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8 Overused Excuses For Missing Work

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My dog ate my homework. I forgot to save my file. I was staying up all night to complete my work but I left it at home. 

These were the common excuses we used as children. Sometimes we could sneak away unharmed but other times, well not so lucky.

Times change, season change, but excuses never change. We may become wiser as we grow older but our excuses can still be downright elementary at times.

So in honor of those who can’t make it to work because your sister’s friend’s boyfriend’s mother’s nephew’s goldfish has become food for worms, here are 8 overused excuses for missing work: (Warning: these excuses may or may not work, so your boss may not buy it, you’ve been warned!)

P.S: Also, this list is for humor purposes only.


1. My alarm didn’t go off


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What better way then to kickoff the list with one of the classics – the good ol’ “my alarm didn’t go off” excuse. You set your alarm to at a wrong time which consequently resulted in you waking up in another dynasty, so you figure that you might as well just work from home since it’s pointless to get to work late only to face stares, a chuckle or two here and there and guilt (guilt like when there’s only two person in the room and you farted and you have no choice but to forcefully raise your hand that you’re guilty) as you walk through the door right? Your rational mind tells you.

Yep, totally believable and plausible.


2. Health reasons

Food poisoning, migraine, fever, the flu, diarrhea, vomiting, headache, stomach ache, back ache, tooth ache, brain ache, toe ache, your left nostril aches and the endless other aches that you could possibly imagine or conjure up, chances are they are already in the book of excuses.


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3. My car won’t start

Okay, you have no health problems – everything’s A-OK with you – and being the exemplary employee that you are, you set the alarm off at an earlier time so that you can wake up early for work.

True enough, you wake up early the following day while it’s still dawn, take your shower and calmly have your breakfast while reading the paper. Then you get to your car, ready to start your day….only to find out that your car won’t start – no matter how desperately you try.

So naturally, the rational step is for you to call in to inform your boss that you can’t come in for work right? Taking into consideration that you live in a remote farmhouse and there are no other modes of transportation to get to work, mobile applications like Uber and GrabCar doesn’t exist and car pooling is so totally out of the picture.


4. My kid has gotten into trouble at school

Whether if your child gets called into the principal’s office or if he or she wet their pants (again), you – being the awesome parent that you are – would want to be there for your child when duty calls no? Plus, it’s very unlikely that your employer will deny you the opportunity to attend to your child’s needs.


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5. The “I have cramps” card

If your boss is a guy and he is unsympathetic, he’s a d*****b**. If your boss is a lady and could resonate with your situation but yet is still unsympathetic, she’s a d*****b**. If your male colleagues are unsympathetic, they are d*****b***. If your female colleagues could resonate well with your situation but yet is still unsympathetic….. well you get the idea. Moving on.


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6. Family emergencies

Sure, family emergencies are unpredictable and it’s always, ALWAYS more important to be by their side than anything else in the world, no matter the circumstances – even if it means missing the biggest business deal of your life (well kinda, I’m kidding. Don’t.).

Having said that however,  it’s also one of the most overused excuses. For that, below is a sample of a simple excuse template that you can use for your next excuse appointment. Good luck!


Dear boss, 

Like an arrow piercing my heart – it pains me to do this, but due to the horrific, unfortunate and unforeseen circumstances, my *insert family member here* was *insert imaginary event here* on *insert date of imaginary event here*.  As such, I was unable to be present for work. I will, however, complete *insert fake promises here* as soon as I am back as I already have one hand on it.

Yours sincerely,

*Insert name here*


7. My car’s in the workshop


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8. Absent without reason/notice

Nothing at all. Not a sound, a phone call, or a word. Just like fart gone with the wind.

It will be like a "where's Waldo" moment
It will be like a “where’s Waldo?” moment.




5 Reasons Why Referrals Are the Best Way to Hire

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We probably don’t have to tell you how hard it is to hire the right person for the job, but just in case you didn’t know – it’s really, really hard! Yes, HR professionals spend time, money and effort trying to fit the perfect candidate (or near-perfect) to the position at hand. The keyword here is ‘trying’.

They don’t always get the ones they need, so what if there was a better way to source for candidates than simply posting an ad on an online job board, in a newspaper or through a standard job portal? Well, there actually is a better way and we call them job referrals.

What’s a job referral, you ask? Well, it’s simply the act of asking referrers to dig through their network to recommend a candidate that they believe is a strong fit for a position being offered. The referrer gets a reward, the employer finds an ideal candidate and the would-be employee gets closer to his or her dream job. Win-win-win! Sounds like something that could work?  Well, guess what, it actually does!

Here are five reasons why referrals really are the best way to hire:


1. You’re getting someone else to do the initial legwork

It’s no easy feat – from placing a job ad, to screening, interviewing and so forth – the entire selection and hiring process can be a gruelling one for both employer and employee. With referrals however, you are essentially shortening the route to discovering the best guy or gal for the job.

