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The 7 Cs of Success

7 Cs of Success


Is it possible to distill wisdom from ancient times to present day across all cultures into practical insights for achieving success? Tom Morris, an American philosopher, author and former professor of philosophy at the University of Notre Dame presented all the valuable insights into a simple, comprehensive, and logically connected framework of seven universal conditions for achieving satisfying and sustainable results in any endeavour. He calls these 7 Cs of Success in his brilliant book, The Art of Achievement.

Here is how Tom Morris describes the 7 Cs:
“ Together, these 7 Cs make up a universal tool kit for remarkable accomplishment as they constitute the most extraordinary leveraging device for our energies in any situation or challenge. Nevertheless, though they are extraordinarily powerful, they are not magic. They won’t turn couch potatoes into decathlon champions overnight. They can’t guarantee anyone a million dollars, world fame, or the presidency. But they are remarkably reliable tools for helping us make the most of our lives and energies everyday.”

Here are the 7 Cs:
1. Conception: A clear conception of what we want, a vivid vision, a goal strongly envisaged.
2. Confidence: A strong confidence that we can attain our goal. To build confidence build competence. Nothing creates and undergirds a confident disposition like knowing you are prepared for the challenge. Great confidence is rooted in great preparation. Only those, who prepare for greatness can reasonably expect it.
3. Concentration: Focused concentration on what it takes to reach that goal.
4. Consistency: A stubborn consistency in pursuing our vision. The word “Consistent” derives its meaning from the Latin for “Standing together.”
5. Commitment: An emotional commitment to the importance of what we are doing.
6. Character: A good character to guide us and keep us on a proper course.
7. Capacity: A capacity to enjoy the process along the way.

He further amplifies that, “In this life, we’re either getting better or we are getting worse. If we are not growing, we’re diminishing… The good should always give way to better. Otherwise, it will at some point inevitably dissipates into worse.”

Let’s commit ourselves to living the 7 Cs of success today!


Can You Make An Hour?

Have you come across anyone who has not felt or said, “ There is so much I want to do. So little time to do it.” If you too feel that you don’t have enough time to accomplish whatever you want to, ask yourself:

Can I make, squeeze-in an hour a day?

If you wonder what could you do with an hour a day, consider what Orison Swett Marden said in his highly inspiring book, Making Life A Masterpiece, over a hundred years ago. It holds true even today.

“ I wish it were possible to blazon on the sky, where it would burn itself into the consciousness of every youth, the marvellous results of even one hour a day spent in persistent, concentrated, earnest self-culture.

What young man is really too busy to give an hour a day to self improvement, self enlargement?

One hour a day for a short time profitably employed would enable men of ordinary capacity to master a complete science.

One hour a day in ten years would make an ignorant man a well-informed man.

In an hour a day a boy or girl could read twenty pages thoughtfully — more than seven thousand pages a year or eighteen large volumes.

An hour a day might make — nay has made — an unknown man famous, a useless man a benefactor of his race.

Think of the might possibilities of two — four — yes, even six hours a day that are often thrown away by young men and women in frivolous amusement.”

Can you make an hour a day?


Are You Willing To Pay The Price?


What do you want to achieve?
Do you believe you can achieve it?

There is a good chance that you can achieve whatever you want to achieve if – and this is a big if – you are willing to pay the price. Consider what Scot Raymond Adams, the famous American cartoonist and the creator of the Dilbert comic strip and author says in his book, How to fail at almost everything and still win big: “ If you want success figure out the price, then Pay it. I know a lot o people, who wish they were rich or famous. They wish they had yachts and servants and castles and they wish they could travel the world in their own private jets.

But these are mere wishes. Few of these wishful people have decided to have any of these things. It’s a very big difference, for once you decide: you take action. Wishing starts in the mind and generally stays there.

When you decide to be successful in a big way, it means that you acknowledge the price and and you are willing to pay it.” Like Kobe Bryant, the legendary basketball player did.

Early in his career, Kobe Bryant wanted to be an extraordinary three-point shooter. He knew he could be. He decided the price was 1300 three-pointers per day. He went out everyday during the off season and paid the price. He practiced 1300 hundred three-pointers every day during the off season. And he made a record that won him a place among the basketball greats that scored most in an NBA game.

