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An Unfortunate Universal Truth – Tin and Humans…a.k.a The Biggest Problem in Universe!

Today’s Chemistry Lecture:

Tin is a chemical element with the symbol Sn (Latin: Stannum) and atomic number 50. It is a main group metal in group 14 of the periodic table. Tin shows chemical similarity to both neighboring group 14 elements, germanium and lead, like the two possible oxidation states +2 and +4. Moreover, it has a very striking similarity, as it has the same physical property as of human beings!

Wait a minute, Bro!

“Are you nuts?” “Similarity with Humans…You mean us??”

“Yeah. Listen up…..”

So you’re wondering how come I boasting around with my crap Chemistry! True I am no genius about Chemistry but surely I noticed one similarity.

When I were in Class 4th, that is, umm..year 2000, I remember one quote in a Hindi story:

“All human beings are like Tin. They become hot quickly and in the same rate, they cool down too!”

I call it the BIGGEST problem in universe. Why? Let me elaborate.

Change!

Obama says “Change”. Martin Luther King said “Change”. I say “Change”. You say “Change” .We say “Change”. Everybody knows one word, “Change!”

Sometimes I reckon this is one of the most over-used word and idea in the human history.

I already explained the way change got to be, that is, by Thinking Differently.

You know something? $8 Billion an year can eradicate people from starving on this planet. If Americans spending $45.5 Billion every year on pet food is radical, logical, and smart enough… its upon your conscience to decide. We have enough funds to spend on such stuffs, but for some noble cause, you can’t spend money?

I tell you people’s problem. I will give hot arguments, and quotes from 114 books. And your blood will warm, Adrenalin shall start circulating and you’ll say, “Yes. We must do this ______, do that _______”

And your begin thinking about it.

One minute. Two minutes. Five minutes.

Whooooooooooooooooooooooooooooosh……………………

Over!

“I have gots work to do.”

“I will do it, some other time”

“Uhmmm..crazy.”

“Its not my thing.”

(Yawn)

“Sh*t, it was party at 6!”

The Past And the Present

You know what, people? The real problem is not that we lack ideas, thoughts or such things.

The real problem lies in our inability for a drive. A flame inside ourselves. Yeah, we get a spark, sure…and it soon goes off!

Why can’t you have a flame that burns properly?

I have no intention to make you fall in depression…But spend a minute on this thought.

Remember.

When you were 8 or 10, and you used to think…”When I’ll be grown-up…like 10-20 years later…I will be doing this…that…. ” Almost a King of the World.

Of course we don’t have a system of Kings and kingdoms anymore, but why did you fail? Do you really think you are as good as you always dreamed to be?

Why not?

O.K. You may say, “I am at Harvard studying Oncology”. Great! You might have been in the forefronts where you never even imagined to be. But what about being a passionate person? A person who jives with thoughts and ideas and works?

Do you really think you are really as good as you always dreamed to be?

Why not?

Because of your weaknesses…?

Maybe, but real answer is still afar. Nobody is born perfect. Am I perfect? If I had been, I wouldn’t have had started out this blog to  let you know about the mistakes I did because of my weaknesses, and experiences I attained from them.

I tell you the answer.

Thanks to you possessing same physical properties as of Tin!

Yeah!

Your drive, passion..where is it? Why have we all become so pathetically lazy about doing something?

We think..and think..and think. And we divert our energy to other things eventually. Take a cause, and jump on it.

I shall be writing some  more after brainstorming further.

(Although, now onward, I shall not blog much for some days…as I have my examinations coming soon)

A Little Say…

Nobody is born perfect. No place is perfect. We make it perfect.

Each day life will send you little windows of opportunity. Your destiny will ultimately be defined by how you respond to these windows of opportunity.

When you bring your highest talents and deepest devotion to the work you do, what you are really doing is settling up for yourself a richer, happier and more fulfilling experience of life.

So people,

Don’t be a Tin. Be human.Be yourself


3 Quotes

When life gives you lemons, make orange juice and leave the world wondering how the hell you did it.

Great people build monuments out of the stones their critics throw at them!

[Dan Sheehan]

And I made this one just yesterday:

Life is a journey; life is a road. To experience it fully, walk barefoot in the middle of the road. You will meet pebbles and will bleed; the road will be slippery at some places and , if careless, you might slip away easy. By experience and knowledge, prepare your shoes and you will go much farther.

