You must have heard of this guy called Steve Jobs, the guy who built all the great Apple products. He was quite a talented guy who sadly passed away in the year 2011 of cancer; after his death someone made a cartoon showing him fixing things even in heaven with his innovative skills, that was the influence he had.
So who really is Steve Jobs? I wonder if I can pick his example and say this is the kind of person you should become in life. Unfortunately I won’t. Let me explain it.
Steve came from a very humble background. His father worked as a machinist that made lasers and also taught Steve some basic electronics and how to work with his hands, his mother worked as an accountant.
He had a tough time growing up as a child, a prankster whose 4th grade teacher needed to bribe him to study. Steve dropped out of college and started taking creative lessons which included a course in calligraphy.
The recent accident of Paul Walker was an absolute shocker. The 40 year old Hollywood actor who acted as an undercover agent, Brian O’Connor in the ‘Fast and Furious’ action movies was also a father of a 15 year old daughter, Medow.
It is so heartbreaking to see and hear someone lose their life in tragic accidents. In the last few days we’ve been hearing a lot such news of young guys dying in accidents. Just a few days back, a young boy whom we knew lost his life in a bike accident. He was the only child in the family.
Son, when we hear such news we realize how important our lives are and how mindful we need to be as we live through our daily lives. Someone rightly said “Live everyday as it was the last day of your life”.
Sons, to begin with I want to share a story that you can call the baap (father) of all stories. If this story hadn’t existed, all other stories wouldn’t have been woven; the story that brought true inspiration in my life and motivated me to never quit. The story is really the baap of all stories because it is the story of my father.
My father was the eldest son in his family and because his parents couldn’t afford to look after him, he was raised by his grandmother in Kerala. His childhood was quite difficult as he struggled to complete his metric examination along with fighting for the basic necessities of life. His grandmother worked hard to bring him up and made sure that he completed his education.
Enjoyed listening to Sachin’s farewell speech. He is truly a hero not just because of his performances but also because of the person he is. What he shared about his wife reflects a lot about his values & integrity. In todays world where marriages have no value, commitments have no meaning we rarely get to see a celebrity like him speak about his partnership with his wife as the best one. He is definitely a good example to look at for a good marriage & a successful career.
I have 2 lovely sons whom I love dearly. Because of the flexibility I have with having my own business I get to spend a considerable good amount of time with them. One thing I have learnt by being with them is that they are totally unpredictable, you never know what they will do the next moment. I have to always be on guard watching what they are up to. Guess that’s the way they are designed to be, adventurous and risk takers. It reassures me that that’s the way a man is made. Now I’m not saying that women are less adventurous. They are special in their own way, in fact they can be the greatest support a man can ever have.
Image: Cover design of the book “The Leader in me” by Stephen Covey
Recently I had the opportunity to speak on leadership to a bunch of senior school kids of Ryan Christian school Investiture ceremony. On the occasion some of them were being appointed as ministers to lead the others.
When I asked a question to the majority whether they think they will ever become a leader some day surprisingly only few raised their hands. I personally think that everyone of us gets to play a role of a leader in our lifetime. When I was in school I never got an opportunity to become a head boy, prefect or even a monitor of the class & that didn’t mean that I was never called to become a leader. It’s only when I grew up I started realizing it more.
Charles Laughton was attending a Christmas party with a family in London. During the evening the host asked everyone attending to recite a favorite passage that best represented the spirit of Christmas. When it was Laughton’s turn, he skillfully recited Psalm 23. Everyone applauded his performance and the process continued.
The last to participate was an adored elderly aunt who had dozed off in a corner. Someone gently woke her, explained what was going on, and asked her to take part. She thought for a moment and then began in her shaky voice, “The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want . . .” When she finished, everyone was in tears.
When Laughton departed at the end of the evening, a member of the family thanked him for coming and remarked about the difference in the response by the family to the two recitations of the psalm.
When asked his opinion on the difference, Laughton responded, “I know the psalm; she knows the Shepherd.”
Excerpt from the book “Everyone communicates few Connect” by John Maxwell
Hong Yi, an out of the box creative artist. In this video she is painting a portrait of Adele with burning candles. It took about 2 weeks for Hong to plan out, searching for the right materials, another week on working out how to use hot candle wax as paint, took 7 hours to complete the art piece using 15000 candles. .. More Videos
Someone rightly said “We fear when we rehearse our past, but faith comes when we dream about our future“. Isn’t that true?
Very often when we want to take a step out and do something different we think too much about our past failures, even the failures other people have gone through and a sense of fear grips our heart and we stop where we are remain unproductive for the rest of our life.
If that is where we find ourselves most often than we will never live a purpose driven life and end up in misery. Let’s move on and dream bigger, dream the impossible, write it down, do your research, consider the possible failures and find ways to solve it, work harder, take a step out when it is the right time.
We are moving house this month and in the beginning Jane & I were not too excited because we are moving from a 2 bhk to a 1 bhk since we’re planning to have an office elsewhere and not connected with our residence. As per human standards we are moving from a bigger apartment to a smaller one and that too quite far away from our immediate families.
On the other hand we noticed our son Jairus seems to be over excited to move out to this new place, he is excited about the new change in his life regardless of the size of the house or any other facilities surrounding him. His attitude towards the whole process of moving elsewhere just touched our hearts and made us think.
I’ve noticed most of us seek change but also fear the process at the same time, even good changes seems unsettling and downright upsetting for many. I think we all need to embrace change more consciously and learn how to manage it well.
This blog is my collection of stories & lessons written for my sons which I want them to get hold of as they are growing up to face the world and make a mark for themselves
My sons are my future, my next generation which includes every growing up kid who will have to face life and the challenges therein. I hope my stories & lessons inspire them along with the valuable comments from all well wishers.
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