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 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 33: Don't go by the packaging, have faith !

Posted by Praveen on October 7, 2013 at 10:25 PM Comments comments (0)


A young man was getting ready to graduate from college. For many months he had admired a beautiful sports car in a dealer's showroom, and knowing his father could well afford it, he told him that was all he wanted.

As Graduation Day approached, the young man awaited signs that his father had purchased the car. Finally, on the morning of his graduation, his father called him into his private study. His father told him how proud he was to have such a fine son, and told him how much he loved him. He handed his son a beautiful wrapped gift box. Curious, but somewhat disappointed, the young man opened the box and found a lovely, leather-bound Bible, with the young man's name embossed in gold. Angrily, he raised his voice to his father and said, "With all your money you give me a Bible?" He then stormed out of the house, leaving the Bible.

Many years passed and the young man was very successful in business. He had a beautiful home and a wonderful family, but realizing his father was very old, he thought perhaps he should go to see him. He had not seen him since that graduation day. Before he could make the arrangements, he received a telegram telling him his father had passed away, and willed all of his possessions to his son. He needed to come home immediately and take care of things.

When he arrived at his father's house, sudden sadness and regret filled his heart. He began to search through his father's important papers and saw the still new Bible, just as he had left it years ago. With tears, he opened the Bible and began to turn the pages. As he was reading, a car key dropped from the back of the Bible. It had a tag with the dealer's name, the same dealer who had the sports car he had desired. On the tag was the date of his graduation, and the words….."PAID IN FULL".

How many times do we miss blessings because they are not packaged as we expected?

Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; but remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for.


Sometimes we don't realize the good fortune we have or we could have because we expect "the packaging" to be different. What may appear as bad fortune may in fact be the door that is just waiting to be opened.


Dot 32: Depends how long you hold it !

Posted by Praveen on October 7, 2013 at 10:10 PM Comments comments (0)

A lecturer was giving a lecture to his student on”stress management". He raised a glass of water and asked the audience, "How heavy do you think this glass of water is?"

The students' answers ranged from 20g to 500gm.

It does not matter on the absolute weight. It depends on how long you hold it.


  • If I hold it for a minute, it is OK.
  • If I hold it for an hour, I will have an ache in my right arm.
  • If I hold it for a day, you will have to call an ambulance.


It is the exact same weight, but the longer I hold it, the heavier it becomes."

"If we carry our burdens all the time, sooner or later, we will not be able to carry on, the burden becoming increasingly heavier." "What you have to do is to put the glass down, rest for a while before holding it up again." We have to put down the burden periodically, so that we can be refreshed and are able to carry on.

So before you return home from work tonight, put down the burden of work. Don't carry it back home. You can pick it up tomorrow. Whatever burdens you are having now on your shoulders, let it down for a moment if you can. Pick it up again later when you have rested... Rest and relax.

Life is short, enjoy it!!

Dot 25 - Things aren't always what they seem !

Posted by Praveen on May 28, 2013 at 12:30 AM Comments comments (1)

Two traveling angels stopped to spend the night in the home of a wealthy family. The family was rude and refused to let the angels stay in the mansion's guest room. Instead the angels were given a small space in the cold basement. As they made their bed on the hard floor, the older angel saw a hole in the wall and repaired it. When the younger angel asked why, the older angel replied, "Things aren't always what they seem."

The next night the pair came to rest at the house of a very poor, but very hospitable farmer and his wife. After sharing what little food they had the couple let the angels sleep in their bed where they could have a good night's rest. When the sun came up the next morning the angels found the farmer and his wife in tears. Their only cow, whose milk had been their sole income, lay dead in the field. The younger angel was infuriated and asked the older angel how could you have let this happen? The first man had everything, yet you helped him, she accused. The second family had little but was willing to share everything, and you let the cow die.

"Things aren't always what they seem," the older angel replied. "When we stayed in the basement of the mansion, I noticed there was gold stored in that hole in the wall. Since the owner was so obsessed with greed and unwilling to share his good fortune, I sealed the wall so he wouldn't find it." "Then last night as we slept in the farmer’s bed, the angel of death came for his wife. I gave him the cow instead.

Things aren't always what they seem." Sometimes that is exactly what happens when things don't turn out the way they should. If you have faith, you just need to trust that every out come is always to your advantage. You just might not know it until some time later...

Dot 23 - Does God Exists ?

Posted by Praveen on May 16, 2013 at 3:50 PM Comments comments (0)

If you are wondering whether I am here to propagate the existance of God, so its not the case. I found a simili which was written by "Kim Vig Gupta" and I found it really amazing how it relates to our life. Post reading this, you may or may not change your belief, but will think atleast for few moments you will think about something special !

In a mother's womb were two babies.

One asked the other: "Do you believe in life after delivery?"

The other replies, "why, of course. There has to be something after delivery. Maybe we are here to prepare ourselves for what we will be later.

