Keep Jumping!!!

As a kid when I used to visit any temple, the biggest fun would be to jump and ring the bells… especially the ones at a slightly unreachable height. The joy of striking a bell after multiple efforts was immense. What I didn’t know was that it was a lesson for life. Anything worth achieving in the world is always at a height – seemingly unreachable. Someone who won’t jump at all or someone who would give up easily will not get it. Only the ones with a kid like enthusiasm of jumping again, again and yet again can and will strike the bell of success. So guys, keep on jumping.

A tribute to the brave.

I am neither a poet nor a musician. But I have written and composed this song as a tribute to the brave fighters who lay down their lives to keep us safe. When they leave for duty they are not sure whether they will come back. They don’t get fat packages in their lifetime and sometimes not even any posthumous award or recognition. We all have respect for them and may this tribute reach them.

Inspiring Quotations to begin your SOP (Statement of Purpose)

It’s a reasonably good idea to begin your SOP with an inspiring quote and relate it with your vision towards life and career. Here are some highly inspiring quotes.

  • Build your own dreams, or someone else will hire you to build theirs. –Farrah Gray
  • The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be. –Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • Go confidently in the direction of your dreams.  Live the life you have imagined. –Henry David Thoreau
  • There are no traffic jams along the extra mile. –Roger Staubach
  • Education costs money.  But then so does ignorance. –Sir Claus Moser
  • The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me. –Ayn Rand
  • Believe you can and you’re halfway there. –Theodore Roosevelt
  • When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be. –Lao Tzu
  • Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve. –Napoleon Hill
  • Two roads diverged in a wood, and I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.  –Robert Frost
  • Definiteness of purpose is the starting point of all achievement. –W. Clement Stone
  • I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decisions. –Stephen Covey
  • You can never cross the ocean until you have the courage to lose sight of the shore. –Christopher Columbus

Hope this helps you.

Killing time is killing a dream!

It’s January again.  And I am filled with a sense of desperation as a mentor and trainer. In the just announced results for the Common Admission Test 2013, (entrance exam for the prestigious I.I.M’s), there are students who have justified their promise, performed outstandingly and surpassed the 99th percentile. At the same time there are students who have not performed according to their potential and promise.

Of course a below expectation performance in one exam is not the end of the road. But is there anything that these students could have done better? Or for that matter, could do better to ensure better outcomes in the future?

I have a simple message to repeat – Value Time!

If we kill someone, there will be blood, and cries. When we kill time, there is no blood, there are no cries. But when we kill time, there is something else which is being killed. It is our dream.

Whether we kill time or not depends on how much we love our dream. It also depends on whether we have a dream or not.

But if we don’t have a dream what is it we are living for. And if we do have a dream, how in the world can we afford to kill time…because time is the lifeblood of any dream.

Yes, time is the lifeblood of a dream. We have to pump this lifeblood into a dream to nourish it and transform it into reality.

And just as our body needs pure rather than impure blood and therefore purifies it constantly, this lifeblood of a dream also needs to be pure rather than impure.

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What does this mean?

This means that even time being given to a dream can be impure or pure. It is possible to fill time with robotic activities which in the long run may not mean anything. Such time can be called “impure” time. Such time, just like deoxygenated blood, loses its vitality. But choosing some well planned and calibrated activities to fill the time and monitoring them for their effectiveness means purifying timethe lifeblood of a dream.

Let us pledge to nourish our dream with effective utilization of time.

May your noble dream be a reality!

Thanks for your time. Your feedback is precious.

Key to Happiness.

The world is after happiness. And we search for it in shopping, partying, clubs, relationships etc. Often every such attempt leaves us with a sense of emptiness and hollowness. Desperation to find happiness or to run away from emptiness, sometimes even leads to addiction to alcohol and drugs.

As long as we seek happiness outside ourselves, we will never find it. For happiness is not rooted in smiles, celebrations, etc. Happiness lies in the accepting the world as it is. The world is as it is because the creator wants it to be exactly like this. I am in the present state because the creator has brought me here with some purpose about which I may not have any clue.  Happiness is rooted in accepting this and then playing our role to the best of our ability.

The sense of losing control is the biggest source of unhappiness and stress. This sense is itself rooted in our desire to control.

I am not against the idea of controlling our efforts. We should try and put in the best possible efforts in the best possible way.

But we cannot completely control the outcome. We cannot control the behaviour of others when we sometimes fail to control even our own. We cannot control what people say about us. We cannot make them to be thankful to all the good that we have done to them.

But we do desire to control and also earnestly try to exercise control. Till the time we feel that we are successfully controlling we feel happiness. The moment we get a sense of losing control, we become unhappy. And with a growing sense of loss of control the unhappiness can grow into despair.

Only HE can control. But even He is not a control freak. HE has given us the freedom to choose how we spend our time: in putting in an honest effort or complaining about lack of control.

Let us try to take our mind off the desire to control everything and focus on doing what we can do best at the moment.

Putting an honest effort into what God has given us right now is the biggest reward in itself. And it sure is the key to happiness.

Happiness to all!