Inch by Inch

lifting weights - inch by inch

Today at Gym, I did one small experiment to know at what point I give up and what will happen if I persist and won’t give up. Generally I lift light weights I never lift heavy weights but today I put weights which were like double than my usual daily lifts and I kept increasing levels by adding more weights with each sets, After 1-2-3 sets I started feeling heat and pain, when I reached 3rd set I felt extreme pain, my mind started telling me that this is it, this is my limit, I can’t go further. I felt this is the point where I need to give up, but then I keep pumping with one thought that “just one more time, one more time, one last time” and actually I completed my 4th set and then 5th set. Each second my mind was telling me to give up but I replied just one last time I found that no matter what our mind tells if we keep moving forward lift by lift or Inch by Inch, one lift at a time, one inch at a time, we are capable of lifting more than we ever imagines, we are capable of doing much more than we generally believe we can.

Only thing we need to do is decide where we want to reach and keep moving forward no matter what our past experience and belief system tells us about our limitations or what is possible for us or what is impossible for us, If we keep moving forward we may find our new better self.

Learning Life’s Lessons

I’m learning very important life’s lesson from past few months, Today I thought of sharing it with all my friends (Special thanks to Ishita Gupta)

  • Time is an illusion.
  • Don’t measure it by the amount of hours/effort you put in, measure it by goals you accomplish.
  • A lofty goal combined with serious effort gets results.
  • Doing things quickly and repetitively helps you get over anxiety about failure.
  • Making a decision is more important than doing things perfectly.
  • When in the dip (the tedious execution phase), remember the larger goal of your project and the value it provides to the world.
  • You don’t have to do everything alone.
  • Good things await when you take a risk (a smart one), no matter how afraid you are.
  • If you win, you win. If you lose, you win. (From Rocky and stepping out of your comfort zone.)
  • When you think you’ve reached your limit, do more.
  • You just might waste your life away in idleness and bullshit if you’re not careful.
  • Taking initiative matters.
  • Being who you want to be and who you think you really are is largely a decision
  • Flexibility is your biggest asset.
  • You don’t have to do things like everyone else.
  • Focus on what matters. Few things matter, but those that do need maniacal focus.
  • Getting rejected is OK. In fact, if you do it quick enough, rejection speeds up your road to success. (Similarly, rejection doesn’t matter until you stop trying. Once you stop trying, getting rejected becomes a big deal.)
  • Taking care of the things (and people) you love in your life matters everyday, no matter how busy you are.
  • Learn the language of the people you wish to speak to and communicate with (French or analytics.)
  • Don’t stay busy. Get real things done that matter (ignore what looks like your job and focus on what really is your job.)

Inspiring Graduation Speech by Oprah to Stanford Graduates Class ’08

Inspiring Graduation Speech by Oprah to Stanford Graduates Class '08

One of my friend shared a link of this very inspiring speech by Oprah she made in addressing commencement day of Stanford graduates class of ’08. The above video is very long you can check this video [Link] for short briefed lessons.

Here are the lessons she gave –

Lesson one, follow your feelings. If it feels right, move forward. If it doesn’t feel right, don’t do it.

Now I want to talk a little bit about failings, because nobody’s journey is seamless or smooth. We all stumble. We all have setbacks. If things go wrong, you hit a dead end—as you will—it’s just life’s way of saying time to change course. So, ask every failure—this is what I do with every failure, every crisis, every difficult time—I say, what is this here to teach me? And as soon as you get the lesson, you get to move on. If you really get the lesson, you pass and you don’t have to repeat the class. If you don’t get the lesson, it shows up wearing another pair of pants—or skirt—to give you some remedial work.

And what I’ve found is that difficulties come when you don’t pay attention to life’s whisper, because life always whispers to you first. And if you ignore the whisper, sooner or later you’ll get a scream. Whatever you resist persists. But, if you ask the right question—not why is this happening, but what is this here to teach me?—it puts you in the place and space to get the lesson you need.

The lesson here is clear, and that is, if you’re hurting, you need to help somebody ease their hurt. If you’re in pain, help somebody else’s pain. And when you’re in a mess, you get yourself out of the mess helping somebody out of theirs. And in the process, you get to become a member of what I call the greatest fellowship of all, the sorority of compassion and the fraternity of service.

I know this for sure, that doing good actually makes you better. So, whatever field you choose, if you operate from the paradigm of service, I know your life will have more value and you will be happy.

if you choose to offer your skills and talent in service, when you choose the paradigm of service, looking at life through that paradigm, it turns everything you do from a job into a gift. And I know you haven’t spent all this time at Stanford just to go out and get a job.

