Monday, January 9, 2017

Joshua Chua : How to Sell Combs to Monks

This story from Joshua Chua  linkedin article:

The Story:
3 sales professionals applied to work for a huge company. As they were all evenly qualified, the interviewer decided to set a sales challenge and the person who sold the most would be awarded the job.
The challenge was to sell combs to monks of any temple up in the mountains. "You have 3 days, and the person who sells the most will get the job" said the interviewer.
After 3 days, the 3 applicants returned, and reported their results.
Candidate 1 said "I managed to sell one comb. The monks scolded me, saying I was openly mocking them. Disappointed, I gave up and left. But on my way back, I saw a junior monk with an itchy scalp; he was constantly scratching his head. I told him the comb would help him with his scratching and he bought one comb"
Candidate 2 said "That's good, but I did better. I sold 10 combs." Excited, the interviewer asked "How did you do it?" Candidate 2 replied "I observed that the visitors had very messy hair due to the strong winds they faced while walking to the temple. I convinced the monk to give out combs to the visitors so they could tidy themselves up and show greater respect during their worship."
Candidate 3 stepped up "Not so fast, I sold more than both of them." "How many did you sell" asked the interviewer.
"A thousand combs"
"Wow! How did you do it?" the interviewer exclaimed.
"I went to one of the biggest temples there, and thanked the Senior Master for serving the people and providing a sacred place of worship for them. He was very gracious and said he would like to thank and appreciate his visitors for their support and devotion. I suggested that the best way would be to offer his visitors a momento and the blessing of Buddha. I showed him the wooden combs which I had engraved words of blessings and told him people would use the combs daily and would serve as a constant reminder to do good deeds. He liked the idea, and proceeded to order a thousand combs"
"You got lucky," one of the other candidates said bitterly.
"Not really," the interviewer countered. "He had a plan, which was why he had the comb engraved prior to his visit. Even if that temple did not want it, another one surely would."
"There is more," the third candidate smiled. "I went back to the temple yesterday to check on the Master. He said many visitors told their friends and family about the comb with the Buddha's blessing. Now even more people are visiting every day. Everyone is asking for the comb, and giving generous donations too! The temple is more popular than ever, and the Master says he will run out of the combs in a month... and will need to order more!"
Learning Points:
The three different candidates show us the different levels of sales performance:
Candidate 1 displayed the most basic level, which is to meet the prospect's personal needs. The monk with the itchy scalp had a personal need; it was specific to him only.
Candidate 2 shows the next level - anticipating and creating new needs for the prospect. Perhaps the monk doesn't have an obvious need for the comb, but how can it still be beneficial to him? When you can educate the prospect on new possibilities and benefits for his business, you are already outperforming your competitors.
Candidate 3 demonstrates the best level of all; an ongoing relationship resulting in repeat sales and referrals. Everyone was a winner, the monk, the devotees, the 3rd candidate and the interviewer. Help your prospects benefit their prospects, to create maximum value. View each prospect not as individuals, but also their contacts and network beyond them. See each customer as lifetime clients instead of one time sales.

Source:
https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/how-sell-combs-monks-joshua-chua?trk=hp-feed-article-title-like


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Saturday, February 20, 2016

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Bursa Malaysia Undervalued Stocks(Jan 2016)

"An undervalued stock is defined as a stock that is selling at a price significantly below what is assumed to be its intrinsic value. For example, if a stock is selling for $50, but it is worth $100 based on predictable future cash flows, then it is an undervalued stock."-Wikipedia

"A financial security or other type of investment that is selling for a price presumed to be below the investment's true intrinsic value. A undervalued stock can be evaluated by looking at the underlying company's financial statements and analyzing its fundamentals, such as cash flow, return on assets, profit retention and capital management, to determine said stock's intrinsic value." - Investopedia http://www.investopedia.com/terms/u/undervalued.asp#ixzz3yaz28Xxb

Friday, March 20, 2015

Introduction of Hudud

In order to protect the five important indispensables in Islam:
1. religion
2. life
3. intellect
4. offspring
5. property

Islamic Law has provided a worldly punishment in addition to that in the hereafter. Islam has, in fact, adopted two courses for the preservation of these five indispensables:

the first is through cultivating religious consciousness in the human soul and the awakening of human awareness through moral education;

the second is by inflicting deterrent punishment, which is the basis of the Islamic criminal system.

