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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Corporate Life

In the past few years:
1. I learnt to operate 3 critical machines:
Xerox Machine

2. I learnt to use 3 High End Software:
Microsoft Word
Microsoft Excel
Microsoft PowerPoint

3. I learnt to use 3 great short cuts:

4. I learnt to say three very imp words for professional life:
Yes sir.
Ok sir.
I'll Just Do That sir.

5. When I really wanted to quit, I learnt to:
Wake Up early.
Sleep late.
Continue to Work.

6. I learnt to:
Face Monday!
Fight For 5 Days!
Wait For Friday!

7. I learnt to give reasons to family friends and relatives for not making:
Phone Calls

8. I learnt to celebrate these things far away from loved ones:
New Year

9. In last one year, People say:
You Learnt...
You Earned...
You Enjoyed...

10. But when I compare me with my self I just Sustained...
I just Tolerated...
I just Survived... for bucks.

11. I have survived:
For convenience of my Family...
To avoid blame of Society...
To get tag of Employment...

12. When I already knew that I have got the wrong train...
I learnt to Rejoice...
To be Happy...
To Smile...

I learnt that corporate life and dreams can never meet...
Because when they meet, both will lose their meaning!!!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Who is Mad?

“A powerful wizard, who wanted to destroy an entire kingdom, placed a magic potion in the well from which all the inhabitants drank. Whoever drank that water would go mad.

“The following morning, the whole population drank from the well and they all went mad, apart from the king and his family, who had a well set aside for them alone, which the magician had not managed to poison. The king was worried and tried to control the population by issuing a series of edicts governing security and public health. The policemen and the inspectors, however, had also drunk the poisoned water, and they thought the king’s decisions were absurd and resolved to take no notice of them.

“When the inhabitants of the kingdom heard these decrees, they became convinced that the king had gone mad and was now giving nonsensical orders. They marched on the castle and called for his abdication.

“In despair the king prepared to step down from the throne, but the queen stopped him, saying: ‘Let us go and drink from the communal well. Then we will be the same as them.’

“And that was what they did: The king and the queen drank the water of madness and immediately began talking nonsense. Their subjects repented at once; now that the king was displaying such wisdom, why not allow him to continue ruling the country?

The country continued to live in peace, although its inhabitants behaved very differently from those of its neighbors. And the king was able to govern until the end of his days.”

(Taken from Veronica decides to Die by Paulo Coelho)

Tuesday, August 12, 2014


An engineer and a lawyer were recently fishing in the Caribbean. The fishing was outstanding and they got to talking about their vacations.

The lawyer said, "I'm here because my house burned down, and everything I owned was destroyed by the blazing fire. The insurance company paid for everything."

That's quite a coincidence," said the engineer. "I'm here because my house and all my belongings were destroyed by a raging flood, and my insurance company also paid for everything."

The puzzled lawyer asked, "How DO you start a flood?"

Engineer to the Rescue

There was an engineer who had an exceptional gift for fixing all things mechanical. After serving his company loyally for over 30 years, he happily retired. Several years later the company contacted him regarding a seemingly impossible problem they were having with one of their multi-million dollar machines.

They had tried everything and everyone else to get the machine to work but to no avail. In desperation, they called on the retired engineer who has solved so many of their problems in the past.

The engineer reluctantly took the challenge. He spent a day studying the huge machine. At the end of the day, he marked a small "x" in chalk on a particular component of the machine and stated, "This is where your problem is". The part was replaced and the machine worked perfectly again. The company received a bill for $50,000 from the engineer for this service. They demanded an itemized accounting of his charges.

The engineer responded briefly:

One chalk mark $1

Knowing where to put it $49,99

It was paid in full and the engineer retired again in peace.

A Programmer and an Engineer

A programmer and an Engineer are sitting next to each other on a long flight from Los Angeles to New York. The Programmer leans over to the Engineer and asks if he would like to play a fun game. The Engineer just wants to take a nap, so he politely declines and rolls over to the window to catch a few winks.

The Programmer persists and explains that the game is real easy and a lotta fun. He explains, "I ask you a question, and if you don’t know the answer, you pay me $5. Then you ask me a question, and if I don’t know the answer, I pay you $5."

Again the Engineer politely declines and tries to get to sleep.

The Programmer, now somewhat agitated, says "Ok, if you don’t know the answer, you pay me $5, and if I don’t know the answer, I’ll pay you $50!"

This catches the engineer’s attention, and he sees no end to this torment unless he plays, so he agrees to the game. The programmer asks the first question: "What is the distance from the Earth to the moon?"

The engineer doesn’t say a word, but simply reaches into his wallet, pulls out a five-dollar bill, and hands it to the programmer. Now, it’s the engineer’s turn. He asks the programmer, "What goes up a hill with three legs, and comes down on four?"

The programmer looks up at him with a puzzled look. He takes out his laptop computer and searches all of his references. He taps into the Airphone with the modem and searches the net and the library of Congress. Frustrated, he sends e-mail to his coworkers – all to no avail. After about an hour, he wakes the engineer and hands him $50. He politely takes the $50 and turns away to try to get back to sleep.

The programmer, more than a little miffed, shakes the engineer and asks, "Well, so what’s the answer?" Without a word, the engineer reaches into his wallet, hands the programmer $5, and turns away to get back to sleep.

Monday, August 11, 2014

सबसे कीमती चीज

एक जाने-माने स्पीकर ने हाथ में पांच सौ का नोट लहराते हुए अपनी सेमीनार शुरू की. हाल में बैठे सैकड़ों लोगों से उसने पूछा ,” ये पांच सौ का नोट कौन लेना चाहता है?” हाथ उठना शुरू हो गए.

