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Dot 59: Jo kutch nahi karte, wo Kamal Karte hai ! Shah Rukh Khan

Posted by Praveen on August 31, 2014 at 7:30 AM Comments comments (0)

A middle class Delhi boy, who lost his parents when he was young, comes along to Mumbai and ends up becoming one of the world’s famous actor- Shah Rukh Khan! It’s difficult to absorb, a boy who used to sleep on the roads of Mumbai now owns property worth 1000+ crores across world. He is a personification of someone who has made it on his own. He proves to the world that one can be very successfully without a family name or wealth or a godfather.


SRK has come very far from where he started with the TV serial “Fauji” in 1988. He made his film debut in 1989 and the turning point came from Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayege in 1995. He has hosted popular TV show “Kaun banega Crorepati” and owns Kolkata Knight Riders, Indian Premier League. He endorses brands, does TV shows and liver performances too. He also owns Red Chillies Entertainment and keeps himself occupied with myriad set of creational activities.


On one of his TV interviews with Anupam Kher, he remembers one of his conversation with his father, in which his father asked- What you want to do in life? He replies- not sure. Then his father said, at your age, I would have crossed mountains, but “Jo kutch nahi karte, wo Kamal karte hai” (Those who do nothing, they do magnificent”)

 


Dot 58: Small opportunities are often the beginning of a Great Enterprise- Kashmir Apiaries

Posted by Praveen on August 31, 2014 at 7:05 AM Comments comments (0)

 

This is an entrepreneurial story that would give hope and confidence to any Indian who has a positive attitude and remains as busy as a bee in his chosen profession. Jagjit, an India-Pakistan refugee, who lost everything when he came to India, was wondering where to start- either to eat or look for some shelter somewhere. He mustered his courage and started with whatever came in his way. Eventually he was able to save one day- Rs 1000 (USD 20) and started with 5 bee colonies.


Today, this company- Kashmir Apiaries- is one of the world’s busiest migratory bee-keeping companies. Their colonies move from Kashmir to Kanyakumari, according to the flower seasons to produce 10,000+ tonnes of organic honey every year.


When Jagjit started, he had tremendous knowledge of bee-keeping but had to learn how to sell his first 50 kg. Many times, he was taken advantage of his simplicity and honey, yet he persisted to exist. Today, his honey sells under 4 different brands in over 50+ countries.


Not only he has improved his own life, but has enabled over 20000 families to earn their meal for a day. A story which started with only 5 bee colonies has now installed Asia’s largest honey processing plant, near Ludhiana, with a capacity of 20,000 MT, and now exports to Europe, UK, Canada and Australia.


Its never- when everything is lot, and its never when you get everything!

 

 


Dot 54: 34 Lessons in life !

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Dot 50: A beautiful set of learning from Pencil

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Dot 49: Your weakness can become your strength one day !

Posted by Praveen on October 16, 2013 at 1:45 PM Comments comments (0)



A 10-year-old boy decided to study judo despite the fact that he had lost his left arm in a devastating car accident. The boy began lessons with an old Japanese judo master. The boy was doing well, so he couldn't understand why, after three months of training the master had taught him only one move. "Sensei," the boy finally said, "Shouldn't I be learning more moves?" "This is the only move you know, but this is the only move you'll ever need to know," the sensei replied. Not quite understanding, but believing in his teacher, the boy kept training.


Several months later, the sensei took the boy to his first tournament. Surprising himself, the boy easily won his first two matches. The third match proved to be more difficult, but after some time, his opponent became impatient and charged; the boy deftly used his one move to win the match. Still amazed by his success, the boy was now in the finals. This time, his opponent was bigger, stronger, and more experienced.


For a while, the boy appeared to be overmatched. Concerned that the boy might get hurt, the referee called a time-out. He was about to stop the match when the sensei intervened. "No," the sensei insisted, "Let him continue." Soon after the match resumed, his opponent made a critical mistake: he dropped his guard. Instantly, the boy used his move to pin him. The boy had won the match and the tournament.


He was the champion. On the way home, the boy and sensei reviewed every move in each and every match. Then the boy summoned the courage to ask what was really on his mind. "Sensei, how did I win the tournament with only one move?" "You won for two reasons," the sensei answered. "First, you've almost mastered one of the most difficult throws in all of judo. And second, the only known defense for that move is for your opponent to grab your left arm." The boy's biggest weakness had become his biggest strength.


