Bob Parson’s 16 Rules for Success in Business and Life in General

Get and stay out of your comfort zone.
I believe that not much happens of any significance when we’re in our comfort zone.  I hear people say, “But I’m concerned about security.”  My response to that is simple: “Security is for cadavers.”
Never give up.
Almost nothing works the first time it’s attempted.  Just because what you’re doing does not seem to be working, doesn’t mean it won’t work.  It just means that it might not work the way you’re doing it.  If it was easy, everyone would be doing it, and you wouldn’t have an opportunity.
When you’re ready to quit, you’re closer than you think.
There’s an old Chinese saying that I just love, and I believe it is so true.  It goes like this: “The temptation to quit will be greatest just before you are about to succeed.”
With regard to whatever worries you, not only accept the worst thing that could happen, but make it a point to quantify what the worst thing could be.
Very seldom will the worst consequence be anywhere near as bad as a cloud of “undefined consequences.”  My father would tell me early on, when I was struggling and losing my shirt trying to get Parsons Technology going, “Well, Robert, if it doesn’t work, they can’t eat you.”
Focus on what you want to have happen.
Remember that old saying, “As you think, so shall you be.”
Take things a day at a time.
No matter how difficult your situation is, you can get through it if you don’t look too far into the future, and focus on the present moment.  You can get through anything one day at a time.
Always be moving forward.
Never stop investing.  Never stop improving.  Never stop doing something new.  The moment you stop improving your organization, it starts to die.  Make it your goal to be better each and every day, in some small way.  Remember the Japanese concept of Kaizen.  Small daily improvements eventually result in huge advantages.
Be quick to decide.
Remember what General George S. Patton said: “A good plan violently executed today is far and away better than a perfect plan tomorrow.”
Measure everything of significance.
I swear this is true.  Anything that is measured and watched, improves.
Anything that is not managed will deteriorate.
If you want to uncover problems you don’t know about, take a few moments and look closely at the areas you haven’t examined for a while.  I guarantee you problems will be there.
Pay attention to your competitors, but pay more attention to what you’re doing.
When you look at your competitors, remember that everything looks perfect at a distance.
Even the planet Earth, if you get far enough into space, looks like a peaceful place.
Never let anybody push you around.
In our society, with our laws and even playing field, you have just as much right to what you’re doing as anyone else, provided that what you’re doing is legal.
Never expect life to be fair.
Life isn’t fair.  You make your own breaks.  You’ll be doing good if the only meaning fair has to you, is something that you pay when you get on a bus (i.e., fare).
Solve your own problems.
You’ll find that by coming up with your own solutions, you’ll develop a competitive edge.  Masura Ibuka, the co-founder of SONY, said it best: “You never succeed in technology, business, or anything by following the others.”  There’s also an old Asian saying that I remind myself of frequently.  It goes like this: “A wise man keeps his own counsel.”
Don’t take yourself too seriously.
Lighten up.  Often, at least half of what we accomplish is due to luck.
None of us are in control as much as we like to think we are.
There’s always a reason to smile.
Find it.  After all, you’re really lucky just to be alive.  Life is short.  More and more, I agree with my little brother.
He always reminds me: “We’re not here for a long time, we’re here for a good time!”
Bob Parsons, CEO and Founder of, a domain name company.

Majlis Solat Hajat Christchurch

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

8:00pm – 9:00pm

Ilam New Common Room

Homestead LaNe

Christchurch, New Zealand

Assalamualaikum w.b.t.

Tentatif Majlis (21/10/09) Ilam Vilage New Common Room

7.50pm : Berkumpul
8.00pm : Solat Maghrib berjemaah
8.15pm : Solat Sunat Hajat berjemaah
8.35pm : Tazkirah
8.50pm : Jamuan ringan**
9.00pm : Bersurai

**potluck dan sebarang sumbangan dialu2kan
UCMUSIX account: 02-0874-0235441-03

Anda semua dijemput hadir and bring along your friends and family. 😀
Semoga dipermudahkan segala urusan dan semoga berjaya dalam menempuh minggu peperiksaan.

