Sharing Our Core Purpose At Datacom

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I was offered the opportunity to share my knowledge at Datacom around the idea that we all share the same general purpose in life, which I tend to address them as our core purpose.

The objective of the brown bag session was not to help everyone discover their personal purpose in life. That is for all of us to find out on our own. What I was suggesting is that we already have a common set of core purpose to live up to. We may have just forgotten them. Decide to do without them, our life may just take an unexpected turn towards a less memorable one.

If you want to find out more about our common core purpose, ask the special person deep inside you - What are the two things that you have to do every single day in order to make it a well-lived one? Or else, just ask me and I will tell you.

Settling In With My Second Book Launch

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My second book launch in a year. How is this possible? New and past supporters came this time around. Looking back, I am blessed to have all of them experience the moment together with me. It is always a pleasure to learn about their life stories as they openly relate them to the books and stories I wrote in the past. There is nothing more satisfying and uplifting to me than to connect with someone new at the heart and emotional level. Here are 3 steps as to how I am able to achieve this.

Be a great listener. There is a reason why God gave us two ears and one mouth, and that is for us to listen twice as hard as we talk. In this world of distraction and noise, people want to be listened to when they are slowly opening up to us. It builds trust, respect and understanding in the relationship.

Be humble. Before you even decide to speak up and share your thoughts, remember to be humble before the person that you are speaking with. Exercise gratitude for what he has shared with you and the time he has given you in return. Remind yourself that the person has decided to open up to you by trusting you in the first place.

Speak from the heart. Be yourself because people can quickly pick out when you are pretending to be someone you are not. I like the way the French put it - wear your heart on your sleeves. Be honest. Failing to do so will eventually build distrust in a relationship.

An Unexpected Meeting With Prince Charles

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The meeting was highly private and confidential, with strict instructions to keep it 'hush' before the actual day. Richard was selected as one of the participants to meet with Prince Charles during his visit to Malaysia. The meeting was to be about the future of technology in Malaysia and how the startup ecosystem is changing the way Malaysians embraces entrepreneurship. He had the opportunity to share about what he felt the future was going to be with the rising demand for high-tech and how the intelligent systems of tomorrow will change the way we see the world. In return, Prince Charles honestly shared his faith in the reliable pencil and paper to store his ideas, in which he would not have to worry about hackers, identity theft and digital viruses.

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I still have faith in the reliable pencil and paper to store my ideas.”

- Prince Charles

Ideating With Sunway Malls

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Over the last 2 decades, people are spending more and more of their time in malls. Sunway Malls knows this very well. With new malls opening up every few months, the stiff competition is evident in the retail industry. This has since placed growing pressure on Sunway Malls to create more value for their visitors.

Richard was engaged to run an innovation challenge for Sunway Malls, to help their staff think of innovative ideas to create change and innovations for their customers. He was also instrumental in letting them know that that they are all in the position to create value for their company and their customers.

Richard's ability to help participants think empathetically about their customers was a key driver for the whole exercise, even before the ideation process starts. All ideas were validated at the end which indirectly helps the participants to overcome their messiah complex; a psychological bias that eludes us to think that our ideas are right and will always work.

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Richard, thank you for what you taught us for the last two days.”

- Sarah Q