When your ego is in the way, a master or your mentor can talk for one hour and you will not understand a single word.
A woman went to see a great Sage with all her problems, and asked him, “How should I solve all these?” The Sage replied, “DOG”. And the woman went away happy, thanking the Sage profusely.
The problem to all her problems was in that single word, “Dog”. And because she listened without her ego, she immediately grasped what it meant: to apply in her life the best quality of a dog; loyalty, obedience, love, patience, perseverance and persistence.
“Peace means to be in the midst of all those noise and trouble and still be calm in your heart”
The real meaning of Peace: There was a king who offered a prize to the artist who could best depict Peace on a canvas. Many artists tried. The king looked at all the pictures. But there were only two he really liked, and he had to choose between them.
One picture was a calm lake. The lake was a perfect mirror for peaceful towering mountains all around it. All who saw this picture thought that it was the perfect picture depicting Peace.
The other picture had mountains too. But these were rugged and bare. Above was an angry sky, from which rain fell and in which lightning played. Down the side of the mountain, tumbled a foaming water fall. This looked anything but peaceful.
But there behind the waterfall, a tiny bush grew, in a crack in the rock. In the bush, a mother bird had built her nest. There, in the midst of the rush of angry water, sat the mother bird on her nest-IN PERFECT PEACE.
WHICH PICTURE DO YOU THINK WON THE PRIZE?
The King chose the second picture.
“Because,” explained the King,Peace does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise,trouble or hard work.” “Peace means to be in the midst of all these things and still be calm in your heart.
This reminds me a proverb which is very close to my heart.
” I have not failed 500 times; I have just discovered 500 ways it won’t work”
WHAT A TERRIFIC EXAMPLE OF PATIENCE AND PERSEVERANC
This goes back to 1870s. Thomas Alva Edison was burning the midnight oil in a workshop in New Jersy. He was trying to invent the light bulb and you all know about it.
He tried many experiments but all without success.He just failed to get it right. His failure became the talk of the town and the story goes that after he had failed for the five hundred time, a journalist interviewed him and asked, ‘Mr Edison, how does it feel to have failed five hundred times?Why don’t you just give it up now?’
‘No,no,young lady,’Edison replied. ‘I have not failed five hundred time. I would rather say,I have just discovered five hundred ways it won’t work. I am so much closer now to finding a way that will surely work!’
Sure enough, in 1879,Edison invented the filament light bulb- an invention that changed the shape of the world. By the time this great scientist died, the man who had failed five hundred times had got 1024 patents to his credit, and founded the famous General Electric Company. But Edison’s real contribution to mankind went beyond all this.
He made it happen and showed us the power of perseverance,the virtue of learning from failure and the magic of never giving up.
To succeed,one must learn to embrace failure and not scared by it
IS NOT IT, MY READER?
Don’t let your ego get in the way of your desire to learn. Successful people keep their mind open to new things because they know that no matter how high their level of mastery, there is always more to discover.
If you have become expert in one field, seek out other fields where you can transfer and apply your expertise.
When facing challenges, even ones you have faced many time before, adopt a learner’s approach- ask questions or find new ways to solve the problem.
YOU WILL ALWAYS BE ONE UP!!
It is so easy to forget this one: doing good makes you feel good.Being kind to a co-worker not only enables and elevates their mood-it lifts yours too. Making a customer feel like the VIP that he is not only makes him your goodwill ambassador, it spreads word of your services like a virus, it unlocks a wellspring of positive sensation inside of you. Going the extra mile for your spouse or your child not only leaves them better than you found them, it helps you feel connected to the ones you love- which eventually promotes happiness and fulfillment.
Not only do good things happen to good people,but people who do good things get to feel great feelings. But let me tell you this is not so easy to do as it may look like. Being positive and kind and excellent takes a lot more discipline and power. But if you practice it,it is a practical,powerful insight that will lead you to real results- in your business life, in your personal life.And in your inner life.
Do good for people. Do good work. Think good thoughts. And be good to yourself. Good things will happen in your life.
Yes, Fear could be scary. When we face it, we are wired to run. we want to avoid it. We consider it a bad thing.But it is not true. In my mind, fear is splendid. It is an opportunity.It is a gift.
On the other side of every fear that is keeping you small is your natural power and your true greatness.If you try to run away from your fear, it tantamount to running from the brilliance you were meant to be. A fear is nothing more than a doorway into the highest version of your highest vision. The things that scare you are spectacular opportunities to discover more of all you are meant to be. Trust me! Fear is not bad,it is normal.It is in fact superb! It leads to confidence, if you do what you fear.It leads to self-respect. It promotes growth. It makes you better.
So today, at work or at home, if something comes up that makes you feel like running, avoiding or even resisting, don’t make a beeline for the door.
You should instead show up like a leader you truly can be and embrace the opportunity you have been presented. Because what you resist will persist. But what you befriend,you will transcend.
SO TREAT FEAR AS GROWTH!
Have you ever noticed that it is the people we love we most take for granted?It is easy to spend less time with your family because you know they will always be there for you or so you assume. It is easy to put off expressing your love to your loved ones because there seems to be no urgency at play.Its easy to let home relationships slip because you assume there are more pressing things to deal with.
But if you think seriously what could possibly be more important than your family?Is there any wisdom or excitement in being successful, yet alone?
So get out of your casual mode,pick up the phone and tell your parents that you love them. your child too would copy cat this. Before you leave for work,give your spouse a delicate kiss, like you mean it.
And yes,please do hug your kids. Enjoy them while you can-they will be young only once.And once that window of opportunity closes, it will be gone for ever and never return to you.
Every person who has shown up in your life and arrived to help- you become the person you are now. Appreciate and love them.