Quotes and Unquotes to brighten your newyear

He is fire and the sun, and the moon/ And the stars. He is the air and the sea/ He is the blue bird, he is the green bird/ With red eyes; he is the

thundercloud,/ And he is the seasons and the seas/ From his divine power comes forth all this/ Magical show of name and form.
Shvetashvatara Upanishad

All through eternity God unveils His exquisite form. He holds a mirror to His own Face and beholds His own beauty.

Trinity Higher than any being, any divinity, any goodness. Guide of Christians in the
wisdom of heaven! Lead us up beyond unknowing and light, up to the farthest, highest peak of mystic scripture, where the mysteries of God’s Word lie simple, absolute and unchangeable in the brilliant darkness of a hidden silence With treasures beyond all beauty.

If you don’t know what’s meant by God, watch a forsythia branch or a lettuce leaf sprout.
Martin Fischer

I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free.

Whoever writes my scripts is doing an unbelievable job…There’s some special things that happen in your life and some special days in your life and this is definitely one of them.
Shane Warneon his performance at Melbourne on Dec 26

Divine Effort
One’s effort becomes divine when one tries to bring in a new quality in oneself; the quality where one is non-attached and at the same time concerned;

where one is able to convert his business into a temple and not a temple into a business.
Swami Sukhabodhananda

Practice as if you are the worst, perform as if you are the best.

Don’t lower your expectations to meet your performance. Raise your level of performance to meet your expectations. Expect the best of yourself, and then

do what is necessary to make it a reality.
Ralph Marston

Virtue is more clearly shown in the performance of fine actions than in the non-performance of base ones.

Aloneness is the First Lesson of Love

Faith & Belief:
As one not knowing that a golden treasure lies buried beneath his feet may walk over it again and again, yet never find it, so all beings live every moment in

the city of Brahmn, yet never find him because of the veil of illusion by which he is concealed.
Chandogya Upanishad

Fools dwelling in darkness, but thinking themselves wise and erudite, go round and round, by various tortuous paths, like the blind led by the blind.
Katha Upanishad

Ramdas from his own experience can boldly assert that there is God. Until you yourself get the experience, it is natural that you should deny Him. But a time will come when you too will have faith in Him.

They know an outward aspect of the life of this world but are heedless of the hereafter. Without question they will be the greatest losers in the hereafter.

As for those who believe and do right actions and humble themselves before their Lord, they are the Companions of the Garden, remaining in it timelessly, forever.

By night, an atheist half believes in God.
Edward Young

Who is Free?
Even those men, who, with a steady and devout mind, always follow My doctrine, are freed from the binding effect of all actions.
Bhagavad Gita 4.31

A human being is part of a whole, called by us the Universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings, as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circles of compassion to

embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.
Albert Einstein

Liberty: One of Imagination’s most precious possessions. Ambrose Bierce,
The Devil’s Dictionary

You have freedom when you’re easy in your harness.
Robert Frost

In the truest sense, freedom cannot be bestowed; it must be achieved.
Franklin D Roosevelt

We feel free when we escape – even if it be but from the frying pan into the fire.
Eric Hoffer

Truth and Law

Though human in origin, an exposition of truth is to be accepted; otherwise even what is regarded as divine revelation is to be rejected. Even a young

boy’s words are to be accepted if they are words of wisdom; else reject it like straw even if uttered by Brahma the creator.
Sage Vasishta to Prince Rama, Yoga Vasishta

Even one thousand scriptural statements cannot transform a jar into a piece of cloth.
Vacaspati Misra

By Divine Law are all forms manifested; Inexpressible is the Law. By Divine Law are beings created; By Law are some exalted. By Divine Law are beings

marked with nobility or ignominy; By the Law are they visited with bliss or bale. On some by His Law falls grace; Others by His Law are whirled around in cycles of births and deaths. All by the Law are governed, None is exempt. Says Nanak, Should man realise the power of the Law, He would certainly disclaim his ego.
Adi Granth, Japuji 2

Truth is victorious, never untruth. Truth is the way; truth is the goal of life, Reached by sages who are free from self-will.
Mundaka Upanishad

Change & Choice:
Everything that is happening at this moment is a result of the choices you’ve made in the past.
Deepak Chopra

The world is subject to change and every human being reaps as he sows. Hence man should do good deeds so that he has not to face any undesirable

situation later on. Change is bound to take place because the world cannot be the same every day or even every hour.
B K Jagdish

Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or the present are certain to miss the future.
John F Kennedy

For young people today things move so fast there is no problem of adjustment. Before you can adjust to A, B has appeared leading C by the hand, and with D in the distance.
Louis Kronenberg

Through loyalty to the past, our mind refuses to realise that tomorrow’s joy is possible only if today’s makes way for it; that each wave owes the beauty of its line only to the withdrawal of the preceding one.
Andre Gide

Physical Strength:
O man, thou hast wings of virtue and vitality, Establish thyself on the surface of the earth, Fill the firmament with thy radiance, Cover the sphere with thy lustre, Spread thy effulgence in all directions.
Yajur Veda

In quietness and in confidence shall be your strength.

