Sunday, March 22, 2015

My short story entry

Hello Friend,

I've entered the sshort story competition, please read and vote for me to win.

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Yours Truly,

Rajasekar KS

Sunday, February 8, 2015

30 Winners Traits. How Many of Them Do You Have?

Are you a winner? Wake up and give everything to chase your dream. Lead, inspire and put a smile on faces around you. The world is waiting to cheer for you. Learn what it takes to be a winner.

1. Winners have a dream. Losers have a day dream.
Dreams are powerful thoughts that work even when you sleep. The stronger your belief, the further you go. Martin Luther King had a dream. Mahatma Gandhi had a dream.

Do you have one?

2. Winners are loved. Losers are hated.
The charisma and charm of winners has to be felt, to be understood. Their intensity sucks you in. Their passion rubs off on others. They make you feel you should be like them. Winners and their admirers share a dream. That's why they are loved.

3. Winners believe in themselves. Losers have no self belief.
Winners look for strength inwards. They back themselves fully. They know they have to do it. There's no turning back.

4. Winners take responsibility. Losers pass the buck.
When they win, they generously praise all those who contributed. When they lose, they stand up and say it's their entire fault. Generals accept defeat in war and never blame the soldiers.

5. Winners have a positive attitude. Losers are drowned by negativity.
Always look at what's doable. Begin with no fears or negative thoughts. Be ready to take a few jabs. Starting positive is half way to victory.

6. Winners never back down. Losers fail to stand up.
Thomas Alva Edison had 8000 failures before he invented the electric bulb. Mountaineers assaulted Mount Everest for thousands of years and failed, but Edmund Hilary and Tenzing Norgay never gave up.

If you give up, you lose your dream. You lose everything.

7. Winners take risks. Losers grapple with uncertainty.
Albur and Wilbur Wright couldn't have flown a plane sitting inside their home. Neil Armstrong risked his life flying into unknown territory. Sportsmen risk injuries, scientists failures, celebrities reputation and firemen their lives. With risk comes responsibility and rewards.

Remember, the winner takes it all.

8. Winners are humble. Losers display an exaggerated sense of importance.
When you meet winners you wonder if all their successes are true. Because they are more human then you expect. Cultivate humility.

9. Winners lead the way. Losers fall by the wayside.
Entrepreneurs like Steve Jobs, Larry Page and Sergey Bin, Mark Zuckerberg like to lead the world in whatever they do. The passionate belief in their work creates a tribe around them. A tribe that believes in the same philosophy, the same idea.

Where's your tribe?

10. Winners know no fear. Losers battle fears in their mind.
Winners don't think about inadequacies. They derive strength from the excitement of doing things. They don't worry about failures. They do not think about success either. They only dream about the journey.

They want to do something remarkable.

11. Winners work with people. Losers are loners.
Winners understand what makes a team tick. They are great motivators. They do it by making others realize the great powers within them. They stoke dreams, awaken the inner strengths and lead the tribe.

When they see a crowd, there're on steroids.

12. Winners always trust people, even strangers. Losers are skeptical of even family.
Winning sales leaders don't sell stuff, they only make clients realize how they could do better. They trust people and share all their knowledge. They believe everyone is good. They don't look for returns.

13. Winners are leaders. Losers are pleaders.
Winners grab opportunities where others see none. They love to lead, innovate and create. They hate mediocrity. They like to climb, jump, dive, run and fly in pursuit of doing something remarkable.

14. Winners have hope. Losers have despair.
Winners are like sailors, they know that there's a shore ahead and keep rowing. They may be alone but never without hope. Hope is the sustenance of life, did they say.

15. Winners take the less trodden path. Losers dread to try anything new.
They are bold and brave to a fault. They like to go beyond the known frontiers. They are fearless soldiers. Failures, death and pain are their friends. The search for the dream means trying the uncharted path.

16. Winners make it happen. Losers let it happen.
They like to wake up and do something. They don't like to sit and be killed by boredom and laziness.

17. Winners don't quit. Losers give up rather easily.
To quit means to die. For them quitting is more painful than death. They fight hard. There's as tough as nails. They do not throw in the towel. They like to move on.

18. Winners take everybody forward. Losers drag everybody downward.
They galvanize everyone's dreams. They fuel the hopes and passions of those around them. They talk, they joke, they laugh, they motivate. They tell stories and energize the crowd to action.

19. Winners can see the future. Losers are blinded by the past.
They have an innate ability to see the future. Winners always seem to create things that people seem to want, but do not know how to express. Tomorrow may be a mystery for many, but winners find a way to open the windows to tomorrows.

