The most important thing to understand is nothing succeeds like constant effort. Constant effort has to be there, every book on success, every person who has ever succeeded will tell you that it took a lot of constant effort to achieve what they have achieved.
Up until grade eight, I was always among the toppers. My grades were always in 90% or above range, i.e. mostly A+.
As I changed my school in grade eight, I had to compete with so many more students, some of them managed to get my morale down and tricked me into believing I was not good enough and that I could not score well. Continue reading
Everything that is going wrong in your life is an opportunity to grow, to improve to make yourself a better human being and to make this planet a better world. If you don’t even give a damn about anyone else in world at least you got to care about your own self.
If you have stopped caring about your own self, well you are almost dead I think, because if you would not care about yourself you would not sleep, eat properly following this you would soon fall sick, and maybe depending upon your choices would be on your way to the hospital or graveyard. You are blessed by being alive, there are a lot of people around you and billions others in our world, but they are not the ones who are reading this. You are. There has to be something special about you. Everyone is special in their own way. They are different; you cannot compare one person to another. Everyone is a genius, even if they don’t act like it. Continue reading
There comes a time in life when we are run by the surroundings. If things are going bad we tend to think and feel that it’s all over and tend to give up. We think that this is permanent and nothing will change. The same goes for good and happy times. What we need to remember is when we don’t let what’s happening on the outside affect us and instead remain crystallized inside, if we just manage this much, things will start changing and then you will be in control of your life. Continue reading
Hard work as we usually visualize is a way of working ruthlessly towards completing a certain task. As soon as you are assigned some work, or you assign yourself some work, you begin to do things that contribute to the completion of that work.
Smart work is the concept that says, if you work more productively you can complete a task in 2 hours that would need 10 hours if you just “did” it.
Let me explain you with an example. If you were given a blunt axe and were asked to chop down a tree, how long it would take you to do that?
Maybe ten hours? That’s working hard.
But what if you spent the first hour sharpening your axe, and then started cutting the tree, you maybe able to finish the task in five hours, you will certainly be able to save a lot of time then and your work will be done very early, saving you almost half the time.
The quote from Abraham Lincoln says it all.
“If I had eight hours to chop down a tree, I’d spend six hours sharpening my axe”
But the problem with us is when we try to work smart, what we end up doing is we over estimate our productivity. Usually working smart would get our work done more quickly and efficiently but what happens is the opposite, we over estimate the productivity and end up doing even less than the usual.
So, what to do?
The answer is a simple one.
Plan the task, use the smart tools and work hard anyways. Who knows, maybe you can set up the world record by cutting the tree in two hours, eh.
Yes, you’ve known it since forever, but you are just like anyone else on the planet very afraid to kill any relationships and friendships that you have even though all you are getting from them is negative emotions and garbage in your life.
The value of the people who are closest to you is so much so that people have said things that extend to these limits
“You Are Your Five Closest Friends” Continue reading
Research has shown that 10,000 hours is the threshold, the “magic” point at which a person goes from being okay to being a super success. It has almost nothing to do with talent, just persistence.
You have to be just above a threshold. It is like basketball, you should be tall enough. You have to be above 6 feet. But it hardly matters whether you are 6 feet 8 or 6 feet 6. Then it is your skills that matter.
According to various studies and various books like outliers it took nearly 10 years of practice for anyone to become a master of their art, Beethoven, Beatles, Sachin Tendulkar, Michael Jackson and many other brilliant people. But 10 years of doing what? Well, precisely it takes about 10,000 hours of practice in any art to become a master of it. Continue reading