Change!

The following words were written on the tomb of an Anglican Bishop in the Crypts of Westminster Abbey:

When I was young and free and my imagination had no limits, I dreamed of changing the world.

As I grew older and wiser, I discovered the world would not change, so I shortened my sights somewhat and decided to change only my country.But it, too, seemed immovable.

As I grew into my twilight years, in one last desperate attempt, I settled for changing only my family, those closest to me, but alas, they would have none of it.

And now as I lie on my deathbed, I suddenly realize:

If I had only changed my self first, then by example I would have changed my family.From their inspiration and encouragement, I would then have been able to better my country and, who knows, I may have even changed the world

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How to achieve career growth?

 bootstrap career

How to find the job you want to find? How to progress in your career?

How to use social media to connect with potential employers? What are tools and techniques for an effective interview? How to handle an interview taken by a CEO?

If you are looking at the answers to any of the above, I would suggest you to read the latest book by one of my dear friends, Mr. Hammad Siddiqui called ‘Bootstrapping your career’.

The simple message of the book is: Stand out and stay at the top!

The book comprise of 122 pages and eight (8) chapters. It is very easy to read. In this blog post, I would like to provide a few ideas from the book which may help you in your career:

True career stories:

Could you answer this question: What is your career objective and how are you searching for career opportunities?

To begin with, you need to have career goals. Secondly, don’t fall into a trap of having dream job immediately after graduating from the college. It will take time. Most important point is: The Direction!

Hammad Siddiqui sahib has shared true stories based on his experience about the candidates who were too enthusiastic to find dream job but were unable to identify their unique selling proposition properly. Mr. Siddiqui says: If you don’t have any unique selling proposing then…. Create one! One needs to have a ‘unique’ point to sell. It may take time but everyone has a unique selling proposition.

Your net work is your net worth

Whether a person likes it or not, you need to make contacts and know people whom you don’t know.

Mr. Siddiqui suggests people to use twitter, Linkedin or facebook and use the same for building network. However, here is the word of caution: Don’t send email until the person whom you are trying to contact recognize you and don’t ask for favours right in the beginning of your relationship.

There are four key skills to develop a career path: Understanding your skills, preparing a list of companies you intend to target, dealing with deficiencies and developing a clear vision.

Where do you see yourself in next five years?

Perhaps this is the common question asked in an interview. In the book, you will find various answers to this question based on Mr. Siddiqui’s interaction with his blog readers and other professionals. One of the best answers is: “I aim to be recognized among the top professionals in my field of work”

Mr. Siddiui shares with readers about Daniel Gulati, co-author of passion and purpose. He spoke with 30 professionals aged between 28 and 58 and asked a simple question: What idea makes you consider that you made a mistake in your career and you should have acted on it earlier rather than regretting now?

The five biggest mistakes or the points where professional felt that they feel regret were:

1. I wish I hadn’t taken the job for money

2. I wish I had quit earlier

3. I wish I had started my business

4. I wish I had used my time at the school more productively

5. I wish I had acted on my career hunches

Do you want to be in the ‘wish trap’ after ten years from now? If not, then time to build your future is now. Its simple: ACT.

Read the book of Mr. Siddiqui. Go to his blog site. www.hammadsiddiquiblog.com

Learn ideas and take action. To conclude, I would like to quote Anthony Robbins: Live with passion!

To visit Mr. Siddiqui’s blog, click: http://hammadsiddiquiblog.com

The book can be purchased from: http://www.booksestore.com/bootstrapping-your-career-hammad-siddiqui.html

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Six (6) steps for leading an extraordinary life

 

What constitutes a good life and how can a person live a ‘good life’?

Everyone has got his or her own views about a ‘good life’. In this blog post, I would like to narrate what Jim Rohn, one of the greatest motivational speakers, a great motivational writer and a business person has mentioned in his book: My philosophy for successful living.

In the last chapter of the book, Mr. Rohn has mentioned about six steps towards a good life as follows:

1. Be Productive

One should add value in the world. Good life beings with the productivity. One should aim to produce something worthy and valuable for others. This will give a feel of self-satisfaction to oneself. If we are producing something worthy, we will feel that we have meaning in life and we are significant to this world. 

If we produce something for our family, our friends and our society, we would feel better. You may read on five ways to improve personal productivity from: http://wisdomfrombooks.com/5-ways-to-improve-personal-productivity/

2. Value Relationships

Good friends count. One should try to have good relationships with friends. Instead of focusing on ‘me – me – me’, one should try and focus on maintaining good relationships with the family and friends. Instead of what someone can do for me, the question may be: “What can I do for others?”.

3. Respect your Origins

Culture, heritage, language and history must be respected and appreciated. One should get comfortable with the diversity and at the same time, respect multi culture and multi ethnic background of people in the society. 