Guide the ones following you in this Grand journey.

:-)

How To Develop A Mission Statement

It’s 2010. So what?

You have “New Year resolutions” I’m sure.

“I’m going to lose weight.” “I’m going to exercise more.” “ I’m going to live a happy life.”

All valid goals! But if you’re like most people you’re going to fail.

What? Did I really just use the F-word? I expected something higher on aptitude, man!

Let me be the first to say that I have new year resolutions too.

I want to take my blog to the “next level.” I want to eat healthier. I want to exercise more. I want to build even deeper relationships than I already have.

Just like you I’m human. I desire for a better life.

But you see the thing is many of us fail to implement our new years resolutions. Many of us revert to our same old negative habits with in months, weeks, or days, perhaps even hours.

Why is this?

Because you don’t have a purpose. A mission.

Let me say that again you don’t have a purpose or a mission.

Before you scream back but… but.. “ I want to help people!” “ I want to be skinny!” “I want to be rich!”

Let me quickly say this:

Those are not missions. Those goals. Those are universal desires, not your specific mission.. Let me explain.

The people that get what they want. The people, who REALLY get what the want, have a mission. Missions, which, come rain or shine, day or night, they live for.

They live for.

Now look back at those things you supposedly want. “To help people.” “To be skinny.” “To be rich.”
Are you doing everything in your power to accomplish these things? If you haven’t discovered your true life mission, probably not.

I’ll be honest; developing a life mission isn’t easy. It takes a lot of hard work and deep thought, week’s perhaps even months of reflection.  Trust me I learned the hard way. It not happen overnight. But developing a life mission is essential for success. This isn’t new.

Ask any truly successful individual what their life mission is, and I assure you they will respond back with a crystal clear response. Steven Covey author of ‘7 Habits of Highly Effective People‘, a must read (as well as MANY other authors) discusses this topic in great detail.

Why?

Let me make myself clear. Mission statements are essential for success.

“Ok. Ok. A mission statement is important I get it. What do I do next?”

The answer is simple. Develop your own mission statement.

How do I do this, you may ask?

Reflect, reflect, and reflect.

I’m going to share with you my current mission statement. I update this constantly to fit my current dreams and intentions; therefore you must do the same. A mission statement is to remain flexible as you continue to learn and grow. So as of right now, the first of the year this is MY mission statement, one that I will base my values and success off of for the 2010 year.

You ready? Here it is.

“My purpose in life is to live passionately and courageously, to enjoy life, to radiate with energy, passion, and love, to share my knowledge in hopes of improving the consciousness of others, to continue to grow daily, sharing my passion for growth a long the way. To share my idea’s and thoughts through my passion for writing, which  I believe to be one of the best mediums for expressing humanity. I live for a larger purpose than myself.”

Deep… eh? Notice how detailed I was? This wasn’t just a common goal shared by humanity. This was MY mission, MY purpose.

What is yours?

When developing a mission statement it is of great importance to remember that it is YOUR mission. Not your mom’s. Not your dad’s. Not your wife or husband’s. Not your friends or your kids. But YOURS.

Write down what you really want. Leave all your socially conditioned beliefs behind.
Want to be the best chef in the world? Want to be a vet? Want to help the homeless?
Feel it. Visualize it.

Go on. I’ll wait. NOW! This is the time!

Be as specific as you can. If you are not absolutely filled with energy after this exercise, you still have a ways to go. The goal is be filled with energy when mediating on your mission.

Once you have discovered your mission, your true life mission, continue to build on this momentum daily. Review and meditate on your mission each day. Always remember to keep it congruent with the person you are. Change is ok. It means your growing.

I personally like to carry a card in which I have my mission statement written on in my wallet. This reminds me of my purpose numerous times thought-out the day. You may perhaps, post it on your wall, your fridge, anything…Just keep it in your mind and heart…daily! All the time!

Now I must warn you. Developing a mission statement will not, I repeat will not, rid your life of unfortunate circumstances. You will still have bad days. You will still have doubts. You will still have fears.

What a mission statement will do however; will give you the will to push through and to persevere. That is why developing one is essential to truly succeeding.

Simply recognizing your life mission will enhance the quality of your life tenfold. Your subconscious mind will begin to develop ways in which your mission can be carried out. With your whole mind, body, and soul behind your mission, rather than just your ego, you can begin to truly live in this boundless world.

