How High Can You Jump?

14-11-2016
Flea trainers have observed a predictable and strange habit of fleas while training them. Fleas are trained by putting them in a cardboard box with a top on it. The fleas will jump up and hit the top of the cardboard box over and over and over again. As you watch them jump and hit the lid, something very interesting becomes obvious. The fleas continue to jump, but they are no longer jumping high enough to hit the top. Apparently, Excedrin headache 1738 forces them to limit the height of their jump.
When you take off the lid, the fleas continue to jump, but they will not jump out of the box. They won’t jump out because they can’t jump out. Why? The reason is simple. They have conditioned themselves to jump just so high. Once they have conditioned themselves to jump just so high, that’s all they can do!
Many times, people do the same thing. They restrict themselves and never reach their potential. Just like the fleas, they fail to jump higher, thinking they are doing all they can do.


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Everybody is a genius...

7-11-2016
If you compare a walnut with some of the beautiful and exciting things that grow on our planet, it does not seem to be a marvelous creation. It is common, rough, not particularly attractive, and certainly not of much value. Besides, it is small. Its growth is limited by the hard shell that surrounds it?the shell from which it never escapes during its lifetime. Of course, that is the wrong way to judge a walnut. Break one open and look inside. See how the walnut has grown to fill every corner available to it. It had no say in the size or shape of that shell. However, given those limitations, it achieved its full growth. How lucky we will be if, like the walnut, we blossom and bloom in every aspect of the life that is given us. Take heart! If one nut can do it, so can you!
 
  • Reach your full potential
  • Be strong like a nutshell
  • Walnuts: The New Cure-all
  • Soar above the Walnut Trees
  • Rebuild your outer shell
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Influence Your World

31-10-2016
There once was a harmless, nondescript street in the suburbs where no-one took much care of their gardens. The lawns were overgrown, the weeds were taking over and the hedges desperately needed to be cut back. It looked unsightly, but when the neighbours looked at each other and their gardens, they just shrugged their shoulders and laughed.
 
It was all too hard, no-one could be bothered making it better and because everyone’s garden was the same, no-one felt compelled to change anything.
 
Then the gardener moved in.  Bill was a tidy, hard-working little man who started working out the front as soon as he moved into the street.  He got the lawn-mower out and gave the grass a good cut. Then he put his gloves on and pulled out all of the weeds.  Finally, he brandished a large, shiny hedge-trimmer and started shaping his hedges.
 
Satisfied with his hours of hard work, the gardener went inside for a well-earned lemonade. Intrigued, the neighbours walked by and casually inspected the newly manicured garden. At first, nothing changed, but over time, something interesting happened.
 
One by one, the neighbours started to take more pride in their own gardens and the sounds of lawnmowers could once again be heard on a Saturday morning. After a few months, the street was transformed from a messy, unappealing collection of houses, to a beautifully cared for avenue that wouldn’t be out of place in a stylish magazine.
 
The difference?
 
One person cared and showed everyone else what could be achieved with a little bit of hard work. It’s easy for us to look at the world and think that because no-one else cares, you don’t have to either.
 
But you have a unique opportunity to take meaningful action that not only benefits you, but inspires others to follow.


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Dealing With Pain - How?

26-10-2016
Tom usually go to visit his mentor for his weekly catch up. It was obvious that the younger man was troubled by something, so his mentor asked him what was wrong.
 
Tom explained that he had experienced a tough week.  He’d had an argument with his dad, he felt hurt by something one of his friends had said and he had missed out on a promotion at work. “So what should I do now?” he asked.
 
His Mentor looked at Tom and said, “Did you know that meerkats eat scorpions?”
 
“What?”
 
Yes, “It’s amazing.  These cute little guys attack and eat poisonous scorpions.  It seems that they have been stung so often that they have become resistant to their poison and it doesn’t hurt them one bit.”
 
“What?” Tom responded incredulously.
 
“And then there are these beautiful little frogs in South America who are extremely toxic.  They aren’t born that way, but they get their toxins from the food that they eat and it builds up in their system until they become dangerous to eat.  Their bright colours warn potential predators to keep their distance.”
 
Tom shook his head, “I don’t understand, I come to you with a problem and you give me a biology lesson.”
 
He smiled and said:-
 
“When you experience the poison of pain, you have two choices.  You can be like the meerkat and use the experience to become more resilient.  Or you can become like the frog, allowing the poison to rise up in your system until you’re toxic and everyone wants to keep their distance.”
 
Everyone experiences pain, how you respond is up to you.
You can be a meerkat, or you can be a frog.
Which one are you?


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You too can make it happen! 

17-10-2016
There are days when it’s easy to lose sight of the big picture. Days when you wonder “What on earth am I doing here? Why are my life and circumstances so difficult? When will the struggle and hard work end?”
 
The Italian sculptor Agostino d'Antonio worked diligently on a large piece of marble. Unable to produce his desired masterpiece, he lamented, "I can do nothing with it." Other sculptors also worked this difficult piece of marble, but to no avail. Michelangelo discovered the stone and visualized the possibilities in it.
 
When he saw the unfinished statue, he studied it for a while, mapped out a plan and began to work.  Michelangelo had the big picture in mind. The big picture inspired him to endure, maintain his stamina, and keep strong so he would eventually see his vision come into reality.
 
Four years later the world laid eyes on one of the greatest pieces of work ever sculpted — Michelangelo’s “David.”  It stood a towering 14 feet 3 inches and was placed outside the Palazzo Vecchio.  The master Michelangelo knew how to keep the big picture in view.  His I-can-make-it-happen attitude resulted in one of the world's masterpieces -- his statue of David.
 
Enduring adversity and a long difficult struggle whether it be physical, emotional, spiritual or mental, is not easy. What makes it possible to endure a difficult struggle is a vision of the big picture. A vision of what is being produced through the struggle or as a result of the struggle.
 
When you see the big picture you see:
  • Your situation from the 30,000-foot level
  • The good you are accomplishing with your life
  • The reward you will receive in the next life
  • The example or testimony you are giving to your family and friends
  • The growth in character you are experiencing because of the struggle
  • Every ounce of effort counting because with effort you inspire others
 
So,
  • What statue you are carving with your life?
  • When discouraged and ready to quit, what keeps you going?
  • What is the big picture you see as a result of your life?
 
If seeing is believing, visualizing is achieving.  You too can make it happen! 
 
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Your fears are like peanut allergies...

10-10-2016
If you are allergic to peanuts, the logical response is to stay away from the offending beasts.
 
In such a situation, exposure is extremely dangerous and I know a few people who have an epi-pen on hand in case they have an allergic reaction.
 
However, recent research suggests that a small level of exposure to peanuts over a long period of time make the body more resistant to the effects.
Think about that for a moment.
 
Something is dangerous.
Logic says, “stay away!”
But with exposure, resistance builds, taking away the power of the peanut.
 
Your fears are like peanut allergies.
 
It seems logical and reasonable to stay away from the things that you are afraid of.
 
“I can’t start a business, what if it fails?”
“I can’t run a marathon; I might not be able to finish.”
 
What if, instead of running away from your fears, you exposed yourself to small doses of failure, rejection and pain?
What if you realized that it didn’t kill you?
What if you built your resistance to those things that are holding you back?
What if you went on to change the world?
 
Don’t be afraid to change. You may lose something good, but you may gain something even better.

 
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What You Feel, What You Think, What You Say, What You Do!

03-10-2016
In 1931, Gandhi was invited to speak to the British Parliament.
 
As Gandhi was one of the most vocal supporters of Indian independence, his visit was greeted with suspicion and caution by a parliament who strongly opposed Gandhi’s passion. The great leader stood with no notes and spoke for two hours.
He spoke eloquently and with passion, and when he finished, his audience stood and applauded as one. It was an extraordinary moment for a truly remarkable man.
Later, an English journalist asked one of Gandhi’s assistants how he was able to stand with no notes and speak so brilliantly for such a long time.
The assistant smiled and is quoted as saying, “You don’t understand Gandhi.  You see, What he thinks is what he feels. What he feels is what he says. What he says is what he does. What Gandhi feels, what he thinks, what he says, and what he does are all the same. He does not need notes.”
If you want to be an effective leader, what you feel, what you think, what you say and what you do need to be aligned.
The same is true if you want to be a great parent, an effective communicator or have aspirations to do anything truly remarkable with your life.
When Bill Gates prophesied that the day would come when every desk would have a PC on it, people didn’t believe it.  But his words were aligned with his belief, his feelings and he took massive action to make it happen.
 
What about you?
What are your goals?
What do you believe is possible?
If you can get this right, you’re well on your way, and you won’t need notes to remind you.


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Mountain Man...

26-09-2016
To have a dream and a plan to achieve it is not enough. You also need the effort to accomplish that dream.
 
