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MINDSET SHIFT: EMPLOYEE TO ENTREPRENEUR

MINDSET SHIFT: EMPLOYEE TO ENTREPRENEUR
BY JAMES OH

Saturday, January 5, 2013

UNCONDITIONAL LOVE

UNCONDITIONAL LOVE



On October 2 1869, a remarkable, reputable and respectable man was born in India who had a dream to change humanity for the better. He led India to independence and inspired movements for initiating non-violence, civil rights and freedom across the world – right up until his assassination in 1948. This man was of course the great Mahatma Gandhi. He is my childhood’s hero till to-date and I must admit that he had impacted and transformed my life significantly. Though he had gone, his spirit is still strong in his absence.
To KICK START WITH THE NEW GREAT YEAR 2013, we at this blog wanted to share some of his most inspirational quotes AND TEACHINGS that still have as much significance and relevance in today’s rapid changing world as they did back when they were first spoken.
“The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.” – Mahatma Gandhi
“Freedom is not worth having if it does not include the freedom to make mistakes.” – Mahatma Gandhi
“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” – Mahatma Gandhi

“An eye for eye only ends up making the whole world blind.” – Mahatma Gandhi
“You may never know what results come of your action, but if you do nothing there will be no result.” – Mahatma Gandhi

“You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty.” – Mahatma Gandhi

“Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.” – Mahatma Gandhi

“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” – Mahatma Gandhi

“Men often become what they believe themselves to be. If I believe I cannot do something, it makes me incapable of doing it. But when I believe I can, then I acquire the ability to do it even if I didn’t have it in the beginning.” – Mahatma Gandhi

“When I despair, I remember that all through history the way of truth and love has always won. There have been tyrants and murderers and for a time they seem invincible but in the end, they always fall – think of it, ALWAYS.” – Mahatma Gandhi

Out of THE ABOVE teachings and words of wisdom, which resonate with you the best AND WHY ?

So, let us stand united and embraced Unconditional Love to be the guidance of our lives, if we want to have a secured and better future. This is proven recipe for Success.

BE CONSCIOUS OF ITS EFFECT GOOD AND BAD


STORY OF APPRECIATION

**Story of Appreciation**

One young academically excellent person went to apply for a 


managerial position in a big company.



He passed the first interview, the director did the last 

interview, made the last decision.


The director discovered from the CV that the youth's 


academic achievements were excellent all the way, from the 

secondary school until the postgraduate research,

Never had a year when he did not score.

The director asked,

"Did you obtain any scholarships in school?"

The youth answered "none".

The director asked,

" Was it your father who paid for your school fees?"

The youth answered,

"My father passed away when I was one year old, it was my 

mother who paid for my school fees.

The director asked,


" Where did your mother work?"

The youth answered,

"My mother worked as clothes cleaner.

The director requested the youth to show his hands.

The youth showed a pair of hands that were smooth and 

perfect.

The director asked,


" Have you ever helped your mother wash the clothes 

before?"

The youth answered,

"Never, my mother always wanted me to study and read 

more books.

Furthermore, my mother can wash clothes faster than me.

The director said,



"I have a request. When you go back today, go and clean 

your mother's hands, and then see me tomorrow morning.*
The youth felt that his chance of landing the job was high. 

When he went back, he happily requested his mother to let 

him clean her hands. His mother felt strange, happy but with 

mixed feelings, she showed her hands to the kid.


The youth cleaned his mother's hands slowly. His tear fell as 


he did that. It was the first time he noticed that his mother's 

hands were so wrinkled, and there were so many bruises in 

her hands. Some bruises were so painful that his mother 

shivered when they were cleaned with water.

This was the first time the youth realized that it was this pair 

of hands that washed the clothes everyday to enable him to 

pay the school fee. The bruises in the mother's hands were 

the price that the mother had to pay for his graduation, 

academic excellence and his future.

