Saturday, December 19, 2009

"Efforts vs Results"

"Efforts we put" n "Results we get" are two of the most randomly related factors I have ever seen . Sanjay Leela Bhansali , chose the most promising new comers , talented music director , best of set designers , put his heart n soul - u know what happened to sawaria . Lesson for 2010 , while u put your best efforts , don't forget to enjoy the journey , as u never know what will be the result . Don't try writing ur destiny - either its written or there are too many people ready with erasers in their hands . Happy Holidays !

Sunday, November 29, 2009

When in doubt - "Smile" , n do it fast:)

This happens all the time -while jogging,strolling in your neighbourhood,walking in your office(esp if its big),coffee shop, restaurant , shopping malls etc etc - you see a person , he / she looks at you and you start thinking -

hmmm looks familiar

Do i know him

Where we have met before

Know but never introduced

and by the time you decide "to pass a smile" you loose the very precious eye contact with the person .

Well it important to recollect but smile can be passed immediately - its doesn't cost anything even if you don't know the person at all .

When in doubt Smile , n do it fast:)

Sunday, November 08, 2009

Run !

"Every morning in Africa a gazelle wakes up. It knows it must move faster than the fastest lion or it will not survive. Every morning a lion wakes up and it knows it must move faster than the slowest gazelle or it will starve. It doesn't matter if you are the lion or the gazelle, when the sun comes up, you better be running." - Roger Bannister

Wednesday, November 04, 2009

Conditions Apply

Was wondering if God crosses my path and asks me - "Tell me your 3 wishes* and I shall grant them " . I would think for a while and would be able to tell him in 2-3 minutes what i want from Him , Now , he says , for every wish just let me know 1 self less good act you did . Now i'll have to think , need time , may be i'll say " Can i come back" .

Well , you see , He is ready , but may be we are not !

* Conditions Apply - Be prepared !

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Keep Breathing , Needs Practice !

Recently met a friend who is a seasoned runner and is also practising for Half Marathon , i told him that i am struggling with my run - inspite of running for last 2 months i am only able to achieve 4.5km in 28 minutes - half marathon still seems a distant dream .

He says , running is about breathing correctly , if you learn how to breathe correctly , running will follow . His advice sounds familiar , heard the same thing about singing , swimming etc that its all about breathing properly .

If so , for the last 34 years , every second , am breathing only and it still needs practice to correct the technique !!!!! .

Malcolm Gladwell - you said 10000 hours / 10 years is all it takes to make you an expert , and here i am doing the same thing , for more than 30000+ hours and still not able to master it ??

Any way - Keep Breathing , Its must !

Tuesday, October 06, 2009

Trip to Abilene !

The Abilene paradox is a paradox in which a group of people collectively decide on a course of action that is counter to the preferences of any of the individuals in the group. It involves a common breakdown of group communication in which each member mistakenly believes that their own preferences are counter to the group's and, therefore, does not raise objections. A common phrase relating to the Abilene paradox is "rocking the boat".

Sounds familiar ? think we all would have taken a "trip to abilene" some time or other in our corporate life , try avoiding - speak up and stand out !

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Thursday, September 17, 2009

Missed Calls

While checking the missed call log of my handphone , came across a call from an old friend . Felt bad that i missed his call . I called him back and spoke to him after an year - good to connect with him.

Am wondering , there would be many such "Missed Calls"in life we don't know and call back - actually missed call may be a missed opportunit !

Plan B

Many of us would have our plan B ready , should the plan A fail – we will activate our plan B , Right ? And if you see , most of the time , our plan B would be – what we love to do ! and Plan A - What is easy , conventional , comforting , acceptable , secure to do .

If so , Just shuffle , start with Plan B – NOW !

Friday, September 11, 2009

Remix your Life

Many a times I listen to both the versions of a popular song – original and the remix . “Remix” is an Interesting concept , by adding a little beat , some new verses , tweaking the tempo - these DJs change the whole song and make it feel young . Many of the old songs actually are popular among this generation due to “remix” only

The idea is – to pep up your life , make it feel little different , younger – Remix . Try changing your wardrobe, your look, radically different color, new sport, accessories ……

Get out of the monotony, Be your own DJ – Remix your Life !

Tuesday, September 08, 2009

Motivation - Kids' Way

Kids have their own interesting way of motivating them selves. Typical Monday scene – don’t want to go to school then comes some cute little demand – “need a new sharpener , a new crayon , pencil box , candies after I come from school , a new game on weekend etc etc “ and packs off to school smiling.

Try the same on your self , Its easy and works ! Monday comes every week , so do weekends !!

Kim Clijsters

What a come back ! Kim Clijsters took a two year break to start a family – got married , a baby and came back to U.S open with a bang . Beat Venus Williams 6-0 . 0-6 , 6-4 . What a victory.

2 Things –

Family comes first

You can always come back – if you want it strong enough

Sunday, August 23, 2009

What’s your “Pit Strategy” ?

Life is like a formula one race , yes , keeps reminding you to enter your “Pit Stop*” , meet your “Pit Crew” , refuel and run . Pit Strategy is a trade off of time lost in the pits versus how much time may be gained on the race track of life through the benefits of pit stops.

If you are wondering Why stop ?– a race car travelling at 160 kilometers per hour will travel approximately 45 meters per second , so during a ten-second pit stop, all of a car's competitors will gain approximately one-half kilometer over the stopped car , still the driver stops. So spare those 10 seconds , they are critical ! and Enjoy the race called life !

Pit Stop – In Motorsports a pit stop is where a racing car stops in the pits during a race for refuelling, new tires, repairs, mechanical adjustments, a driver change, or any combination of the above. By making pit stops cars can carry less fuel, and therefore be lighter and faster, and use softer tires that wear faster but provide more grip.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Be a PlayMaker !

Playmaker - a player in a team sport who leads attacks or manoeuvres in such a way that a teammate can score .

The Playmakers should have skill, agility, the ability to read opponents mind at the same time be aware of the positions of his own teammates , so that he can pass the ball to the right person who can score goals.

Thats what our corporate world needs , Be a PlayMaker !

Keep Running

Running is different experience altogether , regret having realised so late in life. During this 20 minute run , all my faculties ( mind , sight , ears , heart ) seem to working at their full potential .

While running -

I observe a lot

I listen to the music – carefully , realised the beauty of the song “Hero” by Mariah Carey while running

I don’t talk at all – best use of your speech

I sweat a lot – sure this is the only time i like my sweat soaked jersey

I inspire – when I run by a person walking slowly , i see a change in his speed

I get inspired – by the runners who overtake me

I realise the pain and the relaxation when i stop running

While Running , I ENJOY . Keep Running

Thursday, April 09, 2009

Elevator Pitch

I am really excited about this concept ; Its about being able to express your idea in an elevator ride , minute or so . If you log in to twitter – it also speaks about “one line bio” and even the messages are limited to 140 character (single sms).

So your single “tweets” has to be of 140 character or lesser and still be carrying the message for your followers. I tried to be clear , effective and powerful in 140 characters .

Hi,am vikas , am working on a text based idea 4 ur weekend plan. Say u want to go to watch play just sms “ plays 10 march powai” and sen

That’s where my 140 characters end . That the challenge of brevity .

I think that’s what we all need to master while meeting seniors, making presentations, meeting clients, peers etc. If you are not able to express yourself / your idea in first couple of minutes or even lesser , you are wasting space .

Thursday, January 08, 2009

Run for your Cause, Run for a Better Mumbai!

18th January , 2009 . Mumbai will run , and You ?

Posting couple of pictures i clicked during the last Marathon , see you at the Mumbai Marathon.