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Courageous ex-Muslim in Muslim country starts an extraordinary new website – Jihad Watch.

Excerpt:

After 9/11, I seriously started to doubt my beliefs, but I never had the guts or the courage to face them until I came across my friend, my savior and my mentor Ali Sina just a few months ago. He has changed my outlook of life and he really opened up my eyes to the false and evil cult of Islam, which I had been blindly following for the last 35 years, albeit halfheartedly. It is not that I wasn’t aware of the evil of Islam, because I had been fairly well acquainted with the works of accomplished and judicious writers like Robert Spencer, Pamela Geller, Daniel Pipes and Raymond Ibrahim, but they were not Muslims, so somewhere deep down inside, I always ended up giving Mohammed the messenger of Allah the benefit of the doubt. It was only when I suddenly stumbled upon Ali Sina’s website and subsequently his book “Understanding Mohammed” that actually made me wake up to this harsh reality. The truth hurts, as they say, so when I realized for the first time that Islam was actually a hoax, it broke me down completely. It took me a while to come to terms with it; I went through several stages like denial and anger, but finally I have come to the acceptance stage. “

Egos aside, for the fun of self-analysis and reflection, and as a practical reference for anyone that  would need to work with me, here are my DISC profile results from the online test I took last May 2010.

Apart from the specific note on “Things to avoid to effectively communicate with (me)..” that advised people to “Avoid trying to build friendships and personal relationships,” which I sort of disagree and  interpret to be ‘business first, personal things later’, I mostly agree with the points mentioned. (o:

A summary of strengths specific to my score:
(this is the point where I start to shy away now a bit)

  • A high sincerity-factor in working with individuals, or with small groups, and you also bring a bit of a candid ‘edge’ to comments or input.
  • Able to assimilate complex information and develop conclusions based on the data, not the emotions of special-interests.
  • High degree of follow-through, and completeness of thought and action.
  • Brings a high degree of objectivity to the organization’s systems and projects.
  • Able to provide factual, authoritative, and objective verbal expression on topics to which you have given mind-share and intellectual consideration.
  • Brings a high knowledge-base and process-base from which to expand the ideas of the team
  • Patient in working with others.
  • Provides a very deliberate and systematic approach to the analysis and critical thinking necessary for finding answers and creating solutions.

..As well as Areas for Continual Improvement:
[I *may* tend to..]

  •  Not openly project a lot of enthusiasm.
  • Sometimes become blunt and critical, and forget about appropriate tact.
  • Be rather opinionated and inflexible when asked to make a sudden change in process or procedure, without prior warning or consideration.
  • Become rather stubborn once your mind is made up.
  • Take criticism personally, even though it was directed at a work process.
  • Have a lower sense of urgency to get things done.
  • Become somewhat critical, even sarcastic, when others don’t measure up to your standards.
  • Become indecisive in the face of sudden change.
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