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Ways to get EXCITEMENT at WORK!

Before we get in to the ways of being EXCITED about our work or at work, let’s get in to a real case study from
childhood… YOUR CHILDHOOD.

I am sure you loved going school daily, no matter if you were a topper, a failure, a looser, a dumb/bimbo
or wat ever. But you LOVED GOING DAILY….

I remember my school days when i use to LOVE meeting my friends at school rather than getting excited
about my studies….

I was a failure and am sure MAXIMUM of my school friends would agree to it… (few won’t as they were
failures too :D)

however, the excitement of meeting friends did help me to stick to school and classes on daily basis.

So, let’s go to top 6 Reasons on why I loved going school DAILY???

  1. Get NOTICED :- Yes! I ain’t good looking, not that handsome, am DARK and ROWDY…. but I got noticed in school by many students and the reason behind that was my daily activities which helped me become a center of attraction. I was too notorious but good in co curriculum activities held in school. So the bottom line is, I was a performer.
  2. Co-Curriculum Activities :- One thing is so sure that pulled me to wake up early in mornings was the Co-Curriculum Activities held at school. It gave me excitement to perform, to become a part of team and give my best to get noticed.
  3. Students and Friends :- It’s quite important that you have mature and flexible nature team members so who can meet your chemistry. More important is, YOU HAVE TO MEET their requirements, their nature and their maturity to be one of them. Trust me this gives you 2 things; 1> you come to meet different personality people, 2> when you accept their nature and their personality; it makes you their close and most wanted friend.
  4. Teacher’s Threat:- I know, I know; students usually run away from those threats to be in their comfort zone; but trust me, facing them is altogether a different feeling and experience and also makes you scheduled and disciplined enough to be on time and on task and thus, it makes you get the end results.
  5. Stupid Games and Gigs :- I am damn sure you guys must have played pen fight, truth and dare, antakshari and lot many games in your class room, well even that was a spark to attract you towards being with your friends in school….
  6. Exams and Tests :- it was obvious, if you don’t attend your exams or tests, you fail in subjects, or fail in your final exams etc….. this gave you a fear of being out of your group if you fail in class or it gave you a fear of being 3rd or 5th or being a social outcast :D. Important is, you had a fear of failure which helped you upgrade your self … get end results.

Now remember one main thing out of all above, it was an indirect force which pulled me to school on daily.. Helped me gain knowledge.. helped me study in an environment. And of-course, upgraded me a lot…..

Okay!!! So, let’s get back to work….

Now, learning from your school, below are the things you can do to make your self excited @ work….. (trust me this will help you)

  1. Get NOTICED :- Let me tell you something, when people start talking about your performance is the time when you start getting NOTICED…  all you need to do is, be on your task, be on your toes, be the best to achieve it,,, and then; you are the HERO!! this keeps you excited about your work and your workstation…
  2. Company Activities :- usually companies do have some activities to get involved in, some of them don’t BUT…. it’s never to late; if their is no initiative for any happening activities at your company then you can always take a stance to initiate something that is happening and which can help you and others to be excited about the workstation….. 
  3. Team mates and Friends :- to jell up with your colleagues around is most important as because, if you are not casual and easy with your team members and your friends at work; you feel lonely which makes you a boar and an out caste member of a team…. Give you self a Go to understand people around, learn from them and be comfortable with them…. this will help you to learn and unlearn things, would give you a homely environment at workstation and would help you gain more relations around…. 
  4. Be Creative :- Once you have read above, do one thing, make a note in your mind that you have to do something new TODAY and make sure you LOVE IT…. no matter what is it,,,, but it has to be at your work station… for example, a note, a drawing, a song, a painting, something crazy or whatever… but get something NEW…this will help you brain storm a bit and would help your sleepy brains to do something new…
  5. Stupid Games and Gigs :- Never feel old, get on your desk, play pen fight, truth and dare, antakshari, dumb charades or wat ever makes you feel happy….. make sure you don’t hamper your work and play em all in your break timings… but… gaming daily is enjoying daily… 🙂 
  6. Exams and Tests :- It actually sounds boring when you have to test your self for all your capabilities and skills and etc… remember, Examination and test has no age to pass… even big bolly heroes do that,,, they watch their hit films and flop films to analyse what went wrong and what was so right about their movies… trust me if you analyse yourself, you are helping yourself to upgrade, to carry more skills, to be with time and trend….. 

