Never give up. Never, never give up!

It was the 1870’s. Somewhere in a workshop in New Jersey, Thomas Alva Edison was burning the midnight oil, trying to create a light bulb. He tried several experiments – all without success. He just couldn’t get it right. His failures became the talk of the town and the story goes that after he had failed for the 500th time, a journalist interviewed him and asked him, “Mr. Edison, how does it feel to have failed 500 times? Why don’t you just give up?” “No, no, young lady,” replied Edison. “I haven’t failed 500 times. I have just discovered 500 ways it won’t work. I am so much closer now to finding a way that will work!” And sure enough, in 1879, Edison invented the filament light bulb, an invention that changed the world. By the time he died, the ‘man-who-failed-500-times’ had 1024 patents to his credit, and had founded the iconic General Electric company. But Edison’s real contribution to mankind went beyond all this. He showed us the power of perseverance, the virtue of learning from your failures, and the magic of never giving up. To succeed, one must learn to embrace failure, and not be scared by it. Failure holds valuable lessons for us – if only we are willing to learn. Thomas J Watson, the founder-chairman of IBM offers valuable advice: “If you want to succeed, double your rate of failure.” Don’t dwell on your failures. Don’t play the blame game. Don’t doubt your ability. Learn from your mistakes. Re-focus on your goals. And keep going. Very often, we do all the hard work and when we don’t see the desired results, we turn around and walk away – even though we may have been just one step away from success. The problem is, we seldom realize we are just one step away from achieving our goals. In the highway of life, there are no milestones telling us that success is one kilometer ahead. Jacob Riis, a photographer-cum-journalist summed it up well when he said, “When nothing seems to work, I go and look at a stonecutter 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 that blow that did it – but all that had gone before.” The option of turning away and starting a new journey is, because in our minds, it takes away the stigma of failure. When you are not doing well in your job, what seems like the easiest thing to do? Quit, and find another one! When you are banging away at the stone and it doesn’t crack, what do you do? Take a shot at another stone. And another. Result? Lots of effort and zero results. Look at little babies learning to walk. They try and take a few steps, they stumble and fall. Then they stand up and try again. And bang, they fall again. They don’t feel embarrassed. They just get up and try again, until, bingo, they can walk! Think about it. If little children were like us grown-ups and gave up after a few failed, we would all have never learn t to walk! And yet as adults, we forget that lesson. We are scared to take the first steps, because we are scared we might fail. And the first time we taste failure, we give up. A group of school children once asked Sir Winston Churchill what he thought was the secret of success. Churchill’s response? Just seven words. “Never give up. Never, never give up!” That old truism about winners and quitters still holds good. Winners never quit. And quitters never win. Time then, to adopt the Edison mindset. Fail often, but never lose sight of your goals. Sooner or later, there is bound to be light.

Keep Walking

 

It seems that if you apply properly changing management you can see the sun on you street even if the sun is still behind the blocks. It is a big step forward.

Definitively is time to close the last rings that remained open and open new ones!

I Give you an advice: Keep Walking! without Johnny Walker 🙂

Our look may be changing, but our values remain constant.

It is more to discuss about this topic but also after a long debate, peoples values remains constant!Amin

 

Tic-Tac! – There is no Watch!

Achieving your goals can be a hard thing to do. It becomes even harder when you lose sight of that one thing that you want to achieve, because it is easy to get sidetracked when you have a million things to do and too little time. To stay on course to where you want to be, we’ve got a couple tricks up our sleeves.

If you want to study more about the importance of positioning and marketing, I can highly recommend the book The 22 Immutable Laws of Marketing.

I quickly realized that this can be used in a lot of other different contexts and this gem is applicable to help you achieve your goals as well.

 

Keep reminding yourself.

The reason I bring all this up is that most people tend to forget things they need to do to get where they want to be. They forget the bigger picture: the goals and dreams they want to achieve.

When you don’t know where you want to go, it’s easy to get caught up in your daily routine where you just live day by day. I know, because I have lived like that for numerous years. Every day I would wake up, go to work, go home and do nothing useful. The next day would be same thing over and over again. And I did this for a number of years till one day I realized that I completely forgot about the things I wanted to achieve in my life. I was basically spending my time, not investing it.

Sure, once a while I would have those thoughtful moments and think “man, one day I’m going to write a best-selling book” but then two seconds later I would go back to what I was doing at that moment. What I needed was a constant reminder of what I was set out to achieve for myself. I needed that angel on my shoulder telling me every morning that I’m going to write a best-selling book (or whatever my goal was at that time).

To stay on the path of your destination, you need to constantly remind yourself of where you want to be. Whenever you are going through the motions, you need to get pulled out of it and wake up to see that vivid picture of your desired outcome day in, day out. I’ve tried and employed many different things to see what worked and here are some that have worked for me.
Journal.

The habit of journaling every day is pretty hard. It was a tough for me to do this every day, but I can tell you it is very powerful if you want to get ahead. Before, I was always just free-styling my infrequent journals but after talking about it with him (and reading some books) I have a more structured way now.
Two powerful questions to journal about at the end of your day are:
Was I better today than yesterday?
How can I do things better tomorrow?
Answering those questions really makes you wonder if your day was productive or not.