Just think about this, not only do these endorsed leads come with strong references, the referrers are essentially finding you an applicant, performing an initial screening and, giving you the information you need to see why this candidate deserves your attention.

Adding to that, referral candidates are also quicker hires, in that they tend to accept job offers more often than those who apply via job boards. Time is money and nobody wants to waste it on candidates that turn down offers after all the effort.


2. You’ll be tapping into a pool of suitable candidates

Having a lot of applications does not mean much if slightly less than half the applicants are unqualified and unsuitable for the positions being offered.
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In fact, a large quantity of submissions may work against an employer due to the time consuming nature of weeding through hundreds, sometimes even thousands of applications. Furthermore, the HR department could miss out on a good candidate that simply gets lost in a sea of incompatible applicants.

Referrals make more sense and trump job boards especially when there are fewer positions to fill.  It is essentially easier to meet the right person when you have a collection of candidates that are proficient and suited to perform the job being offered.


3. You’re getting employees that work harder to impress

It’s a good feeling when someone vouches for your abilities; it shows that they have confidence in you. This is primarily why employees who have been referred perform with a sense of responsibility, determination and to some extent, even gratitude for the endorsements received.

In addition, referred candidates go on to pay this kindness forward to their employers by being more loyal and working a lot harder (estimated to perform 15% better than hires from other channels)!

But since employee and friendly networks only go so far, the responsibility to increase the stream of worthy leads will fall to sites like ReferJobs. This referral portal takes reference-based hiring a step further by opening up a whole new range of connections for employers to engage quality candidates.


4. You can maximise company selection and hiring resources

It almost takes a village to find a quality candidate to fill even an entry-level position, so expectedly; HR professionals are going to need all the help they can get. However, help costs money and while simply placing a job ad online may be cheaper – it isn’t guaranteed to bring you the candidates you need.

The saying, ‘do it right the first time’ applies here because it means that you will need to repeat the hiring process over and over again for the same position, incurring more costs, if it isn’t done properly from the get-go. For example, ask yourself what would happen if you simply aren’t able to fill a position?  You will likely seek out other sources (or repost) which costs more money and then more time to screen through applicants again!

A referral system however, works like a spotlight on better candidates – the rewards offered to the referrer increases the likelihood of more solid and capable candidate recommendations. All may be accomplished in less time with less money spent and less effort!


5. You’re getting employees that stay longer


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People leave companies for all sorts of reasons; poor compensation, minimal chance of promotion and perhaps even a dingy office environment.  But why do people stay? Is it that they are happy or content with their jobs? Yes, quite likely. In fact, more than half interviewed in the 2012 American Psychological Association workforce retention survey say that they actually enjoy the work that they do – what a novel idea! But it’s true and this is what companies strive for, productive employees that really do like their jobs.

Need more proof? In a survey conducted by Jobvite, 47% of those hired through referrals were retained for over 3 years while only 14% of those hired through job boards could last the same period. Of course employee retention and loyalty is not a black and white issue, but the correlation cannot be denied and the success of referral programs is certainly making a compelling case.


Hiring is a Lot like Dating

Sans romance of course, but the concept is the same. You are on a mission to find Mr or Ms Right, but there are always obstacles and limitations to what can be achieved. So you look for other ways…

In the exact same way that you would get your buddy to set you up on a date with someone they know you’d like, the process of hiring a candidate through a referral is comparable. It’s not often that you would start a relationship with a complete stranger, so why should hiring be any different?

In fact, for any relationship to be long and mutually fruitful, in employment or otherwise – there needs to be synergy between the needs and wants of both parties.  And if referral programs can help achieve such harmony, more power to it!



This article was written by Desiree Nair, who is a contributing writer for

Learn Or Learn Not, From Star Wars Quotes We Can

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In light of the new Star Wars trailer that probably sent nerds all over the world into nerdgasm overdrive, let’s take a stroll back to look at some of the quotes from characters that we’ve come to love a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away…


1. Do or do not, there is no try


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Of course the original trilogy are deeply loved and adored by fans because it’s a pure space opera that has epic space battles while it also focuses on  human values such believing in oneself, not giving up hope and trusting those around you, instead of all the parliament and political nonsense that’s present in the new trilogy. The original trilogy also has characters that are much more memorable and to look past none other than one of master Yoda’s arguably best quotes, hard it is.

A young Luke Skywalker finds himself training with master Yoda on the swampy planet Dagobah so that he can learn to control the force. As he finds himself unable to execute the majority of Yoda’s training but nevertheless promises try his best, Yoda correctly points out that his lack of self-belief is his downfall and firmly asserts that he must do, not try.