So! guys…. these are my funds…. hope it helps you to gain excitement at your workstation….

Be Excited,,, Be Creative,,, Be Working….

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Quotes by Steve Jobs…


  • “Sometimes when you innovate, you make mistakes. It is best to admit them quickly, and get on with improving your other innovations.”
  • “Being the richest man in the cemetery doesn’t matter to me … Going to bed at night saying we’ve done something wonderful… that’s what matters to me.”
  • “We’ve gone through the operating system and looked at everything and asked how can we simplify this and make it more powerful at the same time.”
  • “Be a yardstick of quality. Some people aren’t used to an environment where excellence is expected.”
  • “I want to put a ding in the universe.”
  • “I was worth over $1,000,000 when I was 23, and over $10,000,000 when I was 24, and over $100,000,000 when I was 25, and it wasn’t that important because I never did it for the money.”
  • “The Japanese have hit the shores like dead fish. They’re just like dead fish washing up on the shores.”
  • “Unfortunately, people are not rebelling against Microsoft. They don’t know any better.”
  • “Bill Gates‘d be a broader guy if he had dropped acid once or gone off to an ashram when he was younger.”
  • “The only problem with Microsoft is they just have no taste. They have absolutely no taste. And I don’t mean that in a small way, I mean that in a big way, in the sense that they don’t think of original ideas, and they don’t bring much culture into their products.”
  • “My job is to not be easy on people. My job is to make them better.”
  • “We made the buttons on the screen look so good you’ll want to lick them.”
  • “Click. Boom. Amazing!”
  • “You can’t just ask customers what they want and then try to give that to them. By the time you get it built, they’ll want something new.”
  • “Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works.”
  • “Why join the navy if you can be a pirate?”
  • “A lot of companies have chosen to downsize, and maybe that was the right thing for them. We chose a different path. Our belief was that if we kept putting great products in front of customers, they would continue to open their wallets.”
  • “Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.”
  • “Recruiting is hard. It’s just finding the needles in the haystack. You can’t know enough in a one-hour interview.
  • So, in the end, it’s ultimately based on your gut. How do I feel about this person? What are they like when they’re challenged? I ask everybody that: ‘Why are you here?’ The answers themselves are not what you’re looking for. It’s the meta-data.”
  • “We’ve had one of these before, when the dot-com bubble burst. What I told our company was that we were just going to invest our way through the downturn, that we weren’t going to lay off people, that we’d taken a tremendous amount of effort to get them into Apple in the first place – the last thing we were going to do is lay them off.”
  • “I mean, some people say, ‘Oh, God, if [Jobs] got run over by a bus, Apple would be in trouble.’ And, you know, I think it wouldn’t be a party, but there are really capable people at Apple.
  • My job is to make the whole executive team good enough to be successors, so that’s what I try to do.”
  • “It’s not about pop culture, and it’s not about fooling people, and it’s not about convincing people that they want something they don’t. We figure out what we want. And I think we’re pretty good at having the right discipline to think through whether a lot of other people are going to want it, too. That’s what we get paid to do.
  • We just want to make great products. (I think he means “insanely great products!“)”
  • “So when a good idea comes, you know, part of my job is to move it around, just see what different people think, get people talking about it, argue with people about it, get ideas moving among that group of 100 people, get different people together to explore different aspects of it quietly, and, you know – just explore things.”
  • “When I hire somebody really senior, competence is the ante. They have to be really smart. But the real issue for me is, Are they going to fall in love with Apple? Because if they fall in love with Apple, everything else will take care of itself.
  • They’ll want to do what’s best for Apple, not what’s best for them, what’s best for Steve, or anybody else. (this actually reiterates my oft-repeated mantra of “ubiquitous evangelism” in companies)”
  • “People think focus means saying yes to the thing you’ve got to focus on. But that’s not what it means at all. It means saying no to the hundred other good ideas that there are. You have to pick carefully.”
  • “Our DNA is as a consumer company – for that inpidual customer who’s voting thumbs up or thumbs down. That’s who we think about. And we think that our job is to take responsibility for the complete user experience. And if it’s not up to par, it’s our fault, plain and simply.”
