Archive for July, 2010

About your Voice…

Posted on July 31, 2010. Filed under: Guide Posts, Personal Magnetism |

Remember what Disraeli observed, “There is no surer index of character than the  voice”. Here are some aspects of it.

First, note that it is not in what is said, but the way in which it is uttered – the vital energy which propels its utterance – the magnetic fires that burn in the tones of the voice – and in the vigor of the mind – all of these turn heads and make people stop and listen!

Your voice is the reflection of the real you. It is the tool of your emotions. The things a man says are himself. Root of voice faults is temperament. An empty voice is the first great barrier in life.

It is always seen that persons with a monotonous voice are correspondingly dull in brain and heart when using the voice. With an empty mind behind it, the voice is dull and uninteresting. Voices can be Dead ie without feeling. They can be Live. And when needed arises, they can be Intense. They can also be emotional, excited and Passionate.

One must try and have a Live or Intense voice.

Life voice means a voice having feeling. Is the voice Dead or is it Live?  It all depends on whether it springs from merely the muscular system or the words are spoken with mind and heart behind them.

The dead voice lacks emotional warmth and mental strength. It lacks undulations.

To develop the Live or Intense voice, you have to form the consonants with the firmest possible contact between the two parts of the mouth. It is the  ‘intermittent stress on words which conveys your feelings.                            This is what makes people turn heads and listen.

Here are some quotes for assuming these moods and feelings

Pride. ………………………   ‘AYE, EVERY ‘INCH’ A ‘KING’.

Dignity ……………..l……   ABOVE ALL,TO THINE OWN SELF BE TRUE,       ..       AND IT MUST FOLLOW, AS THE NIGHT THE DAY,  THOU CANST NOT THEN, BE FALSE TO ANY MAN.

Affection ………………… GIVE ME THAT MAN THAT IS NOT PASSIONS SLAVE, AND I WILL WEAR HIM IN MY HEARTS CORE,  AYE, IN MY HEART OF HEARTS, AS I DO THEE.

Faith and Hope ……….. IN THE LEXICON OF YOUTH,  WHICH FATE RESERVES FOR A BRIGHT MANHOOD THERE IS NO SUCH WORD AS FAIL!!!

Contempt …………………. I LOATH YE IN MY BOSOM,   I SCORN YE WITH MINE EYE, I ‘LL TAUNT YE WITH MY LATEST BREATH, AND FIGHT YE TILL I DIE .

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‘Catch me if you can’ …

Posted on July 30, 2010. Filed under: Personal Stuff, Personalities |

From My Archives – ’05.

This is a suave yet serous attempt to win back an Employee, who had left a Comfort Zone for NO apparent reason. The point and counter point in the mails makes educative reading

First Mail after being contacted to Come Back.

Hi,

I have thought a lot and it has cost me a few nights sleep also :).

The opportunity you presented is truly of great interest to me and I do believe I could significantly contribute to the role.

I also had a great time with you people and will always treasure the times we spent together. It really was where I grew up professionally. And you know that I enjoyed working with you and hold high respect and regard for you. All these things combined made it an even tougher decision.

But I do think that sticking it out here is probably the best thing for me in the near future. The biggest issue I have is that I’ve only been here two years and they have not given me any reason to think about leaving.

 I have also made significant contributions over the last year that I would like to see bear fruition. Also, the path I would like to see my career go is more towards  management. They are investing quite a bit in me so I am trained, here or elsewhere.

I hope you understand my stand point. I just did’nt want to take it very far and then come to this conclusion.

Thanks again for thinking of me.

Regards, xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Responce

Hi,
Thanks for your note back.  I am really bummed! 😦  

I know that this position has the potential to quickly evolve into a managerial role overseeing all of our international needs but, that will only happen with the right person is in the position. 

Would you be willing to reconsider if I can move this position into a managerial role immediately?  I know that you are fully capable . 

Sorry, I can’t give up that quickly!  That is how strongly I want you on my team!

