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How to Overcome Fear



Fear is one of the major blocking obstacles against your success. You tend to compromise with your circumstances and prefer to continue your status quo condition because you are afraid of making decisions. Since you lack in courage you cannot move forward in your life with liberty.


On the other hand successful people are those who take risks in life. Successful people understand that taking risks will lead them experience new horizons in their field, will give them more vision and more confidence,  give them wisdom and success by exposing them to more and more challenges and consequently help them achieve their dreams. Such people keep taking new risks in order to achieve what they want to achieve. Whenever there is a doubtful situation they take the next baby step in order to determine whether it is fine to move ahead. In case they fail, they take one step back and re-determine their direction using their analytical skills. 


So if you would like to live a successful life, you must defeat your fears. The reasons for being under the clouds of fear might be because of several doubts or unanswered questions in your mind.  In this article, I have compiled and answered a few of such queries in order to boost your confidence level:

Question: Do I have enough info in making this decision?
Answer: You may or may not have the full information as of now. However you can gather all the facts by consulting the right professionals, by reading books, by discussing with your friends and well-wishers, by posting your questions to online forums, by studying the market and by taking advice from experienced people. Once you have collected all the information, write it on a piece of paper; positive points on one side and negative points on another side. Now read them slowly with full focus. Once done, you are all set for making the decision.

Question: What if I fail?
Answer: Consider the worst case scenario as this gives you inner strength and makes you prepare for it. However if the worst case as per your thinking is a serious disaster then reduce your risks by reducing your goals, your investment, energies, efforts etc. Change some of the points from your original plan and re-asses the worst case.

Question: Do I have the capability to do it:  
Answer: See if you can learn it by reading, training, counseling or brain storming. Believe in your inner powers. List down the capabilities required for a specific task and start polishing yourself in each domain one by one. This might take some time but once you learn and polish your skills you will be able to make wonders in your domain.

Question: What will people say?  
Answer: People will comment any way. It's your life and you have all the authority to do what you want to do in order to achieve what you want to achieve. Don't worry about social factors, instead focus on your plans and decisions. Evil social factors will die their death one by one once you start producing the results. Strengthen your thoughts, avoid the unnecessary criticism and you will be able to set new trends in your domain.

Question: Is anyone else afraid of same thing? 
Answer: Yes everyone is afraid of failures but only bold people make bold moves to accomplish things. Remember, common people see things while they are happening whereas smart people make things happen.

Question: What If I am trapped in tragic Situation:
Answer: To overcome a tragic fearful situation is to think of a genius person and imagine how he would have acted under the same condition. You will definitely get a new idea to try.


Closing my article by emphasizing one more time to throw your fears away, convert your risks into new opportunities, execute your plans and live like an independent and prosperous soul. Your inner confidence, your guts and your will power can make things happen. If others can do it you can do it too so believe in the power of now and go ahead and grab the success.

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The 8 Ps of Vision and Strategy


The young boy asked the old man, "why a fast running horse is better than the slow running horse"? The old man said, "it has developed the habit to produce more power so that it can run up to ten times faster than the slow horse" The youngster said, "and what if the horse is running in the wrong direction"? The old man smiled and said, "then definitely it has the proportionate factor for wasting the efforts ten times quicker than the slower horse" The young man said, " and what if other horses are following him too" The older man said, "off course it will mislead all those horses too!" "Then why all other horses follow the faster horse" "Because that attracts them but all that glitters is not gold sometimes"



Vision is one of the most critical traits of current and emerging leaders because strong vision results establishing better strategy to ensure success.
In its basic definition, the vision is to see (visualize) the future at present moment and then aligning the strategies including but not limited to policies, procedures and action plans in order to ensure success without any setbacks.


