Want to be a winner? Just do it!

Here's a simple question to get you started. There are three monkeys sitting on a tree, above a pond. One of the monkeys decides to jump into the pond. How many monkeys are left on the tree? Two? Wrong. The right answer is three. You see, the monkey only made the decision to jump into the pond. He didn't actually jump! If you think about it, we are all like that. We take decisions. We make resolutions. But somehow, we don't follow through with action. And intent without action is quite useless, really. Getting started - taking that first step - is often the master key to success. As someone once said, you don't have to be great to get started. But you sure have to get started to become great! Do you find yourself struggling to take action on your plans and intentions? Well, here's a fivepoint programme to help you move from intent to action. Make a beginning ? right away. Whatever be your goal, take the first step - however small - right away. Until you take that first step, your mind does not believe you. You need to signal to yourself that you are serious, that you mean business. Commit to taking action, immediately. Today. Now. Break up the grand plan into smaller tasks. Remember, a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. Sometimes the task ahead looks so enormous that we feel overwhelmed - and we don't do anything about it. Break that up into smaller sub-tasks, and suddenly you'll find something that's doable. Remember that old adage &lsquosomething is better than nothing'? It's still true. Think of the pleasure, not the pain. Visualise success. If you want to do an MBA at a premier school and plan to devote three hours a day to studying, don't think about missing the football game on television, or about not being able to go out for that Saturday night bash. Think instead of the job that you could get post your MBA, the rewards that it would bring, the dreams that would get realised. Create a support group. Surround yourself with people who share your objective, who are copassengers on your journey to success. The excitement of being in it together will help you fight the inertia, and get you going with the rest of the gang. Pay up ? in advance. For most of us, monetary commitments are a strong impetus for action. The fear of losing money or wasting it, can spur you into action. We follow up on our commitments, if only to ensure our money is well-spent. Plan to lose weight? Pay up for that three-month weight loss programme! Don't wait. Surround yourself with people who share your objective, who are co-passengers on your journey to success.

Bestselling management author Tom Peters tells the story of a man who approached American financer and banker JP Morgan with an envelope, and said, "Sir, in my hand I hold a guaranteed formula for success, which I will gladly sell you for $25,000." "Sir," JP Morgan replied, "I do not know what is in the envelope. However, if you show me, and I like it, I give you my word as a gentleman that I will pay you what you ask." The man agreed to the terms, and handed over the envelope. JP Morgan opened it, and pulled out a single sheet of paper. He gave it one look - a mere glance - then handed it back to the gentleman. And paid him the agreed-upon sum of $25,000! On that sheet of paper, were two things: JP Morgan benefited from this advice, and you can too. Knowing what to do is often easy. We all have our list of things to do. Our plans and our resolutions. Doing it - that's the tough bit. But that's the hallmark of successful people. The Nike guys are right. Want to be a winner? Just do it!

Obstacles helped these men earn mega success
AT age 10, Julio was a little Spanish boy with a dream. He wanted to play football for his favourite club ± Real Madrid! He played all day, practised hard and became a very good goalkeeper. By the time he was 20, the childhood dream was beginning to come true. He was signed up to play for Real Madrid. And most football pundits were predicting that young Julio would soon become Spain¶s No.1 goalkeeper. One evening in 1963, Julio and his friends set out in a car for a night of fun. It turned out to be a night of horror, as the car they were travelling in met with a terrible accident. And young Julio ± soon-to-be star goalkeeper of Real Madrid and Spain ± found himself in hospital, paralysed from the waist downwards. Doctors were unsure if he¶d ever be able to walk again. They were pretty sure he would never play football again. The road to recovery was long and painful. Julio spent the night thinking about what might have been. His mind was filled with sorrow, anger, regret. To lessen the pain, he took to writing songs and poems at night, with a tear in his eye and a pen in his hand. And to increase the dexterity in his hand, a nurse gave him a guitar. He had never touched a guitar in his life! But soon Julio began strumming the guitar and also singing the songs that he had been writing.

Push it open. He wanted to be a doctor. brighter career waiting for you. Five years after the accident. Infosys. and everybody was convinced that this little boy would someday become a fine doctor.can often appear to be the end of the road. Julio Iglesias would have probably been just another goalkeeper in Europe! What happened to Julio that evening in 1963 could happen to any of us. worked with an IT firm ± and later went on to found Infosys. with unique talents. That¶s all. Julio entered a singing competition ± and won the first prize . Learning to cope with failure is often the first ± and most critical step ± towards success. His parents were shocked. selling over 300 million albums. But he didn¶t do too badly. tell yourself that ³Life goes on the same´. usually another one opens. You are a star. He wrote the entrance exam ± but failed to make the cut! He was devastated. Had Kris not failed the medical entrance. Just imagine. Didn¶t clear the entrance exam to engineering college? Maybe you weren¶t meant to be an engineer. did he? Maybe there is a better. Even Albert Einstein didn¶t clear the entrance exam to join a polytechnic. And go find your place in the sun! . The trick is to move on and like Julio. But it seldom is. And from Kris. Julio gradually picked up the pieces of his life. When one door shuts. another one opens. prescribing antibiotics for a runny nose or a nagging flu. He did well in school. If not for that accident. Never let failure impact your sense of self-belief. Just believe in yourself. CEO.After being bed-ridden for 18 months. But with a guitar in hand and a song on his lips. Just imagine. a bright little boy in a government school in Kerala had a dream. Julio Iglesias went on to become one of the top ten singers in the history of music. Imagine! Good lesson to learn from Julio. When one door shuts. He went on to do a BSc then a Masters degree.singing a song called ³Life goes on the same!´ He never played football again. It¶s just that we get so busy staring at the closed door and banging our head against it that we fail to spot the other door opening. Next time you are faced with a failure or a setback. Several years ago. A setback or an accident ± or failure . he may have been in some little town in Kerala today. look out for the other door. His name? Kris Gopalakrishnan.

