WHAT IF TODAY IS MY LAST DAY?

October 6, 2011

Steve Jobs is no more…………………

A true inspiring leader. Stay hungry , Stay foolish …….Stay present

COMMENCEMENT SPEECH AT STANFORD UNIVERSITY, 2005

“Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything — all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure — these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.”

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice.”

Seriously I am not prepared, what  is that I have done so far in my life which is worthwhile,… nothing ..

If today is my last day then what would I want to do, the very best I can is to convey my affection to all my loved ones and tell them that I care …..

How much I am prepared for the next world ?

Does it give the satisfaction that I have lived an inspired life and would it be inspiring for others , no way……

Always I think that I am going to live longer and I have time, what if it is today that I have to travel… my time could be now…my time is now…my time has come….it is just the realization…..

Frankly speaking, I am not ready and I am totally not prepared to face Allah ……..I am not done with the preparation for the life after death …..

What is that something which I can do to make life better ?

For today, for the world, for the humanity, for myself, for my dependents and for all the people whom I know, for all the people I came across what best can be done every second of the day.

If I encounter death now, rest of things will be taken care of, and yes of course Allah is there, but will I be satisfied with what I have accomplished?

What conditions, situations have I left for all the loved ones associated with me ?

Is the situation good enough to start with after my death for all the loved ones ?…….. this is one question that keeps buzzing in my mind ……….

AM I READY ? ……………NOPES

We never know when the calling would be and will never know  ………

I would like to share a story…

A king was looking for answers to three questions; he has put up this questions in his kingdom among with a great reward for answering these questions …

Many people tried but no one could get the right answer, so finally the king called his minister and informed that he would be hanged if he doesn’t get the answer in ten days…

The minister becomes crazy, and with full desperation he starts searching for the answer…

  1. What is the most profound truth in life
  2. What is the biggest lie in life
  3. What is that one thing a person would do anything for?

He travels to many scholars and wise people but fails to get the convincing answer, 9 days passes and with sense of despair he was crossing a farmer. The farmer was very relaxed and completely in peace sitting in his farm. He calls the minister and enquires you seem to be tensed what is the matter and first the minister was skeptical and responded , what you can do for the issues that I have. The farmer respond, maybe I have the solution for your problems. With nothing left in his mind minister started explaining the whole story,……..so the farmer looks at him with his simple looks,  these are very simple questions – most profound truth is DEATH – no on can escape death.

The minister was so amazed at the simplicity and the amazing knowledge the farmer had.  The farmer continued the biggest lie is – this LIFE– we never know when it will end so this life is the biggest lie.

Now the minister was so relived and happy that he will escape the death if he answeres all the three questions to the kings next day, but little did the minister know that he will have to go through an scintillating experience to get his third answer.

Minister was engrossed and was expecting the farmer to answer the third question, but now the farmer becomes smart and refuses to answer the third question. After much of pleading the farmer asks the minister to drink the water, which was kept, in the bowl for the dog.  The minister is now ready to give anything all his land property to the farmer but he doesn’t want to drink the water, which is kept for the dog. Now the farmer gets so firm and he refuses to answer until the minister fulfils his condition, left with no choice the minister picks up the bowl that was kept for the dog and before he drinks the farmer stops the minster and tells this is the answer to your third question, that a person would do anything to escape from death, a person would do anything for SURVIVAL.

Look at the scenario the minister was ready to drink even the water kept in the bowl for dog which was so dirty and old to survive from the kings punishment and live longer.

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Life is one big learning experience, I have decided and of course living life as though every single day is my last day…to face the death ………. and remind to myself that there is no tomorrow

If you have to do anythng do it today, do it now……with full strenuous effort of making it happen now,  in the right way for the right things…

I live every second of my life as though today is my last day, being the very best I can, creating the very best situation I can, inspiring the very best I can, live life as though my memories of life should be good example for striving to be the best…..and excel in an extraordinary way.

Just floating in the thoughts of discovering myself ……….

Steve Jobs – about his passion , finding himself and death – speech during the commencement at Stanford university…2005

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UF8uR6Z6KLc

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Why focus on what is required ?

September 10, 2011

How many times in your exams days have you realized end of the exam that you knew many answers but because of the focus on one particular tough question you had spent more time and
didn’t have enough time to complete as planned.