A three-pointer is a field goal in a basketball game made from beyond the three-point line, a designated arc surrounding the basket. A successful attempt is worth three points.

As George Mumford, the mindfulness-coach who coached the basketball greats such as Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant says in his highly insightful book, The Mindful Athlete, “You not only have to focus on your intention but you also have to be willing to get up early in the morning and do the same thousands and thousands of times – and then another thousand times – with intention, which leads one to deliberate practice.”

When you decide to be successful in a big way, ask your self:
What do you want to achieve?
Do you believe you can achieve it?
What price do you need to pay for it?
Are you willing to pay it?



When You Thought I Wasn’t Looking…

Do you know that you are always noticed That you are constantly being observed? Your children are watching everything you say and do. Often,They may not do what you tell them to do. But they would always do what you do. You set an example and what lousy and do has an impact. You make a difference when you walk the talk. Making a difference is a great responsibility. Love always and know that you are loved too.

Here is an amazing poem that has been making rounds on internet for quite sometime attributed to an anonymous source. The poem is actually written by Mary Rita Schilke Karzan as a tribute to her mother, Blanche Karzan.
When you thought I wasn’t looking
You hung my first painting on the
refrigerator and I wanted to paint another

When you thought I wasn’t looking
You fed a stray cat and I thought
it was good to be kind to animals

When you thought I wasn’t looking
You baked a birthday cake just for me
And I knew that little things were special things

When you thought I wasn’t looking
You said a prayer and I believed
there was a God that I could always talk to

When you thought I wasn’t looking
You kissed me good night
and I felt loved

When you thought I wasn’t looking
I saw tears come from your eyes
and I learned that somethings hurt
but that it’s all right

When you thought I wasn’t looking
You smiled
and it made me want to look that pretty too

When you thought I wasn’t looking
You cared
And I wanted to be everything I could be

When you thought I wasn’t looking
I looked
And wanted to say thanks for all those things
You did
When you thought I wasn’t looking
Thank you!

Dying Slowly

Life, as someone wisely said, is a brief journey between two points namely B (birth) and D (death). What is between ‘B’ and ‘D’? It is of course ‘C’ (choice). Life, therefore is all about a matter of choice. Choice between living fully and dying slowly. How does one know whether one is living fully or dying slowly?

Here is a poem that is mistakenly attributed to the famous Chilean poet, Pablo Neruda. The poem clearly explains what dying slowly is. In fact, it serves as a marker to diagnose ‘dying slowly.’ It helps us to identify the symptoms, make a course correction and reclaim our lives.

The author of this poem, which has been circulating on the internet is unknown.
Dying Slowly

You start dying slowly
If you do not travel
If you do not read
If you do not listen to the sounds of life
If you do not appreciate yourself

You start dying slowly
When you kill your self-esteem;
When you do not let others help you

You start dying slowly
If you become a slave of your habits,
Walking everyday on the same paths…
If you do not change your routine,
If you do not wear different colours
or you do not speak to those you don’t know

You start dying slowly
If you avoid to feel passion
And their turbulent emotions;
Those which make your eyes glisten
And your heart beat fast

You start dying slowly
If you do not change your life when you are not satisfied with your job, or with your love,
If you do not risk what is safe for the uncertain,
If you do not go after a dream,
If you do not allow yourself
At least once in your lifetime
To run away from sensible advice
– Author Unknown

What I Wanted and What I Needed

Here is wonderful poem that is often attributed to Swami Vivekananda, but no authentic source for this attribution is yet found.

When I asked God for strength
He gave me difficult situations to face

When I asked God for brain and brawn
He gave me puzzles in life to solve

When I asked God for Happiness
He showed me some unhappy people

When I asked God for wealth
He showed me how to work hard

When I asked God for favours
He showed me opportunities to work hard

When I asked God for peace
He showed me how to help others

God gave me nothing I wanted
He gave me everything I needed

What Can We Learn from the Eraser?