Three things give hardy strength: sleeping on hairy mattresses, breathing cold air, and eating dry food.
Welsh Proverb

Give me a lever long enough and a prop strong enough, I can single-handed move the world.

Tho’/ We are not now that strength that in old days/ Moved earth and heaven: that which we are, we are:/ One equal temper of heroic hearts./ Made weak

by time and fate, but strong in will/ To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.
Alfred Tennyson

He saw the cities of many peoples and learnt their ways. He suffered many hardships on the high seas in his struggles to preserve his life and bring his comrades home.
Homer, The Odyssey

Boom and Bust:
Say not ‘tomorrow’ or the ‘day after tomorrow’; for those that perished, perished because they abode always in their hopes, until the truth came upon them

suddenly in their heedlessness.
Ibrahim Adham

‘Why dost thou not build a house?’ Jesus asked of an old man who lived open to the heat and cold on a mountain. ‘O Spirit of God’, replied the old man, ‘prophets before thee predicted that I would only live for 700 years; therefore it is not worth my trouble to settle down’.

Opportunities are everywhere. The recession might be drawing to a close, but its continuing legacy is employer’s reliance on short-term staff. There may be fewer jobs for life, but there are more jobs in a lifetime.
Lucy Benington

Corporate equivalents of the Seven Deadly Sins: Inconsistent product quality, slow response to the marketplace, lack of innovative, competitive products, uncompetitive cost structure, inadequate employee involvement, unresponsive customer service and inefficient resource allocation.
Andrall Pearson Harvard Business Review, 1992

Quality control :
Concerned alone with the upholding of the world, You should act. Whatever the best man does, others do that also. The world follows the standard he sets for himself.
Bhagavad Gita

It is the quality of our work which will please God and not the quantity.
Mahatma Gandhi

Depth of friendship does not depend on length of acquaintance.
Rabindranath Tagore

The gods approve the depth, and not the tumult, of the soul.
William Shakespeare

The depth and strength of a human character are defined by its moral reserves. People reveal themselves completely only when they are thrown out of the customary conditions of their life, for only then do they have to fall back on their reserves.
Leonardo da Vinci

The society which scorns excellence in plumbing because plumbing is a humble activity, and tolerates shoddiness in philosophy because philosophy is an exalted activity, will have neither good plumbing nor good philosophy. Neither its pipes nor its theories will hold water.
John W Gardner

Work is Worship:

He who shirks action does not attain freedom; no one can gain perfection by abstaining from work. Indeed, there is no one who rests even for an instant; every creature is driven to action by his own nature.
Bhagavad Gita

At the thought, “Wealth is mine acquired by energetic striving, amassed by strength of arm, won by sweat, lawful and lawfully gotten”,bliss comes to him, satisfaction comes to him.
Anguttara Nikaya

When the prayer is finished, scatter in the land and seek God’s bounty, and remember God frequently, that you may prosper.

He whose livelihood is earned through work, and part given away in charity, such a one, Nanak, truly knows the way to God.
Adi Granth

Pray as though everything depended on God. Work as though everything depended on you.
St Augustine

Nobody can think straight who does not work. Idleness warps the mind.
Henry Ford

Joy of Meditation

When meditation is mastered, the mind is unwavering like the flame of a lamp in a windless place. In the still mind, in the depths of meditation, the eternal Self reveals itself.
Bhagavad Gita

Health, a light body, freedom from cravings, a glowing skin, sonorous voice, fragrance of body: these signs indicate progress in the practice of meditation.
Shvetashvatara Upanishad

Meditation brings wisdom; lack of meditation leaves ignorance.
Gautama Buddha

When a seeker merges in the beatitude of samadhi, he does not perceive time and space or name and form, the offspring of maya.