After finishing the cleaning of his mother's hands, the youth 

quietly washed all the remaining clothes for his mother.

That night, mother and son talked for a very long time.

Next morning, the youth went to the director's office.


The Director noticed the tears in the youth's eyes, asked:


" Can you tell me what have you done and learned 

yesterday in your house?"

The youth answered,

" I cleaned my mother's hand, and also finished cleaning all 

the remaining clothes'

The Director asked,

" please tell me your feelings."

The youth said,


Number 1,

I know now what is appreciation. Without my mother, there 

would not the successful me today.

Number 2,

By working together and helping my mother, only I now 

realize how difficult and tough it is to get something done.

Number 3,

I have come to appreciate the importance and value of 

family relationship.

The director said,


" This is what I am looking for to be my manager. I want to 

recruit a person who can appreciate the help of others, a 

person who knows the sufferings of others to get things 

done, and a person who would not put money as his only 

goal in life. You are hired.


Later on, this young person worked very hard, and received 


the respect of his subordinates. Every employee worked 

diligently and as a team. The company's performance 

improved tremendously.

A child, who has been protected and habitually given 

whatever he wanted, would develop "entitlement 

mentality"and would always put himself first. He would be 

ignorant of his parent's efforts.



When he starts work, he assumes that every person must 

listen to him, and when he becomes a manager, he would 

never know the sufferings of his employees and would 

always blame others.



For this kind of people, who may be good academically, may 

be successful for a while, but eventually would not feel 

sense of achievement.



He will grumble and be full of hatred and fight for more. If 

we are this kind of protective parents, are we really showing 

love or are we destroying the kid instead?*


You can let your kid live in a big house, give him a Driver 


&; Car for going around, Eat a Good Meal, learn Piano, 

Watch a Big Screen TV. But when you are Cutting Grass, 

please let them experience it. After a Meal, let them Wash 

their Plates and Bowls together with their Brothers and 

Sisters. Tell them to Travel in Public Bus, It is not because 

you do not have Money for Car or to Hire a Maid, but it is 

because you want to Love them in a right way. You want 

them to understand, no matter how rich their parents are, 

one day their hair will Grow Grey, same as the Mother of 

that young person. The most important thing is your kid 

learns how to appreciate the effort and experience the 

difficulty and learns the ability to work with others to get 

things done..

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Thursday, January 3, 2013

HI HANDSOME. MY NAME IS ROSE


Hi handsome. My name is Rose. (Great Message)
 
 


 
The first day of university our professor introduced himself and  challenged us to get to know someone we didn't  already know. I stood up to look around when a  gentle hand touched my shoulder.

I  turned around to find a wrinkled, little old  lady beaming up at me with a smile that lit up  her entire being..

She said, 'Hi  handsome. My name is Rose. I'm eighty-seven  years old. Can I give you a hug?'

I  laughed and enthusiastically responded, 'Of  course you may!' and she gave me a giant  squeeze..

'Why are you in college at  such a young, innocent age?' I asked. 

She jokingly replied, 'I'm here to meet  a rich husband, get married, and have a couple  of kids....'

'No seriously,' I asked. I  was curious what may have motivated her to be  taking on this challenge at her age.

'I  always dreamed of having a college education and  now I'm getting one!' she told me.

After  class we walked to the student union building  and shared a chocolate milkshake.

We  became instant friends. Every day for the next  three months we would leave class together and  talk non stop. I was always mesmerized listening  to this 'time machine' as she shared her wisdom  and experience with me..

Over the course  of the year, Rose became a campus icon and she  easily made friends wherever she went. She loved  to dress up and she reveled in the attention  bestowed upon her from the other students. She  was living it up.

At the end of the  semester we invited Rose to speak at our  football banquet. I'll never forget what she  taught us. She was introduced and stepped up to  the podium. As she began to deliver her prepared  speech, she dropped her three by five cards on  the floor.
Frustrated and a little  embarrassed she leaned into the microphone and  simply said, 'I'm sorry I'm so jittery. I gave  up beer for Lent and this whiskey is killing me!  I'll never get my speech back in order so let me  just tell you what I know.'

