I lost my job today, but I am grateful and excited!

I lost my job today! Few immediate negative thoughts:

  • How could they do that to me? I’ve been working here for over 16 years!
  • What will I do now? There aren’t many opportunities in my specialized field and my set of skills!
  • How long can I survive without a job? The mortgage, bills, kids… and the bigger dreams!
  • Why did it happen at the worst possible time?

Fortunately, there were a lot more positive thoughts that followed:

  • Most dynamic companies go through restructuring, reorganizing and cost-cutting. Nothing personal! 
  • Thousands of people lose their jobs every day around the world – there are over 197 million unemployed people. This is part of working life and can happen to anyone, any time.
  • There are endless opportunities if I look with an open mind, and beyond my current industry!
  • It’s an exciting challenge, and I am totally ready for it. I must stay focused, continue to believe and dream.
  • The timing couldn’t be better! I’ll be 48 in a few weeks. It’s time to do something even more exciting!

And looking back, I felt even more grateful and excited that my job had allowed me to learn so many new things, develop different skills, almost master the art of training, travel the world, see amazing places, meet wonderful people… and above all, make a difference in the lives of so many people in so many places! My job is gone but all of that will stay with me forever! And all of that has prepared me for the next phase of my life.

“When we least expect it, life sets us a challenge to test our courage and willingness to change. At such moment, there is no point in pretending that nothing has happened or in saying that we are not yet ready. The challenge will not wait. Life does not look back…” -Paolo Coelho

Please feel free to share your words of support and encouragement through comments.

Update (17th March): Thank you for such kind, nice, wonderful, amazing, surprising messages! I am deeply touched by your love. And also under a lot of pressure to do something big 🙂 I have no issues with the company, and do not wish to hear anything negative.

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75 thoughts on “I lost my job today, but I am grateful and excited!

  1. My thoughts in no particular sequence…and I have shared it with you a few times…the seed idea for a change in my life was planted way back in 1997 when i first attended your session on Problems and Situation. That was the first day I accepted that losing both my parents together eight years ago was a situation and life had to go on. There were many so called problems that I made peace with because they were situations I could not change.And so many situations that I now identified were mere problems waiting to be solved. Life was never the same again. Life just got better. For my ability to handle life changed. Thanks to that one session. Since then, your live sessions and then more recently your blog has been my friend and guide through various phases in my life. I wish you all the best for the new chapter in your being which is about to unfold. And I have a deep believe that it shall be for the good of many like me through out the world. Dhinchak !!

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  2. Mush life is another name of changes and adventure. This is you from whom i have learnt 2 b positive and focus in any circumstances.
    All my prayers r with u and I am sure u deserve much better than this and u will achieve it.
    If during your struggle u ever feel down or stressed always remember ALLAH is bigger than problems we have.
    Welcome to another phase of life.
    You like adventures!!!
    Trust me it’s not less than one.
    happy to you

    P.S: you r my teacher weather u r in ETL or not …stay in touch always

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  3. My first reaction was “Seriously!” But then I realised that Life is not a job! Life is life and we live! ETL has and will always be special to those of us who have been there for so many years. Yes, we have learnt, we have grown and now it’s time to fly beyond.
    Mush, you have been my guru in ETL and you continue to inspire me even today when I am following my own dream of bringing about a change in people’s life through education.
    I know and believe that you will always be Mush no matter where you are and what you do. You will be exceptional because that is the way you are. You will always be happy no matter what!

    All the very best in every thing! Go rock the world!

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  4. I dont know about others but the passion n strenght I learnt from you is unexplanable for me . I am at the stage of life where loosing life is the ONLY problem and that is all i have learnt from you only . Theres so much I can say but trust you can survive in any kind of situation. This loosing job is not a big deal for you. And I am proud of you in all the ways . love u

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  5. People donot fail tehy just give up!
    my husband is jobless since the last 8 months and I am alone taking care of millions of day to day activities and nothing has changed me ! Drive for an excellence and a strong faith on Allah reminding me that fact that , this too shall pass!
    Good Luck !

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  6. You didnt lose a job but found a new lease of life and a new beginning with abundance of opportunities that you cant imagined.

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  7. Thank you so much for your great support to Indonesia Team, we gonna miss you for sure. Good luck and all the best for your next journey

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  8. This is the bad news I heard today. Still have a lot of things to learn from you, discuss with you. Many big thanks Mush for all kindness, courage and many positive things you shared and taught to us in Indonesia.. Welcome to another your luar biasa life, Mush. GOD bless you.

