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Monday, February 23, 2009

Your Weakness


QUOTE of the WEEK:

"Do not let what you cannot do

interfere with what you can do."

John Wooden


STORY for YOUR WEEK:


Your Weakness


By Author Unknown

This is a story of one 10-year-old boy who decided to study judo despite the fact that he had lost his left arm in a devastating car accident.

The boy began lessons with an old Japanese judo master. The boy was doing well, so he couldn't understand why, after three months of training, the master had taught him only one move.

"Sensei," the boy finally said, "Shouldn't I be learning more moves?"

"This is the only move you know, but this is the only move you'll ever need to know," the Sensei replied. Not quite understanding, but believing in his teacher, the boy kept training.

Several months later, the Sensei took the boy to his first tournament. Surprising himself, the boy easily won his first two matches. The third match proved to be more difficult, but after some time, his opponent became impatient and charged; the boy deftly used his one move to win the match. Still amazed by his success, the boy was now in the finals.

This time, his opponent was bigger, stronger, and more experienced. For a while, the boy appeared to be overmatched. Concerned that the boy might get hurt, the referee called a time-out. He was about to stop the match when the Sensei intervened. "No," the Sensei insisted, "Let him continue."

Soon after the match resumed, his opponent made a critical mistake: he dropped his guard. Instantly, the boy used his move to pin him. The boy had won the match and the tournament. He was the champion.

On the way home, the boy and Sensei reviewed every move in each and every match. Then the boy summoned the courage to ask what was really on his mind. "Sensei, how did I win the tournament with only one move?"

"You won for two reasons," the Sensei answered. "First, you've almost mastered one of the most difficult throws in all of judo. And second, the only known defence for that move is for your opponent to grab your left arm."

The boy's greatest weakness had become his greatest strength.

The moral of the story – We sometimes allow our weaknesses to be our downfall rather than using them to our advantage. We tell ourselves we cannot do something because we do not feel it is our strength. But, if we didn't dwell on our weaknesses, we may find that we could succeed. The story reminds me of the quote by Thomas Edison, "Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up." We tend to give up rather than persevere. We all need to be reminded that sometimes what we perceive as our weakness could actually turn out to be our strength.

QUOTES for YOUR WEEK:

"It still holds true that man is most uniquely human when he turns obstacles into opportunities."

Eric Hoffer

"It's the constant and determined effort that breaks down all resistance, sweeps away all obstacles."

Claude M. Bristol

"You are the only real obstacle in your path to a fulfilling life."

Les Brown

"It is not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves."

Sir Edmund Hillary

"As long as a man stands in his own way, everything seems to be in his way."

Ralph Waldo Emerson


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Sunday, February 22, 2009

Reduce The Gap Between Word & Deed

If are able to speak something and not able to do ourselves, what is the use of saying it. Though we can lie about something, our action cannot lie. Everyone will understand that you have lied. It i not practical to bring everything what we say into real action. But we should avoid being a hypocrite. If there is a gap between what you do and what you say, you are out of integrity. The greater the difference between your daily commitments and your deepest values, the less your life will work. Talk less and do more

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Our Passions


When we were kids we had many passions. Where did all these go when we had grown up? The kids had them passion to be superheroes, poets, pilot and lot more. But due to the pressure in life. Moreover the negative minded and fearful people laughed at their dreams which disheartened most of the people. But we should understand that person with no dreams and passion will not reach anywhere in life. They don’t have any goal and their goal will be limited. We are often in a mindset that we should not dream bug, reach too high and love too much. The author Robin Sharma (www.robinshrma.com)has mentioned this in one of his great book, ‘The Greatness Guide’. Now people have stopped dreaming much out o fear that if they dream and what will happen if they don’t get it. It should be understood that there is no limit for our goals and its cause passion. We should not limit or dream to this world. The current situation is the bet example- recession. The phenomenon recession started to affect the lives of many. And a recent survey has sighted that it had taken toll in the personal relationship of many American citizens.

Love What We Do


To be a happy human being, love the things which we do. We should love what we do, and never always try to do the things you love. And sometimes we forget to do things in the life which we love to do. It may a ride in a bicycle, which may be a childhood habit. Because of the work pressure we will not find time to do it. So we should have a balance in life so that at least we should find some time to do the things we love and love the things which we do.

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Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Be A Leader


Leadership is not a popularity contest, or a state where everyone likes us. Being a leader just means, to be courageous and have the capability to react against injustice. The leader responds by just doing the right thing. Everyone is a leader according the situation. It doesn’t matter even if we are a student. Nowadays people consider leadership as a thing of fame. All the best leaders really care about is being fair, doing things and getting the right results. A good leader may be criticized for his doings, but we should be aware of the fact that a leader will always be criticized. But who cares? We will never find a critic at our deathbed. They run their own race making the right decisions, very little bothered about the public opinion. We should live such a life, so that when we die the world should be a better place than when we came here.

