I Can and I Will

We all know that Thomas Alva Edison invented the light bulb and the fact that he achieved success after trying it for a thousand times is also not hidden from the world. But do you know how many times people tried to discourage him from trying it the next time? A lot of them, his teachers also exclaimed that Edison is “too stupid to learn anything.” So what kept him going on and to be known in the entire world as “America’s Greatest Inventor”?

Willpower, strength, decision making, determination, dedication, hard work, skill learning- there are many similar words to describe Edison’s approach towards his life and what he does with it. But you cannot find a single word about people like Edison that depicts hesitation to follow their dreams.

There Goes My Shepherd:

The life’s biggest problem is that whether I work as a 9-5 employee or start something of my own, that what if my job does not fulfill my demands and if I had been working as an entrepreneur I may have been somewhere else today? This self-pity is the most dreaded thing in our lives. Going after some job just because one of your friends is earning a hefty amount of money working in some organization.

Or going to a factory to show that you are working somewhere and are not a burden on the parents. Approaching life from these angles may get you money but not satisfaction, there is a common saying that “even a king cannot quench all of his desires, on the other hand, even a beggar can fulfill all his needs.” Hence, you need not follow the already trodden path, instead make your way and do what will make you content within yourself.

The life’s biggest problem is that whether I work as a 9-5 employee or start something of my own, that what if my job does not fulfill my demands and if I had been working as an entrepreneur I may have been somewhere else today? This self-pity is the most dreaded thing in our lives. Going after some job just because one of your friends is earning a hefty amount of money working in some organization.

Or going to a factory to show that you are working somewhere and are not a burden on the parents. Approaching life from these angles may get you money but not satisfaction, there is a common saying that “even a king cannot quench all of his desires on the other hand even a beggar can fulfill all his needs.” Hence, you need not follow the already trodden path, instead make your way and do what will make you content within yourself.

The Basic Instincts:

No, this is not about Sharon Stone people. This point is about “Do what you love and love what you do.” So what do you love to do, talking to your friends or hanging out with them is not the point here. You love painting, but do not want to follow it because of the fear of failure, or you like taking care of pets but fear of being humiliated by the society after taking it up as a profession. You all know Abraham Lincoln, the greatest president United States has ever seen, he failed 17 times before being elected into the Congress. Failed as a soldier, failed as a lawyer, failed as a businessman, but did he stop following his instinct to do something for his country. The rest is history, my friends.

I Have a Dream:

What allowed Steve Jobs to run his company from a small garage in Los Altos? Was it that he had some anticipation that his company will be one of the biggest companies in this world? Absolutely not, it was passion, the sheer strength to continue against all the odds. That is what it does to a person. Find your passion everywhere, search for it. Look for the clues, how did you feel when doing some activity, when did your emotions skyrocket, what is it that you did for the first yet came out better than others. Life is a journey; it is like you get to write your own story in your font and size. Be a little intense in what you want to do, follow your instincts. 

What You Like is Not What You Love:

Whenever you see that your neighbor or any one of your relative has a 7 figure income and drives a Mercedes to work, go to him and ask one question, how are you? And ask them to be honest while answering that question. You will realize that they are not happy at all. Whatever they do for a living may be interesting, but is it what they love to do. Because if you do something with love at the background, then all else doesn’t matter. Warren Buffet, the third richest man in the world, does not have a Bentley; he has a whole aviation company to his name but has never flown in executive class. He is the representation of simplicity and a person who loves what he does. He is passionate to work for his employees, his companies that is why he is successful yet happy.

Finally, Rome Was Not Built In a Day:

Do you know who failed big time? Albert Einstein. The most intelligent man who roamed on this Earth could not utter a single word until he was 4 years old, he could not write for the first 7 years of his life, expelled from his school, stamped as a mentally slow person, lost in his dreams. Similar accolades were awarded to this guy for some years of his life. Did he stop, or was he able to achieve everything the next day.

So why are you stopping after the first obstacle, every single failure in your life no matters its size will turn out into your advantage. Learn from them, grow over them, be the best failure in your family, be the loser of the society. Ed Sheeran lived on the streets for 3 years; he did not stop singing so what are you scared of. Evolve with time, and you will reach where you want to go.

Life is a beautiful mix of the little and big pieces of a puzzle, and you are the sole architect who will arrange these pieces in place. Make sure that you have the right piece today, you cannot replace the past years, but you surely can prepare the ground by taking decision wisely for the next pieces to come.

The Implications of Dust & Air Pollution on the Efficiency of Solar Energy

Solar power or photovoltaic power is a technology that has been harnessed over the years to solve energy problems. Here, a metal is hit by light which causes electrons to be either received or released depending on the metal. It is based on this that electrons move through a conductor where electricity is produced. Hence, for the purpose of generating electricity, solar panels are very effective. They last very long, reliable, and do not require the addition of any natural resources once they are constructed. The electricity generated through solar panels is at a fixed cost as long as it is in use. Depending on location, some solar panels are very great where they are, due to the amount of direct sunlight that it receives, making it necessary to install one for your use.