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Second Mail

Hey,

This is extremely tempting – coupled with the opportunity of being mentored by you. It definitely fits with what I would be looking for as well.

I thought about it very seriously and I realize I am missing a great opportunity for coming back to a great group and a great Director; as well as meeting and advancing my personal career goals. I just have a hard time leaving a company in such short time.

Maybe I need to be a little more ‘business’ minded; and that may just be
– career growth 🙂

But I would like to at least complete three years before I Ieave.

I hope I can still count on your guidance and advice; and hopefully we’ll be able to work together in the near future.

Thanks again for a great opportunity.

Regards, xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Responce

I absolutely respect your position and understand that you want to get to the three year mark before considering again. 

You know that I will support you in creating an opportunity that will advance your career growth when the time is right.  And you can absolutely count on my guidance and advice anytime! :

Let’s get together for lunch again sometime. I would love to pick
your brain on some ideas for ramping up our employee referral program worldwide!

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Theodore Roosevelt … Practical and Sane …

Posted on July 26, 2010. Filed under: American Thinkers, Personalities |

Theodore Roosevelt Jr, was President at 42. Hstorian, naturalist, explorer, soldier, famed for his energy, range of interests, achievements, his masculinity and his ‘cowboy’  persona. Most cherished acheivemnet was construction of the Panama Canal. Historians sum him up, “Roosevelt was a great personality, a great activist, a great preacher of the moralities, a great showman”. His image stands alongside Washington, Jefferson and Lincoln on Mount Rushmore. Here are some of his more famous observations.

Speak softly but carry a big stick . Don’t hit at all, if possible – but never hit soft. When you play, play hard; when you work, don’t play at all.

Character, in the long run, is the decisive factor in the life of an individual and of Nations. Courtesy is as much a mark of a gentleman as courage. I am a part of everything that I have read.

Believe you can and you’re half way there. Do what you can, with what you have, where you are. Big jobs usually go to the men who prove their ability to out grow the small ones. With self-discipline most anything is possible.

When you are asked if you can do a job, tell ’em, ‘Certainly I can!’ Then get busy and find out how to do it.

Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much, because they live in a gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat.

It behooves every man to remember that the work of the critic is of altogether secondary importance; and that, in the end, progress is accomplished by the man who does things.

A man who is good enough to shed his blood for the country is good enough to be given a square deal afterwards. A man who has never gone to school may steal from a freight car; but if he has a university education, he may steal the whole railroad.

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Thought for the Week … Sun Jul 25th …

Posted on July 24, 2010. Filed under: Personal Magnetism |

This Post is on Self Development – the smooth undulating tones and movements interspersed with bursts of  intensity – of speech and movement.

Nervous and Vocal Undulations Develop Intensity

The two great essentials of Personal Magnetism are Undulations and Purpose. Undulations are developed by practice and are a cultivated power. Adopt Undulations in all that you say or do.

Nervous and vocal undulations increase the power of Intensity.

Intensity is a quality that exists in the voice and in the entire nervous system. Intensity is fire. It burns in the nerves, in the brain and in the heart. No person can attain too much intensity. It is kept dormant when not needed.

Develop intensity by reciting intense selections from the works of the past. Use mental pictures to add power and better impress what you are reciting. Never discard this practice because of the exhilaration which followsb it.

Here is a Quote for developing Intensity. It is from the Play ‘Richelieu’. Soldiers have been sent to bring back a girl who has escaped from the King. Before she can reach the sanctuary of a Church, Richelieu gives her his protection. He tells the soldiers that she has gained safety because the country, which is mother to all, has given her sanctuary. The Sergeant says, “The country is the Kings”. Cardinal

Richelieu then responds thus.

“Aye, is it so?

Then wakes the power that in the age of iron burst forth to curb the great and raise the low.

Mark where she stands!

Around her form I draw the awful circle of our solemn Church.

Step but a foot within that holy ground and on the head,  yea, though it wore a crown, I shall call the curse of Rome!”

