” The greatest enemy to tomorrow’s success is today’s success” – From a book of John C. Maxwell
John Calvin Maxwell is an evangelical Christian author, speaker, and pastor who has written more than 60 books, primarily focusing on leadership
When another person makes you suffer, it is because he suffers deeply within himself, and his suffering is spilling over. He does not need punishment; he needs help. That’s the message he is sending.” – Tich Nhat Hanh
Thích Nhất Hạnh is a Vietnamese Zen Buddhist monk, teacher, author, poet and peace activist. He lives in the Plum Village Monastery in the Dordogne region in the South of France, travelling internationally to give retreats and talks.
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The story goes that many years ago there was this prosperous Persian farmer named Al Hafed. He had a large tract of land, and an even larger heart. He would play host to visiting traders, travelling salesmen and explorers and priests, and it was from one such priest that he learnt about diamonds. Diamonds that could make people rich, and make all their dreams come true.
Sensing an opportunity to earn a fortune, Al Hafed decided to go out and hunt for the diamonds. “I want them, and I am going to look for them,” he told the priest. He sold his farm, left his family in the care of neighbors and went looking for diamonds. Unfortunately, even after spending six months – and a lot of money – he did not meet with any success. Broke and heartbroken, he died soon after.
Meanwhile, back on the land Al Hafed had sold, the new owner was watering the plants one evening, when he suddenly saw something glistening. It was a large stone and, seeing its radiance, he picked it up and put it on his mantelpiece at home. That night, the old priest happened to stop by. Seeing the large stone, he exclaimed: “Ah, a diamond! Is Al Hafed back?” “No” said the new owner. “I just picked it up from the garden. In fact, there are lots of such stones all over the garden!”.
Yes, there were literally acres of diamonds in the plot of land which Al Hafed had sold and gone away from, in his search for diamonds. It’s an old story but the lessons are as valid today.
“We often forget what is available for us in the quest for more. Let it be a change of job, a change of location or even change of the country. But we fail to recognise, the diamonds or the opportunities are just below our feet or in our backyard. We tend to confuse the diamonds as stones. Only hard work can polish those stones into diamonds.”
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“Great Leaders lead from the front. Roll up their sleeves. Become one with the frontline colleagues who get the work done. They work as part of a team, with scant regard for hierarchy. And they do all this because they believe. Not because someone is watching.“
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Please realise that, a hero will be a hero when there is a villain. A life will be a life when there are challenges. A man will be a man when he faces the odds. Nothing comes easy. Anything comes easy will bring some side effects with it. Fight to get what you want. History always remembers fighters but not the losers. Be a fighter always. Aspire for the strength to fight. A person who cannot respect what he already have cannot respect anything else.
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Karoly was a sergent in the Hungarian army. In 1938, the 28 year old was the country’s top pistol shooter, having won most major national and international championships. He was – by a mile – the favorite to win gold at the 1940 Tokyo Olympic games.
Then disaster struck.
At an army training session, a hand grenade accidentally exploded in Karoly’s hand. And blew it away. His shooting had. Not only did his entire Olympic dream crash, he also lost a limb.
“Why me?” Karoly could have been excused for asking the question most of us would have asked. You would understand it too if he wallowed in self-pity, an understandable reaction for someone after such a tragic turn of events.
Oh no, not Karoly. He was made of sterner stuff.
Instead of focusing on what he had lost – his right hand, his potentially gold medal-winning shooting hand, he chose to focus on what he still had. He had mental strength, the mind set of a winner, the determination to succeed and yes, a healthy left hand. A left hand which he thought, he could train and transform into world’s best shooting hand.
After his discharge from the hospital, Karoly went away from the world and the nay Sayers, began practicing to shoot with his left hand. Despite the pain his body still reeled under, despite the strain the left hand had to undergo to also do all that the right hand had earlier done, he stayed focused on his goal: to make his left hand the best shooting hand in the world.
One year later, in fact, Karoly won the championship. Just one year after losing his right hand. He won with his left hand. In 1948, the Olympics came to London. Karoly was chosen to represent Hungary in the pistol shooting event and he won gold, shooting with his left hand.
Imagine being a gold medal favorite, losing your best shooting hand in an accident, yet picking yourself up from the shattered mess, training your left hand to shoot as well or better, and going to win the Olympic gold.
We all have moments in our lives when we seem so close to glory but suddenly lose every thing. when that happens, don’t worry about what you’ve lost. Focus on what you still have. Remember Karoly Takacs.
This video has given me two powerful insights.
1. Be Yourself : Jack clearly said, there is no need to be someone else. This is a powerful message because, we try to imitate the people, whom we think are successful. We never know what they are striving for and what their journey is all about.
2. Be strong and Do your research: Jack says he will test people on their ability to come hard with the facts and figures on what they believe is good and what they are going to put online to achieve the goals at Organisation level and Individual level
Thanks Jack. Those are Awesome !!!