I suppose this is an easy analogy since most of the people would have gone through this experience in school or college exams.

For example let us take maths, sometime when we get stuck with a problem we continue to solve it rather than moving on to next. We lose the focus in the exam and instead of getting 90 we would have got just 50 marks, all because of that one question-because of the lack of focus on the time.

Now coming back to the focus of our discussion this analogy can be applied to our day to day life where we end up losing focus and do something rather than what was meant to be done.

Last week I was at a client place for software coordination and user acceptance test activity in-between the owner of the company asked me if I knew sync issue of Samsung tab phone. I was doing something very important activity, for me what was required to say was ‘No sorry I don’t have idea since I am not using Samsung phone’ and continue what I had planned (and that is the fact). I didn’t do so and I ended up wasting time and lost focus from the activity planned.

This is just an experience and what really made me think on the focus is something even more intriguing.

Most often and repeatedly we focus on negativity than positivity by habit. We don’t realize but it all happens in the mind and we continue doing it.

In a day we end up getting both positive and negative experience.

Where do we stay tuned is very important, if we stay tuned to 96.7FM then we will only get that channel, it is the same here as well if we stay tuned to positivity we end up experiencing positivity.

Where is your Focus and what are you focusing is very very important, next time when your mind starts complaining or moving in the negative direction catch it and say to your mind, focus required is on positivity.

The main focus of this blog is on two things- focus on what is required – this can be applied on either time management or in any area of your life. To get things done more similar to what is planned by purely sticking to what is required. This will completely improve your productivity and effectiveness in what you are doing.
Second is no matter how tough your day might be, no matter even if everything is happening against you, no matter even if you are having lot of challenges in your day irrespective of anything the FOCUS should be only on positivity by doing so you will end up staying grateful for what you have and be attuned to the inner peace that will bring more good things and positivity in life.

There is lot of negativity, you switch on news or see around, you will find it everywhere but from that you will gain nothing but more of negativity, rather stay FOCUSSED and remain positive and do what is required- I am sure you will see the difference.

Why enter the Gladiator’s Ring ?

September 7, 2011

A very interesting conversation happened couple of days back on a telephonic interview, which goes on very well with the focus of the blog that is to inspire my team, others and myself so I am sharing this here

This is about company AMICS, to those who are not aware, AMICS – is an IT consultancy and service oriented company where the whole business revolves around the IT platform. We stand for service and give the utmost care and support to our clients in managing their IT setup.

In AMICS Ganesh is responsible for the operations, few days back we were recruiting for one of the challenging roles in AMICS – Service Delivery Manager, up until now we were handling the service delivery, mostly it was handled by Ganesh.

Coming to the discussion, we had our final closing interview conference call with the candidate after so many rounds of pre analysis and internal discussion, so the discussion went on and we felt this candidate would fit in for our operations very well. We were giving him insights on the business and the day-to-day operations briefing about AMICS…

During the call, we wanted to give the transparent picture to the candidate, Ganesh suddenly came up with an analogy in expressing the situation to the candidate, here I cannot bring the entire word to word conversation but as much as the crux of it to explain its exclusivity from the best of my knowledge, I keep the candidate’s name confidential here ……

Ganesh was asking the candidate that, have you seen the movie Gladiator – he replied yeah, then Ganesh explained every single day we get prepared and enter the ring with the team…. for those who are not prepared gets excluded and those who are strong survive and continue with us.

Ganesh continued further adding that  “we have lot of challenges and that is more similar to the Gladiator ring’s experience either we survive or get killed, so far we had different people coming to our operations only those who were strong and could unify with AMICS could continue and rest are out, we are very focused and as soon as you join our team you will feel the pressure similar to the gladiator ring’s experience every single day, it is all about the qualities and the consistency  you have to develop in order to stay in the ring relating to the stay in Amics…”

Ganesh intended explaining this to give the true picture about the current situation and experience we were going through to the candidate.

Finally the candidate was much delighted and stated that he would be more than happy to join Amics since it would push him to deliver the best.

The point I am trying to make is not about the competition we have with others in the market but it is purely on what we are facing in our day-to-day activity and how important every single second is important to us in our operations.

Just imagine if you can give the very best every single second in the task that you had taken up now what results would it bring…for sure you will succeed.

It is important for you to understand clearly what is that you want and what results you want end of the day, set effective goals and just achieve it…..