2. Truly wonderful, the mind of a child is


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The second entry on this list is another immortal quote by our little green Jedi master. Yoda is over 900 years old and probably has enough wisdom, knowledge and experience of several lifespans. He commands huge admiration and respect from all walks of life, especially among the ranks of the Jedi – as a great teacher.

Despite this, he knows that there are things that even he – with all his knowledge and experience – doesn’t know.

However he is not dismissal or afraid to ask his students for their opinions and point of view – even children, as even great teachers can sometimes learn a thing or two from their students.


3. Never tell me the odds


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A classic quote by the outlaw Han Solo and is widely used by fans humorously when they find themselves in a bleak situation. Sometimes we find ourselves in situations where we’re against the odds and have a mountain to climb – ala a David vs Goliath situation. We can only achieve what we want by having faith in ourselves in order to overcome them. After all, most successful people overcome obstacles by transcending themselves.


4. Who’s more foolish? The fool, or the fool who follows him?


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When Han Solo, C-3PO and Chewbacca question Obi-Wan’s decision to do the seemingly suicidal task of infiltrating the Death Star, the ever-wise Obi Wan asked a rhetorical question that they could not conjure an answer.

It’s easy to blame someone for their mistakes, but if we blindly follow them without questioning their decision or without knowing the consequences, then the bigger fool would be us as it proves that we lack the cognitive brainpower from learning from their mistakes. A fool makes mistakes, the fool who follows the fool amplifies it.


5. The force is strong with this one

According to Obi-Wan in A New Hope, The force is “an energy field created by all living things. It surrounds us, penetrates us, and binds the galaxy together”. Since the force plays a fundamental role in the Star Wars saga, it’s not uncommon to hear the phrase “may the force be with you” throughout the Star Wars films.

In general, the phrase is use to wish someone luck, but it’s also an analogy to trust your instincts and do your best because there are luminary powers that transcend beyond our physical bodies or what we can control.


6. You must unlearn what you have learned


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While he was continuing his training with Yoda, Luke’s perception of reality strongly contradicted Yoda’s spiritual and almost pristine teachings. He has difficulty accepting that something as magical as the force exists because it challenges his conventional beliefs. It is only then when Yoda gives him this phrase of wisdom that he allows himself to accept and learn, that he could finally grasp the foundation of Yoda’s teachings.

There are a broad range of factors that defines us in how we think and behave – age, gender, education, background and exposure are some of the examples, that is why everyone can formulate their own opinions and people believe what they want to believe.

We are learning everyday and sometimes the philosophy and things that we learn and come to believe challenges the conventional and conservative way of how we once perceive the world. It’s like discovering that an apple is actually an orange and not actually an apple after years and years of mislead.

So in order to allow creativity and change, we must allow ourselves to drop the traditional stigmas and to accept new ideas so that we can allow ourselves to evolve and progress. What may work in the past may not work at the present.


7. Your Jedi mind tricks don’t work on me

Despite Qui-Gon Jinn’s attempts to use the Jedi mind trick on Watto (who owns Anakin Skywalker) to manipulate him into letting Anakin go, it ultimately backfired miserably because he could see through Qui-Gon’s inconspicious Jedi trick.

Always analyze things from top to bottom and try to see through because some things are too good to be true as there may be a hidden motive. Stand firm, trust your guts and don’t succumb to greed then you should have a clear idea of what you want.



7 Late Bloomers That Proves It’s Never Too Late

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You look around and you see your friends doing pleasantly well with their careers while you’re stuck in a room doing a job that you don’t even know what you’re doing half of the time. You start to wonder if you’re doomed to remain at a standstill for so long that roots will start growing from your feet as far to the Great Land Under, and that achieving your dreams are now a distant memory. You’re afraid of letting go and even more afraid of being stagnant in this abyss that you can’t get out off in years to come. You think it’s too late for you, too late for anything.

Well believe it or not, there are others who are like you out there, experiencing the things that you’re currently going through. But fret not, we’ve compiled a list of late bloomers whose careers didn’t exactly have the brightest of starts, but got better as they’ve reached their twilight years and became better with age – just like a bottle of wine:


1. Colonel Sanders


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The famous face of a multi-billion fast food franchise, he was the epitome of a late bloomer. Before founding KFC, he had a long and diverse career where he worked as farmer, steamboat pilot, insurance salesman, lawyer, fireman and a tire salesman among other unsuccessful businesses and careers.

He eventually opened up his own service station at the age of 40 and started selling chickens that are cooked through his now famous pressure frying method. His way of cooking chickens became popular among his customers and he saw the potential of franchising his secret recipe all over the United States.

He founded the Kentucky Fried Chicken company at 65 years old with massive success. However, he sold the company for a mere $2 million at the age of 75 years old. Today, KFC is the second largest restaurant chain in world with more than 18,000 outlets operating in 115 countries.


