Please check my Project 5 Speech at Toastmasters. Title “My Dream Job”
“Happiness is an attitude. We either make ourselves miserable, or happy and strong. The amount of work is the same. ”
When I was 3 years old I saw my 1st movie it had such a great impression on me that I decided what I wanted to be in my life and I wanted to be a ‘HERO’ and my idol was Mithun Chakroborty and I wanted to dance like him, I wanted to fight like him, I wanted to kick like him, I’m not sure but I must have thought if I become hero then I’ll be very happy.
As I grew older I found I can’t even impress girl next door and fight guy next door to her, forget becoming a Hero, I got disappointed then I came to know about a term ‘ASTRONAUT’, now I wanted to be an Astronaut, I wanted to get into my Rocket and travel through space, I wanted to go to Moon and I wanted to reach out for the stars. Every night during load shedding I used to gaze at sky and see amazing stars, constellations and bright Moon, I used to think one day I’ll be there and I’ll be very happy.
Recently I got Blackberry as a gift, but after using I started hating it, My friends asked me why so? Here I’m listing my primary hate reasons -
- Connection – Frequently looses connection I have Airtel connection but it switches it’s network to Vodafone and shows no network, after running 5-6 diagnostic test it switch back to Airtel network. I thought something is wrong with my phone set but same is the story with our other BB phone.
- SMS – Ever since I started using it i.e. yesterday it frequently route my SMS to international gateway which costs me Rs.5/SMS for local SMS even after having unlimited Monthly SMS package I complained about this to Airtel customer care but they are too dumb to acknowledge it as problem.
- Ringtone – It frequently switch to silent mode with no ringtones and alert tone I missed many important calls and even after wasting 1 hour to fix it won’t fix up but after sometime it get fix it by itself.
- Cumbersome – There are too many settings and options for dumb guy like me to get a hold of it, it took me more than 3 days to understand & customize the basic functionalities to use my phone normally. Unlike Android and iPhone which took me 10 minutes to understand and ready to rock & roll.
- BIS (Blackberry Internet Service) – It’s doubling my mobile bills and without it I can’t even surf net with Airtel Live as I used to do it before in my Samsung Phone as my Mobile internet requirement is not that great that I’m going to double my mobile bill.
- Just Can’t Switch it off – There is no button for switching it off completely, they have Full Power off but When I hit hang/power button it instantly illuminates the phone. I was travelling & wanted to save the batteries by switching it off when I checked back to call I found whole batteries was drained off as somehow it started off automatically cause it just take a simple touch on hang/power button to start unlike other phone which takes continuous pressing of power button to start. I wasted 2 hours to figure out how to switch off completely later found it can only done by taking off the batteries.
- No Apps – I cannot access apps like gmail apps or other essential life saving apps till I subscribe to BIS, I can surf net via Wi-fi but I just cannot use apps what the hack is wrong with them.
- There are other issues as well and these are very simple issues but making my life hell after started using blackberry as it is consuming too much time in regularly fixing things like network and ringtone issues also reducing my productivity greatly. Now I wish I have never got this phone. Somehow my 1st impression not so good with BB I hope it may change with time.
One of my friend (Facebook) celebrated his 46th birthday this month and blogged about “What If he could live his life again?” I got deeply moved by his thoughts and made me to re-think over what I’m doing and where I’m leading my life.
He asked few questions with self and shared his answers -
- If I could start over, what would I do differently?
- What would I not change at all?
- What have I learnt?
- What do I want to be five years from now, and ten, twenty…?
And I share some of the answers to #1, hoping that the exercise would inspire you as much:
- I would sleep less, and read more.
- I would eat less, and work out more.
- I would complain less, and compliment more.
- I would spend fewer weekends at work, and more at home.
- I would spend more time alone with the one I love.
- I would read more with my kids when they were young.
- I would talk/listen to my parents more often.
- I would watch less TV and fewer movies.
- I would spend less on things, and more on experiences.
- I would save more for travel; I would see more of this world.
