What Matters Most by James Hollis

Living a More Considered Life

This book will not cover basic and obvious things like relationships. This book is more concerned over the relationship with one-self. Imagination is our greatest faculty. At the minimum, we should bring no harm to others. We should take responsibility for our personal shadow. Consider the idea of loss in your life. Relationships will bring us new problem and we will learn to solve them. This will help us to grow even more. One needs to learn to be accepted in society. One needs to stay psychologically balanced and in silent contemplation. We retain the freedom to choose and determine our fate even in trying circumstances. Humor is important. The ideas contained in the book should keep you thinking and reflecting. We must continue to contribute to the world. We should understand and become more of ourselves. This book is for those who view themselves as exiles. In the past, there was no need for self-reflection. We need to answer questions that life throws at us or we will live an unconscious, unreflective life.

We are here to be eccentric, different, perhaps strange, perhaps merely to add our small piece, our little clunk, chunky selves, to the great mosaic of being. – James Hollis

Shock and Awe: That Life not be Governed by Fear. Sometimes, you will get moments of Deja-vu in life. How do you get back when you lost your track in life. Life from birth to death is fraught with danger. Values and ethics get passed down from one generation to next. There is killing and eating in the animal kingdom and we live in a competitive society. We need to recognize that life is cruel and that prey has to die. Yet as life seems fleeting, we long for its permanence and stability. The fact is that life is extremely unpredictable. Cancer can strike one anytime. Therefore, it is important not to be governed by fears. Many kids think that the world revolves around themselves. However, some still are attention getting and seeking when they grow up. We all suffer from overgeneralization. Parents should not go into hiding and avoid difficult questions asked by their children. For relationships to thrive, couples must forgive each other and show grace. Often, subconsciously, we let others define who we are. Our soul never sleeps. The psyche can provide us with hidden energy to choose the right course. It is a constant battle going on in our brain. One needs to ask ‘what really matters most’. Our ego is on autopilot. Often, our decisions are made from adaptations in the past. It is important to recognize the fear (example: ego). Learning to cope with your fears will liberate you. Do not hate humans as they are all subject to the same fear. In general, we suffer from the fear of ‘overwhelmment’ and ‘abandonment’. Although humans are weak, you should have your own will and not simply listen to others. When we are afraid to get neglected, we start becoming control freaks or dominate others. We are all exposed to such threats. Fear is the enemy.

How easy to fall back into the sleep of innocence, naiveté, fundamentalism of one kind or another, avoidance, rationalization, and self-deception. These demons are the enemy of life. – James Hollis

Fear not. What is not real, never was and never will be. What is real, always was and cannot be destroyed. – The Bhagavad Gita

We are defined as a reticulated network of behaviors, attitudes toward self and world, and reflexive stratagems designed to get our needs met and to manage the anxiety in whose slipstream we daily stride. – James Hollis

Saving the Appearances: That We Learn to Tolerate Ambiguity. Some stories of our lives are unconscious in nature. Choose security over honesty. We have the power to rewrite biographies. Sometimes, we suffer from an identity crisis. Often, we find ourselves in between states and experience various contradictory messages. Life is full of ambiguity and complexity. Bruno endorsed Copernican observations even when at that time, everyone thought that the Earth was in the center of the Universe. Acknowledge the complexity of the modern world. Do not keep relying on older models. Things change over time. Bruno was placed under house arrest after publishing his views. When ambiguity emerges, some societies take the fascist mentality and discounts dissenting views and thoughts. Some people sacrifice in order to reach a higher goal. Sometimes, in order to ‘save appearances’, we lie etc. We all want to stick to collective views and to avoid ambiguity. This is known as the herd mentality. Knowing what you do not know is wisdom. Subtleties and contradictions need to be eliminated. We need to respect ambiguity and tolerate anxiety. Politics tends to make people’s lives more comfortable. Is it acceptable for our lives to be governed by fear? One should rely on the facts.

The truth is, all of life is a grand, blooming ambiguity. The more we know about it, the more we realize we do not know. – James Hollis

Unchallenged conviction begets rigidity, which begets regression; but ambiguity opens us to discovery, complexity, and therefore growth. The health of our culture, and the magnitude of our personal journeys, require that we learn to tolerate ambiguity, in service to a larger life. – James Hollis

Starving Amid Abundance: That We Consider Feeding the Soul. What happened to old rituals? In the past, people performed rituals for the sun to rise. Why do so many people head to Las Vegas to gamble? It has to mean something right. Why do they come? Is gambling so seductive? Why do people gamble even though they know the house will win? Has people projected their souls onto money? Some people think that if they win, they are gifted. Some think that money can transform their lives. Money is spiritually irrelevant. Are we spiritually impoverished? Soul means psyche and it is the essence of our being. When we live in accordance with our soul’s intent, we feel an inner peace. Although we have many material comforts, we are starving. In life, we are encouraged to find salvation for sufferings and to distract ourselves. Most of us listen too much to our parents and lose our own message. Do not simply defers your interests in service of others. Learn to make important choices about your life. Once in a while, review your commitments and try to make a difference. Spare some time to feed your own soul. It is the task of life to find what really can feed our soul. There is no right or wrong answer. When you experience boredom or loss of energy, the psyche is not right. Always pay attention to levels of satisfaction and reciprocity. We should no longer ignore our soul anymore.

We serve the world by finding what feeds us, and, having been fed, then share our gift with others. – James Hollis

That We Respect the Power of Eros. A lot of us want to lead controlled and predictable lives. Why do people who have attained huge success in life suddenly give it up? Why do they engage in self-defeat at the end? Eros was a young God. How can we not be possessed by Eros? Eros is our God. God suggests a form of immensity and endurance. Eros is a life force, and so is Logos. Both of them manifest in our soul. We need them to balance one another. One existential condition is separation. We need to get used to being alone. Eros is all about connection. For females, Eros is a big thing and women invest a lot in their relationships. Men treat Eros as more goal-directed behaviors. Men tend to focus more on external attainments. For that reason, men tend to be lonelier. Their lives seem to be miserable at times. Some of them turn to pornography and drugs and alcohol. For a man, he tends to project his anima upon success. They want to show that they are instinctive and sexual. For a female, it is more about spirited energy. If you are not in touch with Eros, you will feel that something is missing. Women have a more nuanced relationship to Eros. Men usually do not respond well to crises. Women can bounce back because they have a stronger network of friends. Women tend to grieve openly and with more honesty. Men try to bury and deflect. Carl Jung thought that culture forms are intrinsic search for meaning. We are symbol-making animals. Always ask what life requires and wants of us? Do not neglect your Eros at all cost.

That we Step into Largeness. We need to adapt to the voices around us. Most of us prefer to live ‘small’. Do not serve till you neglect your own needs. Sometimes, even though you have been a good parent, you still wonder why something is missing. You start asking, why am I here? Often, we do not understand ourselves well enough. Do not lose permission to be who you are. We lose contact with our instinctual guidance. Sometimes, people confuse their identity with their outward persona. Many teenage girls would rather be a celebrity. They long for fame and attention. You can’t escape from your soul. Often, people cling on to strongly to their past and do not let go. Some like to complain that others do not care about them. They have not lived a larger life. Some just refuse to grow up and take care of themselves. It is important to stop whining and take charge of your life. No choice is without cost. The contradictions faced in life are important to help us grow. Many children from broken homes suffer later in life. But it does not need to end up this way. To some, being lazy is something bad and they would not be able to tolerate such periods of their lives. Sometimes, you can do what the soul wants. Realize that what our psyches are different from what the world wants of us. Live your inner authority with risk and boldness. Fear is an enemy of largeness. Some people fear their own freedom that they do not take any action in the first place. One needs to escape your clutches of your past. It is crucial to step out of fear and reductionism.

That We Risk Growth over Security. Fear holds up back from conquering the world. Lethargy causes us to be seduced and leads to procrastination. Living requires a lot of effort. Do not be afraid to show up because you can’t meet expectations. But does this mean you should live a very stable life? Do not live someone else’s life. Sometimes, you just have to step out into the unknown. Every time our emotional development stalls, enlargements of our soul can painfully teach us an important lesson. Most people actually prefer security over growth. If you choose security, you do not allow your soul to grow. Our psyche will demand us to grow and to explore and to stay curious. There is a lot to learn. Odysseus was someone who always faced his fears and persisted. Do not get distracted and lose our journey. We endeavor to educate our young. Even the author requires an education. Often, after we have attained our goals, we stop and rest and stop striving further. During the second stage of your life, stop and ask what matters most. Life is about being defeated by even larger things.

Boredom is the pathology of the depressed, or the unimaginative. Ceasing to grow is a failure of nerve, because it is not what our psyche demands. – James Hollis

That We Live Verbs not Nouns. Our ego is complex. Our ego prefers predictability and certainty. It prefers comforting nouns. However, in reality, things are never fixed. It is strange that modern people still deny the theory of evolution. If you do not expose your children to theory, they cannot learn and progress. We naturally want to pin down the world and control it. Even though we can control our natural environment, we are still unhappy at times. The truth is that everything is in flux. For most religious concepts, it stemmed from an affective experience before becoming an idea. Communities have more staying power than societies. Humans created dogma, rites and cultic practices. Rites are reenactment of primal experience. Cultic practices are events that help preserve a set of values. Communities get institutionized. We are all idolaters and need intelligence. Some people who attend Bible Studies are more interested in finding certainty than exploration.