Below 8 Ps elaborate the concept of Vision and Strategy altogether:  

1.     Picking the Right Battle: Effective leaders ponder well enough to chose the right course of direction (the mission) which can lead them towards success with higher success probability and greater efficiency. This does not means that they select easy targets instead sometimes they select more challenging grounds with their gut feeling of success. However they are careful in making their choices because of being the captain of the boat. If the leader succeeds, the boat sails; if leader drowns the whole boat gets collapsed. 
2.    Perspective: How a leader sees the future is very sensitive matter. No matter how genius team members he/she possesses; his own vision is highly important. It is said that an army of dears lead by a lion is far better than any army of lions lead by a dear. The leader's vision depends on the level of mental comprehension of industry, current statistics, near future and long term forecasts/trends, overall knowledge and experience of associated domains, a lot of study and observation about market and expectation of stake holders. More articles on leadership can be read at www. DailyTenMinutes dot com
3.    Present Position: The leader must define the baseline because this will be the reference to be compared when measuring performance and progress at later stage. The visionary leader must clearly define the Key Performance Indicators (KPIs); the current values of KPIs, bench marking in line with industry standards, the measurement criteria and measurement frequency.
4.    Policies and Procedures: The review of current and finalization of policies for concrete results should be done prior to kick off the execution phase. Yet a leader should be smart enough to closely monitor and tweak the policies and procedures in case something is putting the projects/programs in jeopardy. The market dynamics demands consistent focus and a lot of iterations in companies' strategies.
5.    Plans: Failing to plan is planning to fail. The leader would define high level goals; the goals which are SMART (Specific, Measureable, Achievable, Realistic, Time bound)  Once defined, the leader assigns these to the team of managers which in turn use the RACI model for further low level implementation. (RACI tool is used for defining Responsibility Matrix; RACI stands for Responsible, Accountable, Consulted, Informed respectively)
6.    Pattern: Although Low level micro tasks is not a specific leaders' responsibility but it becomes very effective if leaders take active part few times during the life cycle of the project; especially when WBS (work breakdown structures) are prepared by the associated Project Managers. Sometimes his/her vision and experience can make big difference when reviewing WBS with the PM.
7.    Progress & Performance: Consistent progress and performance measurement against the baseline must be ensured by the leaders. This also requires risk identification, risk analysis and risk mitigation. The project becomes orphans if the leader does not review its performance periodically.
8.    Power Plug: Last but not the least, he becomes the consistent source of inspiration, fuel and energy for his team members. By this act he ensure that the 'batteries' (employee's working potential) are charged throughout the life cycle of the project.

How to Select the Right Mobile Phone


Since every person has his/her own likings and disliking when it comes to purchasing a new mobile so there is no final answer on which mobile is the best mobile. However, in this article I will help you find the best mobile which you are looking for. Also I will keep this article less technical for your better understanding.

Generally speaking, purchasing a new smart phone has become a tricky task because of hundreds of mobiles available in the market. This is actually a good thing because you can chose the best mobile from a wide range of mobiles.  If you are an Iphone or Blackberry fan then the task becomes easier but please be sure if you really need an Iphone or a Blackberry. However, if you consider purchasing an Android or Windows based phones then you have a variety of options to consider before you conclude the final model.

To make this task easy, I recommend visiting gsmarena.com where you can easily filter down the huge database of mobiles to a small number and then you can compare these mobile with each other to conclude which mobile is best for you. The filtering process is easy to use and can be completed in a minute. The Filtering Tool consequently brings you very less number of mobiles which fulfill your requirements. The filtering is done based on your choice of selecting the screen size, front/back cameras specifications, processor (CPU) speed (CPU), memory size, RAM/ROM, , Operating system, GPS, wifi (WLAN) etc. Once you are left with 2-5 options you can use the phone comparison feature to select the master piece you are looking for.

This is how the Phone Finder looks like:

Below are some key questions you might have while selecing your mobile:

Which Operating System:
The most common now a days is Android as it gives hundreds of thousands of free applications and games to download and enjoy however few applications might be vulnerable. On the other hand, iOS has less number of applications but more secure compared to Android. If you are curious to know more about Android, iOS, Blackberry and Windows then visit this page

Which Camera:
If you are not too techy and want to capture the pictures for Facebook or personal home usage then  5Mega pixel is sufficient for you. If the Camera has Flash then it is an add-on.

