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The Palace Guards

One stormy night many years ago, an elderly man and his wife entered the lobby of a small hotel in Philadelphia. Trying to get out of the rain, the couple approached the front desk hoping to get some shelter for the night.

“Could you possibly give us a room here?” the husband asked. The clerk, a friendly man with a winning smile, looked at the couple and explained that there were three conventions in town.

“All of our rooms are taken,” the clerk said. Continue reading The Palace Guards

The Real Journey Begins…

We cannot live with the illusion that life is simple. We have to face the fact that living is a constant struggle, an unending bout of triumphs and failures.

I have seen the effects of affluence on families whose members no longer care for each other. Wealth becomes a curse instead of a blessing. Continue reading The Real Journey Begins…

The Poverty of Riches

There was a couple that I used to work with, and their story illustrates how the ups and downs of a business can be tied in to your character.

I met the woman when she was a 22-year-old housewife who wanted to make a mark in the garment industry. When I was introduced to her, I asked her point-blank, “Tell me, are you sensitive to criticism? Can I comment on your product?” Continue reading The Poverty of Riches

An Introduction

What does it take to be inspired? What does it take to live a life worth living? Each person cannot live beyond the heartbeat assigned him by his Creator.

Each person has been given exactly the number of days on this earth. Wealthy mansions and humble huts. Both will cease to exist one day for life in this world is a mere journey, not a destination. Continue reading An Introduction

The Educated Ear

The human ear is one of the most assaulted organs of the body today. It is one of the biggest casualties of the Information Age.

You wake up in the morning and the deluge begins. You listen to the sounds (noise?) from your radio. You take a bus or jeepney and the street noises drown your eardrums. Continue reading The Educated Ear

Brand Names

Cross-cultural communication is far more difficult than many people realize. In an age where global business is inescapable, there is a need for deeper understanding of the cultures and traditions of the countries with which we communicate and do business.

A product may be excellent, the company may have very high ideals, and the people working on it may be the best in the industry, but a failure to communicate and a lack of cultural understanding may be downright disastrous. Continue reading Brand Names

Beauty, the Blind Horse

One day, an executive from the city decided to go to the provinces and spend a few days there for his vacation break. Unfortunately, he drove his car into a ditch in a desolated area. While he was good with figures and at preparing financial reports, five-year projection plans and such, he was also completely helpless when it came to things like taking his car out of a ditch.

Fortunately, he sees a local farmer coming to help with a big, strong horse named Beauty. The farmer hitched Beauty up to the car and yelled, “Pull, Gloria, pull!” Beauty didn’t move. Then the farmer yelled, “Pull, Ringo, Pull!” Again, Beauty, his big, strong horse didn’t move. Once more the farmer commanded, “Pull Samson, Pull!” Nothing happened. Continue reading Beauty, the Blind Horse

Class Acts

John Berendt, in an article published in Esquire magazine, wrote about heroes and heroism, of people with class doing noble and dignified deeds. In a world where villains and anti-heroes are often exalted, in a society where sexual promiscuity, loose morals and questionable ethics are practiced, Berendt’s article comes as a fresh reminder for all of us. He reminds us that the world needs heroes. We need genuine people of dignity and we need to strive to be heroes ourselves. Listen to the following stories: Continue reading Class Acts

The Mature and the Amateur

A young man was appointed president of a bank at the age of 32. Awed by such an appointment, he went to the venerable old Chairman of the Board to ask for advice on how to become a good bank president.

“What is the most important thing for me to do as a new President?” he asked of the old Chairman. The short response he got was: “Make right decisions.” Continue reading The Mature and the Amateur

Surprises in Bad Places

It was a long line at the Immigration, and I couldn’t wait to go home. After a grueling business trip in Japan and Hong Kong, I was physically tired and emotionally spent. I longed to see my wife and kids once more.

But before I could leave, I had to get through the Customs checkpoint for a pair of stereo speakers I had bought. Continue reading Surprises in Bad Places