Therefore "Hudud," Retaliation (qisas) and Discretionary (Tazir) punishments have been prescribed according to the type of the crime committed.

Source: http://www.muhajabah.com/docstorage/hudud.htm

The penal laws of Islam are called Hudud in the Hadith and Fiqh. This word is the plural of Hadd, which means prevention, hindrance, restraint, prohibition, and hence a restrictive ordinance or statute of God, respecting things lawful and unlawful.

Punishments are divided into two classes, one of which is called Hadd and the other Ta'zir.

The Hadd is a measure of punishment defined by the Qur'an and the Sunnah. (this is why corruption  not in Hudud.)

In Ta'zir, the court, is allowed to use its discretion in regard to the form and measure in which such punishment is to be inflicted.

Punishments by way of Hadd are of the following forms: death by stoning, amputation of a limb or limbs, flogging by one hundred or eighty strokes. They are prescribed respectively for the following offences: adultery committed by married persons, theft, highway robbery, drunkenness and slander imputing unchastity to women.

The punishments described above are the maximum punishments for the above mentioned crimes. These can be reduced keeping in view the circumstances in which the crimes were committed, the nature of the evidence, and the motive of the criminal with which he committed the crime.

Source: http://www.iium.edu.my/deed/hadith/muslim/017_smt.html

Database:Get current date

This post for personal references

Oracle

Select sysdate from dual;
( I had learned this in first job)

SELECT TO_CHAR
    (SYSDATE, 'MM-DD-YYYY HH24:MI:SS') "NOW"
     FROM DUAL;

NOW
-------------------
03-20-2015 09:45:51

MS Sql Server

select GETDATE()
SELECT {fn NOW()}

Ms Access

Select Date() from table1 (any ms access user table )

MySQL

SELECT NOW(),CURDATE(),CURTIME()

Sample result:
NOW()                         CURDATE() CURTIME()
2015-11-11 12:46:34 2015-11-11 12:45:34

SQLite

SELECT date('now');

DB2

SELECT current date FROM sysibm.sysdummy1
SELECT current time FROM sysibm.sysdummy1
SELECT current timestamp FROM sysibm.sysdummy1

PostgreSQL

SELECT CURRENT_TIME;
Result: 14:49:53.662522-05

SELECT CURRENT_DATE;
Result: 2015-03-23

SELECT CURRENT_TIMESTAMP;
Result: 2015-03-23 14:49:53.662522-05

SELECT CURRENT_TIMESTAMP(2);
Result: 2015-03-23 14:49:53.66-05

SELECT LOCALTIMESTAMP;

Result: 2015-03-23 14:49:53.662522

Sybase

select getdate()

Result: Mar 19 2015 12:45PM

Monday, December 8, 2014

Muslim: Forbidden Haircuts

Hadith - Bukhari 7:803, Narrated Ubaidullah bin Hafs that 'Umar bin Nafi' told him that Nafi', Maula 'Abdullah had heard 'Umar saying, "I heard Allah's Apostle forbidding Al-Qaza'."

'Ubaidullah added: I said, "What is Al-Qaza'?" 'Ubaidullah pointed (towards his head) to show us and added, "Nafi' said, 'It is when a boy has his head shaved leaving a tuft of hair here and a tuft of hair there."

Ubaidullah pointed towards his forehead and the sides of his head.
'Ubaidullah was asked, "Does this apply to both girls and boys?" He said, "I don't know," but Nafi' said, -The boy."
 