Monday, February 16, 2009

Taleban's stranglehold brings fear to Swat


Swat Continental hotel in the town of Mingora in north-west Pakistan opened in the mid-1990s when tourism in the region was at its peak. A decade later, it is the only hotel in town which still receives guests, mainly television crews that come to cover the conflict. For two years, the region once known for its river valleys and wooded mountains has been in the grip of a bloody insurgency by Islamic militants. Pakistan has deployed a large number of army and paramilitary troops to try to contain them. Hundreds of people have been killed in the fighting. The past few weeks have been the worst.

Climate of fear

Amid reports that the government plans to renew talks with the militants, there has been a sudden escalation in the conflict. First, it was the appearance of beheaded bodies in various public places in Mingora, terrorising the local population. According to reports, more than 30 bodies were found in the town during a two-week period in December and January. Although the edict came at a time when government schools had closed for the winter holidays, some privately-owned schools still holding classes closed down after that. At the same time, suspected militants blew up several schools in Mingora, including some boys' ones, saying the buildings were being used as camps by the army. Various circles in Mingora believe the army has responded to this by killing militants it has been holding in its custody. Troops have also moved into several school buildings in Mingora - as well as the city's oldest college, the Post-Graduate Jehanzeb College for men - apparently to prevent the militants from blowing them up. For the people of Mingora, all this has the makings of a timebomb that is ticking away and may blow up on or around 1 March when schools are scheduled to reopen.

'US missile strikes' hit Pakistan


At least 18 people are reported dead in a suspected US drone attack near the Afghan border in north-west Pakistan. Two missiles fired by the drone struck the home of a local tribesman in the Kurram tribal region, officials say.The building was being used as a Taleban recruitment office. The US has launched many similar attacks in recent months, mostly targeting Taleban and al-Qaeda militants in Pakistan's tribal regions. Local administration officials told that the home was being used by the organisation of Taleban leader Baitullah Mehsud.

The Pakistani government has not yet commented on the incident.The attack took place in the Sarpul area of Kurram, about 15km (nine miles) from the border with Afghanistan's Khost province. Serious differences. "Smoke can be seen over the area where the missiles struck," a security official told Reuters news agency. The official said the "Afghan Taleban were holding an important meeting there when the missiles were fired". The strike is the first to target the Taleban in the Kurram tribal region. The area has been the scene of an ongoing sectarian war between Sunni Taleban militants and local Shia militias.The strike is also the second to target Baitullah Mehsud's organisation in as many days.On Saturday, two missiles destroyed a house near the Afghan border reportedly being used as a meeting place by his men. At least 28 militants, including foreign fighters, were killed in that attack. Kurram, which is less than 100km from the Afghan capital, Kabul, served as the most important launching pad for the Afghan mujahideen during the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan in the 1980s.

Last month, suspected US missile strikes killed at least 25 militants close to the Afghan border. More than 20 attacks have been carried out from drones on targets in north-western Pakistan in recent months.The US and Pakistan have had serious disagreements over the Afghan border zone, with Washington unhappy at Pakistani efforts to tackle militants and Islamabad condemning the US drone attacks. Pakistani leaders had expressed hope that the new US administration would halt the controversial air strikes, saying they fuelled public anger and complicated Pakistan's own counter-insurgency efforts.

But the drone attacks have continued since Barack Obama was inaugurated as US president last month.

Inspirational Words of Wisdom

QUOTE of the WEEK:
"Life tells you nothing,
it shows you everything."
Richard Bach
 
THOUGHT for YOUR WEEK:
Through The Journey of Life
by Author Unknown
 
Do not undermine your worth by comparing yourself with others.
It is because we are different that each of us is special.
 

Do not set your goals by what other people deem important.

Only you know what is best for you.

Do not take for granted the things closest to your heart.
 

Cling to them as you would your life, for without them, life is meaningless.

Do not let your life slip through your fingers by living in the past nor for the future.

By living your life one day at a time, you live all of the days of your life.

Do not give up when you still have something to give.

Nothing is really over until the moment you stop trying.

It is a fragile thread that binds us to each other.
 

Do not be afraid to encounter risks.

It is by taking chances that we learn how to be brave.

Do not shut love out of your life by saying it is impossible to find.

The quickest way to receive love is to give love.

The fastest way to lose love is too hold it too tightly.

In addition, the best way to keep love is to give it wings.
 

Do not dismiss your dreams.

To be without dreams is to be without hope.

To be without hope is to be without purpose.

Do not run through life so fast that you forget not only where you have been,

but also where you are going.
 

Life is not a race,

but a journey to be savored each step of the way.
 