Memorize and recite this with intense feeling. Use mental pictures to increase the intensity. Avoid physical movement. Dead Stillness increases the power of intensity.

 

 

 

Intensity

  • Intensity exists in the voice and in the entire nervous system. Intensity is fire. It burns in the nerves, in the brain and in the heart.
  • No person can attain too much intensity.
  • Never discard the practice of intensity…… because of the exhilaration that follows the practice.
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Man O’ War … Greatest Race Horse Ever …

Posted on July 21, 2010. Filed under: Personalities, Sports |

Among the all time famed horses is Bucephalus, broken byAlexander while yet a boy – right in front of his father King Phillip. In sharp contrast but equally famous is Roxante, the poor donkey like creature, who was Don Quixote’s mount when he set out to conquer the world!

Man O’ War remains the greatest race horse of the Twentieth Century – if not of all time!

Man o’ War was born in 1917 and lived till age 30. But he raced for just two years, as a two year and three year old, before his owner, the uptight Mr Riddle put him to stud.

In contrast, Man o’ War’s grand son, the much adored SeaBiscuit, won his greatest races as a five year old and as a seven year old when eventually he was retired.

Man o’ War’s  debut was at Belmont Park in 1919, where he won by six lengths. Thereafter he went from win to win losing only one race and that because when it started he was facing in the wrong direction. To further compound his chances, his jockey panicked and thrice got him boxed in before he broke loose and thundered racing for the lead.

In those days there were no starting gates. Jockeys circled around gathering their horses behind a piece of webbing known as the barrier. The race began when it was raised. Man O’ War was circling and had  his back to the starting line when the barrier went up.

Still he came close to winning, losing by only a half-length as he charged across the finish line going faster than any other horse on the track. The winner was Upset, whose name is erroneously thought to have popularized a new phrase in sports.

Man O’ War never won the Triple because he was not entered in the Kentucky Derby. Mr Riddle did not like racing in Kentucky and he was also overly protective of his great horse. The previous year, Sir Barton had won the first-ever U.S. Triple Crown.

Man O’ War easily won the 1⅛-mile Preakness Stakes and set a new Pimlico track record of 1:38-3/5 for a mile. He was then slowed down as his owner did not want him to over exert. In the Belmont Stakes he won by 20 lengths, beating Sir Barton’s record set the previous year by over three seconds.

As the racing season wound down, no one wanted to race his horse against this invincible Super Horse, who was winning with ease every race he entered.  He beat the horse that did compete against him and that by one hundred lengths. His world record timing in this race was 2:40-4/5 for a mile and five-eighths  and it still stands.

The final start of Man O’ War’s career was in Canada in a race that, for the first time, was filmed in its entirety. In that race, Man O’ War brushed aside the Triple Winner, Sir Barton and though slowed down, went on to win by seven lengths.

Over his two-year career, he won 20 of his 21 races. He set three world records, two American records and three track records. As a two-year-old, he had carried 130 pounds and as a three year old he carried 138 pounds.  Few horses ever carried that much. He gave away as much as 32 pounds to other horses.

He sired the two successive Belmont Stakes Winners 0f 1925 and 1926. Sired by him, War Admiral was the 1937 Triple Crown Champ. Another offspring, Hard Tack sired the famous and much adored Seabiscuit who, forever, epitomizes the under dog. SeaBiscuit was Horse of the Year in 1938 and beat War Admiral in a one on one race which is considered an all time classic.

Man O’ War died in 1947 shortly after his longtime groom died. He lies at Kentucky Horse Park, where his grave is marked by his statue. He has been the subject of four biographies.

He was inducted into the Racing Hall of Fame and a Race, the ‘Man O’ War Stakes’ is run in his honor. In the ranking of the Top 100 U.S. Thoroughbred Champions of the 20th Century, Man O’ War remains at First Place.

