The One Thing

Reading Time: 3 minutes

This article is inspired from the book – The One Thing by Gary Keller and Jay Papasan. The book is pointed on one theme for success in life and in work and that is “The One thing“-“The one thing that is essential to focus and work on, on any given point of time”. Instead of dividing our time on multiple things and assuming that we are doing multi-tasking. We must narrow down the list of essentials tasks list to one task and focus on that on task only. You have limited will power and limited energy, so give all your will power and energy to that one most important thing only. This is only the key for success.

To focus on the one thing, you have to cut through the clutter, achieve better results in less time, build momentum towards your goal, reduce your stress, revive your energy and stay on track. The book is full of this wisdom and guide you the right path for your success in life and work.

Always focus on one things or task as a time.

“If you chase two rabbits, you will not catch either one” – Russian proverb

The One thing is the best approach to getting what you want. Go Small. Divide the big goal in small goals and focus on each goal one by one, every day. You get the success. Prepare your TO-DO list or Success-list. When you want the absolute best chance to succeed at anything you want, your approach should always be clear-Go small. “Going small” is ignoring all the things you could do and doing what you should do. It’s recognizing that not all things matter equally and finding the things that matter most.

Big success comes when we do a few things well.

The compound effect is the best help for accomplishing the big success by the help of the one things, by going as small as possible for a long time. You can see the changes in wealth creation, habit adaptation, life improvement, work promotions and in your happiness. The compound effect works everywhere. Just go as small as possible, and for a long time and in the right direction and work on few goals. You can not do or achieve everything in the world, just focus on few and your can get success there.

All the successful people and organizations have concentrated on one things only and they had made their fortunes in that one thing only. example- Microsoft, google, domino z, Intel etc. This companies are clear about their one thing and they had focused on that one thing only and had made a huge fortune. Remember, The success will take time, so be patience.

“It is those who concentrate on but one thing at a time who advance in this world.” – Og Mandino

What is your one thing?- This is the question we all must ask to our-self. There can only be one most important thing. Many things may be important but only one can be the most important. And we need to find it and work only it. That is only the key of our success in life. If you are unable to find that one thing then you need a mentor, who can help you to find it. Search for your mentor for your life. Remember, no one can get success alone.

Success demands singleness of purpose. – Vince lombard

You have one life, limited time on earth, limited energy, limited will power. Focus on less. Identify your one thing. Remove useless things and people from your life. Save your limited time and invest in right things. Stop wasting the time, money and energy on useless things and people. In reality, we need very less to live a happy and beautiful life. Focus on the quality of your life. Not on the things accumulation. We must understand, in the first half of our life, we focus on adding thins but in the rest half life, we focus on removing things from our life, in the search of peace and happiness. So, stop adding unnecessary things and people to your life. You will be happy and left wit a lot of time.

Books are the best friend. Start reading books.

The one thing sits at the heart of success and is the starting point for achieving extraordinary results.

Some books for your reading:

  • The one thing – Gary Keller with Jay Papasan : The best book on success
  • The discovery of India – Jawaharlal Nehru : The best book on India history. This book help you to understand many Indian historical events and links between them.

The Essence of Bhagavad Gita

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The great epic, Mahabharata was composed around 200 BC and the holy book of Hinduism, The Bhagavad Gita was composed around 100 BC. The Bhagavad Gita is composed of 700 verses and 18 chapters.

I am inspired to write this post from the book – The Bhagavad Gita by Eknath Easwara.

The Bhagavad Gita is often known as “geet” or song of the Divine, sung by Lord Krishna. It is a dialogue between two really good friends, in the middle of a battlefield.
Here is an excerpt from the book that i loved and full of wisdom-
The battlefield is a perfect backdrop, but the Gita’s subject is the war within, the struggle for self-mastery that every human being must wage if he or she is to emerge from life victorious.
The moral of war withing means is self-mastery.

