Dec 17, 2009

If the World has 100 people !

I witnessed an impressive stat from the University of Wisconsin - Green Bay. They just took the entire statistics of the world and after an interesting transformation, it boiled down to the following.

Overall, assuming that the world will have 100 people, then
  • 50 would be female
  • 50 would be male
  • 20 would be children
  • There would be 80 adults,
  • 14 of whom would be 65 and older

There would be:
  • 61 Asians
  • 12 Europeans
  • 13 Africans
  • 14 people from the Western Hemisphere

There would be:
  • 31 Christians
  • 21 Muslims
  • 14 Hindus
  • 6 Buddhists
  • 12 people who believe in other religions
  • 16 people who not be aligned with a religion

17 would speak Chinese
8 would speak Hindustani
8 would speak English
7 would speak Spanish
4 would speak Arabic
4 would speak Russian
52 would speak other languages

82 would be able to read and write; 18 would not

1 would have a college education
1 would own a computer

75 people would have some supply of food and a place to
shelter them from the wind and the rain, but 25 would not

1 would be dying of starvation
17 would be undernourished
15 would be overweight

83 would have access to safe drinking water
17 people would have no clean, safe water to drink

So, Now What ?

It clearly says, only
  1. 1/100 will have a college education.
  2. 1/100 will have a computer.
I have seen people who sit and mutter to themselves just like they are the only soul stranded in the whole world & everyone else is 'perfect'. Come on, who doesn't have a problem ? What is a life that's without a problem ? Who likes to just eat & sleep everyday ? Where is the challenge then ? Why are you born ?
If you are reading this blog, i can assume that you own a computer as well as had (or having or will have) a College education. You just read that there are undernourished people. Even they die of starvation.
  • Do you realize that 'You are gifted' ?
  • You are actually special.
  • You are not left behind by any one.
  • You have a task to do.
  • You are the one going to bring the CHANGE.
  • You are 1 in a 100 !
Now stop acting. Ascend & Astonish.

Dec 15, 2009

9 Tips for improving efficiency

1. Do one thing at a time, set aside specific time period:
It helps concentration if you just do one thing at a time giving it your complete undivided attention. Multitasking (doing many things simultaneously) will make you distracted and it is an ineffective way of doing things contrary to what many people believe. Do one thing at a time in order to develop concentration. If you are trying to think of giving presentation at office, or studying for your exam - for the next 30 minutes or so, just think of that alone. Focus your mind on the details of the job and how you plan to do it. Let not your attention wander to other things during this time.

2. Do something as if for first or last time:
We take a lot of everyday things for granted and do not observe as intently as we should. In order to develop focus and observation, try to look at tasks which you do everyday as if you are doing or seeing them for the first or the last time. This will encourage you to observe details which you may have missed before, thus improving your observation, concentration and also in gaining new insights.

3. 5 more rule :
From now on, if you're in the middle of a task and tempted to give up -- just do FIVE MORE. Read FIVE MORE pages. Finish FIVE MORE math problems. Work FIVE MORE minutes".

By implementing this strategy, you are stretching your mind past the point of frustration and building up mental endurance just as good athletes push past the point of exhaustion by not giving up when their body initially protests of tiredness. This way they build up the stamina.

4. Unclutter your mind by writing down:
While doing something important, if other worries are invading your mind thus affecting your
Concentration then an effective way to overcome this problem is to write down any concern you might be having on a piece of paper, next to it write down a date or time when you want to deal with this problem. Writing it down this way will help in unflattering your mind so that it is free to concentrate on the task at hand.

5. Reward yourself:
Decide before starting your work how you would like to reward yourself when you finish. The reward can be anything that makes you happy and relaxed - like having your favorite food, going out for a walk, meeting your best friend etc. It doesn't have to be something big, any activity that gives you pleasure and takes your mind off work for some time will do. This system of rewarding yourself will increase motivation for doing things.

6. Be project specific:
Before you start any work, be clear in your mind as to what you want to accomplish. Before sitting down to study for exams, be clear what chapter you want to study now, how much time do you intend to study etc. Be as specific as possible and move on to some other task only after you complete this.

7. Use a concentration score sheet:
Whenever doing some important work, use a concentration score sheet. Each time you find your mind wandering, make a check mark on the sheet. If you do this on consistent basis, you may find that you have far fewer check marks and far greater concentration.

8. Break task into smaller parts:
Breaking a task into smaller parts will make it seem less daunting and help you approach it with more positivity. If you are trying to study a textbook for exam, then you can make a goal of finishing one chapter at a time.

9. Do a thing wholeheartedly:
If you approach something half-heartedly, it can show in the quality of the work. In order to do things better, do them with interest. Whatever you are doing, try to find some aspect of it that interests you. If you can find something interesting in each thing you do, you can enjoy even the most mundane and boring tasks.

If you ask me whether i am giving you advise, absolutely not. I am not eligible or matured enough to give advise. But i can share what my friend geetha shared with me. Just did that :D

Dec 4, 2009

Good use of it !

My roommate shared me this impressive incident. In Baroda, there was a book shop. In one of the books, this is what the price tag read.

Price: Good use of it !
I was like, "Wow ! What a great way of presenting a book !".

Dec 3, 2009

How you think ?

I was reading a spiritual book this morning. The author, at one point emphasizes the fact that "It's your thoughts that makes you what you are". He also provided a situation.
In China, people go for trekking. For fun, they will wear a footwear made of Hay. It gives comfort but get's torn out soon. There will be a set of big rocks here and there. Each of them will have a pair of 10-20 slippers underneath with a price tag. Whoever passes by, they will just take one and put the money there. In the evening, the owner will come and take the money.
I actually got shocked after reading it. Come on man, it's more like a shop without a shop keeper. Have you seen anything like this in our country ?
Saying, "Just go in and take whatever you want & put the money in the cash counter." Sounded totally weird to me. Supporting my surprise, the author writes in the next sentence.
"Will this happen in India ?"
I really didn't heard any such stories but my friend Kadhambari did. She was talking about a school in our home town - Chidambaram. The HeadMaster opened a small shop inside the school and kept candies, pencils and erasers in different boxes. No one was kept in charge. There is just coin box for keeping the money. One fine day, he went to that shop to check out the status. To his surprise, all the candy boxes are empty. To his shock, the coin box was also empty ! :(

See how the school kids are. Not all the Indians are like that, but still the author was right to a certain extent.

Be pure, humble & loyal in your thoughts. The Almighthy's grace will always be with you !
Another story i want to add up here. It suddenly came to my mind. Thought it would be approprite to put it here.
A builder was working for a contractor. He was very much dedicated to his job. One day, he decided to quit. "I am getting older and can't spend time at work anymore. I'm gonna call it a day". The contractor said, "Oh ! i see. Okay, just help me build this one last house. I am not gonna trouble you after that". The builder actually got angry but didn't showed it. He was not in the mood to work, lacked perfection and built the worst ever house of his 20 year career. After he comlpeted the project and said Bye to the contractor, he got this shocking reply. "Take this Key. This house is yours. I want to thank you for all your hard work".

Just see his thoughts. If he knew that this house he building was his own, he wouldn't have showed this poor attitude.

I was imagining how a typical Indian men and women would react after seeing such a rock with pair full of slippers. Women will start discussing about the color and design and forget that fact that they are actually trekking on a hill. Men on the other side will regret the fact that they didn't took a sack with them.

Above is more of a casual comment and critisisms are welcome. If you are the person with that pure & humble thoughts, i presume you are well settled in life with the grace of God.

Are you ?

PS: If you liked this post, you might also like : The miraculous Life response !

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