May you have a wonderful 2010.

13 Types of Posts that Always Get Lots of Comments

I’ve been an ardent reader of various blogs, and hopped around various blogs to read interesting stuffs. Then suddenly I thought there is a kind of regularity in the content of posts and the number of comments. So, I decided to carve out a complete list of it, after some analysis.

It’s no surprise that these types of posts got a lot of comments – for one I found had been specifically asked for comments and there was a tangible benefit for commenting in each case (the chance to win something and the chance to promote something) – but what other types of posts get lots of comments?

Here are 13 types of posts that were most common in people’s responses with a few links to examples.

Note: some of the examples could have been used in multiple categories and some get more comments than others – but that’s because they are from smaller blog where the blogger doesn’t normally see loads of comments. I could have found bigger more well known blogs as examples but decided to go mainly with ‘normal’ blogs from readers as I think it is probably more useful than highlighting just mega blogs that get lots of comments on most posts.

1. Competitions

Lets start with the most obvious – give people the chance to win something by leaving a comment and you’re well on the way to drawing people into leaving a comment. Example:Giveaway: SKIL 4-piece Power Tools Combo Kit.

2. Personal Stories

Sometimes sharing something personal really draws people into what you’re writing. I know when I’ve shared something from my personal life on my blog – either as an off topic post or as a way to illustrate something that I’m talking about that it always draws people in. This is particularly powerful if you share a problem overcome, a failure or something that people can relate to. Examples: I’m a Mom and Exposed.

3. Show Off Posts/Share a link

These types of posts ask your readers to show or share something that they’ve done, written, created etc. The ’show us your photoblog’ link above is an example of this. So to was another of my posts – ‘Share Your Best Photo‘.

4. Creative Posts

posts where the blogger has gone to extra lengths to do something out of the ordinary and creative often have a ‘wow factor’ that gets people commenting. Example: Disney’s “A Whole New World” Sung in Pictures.

5. Hacks

Walk people through a process or show them how to do something for themselves (DIY). These types of posts are great for traffic but I find that they also tend to get reactions – particularly if it’s a good and helpful hack. Example: Apparently My Bling Likes to Swing.

6. Meaty Posts

It was fascinating to read through the 80-90 links to most commented upon posts that people sent me – one thing I noticed is that it was often quite long and in depth posts that seemed to be getting commented upon. Longer resources that really looked deeply at a topic or that gave comprehensive advice. Example: How NOT to Suck at Blogging (this post probably fits into some of the other categories too – it is strong, opinionated and pretty in your face – all of this elicits a strong response).

7. Relatable Posts

Many of the posts talked about were on topics that a lot of people would have been able to relate to. Not always personal stories – but on issues and problems that lots of readers might face. They draws out people to tell their story or personal reflection on their own experiences with the topics. Example: Why Do Women Let Themselves Go (this post also has a strong headline and perhaps some controversy attached to it).

8. Question Posts

Ask a question and those who hear it are wired to answer it. I find when I include a question in the title of my posts that comment numbers tend to be at least double normal posts. Do Young Entrepreneurs Need to Go to Collge? (a post that had a question it its very title – as long as some opinion and meat to it). Also What Camera Gear Would You Buy if you were Given $1000 to Spend? (this post not only asked a question but was a hypothetical/fun post on a topic that I knew would also create some debate between readers loyal to different types of cameras. Also Net Worth vs Self Worth: The Passion Paradox (while this post isn’t a pure question post there’s a strong call for people to react in it and the blogger highlights other people’s posts on the topic/reactions).

9. Debate or Controversy Posts

Put two or more opposing arguments to your readers and step back to see what happens. Example: Which Digital Camera Manufacturer is Best? (this is an old post when we only had a few readers – I’m too scared to post the question again as this question always gets people so fired up). Also Adam Lambert’s Jacket Auctioned for $2000 (not a debate but certainly stirred up some controversy).

10. Opinion Pieces

Expressing your own strongly held opinion on an issue will generally have your readers examining their own opinions. If you do express it strongly you can expect your readers to share what they think strongly also. Example: I like Dave Ramsey, But He is Still Wrong. Also Why our Current Education System is Failing (also some controversy/debate in this one too).