Which Processor:
I suggest considering 1GHz processor minimum at the time of this article. Less than this may result in slow response time in using your mobile

What Memory Size:
If you are looking for good response time, consider 512MB minimum for RAM. For storage consider 8GB to 16GB since you would like to keep a lot of pictures and multimedia in your mobile.

I have tried to keep this article simple and easy to understand in order to buy the best mobile phone. If you would like to discuss any in-depth features or if you have a high-end technical query, please reach me here and I shall try to help as early as possible.

Twitter - Overview For freshers

 
When you say something on twitter, it has to be under 140 characters. That's a hard limit. What you say is called a tweet. It's a noun and a verb. "Oh, I saw this tweet..." and "He was tweeting all day."

Alternatively, some folks say "twittered" as in "I am twittering" and "I sent a twitter." I would say this is not typical. 
Twitter is permanent (so far) so every tweet has a permalink. That means that every single tweet you put out there is now something that can be linked to, for example, this one:http://twitter.com/socialfans/status/6945283285. This immediately makes twitter different from IRC or other chat systems. That tweet is public and it's out there and it's web searchable. 
I have always said, don't give bile a permalink. If you're a jerk on Twitter (and you care) it's in the record. Tweet positively.

Twoosh

A twoosh is a tweet that is exactly 140 characters, no more no less. You've maximized the size of your tweet. Some folks believe this is a sign of skill. You'll tweet and learn that it's usually luck.


Tweeple

People on Twitter. 'Nuff said.


Tweetup

When Tweeple meet in person.


Twitter Client

While you can read tweets and tweet yourself at http://www.twitter.com and http://m.twitter.comon your phone, most folks use a Twitter Client that talks to the Twitter API. Just like you can read your email on the web, but many folks use an email client. 
There's lots of them...here's the top 100 twitter clients
Me, I like:
  • Windows Mobile - Tiny Twitter - fast and small and basic.
  • iPhone - TwitterFon - simple and clean, lets you do everything you can on the web and more.
  • Power User - TweetDeck - powerful as it lets you have multiple columns for search terms you want to monitor.
  • Most Pretty (Vista) - Chirp - Missing some functionality, but it's gorgeous.
  • .NET Educational - Witty - A free open source client for XP and Vista written in WPF
I use TweetDeck the most.


Followers and Following

When you "follow" someone, you are saying you want them to appear in your "timeline" of friends. I follow something like 500 people. It's like subscribing to a blog you're interested in. However, I have more than 500 people following me...but (here's the important part) I don't need to follow everyone back.
If you follow everyone and keep some 1:1 ratio between who you follow and who follows you, that will render your main timeline useless. Follow who is interesting to you, but make sure you can see the @replies from folks you don't follow. This leads me to:


@replies

When you want to reply to someone, you hit the little reply arrow in your client or on the web. The client will insert that users name with an @ sign, like @socialfans. It will also populate some hidden metadata indicating which tweet you were replying to. It's helpful to reply to specific tweets as it makes the conversation easier to follow later. Often newbies reply to the most recent tweet, but then make reference to tweets from days before.
For maximum social-ness, the first setting you should change when you sign up for Twitter is your @replies setting. Set it to show replies from anyone rather than just the replies from people you follow. Otherwise you'll miss out on a lot of the conversation.
I can see your replies even if I don't follow you. You don't need permission from me or anyone to reply and jump into a conversation.



Search.Twitter.com

If you want to watch the replies for a Twitter user that is not you, you can usehttp://search.twitter.com or a new column in TweetDeck. For example, here's me:http://search.twitter.com/search?q=socialh. By searching for the string "shanselman" you can see both replies as well as mentions, like http://search.twitter.com/search?q=socialh. Often new folks try to reply but mention your name rather than correctly using the @shanselman syntax.
You can also subscribe to an RSS feed for search.twitter.com queries. But it's not just for ego-surfing. I also watch for blogger and design. You get the idea.


