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Multitasking or Distraction... ?

In this age of multitasking, there are many things that we want to achieve in our life, but the trick is to focus on the single most important goal at that time and work towards achieving it instead of running after many things at the same time and probably getting too exhausted to do justice to each. Prioritize and focus on one thing at a time - then there will be time for all the other things as well.... and if you do it right... you may still have time to spare!

Multi-tasking arises out of distraction itself and a distracted existence leads you to no goal. It's liking aiming at nothing. Good things happen when you get your priorities straight and your action expresses those priorities taken up one at a time. Forget multitasking and find the beauty in doing one thing at a time. You will have both happiness and success in accomplishing it.

"Focus is not our ability to stay attached to the 'one' but also the discipline to avoid the distractions of the 'ninety nine&q…
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5 Lessons We Can Learn From Europeans to Strike Work-Life Balance

"The human body is a biological machine and like all other machines, can wear out", says Cary L. Cooper, who is a Professor of Organizational Psychology and Health at Lancaster University Management School, England. Professor Cooper aptly points out what most of us have forgotten in the rat race of achieving success and minting moolah.

What is most unfortunate is that we forget that the machine called our body can also wear out, and when it does, all moolah we have been concentrating on earning will be spent on getting it back to shape, and it still may not be enough. But somewhere in the Indian context we have forgotten this truth. But there are lessons that we can learn from Europeans that will keep us effective & productive in our work and also happy & content.

Lesson Number 1# Working hours are called so for a reason

This is something that we Indians seem to have lost any sense of. There is a reason for the concept of working hours. While it is ok to go beyond the u…

The Boiling Frog Syndrome

Human being and frog are the two creatures in nature. Who have tremendous power to adjust.
Put a frog in a vessel of water and start heating the water.
As the temperature of the water rises, the frog is able to adjust its body temperature accordingly.
The frog keeps on adjusting with increase in temperature.
Just when the water is about to reach boiling point, the frog is not able to adjust anymore.
At that point the frog decides to jump out. The frog tries to jump but is unable to do so, because it lost all
of its strength in adjusting with the water temperature. Very soon the frog dies.

What killed the Frog ?
Many of us would say the boiling water.
But the truth is, what killed the frog was its own inability to decide when it had to jump out.
We all need to adjust with peoples and situation,
but we need to be sure when we need to adjust and when we need to face.
There are times when we need to face the situation and take the appropriate action.

If we allow people to exploit us Physi…

Importance of Domain Knowledge

There was this family with one kid. One day the mother was out and dad was in charge of the kid, who just turned three. Someone had given the kid a little 'tea set' as a birthday gift and it was one of his favorite toys. Daddy was in the living room engrossed in the evening news when kid brought Daddy a little cup of 'tea', which was just water. After several cups of tea and lots of praise for such yummy tea from father, kid's Mom came home. Dad made her wait in the living room to watch the kid bring him a cup of tea, because it was 'just the cutest thing!!'
Mom waited, and sure enough, the kid comes down the hall with a cup of tea for Daddy and she watches him drink it up.
Then she said to him, 'Did it ever occur to you that the only place that baby can reach to get water is the toilet??'
...Mothers knows!!!

Domain knowledge is very important!!! Else your supplier will trick you. And if you are the supplier with little/no domain knowledge then imag…

Dengue - Very Useful Information

What is Dengue? Dengue is a disease caused by viral infection due to bite of a mosquito called Aedes aegypti infecting our blood with dengue virus. Who gets affected by the virus & EXACTLY HOW? Usually healthy humans have strong immune systems.  Our immune system, if strong enough, starts killing the virus & usually succedes. People with not so strong immune systems, are the ones which get sick. Once you have dengue virus in your blood, problems are caused by auto-antibodies.  Antibodies are proteins normally made by a type of white blood cells to react with and defend against foreign materials.  For example, antibodies are normally formed to bacteria and viruses, and help with the healing process.  Auto-antibodies are abnormal.  Auto-antibodies are created when antibody producing cells receive mixed signals, and identify a normal body tissue as foreign and try to reject it. This is exactly what happens in dengue.Dengue virus confuses the immune system & it starts kiling platle…

