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"As long as you do not work for universal brotherhood, you are
working against yourself, for you are not developing your true
nature as a son or daughter of God.
Why have we come to earth? To learn to live as brothers and
sisters to all people. If through our different activities we do
not try to conduct ourselves correctly with others in an effort
to understand, help and support them, not only do we make their
life difficult but we also waste our own. That is the truth. But
where are those who know what they have come to do on this earth?
Most people still do not understand that they are in a school
where they must learn to live as brothers and sisters, and
instead they behave like disruptive pupils. They will not earn a
diploma and will have to repeat the course. In the meantime, what
a waste of time and energy, and above all, what suffering!"
Omraam Mikhaël Aïvanhov
The stupid neither forgive nor forget;
the naive forgive and forget;
the wise forgive but do not forget.
- Thomas Szasz
Yesterday is a dream, tomorrow but a vision. But today well
lived makes every yesterday a dream of happiness and every
tomorrow a vision of hope. Look well therefore to this day.
- Sanskrit proverb
The body is like a piano, and happiness is like music.
It is needful to have the instrument in good order.
- Henry Ward Beecher
Indolence is a delightful but distressing state;
we must be doing something to be happy.
- Mahatma Gandhi
I live by this credo: Have a little laugh at life and look
around you for happiness instead of sadness. Laughter has
always brought me out of unhappy situations. Even in your
darkest moment, you usually can find something to laugh
about if you try hard enough.
- Red Skelton
Taking a deep breath always improves any circumstance we are
in. It dilutes fear. It focuses the mind. It relaxes the
body. It expands thinking, so it feeds the spirit. The
word "inspire" literally means "to breathe in".
- Steve Chandler, "Reinventing Yourself"
Two friends were walking through the desert.During some
point of the journey, they had an argument; and one
friend slapped the other one in the face.
The one who got slapped was hurt, but without saying
anything, wrote in the sand: "Today my best friend
slapped me in the face."
They kept on walking until they found an oasis. There,
they decided to take a bath. The one who had been
slapped got stuck in the mire and started drowning,
but the friend saved him.
After he recovered from the near drowning, he wrote on
a stone: "Today my best friend saved my life ".
The friend who had slapped and saved his best friend
asked him, "After I hurt you, you wrote in the sand and
now, you write on a stone, why?"
The friend replied, "When someone hurts us, we should
write it down in sand, where winds of forgiveness can
erase it away. But, when someone does something good
for us, we must carve it in stone! In stone, no wind
can erase it."
Always write your hurts in the sand... carve your
benefits in stone.
(From Steve Brunkhorst's newsletter)
It isn't they say about you, it's what they whisper.
- Errol Flynn
What is told in the ear of a man is often heard 100 miles away.
- Chinese Proverb
Follow the path of the unsafe, independent thinker. Expose
your ideas to the dangers of controversy. Speak your mind
and fear less the label of "crackpot" than the stigma of
conformity. And on issues that seem important to you,
stand up and be counted at any cost.
- Thomas J. Watson
An education isn't how much you have committed to memory,
or even how much you know. It's being able to differentiate
between what you know and what you don't.
- Anatole France
Our strength is seen in the things we stand for;
our weakness is seen in the things we fall for.
- Theodore Epp
Winners are positive thinkers
Who see good in all things.
From the ordinary, they make the
Winners believe in the path they
Even when it's hard
Even when others can't see where
they are going
Winners are patient.
They know a goal is only as
As the effort that is required to
- Nancye Sims (from Corporate Dossier, The Economic Times)
Do not go where the path may lead; go instead where there is no path
and leave a trail.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
It's always the rug you've been sweeping things under
that gets pulled out from under you.
Planning is bringing the future into the present
so you can do something about it now.
- Alan Lakein
The reason so few people are successful is no one has yet found a way
for someone to sit down and slide uphill.