PS. Do take the trouble to read the comments as apart from anything else, it shows  horse lovers at their best. These are encapsulated here – 

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Actually, I read that Secretariat broke that world record at the mile and 5/8ths distance in the Belmont Stakes as it took him 1/4 mile to come to a halt to prevent him from injuring himself after the race but when you added the first furlong to his Belmont Stakes time, it was faster than Man O War’s time over the same distance despite the fact Man O War was running hard the entire distance.

Here is a link to the angle of the two horses’ strides but youll see that Secretariat’s is significantly longer than Man O war’s. By the way, the site also gives Secretariat’s fastest times over the same distances as well as Man O war’s and Man O war does not beat Secretariat at any distance. In fact, even with slowing down at the Belmont, Secretariat beat Man o War by 3 seconds. Over the same distance at the Belmont, Man O War would have been back with the other horses that finished 31 lengths behind Secretariat as Man’s best time over that distance was over 4 seconds slower.

http://www.somaxsports.com/SecretariatSA.html

Secretariat was a Great Champion who even made cover of Time Magazine. One can never tire of watching All Three of his runs for his Triple Crown. They are all Classics. In the first two he breaks last and then on his own. without any prodding from Turcotte, goes around the entire field before taking the lead at the final turn. His records still stand. Indeed one may stand for all time. In all these three triumphs, it seemed as if it were his day. He was simply unbeatable. But six of 21 starts, were just not his day.
Man O War raced more than half a century earlier. The distance for the two races of the Triple he was allowed to run, the Preakness and the Belmont, was different to the distance Secretariat ran. The super cautious Mr Riddle never did allow his great horse to give his all anytime since he was always winning handily. It is a pity the quality of the film of his races does not do him justice.
As regards the long stride theory, physical attributes are just one aspect of all true Greatness. When some one asked Napoleon what he looked for in his Marshals, his response, “Give me a Marshal who is lucky!”

Lawrence: Be kindly informed that the creator of your Secretariat web site reference page deceptively and self-servingly produced a photo of Secretariat running all out at full stride which they measured as a 110-degree stride angle and at the same time – prevaricatingly speaking (prevarication means “deceptive lying”) – compared it with a Man O’ War photo showing an 88-degree stride angle, that was taken when MOW was skipping along during an easy morning workout at Saratoga and running at about half-speed.

Anyone who is not too disinterested to undertake the effort can locate several photos of Man O’ War exhibiting an 110 degree stride when running. We also found a photo made from a newsreel still of MOW with a 114 degree stride angle. A 110 degree running stride is rather common.

Photos even exist on the Internet that show a number of horse such as Zenyatta, Native Dancer, Curlin, Ridan, Dash for Cash (who was a quarter horse), etc. each running with a 110 degree stride angle. There is even a race photo available of Raise a Native from 1963 — taken when he was a young two year old!!!! – displaying a 110 degree stride angle.

All of which not only make Secretariat’s 110 degree stride angle NOT unique but instead a rather ordinary and commonplace thing.

As for comparing MOW’s running times, he ran on slower and heavier surfaced tracks and in the individual stretch runs of 19 of his 21 races, MOW was held under a strong pull by his jockeys who often were standing semi-upright in the irons to tighten his stride and slow him down well before the finish lines. The comparative running times of the two horses simply cannot be honestly compared. Yours sincerely.

I too found a photograph of Sec that showed a stride angle of 115 degrees…It is in Secretariat by Ray Wolfe..If we want to look at stride, Dr. Pratt of MIT is where one goes, in his published paper 1978. He describes in detail how to use film to measure stride…Sec was not like any other horse with a stride of 24 to 27 feet. Not many have this length, but is one of several components needed to win tough races. Sec wasnt just another ‘good’ horse, he accomplished things only great horses accomplish.

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Thought for the Week … Sun Jul 18 …

Posted on July 18, 2010. Filed under: Weekly Goals |

 

The magnetic currents in your body follow the character of the Nerves. You have to take the deadness and flabbiness out of your nerves.

