Day with a Difference – 28-Mar-12

Quote of the day

“You got to be careful if you don’t know where you’re going, because you might not get there.” -Yogi Berra

Thought of the day- Life is too short wasting time hating people – Written in 2002 by Crystin Miller

Never be awful to anyone, that person you were awful to may teach you the most. Always remember…you are a somebody, God didn’t take the time to create a nobody. Always smile, you never know whose day you might be making. Never ‘forget’ to say hi to anyone, never miss the chance to laugh or smile, never get too caught up in yourself that you forget to help others. Never forget that you aren’t the only one with problems, and most of all…never forget that when you feel like you only have one friend, that friend will remind you of all the others. If you forget about all the bad things in life, the good will take over. If fear is staring you in the face, close your eyes so you don’t have to look at it. Be yourself, you can’t be anyone else…The best you can be is you!

Word of the day

“Melange” – a mixture

Example: The smell in the car . . . was a pungent, sour melange of garlic,

Joke of the day

A minister told his congregation, "Next week I plan to preach about the sin of lying. To help you understand my sermon, I want you all to read Mark 17." The following Sunday, as he prepared to deliver his sermon, the minister asked for a show of hands. He wanted to know how many had read Mark 17. Every hand went up. The minister smiled and said, "Mark has only sixteen chapters. I will now proceed with my sermon on the sin of lying."

Have a nice day!

Warm regards,
Prasanna

Day with a Difference – 28-Mar-12

Day with a Difference – 28-Mar-12

Quote of the day

Courage is knowing what not to fear. -Plato

Thought of the day- The emperor and the seed

An emperor in the Far East was growing old and knew it was time to choose his successor. He called young people in the kingdom together one day. He said, "It is time for me to step down and choose the next emperor. I have decided to choose one of you." "I am going to give each one of you a seed today. One very special seed. I want you to plant the seed, water it and come back here after one year from today with what you have grown from this one seed." One boy named Ling was there that day and he, like the others, received a seed. He went home and excitedly told his mother the story. She helped him get a pot and planting soil, and he planted the seed and watered it carefully.

Ling kept checking his seed, but nothing ever grew. 3 weeks, 4 weeks, 5 weeks went by. Still nothing. By now, others were talking about their plants but Ling didn’t have a plant, and he felt like a failure. Six months went by, still nothing in Ling’s pot. He just knew he had killed his seed.

A year finally went by and all the youths of the kingdom brought their plants to the emperor for inspection.He looked at Ling, and then announced to the crowd, "Behold your new emperor! His name is Ling!" Ling couldn’t believe it. Then the emperor said, "One year ago today, I gave everyone here a seed. I told you to take the seed, plant it, water it, and bring it back to me today. But I gave you all boiled seeds, which would not grow. Ling was the only one with the courage and honesty to bring me a pot with my seed in it. Therefore, he is the one who will be the new emperor!"

If you plant honesty, you will reap trust.
If you plant goodness, you will reap friends.
If you plant hard work, you will reap success.
If you plant openness, you will reap intimacy.
If you plant faith, you will reap miracles.

Idiom of the day

"Costs the earth" – means
Just having a cup of coffee costs the earth in there. It’s ridiculously expensive.

Joke of the day

Three friends die in a car accident and they go to an orientation in heaven. They are all asked, "When you are in your casket and friends and family are mourning you, what would you like to hear them say about you? The first guy says,"I would like to hear them say that I was a great doctor of my time, and a great family man." The second guy says, "I would like to hear that I was a wonderful husband and school teacher which made a huge difference in our children of tomorrow." The last guy replies, "I would like to hear them say … Look, He’s Moving!

Have a nice day!

Warm regards,

Prasanna

Day with a Difference – 28-Mar-12

Day with a Difference – 27-Mar-12

Quote of the day

Weakness of attitude becomes weakness of character. – Albert Einstein

Thought of the day- Walk your own walk

You have to walk your own walk in this life. And as you are traveling down your road, don’t look down at your feet. Keep your head up and your eyes focused on what you know to be true. Be neither a follower nor a leader. You are not forsaken; you are forgiven, and when shadows exist simply find higher ground to tread upon. If you come across an obstacle or an impasse, pay mind to it but don’t focus on it for too long or your feet may sink into the quicksand that surrounds it. Find the courage to surmount it and continue on your journey.