What idea, dream or pursuit are you trying to bring to fruition? Raising a child? Nurturing a business to viability? Developing a talent? Writing a book? Building a healthy relationship? Regaining strength after an injury?
 
Regardless of what you’re building, growing, developing, or creating — you may find it taking far more time to complete than you ever imagined. Will you press on regardless? Dashrath did. The Mountain Man did not give up.  In 1959, Dashrath Manjhi’s wife, Falguni Devi, died from lack of medical care. To honor her life, Dashrath Manjhi decided to do something about the problem his village faced of being so far away from medical care. His solution was to carve a path in the Gehlour hills so he and his village could walk one kilometer to the village hospital, not 70 kilometers.
 
Using a hammer and chisel, Dashrath Manjhi began his journey through the mountain in 1960. He worked day and night to make life better for the people of his village. Then the day finally came when the 360-foot corridor was carved through the mountain and the pathway complete. Because of this achievement, Dashrath became known as the Mountain Man. It only took him 22 years to complete.!
 
How long is it taking you?
Was the Mountain Man questioned while he worked? Most likely. He probably heard words like, “Dashrath, it’s not worth it. It’s OK, we’ll just walk around. It’s impossible what you’re attempting to do.” Fortunately for his neighbors, he didn’t listen, but pressed on day and night until the job was done.
 
What worthwhile goal or dream are you working on that might take longer than you thought it would? Assuming you have the raw materials (talent, capacity, know how, resources) to achieve the goal, all that’s missing is the necessary sweat to complete the task.
 
I’m chiseling my way to a higher level!  What mountain do you need to chisel your way through?...Just Chisel it! All the very Best!


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Anger Management

19-09-2016
 
Once upon a time there was a little boy who was talented, creative, handsome, and extremely bright. A natural leader. The kind of person everyone would normally have wanted on their team or project. But he was also self-centered and had a very bad temper. When he got angry, he usually said, and often did, some very hurtful things. In fact, he seemed to have little regard for those around him. Even friends. So, naturally, he had few. “But,” he told himself, “that just shows how stupid most people are!”
 
As he grew, his parents became concerned about this personality flaw, and pondered long and hard about what they should do. Finally, the father had an idea. And he struck a bargain with his son. He gave him a bag of nails, and a BIG hammer. “Whenever you lose your temper,” he told the boy, “I want you to really let it out. Just take a nail and drive it into the oak boards of that old fence out back. Hit that nail as hard as you can!”
 
Of course, those weathered oak boards in that old fence were almost as tough as iron, and the hammer was mighty heavy, so it wasn’t nearly as easy as it first sounded. Nevertheless, by the end of the first day, the boy had driven 37 nails into the fence (That was one angry young man!). Gradually, over a period of weeks, the number dwindled down. Holding his temper proved to be easier than driving nails into the fence! Finally, the day came when the boy didn’t lose his temper at all. He felt mighty proud as he told his parents about that accomplishment.
 
“As a sign of your success,” his father responded, “you get to PULL OUT one nail. In fact, you can do that each day that you don’t lose your temper even once.”  Well, many weeks passed. Finally, one day the young boy was able to report proudly that all the nails were gone.
 
At that point, the father asked his son to walk out back with him and take one more good look at the fence. “You have done well, my son,” he said. “But I want you to notice the holes that are left. No matter what happens from now on, this fence will never be the same. Saying or doing hurtful things in anger produces the same kind of result. There will always be a scar. It won’t matter how many times you say you’re sorry, or how many years pass, the scar will still be there. And a verbal wound is as bad as a physical one. People are much more valuable than an old fence. They make us smile. They help us succeed. Some will even become friends who share our joys, and support us through bad times. And, if they trust us, they will also open their hearts to us. That means we need to treat everyone with love and respect. We need to prevent as many of those scars as we can.”
 
A most valuable lesson, don’t you think? And a reminder, most of us need, from time to time. Everyone gets angry occasionally. The real test is what we DO with it.
If we are wise, we will spend our time building bridges rather than barriers in our relationships.


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When should we use the words “I have to” and “I want to”...

12-09-2016
For many years in every morning at 10 o’clock sharp, a business woman had visited her mother in a nursing home. They were very close and she loved her very much. Sometimes she had business meetings in that time of day (10 o’clock) and her answer was always the same: “I cannot, I have to visit my mother.” Then her mother died. Shortly afterward, someone had asked the woman for a meeting at 10 o’clock. Suddenly realized that she could no longer visit her mother. And her next thought was: “Oh, if I could visit my mother once again.” From that moment I have to became I want to. Pleasant things in life are the ones we want to do. “Today I want to go to theater” or “I want to go on vacation next week.” Things that are burdening us are the ones that need to be done. “Tomorrow I have to wake up at 6:30 to go to work” or “I have to clean up the house.” Because perceptions hinder our thoughts and actions, try replacing I have to with I want to. Instead of saying “I have to go to work“, think of those that don’t have a job and you can say with enthusiasm “Tomorrow I want to go to work.” Instead of saying “I have to clean up“, think about how your home looks when it’s clean and then you can easily say “I want to clean up.” In time it will be easier to use I want to. It’s amazing what a change of attitude occurs simply because of using words that do not involve constraint or obligation. You will see that by using this exercise, things that need to be done will become more simple and easy.
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Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz....

29-08-2016
A mosquito in a room seems infinitesimal.
The room is so large and the insect so tiny.
Then the lights go off and everything is silent.
Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.
Something so small and insignificant suddenly becomes the most important thing in the room as the search starts to shut it up so that the inhabitants can sleep.
There’s a saying that if you ever think you’re too small to make a difference, try sleeping in a room with a mosquito.
You may think that you’re only one person.
You’re small.
You’re insignificant.
You’re inconsequential.
But there’s something about you.
Something unique.
Something remarkable.
Something that can make the world a better place.
Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz!


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The Marathon Runner – A Story About Progressing Towards Your Goals...

22-08-2016
A young runner was very excited.  After months of intense training, he was running in his very first marathon. After the starter’s gun went off, he started with great enthusiasm, taking great strides and building a strong rhythm.
 
However, after a few miles, he began to tire and he felt like stopping.  “Don’t stop!  If you can’t run, at least you can jog,” said a small voice in his head. So, he slowed to a jog and was able to continue along the road, if a little slower than before.
 
After a few more miles, the lactic acid had really started to build and his legs were feeling weak.  Again, he felt like stopping. “Don’t stop!  If you can’t run, at least you can walk,” said the same voice. So, he walked.
 
Whilst the progress was slower and other runners were passing him by, he was still gradually moving towards the finish line. After a while, his left leg began to cramp badly and he was in a lot of pain.  Now, he was seriously considering giving up.  “Don’t stop!  If you can’t walk, at least you can hobble.” And so he hobbled, dragging his left leg as he painfully ambled along the road. 
 
He was getting close to the end now, but was in incredible pain.  The temptation to stop was strong, he didn’t feel like he could go on any more.  “Don’t stop!  If you can’t hobble, at least you can crawl,” said the voice.  “That’s ridiculous,” the runner responded to himself. “I can’t crawl in front of all of these people, I’ll look like an idiot!”  “If you can’t run, and you can’t jog, and you can’t walk, and you can’t hobble, but you still want to finish the race, you’ll do whatever you can to get across the line. ”So, slightly embarrassed, the young man got down on his hands and knees and crawled until he managed to make it across the finish line.
 
Utterly exhausted, he lay down on the ground for a moment, until someone asked if he was OK.“OK?  I’ve just finished a marathon, I feel awesome!”  He responded and jumped to his feet with enthusiasm, forgetting momentarily the pain that he was in as he raised his arms in celebration.
 
As you read this story, think of how many times people give up on their dreams as they believe that they can’t keep going, when perhaps they just need to find another way to keep making progress.  We won’t always have the energy, enthusiasm or motivation to run headlong towards our goals, but you’ll be surprised at how much progress you’ll be able to make if, instead of stopping, you slow down a little.
 
I don’t know what your goals are, what the obstacles in front of you are or how you feel about life at the moment. But this I do know.
Every day…Every single day…You can make progress!
I know that I would rather crawl across the line than stop halfway and regret it for the rest of my life.


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Building Brick by Brick

15-08-2016
If you’re building a house, you need to lay the first brick. Of course, one brick doesn’t make a house, but you can’t build something without laying that first brick. Then comes brick number two, but it still doesn’t look like a house. Then number three, four and so on, until finally the house is complete.
To do anything significant in life requires us to start with a single brick. Too often, we want the finished product immediately, but life doesn’t work that way.
The successful career, the long-lasting relationship and the thriving business all require an initial action that doesn’t look like the end product. But step by step, brick by brick, moment by moment, you get closer to your goal.
So stop staring at the vacant land and get started. Lay the first brick and build your plan.