2. Ang Lee

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When I sent those scripts, that was the lowest point of my life. We’d just had our second son, and when I went to collect them from hospital, I went to the bank to try and get some money to buy some diapers, the screen showed I’ve got $26 left. – Ang Lee


The Brokeback Mountain and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon director is the first Asian director to win an Oscar, Golden Globe and BAFTA. Currently, he has the world at his feet, but things were very different for him back then.

After he graduated from NYU, he was unable to land a job, was unemployed for 6 years and stayed at home as a full-time-home-dad while he continued to work on scripts. Thankfully, he has an understanding wife who not only was the sole breadwinner of the family at that time, but she supported and encouraged him to not give up on his dreams.

It was until he was 31 years old when he finally got his big break when both of his screenplays, Pushing Hands and The Wedding Banquet came in first and second respectively in a competition – which attracted heads and landed him the directorial role for Pushing Hands and as they say, the rest is history.


 3. Morgan Freeman


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Before he became the luminary figure we’ve come to love in roles such as The Shawshank Redemption, Driving Miss Daisy, Bruce Almighty and Seven, his roles were mainly limited to theatre and commercial works. It was not until the release of Glory in 1989 when he landed his first major film role – at the age of 52. Check out one of his earliest and cheesiest commercial work in this link.

4. J.K Rowling


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Today, she’s worth £1 billion, is the most influential woman in Britain, created a series of successful books (450 million copies sold worldwide) that sparkled the imagination of children across the world and spawned a series of mega blockbuster films (the highest grossing series to date with $7.7 billion). But to say that she had a rough early career is an understatement; prior to becoming the phenomenon she is today, the Harry Potter creator once taught English in Portugal.

Her marriage lasted very briefly and she became a single mom. She was also once jobless, lived on welfare and was in deep depression. She regarded herself as a failure and described herself as “poor as it is possible to be in modern Britain, without being homeless.” But she kept on going. She wrote Harry Potter and the Philosopher Stone for 5 years.

After being rejected countless time by publishing houses for Harry Potter and the Philosopher Stone, she finally got her break in 1997 when it was published. She was 30 years old at that time.

5. Ray Kroc


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He may not be the founder of McDonald’s, but he was crucial to the expansion of a potential idea into a multi-billion dollar business that it is today.

Just like Colonel Sanders, Ray Kroc took many odd jobs roles. At 15 years of age, he lied about his age to serve as a Red Cross Ambulance driver during the First World War.

After the war ended, he worked as a paper cup salesman, a pianist, and as a DJ at a local radio station in Oak Park, Illinois.

His curiosity in the restaurant business lead him to work at a restaurant, and soon he utilized that knowledge to work as a traveling milk shake salesman. He would continue on for a further 17 years until he met the McDonald’s brothers which ultimately brought him to his destiny.

At the age of 52, attracted to the prospect of the potential of the brothers’ restaurant, he volunteered to franchise their business and soon opened his own restaurant in 1955. He bought the rights from the McDonald’s brothers 6 years later.

Under his leadership and strict guidelines in quality and food preparation, McDonald’s blossomed and vastly expanded its reach globally. Today, McDonald’s is one of the most valuable brands in the world and is worth a staggering $92.5 billion.

 6. Albert Einstein


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One of the smartest person in human history (with an IQ of 150), so smart that the phrase “Einstein” is actually a compliment for someone who’s smart. Famously known to have developed the theory of relativity and a Nobel prize winner, he was however, not considered a bright spark until he was relativity (pun unintended) older.

As a child, he had difficulty speaking until he was 3 years old and was considered to have speech challenges. His parents also feared that he might be cognitively challenged at one point. He failed his university entrance exam after failing several subjects like history and geography although he excelled in math and science, but eventually made the cut after retaking the subjects.


7. Bryan Cranston

Before he played the ruthless meth lord “the one who knocks” Heisenberg in the television drama Breaking Bad, he was largely unknown to the general public. He started his career in several cheesy commercials like these:




Besides landing minor roles in television series such as Seinfeld, X-Files as well as minor film roles such as Saving Private Ryan, he had several voice acting roles such as Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. Yes, Power Rangers!

If you’re a fan of Malcolm in the Middle, then you would probably remember him playing as Malcolm’s often humorous dad, where he was nominated 3 times for his performance. Although he has been acting since the 80’s but Malcolm in the Middle was arguably the role that truly kick-started his career as it was his first major role – at the age of 44 years old. From there, the sky was practically the limit for him as his fame increased noticeably after that.

He’s now won 3 consecutive Emmy awards for Outstanding lead actor in a Drama series for his role in Breaking Bad (he was 52 when he landed the role) and landed roles in films such as Drive, Argo and more recently, 2013’s Godzilla. But who would’ve thought that someone who wore a skunk suit in a soap commercial would one day become one of television’s most iconic characters in Breaking Bad?