"Nonsense," says the other. "There is no life after delivery. What would that life be?"

"I don't know, but there will be more light than here. Maybe we will walk with our legs and eat from our mouths."

The other says "This is absurd! Walking is impossible. And eat with our mouths? Ridiculous. The umbilical cord supplies nutrition. Life after delivery is to be excluded. The umbilical cord is too short."

"I think there is something and maybe it's different than it is here." the other replies,

"No one has ever come back from there. Delivery is the end of life, and in the after-delivery it is nothing but darkness and anxiety and it takes us nowhere."

"Well, I don't know," says the other, "but certainly we will see mother and she will take care of us."

"Mother??" You believe in mother? Where is she now?

"She is all around us. It is in her that we live. Without her there would not be this world."

"I don't see her, so it's only logical that she doesn't exist."

To which the other replied, "sometimes when you're in silence you can hear her, you can perceive her." I believe there is a reality after delivery and we are here to prepare ourselves for that reality....

Are we all in the same situation as the babies and our mom ?

Dot 22 - Failure is never a Failure unless.. !

Posted by Praveen on May 16, 2013 at 3:15 PM Comments comments (0)

If you have recently failed in something and it looks like there is a pattern of continuous failure, dont worry my friend. There is something inherent good for you which is waiting to fold. Please read the following, charge yourself and move ahead !


Charles Darwin: In his early years, Darwin gave up on having a medical career and was often chastised by his father for being lazy and too dreamy. Darwin himself wrote, "I was considered by all my masters and my father, a very ordinary boy, rather below the common standard of intellect." Perhaps they judged too soon, as Darwin today is well-known for his scientific studies.

Isaac Newton: Newton was undoubtedly a genius when it came to math, but he had some failings early on. He never did particularly well in school and when put in charge of running the family farm, he failed miserably, so poorly in fact that an uncle took charge and sent him off to Cambridge where he finally blossomed into the scholar we know today.

Thomas Edison: In his early years, teachers told Edison he was "too stupid to learn anything." Work was no better, as he was fired from his first two jobs for not being productive enough. Even as an inventor, Edison made 1,000 unsuccessful attempts at inventing the light bulb. Of course, all those unsuccessful attempts finally resulted in the design that worked.

Winston Churchill: This Nobel Prize-winning, twice-elected Prime Minster of the United Kingdom wasn't always as well regarded as he is today. Churchill struggled in school and failed the sixth grade. After school he faced many years of political failures, as he was defeated in every election for public office until he finally became the Prime Minister at the ripe old age of 62.

Vincent Van Gogh: During his lifetime, Van Gogh sold only one painting, and this was to a friend and only for a very small amount of money. While Van Gogh was never a success during his life, he plugged on with painting, sometimes starving to complete his over 800 known works. Today, they bring in hundreds of millions.

Ludwig van Beethoven: In his formative years, young Beethoven was incredibly awkward on the violin and was often so busy working on his own compositions that he neglected to practice. Despite his love of composing, his teachers felt he was hopeless at it and would never succeed with the violin or in composing. Beethoven kept plugging along, however, and composed some of the best-loved symphonies of all time–five of them while he was completely deaf.

Abraham Lincoln, received no more than 5 years of formal education throughout his lifetime. When he grew up, he joined politics and had 12 major failures before he was elected the 16th President of the United States of America.

Michael Jordan: Most people wouldn't believe that a man often lauded as the best basketball player of all time was actually cut from his high school basketball team for not being good enough. Luckily, Jordan didn't let this setback stop him from playing the game and he has stated, "I have missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I have lost almost 300 games. On 26 occasions I have been entrusted to take the game winning shot, and I missed. I have failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed."

So remember ! Failure is nothing, but not trying again is failure !

Dot 21 - The way you think makes it Heaven or Hell !

Posted by Praveen on May 16, 2013 at 3:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Once a man died and God asked him whether he would like to go to heaven or hell. The man asked if he could see both before deciding.

God took him to hell first where he saw a big hall with a long table. It had a lot of food on with a soothing music being played in the hall.He also saw rows of people with pale and sad faces. They looked starved and there was no laughter.On carefull observation, he found that their hands were tied to four-foot forks and knives. They were trying to eat the food from the center of the table but they couldn't as the food fell everytime when they try to eat it.

Then, he went to see heaven. There he saw a big hall with a long table, with lots of food on the table and music playing. He noticed rows of people on both sides of the table with their hands tied to four-foot forks and knives also. But he observed there was something different here. People were laughing and were well-fed and healthy-looking. He noticed that they were feeding one another across the table. The result was happiness, prosperity, enjoyment, and gratification because they were not thinking of themselves alone. The same is true of our lives.

Its the perspective which can change your situation. Just change the way you look at things and you will be amazed for the kind of happiness you have in your life !

Go ahead and Change your Lens !