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  9. Mush, seriously it took me awhile to accept this news….Remembering all those great stuff you did for us…….
    “The great leaders are like the best conductors – they reach beyond the notes to reach the magic in the players.” Blaine Lee
     “This is not the end but a great new beginning….BEST WISHES”

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  10. You will find something even better. Infact, i think something better is out there looking for you 😉 dont worry. I know something great will happen

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  11. Mush uncle. I know you since the very beginning and you were the first person outside of immediate family that I trusted and agreed to stay at your place when I guess I was two or three years old. I have almost never seen you upset or not motivated about job stuff and specially what you wanna do in life. I personally know that we all are so proud of you because you have been blessed with a great attitude that when you talk people listen and that’s a really big deal for lot of people. Even at the start if you felt bad or what ever that is absolutely okay because you’re suppose to feel that way as you’re human and if you don’t act like one, that’s not good. And this article proves that you’re still the MAN and i am sure no one has any doubts about your future. ” khuda lay kar bhi aazmaata de kar bhi”

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  12. first thought is whats etl without MUSH! I never got to meet you, Mush 😦 maybe some place else we will. Good luck! For a person who is such a motivator full of enthusiasm and positivity I guess it is a new opportunity for better things 🙂 God Bless.

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  13. Good riddance!:) You do not need to be somewhere where you are not respected or appreciated as the incredible individual that you are! “Sometimes when things are falling apart they may actually be falling in place”; Anon. It’s all about perception… and I think our family has never been one for negative perception:) God’s telling you it’s time to respect yourself enough to let yourself be truly happy and go after your dreams… something you teach the thousands across the world to do! This is the only way it could ever happen!! and happen … it will!!:D LOVE YOU! ❤

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  14. When you lost your job, i lost my best leader, my best coach, my best trainer, and my best mentor for my job too. You are the great one. You; your talent; your focus; your dedication; your workaholism is a diamond in the company. But I know that something happened for a reason, that sometimes we can not understand now. And maybe i can not understand why too.
    But I know you will be Okay. You teach me how to be grateful in every moment. And how to smile on sadness
    ……±:This will be a new journey for you. Start your new job. Maybe you will be a boss in your own company. Maybe your talents will grow,

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  15. Go Mush, go get your dream. i know you will because you teach us (team from indonesia) to be brave to chase our dreams.
    God bless you Mush.

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  16. Mush…the only way I look at this decision and your response is that even while leaving you ended up motivating so many who were not strong enough when they lost their jobs….who could be a better motivator than this? I just want to say that I know that you are going to be successful wherever you go because we carry success with us in the form of our attitude and your attitude is your biggest strength.. But the organization has lost its best bet and the strongest pillar….and I agree with Sara…..you have to respect yourself enough to let you be truly happy and follow your dreams…a light will shine and the darker the night the brighter the light seems….wish you all the very best Mush…because you deserve nothing but the best!! God bless!

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  17. cant imagine etl without you.thnx for all the learning.thnx for being a great trainer mentor and a guide..you have taught us to achieve our dreams.am sure you will achieve your dreams whereever you are.will miss you…all the best for future endeavours..

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  18. Dear Mush,
    My life in ETL started from you when i met you in 2002, you are the moral of life in many ways and will always be. .ETL will never be the same without you.cannot believe this, not yet sunk into me, shocking news.
    There is a bigger world waiting for you, the journey of your life has bigger dreams for you,Sky is the limit for you mush, we know that you will create wonderful colours in life. We will see you in many many colours in life (not black).As you said look positive side , all your life turnings are positive. Everything happens for good mush. Whatever you do in life Mush we will be always be there with you.You will always be our BOSS and close to our heart. GOD BLESS YOU.

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  19. “When we least expect it, life sets us a challenge to test our courage and willingness to change. At such moment, there is no point in pretending that nothing has happened or in saying that we are not yet ready. The challenge will not wait. Life does not look back…” -Paolo Coelho

    So true Mush
    Accept the challenge and move on
    Wish you all the best in life
    Stay happy, stay peaceful
    Allah plans the best for us
    Take it as a BIG WOW in your life

    Take care
    With love and prayers for you and your family
    Parveen Rizvi

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  20. Etl without Mush!! Unimaginable. Good for you Mush, you deserve Better. Follow your Dreams. Thank you for all your Motivation & Inspiration. Stay Blessed.