6 Things We Can Learn From Mulan

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She may not have long and strong hair like Rapunzel or is she the fairest in the land like Snow White, but Mulan is one of the few strong and independent female characters in the Disney world.

She isn’t the typical damsel in distress who needs a man to save her and she doesn’t need to marry the prince, live in a castle and live happily forever after. She’s perfectly capable on her own and is a character with strong core values such as bravery and selflessness that we can all learn from – no matter your gender, age or race. So without further ado, here are 6 things that you can learn from the girl who saved China from being invaded:


1. Have courage and be selfless
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The smell of gunpowder in the air, the bloody bloodshed in battle and leaving your home and family behind knowing that you might not see them again – most would be terrified of facing battle, but not Mulan. Hell no.

When the emperor’s decree demanded one man from each family to go to battle, Mulan, being the only child in the family, is forced to make a choice: either allow her aging father to leave for battle (which would likely result in his death) or bravely volunteer herself in place of her father instead so that she can save him (although she could’ve just said that her father is too old and that he doesn’t have a son). Despite not having any experience in combat and fully knowing that she would be executed if the truth about her were to be discovered (the law prohibited women to go to war), she unselfishly chose to go into the field of battle.

She also risked her life to protect things that were much more important than her, such as serving her country, protecting her family and honoring her family’s name.

2. Prove yourself and respect will follow


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Physically, she’s weaker than her fellow male colleagues and initially struggled to compete with the physical demands of her training regimes. In addition to that, her colleagues – including her captain, viewed her as weak, a shame to the army and incapable.

Determined not pack her bags and wanting to prove her doubters wrong, she decided to give her best shot to prove that she deserved a place among the ranks of the army. In the end, not only did her colleagues and superiors respected her, but the entire nation and the emperor bowed down to her as a sign of respect.


3. Forge Your Own Destiny



She struggled to find herself and failed to honor her family’s name because she wasn’t the “perfect” daughter and bride. She isn’t graceful, obedient, polite or delicate; she’s clumsy, she speaks her mind out and she rides horses like a man on steroids.

However, she eventually understood that she couldn’t force herself to be something that society wanted her to be. Instead, she chose to be the true person her reflection showed (as seen in the video above) and followed her strengths and abilities.

Eventually, she was the difference in the war as she saved her nation and defeated the Huns.


4. Don’t be too hard on yourself

“My, what beautiful blossoms we have this year. But look, this one’s late. But I’ll bet that when it blooms, it will be the most beautiful of all.” – Fa Zhou, Mulan’s dad


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Mulan felt ashamed because she disappointed her family when she failed the matchmaker test. But her father gave her words of immortal wisdom to not to give up as every flower will bloom eventually, just cause some bloom a little late doesn’t mean that they suck or anything. Cause, that’s just life.

Never judge a person at the beginning of their career as they might be late bloomers who could be one of the most successful people in the world.


5. Anyone can be a hero


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Mulan isn’t an archetypal hero, Mushu the dragon isn’t the biggest and strongest dragon around and Mulan’s colleagues aren’t exactly the strongest of men either, but they’re all heroes in their own unique way. They inspire us to believe in ourselves, teach us to fight against tyranny, to stand up for what’s right and last but not least, to have hope even in the most unpleasant situation.


6. Don’t be afraid to take risks


Even though she was afraid, but she was willing to do anything necessary for a greater good as she risked her life for her father, her family and her country. She’s also one who’s not against crazy ideas that are out of the box and used her intelligence to outwit the enemy – something that even the might of the imperial army of China couldn’t execute.








5 Lessons That We Can Learn From The amazing Spider-Man

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What’s not to love about Spider-Man? He’s unselfish, responsible, ethical, humble, determine, caring and hardworking. He may not have the “cool” factor like many other superheroes (he isn’t rich or owns fancy gadgets and protective suits like Batman and Iron Man, nor is he born with the power and force of Superman), but in the eyes of many, he’s a people’s hero because he’s accessible to the general audience.

As a teenager, he’s nerdy, unpopular, gets picked on a lot, is socially awkward (especially towards girls) and has inferiority complex. One bite from a radioactive arachnid later, he transforms into a person with superhuman powers and abilities to execute amazing things, thus the name “The Amazing Spider-Man”.

He comes from a humble background too. He’s an orphan who lost his parents and is brought up with old-fashion moral upbringings such as treating others with respect and always helping others with what you can – moral upbringings which are sadly to say, that are increasingly vaporizing in today’s families and societies. Today’s societies have become more cynical; we’re told to mind our own businesses and not to trust others – especially strangers.

His early origin story is well known: his decision not to stop a burglar because “it wasn’t his business” caused the death of his uncle Ben, which ultimately led to the now famous immortal lesson: with great power, comes great responsibility. What can we learn from everyone’s favorite wall-crawler?

