Philosophy of Charles Schultz, the creator of the “Peanuts” comic strip

January 1, 2011


You don’t have to actually answer the questions. Just read it straight through and you’ll get the point.

1. Name the five wealthiest people in the world.

2. Name the last five Heisman trophy winners.

3. Name the last five winners of the Miss America.

4. Name ten people who have won the Nobel or Pulitzer Prize.

5. Name the last half dozen Academy Award winners for best actor and actress.

How did you do?

The point is none of us remember the headliners of yesterday. These are no second-rate achievers. They are the best in their fields. But the applause dies. Awards tarnish. Achievements are forgotten. Accolades and certificates are buried with their owners.


Here’s another quiz. See how you do on this one:

1. List a few teachers who aided your journey through school.

2. Name three friends who have helped you through a difficult time.

3. Name five people who have taught you something worthwhile.

4. Think of a few people who have made you feel appreciated and special.

5. Think of five people you enjoy spending time with.



The lesson: The people who make a difference in your life are not the ones with the most credentials, the most money, or the most awards. They are the ones that care and share space with you.

Share this with people who have made a difference in your life.

Five Balls – by James Patterson

December 26, 2010


From the book “Suzanne’s Diary to Nicholas” by James Patterson

Imagine life as a game in which you are juggling some five balls in the air. You name them

1. Work

2. Family

3. Health

4. Friends

5. Spirit

and you’re keeping all of these in the air.

You will soon understand that work is a rubber ball. If you drop it, it will bounce back.

But the other four balls — family, health, friends and spirit are made of glass. If you drop one of these, they will be irrevocably scuffed, marked, nicked, damaged or even shattered.

They will never be the same. You must understand that and strive for balance in your life. How?

1. Don’t undermine your worth by comparing yourself with others. It is because we are different that each of us is special.

2. Don’t set your goals by what other people deem important. Only you know what is best for you.

3. Don’t take for granted the things closest to your heart. Cling to them as you would your life, for without them, life is meaningless.

4. Don’t let your life slip through your fingers by living in the past or for the future. By living your life one day at a time, you live ALL the days of your life.

5. Don’t give up when you still have something to give. Nothing is really over until the moment you stop trying.

6. Don’t be afraid to admit that you are less than perfect. It is this fragile thread that binds us together.

7. Don’t be afraid to encounter risks It is by taking chances that we learn how to be brave.

8. Don’t shut love out of your life by saying it’s impossible to find. The quickest way to receive love is to give; the fastest way to lose love is to hold it too tightly; and the best way to keep love is to give it wings.

9. Don’t run through life so fast that you forget not only where you’ve been, but also where you are going.

10. Don’t forget that a person’s greatest emotional need is to feel appreciated.

11. Don’t be afraid to learn. Knowledge is weightless, a treasure you can always carry easily.

12. Don’t use time or words carelessly. Neither can be retrieved.

Note: The above also appears in cyberspace in few sites as “30 second Speech by Bryan Dyson (CEO of Coca Cola)”. Actually this was said by James Patterson in the book “Suzanne’s Diary to Nicholas.


December 26, 2010

Azim Premji, CEO, Wipro Azim Premji, CEO- Wipro

Every company faces the problem of people leaving the company for better pay or profile.

Early this year, Arun, a senior software designer, got an offer from a prestigious international firm to work in its India operations developing specialized software. He was thrilled by the offer.

He had heard a lot about the CEO. The salary was great. The company had all the right systems in place employee-friendly human resources (HR) policies, a spanking new office, and the very best technology, even a canteen that served superb food.

Twice Arun was sent abroad for training. “My learning curve is the sharpest it’s ever been,” he said soon after he joined.

Last week, less than eight months after he joined, Arun walked out of the job.

Why did this talented employee leave ?

Arun quit for the same reason that drives many good people away.

The answer lies in one of the largest studies undertaken by the Gallup Organization. The study surveyed over a million employees and 80,000 managers and was published in a book called “First Break All The Rules”. It came up with this surprising finding:

If you’re losing good people, look to their manager …. the manager is the reason people stay and thrive in an organization. And he’s the reason why people leave. When people leave they take knowledge, experience and contacts with them, straight to the competition.