Don’t seek experiences in meditation. The path to God is not a circus.
Paramahansa Yogananda

Cry Within. Meditate within. Dive within. Your inner achievements will far outweigh your outer imperfections.
Sri Chinmoy

Meditation is the tongue of the soul and the language of our spirit.
Jeremy Taylor

The Presence:

Meditate and realise this world is filled with the presence of God.
Shvetashvara Upanishad

There are three classes of devotees. The lowest one says, “God is up there”, and he points to heaven. The mediocre devotee says that God dwells in the

heart as the “Inner Controller”. But the highest devotee says: “God alone has become everything. All things that we perceive are so many forms of God”.
Sri Ramakrishna

The personality absolute, manifest in all creation fine, If thou desire to know of His pervading the universe, the reality and sign, Go! And on the surface of

wine observe the bubble, see how the wine is within the bubble and the bubble within the wine.
Abu Sa’id

Say no longer that God is invisible. Do not speak thus, for what is more manifest than God? He has created all only that you may see it through the beings.

For that is the miraculous power of God, to show Himself through all beings. For nothing is invisible, not even the incorporeal. The intellect makes itself

visible in the act of thinking; God makes Himself visible in the act of creating.
Corpus Hermetica

Guru Gyan:
Approach someone who has realised the purpose of life and question him with reverence and devotion; he will instruct you in this wisdom. Once you attain

it, you will never be deluded. You will see all creatures in the Self, and all in Me.
Bhagavad Gita

One not knowing a land asks of one who knows it, he goes forward instructed by the knowing one. Such, indeed, is the blessing of instruction, one finds a

path that leads him straight onward.
Rig Veda

Should one see a wise man, who, like a revealer of treasure, points out faults and reproves; let one associate with such a wise person.
Buddha Sakyamuni

Let thy house be a place of meeting for the wise, and dust thyself with the dust of their feet, and drink their words with thirst.
The Talmud

Have faith in the guru’s words, and work. If you have no guru, then pray to God with a longing heart. He will let you know what He is like.
Sri Ramakrishna

Fairy Land

O self of all beings!. We worship you in the genii, the Yakshas. O Supreme Man! We bow to your fearful evil shapes which wander at night, cruel and deceitful.
Vishnu Purana

All visibles and invisibles, movables and immovables, are pervaded by Me. All the worlds existing in the tattvas from Shakti to Prithvi exist in me. Whatever is heard or seen, internally or externally, is pervaded by Me.
Sarvajnanottara Agama

I salute Kubera, lord of Yakshas, who provides the spell for magical weapons that bring wealth and good fortune. May the utterance of this prayer bring

forth those magical weapons.
Kubera Mantra

Millions of spiritual creatures walk the earth unseen, both when we wake and when we sleep.
John Milton

The soul at its highest is found like God, but an angel gives a closer idea of Him. That is all an angel is: an idea of God.
Meister Eckhart

Fairies are invisible and inaudible like angels. But their magic sparkles in nature.
Lynn Holland

Fatal Obsession

The ignorant one craves for a life of luxury and repeatedly hankers after pleasures. Haunted by his own desires he gets benumbed and is rewarded only

with suffering. Oppressed by physical and mental pain, he keeps rotating in a whirlpool of agony.

Have you seen him who makes his desire his god, and God sends him astray purposely, and seals up his hearing and his heart, and sets on his sight a covering?

Life is just a game, roll the dice, spin the wheel. Whatever comes up is what you get. If you take the game seriously, you become obsessed by it, always

trying to find a goal, but in the game of life, there is no colourful square that says finish.
Sanjay Singh

Passion is a positive obsession. Obsession is a negative passion.
Paul Carvel

Single-mindedness is all very well in cows or baboons; in an animal claiming to belong to the same species as Shakespeare it is simply disgraceful.
Aldous Huxley

Gold cannot be pure, and people cannot be perfect.
Chinese proverb

Better a diamond with a flaw than a pebble without.

Where sin increased, grace abounded all the more.
S Paul

O, Felix culpa! O Fortunate fall!)
Thomas Aquinas

This is the very perfection of a man, to find out his own imperfection.
St Augustine

Certain flaws are necessary for the whole. It would seem strange if old friends lacked certain quirks.

Faultily faultless, icily regular, splendidly null, dead perfection; no more.

Ring the bells that still can ring/ Forget your perfect offering./ There is a crack in everything,/ That’s how the light gets in.
Leonard Cohen

You see, when weaving a blanket, an Indian woman leaves a flaw in the weaving of that blanket to let the soul out.
Martha Graham

Investigate well, show favour to none, maintain impartiality,/ Consult the law, then give judgment – that is the way of justice.
Thiruvalluvar, Thirukural

Justice that love gives is a surrender, justice that law gives is a punishment.
Mahatma Gandhi

We must not make a scarecrow of the law,/ Setting it up to fear the birds of prey,/ And let it keep one shape, till custom make it/ Their perch and not their terror.
Shakespeare , Measure for Measure

