The many arguments of anti-Modi intellectuals – PGurus

Today’s Inspirational Quote:

Today’s Inspirational Quote:

“Life is too short. Grudges are a waste of perfect happiness. Laugh when you can, apologize when you should and let go of what you can’t change. Love deeply and forgive quickly. Take chances. Give everything and have no regrets. Life is too short to be unhappy. You have to take the good with the bad. Smile when you’re sad, love what you got, and always remember what you had. Always forgive, but never forget. Learn from your mistakes but never regret. People change, and things go wrong but always remember… life goes on!”

— Author Unknown

Did you know…

Did you know…

… that today is American Football Stadium Day? On this day in 1903, Harvard Stadium, the first stadium built specifically for football, was finished in Boston, Massachusetts. When it was built, there were doubters who thought it would never withstand the weight of a large crowd, let alone the brutal cold of a New England winter. But more than a century later it still stands proud.


Today’s Inspirational Quote:

“Life is too short. Grudges are a waste of perfect happiness. Laugh when you can, apologize when you should and let go of what you can’t change. Love deeply and forgive quickly. Take chances. Give everything and have no regrets. Life is too short to be unhappy. You have to take the good with the bad. Smile when you’re sad, love what you got, and always remember what you had. Always forgive, but never forget. Learn from your mistakes but never regret. People change, and things go wrong but always remember… life goes on!”

— Author Unknown

The spaces in-between

The spaces in-between

It’s comforting to have a snappy answer or the certainty of knowing not only how it is, but how it happened and precisely what happens next.

But sometimes we don’t know.

And in those moments, we are left with our first principles. To focus on possibility, on the change we seek to make, on showing up as an even better version of the person we hope to be.

Especially when it’s hard.

Courtesy: Seth Godin Newsletter

What a parallel… I was recalling this…

Spending time at parks (review meetings) can be an exciting adventure, but this wasn’t the type of excitement he was hoping to experience.

As he contemplated the situation he found himself in, he knew he’d gotten himself in a little more than he bargained for.

It wasn’t often that he found himself in a tree staring down at a pack of wolves that were looking to make him their next meal

Stories to inspire…

Determination and Persistence

This is a real life story of engineer John Roebling building the Brooklyn Bridge in New York, USA back in 1870. The bridge was completed in 1883, after 13 years.

In 1883, a creative engineer named John Roebling was inspired by an idea to build a spectacular bridge connecting New York with the Long Island. However bridge building experts throughout the world thought that this was an impossible feat and told Roebling to forget the idea. It just could not be done. It was not practical. It had never been done before.

Roebling could not ignore the vision he had in his mind of this bridge. He thought about it all the time and he knew deep in his heart that it could be done. He just had to share the dream with someone else. After much discussion and persuasion he managed to convince his son Washington, an up and coming engineer, that the bridge in fact could be built.

Working together for the first time, the father and son developed concepts of how it could be accomplished and how the obstacles could be overcome. With great excitement and inspiration, and the headiness of a wild challenge before them, they hired their crew and began to build their dream bridge.

The project started well, but when it was only a few months underway a tragic accident on the site took the life of John Roebling. Washington was also injured and left with a certain amount of brain damage, which resulted in him not being able to talk or walk.

“We told them so.” “Crazy men and their crazy dreams.” “It’s foolish to chase wild visions.”

Everyone had a negative comment to make and felt that the project should be scrapped since the Roeblings were the only ones who knew how the bridge could be built.

In spite of his handicap Washington was never discouraged and still had a burning desire to complete the bridge and his mind was still as sharp as ever. He tried to inspire and pass on his enthusiasm to some of his friends, but they were too daunted by the task.

As he lay on his bed in his hospital room, with the sunlight streaming through the windows, a gentle breeze blew the flimsy white curtains apart and he was able to see the sky and the tops of the trees outside for just a moment.

It seemed that there was a message for him not to give up. Suddenly an idea hit him. All he could do was move one finger and he decided to make the best use of it. By moving this, he slowly developed a code of communication with his wife.

He touched his wife’s arm with that finger, indicating to her that he wanted her to call the engineers again. Then he used the same method of tapping her arm to tell the engineers what to do. It seemed foolish but the project was under way again.

For 13 years Washington tapped out his instructions with his finger on his wife’s arm, until the bridge was finally completed. Today the spectacular Brooklyn Bridge stands in all its glory as a tribute to the triumph of one man’s indomitable spirit and his determination not to be defeated by circumstances. It is also a tribute to the engineers and their team work, and to their faith in a man who was considered mad by half the world. It stands too as a tangible monument to the love and devotion of his wife who for 13 long years patiently decoded the messages of her husband and told the engineers what to do.

Perhaps this is one of the best examples of a never-say-die attitude that overcomes a terrible physical handicap and achieves an impossible goal.

Often when we face obstacles in our day-to-day life, our hurdles seem very small in comparison to what many others have to face. The Brooklyn Bridge shows us that dreams that seem impossible can be realised with determination and persistence, no matter what the odds are.

Random Paragraph

One dollar and eighty-seven cents. That was all. And sixty cents of it was in pennies. Pennies saved one and two at a time by bulldozing the grocer and the vegetable man and the butcher until one’s cheeks burned with the silent imputation of parsimony that such close dealing implied. One dollar and eighty-seven cents. And the next day would be Christmas…

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1-Sentence-Summary: Words Can Change Your Brain is the ultimate guide to becoming an expert communicator, teaching you how to use psychology to your advantage to express yourself better, listen more, and create an environment of trust with anyone you speak with.