As we  laughed she cleared her throat and began, ' We  do not stop playing because we are old; we grow  old because we stop playing..

There are  only four secrets to staying young, being happy,  and achieving success. You have to laugh and  find humour every day. You've got to have a  dream. When you lose your dreams, you die

We have so many people walking around  who are dead and don't even know it! 

There is a huge difference between  growing older and growing up.

If you are  nineteen years old and lie in bed for one full  year and don't do one productive thing, you will  turn twenty years old. If I am eighty-seven  years old and stay in bed for a year and never  do anything I will turn eighty-eight. 

Anybody! Can grow older. That doesn't  take any talent or ability. The idea is to grow  up by always finding opportunity in change. Have  no regrets.

The elderly usually don't  have regrets for what we did, but rather for  things we did not do. The only people who fear  death are those with regrets..'

She  concluded her speech by courageously singing  'The Rose.'

She challenged each of us to  study the lyrics and live them out in our daily  lives. At the year's end Rose finished the  college degree she had begun all those months  ago.

One week after graduation Rose died  peacefully in her sleep.

Over two  thousand college students attended her funeral  in tribute to the wonderful woman who taught by  example that it's never too late to be all you  can possibly be.

When you finish reading  this, please send this peaceful word of advice  to your friends and family, they'll really enjoy  it!

These words have been passed along  in loving memory of ROSE.

REMEMBER,  GROWING OLDER IS MANDATORY. GROWING UP IS  OPTIONAL. We make a Living by what we get. We  make a Life by what we give.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

SEVEN POINT EIGHT GIVEAWAY




The Seven Point Eight Chronicles
‘The Truth Will Set You Free’

Written in the style of a TV series, Seven Point Eight draws together quantum physics, psychic powers, alternate dimensions, time travel, past lives, ancient wisdom, and conspiracy in a soap opera for the soul.

It’s the ideal read for lovers of sci-fi, contemporary fantasy, the paranormal, metaphysics, ‘Lost’, ‘Fringe’, ‘Touch’, and Dan Brown books.

Seven Point Eight: The Second Chronicle
‘What Goes Around, Comes Around’

In the second instalment of the five part Seven Point Eight series, the legacy of the OOBE project weighs heavily on the conscience of Dr. Paul Eldridge. Tahra Mamoun needs to muster all her courage and venture back into the alternate dimensions of reality. Through a series of challenging, surreal and frightening experiences, she comes to comprehend the destructive power she can yield and must face her own demons in the process.

Paul continues his quest to understand the ancient knowledge of the cosmos, while dark forces seek to hijack his research to further a secret agenda. With their lives in jeopardy, Paul and Tahra confront their enemies against an international backdrop featuring the pyramids of Giza and the peaks of Switzerland.

Meanwhile, Sam and Ava endeavour to uncover their past, even though it may irrevocably change their lives.

In a tale of courage and tragedy, love and betrayal, their lives are interwoven around the demons of one man, Max Richardson, who'll stop at nothing to achieve his objectives.

The Amazon link isn’t live just yet, but you can purchase The Second Chronicle on Smashwords, or download a free sample:

You can also add this book on Goodreads:

Also available…

Seven Point Eight: The First Chronicle
‘Out of Body to Out of Universe’

‘Seven Point Eight: The First Chronicle’ lays the groundwork, and sweeps through the 40s, 50s and 60s to modern day in a wild nostalgic, scientific, paranormal ride. 
It’s a twist of sci-fi confusion that asks some interesting questions. If you had special abilities to travel out of body, what would you do with them? Where would you go? What would secret agencies do with these abilities? And how far could you go?

