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Make Your Own Happiest Day

1:57 am in Self-Development by admin

Posted On 02/26/2009 08:35:15 by harshanmcbz

Make your own Happiest Day !

Decide to be happy today, to live with what is yours – your family, your business, your job. If you can’t have what you like, maybe you can like what you have. Just for today, be kind, cheerful, agreeable,responsive, caring, and understanding. Be your best, dress your best, talk softly, look for the bright side of things. Praise people for what they do and don’t criticize them for what they cannot do. If someone does something stupid, forgive
and forget. After all, it’s just for one day. Who knows, it might turn out to be a HAPPY DAY!!!

Be Happy always.

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This Too Shall Pass – Mantra Of Life

1:37 am in Self-Development by admin

Posted On 02/20/2009 20:41:55 by harshanmcbz

Once a king called upon all of his wise men and asked them, ” Is there a mantra or suggestion which works in every situation, in every Circumstances, in every place and in every time. In every joy, every sorrow, every defeat and every victory? One answer for all questions? Something which can help me when none of you is available to advise me? Tell me is there any mantra?” All the wise men were puzzled by the King’s question.

They thought and thought. After a lengthy discussion, an old man suggested something which appealed to all of them. They went to the king and gave him something written on paper, with a condition that the king was not to see it out of curiosity. Only in extreme danger, if the King finds himself alone and there seems to be no way, only then he can see it. The King put the small piece of paper under his diamond ring.

Some time later, the neighbours attacked the Kingdom. King and his army fought bravely but lost the battle. The King had to flee on his horse. The enemies were following him. getting closer and closer. Suddenly the King found himself standing at the end of the road – that road was not going anywhere. Underneath there was a rocky valley thousand feet deep. If he jumped into it, he would be finished…and he could not return because it was a small road…the sound of enemy’s horses was approaching fast. The King became restless. There seemed to be no way.

Then suddenly he saw the diamond in his ring shining in the sun, and he remembered the message hidden in the ring. He removed the paper and read the message. The message was – “THIS TOO SHALL PASS” The King read it . Again read it. Suddenly something struck him- Yes ! This too will pass. Only a few days ago, I was enjoying my kingdom. I was the mightiest of all the Kings. Yet today, the kingdom and all his pleasure have gone. I am here trying to escape from enemies. Like those days of luxuries have gone, this day of danger too will pass. A calm came on his face. He kept standing there. The place where he was standing was full of natural beauty. He had never known that such a beautiful place was also a part of his kingdom. The revelation of the message had a great effect on him. He relaxed and forgot about those following him.

After a few minutes he realized that the noise of the horses and the enemy coming was receding. They moved into some other part of the mountains and were near him. The King was very brave. He reorganized his army and fought again. He defeated the enemy and regained his empire. When he returned to his empire after victory, he was received with much fanfare. The whole capital was rejoicing in the victory. Everyone was in a festive mood. Flowers were being showered on King from every house, from every corner. People were dancing and singing. For a moment King said to himself,” I am one of the bravest and greatest Kings. It is not easy to defeat me. With all the reception and celebration he saw ego emerging in him. Suddenly the diamond of his ring flashed in the sunlight and reminded him of the message. He open it and read it again: “THIS TOO SHALL PASS”. He became silent. His face went through a total change -from the egoist he moved to a state of utter humbleness.

If this too is going to pass, it is not yours. The defeat was not yours, the victory is not yours. You are just a watcher. Everything passes by. We are witnesses of all this. We are the perceivers. Life comes and goes. Happiness comes and goes. Sorrow comes and goes.

Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift.

1:22 am in Self-Development by viktorados

Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift.

