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Words of wisdom: Life likened to paintings

A friend asked me, “Why are there so many bad people around?”
My answer? “Bad people are the canvas for the good people to shine.”
Kudos to the lovely persons that light up our lives!

February 3, 2011   No Comments

Words of wisdom: the beginning horizon

The horizon is not the limit. The horizon IS the beginning. – Yip Pei Shan

The horizon is just the beginning. – Yip Pei Shan

This ‘horizontal’ wisdom was inspired by my conversation with Shun and the horizon born from the collaboration of the sky and the sea.  When everything seems to get you down, it never fails to inspire and drive me zealously onwards, forwards.  I hope this will do the same for you!

January 20, 2011   No Comments

What are your signature strengths? A tabulation of the VIA virtues and strengths – 2009 and 2010

2 years ago in 2008, I tabulated the VIA‘s character strengths.  Here are the updates for 2009 and 2010.

Some interesting things to note:

The VIA used to stand for “Values In Action”, however, it now simply represents  the literal meaning of VIA – “the way”.  It is the way to Happiness, via our strengths.

No changes in the strengths’ names, however, there is a growing amount of positive literature and research conducted on these over the 2 years.


Wisdom and Knowledge

  1. Creativity
  2. Curiosity
  3. Judgment & Open-Mindedness
  4. Love of Learning
  5. Perspective


  1. Bravery
  2. Perseverance
  3. Honesty
  4. Zest


  1. Capacity to Love and Be Loved
  2. Kindness
  3. Social Intelligence


  1. Teamwork
  2. Fairness
  3. Leadership


  1. Forgiveness and Mercy
  2. Modesty and Humility
  3. Prudence
  4. Self-Regulation


  1. Appreciation of Beauty and Excellence
  2. Gratitude
  3. Hope
  4. Humour
  5. Religiousness and Spirituality


1. Wisdom and Knowledge

  • Creativity
  • Curiosity
  • Judgment & Open-Mindedness
  • Love of Learning
  • Perspective

2. Courage

  • Bravery
  • Perseverance
  • Honesty
  • Zest

3. Humanity

  • Capacity to Love and Be Loved
  • Kindness
  • Social Intelligence

4. Justice

  • Teamwork
  • Fairness
  • Leadership

5. Temperance

  • Forgiveness & Mercy
  • Modesty & Humility
  • Prudence
  • Self-Regulation

6. Transcendence

  • Appreciation of Beauty and Excellence
  • Gratitude
  • Hope
  • Humor
  • Religiousness & Spirituality

November 18, 2010   No Comments

Words of wisdom: Happiness and being you

Courage and faith in Happiness

Happiness is being who you really are. That takes courage and faith in yourself. – Yip Pei Shan

In the course of my life experiences, I have met many people who are on different steps on the path of Happiness.

I have noticed one thing in common among those on the Happy quest, and that is they are all courageous, and believe in themselves. Courage is needed to pursue what you believe to make you Happy. Also, a firm faith in themselves is essential to sustain their stride on the path of Happiness.

Are you courageous and faithful enough to be who you really are, Happily?

November 4, 2010   No Comments

Shanshine 2010!

shanshine new year 2010 copyright yip pei shan

My beloved friends,

Happy Shanshine 2010!

It’s been close to 3 months since I last wrote here – vacations, parties, time with loved ones and time for reflection and focus!  I love this period of time.  It gives me the chance to evaluate and congratulate myself and my team on our sweet successes and escalate to greater heights.  Time is limited, hence the need to hone our energies and talent in the desired direction.

What can you expect for this year?  A HUGE conception in the pipelines, a book or two, and more of IM Speaking and FUNshops!

HUGE is HUGE.  I will need the help of many talented and enthusiastic persons!  Please contact me if you are one, or you know of anyone who is, and ask them to contact me, or let me contact them.

If you are interested in helping with my books, participating in IM Speaking and FUNshops, please contact me as well.

More of my distinct thoughts penned here to inspire a positive mindset too! (^.*)

Here’s to a Shanshine 2010!

Shanshine smiles,

February 17, 2010   No Comments