People leave managers not companies ,” write the authors Marcus Buckingham and Curt Coffman.

Mostly manager drives people away?

HR experts say that of all the abuses, employees find humiliation the most intolerable. The first time, an employee may not leave, but a thought has been planted. The second time, that thought gets strengthened. The third time, he looks for another job.

When people cannot retort openly in anger, they do so by passive aggression. By digging their heels in and slowing down. By doing only what they are told to do and no more. By omitting to give the boss crucial information. Dev says: “If you work for a jerk, you basically want to get him into trouble. You don’t have your heart and soul in the job.”

Different managers can stress out employees in different ways – by being too controlling, too suspicious, too pushy, too critical, but they forget that workers are not fixed assets, they are free agents. When this goes on too long, an employee will quit – often over a trivial issue.

Who or What is causing your problems? (Cause / Effect)

November 27, 2010

When people fail, they often blame someone else for their failure. People blame others when they do poorly at work. Blame is also used to justify personal problems.

When you blame someone or something else, you actually make yourself weak and ineffective. You make yourself “effect” instead of being the “cause” of the situation. You give power to the person or thing you blame.

“Blaming something else makes that something else cause; and as that cause takes on power, the individual in the same act loses control and becomes effect.”

For example, you lost a business contract and you blame your assistant. You are making your assistant more powerful than you. You might say, “My assistant messed up the appointment, “which is just another way of saying, “My assistant determines if I succeed or fail in keeping an appointment.”

If you take responsibility, you would say, “I need to train my assistant so he doesn’t make mistakes”.

As another example, you might blame someone’s behavior for your stress and anxiety. This makes that person behavior responsible for your feelings. If you say, “That person ruined my mood,” you are actually saying, “That person is so powerful that he can control my emotions.”

If you wish to succeed in life, you have to end the blame game and accept responsibility for yourself. You only get ahead when you become “cause” over the situation and not the “effect”.

The boy and apple tree!

November 27, 2010

A long time ago, there was a huge tree.
It loved the little boy very much.
The boy loved to come and play around it everyday.

He climbed to the treetop,
Ate the apples,
Take a nap under the shadow,
He loved the tree, the tree was so happy!

Time went by…

One day, the boy came back to the tree.
The tree said “Come and play with me”.
Boy replied “I’m no longer a kid. I don’t play around trees anymore”,
“I want toys. I need money to buy them.”
Tree said “Sorry, but I do not have money… but you can pick all my apples and sell them. So, you will have money.”
The boy was so excited.
He grabbed all the apples on the tree and left happily.
The tree was happy.

The boy never came back after picked the apples.
The tree was sad.

One day, the boy who turned to a man returned and the tree was excited. “Come and play with me” the tree said.
Boy replied “I do not have time to play. I have to work for my family. We need a house for shelter. Can you help me?”
Tree said “Sorry, I do not have any house. But you can chop off my branches to build your house. ”
So the man cut all the branches of the tree and left happily.
The tree was glad to see him happy.

The man never came back since then.
The tree was again lonely and sad.

One hot summer day, the man returned and the tree was delighted. “Come and play with me!” the tree said.
“I’m getting old. I want to go sailing to relax myself. Can you give me a boat?” said the man.
“Use my trunk to build your boat. You can sail far away and be happy” the tree said.
So the man cut the tree trunk to make a boat. He went sailing and never showed up for a long time.

Finally, the man returned after many years. “Sorry my boy. But I do not have you anymore. No more apples for you…” the tree said.
“No problem, I do not have any teeth to bite” the man replied.
“No more trunks for you to climb on” tree said.
“I’m too old for that now” the man replied.
“I really cannot give you anything… the only thing left is my dying roots” the tree said with tears.
“I do not need much now, just a place to rest. I’m tired after all these years” the man replied.
“Good! Old tree roots are the best place to lean on and rest. Come, come sit down with me and rest.”

The man sat down and the tree was glad and smiled with tears…
No matter how busy you are share some time with parents!