Magnetic persons are tense from the center to the surface of their bodies. A tense muscle is vibrant.

There never has been a Magnetic person, who has not carried his body slightly tense at all times and who has not been a master of intensity.

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Thought for the Week … Sun Jul 11 …

Posted on July 12, 2010. Filed under: Weekly Goals |

Dignity and Manliness are qualities which willl render you Supreme Master of Every Situation.

It is because dignity is always a sign of a higher nature.

Dignity  sits enthroned on successful and respected men and women, as their chief attribute.

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Karan ‘Kaiser’ Thapa – Garhwalis …

Posted on July 10, 2010. Filed under: From a Services Career, Sports |

Pele had retired and Maradona was yet to come and the 1974 World Cup Final was between Johann Cruyff’s ‘total’ Football and the Germans under the cool cool ‘Kaiser’. The first goal was scored within the first minute by the Dutch and without the Germans’ having touched the Ball. Yet the final score courtesy the Kaiser was 2-1 in favour of the Germans!

The unit I commanded had a Great Soccer Team and had won the Garhwal Cup. under Karan S Thapa, three years running and ala Brazil were presented a six kilo silver replica of the original Regimental cup for keeps.

In 1978, after winning the Garhwal once again, the team was sent on leave considering our B Team was enough to beat the Raj Rif and Sikhs – the other two units in the Brigade. Valmiki Katju of 4 Outram’s Raj Rif, had told me that if he had one ambition, it was to beat us in Soccer – I had told him to go climb a tree! So I went on leave and sent our the team also on leave so that they would be back in time for the Divisional Championship.

My Driver Jaya Prakash was Literally in tears and only after a lot of comforting gave the news that Outram’s had beaten us by allowing no play other than their way of the game. Anyway I was the butt of ribaldry from all sides even though the the Brigade Commander himself a Soccer player of note, had ruled that the Garhwalis team would represent the Brigade.

Dear Karan promised me the Cup but requested that I be in time for the Final. True to form I was a wee late and as I alighted the opposing 2/3rd Gurkha team hammered in a goal. The Provo Sentry cheered me saying that the Garhwalis had hammered in one a minute earlier. Boy this sure was turning into one hell of a fast paced Final!

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had requested only one thing of me and that was that I should not be late fpr the final amd should watch start to finish. However unwittingly I was a couple minutes late and as I got out of the jeep, the opposing team, which was the 2/3 Gorkha team, scored.

I lamented to the Provost chap who received me that maybe I had brought bad luck. He said not so as we had scored a goal in the first minute itself ala Johann Cryuffs Total Football Dutch, who scored likewise and without Franz Beckenbauer’s  Germans touching the ball. That was in the 1974 World Cup Final.

As we sat and watched, the Gorkhas scored again and then after a while,  once more – the half time score read 3-1 in their favour. At the interval, though no soccer genius, I felt I had to go and cheer up the team.

As I went in their midst, Karan began complaining that the referee was not giving any off sides and our play was being nullified. I cheered up the team and told Karan that there was no point in belly aching but I wanted one thing from him – that he was to play forward and to stop worrying about defending.

He said that in that case they would score more goals. I said that it was all the same to me to lose by two goals or twenty. But he was to move up and play as forward and that was an order.

Sure enough as play resumed, Karan moved forward and as he had predicted, the Gorkhas scored again. Now the score, 4 – 1 in their favour. But then after a while ‘Something’ jelled with the game picking up tempo – and we scored two goals in the span of five minutes – the score now  4 – 3 against us. Karan and Praveen Mehta, who was the other officer in the team, were combining beautifully and Gabbar was feeding them solidly.

The match became very tense with us pressing the other goal and some where the Gurkhas cracked. Karan scored from near the Centre line itself with the ball going over the goal keepers head as he dithered undecided to come forward or move back before the ball bounced and went right over his head. The score 4 – 4 and equal.