I remind myself that I enter the gladiator’s ring every single day, I need to motivate myself, my team and keep them focused and guide them in the positive direction.

A gladiator enters the ring with confidence, courage and excitement to face the odds and doesn’t think about past and future but the very moment and the very obstacle that he faces inside the ring

For me, I fight to kick away my laziness, I 
fight to remove the hurdles and roadblocks, I 
fight to bring the best out of me, I 
fight for a good reason …… lot of things to fight for….

Fight, fight and fight within yourself to overcome anything you find as an obstacle in you. Most important in the fight is “give your very best and never give up”

To you I would say, life is not meant to just pass the day and suddenly wake up one morning to realize that you haven’t done anything worthwhile, take action now and you will be pleased with your efforts.

I challenge everyone to take life as a one day game and that is all we have, just be in the game and give your best to make the most out of your day, whether you are a leader or a part of team or a student or a housewife or having your own business or in any profession be the best and give your best in a way that would infect your environment with positivity leading, encouraging others in following the same path

End of day it is the inner satisfaction where we must always strive to bring the best out of us in a splendid manner. There has to be a fight after all If we give in for the hurdles and troubles in life, what can be achieved in life….. choice is yours….. Choose the right one….

Living the truth….

September 4, 2011

The truth remains the TRUTH…

There are moments in life, where truth hurts us and others as well…..

What stand do we have in those scenario is most important, that comes from the principles and the philosophy we follow in life.

The simplicity of the truth is that anybody can identify and connect with the truth, it cannot be hidden and it is so profound.

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It could be related to an idea, person or to a situation or about anything….

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Why live life to fullest ? Part 2

September 2, 2011

This blog entry is in continuation with the – Why live life to the fullest ?- Part 1
Live life to the fullest, cherish the present moment now, be thankful for now, no matter what situation you are in – Just be grateful. My point in this blog entry is – enjoy every moment of life, fill your life with experiences that would make you feel happy. Even if you are in a situation that is not pleasant be thankful.

It is obvious that if we try to create a future by staying ungratful at the present, possibly that wouldnt happen,

In simple – no one can create a better future by cribbing or staying ungrateful at present, atleast the process of creating a better future would be delayed, the best way is to remain grateful to create a wonderful future- yesterday’s future is todays present- the present moment shapes the projected future – stay in the moment, stay with gratitude….

Only grateful moments will lead to a wonderful future and the present moment determines your future….

Make others happy and live life with that attitude, nothing can be more joyful than making someone’s day – making someone happy – it could be anything as simple as a smile to others- how often we smile at others on the go,

Give the very best all times and you will be grateful you did, we wont think of the days that we have wasted in the past , we would rather think of the days when we were in the best form and in the best of our abilities- make everyday a memorable one.

My point is not to dwell on the past achievement, make everyday happen be in the flow, what sticks in our conscious mind is from the subconscious.

After all we get only one life, let us make the most of it, seek for the purpose in your life, make a difference every single moment. We live with joy and sorrow , nothing is permanent but we can constantly have a more predominant thoughts of joy than sorrow.

If we sit around and expect things to happen than it doesn’t work that way , we need to get it done…it starts from our mind…..Let us be grateful for what we have and live life to the fullest ……………

Why live life to the fullest ? – Part 1

September 1, 2011

What feelings do you get when you look back at the past 5 years , 10 years in your life. Something great, astounding, phenomenal , outstanding, extreme state of joy, or the other way around which is opposite or something which is normal, something mixed up with thoughts of ups and downs., it could be anything ….. The point is time passes by without realization, and in the end we feel we haven’t done anything remarkable…….not in everyone’s case but in my case it is ..

In a way we often get trapped in current situations and circumstances which blocks us from experiencing the life to the fullest, but who is in control of this situations and circumstances, of course we are in a way having more control over our situations/circumstances if we take responsibility .

What happens to us is only 20% and how we respond to it is 80%, In many situations we have different experience due to different responses and the choices we make.

Certainly I can pick up cases, Imagine if our response is with anger or if our response is with love what results would it produce ….

Most common problems categories are Health, wealth and relationship , most of the other issues revolve fundamentally on this three areas but the root comes to the same basic three issues. It requires to have balance in these three areas to live life fully, if we are having issues with any of these areas then we have to correct it and take the right action.