So even though it¶s just a chain and a little wooden peg. or ³You are no good!´ And we stop ourselves from aiming high. And it does not try to break away. stopping us from achieving what was well within our powers. Because I come from a poor family. Set yourself free DO you know what they do to keep a circus elephant from running away? They tie a metal chain onto a collar around the mighty elephant¶s leg ± and tie it to a small wooden peg that¶s hammered into the ground. making it bleed. Sometimes it¶s a childhood experience or an early failure. A chain was tied around its leg and the other end of the chain was tied to a metal stake on the ground. When that happens. Circumstances change. These self-limiting beliefs become chains that stop us from trying. holding us back from doing what we are capable of. Sometimes. the baby elephant realised it was futile trying to escape. Don¶t chain them to a peg! . these beliefs about our limitations become stronger and stronger.000 kilo powerhouse. remember to handle your baby elephants with care! Don¶t be overly critical. The world¶s most powerful animal. But it does not do that. and escape to freedom.Smash the peg. And in life we often play the role of the elephant trainer. remains tied down by a small peg and a flimsy chain. But the chain would cut into the skin on the elephant¶s leg. colleagues or friends. and knows that it can only move as much as the chain will allow. we are all like the circus elephant. Because I don¶t speak English too well. uproot the wooden peg. We say ³I can¶t do it because«´ and fill in our favourite excuse. Our selflimiting beliefs that hold us back. Because I didn¶t study in a premier B-school. That becomes our chain and peg. the elephant stands still. the metal chain would pull it back. creating a wound that would hurt the baby elephant even more. It does not matter that the 100 kilo baby is now a 5. How come? It¶s because when the elephant was a baby. many of us grow up on a diet of ³Don¶t do that´. When it tried to break away. Soon. or ³You can¶t do it!´. We have it in us to take on the world. the elephant would pull harder. And of course. Time then to ask the question: what¶s holding you back? What¶s your chain and wooden peg? When we are young. It stopped trying ! And now when the big circus elephant is tied by a chain around its leg. Sometimes it¶s something we were told when we were younger. Don¶t belittle them. Over time. teachers. 5. too ± as parents. In fact it does not even try. It does not matter that the metal stake has been replaced by a wooden peg. However. We all have incredible power inside us. metal poles get replaced by wooden pegs ± but we don¶t recognise that. we have our own chains and pegs. which can uproot a tree as easily as you and I can break a toothpick. it remembers the pain it felt as a baby. tempted by the world it could see in the distance. The chain and peg were strong enough for the baby elephant. The 10-foot tall. If you think about it. its trainers used exactly the same methods. It remembers its limitations.000 kilo hulk could easily snap the chain. We give up without even trying. the elephant¶s belief prevails. We stop trying.

and they had to learn to live with it. the people were astonished to see two delicious apples there. And break the shackles of your selflimiting beliefs. . Don¶t let a mere chain-and-peg hold you back. And then one day a little boy said he would go and vanquish the monster. They felt this was their lot. It¶s a good idea to recognise what¶s holding you back. Set yourself free. and then thrust his clenched fist in front of the boy. twice as sharp and cut the man into half. The little boy then took out an apple and offered it to the monster. The monster grabbed the sword and almost magically pulled out another sword. twice as large as the one that the villager had. and despite their disbelief. long ago there lived a monster in a tiny village. People were surprised.Remember. It¶s sad when we allow our achievements in life to be determined not by our strengths and our powers ± but by our self-limiting beliefs. The story goes that long. Snap the chain. twice as large. we all have the strength of an elephant. Today! Unleash the elephant within! Change the way you look at world DO you hate your job and feel that you get paid much less than you deserve? Is there a subject you totally despise and hate studying? Is there someone who¶s being rude and nasty to you all the time? And have you been wondering why it¶s all that way? Maybe you should hear the story of the evil monster and the little boy. Several men tried to fight the monster. The villagers were all terrified of him. On another occasion. Twice as red and twice as large as the apple that the boy had offered. a villager set off with a large wooden club to hit the monster. But the monster opened his mouth and spewed huge flames ± that roasted the poor man. One man attacked the monster with a sharp sword. and felt their village was cursed to have such a creature living in their midst. went along to see the little boy take on the monster. held it to his mouth. the monster just flared his nostrils and glared back. a villager tried to set the monster on fire. Bang! As the fist slowly opened. The monster grabbed it. As the boy looked up at the giant. Time then to break free. Another time. Smash the peg. Scared by these events the village folks gave up trying to fight the monster. Break your self-limiting belief. The monster responded by slamming the man with a wooden club.

While your academic record. They believe the world is a wonderful place.what the moderators/ interviewers are looking for. it¶s unlikely that you¶ll do a great job. Twice as much! Is someone being rude to you? Maybe you need to change the way you behave with them. The panel is looking for an effective combination of knowledge and skills in the candidates. Children don¶t have preconceived notions. filled with delicious juice. and in our lives. Be nice to the ³Ms Nasty´ in college. In colleges. Look at Maths as a cool. The people were ecstatic. . in the office. The little boy smiled. It¶s significant that it took a little child to discover the true colours of the monster. Maybe the monster is really a nice guy. Let the child in you take over. don¶t wait for them to change. Resolve today then to change. Look at everything you dread with fresh eyes ± be it rude friends. And see the difference! Tips for Group Discussions/ Personal interviews GROUP DISCUSSIONS (GD) and Personal Interviews (PI) are standard selection tools for admission into good business schools in India. Go on. tough subjects or lousy jobs. and negative conditioning sets in. It¶s only as they grow up that the optimism vanishes. And it¶s a good idea to remember the lessons from that story. You get what you give. And the giant just smiled back. hating every moment. Most of our problems appear that way because of the way we look at them. If you don¶t contribute. A group of students is assigned a topic for discussion for 15±20 minutes. And you¶ll discover that the evil monster is in fact a benevolent giant. you need to change first! At work too. Change the way you look at him. And no. if you go in to work. and how students should prepare for success. You get back what you give. the monster is still around. Let¶s begin with GDs. work experience (if any) and scores in the entrance test qualify you for an interview call.¶ I will talk about two things here . your final selection depends largely on your performance in the µlast mile. don¶t expect to get paid a fat salary. I have been a recruiter from prominent B-schools during my days in the corporate sector and am now part of the selection panel for Praxis. I also do some training in this area. While the story is centuries old. Love your job and give it everything you have. And the monster took that and responded by placing in front of the boy two urns made of gold. So I have a fair idea of what it takes to win. We will also bust some myths while we address these questions. They suddenly realised that the monster was not a curse ± but a boon to the village. fun subject.The boy then took out a little earthen pot with some water and gave it to the monster.

REALITY: Students with lower academic achievements sometimes demonstrate better capability to relate their learning to practical situations. Communication skills are perhaps the most critical attribute of the modern manager. Management is an applied discipline ± students need to use their analytical skills to apply theory effectively to solve day-to-day problems. Knowledge gives the µcontent¶ in a discussion ± without good content you cannot score well. QUICK TAKE * Train your mind to think analytically * Your GD arguments should have µmeat¶ * Respect other people¶s views * Listening is important. Moderators look for the candidate¶s keenness and ability to listen to others ± mature managers are very good listeners because every time you listen. Preparation inculcate the good habit of structuring your thoughts and presenting them logically. dig into his treasure of knowledge and apply it usefully in the short time he has to make his point. Let¶s talk about the first three. communication skills.Knowledge comprises some understanding of the topic assigned. develop a keen interest in current affairs and seek opportunities to discuss these in groups. These comprise analytical skills. you learn. MYTH: Academic brilliance equals analytical skills. When speaking in a GD. Preparation . decision-making skills etc.students can train themselves to think analytically ± it is an attitude that one can develop as opposed to not µthink¶ at all. REALITY: Candidates perform well because they talk sense and there is sufficient µmeat¶ in what they say. ability to handle stress. MYTH: Candidates perform well because they are smooth talkers. and also a good level of awareness of the world around us. Preparation ± the only way to prepare is to read more. B-Schools seek a variety of skills in the aspirants. Acknowledge that everyone has something valuable to say. Practise patience * Writing essays can improve thought structure MYTH: Good communication is about speaking a lot. These include listening and articulation skills. team skills. . Preparation .train yourself to be a good listener ± develop the patience to listen attentively. Make it a habit to get to the µwhy¶ and µhow¶ of issues ± don¶t take things at face value ± think about them before you form an opinion. your job is to articulate your point of view in a way that is easy for others to comprehend. Writing essays on a variety of topics is good practice developing thought structure. speaking in a stylish accent and using µbig¶ words. The panel wishes to see whether the candidate is able to think clearly about a situation.