You’ve been enriched in countless ways. There’s no better way to make your mark on the world and to share that abundance with others.

You have the heart and the smarts to go with it. And it’s up to you to decide, really, where will you now use those gifts? You’ve got the diploma, so go out and get the lessons, ’cause I know great things are sure to come.

Congratulations, ’08!

Check the complete speech at [Link]

Message to be taken from Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara

Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara - Lessons

Here you go –

  • Never ever show your girlfriend the gift you got for your Mom or sister.
  • Never flirt with your best friend’s girlfriend; he’ll not forgive you till he gets his next.
  • Your friend may still accept if you flirt with his girlfriend but never ever mess with his cell phone.
  • Close your room’s door before you video chat with your fiancee, rather never video chat with your fiancee.
  • If hit hard, even tomatoes hurt.
  • Love is beyond any boundaries especially linguistic boundaries.
  • If two of the three friends date one girl, and third one somehow couldn’t – he’ll one day call her a b*%#ch.
  • And last but not the least – Holidays are a must – Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara !

[Source : Taken from ZNMD FB Page notes]

The 15 Best Things Warren Buffett Has Ever Said About Investing

I came across this beautifully complied 15 different quotes of Warren Buffet on investment from different time, place and sources by Business Insider. I found them very simple but very effective.

1) The essentials first

“Rule No. 1: never lose money; rule No. 2: don’t forget rule No. 1”

2) Think about this one

“I am a better investor because I am a businessman, and a better businessman because I am no investor.”

3) Berkshire is like the Met

“You can sell it to Berkshire, and we’ll put it in the Metropolitan Museum; it’ll have a wing all by itself; it’ll be there forever. Or you can sell it to some porn shop operator, and he’ll take the painting and he’ll make the boobs a little bigger and he’ll stick it up in the window, and some other guy will come along in a raincoat, and he’ll buy it.” – On what makes people sell to him

4) Wonderful v Fair

“It’s far better to buy a wonderful company at a fair price than a fair company at a wonderful price.”

5) No need to be a genius

“You don’t need to be a rocket scientist. Investing is not a game where the guy with the 160 IQ beats the guy with 130 IQ.”

6) The Fourth Law Of Motion

“Long ago, Sir Isaac Newton gave us three laws of motion, which were the work of genius. But Sir Isaac’s talents didn’t extend to investing: He lost a bundle in the South Sea Bubble, explaining later, “I can calculate the movement of the stars, but not the madness of men.” If he had not been traumatized by this loss, Sir Isaac might well have gone on to discover the Fourth Law of Motion: For investors as a whole, returns decrease as motion increases.”

7) Time is ticking away

“Time is the friend of the wonderful business, the enemy of the mediocre.”

8 ) Watch carefully…

“After all, you only find out who is swimming naked when the tide goes out.”

9) Timing is everything

“Investors should remember that excitement and expenses are their enemies. And if they insist on trying to time their participation in equities, they should try to be fearful when others are greedy and greedy only when others are fearful.”

10) No limits

“When we own portions of outstanding businesses with outstanding managements, our favorite holding period is forever.”

11) Game pressure

“The stock market is a no-called-strike game. You don’t have to swing at everything–you can wait for your pitch. The problem when you’re a money manager is that your fans keep yelling, ‘Swing, you bum!'”

12) About Socks and Stocks

“Long ago, Ben Graham taught me that ‘Price is what you pay; value is what you get.’ Whether we’re talking about socks or stocks, I like buying quality merchandise when it is marked down.”

13) The “lack of change” appeal

” Our approach is very much profiting from lack of change rather than from change. With Wrigley chewing gum, it’s the lack of change that appeals to me. I don’t think it is going to be hurt by the Internet. That’s the kind of business I like.”

14) The right moment to strike

“The best thing that happens to us is when a great company gets into temporary trouble…We want to buy them when they’re on the operating table.”

15) Choose sleep over extra profit

” I have pledged – to you, the rating agencies and myself – to always run Berkshire with more than ample cash. We never want to count on the kindness of strangers in order to meet tomorrow’s obligations. When forced to choose, I will not trade even a night’s sleep for the chance of extra profits.”

via Business Insider

Enjoy the Scenery on a Detour

“A truly happy person is one who can enjoy the scenery on a detour.” — Unknown

Failure is a Detour, not a Dead End : Success never comes easy – and failure is never a dead-end street. True success comes when despite a failure, you make your way around it – and after a while look back at it to be proud of your hard-work in the right direction. If failure is leading you towards the end of the dead-end street – it’s probably time for you to wake up !

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