20. Winners are open minded. Losers don't listen.
They love it when their ideas are challenged. They want others to seize their ideas and improve. They care to listen. They love to experiment and fail.

21. Winners are selfless. Losers are selfish.
Winners are all about "WE". They stand above mean and selfish considerations. They want the cause to win. It's never about the individual.

22. Winners thirst for learning. Losers think they know it all.
They are all ears when reading, watching or listening to new ideas and people. They constantly learn, improve and dabble with fresh ideas. They sharpen their wisdom with every new experience.

23. Winners aim and shoot. Losers shoot and aim.
They are extremely focused. Winners have clear goals and plan their moves well. They anticipate challenges and prepare to succeed.

24. Winners are optimists. Losers are pessimists.
Even in the freezing Antarctic, they'll enjoy the ice, unmindful of the frost bites. They'll trudge through the Amazon jungles and hear the chirp of birds, without worrying too much about the lurking beasts.

25. Winners are calm. Losers are temperamental.
They can look a tiger in the eye. Winners face adversity without battling an eyelid. They bring about a sense of calmness when everyone panics. This helps with clarity of thought.

26. Winners are like a soothing balm. Losers like to hurt others.
They lend a helping hand when you need it. They never make others feel alone. They make you feel good when you're sick or emotionally down.

27. Winners take others with the faults. Losers point fingers all the time.
They always see the good things in people. Winners know that's what matters in life. The flaws get ironed out over a period in time. Winners make you feel strong by not raking up your vulnerabilities.

28. Winners speak their mind. Losers gossip.
They'd rather speak their mind and be shot dead, than stay quiet and be rewarded. Their sheer guts make them feared and admired.

29. Winners dare to feel pain. Losers panic.
They like to feel the pain of losses and failures. So it strengthens their resolve further. Winners do not sweat in the face of failure.

30. Winners thrive in the face of adversity. Losers melt.
They ride on challenges and face adversity with a smile. In fact they seek obstacles to overcome. They realize their destiny lies in conquering it.

Are you a winner? Tell the world now.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Wanted! A New Shaving Blade Product in India

Last weekend I felt lazy to shave at home and so trudged to the nearest salon. The barber put the towel over me, scrubbed my face, gave my cheek a few spanks and proceeded to take a blade and snap it into two, before sliding one half into his razor.

He proceeded to work on my beard. In 15 minutes he was done.

As I went through this, a thought dawned on me. Why didn't Gillette, Super Max, Malhotra & Sons or Glide launch a single half blade pack of 20 0r 50 for salons.

You know what I mean, a single half piece that neatly fits into his razor.

There are few reasons here. Of course, convenience for barbers no doubt.

And the other, peace of mind for customers. Just imagine the fearful thoughts of a person who sees the barber opening a used blade pack to fetch the second half of the blade to use.

I'm certain he suspects the barber is re-using the blade. Although, he may be using a fresh piece.

The last reason for the need of such a product is that when barbers snap the blade, it's not going to split perfectly. And the risk of nicks is high because the blade may not slide and sit perfectly in the razor.
An uneven blades can cause cuts.

I'm sure there a million such salons in India alone. And each barber must be wielding his razor on 10 customers each day.

Surely, not a small market to be ignored.

Gillette, Super Max, Malhotra & Sons or Glide. Anyone listening?

Rajasekar KS can be reached at rajasekar(dot)india(At)

Saturday, October 27, 2012

10 Best Motivational Quotations for Monday Mornings

I know how we all drag ourselves out of bed on Monday mornings. A small motivating dose of quotes could help kick us out of bed. And I thought of sharing my favorite quotes with you.

I've always been motivated by inspiring words that wake you up to a world of possibilities. It's not that we're not willing to try. It's just that our mind is clogged with mundane tasks for the day that seems to keep us away from doing what we love.

Do you agree?

Find out what you're passionate about and commit yourself to do something about it every day.

Dream about it every night before you sleep. Think about what you want to create for the day, as you get up in the morning on Mondays.

And you'll find the strength to do it. Follow your dreams and you'll be happy.

Jack Canfield, of the Chicken Soup for the Soul fame, learnt speed reading to devour books about successful habits, before he began writing his own masterpieces.

Victor Hugo, who wrote classics like Les Mirable, used to ask his servant to take away his clothes. So that left nude and nothing else to do, he penned his masterpieces.

There are people who give an arm and a leg to pursue a dream. I'm just asking you to find time to follow your passion.