The precepts of the law are these: to live honestly, to injure no one, and to give every man his due. Justinian I,
Byzantine emperor

Sadbhavana means having good feelings towards everybody. It is about the need for compassion without boundaries, without interests.
Sunil Dutt

Do more than belong: participate. Do more than care: help. Do more than believe: practice. Do more than be fair:be kind. Do more than forgive: forget. Do

more than dream: work.
William A Ward

When the senses contact sense objects, a person experiences cold or heat, pleasure or pain. These experiences are fleeting; they come and go. Bear

them patiently, Arjuna. Those who are not affected by these changes, who are the same in pleasure and pain, are truly wise and fit for immortality.
Bhagavad Gita

The self-existent Lord pierced the senses to turn outward. Thus we look to the world outside and see not the Self within us. A sage withdrew his senses

from the world of change and, seeking immortality, looked within and beheld the deathless self.
Katha Upanishad

The Tempter masters the lazy and irresolute man who dwells on the attractive side of things, ungoverned in his senses, and unrestrained in his food, like

the wind overcomes a rotten tree. But the Tempter cannot master a man who dwells on the distasteful side of things, self-controlled in his senses,

moderate in eating, resolute and full of faith, like the wind cannot move a mountain crag.
Gautama Buddha

Not to have control over the senses is like sailing in a rudderless ship, bound to break to pieces on coming in contact with the very first rock.
Mahatma Gandhi

Life is a buffet, Make your choice

Life is a buffet of endless choices that is already available to us. Everyday we choose what we want to experience this day. Whether we turn right or left at the end of the driveway is not dictated to use by necessity, responsibility or anything else.

It is a conscious choice. The fact that we do have responsibilities only leads us to make certain choices that reflect how we feel about those responsibilities.

If we choose to experience them we make a choice at the end of the driveway that says “I am responsible.” If we do not wish to accept the responsibility that we have created, we simply make a choice that says “I am not responsible.”

Our actions represent our thoughts it is a physical symbol of how we are thinking in the moment. We cannot demonstrate a thought physically that does not demonstrate our true thoughts unless we are insane, and even then there is a thought behind the action.

The world is perfect the way it is. The circumstances and conditions of the world are our thoughts made manifest. The world is the way it is because that is how we want it to be. If it is not, then it represents our global insanity our thinking is not working.

But the world does not have to be changed, we do! If what we are experiencing is not what we desired or want to experience, then there is something that is not working for us, and it needs to be corrected.

If we consider ourselves highly evolved persons and we have created a world that we do not wish to experience, there is something wrong with our thinking. We have clearly not demonstrated our superiority as a collective world body.

There are only three possible exceptions to this we may indeed be insane, or it was our desire to experience this world as it is now. The other possibility is that we created a situation that has huge benefits and opportunities for growth.

It is easy to pollute, but much more difficult to correct the problem. It may be our subconscious desire to expand even more quickly in order to save ourselves from the damage that we have done.

When people have a common goal, they begin to work more effectively together and change comes quickly. Reaction to crisis or disaster brings unity in thought, and the combined thought process brings changes faster.

If humanity sees itself as lost, the global circumstances are reflecting that thought. In order to restore order chaos is created, and the chaos demands more thought energy and unity to bring order once again. It is clear that as a race of people we have not really evolved very much spiritually.

So at a subconscious level we are now creating circumstances in our environment that are going to give us the opportunity to learn from our mistakes, and bring out in each one of us, a whole new era of thoughtful enlightenment that is life affirming.

The circumstances of the world, natural disasters, poverty, cruelty, inequity, and war are not punishments from God or anyone else.

They were created by us individually and en masse. They are opportunities for growth, and greater cooperation and spiritual enlightenment. When we rise from our own insanity, and see what is obvious, we will be able to change what we have done.

The world is perfect the way it is, because it is what we wanted to experience at some level of consciousness. We now have another opportunity to change it, if we no longer wish to experience it in its present condition, if we pass that responsibility onto others or God, then we will be waiting a very long time for them to change it.

The creator does not perform miracles. He gave humanity to ability to do them for itself. Miracles are simply thoughts manifested, that do not reflect current conditions. The world does not need a miracle unless we believe that it does.

Then, and only then will we have the power to change it. If disasters and wars are the wake-up call for a world that it has gone insane, then we are now in the position to acknowledge it, and alter our thoughts to manifest the world we desire to experience.

It is not necessary to change the world from what it is. This probability will always exist. It is within each of us to change our thoughts about the world, and how we want to experience it, and manifest the world that we desire into our present reality.

Leave this world alone and create something new.
Put all your efforts and energy into thoughts of a new world that you wish to experience, and you will create it.