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“Throw your heart over the bar and your body will follow...

08-08-2016
A Famous trapeze artist was instructing his students how to perform on the high trapeze bar. Finally, having given full explanations and instruction in this skill, he told them to demonstrate their ability.
 
One student, looking up at the insecure perch upon which he must perform, was suddenly filled with fear. He froze completely. He had a terrifying vision of himself falling to the ground. He couldn’t move a muscle, so deep was his fright. “I can’t do it! I can’t do it!” he gasped.
 
The instructor put his arm around the boy’s shoulder and said, “Son, you can do it, and I will tell you how.”
 
Then he made a statement which is of inestimable importance.
 
It is one of the wisest remarks I have ever heard. He said, “Throw your heart over the bar and your body will follow.
 
Copy that one sentence.  Write it on a card and put it in your pocket.  Place it under the glass on your desktop.  Tack it up on your wall.  Better still, write it on your mind, you who really want to do something with life.  it’s packed with power, that sentence, “Throw your heart over the bar and your body will follow.
 
Heart is the symbol of creative activity.  Fire the heart with where you want to go and what you want to be.  Get it so deeply fixed in your unconscious that you will not take no for an answer, then your entire personality will follow where your heart leads.  “Throw your heart over the bar” means to throw your faith over your difficulty.  In other words, throw the spiritual essence of you over the bar and your material self will follow in the victory groove thus pioneered by your faith-inspired mind.  Expect the best, not the worst, and you will attain your heart’s desire.  It is what is in the heart of you, either good or bad, strong or weak, that finally comes to you.


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How High Can You Jump?

01-08-2016
Flea trainers have observed a predictable and strange habit of fleas while training them. Fleas are trained by putting them in a cardboard box with a top on it. The fleas will jump up and hit the top of the cardboard box over and over and over again. As you watch them jump and hit the lid, something very interesting becomes obvious. The fleas continue to jump, but they are no longer jumping high enough to hit the top. Apparently, Excedrin headache 1738 forces them to limit the height of their jump.
When you take off the lid, the fleas continue to jump, but they will not jump out of the box. They won’t jump out because they can’t jump out. Why? The reason is simple. They have conditioned themselves to jump just so high. Once they have conditioned themselves to jump just so high, that’s all they can do!
Many times, people do the same thing. They restrict themselves and never reach their potential. Just like the fleas, they fail to jump higher, thinking they are doing all they can do. 


 
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The Power of Thoughts

25-07-2016
One day, a yogi and his disciple arrived in the big city. They had no money with them, but they needed food and a place to stay. The disciple was sure that they were going to beg for their food, and sleep in the park at night.
"There is a big park not far from here. We can sleep there at night", said the disciple.
"In the open air?" Asked the yogi.
"Yes", responded the student.

The yogi smiled and said: "No, tonight we are going to sleep in a hotel and eat there too".

The student was amazed and exclaimed, "We cannot afford that!"
"Come and sit down", said the yogi.
They both sat down on the ground, and the yogi said:
"When you focus your mind intently on any subject, it comes to pass."
The yogi closed his eyes and started to meditate with full concentration. After about ten minutes he got up and started to walk, with his disciple following him. They walked through several streets and alleys, until they arrived at a hotel.
"Come, let's enter inside", the yogi said to his disciple.
They just set foot in the entrance, when a well-dressed man approached them.
"I am the manager of this hotel. You look like traveling swamis, and I believe you have no money. Would you like to work in the kitchen, and in return I'll give you food and a place to stay?"
"Fine", the yogi responded.
The disciple was perplexed and asked the yogi: "Did you use any magic? How did you do that?"
The yogi smiled and said, "I wanted to show you how the power of thoughts works. When you think with full and strong concentration about something that you want to happen, and your mind does not resist the subject of your thought, your thought materializes."
"The secret is concentrating, visualizing, seeing details, having faith and projecting mental and emotional energy into the mental scene. These are the general prerequisites. When your mind is empty from thoughts, and only one single thought is allowed to enter, it gains a very great power. One should be very careful with what he thinks. A concentrated thought is powerful, and exerts a very strong influence."
The disciple looked at his teacher and said: "I see that I have to sharpen my concentration in order to be able to use this power."
"Yes, this is the first step", the yogi replied.

 
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Free Range Hens – A Story about Existing or Living by Darren

18-07-2016
Tom went to visit his mentor, Dwyer, in his small cabin on the edge of town.
“What do people need to be happy?” Tom asked.
“What do you think?” Dwyer asked back.
Tom thought for a moment.
“I think that if people have their basic needs met, you know, food and a place to live, and if they are safe from harm and have a job to do, that should be enough to keep them happy.”
Dwyer frowned.  Clearly he disagreed. The old man jumped to his feet and marched to the door, beckoning his young friend to follow him. They trudged towards a farm that contained a large barn and as they got closer, Tom could hear an infernal racket coming from inside.
Dwyer opened the door and Tom looked inside with amazement.  He saw row after row of chickens, each of them in their own tiny cages.
Dwyer looked at Tom and asked pointedly, “Do they have food?”
“Yes.”
“Do they have shelter?”
“I guess so.”
“Are they safe from foxes and other predators?”
“Yes.”
“Do they have a job to do?”
“They lay eggs.”
“Do they look happy?”
Tom looked closer at the hens.  He didn’t really know what a happy chicken looked like.  Do they smile?  Can a chicken even be happy?
Before he could answer, Dwyer said, “Come with me.” They left this farm and walked down a long lane towards another property.
On the second farm was a large field, full of chickens. They weren’t cooped up, they were foraging around in the field pecking for food. “Do these chickens look happy?” asked Dwyer.
It seemed like an odd question, but Tom inspected them anyway and it occurred to him that there was a different atmosphere here.  These hens seemed to be in a more natural state and they seemed more chickeny as a result. “Perhaps,” Tom responded, not wanting to commit.
“Of course they are, don’t be so absurd,” retorted the old man. “Here’s the point.  Both sets of hens have food, shelter and a job to do.  The first ones are confined to a small area where all that they can do is exist, but these hens, these beautiful birds, even though they are more exposed to the foxes and hawks of the world, have an opportunity to really live.”
“We all have a serious choice to make,” Dwyer continued, “We can either live like battery hens, in a confined, seemingly safe existence, where we expect that everything will be brought to us, albeit in very small portions, or we can break free and live like free range chickens, foraging around in a less predictable, slightly more dangerous world and truly live.  You asked about happiness before.  You can’t be happy if you’re merely existing, you have to live, son.”
Tom got it and thanked his mentor.

 
 
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Be in Present...

11-07-2016
A delightful story is told about a young man who applied for a job as a telegraph operator. He answered an ad in the newspaper and went to the telegraph office to await an interview. Though he knew Morse Code and was qualified in every other way, seven other applicants were also waiting in the large, noisy office.
He saw customers coming and going and heard a telegraph clacking away in the background. He also noticed a sign on the receptionist’s counter instructing applicants to fill out a form and wait to be summoned to an inner office for an interview. He filled out the form and sat down to wait.
After a few minutes, the young man stood up, crossed the room to the door of the inner office, and walked right in. Naturally the other applicants perked up, wondering why he had been so bold. They talked among themselves and finally determined that, since nobody had been summoned to interview yet, the man would likely be reprimanded for not following instructions and possibly disqualified for the job.
Within a few minutes, however, the young man emerged from the inner office escorted by the interviewer, who announced to the other applicants, “Thank you all very much for coming, but the job has just been filled.”
They were all confused and one man spoke up: “Wait a minute- I don’t understand. We have been waiting longer than he and we never even got a chance to be interviewed.” The employer responded, “All the time you’ve been sitting here, the telegraph has been ticking out the following message: ‘If you understand this, then come right in. The job is yours.’”
The lessons here is to devote yourself completely to whatever task is before you – even if your passion lies elsewhere. Being present and fully alive in the moment will open the door to opportunities others will only see in hindsight. When you’re present, you’ll make the most of every minute, and minutes lived fully add up to a life lived magnificently.