That We Find and Follow the Path of Creativity and Delight in Foolish Passions. A man I know was obsessed with the cultivation of grapes and wines. He was an oenophile. Such behavior was associated with snobbery. Sometimes, we are stirred by forms and images. We can be inspired by them. It is different to be possessed by a god and by a complex. Which God should one choose? ‘What does it ask for me?’ Ordinary people, under extraordinary circumstances, have murdered other humans too. We do not choose our enthusiasms. Passions must resonate within us. Keep your enthusiasm alive. Some people are willing to take risks. We all want to freely express ourselves, but are held back sometimes. What does your soul want? Do not let the ‘parent complex’ stand in your way. We are all asked to die. Through death, we can enact the developmental plan. Do not live in constant servitude to your parents’ wishes. Pay close attention to what your dreams tell you. At times, your dreams can reveal your psyche and what it is trying to reveal. We need to sacrifice ego comforts in order to grow and develop. A passion is something which we feel deeply. All of us have passions. At times, we can revive some of them. Use your free time to indulge in your passion. There is nothing foolish about passion. Each of us have our own myth to create. Reading can be a passion too. Passions can be constant. People were doing the same things very long ago as well. Passion helps provide much needed clarity. Passions can invoke nostalgia. It also provides something in common with another person. It serves as a bridge among different people and even different generations. Some passions can be timeless and transcend generations of people. Although our memory might fail us, there are times when passions help provide meaning for our lives. Let your passions nourish and animate.

There is a big difference between wasting time – our popular culture offers a vast arena of possibilities for doing so – and having a passion. – James Hollis

That We Engage Spiritual Crises, and other Bad Days at the Office. Even in the worst of crises, try to learn from it. A spiritual crisis occurs when we can’t understand ourselves properly. We often create a fake self to deal with anxiety. Some of them might be due to trauma etc. Although humans are resilient, we get hurt easily. Sometimes, we all feel powerless. When you understand that life is absurd, then you will start to make choices with real consequences. Choose your inner values carefully. Sometimes, by fate, we end up in places where we don’t want to visit. At times, there might be discrepancies between expectations and outcomes. Problems arise when we expect too much of others. Life might be problematic when we are constantly being told what to do but can’t do anything for ourselves. What are the methods to deal with the above? Sometimes, cultures can even collapse. Ego consciousness might implode on itself. Life can overwhelm us from time to time. Healing is important, but unfortunately, not everyone heals. Some people regress and they prefer the old state of affairs. However, we stop growing because of this. We all need to find what is true for ourselves and to find the truth. There are too many modern distractions like computer games nowadays. Hordes of people believed in communism and embraced fascism. Herd mentality is strong in humans. Our psyche is constantly evolving and growing.

That we write our story, lest someone else write it for us. We all have to achieve our own agenda. Life is a sum of our stories. We all need to stand for things we believe in. We should live our stories. Unconscious stories affect us as well. You are always free to rewrite your life’s plot. As a kid, we used to wonder about the world a lot. We are usually in service to someone else’s questions. As adults, most of us have lost our childhood wonder. Ask yourself, who are you? Learn to connect with the invisible world. The poet, Rainer Maria Rilke, also reflects on his childhood days. We are still trying to figure out what to do with our stories. The great people in life are never happy. The modern culture is all about addiction and distraction. Many adults have forgotten their story of their past. How can we take corrective action? How can we reclaim our journey? We need to take accountability of our own story. We must learn to embrace uncertainty. Do not ‘go home’ and go to somewhere that is safe. You must listen to the story that your psyche tells you. It is not necessary to climb the corporate ladder. Rather, one should just strive to be a better human being. What matters most is that we become who we really are.

What was the face you had before the world was made? – Zen koan

Amor Fati: That we fight fate, and love it also. Fate can destroy our journey. We are the primary source of our own suffering. Some of us suffer from the narcissistic personality disorder. To what degree should we serve fate? Do you still have room to play? We need to recognize that energy is ever changing. Life is about the accumulated consequences we have made. Each of us all have stories. We need to experience a larger measure of consciousness. One needs to do logical things. However, do not keep manipulating the psyche of others. Our story can be changed via risk, courage, energy and persistence. How can one expect to love one’s fate? Our psyche is indeed a shape shifter. It is a fact that we do not have complete freedom in our lives. Humans created the concept of ‘karma’. Life is driven by inherited forces. The fact is that sports can build character. We all owe death a life. Even sometimes are beyond our control, we should play life with elan and a healthy investment of spirit. Life is more than outcomes, it is also about attitude. The first half of our lives is usually preoccupied with the sense of developing an ego. The second half of our life is to seek out the meaning of life. We need to keep asking what life asks of us.

That we live more fully in the shadow of mortality. How can we live more abundantly in the presence of our mortality? Modern medicine can prolong life, but it can’t prevent the inevitable. Modern people are living longer. Is longevity the goal? Are we living better lives? Sometimes, we can achieve what we want in life but still feel miserable inside. Some people believe in an afterlife. Judaism believes that one lives through one’s descendants. Those people who have taken risks in their lives usually have a better time with dealing with mortality. Mortality means that what we do matters. We have to live more responsibly and more reflectively. There is no need to shrink from death. It is important to develop a relationship with the present. Keep asking why you are here. There is a need to respect symbol formations too. To experience joy, one needs to also experience loss. It is courageous to live in service to your values.

Look, you and I are going to die; the readers of this poem will die; the page will turn to dust, so I won’t delude ourselves into immortal pretensions, but rather I will say, simply, I saw you there, outlined in the doorway, with the sun at your back – I saw you. – Archibald MacLeish

That we accept at last that our home is our journey, and our journey is our home. Our life is a strange rhythm of exile and homecoming. Why is exile necessary? We must depart from what we know in order to cope with uncertainty. We all have different tasks to address. Pathology should be your friend as it helps in reconciliation. Suffering is the requisite for consciousness and recovery. Suffering is humbling in nature. Homecoming means re-establishing the relationship with the self. It is the journey that matters even though you might not find the snow leopard. The journey can one unimaginable richness. Life is always full of surprises. I am always filled with awe and horror at the same time. During the first stage of our life, we struggle with the world. Can we still be honest with ourselves? Religion doesn’t bring out the best in people all the time. We all need to construct more meaning. Keep seeking to improve yourself. The world is full of travelers. We all need to do good and to do it faithfully. One needs to wrest with the bigger questions in life.


Secrets of the Millionaire Mind by T Harv Eker

Study this book and try out the principles contained in it. This book is all about money. You should have a financial blueprint for yourself. Through this book, you will understand what creates success and what causes failure. Some people are simply too afraid that they don’t even try. Rich people all think in similar ways. The strategy was to copy how they think. Later on, I studied exactly how they thought. You have to have a long term strategy and you need to keep focusing on that. Sometimes, your mind can be a big obstacle to your success. Basically, this book will teach you to think rich and to get rich. To move up in life, you have to let go of the bad habits.

Your Money Blueprint. There must be both outer laws (technical skills) and inner laws (mindset). Can you be at your best even when you don’t want to be? Your character is what determines your level of success. Wealth Principle: Your income can grow only to the extent you do! With more money comes huge responsibility and not many people can handle it. Most people are unconscious. We live on 4 realms of existence: physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. Understand cause and effect. Learn to change your inner world and things will be different. When you declare something aloud, you can feel it resonating. An affirmation is something similar too. A declaration is an intention to do something in future. You can discover someone else’s money blueprint easily. Wealth Principle: Thoughts lead to feelings. Feelings lead to actions. Actions lead to results. Your blueprint is everything that is ingrained inside you. Your mind is conditioned. We are heavily influenced over what happened when we were young. Verbal programming is an influence. This is basically what people tell you. All this has a subconscious effect on you. This is very powerful indeed. If you believe that rich people are greedy, you will tend to hate money in future. Emotions win logic when the mind is unconscious. Remember that conditioning will have an effect on your thinking. Awareness, understanding, disassociation and reconditioning are important. Your parents play a huge role in your life and you probably model yourself after them. ‘Monkey see, monkey do’ behaviour is very normal indeed. For a big part of my life, I re-lived my dad’s up and down pattern of making income. Change your success blueprint and you will be saved. Saving too much for rainy days might not be a good idea too. For some, the more money they make, the angrier they become. You need to understand why you want to amass more wealth. You can’t solve all your problems even with more money. Fear is the root of all evil. Having more money is really better than more money. Your inner world has a big bearing on the outer world. Earn money through purpose, contribution and joy. Specific incidents in the past can shape your beliefs on wealth. Do not let money be a burden to you. Money can cause break-ups. If you have a mismatch of blue-prints, fights can occur. Choose understanding. How much you earn doesn’t matter. What matters is that you should reach your full financial potential. Are you programmed for saving or spending money? Your blueprint will determine your outlook on life and your future. You must have a blueprint which is like a thermostat. Learn to reset your thermostat. ‘Your income can grow only to the extent that you do.’ Study yourself. Learn to respond to situations. Genetics has a part to play, but people are largely influenced by what happens around them. Stop blaming your partner.

The reality is that most people do not reach their full potential. Most people are not successful. Research shows that 80% of individuals will never be financially free in the way they’d like to be, and 80% will never claim to be truly happy. – T Harv Eker

If you want to change the fruits, you will first have to change the roots. If you want to change the visible, you must first change the invisible. – T Harv Eker

The reason or motivation you have for making money or creating success is vital. If your motivation for acquiring money or success comes from a non-supportive root such as fear, anger, or the need to “prove” yourself, your money will never bring you happiness. – T Harv Eker

The Wealth Files – Seventeen Ways Rich People Think and Act Differently from poor and middle-class people. Your mind must be wired to financial success. Awareness is to think the way rich people think. Wealth Principle: You can choose to think in ways that will support you in your happiness and success instead of ways that don’t. You have to let go of your old ways. Learn to change yourself.

Wealth File #1: Rich people believe that they have control over their life. Rich people feel like they have control over their lives. Some people like to play the blame game. For instance, you can blame the economy etc. The next group of people will justify and say things like ‘Money’s not really important’. Love doesn’t feed anyone and doesn’t pay for infrastructure. Wealth Principle: Money is extremely important in the areas in which it works, and extremely unimportant in the areas in which it doesn’t. The more you complain, the more you will focus on the bad stuff in your life. Do not become a ‘crap’ magnet by complaining non-stop. Make sure you stay away from complainers. Remind yourself not to complain for a week. Remember to choose your words wisely.