You cannot save the world and the world does not need saving.
You need to save yourself from yourself.

Seven Habbits to Destroy yourself

NUMBER 1 – Think, Say, & Do Negative Things. No Positive or Possibility or Plus mentality
NUMBER 2 – Act Before They Think. No Plan No alternatives.
NUMBER 3 – Talk Much More Than They Listen , No Action
NUMBER 4 – Give Up Easily , No Perseverance and Persistance
NUMBER 5 – Try to Bring Others Down To Their Level , No aiming high
NUMBER 6 – Waste Their Time , No Focus or concentration or Plan.
NUMBER 7 – Take the Easy Way Out , Put in No effort

Transform your life- 25 steps

Summary by Anilkumar -Sri Sri Ravishankar on how to transfor your life -The Week 31 Dec 2006

1 Review the context of your life
2 Know life’s impermanence
3 Make your smile cheaper
4 Be enthusiastic and praise others
5 Make meditation a part of your life
6 Go to the most beautiful place
7 Communicate effectively
8 Take out time for yourself
9 Better the world around you
10Nourish your emotions
11 Plan short and long-term goals
12 Prayer is a vital tool
13 Implement changes if needed
14 Identify your limitations
15 Do not lose your friends
16 Don’t look for perfection
17 Let us be unpredictable
18 Have a sense of humour
19 Don’t be afraid to make mistakes
20 Overcome your prejudice
21 Feel that “I am blessed”
22 Do random acts of kindness
23 Be a student, always
24 Dream the impossible
25 Compare your performance

You correct someone’s mistake because it bothers you. But even if you correct it, this does not work. You correct someone’s mistake not because it bothers you, but for their sake so that they can grow.

Gung Ho! By Ken Blanchard and Sheldon Bowles Harper Collins Business

From a classic story about a plant called Walton Works #2 .Based on three core ideas: work must be seen as important, workers must be in control of their own production, and managers must cheer workers on
Wisdom in a Nutshell from The Spirit of the Squirrel:

First, the work has to be understood as important.
Second, it has to lead to a well-understood and shared goal
Third, values have to guide all plans, decisions, and actions.

Two types of goals: Goals are set. Values are lived.
Result goals – Statements set out where we want to be, whether in terms of units finished, shipped, or accounts collected.
Value goals – Statements that set the impact we want to have on the lives of our team members, our customers, our suppliers, and our community.
The Spirit of the Squirrel

Worthwhile Work -Knowing we make the world a better place.

It’s the understanding, not the work.
It’s how the work helps others, not units dealt with.
Result: self-esteem – an emotion whose power ranks right up there with love and hate
Everyone works toward a shared goal.

The Way of the Beaver -In Control of Achieving the Goal

The Way of the Beaver describes the individual’s relationship to the organization, from two sides. The first side was the individual taking charge, while the other was the organization allowing and encouraging individuals to do so. Peggy learned these key insights while observing beavers at work in the pond behind Andy’s cabin. The beavers respected each other. They left branches laid by other beavers where they were. People in an organization need to emulate how beavers respect each other and do not rip apart others’ hard work.

The Gift of the Goose -Cheering Each Other On-Enthusiasm.

At the finishing department, a loudspeaker would announce “Shipping M317 at 100, on time for $12,750”, and a loud cheer from the workers would go up. It was a very specific and public congratulations to note that job order M317 was shipped on time, was 100% perfect, and the plant took in $12,750 of revenue.

You need A playing field with clearly marked territory
Your attitude will reflect on everyone else
It is not honest hard work if you are enjoying it

FISH! : Wisdom in a nutshell from the Pike Place Fish Market

1.Have the courage to change.
2.Never fear the risk of failure. The risk of doing nothing is greater than the risk of acting.
3.Each of us is an artist. Everyday we have a choice to create each day like a work of art. The reason you were born was to leave your own indelible mark on the world. Respect your creative urges. Have faith in yourself. Your choices are as authentic as you are.
4.Never stop learning and growing.
5.You have within yourself more resources of energy, talent, and strength than you think.
6.Concrete steps to take: Call a meeting and speak from the heart, find a message that communicates choosing your attitude in a way that everyone will understand and personalize. Provide motivation, and persist with faith.
1.Choose your attitude. There is always a choice about the way you do your work, even if there is no choice about the work itself.
2.Play! You can be serious about your work without taking yourself too seriously.
3.Make someone’s day. Create great memories. The playful way we do our work allows us to find creative ways to engage our customers.
4. Meaning is something you build into your life. You build it out of your own past, out of your affections and loyalties, out of the experience of humankind as it is passed on to you, out of your own talent and understanding, out of the things you believe in, out of the things and people you love, out of the values for which you are willing to sacrifice something. The ingredients are there.
5.As you enter this place of work please choose to make today a great day. Your colleagues, customers, team members, and you yourself will be thankful
6.Be present. Focus on the customer in front of you and be tuned in to opportunities to be there for people.

Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff at Work Richard Carlson, Ph.D.Hyperion, 1999

1. Dare to Be Happy.
2. Become Less Controlling.
3. Eliminate the Rat Race Mentality.
4. Don’t Dramatize the Deadlines.
6. Avoid Corporate Bragging.
7. Make the Best of Those Boring Meetings.
8. Stop Anticipating Tiredness.
9. Don’t Sweat the Bureaucracy.
10. Remember the Phrase, “Being Dead Is Bad for Business.”
11. Make the Best of Corporate Travel.
12. Light a Candle Instead of Cursing the Darkness.
13. Join My New Club, “TGIT”
14. Don’t Sweat the Demanding Boss.
15. Remember to Acknowledge.
16. Don’t Keep People Waiting.
17. Create a Bridge Between Your Spirituality and Your Work.
18. Brighten Up Your Working Environment.
19. Take Your Breaks.
20. Don’t Take the 20/80 Rule Personally.
21. Make a List of Your Personal Priorities.
22. Use Effective Listening as a Stress-Reducing Tool.
23. Make Friends with Your Receptionist.
24. Remember the Motto, “You Catch More Flies with Honey.”
25. Avoid the Phrase, “I Have to Go to Work.”
26. Be Aware of the Potentially Stressful Effects of Your Promises.
27. Examine Your Rituals and Habits (and Be Willing to Change Some of Them).
28. Stay Focused in the Now.
29. Be Careful What You Ask For.
30. Absorb the Speed Bumps of Your Day.
31. Have a Favorite Business Charity.
32. Never, Ever Backstab.
33. Accept the Fact That, Every Once in a While, You’re Going to Have a Really Bad Day.
34. Recognize Patterns of Behavior.
35. Lower Your Expectations.
36. Pat Yourself on the Back.
37. Become Less Self-Absorbed.
38. Don’t Be Trapped by Golden Handcuffs.
39. Get Really Comfortable Using Voice Mail.
40. Stop Wishing You Were Somewhere Else.
41. Ask Yourself the Question, “Am I Making the Absolute Best of This Moment?”
42. Stop Scrambling.
43. Become Aware of Your Wisdom.
44. Realize the Power of Rapport.
45. Recover Quickly.
46. Encourage Company Stress-Busters.
47. Give Up Your Fear of Speaking to Groups.
48. Avoid Comments that Are Likely to Lead to Gossip or Unwanted Chatter.
49. See Beyond the Roles.
50. Avoid the Tendency to Put a Cost on Personal Things.
51. When You Solicit Advice, Consider Taking It.
52. Take Advantage of Your Commute.
53. Let Go of Battles that Cannot Be Won.
54. Think of Stress and Frustration as Distractions to Your Success.
55. Accept the Fact that There’s Almost Always Going to Be Someone Mad at You.
56. Don’t Let Your Own Thoughts Stress You Out.
57. Make Allowances for Incompetence.
58. Don’t Be Too Quick to Comment.
59. Let Go of “Personality Clashes.”
60. Don’t Get Stressed by the Predictable.
61. Stop Procrastinating.
62. Confront Gently.
63. Remember the Three R’s.
64. Get Out of the Grumble Mode.
65. Get It Over With.
66. Don’t live in an Imagined Future.
67. Make Someone Else Feel Good.
68. Compete from the Heart.
69. Back Off When You Don’t Know What to Do.
70. Admit that It’s Your Choice.
71. Before Becoming Defensive, Take Note of What Is Being Said.
72. Complete As Many Tasks as Possible.
73. Spend Ten Minutes a Day Doing Absolutely Nothing.
74. Learn to Delegate.
75. Strengthen Your Presence.
76. Learn to Say No without Guilt.
77. Take Your Next Vacation at Home.
78. Don’t Let Negative Coworkers Get You Down.
79. Make the Best of a “Noncreative” Position.
80. Stay Close to Your Center.
81. Forgive Yourself, You’re Human.
82. Put Your Mind in Neutral.
83. Marvel at How Often Things Go Right.
84. Make Peace with Chaos.
85. Prevent Burnout.
86. Experience a Magical Transformation.
87. Avoid “If Only, Then” Thinking.
88. Eliminate the Worry Factor.
89. Ask for What You Want, But Don’t Insist on Getting It.
90. Remember the Whole Story.
91. Tap into Your Secret Stress-Buster.
92. Speak to Others with Love and Respect.
93. Don’t Go There.
94. Remember to Appreciate the People You Work With.
95. Don’t Sweat Your Critics.
96. Reduce Your Self-Induced Stress.
97. Become Aware of the Thought Factor.
98. Ease Off Your Ego.
99. Remember, Small Stuff Happens.
100. Don’t Live for Retirement.