 
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Gratitude - The Highest ROI Management Tool in Business

04-07-2016
"Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful."
The highest ROI management tool I know is one that is available to everyone, costs essentially nothing, and is a proven driver of workplace productivity. That tool is Gratitude.
As obvious as this may sound to some, it is oftentimes overlooked, particularly in companies and among teams for whom seemingly no results are good enough and no bar is ever set high enough. Yet, developing a high-performance culture and one that encourages the expression of gratitude shouldn't be at odds. To the contrary, recognition can be an invaluable source of motivation and subsequently inspire people to do their best work. Looking back on my career, I've seen and experienced this dynamic more times than I can count, and conversely, have witnessed the negative repercussions of managers who take their teams for granted.
Here are a few things to consider the next time you're inclined to show your appreciation for a job well done:
1. Be thoughtful
Not all thank yous are created equal. Be thoughtful about the how. Sometimes it's best to do it in person, in the moment. Other times, an email or call might make sense, especially if the person is remote. Some of the most memorable thank yous I've received were handwritten notes (a few of which I still keep on a table behind my desk in the office).
Reid Hoffman, the founder of LinkedIn, has elevated this kind of recognition to an art form. For example, mention offhandedly to him that you like dark chocolate, and don't be surprised if several months later, he returns back from his latest trip to Europe with a few specialty bars he purchased for you, inevitably delivered with a resounding thanks for the positive difference you're making to the company.
2. Be genuine
More often than not, the words you communicate are not nearly as important as the thought and energy behind them. The person on the receiving end can tell the difference between someone going through the motions and deeply heartfelt appreciation. When it comes to expressing gratitude, always be 100% genuine.
For example, the next time an email thread starts up congratulating a team on their most recent win, try to refrain from adding the fifth or sixth "Great job!" and give some thought to why you're appreciative for their specific accomplishment. Conveying the latter will make all the difference.
Recently, I was asked to join one of our teams in celebrating their recent launch of a major product initiative. In addition to the standard t-shirts, cupcakes, and group photo, the team member who organized the event also asked another exec and me to share the best compliment we had heard about the product, and some of the key learnings we took away from the launch. The team was so appreciative of the positive feedback that we ended up receiving thank-yous for our thank-yous.
3. Pick your spots
When thinking about when to give thanks, make sure to apply The Goldilocks Principle: Compliment someone too often and your words will ultimately ring hollow; don't say thank-you enough and your top talent will ultimately feel so under-appreciated you'll potentially face retention issues. However, express appreciation at just the right time and you'll make a huge difference in the way that person thinks about their role and what it means to be a part of your team.
4. Solicit suggestions
When your organization is smaller, and everyone is located in one place, it's fairly easy to be aware of who is doing what and is most deserving of praise. However, as a successful organization inevitably scales to larger numbers of employees and multiple offices around the world, it can become more challenging to stay on top of the day-to-day progress of the team. One way of overcoming this dynamic is by making sure you remain in the flow of information regarding their wins, e.g. dashboards, wikis, weekly updates, etc. At LinkedIn, we conduct a global all-hands every other week which provides a natural channel to identify and recognize some of the team's most important accomplishments.
Another effective technique is to just ask. From time to time, remind your directs to mention individuals or teams you may have less direct exposure to, but who they feel are deserving of a special call-out. The further away from headquarters they sit, and the more junior they are, the better. You'll be amazed at how appreciative the people on the receiving end of those calls and emails will be.
5. Learn how to take a compliment
The better you are at receiving a compliment, the more effective you'll be at giving one. Many people struggle when on the receiving end of a kind word, inevitably looking down at their shoes, shuffling uncomfortably, and mumbling something about how it was truly a team effort. While humility is a highly valued trait, disconnection is not, yet the latter is typically what happens when these scenarios play out.
The next time someone compliments you on a job well done, try grounding yourself from the feet up, look the person straight in the eye, and let them know how much it means to you. That sense of recognition and connection is what we're all trying to achieve. It's also what ultimately makes the difference between a perfunctory thank you and an expression of gratitude the recipient won't soon forget.
One last note: Every now and again, the same senior tech executive I mentioned earlier will remind me of the first time I shared my views with him on the importance of gratitude. Despite the fact that conversation took place nearly eight years ago, he thanks me every time. The most recent example occurred just a couple of weeks ago. It was ultimately the reason I wrote this post.
 
Jeff Weiner
CEO, Linkedin
 
 
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How Do You Communicate Your Message?

27-06-2016
Educator Daphne Koller recently gave a TED talk that contained the following contrasting quotes:
Firstly, from Mark Twain,
College is a place where a professor’s lecture notes go straight to the students’ lecture notes, without passing through the brains of either.
And then this from Plutarch,
The mind is not a vessel that needs filling, but wood that needs igniting.
These quotes describe the difference between giving information that no-one cares about and getting your audience excited about what you’re sharing.
Whether you’re a business leader, preacher, teacher, salesman, blogger, coach, parent or any other person who has to communicate messages, this is an important distinction.
You could just give information, show some charts, tell people how much you know about a subject, use big words and talk for 30 minutes.  Blah, blah, blah!
Some people even kid themselves that if they use a PowerPoint presentation, then it will automatically be interesting.
But if the message doesn’t resonate and people aren’t changed by the experience, then you’ve just wasted everyone’s time, including your own.
Alternatively, you can tell fascinating stories, be energetic with your body language, be contagious in your level of enthusiasm, ask intelligent questions, practice your delivery beforehand and give your audience a call to action that’s persuasive, compelling and inspirational.
Whatever your context is, if your audience walks away unchanged, it’s your responsibility.
And if they walk away ready for action, that’s also because of your skill as a communicator.
If your message is important enough, don’t waste it by boring people, use it to get them excited.
Don’t fill them with information, light them on fire with enthusiasm!
That’s how the world gets changed!

 
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A Story About Finding Motivation...

20-06-2016
Putting Logs in the Fire…
 
Tom went to see his mentor, Dwyer as he was feeling frustrated.
It was a cold winter’s night and the mentor had his fire going.
“What’s your problem, Tom?” the mentor asked.
“I just can’t seem to find the motivation required to finish a project that I’m working on at the moment.”
“Hmmph,” responded Dwyer.
“Is that all you can say?” asked Tom.
“I need time to think.  Can you put that log on the fire?”
“OK.”
They sat in silence for a few minutes, watching the fire burn.
“So, what should I do about my motivation levels?” asked Tom.
“Put another log on the fire.”
“OK, but can we talk about my motivation levels afterwards?”
“Just let me think for a while,” replied Dwyer.
They waited for a few more minutes as the fire crackled.
“Do you have an answer yet?” Tom asked impatiently.
“I need just a little more time.  Can you put that log on the fire?”
“Yes, but then I want an answer, you’re supposed to be my mentor,” said Tom.
The log went on and Dwyer turned to face his young protégé.
“Motivation is like a fire, it will die off if you don’t keep giving fuel to keep it burning.”
“How do I do that?” enquired Tom.
“There are five logs you can use, so whenever you feel the fire is fading, ask yourself these questions:
1. What got you started?
2. What is your goal?
3. What can you learn today?
4. What action can I take right now?
5. Which positive people can I hang out with who will influence me?”
Tom smiled and jumped to his feet.
“What, going already?” asked Dwyer.
“You bet,” Tom replied.  ”I have work to do, I can feel the fire rising already.”
I don’t know about you, but there are occasions when my motivation levels wane.
I love the old Zig Ziglar quote that says,
 
“People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing. That’s why we recommend it daily”.
By asking yourself Dwyer’s questions, you can find a way to sustain your motivation levels and keep the fire burning.
 
 
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Life...

13-06-2016
Sometimes people come into your life and you know right away that they were meant to be there...to serve some sort of purpose, teach you a lesson or help figure out who you are or who you want to become.
You never know who these people may be but, when you lock eyes with them, you know that every moment, they will affect your life in some profound way. And sometimes things happen to you at the time that may seem horrible, painful and unfair but, upon reflection, you realize that without overcoming those obstacles you would have never realized your potential, strength, will power or heart.
Everything happens for a reason. Nothing happens by chance or by means of good luck. Illness, Injury, love, lost moments of true greatness and sheer stupidity all occur to test the limits of your soul. Without these small tests, life would be like a smoothly paved, straight, flat road to nowhere. Safe and comfortable but dull and utterly pointless. The people you meet affect your life. The successes and downfalls that you experience can create who you are, and the bad experiences can be learned from. In fact, they are probably the most poignant and important ones.
If someone hurts you, betrays you or breaks your heart, forgive them because they have helped you learn about trust and the importance of being cautious to whom you open your heart to. If someone loves you, love them back, unconditionally, not only because they love you, but because they are teaching you to love and open your heart and eyes to little things. Make every day count. Appreciate every moment and take from it everything that you possibly can, for you may never be able to experience it again. Talk to people you have never talked to before, and actually listen, set your sights high. Hold your head up because you have every right to. Tell yourself you are a great individual and believe in yourself, for if you don't believe in yourself, no one else will believe in you…



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What's better than vision?