Retweet or RT

When you see a tweet you really like, you can "retweet" it. Usually newbies will over-retweet, so watch for that. 
The idea is that if @foo has 100 followers and @bar has 100 different followers and @foo retweets @bar's tweet, the idea is magnified, and may go viral.
If you care, there are tools to measure and track retweets. I don't care. I'm in it for the conversation and the sharing. If something strikes you as awesome, retweet it. Many Twitter clients have a "retweet" button now that will do this for you.


Twitter #Hashcodes

Sometimes you'll see a tweet like 
Having fun at #mix09
 
or 
bill gates mosquitoes / unleashed on #ted audience / where is the 'green' deet#haiku
The hashcode is an informal way to "tag" something to a category or categories. For example, the second tweet there refers to both the Ted conference and marks the tweet as a Haiku. (Haiku on Twitter are called "Twaiku" but that's pretty geeky. ;)
Hashcodes can help you be social at a conference like #oscon or #mix09 but they can also create informal "chat rooms" like for the show #lost or to find folks that share a common interest like:

When I got to a conference I always ask around for the conference hashcode, then create a search so I can find out where folks are hanging out. It really enhances the experience.


Tiny URLs


 Since you've only got 140 characters for a Tweet, it's really important that you not share large URLs. Nearly everyone on Twitter will use a URL shrinking service like http://bit.ly or http://is.gd or http://tinyurl.com. Funny, TinyUrl is positively HUGE! Make sure your client will automatically shrink URLs. Most do.

Sharing Pictures with TwitPic

There are a lot of services that "orbit" Twitter. They aren't Twitter, and they usually aren't affiliated with Twitter, but they enhance the service, like the tiny URL makers above. 
One of these services is TwitPic. It has an API that lets you attach a photo from your client, then it'll include a tiny link to that photo. Some clients can even extract the photo seamlessly. British entertainer Stephen Fry used Twitter and Twitpic and a mobile phone recently to tweet his way to safety whilst trapped in an elevator, er, lift.



Direct Messages

These are exactly what they sound like - private tweets between two people. The only trick here is that you can only "DM" people who follow you.


Integration with Facebook and other Social Sites

Facebook has "Status Updates" and my friends think I update my status all the time. In fact, there's a Twitter Facebook application that you can add to your Facebook Profile so that your Facebook Status is updated with your Tweets. 
I find this to be fun as it allows topics to fire up inside Facebook and lets folks who aren't on Twitter get in on the conversation. Other social sites like FriendFeed and Live.com have similar features.

Overwhelmed?

Most people try out twitter, follow a few people, tweet some, get confused or bored and never come back. Totally understandable, as it's all a big secret handshake.
Here's what I suggest.
  1. Sign up
  2. Pick a Twitter Client (see list above) 
    • Don't set the client to bother you (sound, notify, etc) every time something happens. You'll go nuts. I set mine to notify on replies only. I check the "river of tweets" whenever I feel like it. It's an interrupt, remember. You'll never keep up with all the tweets. You'll never have fun if you try to drink from the firehose, so don't. When it bothers you, shut it down. When there's a fun topic happening, jump in.
  3. Pick at LEAST 20 people or more to follow. 
    • Mix it up. Follow people in all of the things you're interested in. For example, don't just follow programmers, or famous people, or news sites. 
      I've seen folks follow just a few people, then get frustrated because they feel one person is dominating their "tweetstream." If you follow just me and@codinghorror, you'll immediately hate us both because it'll seem like we tweet all day. (I don't, honest) If you have enough people, it'll seem more like a cocktail party with lots of folks talking, as opposed to a lecture by two obnoxious dudes.
    • There are many famous people on twitter but there's also lots of useful bots and news services. For example, @cnn, and @npr, but also companies with Twitter specific discounts like @DellOutlet
      Another example: I wrote a Twitter-bot that posts funny things that my 3 year old says (or yours!) and cute things that are OverheardAtHome using the totally automated Twitter name @overheardathome.
  4. Watch for other interesting people to follow. 
    • If someone you follow seems be having a conversation with someone you aren't following, why not use the "Follow" feature of your client to listen to that new person. You can always unfollow them.
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6 Cs to Avoid in Life

Following Cs are suggested to be avoided in order to achieve extreme heights of contentment and happiness.   