Wealth File #2: There is no such thing as a really rich victim’. Do not yearn for attention and be at the mercy of others. Disconnect attention from love. You can either be a victim or be rich. Tell yourself you have a millionaire mind. Instead of wealth, you play for security. The middle class just want to be comfortable in life. If you are middle-class, you can’t afford the most expensive meals and you might need to think twice on your expenditure. One needs to aim big. Write down goals for your annual income etc. Poor people want to be rich but they lack commitment. Mixed reasons are the reason why you won’t get rich. If you are afraid of failure or hard work, then you definitely won’t get rich. It is important not to have mixed messages at all.

Wealth File #3: The number one reason most people don’t get what they want is that they don’t know what they want. Wanting alone is plain useless. The best way is to commit to being rich. Being rich requires a strong mindset and knowledge and expertise. You must be willing to give up something to gain wealth. The Universe will support you in your plan. Commitment is the key.

Wealth File #4: Rich people think big. Poor people think small. You must think big. Wealth Principle: You will be paid in direct proportion to the value you deliver according to the marketplace. How many lives do you affect? How do you want to live your life? Do not play it small. An entrepreneur is actually a problem solver. Play big and live up to your potential. Every one of us is talented in our own little way.

Wealth File #5: Rich people focus on opportunities, poor people focus on obstacles. Is the glass half-full or half-empty? In general, the higher the risk, the higher the reward. There is an element of luck required to become rich. To succeed, you have to do something. Focus on opportunities you can find. Remember: what you focus on expands. Try every opportunity as a learning opportunity. The trick is to get in the corridor and into the industry that you want and love. Get into the corridor! Action always beats inaction. Learn to practise optimism. Focus on gratitude.

Wealth File #6: Rich People admire other rich and successful people. Poor people resent rich and successful people. Do not be jealous of the rich. Poor people tend to resent the rich. The opinions you make only affect your happiness, not someone else’s. You don’t need to be poor to be pious. Money is power in the modern society. Trust is very important. You have to be trustworthy in the first place. Rich people can be nice and good too. They can also be very generous. Bless that person that which you want to be.

Wealth File #7: Rich people associate with positive, successful people. Poor people associate with negative or unsuccessful people. Model from other successful people. Do not reinvent the wheel. Learn how rich people play the game. Do not bother about changing negative people. Just be the best that you can be. When you meet negative people, think of how you are not looking forward to be like them. Try to get rid and distance yourself from them. It is either you affect or infect other people. Birds of a feather flock together and make sure you flock around with the right people. Make it a point to only associate yourself with positive people. Remove yourself from toxic situations. Engage yourself in sports. Hard work pays off. Winning can dull your desire at times. Rich people like hanging around other successful people too. Read biographies of rich and successful people. Join a high end club. Stop watching too much television.

Wealth File #8: Rich people are willing to promote themselves and their value. Poor people think negatively about selling and promotion. You need to focus on promoting yourself and your services. If you don’t, you will be left behind. You need to extol your virtues in order to succeed. Do not have that ‘I am special’ attitude. All rich people are excellent promoters. They are also usually leaders. It all involves some form of persuading others. You must sincerely believe in your product and in yourself. Listen to marketing classes and courses.

Wealth File #9: Rich people are bigger than their problems. Poor people are smaller than their problems. It is not easy getting rich. Poor people do not want to work hard to get rich. Most poor people will just avoid and run. Grow so that you are bigger than your problem. When you handle so many problems, you will realize that they don’t mean much to you anymore. Problems will never go away and that is the nature of life. Have a mindset of conquering problems. You should be focussed on your goal. Nothing can stop you. Tell yourself that you are ‘bigger than your problems’.

Wealth File #10: Rich people are excellent receivers, poor people are poor receivers. If you are poor at receiving, you won’t receive much. Most of us like to punish ourselves. This is how people sabotage their own success. Rich people want to prove their worth to others. Whether you are worthy or not, it all depends on yourself. It’s all about your mindset. It’s a lot to worry about. Tell yourself that you are worthy and that you deserve to hold your head up high. ‘For every giver there must be a receiver, and for every receiver there must be a giver’. When others want to give, be courteous and accept it. Even if no one else wants to take it, it has to go somewhere. Being poor is a weakness that can be avoided. If you are rich, you will be able to help even more people with your money. ‘Money will only make you more of what you already are’. Do not block yourself from receiving more money. Tell yourself that you will be an excellent receiver in future. Pamper yourself and spend on yourself once in a while.

Wealth File #11: Rich people choose to get paid based on results. Poor people choose to get paid based on time. A steady paycheck usually interferes with your ability to earn even more. Security will come at a price. Rich people get paid based on the results they produce. Rich people emphasize on getting paid for their results and not the amount of time spent. Do not trade time for money. This is because your time is limited and you won’t be able to increase your wealth much. Do not have a ceiling on your income. If you are in a personal service business, you need to find a way to leverage yourself. I encourage you to work for yourself. Most millionaires start their own business. Selling can be a profitable profession too. You can do MLM and be a part-time distributor. This is known as network marketing. It is important that you should get paid for your results. You can start a business by joining part-time first.

Wealth File #12: Rich People think ‘both’; Poor people think ‘either/or’. Both the rich and poor live in the same physical world. Rich people want both money and meaning in their work. Poor people only choose one. Ask yourself how you can have both. Be creative so that you can enjoy both. Think in terms of win-win. Pursue work and projects that you love. Money is important and it is like a lubricant. It gives you the freedom to enjoy life. You can have your cake and eat it too. Poor people only eat a small slice of the cake. Money can be used over and over again. It can create value after it passes through different hands. Money does not get depleted. You can be rich and yet be kind as kindness comes from the heart. Tell yourself that you have a millionaire mind.

Money is a lubricant. It enables you to ‘slide’ through life instead of having to ‘scrape’ by. Money brings freedom – freedom to buy what you want, and freedom to do what you want with your time. Money allows you to enjoy the finer things in life as well as giving you the opportunity to help others have the necessities in life. Most of all, having money allows you not to have to spend your energy worrying about not having money. – T Harv Eker

Wealth File #13: Rich people focus on their net worth. Poor people focus on their working income. Learn to ask others what is their net worth. Net worth is the true measure of wealth. Net worth is everything that you own but there is a need to deduct your liabilities. Working income requires effort and time to earn. Passive income is important and the poor usually do not have this. Savings are important if you want to be rich. Save and grow your money via investing. The last method is to simplify your life so that you require less spending. If you have lower standards of living, you will require less money. There is a law that says expenses will rise in direct proportion to income. A large income alone might not create wealth. ‘Where attention goes, energy flows and results show’. Find a good financial planner to help you.

Wealth File #14: Rich people manage their money well, poor people mismanage their money well. Money management can be programmed in an individual. Managing money is very important indeed. Do not give the excuse that you don’t have time or enough money to manage. ‘The habit of managing money is more important than the amount’. Create a separate bank account and channel a portion of your income into it for investments. Never withdraw this amount for spending. It is important to start small, even if it’s a meagre amount. Use 10% of your salary for play and rest. Split the rest of your salary into categories like necessities, give, education and long-term savings. If you don’t control money, it will end up controlling you.

Wealth File #15: Rich people have their money work hard for them. Poor people work hard for their money. Hard work alone will not make you rich. Learn to work hard. Hire others to work for you. Money is energy. The goal in the end is financial freedom. The key is to earn enough passive income so that you don’t have to work anymore. You could also earn money from a part time business or even participate in network marketing. Most of us weren’t taught about how to earn a passive income. Find a career that enables easy generation of passive income. Poor people are more concerned with instant gratification. If you buy things for instant gratification, it won’t make you happy in the long term. Rich people can be very thrifty indeed. However, do not over-extend yourself. Consider investing in real estate as well. Every dollar can be a seed to earn even more in future. Get educated and attend investment seminars. Focus on passive income.

Wealth File #16: Rich people act in spite of fear, poor people let fear stop them. Action is crucial. Affirmations can only do that much. Action is extremely important. Fear and doubt all cause us to procrastinate. Tame the cobra of fear. There is no need to eliminate or get rid of such fears. The key is to simply act even if you are scared. Be a warrior and learn not to be stopped by anything at all. Wealth Principle: ‘If you are willing to do what’s easy, life will be hard. But if you are willing to do what’s hard, life will be easy.’ You must break through the comfort zone and do what is uncomfortable. Poor people don’t like to feel uncomfortable and like to stay in their comfort zone. Comfort zone can be equated to wealth zone. It is important to stretch yourself and your abilities. Happiness comes from realizing your full potential. Live at the edge of your box. Practise even when you are not in the mood. You are not your mind. It is crucial to train your own mind. Observing is a good way to learn. Make a conscious effort to improve your life now. Your mind is almighty and all-encompassing. You will pay for your negative thoughts. Apply power thinking and nothing that nothing has meaning unless we ascribe meaning to it.

Wealth File #17: Rich people constantly learn and grow. Poor people think they already know. Rich people are constantly learning and eager to develop. If you think you are always right, you won’t be exposed to new methods of thinking. The world is not static. If you are not learning, you will be left behind. You need to pick up skills and learn how to manage your money. Success can be learnt. It is possible to learn to succeed at anything. No one was born a genius. The quickest way is to develop yourself. Grow yourself into the best person you can be. If you want to get paid the most, you need to be the best. I always learnt from the masters of the respective fields.


Luxury Watches by Jon Stewart

What you need to know about Watches

The Wrist Watch – A Cannot Live Without Accessory. The watch is a great gadget. The sky is the limit for watches with precious stones. However, if you treat them as heirloom pieces, they may not seem too outrageous. For sport watches, ruggedness is the most important. For instance, shock resistance etc. There are also chronometers, chronographs and so on. Some athletes endorse certain brands. You can have different watches for different occasions.