  • “That happens more than you think, because this is not just engineering and science. There is art, too. Sometimes when you’re in the middle of one of these crises, you’re not sure you’re going to make it to the other end. But we’ve always made it, and so we have a certain degree of confidence, although sometimes you wonder.
  • I think the key thing is that we’re not all terrified at the same time. I mean, we do put our heart and soul into these things.”
  • “We don’t get a chance to do that many things, and every one should be really excellent. Because this is our life.
  • Life is brief, and then you die, you know?
  • And we’ve all chosen to do this with our lives. So it better be damn good. It better be worth it.”
  • “Almost everything–all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure–these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.”
  • “Here’s to the crazy ones, the misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers, the round pegs in the square holes… the ones who see things differently — they’re not fond of rules… You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them, but the only thing you can’t do is ignore them because they change things… they push the human race forward, and while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius, because the ones who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world, are the ones who do.”
  • “In most people’s vocabularies, design means veneer. It’s interior decorating. It’s the fabric of the curtains of the sofa. But to me, nothing could be further from the meaning of design. Design is the fundamental soul of a human-made creation that ends up expressing itself in successive outer layers of the product or service.”
  • “So we went to Atari and said, ‘Hey, we’ve got this amazing thing, even built with some of your parts, and what do you think about funding us? Or we’ll give it to you. We just want to do it. Pay our salary, we’ll come work for you.’ And they said, ‘No.’ So then we went to Hewlett-Packard, and they said, ‘Hey, we don’t need you. You haven’t got through college yet.”
  • “The people who are doing the work are the moving force behind the Macintosh. My job is to create a space for them, to clear out the rest of the organization and keep it at bay.”
  • “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”
  • “I’m the only person I know that’s lost a quarter of a billion dollars in one year…. It’s very character-building.”
  • “I’m as proud of what we don’t do as I am of what we do.”
  • “Quality is more important than quantity. One home run is much better than two doubles.”
  • “I’ve always wanted to own and control the primary technology in everything we do.”
  • “It comes from saying no to 1,000 things to make sure we don’t get on the wrong track or try to do too much.”
  • “It’s really hard to design products by focus groups. A lot of times, people don’t know what they want until you show it to them.”
  • “Innovation has nothing to do with how many R&D dollars you have. When Apple came up with the Mac, IBM was spending at least 100 times more on R&D. It’s not about money. It’s about the people you have, how you’re led, and how much you get it.”
  • “Insanely Great!”
  • “I’m convinced that about half of what separates the successful entrepreneurs from the non-successful ones is pure perseverance.”
  • “It’s rare that you see an artist in his 30s or 40s able to really contribute something amazing.”
  • “I feel like somebody just punched me in the stomach and knocked all my wind out. I’m only 30 years old and I want to have a chance to continue creating things. I know I’ve got at least one more great computer in me. And Apple is not going to give me a chance to do that.”
  • “I didn’t see it then, but it turned out that getting fired from Apple was the best thing that could have ever happened to me. The heaviness of being successful was replaced by the lightness of being a beginner again, less sure about everything. It freed me to enter one of the most creative periods of my life.”
  • “Do you want to spend the rest of your life selling sugared water or do you want a chance to change the world?”
  • “The products suck! There’s no sex in them anymore!”
  • “The cure for Apple is not cost-cutting. The cure for Apple is to innovate its way out of its current predicament.”
  • “If I were running Apple, I would milk the Macintosh for all it’s worth — and get busy on the next great thing. The PC wars are over. Done. Microsoft won a long time ago.”
  • “You know, I’ve got a plan that could rescue Apple. I can’t say any more than that it’s the perfect product and the perfect strategy for Apple. But nobody there will listen to me.”
  • “Apple has some tremendous assets, but I believe without some attention, the company could, could, could — I’m searching for the right word — could, could die.”