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  21. dear sir ,i am surprised!!!but i really can’t think you are not with etl.you were born with ETL.finally you have not left from us.i was inspired your training and please go forward.start some thing related to your specialized area!!wish you all the best.Aruna Sugathadasa-Sri Lanka

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  22. Dear mush,
    Im sure you will get much better opportunity,because you can sell anything to anybody,just with your 100% great(fantastic) smile! thanks a lot! still Im not getting the book Dhinchak.
    Always good lucks to you!

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  23. Hi! Mush!
    I am the new member of ETL Chennai last year.You were my inspiration and will be,I dreamed of meeting you in Thailand 2012, didn’t happen.Now you leaving ETL is shocking!No April Fool! I guess!But will definitely meet you oneday.Wishing you more of Happy hours with your Loving Family 🙂

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  24. mush ek darwaza band hua to kya, 100darwazee aur khul gaye.everything happens for the best. you are the best. sincere wishes and prayers always for you

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  25. “When we least expect it, life sets us a challenge to test our courage and willingness to change. At such moment, there is no point in pretending that nothing has happened or in saying that we are not yet ready. The challenge will not wait. Life does not look back…” -Paolo Coelho

    So true Mush
    Accept the challenge and move on
    Wish you all the best in life
    Stay happy, stay peaceful
    Allah plans the best for us
    Take it as a BIG WOW in your life

    Take care
    With love and prayers for you and your family
    Parveen Rizvi

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  26. I know there must be a solid reason behind this decision but still somewhere in my heart i am not ready to accept this maybe because don’t want to loose such a wonderful leader !! You promised you will come to India 🙂 Anyway wish you All the very Best in life…just one request…Please be in touch!!!

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  27. Dearest Mush,
    You have added value to the lives of so many of us.. that is your ‘win’ in life! I know that you will bring the same positivity,enthusiasm and passion wherever you go. I have learnt so much from you and your perspectives on life and I am sure many others would have done the same

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  28. though my contribution to ETL is not big as you..but got to learnt a lot to from you about being positive always smiling… at the 1st promo as high tea with you & the workshops & CONFERENCES from ETL always it was an amazing experience to follow you as guru in this profession as wel life..& as you said success is at just around d corner.. I M SURE YOUR ALL THE KNOWLEDGE SKILLS & VALUES WILL TAKE YOU AT A NEW SUMMIT…V. SOON! as you say have gratitude when you wakeup & oh stil breathing! or having water in tap.. those small but simple mantra really helped to see life in diff. context! i do remember your dive while retuning from phi-phi was so courageous…& u enjoyed tht unknown ocean… &d same way from this new unexpected dive too you will bring success in LIFE! a. all you only say LIFE IS DHINCHAK! lots of BEST WISHES..

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  29. Hey Mush,

    I often wondered how could such a free spirited person be confined to a particular designation, a particular role, a job?! Believe you me this is the dilemma of so many who can do so much more outside of the confines of a cubicle… Perhaps, its time to remind you of some jobs / designations that you can never lose – you are a published author / blogger / writer, you are a motivational speaker / guide / mentor, you are a solution finder / networking professional / organiser, you are also (i am sure Sara will agree) a parenting expert / educationist / innovator.
    You are an inspiration to me (and as I can see to so many others). We often confuse our jobs with our ‘calling’…
    Wishing you good luck, wisdom and a larger canvas!
    Warmly,
    Charushilla

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  30. Mush , I belive you are unstoppable. Albit this situation is difficult to swallow, tomorrow you will realise ,,whats happend was for Better. Provided you understand nothing i
    s constant in this world. Wish you good luck.

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  31. Dear Mush,, May God Bless You Always anytime,,anywhere,,
    Well, around 5 times i’ve met you in Surabaya-Indonesia, i see much Knowledge – Skills – and Values in you, and i learn these. Yeah that’s the real TDP for our life. Many thankful and we’ll miss you much 🙂
    Best Regards,,

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  32. Salam, person like u lived at office with a family envoirnment, i beleive. Only this chain will lost. You are much energetic mush. In persian they say, hur che baad i baad. Means face everything boldly.

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  33. Dear Mush
    I dont feel sorry for u, I feel sorry for them who did so .But be sure that Allah wishes what happened and it hides better for u.Our life is full of stops and ur life is full of amazing things to go through.You dont need such words cause if they could stop ur job, they can never stop ur smile an hope.My regards for u n ur nice family.

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  34. Thank you for such kind, nice, wonderful, amazing, surprising messages! I am deeply touched by your love. And also under a lot of pressure to do something big 🙂 I have no issues with the company, and do not wish to hear anything negative.