All over the country, many people and industries are embracing the use of solar panels and so has become one of the fastest growing energy sources globally. In the nearest future, whether it is a large utility-scale company or residential rooftop panels, the demand for solar panels will require more construction. However, despite numerous setbacks solar panels have encountered in the past like inefficient grid systems, inconsistency and shortfalls in various national policies on power, and the occasional eclipse, scientists have recently pointed out in a study of a new challenge that presently affects the efficiency of solar panels, and that is air pollution. Continue reading “The Implications of Dust & Air Pollution on the Efficiency of Solar Energy”

5 Tips To Avoid Flu in Winter

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Flu is a very contagious disease that’s often confused with cold. Well, while the causative agents for cold are in hundreds of different viruses, flu is caused only by influenza virus of types A, B and C. Now, these viruses cause the large seasonal breaks and is soon arriving. While flu may be one of the most common diseases that is majorly seasonal, its effects are never so easy to bear. The feeling is just ‘bad’.

Surprisingly, many people take flu for granted and may not go to the hospitals. According to CDC research, it has been established that winter flu epidemic affects 3, 00,000 to 6, 00,000 people each year. It is further observed that of the number – 2, 00,000 people wind up in hospital and between 3,000 and 49,000 don’t survive.

With the above statistics, it is therefore important to take necessary preventive measures ahead of the impending break-out. Flu is the type of disease where prevention would be much better than just cure. Here is how to keep yourself and your family safe from flu during this season. Continue reading “5 Tips To Avoid Flu in Winter”

Inquire Into The Absolute Truth

When my oldest daughter learned how to speak, which was at a very young age, she had an insatiable tendency to inquire about the nature of things.  “Why is the sky blue?”  “Why don’t the animals have houses?” “Can we eat dirt?”  And on, and on, and on.  She literally drove us crazy with all her questions.   But, apparently, she was simply trying to figure things out so that she could efficiently operate in this world.  For her, it was easier to ask her parents, whom she had faith in, than to experientially try to figure everything out.

Similarly, when we inquire into the Absolute Truth, we must be like an innocent child:not dumb, but honest in our inquiry.  In other words, we must have a sincere desire to know the Truth, and a desire to dovetail our life so that it is in sync with the Truth.  In the Bhagavad Gita, the Supreme Lord states:

“Just try to learn the Truth by approaching a spiritual master. Inquire from him submissively and render service unto him. The self-realized soul can impart knowledge unto you because he has seen the Truth.”

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Back to Basics Series Part 2: The Search Continues…

At home, and at school, I was taught, and constantly reminded, that I needed to work hard and get good grades so that I could go to College.  Why?  So that I could get a degree, and with that degree, I could get a good paying job.  Why?  Because then I could afford to buy a nice house, a nice car, and attract a nice wife, and support nice children, and buy many of the nice comforts in life.  Why?  These things will make you happy.  After all, you don’t want to end up digging ditches for a living.  Can you imagine how miserable that would be?

Hummmm, I thought, maybe the ditch digger’s misery is no worse than the misery I would have to go through to get good grades, and to work my way through college, and to work for a corporation in order to get a good paying job, and to throw my hard earned money in buying goodies and people who may or may not make me happy?  After all, when I looked around at everyone in the neighborhood, they had all these things, yet, they didn’t seem to be very happy.  The next door neighbor was an alcoholic.  The man down the street, was a drug addict, another man had a gambling problem and was often visited by heavy looking thugs, several of the neighbors were engaged in wife swapping, my friends’ mothers were stressed out about the lines in their face or a couple gray hairs which made them look old, my parents were constantly bickering, and practically everyone was struggling to keep up the facade of being successful and happy.  And these were the country club set—the so-called successful people in life.  Did I really want to grow up and become like them?

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Shortly after graduating from high school, I realized I was not who I thought I was: a medium sized, 17 year old body, with brown hair, green eyes, and enough smarts and abilities to help me succeed in whatever endeavor I chose.  This was a very liberating realization, but at the same time, it was a death of sorts.  My attraction to the material world, and to all that was previously meaningful to me, was dwindling, dying away; and my attraction for the spiritual had been awakened.  It could be said that I had been reborn in the spirit.  But I was an infant in the spirit.  My spiritual knowledge was almost non-existent, and I didn’t know what to do—what action to take with this newly found world view.  Where does one begin when searching for his essence and function in life?

