Will I cry when i die? – This is the question, that looms large in my mind after reading Robin Dharma’s ‘Who will cry when you die?’. It is all about knowing one’s own calling and pursuing it. I myself have wasted lot of my time and energy on pursuits, which I hated, but I wanted the money. I have come across, and is coming across in large numbers, who are burning themselves out, in careers which they dont like, but some how fell into it. It is very difficult to get up from one chair to sit in a better one. There is risk involved. A person who has really gone after his calling, will never cry when he dies, and I am sure that there will be many people around his deathbed crying for him. Thanks to Robin, to make me think.
Who will cry, when you die is a very good read. The contents page look line this;
- Discover your calling
- Every day be kind to a stranger
- Maintain your perspective
- Practice tough love
- Keep a journal
- Develop an honesty philosophy
- Honor your past
- Start your day well
- Learn to say ‘NO’ gracefully
- Learn to be silent
- Get up early
- Laugh more
- Spend a day without your watch
- Take more risks
- Bless your money
- Practice the action habit
- See your children as gifts
- Enjoy the path, not just the reward
- Keep your cool
- Cure your monkey mind
- Master your time
- Get good at asking
- Look for the higher meaning of your work
- Build a library of heroic books
- Connect with nature
- Remember the rule of 21
- Practice forgiveness
- Drink fresh fruit juice….
The list goes on and on. It has 101 chapters in 205 pages. It is an easy read. It is not that he is talking about lot of stuff, which we dont know. He is talking about many things which I have forgotten to practise. Ever since I read this book, atleast I am practising getting up early, writing a journal and I am getting back to my daily plans. And one more thing…. I keep asking myself this question….Is this what I really want to do?
It is 8.11 a.m, let me start my day in a positive note 🙂
We are starting ‘Mastering the PMBOK in 30 days’ program at the PMPdistilled yahoo group. If you follow all the postings from May 1st till 31st, you will master the entire project management body of knowledge. You are welcome to join the PMPdistilled group.
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To develop software, who all we need? The answer is product owner, developers and testers. Scrumtree is an experiment to bring together developers, testers,scrummasters, product owners, sponsors and small and medium scrum practising organizations to develop software in free and open environment, not confined by the organizational rules and regulations. We call it, environment friendly software development:-). I humbly request you to be part of this initiative, which has the potential to transform software development. Liberating it from the large corporations to the individuals who really deliver. It will be great, if you can also recommend this group to some of your friend's circle, who will be interested. As of now, we are 12 and are executing one paid project.
This is a private group, and the admission is strictly on the basis of recommendation by the existing members. If you are developer, you can also request for admission to this group by contacting directly.
” I am the vine and you are the branches. Those who who are in me, bears good fruit. Without me nothing is possible for you. With me, everything is possible. If I am with you, who can stand against you” . These are some random sentences from the Holy Bible, that came to me randomly.
As a manager/leader ‘optimism’ is non negotiable. Unless you are optimistic, how can you lead others. A pessimist can never lead. Then we are all human beings. How can we maintain the optimistic attitude, most of the time. My answer to this need is ‘Faith’ in the Lord. Me and my Lord together can do wonders. That is a great feeling, from which stems the calmness of the mind, which in turn can focus better. I am at my best, when I have a clean heart, which is purified by divine thoughts. Inorder to lead / guide others, continuous renewal of the self is required and this is possible by just being in the positive, as long as possible, and this struggle becomes easier with faith in the Lord.
Have a great day !
Forgiveness is the fragrance that the violet sheds on the heel that crush it – Mark Twain