It was Vyasa’s genius to take the whole great Mahabharata epic and see it as metaphor for the perennial war between the forces of light and the forces of darkness in every human heart.

Arjuna and Krishna are two characters for human and almighty. Arjuna becomes Every-man, asking the Lord himself, Sri Krishna, the perennial questions about life and death – not as a philosopher, but as the quintessential man of action.
Thus read, the Gita is not an external dialogue but an internal one: between the ordinary human personality, full of questions about the meaning of life, and our deepest Self, which is divine.

There is, in fact, no other way to read the Gita and grasp it as spiritual instruction. If I could offer only one key to understanding this divine dialogue, it would be to remember that it takes place in the depths of consciousness and that Krishna is not some external being, human or superhuman, but the spark of divinity that lies at the core of the human personality.

The essence of Bhagavad Gita comes to us when we start recognizing it humbly, paying obeisances to it and have direct liaison with it. The Bhagavad Gita also known as tri marga (three ways to attain liberation) was magnificently imparted by Lord Krishna to Arjuna. Krishna stands for pure attraction and attainment and Arjuna stands for Average human being.

So, The Bhagavad Gita is for every human being for accomplishing salvation. The Gita is the crux of all Vedas, Puranas and other holy books. The 18 chapters of Bhagavad Gita are segregated into three main categories that’s why its known as trimarga.

The three main categories include karma yoga, Bhakti yoga and jyana yoga.

The First chapter depicts the battlefield of kurukshetra and the position of principal warriors on both sides with their fighting qualities and Arjuna overwhelmed by infatuations gives expression to his lightheartedness, tenderness and grief.

The Second chapter gives a glimpse of the whole Gita i.e. summary of the Gita and it’s in the preliminary stage so as to make an individual aware of his/her objectives of the life very much clear and blatant. The sankhyayoga (the yoga of knowledge) should be instilled in the minds of the being at the very start of their life. The siddhant or basic principles of life should be set forth.

The Third chapter to sixth chapter divulges Karma Yoga (the yoga of actions) i.e. how to perform routine work and how it should be converted into swadharma. Here Lord Krishna addresses the significance of karma (work) which should be completely surrendered to divine and deals with just doing the work without expectations of the fruits. The essence lies when each and every petty work is done for Krishna. Thus our Karma becomes Karma yoga just by offering every action unto HIM.

The seventh Chapter to twelfth chapter, which stands for Bhakti Yoga (the Yoga of Devotion), wherein it’s started that we should remember God or Krishna every time – Chintan.

The thirteenth to eighteenth chapter which stands for jyana Yoga (the Yoga of Knowledge). Which I consider as true knowledge”. So, the verses make it very clear that to know the “Self” is the true knowledge than only one could be gyani (knowledgeable). Further, the Gunas (qualities) of material nature is disclosed in terms of Sattva, Rajas and Tamas having their own significance in everybody’s life. Lord even says that Gyani is my true reflection.

Gita, is full of wisdom and everyone should read The Bhagavad Gita and learn the right lessons from it.

A gift is pure when it is given from the heart to the right person at the right time and at the right place, and when we expect nothing in return” – Shrimad Bhagavad Gita

I would like to conclude the wisdom of Gita with other religions as below:

The Last stop of the genius train of thought—The ONE:

The Buddha said:

“The ONE Buddha-nature is present in all beings.”

Lord Krishna said:

“The real yogi, with all his passions subdued, is ONE with Brahman.” 

Confucius said:

“Heaven means to be ONE with God.”

Moses said:

“Here, O Israel, the Lord is God, the Lord is ONE.”

Muhammad said:

“The ONEness of Allah.”

Lao Tzu said:

“If you open yourself, you are ONE with the Tao, and can embody it completely.”

Jesus said:

“My Father and I are ONE.”

Einstein said:

“[The ONE] energy cannot be created or destroyed, it can only be changed from ONE form to another.”

In short, if every one lives one life and shares one love in one world, then there can only be one Being!