4. Spiritual Health

 No matter what a person believes, one should focus on the higher self. W. Dyre said: We are not physical beings having spiritual experience; we are spiritual being having physical experience.  

5. Build an Inner Circle

One should have an inner circle of family and friends. When times are tough and things are not going the way they should, a person can find strength in the inner circle of family and friends.

6. Plant the Seeds

Now, I would like to quote from the book as its beautifully written:

“Finally, we come to God. Now I am an amateur on the topic, but there are a couple of ideas I feel compelled to share. Consider this, God says, “If you plant the seed, I will make the tree.” What an amazing arrangement. God doesn’t expect you to make a tree, he just expects you to plant the seed. This is exactly how the process of personal development and self-education works. If you plant the seed, God will do the rest. There is a whole world out there, thanks to God, to help you along. However, we do have to participate in order to see miracles occur in our own lives”

Have a happy living!

My Philosophy For Successful Living

 

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Try to find good in all

Here is an inspiring story with a strong message: Do not underestimate yourself by comparing yourself with others. It’s our differences that make us unique & Beautiful.

We might have heard of water bearers i.e. people who move water from one place to another.

This is story of two large pots which were carried on by a water bearer  / a lady in India.

Each pot hung on each end of a pole which she carried across her neck. One of the pots had a crack in it, and while the other pot was perfect and always delivered a full portion of water at the end of the long walk from the stream to the master’s house. However, the cracked pot arrived only half full.

For a full two years this went on daily, with the lady delivering only one and a half pots full of water in his master’s house. Of course, the perfect pot was proud of its accomplishments.

But the poor cracked pot was ashamed of its own imperfection, and miserable that it was able to accomplish only half of what it had been made to do. After two years of what it perceived to be a bitter failure, it spoke to the water bearer one day by the stream.

The cracked pot said: “I am ashamed of myself, and I want to apologize to you.”

“Why?” asked the lady. “What are you ashamed of?”

“I have been able, for these past two years, to deliver only half my load because this crack in my side causes water to leak out all the way back to your master’s house. Because of my flaws, you have to do all of this work, and you don’t get full value from your efforts,” the pot said.

The lady felt sorry for the old cracked pot, and in his compassion he said, “As we return to the master’s house, I want you to notice the beautiful flowers along the path.”

Indeed, as they went up the hill, the old cracked pot took notice of the sun warming the beautiful wild flowers on the side of the path, and this cheered it some. But at the end of the trail, it still felt bad because it had leaked out half its load, and so again the pot apologized to the bearer for its failure.

The lady said to the pot, “Did you notice that there were flowers only on your side of your path, but not on the other pot’s side? That’s because I have always known about your flaw, and I took advantage of it. I planted flower seeds on your side of the path, and every day while we walk back from the stream, you’ve watered them. For two years I have been able to pick these beautiful flowers to decorate my master’s table. Without you being just the way you are, he would not have this beauty to grace his house.”

We can derive certain lessons from this story including the following:

1. People are not perfect. Therefore, we should try to achieve the best we can and not compare ourselves with others.

2. There are good qualities in every one. It is said that even a clock which is not in a working condition will give you correct time twice in twenty four hours. Therefore, find good in everyone including ourself and nurture those good attributes.

3. Focus on strengths of people and utlize them.

Note: If you’re interested in reading more parables, you may visit: http://www.curiositiesbydickens.com/

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Get rid of any bad habit – a 3 step formula!

In our lives, we come across people who have developed habits which are considered ‘bad’. Or, at times, we ourselves are victims of the ‘bad’ habits.

The term ‘bad’ is relative and cultures around the world have influence on people defining what is considered good and what is considered bad. Let’s not get into the debate and focus on whatever we consider bad and are planning to get rid of it.

Let’s think of any bad habit e.g. waking up late in the morning, going late to the office, smoking, having short temper etc.

I would like to share a simple three step formula, ‘DLA’ to help anyone who intends to quit a bad habit from Zig Ziglar’s book: See you at the top.

Step one: Decide

The first step is to decide. If there is no decision, habit is going to prevail. This relates to self-motivation. To begin, one must decide to get rid of the habit and not remain slave any more. This also mean deciding to quit the status quo and work towards elimination of the bad habit.

Step Two: Listen to the quitters

It’s really tough to quit a bad habit. However, results are much rewarding. Listening to someone who has himself or herself eliminated the bad habit and enjoying life thereafter is in itself and interesting part. It helps to listen to someone who has gone through the same phase during the bad habit and is now living without that habit!

Step three: Associate with right people

It is quite interesting to note that a bad habit can be left in the same manner in which it was acquired i.e. by associating with people with good habits. At times, people start smoking under influence of their friends. If those friends are no longer around and this matter is realized, it becomes easy to quit the habit.

I consider that ‘DLA’ helps i.e. Decide, listen to quitters and associate with right people with good habits. Your thoughts?

 

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