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Which one are you?

I’m sorry, its been a while since I wrote something on this blog. Since my last update two years ago I’ve been continuing on the blessed journey of life which included many ups and downs.

Looking back here are a few of the moments that came to my mind first:

I graduated from George Mason University which is a pretty big deal for me considering I got rejected from the university twice. I missed my graduation ceremony, because I was too busy co-founding Gryphn a mobile security & privacy company with two of my friends. I traveled to Bradford, UK to pay my last respects to my mentor Kuly Ral who past away from brain cancer. I was invited to speak to students of the Entrepreneurship & Innovation Program at University of Maryland & students at George Mason University that participated in the TiE Young Entrepreneurs Boot Camp.  I got engaged to my best friend Ameeta Singh (soon to be Ameeta Saini.) Below is a photo of us on a boat from our engagement photo shoot. Thanks for checking in, no promises but I’m hoping to make updates to this blog more often!

- B

Are you sending the right message?

With the rise of social media networks and websites, people often find themselves communicating less in person, relying on the digital world to communicate. Whether it is by e-mail, social networking websites, text messaging, instant messaging and cell phone conversations, communication skills have been compromised and abandoned.

Effective communication skills are essential for an entrepreneur; the more you talk about your product or service, the better you get with your pitch. How you present yourself to an audience of clients, business partners, and competitors is essential to your success as a spokesperson for your company.  The business industry revolves around how you market yourself–your attributes, assets, skills, and capabilities.  Often, the first impression means everything and, in turn, could cost you a high profile venture or project, if executed poorly. Thus, how you communicate, articulate formulated thoughts, and present yourself are truly critical.

When interviewing for jobs, it is rare that you nail the interview in the first attempt and land the dream job.

Here are some ways to improve your communication skills:

  • Confidence: Be in control, and know what you are talking about.
  • Posture: An upright posture exudes self-composure, alertness, and confidence.
  • Tone of Voice: Don’t put me to sleep.  Adjust your voice to emphasize key points and grab the receiver’s attention. The more grabbing your tone of voice, the more plugged in the receiver will be.
  • Speed: Communicate at a speed in which the listener can follow your thoughts without losing you or getting bored.

Are there any special tactics or skills to use that help you communicate?

The Evolving Business Plan

Drop the Excuses, and Just Do It!

You don’t have to do something amazing to be successful. Know where you want to get in life and work towards it. Setting your long term goals high is ideal, but many people think the finish line is so far off, that they will never make it.  It’s not envisioning the finish line that they struggle with–it’s reaching it. Most give up, making little or no effort at all.

Remember, persistence pays off.  “Make small wins,” as Ramit says.  Set milestones but keep the bigger picture in mind.  Consider every positive remark or advancement, however big or small, a win.  Likewise, every negative event only brings you closer to the brink of success, so don’t get discouraged.  Don’t get overwhelmed with hurdles.

Behind every famous success story is a laundry list of kinks and miscalculations that stood as minor road blockers in each road of success. For every success is about a dozen more failures. Anything worth attaining involves some sacrifice, work, and hardship.

Need some help getting started? Results Junkies is a great resource for practical advice to help you achieve results.

The best way to work towards a plan is to take your ultimate goal and work backwards from it, setting milestones. It’s a rough business plan, but it is not something you have to live by, nor does it constitute as failure if you don’t follow it verbatim. Business plans forever evolve.  Rarely do you find a company that is still following its original, blueprint business plan. A business plan often gets the mind going and challenges limitations we set for ourselves.

Sometimes, the means is more important than the end itself.  In fact, the process of doing is more valuable than people believe–the skills attained, the mistakes made, and the triumphs achieved. Business plans are never static to changing social trends, culture, competition, and growth of a constantly evolving economy. While keeping the vision in mind, evolve and grow with it. It could be the vision of your business or your life. Everyone has their own unique way of interpreting a vision. Make sure your vision is clear.  If you know what you want, you can do anything to get to it. Once you figure out where you want to be, things will slowly start piecing together.

Idea Generation

The question that everyone has is how to generate ideas, how do you know they will work, and what is the next step. Here is the most basic breakdown:
  • are there unfulfilled current consumer needs?
  • are there unfulfilled future needs?
  • is there unfilled potential in the firm’s current products portfolio?
Sources of new ideas
  • Technology
  • Consumer Needs

Quote By Deepak Chopra

Intention combined with detachment leads to life centered, present moment awareness. And when action is performed in the present moment awareness it is most effective. Your intent is for the future, but your attention is in the present. As long as your attention is in the present, then your intent for the future will manifest, because the future is created in the present. You must accept the present as is. Accept the present and intend the future. The future is something you can always create through detached intention, but you should never struggle against the present.