REALITY: Candidates who work with the group. speaking at the appropriate time. The GD is the first test of how good your team skills are. B-Schools prepare you for jobs that involve being part of and managing teams. accommodate diverse viewpoints and assert themselves without aggression score high. . This will be evident to a moderator even amidst the chaos that marks a typical GD. STUDENTS¶ HOWLERS! * Starting with the phrase ± Myself XYZ ± there¶s no better way to put the panel off. Preparation ± learn to respect others for what they are. We wish to know about you. using easyto-understand English and getting your point across in as simple a manner as possible. Do you listen to others? How do you handle points of view different from yours? Are you able to get across your point of view without appearing to be trying too hard? Do you cross the line from being assertive to being aggressive? If you are a good team player. MYTH 1: Candidates who try to µrun¶ the group and ensure everyone gets a chance to speak etc. Seek opportunities to discuss topics of mutual interest in diverse groups. In short. are able to present your point of view in a logical manner. Wonder how one pursues a hobby like µmeeting new people¶! * Saying things like ± I studied this in my first year ± as an excuse for not knowing some basic stuff related to their subject of study. * Getting into details about siblings and cousins ± especially the ones who seem to have done well. the other members of the group will tend to connect with you. the GD panel is testing whether you know the topic well. not about your extended family. are interested in understanding what others feel about the same subject and are able to conduct yourself with grace in a group situation. MYTH 2: People who dominate a discussion and reduce others to submission do well in GDs.REALITY: Good communication is about listening. * Citing ±µmaking friends¶ or µmeeting new people¶ ± as their hobby. Learn to be open-minded and recognize the fact that people think differently about issues. demonstrate great team skills. The panel members studied this about 20 years back ± they still remember it! * µI will get to learn how to manage people¶ as an answer to the question ± µWhat do you expect to learn in your business management education?¶ An MBA is a technical course that teaches you the fundamentals of a number of functions of running a business.

reasons for switching streams or giving up a job etc. A panelist looks at a candidate with two things in his mind ± would I like to have him on campus for the next two years. The candidate should be prepared to face questions on his areas of interest in academics and his area of work. maturity and an awareness of the environment around you are positive traits. analytical skills.And now the very last phase of the selection process ± the PI. Cynicism. Other common questions relate to your reasons for doing an MBA. Highlight your areas of strength ± try to direct the interview towards your area of comfort. The interviewee should thus come across as an honest. Speak the truth while answering personal questions ± nothing works quite as well as truth. your current job etc. He has to demonstrate the capability to think and present his thoughts cogently. However. the PI is a little more predictable as there is a set of questions that is likely to be asked to a majority of the candidates. Highlight your learning from your academics and your job. Emphasise your interest in pursuing an MBA. A seemingly innocuous question on who your role model is and why he is your role model can yield lots of information about you across these dimensions. arrogance and indifference are negative traits. and. Please remember that these are questions about you and only you can give honest answers to them. Listen attentively to each question asked and keep your answers brief and to the point. A necessary condition is to understand your own self ± your strengths. genuineness. to justify your decision to pursue an MBA. weaknesses and nature ± before attempting an answer. It makes sense to know what these questions are and to be prepared with the answers. Some of the GD attributes we have spoken about remain as important in a PI ± knowledge. Hope you enjoy the GD/ PI process and get admission to the Bschool of your choice. and that too from that B-school. Avoid running down your college. capable and sincere person. your career goals. Students often ask me for help in answering these types of questions. Learn to say µI don¶t know¶ instead of making wild guesses! There is no substitute to preparation. .. Diligence. Let¶s look at some of these questions: The most frequently asked first question is ± Can you tell us something about yourself? It makes ample sense to prepare a comprehensive answer to this ± the trick again being able to structure it effectively. will I be able to place him with a good organisation two years from now. your current area of study. communication skills. A counsellor can at best help you structure the reply.

This is true. In 1808. He never stopped educating himself at any stage of life. he sent a memorandum to his personal librarian to arrange for a portable library of 1000 volumes. he knew that he could not afford to lack the knowledge he needed. He also used to read so fast that a book hardly lasted him an hour and the assistant was kept busy carrying away armful of finished books brought from the shelves. a study of great men who made a mark in history helps us fathom some of the timeless ingredients of leadership. Ever since his boyhood days. from an in depth study of Napoleon and his life. reading was Napoleon¶s first love. In this article. In spite of great strides registered in science and technology. the golden day for him was when the ship arrived with wooden cases of books. Hence. Napoleon maintained a well-stocked home library. Continuous self-education Reading and learning from books was the only way one could continuously learn in those days. Napoleon believed. ³The only thing we learn from history is that we learn nothing from history´. During his last days of captivity in St. Helena. skills and qualities required for fruition of endeavours remain the same and this is a domain in which lessons from history are particularly timeless. . He was strongly influenced by works of Rousseau¶s Confessions. Continuous education was personally important to Napoleon. Education. So he regularly skipped many of the pages (including Rousseau¶s) as µuseless treatises¶. so as not to waste space and loosely bound so that the books would lay flat while he read them on campaigns. His quest for knowledge continued with the same vigour even at the height of his busy tenure as Emperor and remained aglow till his last days as a prisoner of war in St. As emperor. should be useful to one¶s position. Helena. printed in small types with no margin. the famous German philosopher. said. he is said to have collected 3. the human nature. Helena. in the midst of hectic military campaigns. In St. Many of his pioneering reforms in education were based on ideas gleaned from Rousseau¶s works.Napolean was a great manager FRIEDRICH Hegel.000 volumes and they were arranged on the bare damp shelves. when you consider the fact that the greatest lessons are taught by history. How many of our leaders today continuously read and educate themselves? Selective reading Since Napoleon¶s reading was very extensive. he had to be compellingly selective. and La Novella Heloise. we identify and present some of his qualities which paved the way for his great achievements.

