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Responses

In Uncategorized on July 29, 2009 at 9:57 pm

Hey there blogees,

Just a quick one. The poll right now states that people like this version.

Please do feel free to leave your comments for blog posts.

Thanks!

Dare to dream…

In Uncategorized on July 29, 2009 at 6:15 pm

Fade In on

A small framed person standing with their face down in despair in a dark room, A small dim light illuminates their visage.  A resounding voice from above echoes the following.

Voice: ‘Hey kid, want to be an athlete? Want to be an Astronaut? Want to be a classical pianist?’

Cut To:

The person raises their head slowly nodding yes.

Voice: “Well you can be anything you want, but you must first dare to dream…”

Act One

A short movie called “dare to dream” was my first attempt at celluloid stardom.  In this film, i played an established entrepreneur named Kash Curry- self-made man and business owner.  Yagnesh played, well a character named what else but Yagnesh – an employee lacking drive,determination and confidence- so, i (Mr. Curry) called him in for a motivational tete-a-tete.

It was a film made on a shoestring budget for a specific audience; oh, not only was Yagnesh the location scout, he was the writer, producer, director and co-star!

Act Two

Anyway, i digress. The film’s highlight was a dialog that took place in “my” office where a discussion centering on how Yagnesh’s lack of confidence was holding him back.  Ultimately, my character motivated Yagnesh to change from being a loser to a winner telling him “dare to dream.”

There were some humor in the film and it will never be nominated for an Oscar, but we all know a Yagnesh and a Kash Curry.  There is the person who sits back lying in wait and then there is the other person who WAITS FOR NOBODY and seizes each day to dream. One merely rents the dream, but the other actually owns their dream.

Act Three

Dare to dream and own the dream-for it costs nothing. Sure, there will be the naysayers ready to drag you down and pierce your dreams with acid tipped arrows, but you are much stronger than that  and will not allow  anybody to burst your bubble. i know this, because each one of you is a winner.

Articulate your dream – verbalize it – write it on a board,wall or set a reminder on your phone. This is your opportunity to shine so make the most of it and  those naysayers will eat their words when they see things happening.   Remember, God helps those that choose to help themselves.

“Dare to dream, but even more importantly, dare to put action behinds your dreams.”
Josh Hinds, from Reach Out For Your Dreams

“So if you have a dream then just believe that you can achieve it no matter what. Even when you can’t feel deep in your heart any words of encouragement, just believe in your dream and your heart will finally show you the way.”
Shuchi Gupta, from Believe in Your Dreams and Yourself!

Keep on dreaming and winning…

Fade out


In Uncategorized on July 28, 2009 at 9:43 pm

New look

In Uncategorized on July 28, 2009 at 9:37 pm

It’s time to shake the trees, dust off the screens and try another look.  As promised, we are sampling new looks so that we can move onto another theme. Many of you liked the last theme; i also liked it, but one has to experiment to see what fits in well with the blog.

So, here’s “looking” at you kid…

Keep on winning…

Think and become a millionaire…

In Uncategorized on July 27, 2009 at 7:40 pm

How’s that for an attention-grabbing title? Take a breath, close your eyes and imagine how you would react to such a statement.

There are 2 common reactions.  Some of us would have rushed to open the blog  to see what this is all about, while the more jaded  among us that have tried all those wonderful get rich in 1 minute, millions in a minute, gazillions in a second offers, wouldn’t be as excited

Okay, so i hear you cry-what is the point? The point is how powerful thoughts can be. Granted, a single thought will NOT make you a millionaire, however the way of thinking we adopt determines the end result. The Edisons, Einsteins and Bransons of this world all used the power of thought to come up with innovative ideas and concepts.

I read somewhere during one of my long trips into cyberspace (would be great if they actually gave surfing air miles for this), that as part of an experiment two adverts were placed in a newspaper for the same job; one was for a higher salary and the other was for a lower salary. Surprisingly, more people applied for the lower paid job than for the higher paying.  That wonderful word conditioning has a lot to do with it.  The experiment showed that most of us are conditioned to follow a pattern where we make do with that we are used to.

If we are ever to improve, we must all be intrepid like Sir Edmund Hillary and take a large leap of faith by scaling outside the metaphoric four walls we have been accustomed to. Jump over the wall!

There is no “secret” or some law. It requires us establish healthy thinking-by healthy i mean productive thoughts that can help us reach greater heights.

To achieve BIG we must think BIG!

Think like a winner, act like a winner, but rather than just act BE one and your thoughts may make you a millionaire in many other ways…

“ It is not enough to know, we must apply.”
Bruce Lee

Keep on winning…

Normal service will resume…

In Uncategorized on July 27, 2009 at 3:03 am

Hello blogees,

My dear friends. i was involved in a family conference and personally interacted with so many of you, but perhaps what is amazing is  that without being heavily involved one found oneself involved. New faces and old faces-it was a great weekend.

So, a few things prevented me from writing this weekend and i truly apologize to you all, but i have already ruminated and cogitated (sounds painful)-okay in other words thought about what will be next.

And, there will be more, because this allows me to reach out to so many of you and in so doing learings well. i  will be writing this blog for a long time-no matter what-repetitive strain injury not withstanding!

i gave a speech to a group of teenage youth today. The general perception about  teenagers is that they are careless and unconcerned, but this has not been my experience.  The group was very accommodating,  receptive, respectful and for whatever reason interested in what was being said.

i am always ready to help this group whenever they ask.  Being the elder statesman and having had my share of youth-related issues, i have empathy and sympathy for them; always happy to share information and do whatever one can do to support them through these critical years.

