Day #125:The Philosophy of Bruce Lee (Be like water)

Iconic actor, director and martial-arts expert Bruce Lee was born Lee Jun Fan on November 27, 1940, in San Francisco, California, in both the hour and year of the Dragon.Bruce Lee was a revered martial artist, actor and filmmaker known for movies like Fists of Fury and Enter the Dragon as well as the technique Jeet Kune Do. In this video, he shares his wisdom on being flexible and being ‘like water’

Day #124:Albert Einstein Quotes

Albert Einstein  was a German-born theoretical physicist who developed the general theory of relativity, one of the two pillars of modern physics. He was regarded as one of the most ingenious and quotable personalities of his generation. I have some of my favourite Einstein quotes. I have only chosen 20 as there is too much to chose.

1.“Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited.”

2.“Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.”

3.“In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.”

4.“I think and think for months and years. Ninety-nine times, the conclusion is false. The hundredth time I am right.”

5.“The only thing that interferes with my learning is my education.”

6.“The whole of science is nothing more than a refinement of everyday thinking.”

7.“Education is what remains after one has forgotten everything he learned in school.”

8.“The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing.”

9.“Do not worry about your difficulties in Mathematics. I can assure you mine are still greater.

10.”Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius — and a lot of courage — to move in the opposite direction.”

11.”Gravitation is not responsible for people falling in love.”

12.”I want to know God’s thoughts; the rest are details.”

13.”The hardest thing in the world to understand is the income tax.”

14.”Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.”

15.”The only real valuable thing is intuition.”

16.”A person starts to live when he can live outside himself.”

17.The eternal mystery of the world is its comprehensibility.”

18″Sometimes one pays most for the things one gets for nothing.”

19.”Science without religion is lame. Religion without science is blind.”

20.”Great spirits have often encountered violent opposition from weak minds.”

 

Day #123:The Best Things in Life Aren’t Things

“Everything that’s really worthwhile in life came to us free — our minds, our souls, our bodies, our hopes, our dreams, our ambitions, our intelligence, our love of family and children and friends and country. All these priceless possessions are free.”

This is a beautiful quote from Earl Nightingale, and…how true it is!

Think about it. You can lose all of your money and start over. If your house burns down, you can rebuild it. It’s the things in life that cost you nothing that you can never replace.

We all know there are many distractions along the road of life that will try to pull us away from our values. Sometimes we are forced to make difficult choices. But a good rule of thumb is that when you have to sacrifice material possessions for one of those “free things” that life has given you…you’ve made the right choice.

Day #122:The Elephant Rope

The story is told of a man who was walking through a street in India and saw Elephants tied to a small rope, he suddenly stopped, confused by the fact that these huge creatures were being held by only a small rope tied to their front leg. No chains, no cages. It was obvious that the elephants could, at anytime, break away from their bonds but for some reason, they did not.

He saw a trainer nearby and asked why these animals just stood there and made no attempt to get away. “Well,” trainer said, “when they are very young and much smaller we use the same size rope to tie them and, at that age, it’s enough to hold them. As they grow up, they are conditioned to believe they cannot break away. They believe the rope can still hold them, so they never try to break free.”

The man was amazed. These animals could at any time break free from their bonds but because they believed they couldn’t, they were stuck right where they were.

Like the elephants, how many of us go through life hanging onto a belief that we cannot do something, simply because we failed at it once before

Day #121:Eat That Frog!

In his book  Eat That Frog!, author Brian Tracy will help you to stop procrastinating and be more effective in managing your time.

The key to reaching high levels of performance and productivity is to develop the lifelong habit of tackling your major task first thing each morning. There’s an old saying that if you eat a live frog in the morning, nothing worse can happen for the rest of the day! Your “frog” should be the most difficult item on your to-do list. In Eat That Frog!,

Brian shares 21 secrets to getting more done in less time, cutting to the core of what is vital to effective time management: decision, discipline and determination. The habits of setting priorities, overcoming procrastination, and finishing your most important task will determine your success in life and work. Time management is really life management. So, Eat that Frog! and transform your life.

Day #119: What do you want to be when you grow up?

There is an age-old question kids get asked , ‘What do you want to be when you grow up?’ For most people I know, this is still one question that is still very difficult to answer. With the demands on us to make something of our lives, to ‘become successful’, make a lot of money and not look like losers in our 20th year high school reunion.

Thinking about this recently,I realized I prefer the question, ‘who do you want to be?’ rather than ‘What do you want to be?’. What you want to be can be anything. Who you want to be is more important because it speaks to the core of who you are and what you want to contribute to the world. What you want to be is about goals while who you want to be is about purpose.

Entrepreneur Oki Matsumoto makes a distinction by advising organizations to ‘aim for the North Star, not the North Pole.”

Matsumoto’s point is that the North Star represents an organisation’s vision: a guiding force that continuously aligns everyone’s efforts. In contrast, the North Pole represents a goal that must be achieved or reached .Once that occurs, replaced again and again with a new destination.

Stephen Shapiro applies similar thinking to individuals in his book Goal-Free Living. Shapiro encourages readers to ‘use a compass, not a map,’ and to ‘meander with purpose.’ The idea is to maintain a sense of direction rather than strive for a specific destination, to gather new information as you move forward, and based on that information, either confirm that your direction is true or course-correct.