 

QUOTES for YOUR WEEK:

"Often, the most extraordinary opportunities are hidden among the seemingly insignificant events of life. If we do not pay attention to these events, we can easily miss the opportunities."  Jim Rohn

 

"Life has no limitations, except the ones you make." Les Brown

 

"Life though, is full of compensations and I have been well blessed throughout my 'Life Journey' with good friends met and made along the way. Life is a kind of swings and roundabouts situation; if you can't kick a football you turn to other pursuits." John McLeod

 

"Life is an adventure, dare it." Mother Theresa

 

"Life is too short to wake up in the morning with regrets. So love the people who treat you right, forget about the ones who don't and believe that everything happens for a reason. If you get a chance, take it. If it changes your life, let it. Nobody said that it'd be easy, they just promised it would be worth it." Author Unknown

 

"When life gives you a hundred reasons to cry, show life that you have a thousand reasons to smile." Author Unknown

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Quote of This Week

"Enthusiasm releases the drive to carry you over obstacles and adds
significance to all you do."
Norman Vincent Peale

"You can do anything if you have enthusiasm. Enthusiasm is the yeast
that makes your hopes rise to the stars. With it, there is
accomplishment. Without it there are only alibis."
Henry Ford

"The real secret of success is enthusiasm. Yes, more than enthusiasm, I
would say excitement. I like to see men get excited. When they get
excited they make a success of their lives. "
Walter Chrysler

"Today is life -- the only life you are sure of. Make the most of
today. Get interested in something. Shake yourself awake. Develop a
hobby. Let the winds of enthusiasm sweep through you. Live today with
gusto."
Dale Carnegie

"Every man is enthusiastic at times. One man has enthusiasm for thirty
minutes - another for thirty days, but it is the man who has it for
thirty years who makes a success of his life."
Edward B. Butler

"Every memorable act in the history of the world is a triumph of
enthusiasm. Nothing great was ever achieved without it because it gives
any challenge or any occupation, no mater how frightening or difficult,
a new meaning. Without enthusiasm you are doomed to a life of
mediocrity but with it you can accomplish miracles."
Og Mandino

Motivate Yourself

Nothing is the world can take the place of persistence.
Talent will not;
Genius will not;
Education will not;
Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent."
Calvin Coolidge

POEM for YOUR WEEK
May You Have
By Author Unknown

May you have:
Enough happiness to keep you sweet,
Enough trials to keep you strong,
Enough sorrow to keep you human,
Enough hope to keep you happy;
Enough failure to keep you humble,
Enough success to keep you eager,
Enough friends to give you comfort,
Enough wealth to meet your needs;
Enough enthusiasm to look forward,
Enough faith to banish depression,
Enough determination to make each day better than yesterday.

"PERSIST. Because with an idea, determination, and the right tools, you
can do great things."
Author Unknown

"Your perception goes a long way in determining what your life is like.
Is the glass half empty or is the glass half full."
Russ Stiffler

"Any fact facing us is not as important as our attitude toward it, for
that determines our success or failure."
Norman Vincent Peale

"The surest way not to fail is to determine to succeed."
Richard B. Sheridan

"If you really want something, you can figure out how to make it
happen."
Cher

"People of mediocre ability sometimes achieve outstanding success
because they don't know when to quit. Most men succeed because they are
determined to."
George Allen

"The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in a
person's determination."
Tommy Lasorda

The Power To Succeed

The day you take complete responsibility for yourself,
the day you stop making any excuses,
that's the day you start to the top.
You can start any time.

No one can do this for you.
Only you will make it happen.
You're the only one that has to live your life.

Success on any major scale requires you to accept responsibility.
Choose the thoughts and actions that will lead you to success.

Life to a large extent is what you make of it.
Nothing happens by itself.
It will all come your way once you understand
that you have to make it come your way.

The power to fulfill your dreams is within you

If you don't run your own life someone else will.
When you take charge of your life,
you'll never have to ask permission of others.
When you ask permission,
you give someone veto power over your life.

If you want to see a change for the better,
you have to take things in your own hands.

You're in control of your life to the degree that you make decisions.
To affect the outcome of anything,
you must control the action at the point of decision making.
When you control the decisions, you control the actions.

If not you, then who?
If not now, then when?

Famous College Dropouts.