Always use your powers for good


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With superhuman powers at his fingertips, he could’ve succumbed to the temptation of using his powers for his personal interests and gains, but instead he chose to use his powers for a greater responsibility because he understood the significance of helping others in need, even if it meant sacrificing himself and his time.

That’s why he’s a people’s hero – he’s willing to neglect his own interests for a greater cause – despite not getting the credit that he fully deserves and being negatively ridiculed by parts of the public.



What’s uniquely different about Spider-Man is that even though he’s a superhero, he’s actually a grounded character. Like everyone else, he’s a normal person who has to deal with everyday teenage and later, adult problems.

Fighting crime and supervillains on his own are already mountainous tasks but he has to balance his life between being a superhero, his job, taking care of his aunt and his studies.

On top of that, despite risking his life to serve people, there’s still an air of scepticism about him by the public. He has to deal with financial problems, his enemies are always attacking the people that he cares deeply about, he needs to deal with his obnoxious boss, the negative press and finally the stress from being a superhero such as hiding his secret identity for the safety of his love ones.

Superhero or not, the amount of stress and burden of being Spider-Man are huge. His perseverance, tolerance and willingness to carry all the weight on his shoulders makes him a prime example that we can all learn from.


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Stay true to your passion

Peter Parker is an avid photographer. He works as a freelance photographer to take photographs of Spider-man fighting criminals and sells the photos mainly to The Daily Bugle – a fictional local tabloid newspaper that’s run by his boss, J. Jonah Jameson.

He doesn’t make much in the beginning, but gradually his photos begin to have more demand as Spider-Man’s popularity and the substance in his photographs gave him more acknowledgement and respect.

Granted, one could argue that his job as a freelance photographer is sensible because he’s actually working while “working” but he takes pride in what he does and always gives his best shot (pun intended).


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His real passion however, is to be a scientist as he’s a science whiz. After graduating from university, he got a job as a scientist at the fictional Horizon Labs, where he has his own personal lab for him to work on the latest technology for the benefit of the advancement on technology and science.

Inspire others


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Like many other superheroes out there, Spider-Man’s costume isn’t only to shield his identity, but it’s also to be a symbol to inspire greatness, hope, to do good and not to hold grudges.

For example, although he has superhero abilities, he’s actually inferior to most of the enemies that he encounters and yet, most of the time he overcomes them because of his will to protect people and to fight against tyranny.

He lost people that he cared about and his enemies are always targeting his family whenever they have the opportunity but he has always been a character that never acts on revenge or hold any grudges towards his enemies. He gets back up after every defeat and rises above it.


Have a sense of humor


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If there’s a trademark that Spider-Man is known for, is that he usually jokes during fights or makes fun of his enemies to either annoy or distract them. His trademark self-referral “your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man” when he saves someone from danger is actually a sarcastic remark to the public for being “friendly” because the public perceive him negatively. Despite having a rough day, he rarely shows his temperament or becomes all gloomy. Instead, he finds way to enlighten the mood by joking around.



Spider-Man is a great character that has been through countless amount of analysis and case studies. He’s been made into several feature films and he’s one of the most profitable and marketable characters out there. There are definitely lessons that we can pick up from him such as being humble, lending a helping hand and of course, being responsible for our roles. He’s willing to forego his love life and risking his job to put on the mask to save a couple of children on the street or help the police with some robbers at a nearby bank because of the duty that he puts on himself, and when a person places the lives and priorities of other well before him, that makes the person a true hero.



“Emergency” Items That You Need At Work

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In case of emergencies, break glass. You may have seen some of these glass boxes in areas such as shopping malls and in a train, and are usually for well, just like the glass box read, emergencies.

If the workplace has one such as these, then they would most likely contain these emergency items because you never know, they may prove its worth to you in those “if only” type of situations:


1. Toothbrush, mouthwash and floss


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Have a meeting soon? Need to get rid of your suicidal breath because of the strong pungent food that you had for lunch? Then you should definitely include these 3 items into your emergency list. Not only will they aid in eliminating your toxic breath, but it’s actually beneficial for your overall oral health too.

2. Caffeine

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We’re all addicted to different things, whether if it’s TV shows, cat videos, online shopping or pizzas. But generally, most can agree that caffeine is common addiction that people can relate to. If there’s one thing that should be in the list of your emergencies, then caffeine would definitely be at the top of that list.

Whether if it’s green, black, yellow, red, Chinese, Japanese, English, Arabian, bitter or sweet, there are all kinds of tea and coffee out there that fits your preference. Bring along a few bags or packets with you to work and trust us, it’ll help you tremendously at work, especially when due dates are near. Bag it, drink it, keep going. Thank us later.

3. Tissues


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Cheap, compact, light and they have multiple uses ranging from blowing your nose to wiping accidental spills. Also extremely handy around the office. Never leave home without at least a packet with you.