Reviews for ‘Seven Point Eight: The First Chronicle’:

'This book is Sci-fi meets Fantasy in this bar one night, got a little drunk and boom! nine months later... If this was a TV Show, I'd say we got a hell of a Season Finale in that final Chapter!'
Alain Casseus - Amazon review

"Captivating and intelligently written - definitely could appeal to fans of Star Trek, Star Wars, Dan Brown books, fans of the Jodie Foster film 'Contact' and anyone who loves X-Men"
Dream Reads

'Ms Harbon manages to take the threads of an epic story and weave them together with skill... on top of all of this, it's just a darned good story.'
SupernaturalSuspense.com

‘every page is chock-a-block full of quantum theory, wildly idiosyncratic characters, out-of-body experiences, weird occurrences, and loose ends, all of which are tied together with a fanciful yet plausible conception of the grand unifying theory underlying the world around us. Oh yeah, and there's some sex, drugs, and rock-and-roll thrown in for kicks’.
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You can still grab this first book in the series at a special promotional price of 99 cents, through Amazon.

Amazon link:

However, for a limited time, you can download the first book for FREE through this Smashwords link:




INTERVIEW WITH GUEST AUTHOR - SEVEN POINT EIGHT

TO READ OUR INTERVIEW WITH HER, PLEASE CLICK THE LINK BELOW:-

http://liftyouup.blogspot.com/2013/01/interview-with-guest-author-marie-harbon.html

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Interview Questions


Please tell us and our readers a little bit about yourself.

I’m a UK based author who writes mainly in the science fiction, fantasy, and paranormal genres, although I may break that rule from time to time. Apart from writing, my greatest passions also include fabric and stitching; I create bags, corsets and clothing in the vintage, retro and alternative style.

Describe your book series in a sentence to convince us to buy it.

Be prepared for a journey, an expedition that draws together fringe science, psychic powers, alternate dimensions, time travel, past lives, folklore, consciousness, conspiracy and ancient wisdom, in a soap opera for the soul. 

What was your inspiration behind ‘Seven Point Eight’?

It amalgamates all the things that interest me and that I’ve read about, including psychic powers, the universe, ancient wisdom and technology, quantum physics, mysticism, conspiracy, the universe. I wanted to create a highly ambitious series that encompasses life, the universe and everything, in an epic story revolving around five principal characters.
The concept revolves around visiting other worlds via the power of the mind, so you don’t need your physical body. Through consciousness alone, it’s possible to explore not only the universe, but your own spiritual heritage. The series involves a group of extraordinary people, and their quest for the meaning of life, the universe, and everything.

How many Chronicles will there be?

There are five in all. The First Chronicle came out about eighteen months ago, The Second Chronicle has just been released, and The Third Chronicle is scheduled for next year, no specific release day yet.
Each book will feature a main character on the cover, with the story involving them in a significant way. The first book depicted Tahra, as she is the key to beginning this whole journey in many ways, while the second one depicts Max, because I think his story arc is central to the action in the story, and links the character in a very dark and sinister way.
The Third Chronicle will feature Ava and in this book, her purpose and secrets will be revealed, as will her enemies and allies. I have something really wonderful planned for her, although it’ll change her life in ways she may regret. The Fourth Chronicle focuses on Paul to a large degree, because there’s a chunk of his life he hasn’t told us about, and it will be pretty explosive for the people concerned. Finally, The Fifth Chronicle concludes with the focus on Sam, his demons and dilemmas, plus, it wraps up all the story threads and mysteries running throughout the series.
I have some great story arcs lined up for all the characters, they’d better hold onto their hats!



What’s next after this?

In 2013, you can expect to see Seven Point Eight: The Third Chronicle, plus a soft sci-fi/ fantasy tale for Young Adults entitled ‘Hox’. You may also see an anthology of short stories, a novella for children, and a venture into screenwriting.

Why science fiction?

