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16 Jul 2015

Not for Dreamers: The 9 Truths of Achieving Your Dreams

"Don't let anyone tell you, including me your father, that you cannot achieve your dreams"  Chris Gardener said this to his son in the movie "The Pursuit of Happyness".  Indeed dreams are what keep us alive. But many people think that achieving dreams is for leaders and people who have made it. Some think that it is far better to be on the ground and stop dreaming and start working. The following 9 truths of dreams may jolt you:
9 Truths About Achieving Your Dreams
  1. Your dream is your aspiration, nothing more, nothing less. It is something that you wanted to achieve or become when you were young, and when you are in the here and now
  2. We are always achieving our dreams, not someone else dreams. Even if you decide to help your child achieve his dreams, that is also your dream, not your child's dreams
  3. When you are not achieving your dreams, you are not a failure, you are just slow in your path. You need to examine if you are on the right path. Do you have a platform that helps you to achieve your dreams faster and easier?
  4. It is the pursuit of your dreams that propels you to greater heights
  5. Even animals have dreams to achieve. Sadly for many of them, the dream is simply to live and not get killed
  6. We humans have dreams beyond living and survival.  Dreams are beyond what you can project, see and hear now
  7. Most people will not believe in your dreams because they don't know what makes you dream what you dream. This is okay as long as they don't discourage you and stand in your way 
  8. You need a path or platform to achieve your dreams or else you are just living in your dreams and not living your dreams
  9. You know that you have achieved your dreams not when people say that you are great, but when you are setting a bigger dream

3 Jul 2015

Leadership by Accident: The Best Form of Leadership Available

Too often leadership happens by accident. This is especially true in volunteer organizations where leadership is on 'arrowed' or sabotaged basis. Often there are so few or even no people that want to come forward, so the leader is 'appointed' by no choice. If this has happened to you before, congratulations. Because leadership by accident is one of the best form of leadership available.

You see, when you become the leader by accident, there is simply no one to compete with you for that coveted leadership position. This cuts down your opponents to zero. Even if you have no foes, you have no opponents and thus you are on a more even ground than people who have opponents.

A leader that comes into position by accident also has more opportunities to try out new things. Because nobody wants to step forward as a leader, he is free to do new things or things differently and no one will oppose.

Leadership by accident also offers us the true meaning of leadership: the wilingness to sacfifice and make a difference. Indeed the many great leaders of our time all happen by accident. They did not plan to become leaders but once they are thrown into that position, they simply take it to their stride and just lead. That in essence is what leadership is about - just do.

What are the drawbacks of leadership by accident? Firstly you will be clueless and don't know what to do next. This inertia will quickly alienate your followers. When your followers leave you, you are no longer a leader as leadership is not defined by leaders but by followers.

The more serious problem of leadership by accident is your lack of training. Because you were not a leader before, nor have you been trained under a leader before, you are a total untrained leader. We all know that being untrained simply means that you will make more mistakes. But when you are at a leadership positon, you cannot afford to make mistakes as there will be high costs to pay by your team. Imagine you were the leader of a $5 milliion turnover company. A one percent error made by you translates into $50,000, more than the annual salary of an average worker. Luckily there is a solution. You could learn about leadership now or regret forever. Come for this newest leadership course...


Succeed in Your Leadership with Art of War wisdom and 36 Stratagems
Date: 24 July 2015 Friday 2 to 5.45 pm
Venue : The Plaza 02-346, 7500A Beach Rd (inside Parkroyal Hotel building)   
Investment :1 pax s$298.00 ; 2 pax & above each is s$249.00 ; 5 pax & above each is s$199.00 ; 10 pax & above each is s$149.00 ; 15 pax & above each is s$129.00.
Sun Tzu (or Sūn Zǐ in pinyin) was a 500 BC Chinese general, military strategist, and author of The Art of War, an immensely influential ancient Chinese book on military strategy. Many great leaders like Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan study his work and became legendary leaders. Many corporate leaders paid thousands of dollars to attend courses to learn Sun Zi secrets. 

We at Asia Trainers believe that you too can learn master his secrets with just two hundred dollars. This is because we take the essence and compile them into a 4-hour course that will leave you with just enough materials to lead your team to greater heights. Since October 2010, we have trained over 1,137 leaders coming from countries including Hong Kong, Japan, Myanmar and even China. 

The most valuable lesson out of his 13 chapter of 5,000 words must be found in the 3rd chapter: Win Without Fighting. 
As translated from The Art of War: Generally, in war the best thing is to take the enemy state whole and intact; to ruin it is inferior to this. To capture the entire army is better than to destroy it. Hence, to win on hundred victories in one hundred battles is not the acme of skill.

To subdue the enemy without fighting is supreme excellence. In short, win without fighting is the best. 
How does it apply to your leadership? 

Enemy here refers to not your enemy but your team that you are leading. 

b. Take the enemy state whole and intact means you must lead your team wholly with not just their bodies, but also their minds, hearts and spirits. 

c. Never destroy the bodies, minds, hearts and spirits of your team. So you cannot over-work them for you will be destroying their bodies and minds. You also cannot break their hearts by not delivering on your promises and make them give up on you. Finally, you may destroy their spirits when you unknowingly make them a fool in front of others.

d. To win without fighting in leadership is to lead without your team knowing that you are leading them. A leader is at his best when people barely knows he exists, when the work is done, the team will say: we did it ourselves. This is because the leader has empowered the team so much and they have become so competent that they are mini leaders themselves, thus the leader is leading without actually leading them. This must be the highest form of leadership. Lead without Leading. 

e. If you too want to be a great leader, learn from the master.


  1. Sun Zi Art of War demystified and simplified 
  2. Applying the Five Elements of Sun Zi (Mission, Climate, Ground, Leader and Methods) to your leadership now
  3. How to Know Yourself Know Others per Sun Zi
  4. 36 Stratagems as applied in Leadership
  5. Real Life Cases from Winston Churchill and Nelson Mandela
  6. Winning over people using Sun Zi Straight and Odd Stratagems
  7. The Ultimate in Sun Zi: Take the entire Nation (body, mind, heart & spirit)

Business Coach and Trainer Andy Ng has 28 years experience: He started doing business at the age of 5. Since 1996, Andy has trained over 81,413 people in 14 countries. His Magnetic Selling DVD and e-book SUN ZI FOR SALES have sold hundreds of copies in 5 countries. Asia Coaching Training was, from 2001-2007, the licensee for Action International in Singapore. The clients trained by Andy include SingTel, SIM, Manulife Financial, Walton International, DBS Group, M1, Yakun, BreadTalk, Hewlett Packard, IBM, Gillette, F & N Foods, Kaplan Asia and Teleperformance Asia. Visit our blog and see him in action at


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