“Dengan nama Allah Yang Maha Pengasih, Maha Penyayang. Segala puji bagi Allah, Tuhan sekalian alam. Yang Maha Pengasih, Maha Penyayang. Tuhan yang menguasai hari pembalasan.Hanya kepada Engkau sahaja yang kami sembah dan hanya kepada Engkau sahaja kami memohon pertolongan. Tunjukkanlah kami jalan yang lurus. Iaitu jalan orang-orang yang Engkau telah kurniakan nikmat kepada mereka; bukanlah jalan orang-orang yang Engkau murkai dan pula jalan orang-orang yang sesat”[Al-Fatihah:1-7]

RSVP at:

PETSOC Farewell Dinner

Thursday (22nd Oct)
Lone Star Bush Inn, Riccarton
$15 for member and $30 for non-member

P/S: Please reply to the email with your choice of menu.

Lim Wan Yin
PETSOC 2008/2009

How to Ace Your Next Exam in College

How to Ace Your Next Exam in College
By []Jay West

Think about this scenario for a moment:

“… Exams are about a week away and you are starting to feel slightly pinched because you wanted to start studying last week but you got so busy that you have not had an opportunity to start until know. You are secretly wondering if you will be able to cover everything in enough time to be able to feel confident before walking into the exam. You make a mental side note to leave Friday night open, just in case you need to squeeze in an all-nighter and catch up on sleep the next morning…”

Does this sound a lot like your life at the moment (or, what life was like last semester)? You’re not alone. So many students feel this way and soon enough, the pinch I describe above turns into a blatant slap and finally, the final stage where all of that stress turns into your vital energy being sucked out of you! This is usually the long and short of most students’ experience in college during exam time.

College life most certainly does not have to be this way.

Here are some immediate issues that I can identify with the above student… He or she:

Has not practiced good note taking throughout the semester
Has not reviewed daily
Does not practice good time management
Has good intentions but sabotages his/her chances for success

Understand this: exam preparation is occurring each and everyday that you’re in school – not simply during the weeks prior to an actual exam. As you work your way through a semester, you will be acting like a detective, so to speak, putting the pieces of a puzzle together. It is the act of putting these pieces together that will eventually prepare you for the final test. If you are actively engaged in the process earlier on (which means you must do all that leg work, daily review, etc.) then you will have a better outcome during exam time. You cannot substitute this learning process with catching up late in the semester/term or committing to all-nighters, hoping to squeeze all of that work (2-4 month’s worth) into a few pow-wow sessions.

So, how do you get an A (assuming you’ve done all the leg work prior to the two weeks leading up to exam day)?

Good question. I suggest you do the following:

1. Finalize your notes

Take your entire set of notes (and, they should be a complete set of notes that combine all the lecture notes with your own notes) and compile them into one, complete study guide. Use this study guide to teach the material back to yourself. You might even try to play the role of the professor, as if you have been charged with task of teaching the course material to a group of students. If their success depends on your instruction, how might you teach the material to them so that they have the greatest chance of succeeding in the course? This is how you’ll re-teach it back to yourself.

2. Practice

If you are taking a problem-based course, like math or some other applied course, then your study time should also be focused on doing a great deal of practice. In the case of a math course, after having gone through the entire semester (or term), you will know what sort of problems to expect on a test. Or, your professor will hint at what to focus upon. Just keep on drilling out answers to problems, especially the sort of problems that you know are likely to appear on tests and/or those that you have issues with.

In the case of a course that’s not geared like a math course, such as a philosophy course or an English class, spend plenty of time quizzing and recalling all the relevant material and in a way that is relevant. Allow me to illustrate what I mean by this…

If you are going to be subjected to plenty of long essay questions on an exam (perhaps it’s an English course you’ll be sitting for), test yourself accordingly by devising a list of several essay questions that are likely to appear on the exam and then answer them. You might even choose to time yourself so that you can emulate the same sort of conditions that you’ll be facing on exam day. If there will be more short answer and multiple choice questions, get your hands on practice tests and/or old exams and go through those as you time yourself.