"Sometimes we feel that we have certain weaknesses and we blame god, the circumstances and our self for it but we never know that our weakness can become our strength one day. Each of us is special and important, so never think you have any weakness, never think of pride or pain, just live your life to its fullest and extract the best out of it!"

Dot 37: An interview with God

Posted by Praveen on October 14, 2013 at 12:40 AM Comments comments (0)


I dreamed I had an INTERVIEW WITH GOD. "So, you would like to interview me?" GOD asked. "If you have time," I said. GOD smiled. "My time is eternity... what questions do you have in mind for me?"

"What surprises you the most about humankind?"

GOD answered...

"That they get bored with childhood that they rush to grow up, and then long to be children again."

"That they lose their health to make money... and then lose their money to restore their health."

"That by thinking anxiously about the future, they forget the present, such that they live in neither the present nor the future."

"That they live as if they would never die, and die as though they had never lived."


GOD's hand took mine... and we were silent for a while.

And then I asked, "As a parent, what are some of life's lessons you want your children to learn?"

GOD replied, "To learn they cannot make anyone love them. All they can do is let themselves be loved."

"To learn that it is not good to compare themselves to others."

"To learn to forgive by practicing forgiveness."

"To learn that it only takes a few seconds to open profound wounds in those they love, and it can take many years to heal them."

"To learn that a rich person is not one who has the most, but is one who needs the least."

"To learn that there are people who love them dearly, but simply do not yet know how to express or show their feelings."

"To learn that two people can look at the same thing, and see it differently."

"To learn that it is not enough that they forgive one another, but they must also forgive themselves."


"Thank you for your time," I said humbly. "Is there anything else you would like your children to know?"

GOD smiled, and said... "Just know that I am here...ALWAYS."


Dot 42: You are what you believe !

Posted by Praveen on October 14, 2013 at 12:20 AM Comments comments (0)


The most important quality you can ever develop is having belief in yourself. The belief that you can, without a shadow of a doubt achieve success in every area of your life. Virtually every person has the capacity to do wonderful things with his or her life. But the greatest single obstacle for most people is self-doubt. Many people wish they could accomplish certain things but lack the belief that they can actually do it.


When people under achieve in any part of their life, it is their belief more than anything else that holds them back. Self-limiting beliefs acts as breaks on our ability to achieve our goals. Many of us have high hopes, dreams, and aspirations, but we let doubts creep in and undermine our talents, abilities, and effectiveness.


Each one of us has feelings of inferiority because we feel that we are not good enough. We think that we are not as good as other people, and we feel that we are not good enough to acquire and enjoy the things we want in life. Often we feel that we don’t deserve good things. Even if we work hard and have some achievements in our life, we often feel that we are not really entitled to our success.


The Universal Law of Belief says that whatever we believe, with feeling becomes our reality. We don’t believe what we see; instead, we see what we believe. Our beliefs form a screen as to how we see the world, and we never allow any information that is not consistent with our beliefs to pass through it. Even if we have beliefs that are totally inconsistent with reality, we won’t let them through because our beliefs have become true for us.


The most common and also the most harmful beliefs are the ones that are selflimiting. These are beliefs about yourself. For example, believing that you can’t achieve something because you don’t have enough money or education. You might believe you can’t achieve something because you are the wrong sex, race, age or it is because of the economy. Most of these beliefs are not true, but neverthe less they can & they will hold you back.


The fact is, you deserve every good thing that you are capable of acquiring through the use of your talents. The only real limitation on what you can be and have is if you lack the desire. If you set a goal and you badly want to achieve it, nothing in the world can stop you from achieving it, as long as you’re willing to persist long and hard enough. To develop positive beliefs, you have to decide exactly where you want to end up in the future. The clearer you are about the result you want in your future, the easier it will be for you to change your actions and behaviors in the short term. This in turn, will assure that you achieve what you want in the long term.


Once you’ve clearly decided on the type of person you want to be, you will have already taken a major first step in developing new beliefs. In order to incorporate your new beliefs into your every day life, you have to discipline yourself to act exactly in every situation as if you already were that person. When you begin to act like the successful person you want to become, you will actually adopt their values, qualities, and characteristics. And they will then become a permanent part of your personality.


If you consistently act like the person you want to become every day and in every situation it will begin a chain reaction. Your attitude will change and become more positive. This will then build stronger and more positive beliefs. And your beliefs will then, exert a positive influence on your values. You have no limitations on your potential except for those that you believe you have.