Hope and Faith

This  is a true story that happened in Japan.
In order to renovate the house,  someone in Japan breaks open the wall.  Japanese houses normally have a hollow space between  the wooden walls.  When tearing down the walls, he found that  there was a lizard stuck there  because a nail from outside hammered into one of its feet.  He sees this, feels pity, and at the same time curious,  as when he checked the nail,  it was nailed 5 years ago when the house was first built  !!!
What happened?  The lizard has survived in such position for 5 years!  In a dark wall partition for 5 years without moving,  it is impossible and mind-boggling.  Then he wondered how this lizard survived for 5 years!  without moving a single step--since its foot was nailed!
So he stopped his work and observed the lizard,  what it has been doing, and what and how it has been  eating.  Later, not knowing from where it came, appears another  lizard,  with food in its mouth.
Ah! He was stunned and touched deeply...  For the l…

Grabbing an opportunity

Everyone was listening to a motivational guru. The speaker whipped out his wallet and pulled out a five hundred rupees note.
Holding it up, he asked, "Who wants this five hundred rupee note?"
Lots of hands went up. 
A slow chorus began to build as people began to shout "Me!" "Me!"
Everybody began to wonder who the lucky one would be who the speaker would choose.
Even as the shouts of "I want it" grew louder, some even stood up from their seats and raised their hands shouting to have the speaker attention "Me!" "Me!" "Me!" Then a young woman running down the aisle.
She ran up onto the stage, went up to the speaker, and grabbed the five hundred rupees note from his hand. 
"Well done, young lady," said the speaker into the microphone.
"Most of us just wait for good things to happen. That's of no use. You've got to make things happen."
The speaker's words have stayed with me ever since. 

Simply thin…

Importance of Planning

Once, there was a kingdom with a mysterious rule for the king, who rules the kingdom. The rule was “The king can rule the kingdom only for five years. On successful completion of his term, he’ll be left alone, in the inhabitable forest, filled with wild animals that exist beside the kingdom."  Those who go there will surely die as a prey to wild animals.

The first king ruled the kingdom for five years. Each day the king feared about the day he would be left alone in the forest to die. His fear of death had made him an inefficient king and he was not able to concentrate on ruling. After completing his term, he was carried away by his servants and was left alone in the forest.

The second king came to rule. He was so scared because he saw the fate of him right in front of his eyes, when the first king was leaving. He ruled the kingdom only for three years. He died on the third year because of the fear and the stress.

The third king took over the kingdom. He was ruling happily and e…

Self Confidence

As a man was passing the elephants, he suddenly stopped, confused by the fact that these huge creatures were being held by only a small rope tied to their front leg. No chains, no cages. It was obvious that the elephants could, at anytime, break away from their bonds but for some reason, they did not.

He saw a trainer nearby and asked why these animals just stood there and made no attempt to get away. 
“Well,” trainer said, “when they are very young and much smaller, we use the same size rope to tie them and, at that age, it’s enough to hold them. As they grow up, they are conditioned to believe they cannot break away. They believe the rope can still hold them, so they never try to break free.”

The man was amazed. These animals could at any time break free from their bonds but because they believed they couldn’t, they were stuck right where they were.

Like the elephants, how many of us go through life hanging onto an old belief that we cannot do something, simply because we failed at it o…

Problem Solving

One fine day, a bus driver went to the bus depot, started his bus, and drove off along the route. No problems for the first few stops - a few people got on, a few got off, and things went generally well.

At the next stop, however, a big hulk of a Pathan got on. Six feet four, built like a wrestler, arms hanging down to the ground. He glared at the conductor and said, "Pathan doesn't pay!" and sat down at the back.

Conductor didn't argue with Pathan, but he wasn't happy about it.

The next day the same thing happened – Pathan got on again, made a show of refusing to pay, and sat down. And the next day, and the next.

This grated on the bus driver, who started losing sleep over the way the Pathan was taking advantage of the poor conductor.

Finally he could stand it no longer. He signed up for body building courses, karate, judo, and all that good stuff. By the end of the summer, he had become quite strong; what's more, he felt really good about himself.