Studying is a lot like training for a sport. If you want to run faster, you practice running. If you want to jump higher, you practice jumping. If you want to be able to skilfully navigate a soccer field, you practice the appropriate drills. You get the idea… The same applies with studying. Practice memorizing the material that is relevant AND in exactly the same way that you will be tested on it.

As you can see, exam preparation does not have to be as difficult or as stressful as you might think it should be. The fact is, if you have done all your preparation work before entering into the weeks before your exam, you will be able to breeze through all of the studying that you will have to do without any issue.

In his ground-breaking guide Easy-GPABooster, Jay West discusses his ‘two week slam’ studying strategy. With this method, you will learn how to blaze through your studying and score A’s on all your exams without stress! Read more about []how to study for exams at Jay West’s website, []

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Passing Exams – How to Pass an Exam

Passing Exams – How to Pass an Exam
By []Jon L Lee

No one really enjoys taking exams but everyone likes passing exams. Getting great results requires both good revision techniques and a good exam technique.

Getting better revision techniques require a bit of commitment and discipline. Most of the work needs to be done before you sit the exam. The exam is for you to demonstrate what you have learned on the course, so you need to be prepared.

Put together a revision timetable. It is easy to make a revision timetable but once you have planned your revision timetable you need to stick with it. No cutting corners!

Revision techniques tips for passing exams…
· Revise for short periods of time
· Take lots of breaks
· Add variety to your revision
· Find a comfortable place to revise when you can concentrate

The second part of passing exams is having a good exam technique. You may have learned everything you need to in the course and understand it better than anyone else but you need to demonstrate that on paper. Don’t worry… this is your time to shine!

Get a full night’s sleep the night before the exam. If you have a choice of an extra hour’s revision or sleep, go for sleep. Being refreshed the next day will help with passing exams.

Make sure that you arrive at the exam in plenty of time. You won’t get any marks is you miss the exam! Also, make sure that you have all the necessary pens and materials you need. There is nothing worse than arriving at the exam and not having you calculator with you. Do a checklist the night before to put your mind at ease.

Once the exam has stated just take a second to compose yourself. Read all the instructions slowly. The easiest way to stop yourself passing exams is to not read the instructions properly a miss questions out.

Now you know the basics of passing exams lets move on to the more advanced stuff…

Jon writes on a website called The website contains lots of information about exam techinique and revision techniques. Check it out if you want help []passing exams.

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Career Fair and Job Hunting Seminars: How to get the job you want

Hi guys,

CareerHub at University of Canterbury are organizing a few seminars and Career Fair this month.

Why should you care?

Well, if you want to get the job you want, this seminars and career fair might give you the right information for whatever questions you may have regarding that.

Imagine in the next 30 years you gonna be working, and you want to do something you really want to do. This CareerFair and seminars will help you alot, and might be the answer that you’re looking for, especially for those final year/semester students.

Here’s the venues and date for the events:

1.  Career Fair

Thursday 14th & Friday 15th May, UCSA Ballroom. (Just follow the sign)

2. Writing successful CV and winning job application

Tueday 12th May, Seminar Room, Level 2, Geography Building.

3.  Should you lie in a Personality Test? How to survive an Assessment Centre & Psychometic Testing

Monday 11 May,Seminar Room, Level 2, Geography Building.

4.  Discover your options: what jobs can I do?

20 May,Seminar Room, Level 2, Geography Building.

5. Why Postgraduate Study Seminar

21 May, Seminar Room, Level 2, Geography Building.

okay, just free up your schedule and attend the seminar. i’ll be there too. we’ll text you guys about it for reminder.


Rahim Ibrahim

Academic Officer



On the 14th of March, around 25 people have gathered in the Old Common Room for Pet Talk 2. The discussion topic was on Recession and below was the report on what have been discussed on that night.