Everybody has an apple tree in his life. And it’s your Parents or country!!!

Bill Gates advise to teenagers

November 27, 2010

Love him or hate him, he sure hits the nail on the head with this.

Bill Gates recently gave a speech at a High School about 11 things they did not and will not learn in school. He talks about how feel-good, politically correct teachings created a generation of kids with no concept of reality and how this concept set them up for failure in the real world.

Rule 1 : Life is not fair – get used to it!

Rule 2 : The world doesn’t care about your
self-esteem. The world will expect you to accomplish something BEFORE you feel good about yourself.

Rule 3 : You will NOT make $60,000 a year right out of high school. You won’t be a vice-president with a car phone until you earn both.

Rule 4 : If you think your teacher is tough, wait till you get a boss

Rule 5 : Flipping burgers is not beneath your dignity. Your Grandparents had a different word for burger flipping: they called it opportunity.

Rule 6 : If you mess up, it’s not your parents’ fault , so don’t whine about your mistakes, learn from them.

Rule 7 : Before you were born, your parents weren’t as boring as they are now. They got that way from paying your bills, cleaning your clothes and listening to you talk about how cool you thought you were. So before you save the rain forest from the parasites of your parent’s generation, try delousing the closet in your own room.

Rule 8 : Your school may have done away with winners and losers, but life HAS NOT. In some schools, they have abolished failing grades and they’ll give you as MANY TIMES as you want to get the right answer. This doesn’t bear the slightest resemblance to ANYTHING in real life.

Rule 9 : Life is not divided into semesters. You don’t get summers off and very few employers are interested in helping you FIND YOURSELF. Do that on your own time.

Rule 10 : Television is NOT real life. In real life people actually have to leave the coffee shop and go to jobs.

Rule 11 : Be nice to nerds. Chances are you’ll end up working for one.

Note: The above said rules appears in many sites stating it is quoted by Bill Gates. Actually this was not said by Bill Gates anytime anywhere. Still the message is posted due to the practicality of the content which is worth reading!

World’s Youngest CEO – Suhas Gopinath – Globals Inc.

November 13, 2010

Bangalore boy Suhas Gopinath launched Globals Inc at 14. Today, his firm is a 60-member strong with all of them aged 17 to 22 years.

It’s a Story of 17-year-old Bangalore boy wanting to be another Bill Gates. He had launched his own firm at the ripe old age of 14 years. Today, his firm, Globals Inc, is 60-member strong with representatives in the US, the UK, Canada and India—all of them aged 17 to 22 years. None of the members have had any formal computer education. Incidentally, Globals’ young CEO had originally wanted to be a veterinarian, until he was in Class IX and the cyber bug bit him.

‘‘I had no knowledge of the Internet. But when I was browsing the Internet in a cyber cafe I stumbled on a source code of a web site. I was fascinated and thought long and hard. I soon launched my own website,,’’ says Gopinath, fingering his navy blue blazer and battling a pronounced stammer, at the Bangalore IT.COM 2003 venue. That had happened when he had still not crossed 14 years.

A week later, recognition came when Network Solutions Inc, owned by Nasdaq-listed New York-based Verisign Inc gave him the certificate of a professional web developer. He was invited to Network Solutions headquarters and even asked to maintain their web site. Now hold your breath: ‘‘I declined because I was not interested in serving a US company.’’

Gopinath says it was the attachment to his family and the ambition to start his own organisation that brought him back to India.

Having passed Class XII in computer science, his veterinarian dream has faded off, but he loves spending his free time with Bushy, his pet dog. ‘‘I don’t have girlfriends,’’ the tiny CEO tells you with a straight face. Globals Inc took shape initially with only four members, and Network Solutions helped him to incorporate the company in the US. ‘‘I was told that in India, you need to pay sales tax and also have an infrastructure before you can register a firm. But all our members work from home or from a cyber cafe,’’ he says.

Gopinath’s company is into web-based and software solutions, mobile and e-commerce solutions—besides making web sites for corporates, advertisers and educational institutions. But Gopinath doesn’t get carried away with the pricing part. ‘‘We even have a client in Frankfurt for whom we made a corporate website. In the last two years, we have been able to generate a revenue of Rs 30,000 to Rs 40,000. We charge only Rs 200-Rs 300 for making a website,’’ he says.

