Sachin – the record maker in failure’s! December 26, 2010Posted by aglakadam in aglakadam, Inspirational Story, Management, Motivation.
Failure is nothing but the state of unachieved success!
Recently at Centurian, South Africa, Sachin Tendulkar made a history. He completed his 50th test century. A whole lot of appreciations and accolades is being spoken & written about this legend in the media. From Prime Minister to past Presidents, from Sania Mirza to Saina Nehwal, from veterans like Lata Mangeshkar to Amitabh Bachchan, from the man on the street to the one in the discotheque.. one and all is feeling proud to belong to the country to which Sachin belongs to! Zahir Abbas said Sachin you are lucky to be born in India – you get so much of love there! Arjuna Ranatunga, captain of Shri Lankan cricket team addresses Sachin as the real ambassador of the game in today’s era!
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Who moved my Chance? Who moved my Chance? November 21, 2010Posted by aglakadam in career guidance and counselling, Management, Motivation.
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A news item in a local daily caught my attention, the headlines said “Scotland Yard to be Trained on Facebook & Twitter”. Looks like an exceptional move by the London government & administration to provide their staff training into new dimensions of social networking. Surely cyber crimes have seen an incremental growth since the increase in the number of internet users across the world. One would think that this training is from the point of view to arrest cyber crime but the fact lies that the police in UK is getting a training on Twitter & Facebook in order to use it as a tool to track & follow all kinds of criminals!
Once upon a time I was following singer Shreya Ghoshal on twitter through my account (@varwandkar). Being thousands of kilometers away I could clearly visualize where would the singer be as of now by deciphering her tweets! That’s when I advised her not to advertise her current location even indirectly by way of tweets! One never knows who may be following with what intentions! Same is the story with facebook & many other social media platforms. I am told about a story in Durham where a criminal learned everything about the victims bungalow just by scanning all the photographs uploaded by the victim on social network! The dacoit planned & executed the loot basis that information and escaped happily!
Training & retraining is really a mandatory tool for growth and success in today’s ever evolving world. Nothing is constant in this world except change. Yesterday’s technology is extinct today. Take a new computer or a cell phone and ask for its resell value after a few minutes, you will visualize the fast pace of change! It is said that a new car depreciates about twenty percentage the time it rolls down the car dealer’s showroom!
One of the CEO’s while addressing employees in a yearly speech said “Friends, today we have to run to stay where we are! Think what we will be required to grow?” Think of the fast pace of the world around – to stay where you are you need to be running! Old is the adage which says that stagnant water gets stale .. today if you are walking you may be left behind by many…. Not only this, you may loose your chance in a wink! Even running will not take you ahead, to move further you need to jump, leap, take turns, re-turns, bend, duck, hide & move …. finally evolve!
Message here is to embrace the change & be the change yourself. Evolve with the new era and the new technology. Your ignorance will not be excused, better be abreast, be prepared and try to be ahead of the technology and the change! Worst your rigidness to accept new dimensions is likely to be ruthlessly punished by the social environment around! In order to learn new lessons, at time we may have to unlearn the old ones, not because those lessons were wrong but because the context may have changed. There may not always be second chance to opt for the first opportunity on your way! Look around, there may be something new invading your old ways!
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Life lessons from 20 April 3, 2010Posted by aglakadam in Life and all, Management, Motivation.
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A lot of craze is running after the cricketing event of IPL. World cup 20 is likely to follow soon. In a way this new format of cricket has given us some messages…
Unlike the five day and even one day cricket games the 20-20 gives the result instantly. In a very short play duration you come to know who is the winner. The game takes many swings either ways and in most of the matches it is the last over or the last ball which decides the fate!
A question to be pondered over is “Why do some teams fail & some succeed?” Definitely I am not a cricket expert & would like to be excused on the finer cricketing details of the game. To my understanding there is a psychological aspect to this and a message to be learned by the youth. Lets not see the game just for fun or for the love of cricket, but also lets learn some critical messages out of this game.
LESSONS FOR EXCELLENS :
1. Execution : As is said in cricket – all teams are good but the winner is one who puts on the best show on field! According to me the experience & capability to play or perform under stressful situations helps one to showcase the best performance and taste success. You may have done a lot of planning & practice but if you are not able to execute it well, you are no where in the game!
2. Be really mind – strong : In life we can never be midway between willing to win and not being confidant to win! We have to be head strong in our approach, minor setbacks & small failures should never divert us from our target.
3. Winning is a by product : more important is playing the game – and playing it in the best possible manner. Definitely one needs to have the right strategy & proper planning, without which all play would be a spoil sport.
4. Have Passion, not just expertise : Just like any game, in life as well, the winner need not be an expert, the one who performs the best with 100 % passion most of the times stands out as a winner!
5. Overconfidence is fetal : If you have been a winner, an expert in your field; never underestimate your next game in life. When you are on field, it is important to focus on the reason that brings you there. Never loose focus.