फिर उसने कहा ,” मैं इस नोट को आपमें से किसी एक को दूंगा पर  उससे पहले मुझे ये कर लेने दीजिये .” और उसने नोट को अपनी मुट्ठी में चिमोड़ना शुरू कर दिया. और  फिर उसने पूछा,” कौन है जो अब भी यह नोट लेना चाहता है?” अभी भी लोगों के हाथ उठने शुरू हो गए.

“अच्छा” उसने कहा,” अगर मैं ये कर दूं ? ” और उसने नोट को नीचे गिराकर पैरों से कुचलना शुरू कर दिया. उसने नोट उठाई , वह बिल्कुल चिमुड़ी और गन्दी हो गयी थी.

” क्या अभी भी कोई है जो इसे लेना चाहता है?”. और एक  बार  फिर हाथ उठने शुरू हो गए.

” दोस्तों  , आप लोगों ने आज एक बहुत महत्त्वपूर्ण पाठ सीखा है. मैंने इस नोट के साथ इतना कुछ किया पर फिर भी आप इसे लेना चाहते थे क्योंकि ये सब होने के बावजूद नोट की कीमत घटी नहीं,उसका मूल्य अभी भी 500 था.

जीवन में कई बार हम गिरते हैं, हारते हैं, हमारे लिए हुए निर्णय हमें मिटटी में मिला देते हैं. हमें ऐसा लगने लगता है कि हमारी कोई कीमत नहीं है. लेकिन आपके साथ चाहे जो हुआ हो या भविष्य में जो हो जाए , आपका मूल्य कम नहीं होता. आप स्पेशल हैं, इस बात को कभी मत भूलिए.

कभी भी बीते हुए कल की निराशा को आने वाले कल के सपनो को बर्बाद मत करने दीजिये. याद रखिये आपके पास जो सबसे कीमती चीज है, वो है आपका जीवन.”

Monday, July 28, 2014

8 Ways To Increase Your Mental Strength


It’s easy to get down on yourself and let the inner critic run free when things aren’t going well, but that isn’t going to help you.

Instead, fight the urge to criticize and ask yourself if you can make a commitment that you will only bring forth positive energy for the remainder of the match. I’ve found that when you prioritize eliminating all negative thoughts, your focus automatically shifts to the positive ones, and that in turn makes you more likely to enjoy and excel in the big moment.

II. Focus Only On What You Control

Yes, we play to win, that’s why we keep score. But spending time thinking about the potential outcome just diverts your focus and fills your head with unimportant, distracting thoughts.

The remedy is to be present in the moment and let nature take its course. Focus only on the things you actually control: your approach and your attitude.

III. Keep Your Emotional Level Steady

Some of us get more easily up and down that others. The more up and down you get, the more likely you are going to get over-excited or overwhelmed by the situation, and that puts you in a bad spot to win the big points consistently.

The key is to distance yourself from the game just enough so that you’re not swept away with the emotional tides. Don’t only focus on not getting down – also make sure you don’t get too high either, because that disrupts your focus also. Visualize remaining calm and composed in even the biggest situations. Act like you’ve been in those situations a hundred times, and eventually you’ll feel like it too.

IV. Enjoy The Big Moments

This is probably my favorite technique because it takes a moment that is stressful and intimidating and turns it into a moment that’s fun and exciting – something you actually look forward to.

The next time you find yourself in a big moment in a game (e.g. a tiebreak in tennis), remind yourself how exciting and fun these big moments are compared to a casual game with nothing at stake. These are the moments you’ll remember and what you’ll all discuss after the games – enjoy them, embrace them, and feel them with every cell in your body.

V. A Prepared Mind is a More Confident Mind

It’s been said that self confidence is ‘your ability to influence the world around you’. What better way to do that than through practice?

When you know you’ve practiced a single shot a thousands of times, you have a lot more faith in being able to rely on your training in a big moment.

VI. Forget About How You Might Look

Sometimes we start thinking how bad we might appear to others if we lose this point – or how embarrassing it would be to blow a big lead. But the moment you start thinking from the outside in, you lose your focus and your ability to stay calm and composed.

Thinking from the outside in is toxic. You are not doing this to “look good” or win the admiration of onlookers, so put all thoughts about looking bad out of your mind and just focus on playing the game one point at a time. Win or loss – do it your way.

VII. Have a Short Memory

This is also one of my favorites. It’s so easy to get angry and criticize ourselves when we make a mistake, but all that usually does is turn one bad play into another.

If the previous point or play didn’t go your way, you need to forget it immediately and concentrate on the next one. Don’t let one bad play ruin the next one.

Just make a note and move on.

VIII. Don’t Expect Perfect Circumstances

It’s easy to say the conditions were poor, you had a little ailment or that nothing is going your way today. But these are all just excuses that tempt you down the road of surrender.

You only get the perfect circumstances so many times in life. Don’t dwell on what has gone against you. Don’t worry that the conditions favor your opponent. Ignore the pain you feel in your knee.

What you have is what you have. There will never be another chance to win this game.

Be like MacGyver and use everything that you have at your disposal to succeed right now.

Mental toughness is really just about approaching the game from the right perspective. The next time you step out onto the field, ignore the score, focus being in the moment and tell that little, criticizing and excuse-seeking voice in your head to shut the hell up. You’ll be glad you did.


By Joel Brown