Gopinath had never thought of himself and his team as being far too young in their highly competitive domain, until a Singapore-based business process outsourcing (BPO) company, SingT Inc, approached them. ‘‘They wanted to outsource their projects to us. Everything fell into place, until the moment I found that the law wouldn’t allow me to sign the contract because I was not 18 yet.’’

Not that it has been too much of a dampener. He is now waiting to have the necessary infrastructure in place so that he can incorporate his company in India. ‘‘At any cost, ours will be a purely Indian company.’’

Not just that. Globals Inc has approached the University of Michigan for building a message board that can be a forum for students. ‘‘We also approached the Karnataka Government for projects, but they said the Government projects are given out only to big companies. But we too will be a CMM Level 5 company soon,’’ says a confident Gopinath, straightening his blazer.

Gopinath has already put the management structure in place. There is a chief operating officer, chief information officer, chief technology officer and vice-president (Human Resources)—all teenagers. But with only a modest Rs 40,000 revenue to be shared among the members yet, the firm has not yet thought of a chief financial officer. ‘‘Members who use cyber cafes are given some extra money to cover that charges,’’ adds Gopinath.

In 2005, Gopinath was the youngest among the 175 recipients of the Karnataka state’s Rajyotsava Award.

On December 2, 2007, The European Parliament and International Association for Human Values conferred a “Young Achiever Award” on Mr. Gopinath at the European Parliament, Brussels. He was invited to address the European Parliament and businessmen assembled in that parliament.

In November 2008 He was invited to represent the World Bank’s ICT Leadership Roundtable for adopting ICT in Africa for increasing employ-ability and fostering ICT skills in students from these countries.

Gopinath was announced as a “Young Global Leader” for 2008-2009 by the World Economic Forum, Davos. His ambition is to found another Microsoft. ‘‘Initially, when my mom used to scold me, I used to give her Bill Gates’s example. He is my role model.’’

Joining Globals Inc is simple, provided you are in the 17-22 year age group. ‘‘The membership is free of cost. Once you fill up the form and enter your skill set, we will assign a project. And you become a part of our family,’’ he says.

He believes that academic skill sets are not the end. ‘‘We need more of personal skill sets to achieve goals’’ he says.

Watch him speak on his entrepreneurial success!

Think Positive! Be joyous! Reap success!

October 7, 2010

Positive thinking is a mental attitude that admits into the mind thoughts, words and images that are conductive to growth, expansion and success. It is a mental attitude that expects good and favorable results.

A positive mind anticipates

  • -> happiness
  • -> joy
  • -> health
  • -> successful outcome of every situation and action
  • Can’t do, just leave it; Can do, just do it!

    You can’t change other people. You can change yourself.
    You can’t change your past. You can change your future.
    You can’t change the world. You can change your outlook toward the world.
    You can’t stop other people from being negative. You can control your reaction to other people’s negativity.
    You can’t change the way others speak and act toward you. You can change the way you speak and act toward others.
    You can’t stop things from going wrong. You can stop blaming the world and other people when things do go wrong.
    You can’t stop making mistakes. You can learn from your mistakes, and stop blaming yourself for making them.
    You can’t help having negative thoughts. You can be aware of your negative thoughts and transform them to positive ones when they occur.
    You can’t be perfect. You can be a whole lot better if you think you can.

    Babar, the great Mughal king, was afraid of the dark when he was a child. One day, a playmate defined him to enter a dark cave. Babar was frightened, but he desperately wanted to prove that he was not a coward. He said to himself, “I am absolutely fearless; there is nothing to fear; God will protect me; nothing can harm me.” He entered the dark cave repeating these words to him. He was never again afraid of the dark. He had strengthened his courage by positive thoughts. He overcame his fear by convincing himself that he was brave.

    Whatever the mind can conceive, man can achieve. You can influence your future. You can choose to celebrate your life. Always believe in yourself. You can do it!

    Source: The above info. was shared by a colleague.

