ONE FC Championship – Clean Sweep by Malaysian Fighters
I used to join Kick Boxing classes until I found out how awesome MMA can be. I always wanted to join MMA classes, but due to my work, I do can’t give a commitment. I end up spend my time in the gym instead.
When the first time I get invited from Josh Lim and see the fighter line up, it came to my mind that “I believe Malaysia will clean sweep”. I even told my friend that “Malaysia organize the event and end up, Malaysia clean the tittle”.
Please forgive my “just-wakeup-face”. I reach there just on time before End my day with an awesome show of @OneFcMma. Congratulations @peterhughdavis @annosman @giannisubba who make Malaysia proud. Thank you @joshlim for the media passes.
I feel want give MMA try. Any recommendations for MMA training place?
Well, it was a positive vibe. The game was so entertaining and it was a crowd-pleasing night. I’m so excited with the game and everyone seems to enjoy with the show. As Malaysian said, money well spent on the ticket.
Zakat is one of the major religious duties in Islam. Literally, zakah means to “purify”. It refers to the purification of a Muslim’s wealth and soul. Wealth purification denotes the mobilisation of assets for the purpose of financial growth and justified distribution. Purification of the soul implies freedom from hatred, jealousy, selfishness, uneasiness and greed. Other Quranic connotations include the purification of sin. Technically, zakah is a fixed proportion collected from the surplus wealth and earnings of a Muslim. It is then distributed to prescribed beneficiaries and for the welfare as well as the infrastructure of a Muslim society in general. This contribution is made payable by a Muslim once in every lunar year (Islamic Calendar/Hijri).
Zakah is paid on the net balance after a Muslim has spent on basic necessities, family expenses, due credits, donations and taxes. Every Muslim male or female who at the end of the Hijri year is in possession of the equivalent of 85 grammes of gold or more in cash or articles of trade, must pay his or her zakah at the minimum rate of 2.5 percent. Zakah has a deep humanitarian and social-political value. This religious act prevents the hoarding of wealth and advocates solidarity among Muslims because excessive wealth is distributed amongst the poor. The paying of zakah also helps purify one’s soul and encourages a Muslim to have gratitude towards God’s bounties.
As it has been mentioned, zakah is mentioned vis-à-vis with Salat (prayer) in 30 verses of the Holy Quran. It was first revealed in Surah Al Muzzamil: 20;
“…. and establish regular prayers and give regular charity; and loan to Allah a beautiful loan. And whatever good ye send forth for your souls, ye shall find it in Allah’s presence, Yea, better and greater in reward and seek ye the grace of Allah: for Allah is oft-forgiving, Most Merciful.”
In another verse, Allah declares that those who pay zakah, are included within the Muslim society (Jamaatul Islamiah) – At Taubah: 11
God Most High said: They were enjoined only to worship God, sincere in their faith in Him alone – and of upright religion – and to establish the Salat and the Zakat. Such is the upright religion, (98:5) and: Those who lay up treasures of gold and silver and spend them not in the way of God; give them the news of a painful punishment, on the Day when that (wealth) will be heated in hellfire, and their foreheads and their sides and their backs branded therewith: “This is the treasure which you laid up for yourselves! Taste, then, your hoarded treasure!” (9:34-35) and: Let not those who are miserly with what God has given them of His bounty think that this is good for them. Rather, it is bad for them. That which they withhold shall be hung around their necks on the Day of Arising. (3:180)
While doing some research, found this interesting article. Actually I really like Steve Jobs not because of Apple product but I admire his marketing strategies. I haven’t have opportunity to purchase his book yet. I will make sure I have one as my own collection =)
(MoneyWatch) There’s hypocrisy in the corporate world that’s begging to be called out.
Everybody thinks they’re a marketing expert. Your boss, the CEO, the IT guy – I bet half the people in your company think they know more about what customers want than the customers do. Everybody’s a focus group of one.
So where’s the hypocrisy in that?
Simply put, they should know better. Hell, they do know better. They’re smart. They know what one person’s opinion is worth. You propose an idea and they want it substantiated, analyzed, and researched, right?
And yet, those same people will turn right around and impose their opinion on you. Hypocrisy.
It’s sort of like the old line: those who think they know everything are annoying to those of us who do. But how in the world can you tell the difference between the two? I mean, really.
After all, those people – the ones who shouldn’t be imposing their “focus group of one” opinions on you but do it anyway – are often right.
I didn’t always see it that way, especially when my CEO was the guy doing the imposing. Then, one day, I realized that – as VP of marketing – I did exactly the same thing. I’d swoop into a meeting and trash everyone’s long thought-out plan in favor of my own focus group of one.
And you know, more often than not, I was right. So, again I ask: how can you tell the guy who knows his s**t from the guy who’s full of it? Quite a dilemma, isn’t it?
Okay, let’s see if we can break this down. There’s a ginormous difference between the opinion of your average everyday product user and the opinion of someone who really has a knack for that sort of thing. Unfortunately, people don’t walk around with big signs on their foreheads telling you which they are.
One thing’s for sure. It doesn’t always correlate to job title. I mean, your CEO could be a moron or he could be Steve Jobs, right?
Speaking of Steve Jobs, Apple somehow manages to divine what people want, even when they don’t know it themselves. They don’t use focus groups or research. They’re their own focus group, as Jobs explains here:
We did iTunes because we all love music. We made what we thought was the best jukebox in iTunes. Then we all wanted to carry our whole music libraries around with us. The team worked really hard. And the reason that they worked so hard is because we all wanted one. You know? I mean, the first few hundred customers were us.
It’s not about pop culture, and it’s not about fooling people, and it’s not about convincing people that they want something they don’t. We figure out what we want. And I think we’re pretty good at having the right discipline to think through whether a lot of other people are going to want it, too. That’s what we get paid to do.
So you can’t go out and ask people, you know, what the next big [thing.] There’s a great quote by Henry Ford, right? He said, “If I’d have asked my customers what they wanted, they would have told me ‘A faster horse.'”
Sounds pretty convincing, right? Well, on the flipside, check out this sort of confession from David Hornik of August Capital, a prominent Silicon Valley venture capital firm:
VCs like to think that they are marketing geniuses. We really do. We meddle more in the marketing of our portfolio companies than any other area. If you have a chance to sit in on a startup board meeting, you can see this in action. The CFO gives a finance update and a few cursory questions are asked. The VP of Engineering talks about development and board members sit around the table nodding appreciatively. Then the VP of Marketing gets up and suddenly everyone around the table has a point of view.
Frankly, the reason investors have so many opinions about marketing is that we can fake it far more convincingly than in other areas of the operations …
That doesn’t sound very encouraging, does it?
Basically, the answer to the dilemma comes down to this. Much of the secret sauce in having a successful company, business, product, service, career, whatever, is knowing who to trust and listen to, versus who to ignore and hope they don’t make a big stink about it.
In my case, it’s sort of instinctive, in the sense that I grew up in what many would describe as a war zone on the streets of New York. As a result, my survival skills are finely honed, which includes knowing who’s for real and who’s just BSing to get attention.
If you didn’t happen to grow up in a war zone, no worries; you can still learn from experience.
So, regardless of your company or what you do there, if you’re the kind of guy who has a knack for getting inside customers’ heads and knowing what they want before they know it themselves, by all means, speak up. Be a focus group of one.
And if you’re the CEO or CMO and you don’t have that peculiar knack, or you’re a VC who’s faking it, then you’d better have the instincts to know that you should listen to that guy. And do us all a favor. Keep your “focus group of one” opinion to yourself. – Source