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  35. It`s all right, life goes on!! but you will always be alive to us through your training, and the many things that we have learned through you and the book that you have given to us..All the best for your future, you have done so much for other, and I belive karma will be on your side…

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  36. Hi mush!
    Its so sad to think we cant see you again during trainings and affairs of our company.Your great contribution is priceless.you have given us the courage and the skills to be brought in reality.I will not forget you.more power as you go along your way!

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  37. A person like you will go some where, any where, even when you lost your job, in life.

    Who knows, it could be the start of something new.

    Nice meeting you and hope to see you in the near future.

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  38. I very confused to hear this bad news…we are lost direct sales expert. I have a lot of thing to learn from you. Thank you very very much for your best support and good luck and all the best for you.

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  39. Mush, It is a shocking news for me and it took me sometime to recover but no one can deny reality. It can happen with anybody anytime but I am sure you will get a better chance to fulfill your dreams.

    I cannot visualise Time Life/ETL without Mush, you are always a source of inspiration for me. Working with you was always a fun for me, I cannot forget the time we have spent together in UES (golden memories).

    I have never like/share anything you have posted on facebook but now I cannot stop myself in sharing my feelings with you.

    Hope to see you soon and thanks for your kind support to me & TFR.

    Best wishes!

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  40. Hi Mush,
    I read some where, every one will be in either of these three situations, got out of difficult situation, in the difficult situation or some day going to get into difficult situation. You are in the second kind. I have personally meet you @ Bangalore, I understood what passion is from you, the kind of energy you put into your sales trainings. Looking at your blogs and physical disciplines you have, you can manage yourself and a big team. You are one of my hero. I strongly feel now you have freedom to do something BIG. Most importantly you can help 1000’s of people to grow & become. I feel what happened to you is best thing that could have happened to you. Jump even higher and show your brightness like a SUN. ALL THE BEST Mush:).

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  41. Honestly I am very Shock.. I am still dont believe that.. Because ETL is your blood..
    But I believe maybe this is Your Best Way for More Success in Your Career and Life ..
    For Me.. You are is My teacher and my Master.. I am learn so much from you..
    Thank You Very Much Mush..
    Thanks for insightfull from your book (Dinchak Life)
    Hopely You can achieve more Success
    I Believe that..
    AGN

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  42. Shock to hear this.
    You have been my role model from the time I attended your workshop in july 1997 along with my wife Shalini. After the session it boosted my confidence with the co. product & career. I never looked back till now. Had wonderful time with you. Thank you somuch for being my friend, philosopher & guide.
    I know we have great product to sell, great co. & people to work with for our future.
    Wish you all the best in your future life & career.
    What happened, happening & will happen are good. Enjoy your life.

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  43. News was shocking but u r unbelievable,Mush i still believe there are so many opportunities n achievements r waiting for u n says”Mush come n get me ” n im 100% sure all these ll b yours.
    wish u best of luck n congrats in advance for ur upcoming success. 🙂
    Thanks for everything which i learned from u .

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  44. cant imagine etl without you.thnx for all the learning.thnx for being a great trainer mentor and a guide..you have taught us to achieve our dreams.am sure you will achieve your dreams whereever you are.will miss you…all the best for future endeavours.. warm Regards-Moses B,lore India

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  45. Dear Mush,

    When I read this today, my thoughts were: “Is this the title of a new book or an article you’re going to publish and we get a peek preview into it?….” and so on.

    Never mind what I thought. Congratulations on firing your boss Mush, you did not lose your job today but you fired your boss. Correct me if I am wrong.

    Here is wishing you the Bestest life has to offer, wishing you the best in what you have to offer Life.

    My good wishes support and prayers are always with you no matter what. To the beautiful Salma and the children (or rather youngsters)

    A big hug,

    Margaret Rose Rosario

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  46. dear Mush, it’s a sad news for me. i have known you for more than10 years. you teach me, encourage me, and you give me motivation in this job. i do believe the best is yet to come. God already plan a bigger and brighter future for you. i will miss you. Keep in touch always.

    Nancy wong

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  47. Dear mush
    many new things that I get from you , the spirit , always think positive , never give up, and always SYUKUR.
    so glad to have known you as a friend , motivator , leader . Hopefully happy in the new job and new challenges as well .
    We will miss you… and don’t forget SOTO AYAM &NASI GORENG from Indonesia, especially …SURABAYA. love you

    Siti Chalifah Mahmud

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  48. Hi, Mush,

    Every thing is temporally happen to our life but the class is always permanent, their are so many things we learn from you mush and we share our experience together.You make us motivated and inspired,how to be improve our skills and success in our field.
    What a small world we all lived in.One day we will meet up and share our experience.

