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Saturday, April 19, 2014

Enjoy Being Disliked!

Look, I get it. Part of being human involves a need to be liked. To fit in. To avoid conflict.

The very nature of being massively productive and creating masterful output means you'll have to block out all the emails asking for immediate responses, turn off your mobile demanding your attention and say no to a ton of social obligations that only serve to distract you from the body of work that will raise you to iconic.

And this means people will be unhappy.

But the full expression of your gifts, talents and genius into the world is more than worth the disapproval you'll attract. Actually, your mastery demands it. 

Do Real Work Versus Fake Work

Average producers confuse activity with productivity.

They think movement equals effectiveness.

And they get trapped into spending the best hours of their best days climbing mountains only to realize that at the end of the day they scaled the wrong ones.

Peter Drucker said it beautifully: "There is nothing so useless as doing efficiently that which shouldn't be done at all."

Checking email first thing in the morning, pushing paper, doing senseless meetings and engaging in administrivia when you should be creating remarkable value are all examples of doing fake work...

Just stop doing any fake work first thing in the morning. Check your email after lunch. Make your phone calls in the afternoon. Surf the Net in the evening. 

Robin Sharma

Monday, February 24, 2014

How WhatsApp Came To Be Worth $19 Billion?

WhatsApp, the super-popular messaging app, has once again come under the spotlight, and became a sensation all over again as Facebook moves to bid $19 Billion for its acquisition. The deal is all but done, making it Facebook's biggest ever purchase, and the second-biggest tech-acquisition of all time. So what is it that makes WhatsApp so special? Let's take a look at the story behind WhatsApp, which is one of the most incredible and motivational success stories of this age.

According to sources, Facebook has agreed to pay $4 Billion in cash, and $12 Billion in Stock. In addition, a sum of $3 Billion is to be paid to the WhatsApp CEO and staff. The deal is set to be finalized later this year, failing which Facebook will have to pay $1 Billion as recompense.
The story behind WhatsApp
The story of WhatsApp is one of hard work and dedication, of taking risks and entrepreneurship. Jan Koum, the founder of WhatsApp - and soon to be a billionaire - is yet another example of college dropout successes.

Born and raised in Kiev, Ukraine, Koum lived a simple, ordinary life. His father was a construction manager, and the family somehow managed to eke out a living from a meager income. At age 16, he along with his mother migrated to Mountain View due to the troubled political and anti-Semitic environment back home. The father couldn't make it over.

They got a small apartment through government assistance. To make ends meet, his mother took up babysitting, and Koum started sweeping the floor of a grocery store.

Meanwhile, Koum keep at educating himself - while still at school - and learned computer networking from the books he used to borrow. His prowess led him to the San Jose State University, and to Ernst & Young as a security tester. Soon, he interviewed at Yahoo and got a job as an infrastructure engineer while still at San Jose, which he dropped out of two weeks later. It was during his time at Yahoo that he met and befriended Brian Actor, WhatsApp co-founder.

Both left Yahoo in 2007, and applied for a job at Facebook. They were rejected.

Koum bought an iPhone in 2009, and instantly realized that the seven-month old App Store was about to spawn a whole new industry of apps. Hence, the idea of WhatsApp was born. At this point, both Acton and Koum were jobless. So Koum had to spend what money he had saved from his work at Yahoo on building and running his simple app, which has now become the most popular messaging app in the world.
The competition
If you look over closely at some of the competitors, you will see that none of them were valued even half as much. Facebook offered to buy Snapchat last month for $3 Billion, which was rejected. The popular IM and Voice calling service Skype was purchased by Microsoft for $7.5 Billion. However, most surprising of all, WhatsApp's closest competitor, Viber was recently sold for a meager $900 Million to a Japanese company.

Guess the previous Viber owners have something to think about now.

The numbers!
When it comes to WhatsApp, the numbers speak for themselves. WhatsApp is among the world's most popular and profitable phone apps, with over 450 million active monthly users. A quarter of the UK's population uses WhatsApp.

On a typical day in January, more than 18 billion messages were sent through its network, two billion more than in early December - and a whisper away from the 19.5 billion sent daily via SMS. Because some messages went to multiple recipients, that amounted to 36 billion daily messages received!

Most importantly, WhatsApp has more than 70% returning users everyday, a figure to brag about. Mark Zuckerberg takes pride in Facebook's percentage, which is only about 62%! This is one of the biggest reasons why Facebook wants to buy WhatsApp in the first place.

As for the jobless fellow turned down by Facebook some 5 years ago, he has proved that with hard work, dedication and a capacity willpower to learn, nothing is impossible. For a simple and straightforward man with no taste or patience for advertising, Jan Koum has done remarkably well in taking a small idea and building it into a grand app that turned out to be the most expensive app acquisition of all time!


