Archive for October, 2008

‘bats in the bell fry’ …

Posted on October 25, 2008. Filed under: Vocabulary/Words |

“The jabbering of these finance analysts is like the fluttering of bats in the bellfry

the untamed.

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There is no think, only do

Posted on October 24, 2008. Filed under: Guide Posts, Light plus Weighty |

While I agree that the title of this post may be a little extreme, there is, however, some significance to the saying. Obviously, planning is of utmost important, but there comes a time that calls for action. Even the most well thought plans and strategies are useless if they are not acted upon.  If you want to be successful, then there is a time to think, and a time to act. Ofcourse the challenge is to figure out when that time to act comes, but I think it’s safe to say if you’ve been thinking or planning for years, then you better start executing your plans or be prepared to live them vicariously by watching a movie or other means.

We also cannot learn everything by just planning and researching and thinking. Confucius said it best: ‘I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand’.

So are you thinking about rockclimbing? Are you thinking of going on a cruise? Are you thinking of calling an old friend? Are you thinking of inventing the next eco-friendly fuel?

Don’t think. Do….and do now.

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Thomas Alva Edison …

Posted on October 20, 2008. Filed under: American Thinkers, Business, Guide Posts, Personalities, Quotes |

Thomas Alva Edison is one of the most prolific inventors in history with over a thousand patents in his name. He also had patents in United Kingdom, France and Germany. His inventions contributed to mass communication and telecommunications. He originated the concept and implementation of electric-power generation and distribution to homes, businesses, and factories. Dubbed “The Wizard of Menlo Park” he was one of the first inventors to apply the principles of mass production.

Be courageous. I have seen many depressions in business. Always America has emerged from these stronger and more prosperous. Be brave, as your fathers before you. Have faith! Go forward!
Being busy does not always mean real work. The object of all work is production or accomplishment and to either of these ends there must be forethought, system, planning, intelligence, and honest purpose, as well as perspiration. Seeming to do is not doing.
Restlessness and discontent are the first necessities of progress. The best thinking has been done in solitude. To have a great idea, have lots of thems.

 Everything comes to him who hustles while he waits. Hell, there are no rules here – we’re trying to accomplish something.

The chief function of the body is to carry the brain around. Waste is worse than loss  —– The scope of thrift is limitless.
I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work. I never did a day’s work in my life which was not fun. There’s a way to do it better – find it.

Your worth consists in what you are – not in what you have.

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Competition for Michael Moore? …

Posted on October 17, 2008. Filed under: Business, Guide Posts, Light plus Weighty, Personalities |

I got this from a friend. Am sure he can give Michael Moore a run for his money —J
Bush and Chenney went to a village in
Africa and told the villagers that Bush would buy monkeys for $10. The villagers seeing there were many monkeys around, went to the forest and started catching them.

Bush bought thousands at $10, but as the supply started to diminish, the villagers stopped their efforts. Seeing this, Bush announced that he would now buy them at $20 a piece. This renewed the efforts of the villagers and they  caught more monkeys.


Soon the supply diminished and the villagers started going back to their farms. The offer rate was increased to $25 but the supply of monkeys became so low that it was hard to even see a monkey, let alone catch one!


Bush announced that he would now buy monkeys at $50! ……….. However, since he had to go elsewhere on some urgent business, Chenney would stay back and urge them on and he would give him the money to pay them when he came back.


In the absence of Bush, Chenney told the villagers, “Look at all these monkeys in these big cages that this chap has collected. Let me tell you something, I will tell him that they escaped but actually I will sell them to you at $35 and when he returns, you can sell them to him for $50”.

The villagers squeezed together all their savings and bought all the monkeys.


Then, as Bush did not return, Chenney went to bring him but the villagers saw neither of them ever again – only Monkeys and more Monkeys everywhere!  

Welcome to Wall Street!

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Paul Krugman … Nobel Prize – 08 (Economics)

Posted on October 15, 2008. Filed under: American Thinkers, Business, Personalities |

This is the economist, who is supposed to have anticipated the current Financial Mess

“I was no more perceptive than anyone else; during the bull market years [of the late 1990s]. Some people did send me letters claiming that major corporations were cooking their books, but – to my great regret – I ignored them.

However, when Enron – the most celebrated company of its time, lauded as the very model of a modern business enterprise – blew up, I immediately saw the implications: if such a famous and celebrated company could have been a Ponzi Scheme, it was very unlikely that the rest of U.S. business was squeaky clean. In fact, it quickly became clear, the bubble years were both the cause and effect of an epidemic of corporate malfeasance”.

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Virtue of Patience – ‘King’ of Personal Qualities …

Posted on October 15, 2008. Filed under: Guide Posts, Personal Magnetism |

What exactly is Patience?


It is the instant suppression of anger, petulance, irritability and even exclamation. It is also instant encouragement to face the shafts of enemies and misfortune.


Let the first attention of the day be given to it.

Say to yourself that you are determined to be patient all day long.

Say it as you are aroused out of sleep..

Say it as you jump out of bed with the spirit of a new born day.


It will engraft the very principle in your blood, in your nervous system, in your mind and in all the avenues of your life..

 Never let your feelings or fancies get the better of you. Try never to be guilty of hasty speech or an act of injury.

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Ambitions? … Life Aims? …

Posted on October 12, 2008. Filed under: Guide Posts, Quotes |

Einstien observed in his ‘Perrsonal Philosophy’  –

 ‘”Each of us comes into this world, not knowing why, yet seeming to divine a purpose”.

His purpose, he learnt over time was to work for the betterment of mankind.

Others have had their own aims, ambitions and aspiriations. Here is one that could apply across a broad spectrum –

— Financial Independence. 

— Respect and confidence of others.  

— Mastery over the affairs of your life.

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Think … I …

Posted on October 11, 2008. Filed under: Guide Posts, Personal Magnetism |

It is always easier to let things go as they will rather than to ‘exert the will to direct them’. But the dividing line between success and failure is found when aimless drifting ceases.

We are creatures of emotions, passions, circumstance and chance. What the mind will be, what the heart will be, what the body will be are problems that are usually shaped by the drift of life.

We drift day after day. We float upon the tide of circumstance to make up the days life. And the opportunity of being something better floats away.

Can we put to better use the food we eat, the water we drink and the air we breathe – which all endow us with energy we use or waste.

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Heed with Care … Guard with Prayer …

Posted on October 8, 2008. Filed under: Guide Posts, Personal Magnetism |

‘Gossip, .. Gaping ,..Flippancy   and Morbid Moroseness!
These are the only ‘off springs’ an EMPTY’ Mind.
.When your mind is ‘Empty’ — ie not Thinking, Planning, Imagining or Wool Gathering  —   it is likely to fall into this abyss.
The only advantage of an Empty Mind is that it enabled one to catch impressions, feelings and even thoughts of another. But for that you need to be strong..
Flippancy taked away the ‘dignity’ of a person and makes him an ‘errant knave.’
 The flippant mood usually begins at home and is due to an unloosening of restraints.It weaakens the brain.
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Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde …

Posted on October 8, 2008. Filed under: Guide Posts, Personal Magnetism |

In the Law of Life and Energy of the Soul, there is the common fluctuation between the forces of attraction and repulsion, between good and evil, between day and night.

The most moral of men are prone to commit the most heinous of crimes where as on the other hand, ignoble and evil men are always open, at least temporarily, to all that is good and moral.

The double life occurs when the upright are fascinated by the hypnotic and negative and  reversely when the criminal mind is attracted by the uplifting, noble and positive. The test is that whereas negativity or hypnotism draws a person downward, the positive and uplifting allures a person upward. 

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