In today¶s world characterized by information explosion and overload. Before he established a splendid royal palace as Emperor at Fontainebleau. In his last will and testament the entire cash apportioned represented his savings from his civil list payments for the last 14 years. His gross life lasted 51 years. clear all other extreme thoughts and concentrate on the issue at hand. Napoleon used to admonish. were all purchased from his own savings. His eating consisted of two simple meals a day. Helena. focuses only on the optimal management of a calendar day. ³space we can recover. dining room. It is also critical to cultivate the art of reading and skip unwanted reading. audience chamber and a large ante chamber. Thrift In public. . including items like furniture and pieces of art. His net active life. Within this short span of his life. To his courtiers. he was a stickler to thrift in his own private life. Other items. He was taken as a prisoner of war after his decisive defeat at Waterloo and was deported to the island of St. With greater time at our disposal. was only 45 years. seven months and 20 days. as we understand. he lived an extremely productive life. He was having only two (Napoleon trade mark) velvet caps at a time and everywhere he will put it on in a diagonally tilted posture. However. his advice was: ³Be economical and even parsimonious at home. he would plug all the corners and crevices in his mind. Living the µPresent Moment¶ For Napoleon. therefore. He would drink half-a-cup of strong coffee twice or thrice in a day. time never´. notorious for its insalubrious climate and remained as captive for six years till his death. Napoleonic era lasted only for 16 years from 1799 to 1815. conference room. leaving indelible footprints on the sands of time. When an issue was taken up for consideration. His wardrobe was limited. But Napoleon offers himself as a great role model by the way he conducted his µwhole life time management¶ in a masterly manner. Savings from his personal income was a priority. like Napoleon. be magnificent in public´. time management is considered a critical topic. Compare this with our individual life and career. Time management. ³It is in your moment of decision that your destiny is shaped´. we are unable to leave a mark. the most important moment was µnow¶. however. it is particularly important to be very selective in what we chose to read. The great µLife time Manager¶ In modern managerial education. In these limited number of years his achievements are extraordinary. his accommodation consisted of a bedroom. splendour and pageantry. Napoleon loved dazzle. study. bath room.

I decided to share those lessons with you. ³His presence on the field made a difference of 40. Getting a driving license does not make you a driver. his speeches. and became a real driver. Get your hands dirty!' He is 58 years old. But it was only after several months of driving a car that I actually learnt to drive. ³I was 18 when I got my license. And he worked with me as my driver. Augustin. ³I add to the names of patriots.´ A license is only a permit ± and not a stamp of authority. a code of laws adopted by various countries. Sometimes. is only due to his everlasting contributions as an organiser. Here goes: 1. His name is Karunan. ³I have never seen a man in any situation in life with so much personal activity and restless perseverance´. his enduring popularity. citizen Bonaparte. He¶s spent 25 years working for one of India¶s most respected corporate houses. Sir Neil Campbell. Many a lesson is in store to be learnt from a study of his life for today¶s generation.Leaving a mark Napoleon had the innate ability to create a favourable impression in the minds of people with disparate backgrounds. While Napoleon is known for his military victories. bespectacled with distinguished silver grey hair. And as Karunan spoke to me one morning about his life and times. fiery leader of the French Revolution wrote to his brother during early spring of 1794. administrator and manager of the French state. courts of law. schools and a strong active and intelligent administration. an exceedingly meritorious General in Command of the Artillery´. An MBA does not make you a manager. Duke of Wellington used to say of him. 'Slog. Napoleon Bonaparte is not great by virtue of his words. however. the biggest lessons in life come from very unlikely sources. which forms the basis for our living till today (Napoleonic Code is adopted in all European countries even today). It is only after you spend several more years learning on the job that you truly qualify to call yourself a manager. Even his rival British commander Arthur Wellesley. the English commissioner at Elba. Since Karunan will probably never be invited to deliver a convocation speech or a commencement address at a college. brother of Maximilien Robespierre. But it is unlikely you would have ever heard of him. . he is great in that he created a solid powerful government. wrote in his recollections. I thought young people would benefit from listening to what he has to say. I have learnt a lot from him.000 men´. his writings or by virtue of a love of liberty.

the lessons I learnt remain firmly etched in my mind. That¶s as true for engineers and MBAs and accountants as it is for drivers. I banged his tempo quite a bit. the pay was bad but the boss was good.Many young people confuse getting a degree as signifying the end of their learning. It doesn¶t make you an expert. The real world is very different from a classroom. dirty your hands ± and go beyond your specific role. We could all benefit by staying focused on doing a great job ± rather than worrying about the next job. It¶s not about the company. A degree or a diploma ± the licence ± simply marks you out as someone qualified to learn from real life experiences. ³I always wanted to drive the best cars ± but rather than complain about having to drive a tempo or a school van or the city transport bus. Do the best with what you have. Knowing what¶s under the bonnet has made me a better driver today. make mistakes.´ Now that¶s a great lesson. I told myself that if I do that. work hard. Do a good job. wherever you are. While the dents were quickly repaired. And they did. It¶s about you. That¶s priceless. or the next promotion. Initially.´ The world outside the classroom is a very different place. ³In my first job. And to your life! . ³I spent nights working as a cleaner. Inevitably.´ The brightest marketing professionals in the country will tell you that they learnt their biggest lessons in the days they spent slogging in small towns selling soaps or colas. I focused on driving well. ³I learnt to drive a car. 5. Slog. There¶s no other way. That¶s when I learnt all about the insides of an automobile. Get a good boss. Those then are five fabulous life lessons from an unlikely guru. and so were the gears. Focus on being a good driver. If you want to be successful. Success and happiness will follow. 3. the good cars will come. 4. A good mentor.´ In your first job ± don¶t worry about pay packet or the size of the organisation. I thought I knew how to drive ± but I couldn¶t even get the tempo started. But my first job required me to drive a little tempo. Don¶t worry about which car you drive. The steering wheel was different. Karunan spent 15 years struggling in odd jobs before landing a driver¶s job in one of India¶s largest companies. what you learn is more important than what you earn. He gave me opportunities to learn. 2. Get your hands dirty. It¶s just the beginning. Get ready to get surprised. Wrong. Follow Karunan¶s advice and I guarantee they¶ll make a difference to your career.