- W. Clement Stone
No matter how small and unimportant what we are doing may seem, if we
do it well, it may soon become the step that will lead us to better
- Channing Pollock
If children live with CRITICISM
They learn to CONDEMN
If children live with HOSTILITY
They learn to FIGHT
If children live with RIDICULE
They learn to BE SHY
If children live with SHAME
They learn to FEEL GUILTY
If children live with TOLERANCE
They learn to BE PATIENT
If children live with ENCOURAGEMENT
They learn to HAVE CONFIDENCE
If children live with PRAISE
They learn to APPRECIATE
If children live with FAIRNESS
They learn JUSTICE
If children live with SECURITY
They learn to HAVE FAITH
If children live with APPROVAL
They learn to LIKE THEMSELVES
If children live with ACCEPTANCE and FRIENDSHIP
They learn to FIND LOVE IN THE WORLD.
Albert Einstein said that imagination is the greatest creative force.
Why would such a great man say something that sounds so silly and
trivial? Look at those words again: 'greatest creative force'.
Imagination? Not education? Nor money? Nor luck?
Napoleon Hill, author of Think and Grow Rich, said that imagination
is the most marvelous, miraculous, inconceivably powerful force the
world has ever known. Before you pass him away as a crackpot, know
that Mr. Hill was an advisor to two U.S. presidents, was commissioned
by the great and wealthy Andrew Carnegie to teach people about making
their dreams come true, and has been thanked by many of the greatest
people around the world for the success he helped them achieve.
People like F. W. Woolworth (founder of Woolworth's), Woodrow Wilson
(former U.S. President), George Eastman (founder of Kodak), W. M.
Wrigley, JR. (Wrigley's), and many others have used his teachings to
manifest their dreams.
Imagination is the force that takes you to places you have never been.
Henry Ford relied on imagination and belief. Walt Disney said that
had he not seen Disneyland in his mind, the rest of the world would
not have seen it on earth. Bill Gates first imagines his products
before they become actual software that we rely on. And it would
serve you well to remember that many of the world's greatest people
started with nothing and built empires. They had a dream. And the
universe conspired, as it always does, to let them experience their
imagination. The universe always lets you experience your
imagination, whatever it may be.
The Bible says 'As a man thinketh, so shall he become'. It also
says 'Without vision we perish'.
Your mind's images are literally the blueprint from which your world
Your mind is infinite. What are your limits? What are limits, except
those that you say are so? Why else would two different people have
Life is images of the mind, expressed. What this means is that Life,
The Source, uses your thoughts, your mental images, as the
instructions by which to create your reality in the material world.
Life expresses your mental images into physical reality. To express
is to make known, to state, articulate, communicate, convey. The
force of Life makes known your thoughts to yourself and everyone else
by forming them into experiences and objects that can be experienced,
here in the physical world. You experience your own thoughts first
hand, your images of your mind, so that you may know which ones are
suitable and which ones are not. That is how you know yourself, that
is how you experience your self, and that is how you grow. This is
the supreme purpose of this physical world that we are now in. It is
designed to enable you to experience your Self. It is designed to
enable you to experience an idea and its effects and consequences.
Life does not select which ones of your images to express and which
ones not to. How would it choose for you? It therefore expresses all
of them to the extent that you have them and believe them. You have
true free will. This free will is truly free because of the fact that
all of it is acted upon without filtering or favoring. Free will is
truly free because of the fact that it actually gets results all the
time, not just some of the time, and it gets them exactly.
Your ideas, visions and dreams, whatever they may be, are the
prophecies of what you shall one day become and achieve. You can
predict your outer life tomorrow by looking at your inner self today.
You can change your tomorrow by changing your inner self today.
As you think, there do you find yourself. You attract the people that
have something to teach you in line with your thoughts, people who
have something to learn from you in line with your thoughts, and you
repel those who have nothing more to learn from you and give you in
line with your thoughts. The same goes for places and conditions,
situations and environments.
Many things influence your imagination - past fears, desires, poor
mental training, lack of awareness, sub-personalities, lack of goals -
any much more. But anything that influences your imagination is
under your control. You can stop it simply by becoming aware of it
and releasing it. And this is where awareness, consciousness, comes
in as the key to clearing your mind of the debris that brings
suffering to you and sabotages your success.
Excerpted from an Article written by David Cameron, CEO
Failures are divided into two classes: those who thought
and never did, and those who did and never thought.
- John Charles Salak
Think it more satisfactory to live richly than die rich.
- Sir Thomas Browne
If you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping with
- The Dalai Lama
Books are the quietest and most constant of friends,
and the most patient of teachers.