Famous Personalities

Billionaire College Dropouts



Bill Gates

Are college dropouts more successful than people with good education? It would seem so if you consider that many billionaires are people who dumped college. However, what this hides is the fact that although millions quit studies before completing them, very few of them go on to become rich.
What the list of the super-rich dropouts signifies is that in business, a top degree is not as important as having the right aptitude, attitude, determination and vision.
Here are some dropouts who went on to become billionaires:
William Henry Gates III
(1955-), along with Paul Allen, co-founded Microsoft Corporation, the world's largest software maker. Bill Gates, the wealthiest person in the world with an estimated net worth of $480 crores (Rs 211,200 crore!), is probably the best-known college dropout.
Gates attended an exclusive prep school in Seattle, went on to study at Harvard University, then dropped out to pursue software development. As students in the mid-70s, he and Paul Allen wrote the original Altair BASIC interpreter for the Altair 8800, the first commercially successful PC.
In 1975, Micro-Soft - later Microsoft Corporation - was born. Three decades on, Gates has been Number One on the Forbes 400 for over a dozen years. And here's something you probably didn't know: The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation currently provides 90 per cent of the world budget for the attempted eradication of polio.




Lawrence Joseph Ellison (1944-), co-founder and CEO of Oracle Corporation, founded his company in 1977 with a sum of $2,000. Once a school dropout, he is now, according to Forbes, one of the richest people in America with a net worth of around $184 crores. The figure also makes him the ninth richest in the world. As a young man, Ellison worked for the Ampex Corporation, where one of his projects was a database for the CIA. He called it Oracle, a name he was to reuse years later for the company that made him famous. Interestingly, the organisation' s initial release was Oracle 2. The number supposedly implied that all bugs had been eliminated from an earlier version. Ellison is quite a colourful man, and has long dabbled in all kinds of things. Want to learn more? Try his biography, The Difference Between God and Larry Ellison.

Dhirubhai Ambani

Steven Paul Jobs (1955-) and Apple Computer are names that have long gone together. Born in the United States to an unknown Egyptian-Arab father, Jobs was adopted soon after birth. After graduating high school, he enrolled in Reed College, dropping out after one semester. In 1976, 21-year-old Jobs and 26-year old Steve Wozniak founded Apple Computer Co. in the family garage. Jobs revolutionised the industry by popularising the concept of home computers. By 1984, the Macintosh was introduced. He had an influential role in the building of the World-Wide Web, and also happens to be Chairman and CEO of Pixar Animation Studios. Today, with the iPod, Apple is bigger than ever. Incidentally, Jobs worked for several years at an annual salary of $1. It got him a listing in the Guinness Book as `Lowest Paid Chief Executive Officer.' He was once gifted a $9 crores jet by the company though. And his net worth? Moer than $3 billion.

Here's something not many people know about Subhash Chandra Goel : The Zee chairman dropped out after standard 12.
Subhash Chandra started his own vegetable oils unit at 19. It was, in a manner of speaking, his first job. Years later, a casual visit to a friend at Doordarshan gave him the idea of starting his own broadcasting company. We all know how that story ran.
Chandra knew nothing about programming, distribution or film rights. What he did understand quite well was the Indian sensibility though. Funded by UK businessmen, Zee came into being as India's first satellite TV network.
Today, it reaches 320 lakhs homes, connecting with 20 crores people in South Asia alone.

Personality Ethics vs Character Ethics




Earlier everyone gave importance to character ethics. But after the recent trend and globalization the focus is shifted to personality ethics. What is the difference between these two? The main difference, is in personality ethics we give more importance to appearance and outward behavior. Not concerned about the inner mind. But in the case of character ethics we are trained to behave from our inner mind. But people who are in favor of character ethics says, we may show we are perfect and we can do everything, but our inner mind knows we are empty and not capable to do. So they say we should first learn to change our habit and way of approach. We should be hundred percent confident that we know what we are going to do. In personality ethics we are asked to be hundred percent confident, but we may not prepare to reach the goal. But sometimes the personality ethics may give wonders to some people.

In personality ethics we are taught to smile even if it is not there, i.e. we are forced to make a fake smile to please others, a plastic smile. But in character ethics we are taught to smile from our inner heart.

No one is sure which one to follow. One thing we have to be sure, follow anyone, will get confused if we mix them up. Can choose anyone of it.

We are free to choose either of them, but I prefer the right smile and right ethics, which I believe is right for me.

Friday, February 13, 2009

Remove the word 'Luck From Your Dictionary

The word luck is often used by most of us. Whenever someone succeeds, we use-'how luck he is', or when we meets a failure we use-'how unlucky I am'. We never thinks how hard the person who succeeded worked to be lucky. Or we never thinks we have not worked hard an met failed. We are determining our luck, As the old proverb-Whatever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. We will not get anything extra without working hard.

The most successful persons int he world from Mahatma Gandhi to Dhirubai Ambani, Newton to Edison worked hard to become something in their life. Let us take the example of Gandhiji. During his younger days he worked among the poor and individuals in remote villages, thereby by almost everyone identified him in his sixties and there by became a national leader. Imagine the hard work he had done to organize and make aware the people of India to unite.

The usages I am not lucky enough, and similar sort of expressions is often made by defensive, negative minded persons. The story of success can only be heard from a hard worked or outworked person among us.
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