Wrist Watch: Out of the Pocket and on to the Wrist. The first wristwatch was invented by PP in the 19th century. At the beginning of the 20th century, the first gents’ wrist watch was introduced. Watches nowadays do more than just keep the time. Men used it in WWI to tell the time. Some watches are also chronometer certified and are accurate. Some of them are used for personal adornment.

Wear Your Tag Watch for a lifetime. Everyone should have a life-time watch. Tag Heuers are very elegant and trendy as well. People who wear them are confident. Owning one is an achievement of a lifetime. You could give it to your children as well. Invest in a Tag watch.

Do you know which Watch Band Is Good for You? How do you know which is the best band out there? Choose the right one. Comfort is the key. Suitability is important. Wrist-bands are fashionable. If you go in the water, ensure your band is durable.

The Most Common Accessory for Women – The Watch. Watches have come a long way. In the 19th century, some women wore watches around their neck. However, these gradually did not take off. The wrist watch was the most popular. Watches, to women, are accessories for their outfits. Some of them have to matched to their bags, belt etc. It is important for the watch to match the outfit.

Omega Watch – Famous Watch for Famous People. Omega was founded in 1848. They are high-end products. Many celebrities like Schumacher have worn the watch. The Omega Speedmaster Professional Chronograph went into space. The Omega watch was worn by James Bond in Goldeneye. It was the Omega Professional Chronometer. You can consider getting the Seamaster Professional 600. Omega has been used as official time keepers for sporting events.

The Pocket Watch: Reliable and Classic. They usually have an analog display. It usually comes with a chain. The chains can be decorative in nature too. The modern pocket watches are smaller. They became popular in the 19th century. It was the instrument of choice for railroad conductors. Knowing the time was important to prevent train accidents. Now, it has become a collector’s item.

A Rado Watch for Every Walk of Life. Rado was first to introduce the sapphire crystal. Later, they joined the Swatch Group. Many of them are timeless in design. They only have 1 year of warranty. They are for everyday walk of life. All of them possess Swiss mechanical movements.

Replica Luxury Watch Sought for Appearance. Rolex is the most common watch that is replicated. Usually the watch seller will inform you that it is a replica and that there is no warranty. During a raid in Asia, many counterfeit watches were destroyed. Counterfeit watches are illegal. If you can identify the model and year of issue, you must be able to spot a counterfeit.

Rolex Jewellery Watch available only through jewellers. Rolex watches aren’t sold on their website. Only deal with jewellers who sell the watch with box and papers. Choose the gemstone for your watch. For used Rolex, also make sure they are certified. All Rolex watches are Swiss chronometers.

The Seiko Watch: A Stylish Watch from Asia. Seiko was started by Kintaro Hattori in 1881. The first Seiko watch appeared on the market in 1924. The first quartz watch was produced in 1969. Seiko has been a timekeeper for the Olympics. There are watches that are unique to the Japanese market. Their watches are generally affordable.

Uniqueness of the Swatch Watch. Swatch is under the Swatch Group Limited. Their watches only require a low cost for manufacturing and consists of fewer components. Their luxury brands include Breguet, Blancpain, Rado, Omega etc. They have unique collections like the Skin Diver series. Swatch watches are known to be colourful and bright.

The Swiss Army Watch from Wenger and Victorinox. Wenger and Victorinox also supply Swiss army knives. These are rugged watches, which can be used for adventurous sports and activities.

Choosing a Swiss Watch for Men. You can get a Swatch for $80. There are many famous brands, like Tissot, Corum, Tudor, Piaget etc. Wear a Rolex if you want to be noticed. For a sporty look, consider Omega or Tag Heuer. Wear PP or AP to reflect a refinement in taste. If you’re in your mid-30s, go for a Rolex GMT. After 40, you can switch into IWC, Baume and Mercier etc.

The Popularity of the TAG Heuer Watch. Tag has been in the market since 1860. Tag is associated with sporting events like F1 etc. In 2005, they introduced a watch for golf. Some Tags are associated with F1 and these models are very popular. The Aquaracer is a good model to consider.

What you should know before you purchase a Vintage Watch. Vintage watches can be passed on. You must know what makes the vintage watch special. Sometimes, you might get a modern movement in a vintage case. You need to be wary if that is the case. You must be very familiar on what the original should look at. Search the Internet. Vintage watches are usually very expensive.

Choose Watch and Jewellery Box Carefully. Proper storage is important. Wooden or jewellery boxes are recommended. Sometimes, to safekeep your jewellery, buy one with a lock. Some boxes can hold up to 12 boxes. Some storage boxes also act as watch winder. It is important to find a good watch winder.

Guide to Changing a Watch Battery. Manual traditional watches need to be wound at least once a day. The quartz watch is reliable and the battery can last for many years. The solar power watch doesn’t require charging. The moment your watch starts looking time, it is time to change the battery. Go to a watch shop to get it done.

Everything you need to Know about Watch Repairs. Sometimes, you need to service your vintage watch. It is important to find a good watch repair man. However, not every watch can be repaired. Remember to record serial numbers and photograph the case-back before sending it in. It can be very costly to repair an exquisite vintage watch.

How to Choose a Watch Winder. Automatic watch winders are very popular as no human intervention is required. Try to buy Swiss watch winders like Penelop. Some of them are made of polished wood and come in a box. The extravagant type of winders cost a lot and the popular brands are Everwell, Wolf Design, Penelop, Scatola del Tempo, Steinhausen, Eilux.