Cursing:
Cursing is opposite of blessing which means the one who curses is away from blessing.  Both cursing and blessing are indirectly proportional to each other. The more you curse people the more you make yourself away from them and also from the blessings of Almighty. Control your thoughts to control your tongue. Daily audit at the end of each day will help improve your habit of cursing. This will improve your mental health and strengthen your inner powers. 
Complaining:
Your complaining attitude reduces your social circle. When you start complaining about circumstances, about people around you and so on, you give up your energies to strive and eventually you weaken yourrelations with others and also lose your grip on your goals. This act degrades you in your social group and eventually you lose respect. Try speaking positive or stay silent. 
  
Criticizing:
While healthy criticism helps improve things but most of the time you criticize with no clear positive intention. The more you criticize this way, the more you pollute your own mind and build up negative powers which back fires in terms of added stress due to negativity. Also criticizing is an indication that you are not part of solutions instead  you are part of problems. So if you would like to live a happy lifethen no negative criticism please. 
Complicating
Mind your own business. If you can't help don't complicate their problems. Don't confuse people by raising complicated questions.  Speak up only if you have a positive advice and neat intention. Remember,giving advice is a matter of honesty so put yourself in others' shoes; listen empathically and then advice in the best interest of your companion.   

Conspiring
This is one of the extreme ethical crimes I can think of. You conspire when you plan secretly (alone or with others) against someone to do something which is harmful and unlawful. In the court of humanity this is a punishable act and nature always takes revenge form you for the things you do against humanity.

Corrupting:
Corruption is a phenomenon of moral or economical deviation from the ideal. Corruption is a world-wide social disease which has spread like jungle fire and impacting millions of lives every day consequently polluting every society. May it be financial corruption, Ethical corruption or Relationship corruption, it is consistently polluting societies aDnd families. The more you earn with illicit acts the more you push yourself away from the state of contentment. Illegal acts always have reaction exactly equal or more than the magnitude of the actions you do. 

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Want to Start Your Own Business? See this Check List

This publication is a checklist for the owner-manager of a small business enterprise or for one contemplating going into business for the first time. The questions concentrate on areas you must seriously consider to determine if your idea represents a real business opportunity and if you really know what you are getting into. You can use the checklist to evaluate a completely new venture proposal or an apparent opportunity in your existing business.

Perhaps the most crucial problem you will face after expressing an interest in starting a new business or capitalizing on an apparent opportunity in your existing business will be determining the feasibility of your idea. Getting into the right business at the right time is simple advice, but advice that is extremely difficult to implement. The high failure rate of new businesses and products indicates that very few ideas result in successful business ventures, even when introduced by well established firms. Too many entrepreneurs strike out on a business venture so convinced of its merits that they fail to thoroughly evaluate its potential.

Here are some questions and worksheets to help you think through what you need to know and do. Answer each question with a YES or NO. Where the answer is NO, you have some work to do.

 

Preliminary Analysis

A feasibility study involves gathering, analyzing and evaluating information with the purpose of answering the question: "Should I go into this business?" Answering this question involves a preliminary assessment of both personal and project considerations.

 

General Personal Considerations

Do you like to make your own decisions?

Do you enjoy competition?

Do you have will power and self-discipline?

Do you plan ahead?

Do you get things done on time?

Can you take advice from others?

Can you get a business started and make it run efficiently?

Are you adaptable to changing conditions?