I like geeky science, but I also love the grand and epic scope that sci-fi offers. Speculative fiction really stretches the imagination and whole creative process, plus you can integrate all kinds of technology, while examining the moral aspects of it. There are many movies and TV series in this genre that remain favourites too, such as Star Wars, Contact, Star Trek, Star Gate, and Fringe.

From your writing, I’d say you're a believer of aliens/ other life-forms out in the vast expanse of space? Is that true?

Yes, it’s far too big a universe for us to be alone, that’s such a waste of space! I believe there’s a whole host of physical and non-physical life forms out there that we’re ignorant of. The universe is teeming with life at different levels.

The cover of the book is really awesome. Did you have any inputs on it?

I had a strong idea of what I wanted to achieve, although the difficulty lay in communicating that, so I highlighted some images that inspired me. Colour is an important element, as each book cover will reflect a different energy. The Second Chronicle uses red to convey action, passion, determination, but also anger and ambition. It’s also the colour of the base chakra.

If your book got turned into a movie, who would you select as your actors?

Seven Point Eight is written in the style of a TV series, with a complex and epic plot full of numerous story threads. If I had rich pickings, I’d cast Michael Fassbender as Dr Paul Eldridge, Henry Cavill as Max Richardson (with a bit of age added), Dianna Agron as Ava, and Nicholas Hoult as Sam. The cover girl for The First Chronicle is New Mexico actress, Monique Candelaria, and I’d love her to take the role.

Have you based any of your characters on someone you know, or real events in your own life?

No, the characters and story are products of my imagination, and the research I carried out for the underpinning science in the book. There may be elements of my own personality entangled in the characters somewhere, and influences from people I’ve met or known in my life. However, I never set out to encapsulate any one person in each character.

Who do you admire most in your life?

I admire people who follow their own path, regardless of what society thinks. It takes a lot of courage to do what you know to be right, rather than just following the crowd. Strong and successful women also inspire me, and people who stand up to the shortfalls of the system. Bradley Manning, Julian Assange, and The Occupy Movement stand against the immoral and greedy nature of our governments and banks. I believe in liberty, creativity, and spirituality.

Who has been your greatest inspiration from other writers, if any?

I think there have been many influences throughout my childhood, and as I moved through adulthood.  Initially, I always loved The Narnia Chronicles and had a geeky passion for Star Wars, covering both the fantasy and science fiction genres.  Through my teenage years, I was an avid reader of Stephen King books, although some of works could be considered as ‘drawn out’, as the market is in favour of tighter plot and pacing.  He can be a bit hit and miss.
More recently, I would say Star Trek, Lost and such programmes encapsulate the storylines and human interest themes that I like. One of my favourite films is ‘Contact’ with Jodie Foster, and in my first book, there are a few tiny little tributes to it. Screenplay writing is a major interest of mine, and at the moment, I’m studying the pilot scripts for Lost, Fringe and V. ‘Seven Point Eight’ would make a fantastic TV series.

When did you know you would be a writer?

I was always known for writing stories when I was at school. The teachers would read them out to the class and at age 12, I expanded an English class assignment to a novella about my class being stranded on a desert island after the cruise ship sank. It was rather Lost-esque, with giant rabbits and aliens, but the class mostly enjoyed all the interactions between the characters, as they were the stars!
Since then, I’ve written a few more novel length books, but I wanted my stories to have maturity so I waited until I was much older before I put one out. I think it’s best to write with the wisdom of experience, of relationships and of people. It creates stronger characters and enriched interactions between them. So in conclusion, I think writing has always been in my blood.

Marie, was the research for the novel huge or hard?

Once I’ve highlighted the needs of the plot, I tend to take notes from the books and web pages I’ve read, indicating how it fits in with my story. Smaller details and any location research are often researched as I progress through the book, reflecting where I need more detail. It can be quite difficult to capture the feeling of a country or city if you’ve never been there, but I find there’s plenty of information online, such as tourism sites and YouTube.

What are the best aspects of writing?