But we forget that sometimes the biggest lessons in life come from the smallest folks around us. don¶t be so arrogant as to believe that a crisis or a setback cannot happen to you. tough times don¶t last. As the old saying goes. That¶s a good lesson to remember. never give up!´ 2. 3. and that summer will soon be here. Have you noticed how ants always look for a way around an obstacle? Put your finger in an ant¶s path and it will try and go around it. As they suffer through the unbearable cold of the winter. It won¶t give up and go back. There will always be obstacles in our lives. If you look around you. We are keen to learn the secrets of their success. When we are down and seemingly out. It¶s important to retain a positive attitude. Ants think winter all summer. Ants never quit. ants keep reminding themselves that it won¶t last forever. Ants do all they possibly can. And with the first rays of the summer sun. Never. And remember. Save for a rainy day. when we go through what looks like a never-ending crisis. Ants think summer all winter. Winston Churchill probably paraphrased the ant¶s mindset when he offered this priceless advice: ³Never give up. Do all you can! One ant doesn¶t worry about how much food another ant is collecting. Nor does it complain about the poor pay! Ants just do their bit. Ants know that summer . Winters will come. the ants come out ± ready to work. He identified four key lessons from the behaviour of ants that can help us lead better lives.the good times ± won¶t last forever. Good times will come. Remember the old story of the ant and the grasshopper? In the middle of summer. When the going is good. Be good to other people. you¶ll find that successful people are those who just do all they possibly can. They gather all the food they can.doing all you possibly can. ready to play. keep looking for alternative routes to get to our goals. Tough people do.Secret of success: Get the mind-set of an ant! All of us tend to look up to big people for lessons on how to get better. It does not sit back and wonder why it should have to work so hard. are the four lessons from Rohn¶s µAnts Philosophy¶. The challenge is to keep trying. or over it. 4. Here then. . an attitude that says things will get better. Now that¶s a good lesson to remember! Take ants for instance. but good people do. Look ahead. It won¶t just stand there and stare. good times may not last. We should all learn to be like that.the great motivational guru ± developed what he called the µAnts Philosophy¶. it¶s good to remind ourselves that this too shall pass. Success and happiness are usually the result of giving 100% . Jim Rohn is no more ± but his messages continue to inspire. How much food does an ant gather in summer? All that it possibly can! Now that¶s a great work ethic to have. the ant was busy gathering food for the winter ahead ± while the grasshopper was out having a good time. It will keep looking for a way out. Would you believe those small creatures can teach us how to live a better life? Jim Rohn . 1.

IIT-Madras . Stay positive. BPCL. Dibrugarh. Process control engineer. Adani. Along with coal oil still remains India¶s key to secure its energy needs and economic growth. Marketing Officer. Director of the School of Petroleum Technology. And remember. And there¶s just one more lesson to learn from ants. Pune Qualification: Diploma. RGIPT. the reality is that these alternative forms of energy have not taken off in India. don¶t fret. Indian Oil. Infosys. CRISIL. Gandhinagar.K. Think of the little ant. due to the thrust on environmental concerns. Banik. Well Testing analyst. Well Stimulation Engineer. ISM. so there will be a lot of vacancies in the near future. Geophysicist. GAIL. Dhanbad. MIT. Gulf Oil. and according to him two factors will ensure a high demand of qualified professionals in the sector. Banik. and you feel you just can¶t carry on. Design Engineer. Don¶t quit. Essar Oil. P. though interest has been generated in areas like nuclear energy and solar energy. We can carry burdens on our shoulders and manage workloads that are far. far heavier than we¶d imagine. .´ he elaborates. MWD Engineer (Measurement While Drilling). Jindal Group. Dibrugarh University. He is very optimistic about the job scenario in the petroleum sector in the coming years. MBA What you become: Geologist. British Gas. Drilling engineer. Hence the focus is likely to remain on the petroleum sector for many years to come. Sales Officer.´ says Prof. BTech. Health and safety engineer. HPCL. The optmistic view is shared by Prof. the new energy professionals Fast Facts Best Schools: PDPU. Look ahead. Did you know that an ant can carry objects up to 20 times their own weight? Maybe we are like that too. MTech. PDPU. Mud Logging engineer. ³I expect Petroleum sector to be in focus for the next 25-30 years. Petrophysicist.Follow the four simple steps of Jim Rohn¶s µAnt Philosophy¶ ± and you¶ll see the difference. In the recent past. Dehradun. Gandhinagar. you too can carry a lot more on your shoulders! Petrocrats. Next time something¶s bothering you and weighing you down. Reservoir Engineer. ³The growth rate in petroleum industry is higher than the national GDP growth rate hence the requirement for petroleum engineers is there. Deloitte. And do all you can. Business Development Officer Recruiters: Accenture. Pipeline Engineer. Rae Bareilly. UPES. L&T THE average manpower requirement in petroleum industry is very high compared to other industries. R&D Engineer.

if one starts his career with IOC. Bhavesh Patel. which according to him is the first petroleum institute in India. Vice-Chancellor of UPES Dehradun. Banik. ³Traditionally. as well as Communication Skills classes focus on skill development. in which a string of measurement tools are inserted in the borehole * Drilling engineers design and implement procedures to drill wells as safely and economically as possible ³With respect to the knowledge aspect. Diwan. including character building. It¶s even so with larger international companies.´ says Dr. Fullfledged petroleum engineers must be chemical engineers. At PDPU. ³Students work on an MBA dissertation or thesis. and how oil and gas moves. So it runs over the full second year and has eight credits. * Geophysicists tell you where the Oil and Gas is by conducting various surveys. * Petrophysicists evaluate the reservoir rock properties by employing well log measurements. Hailing from India¶s premier B-School for HR & OB . because they must know where the oil and gas reserves are underground. stressing on the multidisciplinary nature of a petroleum engineer. one comes to know that the OD (Organisational Development) and OB (Organisational Behaviour) courses. the focus is three-pronged: first students are made academically sound. Further. too. So. Parag Diwan. petroleum engineering is an amalgamation of all engineering disciplines. their skill development is taken care of. .XLRI. and basic knowledge. Second.´ says Prof. they must be electrical engineers. Jamshedpur . do some forecasting etc. a strong 250-page document which they start working on immediately after coming back from their internship. geophysics. Oil & Gas studies ± what is it? ³Interestingly. They must know everything. bring in models. For example. each institute is employing a unique method to help its students stand apart. they must know geology. adequate electives are offered to enable students to specialise in the area of their choice from Finance. we have heavy research focus in our MBA. In addition. We offer various subjects to cover functional knowledge.´ explains Prof. On further enquiry. domain knowledge. employment in this sector is lifetime employment. So for be first six months they would do the framework.Prof.´ says Dr.Another lucrative aspect of this sector is a relatively stable employment scenario. we reviewed the curriculum last year and removed existing gaps. Profiles of a Petroleum Engineer * Geologists can tell about the Oil & Gas reserves. to some extent civil engineers and instrumentation and control engineers. analysis and in some cases even the data collection and in the last semester they analyse. HR etc. Further. The third focus is on personality development. he generally retires with IOC.