6. The right attitude wins : As said by Sunil Gawaskar in his book ‘Idols’ : ‘when beaten by a ball, I just concentrate on the next ball.’ Forget the defeat, focus on the next shot. Have the right attitude & be victorious.
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ZIP your knowledge March 2, 2010Posted by aglakadam in Inspirational Story, Management, Motivation.
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There was a senior college professor who had made a lifetime’s study of the Assam tea herb & its qualities. He was an expert on tea & was known to be highly adamant & over proud on his knowledge in the domain.
Once he heard there was an old man living in Kohima who was a master on the tea herb qualities. People told him that the old man knew 100 times more than all the knowledge he had on tea herbs. So he made a special trip to Assam to see him. He found the master living in a small house on the outskirts of Kohima and they sat down to have tea together.
The professor was too anxious to know more about the tea herb & he immediately started talking about the tea ceremony, his study, all he knew about it and how he was looking forward to sharing his learning with the old man. The old man said nothing, but started to pour tea into the professor’s cup. While the professor talked, the old man continued to pour the tea, the cup filled and the old man kept pouring. The tea split down the sides of the cup in a stream onto the floor, yet the old man did not stop.
“Stop!” said the professor. “Are you crazy? You can’t pour any more tea in this cup. It’s already full.”
“I was just rehearsing,” replied the old man, “for the task of attempting to pass learning to a mind that is already full.” Friend first unlearn if you wish to learn more..
NOT JUST A STORY :
Friends this is not just a story but a truth in life. We all learn with our experiences in the society. Subconsciously many ifs & buts , dos & don’ts penetrate into our minds & we don’t even realize those. We get used to doing things, knowing situations the way we have been seeing it & even a bit of change makes us uncomfortable. We become adamant – ‘I know it all’ attitude creeps in our soul.
Lets understand it this way – if you are used to seeing a friend of yours in big & grown mustache since lifetime & suddenly you find him clean shaved… how would you react? Most likely your reaction would be more on the “Change Experience” & not on the Good or Bad part of it…. One is not PREPARED to accept the change, forget the past & welcome the new.
Look at the world around you & you will realize that every moment there is some value engineering happening some where. There are new ways to achieve the old results. The speed & processes are advancing day by day in almost every sphere. What was the best mode to succeed in examinations yesterday is not the same today.
The moral is that a huge gap is being created in every yesterday & every today. Please be ready & prepared to accept the ‘New’ from today. You will be able to do so only when you have an open mind. Welcome the ‘new”, zip & store the ‘old’ & process both to get better results.. that’s the mantra.
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NEVER SHOULD YOU QUIT .. February 8, 2010Posted by aglakadam in Inspirational Story, Management, Motivation.
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When things go wrong, as they sometimes will,
when the road you’re trudging seems all uphill,
When the funds are low and the debts are high,
And you want to smile, but you have to sigh,
When care is pressing you down a bit,
Rest, if you must, but do not quit.
Life is queer with its twists and turns,
As every one of us sometimes learns,
And many a failure turns about,
When he might have won had he stuck it out;
Don’t give up though the pace seems slow—
You may succeed with another blow.
Often the goal is nearer than,
It seems to a faint and faltering man,
Often the struggler has given up,
When he might have captured the victor’s cup,
And he learned too late when the night slipped down,
How close he was to the golden crown.
Success is failure turned inside out—
The silver tint of the clouds of doubt,
And you never can tell how close you are,
It may be near when it seems so far,
So stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit—
It’s when things seem worst that you must not quit.
Source : Stephen on September 21st, 2008;
Don’t change the gear for Success December 2, 2009Posted by aglakadam in Management, Motivation.
Tags: change, goal, Motivation, strategy, target, vision
Today I had a very enlightening chat with a very close friend of mine, here’s sharing that with you all readers …
Amarjeet Singh -a civil engineer by professional and also a Vastu Expert called me over phone and asked me a very interesting question. He said, Ajit which is your dream car? I said I already bought and sold my dream car ….. i.e. my first car the M800 was infact the car of my dream which when bought I had cherished a lot.
Actually my next car would be any SUV I said. Well, from Raipur how far will you be able to travel in that car? I said as long as the roads are good, or are just there I could drive along … He said can you drive till Mumbai.. I said why not, definitely yes.
Well, the next question was will your favorite car take you to London! Ooops, how’s that possible .. for that you need a different mode of transport … How can, any car for that matter. take you to London, I snapped back…
That’s the message, he said, at times in life.. If you are chasing a target and need to reach there, you need to change the vehicle for sure. Just changing the gear may not take you there ….
Changing gears may help you to maneuver in the short term, but can not help you reach long destinations. …
Well said.. and a message learnt.. All vehicles may not be the best vehicles for all destinations. Change your strategy..
Ajit Varwandkar // http://www.aglakadam.com // 02.12.2009