Once a month, reread all your previous journals and see how much progress you’ve made. This will make you (hopefully) realize that you are making progress which will help you leap to achieve bigger things. If you’re interested in this and want more info, you should definitely read the book The Progress Principle where thousands of journals were analyzed and the authors concluded that small wins lead to bigger wins and little bits of inspiration leads to big inspiration. It’s just that you have to be consciously aware that you are making these small wins. This is where a journal helps.
Review your goals.

This one should be obvious if you have been reading this blog for a while, but this cannot be stressed enough: review your goals every day. Make it a part of your morning routine to get you fired up in the morning to get work done.
Ping yourself.

If you are someone who constantly needs to be micro-managed or reminded of things, play this trick on yourself: ping yourself once a day to remind yourself of your big goal.

For example, I did this ping for a while: every day at 3pm I would have a calendar reminder that says “Are you working on things that matter?” With my calendar synced up across all my devices ( Laptop, iPhone) there was no way I was going to miss this ping. It was this little “wake up call” every day at the same time that made me evaluate what I was doing at that time. Was it in alignment of my goals or was I just doing nothing useful?
Motivation pages.

The power of having a motivation page. You want to position it so you see it every day and it helps reminding you where you want to be. Make it unavoidable to miss this vision-board.
Desktop background.

Most of you probably spend a lot of time behind your computer, so this is a great trick you can use. Make a desktop background that has your favorite (motivational) quotes and goals you want to fulfill. This way you will see them every day.

If you get bored of your background quickly (like yours truly), make a couple different variations and set your desktop background to be rotated every couple weeks.

Below is my desktop background for this year (I blurred out the goals and quotes).

My background with the goals and quotes blurred out. For guys, a beautiful girl is optional.

Every time I look at this, I go “HELL YEA” and get to work.


Be around the right people.

This one is HUGE. We’ve written before how having a mastermind is a great asset to your life. The people you spend most of your time with have a direct effect on how fast you will achieve your goals. Are you spending most of your time with people who go through life like zombies day by day? Or are they also ambitious people and go-getters like yourself? If you have the right people around you, will consciously and unconsciously be reminded of what you need to do.

By constantly reminding yourself you will deeply ingrain in your subconscious the impact you want to make. This will help you move mountains and do things on autopilot for the better. Every decision you will make will automatically be filtered through the goals you have set out for yourself, because you have them ingrained in your head. Questions like “will this help me get closer to my goal?” will be answered without any conscious awareness because your goals are so ingrained. It’s this cognitive dissonance of where you are now and where you want to be that will really hep you start kicking ass at life.
Just don’t lose sight of the bigger picture. Once it is out of sight, it is out of mind.

Invictus

 

Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the Pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.

In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.

Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds, and shall find, me unafraid.

It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll.
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.

 

Create Date : Friday, January 03, 2003

William Ernest Henley

The Road Not Taken


Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;
Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,
And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.
I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I-
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

 

by Robert Frost

Generation x, y, add and baby-boomers…


This broad model for defining people appeared towards the end of the 20th century. References to it – normally for interest in a wider discussion – arise often in the western world among writers and social commentators, and also marketing people, notably in North America and the UK.

It’s a very loose theory, open to wide interpretation and debate, and is not a reliable scientific tool for demographics and profiling.

The model most commonly features three generational types: Baby Boomers, and the Generations X and Y (which are completely unrelated to McGregor’s X-Y Theory). Generational groups have been retrospectively suggested for pre-war times.

Increasingly commentators devise new groups and names, and we can expect the model to grow and become more complex as a result.

When considering the model, significantly, the teenage years and years of young adulthood are the biggest influence on people’s attitudes, not when they were born. Music and fashion are often regarded as reflecting and helping to form the character of the group.