the traditional route of entry has been by getting a BTech or an MTech degree in any discipline of Petroleum Engineering.´ he explains. stores. Being a technology-dominant industry. petrochemical plants. petroleum product distribution. 2. Finance and HR functions are increasingly being hired from the MBA batches of these institutes. more or less the norm across these institutes now-a-days. retail outlets and natural gas distribution companies. Downstream: This involves the refining of crude oil and the selling and distribution of natural gas and products derived from crude oil. This includes searching for potential underground or underwater oil and gas fields. natural gas. What you must study While those with a BTech/ MTech typically stoke the operations arm of the petroleum companies. Sensitivity to human issues is brought about by another programme because without this the manager is an incomplete manager. What petroleum engineers do There are three main areas which a student can choose within Petrochemical engineering to further his career: 1. And it also includes searching for new forms of energy like Shale oil/ gas or oil from deep sea beds. conferences and summits where students get a chance to interact with industry experts are. Lectures. drilling of exploratory wells. We also have a labour colony on campus whom the students educate. the management cadre comprising of Marketing. Midstream: This area of the sector processes. try to understand their problems and help them continuously for two years. and subsequently operating the wells that recover and bring the crude oil and/ or raw natural gas to the surface. markets and transports commodities such as crude oil. Upstream: The upstream oil sector is also known as the exploration and production (E&P) sector.Patel has evolved a unique methodology for students¶ personality development. The downstream sector includes oil refineries. they are in contact for some time with people who come in the µhave not¶ category. with petroleum institutes like PDPU. ³Of the 21 management trainees hired in our organisation this year.´ says Manas Nanavati. a 2010 batch Petro-MBA and management trainee at Bharat Petroleum in Mumbai. on a voluntary basis. 20 come from such specialised institutes. . UPES and RGIPT opening up in the country. natural gas liquids and sulphur 3. ³Students. do community service in the nearby villages. However. one can also get a specialised BBA or MBA in Oil & Gas sector to kick-start one¶s petro-career. In this Human sensitisation programme. of course.

a good understanding of the sector is required and a first technical degree helps.However. The flipside Though salaries are lucrative and the prospects are bright. Obviously. the perks too are on the higher side. Dehradun. Even if you are not in a technical job as such. being in direct proportion to what they pay.5 lakhs with the highest salary being 10 lakhs for the MBA batch. there are a lot of companies into design of off shore structure.´ says Bhavesh Patel. in comparison to these allied opportunities. extraction. Petroleum exploration. one finds that many of these MBAs have actually done engineering at their graduation level. agrees that the BTech holders have an edge over the MBAs in placements as it is a technology-dominant industry. the average salary was around rupees 4. which is responsible for projects in these industries. L&T is a major company in this area. They prefer people with IT knowledge and domain knowledge of the Oil & Gas sector. . It can be physically very demanding and social life is almost zilch. Another promising area is the IT companies with domain areas in Oil and Gas.´ says Dr. Parag Diwan. Opportunities abroad Another interesting fact to note is that 30% of the petroleum engineers produced by India are working abroad. ³We send students for a three-week rural internship programme right after the completion of the first year of their studies to acclimatise them to the harsh conditions. The remuneration. HR with Gujarat State Petroleum Corporation (GSPC) shares that the Sixth Pay Commission made a significant difference to his pay packet. however. Banik. Opportunities galore It is not only in the core Oil & Gas sector that petro-graduates are in demand. the conditions in which one has to work in the field are often trying. ³The student preference is clearly for international companies like British Gas and Schlumburger. Senior Officer. VC. Secondly. Manas happens to be a Chemical Engineer. Nihit Jain. which only petroleum engineers can do as they have these subjects covered in their curriculum unlike a Civil or Mechanical engineer. probing deeper. UPES. and processing is a very technology-intensive process and therefore skilled manpower intensive. For example. Worker level or unskilled people do not fit the bill and technical persons are required.´ says Prof. Parag Diwan. Nihit had joined GSPC in 2008 after completing his MBA-Oil & Gas. For example. Big IT companies like Wipro & TCS have verticals focussed on Oil and Gas. off shore drillwell etc. remains higher for the core technical jobs. Remuneration ³Last year. so as to prepare them well for a job in the demanding petroleum sector. Director of School of Petroleum Management at PDPU.

Four: The most important part of you will always be what¶s on the inside. . but you¶ll need it to become a stronger person. Now replacing the place of the pencil with you. Always remember them and never forget. ³Before I send you out into the world. just before putting him into the box. but only if you allow yourself to be held in God¶s hand. you must leave your mark.the going is tough.´ he told the pencil.´ ³Two: You will experience a painful sharpening from time to time. In fact. or even the hilly terrain of the North East with little company. Two: You will experience a painful sharpening from time to time. but only if you allow yourself to be held in Someone¶s hand. or in the desert regions.´ ³One: You will be able to do many great things.´ ³Three: You will be able to correct any mistakes you might make. ³There are 5 things you need to know. One: You will be able to do many great things.´ The pencil understood and promised to remember. but you¶ll need it to become a better pencil. by going through various problems in life. And allow other human beings to access you for the many gifts you possess. No matter what the situation. Parable of the Pencil The Pencil Maker took the pencil aside.´ ³And Five: On every surface you are used on. the sector seems to have something in common with the Merchant Navy . you must continue to do your duties. but the tough laugh all the way to the bank. and you will become the best person you can be. No matter what the condition. and went into the box with purpose in its heart. Always remember them and never forget. you must leave your mark.´ ³Four: The most important part of you will always be what¶s inside. And Five: On every surface you walk through.You can expect to be at an offshore drilling site like Bombay High. Three: You will be able to correct any mistakes you might make. you must continue to write. and you will become the best pencil you can be.

with a big shiny nose. The name of the character? A little reindeer named Rudolph. The True Story Of Rudolph A man named Bob May. was dying of cancer. Who was the character? What was the story all about? The story Bob May created was his own autobiography in fable form. but also of anger. By 1946 Wards had printed and distributed more than six million copies of Rudolph. Bob finished the book just in time to give it to his little girl on Christmas Day. stared out his drafty apartment window into the chilling December night. Then he was blessed with his little girl. Small when he was a kid. depressed and brokenhearted. He was too little at the time to compete in sports. Wards went on to print. . The general manager of Montgomery Ward caught wind of the little storybook and offered Bob May a nominal fee to purchase the rights to print the book. Barbara looked up into her dad's eyes and asked. Never allow yourself to get discouraged and think that your life is insignificant and cannot make a change. the Red-Nosed Reindeer" and distribute it to children visiting Santa Claus in their stores. He was often called names he'd rather not remember. married his loving wife and was grateful to get his job as a copywriter at Montgomery Ward during the Great Depression. embellishing it more with each telling. That same year. It had been the story of Bob's life. The character he created was a misfit outcast like he was. But it was all short-lived. Her question brought waves of grief. "Rudolph. Bob struggled to give hope to his child. Again and again Bob told the story. Evelyn. Evelyn died just days before Christmas in 1938. Life always had to be different for Bob. But if he couldn't buy a gift. "Why isn't Mommy just like everybody else's Mommy?" Bob's jaw tightened and his eyes welled with tears. From childhood. His 4-year-old daughter Barbara sat on his lap quietly sobbing.Allow this parable on the pencil to encourage you to know that you are a special person and only you can fulfill the purpose to which you were born to accomplish.a storybook! Bob had created an animal character in his own mind and told the animal's story to little Barbara to give her comfort and hope. a major publisher wanted to purchase the rights from Wards to print an updated version of the book. Bob did complete college. Little Barbara couldn't understand why her mommy could never come home. But the story doesn't end there. for whom he couldn't even afford to buy a Christmas gift. Bob was different and never seemed to fit in. Bob was often bullied by other boys. Evelyn's bout with cancer stripped them of all their savings and now Bob and his daughter were forced to live in a two-room apartment in the Chicago slums. Bob's wife. he was determined to make one .

