Monday, February 23, 2009
QUOTE of the WEEK:
"Do not let what you cannot do
interfere with what you can do."
STORY for YOUR WEEK:
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."
"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."
"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
Sunday, February 22, 2009
Thursday, February 19, 2009
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.
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.
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
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
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.
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.
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.
"Life tells you nothing,
it shows you everything."
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
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."
"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. "
"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
"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."
Talent will not;
Genius will not;
Education will not;
Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent."
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."
"Your perception goes a long way in determining what your life is like.
Is the glass half empty or is the glass half full."
"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
"People of mediocre ability sometimes achieve outstanding success
because they don't know when to quit. Most men succeed because they are
"The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in a
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?
Billionaire College Dropouts
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.
Michael Saul Dell (1965- ) joined the University of Texas at Austin with the intention of becoming a physician. While studying there, he started a computer company in his dormitory, calling it PC's Limited. By the time he turned 19, it had notched up enough success to prompt Dell to dropout. In 1987, PC's Limited changed its name to Dell Computer Corporation. By 2003, Dell, Inc. was the world's most profitable PC manufacturer. Dell has won more than his fair share of accolades, including Man of the Year from PC Magazine and EM>CEO of the Year from Financial World . Forbes, in 2005, lists him as the 18th richest in the world with a net worth of around $1600 Crores. Not bad for just another dropout.
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.
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
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.