06-06-2016
You must have all been given a lecture at one time or another about the importance of having a vision. Even leadership expert John Maxwell says that an indispensable quality of a leader is to have a vision. It is also very clear that without vision, people perish." So no doubt about it, having a vision is important to success. But surprise ! There's something more potent than a vision. It's a CAUSE.
If all you're doing is trying to reach your vision or you're pitted against someone fighting for a cause, chances are you'll lose. The Vietnam War is a classic example. Literally with sticks and stones, the Viet Cong beat the heavily armed US Army to surrender, primarily because the US has a vision to win the war, but the Vietnamese were fighting for a cause. In the realm of business, many leaders have visions of making their company No. 1, or grabbing market share, or forever increasing profits.  
Nothing really wrong with that vision, but take the example of Sony founder Akio Morita. He did not just have a vision to build the biggest electronics company in the world. In his biography, " Made in Japan" he reveals that the real reason he set up Sony was to help rebuild his country, which had just been bettered by war. He had a cause he was fighting for. His vision to be an electronics giant was secondary.
What's the difference between a vision and a cause? Here's what sets them apart. No one is wiling to die for a vision. People will die for a cause. You possess a vision. A cause possesses you. A vision lies in your hands. A cause lies in your heart. A vision involves sacrifice. A cause involves the ultimate sacrifice. Just a word of caution. You must have the right vision, and you must be fighting for the right cause.
In the end, right will always win out. It may take time, and it may take long. But if you have the right vision and are fighting for the right cause, you will prevail. If not, no matter how sincere you are, if you are not fighting for what is right, you will ultimately fail. It is said : "To whom much is given, much is required." Having been given the opportunity to study, no doubt, much has been given to you in terms of an excellent education. Don't forget that in return, much is now required of you to use that education not just for yourself, but for others. And as you move up and start reaching the pinnacle of success, even more will be required of you to look at the welfare of others, of society and of the country.


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The secret of happiness

30-05-2016
A certain shopkeeper sent his son to learn about the secret of happiness from the wisest man in the world. The lad wandered through the desert for 40 days, and finally came upon a beautiful castle, high atop a mountain. It was there that the wise man lived.
Rather than finding a saintly man, though, our hero, on entering the main room of the castle, saw a hive of activity: tradesmen came and went, people were conversing in the corners, a small orchestra was playing soft music, and there was a table covered with platters of the most delicious food in that part of the world. The wise man conversed with everyone, and the boy had to wait for two hours before it was his turn to be given the man’s attention.
The wise man listened attentively to the boy’s explanation of why he had come, but told him that he didn’t have time just then to explain the secret of happiness. He suggested that the boy look around the palace and return in two hours.
Meanwhile, I want to ask you to do something”, said the wise man, handing the boy a teaspoon that held two drops of oil. “As you wander around, carry this spoon with you without allowing the oil to spill”.
The boy began climbing and descending the many stairways of the palace, keeping his eyes fixed on the spoon. After two hours, he returned to the room where the wise man was.
“Well”, asked the wise man, “Did you see the Persian tapestries that are hanging in my dining hall? Did you see the garden that it took the master gardener ten years to create? Did you notice the beautiful parchments in my library?”
The boy was embarrassed, and confessed that he had observed nothing. His only concern had been not to spill the oil that the wise man had entrusted to him.
“Then go back and observe the marvels of my world”, said the wise man. “You cannot trust a man if you don’t know his house”.
Relieved, the boy picked up the spoon and returned to his exploration of the palace, this time observing all of the works of art on the ceilings and the walls. He saw the gardens, the mountains all around him, the beauty of the flowers, and the taste with which everything had been selected. Upon returning to the wise man, he related in detail everything he had seen.
“But where are the drops of oil I entrusted to you?” asked the wise man. Looking down at the spoon he held, the boy saw that the oil was gone.
“Well, there is only one piece of advice I can give you”, said the wisest of wise men. “The secret of happiness is to see all the marvels of the world and never to forget the drops of oil on the spoon”.



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Muddy water is best cleared by leaving it alone.

23-05-2016
Have you ever face a problem that was so foggy, so dense, so cumbersome… that whatever you tried seemed to only contribute to the problem or maintain a state of disorder? In the world we live in today, which tends to focus on the “hero of the day”, we often think that we have to “do something”. You’ve probably heard this sentence “don’t just stand there, do something”. At times, one could not be more wrong. So wrong, that one should really say, “Don’t just do something, stand there”.
It is, for instance, particularly true in situations of very intense, high-stakes, high-emotions arguments, where often, whatever one may say will be misinterpreted by the other party. In these cases, not doing anything is a great way not only to let the muddy waters clear naturally, but it is also the best way not to get all the mud on your face! May you have a clear day, and if muddy, let it alone.



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Enjoy Your Coffee..

16-05-2016
A Group of friends, highly established in their careers, got together to visit their old University Professor. Conversation soon turned into complaints about stress in work and life. Offering his guests coffee, the professor went to the kitchen and returned with a large pot of coffee and assortment of cups – porcelain, plastic, glass, crystal, some plain looking, some expensive, some exquisite – telling them to help themselves to the coffee.
When all the students had a cup of coffee in hand, the professor said: “If you noticed, all the nice looking expensive cups were taken up, leaving behind the plain and cheap ones. While it is normal for you to want only the best for yourselves, that is the source of problems and stress. Be assured that the cup itself adds no quality to the coffee. In most cases it is just more expensive and in some cases even hides what we drink. What all of you really wanted was coffee, not the cup, but you consciously went for the best cups…..And then began envying each other’s cups.
Now consider this: “Life is the COFFEE; the jobs, money and position in the society are the CUPS. They are just tools to hold and contain Life, and the type of cup we have does not define, nor change the quality of Life we live. Sometimes, by concentrating only on the cup, we fail to enjoy the coffee
NOTE: The happiest people don’t have the best of everything. They just make the best of everything. Live simply. Love generously. Care deeply. Speak kindly.



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Put Your Glass Down!

09-05-2016
The Professor began his class by holding up a glass with some water in it. He held it up for all to see & asked the students “How much do you think this glass weighs?”
’50gms!’….. ’100gms!’ …..’125 gms’ …the students answered.
“I really don’t know unless I weigh it,” said the professor, “but, my question is:
What would happen if I held it up like this for a few minutes?”…. .
‘Nothing’ …..the students said.
‘Ok what would happen if I held it up like this for an hour?’ the professor asked.
‘Your arm would begin to ache’ said one of the student
“You’re right, now what would happen if I held it for a day?”
“Your arm could go numb; you might have severe muscle stress & paralysis & have to go to hospital for sure!”
….. Ventured another student & all the students laughed
“Very good.
But during all this, did the weight of the glass change?” Asked the professor.
‘No’…. Was the answer.
“Then what caused the arm ache & the muscle stress?”
The students were puzzled.
“What should I do now to come out of pain?” asked professor again.
“Put the glass down!” said one of the students
“Exactly!” said the professor.
Life’s problems are something like this.
Hold it for a few minutes in your head & they seem OK.
Think of them for a long time & they begin to ache.
Hold it even longer & they begin to paralyze you. You will not be able to do anything.
It’s important to think of the challenges or problems in your life, But EVEN MORE IMPORTANT is to ‘PUT THEM DOWN’ at the end of every day before you go to sleep…
That way, you are not stressed, you wake up every day fresh &strong & can handle any issue, any challenge that comes your way!
So, when you start your day today, Remember friend to ‘PUT THE GLASS DOWN TODAY!


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Boy’s Job Appraisal

25-04-2016
A little boy went into a drug store, reached for a soda carton and pulled it over to the telephone. He climbed onto the carton so that he could reach the buttons on the phone and proceeded to punch in seven digits (phone numbers).  The store-owner observed and listened to the conversation.
Boy: ‘Lady, Can you give me the job of cutting your lawn?
Woman: (at the other end of the phone line): ‘I already have someone to cut my lawn.’
Boy: ‘Lady, I will cut your lawn for half the price of the person who cuts your lawn now.’
Woman: I’m very satisfied with the person who is presently cutting my lawn.
Boy: (with more perseverance) : ‘Lady, I’ll even sweep your curb and your sidewalk, so on Sunday you will have the prettiest lawn in all of Palm beach , Florida.’
Woman: No, thank you.
With a smile on his face, the little boy replaced the receiver. The store-owner, who was listening to all this, walked over to the boy.
Store Owner: ‘Son… I like your attitude; I like that positive spirit and would like to offer you a job.’
Boy: ‘No thanks.’
Store Owner: But you were really pleading for one.
Boy: No Sir, I was just checking my performance at the Job I already have. I am the one who is working for that lady I was talking to!’
 
Moral: This is what we call ‘Self Appraisal’.  Every time if we don’t get ahead of others, we blame others for it.  We should look to our self and compare, find own weaknesses and work hard to throw away weaknesses.  Always Work Hard, Honest and with full Dedication.  It will always pay up.