Fiction quotes 101 to 150

  1. I guess we are who we are for a lot of reasons. And maybe we’ll never know most of them. But even if we don’t have the power to choose where we come from, we can still choose where we go from there. We can still do things. And we can try to feel okay about them. – Charlie
  2. ‘Once a King in Narnia, always a King in Narnia. But don’t go trying to use the same route to Narnia twice. Indeed, don’t try to get there at all. It’ll happen when you’re not looking for it.’ The Professor (The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis)
  3. ‘No, men don’t catch anything. They just keep trotting back and forth across the bridge thinking there is something better on the other side. If they’d hang-down at the top of the thing and wait quietly, maybe something good would come along. But no – with men it’s rush, rush, rush, every minute. I’m glad I’m a sedentary spider.’ Charlotte (Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White)
  4. ‘Life is always a rich and steady time when you are waiting for something to happen or hatch.’ E.B. White (Charlotte’s Web)
  5. ‘It means that though the Witch knew the deep magic, there is a magic deeper still which she did not know. Her knowledge goes back only to the dawn of time. But if she could have looked a little further back, into the stillness and the darkness before Time dawned, she would have read there a different incantation. She would have known that when a willing victim who had committed no treachery was killed in a traitor’s stead, the Table would crack and Death itself would start working backward.’ Aslan
  6. ‘Those who can’t keep up – that is, children, dwarfs and small animals – must ride on the backs of those who can – that is, lions, centaurs, unicorns, horses, giants and eagles. Those who are good with their noses must come in the front with us lions to smell out where the battle is. Look lively and sort yourselves.’ Aslan
  7. ‘…And don’t mention it to anyone else unless you find that they’ve had adventures of the same sort themselves. What’s that? How will you know? Oh, you’ll know all right. Off things they say- even their looks – will let the secret out. Keep your eyes open.’ The Professor
  8. ‘What do you mean, I mean less than nothing to you? I don’t think there is any such thing as less than nothing. Nothing is absolutely the limit of nothingness. It’s the lowest you can go. It’s the end of the line. How can something be less than nothing? If there was something that was less than nothing, then nothing would not be nothing, it would be something – even though it’s just a very little bit of something. But if nothing is nothing, then nothing has nothing that is less than it is.’ Wilbur, to the chicken
  9. ‘When your stomach is empty and your mind is full, it’s always hard to sleep.’ E.B. White
  10. ‘Well, who taught a spider? A young spider knows how to spin a web without any instructions from anybody. Don’t you regard that as a miracle?… I’m a doctor. Doctors are supposed to understand everything. But I don’t understand everything and I don’t intend to let it worry me.’ Dr Dorian
  11. ‘Children pay better attention than grown-ups…Perhaps if people talked less, animals would talk more. People are incessant talkers – I can give you my word on that.’ Dr Dorian
  12. ‘In the daytime, Wilbur usually felt happy and confident. No pig ever had truer friends, and he realized that friendship is one of the most satisfying things in the world.’ E.B. White
  13. ‘Wilbur, you have been a friend. That in itself is a tremendous thing. I wove my webs for you because I liked you. After all, what’s a life anyway? We’re born, we live a little while, we die. A spider’s life can’t help being something of a mess, with all this trapping and eating flies. By helping you, perhaps I was trying to lift me up my life a trifle. Heaven knows anybody’s life can stand a little of that.’ Charlotte
  14. ‘Well, I’m no good at making speeches. I haven’t got your gifts for words. But you saved me, Charlotte, and I would gladly give my life to you – I really would.’ Wilbur
  15. ‘Wilbur never forgot Charlotte. Although he loved her children and grandchildren dearly, none of the new spiders ever took her place in his heart. She was in a class by herself. It is not often that someone comes along who is a true friend and a good writer. Charlotte was both.’ E.B. White
  16. ‘You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And you are the guy who’ll decide where to go.’ (Oh, the Places You’ll Go! By Dr Seuss)
  17. ‘You’ll come down from the lurch with an unpleasant bump. And the chances are, then, that you’ll be in a Slump. And when you’re in a Slump, you’re not in for much fun. Un-slumping yourself is not easily done.’ Dr Seuss
  18. ‘The waiting place: for people just waiting. Waiting for a train to go, or a bus to come, or a plane to go, or the mail to come, or the rain to go, or the rain to go, or the phone to ring, or the snow to snow or waiting around for a Yes or No or waiting for their hair to grow. Everyone is waiting.’ Dr Seuss
  19. ‘I’m afraid that some times you’ll play lonely games too. Games you can’t win ‘cause you’ll play against you. All Alone! Whether you like it or not, Alone will be something you’ll quite a lot. And when you’re alone, there’s a very good chance you’ll meet things that scare you right out of your pants. There are some, down the road between hither and yon, that can scare you so much you won’t want to go on.’ Dr Seuss
  20. ‘But on you will go, though the weather be foul. On you will go though your enemies prowl. On you will go though the Hakken-Kraks howl. Onward up many a frightening creek, though your arms may get sore and your sneakers may leak. On and on you will hike and I know you’ll hike for and face up to your problems whatever they are.’ Dr Seuss
  21. ‘Step with care and great tact and remember that life’s a great balancing act.’ Dr Seuss
  22. ‘That is true. You see, I don’t mind my legs and arms and body being stuffed, because I cannot get hurt. If anyone treads on my toes or sticks pin in me, it doesn’t matter, for I can’t feel it. But I do not want people to call me a fool, and if my head stays stuffed with straw instead of with brains, as yours is, how am I ever to know anything?’ The Scarecrow (The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum)
  23. ‘It must be inconvenient to be made of flesh, for you must sleep, and eat and drink. However, you have brains, and it is worth a lot of bother to be able to think properly.’ The Scarecrow
  24. ‘I shall take the heart, for brains do not make one happy, and happiness is the best thing in this world.’ The Tin Man
  25. ‘You don’t need brains, Mr Scarecrow. You are learning something every day. A baby has brains, but it doesn’t know much. Experience is the only thing that brings knowledge, and the longer you are on Earth the more experience you are sure to get.’ The Wizard of Oz
  26. ‘You have plenty of courage, Lion. I am sure. All you need is confidence in yourself. There is no living thing that is not afraid when it faces danger. True courage is in facing danger when you are afraid, and that kind of courage you have in plenty.’ The Wizard of Oz
  27. ‘There is an ecstasy that marks the summit of life, and beyond which life cannot rise. And such is the paradox of living, this ecstasy comes when one is most alive, and it comes as a complete forgetfulness that one is alive.’ Jack London (Call of the Wild)
  28. ‘The thing about exploring is that you have to know whether the thing you’ve found is worth finding. Some things are just sitting there, minding their own business, waiting to be discovered. Like America. And other things are probably better off alone. Like a dead mouse at the back of a cupboard.’ Bruno (The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne)
  29. ‘All that crap they have in cartoons and all, showing guys on street corners looking sore as hell because their dates are late – that’s bunk. If a girl looks swell when she meets you, who gives a damn if she’s late? Nobody.’ Holden (The Catcher in the Rye)
  30. ‘If you do something too good, then, after a while, if you don’t watch it, you start showing off. And then you’re not as good anymore.’ Holden Caulfield (The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger)
  31. ‘I mean I’ve left schools and places I didn’t even know I was leaving them. I hate that. I don’t care if it’s a sad goodbye or a bad goodbye, but when I leave a place I like to know I’m leaving it. If you don’t, you feel even worse.’ Holden Caulfield
  32. ‘Life is a game? Game, my ass. Some game. If you get on the side where all the hot-shots are, then it’s a game, all right – I’ll admit that. But if you get on the other side, where there aren’t any hot-shots, then what’s a game about it? Nothing. No game.’ Holden Caulfield
  33. ‘Finally Ackley came over and asked me who was going to the movies besides me. He always had to know who was going. I swear, if that guy was shipwrecked somewhere, and you rescued him in a goddamn boat, he’d want to know who the guy was that was rowing before he’d even get in.’ Holden Caulfield
  34. ‘I think if you don’t really like a girl, you shouldn’t horse around with her at all, and if you do like her, then you’re supposed to like her face, and if you like her face, you ought to be careful about doing crumby stuff to it, like squirting water all over it.’ Holden Caulfield
  35. ‘That’s the thing about girls. Every time they do something pretty, even if they’re not much to look at, or even if they’re sort of stupid, you fall half in love with them, and then you never know where the hell you are. Girls. They drive you crazy. They really can.’ Holden Caulfield
  36. ‘There isn’t any night club in the world you can sit in for a long time unless you can at least buy some liquor and get drunk. Or unless you’re with some girl that really knocks you out.’ Holden Caulfield
  37. ‘I’m always saying “Glad to have met you” to somebody I’m not at all glad I met. If you want to stay alive, you have to say that stuff, though.’ Holden Caulfield
  38. ‘You kept wondering what the hell would happen to all the girls when they got out of school and college, I mean. You figured most of them would probably marry dopey guys. Guys that always talk about how many miles they get to a gallon in their goddamn cars. Guys that get sore and childish as hell if you beat them at golf, or even just some stupid game like ping-pong. Guys that are very mean. Guys that never read books. Guys that are very boring… I don’t understand boring guys.’ Holden Caulfield
  39. ‘It is a funny thing about girls. Every time you mention some guy that’s strictly a bastard – very mean, or very conceited and all – and when you mention it to the girl, she’ll tell you he has an inferiority complex…Girls, you never know what they’re going to think.’ Holden Caulfield
  40. ‘The trouble with girls is, if they like a boy, no matter how big a bastard he is, they’ll say he has an inferiority complex, and if they don’t like him, no matter how nice a guy he is, or how big an inferiority complex he has, they’ll say he’s conceited. Even smart girls do it.’ Holden Caulfield
  41. ‘It’s funny. You take adults, they look lousy when they’re asleep and have their mouths way open, but kids don’t. Kids look all right. They can even have spit all over their pillow and they still look all right.’ Holden Caulfield
  42. ‘I mean is, lots of time you don’t know what interests you most till you start talking about something that doesn’t interest you most. I mean you can’t help it sometimes. You’re supposed to leave somebody alone if he’s at least being interesting and he’s getting all excited about something. I like it when that happens. It’s nice.’ Holden Caulfield
  43. ‘The mark of the immature man is that he wants to die nobly for a cause, while the mark of a mature man is that he wants to live humbly for one.’ Wilhelm Stekel
  44. ‘It is not true that only educated and scholarly men are able to contribute something valuable to the world. But such educated men who are brilliant and creative to begin with, tend to leave infinitely more valuable records behind than those who are merely brilliant and creative. They tend to express themselves more clearly and usually have a passion for following their thoughts to the end.’ Mr Antolini
  45. ‘The worst part of holding the memories is not the pain. It’s the loneliness of it. Memories need to be shared.’ The Giver (The Giver by Lois Lowry)
  46. ‘How many goodly creatures are there here! How beauteous mankind it! O brave new world…’ John the Savage (Brave New World by Aldous Huxley)
  47. ‘And that is the secret of happiness and virtue – liking what you’ve got to do. All conditioning aims at that: making people like their unescapable social destiny.’ Mustapha Mond
  48. ‘What I’m going to tell you now may sound incredible. But then, when you’re not accustomed to history, most facts about the past do sound incredible.’ The Director
  49. ‘Looking at the sea makes me feel as though as though I were more me, if you see what I mean. More on my own, not so completely a part of something else. Not just a cell in the social body.’ Bernard
  50. ‘The greater a man’s talents, the greater his power to lead astray. It is better that one should suffer than that many should be corrupted. No offence is so heinous as unorthodoxy of behavior. Murder kills only the individual – and after all, what is an individual? We can make a new one with the greatest ease – as many as we like. Unorthodoxy threatens more than the life of a mere society; it strikes at Society itself.’ Henry


Lee Kuan Yew – The Grand Master’s Insights on China, the United States, and the World by Graham Allison and Robert D. Blackwill (Part 2)

For Part 1, click here.

The Future of National Economic Growth. LKY is very open to talent as he believes it is an American concept. ‘We accept that whoever joins us is part of us.’ Singapore is not corrupt, with good infrastructure and language ability of the English language. Make haste slowly. The gradual introduction of English was a hallmark of Singapore’s success. He allowed parents to choose English or Chinese. It is very important to have the rule of law and not abide by Socialism. The workforce matters a lot, as it determines national competitiveness. Three attributes are vital: they are entrepreneurship, innovation and management. The rule of law is crucial to facilitate trade between many countries. Singapore’s talent pool is too small. Good values are also important. There is this fear that people will hate you if you do their job well. This negative mindset has to be eradicated. Singapore has learnt the value of industrialism from the West and Japan. A modern worker should be enterprising and innovative.

You can keep your name, Brzezinski, Berlusconi, whatever it is, you have come, join me, you are American. We need talent, we accept them. That must be our defining attribute. – Lee Kuan Yew

A people’s standard of living depends on a number of basic factors: 1) the resources it has in relation to its population; 2) Level of technology and industrial development; 3) educational and training standards; 4) culture, discipline and drive in the workforce. – Lee Kuan Yew

Those with good minds to be scholars should also become inventors, innovators, venture capitalists, and entrepreneurs; they must bring new products and services to the market to enrich the lives of people everywhere. – Lee Kuan Yew

Societies that will succeed are those which easily assimilate foreigners. Silicon Valley is such a place. Not only is it ‘color blind’ and uniquely meritocratic, it has a culture that draws newcomers in. – Lee Kuan Yew

We must continue to attract as many able and talented people from China, India, the region, and from developed countries, to add to our team. Without this input of foreign talent, even the U.S. could not have been so successful. – Lee Kuan Yew

Singaporeans must take to heart one simple fact: unless we improve ourselves through education and training and through developing the will to be productive, our future cannot be assured. – Lee Kuan Yew

There is a dearth of entrepreneurial talent in Singapore… We have to start experimenting. The easy things – just getting a blank mind to take in knowledge and become trainable – we have done. Now comes the difficult part. To get literate and numerate minds to be more innovative, to be more productive, is not easy. It requires a mindset change, a different set of values. – Lee Kuan Yew

Workers now have to manage their own control systems, supervise themselves, and take upon themselves the responsibility to upgrade. They must be disciplined enough to think on their own and to seek to excel without someone breathing down their neck…They must be enterprising and innovative, always seeking new ways of doing the job, to create the extra value, the extra edge. – Lee Kuan Yew

The Future of Geopolitics and Globalization. Some of the problems of the Eurozone are the financial crisis and rising debt of some of the nations. North Korea is another problem. Kim Hong-un. Japan’s economic stagnation is also a problem. Iran’s nuclear program. The major nations need to stop them from acquiring nuclear weapons. Russia is declining as they are able to generate wealth apart from exporting natural resources. More Chinese from China are also moving there. Russians have a pessimistic view of the world. BRIC will not combine to form a global force. ASEAN countries need to combine their markets to fight China. However, ASEAN countries are pegged back with low growth and problems of the past. The financial crisis was due to the lack of regulation of derivatives. Global warming and climate change are a big threat to globalization. Even with medical advances in technology, global warming cannot be eradicated. Information transfer is now very fast with the advent of the Internet. LKY believes it is much harder to groom national champions by incubating them due to globalization. Technology has changed the world. Upgrading skills, level of education. ‘Lifelong learning is a must for everyone in this knowledge economy, with rapidly changing technology.’ The early Singapore brought in many MNCs. History has shown that countries with the largest number of start-ups win in the end. There is no viable alternative to global integration.