- Charles W. Eliot
Dream as if you'll live forever. Live as if you'll die today.
- James Dean
There will come a time when you believe everything is finished. That
will be the beginning.
- Louis L'Amour
Flatter me, and I may not believe you.
Criticize me, and I may not like you.
Ignore me, and I may not forgive you.
Encourage me, and I may not forget you.
- William Arthur
I am the happiest man alive. I have that in me that can convert
poverty to riches, adversity to prosperity, and I am more
invulnerable than Achilles; fortune hath not one place to hit
- Sir Thomas Browne
A hero is an ordinary individual who finds the strength to persevere
and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles.
- Christopher Reeve
By Karla Brandau
If you want to raise your perceived value to your employer
and become a person of influence in your organization, think
solutions, not excuses.
Douglas Ivester, former CEO of Coca-Cola taught me this
powerful lesson as he stood in front of a group of
executives and said, "Bring me solutions, not excuses."
Mr. Ivester, a formidable opponent who admittedly loves
hand-to-hand combat, had stimulated the engineers at Coca-
Cola to produce the first plastic bottle that had curves
melted in the shape.
When the snazzy new bottle went onto the production line in
Birmingham, Mr. Ivester expected reports of success and
Instead he received a call from the head technology officer
for Coca-Cola with a familiar line, "We have a problem. The
new plastic bottle won't run down the line."
"Where are you?" Doug barked.
"Why I'm right here in my office next to yours."
"I can't believe you would call me from your office. I would
expect you to call me from the Georgia Alabama line."
Ivester slammed the phone down.
One hour later he got a call from the same person who said,
"I'm at the Georgia-Alabama line. Can we talk?" and Doug
replied, "I have all afternoon to talk about the solution
What a valuable lesson from a successful and savvy leader.
Why spend hours talking about the problem. Take two minutes
and identify the problem and then two hours finding a
solution. Your time will be well spent and you'll be seen as
a competent, contributing member of the organization.
"Problems are of no consequence when excuses are replaced
with solutions that are tenaciously pursued." -- Karla Brandau
When a problem is discovered, the mind will dwell on that
problem and try to find people to validate the problem and
commiserate on the lack of solution. To turn this tendency
around, THINK SOLUTIONS. When you identify a problem:
1. Think critically. Find out what caused the problem or why
the problem occurred.
2. After you have critically analyzed the situation, make a
conscious effort to move your mental mindset to solutions.
3. Avoid the "Everything always turns out wrong for me" pity party.
4. Ask team members and colleagues advice.
5. Try creativity principles to look at the problem in new ways.
Karla Brandau, CSP, is an expert in people skills that
increase interpersonal communications and build productive
"Awareness precedes choice which precedes results." -- Robin Sharma
Success is no accident (big idea). And it's easy to forget
that successful people didn't start that way. They started
off ordinary--with a dream, a plan and goals.
Then they made daily 1% improvements. The days slipped into
weeks, the weeks slipped into months and the months slipped
into years. Their dream grew and became real. Yet the first,
and most powerful step took place in their minds.
Before seeing any results in the outer world, elite
performers first create those results in their inner world.
When you spend time thinking, dreaming and planning you will
dramatically increase your level of awareness.
And with that higher level of awareness you will make better
choices. With better choices come better results. So
remember, when you do your inner work and increase your
awareness and improve your choices, success comes
By Robin S. Sharma
Robin S. Sharma, LL.M. is an internationally-known speaker
on sales leadership, peak performance and creativity. The
bestselling author of several motivational books including
MegaLiving, he is the managing partner of Sharma Leadership
You are what you believe.
– Anton Chekhov
You are what the deep faith of your heart is. If you believe that
money is going to make you happy, then you will go after money. If
you believe that pleasure will make you happy, you will go after
pleasure. Because, "as a man thinketh in his heart, so is he," not as
he thinketh in his head. There is a vast distance from the head to
the heart. In the Greek and Russian Orthodox traditions, they say
that whatever spiritual knowledge you have in your head must be
brought down into your heart. This takes many, many years.
- Eknath Easwaran
Hide not your talents. They for use were made.
What's a sundial in the shade?
