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Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Lead a Fisherman's Life

Silhouette Of Boy Fishing At Sunset by Dean Berry
Silhouette Of Boy Fishing At Sunset

An investment banker was at the pier of a small coastal village when a small boat with just one fisherman docked.

Inside the small boat were several large yellow fin tuna. The banker complimented the fisherman on the quality of his fish and asked how long he took to catch them.

The fisherman replied, "Only a little while."

The banker then asked, "Why didn't you stay out longer and catch more fishes?"

The fisherman said, "With this, I have more than enough to support my family's needs."

The banker then asked, "But what do you do with the rest of your time?"

The fisherman said, "I sleep late, fish a little, play with my children, go for walks with my wife, stroll into the village each evening where I sip wine and play guitar with my friends. As you can
see, I have a full and busy life."

The banker scoffed, "I am a Harvard MBA and I could help you. You should spend more time fishing; and with the proceeds, buy a bigger boat! With the proceeds from the bigger boat you could buy several boats. Eventually you would have a fleet of fishing boats. Instead of selling
your catch to a middleman you would sell directly to a processor, eventually open your own cannery. You would control the product, process and the distribution. You would need to leave this small fishing village and move to the capital city. After that, who knows, maybe you could take on the world!"

The fisherman asked, "But how long will all this take?"

To which the banker replied, "I'd say about 15 to 20 years."

"But what then?" asked the fisherman.

The banker laughed and said, "That's the best part! When the time is right, you would announce an IPO and sell your company stock to the public and become very rich, you would make millions."

"Millions? Then what…?" asked the fisherman.

The banker said, "Then you would retire. Move to a small coastal fishing village where you would sleep late, fish a little, play with your kids, go for romantic walks with your wife, and in the evenings you could sip wine, play guitar and sing songs with your friends!"

To which the fisherman mused, "Now isn't that strange? Isn't that what I'm doing now?"

"Slow down and enjoy life. It’s not only the scenery you miss by going too fast, you also miss the sense of where you are going and why."
- Eddie Cantor

Monday, May 25, 2009

Live One Day at a Time

Dalai Lama
Dalai Lama

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Quotes on Living in the Present

"Living in the moment means letting go of the past and not waiting for the future.
It means living your life consciously, aware that each moment you breathe is a gift."
- Oprah Winfrey

"One of the most tragic things I know about human nature is that all of us tend to put off living. We are all dreaming of some magical rose garden over the horizon - instead of enjoying the roses that are blooming outside our windows today."
- Dale Carnegie

"We can easily manage if we will only take, each day, the burden appointed to it.
But the load will be too heavy for us if we carry yesterday's burden over again today,
and then add the burden of the morrow before we are required to bear it."
- John Newton

"Let us not bankrupt our todays by paying interest on the regrets of yesterday and by borrowing in advance the troubles of tomorrow."
- Ralph W. Sockman

"There is no distance on this earth as far away as yesterday."
- Robert Nathan

"Today is the tomorrow you worried about yesterday."
- Anonymous

"Nothing is worth more than this day."
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Quotes on Purpose of Life

The Purpose Of Life- Eleanor Roosevelt
The Purpose Of Life- Eleanor Roosevelt

"You are not here merely to make a living.
You are here in order to enable the world to live more amply, with greater vision, with a finer spirit of hope and achievement.
You are here to enrich the world, and you impoverish yourself if you forget the errand."
- Woodrow Wilson

"Goals are a means to an end, not the ultimate purpose of our lives.
They are simply a tool to concentrate our focus and move us in a direction.
The only reason we really pursue goals is to cause ourselves to expand and grow.
Achieving goals by themselves will never make us happy in the long term;
it's who you become, as you overcome the obstacles necessary to achieve your goals,
that can give you the deepest and most long-lasting sense of fulfillment."
- Anthony Robbins

"He who has a why to live can bear almost any how."
- Friedrich Nietzsche

Monday, May 18, 2009

Enjoy the cup of Coffee

Café Espresso by Joy Alldredge
Café Espresso

A group of alumni, highly established in their careers, got together to visit their old university Professor. Conversation soon turned into complaints about stress in work and life.

Offering his guests coffee, the Prof went to the kitchen and returned with a large pot of coffee and an assortment of cups: porcelain, plastic, glass, some plain-looking and some expensive and exquisite, telling them to help themselves to hot coffee.

When all the students had a cup of coffee in hand, the lecturer said “If you noticed, all the nice-looking, expensive cups were taken up, leaving behind the plain and cheap ones. While it is but normal for you to want only the best for yourselves, that is the source of your problems and stress. What all of you really wanted was coffee, not the cup, but you consciously went for the better cups and are eyeing each other's cups.”

Now, if Life is coffee, then the jobs, money and position in society are the cups. They are just tools to hold and contain Life, but the quality of Life doesn't change.

Sometimes, by concentrating only on the cup, we fail to enjoy the coffee in it.

So friend, don't let the cups drive you, enjoy the coffee instead.

