Jun 132011
 
Sun Tzu by Wikipedia

Change can be upsetting. It disrupts the familiar and brings chaos to the unprepared. During such times, it helps to have clarity of thought to deal with change. For only then is it possible to seize opportunities and avoid pitfalls as they arise. With this in mind, the famed Chinese strategist Sun Tzu wrote his Art of War. War is one of the great catalysts for disruptive change. Its outcome can change the course of millions of lives forever. But if one is able to master change in such extreme conditions, it is possible to survive change in other areas of life.

Today, Han of Harmony is proud to share a guest post by Sebastian Marshall. In this beautifully written piece, Sebastian shares two of the biggest lessons from the Art of War. With such insights into life, we can surely manage change to a greater degree.
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May 182011
 
Timing by Ben Harrington

Many factors lead to victory and success in life, but one of the key factors is timing. Knowing when to act is critical in anything you do. If you are aware of the importance of timing, you are likelier to attain success. But if you ignore the importance of timing, success is an uphill struggle. What then is timing and how does it influence your success?
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Feb 222011
 
Egyptian V by Yamaha Gangsta

The 2011 unrest in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) are unprecedented in scale and scope. It has even managed to do the unthinkable by toppling two heads of states so far. Right now, thanks to the media, both traditional and social, the world is watching as history unfolds before our very eyes. In fact, the use of social media is changing the world as you read this. Yet in the midst of all this change and chaos, there are lessons for us all. In fact, it would do us good to heed the signs and master the lessons early. To do otherwise would be unwise.
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Dec 212010
 
Yijing Hexagram Table by Zero-X

The I-Ching, Yijing or Book of Changes was born thousands of years ago in China. It started out as a divination manual and slowly evolved into a book of wisdom as well. Throughout the ages, people from all levels of society have turned to it for advice. They include emperors, statesmen, thinkers, merchants and common folk. Even today, the Yijing remains relevant. Thanks to the efforts of Richard Wilhelm, Carl Jung and the many Yijing enthusiasts out there, it is more famous and more widely read than ever. For me, it is the one book that I reread on a daily basis. If you wonder why, here is a list of benefits that I have derived from reading the Yijing.
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Dec 082010
 
Inner Peace by Tung072

All too often, life can deal us a bad hand that we do not expect. In Hexagram 51, the I-Ching calls these unexpected changes shocks of fate. This shock could be the loss of a job when you have a family to feed. It could also be the loss of your loved ones, home, savings or anything that gives you security. Few of us are prepared to deal with shocks of fate. This is why they unsettle us so deeply when they happen.

During such times, it is easy for us to lose our presence of mind and panic. Yet to give into fear and despair during these crucial moments only compounds /ur problems for us. In the face of a crisis, only a godlike calm and composure will help you to survive the ordeal.
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Dec 052010
 

Welcome to the first edition of the Vizier’s Reflections. All of us lead busy lives. With this in mind, I will use this post to share with you, any interesting and useful ideas that I come across each week. If I can help to highlight some ideas that might be of use to you, I would have achieved my aim. Although I am not sure how this post will develop over time, I do intend to make the Vizier’s Reflections a weekly staple. It will also make a good platform for me to make any announcements if the need should arise.
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Nov 282010
 
Fireplace by Kgreggain

Viktor Frankl once said that, “What is to give light must endure the burning.” I believe that the mistakes we make in life contain important lessons. Unless we learn these lessons well, we will keep on making the same mistakes until we get them right. But once we have learned our lessons, it is important to share our insights with those who need it. In this way, we help to light the way for others with our experiences.

Today, I am going to share the life lessons that I have learned with you. It is my wish that my life lessons will light your life’s journey in some small way. This article is also my contribution to the Life Lessons Series hosted by Abubakar Jamil in collaboration with Farnoosh Brock. Without further ado, here are the lessons that I learned.
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Nov 132010
 
Boston Businessman by Niccolo Caranti

I love routines because they are convenient. They help me to get something done without much thought or effort on my part. This means that I can conserve my energy for more important matters. But routines are a double-edged sword. While they have their uses, an overreliance on them will cause us to be stuck in a rut. To avoid this situation, it is beneficial to changes our routines from time to time. Before I discuss some simple changes we can make to our routines, let us look at some of the benefits that come with a change in routine.
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Aug 102010
 
2004 Tsunami by David Rydevik

I finally managed to find the time to watch 2012 on Blue Ray with my brother. Yes, I’m a little behind since the movie hit the theatres in 2009. But nevertheless, it was a good movie that got me thinking. This is not a review of 2012 per se; there are sites and people who have written great reviews about the movie. Instead the purpose of this article is to share the reflections and insights I had while the movie is still fresh in my mind.
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