- Ben Franklin
Ability can take you to the top, but it takes character to keep you
- Zig Ziglar
We can throw stones, complain about them, stumble on them, climb over
them, or build with them.
- William Arthur Ward
Two Heads Are Better than One! How to Accelerate Your
Success with a Mastermind Group
Column By Jack Canfield
We all know that two heads are better than one when it comes
to solving a problem or creating a result. So imagine having
a permanent group of five or six people who meet every week
for the purpose of problem solving, brainstorming,
networking, and encouraging and motivating each other!
This process is called masterminding and is one of the most
effective success tools you can adopt! It is a powerful way
to support your dreams and bring unlimited resources to your
business and personal life.
Participating in a mastermind group has been critical to me.
I can't imagine achieving all I have without one, and it
certainly made my goals happen much faster.
A Process for Accelerating Your Growth...
The basic philosophy of a mastermind group is that more can
be achieved in less time when people work together.
Sometimes called a "dream team" your mastermind group is
made up of two or more individuals who voluntarily come
together on a regular basis - weekly, biweekly, or monthly -
to share ideas, thoughts, information, feedback and
Your group can be composed of people from your own industry
or profession or people from all walks of life. You can
focus on business, increasing each other's income, building
a business, raising better kids, or solving a social
Within your mastermind group, you benefit from the other
members who empower you and draw out your full talents,
resources and abilities. They trigger you, stimulate and
motivate you to become all you are capable of being.
Creating Your Dream Team...
Regardless of its purpose, the key is to choose people who
are already where you'd like to be in your life - or who are
at least a level above you. In forming your mastermind
group, start by carefully enrolling another friendly, on-
purpose, like-minded individual.
Start by meeting together and then adding other selected,
unanimously agreed-upon individuals who will work in total
harmony for the good of each other and for the good of the
1. Your Dream Team should consist of 4-8 people. Most people
find that 6 is the ideal number.
2. Meet weekly, if possible, for an hour to an hour and a
half. This meeting must be held sacred as a life-enhancing
priority. The meetings should be upbeat, enriching,
encouraging and beneficial to each individual and the
group's purposes. I always start our meetings with a prayer
or an invocation. You could also start with an inspiring
3. Each member must agree to play all out -- to openly share
ideas, support, contacts, information, feedback, and
anything else that will help advance the individual and
4. Start by having each member share something positive and
good that happened since the last meeting.
5. Next, have each member share an opportunity or problem
they have experienced since the last meeting and ask for
whatever support they would like on it.
Appoint a time-keeper to make sure that everyone gets the
same amount of time. This is important if you want your
group to last. Everyone must get value at each meeting.
6. End by sharing appreciations and acknowledgements.
You'll find one of the real values of a mastermind group is
the accountability factor - other members checking up on you
to make sure you meet your stated commitments. It's one way
to ensure you'll accomplish a lot more!
Jack Canfield, is the founder and co-creator of book brand
Chicken Soup for the Soul and a leading authority on Peak
According to Robert Kiyosaki, author of the worldwide bestselling
Rich Dad Poor Dad book, people are financially divided into four
groups. The first two groups are classified as active income
people. They are called active because they have to exchange time
for money. If they stop working, they stop earning money. Active
income people include:
1. The employed - Employees work for a system (a business, a
government, whatever). This is not a favorable setup for wealth
accumulation and financial liberty.
2. The self-employed - Self-employed people are a system. If they
stop, there is no system left to work on its own. They, like the
employed, must work, must exchange their time for money, otherwise,
they are not paid. This is also not a favorable setup for wealth
accumulation and financial liberty, although it does have the added
benefit of allowing for greater financial growth than being
The next two groups are where you usually find the rich and
wealthy, and more importantly, the ones who have both financial and
time liberty. These are the favorable setups for wealth
accumulation and financial liberty and this is where you need to
move to. These are called passive income earners. They are called
passive because they do not have to exchange time for money. In
other words, they have both financial and time liberty. Passive
income people include:
3. The business owner - she or he owns a system but does not work
in it. A business owner has set up a business in such a way that it
is a system that can be run by anybody (just like a McDonald's
franchise). They then hire workers to plug into the system, work
for them, and bring them money.