Have you worked for someone else as a supervisor or Manager?

Have you had any business training in school?

Have you saved any money?

 Physical, emotional and financial strains

Do you understand that owning your own business may entail working 12 to 16 hours a day, probably six days a week, and maybe on holidays?

Do you have the physical stamina to handle a business?

Do you have the emotional strength to withstand the strain?

Are you prepared to lower your standard of living for several months or years?

Are you prepared to lose your savings?

Are you willing to re-invest your salary/business profits to help your business grow?

Specific Personal Considerations

Do you know which skills and areas of expertise are critical to the success of your project?

Do you have these skills?

Does your idea effectively utilize your own skills and abilities?

Can you find personnel that have the expertise you lack?

Do you know why you are considering this project?

Will your project effectively meet your career aspirations?

The next questions emphasize the point that very few people can claim expertise in all phases of a feasibility study. You should realize your personal limitations and seek appropriate assistance where necessary (i.e. marketing, legal, financial).

Do you have the ability to perform the feasibility study?

Do you have the time to perform the feasibility study?

Do you have the money needed to have the feasibility study done?

General Project Description

• Briefly describe the business you want to enter.

• List the products and/or services you want to sell.

o Do you know how much or how many of each you will buy to open your store with?

o Have you compared the prices and credit terms of different suppliers?

o Will your plan for keeping track of your inventory tell you when it is time to order more and how much to order?

• Describe who will use your products/services.

o Do you know what kind of people will want to buy what you plan to sell?

o Do people like to live in the area where you want to open your business?

o Do they need a business like yours?

o If not, have you thought about opening a different kind of business or going to another location?

• Why would someone buy your product/service?

o Do you have a plan for finding out what your customers want?

• What kind of location do you need in terms of type of neighbourhood, traffic count, nearby firms, etc.

o Have you found a good building for you business?

o Will you have sufficient room to expand when necessary?

o Can people access your business easily from parking spaces, bus stops, or their homes?

o Have you had a lawyer check the lease and zoning requirements?

• List your products/services suppliers.

o Do you plan to buy most of your stock from a few suppliers or several?

o Do you know the advantages and disadvantages of each supply method?

• List your major competitors - those who sell or provide similar products/services.

• List the labour and staff you require to provide your products/services.

o If you need to hire someone to help you, do you know where to look?

o Do you know what kind of employees you need?

o Do you have a plan for training your employees?

• Do you know how to determine what you should charge for each item you sell?

o Do you know what your competitors charge?

• Have you decided whether of not to let your customers buy on credit?

• Do you know the good and bad points about joining a credit-card plan?

• Have you planned a system of records that will keep track of your income and expenses, what you owe people, and what other people owe you?

o Have you figured out how to keep your payroll records and take care of tax reports and payments?

o Do you know what financial statements you should prepare?

o Do you know an accountant who will help you with your records and financial statements?

 

 

Requirements for Success

To determine whether your idea meets the basic requirements for a successful new project, you must be able to answer at least one of the following questions with a "yes."

Does the product/service/business serve a presently unserved need?

Does the product/service/business serve an existing market in which demand exceeds supply?

Can the product/service/business successfully compete with existing competition because of an "advantageous situation", such as better price, location, etc.?

Major Flaws

A "Yes" response to questions such as the following would indicate that the idea has little chance for success.

Are there any causes (i.e. restrictions, monopolies, shortages) that make any of the required factors of production unavailable (i.e. unreasonable cost, scarce skills, energy, material, equipment, processes, technology, or personnel)?

Are capital requirements for entry or continuing operations excessive?

Is adequate financing hard to obtain?

Are there potential detrimental environmental effects?

Are there factors that prevent effective marketing?

Desired Income

The following questions should remind you that you must seek both a return on your investment in your own business as well as a reasonable salary for the time you spend in operating that business.

 

How much income do you desire?

Are you prepared to earn less income in the 1st - 3rdyears?

What minimum income do you require?

What financial investment will be required for your business?