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Karoly Takacs 

18-04-2016
Karoly Takacs, You’ve probably never heard of him. However, in Hungary, he’s a national hero – everybody there knows his name and his incredible story. After reading his story, you’ll never forget him…
In 1938, Karoly Takacs of the Hungarian Army, was the top pistol shooter in the world. He was expected to win the gold in the 1940 Olympic Games scheduled for Tokyo.
Those expectations vanished one terrible day just months before the Olympics. While training with his army squad, a hand grenade exploded in Takacs’ right hand, and Takacs’ shooting hand was blown off.
Takacs spent a month in the hospital depressed at both the loss of his hand, and the end to his Olympic dream. At that point most people would have quit. And they would have probably spent the rest of their life feeling sorry for themselves. Most people would have quit but not Takacs. Takacs was a winner. He did the unthinkable; he picked himself up, dusted himself off, and decided to learn how to shoot with his left hand! Instead of focusing on what he didn’t have – a world class right shooting hand, he decided to focus on what he did have- a healthy left hand that with time, could be developed to shoot like a champion.
For months Takacs practiced by himself. No one knew what he was doing. Maybe he didn’t want to subject himself to people who most certainly would have discouraged him from his rekindled dream.
In the spring of 1939 he showed up at the Hungarian National Pistol Shooting Championship. Other shooters approached Takacs to give him their condolences and to congratulate him on having the strength to come watch them shoot. They were surprised when he said, “I didn’t come to watch, I came to compete.” They were even more surprised when Takacs won!
The 1940 and 1944 Olympics were cancelled because of World War II. It looked like Takacs’ Olympic Dream would never have a chance to realize itself. But Takacs kept training and in 1948 he qualified for the London Olympics. At the age of 38, Takacs won the Gold Medal and set a new world record in pistol shooting. Four years later, Takacs won the Gold Medal again at the 1952 Helsinki Olympics. Takacs – a man with the mental toughness to bounce back from anything. Takacs definitely had a right to feel sorry for himself. He had a right to stay depressed and to ask himself “Why me?” for the rest of his life. He had the right to act like a mediocre man.
Takacs could have let his terrible accident cause him to become permanently discouraged, to take up heavy drinking, to quit on life alltogether, and maybe even to end his own life. He could have acted like a loser.
But Takacs made the DECISION to dig deep inside and to find a solution. To pick himself up and to learn to shoot all over again. Winners always search for a solution. Losers always search for an escape.
Next time you get knocked down, like a winner. DECIDE to act like Takacs. Get up quickly, take action, and astound the world!


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The Tale of Two Seeds

11-04-2016
Two seeds lay side by side in the fertile soil.
The first seed said, "I want to grow! I want to send my roots deep into the soil beneath me, and thrust my sprouts through the earth's crust above me ... I want to unfurl my tender buds like banners to announce the arrival of spring ... I want to feel the warmth of the sun on my face and the blessing of the morning dew on my petals!"
And so she grew.…….
The second seed said, "Hmmmm. If I send my roots into the ground below, I don't know what I will encounter in the dark. If I push my way through the hard soil above me I may damage my delicate sprouts ... what if I let my buds open and a snail tries to eat them? And if I were to open my blossoms, a small child may pull me from the ground. No, it is much better for me to wait until it is safe."
And so she waited.…….
A yard hen scratching around in the early spring ground for food found the waiting seed and promptly ate it.
 
Moral of  the story
 
Those of us who have  goals and dreams will grow and prosper.
Those of us who refuse to take risks will get swallowed up by life.


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The Candle & The Fire

04-04-2016
Tom was tired when he went to see his mentor. They sat quietly in his old cabin, whittling wood with their knives in front of the fireplace when Tom finally spoke up. “I don’t know how you do it,” he said. “Do what?” asked his mentor.
“I don’t know how you stay motivated to help people after so many years.  I feel like giving up and I’ve hardly started.” His mentor smiled wryly and replied, “Can you blow out that candle for me?” Tom did as he was asked. “Now, can you blow out this fire?  Dwyer asked. “Don’t be silly,” Tom replied, “Of course I can’t.”
He put down his knife and his piece of wood and looked his protégé in the eye. “When your motivation is as small as the candle’s flame, it’s easy to extinguish, but when it rages like the fire you see before you, nothing can blow it out.” My challenge to you is to find a reason for doing what you do that can’t be extinguished when you feel tired, when you come up against obstacles and when you don’t feel as though you are making any progress.  If you don’t have a compelling reason to press on, it’s too easy to give up.
So let me ask you, is your motivation level like a candle or a fire? And what are you going to do to keep it from dying down?  Tom realized his ignorance and promised his mentor, never to get dejected whatsoever!
So Friends, Have a Fire like motivation so that it can’t be extinguished by any force! All the best!


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Right Decision

28-3-2016
At the 1924 Olympic Games in Paris, the sport of canoe racing was added to the list of international competitions. The favorite team in the four-man canoe race was the United States team. One member of that team was a young man by the name of Bill Havens.
As the time for the Olympics neared, it became clear that Bill's wife would give birth to their first child about the time that the U.S. team would be competing in the Paris games. In 1924 there were no jet airliners from Paris to the United States, only slow ocean going ships. And so Bill found himself in a dilemma. Should he go to Paris and risk not being at his wife's side when their baby was born? Or should he withdraw from the team and remain with his family?
Bill's wife insisted that he go to Paris. After all, competing in the Olympics was the culmination of a lifelong dream. But Bill felt conflicted and, after much soul searching, decided to withdraw from the competition and remain home, where he could support his wife when the child arrived. He considered being at her side his highest priority, even higher than going to Paris to fulfill his dream.
As it turned out, the United States four-man canoe team won the gold medal in Paris. And Bill's wife was late in giving birth to their child. She was so late, in fact, that Bill could have competed in the event and returned home in time to be with her when she gave birth.
People said, "What a shame." But Bill said he had no regrets. For the rest of his life, he believed he had made the better decision.
Bill Havens knew what was most important to him. Not everybody figures that out. And he acted on what he believed was best. Not everybody has the strength of character to say no to something he or she truly wants in order to say yes to something that truly matters. But for Bill, it was the only way to peace; the only way to no regrets.
There is an interesting sequel to the story of Bill Havens...
The child eventually born to Bill and his wife was a boy, whom they named Frank. Twenty eight years later, in 1952, Bill received a cablegram from Frank. It was sent from Helsinki, Finland, where the 1952 Olympics were being held. The cablegram read: "Dad, I won. I'm bringing home the gold medal you lost while waiting for me to be born."
Frank Havens had just won the gold medal for the United States in the canoe racing event, a medal his father had dreamed of winning but never did.
Take right decision on right time and don’t look back.  Don’t think about the criticism or opposition!


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When all think alike, then no one is thinking.

21-03-2016
Right after the fall of communism, a Belgian company sent two representatives to look into the feasibility of selling their products in Russia.
Two different reports were received. “Nobody wears Western shoes here,” wrote the first representative, “if we install a factory here, we will suffer heavy losses.”
“Nobody wears Western shoes here,” wrote the second representative, “If we install a factory here, we will start the fashion trend and sell the entire production.”
It’s in our hands how we see life.

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Peace

15-03-2016
There once was a king who offered a prize to the artist who would paint the best picture of peace. Many artists tried. The king looked at all the pictures. But there were only two he really liked, and he had to choose between them.
 
One picture was of a calm lake. The lake was a perfect mirror for peacefully towering mountains all around it. Overhead was a blue sky with fluffy white clouds. All who saw this picture thought that it was a perfect picture of peace. 
The other picture had mountains, too. But these were rugged and bare. Above was an angry sky, from which rain fell and in which lightning played. Down the side of the mountain tumbled a foaming waterfall. This did not look peaceful at all. But when the king looked closely, he saw behind the waterfall a tiny bush growing in a crack in the rock. In the bush a mother bird had built her nest. There, in the midst of the rush of angry water, sat the mother bird on the nest - in perfect peace.  Which picture do you think won the prize? The king chose the second picture. Do you know why? 
"Because," explained the king, "peace does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble, or hard work. Peace means to be in the midst of all those things and still be calm in your heart. That is the real meaning of peace."
 