Imagine there is a bank account that credits your account each morning with $86,400. It carries over no balance from day to day.
Every evening the bank deletes whatever part of the balance you failed to use during the day.
What would you do? Draw out every cent, of course!
Each of us has such a bank. It’s name is TIME.
Every morning, it credits you with 86,400 seconds.
Every night it writes off as lost, whatever of this you have failed to invest to a good purpose.
It carries over no balance. It allows no over draft. Each day it opens a new account for you. Each night it burns the remains of the day.
If you fail to use the day’s deposits, the loss is yours. There is no drawing against “tomorrow.”
You must live in the present on today’s deposits. Invest it so as to get from it the utmost in health, happiness and success!
The clock is running!! Make the most of today.

To realise the value of one year, ask a student who failed a grade.
To realise the value of one month, ask a mother who has given birth to a premature baby.
To realise the value of one week, ask the editor of a weekly newspaper.
To realise the value of one hour, ask the lovers who are waiting to meet.
To realise the value of one minute, ask a person who just missed a train.
To realise the value of one second, ask someone who just avoided an accident.
To realise the value of one millisecond, ask the person who won a silver medal at the olympics.

Treasure every moment that you have! And treasure it more because you shared it with someone special, special enough to spend your time with. And remember time waits for no one.
Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift. That’s why its called the present.

Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish.

11:52 pm in Self-Development by viktorados

This is the text of the Commencement address by Steve Jobs, CEO of Apple Computer and of Pixar Animation Studios, delivered on June 12, 2005.
Steve Jobs
I am honored to be with you today at your commencement from one of the finest universities in the world. I never graduated from college. Truth be told, this is the closest I’ve ever gotten to a college graduation. Today I want to tell you three stories from my life. That’s it. No big deal. Just three stories.

The first story is about connecting the dots.

I dropped out of Reed College after the first 6 months, but then stayed around as a drop-in for another 18 months or so before I really quit. So why did I drop out?

It started before I was born. My biological mother was a young, unwed college graduate student, and she decided to put me up for adoption. She felt very strongly that I should be adopted by college graduates, so everything was all set for me to be adopted at birth by a lawyer and his wife. Except that when I popped out they decided at the last minute that they really wanted a girl. So my parents, who were on a waiting list, got a call in the middle of the night asking: “We have an unexpected baby boy; do you want him’ They said: “Of course.” My biological mother later found out that my mother had never graduated from college and that my father had never graduated from high school. She refused to sign the final adoption papers. She only relented a few months later when my parents promised that I would someday go to college.

And 17 years later I did go to college. But I naively chose a college that was almost as expensive as Stanford, and all of my working-class parents’ savings were being spent on my college tuition. After six months, I couldn’t see the value in it. I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life and no idea how college was going to help me figure it out. And here I was spending all of the money my parents had saved their entire life. So I decided to drop out and trust that it would all work out OK. It was pretty scary at the time, but looking back it was one of the best decisions I ever made. The minute I dropped out I could stop taking the required classes that didn’t interest me, and begin dropping in on the ones that looked interesting.

It wasn’t all romantic. I didn’t have a dorm room, so I slept on the floor in friends’ rooms, I returned coke bottles for the 5 deposits to buy food with, and I would walk the 7 miles across town every Sunday night to get one good meal a week at the Hare Krishna temple. I loved it. And much of what I stumbled into by following my curiosity and intuition turned out to be priceless later on. Let me give you one example:

Reed College at that time offered perhaps the best calligraphy instruction in the country. Throughout the campus every poster, every label on every drawer, was beautifully hand calligraphed. Because I had dropped out and didn’t have to take the normal classes, I decided to take a calligraphy class to learn how to do this. I learned about serif and san serif typefaces, about varying the amount of space between different letter combinations, about what makes great typography great. It was beautiful, historical, artistically subtle in a way that science can’t capture, and I found it fascinating.