If opportunity does not knock, build a door.
Milton Berle

To hell with circumstances; I create opportunities.
Bruce Lee

All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them.
Walt Disney

Either do or do not; there is no try.
Yoda (George Lucas)

Change your thoughts and you change your world.
Norman Vincent Peale

There is no such thing as failure. There are only results.
Tony Robbins

Life does not control you. What you believe about it does.
Alan Cohen

My philosophy is that not only are you responsible for your life, but doing the best at this moment puts you in the best place for the next moment.
Oprah Winfrey

The brick walls are there for a reason. The brick walls are not there to keep us out. The brick walls are there to give us a chance to show how badly we want something. Because the brick walls are there to stop the people who don't want it badly enough. They're there to stop the other people.
Dr. Randy Pausch

Time is limited, so I better wake up every morning fresh and know that I have just one chance to live this particular day right, and to string my days together into a life of action, and purpose.
Lance Armstrong

Do you have favorite quotes you want to share? Please add them in the comments below.

Saturday, October 20, 2012

How Usain Bolt Teaches Us New Ways to Battle Failure

After winning the 200m gold in the London Olympics, the Jamaican sprinter proceeded to do a few push ups to tell the world he had enough and more energy to push himself further.

Never had another athlete in history brazenly displayed such energy when competitors were catching a few breaths after the race.

His act earned him fans worldwide.

But glory did not come on a silver platter for him. Rather a lot of hard work and training got him there.

Knowing well that he's not fast off the blocks, he worked hard on his start and finished with that final kick.

At 6 feet 5 inches, he's tall and full of muscle. And he's proud of his six packs. He trains three times a day and keeps himself fit even during the off season.

Bolt's Defining Moment
Some moments in life are defining. Bolt experienced that in Zagreb where he raced with American Justin Gatlin. Warming up before the race, Bolt and Gatlin were limbering up in the tracks.

Suddenly, Gatlin in a show of intimidation spat across Bolt's tracks.

That was enough to strengthen his resolve to win the race. He wanted to show that he'd like some respect.
Bolt raced ahead and left Gatlin behind in history.

Now, Bolt is confident of running 100m in 9.4 seconds. "You never know, I may be the one to run 9.4secs. I'd really like that," he declared before the Olympics 2012.

Failure Brings out the Best in Everyone
In the 2011 World Championships in Daegu, Fellow Jamaican Blake blasted his way to win, after Bolt erred with a false start. That was a wake up call. He never wanted to lose again. It was just painful. Loss is too painful to bear, he said.

In 2007 he lost the 200 m dash at Brussels. But Blake swore to silence his critics. And silence he did in style, breaking the 19.32 mark set in 1996 at the Atlanta Olympics, by Michael Johnson.

After his Olympic double, he declared himself a legend. Like Michael Jordan and Muhammad Ali.

Show of Arrogance
Anyone who saw him sprint in London knows that he deliberately slowed down before the finish, even looking over his shoulder to see his competitors.

Arrogance, one may say. But it's just that he's leagues ahead of competition. His trademark Lightning Bolt pose, an archery pose symbolizes his dominance.

And why shouldn't he when he holds the records for 100m and 200m with record timings of 9.58 secs and 19.19 secs.

And yes, people love him. His Facebook page has 8M likes and the iPhone game Bolt 1M downloads.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

5 Zen Ways to Life Without Regrets

Regrets don't take you anywhere. There are better things to do. Here are 5 ways that successful people overcome regrets.

Regrets are in the Past
Humans have a tendency to regret the past. But not many understand that the decisions one took was based on the wisdom and knowledge at the point in time. Today, you're definitely wiser and knowledgeable and its clear to you that you could done things better.

So, don't waste your time regretting because that's the best you could do at that time.

The point is ...did you learn somethng from the experience.
Don't Compete, Don't Regret

The tendency to compete breeds regret sometimes. You always want to do better than before. But try it and you're sucked. You want to do better even tomorrow. Life never ends its challenges. Its best to live life in the present without competing and certainly without regrets.

If Things Go Wrong, They Will
Regrets seep in when things are not going good in your current life. Think about how you could resolve your problems and find a way to be content and happy. Think about the past could ruin the present too.

Think about it.

Short Quotes about Living Life with No Regrets
I have no regrets in my life. I think that everything happens to you for a reason. The hard times that you go through build character, making you a much stronger person.
Rita Mero

Never regret something that made you smile.

The saddest summary of life contains three descriptions: could have, might have, and should have.