This body is not yours. and in the other instance you can be steeped in poverty. and will disappear into these elements. Bob's brother-in-law. Whatever happened.. You need not worry for the future. What did you lose that you cry about? What did you bring with you. and will belong to someone else the day after tomorrow. The book became a best seller. that being different isn't so bad. You came empty handed. But the soul is permanent . it was recorded by the singing cowboy. nor does it die. It is this false happiness that is the cause of your sorrows. you will leave empty handed. whatever will happen.so who are you? Dedicate your being to God. with the exception of "White Christmas. which you think got destroyed? You did not bring anything . Though the song was turned down by such popular vocalists as Bing Crosby and Dinah Shore.whatever you have. selling more records than any other Christmas song. belonged to someone else yesterday. You need not have any regrets for the past. "Rudolph. Gene Autry. you have given only here. The body is made of fire. you received from here. you took from God. Whatever you gave. happened for the good. you gave to Him. He is the one to be ultimately relied upon. The Bhagavad Gita Simplified And Englished Why do you worry without cause? Whom do you fear without reason? Who can kill you? The soul is neither born. the Red-Nosed Reindeer" was released in 1949 and became a phenomenal success. became wealthy from the story he created to comfort his grieving daughter. whatever is happening. Yours and mine. In fact. is happening for the good. water. the CEO of Wards returned all rights back to Bob May.. And Bob May learned the lesson. What you think of as death is indeed life. being different can be a blessing. In one instance you can be a millionaire.In an unprecedented gesture of kindness. now remarried with a growing family. But the story doesn't end there either. Whatever you took. which you think you have lost? What did you produce. made a song adaptation to Rudolph. Those ho know of His support . Change is the law of the universe." The gift of love that Bob May created for his daughter so long ago kept on returning back to bless him again and again. Johnny Marks. air. What is yours today. You are mistakenly enjoying the thought that this is yours. earth and ether. The present is happening. big and small erase these ideas from your mind. Many toy and marketing deals followed and Bob May. just like his dear friend Rudolph. Then everything is yours and you belong to everyone. will also happen for the good only. neither are you of the body. Whatever you have given.

The dog fought to protect the baby from the ravenous jackal. She always returned to find the child soundly asleep with the dog faithfully watching over him. Whatever you do. It was too late for her now to make amends because in her impatience and anger. The baby's cot was dismantled. There was a total mess. something tragic happened. who now began to understand what took place in her absence. But as she continued searching for the "remains" of her child. Close to the bed was her baby who. although lying on the bare floor. One day. And under the bed. the carcass of a jackal torn to pieces in what must have been a fierce battle between it and the dog which was now dead.freedom forever. Then reality hit the woman. It was covered with blood and licking its mouth as if it had just finished a delicious meal. do it as a dedication to God. she beheld another scene. His nappies and clothes torn to shreds. The woman went berserk and assumed that the dog had devoured her baby. was safe. This dog was so faithful that the woman could leave her baby with it and go out to attend other matters. Think about it! .are forever free from fear. GOD IS NOTHING BUT THE SUPREME SELF WITHIN YOU. the woman wailed as she began looking for the baby. This will bring you the tremendous experience of joy and life . The Faithful Dog There is a legend of a woman who had a faithful dog. worry and sorrow. Without much thought. The woman as usual. she had killed the faithful dog. Presently. she saw the faithful dog emerging from the under the bed. she discovered a rather nasty scene. with bloodstains all over the bedroom where she had left the child and the dog. When she returned. left the baby in the "hands" of this faithful dog and went out shopping. Shocked. she clubbed the dog to death. Question: How often have we misjudged people and torn them to shreds with harsh words and even with physical assault before we have had time to evaluate the situation? A little patience can drastically reduce major life long errors.

Make today your greatest day!. Understand that you are here to grow. Call a friend and make them laugh. Excuse yourself from any relationship that is hurtful. Remind yourself that you are beautiful. But is this "luck" thing really so harsh and irreversible? . Today you have the opportunity to do so much! You can choose to make it the same ol' same ol' or you can make it great. Today is a new day. to love. Do something you've wanted to do but always talked yourself out of. Surround yourself with positive people. it's bad luck. and be loved. and created by love. Choose to make it great. Take time to think about all the things you are grateful for. powerful. to learn. then do it again tomorrow :) Rewrite Your Destiny How many of us blame "destiny" when we're going through tough phases of life? We hear people say. Embrace the immeasurable power you have been blessed with. Say goodbye to people who mean you harm. Let go of past regrets and future insecurities. . .Your Greatest Day! Today is a new day! What can you do today to make it your greatest day? Shake things up today. Share your dreams and thoughts with someone close to you. Stop validating your victim mentality.

when your capabilities are not displayed for their greatest worth. This power is "will power". Today. And if you are doing so. esteem. discipline. Display your light for the world to see.Though few events of our life like birth. Your light can make a more beautiful world. we can turn it in our favor by hard and righteous work. The secret lies in being vigorous and not surrendering. When trapped from all sides in a dark cave one is not supposed to break the rock straight away. it will have to change as result of your "karmas" and you will rewrite your destiny. or lack of motivation. or challenges we can repeal them by our "karma". It's been snuffed out by fears. Similarly if we are walking on the path of positivity with great faith in the almighty. Don't be admonished or humbled to avoid showing off your skills. Don't let others convince you of your inadequacies. Within you is a glimmer of the divine. Even when passing through the roughest period of our life. Seek Perfection Have you sought to ascertain the talents you've been given? Do you realize the great gifts you possess? What are you doing with the talents you have. No good deed goes without being paid off and it does have the power of changing the fortunes. Human life is precious and powerful. commitment and positivism. Don't allow peers to sway you from using the talents you have.our deeds. Your abilities are a part of who you are and you should affirm the love. it's better to keep trying to make something good happen rather than sitting or blaring. performing our karmas. The secret lies not in being the victim or spectator of circumstances but in being victor of circumstances. the light of many in the world lies dormant. You become a whole individual when you . One hollows out a small hole amid rocks to let the sunshine and air come in to avoid suffocation. When and how? Better we leave this calculation to the most compatible one . The secret lies in always striving to fill the gap between "what is happening" and "what you want to make happen". Then efforts are aimed at breaking free. we'll be paid off. judgment. the employer will pay for 20 hours. However this "will power" has to be coupled with undeterred hard work. opportunities. when it comes to hard times. Realize that there is a vast chasm between those who let their light shine and those who seek only to draw attention to themselves. Don't let your talents be silenced by prejudice. marriage or death are controlled by destiny. and trust which you have within yourself. Give of your light to the world. You deny self and others of many great experiences. For example if one has worked for 20 hours in a week. Don't undermine the light of these talents by hiding your abilities. no matter how tough stiff the problem is or how tough the time is. that can bring satisfaction to your being? You were born into this world with unique gifts. Even when nothing seems obliging or working.the god himself.