Most everyone was looking at me as I sat shell shocked showing dumb stupidity – while on a boil on the inside. I was thinking about extra time and penalties. But there was to be no fear as dear Karan, Praveen and Sateh were clicking like a well oiled machine and they scored once again. Now 5 -4 in our favour.

And that is how it all ended. It was as good as winning the World Cup! Can any one imagine a more wondrous game???

It was also the  Regimental Reunion Year. Once again Karan and his boys won the Regimental Cup with the whole Regiment cheering the opposing team whose earlier avatar, I had trained some 18 years back!!!

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Mark Twain … wit and wisdom …

Posted on July 5, 2010. Filed under: American Thinkers, Guide Posts, Light plus Weighty, Personalities |

Mark Twain remains America’s greatest wit. He also wrote two classics,  Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and Adventures of Tom Sawyer. Vastly popular and widely quoted, he was friend to presidents, royalty and the elite, yet he never lost the common touch. Here are some of his observations.

 But who prays for Satan? Who, in these thousands of years, has had the common humanity to pray for the one sinner that needed it most?   What tiny little parts of a person’s life are his acts and his words! His real life is lived in his head – and is known to none but himself.  

Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see. Don’t part with your illusions because when they are gone, you may still exist, but you have ceased to live. Good friends, good books and a sleepy conscience – that is the ideal life.

Thunder is good, thunder is impressive but it is lightning that does the work. To succeed in life, you need two things: ignorance and confidence. There is no sadder sight than a young pessimist.

When people do not respect us, we are deeply offended. Yet in his private heart no man much respects himself. It is better to deserve honors and not have them than to have them and not deserve them.

I am an old man and have known a great many troubles, but most of them never happened. Do the thing you fear most and the death of fear is certain. There are several good protections against temptation, but the surest is cowardice. The lack of money is the root of all evil.

Let us not be too particular; it is better to have old secondhand diamonds than none at all. Civilization is the limitless multiplication of unnecessary necessities. Buy land, they’re not making it anymore. Be careful about reading health books – you may die of a misprint.

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Grand Canyon – the World’s marvel …

Posted on July 4, 2010. Filed under: American Thinkers, Personal Stuff, Personalities |

The Grand Canyon at 277 miles length, 4 to 18 miles width and over a mile or 6000 feet deep, is neither the deepest nor the broadest gorge in the world. There is a deeper one in Nepal and a longer and broader one in Australia.

Yet the Grand Canyon remains famed for its visually overwhelming size and intricate and colorful landscape. Nearly two billion years of the Earth’s geological history lies exposed courtesy the Colorado River and its tributaries which have cut up the plateau. 

The Grand Canyon’s history stretches back some 10,500 years. Native Americans have inhabited it for at least the last 4,000 years. In 1540, Spanish soldiers with Hopi guides came to the Canyon. They were  followed, some two hundred years later by two Spanish priests who became the second group of westerners to see the it.  

U.S. Army Major John Powell led the 1869 Geographic Expedition through the canyon. This and later studies by geologists uncovered the geology of the Canyon’s area and helped  advance that knowledge.

In the late 19th century, the promise of mineral resources, namely copper and asbestos, renewed interest in the region. But residents soon  realized that tourism was destined to be more profitable than mining and at the turn of the century the Grand Canyon was a well-known tourist destination.

Most visitors made the grueling trip from nearby towns to the South Rim by stagecoach.  President Theodore Roosevelt was a major proponent of preservation of the Grand Canyon area and visited it on numerous occasions to hunt and enjoy the scenery.

In 1901 the Grand Canyon Railway was opened from Williams (Arizona) to the South Rim and tourist facilities including the Grand Canyon Village were established. The Phantom Ranch in the Inner Gorge at the bottom, was established in 1922.

The Grand Canyon was made a forest reserve in 1893 and then a U.S. National Monument. It became a National Park in 1919, three years after that Service was created,

Today, the Grand Canyon National Park receives about five million visitors each year. The annual visitation in 1919 was a mere 44,173.

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