I was shopping on Amazon.com for books earlier and coincidentally came across 'The 4 Hour Work Week' by Mr. Tim Ferris which was a best seller on the New York Times' List. I actually own the book myself and was quite convinced and baffled by some of the author's ideas and his story. The book was a one of a kind, introducing some brilliant yet controversial ideas. Naturally, I was curious to the other side of the coin and proceeded to click on the '1 star reviews' by various customers who concluded after reading (often some!) of the book that it was complete garbage and a useless waste of ink

Naturally, the reviews varied in tone, length and complexity.

Some were just simply a sentence of disapproval, signed off with 'don't get the book, it's a waste of money' at the end of it. Others gave a quick story of how they came to hate this book. But some, actually attempted to give an argument and state the various flaws in Mr. Ferris' book.

There was even one review purposefully '1 starred' to support Mr. Ferris (His real rating is 5 stars) by giving the book haters a chance to read a good review.

Some of the persuasive techniques used almost made me reconsider the quality of  Mr. Ferris' first gem! Those that wrote just one sentence rants (that's not even a review in my opinion) were quickly ignored as they placed no value whatsoever in enhancing my understanding of the other side. However, once I quickly read through all the reviews, I began looking in depth at those who actually spent time trying to construct an argument against the book.

Every year, thousands of students graduate from High School and proceed in to University to study their chosen degree. At the same time, a minority of students have dropped out, and some even 2 years earlier before School Certificate,

Are they destined to fail life?

If you're not good at Maths and Science, are you screwed?

Of course not! Relax :)

The school education system currently only caters for about 20% of the children who can endure the repetitive notion of rocking up to class, listening to a teacher, writing notes down and then attempting to rote learn the material at home only to come back for more the next day! Some like this method of learning. Some don't.

Quite a nice set of questions used to enlighten oneself. One can answer these slowly and with honesty as an attempt to improve on oneself.

What is your greatest fear?
What is current state of mind?
What is your favourite occupation?
What historical figure do you most identify with?
What living person do you most admire?

Who is your favourite fictional hero?
What is your most treasured possession?
When and where were you happiest?
What is your most obvious characteristic?
What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?
What is the trait you most deplore in others?
What is your greatest extravagance?
What is your favourite journey?
What do you most dislike about your appearance?
On what occasion do you lie?
Which words or phrases do you most over-use?
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
What do you consider to be your greatest acheivement
Where would you like to live?
What is the quality you most admire in a man?
What is the quality you most admire in a woman?
What is it you most dislike?
What do you value most in your friend
I calmly strodded into the tournament hall at around 12:30, which was still half an hour before the crucial round starts (for me anyway). Amongst my weapons lay the preparation I did yesterday with my coach, albeit how brief and undetailed they were. Set to play top seed today, which was really a test of whether I could keep my nerves and whether I had really gotten back into form.

Clearly I hadn't. I lost. And I wasn't very happy. I was more unhappy when my opponent claimed that I had a better position throughout the whole game (I had actually thought exactly the opposite!)! So there you go. A summary of a chess abilities.

Naturally being disappointed with losses and elated with wins comes naturally with any humans. After all, who wants to be proven that they are worse than their opponent? Surely we have various degrees of pride and confidence, but let's face it, nobody likes to lose.