Friday, 28 February 2014

Why you should sharpen your axe!!!


Poor John.
John, a woodcutter, worked for a company for five years but never got a raise. The company hired Bill and within a year he got a raise. This caused resentment in John and he went to his boss to talk about it. 

Why is Bill smiling?
The boss said, "You are still cutting the same number of trees you were cutting five years ago. We are a result-oriented company and would be happy to give you a raise if your productivity goes up." John went back, started hitting harder and putting in longer hours but he still wasn't able to cut more trees. He went back to his boss and told him his dilemma. 
The boss told John to go talk to Bill. "Maybe there is something Bill knows that you and l don't." John asked Bill how he managed to cut more trees. Bill answered, "After every tree l cut, l take a break for two minutes and sharpen my axe. When was the last time you sharpened your axe?" This question hit him like a bullet and John got his answer. 
Moral of the Story
So, when was the last time you sharpened your axe? Past glory and education don't do it. We have to continuously sharpen the axe.

Wednesday, 26 February 2014

How to enjoy life!!

1. Fear less, hope more;
2. Eat less, chew more;
3. Whine less, breathe more;
4. Talk less, say more;
5. Love more, and all good things will be yours!!

A Very Powerful Video!!

Why most people are not wealthy!!

Sunday, 23 February 2014


"Any intelligent fool can make things bigger and more complex. It takes a touch of genius and a lot of courage to move in the opposite direction."
Albert Einstein


A teacher teaching Maths to seven-year-old Arnav asked him, "If I give you
one apple and one apple and one apple, how many apples will you have?
"Within a few seconds Arnav replied confidently, "Four!"
The dismayed teacher was expecting an effortless correct answer (three).
She was disappointed.  "Maybe the child did not listen properly," she
thought.  She repeated, "Arnav, listen carefully..  If I give you one
apple and one apple and one apple, how many apples will you have?"
Arnav had seen the disappointment on his teacher's face.  She calculated
again on his fingers.  But within her she was also searching for the answer
that will make the teacher happy.  Her search for the answer was not for
the correct one, but the one that will make her teacher happy.  This time
hesitatingly she replied, "Four."
The disappointment stayed on the teacher's face.  She remembered that
Arnav liked strawberries.  She thought maybe she doesn't like apples and
that is making her loose focus.  This time with an exaggerated excitement
and twinkling in her eyes she asked, "If I give you one strawberry and one
strawberry and one strawberry, then how many you will have?"
Seeing the teacher happy, young Arnav calculated on her fingers again.
There was no pressure on her, but a little on the teacher.  She wanted her
new approach to succeed.  With a hesitating smile young Arnav enquired,
The teacher now had a victorious smile.  Her approach had succeeded.  She
wanted to congratulate herself.  But one last thing remained.  Once again
she asked her, "Now if I give you one apple and one apple and one more
apple how many will you have?"
Promptly Arnav answered, "Four!"
The teacher was aghast.  "How Arnav, how?" she demanded in a little stern
and irritated voice.
In a voice that was low and hesitating young Arnav replied, "Because I
already have one apple in my bag."

"When someone gives you an answer that is different from what you expect,
don't think they are wrong. There may be an angle that you have not
understood at all. You will have to listen and understand, but never
listen with a predetermined notion. Most of the times, we do not try to
understand the view of the other person and we find them wrong, but in
reality it is just the matter of giving other person a chance to explain."

Our attitude determines our altitude

"It is your attitude at the beginning of a task that determines success or failure."
- Corrine Dewlow