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Back to Basics Series Part 1: Simple Living High Thinking

Shortly after graduating from High School, my entire life was shattered. It was the summer of 1968 and, until then, I could have been a poster boy for the “All American role model.”  My grades were above average.  I was an all-around athlete. I’d been offered scholarships to several Universities, and I had realistic hopes of making the 1972 Olympic team as a pole vaulter.  I also had a nice girl friend, and was welcomed in just about any click at school: the so-called in-crowd, the jocks, the surfers, the nerds, the 4-Hers and most of the others. I’m not trying to brag or anything, just stating that I was basically your average all American Joe,and that life was going relatively well.  Of course, life is seldom great in high school, but my future looked promising.  Then, to my dismay, everything dear to me fell apart and faded into oblivion.

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By the end of June, I had moved out of my parent’s home and rented a house with some friends. Like most kids with newly found freedom, we were in the party mood. At one of those parties, I got a little too intoxicated; and feeling dizzy, I sat down alone and leaned against a wall. My roommate was playing his guitar nearby, and my somewhat altered mind was quickly captured by its wonderful sounds. I had never heard such beautiful music before.

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Authority: Real And Apparent

Learning is a vital part of human existence. Whether it is learning on a physical, emotional, intellectual, artistic, or spiritual level, every single person has had to learn something from someone or somewhere. It is engrained into our psyche to learn from others who have more experience than ourselves. It is a natural instinct to watch and learn, or to inquire from others on how something is done. Children at a young age will ask a million questions.kids ask questions - learning from others

Throughout the different stages of life we grow, and with that growth our inquiries also grow from simple questions to deeper ones. And most of the time there is always someone available to answer our questions. But sometimes we might learn the answers ourselves through our experiences, through our own self discovery.

But nonetheless learning from those more knowledgeable than us is always present.

We learn from our parents, from our friends, from our teachers, from our peers, from our co-workers, from our bosses, from our spouses, etc. The learning never stops and neither do the questions.

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Oh, The Tangled Web We Weave

“SEVEN seconds, my dear friends.  SEVEN seconds.  That’s how long it would take for Mr. Browser to click away from or go on clicking towards YOU—your company, your product,” said the Facial-Care-faced guy in an impeccably tailored pin-striped GQ-inspired suit, some hotshot guru for business and market development in Asia Pacific for a leading net-system software.

“Ergo, marketing strategies have to be calculated at lightning pace. Throw away all you learned at business school,” added this amiable vanguard of the WorldWide Mess—er, Mesh.  “Don’t you ever doubt it: businesses will inevitably have to formulate new models at breathtaking speed. Oh yes.  It’s a whole new ballgame.  An exciting, challenging ride to a great new world of unimaginable opportunities. Grab every chance you get.  You snooze, you lose.”

It wouldn’t be wild to surmise that almost the entire audience of dry-cleaned, cellphone-infected, espressoed-out yup-yup-yuppies listening to him that day were as awestruck as I at the forecast on the imminent tidal web—er, wave of internetization coming to sweep us into a world of clicking relationships.

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Make Fitness Enjoyable

There are so many people these days who have a negative mindset towards health and fitness; this is so unfortunate because on the contrary, it is the exact opposite.  Yes, there are many fanatics out there who are putting out negative messages to people, giving extreme advice to do fad diets and exercise routines that are unreasonable but this is not what’s necessary to live a happy, healthy life. If you simply think of fitness as a lifestyle, you can reach your goals happily and without suffering.

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The first step to obtaining a balanced life is to start taking small steps towards your goals. For example, replace something that is not healthy in your meal with something green. Instead of zoning out on your phone for twenty minutes, go on a little walk in nature and do a little yoga to get your blood cells flowing. Just the other day I was reading an article from some fitness personality that was saying that you should go on the treadmill rather than walking or jogging outside because you’re less likely to burn the necessary calories. As this may work for some people who think with calculating methodical mindsets, those of us with a more whimsical approach to life just cannot process this positively. Instead of slurping down that soda that’s full of sugar keeping those pesky pounds hanging around, make yourself a refreshing water infusion with lemon and mint. Remember that being extreme is a double edged sword, therefore moderation is your friend in the beginning.

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5 Reasons You Need Yoga In Your Life

We all need something. Whether it’s a cup of coffee, a trip to the movies, or a sandwich, we all need something. Often times the things we actually need are elusive to us. Running through the hectic chaos that we call modern life, we often overlook the simple way of life. A quiet moment of peace, a walk in the park, or even your everyday sunset. We know we are missing something, but we’re either too busy to get it, or we are too focused on the hundreds of other distractions that arise daily. One thing we could all benefit from is a healthy dose of yoga now and again.

Here are 5 Reasons You Need Yoga in Your Life Right Now

  1. Mental clarity – the power of being in the now
  2. Emotional peace and balance – whether in our personal or professional lives
  3. Physical Strength and Longevity – being in touch with your body leads to long term health
  4. Self-awareness – being in tune with how your environment is affecting you
  5. Self-discipline – being able to set goals and stick to them.

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