But when your life is so harsh, and from time to time it gets better when the oil price goes up, but that is momentary, you have a different view of the future. – Lee Kuan Yew

The business of a person in a financial institution is to make the biggest profit for himself, so just condemning the bankers and the profit takers does not make sense. You have allowed these rules, and they work within these rules. – Lee Kuan Yew

Recession must come from time to time. It is in the nature of the free market of the western world…People and systems tend to be carried away by exuberance. Investors get greedy and rush in to buy, believing that prices will only go up. Despair and depression then set in. – Lee Kuan Yew

A negative result of globalization is the widening of the inequality between the highly educated and the less educated, between urban and rural incomes, and between coastal and inland provinces. The highly educated can move between countries seeking the high rewards in the developed countries, especially in sectors like IT and the Internet. The less educated are not mobile and cannot get into the developed countries, where wages are higher. This is unavoidable in a world driven by market forces. – Lee Kuan Yew

There has to be a fundamental change in cultural attitudes before Japanese and other East Asians can compete with the Americans who, because of their different history, easily absorbs people of different cultures and religions into their corporate teams. – Lee Kuan Yew

There will not be any global leader who will say this ‘We are going to forgo growth. We are going to consume less. Travel less. Live a more Spartan life, and we will save the Earth. – Lee Kuan Yew

Democracy. Efficient and an effective government must provide the framework for the people to succeed. Reward people based on their contribution to society. Job creation and wealth generations are key drivers. They must also listen to the ground’s views and act on them. Leaders must know how to chart the course. Formulate solutions for the greater and common good. You either have it in you, or you don’t. LKY believes in doing what is right, not always doing the most popular thing for its people. Indonesia, Burma are examples where democracy has not worked. A democratic society must allow for choice and there must be an interested and vilgante electorate. Everyone must take a stand. The people must have disciplined to agree with the objectives of the government. Government must maximize opportunities. Is 1 person, 1 vote the best system? We adopted this from the British. LKY wanted a system where someone above 40 will be granted 2 votes, but those below 40 and above 65 will have 1 vote. Order and justice between person and person, and between person and the state is the key. You need give people the incentive to strive better. This is why the communist society collapsed.

The business of a government is to…make firm decisions so that there can be certainty and stability in the affairs of the people. The art of government is utilizing to the maximum the limited resources at the country’s disposal. – Lee Kuan Yew

Your job as a leader is to inspire and to galvanize, not to share your distraught thoughts. You make your people dispirited if you do so. – Lee Kuan Yew

A national is great not by its size alone. It is the will, the cohesion, the stamina, the discipline of its people, and the quality of their leaders which ensures it an honorable place in history. – Lee Kuan Yew

I have never been over-concerned or obsessed with opinion or popularity polls. I think a leader who is, is a weak leader. If you are concerned with whether your rating will go up or down, then you are not a leader. You are just catching the wind…you will go where the wind is blowing. – Lee Kuan Yew

One person, one vote is a most difficult form of government. From time to time, the results can be erratic. People are sometimes fickle. They get bored with stable, steady improvements in life, and in a reckless moment, they vote for a change for change’s sake. – Lee Kuan Yew

The rule of law talks of habeas corpus, freedom, the right of association and expression, of assembly, of peaceful demonstration. – Lee Kuan Yew

To be successful, society must maintain a balance between nurturing excellence and encouraging the average to improve. There must be both cooperation and competition between people in the same society. – Lee Kuan Yew

There is a continual need to balance between a successful, competitive society, and a cohesive, compassionate one. That requires judgment, to strike a bargain or social contract.  Each society must arrive at that optimum point for itself. Between the two ends, the highly competitive and the excessively equal, lies a golden mean. This point will move with time and changing values. – Lee Kuan Yew

How Lee Kuan Yew Thinks. Human beings are naturally vicious. Human beings are naturally very competitive and want to achieve more than the person beside them. After many generations have scattered across the whole, there are many genetic differences. LKY wants to give people equal opportunities to succeed. He experienced WWII and the Japanese occupation. That changed him. He saw how humans behave. He learned from both the British and the Japanese. LKY believes in adopting theories to suit reality. History does not repeat itself in the same way each time, but certain trends and consequences are constants. If you do not know history, you think short term. If you know history, you think medium Have the convictions to stick up and stand up for what you believe in. Humans cannot be overly challenged. He does not believe in the welfare system adopted by UK. America has a strong entrepreneurial culture, where people are not afraid of failure. His admired leaders are De Gaulle, Deng Xiaoping and Winston Churchill. Goh Keng Swee was also a very driven man who aided LKY on many decisions over the years.

I have always thought that humanity was animal-like, while Confucian theory says that it can be improved. I am not sure it can be, but it can be trained, it can be disciplined…You can make a left-hander write with his or her right hand, but you cannot really change his or her natural-born instinct. – Lee Kuan Yew

One of the facts of life is that no two things are ever equal, either in smallness or in bigness. Living things are never equal. Even in the case of identical twins, one comes out before the other and takes precedence over the other. So it is with human beings, so it is with tribes, and so it is with nations. – Lee Kuan Yew

In any given society, of the 1000 babies born, there are so many percent near-geniuses, so many percent average, so many percent morons. It is the near-geniuses and the above-average who ultimately decide the shape of things to come. We want an equal society. We want to give everybody equal opportunities. But, in the back of our minds, we never deceive ourselves that two human beings are ever equal in their stamina, in their drive, in their dedication, in their innate ability. – Lee Kuan Yew

The underlying philosophy is that for a society to work well, you must have the interests of the mass of the people, that society takes priority over the interests of the individual. This is the primary difference with the American principle, the primary rights of the individual. – Lee Kuan Yew

You must not overlook the importance of discussions with knowledgeable people. I would say that is much more productive than absorbing or running through masses of documents. Because in a short exchange, you can abstract from somebody who has immense knowledge and experience the essence of what he had gained. – Lee Kuan Yew

I may not have changed in my physical, mental and emotional make-up, the hardware side. But the software side, my responses to God, glory, or gold, has been conditioned by my experiences. In other words, however capacious the hardware (nature), without the software (nurture), not much can be made of the hardware. – Lee Kuan Yew

I do not believe that because a theory sounds good, looks logical on paper, or is presented logically, therefore that is the way it will work out. The final test is life. What happens in real life, what happens with people working in a society. – Lee Kuan Yew

The personal experience of a person determines whether he likes or hates certain things, welcomes them or fears them when they recur. So it is with nations: it is the collective memory of a people, the composite learning from past events which led to successes or disasters that makes a people welcome or fear new events, because they recognize parts in new events which have similarities with past experience. – Lee Kuan Yew

There are three basic essentials for successful transformation of any society. First, a determined leadership…two, an administration which is efficient; and three, social discipline. – Lee Kuan Yew

If you treat human beings just like animals, you just feed them, keep them sleek, well-exercised, healthy like dogs or cats, I do not think that it will work. Nations have gone through tremendous privations and hardships in order to achieve specific goals which have inspired and fired their imagination. – Lee Kuan Yew

You must want. That is the crucial thing. Before you have, you must want to have. And to want to have means to be able, first, to perceive what it is you want; secondly, how to discipline and organize yourself in order to possess the things you want; and thirdly, the grit and the stamina.- Lee Kuan Yew

Revolutionary situations throw up great leaders who demand blood, sweat and tears; comfortable circumstances produce leaders who promise people an even easier life. – Lee Kuan Yew

From my empirical observation of people and leaders, I believe 70-80% of a person’s capability, proclivities, temperament is genetic. The day you are conceived, at least 70% has already been fixed in the womb. If you are bound to be a capable person, you will grow into a capable person. If you are bound to be slow, you will be slow. – Lee Kuan Yew

I think you are a born leader or you are not a leader. You can teach a person to be a manager, but not a leader. They must have the extra drive, intellectual verve, an extra tenacity, and the will to overcome. – Lee Kuan Yew

I do not want to be remembered as a statesman. First of all, I do not classify myself as a statesman. I put myself down as determined, consistent and persistent. I set out to do something. I keep chasing it until it succeeds. That is all. – Lee Kuan Yew

I do not think I can decide how I will be remembered. I live my life in accordance to what I think is worth doing. I never wanted to be in politics. I wanted to be a lawyer and make a good living, to be a good advocate, but I was thrown into it as a result of all these political earthquakes that took place. – Lee Kuan Yew

I am not saying that everything I did was right, but everything I did was for an honorable purpose. I had to do some nasty things, locking fellows up without trial. Close the coffin, then decide. Then you assess me. I may still do something foolish before the lid is closed on me. – Lee Kuan Yew


Lee Kuan Yew – The Grand Master’s Insights on China, the United States, and the World by Graham Allison and Robert D. Blackwill (Part 1)

I have had the privilege of meeting many world leaders over the past half century; none, however, has taught me more than Lee Kuan Yew, Singapore’s first premier and its guiding spirit ever since. – Henry Kissinger

He has sound judgment and intelligence. Without his vision, Singapore might not become so economically powerful. Per capita income rose from $400 a year to about $50,000 now. Singapore is now a major hub and a force to be reckoned with. He has shared his profound knowledge and experiences with many politicians across the World.

