/Sun: more focus on maintenance work, be the support for my team here and there. (usually this is my priority thruout the whole week, bcos my team is my priority, on top of anything else). making a check and sit back relaxed and satisfied that milestones started in the early part of the week are completed. if not, beat myself up and blame jesus (he is the scapegoat right?). liasing with any institutions is usually almost impossible now, so only liasing with my team, get them in check and shaped up for the upcoming week. and doing some customer support (hopefully outsourced soon, first one to go on my task list), replying to emails for networking purposes etc. The weekends are my most taxing days, because i go out a lot to serve in church, to socialize and spend a lot of time in church or in fellowship. Which is why when it comes to Monday, I need all the time to myself to recuperate and establish myself in the word (from feeding thats from sunday and also ask god what past sermons to feed on for the rest of the week).

Getting sleepy as i write this….

What I hope to see change in the near future:

    Mondays would be free of maintenance work, and more of refocusing on the aim and direction of the company. And then translating that direction into practical steps for the team to achieve.
    Sundays would be also half a rest day for me, amid all that busy-ness and socializing, so that I can get off to a monday faster.
    Free of customer support work on weekends.

Of course, not to mention, complete outsourcing, where the company is on auto-pilot and i can have holidays!!! This would mean:

    My entire week dedicated to my visions from God; to do that, i have to …
    -Have an entire fleet of capable, organized, discipline (as in know the value of time) TEAM to rely on.

To do the above, i have to…

    -Be the support and backbone and visionary for my team 24/7, which i already can accomplish.

    My General Role then would be :
    1) to lead and be the visionary
    2) and also to be the support and backbone for my core team. my core team would then have assistants to help them to get assignments and tasks done. my core team would then be the support to their assistants.

    Zzzz.. goodnight world… zzz.. goodnight jesus. i am safe in You.

    I love raisins!

Praise the Lord

This is what the Lord has done for me throughout this week. Just by remaining in His rest and constantly letting Him reveal Himself to me.

– Had a customer dispute. Customer withdrew dispute by himself.

The Lord really takes care of my business when I seek first His Kingdom.

Matt 6:33 But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.