Thursday, February 20, 2014


A Father was reading a magazine and his little daughter every now and then distracted him. To keep her busy, he tore one page on which was printed the map of the world. He tore it into pieces and asked her to go to her room and put them together to make the map again.

He was sure she would take the whole day to get it done. But the little one came back
within minutes with perfect map……When he asked how she could do it so quickly, she said, “Oh…. Dad, there is a man’s face on the other side of the paper….. I made the face perfect to get the map right.” She ran outside to play leaving the father surprised.

There is always the other side to whatever you experience in this world. Whenever we come across a challenge or a puzzling situation, look at the other side…. You will be surprised to see an easy way to tackle the problem.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Hats Off To This Lady

From 50 paise, she now earns Rs 200,000 a day. She started her career 31 years ago as an
entrepreneur, selling eateries from a mobile cart on the Marina beach a midst all odds battling a failed marriage, coping with her husband, a multiple addict, and taking care of two kids.

Today, she has overcome the hurdles and owns a chain of restaurants. She married against the will of her parents. Unfortunately, the marriage failed but her parents never forgave her and she was on her own along with 2 children.

” I knew I should either succumb to the burden or fight; I decided to fight my lonely battle.” she said. She started selling pickles, squashes and jams she made at home.

Eventually she started her own cart on Marine Drive, Mumbai. On the first she just sold one cup of coffee, making 50 paise the first day. But she never lost hope and earned as high as 25,000 rs a day.

One day the Slum Clearance Board gave her an offer to run the canteen at their office with a proper kitchen. The chairman met her during her morning walk. It was a huge success. Thereafter, she never looked back.

She suffered the second shock of her life in 2004 when she lost her daughter and son-in-law in a road accident. The ambulance refused to carry their dead bodies. Finally, somebody carried all the dead bodies in the boot of a car. She couldn’t bear them scene and broke down.

That is when she decided to keep an ambulance on that very spot to help people whether the victims are alive or dead. It is in memory of her daughter.

Today Patricia along with her son runs the chain of restaurant ‘Sandeepha’ in her daughter’s memory and around 200 people work under her.

She was awarded ‘FICCI entrepreneur of the year’ in 2010.

Saturday, October 26, 2013

What do children value most from parents?

Very Valuable Answer By A Little Girl:

A teacher asked a little girl: What does your DAD do?

Girl replied: He works in a chocolate factory and brings lots of chocolate for me..

In the evening he works in an ice-cream parlour and I eat my favourite flavour…

He also works in a toys shop and brings me soft and cuddly teddy sometime.

He is also a teacher because he helps me daily in my homework.

He is very strong & hard worker. He lifts me on his shoulders. He becomes a horse for me and gives me a good ride around the house.

He is my favourite clown as me makes me laugh a lot. He is a story teller who tells me wonderful stories at night.

He works from morning to evening and never get tired.


When he is back to home, he is always ready to play with me.

As parents, Kids don’t value what we do to earn the money. They give value to what we do to earn their love…Let’s Give them what they value most… Our time…


Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Heart Touching Stories : Lessons for Life…

A man was putting up family pictures on the newly painted walls of his house. He was using nails and a hammer in order to hang the picture frames. In the process, some nails got bent and fell down on the floor.

The man’s 4 yr old daughter was playing near by. She wanted to play with her dad and called out to him. However the man was busy with framing the pictures, and so ignored her calls and finally asked her to go outside and play with her brother. The girl saw the nails lying on the floor. So she picked up a few nails and went out to play along with her brother.

After a while the son came running in and told his dad ~ that the girl was scratching the newly purchased car with the nails.

The man ran outside and in a fit of rage, the furious Man took his child’s hand & hit it many times, not realizing he was using the hammer, which was in his hand. With blood all over her hands, the girl was rushed to a nearby hospital.

The girl underwent an emergency operation. After a while, When the child saw her father in the hospital, with painful eyes she said : “Dad, I am so sorry, that I damaged your car “. With tears in her eyes, She continued looking at her hand and asked~  ‘Dad –  When will I get back my fingers? I promise that I will never ever damage your car again’.

At the hospital, The child had lost all her fingers due to multiple fractures.

The man was so hurt and speechless, that he couldn’t stop sobbing and crying for hours. The girl had lost her fingers forever, because of his uncontrolled anger and stupid action.

He went back to the car and kicked it many times. Devastated by his own actions, sitting in front of the car he looked at the scratches, His daughter had written ‘LOVE YOU DAD’.

Moral: Don’t do something permanently stupid just because you are temporarily upset. If you are patient in one moment of anger , you will escape a hundred days of sorrow… Remember, Anger is an acid that can do more harm to the vessel in which it is stored than to anything on which it is poured. Anger and Love have no limit.