- I would start a foundation to educate the poor, or support such foundations.
- I would write a diary of things I learnt.
- I would learn languages, cooking, playing a flute, rock climbing…
- I would stay in touch with more friends and more family members.
- I would plan less, act more.
- I would worry less, breathe more, pray more.
These points are so simple and so effective deep within we all know how to live life but somehow we do exactly the opposite, somehow we have became slave of our mind who wants to work less & enjoy more, who wants to gratify senses & ignore the power of simplicity, who wants to enjoy today & ignore tomorrow. But such senses driven life won’t last long very soon we face it’s consequences.
At the end he asked “What would you like to do differently with your life?”
- Well I want to lead my life like these (above) 16 points including some of mine and I don’t need second chance yet as I still have lots of time :).
- Wake up early.
- Swim, Jog, Exercise, Yoga 5 times a week.
- Focus on priorities.
- Clear 3 big rocks everyday.
- More time for hobbies.
- Eat less Non-veg and Junk food .
- Start ticking my To-Do Adventure list (Everest Base Camp – Bungee Jumping – Sky Diving – Scuba Diving – Space Travel etc)
- I’ll be Keep Adding
I came across this beautiful thought that I would like to share with all -
This week, I learned about 2 brand of eye glasses in Church (I just modified it a bit), one PLB and other PLS.
PLB is “Problems look Bigger” … PLS is “Problems look smaller”
Problems are about to hit you but all it matters is what type of eye glasses you are wearing, is the problem looking too big or too small, end of the day its a matter of attitude, believe in yourself, believe in God and not the problem …
If you wear PLS, you will be able win over problems and if you wear PLB, the problem will become bigger than you and will eat you soon … so wear the right eye glasses.
Here are some more quotes that can help us wear PLS:
“When you control the ball, you control the score”
“If nothing changes nothing changes”
“If you think you are beaten, you are!”
“life’s tough … so what”
“it’s not whether you get knocked down … its whether you get back up”
“A positive anything is better than a negative nothing”
“If you think you can’t, you won’t”
“it’s all about luck … just ask any loser”
“no regrets … not even a little one”
“winners do what losers don’t”
“impossible is just an opinion”
THE LAST one is the biggest one
“In life, what you focus on is all that you will see”
I came across this very beautiful thought on love -
“‘I love you’ means that I accept you for the person that you are and that I do not wish to change you into someone else. It means that I do not expect perfection from you—just as you do not expect it from me. It means that I will love you and stand by you even through the worst of times. It means loving you when you’re in a bad mood or too tired to do the things I want to do. It means loving you when you’re down—not just when you’re fun to be with.‘I love you’ means that I know your deepest secrets and do not judge you for them—asking in return only that you do not judge me for mine. It means that I care enough to fight for what we have and that I love enough not to let go. It means thinking of you, dreaming of you, wanting and needing you constantly, and hoping that you feel the same way for me.” — littlemiss
My friend send me following email about lateral learning, found it quite interesting -
Many years ago in a small Indian village,
A farmer had the misfortune Of owing a large sum of money to a village moneylender.
The Moneylender, who was old and ugly, fancied the farmer’s beautiful Daughter. So he proposed a bargain.
He said he would forgo the farmer’s debt if he could marry his Daughter. Both the farmer and his daughter were horrified by the Proposal.
So the cunning money-lender suggested that they let Providence decide the matter.
He told them that he would put a black Pebble and a white pebble into an empty money bag. Then the girl would Have to pick one pebble from the bag.
1) If she picked the black pebble, she would become his wife and her father’s debt would be forgiven.
2) If she picked the white pebble she need not marry him and her father’s debt would still be forgiven.
3) But if she refused to pick a pebble, her father would be thrown into Jail.
They were standing on a pebble strewn path in the farmer’s field. As They talked, the moneylender bent over to pick up two pebbles. As he Picked them up, the sharp-eyed girl noticed that he had picked up two Black pebbles and put them into the bag.