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Take a note – My Note taking system

Reading Time: 3 minutes

Many readers face problem of recalling what they have read. To solve this problem, we take notes while reading. I take notes on the margin of the page while reading any book. Today, i will share my note taking system with the reader of the blog.

How to take notes while reading a Book?

You have to make your own condensed notes. You learn from MAKING them. A lot of thinking goes into deciding what to include and exclude. You develop your own system of abbreviations and memory methods for the information.

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Reading books is an active process, not a passive process. It requires your energy and mind. While reading any good book, you get new thoughts, you acquire new wisdom. You are in an active argument with the author of the book. You need to understand the point of the author and come up with your own thought as well. This is only the right way of reading and learning form the books. While reading any book, we need to write in the book and make the notes from the book. Now the question is, how to take notes while reading a book?

There are many ways to make notes while reading a book. I will share my way to make notes while reading the book.

My system of taking notes:

  • Before starting the book, write on the first page of the book. What you want to learn from the book, i.e what’s your agenda by reading this book.
  • Before starting the new chapter, write in the start of the chapter, whats your expectation from the chapter. Then at the end of the chapter, analyse your expectation and what actually you accomplished with the chapter. What are the questions answered by the chapter. And what are the new questions or thoughts raised by the chapter in your mind. Then make a note of this thoughts. You will get the answer either in the current book or in your next read(Book). One more point, all the notes should be in your own language. This should not be the copy and paste of the writer’s words or thoughts.
  • At this point you have the chapter’s summary in short, the author’s teachings and your own learning and questions. Now find some scenario in the real world or in your past readings or past experience. And look where you can apply the newly learned knowledge. This is the way of actual learning and wisdom. It will help you to enhance your wisdom. Repeat the same process with all the chapters of the book.
  • Once the book finished. Check the first page. And read your expectations from the book that you have written before starting the book. Then analyse what expectations are fulfilled, what questions are answered? And what questions are not answered yet? Then at the end, write the expectation’s response and answer’s received for your questions. And new questions raised or thoughts learned form the book.
  • Now,read all the notes taken once and keep the book for some time(One week, two week or one month). And start reading some other books.
  • Next, after one or two or three weeks, pick the book again and read the notes taken by you. Now, analyse, still you have the same though or questions or some of your views got changed. Some of your unanswered questions answered. At this time, you are not the same person as you were before starting that book(First one). Your thought is not the same as when you first time read the book. You have achieved new wisdom and new knowledge during the book’s ageing time.
  • Now, in the second reading of the notes, most of your notes looks like a garbage now. So write the important notes and learning on the end cover or on a paper with book’s page number. This is the actual notes and your learning from the book.

The above process looks difficult, but in some time of practice, you will be addicted to it and it will be simple for you.

Select your reading wisely

Reading Time: 4 minutes

The more basic knowledge you have … the less new knowledge you have to get. – Charlie Munger

To learn, we need to read, infect need to read a lot. I read, and most of the world renowned thinkers, investors, leaders and business icons read a lot. They are simply a continuous learning machines. They learn by their experience as well as others experiences. They read very selective master pieces written by best thinkers of the world over the time. As we all have very limited time in one life span, and if we are willing to learn and read then we don’t have the flexibility to read everything available in the world, so read selective master pieces.

How you come to know, what to read and what to avoid?

Continue reading “Select your reading wisely”

A Book of Simple Living – Ruskin Bond

Reading Time: 5 minutes

I read the book- A Book of Simple Living by Ruskin Bond. This is an amazing read. The book is a personal diary that records the many small moments that constitute a life of harmony – with the self, the natural world, and friends, family and passerby. In the book, we see a wild plum blossom and the moon come up between deodar trees; we hear a red start whistle and the rain drum on a tin roof; we recognize the aftermath of loss and the consolation of old companions. Continue reading “A Book of Simple Living – Ruskin Bond”