4. The investor - she or he invests in a system but does not work
in it. An investor has investments in systems that work for them
and make them money.
Do you see the key difference between these two groups, the active
and the passive earners? The people in the first group have to
exchange time for money. If they do not give up their time, they
are not paid. The people in the second group do not have to do
that. They may initially need to spend time setting up the system,
but once it is built, they no longer have to exchange their time
for money. They take back control of their time and this enables
them to live life as they wish. The system works for them and
brings them money even while they sleep! How good is that?
The system is the solution. It allows for predictable, good results
and frees up your time so that you can do other things that you
enjoy or even start other businesses (because you have the free
time to do so)!
This is an extract from an article written by:
David Cameron Gikandi, VeryRichGorillas.com in a newsletter sent out
The best way to have a good idea is to have lots of ideas.
- Linus Pauling
In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right
thing. The worst thing you can do is nothing.
- Theodore Roosevelt
Do not think of your faults, still less of others' faults;
look for what is good and strong, and try to imitate it.
Your faults will drop off like dead leaves when their time
- John Ruskin
Most people want to be delivered from temptation but would like it to
keep in touch.
- Robert Orben
Our patience will achieve more than our force.
- Edmund Burke
People tend to resist that which is forced upon them.
People tend to support that which they help to create.
- Vince Pfaff
Article by Zig Ziglar
Abraham Lincoln, truly one of our greatest presidents, had a rather
unique approach in trying a case when he was a practicing attorney.
He went to great lengths to learn everything he could about what the
attorney for the "other side" would say... Then, in his arguments,
Lincoln would do a superb job of presenting the case from his
opponent's side of the table... On occasion, the attorney for the
other side would make the observation that Lincoln had presented the
opposition's case better than he could have.
Perhaps you wonder why he took such an approach. First, he wanted to
be fair. Second, he wanted to win the case if he believed his client
was right. Needless to say, Lincoln then presented his own side with
more fervor, facts, and reasons why his side was the right side. By
using this procedure, Lincoln completely robbed the opposition of
anything to say and built his own case in a stronger manner... He
also wove in more humor and homespun stories when he presented his
case. Most people, including jurors, like and trust those who give
them cause to smile and who bring homespun logic to the table.
What Lincoln did was simple. He practiced great human relations and
used his abundant common sense. He wanted right to prevail and when
he presented his case, as a general rule, the right side did win.
Think about it. Take Lincoln's approach and I'll see you at the top!
Article by Zig Ziglar
As human beings, we lead lives that signify a journey, one that is
guided by a quest, a pursuit of something that defines our reason for
living. While this 'something' may differ from person to person, from
time to time and from place to place, it is undeniable that at any
given point, the inner search goes on.
As I reflect on this thought, I recollect the words of Chris Gardner,
motivational speaker and author of 'The Pursuit of Happyness' - a true
story of how he overcame a life of hardship and emotioanl scarring to
become the CEO of his own investment company. "The money? Hey man,
money is the least significant aspect of wealth. You do get to a point
in your life where what's important to all of us is our health, our
children, and some degree of happiness. At the end of the day, that's
what it's all about."
--- An extract from the statement by Mr. Deepak S. Parekh, Chairman,
HDFC Ltd. in the company's annual report 2006-07
BELIEVE WHILE OTHERS ...
by William Arthur Ward
Believe while others are doubting.
Plan while others are playing.
Study while others are sleeping.
Decide while others are delaying.
Prepare while others are daydreaming.
Begin while others are procrastinating.
Work while others are wishing.
Save while others are wasting.
Listen while others are talking.
Smile while others are frowning.
Commend while others are criticizing.
Persist while others are quitting.
By Julian Kalmar
Sloppiness and carelessness destroy our happiness.
By performing actions crudely, with little regard for the quality of
the outcome, we have no chance of receiving satisfaction from our
tasks. We also lose peace of mind.
However, when we work carefully, something extraordinary happens. By
dedicating ourselves to the task at hand -- attempting to do things
as well as possible -- our minds become peaceful.
The task actually becomes enjoyable as a sense of productivity sneaks
up on us. When it's over, we feel satisfied in a job well done.