The past, present, and future are all properties of consciousness. The past is recollection, memory; the future is anticipation; the present is awareness. Therefore time is the movement of thought. Both past and future are born in the imagination; only the present, which is awareness, is real and eternal. It is. It is the potentiality for space-time, matter, and energy. It is an eternal field of possibilities experiencing itself as abstract forces, whether they be light, heat, electricity, magnetism, or gravity . These forces are neither in the past nor in the future. They just are.

12 Ways to be Miserable

  1. Don’t exercise – No matter how rich, how poor, how well off your family is, who you know and so on…if your heart isn’t trained to work under certain circumstances – well, just imagine the consequences.
  2. Don’t eat well
  3. Don’t waste your time in bed - In other words just sleep.
  4. Give 100% at your work
  5. Retail therapy - Materialistic goods do not create true psychological happiness nor do they solve any problems.
  6. Do what you feel like doing - As long as you enjoy it.
  7. Exist on hope - Our new president’s entire campaign based on this but the difference is that its not just hope with zero action, its hope with actions that will deliver results.
  8. Install a negative filter in your brain – try to be optimistic, think positive, and surround yourself with positive people.
  9. Do downwards comparisons – the ego loves this!
  10. Be informed, watch the news - The new is depressing, murder this, recession that, foreclosure this. The more you listen to it the more likely you will attract it. We have a no CNN rule in our family household.
  11. Be fashionable, not stylish - styles constantly change, therefore you’re spending money every season.
  12. Improve yourself - There are over a billion self help products out there. Don’t try to learn every little thing so you can become the perfect human being. Wait a minute is there actually a definition of a perfect human being? Nope! Just focus on what you do best and produce results.

Here is an excerpt from a book I am reading that I thought visitors to this website would enjoy:

I feel that there is still a great deal I need to learn about the workings of my mind before I can get anywhere near full consciousness or spiritual enlightenment.

No, you don’t. The problems of the mind cannot be solved on the level of the mind. Once you have understood the basic dysfunction, there isn’t really much else that you need to learn or understand. Studying the complexities of the mind may make you a good psychologist, but doing so won’t take you beyond the mind, just as the study of madness isn’t enough to create sanity. You have already understood the basic mechanics of the unconscious state: identification with the mind, which crates a false self, the ego, as a substitute for your true self rooted in Being. You become as a “branch cut off from the vine,” as Jesus puts it.

Tips for Better Life

1. Take a 10-30 minutes walk every day. And while you walk, smile.
2. Sit in silence for at least 10 minutes each day.
3. Sleep for 7 hours.
4. Live with the 3 E’s — Energy, Enthusiasm, and Empathy.
5. Play more games.
6. Read more books than you did the previous year.
7. Make time to practice meditation, yoga, and prayer. They provide us with daily fuel for our busy lives.
8. Spend time with people over the age of 70 & under the age of 6.
9. Dream more while you are awake.
10. Eat more foods that grow on trees and plants and eat less food that is manufactured in plants.
11. Drink plenty of water.
12. Try to make at least three people smile each day.
13. Don’t waste your precious energy on gossip.
14. Forget issues of the past. Don’t remind your partner with his/her mistakes of the past. That will ruin your present happiness.
15. Don’t have negative thoughts or things you cannot control. Instead invest your energy in the positive present moment.
16. Realize that life is a school and you are here to learn. Problems are simply part of the curriculum that appear and fade away like algebra class but the lessons you learn will last a lifetime.
17. Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a beggar.
18. Smile and laugh more.
19. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone. Don’t hate others.
20. Don’t take yourself so seriously. No one else does.
21. You don’t have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.
22. Make peace with your past so it won’t spoil the present.
23. Don’t compare your life to others’. You have no idea what their journey is all about. Don’t compare your partner with others.
24. No one is in charge of your happiness except you.
25. Forgive everyone for everything.
26. What other people think of you is none of your business.
27. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.
28. Your job won’t take care of you when you are sick. Your friends will. Stay in touch.
29. Get rid of anything that isn’t useful, beautiful or joyful.
30. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.
31. The best is yet to come.
32. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.
33. Do the right thing!
34. Call your family often.
35. Your inner most is always happy. So be happy.
36. Each day give something good to others.
37. Don’t over do. Keep your limits.

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