 'Ubaidullah added, "I asked Nafi' again, and he said, 'As for leaving hair on the temples and the back part of the boy's head, there is no harm, but Al-Qaza' is to leave a tuft of hair on his forehead unshaved while there is no hair on the rest of his head, and also to leave hair on either side of his head.' " 
Al-Nasaa’i (5048) and Abu Dawood (4195) narrated from Ibn ‘Umar that the Prophet (blessings and peace of Allaah be upon him) saw a boy part of whose head had been shaved and part of it left. He told them not to do that and said: “Shave all of it or leave all of it.” Al-Albaani classed it as saheeh inSaheeh al-Nasaa’i
 

Thursday, November 27, 2014

How many sons does Allah have?

The original question  as in Quara:
"How many Sons of God are in the Bible and Torah? Are there any in the Quran?"

http://qr.ae/l2eNI

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Is it forbidden for muslim to touch dogs?


Is it haram(forbidden) or even undesireable for us to touch dogs? I have heard many Muslims say that dogs are dirty and Satan has spit on them. Also, that if we do touch a dog, we have to wash our hands several times. I haven't been able to find anything concerning this in the Qur'an, Hadith, or Islamic books. Please help.
Answer:
The answer to this question is twofold:
1 – The ruling on keeping a dog.
It is haraam to keep a dog unless it is for the purposes for which Islam permits keeping dogs. Whoever keeps a dog – except a dog for hunting or farming – his reward will decrease each day by one or two qeeraats.
It was narrated that Ibn ‘Umar (may Allah  be pleased with him) said: “I heard the Messenger of Allah  (peace and blessings of Allah  be upon him) say: ‘Whoever keeps a dog, except a dog that is trained for hunting or a dog for herding livestock, his reward will decrease each day by two qeeraats.’” (Bukhaari, 5059; Muslim, 2941; according to another version narrated by them both, “one qeeraat”).
The word qeeraat refers to a large amount of reward; if a person’s reward decreases by one qeeraat, that means that he is sinning, for losing reward is like earning sin, both indicate that something is haraam because of the consequences it leads to.
The impurity of dogs is the greatest of animal impurities. The impurity of a dog can only be removed by washing seven times, one of which should be with earth. Even pigs, which the Qur’aan states are haraam and describes as an abomination (rijs) are not naajis (impure) to such an extent.
Dogs are impure and filthy, but unfortunately we find that some people are attracted to the ways of the kuffaar and their filthy habits, so they have started to keep dogs unnecessarily for no reason, keeping them, training them and cleaning them even though they can never be clean, even if they were washed with the waters of the ocean, because they are essentially impure.
Our advice to them is to repent to Allah  and to get the dogs out of their homes.
But in the case of dogs which are needed for hunting, farming and herding livestock, there is nothing wrong with that because the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah  be upon him) gave permission for that. If you throw this dog out of your house, you will no longer be responsible for it, so do not keep it with you.
2 – The ruling on touching a dog
If you touch it when it is not wet, then your hand does not become impure, but if you touch it when it is wet, this means that the hand becomes impure, according to the opinion of many scholars, and the hand must be washed seven times, one of which should be with earth.
With regard to vessels, if a dog has licked a vessel (i.e., drunk from it), then the vessel must be washed seven times, one of which should be with earth, as was proven in al-Saheehayn and elsewhere, in the hadeeth narrated from Abu Hurayrah (may Allah  be pleased with him) who said that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah  be upon him) said: “If a dog licks the vessel of any one of you, let him wash it seven times, one of which should be with earth.” It is better if the washing with earth be the first washing.
And Allah knows best.


Monday, July 14, 2014

FREE PALESTINE

If every single Jew born anywhere in the world has the right to become an Israeli citizen, then all the Palestinians who were chucked out of Palestine by the Zionist Government should have the same right, very simple.
- Tariq Ali

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Photography Tips May 27, 2014



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