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Think it, reach it

“Man often becomes what he believes himself to be. If I keep on saying to myself that I cannot do a certain thing, it is possible that I may end by really becoming incapable of doing it. On the contrary, if I have the belief that I can do it, I shall surely acquire the capacity to do it even if I may not have it at the beginning.” – Mahatma Gandhi

Focus on the goal, enjoy the moment

“Live your life each day as you would climb a mountain. An occasional glance towards the summit keeps the goal in mind, but many beautiful scenes are to be observed from each new vantage point.” – Harold B Melchart

Having goals is very important. Working towards them; even more important. However, we need to appreciate the beauty of the moments we have now because we may not have them again when we get to the top or even another position on the ladder. As a photography enthusiast, one of the first things I learnt as far as taking pictures is concerned was perspective. I learnt that you can make a flat boring picture totally awesome by positioning yourself below, above or to the side of the subject. Even closer or farther could make a big difference in how the picture ‘pops’ when viewed later.

Dream big

“Only as high as I reach can I grow, only as far as I seek can I go, only as deep as I look can I see, only as much as I dream can I be.” Karen Ravn. If you don’t dream big, you would stay forever in that nook of the world where everything is mediocre, where sense of achievement is an abstract concept, and where success is all but inexistent.

Positively exercise your power of choice

“Every life form seems to strive to its maximum except human beings. How tall will a tree grow? As tall as it possibly can. Human beings, on the other hand, have been given the dignity of choice. You can choose to be all or you can choose to be less.” — Jim Rohn

Be persistent, don’t stop trying

“Many of life’s failures are people who had not realized how close they were to success when they gave up.” – Thomas A Edison

There are different variations to the response Thomas Edison had for the New York Times reporter who asked him whether he felt like a failure for failing at getting the light bulb 700, 1,000 and 10,000 times in various versions of the story respectively. Most importantly, he responded that he had not failed but only found a bunch of ways through which the light bulb could not work. I don’t know how more ridiculously positive Thomas could have been.

Challenges that change your life…for the better

Here’s one from Steve Jobs. This video has touched me in the most interesting ways every time I’ve watched it. Truth be told, I take something different out of it every single time too. Its worth watching over and over again. Have comments? Don’t hesitate to share your thoughts and opinions below.

Do your little, make the world a better place

“I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something. And because I cannot do everything I will not refuse to do the something that I can do.” – Hellen Keller

Converting negative energy into positive

“You’ve done it before and you can do it now. See the positive possibilities. Redirect the substantial energy of your frustration and turn it into positive, effective, unstoppable determination.” – Ralph Marston

Here, I’m going to do a quick throwback to my high school physics to drive my point home a little bit deeper. The law of conservation of energy states that “the total amount of energy in a system remains constant over time”. In essence, energy can neither be created nor destroyed: it can only be transformed from one state to another. So you can transfer electrical energy to heat energy as in your cooker at home or chemical energy to electrical energy as in your batteries.