Conscientiousness, in our every movement, puts us in harmony with our
tasks. This effect is magnified when we work in the spirit of
goodness, in the spirit of kindness, or find the higher purpose in
In sharp contrast, when we hate every moment of what we're doing, we
could care less. We think, "Who cares... I don't." We fill ourselves
with dislike, wishing it was over. We want to be any place but here,
doing anything but this. The end result is that we are miserable. We
waste part of our lives to bad feelings.
A task takes the same amount of time whether we enjoy the process, or
not. But... the passage of time is also subjective. By hating our
tasks, time slows to a crawl and we sentence ourselves to prolonged
However, by putting our whole being into a task, time flies by.Before
we realize it, it's over, time for lunch, or time to go home. We
actually get paid for working fewer hours!
Something else happens, too.
By attending to every detail, our awareness improves. We become more
sensitive to the signals we used to ignore. We aren't just pushing a
broom. We feel how our body reacts to the push of the broom. We find
ways in which we become less tired while sweeping.
We hear the way the broom sounds when it's a good sweep versus a
sweep that misses dirt. We learn better how to hold the broom; the
angle; the position relative to our body; the swing of our arm. We
become aware of the subtle details, and we become more alive.
Aliveness is the sensation that we are fully in the now moment. We
sense the world more vividly. We begin appreciating the colors,
sounds, pressures, tastes, and smells to a high degree. We become
more grateful and appreciative of everything around us.
The result is a strong sense of well being. It's like the feelings we
get from the glory of a Spring day when new life is bursting forth;
the birds singing; green buds emerging... we feel great.
Although it requires some initial effort, the conscientious way of
working, it's worth the effort. We actually gain pleasure from the
part of our lives we used to call "work."
(c) Julian Kalmar. All rights reserved.
Julian Kalmar is part of a small think tank dedicated to
spreading happiness throughout the world. More happiness
teachings are available in his 4-CD audio collection,
"Happiness: The Highest Gift." Visit
Great things are not done by impulse, but by a series of small things
– Vincent Van Gogh
Don't wait for a light to appear at the end of the tunnel, stride down
there and light the bloody thing yourself.
- Sara Henderson
Sometimes you have to be silent to be heard.
- Swiss proverb
When the game is over, the king and the pawn go into the same box.
- Italian proverb
Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature. It will never fail
– Frank Lloyd Wright
The value of an idea lies in the using of it.
– Thomas Edison
When you dance, your purpose is not to get to a certain place on the
floor. It's to enjoy each step along the way.
- Wayne Dyer
Life's real failure is when you do not realize how close you were to
success when you gave up.
Words have the power to both destroy and heal. When words are
both true and kind, they can change our world.
The future is made of the same stuff as the present.
– Simone Weil
There is no comparison between that which is lost by not succeeding
and that which is lost by not trying.
- Francis Bacon
The shortest way to do many things is to do one thing at once.
- Samuel Smiles
It is high time that the ideal of success should be replaced
by the ideal of service.
- Albert Einstein
Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work.
If you chase two rabbits, both will escape.
- Russian proverb
Dwell not upon thy weariness, thy strength shall be
according to the measure of thy desire.
- Arab proverb
The young man knows the rules;
the old man knows the exceptions.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes (
"The greatest riches are found in the light, so learn to seek the
light and nourish yourself with it, for you will become not only
rich but generous. Those who feel rich experience the need to
give. They open their heart and are filled with love for all
It is poverty, whether material or spiritual, that engenders
hatred. When you notice people who manifest neither love,
nobility nor generosity, it is because they are inwardly
destitute. Their sense of deprivation renders them jealous, mean
and hateful. Those who are truly rich never feel hostility
towards anyone. And it is the sages, the initiates and the great
masters who are truly rich. Because they have always sought the
light, they live in such abundance that they feel the need to
give. Even if they are destitute, they never express envy or
hatred, because inwardly they live in plenitude. "
Omraam Mikhaël Aïvanhov
From the newsletter from: http://www.prosveta.com
One who moves mountains begins by carrying away small stones.
- Chinese proverb
For every expert, there is an equal and opposite expert.
- Arthur C. Clarke
Worry often gives a small thing a big shadow.
- Swedish proverb
Beautiful young people are accidents of nature, but beautiful old
people are works of art.
