Habits of Highly Successful People

14 03 2009


When? 14 March 2009, Where? Our usual stomping grounds at Shangri-la Hotel KL
Report by Rtr Eleena Chew

Today, at about 4.15pm, I was inducted as a member of Rotaract Club by taking the oath of Rotaracters. I was a bit moved when Kavita read out the oath. And I feel honoured to be of service to the club. I never thought of joining the club as a member as I thought then that I was worried that I would not have the time and commitment to the activities. I had always wanted to find an opportunity to hang around with people outside the circle of workplace. Somehow I kept coming back because of the wonderful people at Rotaract and Rotary Clubs: they are fun, sociable, keen to contribute to the underprivileged group of people in the society, confident in carrying themselves and communicating messages across. And I never realised that I had been with Rotaract Club for almost eight months. I look forward to working with my fellow Rotaracters to bring Rotaract Club further in contributing to the society and making it a fun club to join.
Before Rotarian Mohan Rendhawa gave a speech on habits of highly successful people, we were given the chance to freewheel on definition of success. Most of us think that money, health, relationship, self-actualisation defined success in life. After that Mohan took over the wheel. Although we could get the information from books, but it was quite interesting to hear someone conveying the message in person. He said that it took a team of people to work. He quoted definition of success such as ” Success is sum of small efforts repeated day in and day out”, ” Success is going from failure to failure without losing your enthusiasm”. He also said that secret of financial success actually depends not only on your knowledge, but also largely on your people skill, ie the ability to connect with other people and engender trust and respect from others. I agreed with that because many people without much academic qualification have much wisdom in life. But I think that to put something positive in practice requires great perseverence and determination which I am still learning.
Effective people set goals. These goals must be well-defined. So what do we want to set as goals? Mohan showed a picture of a funeral to us and posed this question to us: what do you want your father, mother, siblings, best friends and colleagues to say about you when they are at your funeral? I, for one, really hope that my parents don’t have to do that in their life.
Then Mohan briefly talked about seven habits of successful people proposed by Stephen Covey including:
– seek first to understand then to be understood
– think win-win
– synergise
– put first thing first
– be proactive
– begin with the end in mind
Our personality is rooted by our character which is formed through beliefs and values, effective living and golden rule. To lead an effective living, we need to balance many aspects of our life such as work, achievement, learning, fun, health, environment, friends and family with love at the centre stage of our life.

Rtn Mohan also shared the concept of COCA (capability x opportunity x commitment x action):
Capability: If you think you can, you can. If you think you cannot, you are also right.
Opportunities: An optimist see the opportunity in every difficulty.
Commitment: Attitude is the criterion for success.
Action: If I say it, I will do it.
The talk ends with a game whereby two teams of people chose whether they want win-win or lose-lose. It reminds me of the scene in the latest Batman movie whereby people in two boats were given the chance to ignite explosion of the other boat, but finally they did not have the heart to do that, and everybody was safe. 
Before we adjourned for fellowship dinner, we celebrated IPP Neeraj and PE Anu’s birthdays. Then it was time for the anticipated dinner at Palate Palette Restaurant at Jalan Nagasari. It was of good atmosphere, and the food was awesome: well-decorated and rich in flavour. We had the privilege to dine with the laid-back Rotarians as well who entertained us with their hilarious experiences.




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