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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!

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

If I Had My Life To Live Over…



Here is an inspirational article – If I had my life to live over – written (also known as ‘I’d pick up more daisies’) by Don Herold (1889-1966). It was first published in the October 1953 issue of Reader’s Digest. He was an American Humorist, writer, illustrator, and cartoonist who wrote and illustrated many books and was a contributor to national magazines.

If I had to live my life to live over…

Of course, you can’t unfry an egg, but there is not law against thinking about it.

If I had my life to liver over, I would try to make more mistakes. I would relax. I would be sillier than I have been in this trip. I know of very few things that I would take seriously. I would be less hygienic. I would go more places. I would climb more mountains and swim more rivers. I would eat more ice cream and less bran.

I would have more actual troubles and fewer imaginary troubles.

You see, I have been one o those fellows who live prudently and sanely, hour after hour, day after day. Oh, I have had my moments. But If I had it to do over again, I would have more of them – a lot more. I never go anywhere without a thermometer, a gargle, a raincoat and a parachute. If had it to do over, I would travel lighter.

It may be too late to unteach an old dog old tricks, but perhaps a word from the unwise may be of benefit to a coming generation. I may help them to fall into some of the pitfalls I have avoided.

If had my life to live over, I would pay less attention to people who teach tension. In world of specialisation we naturally have a superabundance of individuals who cry at us to be serious about their individual specialty. They tell us we must learn Latin or History; otherwise we will be disgraced and ruined and flunked and failed.

After a dozen or so of these protagonists have worked on a young mind, they are apt to leave it in hard knots for life. I wish they had sold me Latin and History with a lark.

I would seek out more teachers who inspire relaxation and fun. I had a few of the, fortunately, and I figure it was they who kept me from going entirely to the dogs.From them I learned how to gather what few scraggly daisies I have gathered along life’s cindery pathway.

If I had my life to live over, I would start barefooted a little earlier in the spring and stay that way a little later in the fall. I would play hooky more. I would shoot more paper wads at my teachers. I would have more dogs. I would keep later hours. I’d have more sweethearts.

I would fish more. I would go to more circuses. I would go to more dances. I would ride omnivore merry-go-rounds. I would be carefree as long as I could, or at least until I got some care – instead of having my cares in advance.

More errors are made solemnly than in fun. The rubs of family life come in the moments of intense seriousness rather than in moments of light-heartedness. If nations – to magnify my point – declared international carnivals instead of international war, how much better that would be!

G. K. Chesterton once said, “ A characteristic of the great saints is their power of levity. Angels can fly because they can take themselves lightly. One ‘settles down’ into a sort of selfish seriousness; but one has to rise to a gay self-forgetfulness. A man falls into a ‘brown study’; he reaches at a blue sky.”

In a world in which practically everybody else seems to be consecrated to the gravity of the situation, I would rise to glorify the levity of the situation. For I agree with Will Durant that “Gaiety is wiser than wisdom.”

I doubt, however, that I’ll do much damage to my creed. The opposition is too strong. There are too many serious people trying to get everybody else to be too darned serious.

If you had your life to live over…
What would you do?

What We Can Learn from an Oyster




There was once an oyster
Whose story I tell,
Who found that some sand
Had got into his shell.

It was only a grain,
but it gave him great pain.
For oysters have feelings
Although they’re so plain.

Now did he berate
the harsh workings of fate
That had brought him
To such a deplorable state?

Did he curse at the government,
Cry for election,
And claim that the should
Have given him protection?

‘No,’ he said to himself
As he lay on a shell,
Since I cannot remove it,
I shall try to improve it.

Now the years have rolled around,
As the years always do,
And he came to his ultimate
Destiny stew.

And the small grain of sand
That had bothered him so
Was a beautiful pearl
All richly aglow.

Now the tale has a moral,
for isn’t it grand
What an oyster could do
With a morsel of sand?

What couldn’t we do
If we’d only begin
With some of the things
That get under our skin.



– Author Unknown
Image – Wikipedia Creative Commons

I Believe…




I Believe… That Just because two people argue, that doesn’t mean they don’t love each other. And just because they don’t argue, that doesn’t mean they do love each other.

I Believe… That sometimes when I’m angry, I have right to be angry, but that doesn’t give me the right to be cruel.

I Believe… that we don’t have to change friends if we understand that friends change.

I Believe…  that no matter how good a friend is, they’re going to hurt you every once in a while and you must forgive them for that.

I Believe… That true friendship continues to grow, even over the longest distance. Same goes for true love.

I Believe… That you can do something in an instant that will give you heartache for life.

I Believe…That it’s taking me a long time to become the person I want to be.

I Believe… That you should always leave loved ones with loving words. It may be the last time you see them.

I Believe…That you can keep going long after you think you can’t.

I Believe… That we are responsible for what we do, no matter what we feel.

I Believe… that heroes are the people who do what has to be done, when it needs to be done, regardless of the consequences.

I Believe… That money is a lousy way of keeping score.

I Believe… That my best friend and I can do anything to nothing, and have the best of time.

I Believe… that sometimes the people you expect to kick you when you are down, will be the ones to help you get back up.

I Believe… That maturity has more to do with what types of experiences you’ve had, and what you’ve learned from them… and less to do with how many birthdays you’ve celebrated.

I Believe… That it isn’t always enough to be forgiven by others. Sometimes, you’ve to learn to forgive yourself.

I Believe… That no matter how bad your heart is broken, the world doesn’t stop for your grief.

I Believe… That our background and circumstances may have influenced who we are, but we are responsible for who we become.

I Believe… That we shouldn’t be so eager to find out a secret. It could change your life forever.

I Believe… Two people can look at the exact same thing and see something totally different.

I  Believe… That your life can be changed in a matter of hours by people who don’t even know you.

I Believe… That even when you think you have no more to give, if a friend cries out to you.. you will find the strength to help.

I Believe… That credentials on the wall do not make you a decent human being.

I Believe… That the people you care about most in life are taken from you too soon.

I Believe.

Do You?



– Author Unknown

Image: wikipedia

The Best Outdoor Ads

David Abbott, one of the greatest copywriters of our times developed some of the most brilliant outdoor ads for The Economist. These ads are mainly copy-led and follow the white on red format forcing the consideration of the viewers. Here are some of those ads:


















Source: D&AD,The Copybook