It’s important to build healthy, inspiring and supportive relationship!!
Obstacles are just mental barriers!! We have to keep pushing ourselves with;
- Positive Thought
- Positive Network
- Aggressive Attitude
Got this share at a Very right time!!!
It is after reading this book my life got transformed… It was during 2004 I got this book and finished reading it at one go…
My Situation: My company was in near disaster when 35 out of 40 of my staff resigned in less than 2 weeks..
That was the first time I came across an attrition and I was almost collapsed… I got convinced that my four year entrepreneur journey has come to an end..
It was after reading this book that I got the confidence to fight back… The book taught me how to approach failure… My entire perception about failure changed and I stared looking for opportunity and lessons from every failure…
The book talks about ways of turning setbacks to success and it is conveyed with 27 real life cases..
I keep reading this book when ever I feel demotivated… Till now I would have read this book more than 50 times and I keep gifting this book to entrepreneur friends…
A small snippet about Failure from the book;
Old Definition:A negative, fatal, and final result indicating:
- An inability to perform and a lack of success
- A falling short because of ineptness, deficiency, or negligence
- A bad, bad thing that should be avoided, mourned, and punished.
New Definition: A short-term unexpected result that reflects a challenge in progress and that provides:
- A stepping-stone to success
- An opportunity for learning and development
- An opportunity for creative change and innovation.
Finally I’ve to thank the author Charles Manz for giving us such a wonderful book.. Your book had huge impact on me SIR!!!
Thank You Once Again SIR!!!
I’ve been a very proactive kid in sports, business & extra curricular activities… But I’ve been a underperforming student… My whole capacity was measured based on my academic performance… My own parents crushed my dreams, and pushed me to put that extra effort to excel in what I was not good at(Studies)…
The stigma of being a poor performer in academics made me;
- Low in self esteem.
- Low in self confidence.
- A comedy stock.
- Live being bullied by above average kids.
- Live a life of frustration.
Things I was forced to QUIT!!
Sports: I was a naturally gifted athlete & sports person which came from my maternal grandfather, maternal uncle and my mother. Sports Day is the only day I felt like a hero. I had dreams of building a career as a footballer or an athlete. But I was forced to quit because of academic performance.
Fish Breeding: At the age of 12 I started breeding fish at home and was selling to local kids. Made around ₹2000 a month during 1992. My parents forced me to quit, as they believed earning money would bring down my interest in academics.
HDK Dealership: Those were the days of audio cassettes. People use to buy empty cassattes to record their favorate songs. A 90 minute empty cassette costs ₹40 and I use to buy those cassettes to record songs. HDK(or HDC? Could collect the name) was the market leader for its quality!!
One day thought of taking dealership for HDK as local shops were selling low quality cassettes.Immediately wrote a letter to HDK asking dealership. I got a response from them telling they didn’t have a dealership option. But they offered to give a cassette for ₹20 if I could place an order for 100 units. The total investment was ₹2000 and my parents had the money I earned through fish breeding. Again they didn’t give that money and discouraged me to continue..
Movies: My interest on studies was drastically coming down as I couldn’t cope up. Got an opportunity to become a troop dancer in movies. Again I was not allowed to continue as movies are not considered as a career option for person coming from a reputed family..
Finally I took a stand that I wanted to become an entrepreneur when I was 20 and perceived with great difficulties. But I had to come across a lot of junks like;
- Emotional Blackmail from closed ones!!
- Discouragement from closed ones & friends!!
- Pessimism from incompetent stake holders!!
- Crooks who try to cheat or exploit!!
It is impossible to totally eradicate such people. But I do following things to remove those junk take over me;
- Associate and Hang-around with Movivated and Like-Minded people!!
- Watch motivational movies!!
- Listen to motivational songs!!
- Read success biographies!!
This is what I do to “Clean House of Junk”…
But it was not moving as I expected.. Things were moving very slowly and we made little progress..
Being a leader I couldn’t let my motivation down and I tried my level best to pumped up…
Went out for a walk, came back to office and watched some movivational clippings from YouTube…
After competing the day I found out where was the snag and took up those snags to Swami immediately…
Though this day has not given the desired result I’m sure this will make way for the great things we are going to do this year..
Look at a stone cutter hammering away at his rock, perhaps a hundred times without as much as a crack showing in it. Yet at the hundred-and-first blow it will split in two, and I know it was not the last blow that did it, but all that had gone before. – by Jacob Riis
I’ve personally experienced these phases and saw fit for want to be entrepreneurs to frame it in their drawing room!!
- You haven’t tried everything!!
- You are closer to success than you think!!
- If you don’t finish, then someone would!!
- Right before success there is a dark phase!!
- You will never regret trying until the end!!
- It’s better to die trying than giving up!!
- Past failure does not predict the future!!
- As long as you are alive, anything is still possible!!!
A Crow Lived in the Forest and was absolutely satisfied in life.
But one day he saw a swan… This swan is so white and I am so black…crow thought.
This swan must be the happiest bird in the world.
He expressed his thoughts to the swan.
“Actually,” the swan replied,
“I was feeling that I was the happiest bird around until I saw a parrot, which has two colors.
I now think the parrot is the happiest bird in creation.”
The crow then approached the parrot.
The parrot explained,
“I lived a very happy life—until I saw a peacock.
I have only two colors, but the peacock has multiple colors.”
The crow then visited a peacock in the zoo and saw that hundreds of people had gathered to see him.
After the people had left,
The crow approached the Peacock..
You are so beautiful.
Every day thousands of people come to see you.
When people see me,
they immediately shoo me away.
I think you are the happiest bird on the planet.
The peacock replied,
I always thought that I was the most beautiful and happy bird on the planet.
But because of my beauty,
I am entrapped in this zoo.
I have examined the zoo very carefully, and I have realized that the crow is the only bird not kept in a cage.
So for past few days I have been thinking that if I were a crow,
I could happily roam everywhere.
That’s our problem too.
We make unnecessary comparison with others and become sad.
We don’t value what has God given us.
This all leads to the vicious cycle of unhappiness.
Value the things god has given us.
Learn the secret of being happy and discard the comparison which leads only to unhappines..
Sooooo beautiful..Life is…
Hav a Nice Day