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Positive Vision

07-03-2016
One teacher had two disciples. One of them had an auspicious positive vision and he always sought out good points from anything he observed while the other one had an inauspicious vision and always found out some negative or faults from his observations.
One day, the teacher went out to a park with both the disciples and while wandering in the garden, they came across a mango tree from which some ripe and juicy mangoes were hanging. On seeing this, the teacher thought to test both of his students. Therefore, he called them beside him and asked them to observe the tree full of mangoes very carefully. Then, he asked the first one, "my dear child, what do you think of this mango tree?"
The disciple answered instantly, "teacher, in spite of people hitting this tree with stones, it gives us sweet and juicy mangoes. It feels hurt but still it gives us fruits. I wish all human beings learn this important message from the mango tree - to share their belongings even if they have to suffer for this."
After that, the teacher asked the same question to the other disciple, "my dear child, what do you think of this mango tree?" the student aggressively answered, "teacher, this mango tree is no good and will not give mangoes by itself but only when we hit it with stones and sticks. Therefore, we should hit it hard to get sweet mangoes from it. That is the only way to get these mangoes. It is also clear from this tree that in order to get good fruits from others, we need to be violent and only when we become violent, then and only then will we get happiness."
Teacher was delighted with the answer given by the first student because he had an admirable vision and appreciated the tree with positive vision while on the other hand the second student's answer dissatisfied him because he saw the tree with negative vision and insisted on learning the wrong way of getting fruits in life. He showered his blessings on the first disciple whole-heartedly.
So friends, even though the situation is same, it still depends on how we interpret it, which shows our mental status and the way we think of others. Let's take an example of lovely roses that have thorns on them. A person with an inauspicious vision would say, "oh god! Even these beautiful roses have thorns on them", while a person with an auspicious vision would say, "wow! What a wonderful creation of nature - a beautiful rose amongst thorns."
Always develop a vision that can find out something good even from a bad thing or person. And by doing so, slowly your mind and intellect will become pure day by day.
Develop a positive vision and always find out something good from everything and everyone.
Positivity is the biggest strength in life. Success follows who are positive in all situations. Many great celebrities had one or more weaknesses but they were always positive for self, others and situations and hence became successful by overcoming all sorts of obstacles. A little poison of negativity about others in our mind can destroy our relationships with them. Everybody has definitely something that can be appreciated, we only need to apply positive vision and appreciate others.


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Be humble, love and respect those around you.

29-02-2016
Juan worked at a meat distribution factory. One day, when he finished with his work schedule, he went into the meat cold room to inspect something, but in a moment of bad luck, the door closed and he was locked inside with no help in sight.
Although he screamed and knocked with all his might, his cries went unheard as no one could hear him. Most of the workers had already gone, and outside the cold room it's impossible to hear what was going on inside. Five hours later, whilst Juan was on the verge of death, the security guard of the factory, eventually opened the door and saved Juan's life.
Juan then asked the security guard how he got to open the door, as it wasn't part of his work routine, and he explained thus: “I’ve been working in this factory for 35 years, hundreds of workers come in and out every day, but you're one of the few who greets me in the morning and says goodbye to me every night when leaving after working hours. Many treat me as if I am invisible.
Today, like every other day, you greeted me in your simple manner ' Hello ' at the entrance when resuming for work. But curiously, after working hours today, I observed I've not heard your ' bye! See you tomorrow '. Hence I decided to check around the factory. I look forward to your ' Hi ' and ' bye ' every day. To you, I am someone. By not hearing your farewell, I knew something had happened. 
Then I Sought and found you! 
Be humble, love and respect those around you. Try to have an impact on people in ways we can’t even imagine, especially the people that cross our path every day. Someone seemingly so insignificant and irrelevant today could be the only help you can get tomorrow.

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You control how much negativity gets inside your head

22-02-2016
Negativity will be everywhere you look; if you are looking for it that is. Similarly, if you choose to look for the positive, and become proactive about what you see, you will feel better about your environment almost immediately. It’s a strange phenomenon, but we actually have the ability to choose how we see and interpret our world. This is not the same as convincing yourself that the colour of a leaf is blue rather than green. Moreover, it’s about seeking out what else is in your field of vision or changing your perspective on an initially perceived negative element or vision.
Positive affirmations work great! And with practice, they become automatically part of your subconscious thoughts. Mastering your subconscious thoughts to become positive may not be as simple as flicking on a light. Real change may take weeks, months, or even years… especially if you’ve had a long history of negative thoughts and behaviors. However, there are many people who do have ‘that moment‘, when a light does suddenly glows and they seemingly change their thoughts in an instant. Eckhart Tolle writes about his sudden moment when his world became a little brighter in his 1997 best seller, The Power of Now.
If you have not had this moment, do not despair! If it’s a change you want to see happen, then an exciting journey awaits. As body builders take years to sculpt their physique, the mind too will takes a lot of work to get in shape. It will take a lot of focus, dedication, and ongoing discipline before you become a master, but there will be plenty of rewards along the way. It is a different journey for each of us, but an exciting one nonetheless.

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The Unhappy Farmer – A Story About Contentment

15-02-2016
Career expert, Dan Miller recently shared this story about a farmer who grew discontent with his farm.
A farmer complained about the lake on his property that always needed to have the fish thinned out.  The rolling hills made it more difficult for him to run the fence rows.  Sometimes he couldn’t even see his cows because they had so much territory to cover.  At night it was so dark it was hard to walk from the barn back to his house. He decided to sell the place and move somewhere really nice.  He called a real estate agent and made plans to sell his property.
A few days later he picked up the local paper, looking for a new place to live.  His eye caught an ad for a lovely country home in an ideal location – quiet and peaceful. It had soft rolling hills; a pristine lake stocked with bass, a classic barn surrounded by natural flowers and soft grass, and came complete with a wonderful herd of Black Angus cows.  It was just close enough to a small town to be convenient but far enough out to be uncluttered by city lights, traffic and noise.
He read the ad a second and then a third time before realising the real estate agent had given her description of the place he currently owned.  He called her and told her to cancel the ad.  He said, “I’ve changed my mind.  I’ve been looking for a place like that all my life.” It’s easy to complain about your current situation, but how would your life look to an outsider?
Is your job really that bad? Are your kids that annoying? Is your financial situation as dire as you really think it is?
Sometimes, just like the farmer, we need a new perspective on our circumstances to understand that our lives aren’t as bad as we sometimes believe.

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The Miller, his son & their ass

08-02-2016
Not everybody can make a good leader as leadership requires a different skill set and a high degree of responsibility and accountability.  
Let us read this story!
 
The Miller, His Son, and Their Ass
 
 A Miller and his son were driving their Ass to a neighboring fair to sell him. They had not gone far when they met with a troop of women collected round a well, talking and laughing. "Look there," cried one of them, "did you ever see such fellows, to be trudging along the road on foot when they might ride?” The old man hearing this, quickly made his son mount the Ass, and continued to walk along merrily by his side. Presently they came up to a group of old men in earnest debate. “There," said one of them, "it proves what I was a-saying. What respect is shown to old age in these days? Do you see that idle lad riding while his old father has to walk? Get down, you young scapegrace, and let the old man rest his weary limbs. "Upon this the old man made his son dismount, and got up himself.
 
In this manner they had not proceeded far when they met a company of women and children. "Why, you lazy old fellow," cried several tongues at once, "how can you ride upon the
beast, while that poor little lad there can hardly keep pace by the side of you?” The good-natured Miller immediately took up his son behind him.
 
They had now almost reached the town. "Pray, honest friend," said a citizen, "is that Ass your own?” "Yes," replied the old man. "O, one would not have thought so," said the other, "by the way you load him. Why, you two fellows are better able to carry the poor beast than he you." "Anything to please you," said the old man; "we can but try."
 
So, alighting with his son, they tied the legs of the Ass together and with the help of a pole endeavored to carry him on their shoulders over a bridge near the entrance to the town. This entertaining sight brought the people in crowds to laugh at it, till the Ass, not liking the noise nor the strange handling that he was subject to, broke the cords that bound him and, tumbling off the pole, fell into the river.
 
Upon this, the old man, vexed and ashamed, made the best of his way home again, convinced that by endeavoring to please everybody he had pleased nobody, and lost his Ass in the bargain.
 
Moral: Tried to please all and you end up pleasing none.

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Successful Sales Manager

01-02-2016
A friend of mine is a very successful sales manager. After he had carefully interviewed and then selected a new salesman, he would take to the salesman to a Cadillac dealership and insist that he trade in his old car for a new Cadillac. The salesman would usually balk at the idea. He would be frightened of the cost of the car and the huge monthly payment involved. But the sales manager would insist that he buy the Cadillac as a condition of employment. 
What do you think happened afterwards? First, the salesman would drive the car home and wife would most have a heart attack when she saw that he had bought a new Cadillac. But after she had settled down, he would take her for a ride around the neighborhood in the new car. The neighbors would see them driving in a new Cadillac as he waved on the way past. He would park his new Cadillac in front of his house or in his driveway. People would come over and admire it. Gradually, imperceptibly, at a subconscious level, his attitude toward himself and his earning potential would begin to change.
Within a few days, he would begin to see himself as the kind of person who drove a new Cadillac. He would see himself as a big money earner in his field, one of the top performers in his industry. And time after time, almost without fail, the sales people in this organization became sales superstars. Their sales performance jumped and they earned more than they had ever before. Soon the payment on the new Cadillac were of no concern because their incomes were so much greater. 
Emmet Fox, the spiritual teacher, once said that, “Your main job in life is to create the mental equivalent within yourself of what you want to realize and enjoy in your outer world.” Your focus must be on creating the beliefs within yourself that are consistent with the great success you want to be in your outer world. 
 