– Eleanor Roosevelt
"Any fool can criticize, condemn and complain - and most fools do.
But it takes character and self-control to be understanding and
- Dale Carnegie
Those who are lifting the world upward and onward
are those who encourage more than criticize.
- Elizabeth Harrison
No pressure, no diamonds.
- Mary Case
The Japanese have a great liking for fresh fish. But the waters close to Japan have not held many fish for decades. So, to feed the Japanese population, fishing boats got bigger and went farther than ever. The farther the fishermen went, the longer it took to bring back the fish. The longer it took them to bring back the fish, the staler they grew.
The fish were not fresh and the Japanese did not like the taste. To solve this problem, fishing companies installed freezers on their boats. They would catch the fish and freeze them at sea. Freezers allowed the boats to go farther and stay longer. However, the Japanese could taste the difference between fresh and frozen fish. And they did not like the taste of frozen fish. The frozen fish brought a lower price. So, fishing companies
installed fish tanks. They would catch the fish and stuff them in the tanks, fin to fin. After a little hashing around, the fish stopped moving. They were tired and dull, but alive.
Unfortunately, the Japanese could still taste the difference. Because the fish did not move for days, they lost their fresh-fish taste. The Japanese preferred the lively taste of fresh fish, not sluggish fish. The fishing industry faced an impending crisis! But today, it has got over that crisis and has emerged as one of the most important trades in that country! How did Japanese fishing companies solve this problem? How do they get fresh-tasting fish to Japan?
To keep the fish tasting fresh, the Japanese fishing companies still put the fish in the tanks. But now they add a small shark to each tank. The shark eats a few fish, but most of the fish arrive in a very lively state. The fish are challenged and hence are constantly on the move. And they survive and
arrive in a healthy state!They command a higher price and are most sought-after. The challenge they face keeps them fresh!
Humans are no different. L. Ron Hubbard observed in the early 1950's: "Man thrives, oddly enough, only in the presence of a challenging environment. " George Bernard Shaw said: " Satisfaction is death!"
Moral Of story -
If you are steadily conquering challenges, you are happy. Your challenges keep you energized. You are excited to try new solutions. You have fun. You are alive! Instead of avoiding challenges, jump into them. Do not postpone a task, simply because its challenging. Catch these challenges by their horns and vanquish them. Enjoy the game. If your challenges are too large or too numerous, do not give up. Giving up makes you tired. Instead, reorganize. Find more determination, more knowledge, more help. Don't create success and revel in it in a state of inertia. You have the resources, skills and abilities to make a difference.
Put a shark in your tank and see how far you can really go!
Never fear shadows.
They simply mean there's a light somewhere nearby.
- Ruth E. Renkee
A proverb is a short sentence based on long experience.
- Miguel de Cervantes
All you'll get from strangers is surface pleasantry or indifference.
Only someone who loves you will criticize you.
- Judith Christ
Be who you are and say what you feel because those
who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind.
We must remember that one determined person can make a
significant difference, and that a small group of
determined people can change the course of history.
- Sonia Johnson
* You would achieve more, if you don't mind who gets the credit.
* When everything else is lost, the future stillremains.
* Don't fight too much. Or the enemy would know your art of war .
* The only job you start at the top is when you dig a grave..
* If you don't stand for something, you'll fall for everything.
* If you do little things well, you'll do big ones better.
* Only thing that comes to you without effort is old age.
* You won't get a second chance to make the first impression .
* Only those who do nothing do not make mistakes.
* Never take a problem to your boss unless you have a solution.
* If you are not failing you're not taking enough risks.
* Don't try to get rid of bad temper by losing it.
If at first you don't succeed, skydiving is not for you.
* Those who don't make mistakes usually don't make anything
* There are two kinds
of failures. Those who think and never do, and
those who do and never think.
* Pick battles big enough to matter, small enough to win.
* All progress has resulted from unpopular decisions.
* Change your thoughts and you change your world.
* Understanding proves intelligence, not the speed of the learning.
* There are two kinds of fools in this world. Those who give advise
and those who don't take it.
* The best way to kill an idea is to take it to a meeting.
* Management is doing things right. Leadership is doing the right
* Friendship founded on business is always better than business
founded on friendship .
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