4. Extra clothes

Speaking of accidental spills, extra clothes can be a lifesaver especially when you have a meeting and accidentally spill coffee on your trousers. It’s always convenient to have spare clothes around in case of any accidents. Keep them in your car or better yet have a set of spare clothes in your bag so that you won’t have to worry about getting weird stares from people when you have mayonnaise stains on your trousers/pants.

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5. Hand sanitizer


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There are germs everywhere – door knobs, your phone, the office equipment, tables, the list goes on.

Granted, you may wash your hands regularly but there are instances that it’s much more convenient to use a hand sanitizer instead of going to the washroom. Besides, it helps to ensure that you’re extra protected from germs.

I might be an overly exaggerating germaphobe but in my defense, you’re sharing a ton of things with a bunch of other people and they might not have the same hygiene standards as you, plus who knows what on earth happens in the washroom or where their hands have been.

6. Medicated oil


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Other than the occasional headaches and migraines from work, we might experience slight back and muscular problems as well as stomach aches from time to time. A handy “all-in-one” bottle of medicated oil helps to temporarily but effectively relieve those unpleasant feeling and it’s much safer than the conventional pain reliever tablets.

7. A good set of headphones


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Sometimes, your workplace can be tad bit noisy. You always hear endless office gossips, your colleagues conversations over the phone, phone lines ringing and colleagues who listen to the radio/songs from their laptop with the volume too high. Imagine facing this day in day out, it can be suffocating, no?

This is why a good pair of headphones at work is like a beam of light in a dark cavern. If you have the bread, the invest on a good pair of headphones if you want to listen to your music without all the additional distractions happening around the office.

8. Plasters

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Handy when in the time of need. Being the clumsy person that you are, you might accidentally get a paper cut or may just need a plaster to cover your wounds. It’s also handy for those occasional cut and wounds that you might get every now and then.









4 Basic Steps To Protect Your Ideas

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When you have a new potential business idea, you won’t want them to be stolen by someone else who is not directly involved with the idea, namely your competitors.

A safe way to protect your idea is to have patents so that you have exclusive secure rights to your ideas.

But patents are costly and may take some time to process, which would mean that your could waste valuable time, and time is of the essence in the business world. In addition to that, not everything is fully patentable; according to the official website of Intellectual Property Corporation of Malaysia (MyIPO), inventions such as mathematical discoveries, scientific theories and method for doing business are considered non-patentable.

Therefore, we recommend these alternative steps to ensure that your idea is safe-guarded from being stolen by your competitors.


Have evidence of proof

It is crucially important to have any sort of evidence that you are the owner or is directly involved with the idea – whether if it’s slogans, sketches, logos or concepts, so that you can prove that they’re your creations. Also, document everything that’s said between you and the relevant parties in logs as a form of evidence.

Keep things private

You have to remember to keep your idea close to your chest and avoid giving away too much, especially to your competitors. If you need to work with other parties, investors or potential clients, then you may need to provide information that are needed to convince them. Even so, do not provide every detail of your product or service, but only the basic core information such as how does your product or service work/benefits.


These days, doing a background check is easy as 1,2,3. If you need to collaborate with someone else or an organization, a quick research on their history and reputation would give you an idea about their identity. If you uncovered something fishy about that person or organization, then it may be a clear indication of what you can roughly expect out of them.

Trust your intuition

Sometimes, you need to trust your intuition even if the data and facts may seem favorable, as our eyes can be deceiving. If the client or investor seems to inquisitive about your product or service, listen to your gut and question the motives behind their interest. In the world of business, every advantage – no matter how big or small, is still an advantage. Too much interest could spawn signs that the client or investor may want to steal your idea.






What We Can Learn From Mr.Bean
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It’s been 25 years since Mr. Bean’s first appearance on television and Rowan Atkinson recently stroll through Buckingham Palace to celebrate the show’s 25th anniversary.

Created and played by Rowan Atkinson while he was still in college, Mr. Bean is generally seen as a comedic character and is describe as “a child stuck in a grown man’s body” by Atkinson.

However, aside from his amusing and ridiculous personality, there are actually a few lessons that we can learn from Mr.Bean:


1. He always finds a way to solve his problems

Even though his methods might seem outlandish and overly ridiculous at times, Mr.Bean is always thinking of alternative ways to solve the problem at hand. Sometimes he succeeds while other times he only complicates things, but he is never afraid of trying and thinking out of the box despite how crazy it may seem.

After shopping for home supplies such as a chair, cans of paint and new brooms completely took every inch of space in his car, he couldn’t get into his car much less drive. Nevertheless, his ability to think outside of the box gives him the idea to maneuver his car by sitting on the chair (that’s strapped on top of his car) and using the tools that he bought as makeshift pedals. Most people would be crazy to try this, but the idea worked.