Offer your hand to those you come across who are stuck in their own personal sand traps, but do not point them in the direction you feel they must go, that has to be their decision. Only imply to them that they are never alone, and they will eventually find their way. When you get to where you are going and you look back, it is your own footprints you are going to want to see, not someone else’s. The importance of your trials and tribulations is a gift to be beholden, for that is how you will learn whom you truly are.

By: Diane Gresham

Idiom of the day

"Hale and hearty" – (of an old person) healthy and strong

Joke of the day

9 things to do in elevator

1. Groan while slapping your head and muttering to yourself: "Shut up, all of you, just shut up"
2. Open your briefcase or purse and ask "Is there enough air in there?"
3. Stand in the corner motionless without saying anything or getting off.
4. When the elevator gets to your floor try prying the doors open while grunting and making noises, then act embarrassed when they open.
5. Greet everyone getting on the elevator and ask them to call you Admiral.
6. Meow every now and again.
7. Bring a cooler labeled "Human head"
8. When the elevator gets to each floor say "Ding"
9. Whenever somebody pushes a button make explosive noises

Have a nice day!

Warm regards,

Prasanna

Day with a Difference – 27-Mar-12

Day with a Difference – 26-Mar-12

Quote of the day

For remember, fear doesn’t exist anywhere except in the mind. -Dale Carnegie

Thought of the day – Concentration Opens the Door to Success ( By Max Stein)

The first law of success is concentration. Bend all your energies to one point, and go directly to that point, looking neither to the left nor the right. By focusing your efforts to a single point, you’ll always achieve the greatest results. If you concentrate your efforts on a few major goals, your efficiency will soar, your projects will be completed, and you’ll be going somewhere. Focus totally on the business at hand and command yourself to do exactly what you want to do. If you focus the full power of all you are on what you have a burning desire to achieve, you’ll attain success.

Word of the day

“Pellucid” – transparently clear; easily understandable

Example: This glass of water is very pellucid and pure.

Joke of the day

Teacher: Why were the early days of history called the dark ages?
Students: Because there were so many knights!

Teacher: What’s 2 and 2?
Students: 4
Teacher: That’s good.
Students: Good?, that’s perfect!

Have a great week ahead!

Warm regards,

Prasanna

Day with a Difference – 26-Mar-12

Day with a Difference – 23-Mar-12

Quote of the day

"Judge a man by his questions rather than by his answers." – Voltaire

Thought of the day – How to ask intelligent questions with impact

How would you like a magic way to influence people to do whatever you want them to do? This technique uses win-win psychology. It gives you the power to arrange events to your satisfaction. It puts almost any resource or person at your service to help you get what-ever you want. It gets you the helpful counsel of leaders. The entire medical profession uses this technique. Educators, business leaders, salespeople, researchers, scientists and even business coaches use this method. What is this magic performance tool? ASKING QUESTIONS

Ask and you shall receive says the Bible. Ask, and every human being has been conditioned to do what they are asked to do, say the psychologists. Ask, and according to the law of averages, you’ll get enough “yes’s” to guarantee your success, say the sales managers. Ask important people any sensible, relevant question, for their opinion, advice, for a favor or anything that will enable you to meet them; then make sure they know who you are, and maintain your contact so they remember you. Ask “How can we do this better?” Ask “How can we do more?” Ask “How can we serve our clients better?” If you don’t have answers to these questions, find someone who does and ask them.

There are thousands of examples to prove that asking good questions is one of the most important success secrets. Asking is the quickest, easiest and surest ways to get people to do what you want them to do. Why does this work? Why do people tend to do what you ask them to do? Why is it that people who have no interest in you use their time and energy to furnish you with information just because you asked them for it? Because people are conditioned from childhood to respond to polite questions. If you ask intelligent questions with impact, almost everyone will answer you.

The other significant reason to ask good questions is to help the person you are asking. Asking well-crafted, intelligent questions causes people to think profoundly. When someone thinks more deeply than before, new ideas, new answers and new possibilities emerge.

Years ago, as a business consultant, I took pride in always having an answer. Now I realize that in our fast-moving, mile-a-minute world, answers have a very short shelf-life. Having the right questions is more important and more valuable.