You achieve this by challenging your self-limiting beliefs, rejecting them and then acting as if they did not exist. You reinforce the development of new, life-enhancing beliefs by increasing your knowledge and skills in your field to the point where you feel equal to any demand or challenge. You accelerate the development of new, positive beliefs by setting bigger and more exciting goals in every area. Finally, you act continually as if you were already the person that you desire to be. Your aim is to reprogram your subconscious mind for success by creating the mental equivalent in everything you do or say.

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Choose Faith, Not Fear...

25-01-2016
Before a comedian takes the microphone, he needs to have faith in his material, not be fearful that no-one will laugh.
Before a tight-rope walker steps onto the rope, he needs to trust his training and technique, not be afraid of falling.
Before a leader launches an innovative initiative, she needs to believe that it will work, not have her mind dominated by lingering doubts.
Before a pilot takes off, he needs to know that the plane will get off the ground safely, not suspect that there will be issues.
Before a football player takes a crucial penalty, he needs to have conviction that the ball will end up in the back of the net, not worry about the implications of a miss.
And before you launch into your goals this year, you have to act in faith, believing in your skills and the purpose to which you have been called, not be fearful of the consequences of failure.
It’s time to choose faith, not fear!

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The Trevi Fountain

18-01-2016
The Trevi Fountain is one of the most remarkable landmarks of the great city of Rome. Every day, thousands of tourists throw coins over their left shoulder into this icon.
After winning the commission to build the fountain, Nicola Salvi started working on his masterpiece in 1732.  He laboured away for 19 years before dying in 1751, leaving the project unfinished.  A team of designers took over and the Trevi Fountain that we see today was finally completed in 1762.
Do you want to create a masterpiece?
Do you want to develop your skills to an elite level?
Do you want your life’s work to matter?
Remember that greatness takes time.
How much time?
I have no idea, but it could be 10, 20 or even 30 years.
So stay focused, keep working, never stop learning, be relentless and persistent, enjoy the journey, maintain the faith and when you start to lose faith, remember that the Trevi Fountain was worth the wait and so will your masterpiece!


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Be the Oxpecker, Be the Trailblazer! 

11-01-2016
Oxpeckers are amazing birds. They are a small bird, only about 20 cm long, who get all of their food from landing on large mammals and consuming ticks and other small parasites.Birds are normally flighty and timid, but these guys are incredibly brave, landing on antelopes, wildebeest, cattle and even elephants to gather their food.
But how did it start? Who was the first oxpecker?  Which bird decided that seeds weren’t getting the job done and thought that maybe there were better options on the back of an impala? Because there had to be a first.
There had to be a trailblazer. There had to be one who took the risk and told everyone else that it was going to be OK. Perhaps there is something that you are scared to do. You suspect that it would be a great opportunity, but you don’t know if can be done. And there are others around you who are just as timid.
You can be the first oxpecker.
You can be the trailblazer.
You can change the world.
Be the Oxpecker, Be the Trailblazer! 

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Always believe in yourself

04-01-2016
A tired bird was resting on a branch for support. It enjoyed the view from the branch and the safety it offered from dangerous animals. Just as it had become used to that branch and the support and safety that it offered, a strong wind started blowing and the branch started swaying back and forth, with such great intensity, that it seemed that it was going to break.
But the bird was not in the least worried for it knew two important truths. One was that even without the branch it was able to fly and thus remain safe through the power of its own two wings. The second is that there are many other branches upon which it can temporarily rest.
This small example represents the ideal relationship between ourselves and our relationships, possessions and social and professional positions. We have the right to enjoy all these, but cannot as long as we are dependent on them and are afraid of losing them. They are all in a state of change and can disappear at any time.
Our real strength dose not lie in those external ephemeral things, but rather on our two internal wings of love and wisdom. These must become our security base, our source of enjoyment and happiness.

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A Glass of Milk

21-12-2015
One day, a poor boy who was selling goods from door to door to pay his way through school, found he had only one thin dime left, and he was hungry.He decided he would ask for a meal at the next house. However, he lost his nerve when a lovely young woman opened the door.  Instead of a meal he asked for a drink of water! She thought he looked hungry so brought him a large glass of milk. He drank it so slowly, and then asked, How much do I owe you?" You don't owe me anything," she replied. "Mother has taught us never to accept pay for a kindness." He said ... "Then I thank you from my heart."
 
As Howard Kelly left that house, he not only felt stronger physically, but his faith in God and man was strong also. He had been ready to give up and quit.Many years later that same young woman became critically ill. The local doctors were baffled. They finally sent her to the big city, where they called in specialists to study her rare disease.
 
Dr. Howard Kelly was called in for the consultation. When he heard the name of the town she came from, a strange light filled his eyes. Immediately he rose and went down the hall of the hospital to her room. Dressed in his doctor's gown he went in to see her. He recognized her at once. He went back to the consultation room determined to do his best to save her life. From that day he gave special attention to her case. After a long struggle, the battle was won.
 
Dr. Kelly requested the business office to pass the final bill to him for approval. He looked at it, and then wrote something on the edge and the bill was sent to her room. She feared to open it, for she was sure it would take the rest of her life to pay for it all. Finally she looked, and something caught her attention on the side of the bill. She read these words ...
"Paid in full with one glass of milk" (Signed) Dr. Howard Kelly. Tears of joy flooded her eyes as her happy heart prayed: "Thank You, God, that your love has spread broad through human hearts and hands."
 
There's a saying which goes something like this: Bread cast on the waters comes back to you. The good deed you do today may benefit you or someone you love at the least expected time. If you Never see the Deed again at least You will have made the World a Better Place - And, After All, Isn't That What Life is All About..?

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An Inspirational Story

14-12-2015
Once, in Heaven there was a discussion among the Gods to decide where the miraculous secret power, the power by which man can achieve anything in this world was to be kept hidden. One of the Gods suggested that it could be kept hidden in the depths of the Sea. Another said it could be buried on top of high mountains. The third one thought of a cave in the woods as the right place.
 
At last, the most intelligent among them said, 'Keep it in the depths of man's mind. He will never suspect that the power is hidden there because right from his childhood, his mind is prone to wandering and he will not look within. Only the intelligent among them will look within, and use the power and become great.' All gods agreed. So, do you see that the difference between two people lies in their minds? One knows how to tap its power and the other does not.
 
So, the truth expressed here is that in the depths of man's mind lies hidden the miraculous power, using which one can become great. Whatever you think, that you will be. If you think yourselves weak, weak you will be; if you think yourselves STRONG, STRONG you will be.


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Teaching Right and Wrong

07/12/2015
When the Zen Master Bankei held his seclusion-weeks of meditation, pupils from many parts of Japan came to attend. During one of these gatherings a pupil was caught stealing. The matter was reported to Bankei with the request that the culprit be expelled. Bankei, however, ignored the case.

Later the pupil was caught in a similar act. It was reported but again Bankei disregarded the matter. This angered the other pupils, who drew up a petition asking for the expulsion of the thief.  If otherwise, they would leave the gathering.

Bankei read the petition and smiled.  He called everyone before him. "You are wise brothers," he told them. "You know what is right and what is not right. You may go somewhere else to study if you wish, as you are wise.  But this poor brother does not even know right from wrong. Who will teach him if I do not? I am going to keep him here even if all the rest of you leave."
There was complete silence. 

A torrent of tears cleansed the face of the brother who was the thief.  The desire to steal had vanished.  He was a changed man.
Punishment is not the only way to teach right and wrong or wholesome and unwholesome.  Touch the weakness with soft and warm hands or sweet and suggestive words.  It leaves more impact than punishment.


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Life is beautiful

30-11-2015
Put a frog in a vessel of water and start heating the water. As the temperature of the water rises, the frog is able to adjust its body temperature accordingly. The frog keeps on adjusting with increase in temperature. Just when the water is about to reach boiling point, the frog is not able to adjust anymore. At that point the frog decides to jump out.. 

The frog tries to jump but is unable to do so, because it lost all its strength in adjusting with the water temperature. Very soon the frog dies. What killed the frog?

Many of us would say the boiling water. But the truth is what killed the frog was its own inability to decide when it had to jump out. We all need to adjust with people and situations, but we need to be sure when we need to adjust and when we need to confront face. There are times when we need to face the situation and take the appropriate action. If we allow people to exploit us physically, mentally, emotionally or financially, they will continue to do so. We have to decide when to jump.

Let us jump while we still have the strength !! Think on It!!


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