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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

Friday, July 11, 2014

Story of The 8 Monkeys

This is reportedly based on an actual experiment conducted in the U.K.

Story of The 8 Monkeys

(This is reportedly based on an actual experiment conducted in the U.K.)

Put eight monkeys in a room. In the middle of the room is a ladder, leading to a bunch of bananas hanging from a hook on the ceiling.

Each time a monkey tries to climb the ladder, all the monkeys are sprayed with ice water, which makes them miserable. Soon enough, whenever a monkey attempts to climb the ladder, all of the other monkeys, not wanting to be sprayed, set upon him and beat him up. Soon, none of the eight monkeys ever attempts to climb the ladder.

One of the original monkeys is then removed, and a new monkey is put in the room. Seeing the bananas and the ladder, he wonders why none of the other monkeys is doing the obvious. But undaunted, he immediately begins to climb the ladder.

All the other monkeys fall upon him and beat him silly. He has no idea why.

However, he no longer attempts to climb the ladder.

A second original monkey is removed and replaced. The newcomer again attempts to climb the ladder, but all the other monkeys hammer the crap out of him.

This includes the previous new monkey, who, grateful that he’s not on the receiving end this time, participates in the beating because all the other monkeys are doing it. However, he has no idea why he’s attacking the new monkey.

One by one, all the original monkeys are replaced. Eight new monkeys are now in the room. None of them has ever been sprayed by ice water. None of them attempts to climb the ladder. All of them will enthusiastically beat up any new monkey who tries, without having any idea why.

And that is how traditions, religions and systems get established and followed.

Think twice before following a tradition,religion or system blindly .. it would make more sense if you get your own understanding to it.


Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Learn From Them

Some of the much popular people in public service have done odd jobs, and some of them also had a tough beginning in life.

India’s Pride A.P.J. ABDUL KALAM (Former Indian Prez)
A.P.J. Abdul Kalam was born in a family where his father was a humble boat owner. His  father wasn't educated, but he wanted Kalam to study.Kalam would get up at 4 am, bathe and then go for his mathematics class. After his morning class, Kalam along with his cousin went around town distributing the newspaper. This was being done to support the family. As the town had no electricity, kerosene lamps were lit at his home between 7 pm and 9 pm. But because Kalam studied until 11 pm, so his mother would save some kerosene for him for later use.

SONU NIGAM (Playback Singer)
Sonu Nigam was born into a family of singers in New Delhi, but his parents hardly got the chance to sing in Bollywood. He initially wanted to be a scientist, but started singing in weddings or jagran with his parents for a mere 50 per show and later started getting 175. Later, he shifted to Mumbai with his father and met several music personalities. Finally, Usha Khanna gave him his fi rst break as playback singer. But the big break was by T-series owner the Late Gulshan Kumar.

RAIL SPLITTER & FLATBOAT PILOT Abraham Lincoln used to split logs and built fences in  his childhood, this earned him the nickname "Splitter." Later at 19, Lincoln became a flat boat pilot and moved between the rivers Mississippi to New Orleans in US.

Warren Buffett is the man who has been on the number one position of the world’s richest people list for years. Surprisingly, he has been earning right from his childhood. Interestingly, he was never out of cash, even in his young days. This was because he used to work at his grandfather's grocery store, as a grocery attendant, for which he was being paid.

Charlie Chaplin is the name people connect immediately with laugh, gags and humour. He made people laugh for decades without even uttering a single word. But reports say that Chaplin had a very sad childhood. His mother had a mental breakdown after his father’s demise and they did not even had a place to live. The humorous man often quoted “I love to walk in the rain because no one could see me crying”. Inspite of spending a sad childhood, he mastered in the art of making people laugh.

Ref: Shehla Faaiz