How To Manage Multiple IT Projects

Hey Managers and “WANA BE” managers.. 🙂

 

Am up with something that every manage would look around for.. and that is HOW TO MANAGE MULTIPLE IT PROJECTS at the same time..

I look after sales, admin and also make sure that all my projects go well and deliver the actual quality my client looked for.. and at the end of the day; i leave myself exhausted as things do go well, but then i leave my place with lots of loose ends which makes me incomplete.

Thus, I thought to make formula which can make me feel better, reduces my workload and also helps me achieve all my company goals, client objectives and on time project completions.

We all know that most project managers are able to evaluate and scope a single project, plan the implementation, communicate with team members, and manage the risks. But the moment you start managing multiple projects simultaneously, the PM’s job takes on a new dimension. Problems arise because of an increase in responsibility, coordination, and additional teamwork needed.

So let’s look at some of the key challenges you face when managing multiple projects (this is what i faced and sure you people are facing the same).

Managing multiple IT projects within the enterprise can be a daunting task. In fact, many project managers say that they would gladly stay back to only one or two projects vs. managing multiple projects (THE LOOSERS). The reason is simple, Managing multiple projects is not suited for all. Experience do counts however, you even need to be choosy with equal speed of smartness! When looking at the single-project concept, the roles and responsibilities prove themselves substantially simpler than for larger projects. However, the larger the project, the more coordination and tracking are needed to ensure that project deliverables are met. You’ll undoubtedly have on average three to five team members on each project. If you have five projects going at once, you will have to manage 15–25 team members. This doesn’t even include the interaction between you and the client. The challenges here include:

  • Not enough visibility on the detail being performed by project teams (i.e., developers, testers, etc.).
  • Not enough time to attend to meetings and still track tasks and milestones (i.e., tight deadlines).
  • Managing multiple risks and resolving multiple issues.
  • Lack of experience in juggling multiple tasks and meetings (e.g., gets too crazy).
  • Limited resources within the resource pool.
  • Conflicting priorities among projects. (trust me when your objective oriented, you want all the projects to be in priority :D.. it happens with me all the time :D)
  • Integration of all projects and their target dates not always clear.
  • Communications among too many people affecting performance.

So for now, let’s look at the best techniques we can use to manage all our projects:

 

  • Managing time effectively

Mostly when manager are tied with multiple projects, they want to give their best quality output in every project and also they want to get the project done by the time given; however, they fail achieving it; reason behind the failure is the time management.

It’s an smart necessity for managers to delegate their time and plot it between the projects. but the question raises here is HOW to do that?

here is a simple formula we need to focus on:

    • To manage your time, you need to manage all your tasks accordingly. remember, it’s the only key to achieve a project completion with excellence.
    • it’s complex when you are not choosing the right resource for the right project (I know managers are chosen only when they know how to delegate the resources, but it’s a fact; they always fail in deligation). however, if you choose a right resource for a right task? it will always help you lower your burden, get a quality output with masters hands on the project.
    • Leveraging group skills or dynamics
  • Checklist for managing multiple projects: You should create a portfolio checklist for managing multiple projects. You could use a life-cycle checklist to help (e.g., Have I received all the specs? Have I involved QA on each project team?).
  • Prioritization of projects: You need to determine which projects are more important than the others. When faced with multiple projects, it’s important to decide what to do and in which order it gets done. It’s no use simply selecting any project you like and paying attention to that project alone. Careful analysis is needed to ensure that each project meets your company’s strategic objectives and that you are aware of target dates.
  • Categorize your work: This strategy reduces complexity. You have to make progress on all fronts when managing multiple projects. Don’t leave one until next week and expect results. Check the progress of each project on a daily basis.
  • Sequence work tasks: Ensure that for every project the tasks have been properly sequenced and that they make sense. I have seen managers run from project to project, grabbing at straws. It’s imperative that each project be clearly broken down into manageable tasks and that they be correctly sequenced.
  • Create a dashboard: ah. this is something that really helped me to workout with all my projects and also has given me the exact detail i needed quickly.