Definition of Recession: In macroeconomic term, recession describes the decline of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of a country for two quarter. On the other hand, according to National Bureau of Economic Research, recession is “ a significant decline in economic activity spread across the economy, lasting more than a few months, normally visible in real gross domestic product (GDP), real income, employment, industrial production and wholesale-retail sales”. [Haizum]

Causes of Recession: The major cause of recession is inflation. Inflation occurs when prices of goods and services are increased. Only small amount of goods and services can be purchased with the same amount of money. Consequently, consumers tend to save money and this leads to decline of GDP. To add on that, unemployment rates increase as well. [Amir]

Credit crunch can also cause recession. Credit crunch occurs when banks do not have enough loans to give out. World economy: Credit crunch could bring recession :

Recession in the United States :Ex-president of the US, George W. Bush spent too much funds on military. Current earning of the US cannot cover the country’s debt. [napee] Bush administration is also another reason to the country’s recession. The US has two major political parties, the Democratic Party and the Republic Party. One of Democratic Party’s policies is to increase taxes and provide welfare to citizen. On the other hand, one of the Republican Party’s policies is to cut down taxes. However, also due to tax cut, the United State earning is not able to cover the debts. [ka-mun]

Recession in Malaysia back in 1998 : Recession in Malaysia occur during in 1997/1998 during Asian Financial Crisis. The crisis started with falling currencies of Thai baht, Philippines Peso, Malaysian Ringgit and Indonesian Rupiah. Dato Sri Dr Mahathir claimed that George Soros’ speculation of currency is the reason to the Financial Crisis. More info on Asian Financial Crisis 1997-1998 : Dato Sri Dr Mahathir had also introduced Inflasi Sifar Kempen [raja].

Recession and industries:

1. General Motor Corp. (GM)

General Motors Corporation (GM) (NYSE: GM), is the world’s second-largest automaker after Toyota.  On March 5, 2009, GM’s independent public accounting firm (Deloitte & Touche LLC) issued a qualified opinion as part of GM’s 2008 annual report that stated “these conditions raise substantial doubt about its ability to continue as a going concern”. A qualified going concern audit letter like this is only issued by the auditors when the company is in extreme financial distress and it is likely that they may file for bankruptcy protection.  On March 12, 2009, GM’s CFO Ray Young said that it would not need the requested $2B in March noting that the cost-cutting measures are starting to take hold.

2.Insurance Companies

American International Group (AIG) was facing bankruptcy and was bailed out by the US government.  Major cause of AIG financial crisis was due to the credit default swap (CDS) which the company sells.  Credit default swaps is insurance on bond. A bank which buys bonds from another company [B], can purchase CDS from insurance company. If company [B] bankrupts, the bank loses its bond but it can get money from insurance company.  Once recession hit, many companies face bankruptcy and can’t pay the bondholders. Consequently, CDS issuers like AIG have to fork out huge sum of money. More information on AIG’s financial crisis and CDS: How AIG fell Apart:

Top 10 Recession-Proof jobs/industry (from Sales Representative, Account and customer service representative, Accountant, counseling and social work, software design, administrative assistant, networking and system administration, nursing, mechanical engineering and sales executive.

Response to Recession

1.Deficit Spending

Deficit spending means spending exceeds earning. By putting more money into the country, purchasing power of consumer can be increased. Following that, demand will increase, manufactures will also hike up and this can stimulate economy of a country. [amir]

2.Human Capital

Human Capital should be developed to overcome recession. Students should study smart, develop themselves and be knowledgeable. Countries with better human capital should be able to recover from recession much faster. [ka-mun]Unemployment rate during recession is high; students should continue their studies and do graduate studies.

3. Islamic Banking : Can Islamic banking resolves recession? Islamic banking is a banking system which base on principles of Islamic law. More info on Islamic Banking : What is Islamic Banking Advantages of Islamic Banking Students’

Personal experience

Radin did his internship at an integrated circuit (IC) company and the sales of the company decline by 50% due to recession.