Past is something that has gone by in time and no longer exists. But a lot of people still reside there, in the past. They tend to carry a lot of their past events, relationships, anger, shame, hurt and so on in the present, and keep on repenting over it every now and then. Also, there are people who are still cherishing their moments of greatness of the past. Continue reading
When Virgin Airlines discovered its first domino
The August of 1990 was that part of the famous British businessman – Sir Richard Branson’s life, when he had to make a choice between the two options he had: to sell Virgin Music (his record company) or to close Virgin Airlines (his airline company), the initial two companies that he started. Virgin Music was doing wonders, but Virgin Airlines was making hefty losses (owing to the dominant British Airways at that time). And, that is why the bankers wanted Sir Richard to sell Virgin Music to cover the loans they had given for Virgin Airlines, if he wanted to keep Virgin Airlines alive.
The power of your thoughts
“Everything is created twice, first in the mind and then in reality.” – Robin Sharma
So if you want to achieve something, you’ve got to first achieve it in your mind. Undoubtedly, your actions determine your achievement. But remember, your actions are a result of your thoughts. Your conscious thinking registers on your subconscious mind, which in turn governs your actions.
When Sachin Tendulkar was slapped
Praveen Amre, who was coached by Sir Ramakant Achrekar (who also had Sachin Tendulkar and Vinod Kambli under his tutelage), recalled an incident, in an interview, about Sachin Tendulkar when he used to play as an under-14.
He said that the disciplinarian, Sir Achrekar seldom said ‘well played’ to anyone, but he used to call Sachin a hero. Amre didn’t fail to mention that Sir Achrekar did everything he could for Sachin. He was ruthless to Sachin when it came to training, but also used to drive him around on the Mumbai streets on his scooter after the tough training. Not to forget, he might be the only person who has slapped the great Sachin Tendulkar.
Sir Isaac Newton, in the year 1687, published his research work in Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica. This work described universal gravitation and the three laws of motion. These theories, since more than three centuries now, have been dominantly used, in most scientific calculations and applications.
Have you ever wondered how he first got the thought of gravity or motion? How did he work out those concepts in simple mathematical formulas? What principles and assumptions did he use and how? How many times did he test and revise his formulas, principles and assumptions after practical application? What different did he do?
Let us first break it down:
Literal dictionary meanings (relevant to the context) –
Embrace: Acceptance of something (a belief, theory or change) willingly and enthusiastically.
Discomfort: Absence of comfort or ease; uneasiness or hardship.
Humans have a natural tendency of finding a ‘comfort zone’ – a behavioral space where there is minimum stress and risk. We look for it everywhere we go and in everything we do. We really do feel at home in that virtual space.