Pencil and Eraser

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Read about this somewhere:

Pencil: I’m sorry

Eraser: For what? You didn’t do anything wrong.

Pencil: I’m sorry cos you get hurt bcos of me. Whenever I made a mistake, you’re always there to erase it. But as you make my mistakes vanish, you lose a part of yourself. You get smaller and smaller each time.

Eraser: That’s true. But I don’t really mind. You see, I was made to do this. I was made to help you whenever you do something wrong. Even though one day, I know I’ll be gone and you’ll replace me with a new one, I’m actually happy with my job. So please, stop worrying. I hate seeing you sad.

I found this conversation between the pencil and the eraser very inspirational. Parents are like the eraser whereas their children are the pencil. They’re always there for their children, cleaning up their mistakes.

Sometimes along the way… they get hurt, and become smaller (older, and eventually pass on). Though their children will eventually find someone new (spouse), but parents are still happy with what they do for their children, and will always hate seeing their precious ones worrying, or sad.

“All my life, I’ve been the pencil.. And it pains me to see the eraser that is my parents getting smaller and smaller each day. For I know that one day, all that I’m left with would be eraser shavings and memories of what I used to have…”

Understanding human relations

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People management is never an easy task, especially when one is working in the corporate world. There is a chinese saying, 知己知彼,百战百胜; he who has a thorough understanding of himself and the enemy is bound to win all battles.

Part of my job is to persuade people in the shortest time possible. Often, I get a no as an answer. It is not that these people are unable to commit, but is that there is no reason for them to say yes. Hence, I spent a lot of time understanding someone and his/her background before moving in for the kill.

Public relations(PR) is indeed a daunting task. The way you pitch your request, email or speech affects the decision outcome.

Some people has a very huge ego, and you need to make them feel good and worship them like gods. It’s not licking their boots but but more of feeding their ego. For example, you are trying to invite a very senior person to your conference and he is very egoistic. You do not say things like oh you are very smart and wise and handsome and blah blah blah. Instead, you should tell him why he should attend our event and how important is his presence at the event. This gives him a feeling of great importance. Maybe he will consider.

Sucky world.