generation name born (range, loosely) characterizing features typically described (loosely)
The Lost Generation 1880-1900 The term reflects the unthinkable loss of human life in the First World War- approaching 16 million killed and over 20 million wounded. This happened in just four and five months (1914-1918). We cannot imagine this today.
The Interbellum Generation 1900-1913 Interbellum means ‘between wars’, referring to the fact that these people were too young to fight in the First World War and too old to fight in the Second.
The Greatest Generation (The Veterans) 1914-1930 These people are revered for having grown up during the Great Depression and then fought or stood alongside those who fought in the Second World War (1939-45). As for other generations of the early 1900s, life was truly hard compared to later times.
The Silent Generation 1930-1945 Characterized as fatalistic, accepting, having modest career and family aspirations, focused on security and safety. These people experienced the 1930s Great Depression and/or the 2nd World War in early life, and post-war austerity in young adulthood. They parented and provided a foundation for the easier lives of the Baby Boomers.
Baby Boomers 1946-1960 Equality, freedom, civil rights, environmental concern, peace, optimism, challenge to authority, protest. Baby Boomers mostly lived safe from war and serious hardship; grew up mostly in families, and enjoyed economic prosperity more often than not. Teenage/young adulthood years 1960-1980 – fashion and music: fun, happy, cheery, sexy, colourful, lively.
Generation Jones 1953-1968 Acquisitive, ambitious, achievement-oriented, cynical, materialistic (a reference to the expression ‘keeping up with the Joneses’). Generation Jones is predominantly a US concept, overlapping and representing a sub-group within the Baby Boomer and Gen-X generations.
Generation X (Gen-X) 1960-1980 Apathy, anarchy, reactionism, detachment, technophile, resentful, nomadic, struggling. Teenage/young adulthood years 1973-2000 – fashion and music: anarchic, bold, anti-establishment.
MTV Generation 1974-1983 MTV Generation is a lesser-used term for a group overlapping X and Y. Like Generation Jones is to Baby Boomers and Gen-X, so MTV Generation is a bridge between Gen-X and Y.
Generation Y
(Gen-Y or Millennials)
1980-2000 and beyond (?) Views vary as to when this range ends, basically because no-one knows. Generational categories tend to become established some years after the birth range has ended. Teenage/young adulthood years 1990s and the noughties – fashion and music: mainstream rather than niche, swarmingly popular effects, fuelled by social networking and referral technology. Also called Echo Boomers because this generation is of similar size to the Baby Boomers.
Generation Z (Gen-Z or perhaps Generation ADD) after Gen-Y Too soon to say much about this group. A name has yet to become established, let alone characterizing features. Generation Z is a logical name in the X-Y-sequence. Generation ADD is less likely to establish itself as a name for this cohort – it refers ironically to Attention Deficit Disorder and the supposed inability of young people in the late noughties (say 2005-2009) to be able to concentrate for longer than a few seconds on anything. Gen-Z is difficult to differentiate from Gen-Y, mainly because (as at 2009) it’s a little too soon to be seeing how people born after Gen-Y are actually behaving, unless the end of the Gen-Y range is deemed to be a few years earlier than the year 2000. Time will tell.

The model is here mainly for interest and basic explanation, not to suggest it be applied seriously.

The framework is very loose, not scientific at all, and has no single point of origin or founding theorist, although claims of origination are made for some of the generation names within the model.

The theory attempts to categorise different generations of people into obvious different demographic groups or ‘cohorts’ according to the period in which they were born, referring typically also to lifestyles and attitudes.

The notion of characterizing an entire generation, tens of millions of people, in such a sweeping way is of course daft, nevertheless there are fundamental correlations between society and the culture, on which premise the model is essentially based.

It is tempting to over-estimate the significance of when people were born and the societal influences of their formative years, and to under-estimate the life-stage changes which all people, regardless of when they were born, inevitably pass through.

Arguably Life-Stage theory is much more meaningful and useful than attempting to ascribe character on the basis of when a person was born. See Erikson’s Life-Stage Theory – it is refreshingly sensible compared to the vagueness of the generational model above.

Erikson’s theory also provides excellent guidance for anyone seeking to analyse the effects of social conditions and experiences on people’s lives, which would be relevant if attempting to substantiate or develop the reliability of the generational model above.

7 Habits of Brilliant Project Managers

Project management is a tough role. You often find yourself being pulled between keeping users, subordinates, team members and senior people happy. Given these demands, what do the best project managers do that makes them stand out from the crowd?

 

 

 

1. Focus on solutions
Problem solving and breaking through constraints is an essential part of managing projects. Those that excel as project managers have a mind-set where they focus on finding solutions to problems. They keep asking themselves how they can overcome whatever barriers arise.

 

 

 

 

2. Participative and decisive

All the best project managers understand the need to communicate and consult. They also know that lots of talking andprocrastination achieves nothing. Finding the right balance between consulting, deciding and acting is what separates the best from the rest.

 

 

 

 

3. Focus on customer

In every project there are customers. They might be internal or external or a combination of both. The best project managers keep customers at the forefront of their mind. They listen effectively, take on board the feedback they are getting and look for ways of incorporating it whenever they can.

 

4. Focus on win-win outcomes

In any project there will be many stakeholders, all of whom will see their issues as being the most important. The challenge that the best project managers respond to is finding solutions that address the issues without compromising the overall project structure.

5. Lead from the front

Project managers need to lead by example. The example they set determines how the rest of the team behave and respond to the challenges that arise. Those project managers who want to encourage openness and honesty are open and honest themselves. Those that take risks and learn from their mistakes empower others to do the same.

 

6. Adapt to what arises


You can set out the best plans in the world, think about the risks, put great tracking in place and even then the unexpected will show up from time to time.

Adaptability is a key characteristic of the best project managers. View adaptability in projects a bit like the flight path of an aircraft. It can be off course along the way but it needs to be right on target when it comes to landing.

7. Get the best out of everyone

Those that excel as project managers realize they cannot do it all on their own. They recognize the importance of the collective team effort in getting results. They find and utilize the strengths in everyone and try to ensure that they allocate roles to those best placed to deliver. They learn to keep everyone motivated and pushing the boundaries to get results.

 

Project management is a complex and demanding role. Starting to work on these 7 habits can take you to the next level.

 

Burj Khalifa


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