When Lee Kuan Talks, Who Listens? (Selected quotes), Xi Jinping, Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, Jacques Chirac, F. W. de Klerk, Xi Jinping, Tony Blair, John Major, Margaret Thatcher, Helmut Schmidt, Rupert Murdoch, John Chambers, Sam Palmisano, Rex Tillerson, Robert Zoellick, James Wolfensohn, Muhtar Kent, David Rothkopf, Hillary Clinton, George Shultz, Madeleine Albright, Zbigniew Brzezinski, Larry Summers, Robert Rubin, Joseph Nye, Nicholas Kristof, David Ignatius, Fareed Zakaria

In my long life in public service, I have encountered many bright, able people. None is more impressive than Lee Kuan Yew. – George W. Bush

Hallmarks of Singapore’s success: focus on education, work and saving, meritocracy, democracy, protectionism in the past but liberation and global engagement now etc. Lee was a smart, thoughtful, blunt and provocative man.

There are two equalizers in life: the Internet and education. Lee Kuan Yew is a world leader who understands this and is using the power of the Internet to position Singapore for survival and success in the Internet economy. – John Chambers

He has the most modern and most strategic view of anyone I have met for a long time. – Madeleine Albright

Today, Singapore is a rich and prosperous country. If the rest of the world could accomplish what Singapore has accomplished, the world would be a better and more prosperous place. He is a man who never stops thinking, never stops looking ahead with larger visions. His views are sought by respected senior statesmen on all continents. – Joseph Nye

Lee is the smartest leader I think I ever met. – Tony Blair

Towering genius disdains a beaten path. – Abraham Lincoln

Lee Kuan Yew transformed Singapore into a modern and prosperous nation. He is the ‘sage of Singapore’. Many world leaders have been inspired by him. This book focuses on the future of the world economy.

Of course. This reawakened sense of destiny is an overpowering force. It is China’s intention to be the greatest power in the world – and to be accepted as China, not as an honorary member of the West. – Lee Kuan Yew

The Future of China. Is China aiming to be number 1? How does China see the US? China is going to be the world’s biggest economy in the next 20 years and want to be number 1. They are the fastest developing nation. This reawakened sense of destiny is an overpowering force. Their policies are gearing them to be number 1. No one should offend them as they could easily impose economic sanctions. Will China want to impose their imperial status when they are number 1? They tell others to be more respectful of them. China believes in tapping on their skilled and educated workforce. They will practice diplomacy. Although not as strong in terms of military strength as the US, they are deter any aggression by trading heavily with them. They are moving towards the market system of economy. China has to avoid wars like Germany and Japan and not be obsessed with power. Also, they have to avoid being like Russia, which spent too much money on military. The younger generation needs to learn about the rich Chinese history and how they have overcome difficulties in the past. To Asia: ‘come grow with me’, ‘choose to be my friend’. They are more concerned using diplomacy rather than force. Governance problems, as well as culture; language might affect their success. Chinese language is very difficult to master. Their culture allows less expression of creativity and exchange of ideas. It is hard to change culture due to their illustrious history. Also, some of the structures that were recommended by Stalin are still in place. There is also the rich poor divide to worry about. It is hard to monitor so many people, once they move into the cities. They depend on other nations for resources as well. Currently, China wants to grow with the US and tap on their expertise. LKY expects double digit growth to happen in the near future. However, China won’t turn into a liberal democracy. They still believe in the power of communism. Now, they realize the need for the rule of law. Clear laws strengthens the economy. If it is peaceful, China won’t lose. Their chance of being number 1 is 80%. Xi Jinping had a tougher life than Hu Jintao. LKY thinks that he is impressive, just like Nelson Mandela.

Theirs is a culture 4000 years old with 1.3 billion people, many of great talent – a huge and very talented pool to draw from. How could they not aspire to be number 1 in Asia, and in time the world? – Lee Kuan Yew

The chief challenges are culture, language, an inability to attract and integrate talent from other countries, and, in time, governance. – Lee Kuan Yew

While I once advised a Chinese leader to make English the first language of China, clearly that is not realistic for such a great, confident country and culture. But it is a serious handicap. – Lee Kuan Yew

He is reserved – not in the sense that he will not talk to you, but in the sense that he will not betray his likes and dislikes. There is always a pleasant smile on his face, whether or not you have said something that annoyed him. He has iron in his soul, more than Hu Jintao, who ascended the ranks without experiencing the trials and tribulations that Xi endured. – Lee Kuan Yew

China is sucking the Southeast Asian countries into its economic system because of its vast market and growing purchasing power. Japan and South Korea will inevitably be sucked in as well. It just absorbs countries without having to use force. – Lee Kuan Yew

The Future of the United States. LKY believes USA has the ability to rebound well. It has an illustrious history and track record. For the next 20 to 30 years, they will remain the sole superpower. They are very powerful economically and in terms of their military. They have a say in almost every international issue. Also, they have a culture of embracing talented foreigners. USA has a rich entrepreneurial culture, where people are not afraid of failure. English language is also easier to learn. USA has great and noble ideals. The US government has the problem of each succeeding president refusing to take unpopular measures in the fear that they will lose votes. As a result, budget deficits often carry over to the next administration. The presidential system is also flawed, as compared to the parliamentary system. For the parliamentary system, the citizens will know you for a period of time at least. Whereas for the presidential system, anyone can run for it. Media can make a person seem very attractive/popular. LKY believes more in discipline, rather than democracy. The American system is very difficult to run. The problem with US is that social problems like guns, violent crime etc, disrupts society. You cannot let people do their own thing all the time. Individual supremacy cannot be carried to an extreme. Individual rights at the expense of the community. Multiculturalism will destroy the US, esp from immigrants as they will dilute their culture. A mediocre system of government with top people at the top is better than an excellent system of government with poor people at the top. USA needs to control their fiscal deficit properly. They cannot to have other countries withdrawing their assets from the USA.

If people have lost faith completely in their democratic institutions because they cannot find people of calibre to run them, however good that system, it perishes. Ultimately, it is the people who run the system who make it come to life. – Lee Kuan Yew

America’s strengths include no grooved thinking but rather an ability to range widely, imaginatively, and pragmatically; a diversity of centers of excellence that compete in inventing and embracing new ideas and new technologies. – Lee Kuan Yew

Americans have a can-do approach to life: everything can be broken up, analyzed and redefined. Whether it can or it cannot, Americans believe it can be solved, given enough money, research, and effort. – Lee Kuan Yew

The American culture…is that we start from scratch and beat you. – Lee Kuan Yew

They went into an empty continent and made the best of it – killed the Red Indians and took over the land and the buffaloes. So this is how they ended up – you build a town here, you be the sheriff, I am the judge, you are the policeman, and you are the banker, let us start. And this culture has carried on until today. There is the belief that you can make it happen. – Lee Kuan Yew

When you have popular democracy, to win votes you have to give more and more. And to beat your opponent in the next election, you have to promise to give more away. So it is a never-ending process of auctions – and the cost, the debt being paid for by the next generation. – Lee Kuan Yew

Your presidents, I mean, like Jimmy Carter…my name is Jimmy Carter, I am a peanut farmer, I am running for president. The next thing you know, he was the president. – Lee Kuan Yew

I do not believe that if you are libertarian, full of diverse opinions, full of competing ideas in the marketplace, full of sound and fury, therefore you will succeed. – Lee Kuan Yew

They say people can think for themselves? Do you honestly believe that the chap who cannot pass elementary school knows the consequences of his choice when he answers a question viscerally, on language, culture, and religion? But we knew the consequences. We would starve, we would have race riots. We would disintegrate. – Lee Kuan Yew

If you follow the ideological direction of Europe, you are done for. There will always be a tussle within societies, as underachievers want more support, but addressing their needs must be done in a way that does not kill incentive. – Lee Kuan Yew

The Future of US – China Relations. China is just acting on its own national interests and not interested in taking over the world. China can tap on US technology so having conflict is not ideal. Many feel that a US military presence should be maintained. The world will be very different if the US is experiencing conflict. The US must always support Japan. Many Asians still thank the US for their involvement in WWII that allowed them to prosper afterwards. Many countries are now on US’s side after how President Nixon befriended them. The US must try to build as many FTAs as possible. The US should not try to change China into a democratic society. Neither should the US try to threaten China. China has been through a lot, like the Great Leap Forward and the Cultural Revolution. They now want lasting peace. It is important that the younger generation are not hostile but instead, accepting and understanding.