A recommended process
If you really want to make an impact when managing a portfolio of projects, you’ll need a method of prioritizing and categorizing all projects. Project Management Dashboard illustrates a process for managing multiple projects, and I’ve found that it works rather well. Based upon your available time and your current workload, prioritize each new project handed to you. This prioritization allows you to determine exactly when to start the project and how it affects your other project timelines. Assuming all is okay, you proceed to categorize the project tasks into categories (A, B, and C), which assist you in figuring out which tasks are more important than the others. Please note that other valuable techniques such as network diagrams or PERT charts could also be used, but I’ve found that a simpler way is most effective when managing multiple projects. These tasks are then captured into a centralized enterprise project tool such as these:

  • Kidasa Milestones Professional
  • Project.net
  • Pacific Edge
  • PMOffice
  • Project Arena
  • WorkLenz

These are a few of the great tools to use for to use for tracking and coordination. After all, if a task does slip, you want it to be visible so you can inform the client about its impact to the project.

 

Project Management Dashboard


You should also:

  • Prioritize your projects according to the client’s business and IT strategies.
  • Rank all project tasks into A, B, and C categories.
  • Spend enough time and effort on tasks A for each project, and then proceed to categories B and C as deemed necessary (e.g., technical meetings or workshops).
  • Notify the client if you cannot meet a deadline or complete a task.
  • Capture all issues and risks into a centralized project database for efficient reporting.

 

It does not end here, there is lot more for me to explore in project management and if you have any valuable input to enhance the system followed, please send me a detailed email at thebizking@gmail.com, I would really appreciate it 🙂

 


Treasure BOOKMARKS for Entrepreneur

Hi Folks,,,
Got some important stuff for all upcoming business tycoons. this is real TREASURE for all of you.
Got some Bookmarks, treasure for me.. hope it ll help you all as well.
check them all below.

General Startup Advice

The Idea

Product Strategy

Running The Company

Startup Culture

Assembling Your Team

Sales & Marketing

Business Model & Monetization

Venture Capital, Funding & Equity

Legal

Miscellaneous

 


16 ways to focus at work.

Focus is something of a novelty these days. We’ve got cellphones for texting and calls, IM, Twitter, Email, RSS feeds, Facebook, Myspace… the list goes on and on. If you don’t have ADD before you start working online, it seems it’s almost inevitable thanks to these inputs. If you’re a web worker who uses the Internet for the majority of the day, you’re especially at risk for losing focus.

Focus is something that must be fought for. It’s not something that automatically switches on when you want to. You have to make sure your surroundings are perfect for working if you want to be focused. Here’s a few ways I’ve found this to work:

  1. Use offline tools. Paper products, pens, and other physical tools are a Godsend for those of us who have a hard time focusing throughout the work day. They’re so simple that we can use them quickly, without having to worry about becoming distracted.
  2. Take more breaks. More over productivity. It may sound wrong, but it’s true. Breaks allow us to re-group our thoughts and focus for the task at hand. They also keep us fresh so that we don’t end up burning out after only a few hours work.
  3. Smaller tasks to check off. When you’re planning your day, make sure that your “action steps” (aka items in the checklist) are small actions. Instead of “Paint living room”, try breaking it down into many tasks, like “buy paint, buy rollers, pick colors” etc.
  4. Keep a steady pace. Don’t try to do to much. Keeping the pace manageable allows you to keep your focus. Unfortunately, people can confuse this with “Work till you drop without breaks”. See number 2.
  5. Keep a daily “purpose” card. It’s pretty easy to get lost staring at the computer all day long. We’ll find rabbit holes to wonder down (ie. Youtube, Myspace, etc.) if we’re not careful. Having your daily purpose card gives you clarity and a reminder as to what you’re doing today.
  6. Develop the mindset that the computer is only a tool. It’s easy to try and use the computer for too much. At its core, the computer is merely a tool (albeit a freakin’ awesome one) that allows to do work more efficiently. If we’re using it as something more than that, (like as a solution for your life), you’ll ultimately fail. It’s like trying to eat a steak dinner with only a spoon.
  7. Plan your day to the T. If you’re finding sporadic periods of laziness throughout the day, it could be because you don’t take enough breaks (see #2), and you don’t have the day mapped out as efficiently as you could. Make sure your list of todos has lots of small, actionable steps that can be done quickly. This will gives a really satisfying feeling when you’re crossing things off your list like crazy.
  8. Notice your lazy routines. Everyone has recurring lazy spots throughout the day. Plan to have your breaks for those times. You’re going to be lazy then anyway, right?
  9. Plan the night before. Planning the night before is a great way to really get focused on the next day. “Sleeping” on your tasks and goals for the following day can really help your mind expect what’s going to happen the next day. Essentially, you’re preparing your mind for the following day. Advanced focus.
  10. Turn off extra inputs. These are IM and email for me, but we all have our Achilles heel. Completely turn off any distracting piece of technology that you own. Every one of these inputs tries to steal bits of your focus. And they won’t rest until they do.
  11. Set time limits for tasks. There’s no motivation like a deadline. Giving yourself real deadlines is a great way to stay motivated and focused on the task. Given the fact that we human are natural procrastinators, it’s no surprise that we’ll take as long as we’re allowed to finish something. Setting real but attainable limits is a great way to keep the project humming, so to speak.
  12. Keep a journal of what you did throughout the day. I like to use a moleskine notebook for my lists just so I can go back and review it every now and again, to see what I’ve done. Knowing how far you’ve come can keep you sharp and motivated to finish.
  13. Use programs to track where you spend your time. This is a real eye-opener. Knowing just how much time you spend every day/week/month on a certain site or with a certain program can quickly show you where your priorities lie. I recommend rescue team, but there are many others.
  14. Visualize the day in the morning, before it starts. A little pre-work meditation on the day’s events is a great way to start the day off focused and productive. Don’t worry about a full 30 minute session, a quick review before you start the day is fine.
  15. Start the day right. Starting the day with a good breakfast, some quiet time and/or exercise is a great way to set your day up for success. Sounds like a cliche, but it really works.
  16. Clean yourself up. It’s why my track coach in high school made us dress up for big races: you perform the way you feel. And if you feel polished, groomed and ready, you’ll be more likely to be productive. For me this is just taking a shower, brushing my teeth and putting on casual clothing. I used to work all day without taking a shower in my PJ’s, but I never got much stuff done. Let’s be honest here… if you’re dressed really casually, odds are you’ll be working really casually. Just taking the time to clean up a bit before you buckle down for the day is never a bad idea.

 


How to Choose the Right Frame for your EyeS??

Step out in the afternoon heat and the blazing sun will just pierce your eyes. There comes in the need of a pair of sunglasses. Sunglasses were invented to protect your eyes from the harmful UV rays of the sun. However gone are the days when sunglasses were used as a visual aid.

Today it is more about fashion and can easily be termed as a must-have accessory; not just for women but for men as well!
Men are a lot more fashion conscious now. Buying the right pair of sunglasses is as essential as wearing the right fit of clothing. Sunglasses are available in a variety of shapes and colors. All you need to do is pick up a best one that suits your face cut. Nowadays, most optical shops selling sunglasses have come up with a concept of computerized checking.

In this methodology, they take a photograph of your face and then show you on the computer itself which frame will suit you the best. Thus you can compare between various frames at the same time and choose the most apt one. Earlier only black sunglasses would make a style statement but now people are ready to experiment with a myriad of colors ranging from brown, blue, dual-tinted, etc.