Oh and in closing, Happy Birthday Hetal (Monday July 27)-may you live long and prosper my friend..and you will WIN and do well in whatever path is chosen for you…

Normal uninterrupted service will resume this week

Keep on winning…

Blogged down…no fear!

In Uncategorized on July 25, 2009 at 5:06 pm

Just a quick note to let you all know that a new blog will be published tonight. Sorry, for the delay and wanted to also say THANKS to all of you for reading and for your support. It fuels me to write even more…

“To teach is to learn twice…”

Keep on winning…

A creative win…

In Uncategorized on July 23, 2009 at 5:07 pm

Today’s blog is a departure from the normal, but it does relate to the material usually discussed here.  i am writing this with a couple of AC personnel checking out the system, so please forgive any noise (that was a stab at humor)

With that out of the way, let’s get on with the writing.  Folks, the winning karma system is all about achieving more and excelling and age really doesn’t figure into the equation. So, today i wanted to congratulate a young lion who has unknowingly demonstrated what this is all about.

Yatrik is a young champion whose efforts were recognized by the National TSA Conference. He won first prize in two categories; for those who may want to see his exceptional work, please navigate to:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/yatrik

Details of award

National TSA Conference: http://www.tsaweb.org/2009-National-Conference-Information

Imaging Technology: 1st Place (Individual)

Architectural Model: 1st Place (Team)Designed and created a scale model of an emergency medical clinic.


Perhaps more importantly, is the attitude he has shown towards this.  Despite winning such an award, he has maintained humility and selflessness. That is a winning attitude and it is the right one. The message is simple. No matter how old, attitude and mindset will determine if we are losers or winners.

Yatrik, you are a winner in more ways than one.  wishing you well in everything that you do.

“Every youth owes it to himself and to the world to make the most possible out of the stuff that is in him…”

Orison Swett Marden

Keep on winning…

Change…part one

In Uncategorized on July 21, 2009 at 8:00 pm

Hello blogee universe,

Change is inevitable. Change is constant” stated Benjamin Disraeli

How right he was. The universe is ever-changing,  seasons change, temperatures change, employees change, fashion changes, trends change, economies change (as have all noticed), inflation changes, jobs change and even people change! 🙂

Although, taxes and death are accepted as the two certainties in life –  i would like to add change to the list of certainties.  Change is a certainty and it is a reality.

In this economy, even the big corporates such as GMC are forced to change their operating procedures and long-standing business models.

You see, humans are creatures of habit used to doing things according to a set pattern within our comfort zones.  Resistance to change manifests from not knowing what is around the corner. If we are to successfully move forward in life then we must first learn to manage change.

Let me share my own example.  In 2004, i traveled from my then-homeland UK to USA for a national conference, not knowing  the lasting impact this trip would have on my life. To cut a long story short, i ended up getting married and staying in the USA. Even though i had family members supporting me, the transition was hard.

I had lived in the UK for about 30 years and had made a great circle of friends and influential contacts, so here i was in the USA like a fish out of water starting my life from scratch, waiting for my immigration papers etc. The first couple of years were really hard, but over time, i decided to stop lamenting and with acceptance, came clarity and direction. By adapting and accepting the change i found that i was more excited about the future.

The unknown can be scary, but it can also be beneficial and resisting only makes things worse. Trust me, we all yearn for the “good old days”, you know when life was simpler, hairstyles more gravity-defying, music more meaningful and we could live without mobile phones, but without accepting change in technology, we could not be as immediate as we are today and i wouldn’t even be able to share my thoughts on this blog.

Ask yourself whether you are better off now than, say 20 years ago. Analyze but don’t over-analyze and you will be pleasantly surprised at the many positive things that may have occurred.

As the saying goes: “Don’t cry because it’s over-smile because it happened”

Embracing change is a part of this roller-coaster we call life…

You can’t have a better tomorrow if you are thinking about yesterday all the time

Charles F.Kettering

Keep on winning…

The Empty Cup…

In Uncategorized on July 20, 2009 at 3:08 am

Socrates is quoted as saying: “I am the wisest man alive, for I know one thing, and that is that I know nothing” Words from the wise.  How is this possible? After all, Socrates was a renowned philosopher, one of the foremost thinkers of his time who laid the foundation for Western philosophy. Well, perhaps the following story will shed some light.

A university professor went to visit a famous Zen master. While the master quietly served tea, the professor talked about Zen. The master poured the visitor’s cup to the brim, and then kept pouring. The professor watched the overflowing cup until he could no longer restrain himself. “It’s full already! No more will go in!” the professor blurted. “You are like this cup,” the master replied, “How can I show you Zen unless you first empty your cup.”

If you really want to improve yourself, you will need to heed these sage words.

We may have an MBA and graduated sum-cumma laude, we may even be the best athlete or we may have even attained a Phd, however we must realize that  we do not know everything! If we do know-it-all, then why can a Dr. not build a bridge? Why can a teacher not perform surgery? Why can a window-cleaner not split an atom?

We must be open and accept that while we may know SOMETHING we don’t know EVERYTHING. We may be full of knowledge, but we must remain open to the fact that we always have much to learn.
Socrates was right, because as an “empty cup” one is humble enough to accept and let go of preconceived notions thus making oneself a worthy student.

It is wise to teach, but it is wiser to ALWAYS be a student (K Darji-winning karma)

Keep on winning…