None of this had even a hope of any practical application in my life. But ten years later, when we were designing the first Macintosh computer, it all came back to me. And we designed it all into the Mac. It was the first computer with beautiful typography. If I had never dropped in on that single course in college, the Mac would have never had multiple typefaces or proportionally spaced fonts. And since Windows just copied the Mac, its likely that no personal computer would have them. If I had never dropped out, I would have never dropped in on this calligraphy class, and personal computers might not have the wonderful typography that they do. Of course it was impossible to connect the dots looking forward when I was in college. But it was very, very clear looking backwards ten years later.

Again, you can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something ‘ your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.

My second story is about love and loss.

I was lucky ‘ I found what I loved to do early in life. Woz and I started Apple in my parents garage when I was 20. We worked hard, and in 10 years Apple had grown from just the two of us in a garage into a $2 billion company with over 4000 employees. We had just released our finest creation ‘ the Macintosh ‘ a year earlier, and I had just turned 30. And then I got fired. How can you get fired from a company you started? Well, as Apple grew we hired someone who I thought was very talented to run the company with me, and for the first year or so things went well. But then our visions of the future began to diverge and eventually we had a falling out. When we did, our Board of Directors sided with him. So at 30 I was out. And very publicly out. What had been the focus of my entire adult life was gone, and it was devastating.

I really didn’t know what to do for a few months. I felt that I had let the previous generation of entrepreneurs down – that I had dropped the baton as it was being passed to me. I met with David Packard and Bob Noyce and tried to apologize for screwing up so badly. I was a very public failure, and I even thought about running away from the valley. But something slowly began to dawn on me ‘ I still loved what I did. The turn of events at Apple had not changed that one bit. I had been rejected, but I was still in love. And so I decided to start over.

I didn’t see it then, but it turned out that getting fired from Apple was the best thing that could have ever happened to me. The heaviness of being successful was replaced by the lightness of being a beginner again, less sure about everything. It freed me to enter one of the most creative periods of my life.

During the next five years, I started a company named NeXT, another company named Pixar, and fell in love with an amazing woman who would become my wife. Pixar went on to create the worlds first computer animated feature film, Toy Story, and is now the most successful animation studio in the world. In a remarkable turn of events, Apple bought NeXT, I returned to Apple, and the technology we developed at NeXT is at the heart of Apple’s current renaissance. And Laurene and I have a wonderful family together.

I’m pretty sure none of this would have happened if I hadn’t been fired from Apple. It was awful tasting medicine, but I guess the patient needed it. Sometimes life hits you in the head with a brick. Don’t lose faith. I’m convinced that the only thing that kept me going was that I loved what I did. You’ve got to find what you love. And that is as true for your work as it is for your lovers. Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on. So keep looking until you find it. Don’t settle.

My third story is about death.

When I was 17, I read a quote that went something like: “If you live each day as if it was your last, someday you’ll most certainly be right.” It made an impression on me, and since then, for the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: “If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today’ And whenever the answer has been “No” for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.

Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything ‘ all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure – these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.

About a year ago I was diagnosed with cancer. I had a scan at 7:30 in the morning, and it clearly showed a tumor on my pancreas. I didn’t even know what a pancreas was. The doctors told me this was almost certainly a type of cancer that is incurable, and that I should expect to live no longer than three to six months. My doctor advised me to go home and get my affairs in order, which is doctor’s code for prepare to die. It means to try to tell your kids everything you thought you’d have the next 10 years to tell them in just a few months. It means to make sure everything is buttoned up so that it will be as easy as possible for your family. It means to say your goodbyes.

I lived with that diagnosis all day. Later that evening I had a biopsy, where they stuck an endoscope down my throat, through my stomach and into my intestines, put a needle into my pancreas and got a few cells from the tumor. I was sedated, but my wife, who was there, told me that when they viewed the cells under a microscope the doctors started crying because it turned out to be a very rare form of pancreatic cancer that is curable with surgery. I had the surgery and I’m fine now.