    React or Respond: A cockroach story – by Deepak Shinde

    September 30, 2010

    Deepak_shinde (react_response)

    Three women met in a restaurant. Yeah you can guess??? Lots of discussions, exchange of news and views, loads of information. One particular part of their discussion caught my attention. One of the ladies, with lot of interest was sharing some facts about cockroach. With a lot of amazement, she was telling how a cockroach can run three miles in an hour and can change direction 25 times in a second. A cockroach could live a long time, perhaps a week without its head. There was nonstop excitement in her voice as she continued saying, “A cockroach has amazing adaptability. It can survive in any climate, in any house condition, inside any crack, etc. Its antennae, which rivals NASA’s Global Positioning System, helps it to locate other cockroaches with sate-of-the-art precision. Cockroaches could be used to place surveillance devices in military installation. In fact, a cockroach can survive even an attack of atomic explosion.”

    Suddenly, a cockroach flew from nowhere and sat on her. I wondered if this was the cockroach’s response to all the glory that was spoken about it! She started to scream out of fear. With panic-stricken face and trembling voice, she started doing stationary jumping with her hands desperately trying to get rid of the cockroach. Her reaction was contagious, as everyone in her group for cranky to what was happening. The lady finally managed to push the cockroach to another lady in the group. Now, it was the turn of the other lady to continue the drama. The waiter rushed forward to their rescue. In the relay or throwing, the cockroach next fell on the waiter. The waiter stood firm observing its movement on his shirt. When he was confident enough, he grabbed it with his fingers and threw it out.

    Sipping my coffee and watching the amusement, the antenna of my mind picked up a few thoughts and started wondering, “Was the cockroach responsible for the histrionic behaviour? If so, then, why the waiter was not perturbed? He handled it to near perfection, without any chaos. It is not the cockroach, but the inability of the ladies to handle the disturbance caused by the cockroach that disturbed the ladies.”

    I realized, “Even in my case then, it is not the shouting of my father or my boss that disturbs me, but it is my inability to handle the disturbance caused by their shouting that disturbs me. Its not the traffic jams on the road that disturbs me, but my inability to handle the disturbance caused by the traffic jam that disturbs me. In all, it is not something that disturbs me, but it is my inability caused by that something disturbs me. More than the problem, it is my reaction to the problem, which hurts me more.”

    A natural question popped up in my mind, “Then, how do I outgrow this limitation?”

    I understood, “I should not react. I should always respond. The women reacted, whereas waiter responded. Reactions are instinctive, whereas responses are intellectual. Between the stimuli (what happens to me) and the response (what happens through me) if there is no gap, it creates reaction. But, between the stimuli and the response, if I use the gap to think and contemplate, then I can respond thoughtfully. An intelligent person responds; a fool reacts.”

    Source: This article appeared in Frozen Thoughts magazine.

    Set goals to give you balanced, successful life!

    August 31, 2010

    Set goals to give you balanced, successful life!
    – Chetan Bhagat at Symbiosis

    Don’t just have career or academic goals. Set goals to give you a balanced, successful life. I use the word balanced before successful. Balanced means ensuring your health, relationships, mental peace are all in good order. There is no point of getting a promotion on the day your breakup. There is no fun in driving a car if your back hurts. Shopping is not enjoyable if your mind is full of tensions.

    Life is one of those races in nursery school where you have to run with a marble in a spoon kept in your mouth. If the marbles falls, there is no point coming first. Same is with life where health and relationships are the marble. Your striving is only worth if there is harmony in your life. Else, you may achieve the success, but this spark, this feeling of being excited and alive, will start to die.

    One thing about nurturing the spark – don’t take life seriously. Life is not meant to be taken seriously, as we are really temporary here. We are like a pre-paid card with limited validity. If we are lucky, we may last another 50 years. And 50 years is just 2,500 weekends. Do we really need to get so worked up? It’s ok, bunk a few classes, scoring low in couple of papers, goof up a few interviews, take leave from work, enjoy with your friends, fall in love, little fights with your loved ones. We are people, not programmed devices.

    Don’t be serious, be sincere!

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