A Silver is as good as bronze, and not much worse than gold.

 

An interesting finding about many Olympic athletes, an athlete winning a silver in many cases is less happy than an athlete who has won a bronze. Why? because an athlete who won the silver...

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Working better works

 

“The Toyota style is not to create results by working hard. It is a system that says there is no limit to people’s creativity. People don’t go to Toyota to ‘work’ they go there to ‘think’.” Taiichi Ono...

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Overcoming Fear

 

The epic cricket match played between Australia and South Africa on March 12th, 2006 will go down in history of cricket as to how united a team can do wonders. In the match Australia batted first in...

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Life is like a thali, you can do much more than what you are served.

 

Recently I was chit chatting with my Aunt who shared an experience she had with my father about 30 years ago. She had gone to my father for some advice. My father asked her a question, “do you believe in destiny?” to which my aunt replied “Yes.”...

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Harmony makes small things grow,lack of it makes great things decay.

 

I recently read the book Transcendence authored by Late Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam. The book chronicles the spiritual journey he experienced with Late Pramukh Swamiji of the Akshardham, Swaminarayan movement. Following are a few passages from the book that I found inspirational and instructional....

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Be Optimistic

 

Two dogs were put into two different mazes, one maze had an exit point, and the other maze had none. The dog with no exit point, after trying for a while gave up and sat in a corner....

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A letter by Prakash Padukone for his daughters!

 

You stand at the threshold life, and I want to share with you some lessons life has taught me. Decades ago, as a small boy, growing up in Bangalore I started my tryst with Badminton. In those days there were no stadiums or courts sport people could train in. Our badminton court was the wedding hall of the Canara Bank near our house, and it was there I learnt everything about the game. Every day we would wait to see if there was a function in the hall, and if there was none, we would rush there after school and play to our hearts content. Looking back at my life I realize the most important thing about my childhood and adolescent years was my refusal to complain about a lot in life. I was thankful for the few hours we could hit the shuttle back and forth....

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Manage failures

 

The most important characteristic that we need to inculcate in our children who will live in the 21st and 22nd century, is the ability to fail. All successful people built their success on the lessons learned from their failures. Great entrepreneurs and professionals in any field have done well not in spite of their failures, but because of their failures....

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Six Pillars for a Vibrant Life

 

Certainty is the first pillar, it means that our day to day conduct should be tempered by discipline, so we are consistent in our efforts in serving our family and our co-workers. People like Mother Teresa and A.P.J. Abdul Kalam functioned tirelessly doing the same good deeds day after day....

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Humility prevents humiliation

 

Once a king asked his Raj guru in an arrogant tone “What should a king be doing?” The Raj Guru asked the king, “Do you really want to learn?” The King replied curtly “Yes, I really want to learn.”...

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