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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?



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

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.

One Year to Live…

Anthony Burgess (February 25 - November 22 1993)

Anthony Burgess (February 25 – November 22 1993)

Anthony Burgess was 40 when he learned that he had only one year to live. He had a brain tumour that would kill him within a year. He knew he had a battle on his hands. He was completely broke at the time, and he didn’t have anything to leave behind for his wife, Lynne, soon to be a widow.

Burgess had never been a professional novelist in the past, but he always knew the potential was inside him to be a writer. So, for the sole purpose of leaving royalties behind for his wife, he put a piece of paper into a typewriter and began writing. He had no certainty that he would even be published, but he couldn’t think of anything else to do.

“It was January of 1960,” he said, “ and according to the prognosis, I had a winter and spring and summer to live through, and would die with the fall of the leaf.”

In that time Burgess wrote energetically, finishing five and a half novels before the year wad through (very nearly the entire lifetime output of E.M. Foster, and almost twice that of J. D. Salinger.)

But Burgess did not die. His cancer had gone into remission and then disappeared altogether. In his long and full life as a novelist ( he is best known for A Clockwork Orange), he wrote more than 70 books, but without the death sentence from cancer, he may not have written at all.

Many of us are like Anthony Burgess, hiding greatness inside, waiting for some external emergency to bring it out. Ask yourself what you’d do if you had Anthony Burgess’s original predicament.

If I had just a year to live, how would I live differently? What exactly would I do?



– Author Unknown

Profiles in Greatness: Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (28 August 1749 - 22 March 1832)

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (28 August 1749 – 22 March 1832)


Johann Wolfgang von Goethe was a German writer and statesman. He was a prolific and versatile writer at the same time. Prolific because he produced volumes of poetry, essays, criticism, a theory of colours, novels, and early work on evolution and linguistics. Versatile because he wrote on a number of diverse topics such as epic, poetry, essays, criticism, botany, anatomy and numerous other scientific and literary pieces. What is more, he was fascinated by mineralogy too. In fact, mineral goethite (iron oxide) is named after him.

Goethe became a literary celebrity by the age of 25 and was ennobled by Carl August, the Duke of Saxe-Weimar in 1792. Goethe had a great effect on the nineteenth century as he was the originator of many ideas, which became widespread.

Here are twenty-five gems from the numerous quotes. Read them, reflect on them for they provide valuable insights into life and living.

1. Correction does much, but encouragement does more.
2. The way you see people is the way you treat them, and the way you treat them is what they become.
3. Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do.
4. None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free.
5. Behaviour is the mirror in which everyone shows their image.
6. If you treat an individual.. as if he were what he ought to be and could be, he will become what he ought to be and could be.
7. There are only two lasting bequests we can hope to give our children. One of these is roots, the other, wings.
8. A man’s manners are a mirror in which he shows his portrait.
9. Ignorant men raise questions that wise men answered a thousand years ago.
10. We don’t get to know people when they come to us; we must go them to find out what they are like.
11. Many people take no care of their money till they come nearly to the end of it, and others do just the same with their time.
12. Precaution is better than cure.
13. Fresh activity is the only means of overcoming adversity.
14. The coward only threatens when he is safe.
15. Love does not dominate; it cultivates.
16. It is not doing the thing we like to do, but liking the thing we have to do, that makes life blessed.
17. We are never deceived; we deceive ourselves.
18. We know accurately only we know little, with knowledge doubt increases.
19. An unused life is an early death
20. Man is made by his belief. As e believes, so he is.
21. Nothing is worth more than this day.
22. Go to foreign countries and you will get to know the good things one possesses at home.
23. What is not started today is never finished tomorrow.
24. Everybody wants to be somebody; nobody wants to grow.
25. To rule is easy, to govern difficult.



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Profiles in Greatness: Ralph Waldo Emerson



Ralph Waldo Emerson (

Ralph Waldo Emerson (May 25, 1803 – April 27, 1882)


Ralph Waldo Emerson (May 25, 1803 – April 27, 1882) was one of the most renowned philosopher-transcendentalist poets writers of the 19th century. He rallied against conformity and taught a new way of life through his many essays and lectures on Self-reliance and self-realisation. He became known as the central figure of his literary and philosophical group, now known as the American Transcendentalists, who shared a key belief that each individual could transcend, or move beyond, the physical world of senses into deeper spiritual experience through free will and intuition.

Emerson’s beliefs and his idealism had strong influences on the work of his protégé Henry David Thoreau, a great philosopher and contemporaries like Walt Whitman, the famous American Poet and Margaret Fuller, and Amos Bronson Alcott.

Emerson was a prolific writer and speaker. He gave more than 1,500 public lectures across the United States. His famous1837 speech, entitled, ‘The American Scholar’ was considered to be America’s ‘Intellectual Declaration of Independence’ by none other than Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr himself.

Here are twelve gems from the numerous quotes from Ralph Waldo Emerson. Read them, reflect on them and you are sure to find great insights that have the power of transcending beyond the physical realm.

1. Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.
2. What lies behind you and what lies in front of you, pales in comparison to what lies inside you.
3. For every minute you are angry, you give up sixty seconds of peace of mind.
4. The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.
5. A hero is no braver than an ordinary man, but he is brave five minutes longer.
6. The only way to have a friend is to be one.
7. Enthusiasm is the mother of effort, and without it nothing great was ever achieved.
8. Write it on your heart that everyday is the best day in the year.
9. Always do what you are afraid to do.
10. To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.
11. You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late.
12. Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can.           Tomorrow is a new day. You shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.



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The Value of Time




All of us know the importance of time, at least conceptually. We all know that time and tide wait for no man. But do we really realise the importance of time? Here are three interesting perspectives on the importance of time that have been in circulation on internet for quite sometime. It’s worth reminding ourselves and reiterating our pledge to utilise this most important resource to the fullest.

Imagine there is a bank which credits your account each morning with $86,400, carries over no balance from day to day, allows you to keep no cash balance, and every evening cancels whatever part of the amount you had failed to use during the day.

What would you do?
Draw out every cent of course!
Every morning, it credits you with 86,400 seconds.
Every night it writes off, as lost, whatever of this you have failed to invest to good purpose.
It carries over no balance. It allows you no overdraft.
Each day it opens a new account for you.
Each night it burns the records of the day.
If you fail to use the day’s deposits, the loss is yours.
There’s no going back. There is no drawing against tomorrow.
You must live in the present on today’s deposits.
Invest it so as to get from it the utmost in health, happiness and success!
The Clock is running. Make most of today.

To realise the value of one year: Ask a student who has failed a final exam.
To realise the value of one month: Ask a mother who has given birth to a premature baby.
To realise the value of one week: Ask an editor of a weekly newspaper
To realise the value of one hour: Ask the lovers who are waiting to meet.
To realise the value of one minute: Ask the person who has missed the train, bus or plane.
To realise the value of one second: Ask a person who has survived an accident.
To realise the value of one millisecond: Ask the person who has won a silver medal in Olympics.
Yesterday is history.
Tomorrow is a mystery.
Today is a gift. That’s why it’s called the present.

– Author Unknown