Friday, May 15, 2009


Lemons by Alena Hrbkova

Life is pretty simple,
When you asked for apples and life hands you lemons,
just make lemonades with them.

If you are on your way out, and it starts to rain,
feel glad that you won't have to water the plants today.

Life is a matter of seeing things in perspective.
The benefits may not be immediate or obvious, but do remember this:
In life, there's nothing you cannot handle. Nothing you can't triumph over.
There will be problems, there will be struggles.
But if they're not there, how would you know how strong you actually are?

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Quotes on Life

"Life is meant for living.. I know that sounds simplistic, but how many days do you let slip by without really doing something, accomplishing something, making a life change, a lifestyle change?"
- Ivana Trump

"Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving"
- Albert Einstein

"The difference between great people and everyone else is that
great people create their lives actively, while everyone else is created by their lives, passively waiting to see where life takes them next.
The difference between the two is the difference between living fully and just existing."

- Michael E. Gerber

"Life is like a coin. You can spend it any way you wish, but you only spend it once."
- Lillian Dickson

"We have a choice every day regarding the attitude we will embrace for the day. Life is 10% what happens to us and 90% how we react to it. Our attitude is everything."
- Charles Swindoll

"Life is the sum of all your choices."
- Albert Camus

"Life is not measured by the breaths you take but by the moments that take your breath away."
- Anonymous

"And in the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years."
- Abraham Lincoln

"We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give."
- Norman MacEwen

"Life is too short to wake up in the morning with regrets. So love the people who treat you right, forget about the ones who don't and believe that everything happens for a reason. If you get a chance, take it. If it changes your life, let it. Nobody said that it'd be easy, they just promised it would be worth it."
- Anonymous

- 何权峰 “哈哈笑过苦日子”

- 何权峰 “命运发牌 机会出牌”

Saturday, May 9, 2009

The A - Z Secrets to Success in Life

Success: Soccer
Success: Soccer

A void working just for power and money. The most important thing in life cannot be bought.
B e Honest, Reliable, and Kind.
C hoose your friends carefully, stay away from negative people.
D on't be afraid to take risks.
E verything is possible. You have to believe that You Can Do It!
F ree rides don't exist.
G ratitude and appreciation towards life is the secret to living a happy life.
H appiness is a Choice. Being miserable is the other option.
I nvest in expanding your knowledge, learning is a lifelong process.
J ust doing enough to get by won't get you anywhere, you have to Go the Extra Mile.
K eep Going No Matter What, Press On!
L earn from your mistakes, and never repeat them.
M ean what you say, and say what you mean.
N ever, ever give up on your dreams.
O pportunities only knock on the door of the person who is Prepared.
P ut in only your Best Efforts.
Q uit the habit of procrastinating and making excuses.
R each out to people who need help.
S ometimes you have to slow down and smell the roses.
T reat everyone with Respect.
U se your most precious asset - Time wisely.
V isualise your dreams coming true in your mind's eye.
W ork hard, but do not forget to spend time with your Loved ones.
X pect obstacles in life but see them as Challenges.
Y ou are Responsible for your life.
Z oom in to the details of the steps you will take to achieve your goals.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Quotes on Success

Success by Harry Starr

"Success is going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm."
- Winston Churchill

"The successful person has the habit of doing the things failures don't like to do. They don't like doing them either necessarily. But their disliking is subordinated to the strength of their purpose."
- E.M. Gray

"The one human quality that must be developed is self discipline for success.
The will power to force yourself to do what you know you should do when you should do it, whether you like it or not, whether you feel like it or not.
Success is tons of discipline."
- Anonymous

"A man can be as great as he wants to be. If you believe in yourself and have the courage, the determination, the dedication, the competitive drive and if you are willing to sacrifice the little things in life and pay the price for the things that are worthwhile, it can be done."
- Vince Lombardi

"Patience, persistence and perspiration make an unbeatable combination for success."
- Napoleon Hill

"Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which one has overcome while trying to succeed."
- Booker T. Washington

"The secret of success in life is for a man to be ready for his opportunity when it comes."
- Benjamin Disraeli

"To laugh often and much;
To win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children;
To earn the approbation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends;
To appreciate beauty;
To find the best in others;
To give of one's self;
To leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition;
To have played and laughed with enthusiasm and sung with exultation;
To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived — This is to have succeeded."
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

"All of us are born for a reason, but all of us don't discover why.
Success in life has nothing to do with what you gain in life or accomplish for yourself. It's what you do for others."

- Danny Thomas

Friday, May 1, 2009

Quotes on Achievement

Achievement: Climber
Achievement: Climber

"It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves."
- Edmund Hillary

"Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, the mind can achieve."
- Napoleon Hill

"If one advances confidently in the direction of one's dreams, and endeavors to live the life one has imagined, one will meet with a success unexpected in common hours."
- Henry David Thoreau

"Achievement seems to be connected with action. Successful men and women keep moving. They make mistakes, but they don't quit."
- Conrad Hilton

"Happiness does not come from doing easy work but from the afterglow of satisfaction that comes after the achievement of a difficult task that demanded our best."
- Theodore I. Rubin