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Words Can Change Your Brain Summary

You might think that just because you spend a lot of time with others that you’re good at communicating. But the reality is, we can all learn a lesson or two about how to get our points across and listen to others more efficiently. 

And whether you realize it or not, improving these skills is vital if you want to be happy, successful, and especially likable. Whether at work, school, or home, you always need to have conversations. And it pays to learn how to do it right. 

That’s where Andrew Newberg’s book Words Can Change Your Brain: 12 Conversation Strategies to Build Trust, Resolve Conflict, and Increase Intimacy comes in handy. He teaches twelve tips for improving your communication skills:

  1. Calm your mind
  2. Be present
  3. Suppress your inner voice
  4. Have a positive attitude
  5. Focus on your values
  6. Utilize joyful memories
  7. Pay attention to expressions
  8. Compliment people
  9. Have the right tone
  10. Talk slowly
  11. Talk briefly
  12. Listen deeply

These life-changing principles will turn you into an expert conversationalist no matter where you are at right now!

Let’s see how much we can learn from these 3 lessons:

  1. If you want to connect with others better when talking, make sure that your mind is relaxed, present, and quiet.
  2. Utilize the power of happy memories to get your smile just right.
  3. You must listen well, speak slower, and even say less to understand others better and have them understand you.

Are you looking forward to learning these skills so you can become more likable with the power of good communication? Let’s go!If you want to save this summary for later, download the free PDF and read it whenever you want.

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Lesson 1: Getting your mind relaxed, present, and quiet is the best way to prepare if you want to have a stellar conversation.

A few years ago I ran a marathon. I trained like crazy to prevent injury and when the big day came I still limped over the finish line an hour later than I’d hoped to! Whenever you have anything big you must prepare if you want it to go well.

Your ability to communicate is much the same way, but most of us don’t think to prepare well for a simple conversation. If you want to become a master at it, though, you have to practice. And it all starts with your mind. 

Begin by learning how to calm your mind. Recognize that your emotions influence your ability to communicate. Just think about how you snap at someone when you’re in a bad mood, for example.

To relax your brain, practice breathing for 60 seconds before important conversations. Research confirms that this activates the parts of your brain responsible for communication, mood, and social awareness.

This exercise will also help you be more present. You need to work on this so you can focus on people’s words and emotions. It will take some effort to silence your inner voice so you can make this happen. 

Another good way to do this is to ring a bell that makes noise for about 30 seconds and focus on the sound as it fades and even after it’s done. 

Lesson 2: Smile, and make sure you recall happy memories to make it genuine.

I’ve heard a lot of communication advice in my time, and what you’re about to learn has got to be one of my favorite conversation lessons of all.

First, we need to dive into the importance of facial expressions. Did you that there are over 10,000 ways you can express yourself with your face? For each one there’s a different way to convey a feeling as well.

That might sound overwhelming, but there are a few general looks that convey specific emotions, like anger or sadness. Each is important because they can significantly affect the way your conversation goes. 

So you want to watch what you look like, but what’s the best way to prepare your face to talk with someone? The answer is a smile because it communicates trust, kindness, and interest. 

The bad news is that you can’t fake a real grin. But the good news is there’s a way to get a genuine Mona-Lisa smile every time. And it’s simply recalling a happy memory, especially those involving loved ones.

If I could see you right now I’d probably catch you smiling at the thought of your happiest memory. That’s the nice thing, these past events are usually readily available!

I’m smiling right now just thinking of the day I found out I passed my licensing exam and jumped up for joy. And now I’m ready for any conversation that might come up!

Lesson 3: To understand and be understood, listen well, speak more slowly, and say less.

With its 100 billion neurons and 1 quadrillion connections between them, our brain is the most powerful computer in existence. And yet, it can only store four bits of data at a time!

Knowing this should make you cringe at the thought of listening to a professor drone on during a boring lecture. What they don’t know, but you can learn from, is that talking more slowly and for less time will help you retain information better.

When you talk slowly you encourage understanding, respect, and warmth. Speaking rapidly, on the other hand, can make the other person feel anxious or scared. This simple tool is like a light switch that can turn on so many things to make your conversation go better!

Being brief with your thoughts is also vital to conveying information efficiently. Aim to speak for just 30 seconds at most, pausing at the end. If you need to talk for longer than that, let your companion know so they can prepare to pay attention!

The last and possibly most important piece of advice the authors give is to listen deeply. Many of the previous steps help with this one, like focusing your mind. 

To get this one just right it’s important that you avoid interrupting the other person. Focus on what they’re saying and their non-verbal cues. When they finish talking make sure to address what they spoke about, too!

Words Can Change Your Brain Review

I didn’t expect how much I would need the advice in Words Can Change Your Brain! As one who tends to talk a lot I need every bit of help I can get when it comes to effective communication. I think this is a must-read for everybody and it will improve all kinds of relationships, from family to work and beyond!

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Who would I recommend the Words Can Change Your Brain summary to?

The 67-year-old that wants to get better at having good conversations with her grandchildren, the 27-year-old who just entered the workforce and wants to feel more confident when talking to their boss, and anyone that wants better communication skills.

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5. World Tsunami Awareness Day – 5 November

5. World Tsunami Awareness Day – 5 November

This day is celebrated to raise tsunami awareness and share strategies to minimize the risk caused by them.

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