The most tedious part of buying sunglasses is choosing the correct frame. There are umpteen number of shapes to choose from. Generally men wear larger frames which give a more masculine look. You may pick out any one from rectangular, oval, circular, or any other innovative shape which is in vogue. There are three basic styles of frames: full frame, half frame, and frameless.

The full frames were typically used in the 60s and 70s. Over the period of years, half frame and frameless sunglasses have also gained humongous popularity. After selecting the frame style next comes the decision of choosing the right material frame. You get metal frames as well as plastic frames. The metal frames are a style statement with formal wear like suits whereas the plastic ones look swank on casuals like a pair of jeans and shirt.


TT – Ten Tips by ROBIN SHARMA.

10 Tips from Robin Sharma’s ” Pillar of Mastery” Sleep less. This is one of the best investments you can make to make your life more productive and rewarding. Try getting up one hour earlier or sleeping an hour later, for 21 days and it will develop into a powerful habit. Just imagine having an extra 30 hours a month to spend on the things that are important to you. 2. Start your day well – it’s a powerful strategy for self-renewal and personal effectiveness. Set aside one hour every morning for personal development matters. Meditate, visualize your day, read inspirational texts to set the tone of your day, listen to motivational tapes or read great literature. Take this quiet period to vitalize and energize your spirit for the productive day ahead. 3. Manage Time- Do not allow those things that matter the most in your life be at the mercy of activities that matter the least. Every day, take the time to ask yourself the question “is this the best use of my time and energy?” Time management is life management so guard your time with care. 4. Jot down Ideas -Throughout the day we all get inspiration and excellent ideas. Keep a set of cards (the size of business cards; available at most stationary stores) in your wallet along with a pencil to jot down these insights. When you get home, put the ideas in a central place such as a coil notepad and review them from time to time. As noted by Oliver Wendell Holmes: “Man’s mind, once stretched by a new idea, never regains its original dimensions.” 5. Always remember the key principle that the quality of your life is the quality of your communication. This means the way you communicate with others and, more importantly, the way you communicate with yourself. What you focus on is what you get. If you look for the positive this is what you get. This is a fundamental law of Nature. 6. Stay on purpose, not on outcome. In other words, do the task because it is what you love to do or because it will help someone or is a valuable exercise. Don’t do it for the money or the recognition. Those will come naturally. This is the way of the world. 7. Enhance your will-power; it is likely one of the best training programs you can invest in. Here are some ideas to strengthen your will and become a stronger person: Do not let your mind float like a piece of paper in the wind. Focus. When doing a task, think of nothing else. When walking to work, count the steps that it takes to get all the way to the office. This is not easy but your mind will soon understand that you hold its reins and not vice versa. Your mind must eventually become as still as a candle flame in a corner where there is no draft. 8. Associate only with positive, focused people who you can learn from and who will not drain your valuable energy with complaining and uninspiring attitudes. By developing relationships with those committed to constant improvement and the pursuit of the best that life has to offer, you will have plenty of company on your path to the top of whatever mountain you seek to climb. 9. You must have a mission statement in life. This is simply a set of guiding principles which clearly state where you are going and where you want to be at the end of your life. A mission statement embodies your values. It is your personal lighthouse keeping you steadily on the course of your dreams. Over a period of one month, set a few hours aside to write down five or ten principles which will govern your life and which will keep you focused at all times. Examples might be to consistently serve others, to be a considerate citizen, to become highly wealthy or to serve as a powerful leader. Whatever the mission statement of your life, refine it and review it regularly. Then when something adverse happens or someone tries to pull you off course, you quickly and precisely return to your chosen path with the full knowledge that you are moving in the direction that you have selected. 