Successful people are not extraordinary or special in any way. They are not different from you or I. But, all successful people do have the unwavering belief that they can accomplish anything that they really want in life.You are a good person. From this day forward, see yourself as the very best you can be, and refuse to accept any limitations on your possibilities. Once you develop that belief in yourself, and you act in accordance with your beliefs, your future will be unlimited.

“I Can - Not because I THINK I can ~ But because I Strongly BELIEVE That I Can”



Dot 41: Help others to help yourself !

Posted by Praveen on October 14, 2013 at 12:15 AM Comments comments (0)


There was a Nebraska farmer who grew award-winning corn. Each year he entered his corn in the state fair where it won a blue ribbon...One year a newspaper reporter interviewed him and learned something interesting about how he grew it. The reporter discovered that the farmer shared his seed corn with his neighbors.


"How can you afford to share your best seed corn with your neighbors when they are entering corn in competition with yours each year?" the reporter asked.

"Why sir," said the farmer, "didn't you know? The wind picks up pollen from the ripening corn and swirls it from field to field. If my neighbors grow inferior corn, cross-pollination will steadily degrade the quality of my corn. If I am to grow good corn, I must help my neighbors grow good corn."


He is very much aware of the connectedness of life. His corn cannot improve unless his neighbor's corn also improves. So it is in other dimensions. Those who choose to be at peace must help their neighbors to be at peace. Those who choose to live well must help others to live well, for the value of a life is measured by the lives it touches. And those who choose to be happy must help others to find happiness for the welfare of each is bound up with the welfare of all.


Dot 40: God has plans for you

Posted by Praveen on October 14, 2013 at 12:00 AM Comments comments (0)



 

Once there were three trees on a hill in the woods. They were discussing their hopes and dreams when the first tree said, "Someday I hope to be a treasure chest. I could be filled with gold, silver and precious gems. I could be decorated with intricate carving and everyone would see the beauty."


Then the second tree said, "Someday I will be a mighty ship. I will take kings and queens across the waters and sail to the corners of the world. Everyone will feel safe in me because of the strength of my hull." Finally the third tree said, "I want to grow to be the tallest and straightest tree in the forest. People will see me on top of the hill and look up to my branches, and think of the heavens and God and how close to them I am reaching. I will be the greatest tree of all time and people will always remember me."


After a few years of praying that their dreams would come true, a group of woodsmen came upon the trees. When one came to the first tree he said, "This looks like a strong tree, I think I should be able to sell the wood to a carpenter" ... and he began cutting it down. The tree was happy, because he knew that the carpenter would make him into a treasure chest.


At the second tree a woodsman said, "This looks like a strong tree, I should be able to sell it to the shipyard." The second tree was happy because he knew he was on his way to becoming a mighty ship. When the woodsmen came upon the third tree, the tree was frightened because he knew that if they cut him down his dreams would not come true. One of the woodsmen said, "I don't need anything special from my tree so I'll take this one", and he cut it down.


When the first tree arrived at the carpenters, he was made into a feed box for animals. He was then placed in a barn and filled with hay. This was not at all what he had prayed for. The second tree was cut and made into a small fishing boat. His dreams of being a mighty ship and carrying kings had come to an end. The third tree was cut into large pieces and left alone in the dark. The years went by, and the trees forgot about their dreams.


Then one day, a man and woman came to the barn. She gave birth and they placed the baby in the hay in the feed box that was made from the first tree. The man wished that he could have made a crib for the baby, but this manger would have to do. The tree could feel the importance of this event and knew that it had held the greatest treasure of all time. Years later, a group of men got in the fishing boat made from the second tree. One of them was tired and went to sleep. While they were out on the water, a great storm arose and the tree didn't think it was strong enough to keep the men safe. The men woke the sleeping man, and he stood and said "Peace" and the storm stopped. At this time, the tree knew that it had carried the King of Kings in its boat.


Finally, someone came and got the third tree. It was carried through the streets as the people mocked the man who was carrying it. When they came to a stop, the man was nailed to the tree and raised in the air to die at the top of a hill. When Sunday came, the tree came to realize that it was strong enough to stand at the top of the hill and be as close to God as was possible, because Jesus had been crucified on it.


The moral of this story is that when things don't seem to be going your way, always know that God has a plan for you. If you place your trust in Him, He will give you great gifts. Each of the trees got what they wanted, just not in the way they had imagined. We don't always know what God's plans are for us. We just know that His ways are not our ways, but His ways are always best.