Essential Lessons for Investment Success William J. O’Neil McGraw-Hill Books

01. Cut your losses early. Be persistent.
02. Getting Started: There’s no time like the present!
03. Follow a system rather than your emotions
04. Do Fundamental analysis or technical analysis?
05. First among fundamentals: is study on Earnings and Sales
06. Look Relative Price Strength: a key technical tool
07. Know a stock by the company it keeps Look at Leader sectors
08. The importance of volume and sponsorship Look at Institutional investor
09. Buy at just the right moment The idea is not to “buy low, sell high” but “buy high and sell higher”.
10. How chart patterns lead to big profits .look for “cup with the handle” patterns, “double bottom” patterns, and “flat base”.
11. Read stock charts like a pro.Most successful stocks build a number of bases as they make their way up in price
12. Gauge health.Have a set of selling rules that tell you when to sell and nail down a profit, or cut short a loss to avoid a possible larger loss.
13. Spot when the market hits a top. three out of four stocks, will eventually follow the trend of the general market
14. Spot when the market bottoms.At some point on the way down, the indices will attempt to rebound or rally.
15. Putting the stock-picking puzzle together by asking all the relevant questions
16. Find new investment ideas -Scan “The Markets” summary for the prior day’s closing prices and The Accumulation/Distribution Rating
17. Growth vs. Value Investing ie consistent earnings and sales growth, or buy stocks with a low P/E ratio
18. Don’t try to be a Jack-of-all-trades Keep it simple.Options are risky
19. What’s the right mix for your portfolio? Concentrate your eggs in fewer baskets, know them well and watch them carefully.
20. Cut your losses short and do it early. We repeat the old 8% rule. If a stock falls 8% below your purchase price, sell it.

The Big Idea
Take investment lessons from the expert. O’Neil started out with $500 just out of college, and by age 30 had purchased a seat on the New York Stock Exchange and opened his own investment management research firm. In 1963, he was the first to create a computerized database for stock market research that is used today by 400 major US institutions. With decades of investing experience, the author shares the lessons he has learned in a simple question-and-answer format, for those who may be first-time investors getting their feet wet, and to improve the performance of those who may have been playing the market for some time. Learn common-sense strategies, know when to buy and sell at the right time, and successfully manage your own portfolio. Your journey to financial security and freedom begins here.