In my practice as a business coach, one of my most important roles is to ask questions that cause my clients to consider possibilities they have not yet explored. Asking relevant questions of my clients is like holding up a mirror to their actions and decisions so they can see for themselves whether it is the right thing to do. How do you ask good questions? I’m glad you asked. Here are a few pointers. First, choose the appropriate type of question to ask. Questions can be categorized into two basic groups, open and closed. Ask OPEN questions when you want to engage the other person in conversation. Open questions literally “open up” the dialogue. Open questions require more than a word or two to answer adequately. Open questions generally begin with “What” “How” “Who” “When” “Why”. Be careful when asking “Why” questions. Too many can come across as confrontational.

Open questions come in different types:

Subjective questions – use these when you ask for an opinion. “What do you think about……?” “What are his qualifications?” “How do you feel about…….?”

Objective questions – these are to ask for specific information. “What evidence did the police have?” ”How have you been handling this process?” “What factors are necessary to raise your CSI?”

Problem Solving questions – ask these when you want action ideas. “What should you do next?” ”How would you implement the steps we just discussed?”

Use CLOSED questions when you want to inhibit long discussion. Closed questions can be answered adequately in only a few words. Closed questions often begin with “Are” “Can” “Did” “Do” etc.

Closed questions also come in different types:

Identification question “What kind of car is this?” “Who is responsible for this…?”

Selection question (these are either / or) “Are closed or open questions better at promoting discussion?” “Who is right, the manager or the dealer?”

Yes/No question “Does this client have the documentation on the LOMAC project?” “Has the questioning process been presented
to the managers?”

So here’s the formula. When you want short, crisp answers, ask closed questions. When you want a discussion, ask open questions.
If you want to shorten the discussion, ask a closed question. When you desire a narrative, use an open question.

The most common mistake in asking questions is to ask a closed question when you actually want the other person to expound. For
example, “ Will you tell me about your vacation?” This is technically a closed question, designed for a yes or no answer. Fortunately, in
our culture, most people will give you a polite answer even when you ask the wrong type of question.

Asking the correct type and style of question makes it easier for the people around you to provide the appropriate answer. When you ask
wise questions, others will applaud your insight and your understanding, even when they are doing most of the talking. Sincere questions are
a great conversation starter. Good questions are good for everyone involved.

Here is a parting question for you to ponder; “What could you personally gain by asking intelligent questions with impact?”

© 1997 – 2005 BizSuccess

Some funny questions

If money doesn’t grow on trees then why do banks have branches?

Do you wake up or open your eyes first?

What would happen to the sea’s water level if every boat in the World was taken out of the water at the same time?

Can you daydream at night?

Have a great week ahead!

Warm regards,

Prasanna

Day with a Difference – 23-Mar-12

Day with a Difference – 22-Mar-12

Quote of the day

“The answer lies within ourselves. If we can’t find peace and happiness there, it’s not going to come from the outside”. – Tenzin Palmo

Thought of the day

“The earth is enjoyed by heroes this is the

unfailing truth. Be a hero. Always say, ‘I have

no fear’. Tell this to everybody – ‘Have no fear’.

fear is death, fear is a sin, fear is hell, fear

is unrighteousness, fear is wrong life. All the

negative thoughts and ideas that are in this

world have proceeded from this evil spirit of fear.”

Swamy Vivekananda on Self-confidence.

Idiomof the day

‘At the eleventh hour’– almost too late

Example: “Kamal has finished shooting the film at the eleventh hour in order to preview itat the 65th Festival de Cannes”

Joke of the day

Teacher: I see you missed the first day of school.
Kid: Yes, but I didn’t miss it much.

Teacher: Could you please pay a little attention?
Student: I’m paying as little attention as I can.

Have a great week ahead!

Warm regards,

Prasanna

Day with a Difference – 22-Mar-12

Day with a Difference – 21-Mar-12

Quote of the day

“We can have more than we’ve got because we can become more than we are.” Jim Rohn

Thought of the day

Just stand aside and look at the problem. Is it really there? Or have you created it? Look deeply into it, and you will suddenly see it is not increasing, it is decreasing; it is becoming smaller and smaller. The more you put your energy into observation, the smaller it becomes. And a moment comes when suddenly it is not there … you will have a good laugh.

By: Osho

Word of the day

“Cupidity” – excessive desire, especially for wealth

Joke of the day

Girl- What computer do u have?
Boy- I have a computer with Intel core i7 processor at 3.3 GHZ, Windows 7, 64 bit, 8GB RAM and NVIDIA GTX 560 Graphics card

Boy- What computer do you have?
Girl- A pink one!

(no offence)

Have a great week ahead!

Warm regards,

Prasanna

Day with a Difference – 21-Mar-12