It's not too late to ask yourself how you can utilize those abilities in your daily living. it becomes your destiny. they become words. And it is continuously working in every human life. All you pretend to do or obtain will be in vain.. happiness and your dreams. (not even for a second) negative thoughts that take you away from your peace. If you have kept your light hidden for so long that it has shrunk to an ember. you will spread light to a darkened world. of all success or failure. if you don't trust and believe in yourself. Watch your habits. the stronger they become and the more they control our actions.can share the embodiment of your vast potential." --. Maybe think of it this way: a car's wheels are to the tires what confidence is to our achievements. start today to enlighten yourself and the world. whether we realize it of not. The Power Of Thought "Watch your thoughts. Like creates like.that you are sure you will achieve whatever you set in your mind. fear. conditions exactly the same in nature as is the thought that gives them form. they become character. and like attracts like. Seek to be in the right place at the right time to make a difference in someone's life. Never. uncertainty.Ralph Waldo Emerson . therefore a weak personality. your thoughts and guide them toward your goals. thoughts are forces and each create of its kind. Thoughts of insecurity. Watch your character." --. All thoughts we retain in our minds influence our personality and motives. Watch your words." --. of all is desirable or undesirable in human life. Be sure about yourself. believe and imagine about ourselves determines exactly our personality and the security with which we cope with life. Attitude is everything! All the knowledge or education you acquire doesn't matter.James Allen Wallace What we think. constantly and daily. Take control of your life! Monitor. they become habits. they become actions. The gifts you were born with were not given to you arbitrarily. or better yet be confident. The type of thoughts we entertain both creates and draws conditions that crystallize about it. "People only see what they are prepared to see. Seek to know His will. Godspeed. God put you here for a purpose.. Know that when you embrace and share your talents with others. The more we hold them. Watch your actions. never accept. Being confident consists of believing in yourself . and failure build a weak.Frank Outlaw "Thought is at the bottom of each progress or retrogression. for it is the main and first step all of us need to acquire what we want. regardless of all the obstacles you have in front of you. even if we don't have the required tools. negative and insecure mind.

Believing something can be done sets the mind in motion to find a way of doing it. And.Goodnight It is time for bed. when the only thing worth concentrating on is why and how we can. to make this day the best one yet?? Did I react to every opportunity to do a good deed. from work to home to community development. Did I do everything I could today. There is a way. I helped her. When you believe it is impossible.'do . I need to get on my knees and thank the Lord above for another day. I do not let fear live in me. In almost everything in life. then your mind goes to work to help find ways of doing it. "yes" to all of my questions. Goodnight! What Is Progress? Man belongs to where he wants to go. Believe it can be done.. I ask myself.. I humbly thank Him for being such a big part of my life and walking with me on my journey of self-exploration. Did I kiss my daughters goodnight and was I the best Daddy I can be to my children?? Ok. Think 'improvement' in everything you do and think 'high standards' in everything you do. the formula for success is .. there is a better way. who just spilled her pocketbook while looking for a pen to cross off the broccoli she just put in her carriage off of her list? Did I offer to help her pick up her belongings or did fear of helping someone riddle my body?? No.. Many of us whip and defeat on why we can't.. because fear stops people right in their tracks and lives in people's minds. I think I can go to bed now because I answered. As I put my head on my pillow for another night's slumber. as to let someone go in traffic while others lay on their horn in disbelief that I should let the person take their left turn in front of me? Did I act ethically in every aspect of life today?? Did I help another human being with their taxing issue and put them in a better place?? Did I hold the door for the old man that was behind me and that had two boxes in his arms. right after the door was not held for me and literally slammed on my face?? Did I smile at the woman that cut me in line to get a carriage in the grocery store. But when you believe and really believe that something can be done.. your mind goes to work to prove why.

1954. Roger Bannister did the impossible. 16 athletes around the world ran the mile in under 4 minutes. The 4 minute barrier it turned out was not a physiological one . Increase your capacity. In doing so.Charles Landy . The four minute barrier was "like a wall". The record stood for several years since it was set in 1945. Capability is the ability to better what you are already doing. 59. experts and the world were convinced that it was impossible to run a mile in less than four minutes.was held by Sweden's Ginder Haegg. Landy had said. on 6th May. Mastermind success! You can. Qualitative up-gradation plus quantitative growth is progress.9 seconds.had thrice run the mile in less than 4 minutes 2 seconds without breaching the 4 minute mark.4 seconds. Back in the 1950's. he not only broke the four-minute barrier. constantly remind yourself that you are not doing as much as you can so you can do more of everything than what you are already doing.4 seconds .just a mental one! As Roger Bannister . but also taught us all a valuable lesson. He broke the four minute barrier. His rival . Capacity is about doing more of what you are already doing. if you think you can Have you heard of Roger Bannister? He was the first athlete to run the mile in less than four minutes. Constantly remind yourself that you are better than you think you are so you can do everything in a better way than how you are already doing it.what you do even better' (improve the quality of your output) and 'do more of what you do' (increase the quantity of what you do). That's progress. the world record . Athletes. The 4 minute mental barrier was truly shattered! What really happened? Did coaches get smarter and teach the athletes new techniques? Did running shoes get more sophisticated? Did bodies suddenly get stronger? No.4 minutes 1. But guess what? Just 56 days after Bannister's feat. Improve your capability. finishing the race in 3 minutes. Some even argued that the human body was biologically incapable of running the mile in less than four minutes! And then. And by 1957. Landy ran the mile in 3 minutes 57. Also.

" So whether 'I can't' wins in your mind or 'I can'. As Henry Ford said. "If you think you can." said the man. you are right". Sometimes the black dog won. everyone believed it could be done! And once the belief changed.explained later. And if you think you can't. and they will grow. depends on which thought you are feeding! Feed the 'I can' dog in your mind. you can. the lady asked him the secret. but not break 4 minutes. More than ability. and won each week. That made all the difference. Once you start feeding the 'I can' thought. His mind refused to accept that barrier. One lady noticed that no matter which dog won. You need to do it yourself. Or keep thinking of your weaknesses and your fears. You won't always find a Bannister to break your mental barrier. And unfortunately they'll grow too. You will probably find your mind constantly grappling with two competing thoughts: 'I can't!' and 'I can!' How do you ensure the 'I can' wins? How can we break our mental barrier of 'I can't'? There was a man in Alaska who had a black dog and a white dog. When the man retired the two dogs. the rest was easy. "Simple. The thought you feed. grows! Focus on your strengths. It's important to understand that our achievements in life are limited not by what we can do. His dog fights attracted large crowds. and sometimes the white one. Every week people would bet on which dog would win. but by what we think we can do. Once that mental barrier was broken by Bannister. it's our attitude that makes the difference. "I always bet on the dog I had been feeding all week. you will achieve more than you ever thought was possible! . it seemed illogical that you could run a mile in 4 minutes and a bit. the owner always bet on the right dog.

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