The Roadmap to Success

Wake up from the sleep of ignorance.

Don’t cry over whatever you might have missed.

Set a goal for yourself

Set your sight on that goal

Don’t let anything distract you

Start moving towards your goal

Don’t stop till you accomplish

Rise whenever you fall at a hurdle

Don’t let the fall shake your conviction

Set your sight on that goal again

Start moving towards your goal

Don’t stop till you accomplish

Accomplishment is not the end.

Set another goal for yourself

Set your sight on that goal

Don’t let anything distract you

Start moving towards your goal

Don’t stop till you accomplish

80/20 Rule: A key to Success

 

There are very high chances that you are already aware about this very famous principle also known as the Pareto principle.

According to this rule 80 percent of the results stem from 20 percent of all the efforts put into achieving those results.

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For example:

Students cover 80 percent of the syllabus in the last 20 percent of the academic year.

80 percent of the total sales target of a company is achieved by 20 percent of its sales workforce.

80 percent revenues of a company come from 20 percent of its product range.

80 percent of wealth is with the 20 percent rich people.

So what’s a big deal in it?

The point at the individual level is that most of us owe 80 percent of our academic and professional success to just 20 percent tasks that we perform and in the 20 percent time that we spend.

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We need to identify those 80 percent tasks that are less productive or totally unproductive and replace them with those 20 percent tasks that are really giving us the desired results.

How?

The key is monitoring. This is the hall mark of the achievers. The achievers are not the ones who are outstandingly intelligent.  But they are the ones who are extremely efficient in monitoring how they are spending their time.

For example there might be a person who spends one hour daily on reading a newspaper supposedly to improve his verbal skills. He is content in spending this hour because it gives him some kind of satisfaction. But he rarely or never asks “what did I learn in this one hour?” Suppose he learns almost nothing worthwhile, he is wasting 30 hrs of his precious time over a month.

Zooming in to this one hour spent on newspaper reading it is quite possible that he might be spending 10-15 minutes very efficiently on reading a particular article. But even that is lost in the overall effort.

Thus even if he spends 10 -15 minutes on newspaper reading with proper monitoring and analysis, he might gain more than what he gained from one hour of effort.

I am not saying that time wastage and redundancy of efforts can be eliminated. What I am suggesting is it can be minimised by vigilance and this can bring drastic changes in performance.

We only have 24 hours in a day. If we want to improve production, it can only be by improving productivity.

Let us understand and challenge the 80-20 rule. Just like champions do.

Thanks for your time. Hope this helps. Your feedback is extremely valuable.

Today I will win!

Today I will win

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Today I will beat the fear of loss.

And make honest effort my only boss

 

Today I will beat the fear of pain

And stop avoiding it in vain

 

Today I will shed my love for rest

And leave the easiest to move for the best

 

Today I will not seek shortcuts

And break the shackles of ifs and buts

 

I am getting this message from deep within

Today I will win, Yes, today I will win.

Ocean of Greatness

I am yet to know a person in whom I have not seen shades of greatness. Greatness in its variety : commitment, innovation, philanthropy, belief, trust etc. Family, friends, seniors, colleagues, students have inspired me day in and day out. There have been instances where even a sweeper, a porter, rickshaw puller etc. have unexpectedly impressed me.

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The reason this world moves on with all its glory is this ocean of greatness. We don’t waste any opportunity to criticize the moral degradation of humanity. Also our yardstick of greatness is highly adaptable and inexplicable. In the process we deprive ourselves of celebrating this widespread greatness that by and large still overpowers the usual human frailties.

When almost all of us believe that we are born to great parents, aren’t we living in an ocean of greatness!

Come! Let us look around with a new perspective and thank the almighty for blessing us with so many great people. Let us reach out and be a part of it.

The Art of Justifying

It’s simply amazing. The extent to which we can go in order to justify our acts, decisions, ideas, beliefs, perceptions and emotions. When it comes to ourselves, black and white cease to exist. In case of other individuals, other families, other societies, other states, other nations, other class, we become ruthlessly objective icons of justice. What US did was absolutely right. Morsi’s position is out rightly outrageous. Damn Operation PRISM. etc.

But it’s a myriad of greys through which we judge the conflicts involving ourselves.

Most of us tend to master this art before we realize. Observing kids will give us an idea about how the art of justifying manifests itself early. This could mean either it is hard wired or kids tend to pick it up early from the elders.The point which i feel is important is that whether this can be related to education. Does education enforces this tendency or curbs it or does not have any impact.

More than education, I feel it’s important from the perspective of stress and happiness.

Before I continue,  let me clarify that these views on art of justifying are not at all directed at the scientific pursuit. They pertain to the usual social behavior and thought process.

I would begin by acknowledging the obvious: that one of the distinctions of the great personalities is their ability to not only justify their ideas (which is later termed as vision) but also motivate others to have a similar conviction in those ideas. Marx, Lenin, Gandhi exemplify this point.In other words lot of progress that mankind has made can be attributed to the art of justifying.

If I am allowed to define greatness as presence of usual traits in unusual proportions, it can be deduced that all of us have the basic ability to justify ourselves.

It’s natural for us to consider our tendency to justify so much integral a part of our lives that we may ignore some of  its ramifications which may be insidious for our mental health.

The problem i am referring to arises out of our ability to create unlimited shades of grey which is ill supported by our very limited ability to reconcile them in our lives. Different levels of respect, friendship, commitment, trust etc. hardly help in making life easier. For example, you may chose to trust a person in certain aspects which you have identified using your justification while not trusting him/her in other aspects again decided by you. Having a person in your life whom u don’t trust completely can be source of unlimited agony. To top it all we even justify that agony.

You could be on the verge of expecting simplistic preaching of thinking in black white: labeling ideas, people etc as either right or wrong, win or loss, good or bad etc.

This is not what I am up to.

I believe that when we transform our art of justifying into an ability to effortlessly belt out excuses, we equate it with our ability to  remain happy. We tell ourselves whatever we did, said, thought  was only SLIGHTLY wrong, ALMOST a loss, NEARLY bad. But the worst thing is we don’t believe in the TAG that we ourselves put. Result, we block our energies in the act of self justification. Does all this really make us Happy?

I believe no. Even at the risk of sounding pedantic I would say that it would we better for us to consider a mistake just that…a mistake (not a doomsday for our pride or the end of the world), and move on towards new challenges that life is waiting to throw at us.

All the best!