What does the eraser tell us and what can we learn from it? Listen to this conversation:

Pencil: I’m sorry.

Eraser: For what?

Pencil: I’m sorry, you get hurt because of me. Whenever I make a mistake, you’re always there to erase it. But as you make my mistakes vanish, you lose a part of yourself and get smaller and smaller each time.

Eraser: That’s true, but I don’t really mind. You see I was made to do this, I was made to help you whenever you do something wrong, even though one day I know I’ll be gone. I’m actually happy with my job. So please stop worrying, I will not be happy if I see you sad.

Now think for a while. Our parents are just like the eraser, and we are the pencil. They’re always there for their children, cleaning up their mistakes. Sometimes along the way they get hurt and become smaller (older) and eventually pass on.

What can we learn from the Eraser?

Take care of your Parents, treat them with kindness and most importantly love them.

– Author Unknown

What Do You Make?


Taylor McDowell Mali, an American Slam Poet, Humorist, Teacher and Voiceover Artist wrote the very famous poem – What Teachers Make in 1999. The poem got copied, pasted, and sent by email by well meaning teachers and fans, wrote Mali sometime ago. Soon enough the poem became anonymous.

Even Thomas Friedman, the New York Times columnist quoted one of the anonymous versions in its entirety as part of his Yale graduation speech in 2003. Taylor Mali has chosen to inspire teachers anonymously rather than not inspiring them at all.

Here’s the full version of Taylor Mali’s famous poem:

The dinner guests were sitting around the table discussing life. One man, a CEO, decided to explain the problem with education. He argued: “ What’s a kid going to learn from someone who decided his best option in life was to become a teacher?”

He said to another guest: “ You are a teacher Susan. Be honest. What do you make?”

Susan, who had a reputation of honesty and frankness, replied, “ You want to know what I make?”

“ I make kids work harder than they ever thought they could. I can make a C+ feel like the Congressional Medal of Honour and an A- feel like a slap in the face if the student did not do his or her very best.

You want to know what I make?
I make kids wonder.
I make them question.
I make them criticise.
I make them apologise and mean it.
I make them write.
I make them read, read, read.
I make them show all their work in math and hide it all on all their final drafts in English.
I elevate them to experience music and art and the joy in performance, so their lives are rich, full of kindness and culture, and they take pride in themselves and their accomplishments.
I make them understand that if you have the brains, then follow your heart…and if someone ever tries to judge you by what you make, you pay them no attention.

You want to know what I make?
I make a difference.

By the way, what do you make?”

Image: Wikipedia

Who Is Your Constant Companion?

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I am your constant companion.
I am your greatest helper or heaviest burden.
I will Push you onward or drag you down to failure.
I am completely at your command.
Half of the things you do you might as well turn over to me and I will do them – quickly and correctly.
I am easily managed – You must be firm with me.
Show me exactly how you want something done and after a few lessons, I will do it automatically.
I am the servant of great people, and alas of all failures as well.
Those who are failures, I have made failures.
I am not a machine though I work with the precision of a machine plus the intelligence of a person.
You may run me up for profit or run me for ruin – It makes no difference to me.
Take me, train me, be firm with me and I will place the world at your feet.
Be easy with me and I will destroy you.
Whom am I?

I am Habit.


Author Unknown
Image: M.S.V.K. Prasad


George Orwell’s Six Rules of Effective Writing



Eric Arthur Blair (1903 – 1950) is better known by his pen name, George Orwell. He was born in India.

An author and journalist, Orwell was one of the most prominent and influential figures in the twentieth-century literature. Animal Farm, his unique political allegory was published in 1945. And it was this novel, together with the distopia of Nineteen-Eighty-Four (1949) which brought him world-wide fame and recognition.

Here are his Six Rules of Effective Writing:

1. Never use a metaphor, simile or other figure of speech which you are used to seeing in print.
2. Never use a long word where a short one will do.
3. If it is possible to cut a word out, always cut it out.
4. Never use the passive where you can use the active.
5. Never use a foreign phrase, a scientific word, or a jargon if you can think of an everyday English equivalent
6. Break any of these rules sooner than say anything outright barbarous.