American society was so successful for so long not because of these ideas and principles, but because of a certain geopolitical good fortune, an abundance of resources and immigrant energy, a generous flow of capital and technology from Europe, and two wide oceans that kept conflicts of the world away from American shores. – Lee Kuan Yew

The US cannot stop China’s rise. It just has to live with a bigger China, which will be completely novel for the US as no country has ever been big enough to challenge its position. China will be able to do so in 20 to 30 years. – Lee Kuan Yew

So if I were an American, I would speak well of China, acknowledge it as a great power, applaud its return to its position of respect and restoration of its glorious past, and propose specific concrete ways to work together. – Lee Kuan Yew

…To engage or to isolate China. You cannot have it both ways. You cannot say you will engage China on some issues and isolate her over others. You cannot mix your signals. – Lee Kuan Yew

Make them feel that they are stakeholder, and if this earth goes warm, they will be in as much trouble as anyone else. – Bob Zoellick

The Future of India. There is too much bureaucracy that makes it hard to grow economically. There is also excessive corruption that destroys state planning. There are many layers of review before laws can be passed and the constitution changed. In addition, infrastructure is poor and it is running large deficits. Their government has not been able to follow Infosys’ model. The British took over them. There are too many dialects in India. The Brahmins are smart. However, if you marry a non-Brahmin, you go down in caste. Many of their businessman are also corrupt, who just want to make money at the expense of the society. India’s capital markets are stronger than China’s. So are their legal and banking systems. Their average age is also younger than China. To succeed, they have to build better infrastructure and move to the urban areas. India was going the slow path after LKY failed to convince Indira Gandhi to change things. They need to focus more on their manufacturing sector. Major nations all need to start off from an industrial state. They need to cut down on corruption levels and bring in FDIs. Also, the level of education is not sufficient as many drop out of primary school. The unions do not want to be privatized as if the workforce is more efficient, many would lose their jobs. They were too self-reliant on their past. India is much bigger than the whole ASEAN put together. China’s GDP is 3.5 times more than India. India is getting involved economically but building international ties. LKY wanted India to play a guardian in the political stability and economic development in South East Asia.

The caste system has been the enemy of meritocracy…India is a nation of unfulfilled greatness. – Lee Kuan Yew

Indians will go at a tempo which is decided by their constitution, by their ethnic mix, by their voting patterns, and the resulting coalition governments, which makes for very difficult decision-making. – Lee Kuan Yew

India is not a real country. Instead, it is 32 separate nations that happen to be arrayed along the British rail line. – Lee Kuan Yew

Nehru and Gandhi had a chance to do for India what I did for Singapore because of their enormous prestige, but they could not break the caste system. – Lee Kuan Yew

Political systems that yield inferior economic performance will ultimately be discarded for those that are more protective. – Lee Kuan Yew

I have a selfish motive in wanting India to emerge as early as possible as a major possible economic power in world politics. If India does not emerge, Asia will be submerged. – Lee Kuan Yew

The Future of Islamic Extremism. The divide is between Muslim terrorist and the US, Israel, and their supporters. This is the fight for Islam. It is hard to clamp down on terrorists. In addition, they possess weapons of mass destruction. Radical Islam is the problem. They feel that the West has hindered their growth. Americans are usually their target. Arabs have been taught to hate Jews and Israelis. US has a role to play in eradicating this. Muslims in SEA have changed because of the fact that many participated in the Jihad in Afghanistan. Saudi Arabia was also rich from oil and spread their teachings. Those radicals are also known as jihadists. In the past, SEA muslims were calm. However, in the past 30 years, some have learnt about Wahhabism. The plan is to drive the US out of Iraq. Jihadists are willing to sacrifice themselves. The US cannot afford to leave Iraq as it will give the Taliban regime strength. With NATO support, the moderate Muslims can fight off Islamic extremism. Moderate Muslims must have the courage to speak out against these radicals. There is a battle between extremist Muslims and the rationalist Muslims. Force alone is not sufficient. You need to tackle the queen bees (preachers too).

But the Muslims believe that if they master the Qu’ran and they are prepared to do all that Muhammad has prescribed, they will succeed. So, we can expect trouble from them and so, it happened. – Lee Kuan Yew

I do not see the Islamic extremists winning, and by that I mean able to impose their extremist system. I can see them inducing fear and insecurity, and causing fear, but they do not have the technology and the organization to overwhelm any government. – Lee Kuan Yew

With the killing of Osama bin Laden, the Islamic extremist movement has been franchised out, and each group works on its own. It is accordingly more diverse and difficult to pin down. – Lee Kuan Yew

The objective must be to reassure and persuade moderate Muslims…that they are not going to lose, that they have the weight, the resources of the world behind them. They must have the courage to go into the mosques and madrassa and switch off the radicals. – Lee Kuan Yew

You must use force. But force will only deal with the tip of the problem. In killing the terrorists, you will only kill the worker bees. The queen bees are the preachers, who teach a deviant form of Islam in schools and Islamic centers, who capture and twist the minds of the young. – Lee Kuan Yew

For Part 2, click here.


Watches International by Jon Stewart

The Complete Guide to Wrist Watches, Watches International, Casio Watches and More

Why Shop for a Brand Name Watch? Watches help to reflect our personality. They also add class on a formal occasion. There are a huge selection of watches available. From a brand name watch, you will receive a quality timepiece which is durable. A branded watch also offers a unique style. The watch is your most important accessory you wear every day. Brands which are renowned have provided constant quality over time. There are different target segments for brands.

Dependability can be found in a Breitling Watch. Breitling watches are Swiss-made. John Travolta and Jerry Seinfeld have been known to wear their watches. Chronometers are used in Breitling watches. In 1915, the first wristwatch was made by the company. They are known for their dials which resemble aviation instruments. The Navitimer can measure short periods of time and plane climbing times.

Cartier Watches are Expensive Classy and Fashionable. They are often flashy watches with diamonds and gold. The Cartier Tank Francaise Women’s Two Toned Steel/18K watch is a case in point. The quartz movement watches go from $4,000 onwards. The mechanical watches can even reach $13,000 onwards. Their men’s watches are also impressive.

Looking for a Unique Watch? Purchase a Casio Watch. Casio watches tend to be technologically advanced and stylish. The company was founded in 1946 and also produces other things like musical instruments, calculators, cameras etc. The Baby G range is for women and often are in pastel-colours. The G-shock is designed for those who like extreme sports. There are also dress watches like analogue ones. They all use quartz movements. There are also databank watches. Their watches are also cheap.

The Technology-Ecology Friendly Citizen Watch. Citizen was first founded in 1918. The brand is associated with quality and modern technology. Their Eco-Drive Citizen Watches are an example of excellence. These watches do not have a battery. They also offer a life-time warranty. Once the watch is fully charged, it can operate in darkness for over 6 months. Some of the watches are powered by kinetic energy.

A Diamond Watch Does More than Just Tell Time. Watches are seen as pieces of jewellery. Some of them can be handed down to the next generation. Try to buy from a brand that sells watches only and not a brand that sells jewellery primarily but expanded into watches. Look at the grade of the diamonds. Insist on good graded diamonds. Chopard is a good brand. Men’s diamond watches are more subtle. Major watch brands all contain a diamond collection.

The Many Reasons to Invest in a Diesel Watch. Diesel is an Italian company founded in 1978. They are also known to produce jeans, sportswear, casual clothing etc. Diesel watches have character. There are also diving watches and watches for children.

Expect a DKNY Watch to Deliver on Style. It stands for Donna Karan New York. Their watches are modern. There are both sophisticated and casual watches. As they are cheap, you can afford a variety of watches from DKNY. Change your watch as often as you can.

Looking for a Watch? Consider a Fossil Watch. Fossil is a US company based in Texas. They also manufacture clothing, wallets, jewellery. A metal watch is the Oversized Black IP Glitz. It has Glitz framing the sides. The women’s watches are diverse and one of them feature a mother of pearl dial. Some of them have Swarovski crystals as well. Many of them can be found in department stores.

What to Look for in a Freestyle Watch. Watches are made of different materials and have different types of straps. A freestyle watch is one where it will fit most of your needs. Ask yourself what are your typical activities. Look for one that can match your style. There are no limits to the varieties of freestyle watches. Learn to research online.

The Many Uses of a Gold Watch. A gold watch will hold its value. It can be a family heirloom. It can be purchased for anniversaries etc. There are different types of coating: gold plating, gold electroplating or solid gold. Solid gold never wears off. Most watches are in 14K or 18K gold, where 18K is more expensive. The certificates should reflect the quality of the gold.

Guess Watch: From Denims to Wristwatches. These are classy watches. It is usually paired well with jeans. The watch comes with a 10 year warranty. They have male chronographs. The ladies watches with diamond hand marks can go for less than $100. There are also models with leather straps.

Jewellery and Watch Repair is a Good Profession. This profession requires steady hands and eyesight. A slight mistake can lead to poor products. There are many schools which teach such a craft. There are ‘while-you-wait’ repairs, meaning that the craftsman will have to repair your watch on the spot. You can also attend remote courses.

How popular is the Jewellery Watch Today? It usually commands a high price. Some of them have several precious stones. There are also silver and platinum watches. Budget jewellery watches can cost within $500 to $2000. The watch will make you feel good about yourself. It helps to complement your sophisticated image.

Choose a Luminox Watch for Precision and Quality. Luminox means ‘light night’. They have produced watches for the US Navy Seals. That dive watch was launched in 1994. They have also partnered with Lockheed to create a watch for the stealth pilots. They are very reliable watches and keep time accurately.

Caring for your Luxury Watch. Luxury watches are designed to last for a long time. Some watches even allow for engraving and personalisation. Salt water can corrode the watch’s exterior. Remember to take your watch off before entering salt water. Do not expose your watch to extreme hot/cold. If you are an athlete, do not wear your watch to exercise. Alternatively, you can buy a shock proof watch. Chemicals can discolour your watch. Do be careful.

The Best Men’s Watches are priced under $100. In olden days, people wore pocket watches and hung them on chains. Look out for sales. Check out watch websites for discounts. It is easier to shop on the web.

A Military Watch Can Survive Rough Treatment. Military watches are known to be durable. The watches need to be camouflaged and have good lume. A good depth and water resistance is important. Some of them use tritium tubes or carbon fibre. Some watches have altimeters, barometers. Aluminium and carbon fibre is light.

Nike – Sports Watch with Personality. Some of the sports watches have colours which are too loud. Some of Nike’s watches are elegant and have high functionality. They are rugged and can take abuse. Some of them have alarms and hourly chimes. Nike is a good brand for a highly versatile watch.

The Nixon Watch is the Sports Watch with the ‘Wow’ factor. Nixon watches are great for athletes as they are multi-purpose. They are also elegant and can appeal to the young. Some watches look fashionable as well. They possess the ‘wow’ factor when wore on the wrist.