    Wish you all the very best.

    Cheers
    Pradeep & family

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  49. Mush, it was hard to believe on your post that you have lost the job. And my mind was reading it like…IF…i lost my job today…!! I was pushing myself to accept that it was just a thought how to stay positive and ignore your negative concern in such situation.

    You have been a real source of inspiration from the day i started this job..I still remember my interview with you. I am so grateful, i learned many combinations of things in business and personal from you which is pricless, especially good photography 🙂

    Where ETL will stand w/o YOU is a big question mark! you have done so much for us as well..you will surely get reward in a better opportunity which is waiting for you.

    I wish you all the best in all the times to come and you are shining star, keep shining!

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  50. I think there r more far better opportunities is waiting for u .everything that goes make us one step forward Iam seeing that ur another dream is wating for u to accomplish .best of luck for ur new life

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  51. hi Coach Mush:)

    Sharing with you one of the best things I learned lately:

    “THE SAME WIND BLOWS ON US ALL!
    -the Wind of disaster, wind of opportunity, wind change, favorable and unfavorable wind, economic wind, social wind, political wind… The same wind blows on the everybody!!!

    The difference on ARRIVAL is not the blowin of the wind, it’s the SET of the SAIL!!!

    You’re blessed to be equiped with much skills to set a better sail, that’s your edge!

    And with that you’re bound to face a MORE FANTASTIC years of your life 🙂
    Thank you for inspiring us all!

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  52. Hi Mush, Just wanted to say that you are far too talented and skilfull to be kept down for long. I know for a fact that one day you will look back at that fateful day and realise that it was divine intervention as you are destined for far greater things than what you were currently doing. That day would actually go down as the best day in your life because it will actually open new doors for your evolvement.

    May I place on record myself and Renay’s thanks for your support for the past few years. I hope that what we have is more than a working relationship and that I would continue to be your friend on Facebook and your blogs.

    You are destined for great things.This is just the beginning of a whole new, celestial life. And remember, jobs come and go but your family, friends and the people who look up to you as a mentor will be with you forever.

    Go well.

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  53. You do not lose anything. You will get the treasures and wonders of life on next step.
    11 years we have worked together. And we will still be friends forever!

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  54. Imagine you have 5 ball consist of 4 cristal ball and 1 tennis ball. And someone want you to fall down one ball. Which ball do you want to choose? Of course we choose tennis ball because it can bounch back to you. 4 cristal ball are. Family, faitfull. Healthy and friend and tennis ball is your job. Mush! Youare my great motivator. Guru and friend. imagine you

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  55. Having worked under your supervision had been one of the most challenging yet wonderful days I’d ever had. Doubtlessly, as I agree with most of your friends below, a much brighter future is waiting ahead for you! Let more people be inspired by you!

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  56. Dear Mush,,
    Honestly so Shock to hear it.. I
    Maybe i’m yo ur Fresh graduated student in ETL..
    Many many things i’ve Learnt From You..
    Wow.. Always remember : motivation, anthusiasm, Syukur, powerful, expression,grateful, on time, care, Self confidence, cheer, healthy Life, etc
    GREAT Future with ur new job..
    Terima kasih.. Luar biasa 🙂

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  57. Sir Mush,
    I would like to start my message with the song “At the end of the Rainbow there’s a pot of Gold”. For me “MUSH” is ETL! No Replacement at all! Your “presence” change the atmosphere! What does that mean?You are a World Changer!.God Bless you even more!!

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  58. Mush! I am sad..:( but only you can be positive in this situation. I have yet to learn sooo much from you..:) Here in my community, people are soo spiritually inclined..each one is looking for truth/ answers/ meaning of life…but I never felt like going in these sessions, not because I am not that “old” but because I have already learnt to be postive in difficult situations from you..i have learnt how to percieve each situation in a positive way from you. It has made a lot of difference in my life and most of all it has changed my attitude. When people compliment me on how well i deal with all relationships…I tell them about you! I wish you the very best in life and if there is anything I can do, please let me know.

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  59. Mush Panjwani you are an amazing person I really like your positivity, It encourage me to follow my dreams, You tough me how to live life in this world where so much negativity is all around us, I will always be thankful to you for you

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