Life- in life we get to live only now , nothing else can be experienced in life other than now – past memories are also experienced in the now. You cannot escape from this NOW, this very moment, whatever situation you may be in , whether you like it or not – you only get to live NOW. Time is so precious , time is life , nothing can be replaced for time.

Some where I read,

Time is life and if you are wasting time you are wasting life.

Most of the times we either spend thinking about our past or anticipating the future. The main thing is in our mind,in our thoughts, how much are we enjoying life now, how much are we consciously present now, how much are we charged up doing the current activity. What is driving us or what is stopping/ bothering us. It is our thoughts in mind and for everything that happens is stored in our mind, may be it seems physical but we are mostly living in the mind( mental state ).

The first creation happens in our mind and then in the real instance. Our mind especially subconscious mind determines and filters the thoughts that would come in, there is a difference between wandering thoughts and streamlined thoughts. Only by staying conscious we can streamline our thoughts by choosing and picking the right thoughts..

Consciousness is now- stay conscious – be conscious.

Will continue this topic, so much to discuss -especially this is such a wonderful topic and most importantly a very lively challenge, one has to set priorities, practice and live with it ………………..nothing new is here in this blog entry,this is just to remind myself – and I am finding ways to live life to the fullest….and share my knowledge and experience…..

When the going gets tough, the tough gets going

November 15, 2007

Now I have completed JD 1 and 2, moving on to Advance technologies videos from IEWB. It was not that easy like a piece of cake, indeed it was more stressful and I just found ways to relax myself and remain composed in tough times.Perhaps my friends from bitbucket and cciepursuit.wordpress.com have supported me on the blog by listing my blog in their list. There is always a guidance required for achieving the right things and if it is made use properly then one can achieve success.

CCIE is just part of life and there are so many other things in life. I am finding it pretty easy to strike a balance with office, home and studies which is most important.

Sleeping is just a habit pattern and when you can hold on a habit for 21 days then it becomes easier. It’s not the number of hours you put in much how much you put in hours is also most important. No point in staying awake and simply waste time. The productivity needs to be maintained through the preparation.

Do the thing, and you will get the energy to , Do the thing

September 11, 2007

As per my plan, I was suppose to study for two days but I didn’t study on 9th and 10th.

To do anything you need enthusiasm and without that it is very difficult to perform any task. If you think you can or if you think you can’t- you are right.n Yesterday I have joined Gym also , never again I am going to miss even a single day in GYM. It gives bad feeling when your body is not in shape. Cool things are not that clear, at present.

Do the thing, and you will get the energy to do the thing- alhamdulillah next. I know I am improving in just a matter of day I will come out in flying colors with CCIE lab exam.

Planning

September 10, 2007

I think I have for more control toward the preperation of CCIE. One of the major problem I was having till date was planning, I did not plan, I did not decide what I was going to do. Finally I have decided now that I will not have any issue till I complete my CCIE.

At present I have planned to complete Jeff Doyle book (Vol 1)within 8 days thoroughly that is starting from 9th till 16th september. I know this blog will be read my thousandsof the aspiring CCIE who are struggling to get there number so here is my tips hahahah, what a joke. I am enjoying my life.

One day has already passed, I have not started Jeff doyle, Just focussing. I am sure today I am finishing my syllabus.

What is happening to my CCIE lab preparation?

September 2, 2007

Out of no where and no way I am trying to prepare my lab exam.  Perhaps life would be more wonderful if an individual knows how to proceed and keep the focus fixed on what an individual want. Right now I have to define the steps that I need to take and then stick to it. I think I will go for internet work expert COD and IEWB.

I have not purchased it yet. Just a little dilemma and I will be getting it soon, no later than 24 hours.

Now I have installed the dynamips, just need to get the IOS but I have no idea how to get IOS. Probably, if I had know someone in Cisco that should have been easy to get the IOS.  Need to find a way for getting IOS.

My challenge, I have windows xp home edition installed and 1.8 GHz duo core acer laptop, I am not sure if this can handle the load, need to try. Many people are suggest loading ubunto and dynmips works wonderful on that. But I am not sure how to load ubunto on my laptop, perhaps may be in my office desktop I will load Ubunto and work on that.

Now my action plan is

1) Purchase IEWB(don’t know which volume) and IE COD,

2) Find a way to get IOS

3) Load the dynamips and start working.

Perhaps it is easy to plan than getting it done.