January 17, 2007

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I love to make people’s lives better

Last night, I insisted that my mom stop working. I wanted her to be
able to spend some relaxed time with my dad, who’s recovering from an
operation. The mood in the house had been a little tense, and my mom
was frowning at her computer again. She was answering e-mail; nothing
that couldn’t wait until the next day. I figured that I could get her
to relax and enjoy the time by reminding her that the whole point of
having a second house is to be able to leave work behind. It was a
good approach, the right thing to say. She smiled and put away her
computer, and we chatted for a while. I was glad to see her relaxed
and smiling. I think I made her day a little better.

Maybe I have a gift for this. It comes easily to me, and even when it
is difficult, it feels good to stretch myself. I love to bring out
people’s better selves. I *love* to bring out people’s better selves.

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Creating Rainmakers

I spotted an intriguing book today. Creating Rainmakers: The Manager’s Guide to Training Professionals to Attract New Clients. The book is expensive, but I’ll go back and browse through it tomorrow to see if it’s worth buying.

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Driving lessons II

I can still make U-turns. And park. And deal with inclines. And park.

I’m too polite, though! <laugh> Whenever I saw a pedestrian
trying to cross the street (and this is Manila, so that happens every
few feet or so), I stop. My instructor had to tell me several times
that sometimes it’s not safe to slow down for pedestrians, and
besides, in the Philippines, pedestrians are used to being honked at
or ignored. I was, like, err… umm…

Canada must have rubbed off on me. =)

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PhDcomics guy in Toronto, and I’m not there!

Join the creator of the popular comic strip for grad students, Piled Higher and Deeper (PhD) Jorge Cham on Wednesday January 24 at noon as he presents, The Power of Procrastination. Book signing to follow. Limited seating is available so please sign up online at www.careers.utoronto.ca. If you are not currently registered with the career centre, you will be asked to do this first in order to access the sign up schedule.


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