So, o…

Changing a Person

Once there was a small boy whose grandma had given him a drum for his b’day. He loved the drum very much, and played with it all day long – bang, bang, bang – much to the annoyance of his parents and neighbors.

The parents pampered, begged, warned, scolded, gave fear the young boy to stop, but he ignored them and just carried on – bang, bang, bang – all the day.

The parents in desperation, sought the help of a respected doctor. The doctor tried explaining to the child how constant noise was damaging his eardrums.

But the advice was too advanced for the child, who did not know what an eardrum was, so he went on playing.

The parents called in a respected teacher. The teacher tried giving the boy a book of instructions, saying that if he read the book his drum playing would improve.

But the child found the instruction book too long and boring and so he abandoned it and went on playing.

Then parents sought the help of a psychiatrist. The psychiatrist gave the boy some meditation exercises…

Understanding Importance of Ownership

Whether problem is our own or of others' related to us in one or other way, the common behavior seen is either self pity or apathy. In case of our own problems we just complain, whine, whimper, crib or blame. In case of others' problem we stand on the sidelines just watching or talking in apathy. There are always self inflicted barriers to problem solving and no concern is shown to own, get involved and participate in solutioning process. These barriers generally are: A "Yes, but'' attitude either to delay the solution or to avoid problem or ownership; wait and do nothing or others will tell me what to do; one can't blame me; It's because of circumstances or destiny or fate; quit or run away; this is so difficult or impossible to do.;I have no clue; I should always ask for help from others; it's not my problem and should not do anything; I'll simply pass the problem to someone else; intellectual defensiveness, positional rigidity or stubbornness c…

Ten Great Steve Jobs Quotes

Here are a few of quotes from Steve Jobs :

“Let’s go invent tomorrow rather than worrying about what happened yesterday.”
—D5 Conference: All Things Digital, May 30, 2007

“Quality is more important than quantity. One home run is much better than two doubles.”
—Bloomberg Businessweek, February 6, 2006

“Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.”
—The Innovation Secrets of Steve Jobs, 2011

“The problem is, in hardware you can’t build a computer that’s twice as good as anyone else’s anymore. Too many people know how to do it. You’re lucky if you do one that’s one-and-a-third times better or one-and-a-half times better. And
then it’s only six months before everybody else catches up.”
—Rolling Stone, June 16, 1994

“What a computer is to me is the most remarkable tool that we have ever come up with. It’s the equivalent of a bicycle for our minds.”
—Memory & Imagination, 1990

‘Being the richest man in the cemetery doesn’t matter to me.… Going to bed at night saying we’ve d…

No one ever finds life worth living - one has to make it worth living

In 1923, one of the world's most successful financiers met at Chicago's Edgewater Beach Hotel. Financially, they literally 'held the world by the tail'. Anything that money could buy was within their grasp; they were RICH-RICH-RICH! Look at their names and the positions they held:

CHARLES SCHWAB was President of the largest steel company.
SAMUEL INSULL was President of the largest electric utility company.
HOWARD HOPSON was President of the largest gas company.
ARTHUR CUTTEN was the great what speculator.
RICHARD WHITNEY was President of the New York Stock Exchange.
ALBERT FALL was Secretary of Interior in President Harding's Cabinet.
LEON FRASER was President of the Bank of International Settlements.
JESSE LIVERMORE was the greatest 'bear' on Wall Street.
IVAR KRUGER was head of the world's largest monopoly.

We must admit, that here were gathered a group of the world's most successful men of the time: Men who had found the secret of making Money.


One day a father of a very wealthy family took his son on a trip to the country with the firm purpose of showing his son how poor people live. They spent a couple of days and nights on the farm of what would be considered a very poor family.

On their return from their trip, the father asked his son, "How was the trip?"

"It was great, Dad."

"Did you see how poor people live?" the father asked.

"Oh yeah," said the son.

"So, tell me, what you learned from the trip?" asked the father.

The son answered, "I saw that we have one dog and they had four. We have a pool that reaches to the middle of our garden and they have a creek that has no end. We have imported lanterns in our garden and they have the stars at night. Our patio reaches to the front yard and they have the whole horizon. We have a small piece of land to live on and they have fields that go beyond our sight. We have servants who serve us, but they serve others. We buy our f…