Enjoy the Coffee

A group of alumni of a reputed college, highly established in their careers, got together to visit their old university professor. Conversation soon turned into complaints about stress in work and life. Offering his guests coffee, the professor went to the kitchen and returned with a large pot of coffee and an assortment of cups – porcelain, plastic, glass, crystal, some plain looking, some expensive, some exquisite – telling them to help themselves to hot coffee.

When all the students had a cup of coffee in hand, the professor said: “If you noticed, all the nice looking expensive cups were taken up, leaving behind the plain and cheap ones. While it is normal for each of you to want only the best for yourselves, that is the source of your problems and stress. What all of you really wanted was coffee, not the cup, but you consciously went for the best cups and were eyeing each other’s cups. Now if life is coffee, then the jobs, money and position in society are the cups. They are just tools to hold and contain Life, but the quality of Life doesn’t change. Some times, by concentrating only on the cup, we fail to enjoy the coffee in it.”

So, don’t let only the cups drive you… enjoy the coffee!!!!!!

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Azim Premji on The Changing World

This is very interesting and inspiring speech by Azim Premji At the 37th Annual Convocation 2002, IIM, Ahmedabad 37th Annual Convocation 2002, IIM, Ahmedabad.

In this speech he share guiding principles of staying afloat in a changing world based on his experience in Wipro. In this speech he speak about 11 different lesson to learn  to adapt  change in our life.

(1) Be alert for the first signs of change.
(2) Anticipate change even when things are “Anticipate change even when things
     are going right.
(3) Always look at the opportunities that change represents.
(4) Do not allow routines to become chains.
(5) Realize that fear of the unknown is natural.
(6) Keep renewing yourself.
(7) Surround yourself with people who are open to change.
(8) Play to win..!!
(9) Respect yourself. The world will reward you on your successes.
(10) Never change: your core values.
(11) We must remember that succeeding in a changing world is beyond just
      surviving.

at last, beautiful quote from Azim Premji’s speech @ IIM-A convocation.

Change is the Only thing that will Never change. So better adapt to it.

If one desires a change, one must be that change before that must be that change before that change can take place

Check out PPT for complete speech.

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ATTITUDE

get this as email fwd… really like it..

If

A=1 B=2 C=3 D=4 E=5 F=6 G=7 H=8 I=9 J=10 K=11  L=12 M=13 N=14
O=15 P=16 Q=17 R=18 S=19 T=20 U=21 V=22 W=23 X=24 Y=25 Z=26

Then

H+A+R+D+W+O+R+K = 8+1+18+4+23+15+18+11 = 98%

K+N+O+W+L+E+D+G+E = 11+14+15+23+12+5+4+7+5 = 96%

L+O+V+E=12+15+22+5=54%

L+U+C+K = 12+21+3+11 = 47%

(None of them makes 100%)

Then what makes 100%

Is it Money? ….. No!!!!!

Leadership? …… NO!!!!

Every problem has a solution, only if we perhaps change our “ATTITUDE”. It is OUR ATTITUDE towards Life and Work that makes OUR Life 100% Successful..


A+T+T+I+T+U+D+E = 1+20+20+9+20+21+4+5=100%

really…Attitude is everything..

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Why Me??

one paragraph that explain life


Arthur Ashe, the legendary Wimbledon player was dying of AIDS which he got due to infected blood he received during a heart surgery in 1983. From world over, he received letters from his fans, one of which conveyed: “Why does GOD have to select you for such a bad disease”?

To this Arthur Ashe replied: The world over — 5 crore children start playing tennis, 50 lakh learn to play tennis, 5 lakh learn professional tennis, 50,000 come to the circuit, 5000 reach the grand slam, 50 reach Wimbledon, 4 to semi final, 2 to the finals, When I was holding a cup I never asked GOD “Why me?”. And today in pain I should not be asking GOD “Why me?”

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THE GUY IN THE GLASS

Hi friends.. found this poem by Dale Wimbrow somewhere on the net…dont remember where..but it it really inspiring…

When you get what you want in your struggle for pelf,
And the world makes you King for a day,
Then go to the mirror and look at yourself,
And see what that guy has to say.

For it isn’t your Father, or Mother, or Wife,
Whose judgement upon you must pass.
The feller whose verdict counts most in your life
Is the guy staring back from the glass.

He’s the feller to please, never mind all the rest,
For he’s with you clear up to the end,
And you’ve passed your most dangerous, difficult test
If the guy in the glass is your friend.

You may be like Jack Horner and “chisel” a plum,
And think you’re a wonderful guy,
But the man in the glass says you’re only a bum
If you can’t look him straight in the eye.

You can fool the whole world down the pathway of years,
And get pats on the back as you pass,
But your final reward will be heartaches and tears
If you’ve cheated the guy in the glass

                                                                            – Dale Wimbrow

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Philosophy of Life

this strip from Peanuts struck me as being pretty philosophical abt Life….

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When things in your life seem almost too much to handle

When things in your life seem almost too much to handle, when 24 hours
in a  day are not enough, remember the mayonnaise jar….and the coffee.

A professor stood before his philosophy class and had some items in
front of him.When the class began, wordlessly he picked up a very large and empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with golf balls.
He then asked the students if the jar was full.They agreed that it 
was.

So the professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into
the jar. He shook the jar lightly.The pebbles rolled into the open
areas between  the golf balls. He then asked the students again if the jar was
full. They agreed  it was.

The professor next picked up a box of sand and poured it into the
jar.Of course, the sand filled up everything else. He asked once more if
the jar was  full. The students responded with a unanimous “Yes.”

The professor then
produced two cups of coffee from under the table
and poured the entire contents into the jar, effectively filling the empty
space  between the sand. The students laughed.

“Now,” said the professor, as the laughter subsided,” I want you to
recognize that this jar represents your life.

The golf ball are the important  things–your family, your children, your health, your friends, your favorite  passions–things that if everything else was lost and
only they remained, your  life would still be full.

The pebbles are the other things that matter like your job, your
house,your car.

The sand is everything else–the small stuff.” “If you put the sand
into the  jar first,” he continued, “there is no room for the pebbles or the
golf balls.  The same goes for life. If you spend all your time and
energy on the small  stuff, you will never have room for the things that are
important to you.

Pay 
attention to the things that are critical to your happiness. Play with your  children. Take time to get medical checkups.Take
your spouse out to dinner. Play  another 18 holes.There will always be
time to clean the house and fix the  disposal.”Take care of the golf
balls first, the things that really matter. Set  your priorities. The
rest is just sand.”

One of the students raised her hand and inquired what the coffee
represented.

The professor smiled. “I’m glad you asked. It just goes to show you
that no matter how full your life may seem, there’s always room for a couple of cups of coffee with a friend.”

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