This was the closest I’ve been to facing death, and I hope its the closest I get for a few more decades. Having lived through it, I can now say this to you with a bit more certainty than when death was a useful but purely intellectual concept:

No one wants to die. Even people who want to go to heaven don’t want to die to get there. And yet death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it. And that is as it should be, because Death is very likely the single best invention of Life. It is Life’s change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new. Right now the new is you, but someday not too long from now, you will gradually become the old and be cleared away. Sorry to be so dramatic, but it is quite true.

Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma ‘ which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.

When I was young, there was an amazing publication called The Whole Earth Catalog, which was one of the bibles of my generation. It was created by a fellow named Stewart Brand not far from here in Menlo Park, and he brought it to life with his poetic touch. This was in the late 1960′s, before personal computers and desktop publishing, so it was all made with typewriters, scissors, and polaroid cameras. It was sort of like Google in paperback form, 35 years before Google came along: it was idealistic, and overflowing with neat tools and great notions.

Stewart and his team put out several issues of The Whole Earth Catalog, and then when it had run its course, they put out a final issue. It was the mid-1970s, and I was your age. On the back cover of their final issue was a photograph of an early morning country road, the kind you might find yourself hitchhiking on if you were so adventurous. Beneath it were the words: “Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish.” It was their farewell message as they signed off. Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish. And I have always wished that for myself. And now, as you graduate to begin anew, I wish that for you.

Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish.

Thank you all very much.

How to live the life of your dreams

10:35 pm in Self-Development by viktorados

I wake up in the morning. And in the morning I get out of the bed and put on my warm-up suit. I go down to the sea shore. And I run 3 miles to the headland of my private island. And as I run I see that the sky is like the most incredible painting I’ve ever seen – in bright orange and blue. My feet are stepping down into that really cool water as I approach my little cliff area. I climb high and as I am on the headland I look at the sunrise. And I smell the ocean air, and I hear the sounds of all birds going by. I do my morning taekwando training. And as I finish my training I run back to my home.

I go up into the bathroom into my shower. And the environmental shower mists me from all sides, cleansing my body. I get out and as I get out I get dressed into a beautiful custom made suit, with a fine silk tie and custom made shirt. I put on my new suit, I look into the mirror and I say “Damn, you look good!”. Because I believe, that what we think about, we create. My butler tells me that the pilot has prepared my helicopter for departure and that my breakfast is ready. And as I go down to my dining room, I see my dear darling. And as I look at her I notice that day by day she gets even more and more beautiful, charming and attractive. I give her a long kiss and say “I love you today even more than yesterday. I am so happy that I have you, my dear goddess of all women.” We have or breakfast of fresh juices and tasty meals, prepared by my own cook.

Right after the breakfast I grab my laptop and get into my helicopter. And on the way to my office I check out how my stocks and funds are doing via satellite internet connection. My daily work overview has already been prepared by my assistant. I get him on the phone, we go through my plan for today and we discuss some details.

And as I arrive on the top of my 45-storied building, with “Gold Enterprises” written at the top, I get down into my office at the seventh floor – a luxury penthouse suite. And as I walk into my office, my beautiful secretary meets me and says “Mr. Gold, it is a pleasure to work for you.” And as I get into my suite I see all my daily work and papers already laid out on the table. I look around and I enjoy the beautiful view of the cool styling of my suite. I come closer to the window and as I get there I look around at the city that begins to wake up. I stand for a moment and enjoy that view.

Then my secretary enters and informs me about our upcoming meeting with my business partners. I go into our conference room and there I meet people I do business with. We sit down on comfortable sofas and discuss our recent deals in the relaxed atmosphere. We go through our recent projects in real estate, IT and communication industries. At the end of this meeting we sign the papers for a take over of a huge real estate object. And as we do this we agree to meet us today in the evening on my yacht and celebrate.

I get back into my office and my secretary informs me about the next event on my today’s schedule – my own show “Self-Made VIP Life”. And as I get down, I see that the limo waits for me. And as we drive closer to the show, I notice that a huge crown of reporters and people wait at the entrance. The limo stops at the main entrance and my bodyguards make the way for me through the crowd.