Do you know how much credit you can get from your suppliers - the people you will buy from?

Do you know where you can borrow the rest of the money you need to start your business?

Have you figured out what net/loss income per year you expect to get from the business?

How much could you earn by investing this money? (A)

How much could you earn by working for someone else? (B)

Add the amounts in (A) and (B). If this income is greater than what you can realistically expect from your business, are you prepared to forego this additional income to be your own boss with the prospects of more substantial profit/income in future years?

 

 

Equipment and Supplies

Can you make a list of every item of inventory and operating supplies needed?

Do you know the quantity, quality, technical specifications, and price ranges desired?

Do you know the name and location of each potential source of supply?

Do you know the price ranges available for each product from each supplier?

Do you know about the delivery schedules for each supplier?

Do you know the sales terms of each supplier?

Do you know the credit terms of each supplier?

Do you know the financial condition of each supplier?

Is there a risk of shortage for any critical materials or merchandise?

Are you aware of which suppliers have an advantage relative to transportation costs?

 

Expenses

Do you know what your expenses will be for: rent, wages, insurance, utilities, advertising, interest, etc.?

Do you need to know which expenses are direct, indirect, or fixed?

Do you know how much your overhead will be?

Do you know how much your selling expenses will be?

Miscellaneous

Are you aware of any major risks associated with your product, service and/or business?

Can you minimize any of these major risks?

Are there major risks beyond your control?

Can these risks bankrupt you?

Venture Feasibility

Are there any major questions remaining about your proposed venture?

Do the above questions arise because of a lack of data?

Do the above questions arise because of a lack of management skills?

Do the above questions arise because of a "fatal flaw" in your idea?

Can you obtain the additional data needed?

Can you obtain the additional managerial skills needed?

Are you aware that there is less than a 50-50 chance that you will be in business two years from now?

Originally prepared by the Government of Saskatchewan

Source: Canada Business

 

Humor: Men :)

At last a guy has taken the time to write down this all Finally, the guys' side of the story. We always hear "the rules" from the female side. Now here are the rules from the male side. These are our rules! Please note.. these are all numbered "1" ON PURPOSE!

1. Men ARE not mind reader

1. Shopping is NOT a sport. And no, we are never going to think of it that way.

1. Crying is blackmail.

1. Ask for what you want. Let us be clear on this one: Subtle hints do not work! Strong hints do not work! Obvious hints do not work! Just say it!

1. Yes and No are perfectly Acceptable answers to almost every question.

1. Come to us with a problem only If you want help solving it. That's what we do. Sympathy is what your girlfriends are for.

1. A headache that lasts for 17 months is a problem. See a doctor.

1. Anything we said 6 months ago is inadmissible in an argument. In fact, all comments become null and void after 7 Days.

1. If you won't dress like the Victoria's Secret girls, don't Expect us to act like soap opera guys.

1. If you think you're fat, you probably are. Don't ask us.

1. If something we said can be interpreted in two ways and one of the ways makes you sad or angry, we meant the other one .

1. You can either ask us to do something Or tell us how you want it done. Not both. If you already know best how to do it, just do it yourself.

1. Whenever possible , Please say whatever you have to say during commercials.

1. Christopher Columbus did NOT need directions and neither do we.

1. ALL men see in only 16 colors, like Windows default settings. Peach, for example, is a fruit, not! A color. Pumpkin is also a fruit. We have no idea what mauve is.

1. If it itches, it will Be scratched. We do that.

1. If we ask what is wrong and you say "nothing," We will act like nothing's wrong. We know you are lying, but it is just not worth the hassle.

1. If you ask a question you don't want an answer to, Expect an answer you don't want to hear

1. Don't ask us what we're thinking about unless you are prepared to discuss such topics as football, cars, bikes or games

1. You have enough clothes.

1. You have too many shoes.

1. U r in shape. Round IS a shape!

Pass this to as many men as you can - to give them a laugh. Also to to women for bigger laugh