As the saying goes, there’s a solution for every problem; so if you’re willing to do what it takes to solve your problem, the solution will eventually come to you. Sometimes the solution might be crazy and risky, but in the business world, risk is everything. It may determine the course and direction of you or your organization.


2. He’s good and quick at adapting to his surroundings

In Merry Christmas, Mr.Bean – probably one of the funniest sketches, Mr.Bean is tasked to conduct a band temporarily. Clearly clueless and lacking any experience in conducting a band, he nevertheless quickly got the hang of things and even though it may be over-the-top, he manage to integrate himself into his role brilliantly and receives a round of applause from the crowd.


Change is always constant, you have to adapt to different environment and culture when you move to a new organization, while the ever-changing market trends means that your organization needs to propel forward in order to evolve as well.

3. He’s innovative

While trying to paint his house, Mr.Bean suffered various setbacks that prevented him from completing his task ranging from ruined paint brushes to dripping paint on his belongings. To see how he solved this problem, watch the video below:


Innovation is key for every organization because you need to respond to the environment and the market trends. Big MNC’s such as Google, Facebook and Apple and constantly strive to innovate their organization so that they’re always ahead of their competitors while at the same time ensuring that there’s always a new and fresh experience.


4. He’s fiercely competitive


As you can see from the video, he became embroiled in a rivalry with an unknown stranger and wanted to be better than him in everything that he did. When he grabbed a chicken drumstick, Mr.Bean topped it by grabbing two, when he grabbed two sausages, Mr.Bean doubled the amount by taking four. When the stranger took a couple of fresh raw oysters, Mr. Bean responded by swapping the entire plate of oysters. He then went on to double everything the stranger ate to prove that he’s better. Notwithstanding bad oysters aside, he showed his competitive side and his ability to be ahead of the stranger.

It’s increasingly difficult for up and coming startups or SME’s to seek investors and funds because of the competitive market out there. Investors are less likely to invest if your ideas are not well worth the investment because at the end of the day, they seek for viable ROI. Therefore, you need to up your game to do your best to prove how your idea stands out from the competitive market.






Stay Haze-Free!

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The haze is back at full force and apart from a few areas throughout Malaysia, most areas have recorded unhealthy Air Pollutant Index (API) due to the worsening haze conditions.

The haze problem has been an annual occurrence for both Malaysia and Singapore for awhile now, and the condition of the air is so atrocious that most schools are closed down and certain areas are already similar to the fog world in the Silent Hill games, where it’s difficult to tell what’s in front of you.


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People who are sensitive to the haze also suffer from skin, eyes and throat irritation while those who have respiratory problems might have trouble breathing. In order to stay haze-free and to protect yourself and your loved ones, you might want to follow these few steps:


1. Wear a mask


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If you have respiratory problems, then wear a respiratory mask; otherwise a normal surgical mask would be better than nothing if you’re heading outdoors.


2. Stay indoors/limit outdoor activities

With the amount of toxic pollutants in the air, you should limit yourself from doing any outdoor activities such as jogging and playing sports as you won’t want to inhale the pollutants into your lungs. If you want to exercise, try to exercise indoors whether if it’s at home or at a gym.


3. Keep hydrated


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Drink plenty of water so that you an flush out the high amount of toxins that are absorbed through your skin and lungs from the haze. Haze also makes it more likely for you to have sore throats and stimulates excess mucus production – which leads to cough and runny nose respectively, so you need to keep yourself hydrated at all times to get rid of the excess mucus.


4. Use an air purifier

Air purifiers help to filter dust and harmful particles in the air, thus ensuring that you have cleaner air to breathe indoors.


5. Use eye drops

This is for those who are sensitive towards the haze, eye drops helps to relieve those nasty itches and redness while it also removes dust and dirt in your eyes.


6. Chill yourself out

It is recommended that you turn on the air conditioner when you’re indoors as not only does it remove pollutants in the air, it cools you down as haze traps sunlight, which leads to warmer weather, so cool yourself at home.


7. Get green and fruity


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Eat more fruits and leafy greens, specifically those that have high amounts of vitamin A and C. Foods such as carrots, sweet potatoes, spinach and mangoes are rich in vitamin A – which helps to protect your eyes and keep them moist while its antioxidant properties helps to eliminate free radicals within your body.

Vitamin C on the other hand, can be found in fruits such guavas, kiwis, strawberries as well as citrus fruits such as oranges and lemon, and it helps to boost your body immune system which prevents you from the likelihood of contacting sore throat or the flu.


8. Avoid smoking


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With the haze going on, you won’t want to breathe in more toxic gasses into your lungs as it only creates more stress to your lungs. Besides, it’s well known that cigarettes are harmful to your body and leads to many diseases, so you should stop smoking in general.