Wednesday, September 13, 2006
N-Ways to Get Best from Yourself - Part II

4. Focus and dont be elated with Success!

The great philosopher Confucius said "A man who chases two rabbits catches neither" . One of the simple yet greatest principles to success: is focusing your energy on things that are possible! If you have trouble identifying what to focus on, dont plan for long term goals. Think what you would like to achieve or do in the next 3-6 months, plan for it and work towards it. The real secret in getting things done lies in knowing what needs to be left undone. Only when you know what you are working on, you will know how to shield yourself from failures. And remember success in not permanent. I redefine the famous saying
"Failure is the stepping stone to success" as
"Failure is the stepping stone to success. Success brings you happiness and contentment. A contented brain becomes idle. An idle brain leads to more failures. Be contended when you fail, and humble when you succeed"

5.Understand how to attack problems !

A professor was once addressing a group of young students who were aspiring to become great leaders. He had a glass container is front of him and started filling it with rocks until it was neck brim full. He then asked the students

"Is this container full?" The students replied "Yes!" and he started to fill it with small pebbles in the remnants of gaps and asked again" Is this full?" Seeing where he was heading, the students replied cautiously "No we can add sand" He added sand to it until it was full and could no longer hold anything and asked again "Is it full?" All the students replied affirmatively "Yes its full" He then poured water until it started to flow over and asked "Is this full now? and all of them said in unison "Yes it is!!"

"Very well!", said the professor and he continued "In the container of life, we face so many hurdles and problems, a few as simple, minute and small as the water or sand and few so great as the rocks! Think what would have happened if I had poured water first into the container and then dropped the rocks, all the water would have been wasted! To proliferate success, understand how to attack problems, for that is the first step towards solving it!

6. Go the extra mile!
A sales person who makes 100 calls a day is certain to close more deals than the one who makes only 50 calls. Be proactive in taking actions! German philosopher Goethe said

"Knowing is not enough, we must apply. Willing is not enough, we must do" Learn, apply what you have learnt and be ready to walk the extra mile, you can easily achieve success!

7. Raise your standards and never under-estimate!

All men who have been highly successful are great listeners. They listen to things, people and never under-estimate the wonderful ideas that people share with them. Doctors use the term "Amblyopia" to describe the condition that occurs when the healthy eye of a young child, loses its ability to see when covered by a patch. People who donot raise their standards also suffer from their own form of amblyopia. Push yourself hard to see the boundless opportunites around you. For remember

"Conquer satisfaction in life through excellence and initiative, conquer fear in life by facing it".

Alright part 2 ends here, and I dont want to drag this post anylonger, feel free to hit me with your comments!

posted by Prasanna Parameswaran at 7:45 AM |


At 2:13 PM, Blogger ambi

yappadi muduchutiyaa? nalla irunthathu pa! but few were mail fwds. sari, sari, arasiyala ithellam jagajam.

he hee, naan solla thevaiye illai, me thaan pashtunu! unakku theriyum enna tharanum!nu :D


At 3:08 PM, Blogger Has to be me

Good post! Tho Ive seen some of them as fwds, some are new to me. Esp liked the one on success.


At 5:41 PM, Blogger Keshi

great tips again. Yes I dun admire ppl who under-estimate their abilities. always think I CAN.



At 5:49 PM, Anonymous Amit

Great post prasanna! With regards to point 6 I hear a saying recently; " Everyone knows what to do, but very few people do what they know"

I love point seven about being a great matter how great a listener I am, I can always be better! It' like when I hear an audio book for the first time, I take something from it, and then I hear it again and take new things from it too! So I must see things with not only new eyes but hear things with new ears!


At 9:24 PM, Blogger KK

Great post!!!
I think that rock, sand, water thing had come as a email forward. But I liked the following very much

"Failure is the stepping stone to success. Success brings you happiness and contentment. A contented brain becomes idle. An idle brain leads to more failures. Be contended when you fail, and humble when you succeed"


At 9:30 PM, Blogger Syam

na pothungna advise...andha kathai continue panrathuku erpaadu panunga :-)


At 10:29 PM, Anonymous priya

4. Whatever we plan to do we do need some 'recognition". Some reconition comes thru' our goals/ performance/ bonus/promotion issues.
To go to that level we really need to focus with too many aggressive and competitive ppl.

5.If we understnad our problems, we can easily analyze or resolve it. Every problem has a different solution and that has to be dealt very sensitive.

6.By not saying no, we can always either update our skills or atleast try to learn the basics. The steps can be different, but the ways are same.

7.A good listener can observe better in few seconds what the other is.


At 11:12 PM, Blogger Kavi

Great work !

When you get a chance please do read '7 habits of highly effective people", Its a wonderful book, and will give you a great perspective !


At 8:46 AM, Anonymous Lera

Wow! yet another inspirational post, .All one needs is a clear vision and a will to remain focused to succeed...:)


At 8:17 PM, Blogger Hip Grandma

I found these tips interesting.BTW how do I access your Tamil blog?I was interested in the Widow's story.


At 9:09 PM, Blogger indianangel

@ HipGrandma: Right click on the webpage and see if it is in Unicode format. If it is and you are not still not able to see it then it may becoz ur os doesnt support unicode format. Try installing firefox browser you should be able to see it. if you are still unable to see it let me know I shall convert this to unicode format and send it to you, you should be able to see it!


At 9:48 PM, Blogger பொற்கொடி

appada enanga idhu apapo nanga ellam comment panra madiryum 2 post podunga :) appavoda toranda muraikra madri panitingle.. :(


At 9:54 PM, Blogger indianangel

@ porkodi: Naan onnum asingamalaam edhuvum padhivu ezhudaliye, idhellam nammala suthi nadakara nejam dhaane! :) anyway adheppadi modhala irukkura avvalvu periya thamizh post vittutu correcta rendavadhu post mattum unga kannuku theriyudhu Just kidding! :)


At 8:51 AM, Blogger பொற்கொடி

hihi apdi illa.. thapa ezhudatiyum edho vivagaram nu purinju kizha scroll panna mela irukrade tevalai nu aagi pochu.. :) seri freeya vidunga.. aana aan-dhevadhaiya inga than pakren first time ;)


At 9:05 AM, Blogger indianangel

@ porkodi! adhu seri! :) idhukkudhaan edhayum araiguraiya padikka koodadhunnu solradhu! naan dhaan theliva mel padhivula potrundhene kadhaiyoda part-3'nnu, neenga mudhal rendu partayum padichuttula adha padichurukkanum! adhu verum kadhaimma! :) enakku romba naala oru periya doubt! indha freeya vidu'nna inna, yaaru idha kandupidichaanga??? :)


At 9:19 AM, Blogger பொற்கொடி

ஃப்ரீயா விடு ங்கறது நான் முதல் முதலா நம்ம டைரி ராஜா சுபாவின் அண்ணன் ஜோவின் கணவன் தானைத் தலைவர் சூரியா ஆறு படத்துல சொல்லி தான் கேட்டேன்.. அப்படினா எல்லா கவலைகளையும் ஃப்ரீயா விடுங்கனு தான் அர்த்தம்.. :( இதுக்கு மேல என்ன சொல்றது..

(இத தூக்கி விக்கிபீடியால போட்டுடாதீங்க.. )


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