10. No one can insult or hurt you without your permission. One of the golden keys to happiness and great success is the way you interpret events which unfold before you. Highly successful people are master interpreters. People who have attained greatness have an ability which they have developed to interpret negative or disempowering events as positive challenges which will assist them in growing and moving even farther up the ladder of success. There are no negative experiences only experiences which aid in your development and toughen your character so that you may soar to new heights. There are no failures, only lessons.10 Tips from Robin Sharma’s ” Pillar of Mastery” Sleep less. This is one of the best investments you can make to make your life more productive and rewarding. Try getting up one hour earlier or sleeping an hour later, for 21 days and it will develop into a powerful habit. Just imagine having an extra 30 hours a month to spend on the things that are important to you. 2. Start your day well – it’s a powerful strategy for self-renewal and personal effectiveness. Set aside one hour every morning for personal development matters. Meditate, visualize your day, read inspirational texts to set the tone of your day, listen to motivational tapes or read great literature. Take this quiet period to vitalize and energize your spirit for the productive day ahead. 3. Manage Time- Do not allow those things that matter the most in your life be at the mercy of activities that matter the least. Every day, take the time to ask yourself the question “is this the best use of my time and energy?” Time management is life management so guard your time with care. 4. Jot down Ideas -Throughout the day we all get inspiration and excellent ideas. Keep a set of cards (the size of business cards; available at most stationary stores) in your wallet along with a pencil to jot down these insights. When you get home, put the ideas in a central place such as a coil notepad and review them from time to time. As noted by Oliver Wendell Holmes: “Man’s mind, once stretched by a new idea, never regains its original dimensions.” 5. Always remember the key principle that the quality of your life is the quality of your communication. This means the way you communicate with others and, more importantly, the way you communicate with yourself. What you focus on is what you get. If you look for the positive this is what you get. This is a fundamental law of Nature. 6. Stay on purpose, not on outcome. In other words, do the task because it is what you love to do or because it will help someone or is a valuable exercise. Don’t do it for the money or the recognition. Those will come naturally. This is the way of the world. 7. Enhance your will-power; it is likely one of the best training programs you can invest in. Here are some ideas to strengthen your will and become a stronger person: Do not let your mind float like a piece of paper in the wind. Focus. When doing a task, think of nothing else. When walking to work, count the steps that it takes to get all the way to the office. This is not easy but your mind will soon understand that you hold its reins and not vice versa. Your mind must eventually become as still as a candle flame in a corner where there is no draft. 8. Associate only with positive, focused people who you can learn from and who will not drain your valuable energy with complaining and uninspiring attitudes. By developing relationships with those committed to constant improvement and the pursuit of the best that life has to offer, you will have plenty of company on your path to the top of whatever mountain you seek to climb. 9. You must have a mission statement in life. This is simply a set of guiding principles which clearly state where you are going and where you want to be at the end of your life. A mission statement embodies your values. It is your personal lighthouse keeping you steadily on the course of your dreams. Over a period of one month, set a few hours aside to write down five or ten principles which will govern your life and which will keep you focused at all times. Examples might be to consistently serve others, to be a considerate citizen, to become highly wealthy or to serve as a powerful leader. Whatever the mission statement of your life, refine it and review it regularly. Then when something adverse happens or someone tries to pull you off course, you quickly and precisely return to your chosen path with the full knowledge that you are moving in the direction that you have selected. 10. No one can insult or hurt you without your permission. One of the golden keys to happiness and great success is the way you interpret events which unfold before you. Highly successful people are master interpreters. People who have attained greatness have an ability which they have developed to interpret negative or disempowering events as positive challenges which will assist them in growing and moving even farther up the ladder of success. There are no negative experiences only experiences which aid in your development and toughen your character so that you may soar to new heights. There are no failures, only lessons. And a disclaimer from Sharma “Do not take personal development books as gospel. Read them and take whatever useful ideas you need. Some people feel they must do everything suggested and take the techniques to extremes. Every book has at least one tool or strategy of benefit. Take what you need and what works for you and discard what doesn’t suit you.” And a disclaimer from Sharma “Do not take personal development books as gospel. Read them and take whatever useful ideas you need. Some people feel they must do everything suggested and take the techniques to extremes. Every book has at least one tool or strategy of benefit. Take what you need and what works for you and discard what doesn’t suit you.”