I do the show before thousands of people. And as I do my show, I teach people the real rules of the game called life, where I show people how to eliminate fear, doubt and disbelief, and how to live the lives of their dreams. And at the end of a three hour show, there is a standing ovation.

I get back into my limo and we drive back into my office. Now I can enjoy my lunch brake. My dear darling calls me “I have just arrived at the helipad, lets have our lunch together.” I leave my office and we go with my helicopter to the beach. As we arrive there, having found a beautiful place, where we are alone with no buildings and people several kilometers around. And as the pilot lays out our lunch, I take my darling to walk at the beach. We enjoy the wonderful weather. It is one of that unique spring days, with a fresh scent of the waking up nature in the air and sunny weather.

We go along the beach. I take off the shoes and socks of my dear, and we walk barefoot in that warm beautiful midday. And as we walk, we enjoy the cool water gently touching our feet. And as we walk back we see that our lunch has already been laid out by the pilot. The pilot retreats to the helicopter. And we enjoy our meal, freshly prepared my private cook before our departure. And as we enjoy the meal, I look at the distanced horizon and at the vast sea surface. The view is really magnificent.

Soon I am back in my office and my darling takes the helicopter to my mega yacht and makes necessary arrangements for the coming evening party. My secretary reminds me that in half an hour the people from television will arrive in my office to make a film about me. I use this time to check how my investments in stocks and real estate are doing. I call my personal real estate broker and we analyze the current market situation.

Then I get down into my guest room and we do the filming. The film is the extension to my best-selling autobiography. I give the insights to how was I able to achieve all this having started from the bottom, we laugh as I come the most interesting facts, and we just have a good time.

As we finish the filming, I take my sports car and I drive to check several possible investments in take over of companies and in real estate. I take my notes and I drive along the most elite blocks of LA. I speak with managers and brokers. We negotiate possible terms and collect the information about the future value of the investments. As I am done with this, I return back into my office and I pass on the list of the selected investment objects with my remarks and several orders to be evaluated to my staff.

On my table I notice the fresh report from my financial department. I go through the numbers quickly – yes, this year has been even better than the previous one. And as I finish reading, the secretary brings into my working room the bucket of fresh flowers with a note. They are from my darling and she writes “Dear, the first guests started to arrive. Everything is prepared and the party is ready to begin. My love, I miss you.”

I give the final remarks to my secretary and I leave in my helicopter to the party. As I land on the yacht’s helipad I notice that many of the guests are already here and have fun. The motorboats with other VIP guests continue to arrive. And as the pleasant atmosphere of the party grows, we are granted the most beautiful view: the sun gets down in the most magnificent red and blue colors. It is like the most beautiful picture I have ever seen in my life. “Dear friends let this party begin! As of today 20:00 the 12 thousand acres of the most expensive and profitable land right in the center of LA are ours,”- I say to the dear guests. – “So let this party begin!” I join my dear darling and we enjoy this magnificent evening with my closest friends and business partners.

And five hours full of fun, joy and excitement soon go by. Slowly the party gets to the end, and I and my darling get into my helicopter and fly back to my island. And as we fly back we can see the LA in the night – thousands of lights that slowly get distant and soon disappear.

After a while we are at home. The pilot lands at the beach. I get out of the helicopter with my dear darling, and as we get out the fresh, juicy and energizing smell of the night air meets us. It is nearly dark outside and only the lights at the sides of the way to my mansion are on. It is warm outside and soon we are home. After a pleasant shower I get into my bed, the fireplace at my feet. And as I get into my bed, I make the roof of the room retract, so that in this warm night I and my love could enjoy the magnificent view of the stars and a full moon.

And for the moment it seems to me that I see that young boy, thinking over his future and being unsure where should he go, and I thank God, that the young boy has decided to take control over his own future, and has put aside all fear, all doubt, all disbelief and took action!