Breaking inner shackles

Updated: Wednesday January 8, 2014 MYT 12:26:55 PM

Breaking inner shackles

Breaking bonds: Learning while holding on to old dogmas and preconceived notions is the intellectual equivalent of being shackled.


Two students were having a conversation.

“How is the evil of the world explained by your master?” asked the first student. “He does not explain evil, he is busy transforming evil”, replied the second student. Then, the first student said, “When my master speaks he inspires people, but does not touch my heart. Why is it so?” The second answered, “Your master speaks to impress you. But my master speaks to express his heart and not to impress”. Be aware of what you do. Are you working to impress your boss or to express your gratitude to your company by enhancing its revenue? The firefighting squad in England became known for many heroic acts. Once, the firefighting squad was called to save a cat precariously perched on the roof of a building.

They succeeded in rescuing the cat and felt the thrill of success. The grateful building owner invited the members of the squad for dinner and offered them drinks too. They drank and ate. On their drive back to the fire station, they ran over the cat and killed it.

Alertness is the name of the game in life. Being balanced, alert, and responsible is part of being heroic.

Learn to operate from the heart. Learn to be balanced and responsible. Learn to be giving. In this learning, one truly grows. To meet the challenges of the modern world, a different kind of morality and conduct are needed. Actions that spring from the heart and wisdom of the whole process and dynamics of living have become the need of the day in society.

We try to deal with the problems of work and society through laws and organisational methods, economic adjustments and various reforms. But, even though these measure have their place, they do not truly solve the complex issues of life.

There must be an inner revolution of consciousness.

Our consciousness is riddled with conflict, anxiety and chaos. With this atmosphere of frustration and disappointment, you look at life in a confused, drunken and baffled state. At present, we are only wishing for results. We are not hitting the root of the problem. The uprooting of old thought, unproductive habits, and freeing the mind from egoistic greed are vital changes many people need to make.

To be alert, open and then enquire is the function of a wise mind.

Learning is not limited to acquiring the garbage of words and glorifying ideas. The need of the hour is the capacity to think and feel properly. Where is learning, if thought originates from conclusions and beliefs? Where is the enquiry if you are already wedded to your dogmas and conclusions?

Such thought is not free. It is bound, and with this bound energy your enquiry is shackled.

People compare and feel frustrated. Then they ask, “Why me?”

One has to learn to use comparisons wisely and not get whipped by comparisons. Compare with the better and don’t become bitter. Compare with the better and see the winning formulas. See the success story and learn to decode it. The successful person is indirectly telling you the secrets of being effective, of being productive. So use comparisons and don’t get consumed by it. Then, learn to innovate. The brain has the capacity to add and realign certain things in your working or living context. Just play with life.

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About bambooinnovator
Kee Koon Boon (“KB”) is the co-founder and director of HERO Investment Management which provides specialized fund management and investment advisory services to the ARCHEA Asia HERO Innovators Fund (, the only Asian SMID-cap tech-focused fund in the industry. KB is an internationally featured investor rooted in the principles of value investing for over a decade as a fund manager and analyst in the Asian capital markets who started his career at a boutique hedge fund in Singapore where he was with the firm since 2002 and was also part of the core investment committee in significantly outperforming the index in the 10-year-plus-old flagship Asian fund. He was also the portfolio manager for Asia-Pacific equities at Korea’s largest mutual fund company. Prior to setting up the H.E.R.O. Innovators Fund, KB was the Chief Investment Officer & CEO of a Singapore Registered Fund Management Company (RFMC) where he is responsible for listed Asian equity investments. KB had taught accounting at the Singapore Management University (SMU) as a faculty member and also pioneered the 15-week course on Accounting Fraud in Asia as an official module at SMU. KB remains grateful and honored to be invited by Singapore’s financial regulator Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) to present to their top management team about implementing a world’s first fact-based forward-looking fraud detection framework to bring about benefits for the capital markets in Singapore and for the public and investment community. KB also served the community in sharing his insights in writing articles about value investing and corporate governance in the media that include Business Times, Straits Times, Jakarta Post, Manual of Ideas, Investopedia, TedXWallStreet. He had also presented in top investment, banking and finance conferences in America, Italy, Sydney, Cape Town, HK, China. He has trained CEOs, entrepreneurs, CFOs, management executives in business strategy & business model innovation in Singapore, HK and China.

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