Solving the Stock puzzle

1.Is the company’s current quarterly earnings per share up at least 25%?
2.Are the percentage increases in profits accelerating compared to recent quarters?
3.Does it have six to twelve quarters of significant earnings increases up 50%, 100%, even 200% or more?
4.Is the next quarter’s consensus earnings estimate up a worthwhile amount?
5.Have earnings in the past few quarters been higher than expected?
6.If it’s a growth stock, is each of the last 3 years of earnings up an average of 25% or more per year?
7.Is the company’s Earnings Per Share Rating 80 or higher?
8.If it’s a turnaround stock, does it have two quarters of strong earnings increases or one quarter that is up so much that the 12 months earnings per share are back to their old peak?
9.If 2 or more quarters have turned up, are the trailing 12-month earnings near or above the peak of the prior couple of years?
10.How much are the consensus earnings estimates up for the next 2 years?
11.Does the company have six to twelve quarters of strong sales growth?
12.Has that growth rate accelerated in recent quarters?
13.Is the current quarter’s after-tax profit margin at or close to its peak?
14.Has there been a general trend of profit-margin improvement over many quarters?
15.Are the company’s margins among the best in its industry?
16.Is the annual pre-tax profit margin 18% or more? (For retailers it’s alright to have lower margins)
17.Is the return on equity 20% to 505 or more and is its ROE among the very best in its industry?
18.Is its Sales+ Profit Margins + ROE Rating an A or B? That would place it among the top 40% of all stocks in terms of sales growth, pre-tax and after-tax profit margins, and return on equity.
19.Does the company’s management own the stock?
20.Is the stock in a quality price range? Quality comes at 16$ to 150$ for Nasdaq stocks and 20$ and above for NYSE stocks. Leaders like Cisco Systems, Wal-Mart, Microsoft, PeopleSoft and Amgen broke out of their beginning chart bases many years ago between 30$ and 50$ per share – before they had giant price advances. Price is a basic reflection of quality.
21.Is the stock part of a historically winning industry group such as retail, computers, technology, drug and health care, or leisure and entertainment?
22.Is it in one of the Top 5 groups? Check the “52-Week Highs and Lows” feature on the Industry Groups page for the top 5 performing groups.
23.Do Investor’s Business Daily’s small index charts on the Industry Groups page show the current market favors big-cap or small-cap stocks? Go with the flow and do not fight current market trends.]
24.What broad economic sector is the market favoring? Consumer or high-tech? Growth or cyclical? Defensive (food, utilities)? New or older more established companies?
25.Does the company’s product save money, solve a problem, or save time with new technology?
26.Is it a new drug or medical technique?
27.Is it widely needed or liked?
28.Is it a product that encourages repeat sales?
29.Is the company’s backlog of unfilled orders expanding?
30.At what percent capacity is the company operating?
31.What is the company’s expected rate of future expansion?
32.Have one or two of the smarter, better-performing mutual funds bought the stock recently? Better institutions do extensive research before buying.
33.Do you really understand and believe in the company’s business? Have you seen or used its product or service?
34.Potential winners will have strong earnings and sales growth, increasing profit margins and high return on equity (17% or more) and will be part of a leading industry group.
35.Investor’s Business Daily’s proprietary data and the IBD SmartSelect Corporate Ratings will help you pick winning stocks.
36.Check Daily Graphs Online to spot which of your prospects are forming a sound pattern and are under accumulation or professional buying. They must be near a proper buy point.
37.Analyze the week-by-week price and volume action. Write down the price at which you will begin buying the stock. After your initial purchase, identify a price area (maybe when it goes up 2.5 to 3%) at which you will add a small amount as a follow-up buy if it continues to perform well.
38.If the stock drops 8% below your exact initial buy point, protect yourself against a possible larger loss by selling at the current market price.
39.You want an increase of 50% or more in trading volume on the day you begin buying with the stock breaking out of a sound base.
40.Is the chart pattern a “cup with a handle”, “double bottom” or “flat base”? If it is not any of these, it may be faulty and failure-prone.
41.Is its Relative Price Strength Rating 80 or more? Is the relative strength line on the chart in a definite uptrend?
42.Keep adding to your best-performing stocks and reduce or sell your worst performing ones.
43.Check a long-term monthly chart to see if stock is also emerging out of a long-term base over a number of years.

The One Minute Manager : Kenneth Blanchard, Spencer Johnson

Despite its age, the method is simple -you can read it in half an hour- yet extremely powerful. First, define the behaviors or results you want. then let your reports go out and perform. During the performance, you offer reinforcement in two forms, positive or negative. Catch someone doing good, you give them a One Minute Praising ,Catch a report doing something bad, you give them a One Minute Reprimand . They are simple and very effective. Once you know where you want people to go, the behavior shaping methods presented in this book will likely get your team there, and quickly

It’s all about your team /Mr K. Nanda Kumar, President & CEO, SunTec

It’s all about your team Mr K. Nanda Kumar, President & CEO, SunTec
The fish rots from the head’. This best describes how important leadership is.

A leader at every step exudes positive energy. A true leader has this magnificent obsession about creating a compelling future.
A leader imbibes in his team the vision of an organisation, he will make the team dream this vision, live it, breathe it, feel it in their blood, and finally achieve it.

Leadership should be by consent, not by command. A leader, who wishes to drive his team, big or small, forward, should volunteer to get behind the wheels first. Back-seat driving is dangerous, and the corporate world is no exception.
A successful leader understands that people come first. He needs to let his team win and not hog the limelight. He is mature enough to understand that when his team wins, he wins.

Evolutionary leaders create and sustain an intention in the design and development of the enterprise. Such leaders are not born; they are made.
The supreme quality for leadership is integrity, impeccable code of conduct and selfless service to the team. Be it a Lombardi or Belichick in football field or Gandhiji or Churchill in politics, all lived by their people.

A leader changes before he has to! A true leader not just accepts change but drives and manages it in his team once he is convinced about its purpose. A leader is a facilitator, a manager, a guide and a mentor, all rolled into one.
Creating, communicating and completing (executing) a business strategy in pursuit of an organisation’s vision are at the core of leadership.

Establishing a strategic direction, with the ability to get people onboard, ensuring the strategy is followed, making course corrections if needed, and ensuring integration among business units are vital leadership traits.
There is no easy recipe for being a leader. If only I had one! But at the core of leadership I believe is a passion for people, a passion to see your team win the right way.