11. Humor

Humor evokes a natural physical reaction (smiling and laughter) which sometimes also comes out in other ways (like sharing a reaction, passing it on to a friend etc). Example: I took 1,973 pictures of my children on vacation and all I got was this lousy blog post (also a personal type post).

12. Group Projects/Challenges

This is one I’ve used quite a bit over the years – getting readers all to go and do something and then come back and share the results. Examples: Top 5 – Group Writing ProjectEnter the Passion to Profit Challenge and RED: Weekend Photography Challenge.

13. Mega Lists/Resources

There is nothing like a mega/over the top list of resources or links relevant to your niche to draw in traffic and comments. These posts are a lot of work but tend to do well in social media – but also at getting comments. You get comments from those in the list, from those who want to be in the list, from those who find the list useful, from those who think your list is skewed and biased…. etc. Example: 87 Great Photography Blogs and Feeds.

So…Am I going to get some Comments?;)

13 Powerful Quotes from Bruce Lee

Bruce Lee

Anyone who knows anything about Bruce Lee can’t help but be impressed by the amount he accomplished in his relatively short life. Not only was he an amazing martial artist, but also an tremendous actor and  philosopher as well. What amazed me about Bruce Lee was his profound wisdom. I often use his quotes as a source of inspiration. My hope is that you can to. The following are some of my favorite quotes from Bruce Lee:

  • “The “moment” has no yesterday or tomorrow. It is not the result of thought and therefore has no time.”
  • “Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough: we must do.”
  • “Learning is never cumulative, it is a movement of knowing which has no beginning and no end.”
  • “The measure  of the moral worth of a man is his happiness. The better the man, the more happiness. Happiness is the synonym of well-being”
  • ” Real living is living for others.”
  • “Defeat is a state of mind; no one is ever defeated until defeat has been accepted as a reality.”
  • “Never waste energy on worries or negative thoughts, all problems are brought into existence -drop them.”
  • “A goal is not always meant to be reached. It often serves simply as something to aim at.”
  • “Because one does not want to be disturbed, to be made uncertain, he establishes a pattern of conduct, of thought, a pattern of relationship to man etc. Then he becomes a slave to the patter and takes the pattern to be the real thing.”
  • “Zen is not ‘attained’ by mirror-wiping mediation, but by “self-forgetfulness in the existential ‘present’ of life here and now.” We do not “come”, we ‘are’. Don’t strive to become, but be.”
  • “Those who are unaware they are walking in darkness will never seek the light.”
  • “Mistakes are always forgivable, if one has the courage to admit them.”
  • “To grow, to discover, we need involvement which is something I experience everyday, sometimes good, sometimes frustrating.”

Bruce Lee is a personal hero of mine for he demonstrated what it means to be a truly compassionate human being. He not only gave out advice but actually lived a life according to his values. The fact that he was able to accomplish so much in such a short amount of time gives inspires me greatly. He truly was an “artist of life.”

How Hungry Are You?

File:Burj Dubai Under Construction on 25 January 2008.jpg

Burj Dubai a.k.a Burj Khalifa – World Tallest Building (I should add: as of 2010! Hope even taller buildings will be constructed soon…)

Construction Cost: $1.5 Billion

Read now:

starvation

“How great it is that not a single person need to wait before changing the world”

-Anne Frank

Before we continue I want you to first take a moment and reflect on the photos posted above. Assuming you have a pulse in your body, they should make you feel fairly uncomfortable. Maybe they make you feel sad? Or angry? Perhaps even both.

While reading this post today, I ask that you contemplate this question “Why, despite an abundant amount of food, shelter, and water, does poverty continue to exist?”

Theoretically and practically, poor people shall remain on Earth. And that’s so obvious. In a world of people earning even $3 million per day, there will be people earning $2.9 million too. They might be termed ‘poor’ accordingly…But the real problem (and real poor) is the people who cannot even afford basic requirements of life-Food, Clothing and Shelter and clean water (and sanitation too).

United Nations formulates 8 basic needs:

  • Food: Body Mass Index must be above 16.
  • Safe drinking water: Water must not come from solely rivers and ponds, and must be available nearby (less than 15 minutes walk each way).
  • Sanitation facilities: Toilets or latrines must be accessible in or near the home.
  • Health: Treatment must be received for serious illnesses and pregnancy.
  • Shelter: Homes must have fewer than four people living in each room. Floors must not be made of dirt, mud, or clay.
  • Education: Everyone must attend school or otherwise learn to read.
  • Information: Everyone must have access to newspapers, radios, televisions, computers, or telephones at home.