In many ways, I’d say the second draft is the most pleasurable, in that you’re not faced with a totally blank page. At this stage, you can really lay down the more emotional aspects of the story, such as the character’s thoughts and feeling in each situation. It’s where you really cut the diamond. I enjoy writing both action sequences and relationship interactions, one because you get to create dangerous and exciting situations where you can kill characters in highly imaginative ways, and the other because you can really touch the soul of the reader, creating joy or heartbreak.

What is the hardest part of writing for you?

Like many writers, I find sections of a book where it doesn’t flow so easily and when you’re staring at a blank page, it can be frustrating. The final read through can make you want to gouge your eyes out, so it’s handy to have something else to work on for a bit.

Where and when do you prefer to do your writing?

Most of The Second Chronicle, I wrote at home although in the spring and summer, I get cabin fever. There’s a great little tea and coffee shop in Nottingham, where I can plug in my laptop and enjoy a cultured and chic atmosphere. When I need to get out of the house, I take everything with me.

It is often said that if you can write a short story, you can write anything. How true do you think this is?

A short story is a brief concept, the pacing, plot and character development differs greatly from a novel, in that the it’s very concise. Character development is often quite superficial because there’s no time to present much of a back story. A novel builds the plot and character through a longer series of scenes, and it’s much harder to correctly pace and present each element of the story. There’s so much more to keep a handle of. A screenplay is different yet again, as it has a specific formula, plus, it’s much tighter. It relies on a lot of show as opposed to tell, everything must be styled very visually, using action and dialogue. A stage play or radio script is another matter, something I don’t write.

Any advice to aspiring writers?

Don’t rush; craft your story with care, patience and above all, passion. Pass it to a variety of people to read in beta form, and ideally one or two people you don’t know very well, so you can get a more unbiased opinion. Take on feedback and appraise your work with honesty. Then after it’s published, be prepared to work extremely hard promoting it.  See it as a journey and enjoy the ride.

Do you prefer ebooks, paperbacks or hardcover?

I’ve always been a staunch advocate of paperback books as you can curl up on the sofa or in bed with them, but e-readers such as the Kindle make an excellent case for the digital age. E-books are often a lot cheaper, so you can afford to buy more reading material. I prefer my Kindle for fiction, but still use paperbacks for research or reference.

What are your thoughts on book trailers?

I’m not sold on them, as many just look homemade using PowerPoint. I think you can end up marketing the trailer instead of the book.

Do you write under a pen name?

Not at the moment, although I intend to write more general fiction for women under a pen name, to keep my genres separate.




Do you ever write in your PJ’s?

Of course! Writing feels so cosy in a pair of fleecy PJs!

What are your pet peeves?

Poor spelling and terrible grammar. I hate it when people keep writing ‘gawjuss’ instead of ‘gorgeous’, and ‘your’ instead of ‘you’re’.
Stupid people becoming famous for no reason seriously bugs me too. We should celebrate each other for contributing something of value, not for being dumb.

Cats or dogs?
I like the independence of cats but also the loyalty of dogs.

White wine or red?
White, or rose. Red wine is too rough :-/

Coffee or tea?
Coffee in the morning and late afternoon, tea in between or at night.

Vanilla or chocolate ice cream?
Chocolate :-p However, I prefer the really extravagant Ben & Jerry flavours.

What do you normally eat for breakfast?
Porridge, with a mug of coffee.

Laptop or desktop for writing?
Laptop. It keeps you warm in the winter!

If you were deserted on an island, who are 3 famous people you would want with you?

I wouldn’t want to be deserted with anyone famous, their vanity, superficiality and ego would annoy me so much I’d punch them, and they wouldn’t be able to do anything useful anyway. Give me a soldier, musician, and comedian any day. The first to build shelter and hunt, the second for the soul, and the third for laughter.

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I’ll be posting articles about UFOs, the supernatural, and ancient wisdom on my blog, some of which relate to the theory behind Seven Point Eight.