Never regret. If it's good, it's wonderful. If it's bad, it's experience.
Victoria Holt

Looking back, I have this regret, that too often when I loved, I did not say so.
David Gayson

Life consists not in holding good cards but in playing those you hold well.
Josh Billings

The most valuable thing you can make is a mistake - you can't learn anything from being perfect.
Adam Osborne

Make it a rule of life never to regret and never to look back. Regret is an appalling waste of energy, you can't build on it it's only good for wallowing in.
Katherine Mansfield

Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.
Albert Einstein

If you obey all the rules, you'll miss all the fun.
Katherine Hepburn

I would rather regret the things that I have done than the things that I have not.
Lucille Ball

When you can think of yesterday without regret and tomorrow without fear, you are near contentment.
Old English Saying

I believe that everything happens for a reason. People change so that you can learn to let go, things go wrong so that you appreciate them when their right, you believe lies so you eventually learn to trust no one but yourself, and sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together.
Marilyn Monroe

Live in the Present
The beauty of life is about living in the present, moment to moment. When you feel the snow, see the rainbow, touch the chill waters, feel the warm hug or embrace a moment of silence in your life....that's living in the moment.

You're experiencing bliss because there's no thought in your head. No memory. No past.
Try it. Live in the present and the experience will change your life.

Embrace the Reality
If you have the guts to face the truth, you won't have any regrets in life. It's when you want to duck, find cover from your failures, shovel up all the excuses to say that you didn't fail.

Then life will be full of regrets.

Face the truth, accept failures and you will find the strength to tide over all failures.
Regrets keep you away from enjoying the pleasures of life. Go ahead and enjoy life on your own terms and with no regrets.

Friday, February 17, 2012

6 Inspirational Failure to Success Stories

Six stories of Ford, Jack Canfield, Michael Jordan, Disney, Edison, Einstein - famous people who did not give up on early failures and eventually turned successful.

If you give up you don’t succeed in anything. Behind success is a lot of failure, criticism, pain and intense determination. Are you ready to follow your passion.

Giving up is the easiest thing to do, and that’s not the reason why you start on a journey. Persist, be obsessed. FAIL. FAIL. TRY. FAIL. TRY. Succeed.

Read the story of these celebrities who were seized by an idea and were determined to succeed despite repeated failures. At times, they were the only ones in the world to think the idea would succeed.

Success is also about long periods of loneliness.

When Jack Canfield Needed Soup?
Jack Canfield’s Chicken Soup for the Soul was rejected by 144 publishers. But each time, he and his co-authors went back to the drawing room to improve the quality of the book. Eventually, the book sold 8 million copies and was translated into thirty two languages. Says he, “Don't worry about failures, worry about the chances you miss when you don't even try.”

Henry Ford’s Bumpy Ride
Henry Ford, the legendary founder of Ford Motor Company, went bankrupt 4 times before he learnt to launch a successful car. His first company Detroit Automobile Co., had to be shut down in the face of customer complaints of high prices and poor quality (Ouch!).

His second venture Henry Ford Co also ran into trouble. But men of steel have a way of bouncing back and Ford finally made it when investors backed Ford Motor Company, which rolled out an automobile in 1896.

The rest is history.

Disney’s Dream Turns Sour
Walt Disney went bankrupt three times before becoming successful. Unbelievably, he was fired by the Kansas Start City editor because "he lacked imagination and had no good ideas." His iconic character Mickey Mouse was dismissed by studio professionals as something that “would terrify women.”

Edison’s 10000 Failures
Thomas Alva Edison was a “slow learner” at school and never went to a college. Although not totally deaf, he once wrote, "I have not heard a bird sing since I was twelve years old." And he turned his disadvantage into something positive and said it helped him concentrate since the noise was cut out.

Often he was trying some experiment or the other in the basement. Infact, he accidentally set a train on fire while experimenting inside a running train and was boxed on his ears. Hard of hearing but not short on trying, Edison failed 9999 times before successfully illuminating this world with an electric bulb. When he was posed a question about his failures, he shot back, “I have not failed 10,000 times. I have successfully found 10,000 ways that will not work.” "He had 1,093 United States patents to his name, the highest ever in history.

Jordan Declared Unfit to Play Basketball
Michael Jordan whose name is synonymous with basketball was once deemed unfit for basketball while at school. He’s said to have locked himself up in a room and cried. But he was not going to give upo, in fact he became more determined to succeed. "I have missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I have lost almost 300 games. On 26 occasions I have been entrusted to take the game winning shot, and I missed. I have failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed."

Einstein’s Relative Failures
Albert Einstein, the father of modern science, had a slow start to his life not speaking till four, unable to read until seven and expelled from school because his teachers said he was "mentally slow, unsociable and adrip forever in foolish dreams."

He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1921 and has to his credit published 350 scientific papers.
So never give up. Keep at it and you'll succeed.

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