Wait..Wait.. Wait! Information? They formulate ‘Lack of Information’ in absolute poverty too…and here, 1.1 Billion people live below $1 a day! So, if take into account all these 8 points, where are we going to stand?

That is 1 in every 5 people of this world, lives in merely under $1 a day. Food+Clothes+Shelter+Clean Water (my conscience asks me not to include all 8 points into it or it’ll look both hilarious and shameful to me) : Within One Dollar!

30 Hour Famine:

Here I narrate an experience by one of my international friend:

This weekend a group of classmates and myself participated, in what was my second “30 Hour Famine.” This profound event, sponsored by World Vision , was put together to raise awareness and money in hopes to one day eradicate poverty in the world.

The event was simple. A group of about 70 students and myself gathered for a lock-in at our school and consciously fasted for 30 hours, giving us perhaps a small glimpse of what it feels like to be hungry. Raising money is easy, fasting for 30 hours is not.

Participating in the 30 Hour Famine was unfortunately not  as  popular as it should have been.

Some reasons I heard from friends who did not attend:

“I need to eat.”

“I’ll starve to death.”

” Starving myself will not raise money for the children.”

” I don’t have time.”

Starving myself will not raise money for the children. True! But  Why, despite an abundant amount of food, shelter, and water, does poverty continue to exist?”

While you’re here, check-out this Wikipedia page.

I must state 2 more statistics:

Number of people living below poverty line in:

China: 8%

India: 24%

Problem? Both of these countries have a population crossing 1 Billion. Calculate for yourself!

I am well aware that statistics do very little in regards to evoking emotion. Therefore I’m not going to bother you with stats like ” 1.1 billion people live on less than a dollar a day” or “26,000 thousand children under the age of 5 die everyday to due to poverty.” I’m not going to bother letting you know that 8 billion dollars  a year could provide food for everyone in the world, and that Americans spend 14 billion dollars a year on diet products. I got two data for the money Americans spend on pet food: One says, $16.7 Billion, and other $45.5 Billion (Source: American Pet Products Association)”

Instead I’m going to try to do something different with you today.

Picture a loved one.

How does that person make you feel?

This could be your mom, dad, brother or sister, your son, your daughter or perhaps even your best friend.

I want you to picture the joy and  excitement that this person brings you.

For a moment simply feel.

Now I want you to imagine,  this person laying in your arms.

Their stomach bloated from starvation. Looking  into your eyes,their body dying for food, they cry “feed me“. You have no food to give them.

You stare back at them hopeless. There’s nothing you can do.

Your loved one soon dies in your arms.

Now if you did this exercise correctly you should be feeling pretty emotional right now. For hundreds of thousands of parents around the world this nightmare isn’t an exercise, it is reality in which they face every single day.

When I do this exercise I picture my girlfriend.  I can not fathom one day watching her die because she can’t eat. Can you let your loved one die in your arms starving?

The thought of children and parents dying as I lay asleep in my bed makes me want to cry.  But it doesn’t have to be this way.

How Hungry Are You?

I’m going to be perfectly honest. For most of my life I have lived a life of ignorance. For most of my life I haven’t given a damn about those around me. For most of my life it’s been all about me. For most of my life I’ve turned my back on service because I’ve had “better” things to do. Yet as I have grown older I have come to realize the error in my ways. Years ago I realized I was lucky, now I realize that it’s up to me make a difference.

It’s up to us to make a difference. Changing the world lies in our mindset. Stop thinking you can’t make a difference because you can. Follow your heart and give. Doing service is positively correlated, the more you do the more you will want to do. Quit sitting back waiting for others to solve our problems.

The solution is you.

I was debating on whether or not to put a list of organizations that you could contact to help give, yet I think it’s best you do your on research. There are hundreds if not thousands of organizations out there that want to make a difference, make sure to choose one’s that are congruent with your purpose. If you are completly lost I suggest you check out Free Rice.

The 30 hour famine made my friend’s mates hungry. The funny thing was, this hunger didn’t go away for me too.No this hunger remains with me today. The 30 hour famine left me hungry, hungry for change. The question is how hungry are you?